Friday, August 26, 2016

Don't Give Up!

Sometimes we need a reminder to never give up on the one we chose to do life with.
Forgive as you much as necessary.
Seek to do your spouse good.
Remember that you are BOTH good-willed people.

Happiness is fleeting it depends on emotion but...
Love is a choice. 
It says I choose to do right, 
to respect you, 
to love you, 
to be patient with you even when I don't "feel" like it.

First Field Trip of 2016-2017!!

So our first field trip this school year was yesterday to the Museum of Science and Industry.
And the kids loved it. 
I actually enjoyed too (although mama is paying the price for it today, sore legs).
This was also a group trip, shared with another homeschool family, The Lees. 
All in all, this was an awesome field trip. With awesome friends. A great start to our school year!

I sincerely loved this transcript of the reading of creation from the book of Genesis by the astronauts once they reached the moon on LIVE television.

At the Henry Crown Space Center.

U-505 Submarine exhibit

The kids when we first got to the museum. As you can see I printed and laminated them homeschool i.d. cards. 





Live experiment the whole group.

zoomed out.

Caleb and his best pal, JJ. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


So this is literally a bible study and that is its full intended purpose. The tag line is "Grace to live every day better than before." The study is meant to be completed over a course of six weeks. There are also corresponding video sessions to go with each week (I do not have access to those to view). 

Week 1: When Love makes a promise. 
Week 2: When Love never fails. 
Week 3: When Love makes a way.
Week 4: When Love changes you.
Week 5: When Love breaks your chains.
Week 6: When Love leads you home.

Even though the word love is used, I can comfortable interject God in place of the it. 
The weeks are 7 days long, I point this out because many studies usually do a 5 day a week schedule. It is quite funny that Angela tries to immediately attack any reason why we would say we cannot do the study. And combat that with the reason we need to do the study.

This is the first page of week 1, of the study. 

 I haven't gotten through the entire study yet. However I think it is worth taking a look at and going through especially if you are even almost near an identity crisis. And to be honest, I have been in that place. Sometimes I revisit that place. And this is the reminder to walk away from that place that I am redeemed. That it only matters what GOD says about me and who GOD says I am.

{FYI: I got this book from B&H Publishers in exchange for my HONEST review.}

Monday, August 22, 2016

Prayer over Children Returning to School

This week and last week many children returned to school (homeschool/traditional school).

And we need to pray over our children. Pray over their schools and their teachers.

Father God, I thank you for the children returning to school. I pray that as they walk the halls of their schools that You walk with them. I pray over the schools themselves that they be safe havens and protected places for the children to learn in. I pray for children going to school for the first time that they be at peace with going to school. Father, I pray over the teachers that they would have wisdom in their teaching and the choices they make. I pray that the children are kind to one another and that they make new friends and have fun with the old friends.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Woman of Influence

As a Woman of Influence, we want to be a godly influence on the people around us. 
Even if you aren't married or have children, you have some influence over the people around you. Influence them in such a manner that it brings God glory. We do that by always pointing past ourselves to Jesus. 
We do that by the way that we carry ourselves, the way we act. 
It all speaks for us. 
And how we carry ourselves is a reflection of the ONE who sent us, who we claim to follow. 

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Scripture Memory Bible

The cover of the bible and as can be seen in the upper left hand corner, it DOES come with a free download of 100 scripture memory songs. I downloaded mine to use with my kids.

As a member of Tyndale Rewards, we are often presented with surveys about covers of books. One of the surveys I completed a while ago was for this book: Hidden In My Heart Scripture Memory Bible.

Honestly it is MUCH better than what I expected. The main translation used in the one I have is NLT. Then for the core verses they are presented in three different translations, so that the reader can see the difference in word choice which can aid in understanding the verses. There are book introductions for every book of the bible. It is not very heavy or big, which is good for smaller hands that may want to take it to church (i.e. my nine year old). This is one of those bibles that are a good buy. It is meant to be used with kids but it is made in such a way that it can literally last them straight on through college. Or an adult can use it who is trying to memorize scripture.

I think this bible is good because through Moses, God tells us to: Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds, bind them as a sign on your hands, and let them be a symbol on your foreheads. Deuteronomy 11:18 HCSB.

This is the inside of the bible showing: (1) how the core scripture memory verses look and (2) how the book introductions look.

{FYI: I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my HONEST review.}

Friday, August 12, 2016

Discipling As Jesus Discipled

The goal of every Christian is to be a disciple and to be fruitful, that is to make other disciples.

And that is the whole point of this book. It is a clear bible study and is very thought provoking.

The author Dann Spader encourages the reader/studier to look at the life of Jesus and His earthly ministry to understand how we are to BE disciples and MAKE disciples who can MAKE disciples.
He also explains the difference between discipleship and disciple-making.

Prior to reading this book I'd always thought the two were the same. However Dann Spader, helped me to see the difference between the two. Discipleship is to help some along the path of becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ.

A disciple of Jesus is a follower of Jesus. And we all know Jesus said "Follow Me."
So to be a disciple-maker is to be a person who produces disciples.

We actively produce disciples when we actively point people to Jesus and aid them in learning the Word of God, in applying the Word of God to their lives, and LIVING it ourselves so that our teaching is seen in action.
As Jesus taught the Word of God, spoke the Word of God, and gave right application of the Word of God, He LIVED the Word of God. So the disciples were not only taught but had a living example.

And THAT is the root message of this bible study. I am a few weeks into it and I am learning SO much. This is more in-depth than anything I've ever learned or be taught on disciple-making.

I recommend this to the seasoned follower of Jesus, the mature follower. Our jobs is to be a disciple, live as a disciple, THEN grow the Kingdom by producing disciples who will produce more disciples.

{FYI, I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my HONEST opinion.}

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Miracle In Music City

So this is a children or rather tween book.

So I allowed my daughter to read the book and tell me what she thinks of it.

Her initial reaction is that she loves it!

She loves the adventure and the fairies. 

The book is about three sisters which she can relate to as she has two sisters of her own. 
She loves that they go on an adventure (she's also read a Dolphin Wish by Natalie Grant and about the same sisters). The story starts out with them helping their mom and delves into them going on an adventure, with adult supervision in the form of their nanny. It is a mystery.

I love that its good wholesome entertainment. I don't have to worry about if its going to have a poor message or profane language.
I love that it teaches teamwork among siblings. Something that I see taking root in my children at home.

{I received this book in exchange for my HONEST review from the publisher through the BookLook Blogger program.}

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Birthday Central

Every year, the second week of August is busy busy busy.
First is Kaylee, our oldest girl's birthday on August 9th. Then the very next day is her papa's birthday!

My Superman! His birthday is tomorrow!

Kaylee, today is her golden birthday!

Happy Birthday my loves!!!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Fun Music

Some fun music to listen to during morning praise and worship with your kids!!

If you have some favorites, share them below so we can take a listen!!