Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip ~ Review

Imagine…letting your kids paint without a mess being made. You may be thinking, “that is not even possible.” I can assure you that it is possible. My girls love to get out the paints and fill up some cups with water and start creating something. It always seems to happen around dinner time and now there is a mess on the table. Now that we have Thin Stix 6 pk of Classic Colors from The Pencil Grip, Inc. the above scenario doesn’t happen anymore. They get out the sticks and start painting with them. Their works of art are dry within minutes and we don’t have a messy table anymore.

  Thin Stix Review

What are Thin Stix?
Thin Stix is a solid tempura paint that is packaged in sticks (like a glue stick) to take the mess out of painting. Thin Stix is also fast drying. You no longer have to wait hours for your creation to dry. Thin Stix dry in 90 seconds. They also work on paper, wood, or cardboard. And best of all, it's a fast and easy cleanup when the kids are finished painting. These paint sticks are thinner (hence the name) than the original Kwik Stix so you are able to have better control and paint with finer detail. Thin Stix paint also comes off of your hands easily. I’ve been able to just rub it right off and of course, it comes right off with soap and water.

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Who are Thin Stix for?
Anybody of any age will enjoy painting with these sticks. My children are 15, 13, 11, and 6. They all equally enjoyed making pictures with these paints. Even I got in on the action and painted some pictures. These are fun at any age!

How we used Thin Stix: We used them almost daily, especially my girls. I never had to tell them not to paint, because Thin Stix is easy to get out and easy to clean up. I even printed some coloring pages to try out the thin stix and it worked out good. You can see some of our creations in the picture above. I can't tell you how long they last, but we have been using them almost daily and they are still quite full. My kids even use these in their bedrooms! I am not worried about messes anymore. We used the regular kwik stix in the past but only used them on paper. This time we bought some wood cutouts (below) to try the thin stix paints on. It worked perfectly and we were happy with the results. We also were able to print out some coloring sheets to use with the thin stix. We were able to get better detail using the thin stix.

  Thin Stix Wood

What we think of Thin Stix: We all love them! I love that it is easy to clean up after using. My girls love that they can still paint whenever they want to. We love that we can take them wherever we want and don’t have to worry about messes. We give these paints 5 stars!

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Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (R)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Rebekah: “Captivating”

Rebekah was the wife of Isaac and the mother of Esau and Jacob. When Isaac was old and Esua and Jacob were older, she told Jacob to deceive his father. Rebekah overheard Isaac telling Esau to go hunt and bring him back some stew and he would bless him. Rebekah told this to Jacob and had him go into his father instead so that he would be blessed. Even though Rebekah deceived her husband, she was a beautiful woman of God. She loved God and wanted the best for her sons.

Genesis 24:60-61 ~ And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them. And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

Genesis 25:28 ~ And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.

Genesis 27: 6-8 ~ And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the Lord before my death. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.

Rehoboam: “he enlarges the people”

Rehoboam was King Solomon’s son. He was the successor to the throne. He was 41 years old when he became king and he reigned 17 years. When he took the throne, the people were upset about all of the taxes. He consulted for three days and decided the taxes would stay. This caused a division among the kingdom and he tried to fix it, but couldn’t. The tribe of Judah remained faithful to him and they formed the southern kingdom with Benjamin. The northern tribe chose Jeroboam as their king. Rehoboam tried his best to win back all of the tribes, but it was not fulfilled. The northern tribe eventually made war against him and he died when he was 58 years old.

I Kings 11:43 ~ And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

I Kings 14:21 ~ And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord did choose out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess.

