Some encouragement

It’s been a while since I blogged regularly. You know how life gets in the way of best-laid plans. I am starting a series of graphical posts, and I want to put them on my blog. Then I can pin them easily on my Pinterest boards.

I also have some reviews to write up this summer for the various books we used in our homeschool last year.

Hopefully, you will be seeing more of me and my graphics!

Blessings! Tami

A Review of LIVE Online Math

Recently, I was given a tour of LIVE Online Math by John Bovey. The LIVE classes have several choices of upper level math. The classes start at Pre-Pre-Algebra and go through Algebra II. I was able to participate in two of the Pre-Algebra classes, and I was very impressed with the technology of the online classroom. I was also impressed with the discussions and teaching time. The students are able to use a headset to talk to the instructor and ask questions about concepts they do not understand. As a homeschool mom, I know it is hard to remember all the reasons why you do certain things in algebra. The whiteboard technology allows the instructor to write on the board in real-time for the students. The students also have the ability, when the instructor chooses, to write on the board or mark where they do not understand the problem. If you are feeling like your student needs more for upper level math courses, I would recommend you check out LIVE Online Math!

If your student cannot commit to the weekly classes, LIVE Online Math also offers video courses. You can sign up for a free two-week trial for the pre-algebra class here.

Editing to add some info about pricing:

The video courses are $99.99 for the course (12 months of access), not per semester.  The Video-Pluscourses are $99.99 per semester and we have one weekly LIVE session with those.  So, basically it’s LIVE classes (3X per week), Video-Pluscourses (video course, plus 1 session each week), and Video Courses (just a video course with no live component).  

I was not compensated for this review. It is an honest representation of my experience.


A Review of The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer

Buy it on Amazon now!

The Memory Jar is an enthralling Christian, fiction book by Tricia Goyer. It is a story of God’s loving grace and mercy on the journey through the valley of death and loss of a loved one. It illustrates how God brings healing to your heart after you suffer loss in life. This Amish story follows Sarah through the road of loss and restoration. It is a love story told in a compelling manner with many twists and turns. It makes me long for the days when life was slower and more centered on godly things and not earthly things. Tricia captures the lifestyle and roots of faith of the Amish in the first book in the series. I am looking forward to the next installment.  

Until next time,


Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this review. This is my personal opinion of this book.   

A Cry from Egypt by Hope Auer (Great Waters Press)

In this freshmen outing for Hope Auer, I was intrigued to read about a fictional family who lived during the oppression of the Israelites by the Egyptians. The story of Moses leading the Israelites to the Promised Land is a well-known Bible story. In A Cry from Egypt, Hope writes about a family who lived in Egypt at the time that Moses first returned to ask Pharoah to release the Israelites. This type of historical fiction brings a Bible story to life for me. I was immersed in the family struggles and triumphs. The family is spared during the plagues, like the other Israelites, and the lead character learns of the all-powerful God her family serves as they are delivered from the bondage of slavery.

I would recommend this book for anyone 13 and older. Some of the scenes described may be difficult for younger readers.

For ordering information, see Hope’s website by her publisher, Great Waters Press.

Dream Dating by Larry Pruett

One of my passions in life is promoting healthy marriages. I have been married for more than 20 years to the husband of my youth. We share our lives with our six children. We have had our ups and downs. We have had our losses, and we have had our blessings. One thing that I recommend to all husbands and wives is to make time for couple-time. In our fast-paced lifestyles, we often do not spend a lot of alone time with our spouses. Demands from our jobs, our children, our parents, and other commitments are all important, but they put a drain on our alone time as a couple.

Larry Pruett has written a book called Dream Dating. It is aimed toward husbands, but I offered to edit and review his book. I enjoyed his ideas and felt that it would make a difference in many marriages if the husband took the lead and planned a dream date week-end. From a wife’s perspective, I would be swept off my feet if my husband planned a week-end like this for me. I know a lot of husbands may struggle with creativity to plan a whole week-end away, but Larry does a great job helping a man plan a special week-end away for two.

This book gets more than a 5-star rating from me! I think a lot of marriages would be stronger if both the husband and the wife took initiative to plan special time together as a couple.
For more information, here is a link to Larry’s book, It’s only $5.00. It is worth much more than that for the ideas to plan a great week-end as a couple.