Something new, Tu B’Shevat


This year, in our homeschooling journey, I decided to add in learning about Jewish holidays and festivals.  I found a great website called and it explains a lot to me and it even has information for the kids so they can understand at their level.

The first holiday of the year is Tu B’Shevat.  I have been read about this holiday on  I read a great article tonight on the connection between food and Tu B’Shevat.  It’s called Celebrating Pleasure and it was a great read.  What really spoke to me was the comparison made about how a baby nursing stimulates more milk, which is what the baby wants, but it also gives the mother more satisfaction and how that was the same as us drawing closer to God makes us want more of Him and it gives Him more satisfaction.  I suppose as a past-nursing-mother, I can understand the comparison.

The whole article was very moving and insightful.

I also went to the page for kids and read to them “What is Tu B’Shevat?” today.  There is coloring pages, audios to listen to and other articles to read there.  We listened to one audio story today and will listen to more tomorrow.  I also have planned for them to do some kind of art project.  Saturday is actually Tu B’Shevat, so we will celebrate that day with a little festival of our own.

I am still in the process of searching and researching all that has to do with this holiday.  We will definitely be eating some fruit.  I am hoping that I can find myself something to eat that won’t flare up my Oral Allergies Syndrome.  Maybe God will bless my food to my body and not let it give me a reaction.  I will pray for that.  I’d really like to eat an apple and some grapes.  The custom is to eat fruits that come from trees.

Tu B’Shevat is the beginning of the new year of the life cycle of fruit bearing trees.  Well, all trees, really.  But especially the fruit bearing ones are recognized.  I would tend to stick to more Israeli type fruits, such as pomegranates, grapes and maybe olives.  Traditionally, it is those eaten along with figs and dates.  I don’t think that I can get a pomegranate in season now.  The last ones we bought  not too long ago were icky old.  Yuck. also tells me that this day is a day to reflect on the Bible verse, Deuteronomy 20:19, “…is the tree of the field a man…”.  I read the whole verse, and it all kind of confused me.  I think I’ll go back and read the verse before and after to see what the context is.  I will also read some articles on about that verse.  There is a page called, Man and Tree, that have lots of articles that have to do with this verse.  There’s so much to explore on that site!

Hopefully I will remember to take pictures so that I can blog about how neat our party is on Saturday!  I have blogged before about trees, and my love for them, so I am looking forward to this holiday.


January 2013 Reading Challenge List

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Wild pic isn’t it?  That’s how I look when I get new books!

Here is my intended reading list for January’s challenge:

  • Celebrate President’s Day – The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Henry Ketcham
  • Birthday Book – A Collection of Stories by Jack London
  • Who’s Got the Blues? – The Blue Hill Farms Guide to Basic Chicken Keeping by Kim Hamilton
  • Bringing in the New Year – Proverbs of the New Testament: A Relevant Study of the Book of James by Lara Velez, Founder of Moms of Faith
  • Snowy Days – Working in the Northwest Woods by Dennis Willard

As you can see, I have quite a wide variety of books that I like to read.  All of these are books that I have on my Kindle that I haven’t read yet.  I did look through my TBR books and I didn’t have much that matched there.

I am so excited to start this!  Only four more days!!  Now to choose which one to start first!


January 2013 Reading Challenges & Link Up List

20110212_7I love a challenge every now and then.  Don’t you?!  I also love to mix a challenge with my hobbies.  Reading challenges are a great way for me to be able to do that.  I’ve been searching for a good challenge to do, but didn’t really find any ones that I was really excited about.  I thought it would be more fun to make up my own and maybe have some people join me.

The rules are very simple.  You can read any book to fill the list.  It doesn’t matter what genre or how it is printed.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve read it before, as long as you DO read it again.  Books read for the January challenges must be started in January, not something that you were previously reading.  You can read a book that falls into more than one category and get it counted for that.  You may also use books that you are using for different challenges.

Don’t feel pressured to do them all!  Choose what you feel is right for you.  What sounds like fun?  What do you think you can accomplish?  Are you challenging yourself?

After you’ve checked out the list, you can link up with us and share what you will be reading.  At the end of the month, I will post a post for us to share our progress.

So what are you waiting for?  Get those lists ready and link up with me!  Don’t leave me doing this journey alone!

  • Celebrate President’s Day – Read any book that has anything to do with a President of the US.  It can be about a president, a president’s name can be used in the title or the same as the author’s name or the setting of the book in Washington DC.
  • Birthday Book – Find an author that was born in January and read a book written by that them.  Here are a couple links to help you out:
  • Who’s Got the Blues? – Find a book with the word BLUE in the title.
  • Bringing in the New Year – Read any book that talks about New Years, making resolutions or has the word NEW in the title.
  • Snowy Days – Snow or anything to do with snow on the front cover.  Ex. snowman, skis, snowflake, etc.

Please leave your link to your reading list in the comment section so I can follow your blog and reading journey!