2/28/2015

My Favorite Bible Verses ~ L

Psalm 19:14 ~ Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

John 14:1 ~ Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

Psalm 39;4 ~ Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.

Psalm 24:7 ~ Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Jeremiah 17:18 ~ Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed: bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction.

Psalm 31:17 ~  Let me not be ashamed, O Lord; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.

2/27/2015

The Berenstain Bears' Please and Thank You Book Review and Giveaway














Teaching your child manners can sometimes be difficult. The Berenstain Bears' Please & Thank You Book helps reinforce those manners that you are teaching to your child. In this small board book, Brother, Sister, and Honey have almost forgotten their manners. Don't worry, Mama reminds them to say please when wanting something, thank you after receiving something, and you're welcome after helping someone.

My (almost) four year old loved this book. She has wanted me to read it to her almost everyday since receiving the book. After I read it, she goes around the house saying, "Please, thank you, you're welcome."

Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962 and the Bear family celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012! Here the charming and lovable Bear family is once again introducing children to the typical issues and questions that they face every day.  
In The Berenstain Bears’ Please & Thank You Book, little readers are introduced to the importance of manners, through gentle reminders given to Brother, Sister, and Honey as they await their milk and cookies. The short story and well-loved characters provide toddlers a perfect introduction to valuable life lessons and routines. 
About the author:
Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Though Stan died in 2005 and Jan in 2012, Mike carries on his parents’ love of creating Berenstain Bear stories from southeastern Pennsylvania, which looks a lot like Bear Country.

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2/26/2015

Lucado Treasury Of Bedtime Prayers ~ Book Review

*Disclaimer: I received a free  copy of  Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers  from Family Christian in exchange for an honest review. This post may also contain affiliate links.*

I remember as a child reading from a treasury of prayer book as a child. I don't remember what prayer book, but I do remember the poems and prayers in that book. I was given the opportunity to review Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers by Max and Denalyn Lucado.

I want my children to remember the prayers and poems we read before bedtime each night when they are older and have children of their own. This book is a nice hardcover book that your child will treasure forever. The poems and prayers have colorful illustrations along with them. There is also a ribbon bookmark to keep your place or to keep your favorite poem. These prayers, poems, and verses are not just for bedtime though. There are prayers for several holidays, prayers for meals, morning prayers, and more.


I read this book with my daughters, ages 9 and almost 4. My nine year old still likes being read to and enjoyed the illustrations and poems. My 4 year old loved the poems and prayers and would keep asking for more each night.

I really liked that this book had a note to the parents in the front that explained why we should teach our children to pray. The illustrations were colorful and the poems, prayers, and verses were just the right length to keep their attention right before bed (even if my younger daughter did want to keep reading the whole book).
















One of our favorite poems is as follows:
For Everything!
Thank You, God, for doodlebugs that roll in a ball.
Thank You for the forts we build out in the hall.
Thank You for rain and snow and days in the sun.
Thank You for bikes and trikes and pink bubblegum,
Thank You for music and toys and bells that ring.
Thank You, God, Yes, thank You, God, for everything!

Be sure to get your copy today from Family Christian.

2/23/2015

Menu Plan Monday ~ Last Week Of February










Here is what is on our menu for the last week of February:

Monday ~ Fish Stew
Tuesday ~ Lasagna
Wednesday ~ Baked Potato Bar at Church
Thursday ~ Chicken Fried Steak
Friday ~ Leftovers
Saturday ~ French Dip Sandwiches

Head over to I'm An Organizing Junkie to see more menus.

2/21/2015

Growing Your Faith ~ 7th Grade Devotional Book Review

*Disclaimer: I received a free  copy of  7th Grade Devotional~ Growing Your Faith  from Family Christian in exchange for an honest review. This post may also contain affiliate links.*

I am always trying to find a good devotional for my 7th grade son. I've wanted to find something that doesn't take a lot of time and something that is geared for his age group. Enter the 30 Day Devotional: 7th Grade by Lars Rood. Family Christian offered this devotional to us to try it out. 

About the devotional:
This 30-day devotional for seventh grade students offers helpful guidance on dealing with and understanding yourself and others as you grow in your faith. Each devotion includes a Think About section, a God Thought, and an Active section that encourages you to apply key truths in the devotion. The book also features interactive elements to talk through pieces of this with friends, family, youth leaders and other adults.

There are three sections in the devotional which are as follows;
~ Owning your faith, shaping your faith
~ Maturing in mind, shaping your thoughts
~Maturing in body, shaping the whole you

How my son used this 30 day devotional:
My son used this book during his personal devotional time each day. He read through the little story for each devotion, read any scripture that accompanied the story, and answered the questions for the devotional. 

What my son thought about this devotional:
My son liked that the stories and passages were short and didn't take a lot of time. He also said that the questions the author asked made him think. I was able to look through the devotional before giving it to my son and I liked that the stories were written especially for middle school age children. The questions make them think (and open up to parents) and the passages are relevant to the stories.