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Just finding my blogging through the alphabet series. Catch up by reading my A-Q posts:
A ~ Abigail and Abraham
B ~ Bathsheba and Boaz
C ~ Claudia and Caleb
D ~ Deborah and Daniel
E ~ Elisabeth and Eli
F ~ Female at the Well and Felix
G ~ Gomer and Gideon
H ~ Hadassah and Hezekiah
I ~ Iscah and Isaiah
J ~Jochabed and Josiah
K ~ Kezia/Keren-happuch and Korah
L ~ Leah and Lazarus
M ~ Martha and Malachi
N ~ Naomi and Nicodemus
O ~ Orpah and Obadiah
P ~ Priscilla and Philip
Q ~ Queen Jezebel and Quartus


Homeschool Rescue ~ Review

Homeschool Rescue Review

Are you getting burned out from your homeschooling journey? Do you need to focus more on other things besides homeschooling (like your house)? Looking for ways to refresh yourself and your household? Are you needing to recharge your batteries? Or are you just looking for some new ideas to incorporate into your daily schedule? Well, look no further. Homeschool Rescue from Only Passionate Curiosity is just the solution.

So, you may be wondering what is Homeschool Rescue and what does it include? Homeschool Rescue is a course that you can take and work through at your own pace. The homepage has an introductory video and shows what each module is about. There is a 60 day schedule that is included that you can follow or you can go at your own pace and take longer (or shorter) on some areas. There are five modules that have lessons. Each module has a different amount of lessons (3-5). Each lesson is fairly short (around 20 minutes) and you are then give a homework assignment. The assignments are not usually hard and they are to help you make progress through the course. Some of the lessons that are available are look to the future, special circumstances (special needs), take back your time, saving time, organization, curriculum, supplies, reward system, training children, teaching teens, and several more.

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It is easy to get around the website. When you log in, you are able to click on the module you need right at the top. Then from there you just click the lesson you want to watch.

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When you log in and go to the lesson page, you will see a screen like the one above. You are able to download the audio for the lesson, download the transcript for the lesson, watch the video, and download the homework and resources needed for the lesson. There is also a bonus section with different styles of planners and a link to the Facebook group that is private and just for Homeschool Rescue members. Some days you are to watch the video and do a sheet or two for homework. The next day may either be another video or another sheet of homework.


How did I use Homeschool Rescue? I printed off the schedule, but life happens and I did get off track from the schedule, but I still used it as a checklist so I knew where to start and what to do each day. It was easy to keep track of what to do each day and watching the videos for each lesson did not take up too much time. Many of the resources and worksheets were so helpful even to me as a homeschool mom of almost 12 years. There were new things that I could implement into our daily schedule. I do have a 6 year old and plan to school her through graduation so I have another 12 years before I am finished, so I can use a lot of the suggestions to not get burned out. I like the idea of using the Brain Breaks (below), especially for my 6 year old daughter.

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There were several things I liked about this course. I seem to process things better when I am able to read them when I am listening, so the transcripts came in handy. I loved having several of the resources available, because it gave me some new ideas and showed me some new websites. I loved that it came with a plan to follow. It kept me on track and if I forgot which lesson I left off at, I could just look at the plan to see where I needed to go next.  Also, the biggest struggle for me is finding “me time.” This course has helped me with scheduling and seeing where I could fit myself into each day.  I have been enjoying having some “me time” and am feeling refreshed and ready to tackle our next school year.

Homeschool Rescue is a great program that I highly recommend to new and veteran homeschool moms.

How can you purchase this course? It’s easy. Click here and read through the descriptions. Decide which option is best for your needs at this time.

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Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (Q)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

We are up to the letter Q for our blogging through the alphabet series. There are some queens mentioned in the Bible and since I already wrote about Esther (Hadassah), I decided to write about Queen Jezebel this week for the letter Q.

Queen Jezebel: “the whore of Baal”

Jezebel was the wife of King Ahab. She was wicked. She encouraged her husband to abandon God and start worshipping Baal instead. Jezebel hated the prophet Elijah. She sent him death threats when her husband returned home after a meeting with Elijah where they both prayed to their God/god to see which one could hear their prayer. When Ahab didn’t get his way, he would let Jezebel know and she would take care of things in a wicked way. When Jehu comes after her, she doesn’t run away. Instead, she dances at her window. Jehu commands they throw her out of the window and they do and she is killed.

