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“N” is for Nathan, Nature, Noise, NaNoWriMo, NaBloPoMo

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So I somehow missed getting this actually posted the other day.  But here is my “N” post for the Blogging A to Z challenge.  I am really enjoying this challenge.  Some letters are definitely easier than others.

The first thing that comes to mind when I see the letter “N” is Nathan.  He is my 3rd son and is going to turn 15 this year.  He is my very active, always looking for something to do son.  He keeps me on my toes.  He loves to talk and to draw and build Legos.  I love my son.

“N” is also for Nature.  Taking nature walks, especially when my children were younger was a great way to spend time learning and being outside as well.  Art can also be incorporated into Nature walks by keeping a Nature journal.

“N” is also for noise.  With us homeschooling, our family frequently has quite a bit of noise.  I know my children will be out of my house all to soon and the noise level will be gone.

“N” is also for NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo as well.  I have learned about these two challenges in the past year and have really enjoyed participating in them.  I have learned so much from these experiences.

So what does “N” bring to mind for you?

Posted in #bloggingAtoZ, Blogboost, Blogging, family, history, Homeschooling

“K” is for Kids and Kingdoms

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I am still taking part in the “Blogging A to Z” challenge, NaBloPoMo and the Ultimate Challenge for April.  Today’s letter for the Blogging A to Z challenge is “K”.  “K” is for kids.  We have four fantastic kids.  We have three sons and a daughter.  They are the light of my life.  I love them with all my heart.  We homeschool all four of them, which means  I get to spend time with them.  Our kids keep life exciting.  With them there is never a dull moment in our home.  They constantly amaze me with the things they do.

“K” is also for kingdoms.  The most important kingdom is the kingdom of God.  Then of course there are all the kings that are mentioned in the Bible.  Finally there are the other kingdoms which occur throughout history.  These kingdoms provide us with direction and guidance.  They help us know what to do and what not to do.

What comes to mind when you hear the letter “K”.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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“G” is for God, Generosity, and Geometry

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The letter for yesterday for the “Blogging A to Z Challenge” was “G”.

“G” is for God.  We are a Christian family and we attempt to place God at the center of everything we do.  This means when we buy curriculum we strive to find Christian publishers that line up with what the Bible says.  Fortunately, there are a great number of them that are available to us.  We search out and examine our choices prior to purchasing anything.

“G” is also for generosity.  We strive to be generous in giving of our time, talents and money.  We strive to give God the glory for all He has given us.

“G” is for Geometry.  As we attempt to finish Algebra with two of our children this year, it means that Geometry is on our horizon.  I plan on using either Alpha Omega publications Monarch for Geometry, Life of Fred, or Videotext Interactive Online Geometry for our remaining three children.  Each child learns differently so it is important to find the correct match for that child.

What does “G” represent for you?

Posted in Blogging, Blogging A to Z Challenge, CHAP, cooking, Crafts, Create, Crocheting

“C” is for ……

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Today is day 3 of the “Blogging A to Z” challenge, NaBloPoMo Challenge for April,  and the Ultimate Blog Challenge.  So today, “C” stands first for Christian Homeschooling materials.  We are blessed to have an abundance of Christian Homeschooling suppliers for materials.  One of my favorite books for finding Homeschooling materials is , 102 Top Picks For Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy.  This is a wonderful resource for finding material.  She does a wonderful job of leading the readers through developing a philosophy of education,  determining teaching styles and the children’s learning styles before going into various homeschooling materials.  She even includes a detailed chart saying what teaching and learning styles each item tends to work best with that item.  She does an excellent job with this.  I was blessed to be introduced to this book shortly after beginning our homeschooling journey.

“C” is also for crocheting.  One of the first things I learned from the women in my husband’s family was how to crochet.  Through the years, I have made a number of blankets.  These blankets have been for my immediate family as well as gifts for friends or other family members.  I enjoy crocheting as a way of relaxing.

“C” is also for #Create, one of the words I have chosen for the year.  My Bible verse to go along with this is the one that is at the beginning of this post.  I truly want God to create in me a “clean heart”

So these are some things that come to mind for the letter “C” for me.  What comes to mind for you?

