You Should Homeschool

Now that I am a mature adult (haha, I try anyways) I am going to talk to you about homeschooling. I know have before…. but it’s something I am very much in favor of. 🙂

I tell pretty much everyone they should homeschool. I don’t try to shove it down people’s throats but offer it as an alternative that they might not have thought of. When presented with the idea of homeschooling though I think a lot of times parents are scared (and I’m not saying they shouldn’t be!) but they think things like, “I can’t teach calculus– they’d be better off with something who could!”

Bbuutt….. I’m of the belief you’ll cross that bridge when you get to it. Chances are, if you’re starting with a five year old you would be starting at kindergarten. Which, it’s been a while since I was in kindergarten, but I don’t think the math gets that complicated.

You take it one step at a time. Teach the alphabet and how to count to 10.

I am pro-homeschooling because I believe you should put your child in environment where he feels safe to learn. I’ll be honest here, if I had been public schooled I would have been one of those children who cried every day as they got on the bus. Probably I would have cried every day until I graduated. 😉

Education is going to always be structured to some degree, but in homeschool you have a little more freedom. If something came easily to me I could get ahead (many times on accident) and if something was more difficult for me my mom would go over everything again. And again. And again. Until I got it. While, yes, I needed to pass the test, but my mom wasn’t pressured with twenty other kids to teach, she had me (I’m sure I was difficult enough at times!). And her job didn’t rest of me passing a test. She cared that I understood what I was learning, not that I knew the right answer.

(For example: more then once in math I got the right answer…using the wrong method. My mom wanted to make sure I knew how not that I just knew.)

Being homeschooled brought me closer to my siblings and my parents. My dad didn’t usually help me with my school. He was usually at work and my mom helped me with school. My dad always told me though, if I needed help, he would help me. After a long day of school for me, and a long day of work for him, did I really want to do more school and make him do schoolwork as well? NO. Certainly not. But it is nice to know that I could have. It’s nice to know that he was actively invested in my education as well.

Being homeschooled gave me the freedom to be original. Since I was comfortable in my environment I felt free to ask my mom questions. (and then going back to parents being scared– you don’t have to always know the answer. I remember my mom working through problems with me, or looking up the answer. And you know what? Sometimes– probably if it had nothing to do with what I was learning about– she was completely honest with me and told me, “I don’t know.”)

I love asking questions. And the thing about questions is, you might get one answered and they might open up five more questions! I could get off topic, and I’m sure my mom got tired of it, but it was nice to know that I could ask questions.

I had free time! I never called my school homework. It was just school. So it always throws me off when other homeschoolers say homework because… is that just normal school? Haha, but I never had homework. Not like people who are public schooled do. Often times (in high school and I couldn’t figure out why!) I got done around two o’clock in the afternoon. Maybe even sooner. That meant I had all afternoon to do things!

And what did I do that spare time? It would differ from person to person, but I read a lot, and read about writing, and wrote a lot. I’m glad I had that free time so I could learn to be creative– even if I don’t do anything with writing.

I love that I was homeschooled because I love how it has affected my life. I love that I appreciate my parents so much (but never enough) for all they’ve done. I’m so thankful that I had this opportunity.

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True Dreams

Most, if not all, of us have seen that TV show, or that movie, or maybe we’ve read about it in a book.

Two people, madly in love—maybe even engaged—and then one person gets a job offer.

Not just any job offer. It’s their dream job. The one they knew they wanted when they were five years old.

But along with the job offer comes the different state that it’s in.

So the one person says to the other, “I can’t hold you back from your dream. You’ll grow to resent, or maybe even hate me. I couldn’t live with myself if that happened so you have to take it.”

And then the person takes the job, the couple breaks up, and all the fans are mad. Or sad. Or both.

There are some who would argue, “They could work it out if they just tried!”

Or some who say, “They must not have been truly in love, then.”

(As my dad pointed out, you don’t marry someone you can live with, you marry someone who you can’t live without.)

In my experience, though, sometimes the person who says, “You have to take the job” doesn’t listen to the person who was offered the job!