I Kings 16:31 ~ And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.

I Kings 19:1 ~ And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.

2 Kings 9:33 ~ And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot.

Quartus: “fourth”

Not much to write about Quartus, only that he was a Corinthian Christian who sent salutations to friends in Rome by way of Paul.

Romans 16:23 ~ Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother.

I'm linking up with Annette and Amanda.

Just finding my blogging through the alphabet series. Catch up by reading my A-O posts:
A ~ Abigail and Abraham
B ~ Bathsheba and Boaz
C ~ Claudia and Caleb
D ~ Deborah and Daniel
E ~ Elisabeth and Eli
F ~ Female at the Well and Felix
G ~ Gomer and Gideon
H ~ Hadassah and Hezekiah
I ~ Iscah and Isaiah
J ~Jochabed and Josiah
K ~ Kezia/Keren-happuch and Korah
L ~ Leah and Lazarus
M ~ Martha and Malachi
N ~ Naomi and Nicodemus
O ~ Orpah and Obadiah
P ~ Priscilla and Philip



Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (P)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Priscilla: “Ancient”

Priscilla is a women that lived during Paul’s time. She is never mentioned in the Bible without her husband. They must have had a strong marriage and were together all of the time since they are always mentioned together. They also loved the Lord and wanted others to know about Him.

Acts 18:2 ~ And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.

Romans 16:3-4 ~ Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

Philip: “Lover of horses”

Philip was one of the twelve disciples. He lived in the city of Bethsaida and readily accepted Jesus’ call to be one of the disciples. He was excited and ran off to tell his friend Nathaneal. We can also assume he was smart since he calculated the cost of feeding the 5,000. After Jesus ascended into Heaven, it is believed that Philip went to Phrygia as a missionary and was martyred in Hierapolis.

John 1:43-45 ~  The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.  Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

John 6:7 ~ Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

I'm linking up with Annette and Amanda.

Just finding my blogging through the alphabet series. Catch up by reading my A-O posts:
A ~ Abigail and Abraham
B ~ Bathsheba and Boaz
C ~ Claudia and Caleb
D ~ Deborah and Daniel
E ~ Elisabeth and Eli
F ~ Female at the Well and Felix
G ~ Gomer and Gideon
H ~ Hadassah and Hezekiah
I ~ Iscah and Isaiah
J ~Jochabed and Josiah
K ~ Kezia/Keren-happuch and Korah
L ~ Leah and Lazarus
M ~ Martha and Malachi
N ~ Naomi and Nicodemus
O ~ Orpah and Obadiah


President Donald J. Trump ~ Copywork Freebie

A couple of years ago, I worked on a president copywork freebie. I was asked if I was going to add Donald Trump and I had forgotten about it. I switched computers and realized all of my stuff was on the old computer. I thought I had saved it to One Drive but did not. So, I dug out my old computer and made a page for Donald Trump. Enjoy. Click on the picture below.


Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (O)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Orpah: “forelock or fawn”

We find Orpah mentioned in the book of Ruth. We don’t know much about her. We do know she was Naomi’s daughter in law and went back to her home after her husband died after Naomi told her to go.

Ruth 1:4 ~ And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.

Ruth 1:11 ~ And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

Ruth 1:14~ And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.


Obadiah: “servant of the Lord”

We don’t know much about Obadiah. We only have a short 21 verse book about his vision of the fall of Edom. He possibly lived around the years 853 B.C. or 605 B.C. I’m looking forward to going to Heaven so I can meet the ones we don’t know much about.

Obadiah 1 ~ The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord God concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the Lord, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.

Obadiah 21 ~ And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord's.

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Drive Thru History® ~ Review

Drive Thru History® Review

I am always trying to find different and creative ways to incorporate Bible into our school day. We do have family devotions every day, but I feel like there is always so much more that we need to study and learn from the Bible. I also dream of one day being able to visit the same places where Jesus lived. So, when we had the chance to review Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels”, the newest product from Drive Thru History®, I was excited to show these to my children.

Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” contains eighteen 30 minute episodes. The discs come in a beautiful case with a 118 page study guide. The study guide not only offered discussion questions for each episode, it also gave a short summary paragraph. There was also Bible reading passages and quotes from different people throughout the guide. It also contains beautiful art and pictures on each page. Dave Stotts takes us through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to the places where Jesus walked and stayed. We see many ancient sights in Israel and learn about Jesus’ birth, ministry, death, and resurrection.

The Gospels

When we first received the DVD set, I was planning to go through about two episodes per week so we could move at a slower pace and go through the study guide. We watched an episode, then during our family devotion time, we read through the suggested Bible reading. The following day, I would go through the discussion questions with my older three children (15, 13, 11). The 6 year old couldn’t really answer the questions, but she did enjoy watching the videos. And as planned, we did go through two episodes per week. When we went through the questions, I had all of the older children write down their answer before saying it out loud. I wanted to hear all of their opinions and be able to have a discussion. They all answered differently and in their own way. They all were able to get something from each episode.

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All of my children and myself have enjoyed and have learned so much from these videos. From the case that these came in to each episode, you can tell a lot of hard work and care have been put into this production. We have enjoyed “traveling” across the world to visit the places where Jesus walked and talked. Dave Stotts did a wonderful job with the narrative. My boys especially liked the first episode where he introduced us to the Land Rover that he would be using for this series. My children know a lot about the Bible from going to church and reading it daily for family devotions, but we have all learned something new from watching this series.

I would definitely recommend this series to anyone wanting to know more about the gospels in the Bible, more about Jesus’ life, or just want something good to watch. This is also a great series to use for homeschool or in a classroom. It can be incorporated in a history class or in a Bible class. It is a great series for any one of any age.

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Five Minute Friday ~ Sing

Five Minute Friday - Sing

This week’s prompt at the Heading Home blog for five minute Friday is sing.

I love to sing. Even though I don’t have a good singing voice, I still love to sing. I sing in the car, in the shower, in the house, in church, everywhere! I love when old hymns pop into my mind and I start singing them. I love to sing newer contemporary Christian songs also. Singing helps keep me stress free and happy. I sing along with the radio when I am in the car. When I’m alone in the car, I sing louder and praise the Lord while listening to KLOVE. Singing brings me closer to the Lord, because I am usually singing a hymn or a song we sang in church. I hum songs when I’m doing the dishes. It helps it to go by faster since I don’t have a dishwasher and have to do the dishes by hand. Singing is great for me and I will always sing praises to the Lord.


Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (N)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Naomi: “lovable, delight”

We learn about Naomi in the book of Ruth. Naomi married a man named Elimelech. They had to move from Judea to Moab because of a famine. They had two sons who married Moabite women an they also die. Naomi wants to go back to Bethlehem where she has friends and family and tells her daughters in law that they are free to go to their homes. Ruth declines and follows Naomi. When they return, Naomi goes through a period where she is bitter. Naomi allows Ruth to glean in some fields and the man who own the property is kinsman to Naomi’s husband. Ruth and Boaz marry and have a son together. Naomi cares for the child and becomes happy again. The Lord provided for Naomi.

Ruth 1:3-5 ~ And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons. And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years. And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.

Ruth 2:1-2 ~ And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.

Ruth 4:14-16 ~ nd the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

Nicodemus: “the people is victor”

Nicodemus is mentioned three times in the gospel of John. He is a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin. He first visits with Jesus one evening and asks him how he can be born again? He is confused and wonders how he can go back into his mother’s womb to be born again. Jesus explains to him that to be born again is to be born of the Spirit. Jesus goes on to give Nicodemus the greatest salvation message. We also Nicodemus in a Sanhedrin meeting where he protested against them in their plot against Jesus. We also see Nicodemus after Jesus has been crucified. He helps in preparing the body for the tomb. Did Nicodemus put his trust in Christ? We may not know now, but maybe we will see him in Heaven one day. I do hope that he became a believer.

