Free Drawing Book – Kindle

My son has a few of these books, he loves them! Free today on Kindle!


Draw and Write Through History – Cycle 1 Matchups

Draw and Write Through History - 17th Street Blessings - Cycle 1 Matchup

Recently, my second grader started cursive, and he loves to draw. This series is a great way to encourage both, with a fun connection to our memory work with Classical Conversations! Draw and Write Through History is a book filled with lots of instructions to draw, and several copywork pages (the books are primarily drawing exercises with cursive handwriting thrown in at the end of each section, sneaky!).

This is the “Mach Up” for the Classical Conversations Cycle 1. You will need books 1, 2, 3 and 5 for this matchup (but for the Timeline matchup, it uses all the books).

To open the files in a printable version click here:

Draw and Write Through History Cycle 1 Weeks 1-12

Draw and Write Through History Cycle 1 Weeks 13-24

Here are the six books in the series:

 Book 1 Creation through Jonah.

 Book 2 Greece and Rome.

 Book 3 The Vikings, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance.

 Book 5 Napoleon to Lady Liberty.

These are the Amazon links for the books, you do not have to buy them from Amazon, I picked mine up at a convention. Also, these are my affiliate links, so if you purchase through them, 17th Street Blessings receives a small commission, thank you!

And here it in a a list:

1           —

2          —

3          Greece and Rome            10-28         The Golden Age of Greece

4          Greece and Rome            5-9             Hanging Gardens

5          Greece and Rome            44-62        Roman Empire

6          Greece and Rome            44-62        Roman Empire

7          —

8          —

9          —

10        The Vikings, the Middle     44-54        Samurai of Japan

Ages and the Renaissance

11          —

12         —

13        Creation through Jonah   22-28         Egypt

14        —

15        —

16        —

17         —

18        —

19         —

20       —

21         —

22        —

23       —

24       Napoleon to Lady Liberty 5-9             Napoleon

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Draw and Write Though History Timeline Matchup

Draw Write Now – Cycle 1

Draw Write Now – Cycle 3


Cow Appreciation Day

This Friday is Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A! If you dress up like a cow you will receive a free meal, and for a partial costume a free entree. If you head over to Chick-fil-A’s website you will find all the details, including a FREE printable costume!

Here are some pictures of my kids over the years, we have only missed one since 2008. My daughter will get one more year out of that cow print dress (it just keeps getting shorter and shorter, now it is pretty much a long shirt!) and we will pass it along to some other cow appreciating folk.

17th ST Chick Fil A

Wood Burner!

Well today we got good news and bad news! Good news was for $60 we had the wood burner inspected and it is good to go! The inspector just suggested a paint job since the top is a bit rusty. Bad news, that room where the wood burner is, the roof is shot totally and leaking. So the ceiling in that room has to come down. When Mr. Visionary went to put a small hole in it to see what needed to be fixed, he discovered the plaster was about 3″ away from the lath, and could collapse at any time. So when I left (allergies were kicking up and Princess was having a not-so-regal morning) he was tearing out the ceiling.

17th Street BlessingsThankfully, we had scheduled a company to come take out all the junk in Princess’s room and hopefully for a few bucks more they will haul away all the ceiling materials from the front room.

Two Weeks of Work

We have gotten a ton of work done the last two weeks. We cleaned Lego Man’s room and the master bedroom and we started painting both rooms. Mr. Visionary pressure washed the basement and garage and also painted half the garage floor (we have already started putting junk in there, so we have to move it to paint the other half!). Also Mr. Visionary went to an auction a while back and purchased a full set of kitchen cabinets (before we had a house, does his nickname make sense?) and his oldest brother came over and helped get them from our neighbors basement to our new place.

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On the left is our family helping demo the kitchen. Top right is Mr. Visionary’s dad in the kitchen and bottom right is the empty kitchen.

The biggest progress was finishing busting out the old kitchen. The previous owners had installed a wood slat ceiling and it was starting to collapse and the false wall they put in to run plumbing through from upstairs was poorly done. It all had to come out. Thankfully Mr. Visionary’s dad, middle brother and our three nephews came over to help. I don’t think I’ve met three more industrious and hard working boys, and when you tell a 6, 10 and 12 year old to go ahead and bust out a wall, they go to town!

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This trio of pictures needs some explaining. First is a picture of some friends who helped paint the master bedroom. We are SO thankful for them!

Middle is the TERRIBLE fake brick that I thought we were going to have to live with on 2 walls in our living room. But we had the idea to just drywall right over it! YAY!!! Taking it out would have been just to much work (we realized after demoing the kitchen) and this is an excellent compromise!

Last picture is something that would probably get us turned into CPS. But I firmly believe that within reason, kids can be kids, and kids can help and be involved. Lego Man, my nephew and Princess were helping trim our apple tree.

So with about two weeks worth of work under our belt, we are gearing up to keep on trucking. Short term goals include painting the basement (so we can start moving items each time we go to the house), finishing painting and take out the carpet in Lego Man’s room and the master, drywall in the living room over the fake brick, and getting my new kitchen done!

We are praising God for all the work that has been done, the willingness of our friends & family to step in and give up free time to help.

These are the Bible verses I’ve been thinking on this week, they are the key verses for our Jr & Sr high kids at church who are at camp this week:

Hebrews 12:1-2

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.