I think sometimes people fail to realize that dreams can change. Dreams don’t have to be goals, but sometimes they can be people.

I’ve been thinking about this lately, and as I think about it, I keep thinking about in Tangled when Eugene told Rapunzel, “You were my new dream.”

Maybe the person’s dream job did offer them a position. But that dream job may look a lot less appealing then the person they’re in love with—especially if to do that job they have to leave that person.

Just something I’ve been thinking about lately.wuv

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Currently December 2016

Can you believe 2016 is coming to a close? It went by so quickly, and I’m not ready to start thinking about the year being 2017. It’s still 2010 isn’t it? It’s hard to believe that was seven years ago!!

Many things happened this year, and I think all in all it was a good year. A really good year.

I’ve already talked about some of the things that have happened this year, I talked about my summer, and I think that’s when the most exciting stuff happened.

It is already the 8th, but I guess I’ll update you all on what I’m up to Currently.

Currently

Listening to~ Christmas music, and the new One Republic Album, and my sister just let me borrow her Piano Guys CD, so I’ll be listening to that soon!

Watching~ Well, I’ve been watching Downton Abbey, I’ve watched several Christmas movies, and this Saturday, I’m going to go see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

Baking~ Kristin and I are going to make sugar cookies later and decorate them. It’ll be very Christmas-y and nice. And maybe we’ll have to make it a new tradition. 😉

Reading~ I actually just finished the book I was reading. I was reading (don’t judge!) Twilight for the first time. I’ll admit, I did actually like it. I don’t love it, but I do like it, and I am interested to see how the other books are.

Writing~ Okay, I know I don’t blog that much, but you may know/recall how I’ve been talking about editing for the last 15,000 years of my life. (Okay, but for the last year– that’s actually NOT an exaggeration) and… honestly, I’m procrastinating, but I’m getting closer to finishing (you know, once I start again), and when I’m done I already have the next project picked out! I want to start writing it now, but I know the idea/s aren’t strong enough, and if I give it time it will get stronger… besides if I started writing it now I may not ever finish editing, so maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. 😛

Adulting~ I don’t remember if I ever said anything about this, but I got my drivers license a few months back, so I can drive myself to and from work like a real adult. 😉 I also signed up for a few classes this winter. I kind of feel like I’ll be in college forever, but people keep telling me it’ll go by fast. (And oddly enough, I’m not sure if I’m comforted by that fact… haha, I’m complicated)

Looking forward to~ CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!! Would you honestly expect anything else from me? 😉 Only seventeen days left! I still need to do almost all of my shopping and bake some cookies and put up some outside Christmas lights, but it’ll be fun.

What are all of you currently up too?

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Guest Post With Author Tessa Emily Hall!

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Today I’m doing something a little different! Tessa Emily Hall just had a new book come out Unwritten Melody and she has agreed to do a guest post for me. 🙂

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About the book: Does breaking free require breaking the rules?

 

Cassie Gilbert lives every day in the shadows of her deceased mom’s rebellion. But now that she’s seventeen, she finds herself longing to break away from her grandmother’s suffocating rules, experience what it’s like to be a regular teenager, and fulfill her songwriting dreams.

 

James Russo, former American Spotlight contestant, escapes to small town Willow Creek, SC hoping to flee from his tarnished past. When a school project pairs him with the shy principal’s granddaughter, he’s determined to get to know this Emily-Dickinson-obsessed and typewriter-using girl. His plan? Convince Cassie to co-write songs for his demo album.

 

As Cassie gets to know James over “project meetings” (more like opportunities to match her lyrics with his melodies), she becomes intrigued by his sense of adventure and contagious passion for music. But soon, his past becomes exposed. Cassie’s left to wonder—did she make the same mistake Mom did by falling for the bad boy?

 

Then, Grandma’s control pushes her over the edge. Cassie must choose between remaining in the chains of yesterday, or delving into her own freedom by completing the melody her mom left behind.