John 3: 1-2 ~ There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

John 7:50-51 ~ Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,) Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?

John 19: 39 ~ And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.

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Five Minute Friday ~ Empty

Five Minute Friday - Empty

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in a five minute Friday. This week’s word prompt is “empty.” It’s simple to post a blog post- just write for five minutes. Five minute Friday is hosted over at Heading Home.

Empty ~

What does it mean to be empty? It means to be void of something. During this Easter holiday weekend, Christians rejoice over the tomb being empty. But there are so many people in the world that have an empty feeling every day. They feel they have no purpose. Even as a Christian, I sometimes feel empty. It is then that I know that I need to be reading His Word. When I am regularly reading my Bible, I never feel empty. I am filled with the Holy Spirit. Knowing Jesus keeps me from feeling like I am worthless and empty. He has me on this earth for a reason and I need to seek Him and do His will while I am still here. We need to rejoice in knowing that the tomb is empty! Jesus wants us to be happy. He wants us to tell others of him. Rejoice! Jesus has risen!

Psalm 28:7 ~ The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.


Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (M)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Already half way through this round of blogging through the alphabet. This week we are on the letter M. There are so many great men in the Bible whose name starts with the letter M. It was a difficult choice, but I settled on the one below.

Martha: “bitterness”

Martha is the sister of Lazarus. Martha loved Jesus, but was always wanting everything to be perfect. She even told Jesus to tell her sister to help her in the kitchen. Martha was hospitable (she invited Jesus into her house). The Bible doesn’t tell us a lot, but I’m pretty sure his visit was not planned. When was the last time we had unexpected visitor’s and invited them into our house? She treated Jesus as a friend, someone she could tell anything (like, can you make my sister get in here and help me?). Jesus told Martha not to always be in a rush. She needed to slow down and listen (my interpretation). When was the last time we met someone for lunch or coffee and just listened to them? I would have liked to Martha’s friend.

Luke 10:40-41 ~ But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

Malachi: “messenger”

Malachi was a prophet during the Old Testament times. He also wrote one of the books in the Old Testament. Not much is really known about him except what he shared in his book. It is probable he lived around the year 420 B.C. Malachi wrote to the Jews and prophesied that God would send someone to prepare the way. He also addresses the coming judgment from God.

Malachi 3:1 ~ Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

Malachi 4:1 ~ For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

Malachi 4:6 ~ And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

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Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (L)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Leah: “Weary”

Leah’s story can be found in Genesis. She was the daughter of Laban. Leah became Jacob’s wife even though it was her younger sister that Jacob wanted. The Lord blessed Leah with six sons and also a daughter. Leah had to have felt unloved by her husband when he found out it was her that he married. Leah was not as beautiful as her sister, but her father said it was not customary to have the younger daughter married before the older. The Lord noticed that Leah was unloved and opened Leah’s womb and gave her many children. Even though she had to compete with her younger sister for affection from her husband, Leah knew that she was loved by God. We can learn to have faith in God from Leah. When we are feeling unloved and alone, we can turn to God and He will be there for us.

Genesis 29:16-17 ~ And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.

Genesis 29:25-26 ~ And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me? And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.

Genesis 29:31 ~ And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.

Lazarus: “Whom God helps”

We find Lazarus’ story in the New Testament. He was the brother of Mary and Martha. We know that Lazarus (and his sisters) loved Jesus very much. Jesus is out of town and Mary and Martha sent word to him that Lazarus was ill and they needed Jesus to return as soon as possible. Jesus intentionally spent an extra couple of days out of town. When he returns,  Mary and Martha are upset that he took so long to get back. Now their brother Lazarus was dead. Jesus told them that he is the resurrection and the life. Against Martha’s warnings, Jesus heads out to where Lazarus is buried. We see in John 11, that when Jesus had come to Lazarus’ grave, he wept. He mourned for his friend. Jesus commands him to come forth. One thing that is not mentioned in the Bible is what Lazarus experienced in Heaven. He may have told close friends or family, but it is not recorded. If it was me that had been raised from the dead, I would be telling everyone (strangers, family, and friends) what Heaven was like.

