Looking Back At 2016

I can't believe it is time for a year in review post already. This year has definitely flown by. Let's look back at what we have done this past year.

I rejoined the Homeschool Review Crew after taking a year off.

My oldest turned 14 in February. We had been hit with an ice storm the day before his birthday, but it cleared up in time for us to go celebrate.

My youngest turned 5 in March. I can't believe how fast she is growing up.

When we finished our school work for the year in April, we took a trip to the zoo. We had so much fun.

I went into planning mode in May for our 2016-2017 school year. So far it has been going as planned. We made it to our 100thy day before Christmas break!

We also enjoyed seeing the Blue Angels perform in May.

Memorial Day weekend was spent at the beach and with family.

July was time for VBS and summer camps. My older three were gone for a week, one to camp and two on a missions trip. The following week, the two boys went to Trail Life summer camp.

During August, we took a day trip to the lake and since school had started back, we had the whole lake to ourselves. It was a lot of fun.
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

My oldest took driver’s ed in September and I turned a year older.
My youngest lost her first tooth and quickly lost her second and has been singing “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth..” since then.

My oldest daughter turned 11 in October. We spent the day at the aquarium.
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Hurricane Matthew paid a visit and we were cut off from town because of massive flooding at the river.

My mother in law passed away in November and we had our first Thanksgiving meal without her.

And now, we are at December. We have had a good month with church programs and candlelight communion. In a few short days we will get together and celebrate Jesus’ birth with family. And once again, a new year will start.



Wordless Wednesday

Some Christmas pictures this week.

We went to see the Meadow Lights on Thursday.


I brought my girls to see Santa on Saturday.


And we worked on some Christmas crafts this weekend.

Christmas crafts

Today, I am linking up over at Tots and Me...Growing Up Together:



Christmas Scripture Copywork

Christmas Scripture Copywork

Enjoy this Christmas Scripture Copywork (in cursive) page from Luke 2 (KJV).

Click on the picture above to print the page.


Five Minute Friday ~ Joy

It's time again for another five minute Friday. This week's prompt is the word Joy. Hosted over on Kate's blog, Heading Home.

What do I think about when I think about the word Joy? I think about years past when I learned the acronym for the word JOY in Sunday school - Jesus, Others, You. It is a simple way to remember to always put Jesus first in your life and He will give you true joy. I also think about the song Joy to the World, especially at this time of the year. Joy to the World, the Lord is come! Joy to the World, the Saviour reigns! The whole word should have been joyful when Christ was born. The world should also be joyful that He reigns over the earth. He is the one who has a plan for everything. Be joyful, the Lord has come and He reigns!



Wordless Wednesday

Our church had their children’s Christmas play this past Sunday and my youngest daughter was Mary.


Menu Plan Monday ~ 12/5/16

menu plan monday
Our menu for this week:
Monday ~ BBQ Chicken
Tuesday ~ Chili
Wednesday ~ ?? (maybe leftovers)
Thursday ~ out with church group
Friday ~ Boys will be at Trail Life campout, so I’m not sure what us girls will eat
Saturday ~ Suppose to be cold, so maybe chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese

Be sure to click the image above to see more menus at orgjunkie.com


Scripture and a Snapshot ~ 12/4/16

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Scripture and Snapshot


Five Minute Friday ~ Crave

Today's word prompt from the five minute Friday blog is Crave.

What do you crave? Most of us crave food items from time to time. Or we crave other things. But do we ever crave the Bible? Do we crave God? I have to admit that I don't crave God like I should. We talked about this in Sunday School recently and it has stuck with me. There are things we need in order to live. Air, food, water, and shelter. Without those things, we would eventually die. As a Christian, I also need God in my life. I need to crave God. In order to fulfill this craving, I need to be reading from the Bible and listening to God's Word. Here are a few passages about craving God.

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? Psalm 42:1-2 (KJV)

Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 4:13-14 (KJV)

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
Psalm 63:1 (KJV) 

 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.
Psalm 143:6 (KJV)


Our Favorites From This Year ~ Homeschool Review Crew

Meet the Homeschool Review Crew Curriculum Favourites for 2016

We have reviewed many great products and curriculum this year. But now it's time for the Blue Ribbon Awards. The Homeschool Review Crew and has voted for our favorites. Click on the image to see what other crew members favorites were for the year.

The following are my kids top five favorites from this past year:

5. Homeschool in the Woods ~ They all loved learning about the election and this lap book was the perfect fit for our family.

4. Homeschool Legacy ~ What a great product to learn about Thanksgiving.

3. Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids ~ Another great product that all of my kids enjoyed.

2. Kwik Stix ~ My girls loved drawing with these and still use these today. Even my 13 year old son liked drawing/painting with these.

1. The Cat of Bubastes, Beric the Briton, and The Dragon and The Raven ~ We love all the Heirloom Audio Productions and we are looking forward to there being more this coming year.

Next is a list of my favorite products that I reviewed for adults:

3. The Old Schoolhouse Hey Mama! Planner ~ This is a great planner and I love how it is set up.

2. My FreezEasy ~ Love having meals already prepped in the freezer.

1. CrossTimber ~ These products are great and make great gifts.

We are looking forward to having a great 2017 and reviewing many more great products.


Five Minute Friday ~ Surrender

This week's five minute Friday word is surrender. I realize the "rules" are to just write freely for five minutes with no editing and no over-thinking, but when I saw the word I had to do a little digging.

