Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Daily Schedule

So I've received the question quite often, how do we get through the day? More specifically, how do I get the kids through the day without too many meltdowns, with me still being sane and everyone sleep by 9 p.m. 

This is how. We have a daily schedule, that for the most part dictates our entire day. Granted some days, there are deviations from the schedule. Fridays are no-school. If we do a movie on $5 Tuesdays, then we switch our no-school day from Friday to Tuesday. 
Or if a kid is sick, we may follow the routine but not mind the time constraints. 

A few things stay the same no matter what: 
  • bedtime is at 8 p.m. except on Wednesday when we are at church then its at 9 p.m. 
  • We do the same morning routine up till 9 am morning work, whether its a school day or not.
Yes, I have a homework time, because I do not want to spend TOO much time in any one subject because one of the kids is choosing to work slowly, so they know whatever they do not finish early in the day is homework.

This is our chalk board. In the 9am slot there is time for daily work. This is the daily work. The date changes daily, everything else changes weekly. I figure repetition will help with learning numbers/words/colors in both English and Spanish.
They have a daily notebook that the kids write this in, along with practicing writing their names and a letter to a friend (mostly Kaylee, Caleb will start that in the spring).

As I take more photos, I'll share more of our routine and homeschool room. 

So if you homeschool, what does your days look like??

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Kids' Devotional Bible

Does anyone else's children like having their own bibles??
*Raises and waves hand profusely*

My children, like having their own bible and being able to sit with me when I read my bible. They like knowing that when I grab my bible for church on Sunday, they can grab their bibles. For example, today is Sunday and my kids immediately made sure to grab their bibles on the way out the door to church.  They also like being able to look and read along in their bible when I'm reading aloud during our morning devotions.

Since I'd allowed my daughter to keep the Color Bible for herself, since she likes that many verses are already highlighted and color coded to tell her what she is reading about. 

This is one is for my boy. He's a new reader (5 years old) so thankfully this NIRV bible breaks the verses down for him to be able to learn to read without too much difficulty. I also like the fact that he can actually color in the bible with the different drawings that are in it, which for him is a HUGE plus. 
The devotions are nice, short and to the point. He isn't too concerned with them right now as he's focusing on the Scripture itself for when we do morning devotions.  

This is a fun bible, its easy to read, and it's clear it was produced with children in mind.

{FYI: I received this bible in exchange for my HONEST opinion through the BookLookBlogger program.}

Monday, September 19, 2016

Gratitude Coloring Journal

So the craze right now is journaling bibles...especially those that have coloring inside as well.
Some examples are the Inspire Bible by Tyndale, the Beautiful Word Bible by Zondervan, My Creative Bible by Christian Art Publishers, and the Illustrators Notetaking Bible (HCSB). I personally own the HCSB Illustrators Notetaking Bible. I have seen the Inspire Bible and Beautiful Word Bible in person, they are absolutely BEAUTIFUL.

So imagine my joy when I am offered the chance to review the Gratitude Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal!!!! Such a happy girl :)

This is a journaling devotional on gratitude. And it is awesome and beautiful. and a great size for travel. Some of the devotion pages are lined and others are not. It encourages you to draw or doodle. To praise God in your creative expression.

Here are some photos of the inside so you can see just how beautiful it really is. It's a bit smaller than an iPad Mini, so it can be easily thrown into a purse or diaper bag (ahem! lol).

And as noted, I did receive this journal from Tyndale in exchange for my HONEST opinion.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ecclesiastes Commentary

This is apart of a new commentary series. Each book of the bible is approached in a way that attempts to explain the book of the bible from a Christ centered perspective. So the copy I received is on Ecclesiastes. 

I will be totally honest: 
I am NOT a fan of this approach to writing a commentary. 

I prefer a verse by verse breakdown versus going section by section breaking down the meaning. I also dislike how the commentary seems to jump around at times, trying to tie together different themes found in the book.

I would not recommend this commentary to anyone.

