Five Minute Friday ~ Middle

Today's word prompt for five minute Friday is middle. The rules are simple- just write for five minutes.

When I think about the word middle, I think about several things. One of the things I think about is the tv show called The Middle. Another thing I think about is my precious middle children. My son became a middle child at 2 years old and my daughter became a middle child at 5 1/2 years old. My son has not really known anything other than being the middle child. I grew up as the baby of the family, so I don't really know much about being stuck in the middle. I know that sometimes, for him, he gets pushed to the side or doesn't get to do something his older brother or younger sisters get to do. I try to remember to give my middle children the attention that they need. I have let my middle son come with me to the store without the others (even though I would rather go by myself). For my older daughter, it is a little different. She was the baby for over 5 years. She remembers what it was like not being in the middle. I also try to give her attention without her little sister tagging along. We have been out on a mother/daughter date of just the two of us and had a wonderful time. She needs to get away from her little sister (and older brothers) every once in a while. So, while I am not a middle and don't know what it is like to be in the middle, I still try to give my middles attention and love.


Blogging Through The Alphabet

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I've decided to join in with some of my fellow Homeschool Review Crew members in a round of blogging through the alphabet. Annette and Amanda will be our hosts.

I have not actually decided what I will be blogging about, it will probably just be a random word that comes to my mind during the week. Or, I may blog about people in the Bible. I'm not quite sure yet. I have in the past done my favorite Bible verses and just random things.

The posts start next Tuesday. Be sure to come back and see what the other crew mates are writing about.



Five Minute Friday ~ Connect

Last year, I was introduced to five minute Friday writing prompts hosted on the blog Heading Home. The rules are simple, just write for 5 minutes on the word prompt. The first word prompt for this year is connect.

When I think about the word connect, I think about connecting to the internet. I grew up during the dial-up time of the internet. It was difficult having to wait to connect and sometimes it just wouldn't connect at all. Then, I would get connected only to have my mother tell me to get off the internet because she needed to call someone. If only our children (or grandchildren if you have them) knew how difficult it was to get connected to the internet. Wow! They would be shocked to not have that instant connection.

There is one connection that has always been instant and will always be instant until God returns to bring us to His home with him. How do we keep an instant connection with God? It's fairly simple, read His word and pray every day. Remember that song you use to sing at church, "read your Bible, pray every day and you'll grow, grow, grow." Reading your Bible and praying every day keeps an instant connection to God. He loves us and wants to keep that connection with us.


2017 Word of the Year

2017 Word of the Year

I wasn’t going to do a word of the year this year, but this word keeps coming back to me and I can’t get it off of my mind.

Intentional: done by intention or design (Merriam -Webster Dictionary)
Some synonyms are deliberate, knowing, purposeful, and voluntary.

Why Intentional?
To be honest, I’m not really sure. I know that God has laid it on my heart and He wants me to be more intentional in everything that I do. I need to spend my time more wisely. I need to be more intentional in what I do each day. I admit I am not the best housekeeper and I spend way too much time on Facebook, but this year, I am going to be changing that. I am going to be more intentional in keeping up the appearance of the house. I am going to be more intentional about spending too much time on Facebook. I also need to be more intentional on what I eat. I need to be spending more time in God’s Word. I also want to be in more pictures with my kids. And lastly, when I have chosen a word of the year in the past, I never came back and updated. This year, I will be intentional and update at least once a month.



The Beginner’s Bible ~ Review

The Beginner's Bible Review

My five year old daughter loves going to church. She loves learning about God and loves praying for others. She loves reading and learning about the different people in the Bible. She has a regular Bible but has not really done anything with it yet, since she is just starting to learn how to read. She also loves when anyone sits down and reads stories to her, stories with a lot of pictures. I didn’t tell her we were going to review a Bible story book, so when The Beginner’s Bible from Zonderkidz arrived, she was so excited! She immediately wanted me to read a story to her. It was a week before Christmas when the Bible arrived, so I chose to read her the Christmas story.


The Beginner’s Bible was originally published in 1989 and quickly became a best seller. This Bible storybook has over 90 stories from the Bible and includes an illustration on each page. It is a beautiful hardcover book with over 500 pages. The stories that are included are short and easy to read. It is the perfect book for a 4-8 year old. The illustrations in The Beginner’s Bible have been redesigned and make the stories come alive with their 3D appearance. The stories in the Old Testament covers from Creation to Jonah. The stories in the New Testament covers from Jesus’ birth to Jesus’ coming (Revelation). There is a two page content section in the front, so it is easy to find your favorite story. And there is also a dictionary (in the back) to help young children understand what some of the words mean.

The Beginner's Bible sample pages

I have been reading several of the stories from The Beginner’s Bible to my daughter since we have received it. After looking at the website and finding so many helpful printables and activities, I am planning to use the story book in our homeschool day. There are several activity (coloring sheets, mazes, matching, etc) sheets that can be printed for home use. There are also other resources that can be used with The Beginner’s Bible. I’m planning to use the recommend reading page that lists what stories to read during different times of the year. I also plan to print off several of the coloring sheets and other printables to use during our Bible time.

The Beginner's Bible Sample 2

We, my daughter and I, have really enjoyed reading from The Beginner’s Bible. My daughter loves all of the illustrations. I have not ever had the opportunity to have seen one or read from it and I’ve always heard great things about it. I am glad to have finally had the opportunity to receive one and share the best stories from the best Book with my daughter. I am looking forward to when she can read the stories herself (to me). I also pray that she will treasure this Bible story book and always have the love for God and the Bible that she has at 5 years old. When asked what her favorite story is, she says, “All of it!”

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