When I saw the word for this week's five minute Friday, the first thing that popped into my head was the song I Surrender All. I've sung it many times in church, but never stopped to really think about what it means. So, I just googled about the author and how he came to write the song. It was written in 1896 by Judson W. Van DeVenter after he came to the decision to be a full-time evangelist. We are to surrender everything when we follow God's will for our lives. He will take care of us.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live. 
I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to Thee, my bless'd Savior,
I surrender all. 
All to Jesus I surrender;
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now. 
All to Jesus, I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine. 
All to Jesus, I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power;
Let Thy blessing fall on me. 
All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation!



Abigail: The Belle of Bravery Book Review and Giveaway

You may remember my post from June about Esther: The Belle of Patience. If you have not read, I encourage you to do so.

Erin Weidemann has done it again! The third book in the Bible Belles series is about Abigail: The Belle of Bravery.

About the series:
The Bible Belles is a five book series based on women of the Bible. Erin is using the acronym H.E.A.R.D. for the series. H is a book on Hannah, E is a book on Esther, and A is a book on Abigail, R will be on Ruth, and D will be on Deborah. The series acronym is based on Exodus 28:35 ~ The sound of the bell(e)s will be heard.

When I wrote my last review, I didn't realize that the character in the book was named after Erin's own daughter. (You can read about how the Bible Belles got it's start here) Rooney, with the help of her guardian angel Mari, is able to learn from the women in the Bible and earn that woman's superpower. The different superpowers are prayer, patience, bravery, loyalty, and leadership.

The story starts out with Rooney, her friend Dani, and her brother Sam playing outside. Sam is having a difficult day and is being mean to some new neighbors. Rooney is praying to figure out what she can do to help her brother. Mari, the guardian angel, shows up and takes Rooney to see how Abigail would handle the situation. Rooney sees that Abigail lives with her husband who is not a nice person and is not willing to help David. One of Abigail's servants goes to Abigail to see if she can help. Will she help David? Will she be able to feed him and his men? Is she really a brave woman? Did Rooney earn the bravery superpower? Get the book and find out!

What my girls thought:
My girls are eleven and five and they both enjoy these Bible books that are geared just for girls. My older daughter is able to read the books to her younger sister and it gives them a bond. We also love how each story is illustrated perfectly. My youngest daughter loves Supergirl, but I'd rather her have Abigail and other women of the Bible as her superheroes. I also love that there is a devotional that goes along with the Abigail book. And don't forget the coloring pages.

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Thanksgiving Week

Our menu for this week:

Monday ~ Pork Loin with veggies

Tuesday ~ Spaghetti with salad

Wednesday ~ Soup (not sure what kind yet)

Thursday ~ Thanksgiving meal

Friday ~ Leftovers

Be sure to click the picture above to see more menus for this week.


Five Minute Friday ~ Enjoy

It's time once again for the five minute Friday word.

Enjoy. There are many things I enjoy. For instance, I enjoy these five minute Friday posts. They are enjoyable to write and also to read what others write. I also enjoy many things in life, like eating. Yes, I am not going to lie, I love to eat. I enjoy seeing the looks on my children's faces as they learn something new. I am happy that I am the one to be able to teach them. I enjoy having my children around. Sometimes, I do need to get away and have a break though. I enjoy when the weather changes. My favorite seasons that I enjoy are fall and spring. In the fall, the leaves change color. In the spring, new leaves appear. I also enjoy watching movies. We have so many in our collection, but I can re-watch a lot of them several times. It makes me happy. I enjoy going to my church on Sunday and Wednesday. I love the fellowship. I enjoy the sermons. Enjoy the little things.


Christmas Love Letters From God ~ Book Review and Giveaway

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Christmas Love Letters from God is a beautifully written book by Glenys Nellist and is illustrated by Rachel Clowes.

About the book:
This book is appropriate for children ages four to eight, but I think any age would love this book. The book has seven stories, written in prose and poetry, from Isaiah's prophecy to the wise men's visit. Each story has a letter written to the child from God (the giver can add the child's name to each letter in the space provided). The letters are written in a way that makes it as if God was speaking to the child. God's Perfect Promise (a special Bible verse) accompanies each story and letter.

I cannot wait to give this beautiful book to my 5 year old daughter for Christmas. She loves books and this will be a perfect book to add to her collection. She also loves God and talks about Him all the time. I have read through the book and I know she will love the stories in this book. The illustrations are a perfect match and are very beautiful. This would make a great present for that special little someone in your life.

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Five Minute Friday ~ Common

When I saw the word for this week over at the five minute Friday blog, I had no idea what I was going to write and I still don't, but here goes.

My mother-in-law died on Monday. We spent the week dealing with all of the emotions that come with a death. On Thursday, we celebrated her life. Friends and family members came through the line to tell us how sorry they were for our loss. There were some people that I didn't know that came through the line, but we had something in common. We both had suffered a loss. This loss was very unexpected and came sooner than we thought. Over the course of the holidays, my family and I will remember the times we had with her and laugh and cry at the memories. I also have something in common with my mother-in-law. We both lost our first child, hers through a stillbirth and mine through a miscarriage. Our children have never been on this earth. They have lived in Heaven. And now my mother-in-law has been reunited with her son and has met my child. And someday I will have that in common with her. I so look forward to that day that I will be there with them.



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