Back at the Cabin

Grandchild #3 has turned 8 years old. At 8 each grandchild gets their first solo visit to the cabin with us. For two weeks they get to hang out with us to do the work and fun of cabin life. This guy likes to fish, chop wood and ride the tractor with Grandpa. On rainy days we play Carom and Dutch Blitz. Funny thing…he doesn’t seem to miss “technology” at all.

We came early to the cabin this year. The trillium are blooming, the birds are singing and we are getting some good spring rain for the garden. I have seen an orchard oriole, black and white warbler and scarlet tanager so far. I must get the hummingbird feeder up. We’ve had one coming to where the feeder was other summers.

Two Adventure Stories for summer reading

After the RJ series, the author’s Nebraska roots are inspiration for these two books.

Matthew Hartmann’s Pony Express route was along the Platte River Road in Nebraska. It is historical fiction told in the voice of the young man who who rode “The Pony” and found romance.

Year of the Hawk is a sweet story of two Pawnee children who find a hatchling hawk in a pile of leaves on the ground. Pawnee culture in the late 1800’s, friendship, rescue and training of the hawk fill the pages of this little book.

Children will enjoy reading or listening to an adult read the books. They are available on Amazon.

The Rest of RJ’s Story

RJ’s Legacy is the final entry in the series of this beloved fictional character. The reader meets the adventurous RJ in RJ’s Journey and RJ’s Valley. Her life spanned the historical context of the Westward expansion in the late 1850’s through the Civil War, the pioneer days in Oregon, the Women’s Suffrage movement and World War I. In Legacy, RJ’s adult children reminisce about their mother’s life and the reader learns more about the strength of this pioneer woman.

More RJ

RJ’s Valley takes up where RJ’s Journey leaves off. She continues to journal about her life, family, friends and her love for the beautiful valley she calls home. After reading RJ’s Journey the reader will be interested in what adventures in teaching and romance come her way. You will, also, feel the emotion of the grown up RJ and the things she experiences.

Time to plan for summer reading for your kids?

RJ’s Journey

The first in the RJ series, RJ’s Journey chronicles the trip by covered wagon from Missouri to Oregon. Rebecca Jemima Calloway is 12 years old when we meet her. “Journey” is RJ’s journal entries from December 1857 to the end of 1859. The journal entries in the book include the life her family left behind in Missouri, travel along the Oregon Trail and the Calloway family’s first year in Oregon Territory.

RJ is an adventurous, smart girl with siblings, cousins and friends to share life with. The pioneer spirit is strong in her as we see her mature through her journal entries. RJ’s Valley continues her story. More about “Valley” later.

All Ardie’s books are available through Amazon. Search for Ardith Nelson and you will find all her books.

Meet Mattie

Mattie is a wife, mother, author and librarian we met at Midwest Parent Educators Expo recently. She has written historical novels with the stories told from a horse’s point of view. Check out Mattie’s books at My granddaughter was pleased to be able to buy one of Mattie’s books with her own money. Both Mattie and I had some great young readers come to our respective booths.

Midwest Parent Educator Conference 2022

The gang went to Midwest Parent Educators Conference with me. Sara and Nava helped at the booth. The other kids went to the children’s sessions. They also enjoyed walking through the exhibit hall collecting friends and free things. I think most of the vendors knew Nava by the end of the event.

I appreciated meeting homeschool parents and students and seeing old friends. It is especially gratifying to have “repeat” customers who have enjoyed my books. Other vendors were great to visit with as well. We were next to Mattie from North Dakota. I will talk more about her in another post.

A young girl had been eyeing the RJ series and when she came to the booth near the end of the event she had the idea of bartering for the books. I was glad to take her up on her “deal” because the product she traded for the books was a great product I had been interested in. We were both happy with the trade.

Midwest Parent Educators

April 1&2, 2022

Soon will be time for Ardie’s Books to have a booth at MPE Expo. The first year I had the RJ Books there for sale. Now this will be my third time at the Expo and I have 11 titles to offer homeschool parents. Most of the books are historical novels while a revised Nelson’s Pond is an animal story loved by the grandkids. Also, the Maya and Max series will be introduced at the Expo. It has been an interesting time visiting with homeschoolers who come by the booth. I anticipate it will be another great experience this year.