John 11:1 ~ Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

John 11:4-6 ~ When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

John 11:14 ~ Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

John 11:23-24 ~ Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

John 11:43-44 ~ And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

Just finding my blogging through the alphabet series. Catch up by reading my A-K posts:
A ~ Abigail and Abraham
B ~ Bathsheba and Boaz
C ~ Claudia and Caleb
D ~ Deborah and Daniel
E ~ Elisabeth and Eli
F ~ Female at the Well and Felix
G ~ Gomer and Gideon
H ~ Hadassah and Hezekiah
I ~ Iscah and Isaiah
J ~Jochabed and Josiah
K ~ Kezia/Keren-happuch and Korah

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Memoria Press ~ Iliad/Odyssey Review

Iliad & Odyssey Review

Now that my boys are in and getting to the high school level, I have been trying to find some great literature for them to read. My oldest read several different literature books this year for school, but I felt there were too many and he was rushing through them. He did turn out some good reports for the books he read, so maybe he didn’t rush. Regardless, when I saw the Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set from Memoria Press up for review, I was hoping I would be able to review this myself to see if it would be a good fit for my children.

What comes in the Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set?

Everything you need to be able to read through and teach each book.

  • Iliad
  • Iliad Student Guide
  • Iliad Teacher Guide
  • Iliad DVDs
  • Odyssey
  • Odyssey Student Guide
  • Odyssey Teacher Guide
  • Odyssey DVDs

The teacher guide gives helpful information that will help you in scheduling, organizing, and teaching. The teacher guide is equipped with all of the answers to the student guide as well as giving help about discussions and writing assignments. There is also an appendix that is full of information like the genealogies, names that are used in the books, and character references. All of the test and test answers are included in the teacher guide.

The student guide has many thought provoking questions for each book in The Iliad and The Odyssey as well as quotations and discussion questions. There is also an appendix with names, genealogy, and character reference.

The books written by Homer have been translated by Samuel Butler which makes it easier for children to understand.

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How I used The Iliad:

I have never read The Iliad or The Odyssey. I chose to start with The Iliad since it is intended to be read first. When I received the package, I watched the introductory video. The video gave a lot of information about the background and pronounced the names for us to be able to hear them. There is also a video to be watched after reading through each book. The DVD was very helpful, even for me as an adult. I read through each book in The Iliad, answered the questions in the student book, and watched the video for that book.

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What I thought and how I will use this with my children in the future:

I thought this program was very helpful with a lot of great information provided in the DVD’s. Although the book itself was not a very exciting read, I did look forward to watching the videos for a better understanding of what was happening. I am confident that my children will learn a lot from reading the books and watching the videos. I plan to continue with reading The Odyssey and going through the videos.

I am going to use these books with my soon to be 9th and 10th grade boys. I will read this book aloud to them and have them go through the questions in the student book separately (the student book is available for separate purchase so they are both able to have one), and have them watch the videos together.

Be sure to go the Memoria Press website to see samples of The Iliad & The Odyssey Complete Set.

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Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (K)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Since little is known about them, I’m going to highlight two women in the Bible whose names start with K.

Kezia: “Cassia (sweet scented spice)”

Kezia was the second born daughter of Job after he went through his great suffering.

Keren-happuch: “Horn of the face paint (cosmetic box)”

Keren-happuch is the third born daughter of Job after his sufferings.

These girls along with their older sister (Jemima) are described as the most beautiful girls in the land.

Job 42: 14-15~ And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Keren-happuch. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.

Korah: “Ice, Hail”

Korah is related to Moses from his father’s side (some say uncle, some say cousin). Korah is remembered for his rebellious acts against Moses. God did send fire from Heaven and consumed him and all who rebelled with him (250 people total).

Numbers 16: 1-2 ~ Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown.

