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    September 29, 2017 by Brandy Vencel



    :: 1 ::

    Always experimenting with hair around here … we recently acquired a Dafni Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush. Turns out, we love it. A-Age-12 really doesn’t like me to touch her hair. I suppose it’s just as well since Doing Hair is not among my list of talents. But still, she’s getting older and it’s time for her to do a little more with her mop than brushing Mother Nature’s residue out of it.

    This brush seemed promising, so we tried it (I found one for quite a bit cheaper than they are offered on Amazon) and I am duly impressed. It only took a few minutes, but it made her hair look ten times better. I’d post a photo of the back of her head except that she won’t let me. Her hair kinks a bit if she falls asleep at night with it still a bit wet — this took that right out.

    I tried it on my hair. You all know my hair is curly. The verdict? Straightening my hair still takes more time and energy than I’m willing to expend, but technically it works, and much easier than using a flat iron.


    :: 2 ::

    The Autumn 2017 session of Charlotte Mason Boot Camp starts on Monday! I’m thrilled! It looks like we’ve got a great group (well, two groups, actually) this time. I have a secret: I love that CMBC forces me to go back over the basics again and again. It’s a discipline in my life that has proven to do me good.

    For those of you who didn’t get in: yes, we plan, Lord willing, to have spring, summer, and fall sessions in 2018.


    :: 3 ::

    Did you know there was a shooting at a Tennessee church on Sunday? I didn’t want this to get buried in my other links. This poor, poor church, shot up by a Sudanese immigrant who had previously attended their services. Pray for their healing.


    :: 4 ::

    If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that we’ve really been enjoying Kate Snow’s Addition Facts That Stick.

    One of my children has found fact memorization next to impossible. This is the first time it’s felt within our reach! We’re only on week 2 so I’ll try to report back when we’re done.


    :: 5 ::

    This month in 2009:

    WHOA. I didn’t realize how long it’s been since the original Leisure: The Basis of Culture book club hosted by Cindy Rollins that started it all. It was eight years ago this month that we began reading! I had heard of scholé before that; joining the club was my first grasp at trying to understand it. This club was, in many ways, the place where Scholé Sisters got its start, though we didn’t know it at the time.


    :: 6 ::

    This week’s links collection:


    :: 7 ::

    Current read alouds:


    Yes, yes, we have two. I’m a read aloud addict, you know.

    We have to have two. One is for when my husband is at work or otherwise occupied. The children and I read it aloud at lunch most days, and grab other opportunities as they present themselves. The other is our family read aloud — when we are all together, we read that one. This allows us to have something we’re reading when my husband is out — we don’t have to worry that he’s missing anything.

    A couple years ago, when my oldest had some evening activities, we had a third read aloud to do as a family when he was away. It’s nice to be down to only two books; we finish quicker (relatively speaking).

    Have I mentioned I’ve grown to love Andrew Peterson’s writing? For reals.


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  • Reply Betsy October 3, 2017 at 10:59 am

    HUGE fans of Wilson and Peterson both. I found the “monster” motif in the Wingfeather books, its origins and final “resolution” particularly compelling. I could wax eloquent here, but I’ll refrain ;-). You must check out The Wingfeather Tales when you’re done with the saga–it has stories in it from other authors (including ND Wilson) all about Anniera….

    • Reply Brandy Vencel October 9, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      Oh, I see what you mean! We recently discovered who was actually the Monster in the Hollows and it was just … SO GOOD!

      I was wondering about the Wingfeather Tales, so thank you for the recommendation. i think I’ll be getting that one for Q-Age-Ten for Christmas. 🙂

  • Reply Annie October 2, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    I always appreciate the interesting articles you find floating out there in cyberspace, Brandy! And while I do appreciate that Prof Rocha has done some deep and important thinking about his philosophy of lifelong learning and theosis (and perhaps re-thought his own philosophy of education!), these are the kind of articles I’d love to read a follow up on in ten years or so. It’s seems its always easiest to be the most idealistic at the beginning of the journey. ?

    • Reply Brandy Vencel October 3, 2017 at 6:47 am

      Ha! I was thinking the same thing, and wondering if anyone would say something like this. I agree: time will tell. He still has the enthusiasm of the new convert. 😉

      • Reply Annie Kate October 4, 2017 at 3:41 am

        Yes, plans are easy, but life has a way of changing them.

        On that note, there is so much wisdom gathered in the traditions of different kinds of education, especially Charlotte Mason. Why let poor Tomas re-invent the wheel or be an experiment as his parents do?

        And I dispute the idea that living well is a preparation for dying. Living is about loving God and those around us, as Jesus said, and a good life will lead, ultimately, to the best preparation for dying, but that is not its goal.

        • Reply Brandy Vencel October 9, 2017 at 7:09 pm

          I completely agree — we don’t need to reinvent the wheel when there are wonderful traditions to make our own. I’m actually surprised he didn’t go that route — he seems like the type to be drawn to tradition, you know.

          I liked your thoughts on living as preparation for dying. I think I need to think about that more!

  • Reply Nancy Oxford October 1, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I found the Andrew Peterson books last year for K (age 16) as free reads..He LOVED them, now Ember (age 11) is getting to enjoy them now. I have yet to read them but always love when they are excited over a good series!

  • Reply Ashley September 30, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Yes! Andrew Peterson’s writing is incredible! My husband has been a long time admirer of his music, and he was thrilled when the books came out.
    We finished the series a while ago, just my husband and I. Now that our oldest is almost 7, he started reading it with her! Can’t wait until we can all share it as a family! We’re also excited for the cartoon series 🙂

  • Reply Kelly September 29, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Y’all need to embrace the curls, hon. It’ll make life easier and more beautiful. 😉

    • Reply Brandy Vencel September 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Oh, don’t worry, I have! The Curly Girl Handbook is my fave and I wear my hair curly all the time. Straightening it was an experiment. 🙂

      Daughter A. on the other hand has straight hair. It’s funny. I grew up with straight hair, but since becoming oh so curly (hormones?) I find myself not knowing how to help her…

      • Reply Kelly September 30, 2017 at 9:00 am

        Oh, sorry — I thought you were saying her hair was curly too. That Curly Girl Handbook has helped me a lot with my two curly girls. Lifesaver!

        • Reply Brandy Vencel October 9, 2017 at 7:11 pm

          No need to apologize … I completely agree with you on the Handbook! It changed my life. I was just so frizzy all the time before that.

          I wish one of my daughters had gotten my curls. But no. 🙁 Only my oldest, and he just keeps his hair short…

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