Trivium Pursuit

Three free Trivium Pursuit books with your order

June 15th, 2018

Please join me in my journey to learn how to use essential oils. I love how the smell of essential oils moves throughout my house, making everything smell fresh and wonderful. I love how when I apply essential oils to my skin, it gives me a sense of well-being and peace. There’s so much to learn — please join me!

To get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time. It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00), and more. In addition, I’ll send you three free Trivium Pursuit books as a thank you gift.

Becoming a wholesale member of Young Living Essential Oils is quick and easy and gives you an instant 24% wholesale discount on hundreds of products.

Some of you are wholesale members at Sam’s or Costco, so you understand the benefits associated with wholesale buying. However, with Young Living, unlike Costco or Sam’s Club, you don’t have to pay a registration fee to join.

As long as you spend at least $50.00 during the year, you’ll maintain your wholesale status — there are no yearly renewals. It’s that easy. No selling. No monthly requirements.

In other words, all you have to do to get wholesale prices is order a Young Living Premium Starter Kit. It’s that simple.


What you’ll get with your Young Living Premium Starter Kit:


–Your choice of diffuser (see choices, kit costs, and savings above)
–Lavender 5-ml
–Peppermint 5-ml
–Lemon 5-ml
–Copaiba 5-mlrainstone
–Frankincense 5-ml
–Thieves 5-ml
–Purification 5-ml
–R.C. 5-ml
–DiGize 5-ml
–PanAway 5-ml
–Stress Away 5-ml
–AromaGlide Roller Fitment
–10 Sample Packets
–10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
–10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
–2 NingXia Red 2-oz. samples
–Product Guide and Product Price List
–Essential Oil Magazine
–Essential Edge Member Resources

The value of the Young Living Premium Starter Kit is well over $300, while the initial investment starts at only $160.

In addition, when you choose the Premium Starter Kit, I will send you three of the following Trivium Pursuit books. This is our thank you gift for you.

Choose three of the following:

Ancient History from Primary Sources: A Literary Timeline
Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style
Handy English Encoder Decoder
A Greek Alphabetarion: A Primer for Teaching How to Read, Write & Pronounce Ancient & Biblical Greek
A Greek Hupogrammon: A Beginner’s Copybook for the Greek Alphabet with Pronunciations
What Do You See? A Child’s First Introduction to Art, Volume One, Two, and Three
Little Bitty Baby Learns Hebrew
Ancient Literature — 6 Volumes
Bless the Lord: The 103rd Psalm
Little Bitty Baby Learn Greek
My Mommy, My Teacher
The Lord Builds the House: The 127th Psalm

Cover Bless the Lord7

Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit represents over $300 worth of oils and products that will be a great blessing to your family. But, depending upon which Premium Starter Kit you order, the cost of the kit is as low as $160. (You get to choose your kit based on your favorite diffuser or products.)

Get started now. Simply follow the directions below or feel free to contact me for personalized help. After you place your order, contact me with the titles of the three Trivium Pursuit books you’d like.

Click HERE and follow the directions below. Note: The Young Living sign-up page will open as a new page.

Select the “Member” membership type (this choice allows you to get discounted pricing and it qualifies you for the potential of referral commissions, or what is called The Accidental Paycheck.) Choosing this type of membership does not obligate you to ever sell products or refer anyone to Young Living.

–Enter my member number: 1469570 into both the enroller and sponsor fields (this should pop in automatically)
–Select your country and language.
–Click “Continue”.
–Fill out your shipping information. Click “I agree” to the terms and conditions, and click “Agree and Continue.”
–Choose the Premium Starter Kit of your choice.
–Once you’ve completed this process, you will be given your own member number, which will allow you to start shopping with wholesale prices immediately. At this point, I recommend you sign up for Essential Rewards, so that you can earn FREE oils and enjoy discounted shipping every month.
–Feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions with the sign up process.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on the Trivium Pursuit web site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.


Soul Care

June 10th, 2018

What do you think of when you hear the word “Puritan”? Straight-laced, stern, legalistic, harsh. But did you know that the Puritans were the first, and some of the best biblical counselors? They wrote lots of practical books designed to bring hope and help to the troubled lives of fellow believers. They called what they did soul care.

People in the 1600s had just as many problems as we do now – actually, life was harder than it is today. We stress out about gaining too much weight over the holidays – they worried about finding enough food for even the next meal.

The Puritans were experts at taking the dry theological truths of Scripture and applying them to the very heart of your deep, dark problem. Reading the Puritans, you’re going to wonder how they seemed to know, 400 years ago, the very things which trouble your own soul. There are no conditions – no, not even yours – which aren’t addressed in the Scriptures and which the Puritans expertly apply like a healing salve to your troubled heart.

The central theme for many of their soul care books is how God works all things in the world for His own glory and His people’s good. They liked to call it Providence. The Puritans urge us to love Providence.

Here are some titles.

