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Thoughts for Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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Last Thursday, we had to take our youngest son back to the hearing doctor.  While there we went back to the waterfront.  Here is a picture from our first visit of the flags we saw from one part of the waterfront park.  The second picture is one we took from right beside the flags.

This past week saw our family get a new to us freezer that did not work when we plugged it in.  So we are trying to see if we can get it to work. It will be so nice to have two freezers again.  We like to have one for meat/poultry/pork/fish/shrimp etc. and then the second freezer we like to use for vegetables, fruit and other items.

We have started using the program “Plan to Eat” to help with grocery shopping, meal planning, and even with grocery shopping lists.  I am trying to incorporate some variety into our meals and menu planning.  With that, I want to move into our Tasty Tuesday portion of the day.

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For our Tasty Tuesday meal for this week, I want to share the Shrimp Scampi we had on Friday night.  We used frozen shrimp we bought at the military commissary in Corpus Christi, olive oil, fresh parsley, diced onions, minced garlic, butter and some cooking white wine.  I found the original recipe online and then tweaked it to meet our family’s likes.  We chopped the onion very fine because I have some children who are not fans of onions.  Then I added the white wine for flavor and body even though it was not called for initially.  Finally, we served it over mini bowtie pasta.  The meal was served with a baguette.  I have to say we all enjoyed the meal.

Here are some photographs of the meal.

Then for dinner tonight, we had fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and corn.  Here is a picture of a piece of fried chicken and the mashed potatoes.  My husband does an absolutely amazing job of frying the chicken.

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Review of “Always Enough, Never Too Much” and a Giveaway

 

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BOOK DETAILS:

We’ve all been there. We know that sneaking, small voice in our heads all too well—you’re too loud. Too quiet. Too young. Too old. Too unimportant. Too ugly. Too silly. Too serious. You’re not as successful as she is—look at her perfect family, look at her high-powered job, look at her great hair and size 4 skinny jeans. Why can’t you be more like her—be more in general? Why do you expect so much from everyone? Why can’t you take up less space? Ask for less? Be less? The lies track well-worn paths in our minds and our hearts, wearing us down and making us question our role in God’s kingdom.

Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan, bestselling authors of Wild and Free will help you replace those lies with God’s truth. This devotional flip-book is designed for you, the woman who feels like she can be both too much and not enough—sometimes in the same day. When you banish lies and insecurities and find your identity in Jesus, you can embrace these truths: You are always enough. You are never too much.

MY REVIEW:

This hardback flip book contains 100 devotions. With the book facing one way, you can read devotionals based on the idea of “Always Enough”. Flip the book over and you can read devotionals about “Never Too Much”. There are fifty devotionals for each half of the book.

The devotionals for “Always Enough” address the idea of not comparing ourselves to others and to “start living wild and free” according to the opening of the book. Each devotional includes a passage of Scripture and then a relatively short devotional passage that ties into the Scripture.

Then on the flip side of the book is for “Never Too Much”. Again, each devotional has a passage of Scripture and then a short passage that relates to the Scripture and to real life.

I personally love devotionals like this. It does not have to be read daily or chronologically. I can just pick it up and read it whenever the mood strikes me or I need to deal with the topics covered by the book.

I love how the book clearly lets the reader know which one of the authors wrote each devotional. As someone who has questioned my worth of whether I am enough for God or not, I found this book touched my heart. The devotional entitled, “Even When You Don’t Have Enough Friends” by Hayley really spoke to me. Growing up, our family constantly moved from either one house to another or from one state to another. This made finding and keeping friends difficult. Now as a military wife who has moved three times since 2008 and one of those moves being from Pennsylvania to Texas, I can say this devotion was one I really needed to read. I love how the related Scripture passage is Proverbs 18:24.

Here are some photographs of some of my favorite devotions.

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Review of the Movie “Paul, Apostle of Christ” and a Giveaway

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About the Film:

Paul (Faulkner), who goes from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Christ’s most influential apostle, is spending his last days in a dark and bleak prison cell awaiting execution by Emperor Nero. Luke(Caviezel), his friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into Rome to visit him. Paul is under the watchful eye of Mauritius (Martinez), the prison’s prefect, who seeks to understand how this broken old man can pose such a threat. But before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church. Their faith challenged an empire. But their words changed the world.