This devotional is only $6.99 and available in store at this time (not online). 

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2/18/2015

Wordless Wednesday

My oldest son turned 13 on Sunday. We celebrated with friends after church Sunday evening.

2/12/2015

My Favorite Bible Verses ~ K




















I took a few weeks of blogging through the alphabet.
I am now to the letter K.

Here are some verses that I pray will help you.

Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. ~ Psalm 34:13

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. ~ Psalm 100:3

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. ~ Proverbs 4:23

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. ~ Jude 1:21

2/09/2015

Rasmus and the Vagabond ~ Book Review


Rasmus and the Vagabond was written by Astrid Lindgren. That author's name may sound familiar to you because it is the same author who wrote Pippi Longstocking that I am sure you all know about.

About the book:
After running away from an orphanage, nine-year-old Rasmus finds the world a cold and unfriendly place until he befriends an extraordinary tramp called Paradise Oscar. Together they meet more adventure than they ever imagined, solve a mystery, and catch the culprits. Rasmus dreams of finding a family and a home someday. But when he does, will he be able to part with his new friend and life on the road?

My Review:
We used this book as a read aloud during our school time. I've been trying to read through a chapter each day, but the kids have enjoyed hearing Rasmus' story, they always want more. My children loved Pippi Longstocking, so I knew when we recieved this book to read, they would also love this story.This book is very easy to read and is full of adventure!

About the author:
Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, Emil, and dozens of other world-famous characters, has thrilled three generations of children with her storytelling. She is the only children’s author with a literary prize, a theme park, a museum, a satellite, and a minor planet named in her honor. (After this last honor, she suggested changing her name to “Asteroid Lindgren.”) A jury appointed by Swedish Radio’s Culture Department to elect the “Author of the Millennium” voted Astrid Lindgren second after William Shakespeare. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and heaps of other awards and honors.

You can check out the website here.

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2/07/2015

So Proud!

Today, my two sons, along with some other boys in our Trail Life troop, participated in their first ever pinewood derby.

My oldest son, who will be 13 next Sunday, won 2nd place! The other awards that our troop won were Most Creative Car and Most Colorful Car. So proud of all the boys.

2/05/2015

Noah's Ark Veggie Tales ~ Review

*Disclaimer: I received a free screener copy of Veggie Tales ~ Noah's Ark from Family Christian in exchange for an honest review. This post may also contain affiliate links.*

I have been a Veggie Tales fan since I was in college. I love them and when my first son was born, I made sure to introduce him to Veggie Tales at a young age. Now all four of my children love Veggie Tales and have seen them all multiple times. When I had the chance to review the newest Veggie Tale, Noah's Ark, I was so excited.

About Noah's Ark:
Noah and his family together with a zoo full of animals take an adventure aboard an orange slice ark. After 40 days and nights of rain, everyone's faith has been tested, and they're ready to jump ship. Will they chart a new course, or will they remember to trust God's promises?

My (and my kids) Review:
Noah's Ark is the first video to introduce the new look of the veggies. My boys, who are now almost 13 and 11, said that they liked the story, but didn't like the new look of the veggies.
My girls, ages 9 and almost 4, loved this new Veggie Tales story. My almost 4 year old watched it one time and had some of the songs memorized. She loves Veggie Tales and has now watched this one at least 4 times.
I enjoyed Noah's Ark very much. They were able to tell this story in a fun and vivid way. The songs are catchy and even though the story was not the exact story from the Bible, it still told the truths children need to know. We all enjoyed watching the video and learning to trust God at all times.


2/02/2015

Curriculum Brainstorming: 2015-2016 School Year

It's that time of year again. Time to decide our curriculum for next school year. I will have an 8th grader, a 7th grader, a 5th grader, and a K4.

Let's begin with K4. I already know what she will be using. She will be using the Abeka K4 curriculum.

My 5th grader will be using a mix of curriculum. I reviewed CTC Math last year and she has been doing so well with it, I have decided to stick with it for now for her. For history, I am using another review product, Golden Prairie Press. Next school year, I am going to go back to using Abeka science. She will also use Abeka grammar and reading. I haven't decided on spelling yet. I may either use A Reason for Spelling, Abeka spelling, or something totally different. I'm still researching this subject for her.

My 7th grader will be finishing up Horizon Pre-Algebra at the beginning of next school year. I haven't decided what math to use after he has finished with that. He will be using Abeka for history, grammar, and literature. For science, he will use Apologia General Science. And for spelling, I will stick with Sequential Spelling.

The 8th grader is the one I have really been brainstorming for. He has decided to read through Apologia Physical Science during the summer break, so he can start on Apologia Biology at the beginning of the school year. He wants to study science in college, so he plans to take as many science courses as he can over the next five years before graduating. He will be using Abeka for history, grammar, and literature. And he will also be using Sequential Spelling for spelling this next school year.


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