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs (my favorite)


All Things for Good by Thomas Watson (my second favorite)


The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall


Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks


Personal Declension and Revival by Octavius Winslow


The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards


Heaven on Earth by Thomas Brooks


A Lifting Up for the Downcast by William Bridge


The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes


The Puritans show us that the Scriptures cover all the bases and leave us only one option – trust God in your very own life, dear reader, that there are no accidents, no mistakes, and everything is still on schedule.

Laurie Bluedorn



June 10th, 2018

Excerpt from John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress with 525 Illustrations Spanning 250 Years, Part One



So the man drew nearer and nearer, and at last came up to them. His name was Atheist, and he asked them where they were going.


CHRISTIAN: “We are going to the Celestial City.”

Then Atheist burst into laughter.

Bunyan Then Atheist fell into a very great laughter

CHRISTIAN: “What is the meaning of your laughter?”

ATHEIST: “I laugh because I see what ignorant people you are, to take so tedious a journey, and yet are likely to gain nothing for your travel but pains.”


CHRISTIAN: “Why do you think we shall not be received?”

ATHEIST: “Received! There is no such place as you dream of in all this world!”

CHRISTIAN: “That is true, but there is in the world to come.”

ATHEIST: “When I was at home in my own country, I heard of that place which you speak of. So I went out to find it, and have been seeking this City for these past twenty years; but I have not found it in all this time!”


CHRISTIAN: “We have both heard and believe that there is such a place to be found!”

ATHEIST: “Had not I, when at home, also believed I would not have come thus far to seek it. If there had been such a place, I would have surely found it by now, for I have gone much further than you. So not finding it, I am going back home again, and will seek the pleasures which I had then cast away, for the vain hope of a world to come.”



You can purchase John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress with 525 Illustrations Spanning 250 Years, Part One here.


Tiny cowboys and Indians

June 10th, 2018

This might be my greatest garage sale find. $2




Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself

June 9th, 2018

Eric’s birthday is coming — do you think he’ll like this?


Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself by Maxine Anderson

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So far as we attain to this, we are secure from disappointment

June 2nd, 2018

One of the greatest privileges and brightest ornaments of our profession is a sweet acquiescence in the Lord’s will, founded in a persuasion of His wisdom, holiness, sovereignty and goodness. So far as we attain to this, we are secure from disappointment.

Our own limited views and short-sighted purposes and desires may be, and will be, often over-ruled. But then our main and leading desire, that the will of the Lord may be done must be accomplished.

How highly does it befit us, both as creatures and as sinners to submit to the appointments of our Maker. And how necessary it is to our peace.

This great attainment is too often unthought of, and overlooked. We are prone to fix our attention upon the second causes and immediate instruments of events, forgetting that whatever befalls us is according to His purpose, and therefore must be right and seasonable in itself, and shall be productive of good in the final outcome. From hence arise impatience, resentment, and secret repinings which are not only sinful, but tormenting.

Whereas, if all things are in His hand; if the very hairs of our head are numbered; if every event, great and small, is under the direction of His providence and purpose; and if He has a wise, holy, and gracious end in view, to which everything that happens is subordinate and subservient, then we have nothing to do, but with patience and humility to follow as He leads, and cheerfully to expect a blessed outcome.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12

by John Newton


Taken from Grace Gems


New Pilgrim’s Progress with 525 Illustrations

June 2nd, 2018


John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress with 525 Illustrations Spanning 250 Years, Part One

Pilgrim’s Progress like you’ve never seen it before, literally.

525 illustrations, many in color, chosen from dozens of sources over the span of 250 years.

The text of The Pilgrim’s Progress used is in modern English while preserving John Bunyan’s original meaning, his doctrine, and his quaint, charming, and most memorable style of expression.

Combine the unforgettable text with the magnificent illustrations, and you have a child’s enchantment.

When the book describes such scenes as Christian wounding Apollyon, or trapped in the net of the Flatterer; or Faithful before Lord Hate-good in Vanity Fair; or Hopeful languishing in Giant Despair’s dungeon; or Atheist laughing at Christian, you will have dozens of imaginative illustrations to enhance the experience.

compiled by Laurie Bluedorn

published by Trivium Pursuit

ebook, color, 605 pages


Purchase here.


Science and History Projects — one of the best parts of homeschooling

May 8th, 2018

Throughout our homeschooling years, from 1975-2001, science and history projects were a big part of our curriculum. It was the fun part of homeschooling and served to make the learning stick. Here are photos of some of our projects.