{FYI: I did receive this book from the publisher (B&H) in exchange for my HONEST opinion.}

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Mornings with Tozer

A.W. Tozer was an American Christian pastor, preacher, author, magazine editor, and spiritual mentor. He died in 1963. And as a prolific preacher of the Word. 
Many books have come out bearing his name. One such book is: Mornings with Tozer.

It is a compilation of daily devotional readings.
According to the publisher's (Moody Publishers) website: 
Many of these 365 devotional readings come from sermons Tozer preached close to his death in 1963, marking them with a deep concern for spiritual intimacy and true worship. He urges you to pursue God, confess sin, pray fervently, and seek the Spirit. Let this book be a garnish in your feast of God’s Word.

I'll be honest, I was a wee bit skeptical because it is a compilation of readings from his sermons, probably his sermon notes. However, it is similar to the many other devotional I have come across, starts with a bible verse, dives into a devotional calling us to relationship not religion, and ends with a prayer starter. There is not much that sets this devotional apart from the many others available other than having A.W. Tozer's name attached to it. 

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

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Married Love

An always necessary reminder. 
Oftentimes we mistake love as a feeling. 
Oh I don't "feel" love for my spouse anymore. 
I fell out of love with my spouse. 
Love is a choice
Married Love says I put your needs above my wants.

Married Love says I will respect you regardless to what your behavior says. 
Married Love says I will treat you lovingly regardless to what your behavior says.

Married Love says I CHOSE to believe you are a good-willed person.
Married Love says I CHOSE to look beyond you to Jesus.

Married Love says it is not about my happiness but about bringing glory to God 
because marriage is designed to be a representation of Christ's relationship with the church (NT); with God's relationship with His people (OT). 

{There are always the exception to this: abuse (domestic/child/sexual).} 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Searching the Scriptures

If you're trying to gain not only a better relationship with God but to also learn His Word, this is a book to have:  Searching the Scriptures by Charles R. Swindoll. A little background on the author: Swindoll is a teacher of the Word, and has been in the pastorate since 1963 and is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS).

I enjoy that the book reads well BUT it also has "homework" which makes you use what you read and makes you practice what Charles Swindoll is teaching in this book. I will say it isn't a book to complete in a day. This is a book to savor, take a chapter a day or a chapter every two days so that you can really digest what Swindoll is teaching. I have been reading and completing the "homework" everyday in the evenings when my littles are in the bed and it has been a total eye opening blessing. Teaching and convicting my spirit on much of my personal actions, or rather lack thereof.

This is an well written and added book to my arsenal of study aids.

I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for an HONEST review.

Monday, August 29, 2016

I am found

So I am so excited about this bible study it is in a series of bible studies by Moody Publishers just for women. The first one, An Unexplainable Life, I also reviewed here
This bible study is about me, about you. Women are trying to be seen and known by God but when we sin and are ashamed we tend to hide. For me when I am ashamed I literally hide out in my bedroom. 
I love this study for that very reason it is challenging me to stop hiding from God, from my husband. It is also teaching me to stop "not being bothered" with other people. It is nothing personal against them, I just often prefer my own company to that of others. 

The blurb is: 
I Am Found summons us from the shadows and into the light. This 6-week Bible study on shame and freedom explores: why we hide from God and others, why God’s love frees us to come out of hiding, what it looks like to live like we’ve been found, and how to cultivate relationships that encourage vulnerability

And that is exactly what this study does. It has encouraged me to turn to GOD when I feel ashamed, when I have sinned. It is encouraging me to stop hiding from my husband when we have disagreements. It is encouraging me to not hide from people outside of my home when they may offend or insult me.

Here are some fun things I found on the Moody Publisher's Women page to go with this study. Also if you go on the page, you will find a study tool (Download Excerpts) from Moody Commentary which allows you to read the commentary to go with the the Scripture found in the study. (AWESOME.)

Moody Publishers also allow ministry leaders the ability to receive a FREE copy of this study to use with their study groups, which I think is pretty awesome. 

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.