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    May 10, 2019 by Brandy Vencel

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    Today is my 41st birthday. It’s not quite as exciting as turning 40, but I’ll take it. I always love an excuse to celebrate! I had some Christmas money left and it seems I ended up with a real case of “you know you’re a homeschool mom when” because I bought myself a stack of books … to read aloud to the children.

    We haven’t started them yet, but I’ve enjoyed looking at their pretty covers. I read a compelling review of these and splurged in a way I don’t usually and bought them all at once. But honestly Christmas money ends up being regular family budget money if I’m not careful.

    So this series is called The Rwendigo Tales and it sounds like a sort of African missionary or adventure tale touched with fantasy. Maybe. They’re on deck, but once we start I’ll be sure and let you know what I think.

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    I had an Eye Issue this past week. At first, I thought it was pink eye and I used my trusty pink eye drops, but nothing happened. This has always worked before, but when it turned out to be a stye, it all made sense. (It wasn’t pink eye.) So I got to go on my anniversary date looking like I had a black eye — it was so swollen!

    A friend told me about Boiron Optique1 drops, and I finally had a chance to pick some up early this week. Oh. My. Wow. She said they work well, and I’m now a believer. I can she why she always keeps it on hand. Two doses cleared it all right up.

    I love having something new for the family medicine kit! This was a special winner because there are no preservatives in single-serving drops. ♥

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  • Reply Mama Rachael May 12, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Happy Birthday! You share my MIL birthday! Fun! And, hey, 41 is prime, so you can declare yourself totally PRIME. Optimus Prime, Prime numbers, the higher prime numbers get the more spaced out they get. There are so many good things about being 41. I leave that year later in June. I always forget that I am old enough to have big kids, I just started late.

    I always need good series to read. And the library book club this summer is calling for some easy novels. And looks like out library has these!

  • Reply Lucy barr-hamilton May 11, 2019 at 4:46 am

    I listened to the SS podcast the day after I saw Tolkien at the cinema. So many heart-wrenching connections between Lewis on friendship and thinking about the Inklings, and Tolkien’s school and university friends. I’m glad he had the Inklings! Thanks for the podcast. I need to find a faithful Tolkien /inkling biography (which doesn’t forget his faith).

  • Reply Julie Zilkie May 10, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Well, so far this blog post cost me $66! By the time I ordered all of the books, and then the eye drops…that was a costly 10 minutes! But Thea’s recommendations are excellent, as are yours, so I trust it will be money well spent!!

    The last set of books we bought which she recommended are the Mistmantle Chronicles, and they were amazing!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 10, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      Hahahaha! I’m sorry I was hard on the budget this time!

      I just saw that Mistmantle Chronicles review. If I hadn’t just bought these, I would have bought those. For now, they are just on my list. But they sound wonderful, especially for my Redwall fans. ♥

  • Reply Nicole Walters May 10, 2019 at 3:57 am

    Thanks for posting about the stuff for the stye! My 5 year old gets them repeatedly. Very annoying. I’m going to buy that to have on hand when his get bad.

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