Friday, July 15, 2022

The Big List of Back-to-Homeschool Supplies




This year our local schools seemed to go back pretty early in early and mid August. I am wondering what happened to the old days when schools would start after Labor Day? The summer just keeps feeling shorter and shorter.

But I know that probably works out for many of you--to have your children in school early or when the heat is on and you can't bare to hit the outdoors and prefer to hit the books instead!

Friday, July 8, 2022

Our Favorite Bibles for Children- Now on Sale up to Half Off!

Are you looking to get a new Bible for you child?

Our children have had a few favorites growing up and we gave them a good selection at different ages and what they were ready for. Some just had the Bible stories in them so they could start learning them at an early age and when they got older they got regular Bibles. 

Here are a few that you might like starting with the younger children first:



Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Titus 2 Time: Having Courage in Wicked Times



 "Boldly and without hindrance he preached  the kingdom of God

 and taught about the Lord Jesus."  ~Acts 28:31


As we look around the world today we can clearly see that wickedness is increasing all around us. 

Shootings...

Killings...

Human trafficking...

War and more. 

Monday, June 20, 2022

50 Frugal Summer Fun Ideas





We have been spending a good portion of the past few months winding down school, ending out the sports season, and having a lot of people over the last few weeks. Our family is definitely ready for some fun and relaxation after all of that!

Now we all have summer fun on our minds so I thought I would share a quick post about some frugal summer fun ideas to do with your family and make some cherished memories along the way.


Sunday, June 19, 2022

Do You Know If You Are Going to Heaven?


 

Sweet friend, do you know if you are saved and going to heaven or not?

This is the most important question of your whole life.

If you don't know READ THIS NOW!!!





Saturday, June 18, 2022

10 Ways to Teach Your Children Godly Character This Summer


Today I wanted  to share a few ways to teach your children godly character through the summer.
 
This might be your first year that you purposefully decide to try to instill more character in them--or you just might feel your children need to focus more on it! (Don't we all feel that way sometimes?) Our children are definitely not perfect and we always should be trying to reach their hearts with the truth of God's word.


Friday, June 17, 2022

5 Ways to Plan for the Summer {& Really Get Things Done!}



These past few days I have been doing what I do best---list making!

I am dreaming about summer and looking forward to the school year ending to soak up some sun, relax and just be!

Through it all I know I want to tackle some things around here so I have been doing some serious planning.

I am the type of person who always has something going so it is better if I make a list, it helps keep things orderly and out of my brain. I do most of my planning on my iPhone app which makes it easy to make changes and add things since I usually have it on me or nearby.

Here are 5 areas that I am planning for right now:

FUN THINGS I WANT TO DO

This includes trying new recipes, purposeful relaxing, outings, beach visits, books I want to read, fun projects I want to tackle (like making photo books for the kiddos,--when you have nine children this is not an easy feat! I have been thinking about trying Shutterfly), places I want to visit, plans for holidays, birthdays, etc. As well as blogging goals that I want to accomplish.  I also make sure to plan in lots of down days to enjoy with the kiddos too!


BOOKS I WANT TO READ

This summer I am looking forward to getting some new reading in. I am super picky about what I read since I don't like wasting time on books that I don't feel that I glean much from. I am not one that feels obligated to read a book cover to cover once I start it either. I usually keep a running list in my Amazon's Wish List so when I check out I can easily add them to my cart.  I am also probably going to make a summer reading list for the children too. Here is a good one for boys and for girls if you want or need some wholesome recommendations.


THE GARDEN

I might just need to do a whole separate post on this later but I love planning for the garden. I am so grateful to always have children who enjoy helping out. It has brought so many memories and they always look forward to it.  This year I planned which day we will start and made a list of all the veggies we will buy. Sometimes I would have the children help me with this and even sketch out where we would plant everything.  I can't wait!



(My lettuce from last year)

HOME PROJECTS

It seems that every summer we usually need to:


  • clean out the garage
  • basement
  • organize the children toys and rooms
  • switch to summer wardrobes 
  • tackle painting projects (this summer I am going to assign my oldest son to do this inside of my pantry)

I also add anything extra that needs attention too, summer is a great time to tackle these types of projects. This year we have a new 15-foot pool to install, it should be fun!


HOMESCHOOLING

I usually try to tackle preparing for a new homeschooling at the more towards the end of summer usually in August. I take the time to:


  • look through curriculum
  • purchase books
  • organize and prep our homeschooling areas
  • buy school supplies
  • plan out goals to accomplish the following year

I like list making because it helps me to achieve what might not get done in the lazy days of summer --to actually stick to my goals and get things done!

I hope this post was helpful in helping you to think about and plan out your summer!




What would you add to this summer list?

Please share them in the comments!



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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

How to Talk to Your Children About Mass Shootings



Our hearts were broken to hear what happened Robb Elementary School in  Uvalde, Texas this past week.  We know that so many lives will never be the same again because of these senseless tragedies. Shootings everywhere seem to be at an all time high. 

Since this type of violence is becoming more common we need to take some action steps on how we address these situations with the loved ones around us, especially if we have children.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Memorial Day - Freedom Isn't Free {& Helpful Resources}


The Memorial Day weekend is upon us and I thought it would be a great time to share with our children the true meaning of the day. 

We all know that freedom isn't free and that many had to pay the ultimate price with their lives. 

My father fought in the Vietnam War and one day while they were there he was in a helicopter close to the ground with his best friend and his friend was shot in the head right in front of him and didn't make it. 

Monday, May 2, 2022

Turn Our Eyes Away






"It is ever the Holy Spirit's work

 to turn our eyes away from self

to Jesus,




 but it is Satan's work

to do just the opposite."




-Charles Spurgeon















Friday, April 29, 2022

Poetry Tea Time - Spring Tea!



Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?

We celebrated with a Spring Tea and just kept it quick and simple using what we had around the house.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Empty Tomb Resurrection Rolls



Are you looking for a Christ-centered tradition or activity to do with your children at Easter?

These Empty Tomb Resurrection Rolls are a great choice!

They are simple, easy, and fun and don't take a lot of time.

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