Week-end: links & life {vol. 10}

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.”
– George MacDonald

trust mug on instagram

Trust is a tricky business for me. I value it highly, but I’ve been realizing how hard it is for me to trust, even in my relationship with God. Which is why I love this reminder on my new mug from my friend Angela, someone I wholeheartedly trust, and I’m so glad things have worked out so that I can participate in a Bible study group with her and a few other lovely ladies.

from around the web:

If you haven’t checked it out yet, the Ultimate DIY Bundle is a fabulous deal, with 76 e-books and e-courses for only $34.95 — and only available through midnight on Monday.

right here at home:

the many faces of Piper the BatDog

So, a dog update. Piper the BatDog is still cute as ever and nearly a year old, based on the vet’s guess since she was found as a stray. She’s made a whole lot of progress, but I’m looking for a trainer because I’ve reached the limit of what I know how to do with her. I’m an experienced dog owner who has done a pretty good job training dogs in the past, but she is far more INTENSE than any other dog I’ve had. Our best guess is that she’s a combination of Dutch Shepherd and Cattle Dog — both awesome, smart breeds that can be a serious handful without proper training. I want my dogs to be able to go anywhere and meet anyone without worry, and she’s not there yet.

In our homeschool, we’re doing a couple of things differently.

My new simplified workbox system for Scout is going well. My main goal in this is to save my sanity by giving this active girl some much-needed purpose to her day, but it’s a balancing act between structure and keeping our unschoolish philosophy for the early years. I’ll share more details in an upcoming post.

We’re also at least temporarily setting aside Teaching Textbooks for Kathryn and outsourcing math for a while. More on that later, too.


Linking up with my friends Kris and Mary.

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Love the overnight oats recipe! Thanks! I had to out source math to Dad so I feel your pain.


Math is my nemesis! We’ve had to hire a weekly tutor. Also we’ve set aside Teaching Textbooks as my kids need more drill and writing out of math. Now I use the TT for summer math practice. It’s worked out so much better that way. Math is a big deal in my house since I have science and engineering minded kids. I’m visiting from Weekly Wrap Ups


We have a stray dog that needed extra training too. He is wonderful but still needs refreshers at times. He is a Great Dane/Lab/maybe Pit mix. That translates into a whole lot of energy and smarts. He is happiest in a big pile of kids being loved on.
Blessings, Dawn

Tina Stone

I know I’m a good distance from you and maybe you can find one closer but in way of dog trainers, I recommend Mossy Pond Retrievers. It’s located in Patterson Georgia near my home. They specialize in hunting dogs but also do obedience training for any kind of dogs. They do use shock collars. Some may think that is cruel but with hyper dogs, it could save their life. My young hyper lab would catch a smell and take off without any notice to our commands. After training, we use his collar very little now but keep it on just… Read more »


I want to hear about outsourcing your math — I’ll be waiting for the “more on that later”! 😉

Have a great weekend, and thanks for linking.

Kris @ Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

Piper is such a cutie-pie…and it sounds like it may be a good thing she is. 😉 I wish you lived closer. I have a friend who found an amazing dog trainer. I’ve got her info tucked away for our next dog.

Melissa Newell

Oh that face on Piper. Our kids want a dog but waiting until we move. Love the mug