Category: Education

#WildernessRevival, Nature Table Tuesday!

#WildernessRevival; it’s nature table Tuesday! A nature table is a small nook, corner, shelf or table in your home on which you place lovely bits of nature that you have gathered from your yard, the park or from walks. It’s a way of bringing the seasons inside. It’s one of my children’s favorite spots in our home. We always add religious symbols as well to remember who gave us our beautiful world.
I invite you to put together a nature table today, if you don’t have one already and share a picture of it. Please remember to tag me @wifewithapurpose and use the hashtag #wildernessrevival!
Wilderness Revival, appreciate nature the way your ancestors used to!

#WildernessRevival, Peas and Thor

In Norse legend, peas, an important staple crop of Europeans, were a gift from the God Thor. Peas date back at least 5,000 years in Germanic and Norse areas of Europe. Do you like peas? What’s your favorite type of pea or pea related recipe? I love sugar snap peas with ranch and split pea soup is one of my all time favorite meals but I can’t get my family to love it as much as I do. LOL #wildernessrevival “Appreciate nature the way your ancestors used to.”

California Assembly Bill Aimed at Homeschoolers

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Assembly Bill Aimed at Homeschoolers

On Friday, February 17, 2018, AB 2756 was introduced in the California Assembly by Assembly Members Medina, Eggman and Gonzalez Fletcher.

The authors claim that the bill would protect children enrolled in home-based private schools by ensuring compliance with fire safety regulations. The bill would not accomplish that purpose, and must be seen for what it is: a bald grab for the power of the state to enter private homes.

The HSC Board and legal team believe this bill not only fails completely to achieve the stated goal, it imposes an unacceptable risk not only to the right to educate children at home, but also to the privacy rights of law-abiding citizens. We encourage all of our members to learn about the bill and about these risks, and to contact their own state Assembly members to voice their opposition.


Here is the full text and statement by the Board and Legal Team of the Homeschool Association of California,

To follow the ongoing statewide discussion, join the HSC Facebook group

Add your voice to thousands of other California homeschoolers. Become a Homeschool Advocate or Member of HSC. Join us at our annual Conference in San Jose, August 9 – 12, 2018

Stephanie Hood, HSC County Contacts Coordinator

Sean P Means of the Salt Lake Tribune

Recently the journalist Sean P Means wrote a story about me in the Salt Lake City Tribune claiming I called for “racial separation.” I not only have proof that he’s lying, I have proof he knew he was lying about me. Fight back against #FakeNews!

The blog post I’m referring to:

I won’t link his trash article. I don’t want to give him the hits.

Christmas Eve Choir Mouse

For our Christmas gift to friends and family my kids and I put together a booklet. We included art work, origami instructions, drawing guides and stories we created ourselves. This is my part of the booklet, a story called Christmas Eve Choir Mouse. I hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to print it out and share it. God bless you and thank you for your support. ❤️

Abel and his five brothers and sisters lived in a wee home in the crevasse of a stone at Saint Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria.

They had a happy life. Abel’s father worked cleaning and dusting the art and candle holders around the church and in return the Mouse family was allowed to keep any nuts, pretzels or other goodies left behind by parishioners after services.

Christmas was Abel’s favorite time of year. Often the little children coming to the cathedral would leave him bits of oranges, peppermint candies or even chocolate. Oh what a feast Abel and his brothers and sisters had at Christmas time!

The candies and fruit were very nice but they were not his favorite reason for the holidays. Abel’s favorite reason for loving Christmas time was hearing the boys choir practicing their Christmas music in the cathedral.

Their lovely voices would lift high and sweet and echo just perfectly throughout the cathedral as they sung about the night Christ was born. Abel felt swept away by their story of a man and a woman, a manger and the birth of the child who had come to save the world.

“They sound like angels.” Abel whispered one afternoon to his father as they swept the front steps.

“I wish I could sing in the choir.” Abel remarked.

“Well, why can’t you?” His father asked. Abel was surprised.

“But I’m just a tiny mouse, would anyone even be able to hear me?” Abel asked.

“God would hear you.” His father said. “And so will I.” A smile spread across Abel’s whiskered face.

“Father, may I go ask the choir director now if I may sing with them?” Abel gushed.

“Of course, I’ll finish sweeping the steps. Run and catch him before practice is over for today.” His father chuckled.

Abel dashed up the steps, into the cathedral and across the floor to where the boys were standing, in their white robes, voices ringing out like crystal bells.

“Um..excuse me.” Abel timidly asked the choir director. The director didn’t hear him.

“Excuse me!” The nervous mouse piped a little louder.


“Sir!” Abel yelled.

Suddenly the director was aware of the mouse at his foot.

“Yes?” He asked “What do you want?”
“I would like to sing in the choir!” The mouse said.

“You?” The director asked, chuckling. “Can you sing? Would anyone even hear such a small creature as yourself?”

Abel scratched his head, shuffled his feet and looked down. Then he remembered what his father had said and he looked up with a start.

“God will hear me, and so will my dad!” He declared. The choir director smiled despite himself at the boldness and faith of this little mouse.

“Alright, alright.” The director said. Work on your pitch and be here bright and early for rehearsals in the morning.

Abel was delighted!

All that evening he sat by the hearth inside his family’s tiny mouse hole and practiced singing with his mother. Long after his brothers and sisters were asleep Abel worked at reading notes and getting his voice to sound just right.

He woke early the next morning, ate a cold breakfast, put on his best coat and rushed to practice -careful to arrive on time.

The director went over some things with Abel and asked him to match some sounds he played on different instruments. After deciding what parts Abel should sing the director placed him in the choir.

Abel was the shortest by far as he stood by the feet of the other boys. The boys weren’t sure what to think about having a small mouse in the choir with them and at first they made fun of him for being so little and having such a quiet voice.

“God can hear me just fine.” Abel remarked with confidence, and went right on singing.

At the lunch break Abel sat alone and munched on some bits of cold toast.

“You don’t eat much.” one of the boys said.

“I don’t have to, I’m a mouse!” Abel laughed and soon all the boys were laughing and joking together and everyone forgot Abel was a mouse. They all felt like friends.

All week the boys spent long hours rehearsing for the big performance on Christmas Eve. The cathedral was cold in the mornings, so cold that Abel’s whiskers would gather tiny ice drops on the ends.

At night Abel was very tired as he hurried to finish his chores after practice and help Momma Mouse with all the little mice at home.

When Christmas Eve came Abel was feeling very nervous. Momma Mouse helped him wash up and comb his hair just right.

“Why do I need to look so clean?” Abel asked, “No one can see me down by everyone’s feet.”

“God can see you.” His momma said and Abel smiled.

When it was time to sing a quiet hush fell over everyone in the cathedral. As the boys began to sing about the baby Jesus, Abel’s heart felt like it would burst, he was so happy and he knew, God could hear him.

The end. Merry Christmas!

Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, known in Austria as Stephansdom was dedicated in 1147 right before the Second Crusade.

It has been added to, expanded and had portions rebuilt many times over the centuries. It is the place where the famous composer Beethoven discovered he had gone totally deaf.

He noticed birds flying away from the church because the bells were ringing and realized he could not hear the 23 bells. Saint Stephen’s boasts 5 chapels as well as many tombs, catacombs and crypts.

Cemeteries surrounding the cathedral date back to Roman times. It’s roof is well known for its unique designs and tiles.

The Hazel dormouse is a small rodent found in Europe. They are usually found living in hazel trees or similar vegetation.