I Have Been Blessed

All about how God has blessed me. In my marriage, with my six children, through homeschooling, and our faith with recipes, large family living, and updates on our life.

Before Five in a Row

I was so excited to see our name on the Book Review List for Before Five in a Row. I have heard from other parents in our area who use FIAR and love it. I have probably looked at the website over and over, trying to decide whether or not we should give it a try. This is a lesson-plan type book which has 24 mini-units each based on a different children’s story book, such as Goodnight Moon, Corduroy, and Prayer for a Child. For each book, several activities to expand the book into different learning areas (Bible, Manners, Animals, Science, Social Studies, Art,  Games, Observations, Numbers, Projects). The units are geared for children ages 2 through 4.  Part Two of the book, called, Parent’s Treasury of Creative Ideas for Learning Readiness, offers a multitude of great suggestions for building an educational foundation.

We enjoyed the lessons. We were excited to do the units, and review this product! I was not let down. Before Five in a Row definitely lived up to all the good rumors I had heard about it, and even better, inspired me to look for more learning opportunities in my children’s Favorite Books. This book currently retails for $35 and is available at Rainbow Resource. Our family (gratefully) received this product for free to provide an honest review, which we feel we have done. Other families also reviewed this product and you can find my review and theirs listed here.

We are so Blessed!

Five Special Blessings to Me Today: God’s Provision, The choice and chance to Homeschool my children, Ultrasound tomorrow!, Air conditioning, Church tonight.

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Desires of My Heart

Desires of My Heart is a devotional eBook based on Psalm 37:4. So many of us believers walk our Christian walk without really knowing what it means to delight in the Lord. In this eBook we answer that question “What does it mean to delight in the Lord?”

“Desires of My Heart” is a powerful eBook that will help you work to get past any barriers you may have that is inhibiting your walk with the Lord, while also encouraging you to live a life guided by The Holy Spirit.

“I encourage you to prayerfully read this book. It could change your heart.” – M. Sheldon

This eBook is great if you struggle with:

  • Living a life that is delighted in the Lord.
  • Feelings of Failure.
  • Feelings of not being good enough.
  • Contentment.

The Desires of My Heart eBook is available in PDF, Kindle, and nook format. You can download your eBook and begin reading today!

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School-time Fever

Usually about the middle of July, I am full of ideas, thoughts, and plans about how the next year of school is going to go. I start itching to buy my Curriculum, after carefully poring over everything I can possibly read, reviews, etc. I am pretty sure we are going to be using the Weaver Curriculum this year. It is a Unit Study based approach using the Bible as the main textbook and Unit-source. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

I have recently read The Five Love Languages for Children. I loved this book by the way, and definitely recommend it. It was surprising to me to be able to figure out my own children’s love language and see the changes in them when I loved them in their own language. One of the things mentioned in the book said to teach your children all five languages, so that when they are grown, they are fluent in those languages, for their own children, or spouse! I had an idea about each school morning, choosing a love language that we would all try to express to each other for that day. Like maybe Monday is Physical Touch, and we all go out of our way to give hugs, high fives, etc. Tuesday is maybe Acts of Service where we really try to find ways to help each other. Wednesday, Gifts, trying to find ways to express our love through trinkets, cards, etc. Thursday, maybe, Words of Affirmation, encouraging each other, remembering to say thank you for the mundane and ordinary. Round out Friday with Quality Time, playing games together, reading books together, etc. Maybe we’ll choose one out of a hat each morning until we’ve covered them all.

Before too long, I will be buying our School supplies, setting up our School room, and purchasing our curriculum. I can’t wait!

Five Special Blessings to Me Today: The ability to Homeschol, The support to Homeschool, The love of learning the children have, The love of teaching that I have, The choices for Christian centered Curriculum.



Book Review – Crazy Love

Loved it, loved it, loved it.

I love a book that challenges you to be better. The title of the Book, comes from the fact that We are who we are, and God loves us so much more than we deserve, and in our human-minds, this is a crazy concept. WHO do you love enough to sacrifice your only born child for? Yeah, me either. But God loves me this much, isn’t that crazy!

The book challenges in a way, that here God loves me this much, but how much do I love him, how much am I giving back to him? Just more than those other people, or as much as I should? Am I personifying God in my choices? Am I giving him enough of me? Is anything less than everything, enough?

One part I really loved about the book, was it said to take 1 Corinthians 13 (the Love Chapter) and insert your name. If God is love, and we are supposed to personify him in our actions, than we should be personifying love. So this is the test. Can you insert your name into all those ‘Love is’ …? Love is patient, Love is kind ……what if it read, ‘Christina’ is patient, ‘Christina’ is kind. If you insert your name throughout the whole passage, is it 100 percent true? Yeah, me neither. But it definitely, easily, points out to me the areas I need to work on me! And a book that shows me how to be a better me, is a book I like!

Five Special Blessings to Me today: A sister-in-law who recommends a good book, A Book Club to read it with, A Bible to study from, A God to challenge me, and a heart that wants to Love and please God.

