Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Monday, November 30, 2020

Thanksgiving Wrap-Up

 Argh, I got off track again over Thanksgiving weekend and didn't get my other days of thanks noted here. So, I will finish up these last days of November now.

Day 26- I'm thankful for family who delight in making holidays and birthdays special for ME. As the mom, I spend most of my time making these occasions special for my family, and to have my family want to return the blessing is sweet.

Day 27- I'm thankful for the changing seasons. There is always something new to be found whether winter, spring, summer, or fall.

Day 28- I'm thankful for cozy evenings with my family, watching Christmas movies and enjoying each other's company.

Day 29- I'm thankful for our homeschool band, and the wonderful community it provides for my daughters.

Day 30- I'm thankful for the season of Advent, and the hope it promises.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving Day 25

 Today, I am grateful for the Homeschool Review Crew. This phenomenal group has been a wonderful blessing to our family for many years now. Through them, we’ve had the opportunity to use and review curriculum and resources that we might never had known were available.

The community that this group provides to its members is also amazing. They share prayers, successes, failures, tips, and friendship. I love this group.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Thanksgiving- Day 24

 Tonight, I’m thankful that my teen daughters still want to spend their down time with me. They’re growing up fast, and I love that they still want to carry on our evening tradition of watching our favorite shows and laughing together.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Thanksgiving, Day 23

 Alright, no computer issues so far. I'm good to go. Who else is struggling to be thankful today? I know I have so much to be grateful for, but the events here in the U.S. are absolutely sideways. But here I go, because gratitude can realign perspective.

With that babbling over, today I'm thankful that God is in complete control. These events seem impossible and without a positive outcome, but God is sovereign, and ultimately all will be well.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

More Thanksgiving...

 Oh man,

I've had nothing but computer problems the last few weeks. We have, or had, at least, two laptops for me and the girls to use, and the first one completely conked out earlier in the week. My second one is now acting kooky, in spite of a reset. Sigh. I finished my last review on my phone, yikes. Oh well, I'll be computer shopping very soon. All that to say, I'm behind on some postings. I'll start here, and catch up on my Thanksgiving posts. I left off on November 16 so...

16.) Essential oils, because they're so great for so many aspects of our health.

17.) Texting. I'm so glad that we have the ability to connect instantly with friends and family.

18.) Mindless comedy sitcoms. The world feels like it's turned upside down, and sometimes we just need to laugh at something silly.

19.) Families that set up their Christmas lights to blink in time with Christmas music.

20.) Lazy Sunday mornings which is when my husband and I set aside time to drink coffee, read, pray, and talk.

21.) Learning new stories about family members, and the way it makes my mom laugh.

22.) Little dogs that love to snuggle.

Friday, November 20, 2020

CrossTimber - A Crew Review

 Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Welcome to my final Homeschool Review Crew review for this year! Wow, time flies when you're reviewing fantastic homeschool products! This last one is a fun and somewhat whimsical product that is great for all ages.
Do any of you remember the bookstores that had a section with frameable prints that had any and every name, along with its meaning? I loved those, but they seemed to disappear at one point. As it turns out, they didn't disappear! CrossTimber is an online company that will customize all kinds of wonderful gifts with the name(s) of your choice. They graciously allowed our family to choose 5 Name Bookmarks as well as one set of personalized AmazingName Print Activity Sheets to use and review. 

CrossTimber is a family owned business owned and operated by John Dehnart and helped by his family. They provide a wide variety of personalized gifts, including the products I listed above, as well as mugs, plaques, and music boxes. Each of these provides the selected name and its meaning, origin, and a Bible verse. 

When deciding what name gift to order from the website, you will choose from the blue bar menu at the top of the page. They will walk you through all of the steps to create the gift that you want. There are a myriad of design choices available. The difficult part is choosing which theme to use! 

When it came down to choosing our bookmark designs, I first had to decide who would get an extra bookmark, since there are 4 of us in our immediate family, and we were allowed 5 bookmarks. I quickly decided that as lovely as they are, my husband probably wouldn't use one. So, I chose one for myself, and two each for my daughters, using their given names, and their nicknames. 

Did I mention the available choices for designs? There are so many pretty options! I'm telling you, when you order, set aside a good block of time just to browse! 

For my design, I chose a pretty Fall tree nature scene.

For my daughters' first bookmark design, I used their full names, and selected musical notes, as they are both musicians.

