Weekly Journal – Week 1

This year I am going to try to actually do a weekly journal on the blog. It won’t be super detailed or even very personal but it will just share with you some of what we are doing in different areas such as: homeschool, reading, watching, faith, photography, etc. Whatever I feel like I should share or you might want to know. I will include links to things when necessary. I hope I can keep up with it this year. I am determined too this time around. I’ve tried in the past and failed many times but I’m not going to give up. I will eventually find a way to make it work. lol

Our First week of January –

This week we have had snow twice. As I sit and write there is still snow on the ground and its beautiful. I have a fire going in my fireplace and everyone is home today. It’s nice and quiet as some in my house are still sleeping. Others are just working on their own projects and things. I’m enjoying the peace for the moment. That is something my heart and soul needs daily, peace. How about you?

What I’m Reading this Week

I’m working on reading the first two books from my book list. One from my non-fiction list and one from the fiction list.

I’m reading The Life, Work and Sermons of Moody. It’s a 1900 edition of the book and includes three books in one. I love old books and I have quite a few including some old textbooks from the 1800’s and early 1900’s. They are quite interesting.

I’m also reading An Heirloom Christmas. This is 6 novellas in 1. And it is an eBook I downloaded from Amazon for free. It is Christian/Inspirational fiction because I don’t read much that isn’t mainly due to content.

A Movie I Watched this Week

This week I watched two movies that I hadn’t seen before.

Te Ata – This one is based on a true story about a Native American Chickasaw woman. I won’t say much else other than it is clean and only rated PG. I really enjoyed it. It is one I recommend that you watch especially if you enjoy American history.

Journey 2 – I’m assuming this is a sequel to the remake of Journey to the Center of the Earth that starred Brenden Fraiser and Josh Hutcherson. But in this one its only Josh Hutcherson that is in it from the previous movie and Dwayne Johnson plays his stepdad. Vanessa Hudgeons is also in it. As far as whether I liked it or not it was okay. A clean family movie but it was a bit cheesy as well. a

Scripture of the Week

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation,

1 Peter 1:3 NLT

What We are Doing in School

We’ve been working through the book Defined for our Bible class. Reading a chapter a day together. We took a break from our Chemistry curriculum to study about the Blue Diamond for just some fun science. We are learning about the Revolutionary War in History. We visited Capernaum in Geography. We learned about Horses in Art and Literature in Studio Art. We also are learning about Frederick Douglas in our African American Literature class. You can learn more about all of the courses (except the book Defined) at Schoolhouse Teachers in the Eleventh Grade curriculum plan.

Question of the Week:

How long have you been homeschooling?

I have been homeschooling for more than 16 years. We actually started in Kindergarten with my oldest daughter. She and my middle daughter have graduated from homeschooling and have both gone on to college. She got her associates last Spring and will be heading to art school in the fall to finish out her bachelor’s degree. My middle daughter will be graduating with her associates this spring in photography and has chosen not to go on for her bachelors. My youngest is a junior in highschool and we only have one more year after this one left. it’s hard to believe when you first start homeschooling that you will ever get to the point of all your kids being done but it does happen and it happens faster than you would ever believe.

How has your week been? What are you reading, watching or doing? Share with me in the comments what is going on with you. I would love to connect with you.

The Curiosity Files – Blue Diamond & TOS Magazine Pre-Order

When we started back to school this week we decided to take a break from our normal routine and enjoy a unit study just for the fun of it. This is mainly designed for students ages 8-13 but we are adapting it for my highschooler as well. Plus its just a little bit of fun learning about something different. There are so many other studies in this series as well and the next one we are doing will be the one on the Platypus.

These are great as an add on or just for fun. The other topics cover everything from Cicadas to MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). They have history of the information as well as Q & A sheets to test whether or not your remembered what you read. You can purchase these through The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and if you use my affiliate link below it will help me out a bit as well. I never talk about something or sign up as an affiliate for something unless it is something we actually use.

