The Week in Review

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Happy belated Valentine’s Day! I hope your week has been filled with sweetness. In honour of Valentine’s Day, the girls and I have been memorizing some verses about love from 1 Corinthians 13. It’s so precious to hear them talking about that passage throughout the day, although we all need to work on living it out. I’m looking forward to the day when we meet Jesus and are able to love perfectly. In the meantime, we’ll keep learning about what it means to love and praying for our Father’s perfect love to flow through us.

This has been an exciting week for The Grace-Filled Life. I’ve been accepted as a book reviewer for HarperCollins. This is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’m looking forward to sharing some great literature with all of the TGFL readers in the near future. Stay tuned in the coming months for recommendations, honest reviews, and more.

Have a wonderful weekend!

~Mary-Ann

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This Week in Books

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Children’s Books

This week, we read:

  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo – We finished up this beautiful book about a motherless girl and the dog that brings a community together. Kate DiCamillo has a way of making heavy issues (abandonment, complex relationships) easy to digest by weaving them into stories that are suitable for most ages. All three of my girls loved this book.
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien

  • Various books from the Critter Club series

Adult Books

  • Better Together by Pam Barnhill – I’m continuing to work my way through Pam Barnhill’s book on how to build family relationships through Morning Time.
  • The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah MacKenzie – Sarah MacKenzie does a wonderful job teaching parents the importance of connecting with children through read-alouds.
  • SPQR by Mary Beard – My husband is reading this award-winning history of ancient Rome.

Homeschool Highlights

Earlier this week, my husband went away on a work trip, and although he was only gone one night, the girls seemed to miss him more than usual this time. Since we hadn’t been able to use our Royal Botanical Garden tickets last week like we had planned, we decided to go on Monday while my husband was away. We saw their spider exhibit and wandered the indoor gardens. It was absolutely lovely.

We talked a lot this week about what it means to truly love. We had lovely morning tea times, a wonderful Valentine’s Day party and card exchange with our science co-op, and the girls had fun baking and blessing others.

In science class, the girls learned about the circulatory system using the Human Body Unit from The Good and the Beautiful. They made models of blood and learned all about the heart.

Snippets from Around the Web

Looking for some extra inspiration this weekend? Here are some wonderful articles from around the web:

Don’t forget to check out The Grace-Filled Life Facebook page. It’s your one-stop spot for encouragement, inspiration and laughs throughout the week. You can also find TGFL on Pinterest and Instagram.

 

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