Have a Blessed Day!

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Quicksand – an E-book

Curiosity Files E-Book: Quicksand

I have been privileged to be asked to review an E-book, put out by a Magazine that I am dearly enjoying right now. The magazine is called “The Old Schoolhouse” and it’s a fantastic resource and encouragement for parents who are Homeschooling their children, especially in Christian homes! It has been a valuable resource to me as I look to use Unit Studies with my kids next year for our Curriculum.

One set of Unit Studies that are very in-depth, detailed, and full are The Curiosity Files, with Professor Ana Lyze. I have one of these Unit Studies currently on Puffer Fish, and this new one that I reviewed was on Quicksand. This book is geared for ages 8-13, although I had no problems making it fun for the 4 and 5-year-old, and even the babies loved doing some of the activities!

It seems like E-books are the wave of the future. I can definitely see the appeal, you click, download, and it’s instantly yours. I can print or not print what I want. I can create several worksheets (one for each kid) and save it to my computer to use next year!

I felt that this Unit would be great as a supplement to any Water-themed unit (Oceans, Rivers, Marshes, etc.) Could also make a Great Indiana Jones Unit! (Yeah, I have boys!!), But it could also stand alone and be a week-long unit on Quicksand. There is Math, Writing, Spelling, Vocabulary, Geography, and Science Activities. There are Crafts, and even a Music Activity. It is very well-rounded and can spring-board a bunch of new ideas for kids. There is even Handwriting (Copywork) and Bible! And I personally love that they use the KJV, which means my kids could pick up their own Bibles and see the same verses!

My boys loved hearing that the stunts (like in Indiana Jones) aren’t always true! Brendyn wasn’t thrilled about the writing, but that’s just him!

So, overall I really enjoyed the Unit. I learned new things myself! If you are interested in checking it out, click this link. And by the way, just FYI, this E-book is $6.95, no S&H, pay, click, download, save. (That was Easy!)

I’m all about Education being fun, this certainly was. Now to get my children out of Couch-Cushion Quicksand.

Five Special Blessings to me Today: The ability to freely Homeschool my children, Fun Education, Willing Learners, Time to get things done, A nice sunny day

Have a Blessed Day!


Canning Crazy

Monday it rained, and rained, and rained, and then rained some more. People don’t really go to Flea Markets in the rain. Which means, we didn’t sell all our vegetables. It wasn’t a huge loss, but we brought home 25 Red Peppers and 60 Cucumber Pickles that had to be “put up” so they didn’t go to waste.

Up until now, my canning experience has been limited to Strawberry Jam. I’ve canned it once with sugar, once with Splenda. Luckily, for Christmas, I got the “Ball: Complete Book of Home Preserving”. I looked up the recipe for pickles and then I looked up Red Peppers!! And then I caned, and canned, and canned, and canned some more. I made Dill Pickles, Bread and Butter Pickles, Red Pepper Jelly, Balsamic Red Pepper Glaze, Salsa, and Red Pepper Spread. (A lot of Red Pepper Spread).

It was a long day, but there is some peace in seeing those canned goods line my shelf. Knowing that I did that. That I am helping prepare my family for the future. But please, don’t mention Red Peppers to me for a month, or at least two weeks.

Five Special Blessings to Me Today: Canning, Recipe books with detailed instructions, Home-made pickles (finally tasted some today!), Electricity (we lost it for 3 hours yesterday!), God’s Provision

Have a Blessed Day!

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Getting Fluent

For book club this past month, we read the Five Love Languages. It is a book I have heard about forever and knew the concept, but hadn’t yet read. I found it very enlightening. All through the book, I thought, “this is me” or “this is Austin”, this is “so and so” ….

I am sure most people know the premise of the book, that different people give and receive love differently. There are five languages: Physical Touch, Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Gifts, and Quality Time.

I am also reading the Five Love Languages for Children book, constantly evaluating my children trying to figure out their individual language and “speak” it to them. Although the children’s book recommends “speaking” all five languages to your children, so they become “fluent” in each language.

So far, I think Brendyn is Quality Time, Tyler is Words of Affirmation, and Madelynne is Physical Touch. Adreya and Wyatt are too young to evaluate. It has been an interesting journey. According to Gary Chapman, the author, kid’s who have their love-tanks full, have less discipline problems! I’ll learn any language to run a smoother household!

I recommend it. Everyone is in a relationship with someone, and if it helps us learn to be happier in those relationships, I am all about it. I think next up on the Reading Block is “Raising Godly Tomatoes”, which is actually not a farming book, but a child-rearing book. I have read it before and loved it, and I am ready to read it again!!

Five special Blessings to me Today: People that went before us, figured it out, and shared it in their books, The best child-rearing book of all – my Bible, Love (I wonder if I have even thanked God for the emotion of Love), People to Love, People who love me!!

Hope your day is filled with Love and Blessings!

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