Wednesday, February 21, 2018

G.A. Henty Audiodrama- Wulf the Saxon

With the new year before us (can you believe it is almost March?) there are many things to look forward to!  One of my favorites, of course, is the opportunity to do some reviewing for the Homeschool Review Crew: first up- Wulf the Saxon Audio Drama from Heirloom Audio Productions.

It seems fitting that this would be the first review I have the honor of doing this Crew year, as we were introduced to Heirloom Audio Productions a few years ago and have been a big fan since.  In our stack of audio dramas you will find Under Drake's Flag, With Lee in Virginia, In the Reign of Terror, The Dragon and the Raven, In Freedom's Cause, Beric the Briton, and Captain Bayley's Heir.

Wulf the Saxon, like all of the other audio dramas from Heirloom, is an reenactment of one of the many classic G.A. Henty books.  By taking books that could take days or even weeks for some young readers to finish and putting them into a approximately 2 1/2 hour audio drama, these classic tales have become more accessible and even a bit more understandable to newer generations.  These are not word for word translations and some liberties are taken in the story line, but your child will none the less get the main ideas and plots of the G. A. Henty books.

Heirloom Audio Productions

So who is Wulf?
The story itself is told from "George's" (G. A. Henty) point of view to entertain and teach two unruly brothers whom have been caught arguing.  He begins to tell the story of a tapestry he holds and the adventures pictured on it.  The tale takes the reader back to 1065 and the time surrounding the Battle of Hastings.

At the beginning of the story we are introduced to Wulf , a young Saxon who is sent back to his home away from his service to the earl to learn "It is not always good to let others know what we think."  As he rules over his land and those who work for him,  he grows, matures, and learns many lessons.  When he is called back into service the real adventure begins.  Shipwrecks, battles, castles and sacrifice on many levels will keep you in suspense as you follow Wulf and his Christian friend, Harold, along the way.

What did we think?
We, of course, really liked this latest addition to the Heirloom library! I will, however, say this has been the hardest one for us to follow.  There are many characters and scene changes and you have to be paying attention to keep up.  Trust me I know!  After the boys, ages 16 and 10, listened on their own, I popped it into my computer to listen to while I worked.  Bad idea!  After about 20 minutes I realized I was lost and had to try again.  I found if I listened while doing nothing else, or even listened to it in the car where I was less distracted I followed much better.

Beware if listening in the car though- there are loud noises that will make you jump if you are prone to that kind of surprise.  I am and several times have had to will my heart rate back into the normal zone!

The boys, however really had no problem keeping up; maybe because they felt they knew the story better or maybe because at least one of them is an auditory learner.  They love audio dramas and often listen to these at night before bed, or just while doing something else in their rooms.   Their love of Heirloom also explains why I listened to Wulf the Saxon last- as soon as it hit the mailbox it was whisked away to their rooms.

And speaking of noises!  One of the things we love about Heiloom Audio Dramas is their use of popular actors.  Many of you will recognize the actors' names from Star Wars, Les Miserables and more.  Each actor is carefully chosen to match the voices, so you will find no fake accents here.  It does make it challenging to understand the dialog sometimes, but once you get used to it, you will find yourself thinking in those accents and deciphering easily.

If you are concerned there is all fight and no love to interest your girls- no worries!  One of the reoccurring themes is "Fortunate are the few who marry for love,"  which you see played out by the end in the life of Wulf.  I don't want to spoil the fun, but let's just say love is good, despite my boys saying YUCK! ;)

A Warning-
While intended for slightly more mature audiences, we know lots of younger kiddos enjoy audio dramas.  I would advise you to use caution with younger listeners with Wulf the Saxon as there are a few pretty intense scenes including intense battles and even an amputation.  It is not for the squeamish!

Whether you are looking to expose your children to the classic writing of G. A. Henty, find a new way to teach history, or even enjoy some subtle teaching of character traits such as loyalty, duty, and perseverance Wulf the Saxon will be a great addition to your audio drama library!

Heirloom Audio Adventure Club

You can join the Live The Adventure Club on Heirloom's website and get access to all these great adventures.  Membership includes getting two CD sets in the mail each year, daily devotions, activities and games, and lots of recorded fun.

