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


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:
-Mazes
-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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Sunday, November 15, 2020

A Thanksgiving Post

 




Since this is a Thanksgiving post, I figured that I needed to include a photo of a turkey in here somewhere, but surprisingly, all that I could locate tonight was this photo of my girls when they were much smaller. So there you go.

If I'm honest, I haven't felt very thankful these last few weeks, maybe even this year. You would have to have been living under a rock not to understand the world's circumstances this year to not know what I mean, so I'll leave that bit alone.

Anyway, gratitude is an effective way to change a perspective, so I'm going to catch up on this 15th day of November, and share 15 things that I am thankful for.

1.) My husband. He works hard for our family, he loves me and our daughters, and he shows it everyday with thoughtful gestures, like bringing me my favorite water, even going to multiple places to find it.

2.) My mom. I'm so glad that we have a close relationship. She is probably the only person that I can talk to on the phone for an hour or more at a time, and still have more to say. She's the best.

3.) My dad. I'm also so glad to have a close relationship with him. He loves his family so much, and never misses an opportunity to tell us how much we mean to him.

4.) Modern technology that allows me to research my family history, even back to the United States Revolutionary War. I'm grateful to learn about my rich family history.

5.) Hot showers. Researching my family history reminds me of all of the modern conveniences I have today.

6.) Dogs. Our little buddies provide us with such a huge amount of entertainment and devotion. They're a special part of the family.

7.) Chocolate, because, c'mon, chocolate!

8.) Books. It's a gift to be able to travel anywhere and everywhere through a story.

9.) Audiobooks. It's kind of the same, but I'm counting it as different. I love a good voice actor who will make different characters come to life.

10.) Christmas lights. I love the coziness and cheer that Christmas lights bring, especially on a grey winter evening.

11.) Homeschooling. I love having the say in my both of my daughters' education. I also love learning  a few new things along with them.

12.) Music. Like books, music can carry you away...

13.) Fresh flowers, because I love a fresh bouquet.

14.) The simple pleasure of a hot cup of tea.

15.) The convenience of phones, texting, email, face time, etc, that allow us to stay connected to friends and family when we can't get together.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Boundary Stone - Economics Online Course Bundle - A Crew Review

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Lately, as I scroll through various social media platforms, I've seen a recurring theme with parents- the desire to equip their children with life skills that will prepare them to go out into the world and thrive. As parents, we make sure that we provide teaching in math, science, art, language arts, p.e., and more. Those are important subjects, and they are important. But what about courses like economics? I don't see many parents including much of that subject before college. I certainly didn't take such a course in high school. I'm happy that the same will not be the case for my daughters. This month, Boundary Stone provided our family with their Economics Online Course Bundle for one student to use and review. I'll admit up front, that I was as enthusiastic to look this over for myself, as I was for my 16 year old to take it. 




This is a timely and relevant statement.





You will need the following materials for this course:
- Clarence Carson's Basic Economics, 4th edition textbook
- Whatever Happened to Penny Candy, by Richard Maybury
-The Law, by Frederic Bastiat
* the course provides a link to a free PDF for The Law if you cannot obtain a copy

You have twelve months to complete the online class from the date of your purchase. Beyond that, you can set up your own schedule and complete the lessons at your own pace. With the exception of the quizzes and tests, which are taken and graded online, parents determine how they will determine grades. There are suggestions in the orientation section if you need some help with that.

The physical textbook for the course (noted above, Basic Economics) is divided into three sections with varying subheadings under each section title. These are the headings:

Section I - The Framework of Economics
1 - Why Basic Economics?
2 - In the Nature of Things
3 - Government
4 - Society and Morality
5 - Property

Section II - The Production and Distribution of Goods
6 - Scarcity and Economy
7 - How We Get What We Want
8 - A Medium of Exchange-Money
9 - The Age of Inflation
10 - The Market and Prices
11 - Failed Attempts to Control Prices
12 - Monopoly and Competition
13 - The Means of Production
14 - The Entrepreneur and Production
15 - The Distribution of Wealth
16 - International Trade


Section III - Politico-Economic Systems
17 - Manorial-Feudal System
18 - Mercantilism
19 - Free Enterprise
20 - Corporatism
21 - Welfarism
22 - Communism


The online part of the course is made up of four Units, which are then divided into learning modules. Within those modules are again, varying numbers of lessons and quizzes. 

This is a very interesting course, because while it is an economics course, also included are bits of Bible, history, government, and social studies. So, if you or your student (and maybe especially your student, ha!) are expecting a boring class, you'll both, I'm happy to say, be wrong. Also, the class provides a timely and relevant message for our students. I don't need to tell you about the turbulence we're seeing in our country, and in our world. There is a push by some to abolish our current system, and it is critical that we, and our students understand what that would mean.





Video overview.






Instructor Paul Cleveland.



The online section provides the guide for completing each lesson. Begin with the orientation video. As you watch the clips and complete the steps, you'll mark the sections as complete, and you'll be able to keep track of your progress.







The physical text is well organized. It is divided into modules, for example, 2.1, 2.2, etc. There are pop up boxes here and there with various facts. Also on the side of some pages are vocabulary and definitions, as well as short biographies of historical figures. At the end of the chapter are study guides that offer summaries, main points, review questions, additional activities, and resources for further study. There is also an optional Budget Project that you might have your student complete over the course of the class. Instructions for completing that project are also found in the textbook.




Study guides are found at the end of each chapter




Vocabulary can be found throughout the text.




Whether you are an adult or a high school student, this is a fantastic course! I never would have expected to get excited about an economics course, but this resource is amazing. I'm confident that my 16 year old will finish it with a well rounded understanding of the fundamentals. Next year, I'll have my 15 year old take it as well. As far as I'm concerned, this is a must have in your homeschool curriculum.



You'll find plenty of quotes from historical figures.






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