4 Nathan
An early project on robots

8 November, Homeschool Hostory Expo, Family
Our primitive attempt at costuming

Homeschool History Fair, Nathan and project
The Great Exhibition of 1851

3 May, Johannah, Science Fair
The Effect of Leaving Out Different Ingredients in Bread

3 May, Nathan, Science Fair
Nate’s first science fair project

7 Mercer County Fair, Nathan and ribbon
Lots of ribbons on this one

8 November, Homeschool Hostory Expo, Nathan
Leonardo Da Vinci

Fall Science Fair Project, Johannah
Johannah and her African Violet experiment

Fall Science Fair Project, Nathan
Increased pressure and growing plants

Homeschool History Fair, Ava and project
Ava and Queen Victoria

Homeschool History Fair, Helena 2
Helena — All three girls worked on the same project this year

Homeschool History Fair, Johannah

Nathan's history project
Nate’s Great War project

Fall Science Fair Project, Hans
Hans and his rock project


All About Reading — a recommended phonics curriculum

May 8th, 2018

In 1978 I started teaching my oldest to read. This is by no means a recommendation, but only the story of a small part of our homeschooling journey. When Nathaniel was just an infant, I read the book How to Teach Your Baby to Read by Glenn Doman. This book teaches a pure form of the “look-say” or “whole language” method for reading. Back in the 1950’s, I was taught to read with the Dick and Jane “look-say” sight readers, so I recognized Doman’s method as the way I had been taught to read. Since I didn’t know any better, I latched onto this method.

Following the book’s instructions, I began teaching Nathaniel when he turned two. As the book directed, I made up large flash cards with vocabulary words printed on them: mommy, daddy, house, school, and I drilled Nathaniel several times each day. Yes, he learned to “read” those words on the flash cards, but I found that if I skipped a day’s instruction, then he forgot all the words, so I had to begin all over again. My sister suggested that I teach him the alphabet first. I simply parroted the instructions of Mr. Doman, “Oh, no, teaching the alphabet would just confuse him.”

I think I lasted about three months with this method. It was an exercise in futility not unlike pouring water into a bucket full of holes. As long as I spent large and precious amounts of time each day drilling him with the flash cards, he continued to “read” them back to me. But if I failed to keep filling his bucket by drilling him with the cards, then his level of reading ability would keep dropping as his vocabulary would be draining out the holes.

At about this time, I heard a radio talk show program on the subject of teaching reading by a method they called “intensive phonics.” The guest that day was Benita Rubicam, then president of what was called the Reading Reform Foundation, and she talked about something called the Orton-Gillingham Approach. What she said made sense, and she immediately converted me. I read everything which that organization had to offer, and I began my search for the best phonics program to use with my children.

The Writing Road to Reading: Spalding Method for Teaching Speech, Spelling, Writing, and Reading was what I finally decided to use. At that time, it was considered to be the best phonics curriculum, except that it was not at all set up to be homeschool user-friendly. None of the helps and teacher’s manuals were available back then.

Here are some criteria you could consider when choosing a phonics curriculum:

Method. Despite what some persons want us to believe, English is a phonetic language. The problem with English is that it has the largest vocabulary, manifold larger than any other language which has ever existed. As a consequence, English has incorporated spellings from many different languages. Therefore, the way a particular word spells its sound may also display some of its history. This is the great cultural treasure of the English language.

Phonics is the only method which fits English. Do not be fooled by the fake phonics programs which are based upon “look-say” sight reading, but which sprinkle in some incidental phonics as “auditory-clues.” Phonics teaches the sounds of each letter or letter combination and builds up a full system of pronunciation. (Yes, there are some quaint little exceptions, and they are taught also.)

Usability. If you are unfamiliar with the English phonetic system, then make sure that the curriculum which you choose has plenty of teacher’s helps. Back in the seventies and eighties, when we used The Writing Road to Reading, the parent was expected to take a course at a college in order to learn how to use it. Today, numerous helps have been added. We recommend using a phonics curriculum which is easy to understand and use.

At what age should I begin teaching reading? A few children will learn to read at age four, while a few may be fully ten years old before they can confidently read a basic reader. Most children, however, will learn to read sometime between the ages of five and eight. The age at which a child learns to read is no indicator of how intelligent he is or how well he will do in academics later on. Our own children learned to read somewhere between age five and nine. We suggest beginning phonics at age five. If, after a reasonable amount of time, you find that your child is not retaining any of the instruction, even though he is putting forth an effort, then you may want to put the curriculum aside and wait a few months before trying it again.

What materials should I use? There are many good phonics reading programs. Some families will try one, find it does not work, try another, find it does not work, try another, find it does not work, try another, and at last it works. So in their mind this last one is the best one, when in reality, the child was finally old enough, developed to the point of true readiness to read.

The phonics curriculum I can recommend to you today is All About Reading. It meets the criteria of method (it’s based on Orton-Gillingham) and usability (it’s a lightly scripted, open-and-go program). This program doesn’t require long periods of study and you don’t have to develop your own lesson plans. Everything is laid out for you, step by step.

All About Reading is the curriculum my daughter Johannah is using with my grandchildren, and I get to help!

Michael doing his writing assignment

Listening to Michael practice reading


Are you looking for a phonics or spelling curriculum?

May 3rd, 2018

Use a curriculum which is based on the Orton-Gillingham Approach. This free e-book will give you a look at the elements of this approach for teaching reading and spelling. Long ago, I used The Writing Road to Reading by Romalda Spalding, which was one of the first reading curricula based on Orton-Gillingham. It was good, but difficult to implement. Today, we have other options. More later.

The Power of Orton-Gillingham