Booklists, Reading Correlations, and Reviews, Oh My!
By now it’s probably pretty obvious that I love books. I love to read them. I love to review them. I love to share good ones with others.
Because of the reviews I do, I sometimes even get to give stuff away, and boy, howdy! I just love passing on a blessing to someone else!
Honestly, when I set out to select a winner for a giveaway, not only do I say a little prayer (as silly as it sounds), I am also filled with joy as I write my little note to the winner. My hope is that whatever they have won will bless them and help them in their homeschooling endeavors.
So… after about the tenth person contacted me about Usborne books for various reasons (asking for reviews, match-ups, etc.), I decided maybe I should start looking into it more.
I noticed a few things immediately.
- The boys and I love the Usborne books we have (although I admit that I had purchased them through Amazon in the past because I never realized that Usborne was a book company with consultants you could order through).
- I have always thoroughly enjoyed home shows (remember Home Interiors? I was one of those home-decorator people!). And can I tell you? I am just BESIDE myself thinking about getting together with others to look through books. What could be more fun that that?!? (I would love to create a monthly chock-lit guild just to sit around and talk about books with other people! Maybe I’ll do that in my spare time.)
- Usborne has a program where you can offer free books to others. You can actually work with others to stock their library. To think I might be able to help others (maybe even a few who are facing a financial setback?) to build an entire library of books? That would be a thrill!
- By joining Usborne myself, I may be able to help someone else start a business that will provide the finances for them in a time of need (or maybe provide some extra cash just to take a family vacation?).
- This fits into what I’m already doing.
So here is where my love of books has taken me. I’m branching out here. I’m now an Usborne Consultant.
We interrupt this post for a little update. In July 2017, two and one-half years later… I’m stepping down from being an Usborne Consultant. But please read a little more to hear how God has worked in our lives despite setbacks and unexpected changes….
I’m still considering where this may take us one day. For now, I really hope to extend the giveaway aspect so that I can bless others with a great library of books. I’d love to get together with friends and friends of friends to look through and chat about books. And of course I want to add some more Usborne books to our own personal library.
But… can I share my heart with you? Can I share my dream? Can I?
[It scares me half out of my wits to put this into words. Really, it does.]
My dream… is that one day, maybe one day, my husband will be able to choose to board a helicopter that lands on the helideck of a drillship,
….travel back home to Tennessee, and stay home with us.
Please don’t get me wrong. I am so thankful for his wonderful career. I really, really am. God has performed mighty works in Gary’s job, and I know he has made such an impact in the places the Lord has taken him. But I sure do miss him when he’s gone. Oh, how I miss him! And my heart breaks when the boys have to say goodbye every other month. It breaks when he misses a performance, or a a Memory Master achievement, or a birthday, or our anniversary, or Christmas. It breaks when Gary fears that Isaac won’t remember him when he returns.
So maybe starting a new business will one day allow him to return home to stay home. He won’t need to head back to Tanzania, or Angola, or South Korea, or Brazil anymore. I expect that it will one day happen [retirement], but my hope is that it will happen before we become empty nesters.
Our 2017 update, continued: Ironically, with only two days’ notice, my husband lost his job in February 2016.
Through this unexpected change, our dream became a reality, even though it was not the way we planned it at all. With this change came lots of discussions and decisions about what to do next. We came to a crossroads where we had to decide if we would continue our blog (with all of the financial expense and time involved in maintaining it), or abandon it altogether. We decided to step out in faith and establish Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood as an LLC to pursue a family business focused on educational pursuits. Because of our vision to develop products to bring truth, goodness, and beauty into homes (and schools) across the world, and because of our desire to continue to connect with and encourage parents in their homeschooling journey, we accepted the unexpected change as an opportunity to pursue the dream.
Really, this is a huge dream. And a year and a half later, we’re still striving to make this a feasible reality. If you shop through any of our affiliate links, you are a part of it. If you purchase any of our Script-n-Scribe resources, you are a part of it. If you recommend our website or products to others, you are a part of it. Your financial support (through affiliate links, donations, and Script-n-Scribe purchases) not only offsets the rising costs associated with this website, but it also gives the support needed for our family to invest the time it takes to continue updating links and providing resources and encouragement for families across the world.
Our prayer is that we will successfully build our family business here at Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood. We will continue stepping out in faith to keep our website in operation. Sometimes this all seems too big, but we remind ourselves that nothing is too big for our God. Your prayers and your support are appreciated more than I can ever express in words.
Just…. thank you.
In His Grace,