Rome’s Roots

Romulus and Remus with the wolf

The city of Rome started as an unnoticed community of Latin-speaking shepherds, who settled on seven hills in modern-day Italy near the Tiber River. Since the river made it easy to farm crops and trade goods, the city eventually grew successful. Shortly afterwards, the strong citizens of the city raised an army to invade and conquer surrounding villages.

The first king of Rome was a man named Romulus, who took power in 735 B.C. There is a well-known legend told about him. Romulus and his twin brother Remus were heirs to the throne of their settlement. On the sandy bank of the Tiber River, their corrupt and sinister uncle left them in a basket. Like a selfish thief in the night, he wanted to steal their crown. They were rescued by a loving wolf and raised by a shepherd. As adults the brothers decided to construct a magnificent city on the spot where they had been saved, but an argument started between them and it soon escalated into a fight. It got out of hand and Remus was slain by Romulus who then named the city “Rome” after himself. Even though Rome’s roots were a handful of shepherds living on a couple of hills, it would slowly evolve into the greatest empire the world has ever seen.

Southern poetry

Houston recently completed this poetry lesson, which stressed the usefulness and fun of adjectives, and was supposed to be about America. As you can see, he chose a different topic. That’s my boy! He also typed it up himself, got to choose the fonts, and then illustrated his final product. Raising unReconstructed kids is super cool.

The boys get “persuasive”

Quite the persuasive presentation, wouldn’t you say?!

The 3 Amigos wanted to buy a new Xbox One, so I encouraged them to try to convince Daddy to the merits of their grand plan through the power of the written word. Here’s what they came up with … and by the way, it worked!


How do you do, Daddy? We wanted to convince you to let us get the Xbox One. Mommy said it’s called persuasive writing. Here are some reasons we have prepared. 

We have enough money to buy the console and some of its accessories with our own money from cash we’ve earned for chores or that has been given to us as a gift. You won’t have to buy a new blu-ray player either because it already has one programmed into it. If you do allow us to buy it, we will still have some spare money for other things.

You can go look at the behavior grades in the bedroom and see that we’ve been pretty good lately. We promise that we will use the Fruits of the Holy Spirt to maintain self-control when playing it, so there will be lots of fun and no fighting!

Also, if the old Xbox 360 breaks, you won’t have to pay for a new one. We’ll already have a backup. Plus, we can play old Xbox 360 games as well as new ones on this one console. I think you too will find some joy in this system. We look forward to hopefully playing with you soon.

Your loving and mature sons,
Houston, Gabriel & Zeke