Wulf the Saxon {Heirloom Audio Productions Reviews}

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday Menu and Your Crockpot

Good Monday morning! I pray this finds you well and ready to tackle a new week! Several of my peeps have been out of town and will be returning today so we are excited around here.

I am working on some new menu master lists coming soon to help in meal planning, but until then, here is this week's menu at the Pleasants house. Enjoy-

Monday- French Toast and Bacon
Tuesday- Chicken Chimichangas
Wednesday- Meatballs
Thursday- Chicken Chow Mein
Friday- Hamburgers
Saturday- Chicken Cordon Bleu
Sunday- Creamy Tortellini Soup

You all know how much I love my Crock Pot, and no I have not jumped on the insta-pot bandwagon, so I thought I would share a recipe from last week. I have been using this SIMPLE recipe for probably over 20 years now and unfortunately cannot tell you where it came from, but it is always a crowd pleaser. I can fix it for my family and use left overs for lunches or even as a topping for baked potatoes the next night, or it can feed a crowd. Either way it is yummy!

Crockpot French Dip

Can be used for sandwiches or topping for stuffed potatoes!


  • 1 Beef Rump Roast
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1 Can French Onion soup
  • 1 can/bottle beer
  • Hoagie Rolls


  1. Combine all ingredients in Crockpot
  2. Cook 8 hours on low.
  3. Shred and serve on rolls.
  4. Use juice as dip!
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Whole Heart- CD Review and Giveaway

It is always fun to have the opportunity to review music!  I love hearing music in the background of my day, and when it is beautiful praise and worship music it makes it even better.  Music that is focused on God can bring such joy to one's heart.

The new album, Passion’s Whole Heart, is such a CD.  It has brought joy to my day on several occasions this past few weeks.  

Whole Heart is a collection of praise and worship songs, many performed by different artists, performed at the Passion Conference in Atalanta, Georgia.  These ARE live recordings, so if that is not your thing, be forewarned.  You will hear concert type background noise, though the recordings are quite clear.

 "Rooted out of the Passion movement, we are committed to leading people towards renewed intimacy with God and fresh encounters of worship. Passion is more than music. More than events. Passion is a generation living for His name."

I was not familiar with all of the songs, I tend to get stuck on the older songs I know, but enjoyed this album none the less.  My favorite two songs were Great Are You Lord featuring Matt Redman, and All My Hope, featuring Crowder and Tauren Wells. Other songs included are-

Whole Heart (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
Almighty God (feat. Sean Curran)
God, You’re So Good (feat. Kristian Stanfill & Melodie Malone)
Reckless Love (feat. Melodie Malone)
Heaven (feat. Sean Curran)
More Like Jesus (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
Hallelujah, Our God Reigns (feat. Brett Younker)
Ghost (feat. Crowder)
Ever Almighty (feat. Melodie Malone)

Be ready for quite a lengthy listen.  Most of these songs are 4-8 minutes each.
You can pre-order this album now OR FlyBy has graciously offered to give a copy of the Whole Heart CD to one of our readers.  Leave a comment on this post, along with a way for us to notify you if you are the winner, telling us who your favorite Christian artist is or share your favorite hymn.  A winner will be chosen randomly next Friday!

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Finally! Family Pictures

Yes, we finally got some updated pictures of this family!  With two girls off and about, our time together as a family of 6 is limited, so when Christmas came I knew it was our chance to get some quick photos taken.  I need to update the ones on the side bar, but one thing at a time.

If you follow us on Facebook then you have seen a few of these probably, but I wanted to put them here on the blog for those who follow this way.

A BIG thank you to Virginia at Virginia Schultz Photography!  She has a growing business that features newborn photography, but I think everything she does is pretty amazing.  Bonus, she was able to put up with this crazy family!

This is the one hanging in our house now!

But I love this one too!

There is just something fitting about everyone looking at Dad!

 There is no one else I would rather walk through life with!

My oldest princess!

My second princess!

My firstborn son!

Our youngest prince!

A few of the kids together-

My hero still makes me giggle-

So there ya go!  Since the last pictures we have all aged a bit.  Ashton is getting ready to turn 24, Riley is 20 now, Salem is 16, and Colby, my baby, is 10!  I will skip on Clarke and myself! ;)

Time flies when you are having fun!