Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wholesome Books for Young Girls - Life of Faith Collection

We recently just shared a post on Wholesome Books for Young Boys which was very popular, and we got asked by many people to share some for young girls too.

Some of our favorites when the girls were younger were the Life of Faith Collection. The set below contains one book from each of the collections (I am sharing them all below). This is a great option in case you wanted to try them out to see if you daughter would like them. They are for girls ages 10-14.





The sets contain stories from the girls Elsie, Millie, Violet, Laylie and Kathleen (her book is not included above but I have included them below for you).

"Based on and adapted from bestselling nineteenth-century stories and characters created by Martha Finley, these timeless stories of faith, love, and family---with updated language and enhanced features such as fascinating historical forewords---will delight, captivate, and inspire a new generation of readers."


Elsie - This is the Elsie Dinsmore collection.




My girls spent hours reading these collections!


The books that are included in her set are:

Elsie's Life Lessons: Walking in the Fruit of the Spirit

Elsie's Endless Wait

Elsie's Impossible Choice

Elsie's New Life 

Elsie's Stolen Heart

Elsie's True Love

Elsie's Troubled Times

Elsie's Tender Mercies

Elsie's Great Hope






A Life of Faith: Kathleen McKenzie Series:




This includes the following books:

Kathleen's Shaken Dreams

Kathleen's Enduring Faith

Kathleen's Abiding Hope

Kathleen's Unforgettable Winter


The Millie Keith Collection:






This includes the following book sets:




The first boxed set contains books 1-4 including:

Millie's Unsettled Season
Millie's Courageous Days
Millie's Remarkable Journey
Millie's Faithful Heart



The second set contains:

Millie's Steadfast Love (Book 5), 
Millie's Grand Adventure (Book 6), 
Millie's Reluctant Sacrifice (Book 7)
Millie's Fiery Trial (Book 8)





The Violet Trevilla Collection:



The first boxed set includes:

Violet's Bold Mission

Violet's Foreign Intrigue

Violet's Turning Point

Violet's Defiant Daughter


The second boxed set can be found HERE. 


The Laylie Colbert: Laylie's Daring Quest:










They also have a Paper Doll Collection for Elsie and Millie.





We also LOVED the real life dolls! You can also find the Life of Faith Dolls here (these are rare and hard to find now) as they are available :




These are high-quality dolls and my daughters spent tons of time playing with them! They were well loved and much played with. Here is the box of how it came (ours is a bit beat up from years of use) but I just wanted to give you an idea. 





And Life of Faith doll accessories  (these are rare and hard to find too)  as they are available are fund for girls too.







I hope these books are a blessing to you!











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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wise Woman Linkup {& a Peek Inside My Life}



A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We would love for you to link up with us! Come and share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

The weather has been pretty amazing here-- so we have been out and about and soaking up all the sun rays and fresh air. We had a chance to visit this beautiful lake and spend some time there as a family:


This particular lake is much larger and goes out to the left of the picture but you can't tell here. It even has a trail to walk around it.  It was a nice, quiet, and peaceful visit for me and the kids.




We even took some time out this weekend and headed out to a suburb with a huge zoo--we had no idea it was a free day and it was jam packed because of the nice weather. But it was so fun and we would do it again because little Bella could not get enough of these giraffes. There were four of them and they got pretty close to us, but by the time I thought to take a picture two of them had already run off. 



We also attended my sister-in-law's 50th birthday party and it was great catching up with extended family in the city. Here is my Joy (on the right) along with two of my lovely nieces on the left and their cousin in the middle. Don't they look sweet?



Here was the cake, hall and some of the refreshments. It was a great time and I also got to meet the newest addition, a new baby from my nephew! She was adorable and I got to hold her. I can't get over how teeny new babies are, they are just too precious!


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Wholesome Books for Young Boys



Have you ever heard the saying "Readers are leaders, and leaders are readers"?

We used to share the quote around here quite a bit in our home, trying to encourage our younger children to read so that they would gain good habits.

If you are looking for some wholesome reading for your young sons (and want to pull them away from the screen or video games a bit)  you might want to check some of our favorite titles for young boys out:


1. The Action Bible - I love, love, love these for my boys. Everything is in comic book form and makes it so easy for them to understand Bible stories and concepts that might be harder reading the regular Bible (don't worry, they read that too, but this one is so fun and they devour it!).





2. Ten Boys Who Changed the World - Some of my kids just read these for school this past month. It includes stories about famous missionaries and evangelists, you can read a bit more below about them:



George Muller was a thief when he was younger and spent time in jail for his crimes. Brother Andrew grew up in Holland during the second World War and played tricks on German soldiers. Nicky Cruz grew up in a family where spirit worship was a regular occurrence. He became a very angry young man, out to cause trouble.

