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Monday, May 18, 2015

FishFlix - Exploring Ephesus - City of Apostles Review

History, Biblical Times, and traveling to far off places via Documentaries are all things our family enjoys and we were more than happy to review Exploring Ephesus - City Of Apostles from FishFlix.com.
 
FishFlix.com Review
 
Apostle Paul of the New Testament is probably my favorite writer of all time. His words - guided and given by God - have lifted me from despair, encouraged, convicted, changed, inspired, and reassured me many times over throughout my life as a Christian.
 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Defining Eclectic Homeschooling

If you homeschool or if you have looked into homeschooling, I am sure you have read about the different styles of homeschooling. There are several styles ranging from school-at-home to unschooling. It can be confusing and overwhelming, especially for new homeschoolers. I know, I've been there myself!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WordsBright ABC Book Review

We were given the opportunity to review the children's book S is for Smiling Sunrise ("an alphabet book of goodness, beauty, and wonder") from WordsBright. It is written by Vick Wadhwa, a dad with a PH.D. who wrote this fun educational book for his toddler daughter. Since I have a small collection of alphabet books that I like to use for teaching preschool to my toddlers, this picture book was the perfect addition to our library.

Friday, May 8, 2015

How To Homeschool When Life Happens

This last week has been a challenge. On top of caring for our disabled 8-year-old daughter and developmentally delayed 12-month-old (along with the other 5 (relatively) healthy kids), my husband had an onset of severe vertigo which resulted in a 911 call and a trip to the ER via ambulance on Sunday evening. As a result, my husband was home from work Monday through Wednesday this week trying to recover and we had to drive him to a follow-up doctor appointment on Wednesday.

We decided not to do our typical school work and instead focused on history while in the van and at home hanging out with my husband. Because we school year-round, we can afford to take a break from seatwork now and then when life happens.

Life doesn't have to be perfect to keep learning!

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Shadow Of Grief

Our final goodbye... The Shadow Of Grief

The shadow of grief follows me,
It never lets me go.
Sometimes the shadow covers me completely,
no sunshine is in sight.
Only gray and dark and cloudiness,
everywhere I look.
Sometimes rain accompanies it
and I cannot escape its misery.
Other times, the sun shines brightly,
and the shadow is plainly seen.
Its outline is there, in the midst of the light,
a constant reminder of what I have lost.
When I face directly into the sun rays,
I forget the shadow behind me.
Then, all too soon, I turn around,
and the darkness greets me again.
It is like an imaginary friend,
except I am not imagining it,
and it is definitely not my friend.
Like an imaginary friend that I have outgrown,
I am embarrassed to bring it up.
However, a few have met it
and know that I am not making it up.
I've met others with similar shadows,
each their own unique shape.
They are dragged behind, above,
and sometimes within us...
mothers who grieve.

How To Simplify Meal Planning

I have never been the type to plan up a month's worth of meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I just cannot determine the exact foods we will be eating at every single meal. I work in a different way. I do plan meals for the month, but in more of a general and simpler way.

How To Simplify Meal Planning

Friday, May 1, 2015

A+ Interactive Math Review

A+ Interactive Math Review
I wanted to review A+ Interactive Math since math has been a little bit of a struggle for my oldest (now 10). Two years ago, I decided to switch his math program to something completely new to us. That was a mistake and we struggled to use the program all year. We went back to our original math program the next year, but had "lost" a year since we started where we had left off. I'm a firm believer in setting a firm foundation in the elementary years for subjects like mathematics and have been wondering whether my son was grasping the concepts okay. The Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plans from A+ that we have been using are helping us to close the gaps in his math struggles.

A+ Interactive Homeschool Math Review

Dear Mom: It's Time To Accept The Truth (plus giveaway)

Letters to Moms - A Mother's Day Blog Hop

Dear Friends, Mother's Day is right around the corner and I've gotten together with a group of bloggers to bring you a giveaway and blog hop that we are hoping will bless your socks off!
I am sharing from my heart what I wish I could say to my mom,
now that she has been gone for almost 8 years.

Please continue reading and then hop around to the many other bloggers below who are sharing from their hearts, and of course enter to win the giveaway too - there will be 4 winners with the total prize value over $1000!  

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Dear Mom,

Every year, Mother's Day comes around and every year I avoid thinking too deeply about it. I usually succeed, considering the fact that I have usually been in the hospital with Abigail every Mother's Day since you've died. This September, Mom, you will have been gone for 8 years. This September, I will turn 30-years-old. It's time to accept the truth.

I have avoided the truth for many years now and I didn't even know it until recently. But, facts are facts. You became sick from the brain cancer regrowth when I was just a little girl of 17. I was so young and I was so na├»ve. I see now how silly I was to have believed otherwise. You see, the reality I must face is this: I was never your friend.

A truthful letter to mom

Friday, April 24, 2015

Continuing Education: Online Courses

As a homeschooling mom, I am naturally learning a lot while teaching my kids. I am reviewing the basics, discovering things I wasn't taught, and enjoying every minute of it (well, almost every minute... some days getting my oldest to get through his writing lesson is less than enjoyable). I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching language arts since it feeds my extreme love for words, their meanings, and the art of writing. Math... uh, not so much. Numbers give me a headache.

Aside from academics, I am learning through experience and trial and error about so many things in life, as does anyone. Over the years I have taken a few online courses (eCourses) to educate myself on things I am interested in. Vintage Remedies has several short, Intermediate, and Advanced online courses to choose from to educate yourself on the all things to do with holistic wellness and caring for your family naturally. Currently I am signed up for two eCourses from Vintage Remedies.

Here are the current eCourses I am taking and loving!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Lessons In Simplicity & Gratitude

We have lived in this 1000 sq. ft. rental house for almost 4 years now. When we moved here, we had 4 living children (and had just lost our 5th child). We were moving from a 1400 sq. ft. home without a garage. We really didn't have a lot of "stuff". At least I didn't think so.
What A Small House Has Taught Us About Gratitude

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