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY:Andrew Hyatt

PRODUCED BY:T.J. Berden and David Zelon

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:Eric Groth, Rick Jackson, Harrison Powell and Jim Caviezel

STARRING:Jim Caviezel, James Faulkner, Olivier Martinez, Joanne Whalley and John Lynch

 

My Review:

First, this film was extremely well-done.  The quality and the acting is incredible.   My husband and I watched this film together.  After watching the film, we both agreed the film starts off a little slow.  But by the end of the film, it really picks up.  I would caution though, you should have a good understanding of the Bible before watching this film.  Otherwise, you may find yourself lost.

Another word of caution, the action becomes hard to follow at times.  If you are not paying attention, you may lose the plot and storyline.  On the other hand, if you know your Bible and especially about the life of Paul, you will find this movie very well-done and true to the writings of Paul.  Many of the words spoken by Paul come directly from the Bible.

This movie is 148 minutes long and is rated PG-13.  I feel this raiting is appropriate given the fact there is some violence in the movie, which reflects actual events depicted in the Bible.  I feel the movie is very well done and follows the Scriptures very well.  The quality of the film is very realistic.  I would defnitely recommend this movie for watching, especially if you have a good knowledge of the writings of Paul.

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Review of Northwest Treasures’ Geology and Apologetics

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We recently had the opportunity two review the online class Geology and Apologetics as well as the introductory video Taking the Mystery Out of Geology from Northwest Treasures.  For our family, it is not just enough to believe in the Bible, but we beleive our children should also be able to state what they believe and why.  My children also have expressed an interest in learnning about geology.  We loved how the courses integrated both geology and apologetics.  Apologetics is the reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.  The courses we reviewed were online courses that required an Internet connection to access them.

You can read all about Northwest Treasures by clicking here.  Northwest Treasures offers online courses, kits and curriculum and more.  The company offers opportunities for children from grades kindergarten through twelfth grade.  From field trips to Yellowstone National Park under the guidance of Patrick Nurre, the opporutnities and products offer a wealth of experiences to capture your child’s imagination.

The first product we reviewed was “Taking the Mystery Out of Geology”.  According to their website, “This short, 20-minute class from Patrick Nurre is a gold mine of information that will help you to understand geology from a Biblical perspective. You will learn 13 terms that will clarify just what is the science of geology, and what is the philosophy of it.”  Our family found this description to be accurate.  One of the things we absolutely loved about this course was the amazing photographs that were included.  It is meant for grades 5 and up and I felt this was a good range for this video.  However, I believe if you have younger children, they could benefit from listening along with their older siblings.

The second course we received to review was “Geology and Apologetics”.  This is a six-part course, again online, that includes six videos that is meant for grades 8 to adult.  Again, we feel this is an appropriate age range.  Each lesson includes a video to watch that range from around 13 minutes to about 22 minutes long.  The videos include the following topics:

  • Lesson One: Knowing the Scriptures in the Secular Geological Age
  • Lesson Two: Clarifying the Conflict Between Science and the Bible
  • Lesson Three:The Genealogies and Chronologies of Genesis. Are They Accurate and Reliable?
  • Lesson Four: Evolutionary Gaps in the Fossil Record, How Serious Are They?
  • Lesson Five: Dinosaur-to-Bird Evolution, the Story That Never Seems to Die
  • Lesson Six: Time and Chronology in the Secular Geological Age

Each video includes discussion questions at the end.  We were able to watch all the videos, and I have to say if you are looking for high-end expensively produced videos, this may not be for you.  If on the other hand, you are more concerned with content, beautiful photographs and Scriptures to back up what is being said, this will be perfect for your family.

Our family loved how Patrick Nurre seamlessly weaved Scripture, geology, apologetics and real locations into a breath-taking video shots, such as this stained glass window below.

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Another scene that caputred our attention was this one with Hebrew wrting.