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                                           Behind the Setting: Willow Creek, SC

There’s nothing quite like a small town. Perhaps I’m biased; I have, in fact, lived in a small, southern town for my entire life. But what I love about these towns is the closeness of a community. The way people come together to support one another. Southern hospitality. The familiarity of faces when you go to your local coffee shop or grocery store. I love the unique history that small towns seem to have written onto the old buildings that make up their downtowns.

 

This love for small, southern towns is what initially birthed the inspiration for the fictional town of Willow Creek, SC.

 

Willow Creek is far smaller and more country than the little town I grew up in. It does, however, contain traces of my hometown, as well as the towns that surround it. Willow Creek’s “city life” can be found in the ghost town of downtown, and its rolling countryside stretches for miles. The town’s creek, which is what Willow Creek is known for, is surrounded by towering willow trees. Most of its residents live on a farm, drive a truck, and listen to country music.

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Throughout Unwritten Melody, Cassie is resentful toward this small town of hers. Not necessarily because she doesn’t appreciate it; rather, she feels as though it’s kept her confined within a cage. She’s desperate for the freedom that could come with seeing the rest of the world.

 

I guess that’s the only flaw in a small town: If you stay there long enough, it’s almost as though you become brainwashed into believing it’s as far as the world reaches.

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Still, though, Cassie does have a deep appreciation toward this little town of hers—even if she doesn’t like to admit it. It’s where she grew up. It’s why she is who she has become. Her family’s history whispers their secrets at the creek, the library, Gary’s Diner, and even Dream Bean Café.

 

Although Cassie is desperate for an escape from Willow Creek, she may very well find that the escape she’s longing for can only be attained by staying exactly where she is.

 

                                                                      Questions for you…

 

If you could live in any fictional town, which town would you choose and from which book? Why?

 

 

 

                                                                  Giveaway!!

 

Enter for your chance to win the Unwritten Melody Prize Pack! Two winners will be selected and announced on Tessa’s blog the final day of tour (Friday, December 9th) and will be notified via email.

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This prize pack includes…

 

  • E-copy of Unwritten Melody
  • Signed paperback copy of Purple Moon
  • Unwritten Melody mug, filled with goodies
  • Unwritten Melody swag, including a bookmark, pen, and poster
  • Starbucks mocha flavored instant coffee
  • Free Unwritten Melody: Page-By-Page Secrets PDF
  • Handmade journal
  • Typewritten thank you note

 

*This giveaway is open to the US only 

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Tessa Emily Hall writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show others they’re not alone—and because she remembers the teen life like it was yesterday (or a few years ago). The debut novel she wrote at 16-years-old, PURPLE MOON (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) was a Selah 2014 Finalist. Her second novel, UNWRITTEN MELODY, releases with Clean Reads November 2016. She’s the Founder of PursueMagazine.net, a magazine that inspires teens to embrace their calling. She also enjoys helping writers achieve their dreams through her internship at Hartline Literary Agency.

 

When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, Tessa can be found making healthy homemade lattes, speaking to teens, decorating her insulin pump, and acting in Christian films. She writes in a small town nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Southeastern coast. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website.

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Thanks for stopping by, Tessa!

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway before you leave. 🙂

 

Blog Tour Schedule

Don’t miss the next blog tour stop! Be sure to visit the following blogs on its designated tour date. You can also email tessaemilyhall (at) gmail (dot) com and request to receive the Blog Tour Packet. At the end of the tour, Tessa will send you the downloadable PDF that will contain all of the content from each blog tour stop.

 