For my daughters' second design, I used their nicknames, and went with animal themes. My oldest received a cute ladybug design, and my youngest a pretty butterfly design. Whew! The hard part of deciding was over!

We received our order in a timely manner. I was pleased with the finished product. They are made with a cardstock type of paper, with a glossy finish on the front. I will say, that these will bend and begin to look beat up quickly if you don't treat them gently. Plastic would of course be more sturdy. I'm going to cover them with laminating sheets so we can enjoy them longer. I might also add a ribbon at the top. But overall, I'm pleased with our bookmarks.

Now, the AmazingName Print Activity Sheets are a great gift option, particularly for the younger children in your life, although my 15 year old enjoyed them too. This set is a great way to help littles learn to recognize and print their name through 25 different activity pages. Your child's name will be featured over 80 times through:
-Word searches
-Coloring pages
-Handwriting pages

You can order a physical copy of this set, or as a PDF that allows you to use them multiple times.

My teen loves to doodle and color adult coloring books and such, and she thought these were fun. There are more difficult mazes and word searches too that are included, so she did have a challenge here and there.

This set would make a sweet gift too. I know who we'll be ordering a few sets for this Christmas. Aside from holidays, wouldn't these be a perfect activity for long car trips, morning basket time, and quiet times? 

I definitely recommend this company, and their products to anyone looking for a meaningful gift. If I had any suggestions, it would be to streamline the website a bit, to make finding what you want a little easier. There is so much on the website, which is beautiful, but it can be overwhelming when first trying to find what you're looking for.

This is the time to support small business, and I hope that you'll support the Dehnart family and their terrific products!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Julie Naturally - A Crew Review

 Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Do you practice the discipline of a daily quiet time? Those of us who call ourselves Christians know how important it is to study the Bible, but it does take a conscious effort. Maybe you used to have personal devotions regularly, but lately, you've found that you've slipped out of the routine. You want to, you intend to do it, but well, life seems to get in the way, and pretty soon, you find yourself caught up in the tide of a busy family life. I've been there more times than I would like to admit. I feel the battle of "the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak". But, I also want to model the habit of a daily quiet time to my daughters. I want them to learn that busyness is not an excuse to skip Bible study. In fact, I want them to see Bible study not as another thing on their to-do list, but a vital component of life. With all of this in mind, I was keen to receive the Faith Journeys Bible Study Series: Romans bundle and the Faith Journeys Bible Study Series: Phillipians from Julie Naturally to use and review.

Julie Polanco is the creator of Julie Naturally. She has experience working in a variety of roles within the church. Her resources focus on equipping homeschooling families in wholesome, natural living. Her site provides a wealth of information for unschooling, homesteading, wholistic health, and most important, the Christian life.

Both studies require a computer of course, to download and print the studies, a Bible, and a binder. Julie recommends that you print off the pages and secure them in a binder. All material is copyrighted, and is for the use of the buyer only.

This first study is the Faith Journeys Romans bundle. It is an 8 week study, created with busy Christian moms in mind. Daily exercises may be completed in as early as 20 minutes. The study provides Bible passages, questions that relate to the daily passage, videos (for the bundle version only), memory verse cards that can be cut apart and put wherever you like in the house, car, etc., and coloring pages.

Questions from the Romans study

Memory Verse Cards.

A pretty coloring page from the Romans study

The Philippians Bible study follows the same structure as the Romans study. It is a bit shorter than the former, being a 4 week study. Again, you'll find Bible passages, questions, memory verse cards, and coloring pages, this time focusing of course, on the book of Philippians. 

I'm confident that I'm not alone in saying that these days, I've found myself more anxious than usual, and a bit out of sorts. These studies have been a refreshing part of my day. That's what the Word of God does, it refreshes our spirit, and brings our focus back to where it should be, on Him.

Questions from the Philippians study.

A coloring page from the Philippians study. Can't wait to color this one!

I like to have my quiet time earlier in the morning, when the house is quiet, and the day is still calm. I've been using them with my teen daughters, and it's a really good time for us together. I love seeing the growth in my daughters intellectual capacity, and hearing how they see the Scripture applying to their lives. Hopefully, it's instilling  a habit in Bible study that will be a life long routine.

You can use these studies for just yourself, or bring your older daughters in to work through them together. However you choose to implement them, they will enhance your spiritual growth. Check them out.

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