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The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Do your children dream out loud of the jobs they hope to work at someday? Maybe their gifts are already evident, and it is easy to picture what “someday” may hold. Isn’t it amazing to ponder how God already knows what the future promises for each of your children? It’s amazing too, how He worked in your heart, preparing you to teach your children at home and ensuring an excellent start to whatever career path is in store for each of them. You know your kids so well (better than anyone), and you help them discover their gifts and bless them on the right paths. Have you ever come across Galatians 6:9? It says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” What a joy it will be someday to reap the rewards of these homeschooling years!

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My Book Goal and List for 2022

Every year I create a list of how many books I would like to read for the year. Last year I only made my goal 12 because I knew I was going to be busy and wasn’t quite sure I would be able to reach a larger goal. Well my end of year book count was … 25! Apparently I can read a ton even when I am busy.

You can view my past reading challenges and books read here:

This year I went ahead and made my goal 24 and anything above that is just extra. I picked 12 Non-fiction books and 12 fiction books. All of which I already own because I apprently have an addiction. hahaha.

Here are my book lists for 2022:

12 Non-fiction (in no particular order)

  • The Life, Work & Sermons of Dwight L. Moody
  • Writings of Thomas Paine Volume 1
  • The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer
  • Under God by TobyMac
  • Christian Leaders of the Eighteenth Century
  • Defined
  • The Will of God
  • A Life Ablaze
  • Dream Thieves
  • Kathryn Kuhlman
  • Know Your Enemy
  • Women of Courage

12 Fiction (in no particular order)

  • An Heirloom Christmas
  • Summer of Dreams
  • Into the Whirlwind
  • A Dangerous Legacy
  • Against the Tide
  • The Recipe
  • Thunder
  • Surge
  • Glory Prep
  • Shadows of Swanford Abbey
  • To Disguise the Truth
  • The River Girl’s Song

I’m sorry I forgot to write down the authors but if you are interested in any of them you can comment below and I will look up the authors for you.

So what are you all reading right now?

Restoration: My Word for 2022

This past Sunday sitting in our normal church service I very clearly heard the Lord drop the word “restoration” into my spirit. I wasn’t even thinking about deciding what word I would choose as my word for this year but I knew that was the word the Lord had for me. Right after that I heard the first part of Joel chapter 2 verse 25 rise up “And I will restore you the years that the locust hath eaten…”. It was so crystal clear I couldn’t deny that the Lord was speaking this to me. I was thinking about one particular area of life that I would like restored and I was thinking about it I felt that he was saying… “not just that but other areas as well.”

Praise God, I needed that. I needed to know that. All these things I have been believing God to turn around in our life He IS going to take care of. I just need to trust him. Never in the history of choosing a word for the year has it been so strong in my spirit nor so very clear. God is going to restore to me things that were lost or stolen from me. In every area of my life. But I really know that this word is not just for me but for others as well. God is about to do some restoration in the body of Christ. He is about to bring in prodigals, finances, homes, jobs, health and so much more. Just trust God to do what He said He would do.

Let’s read the rest of Joel 2:25 & 26:

“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: And my people shall never be ashamed.”

Joel 2:25 – 26 KJV

Not only will God restore the years to us, he will provide what we need in order to satisfy us. AND NOT ONLY THAT he said WE, HIS PEOPLE, will NEVER be ashamed. So lift up your head, saints. God is taking your shame. You no longer have to be ashamed.

Praise God!! He is going to not only restore what Satan has taken from us, but he will remove our shame as well. So if you are believing God for something or someone to be restored to you keep trusting, believing and DO NOT give up, because he will bring it to pass.

Homeschool Helps from around the Web

Highschool Reading Lists from Year Round Homeschooling:

Geography Resources from Education.com

Resources from Homeschool Giveaways:

New Search tool on HSLDA.org:

Find Homeschool Groups near You

First Day of Fall Journal Pages from from YearRoundHomeschooling.com

Enjoy some of these resources from around the Web.


Since starting back to school I’ve had to create a moodboard for each semester of our classes. Each one for myself. I have begun to narrow myself down quite a bit and I think at this point if I don’t know myself and what I am all about then there is a problem. lol

Here is the first moodboard made in Fall 2020 for Web Design I

I created this one for my Photoshop class in Spring 2021.

This one I just created again this Fall for my Branding Class.