John Newton was captured at a young age and forced to join Her Majesty's Navy, leaving his friends and family behind. What happened to these young boys and how did God make them into men who changed their world? Read how George Muller was finally trusted with millions of pounds. Discover how Brother Andrew grew up to be a smuggler of Bibles. Read how Nicky Cruz was rescued from self-destruction and eventually went on to begin one of the largest youth organisations reaching out to hurt and confused young people throughout the world.


David Livingstone (Missionary in Africa)
Nicky Cruz (Evangelist)
Brother Andrew (Smuggler for God in Communist Countries)
George Muller (Founder of Children's Homes)
William Carey (Missionary in India)
John Newton (Minister and reformer)
Adoniram Judson (Missionary in Burma)
Billy Graham (Evangelist)
Luis Palau (Evangelist)
Eric Liddell (Athlete and Missionary in China)



3. Little Pilgrims Progress - If your child is too young to read the regular Pilgrims Progress this one is a great way to introduce them to this classic!



Here is our well loved worn-out copy:




4. The Building on a Rock Series - This is a fun series and includes the following below:






How God Sent a Dog to Save a Family

How God Used a Drought and an Umbrella

How God Used a Snowdrift

How God Stopped the Pirates

How God Used a Thunderstorm



4. Jonathan Park Series - there are several books included in this series too!





Jonathan Park: A Startling Discovery

Jonathan Park: A New Beginning

Jonathan Park: Return to Hidden Cave


These are related to the awesome and popular Jonathan Park Radio dramas that everyone loves, and it looks from this link here that they have started some newer editions of these books!


5. Scout Series - Several great stories about a boy and his faithful dog and how they tackle different adventures--boys just love this stuff!



Here is a list of what I know is available:














I hope these books bless your young sons as they have mine!






You might also like our Book List for Daughters:










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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Large Family Tip: How to Save Money on Clothing



When you have a large family you find ways to save money--especially on clothing! I am telling you, that five boys can go through clothes like there is no tomorrow.

First off, they have growth spurts just about every week.

Then when it's time to play, they can play HARD. Jeans get ripped, along with shirts, jackets, shoes, you name it.



So over the years we have practiced a few practical guidelines that we try to implement into our clothing decisions and they have really helped.

Here they are:

1. Pass it down. This helps a lot but I find that since our boys are harder on their clothes that we don't have as much to pass down as we did with the girls.

2. Repair it. I am so grateful my mother taught me how to sew when I was young because I have used my mending skills a thousand times over. I have even taught my children how so they can take over and my boys know how to as well. I know they teach boys in the military to mend, so it is a  good skill for them to know.



3. Be content. We try not to overbuy, especially for space reasons. But still, things can seem like a lot because there are so many children so we try to be careful to practice contentment with what we have.

4. . Use a Thrift Store or Consignment shop. This is a no brainer and there are tons of savings to be had. Often times I can find clothes that are brand new with the tags still on them. We especially like to go on days that they have big sales.


 Sometimes my local Once Upon a Child will have a bag sale where you pay just $10 or $20 for everything you can fit into a bag.

If you like to shop online, you might want to try ThredUP. They are an online thrift store that sells tons of clothing always at a reduced price and have tons of adorable kids clothing!



Lots of them are name brand too like Gymboree, Gap and more. Right now they are offering 90% off plus FREE shipping on items (read here for more details). They also have $4 sales and a Kid's Mall where everything is under $10.






5. Share your need.  Just letting people know what you are looking for can help. I have seen groups even on Facebook where moms are sharing their baby gear, clothing, etc. We would often get bags and bags of clothes given to us (from friends or family) especially when the girls were younger and it was a blessing to not have to go shopping for it and pay extra money.

6. Use online coupons and apps while out shopping. We like RetailMeNot, Groupon, Ebates (for online shopping) and just doing a quick Google search for site coupons. I have saved a ton of money this way and will not check out without checking my phone first. Also get alerts (via email or text) on sales and check flyers to your favorite stores or stores you will be visiting.



7. Repurpose.  If you are the sewing or DIY type then this might be up your alley. For little children this really helps. You can cut regular jeans into shorts, Or make a baby's dress from a big shirt. You can find lots of videos on Youtube to help with that and give you inspiration.




8. Think before you buy. Do you really need that item? Is it necessary? How many do I have at home? Can it wait until next payday? Thinking before buying helps you to not be impulsive and spend when it is unnecessary.



What tips do *you* have to save money on clothing?

We would love to hear them - please share in the comments below!














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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wise Woman Linkup & Giveaway Winner!



A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

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And a quick heads up--the winner for the NEWLY RELEASED Adorned book by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth is Phyllis Sather! Congratulations and thanks for entering!


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