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Finally, some other photographs that captured our attention inlcuded these:

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The maps, charts, graphs and pictures Patrick Nurre uses during these videos reinforce everything he is saying.  We loved how everything he said was backed up with Scriptures and facts.  It is easy to see he loves what he does and loves sharing that knowledge with others.  Our favorite lesson was Lesson Three:The Genealogies and Chronologies of Genesis. Are They Accurate and Reliable?  This may be as a result of my husband, an ordained Primitive Baptist Preacher, spending so much time studying this geneaolgy through the years himself and sharing it with us.

For our first time through these videos, we decide to just answer the discussion questions orally rather than having anyone write anything down.  I felt it would give more involvement from our three sons and our daughter.  Moreover, we planned on just using this for enrichment rather than actual course credit. I feel like I want to print out notebooking pages for the vocabulary words, timelines for the time periods and also pages suitable for answering the questions and actually taking notes during the videos.  So I will be back with an update on how that goes and to share some of the pages.

Here are some pictures of the discussion questions for the 6th videos.  Each question comes up individually and you have to manually pause the video so there is time to answer the questions.  When we go back through the videos again, I will provide everyone with any questions, vocabulary, and Scripture references that are utilized in the videos.

In addition to the online classes, Northwest Treasures also offers physical courses such as the high school level Northwest Treasures Curriculum Project or for younger students the Geology for “Little Eyes” series.

You can find Northwest Treasures on social media here on Facebook and here on Pinterest.  Also, Northwest Treasures may be found on SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  I must say I loved that we had the ability to stream the videos through our television using our Roku device rather than having to watch on a small computer screen or hook our computer up to our television using an HDMI cord.

You should check out Northwest Treasures for yourself if you are looking for online courses that include geology classes, Apologetics, or dinasours.  You can read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew including Geology and Apologetics or Dinasours and the Bible by clicking here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude to Sexuality

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If you have boys between the ages of 12 and 20 you’ll want to check out Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality from Great Waters Press.  As the mother of three sons: ages twenty-two, ninenteen and seventeen along wiht a daughter who is fifteen, I have to say some conversations are much easier than others.  More importantly, I find conversations with my daughter are easier for me since we are both females.  However, with the days and times we live in, talks about sexuality, relationships and other related topics can not be ignored or avoided.  So I was  grateful to have the opportunity to review this book.
Christian parenting remains a challenge at best and diffiuclt in many cases, especially with teens or tweens.  Christian sex education can be a hard topic to discuss, especially if you grew up with parents who did not discuss the subject readily.  With all the other temptations and opporunties to be exposed to inapporopriate material, a parent has to take steps to counteract such exposures..  For our family, we decided to homeschool years ago, and one of the things we prayed for was the safety and well-being of our children.  However, with the Internet and smart phones, that can be easier to say than done.
Hal and Melanie Young are award winning authors who are not afraid to tackle the tough subjects.  More importantly, they do it in a way that builds on and focuses on Christian values.  They are publishers, writers, bloggers, and very popular conference speakers.  They are the parents of six real sons and two real daughters.  This provides a wealth of real world experience and background to relate to in their writing.
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The book covers everything from how sex was God’s idea to how the enemy perverts God’s Design to Recovering from a Fall to Guy and Girls along with the Road Ahead.  Hal and Melanie Young have done a wonderful job of making a hard topic to talk aout much easier.  One of the things I really appreciated while reading this book was the practical tips and thoughtful manner in which the topics were addressed.  It is defnitely hard for some parents to recognize how easy temptations, traps and other roads to sexual misconduct are for our teenagers and young men.  As the mother of sons, I want my sons to experience such Biblically based books that address these hard topics.  Moreover, as the mother of a daughter, I want the men she wil come in  contact with and eventually marry to be exposed to such materials.

Some of the features I really appreciated about this book was the five point defense along with the summaries found at the end of each chapter.

While these subjects are hard to talk about, this book does an excellent job covering the gap between what the world says and encourages versus what the Scriptures tell us God’s Word requires..   On page 63, I found a quote that summed the message of the book for me.