This one is pretty simple but I think its me in a simple way.

Updates & Curriculum Choices for 21/22 School Year

Next month we start the back to Homeschool routine with my youngest, who is a junior in high-school now (where has the time gone?). Then my middle daughter and I, will be returning to college. Our oldest is taking some time off to pray and seek God about the next steps she should take in her life. I’m really excited because I will get to have one of my classes on campus. If the government doesn’t mess us up. I’m looking forward to school starting.

I have also rejoined the Homeschool Review Crew for the Old Schoolhouse Magazine. I was on it years ago when my kids were much younger and we tried out a lot of elementary and middle school stuff that are all posted here on the blog. Now I get to try out a lot of high school items. The reviews will be posted on the Facebook page so make sure you are following so you don’t miss a thing.

Hope and Ben Kenobi

We will also be returning to our local homeschool co-op after a year off. I am teaching World History to middle and high school students. My youngest is taking an Anatomy, Health and a P.E. class. My hubby is teaching an Astronomy class for 3rd-5th graders during the fall semester this year.

My middle daughter, Hope, is about to turn 20 next week and our Ben Kenobi (furry son) will be celebrating his “gotcha day” on the 8th of August. He has been with us for a year and we love him so much. We are considering adopting a little brother or sister for him to have someone to play with while mommy and daddy are busy working/doing school. The benefit is that my hubby and I both work from home now and he loves every second of it. We can be with Ben all the time and we have a beautiful fenced backyard for him to get out and run in. He also loves to go for walks and play with his toys. We are having a hard time with stuffies as he thinks they are for shredding. We’ve even purchased the “shred proof” ones designed for Rotweillers and Pit Bull’s and he still manages to figure out how to shred them.

Junior Year Curriculum Choices

This year for our curriculum we are going to use the SchoolhouseTeachers.com courses. As well as Kahn academy and allinonehighschool for math. Here are the courses:

Junior Year Student

Me, Angel (our youngest) and my hubby, Andy. @Cumberland Falls State Resort Park July 2021

Finding Peace

I’m sitting here on my back deck listening to the sounds of nature. I’ve been out here a lot since the cicadas have left us. We had millions in our yard and remnants of their 6 week visit are still visible. My yard is beginning to heal from their time here but we are still seeing some scarring in the trees and on the ground. I have dozens of holes where they emerged. But I can once again sit outside and ponder, work in the garden, read, and enjoy time with my family. 

During the infestation of my yard I began to wonder if they would ever leave us. I mean, I know it’s part of their 17 year cycle but I really wanted them gone. I needed my oasis back. That peace that came from just sitting outside and enjoying the yard. After 7 years of apartment living I have thoroughly enjoyed my backyard space. But then the Cicadas came. Mid-April to Mid-June all I could hear from 6am to 10pm every single day was their noise. I would walk outside and they would just fall out of the trees leaving their empty shells behind. It felt like it was raining cicadas. Not to mention that they are just terrifying. They look like they came out of the pit of hell with those red eyes. Plus they scream when they fly at you. Have you ever heard a cicada scream? It’s the creepiest thing I have ever heard. I just wanted them gone. I needed them gone. 

You can read the rest of this post here: https://aspiringtobemag.wordpress.com/2021/06/24/finding-peace/

© Dianna Auton 2021

Intro to Graphic Design Class Projects

Last semester in my Graphic Design Class we had to create all kinds of fun projects. Here are some of the images and pages that we had to make.

Our first project was a mood board about ourselves.

Mood Board Project

My first attempt at designing a Wedding Invitation from scratch.

Wedding Invitation Project

I had to create flyer:

Poster Project

I did a magazine layout which I LOVED…

At this point we began working on aspects of our final project. Website design.

The first part was to create a logo for a fictitional business:

Then a social media post advertising the business:

Social Media mockup

I created a website:

Website Home Page Mockup

And then the final project was a pdf presentation for the site:

There were also business cards in the mockup that was created but it’s all part of the presentation. I hope you enjoy seeing what I have done and have been learning. This semester I have been doing a whole bunch more projects so I will have to share some of them soon. It’s been a great adventure and I am looking forward to learning so much more in the semesters to come.