Thursday, November 23, 2017

A Ten Dollar Birthday

Mrs. White's Parlour in Vermont all ready for a simple birthday

I have been getting my parlour ready for a little birthday celebration with my children and grandchildren.  I have always shared my birthday with Thanksgiving since it happens in the same week.  It is a beautiful time of year when family is expected to visit in just a few days. Often, I seem to neglect to do much for my birthday since the focus is on Thanksgiving.

Very often, we mothers tend to feel disappointed with our birthdays.  This sometimes happens if we are overwhelmed or feeling unappreciated.  Perhaps we don't think our family will remember the day. This is why it is so important to do a few extra things ourselves to make the day special for others.

I want to see the delight in the faces of my children and grandchildren when I serve a special cake for them to enjoy. I want to have special activities or games so they can have a fun celebration.  If we mothers make holidays and birthdays a time of serving our family and a way to bring them joy, we will be so much happier.

We need mothers to bring peacefulness and sunshine to brighten the homes no matter what is going on out in the world. Birthdays are a wonderful time to do just that, even if there is little money available.

Today, I spent just a few dollars to bring some pink cheer to our day.

I spent four dollars at the discount store. I got a pink, plastic tablecloth.  I selected cheerful birthday plates and napkins.  I also bought a small bag of party favors for the grandchildren to enjoy. It is full of those cute noisy things people blow during New Year's Eve.  At the supermarket today, one of my sons bought me a pretty bunch of pink roses from the clearance rack for $3.00. They look simple and beautiful in an old mason jar on my table.

Our simple party decorations

Late this afternoon, some of the grandchildren gave me a lovely homemade present. They had been working with their mother for several days on a hand-sewing project.  Their mother had some pretty fabric and sewed a little decorative pillow. She had the children stuff it with cotton. They had a wonderful time helping her.  They were so happy and proud when they gave it to me. I was delighted!

Tomorrow morning I will bake a white cake from a box mix. I will also use some chocolate frosting and colorful sprinkles over the top to make it cheerful and festive.

I spent less than 10 dollars for the decorations and the cake.  This will bring us all wonderful happiness as we celebrate mother's old time, simple birthday at home.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mrs. White

From the Archives -

Marriage - When Groceries are the Presents.

For those Tough Times - Living in Reduced Circumstances.

Happy times with Little Ones - A Joyful Time at Home.

Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."

An Invitation - Subscribe to The Legacy of Home and have it delivered directly to your email. 



A Vermont Christmas Tree Farm

Christmas Tree Farm in Vermont, Fall 2017

I wanted to write a post sharing with you a little tour of Vermont. I hope to do this soon since I have a several pictures to share from my journeys this past summer.  I think I will do it in parts since it will be easier for me. I will do it over time, perhaps throughout the coming winter.

Here is the first brief tour - A Christmas Tree Farm:

(Click on any photo to make it larger.)

The photograph above was taken early one morning, as I was on my way into the city to visit one of my grown daughters (who lives 2 hours away).   Each time I drive to see her, I go right by this Christmas Tree Farm.  It is so pretty!

Here you can see their Gift Shop building hidden behind some of the Christmas trees:


This last picture includes the company sign by the road:

I have never been to the gift shop, but perhaps I will stop if I happen to be driving by to see my daughter in December. I would love to see what their store looks like inside!

The next tour I will share:

A brief visit to The Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.


From the Archives -

Learning from Mother - A Home Without Clutter.

Happiness in - A Cozy Humble Home.

A Lesson from Colonial Days - To Earn and Not to Spend.

Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."

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Review – Kindergarten Phonics Readers

The following is a homeschool review of "Kindergarten Phonics Readers," published by Christian Liberty Press:

This is a set of four books. I have used these with all of my children and love them.

These are paperback, small booklets. 

They are designed for Kindergarten students who have already learned the sounds and sights of all the alphabet.  They work very well along with the "Adventures in Phonics Level A" program by Christian Liberty Press (my review for this is coming soon.)   

I have worn out sets of these books and have replaced them twice. I am now on my third set.  This was for my five homeschooled children, who are now all grown up. I am currently using a set of these books with one of my grandchildren.

How I used them:

I would work on the first lesson from the first book, a few words at a time. This helped the child understand the concept of sounding out words.  The pictures go perfectly with the lesson.  To begin with, it took us several days to complete the first page.   

The first lesson had words such as:


Then there would be a very short sentence.  The student gained confidence in the very first day and was always eager to continue the lessons.

We would not go on to the next lesson until the child knew every word in the first one. It would take me months to complete book one.  This laid a firm and strong foundation for reading.  The next three books went much more quickly, but we always re-did each lesson over and over again until the child could read very well.

At the end of each school day, I always had the child read for Daddy when he came home from work. My student was so excited to share how well she was progressing in her work.  Dad would also be impressed.  We often showed him, at least once a week, what we were learning in our homeschool. 

The last book in the set contained full paragraphs and short stories. By the time my children completed all four books, they were excellent readers.

My 3 different copies of Book Four in the set of Readers

In the photograph above, on the left, you will see the original copy of book 4. This was published in 1992.   Since I still have it, that will just help show you how valuable I think the book is!

The other two copies of the book, from the picture above, are the updated versions.  One is copyright in the year of 1998, with a "printing" date of 2000.  The newest one has the same copyright of 1998, but with a "printing" date of 2017.

The back cover of the original Book 4 in the set of Readers

The back cover of the updated version of Book 4 in the set of Readers

What is the difference between the original and updated versions?

The stories are mostly the same, with perhaps a few different words.  The new ones have full color pictures to go with each lesson. Both sets of books still work wonderfully. But I personally prefer the plain, original set with the simple drawings. 

Overall, These are Bible - based and a joy to read.  One of the chapters in book four is "The Best Book" about "Sam" who gets the Bible and reads it with his sister.

These books are excellent. All you have to do is sit with your student as if it is story time.  It takes a few minutes each day to teach them to read with these books.  It will help tremendously if you know the phonics rules from the curriculum "Adventures in Phonics Level A" so you can reinforce these rules of reading while you go through the lessons.

Please watch for my reviews on the following products which will work well with these readers:

1. "Adventures in Phonics" Level A

2. Adventures in Phonics: Phonics Sounds and Teaching Tips (Audio CD)

(I will add links to these reviews as soon as I am able to complete them.)

You can find this set of books at the Christian Liberty Press site:

Kindergarten Phonics Readers

  This post is the ninth in a series of reviews I am doing using Christian Liberty Press curriculum.  I hope to do 2 reviews each month as I work with my grandson for Kindergarten. To start with the first post, please see the introduction:

"24 Years of Homeschooling with Christian Liberty Press"

* Disclosure - I received this for review purposes.*


Who doesn’t love the YMCA

For a very long time the Y has been the go to place for us.  Sadly, this month we had to say good bye to our 'out of the house' fun! Here are just a small handful of the fun times we had there!

The skating rink was perhaps our favorite.  Most of the time we were the only ones on the ice.  As a former figure skater back in the day I enjoyed very much sharing moves and tips with my girls.