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So you should check out Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality or one of their other books like   from  Great Waters Press for yourself.  Another great book that members of the Crew are reviewing this week from Great Waters Press is No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope  .  So if you want to read posts from other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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Thoughts for Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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So over the last two weeks, my husband re-enlisted for what should be the last time.  We only have about 4 years until he reaches the mandatory retirement age for the US Army Reserves.

We also took our youngest son to see an Ear doctor in Port Lavaca, Texas – which is about 30 minutes away from where we are living.  One of the fun parts of being the military is constantly having to find new doctors and traveling to new places to find ones that are willing to take the military health insurance.

After seeing the doctor, we drove down to see the water.  You see my husband and all four of our children were born in Jacksonville, North Carolina – which is roughly 30 minutes or so from the Atlantic Ocean.  So all of them have great ties to the water.  Here are some photographs I took using my iphone.

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We want to take the entire family back so we can have a picnic by the water.

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For this week’s edition of Tasty Tuesday’s, here are some photographs of some food we had:

On rare ocassions, my husband and I have the opporunity to eat out alone.  This past Friday was one of those times.  Dennis, my husband, had to go to renew his military id and I rode along with him.  While in Corpus Christi, we stopped to do some grocery shopping, which included one of favorite stores – Sprouts.  But before wetry tackled our grocery shopping, we decided to try a new place to eat called Jason’s Deli.  Upon walking in, we went to place our orders and found a fantatstic variety of items to choose from to eat.  We had options ranging from soup, sandwiches, salads and more.  We both decided to have the half-sandwich and one-trip to the salad bar combo.  In addition to our California Club sandwich and salad bar trip, we also had the option to have fruit, chips or something else that escapes my mind right now.  We both selected the fruit and it was fantastic.

So what is going in your world?  I would love to hear from you.  If you would like to read what other members of the Home School Review Crew are blogging about this week, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming (Volume 1)

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In this age of technology it is becoming more and more important for students to learn some basic programming skills so I was thrilled to be able to review Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming (Volume 1) from Code for Teens.  Ever since our family joined the Home School Review Crew a litte over a year and a half ago, I have wanted at least one of children to learn to code, if for no other reason than to be able to help with our blog.  Our seventeen-year-old son carries the torch in this area.  He is willing to take the time and energy to learn to code in order to help me.

With software engineering being among the fastest growing career paths around today, I feel like I would be doing our youngest son a disservice if I did not expose him to coding.  The Code for Teens website states, ” This book is written with the goal of teaching young teenagers to code without ANY parent or teacher involvement. Important concepts are introduced gradually with ample review and many drills and small challenges to ensure that the child understands the concept fully before moving on.”  I loved the idea of my son being able to work independently.

The book was written by Jeremy Moritz and illustrated by his wife Christine Moritz.  I have to say I absolutely love the illustrations.  You can read the introduction and first chapter here on the website just above the superhero looking graphic.  Because JavaScript is the most common language for computer programming, students learn about it in this book.  The book is basically designed for anyone who has at least a sixth-grade reading leve- so basically older children and teenagers.

The book contains an introduction, a section for parents, and then starts off slowly and builds through ten chapters that cover a variety of topics and include such chapter titles as “Hello World!”, “Time to Operate”, “Comments on String Section”, “Projects Galore and More”.  The book also includes a conclusion, answers and a glossary.

Each chapter includes reading, activities, a quiz, key concepts, and drills.  The very first chapter required our son to find the average age of our family using coding.  He really enjoyed this.  Starting with chapter 2, the review is cummulative.  In Chapter 2, the learner works on a project which builds on the concepts introduced in the chapter.

So far our son has completed Chapter 2 and is working on Chapter 3.  Because he already has coding experience, he felt like the book started off a little bit slow for him.  However, a child with no coding experience will probably find this book perfect.  I had him glance through the book and he stated chapter 5 begins to reach a level that will hold his interest more.  You can find Code for Teens on Facebook here.

So far our son is really enjoying the book and I am enjoying seeing what he is creating.  Even though we are off to a slow start, I  can not wait to see what else he learns.  Code for Teens is worth checking out for your own family if your family is interested in learning more about computer programming, coding, or JavaScript.  If you would like to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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