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Posted in Bible, Bible Journaling, Bible Studies, Blogging, Blogging A to Z Challenge, Faith, family

“B” is for Babies, Boys, Bibles and Books and Blogging

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So today is Day 2 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge for April along with the Blogging A to Z challenge.  The letter of the day is “B”, which for me is for babies, Bibles and books.  We have four children who are 18, 16, 14 and 12 respectively right now.  While I miss them being babies to a certain extent, I enjoy seeing the people they are becoming.  Three of our children are boys and they truly are a handful.  Our youngest is our only girl and she is quite the princess.  My boys keep life interesting and one never knows what might be discussed when we sit down to meals or what they will attempt to do.

Bibles play a critical role in our family.  My husband became an ordained minister the same year we were married.  So we have worked to bring up our children in the word of God.  As we search for homeschooling materials, Biblical companies are the main one we use.  It is important to us to have a Biblical worldview and for our children to back up what they believe with Scripture references.  So we have quite the collection of Bibles, concordances, Biblical commentaries and dictionaries around our home.

The other thing our home is full of is books.  I grew up believing that books were my best friend.  I was never bored or lacked things to do because I always had books to read.  I have tried to instill the same love of reading in my children.  They have not all grabbed hold of the idea as I would wish, but we are still working on it.  It is fun when we prepare for a move to see all the books loaded into boxes.  We have Biblical books, Language Arts and Literature books, books on writing, books for Math, books for Science, books for History and books for the Arts.  On top of those books, we have books on homeschooling,  books to read for pleasure and various other books.  Each member of the family has at least one bookcase in their room.  Plus we have other bookcases scattered around the house.  Books make homeschooling much easier.  Even if I never bought any more curriculum for our children, I could homeschool from the books we have.  With seven people living in our home the books really add up.

“B” is also for blogging and Bible Journaling.   I started blogging as a way of keeping our extended family aware of what was going on in our lives along with providing a record for our children.  Writing makes things more real somehow and easier to remember.  Utilizing photographs helps keep those memories as well.

Bible Journaling has become a new pastime for me.  I especially love getting on Pinterest and Facebook to see what others are creating. Here is a sample of one of works.

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So what does the letter “B” represent or bring to mind for you and your family?  I welcome comments!

Posted in Alpha Omega Publications, Bible, Blogging A to Z Challenge, family, Homeschooling

“A” is for Apologia or Alpha Omega Publishing, and ACE Paces

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I am getting ready to join the “A to Z Blog Challenge for April and so I thought I would begin with two of my favorite homeschool curriculum providers.  Nine school years ago we began our homeschooling journey.  I was brand new to the realm of homeschooling.  The only people I had ever known who homeschooled were two of my husband’s relatives.  Our oldest son was in the 5th grade and a situation came up with his teacher that forced us to make the decision to homeschool.  We were thrust into the world very unexpectedly and I had to scramble to get things together.

Fortunately, we lived in a military community in North Carolina so I found a fantastic support group.  We started our homeschooling journey in the middle of September and the ladies in the support group provided an incredible wealth of knowledge.  They recommended these three companies to me.  I started with the Alpha Omega Life Pacs.  The Life Pacs come in a set of ten workbook for the five subjects of Bible, Math, History, Science and English.   Both Alpha Omega and ACE (or School of Tomorrow) are able to be purchased as single workbooks rather than sets.  So I was able to order these only a few workbooks at a time.  This kept the cost within  our budget.  I also purchased several workbooks from the

I love the resources from Apologia for Science.  When I realized regular workbooks were not exactly what my son needed at the time, I bought the Apologia “Exploring Creation with Astronomy for Young Explorers” by Jeannie Fulbright to use for Science.  This book includes reading, hands on activities , narration activities along with other ways to demonstrate the child has mastered the material. High School science books are also provided.

Over the years, Alpha Omega Publications have added a Worldview Curriculum along with selling Homeschool planners and other books for Homeschooling parents.  It truly is a wonderful company that has been a blessing to our family.

After our first year of homeschooling, we brought our other three children home to school and have not looked back a day since.  We enjoy having our children at home and the freedom and flexibility it provides.

Now I used Monarch by Alpha Omega Publications, which is an online curriculum for some of our subjects.  I love the convenience of having it online.  The children utilize laptop computers to do their work.  Once they complete a subject, I can immediately see what they have done.

Well I hope you have enjoyed reading about these companies.  If you homeschool, what do you use?

