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)



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