Anniversary Words

core of peace
This quote is from Elizabeth Goudge’s Island Magic. I loved the first part of this novel, although I felt like the plot got away from the author in the middle and end sections. (Which is not unusual in a first novel and I do not mean it as a terrible criticism. I just didn’t love the middle and end as much as the first part resonated with me.)

Rachell and Andre du Frocq may be fictional characters but their marriage is Real. Goudge manages to depict two characters who love each other fully, misunderstand each other frequently, and battle through the highs and lows of life (including five children!) together. The setting is long ago, but the Story is not.

(Why this bonus quotation? Today is our 17th wedding anniversary!)

Looking for a more practical list of books about love, relationships, and marriage? Try this one: Love, Marriage, & Family Reading List.

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52 Family Game Nights: Milles Bornes

I apologize for the lapse in Family Game Night posts, but summer is a busy time for everyone. One reason: travel. Summer is travel season. (Although I suppose major holidays throughout the year are also travel season, but I digress.)

Thinking about travel reminded me a great classic card game with a travel theme:

family game night milles bornesFamily Game Night #19: Milles Bornes

OK, Milles Bornes is not exactly a travel theme: it’s a French Auto Race Game invented in 1954. But travel, auto racing: close enough, right?

Your goal is to safely complete a trip 1000 miles (or kilometers) long. There are hazards along the way and remedies for those hazards, plus “safety” cards which will earn you extra points. (And the joy of shouting the French phrase, “Coup-fourré!” if you play them at the right time.)

milles bornes cardsPlay can be frustrating if you hit a hazard and take a while to draw the right remedy. Plus, you have to play another “Go” card before you can get going again and that can also frustrate younger players. Playing as teams may alleviate some of these frustrations.

As I mentioned above, you can play singles or teams, although it depends which deck you buy.  (The new editions allow for more players.) Our deck is a classic edition that I picked up at the thrift store but the game has been re-released several times and should be fairly easily found for $15 or less.

I have fond memories of playing this with my parents and grandparents as a child, so it hits the right points for me: simple card game, easy to learn, and nostalgic.

milles bornes coup ferreAnd hey, if your children are learning French, you could count this as an extension activity. (Especially if you’re playing with one of the editions that was released in French / English cards.)

Summary of Milles Bornes

Number of Players: 2-8 (depending on edition)

Recommended Ages: 7+

Reading Required: yes, but minimal, and maybe not required if a child is familiar with all the cards, which have bright, clear graphics.

Have you played Milles Bornes? Do you have a favorite travel themed family game?



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Words on Wednesday – Every Good Book Should

In an effort to clear my shelves before our big family trip, I finally finished up Leland Ryken’s A Christian Guide to the Classics. It wasn’t lengthy or hard to read, but I just hadn’t felt any urgency to finish it before now.

Books ABOUT books really deserves its own post here on Living Unabridged (someone remind me to do that sooner rather than later), but I don’t have time just now. One of my favorite things in Ryken’s book was all the quotes from authors about books and reading. Including this one from C.S. Lewis that I’m sure I’ve seen before:

a good book is entertaining

Why do we think it’s bad if a book is entertaining? We have this concept that a book must be dull and difficult to be “good for us”. Lewis disagreed, Ryken disagrees, and I am happy to find myself in such good company.

And yes, there may be parallels to diet. The more good stuff we eat, the more we like it.

Anyway, as I said: lots of thoughts for another time. (Side note: that image above is part of our Puffin Classics collection. If you’d like to see more of our bookshelves check out: Full Shelves, Happy Life.)

Recently Finished

Ryken’s book is the only book I finished in the last week. I also returned most of my reading stack to the library for two reasons.
1.) I don’t want to rack up fines while we’re away.
2.) We bought four sacks full of books, movies, and audio books at our library sale last week. Reading through some of this haul will be enough to keep me busy for awhile.

Recently Added

Four major bags of books, movies, and audiobooks. Be sure to find me on Instagram since I’ll be sharing some of these finds there. Many of these were for the kids, but I also found some great things for my own collection.

Current Read Aloud

All the girls are enjoying Pollyanna. And the iBoy keeps sneaking in to listen too. (This is probably more about trying to stay up later than it is desire to listen to a story.) I haven’t read this in years, and once again I’m reminded how much richer the source material is than the movie. (But I still love the movie too!)

Most mornings (not all, because: SUMMER) we’re reading Famous Men of Rome, Galen and the Gateway to Medicine, and a picture book selection that corresponds to our Ancient History study.

Current Book to Review

My copy of Give Your Child the World arrived from BookLook Bloggers. Another book that belongs in my “Books About Books” round-up!

Current Kindle Deals

There honestly aren’t that many deals jumping out at me right now.
Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend is $2.99. That’s not the best price I’ve ever seen, but it’s not a bad deal.

Don’t forget that Father’s Day is Sunday! On Monday I shared a list of favorite fictional fathers and I’d love to hear your additions to my list.

What are you reading now?

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