Tues., November 1 – Christ is Write

Wed., November 2 – Adriana Gabrielle Writes

Thurs., November 3 – The Depth of My Faith

Fri., November 4 – Sarah Ruut

Mon., November 7 – God is Love

Tues., November 8 – The Bibliophile Angel

Wed., November 9 – Emily Rachelle Writes

Thurs, November 10 – Word Changers For His Glory

Fri., November 11 – Christian Teen Book Reviews

Mon., November 14 – Phyllis Still

Tues., November 15 – In The Bookcase

Wed., November 16 – Girl Meets Publishing World

Thurs., November 17 – Anna Schaeffer

Fri., November 18 – Ramblings of a Writer

Mon., November 21 – Naomi and Books

Tues., November 22 – Reading is My Superpower

Wed., November 23 – Zerina Blossom’s Books

Thurs., November 24 – Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud

Fri., November 25 – Labor Not in Vain

Mon., November 28 – Barbara Bruitt

Tues., November 29 – Katy Kauffman

Wed., November 30 – Jen Pheobus

Thurs., December 1 – Northern Belle Meg

Fri., December 2 – 2Me From Him

Mon., December 5 – Nicole Quigley

Tues., December 6 – The Destiny of One

Wed., December 7 – Catherine Castle

Thurs., December 8 – Rachelle Rea Cobb

Fri., December 9 – Leslie L. Mckee

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Thank you, Veterans.

I recently saw something I thought made an interesting point. (though if you get down too it, I don’t agree…)

It said that war is worse then hell, because the guilty go to hell– but even innocent people are harmed by war.

(I don’t exactly agree, because we are all guilty and deserve Hell… but it is an interesting idea.)

The other night I was watching a TV show and it was set during WWI. There were young men in the trenches, they were fighting and getting hurt. There was a scene in a hospital with many wounded.

Again there was an interesting point made. Someone said that when you are on the front line, you pray to be spared, but if that isn’t meant to be, you pray for a bullet to kill you cleanly.

And watching that, I realized, that isn’t war. That is a representation of war. An idea of war. A glimpse, maybe, into what it is. But it isn’t war. For starters, while WWI happened, the story was fictional!

I can watch many things, and read, and even visit historical places, but– and truly I am grateful– I have not experienced war.

And I hope I will not have to face war.

War isn’t glory.

It’s… I don’t know what it is. I can’t explain what war is.

I believe it would be worse then I imagine.

I am now coming under the impression I will never know what war is unless I ever go through it first hand. Even then, could I explain it? Because, surely, if it could be explained, in all the years and all the wars, someone would have found the words.

It hurts my heart when I see old men wearing their WWII veteran hats, or their Vietnam veteran hats.

So many of them were the age I am now or even younger when they went off to war, and while they obviously lived through the war, I wonder how it affected their lives even after it was over.

I know not everyone sees the worst of the war, many people do paper work and are never sent to the frontlines, but still. Especially when I think of people my age, how many of them would be selfless enough to truly fight for what was right this day in age? I believe most of them are too busy throwing tantrums when things don’t go our way.

I saw a picture one time, of an old man wearing a veterans hat and a little girl standing next to him. It was captioned something like the old man said to the little girl, “For you, I would do it all over again.”

I always feel really awkward when I try to or think about, thanking veterans. But they deserve it.

Thank you, Veterans. Thank you so very much for making this society as good as it is. I don’t deserve it, but I truly appreciate it.

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With Rachelle Rea Cobb!

I wasn’t sure what exactly to call this…. it isn’t a guest post or an interview… haha…

Today I’m talking a little about author Rachelle Rea Cobb’s books! She wrote The Steadfast Love Series (Book 1: The Sound of Diamonds, Book Two: The Sound of Silver, and Book 3: The Sound of Emeralds)

I haven’t read her books yet, but I look forward to when I DO get around too it. (And if you haven’t read any yet either– make sure you enter the giveaway she’s hosting! The link will be at the end. 🙂 )

Who is Rachelle Rea Cobb, you may ask?

About: Times gone by snatch Rachelle Rea Cobb close, so she reads and writes about years long ago– her passions include the Reformation, Revolutions, and romance. Rachelle wrote The Steadfast Loves series during college. Five months after she graduated, she signed a three-book deal with her dream publisher, WhiteFire. She’s a homeschool grad, Oreo addict, and plots her novels while driving around in her dream car, a pick-up truck. In June 2016, she married a man with the same name as her fictional hero, and they live happily ever after and in Small Town, South.

Since today Rachelle is celebrating the birthday of The Sound of Silver, I’m only going to post that back cover– not all three. Wouldn’t want to overwhelm you too much, right?

