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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

With Lee In Virginia - Audio Theater Review

If you have been reading my blog for very long, you know that we are a family that loves audio theater. Throw in historically accurate and Biblical sound stories, and we are loving it! With Lee In Virginia from Heirloom Audio Productions was exactly that, and more! We thoroughly enjoyed reviewing this product in our homeschool!

in-depth review of the audio adventure "With Lee In Virginia" from Heirloom Audio Productions. #homeschool

Monday, July 27, 2015

Accepting The Stay At Home Life

When people find out that I (and my kids) only regularly leave my house about once a week, they are either shocked, disgusted, or in awe. Some can't believe anyone can survive staying at home all day, every day of the week. Others think that it is not natural, it is actually bad, and I must have something wrong with me. And some people are slightly jealous and wish that they could stay home more instead of leaving their house every day, even expressing admiration for our "simple life".

Guess what? I didn't choose this life. But, God has a funny way of allowing and helping us grow into what we need to be in order to deal with, and even accept, the life we are given. And, now I wouldn't choose any life other than being mama to these specific kids. But, let me tell you something.

Accepting the stay at home life when you are forced to stay home

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

19 Bible Verses For The Special Needs Life - Plus Free Printable!

We are a family with several special needs. I know that having children with special and/or medical needs can be very tiring and hard! 

Since our oldest was born over a decade ago, we have been thrown into a world of hospitalizations, nebulizers, inhalers, food allergies, gastric/jejunal feeding tubes, multiple medications daily, never ending doctor appointments and therapies, sleepless nights, a nonverbal child, unexplained crying and pain, global developmental delays, chronic vomiting, and so much more. In addition to having multiple children with varying medical/special needs, I also have an autoimmune disease called Sarcoidosis.

"Exhaustion" is my middle name!

In the early years, I felt so alone and hopeless. I spent a lot of nights and days in tears wondering how we could endure any more of the unknowns, the (not so fun) surprises, another scary diagnosis, the adjustments, the immobility, the loss of a normal life, and so on.

19 Bible Verses for hope and encouragement for the parents of kids with special needs plus a free pretty printable!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Geology & Biblical History Homeschool Curriculum Set - Review

We are very passionate about Creation Science and learning about science from a Biblical worldview as a family. My husband, myself, and our children all enjoy listening to, watching, or reading about God's creation from a scientific perspective. Right now, we learn as a family and in a relaxed manner. Watching Creation Science DVDs and shows are some of our favorite ways to do this. We simply make sure to keep a lot of Creation Science resources in our home and as part of our family time and homeschool curriculum.

As Josiah gets older and enters high school in a few years, we know that his education will have an extra emphasis on science in a more structured way than it does now. He loves science and we are already planning what science courses he will cover in high school. He also loves the history of earth and its inhabitants, which makes sense when you look at science as a Creationist. Science & history really go hand-in-hand and as a Christian, the Bible is our main "history book". Josiah has a special interest in paleontology, human biology, and more. He reads high school science textbooks for fun. Who knows where these interests will take him, but I love that we can encourage these interests of his and mold his education around them! (awesome giveaway at the end of post!)

in depth review of Masterbooks Geology & Biblical History curriculum set

Friday, July 17, 2015

Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages Review

Home School in the Woods has given us their unique history unit study called Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages for the purpose of reviewing and sharing how it works, how we used it, and our personal opinion of the product with all of you!

They also have Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt and Project Passport World History Study: Renaissance & Reformation. They are intended for use with children in grades 3-8. These are digital downloads and you must print materials to be used for each lesson. It is also available on CD.

In-depth review of a history unit study curriculum!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

8 Reasons We Love Our 1000sqft House

I have said it before: we are actually a very happy family of 9 in our 1000sqft home!

I'll admit, it does sound nice to think of having more storage, an extra room for school supplies and all of Abigail's medical equipment/supplies, an actual laundry room, and so on.

However, when it comes down to it, I realize that I'd rather have less stuff than to have more storage. I'd rather incorporate our schooling into everyday life and embrace a lifestyle of learning than to tuck it all nicely out of sight (ok, so it would be nice to be able to put school stuff some place other than our master bedroom). And, an actual laundry room is simply not needed!

I asked some of my kids why they like living in a small house and this is what they said:

"It is warm." - Marcus, age 5.
"I like my small bedroom." - Hadassah, age 6.
"I like always being together (as a family)." - Josiah, age 10.

can a large family actually love living in a small house? yes!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

How A Large Family Lives In A Small House

We have lived in this 1000sqft rental home since May 2011 and we expect to be here for a few more years. We are now a family of 9. Our home is in nice condition for having been built in 2000 and having had multiple tenants since then. We have 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. We have a nice, fenced backyard. We feel very blessed with our housing situation and live here very comfortably. I am sharing a few tidbits about how we make our small home work for our large family, because I know some of you are curious!

how a family of 9 makes 1000sqft work for them!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

10 Things In 30 Years

Did turning 30 make you stop and think about your life? Did you reflect on the last 30 years and wonder where it all went? The days can be long, but the years are short. Time has a way of passing. Life has a way of happening.

I have to say that my upcoming 30th birthday keeps coming to mind. I keep thinking about my life and what I have/n't done. I am sure my life looks much different now than I expected it to be 15 years ago. But, what I keep thinking about is the truths I have realized over the last 30 years.

10 truths in 30 years

Friday, July 3, 2015

Celebrate Red, White, and Blue!

I have been browsing Pinterest for fun red, white, and blue foods, activities, and d├ęcor to use for our Independence Day Celebration! Here is a link list of some things I have found. Be sure to follow me on Pinterest for more great ideas!

Independence Day Ideas Link List

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Point Of View

We all know that life experiences have a direct impact on our point of view. It doesn't matter what it is, whether practical, spiritual, environmental convictions ... what we have been through and experienced for ourselves will give us an unique point of view on things. How do we know which view is correct?
Everyone has a point of view, so how do we know which view is the correct one?


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