Numbers 16: 19-21 ~ And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the congregation. And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.

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Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (J)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible
Jochabed: “Jehovah is her glory”
We find Jochabed’s story in the book of Exodus. Jochabed is the mother of Aaron, Miriam, and Moses. She had Moses during a time when Pharaoh was killing Hebrew baby boys. She had to hide him when he was born and when he got to big, she floated him in the river hoping someone good would find and take care of him. After Pharaoh's daughter found him, Miriam told her she knew of a nursemaid that could nurse the baby until he was weaned. I can’t imagine how Jochabed felt when she delivered Moses and realized he was a boy and may be killed. How did she hide him and keep him quiet for three months? And how could she let him go not knowing if she would ever see him again when she put him in the river? She had great faith and trusted God to take care of her son.
Exodus 2:2 ~ And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
Exodus 2:7 ~ Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
Exodus 2:10 ~ And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

Josiah: “Jehovah has healed”
We fins the story of Josiah in II Kings. He became king at only 8 Years old. Josiah was a good king and did right in the sight of the Lord. During his reign, he proceeded to repair the temple and abolish idolatry. Josiah refused to let the king of Egypt pass through his land to go to war with the king of Assyria. He sent his army out to deal with the Egyptians, but decided to go out himself in disguise. It was there that he was fatally wounded by an arrow. He reigned for 31 years.
II Kings 22:1 ~ Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.
II Kings 23:2 ~ And the king went up into the house of the Lord, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the Lord.
II Kings 23:23-25 ~ But in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, wherein this passover was holden to the Lord in Jerusalem. Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the Lord. And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.
II Kings 23:30 ~ And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own sepulchre. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's stead.

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Susan K. Marlow ~ Book Review

Susan K. Marlow - Book Review

My daughter loves to read. She loves to read about horses. She has also read several of the Circle C Beginnings books. I knew she would love to read the newest books, Andi Saddles Up and Andi Under the Big Top, written by Susan K. Marlow and published by Kregel Publications.

The books in the the newest series, Circle C Stepping Stones, are designed for children ages 7-10. The chapters are longer and the plots are deeper. The books have the same great illustrations. There are also coloring pages (free download), activity pages (free download), and lapbooks (for purchase) available to use with the books.

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Andi Saddles Up, the first book, is about Andi turning nine years old. She is so excited to be able to be a real horse and rider pair with her horse, Taffy. She becomes friends with a girl named Sadie, but soon learns their families are in a boundary dispute with each other. Can Sadie and Andi remain friends through the process?

The study guide (activity pages) that goes with this book has a great monthly schedule for reading through the book. It will take 21 days if you are not using the separately purchased lapbook. It tells you (or your child) what pages to read each day and what page of the activity book to do that day. The activity pages include answering questions about each chapter, matching vocabulary words, writing poetry, how to cook, and so much more.

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Andi Under the Big Top is the second book in the series. In this book, the circus comes to town and Andi cannot wait to see it. When she is buying some food, she meets a young boy and thinks that he has the perfect job. But she soon finds out more about the boy and decides she is going to try to help him.

The study guide for this book is in the same format as the first book. It also includes a page of Bible verse bookmarks that your child will love to color. Both study guides also include maps of where the story takes place.

I let my 11 year old daughter read the books by herself. She is just out of the suggested age range of 7-10, but she has enjoyed reading the books. I am starting to read through the first book with my just turned 6 year old and she is enjoying them and is always wanting me to read more. My oldest daughter said the books were great and kept her interest. They were an easy read for her and she was able to read through them quickly. We did not use the study guides, but I had her look at them to see if it was something she would be interested in using in the future. She said she may use it for the next book.


My thoughts: These books are great read aloud books for younger children. Younger children will also love coloring the pictures and doing the activities after you are done reading. They may need a little bit of help with some of the activities. They will learn a lot while doing them. They are also great books for horse lovers of any age. We can’t wait for the next books in the series to come out this fall.


