Monday, May 23, 2016

Summer Reading for Upper Elementary and Middle School

A while back I posted a summer reading list for middle schoolers. Those were secular books. Below is a list of Christian books for upper elementary and middle schoolers. Check amazon or Christian books to find out which would be the best for you.

Try to read at least one book a month this summer.


Horse Dreams, Dandi Daley Mackall

Vanished, Kristi Holl

True Friends, Stephanie Perry Moore

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Boy and His Horse, C.S. Lewis

Dragons in Our Midst, Bryan Davis

author interview Here

Girls Only Series, Beverly Lewis

Grandma's Attic Series, Arleta Richardson

Here's Lily, Nancy Rue

Asking for Trouble, Sandra Byrd

Mandie Series, Lois Gladys Leppard

Heart to Heart, Sandra Byrd

Sophie's World, Nancy Rue

Just Claire, Jean Ann Williams
author interview HERE
8 Notes to a Nobody, Cynthia Toney
author interview HERE

There You'll Find Me,  Jenny B Jones
Review HERE

Bash and the Pirate Pig, Burton Cole

Hear No Evil, Mary Hamilton

Landon Snow and the Auctor’s Riddle,    RK Mortenson

On the Scene,  Robin Caroll    


Anything But Normal, Melody Carlson                                               

One Realm Beyond, Donita K. Paul

The Door Within, Wayne Thomas Batson

Non Fiction:

The Christian Girl's Guide to Me: The Quiz Book, Katrina Cassel

Everyone Tells Me to be Myself But I Don't Know Who I Am, Nancy Rue

A Girl After God's Own Heart, Elizabeth George

A Girl's Guide to Best Friends and Mean Girls, Dannah Gresh

A Girl's Guide to Making Really Good Choices, Elizabeth George

Heaven for Kids, Randy Alcorn

The Middle School Survival Manual, Katrina Cassel

My Mini Dream Room, Karen Whiting

A Boy After God's Own Heart, Jim George

A Young Man's Guide to Making Right Choices, Jim George

This list is very incomplete. If there are books you think should be one it, please list them in the comment section.

Have you been assigned summer reading by your school? If so, what are you reading?

Whenever possible, shop at your local Christian bookstore.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Loving the Beach

Living in the Florida Panhandle, we have a lot of choices of beautiful white sand beaches. I think the beach is our happy place. Here are some different ones we go to that are between 45 minutes and two hours away.

Near Destin

Behind the lighthouse on St George Island

At a state park

What is this I'm wearing???

Gigi's phone looks a lot more interesting than my rattle. And it's playing music for me.

What's your happy place?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Teen Interview: Noah Livesay

Noah is on the far right, 7th grade.

Interview with Noah Livesay

Q: What name would you like the readers to know you by?
A: The name I would want my readers to know me by would be Noah.

Q: How old are you?
A: I am 12 years old and my birthday is March 5th.

Q: What is the most unusual thing about living in Haiti?
A: The most unusual thing about living in Haiti is the way they celebrate the holidays. They do not do them the way we would do them in the states. For example Christmas is only decorated for and celebrated on a smaller scale than those in the United States. One of my favorite traditions we do is our Christmas videos. For one of the Christmas videos I got to be Elvis singing a different version of Don’t Be Cruel. My siblings and I love this tradition.

You can watch some of the Livesays' Christmas videos HERE and HERE

Q: How does living in Haiti make your life different than the average teen’s life?
A:  Life in the Haiti is different because we don’t play sports. The only sports to play here are soccer and basketball. In the states the variety is larger.  One of the most unusual things about living in Haiti is the giant pigs that walk on the streets, and bathing in the gross rivers. But another hard thing about living here is that our friends always leave Haiti. Our field trips are more unique here because we get to go to the beach. The beaches in Haiti are beautiful because the water is see through.

Q: What is your daily routine like?
A: My daily routine consists of the following things: wake up, get dressed, fix my hair, eat breakfast, brush my teeth, feed the dogs, go to school, in the morning at school we do prayer, math, typing, and geography. At lunch time we play games and jump on the trampoline.  In the afternoon we do Reading, Science, English, and Unit study.  After school at home I usually do my homework, then I watch TV and when I’m sick of TV I do whatever I want for the rest of the afternoon.

Q: Tell me about your family.
A: We are a very close family.  Most of the time my family is very nice to each other. Even though there are age differences we usually all hang out together. One thing we like to do is play on the trampoline and compete in butt wars. Butt wars is when you jump from your feet to your butt and over and over again and whoever gets tired/stops first loses.

Q: What talents has God gifted you with?
A: My favorite talent that God gave me is my humor. I use it to make people laugh or smile. I love making jokes around my family to see how they react.

Noah is willing to answer questions from blog readers. So bring on the questions. :)