Reading an Hour a Day Every Day

An hour a day…that’s what it takes. An hour a day every day. From the time the children were very small, I read aloud to them. When they became readers themselves, I began requiring each of them to to read for half an hour. As soon as they were reading chapter books, that stretched to an hour a day. No need to keep on with reading lessons. They learned comprehension as they read. They narrated to me. It was clear by their narrations whether they understood what they read. They became more fluent as they read.
I now have a young adult and three teens. One daughter recently took a college entrance test and received a score in the 99th percentile for reading.
An hour a day… all of my children love to read.
I think it’s working.
May I suggest?


My First Give Away!

Hi!  I’m proud to announce my first GIVE AWAY! 

I’ve been so pleased to have so many readers visit my blog each day since I started in December.  When I started I didn’t think I had anything to say.  Surprise!  I did.  ~smile~  Funny, that didn’t surprise my husband a bit.  ~big smile~  Anyway, I’ve had a few faithful commenters who have been such an encouragement to me.  Thanks ladies!  I am looking forward to meeting some of you who have been reading. 

So, here’s my first give away, in hopes that you will come out of hiding and comment!

10-Minute Time Outs for Moms

This is a great devotional book for moms.  No offense to the ladies who aren’t moms.  I’ll have something different for another give away.  In the meantime, if you win, perhaps there’s a special momma in your life to whom you could give it.







I wish you luck!  I’m a little nervous about doing this for the first time.  Then again, I was super nervous when I was writing my first blog entry.  So come on ladies, help me gain a little confidence and enter my give away.


God bless you all!


Happy at Home

Something to Think About…One Liners

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Just a few one liner quotes to think about…. 

“Rules without relationship lead to rebellion.”

~ Josh McDowell

“May you live all the days of your life.”

~Jonathan Swift

“Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.”

~Anne Frank

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

~Will Rogers

“I know not why but home is dearest.”

~Cicero 106-43 B.C.

“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is always making exciting discoveries.”

~a. a. Milne,

Author of Winnie the Pooh

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from a corn field.”

~Dwight Eisenhower

“Wear the old coat,

buy the new book.”


“And the LORD, He is it that doth go before thee; He will be with thee, He will not fail thee neither forsake thee:  fear not, neither be dismayed.”  Deuteronomy 31:8

Have a blessed day filled with the love of Jesus and faith and hope in God the Father.


Happy at Home

Something to Think About… Time Management


I’m reading a delightful book right now called Overjoyed by Patsy Clairmont, Barbara Johnson, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh, and Thelma Wells.  It’s full of fun encouragement.  Here’s a quote from the chapter A Heart-y Ha, Ha, Ha! by Barbara Johnson.

“But, according to my calculations, reality is this very second.  You see, yesterday is only a memory, and tomorrow is merely a dream.  Today is an illusion.  That leaves one second.  Every day you have 86,400 seconds.  But they come only one at a time.  In your bank account of time, no balance is carried over until the next day.  You use those seconds or lose them.  There is no chance to reinvest.

Make your investment wisely by believing you deserve to be full of joy this very second.  And you can be.  Decide to be.”

I’m going to meditate on this thought today this second.

God bless you, dear reader!


Happy at Home

A Cozy Christ Centered Christmas

Christmas time!  It even sounds lovely.  For us, the Christmas season begins the first of December.  We focus each evening on the birth of Jesus Christ.  We want there to be no question in  our children’s minds about what Christmas is all about. 

 Several years ago, we sold our house in the middle of November.  We were supposed to move into our new home in two weeks.  Mind you, we had a ten year old, a four year old, a two year old and a newborn.  Two weeks turned into seven weeks!  Momma had to make Christmas.  We spent the entire Christmas season and Christmas itself in that motel room watching the wonderful celebrations on the Home and Garden Channel and the Food Network.  That experience changed the way I “make Christmas” for my family forever.  All of our Christmas things were in storage.  A friend loaned us a pre-decorated two foot tall tree.   I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a couple of new Christmas decorations to put about and some candles.  Then, I made the most wonderful discovery in my local Bible bookstore. 

I found a wonderful, beautifully illustrated Advent book.  It has doors that the children open each night that reveal beautiful paintings and the story of the birth of Christ.  This isn’t a kiddie book; it is art.  It is called THE ADVENT BOOK by Jack and Kathy Stockman.  The price was steep, $35.00 at the time; but, I knew that I had to make this season special.  We love this book so much, I want to give each of the kids a copy of their own when they marry. 

Each evening, we gather in the living room.  We light the candle that is above our Nativity scene; and then, we take turns reading the Christmas story from this wonderful book.  The days are numbered 1-25.  On December 1st we read day 1.  Each day we read from the beginning up to the present day.  So tonight, we will read days 1-14.  I love it because my little ones are learning it by heart. 

After we read it, we may read another Christmas book, or sing Silent Night and another carol or two.  It is a cozy way to bring our focus back to Lord Jesus and to calm down at the end of the day.

Here is a list of some of the Christmas books our family enjoys:

The Advent Book by Jack and Kathy Stockman

One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham

The Very First Christmas by Paul Maier

The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs

Annika’s Secret Wish by Beverly Lewis 

The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

May you find peace and joy in your celebration of Christ’s birth during this Christmas season.