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Another Round of the Ultimate Blog Challenge

Well the first quarter of 2015 has flown by quickly.  We have spent the time working on school, beginning to hold church services at our home and making a relatively quick trip to North Carolina to see my husband’s side of the family.

With the start of the second quarter of 2015 beginning, I am pleased to be participating in the next round of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.  My plan for this blog for 2015 is to increase traffic to the blog and begin offering some freebies as well.  I am also going to learn how to use Photoshop and work more with PicMonkey to create my own graphics.

In April, the next Proverbs 31 Ministries Bible Study for Lysa Terkeurst’s book “What Happens When Women Walk in Faith” will begin.  Once again I will be serving as one of the Facebook Small Group leaders.

I am also participating in a Bible Study for Kay Arthur’s book “How to Study Your Bible” in order to learn more about the Inductive Bible Study method.  I am also going through the book, “Writing in the Margins”.  One of my goals for 2015 is to grow in Bible Journaling activities.  My one word for 2015 is “Create” and that is my focus for the year.

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In the realm of homeschooling, we are preparing for our oldest son’s graduation.  With that we will enter a new realm of parenting.  We are planning on him walking across the stage at the CHAP convention in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania the weekend of Mother’s Day.  Our next graduation will possibly take place as early as the next school year.

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So what is going on where you are

Posted in Bible, Bible Studies, Blogging, Create, Faith, family, GRADUATION

The Last Day of March

It is hard to believe that it is already the last day of March.  We have had a couple of nice days in the last few weeks.  But we are getting some snow today.  Right now, we are under a Winter Weather Advisory for several inches of snow, but we will see what happens.

Yesterday was a bittersweet day in some ways.  We turned in the last 2 instruments to the Salvation Army.   We are not quitting music, but instead are going to rent instruments ourselves and pursue lessons for the children.  While we were out, we went into the Salvation Army thrift store.  I found three skirts and two tops for Rebecca.  It was one of the few times, I have seen her genuinely excited about clothes.  So that was fantastic.  Now it is just a matter of finding some more clothes that fit her properly.  I plan to go back before the week is over to see if I can find a few more things for her.  Apparently my daughter likes shopping in 2nd hand stores.

Here are the items we found:

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It was really nice to see her excited about clothes.

I am also just beginning a couple of new Bible Studies.  These include:

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With these Bible Studies, I am trying to create my own graphics using PicMonkey or the Image Feature on YouVersion.  Here are some that I created using the Image Feature on the YouVersion Bible app.

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On top of all of this, we are working to get things together for Jacob’s graduation.  He will be walking across the stage at the CHAP Homeschool Convention graduation in May.  There is lots to do to make sure he is ready for this.  It is hard o believe that my oldest is actually graduating this year and the others are coming fast behind.

Well I pray you have enjoyed this update.  I would love to hear what is going on in your world today.

Posted in Art Journaling., Bible Journaling, Routines

Been a While

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So it has been a while since I have posted.  The Christmas holiday has come and gone and a new year has started.  This past weekend we took down our Christmas tree and decorations.  The living room seems bare with it gone, and it is darker without the bright white Christmas tree lights.  We are starting to settle back into the routine of school.

I have been reading quite a bit and have completed several books.  Now I am getting ready to dive into Bible and Art Journaling along with trying to organize our home.  I am also prepared to get back to posting on a more regular basis.  What is going on in your world?   I would love to hear from you.

Posted in Create, Delight, Faith, OneWord 365, Trust

New Year’s Day

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So it is the start of a new year with endless possibilities.  For this year, I have chosen my main word of the year to be “create” and I shared yesterday why.

But I have chosen two other words as well.  I have chosen “delight” from the verse Psalm 37:4, “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart”.  I want to choose this year to delight in the Lord, in my family, our church, our homeschooling and life in general.

Another word I have chosen is “faith” from the verse Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the evidence of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.”  This is one of Dennis’ favorite verses to preach on and I love hearing it.  It speaks to my heart and my soul.

Finally another word I have chosen is “trust”.  I know in the coming months with Dennis reenlisting and preparing to also enroll in the seminary for his masters degree in divinity and the possibility of an impending move from PCS orders, trust is going to become important.  I love the verses found in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”  I loved hearing this verse in the movie, “Flywheel”.

So what is your word and/or verse for the year?  I look forward to hearing from you.