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The stalwart saint, fighting for faith…and the redeemed rebel, fighting for honor.

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile–and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Now truly orphaned yet not alone, Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

Make sure to hop on over andhttps://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js“> enter the giveaway for a necklace and a book! (winner’s choice of the three!! All you have to do is click here.)

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The Six Question Character Challenge

I was tagged by Luke over on his blog, to do a Six Question Character Challenge. Thanks so much for tagging me! I always get excited when someone tags me in a blog challenge. 🙂

Okay, so I decided I’m going to do it on my WWII novel, This Very Moment. (I thought maybe you were tired of hearing about that story, but I already got started to use that story so it’s too late now! 😉 )

These are the six questions I’ll be answering about some of my most important characters:

  1. A contradiction within the character (the good kind that indicates depth)
  2. The character’s Meyers-Briggs type
  3. Favorite color
  4. How would they slay a dragon?  (Even if there aren’t dragons in your book)
  5. What is their darkest secret?
  6. Where do they see themselves in ten years?

I’m also going to include pictures from my pinterest board. 🙂

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Marilyn King: (main character)

  1. Contradiction: She is fun, and strong, and brave, and wild (in a good way) but she is also terrified of turning into her mother.
  2. Personality type: I actually don’t usually do MBTI tests, but I think I did for her a LONG time ago, and I think it may have been ENFP. Maybe. I wouldn’t swear by it.
  3. Maroon, or Navy. Those are usually the colors I imagine her wearing.
  4. I could see her standing up to the dragon, just herself and her God. 🙂
  5. Her darkest secret? I don’t think I can say without spoilers….
  6. In ten years, she would be relaxed. Happy. The war would be over, and those she loved would be able to have a peaceful life with little to know sadness in it. Kenneth, her twin brother, would be happily married with kids of his own for Marilyn to spoil– because marriage and children wouldn’t be in her future.

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Peter:

  1. He believes in right and wrong strongly, but he believes in getting the right results no matter the cost.
  2. I have no idea…
  3. Navy blue as well.
  4. He would charge at the dragon, yelling. Maybe a shotgun in his hands?
  5. Well. Um. Spoilers. So. I’m skipping. 🙂
  6. In ten years, he would probably be happily married, maybe back where his family came from. Someone high in society, and very rich, and smart. Someone people looked up too.

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William Millbrook:

  1. He is brave and wise and strong. But the hardest thing he ever does is walk away.
  2. And again, I never figured it out (or if I did I forgot.)
  3. Green, like grass. Or red like apples from the apple orchard where he lives.
  4. He would quietly assess the dragon before trying his hardest to take it down (but probably dying in the process.)
  5. Darkest secret? He his head over heals, completely, 100% in love with someone, but he can’t tell her. (Wow, that sounds dramatic. I’m almost rolling my eyes…)
  6. He doesn’t really think about the future much. He just wants the war to end.

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Kenneth King: (Marilyn’s twin brother)

  1. He cares about people a lot and loves to help them…medically. Other then that, he isn’t the best at making friends (kind of a loner, shy.)
  2. I think he is an INFJ. I think.
  3. White. Clean. Fresh. Pure. Like snow on the mountains, or a clean hospital room.
  4. He would probably try to take the dragon down, not by fighting but by poisoning him, or starving him somehow. Then when the dragon is weaker killing it.
  5. He thought he was in love once, or at least he thinks he would’ve been eventually. She hurt him, and now, even though he’s no longer upset, he doesn’t think he’ll love again– he just accepts is as a fact of life.
  6. In ten years, Kenneth wants to have his own medical practice, or even a hospital. He’d love to be an uncle and see Marilyn happily in love and married.

There we have it! Some things you might have not known about my characters until now! (I didn’t even know some of those things about my characters until now. Like their favorite colors. XD)

I’m tagging Kara (figures, right?) over on Saved By Grace, Sierra Abrams, and Tessa Emily Hall.

Any questions y’all want my characters to answer? Or from another story, perhaps? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do. 🙂

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