Thursday, October 28, 2010

BookSneeze Review: Lee (The Generals) I ever behind on getting this review posted. *shaking head*  It's a good book too. I just let things get in the way of posting this review. So....without waiting any longer. Here is my review.

 Description from the Publisher: 

A powerful, compact biography of Robert E. Lee, focusing on how his intrinsic goodness shaped everything from his battle tactics to his treatment of his troops.
It’s no surprise that Robert E. Lee graduated second in his class from West Point. His four years there were marked by exemplary conduct and nary a demerit. He went on to become one of the most successful generals of the Confederate army during the American Civil War, inspiring his troops with his unselfish character and devotion to duty. Lee’s string of victories earned him praise on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. He was admired for his tactical success in battle, and even after surrendering to Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomatox court house, his example of conduct for thousands of ex-Confederates made him a legend. After the war, he assumed the presidency of Washington College and devoted the remainder of his life to setting an example of conduct. He remains one of the most distinguished military heroes of all time.

 It's amazing. In school, history just wasn't something I was interested in. As an adult, I can't get enough of it. And since we are now a homeschooling family I am always on the lookout for books for the children in the future. A lot of time all you get is one side of the story. John Perry, the author, does a good job showing all sides of Genereal Lee. This book also confirms more of what I have been learning over the past few years. In school they made it seem like the Civil War was all about slavery. When it actually was only a part of it. It's amazing all the things you never learn in high school history. 

So, for someone wanting to get more in depth on a key player in the Civil War this would be a good book to read. It will definitely be placed on our bookshelf of resource books for history. If me children keep up with their interest in the Civil War this will become a invaluable book. :-)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

She's One!

I can't believe it. My baby girl is one year old today! Where did the time go? To Special K: I am so happy to be your Mama. God has given me a very precious gift and a big responsibility. You are such a joy and blessing to our family. I can't imagine not having you around walking and giggling at your siblings. I love you so much!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Knights of Arrethtrae Review

Are your children into knights, swords, chivalry, etc? Mine sure are. They love it! I was excited when I had a chance to review some books from The Knights of Arrethtae Series. This series is written by Chuck Black, a former F-16 pilot/engineer.

From the Website- 
Two friends face the Dark Knight’s deadliest scheme, but only one knight has the courage to overcome.

Sir Quinlan leaves his boyhood friend to serve the Prince, fighting a battle darker and more intense than any he’s ever known. The mysterious Sir Baylor recruits him into the ranks of an elite unit of knights known as the Swords of Valor, but when tragedy strikes and everyone blames Quinlan, the Swords of Valor disband ending a legacy of heroic deeds

From the Website- A knight left for dead. A country on the verge of ruin. An evil lord rising to conquer.

Sir Rowan is the most decorated tournament knight in Cameria, but when he is attacked and left for dead, his world collapses. Betrayed and lingering at death’s door, only a bizzare vision of his Prince and the help of a woman dedicated to the King keeps hin alive. As Rowan heals, he finds new purpose in life through service to the King

These are books 5 and 6 in the Kinghts of Arrethtra Series. This series is a medieval action and adventure allegory. It's also a companion series to the Kingdom Series. My children aren't old enough to read these books on their own, but these would be nice to use as read aloud. Knights, princesses, princes, sword fights, etc have been something that has intrigued my children for a long time. So these two series would be perfect to invest in as my children get older. If I start now I should have most of them by the time they are ready to read them. :-) It's difficult to find a book with a medieval/knight background that doesn't have magic and/or wizardry. So it was refreshing to have a chance to read these two books. Chuck was inspired to write these books because of his children. He also lets us know that they battle scenes are tastefully written so that as parents, we don't have to worry about what they might right.

So I know I will be gradually purchasing this series to have on hand for read alouds and as Big T gets older. :-) So go check out the website now and see what you think. :-)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Apple Time!

I love this time of year. Yes, Autumn is my favorite. I love the changing colors of the leaves, the crisp air, the crunch of leaves underfoot, and the smell of apple butter in the morning. My wonderful MIL had a week of vacation last week, so we had a chance to go apple picking together! I love to go apple picking. I love going into the store at the orchard because you are just bombarded with so many wonderful smells! I wasn't sure if we would be able to get enough of our favorite apples this year (They only have one row of trees of Jonagold and all the apples were ripening earlier this year.) But we were apple to get a bushel worth of Jonagolds. :-) I think my MIL even got a 1/2 bushel of apples. The children loved picking their own apples and later, getting to pick out pumpkins to decorate our front steps. If I had the money I would go to the orchard every week. :-)

Big T was a huge help getting apples we couldn't reach. :-)

 I can't wait until next year!

Monday, October 11, 2010

I'm Alive...I promise :-)

Yes, I am alive and well. I made an emergency type trip back home to Indiana the end of September and I have just been trying to catch up (again!). I hope to be posting some pictures and video of the children very soon. :-)