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Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (I)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

This week we are at the letter I. There are not many (just one, actually) women’s names that begin with the letter I.

Iscah: “spy”

Iscah is only mentioned in one verse in the Bible. She was the daughter of Haran and the sister of Milcah and Lot.

Genesis 11:29 ~ And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.

Isaiah: “the salvation of Jehovah”

Isaiah was one of the prophets. He is considered to be one of the greatest prophets. He lived in Jerusalem and God gave him prophecies that were directed to Israel. Isaiah was married and had two sons. We don’t know much about his life, but we do have his writings and prophecies in the Bible. There are several times in the book of Isaiah that the prophecy refers to Jesus Christ. He prophesied about Jesus’ first and second comings. Isaiah also prophesied many warnings to Israel and Judah. Some other prophecies found in the book of Isaiah are Lucifer’s attempt to overthrow God, Sennacherib’s invasion of Judah, and judgments coming against numerous nations. The prophecies we can look forward to in the book of Isaiah are those about the second coming.

My life verse is Isaiah 41:10 ~ Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Be sure to check out my A-H posts:
A ~ Abigail and Abraham
B ~ Bathsheba and Boaz
C ~ Claudia and Caleb
D ~ Deborah and Daniel
E ~ Elisabeth and Eli
F ~ Female at the Well and Felix
G ~ Gomer and Gideon
H ~ Hadassah and Hezekiah

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Home School Adventure Co. ~ Review

Walking with the Waodani

My boys are familiar with the Jim Elliot and Nate Saint missionary story. They have watched the movie and have read some about them. They knew a little about the Indians that lived in Ecuador. When I saw this study, I knew my boys (and myself) would be interested in learning more about this tribe and the missionaries who tried to witness to them. We, my boys and I, have been reviewing the newest product from Home School Adventure Co., Walking with the Waodani, over the past month.

About Walking with the Waodani:
Walking with the Waodani is a four lesson unit study. It is intended to be spread out over a month, going over one lesson per week. The lessons include Shell Mera (Then), Shell Mera (Now), Ecuador, and Quito. There are five components to each lesson. They are lesson introduction, people and places, meals and markets, animals and agriculture, and worlds and worldview. You will learn about the geographic place using maps, read stories about the people that live in these places, make some of the meals they eat, and learn about the animals that live there. Each lesson also has a travel journal. Some of the assignments include notebook pages, mark your map (a notebook page that contains a map), rating a recipe, drawing an animal, and creative freewriting. There are also additional resources for each lesson that include links to websites, books, and DVDs.

Sample Walking with the Waodani

How we used Walking with the Waodani:
We wanted to take our time so we decided to take about two weeks per lesson with this study. I read the pages out loud to my boys. There are several pages of information with each lesson. I would read a couple of pages each day. I also gave them an assignment (part of the travel journal) to work on every few days. At the end of the lesson, I had my boys pick one of the links in the additional resources to read through. We also watched a couple of videos during the review period. We watched the End of the Spear and Through Gates of Splendor. The meals portion that was covered were grubs and piranhas. My boys said they would eat both if given the chance. We didn’t actually cook the meal, but there are directions included for making the meals. My boys have cooked/grilled plenty of fish, so they were able to answer the questions about eating the fish.

Sample 2 Walking with the Waodani

What we thought about Walking with the Waodani:
My boys and I are having a fun time going through this study. We have learned so much more than what we already knew. We loved watching about the Indians and missionaries. My boys are enjoying going through the notebooking pages and answering the questions about Ecuador. Below is part of the story from lesson 1 that one of my boys wrote:

This is my first trip to visit the Indians. I was able to do a flyover, but was unable to make contact. I decided to join Operation Auca because I want to tell others about Jesus. I don’t have any family…well, I have my parents and siblings back home. As the days get closer to leaving, I am feeling a bit nervous. How will these people react to seeing us near their homes? Will they accept us?
I’m looking forward to going over the last two lessons with my boys over the next few weeks. We will be reading some of the books listed in the additional resources.

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