Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
Archives for December 2014
There was an unusable door going into our closet from the kitchen side. I can’t even explain it. You couldn’t even push the door open enough to get into the closet. We took the door out last year, and since then anyone who wanted (or not) had a perfect view into our closet. No more.
Hubby and I bought sheetrock to close the closet off, so now there’s not a gaping doorway there! I used the same brown to paint it that I used in the kitchen. The only thing that bugs me is where the door used to latch. I guess I can get a wood crayon or something to fix that. We’ll eventually put some shelves in the recess there. I’m so happy with it!
So, my friend Jen over at Chestnut Grove Academy recently hit her 1000th blog post and her 150th Field Trip Friday Blog Hop Post! That’s A LOT of homeschool blogging and field trips!! We wanted to celebrate in a BIG way and to thank those of you who read her blog!
There are over $500 in prizes set up for you guys. There will be 3 winners, so the odds of winning are even greater!
We would like to thank all of the amazing donors and tell you a little bit about what you can win! Then, use the Rafflecopter form to enter. There are over 45 ways to enter, with some daily entries, so make sure you come back!!
A HUGE Thank you to our sponsors:
A+ Interactive Math, Veritas Press, SchoolhouseTeachers.com, Building Brilliant Minds Online, Skrafy Minecraft, Classical Composers Monthly, Educents, Classroom Friendly Supplies, Our Time to Learn, and A Virtuous Woman
Now for the Prizes:
A+ Interactive Math – 1 year family math package for 2 students ($199.99 value)
SchoolhouseTeachers.com – 3 Full year subscriptions ($139 value each)
Educents – $30 Gift Card
Educents is a online DISCOUNT place for all things educational! It’s a great place to find amazing deals on homeschool curriculum and supplemental materials. They often even have FREE items! Check them out!
Classroom Friendly Supplies – The Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener ($24.95 value)
Classical Composers Monthly – Fine Art Pages – Christmas Set, Winter Set and Corrier & Ives Set ($14 value)
Be sure to check out their entry – Register for FREE units!
Skrafy Minecraft – Any Skrafty Homeschool Class
Our Time to Learn – About Me Curriculum Book ($15.99 value)
A Virtuous Woman – Planner of your choice
We are so excited to be able to bless the lives of Jen’s readers with some of these amazing prizes. They have been divided into 3 packages, and they are listed on the Rafflecopter form in their groups.
Please pay attention to the Terms & Conditions at the bottom of the Rafflecopter form!
As an emerging reader and lover of books and stories, I love to find books that interest my 6 year-old son. I was so excited to receive a copy of The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way to review. I grew up with The Berenstain Bears myself, so I knew it’s be a wonderful addition to our book collection. The books are well-known for their Christian themes. This book is really cool because it’s actually 3 books rolled into 1!
- Faith Gets Us Through
- Do Not Fear, God is Near
- Piggy Bank Blessings
In the first story, the Bear Scouts are taking a trip to Spooky Cave to earn a merit badge. Spooky Cave lives up to its name, and the cubs are a bit afraid of going. However, the cubs realize how amazing the cave really is, and trust in God for their courage.
Next, whens she was small, Sister Bear was afraid of so many things: shadows, thunder, bugs, and even birds! As she got little older, she realized she just had to trust that God would taker her fears away. When she put her trust in God, she wasn’t afraid of all those things anymore.
Finally, the bear siblings learn that they cannot always have what they want. Mama teaches them the value of money, of saving for what they want. They did extra chores around the house to earn the money they needed for something very special. There’s a great surprise for Mama at the end!
This book has some great moral lessons, and is geared especially for early readers. Lucas isn’t reading yet, but the stories are engaging and not too long. The words are a nice size print, so when he does read, the words will be easy to see. This is a great book for all Christian families to own! Family Christian has a wide variety of Berenstain Bears books, so go check them out.
I was given a copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing. All opinions are my own.
So, I posted recently that I could no longer tolerate the color we’d painted the living room before we moved. The paint was really reflective, tacky, etc. We had also painted the dining room the same color, just to make things easy. The first picture is how the dining room looked before we ever did anything to it. Scary, right? It’s hard to tell from this angle, but the trim pieces on the righthand side of the wall didn’t even match up on the top and bottom. Maybe a 5 year-old helped?
This picture is after we painted it late last year. A definite improvement from the original.I couldn’t find a picture of the room empty after painting…probably because it was the same as the living room?.
So, last week, we finally went to pick out some baseboard trim for the living room. While we were at Lowe’s, we decided to look at some paint colors for the dining room. I brought home a couple of paint cards, and there was a tie between 2 colors. I decided to go with the somewhat lighter and non-orange-y color, Winter Wheat. I definitely do not want white, because I despise white walls. I normally do not like brighter colors, but since the dining room also functions as our school room most of the time, I wanted something a little cheerful as well. This has a slight yellow hue, and it really brightens up the room nicely.
How many people know that Satan will do whatever it takes to feed lies into our minds, especially as parents? How many of us realize that it’s an ongoing occurrence? Satan would love nothing more than to tear families apart. We as parents are fed lies by those who are worldly and are full of deception. Parenting Unchained-Overcoming the Ten Deceptions that Shackle Christian Parents by Dr. James Dempsey gives 10 examples of deceptions that parents are led to believe in. Dr. Dempsey is a pastor with a doctorate in Early Childhood Education. He and his wife are parents to 3 daughters. He wrote this book using examples of his own parenting ways along with Biblical examples. The book retails for $14.95 at the time of posting, and the Kindle version is .99 cents through the 12th.
I was so glad to be given the opportunity to review this book. I know that all parents can use some insight on raising their kids from someone who’s been there. Having raised his own 3 daughters, Dr. Dempsey has plenty of experience. Here are the 10 deceptions covered in the book:
- It’s All About Your Kids; Your Character Doesn’t Matter
- You’re Capable; You Can Do This
- God Only Cares About Rules
- You Can Be a Parent Without Investing Much Time
- Teaching the Right Information is Enough
- Why and How You Discipline Don’t Matter-Just Make Them Obey
- You Don’t Need to Talk About Your Faith
- Children Should Choose Their Life Course (Without Your Help)
- It’s All About Consistency (You Don’t Need to Adapt)
- Life Should Be Easy
The book is just under 200 page long, but it’s so full of great information and encouragement to parents. It’s not written in a condescending manner at all. It’s more like a loving parent showing you an easier way to do something, with Scripture to back it up. It’s a book that will challenge you and really make you think. Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“God says your character is the foundation for your parenting.” page 11
“Don’t ignore God’s work in your own heart as He directs your work on the hearts of your children.” page 23
“The truth is, you can’t do it alone. You need God’s wisdom.” page 25
“Not only must we follow the example of Christ, we m just be an example for our children.” page 69
I appreciate this book so much. It’s made me look at my own character as a person and a Mom. As I said earlier, the Kindle version of the book is on sale for .99 cents through tomorrow on Amazon. Please get yourself a copy! I highly recommend this for ALL Christian parents.
❄ Happy Holidays! ❄
The Educents team is excited to share their favorite deals and products with you this holiday season. Each staff member chose their favorite deal for the holidays and included it in this handy guide. Check out the deals, including free apps, art & craft supplies, personalized books, LEGO sets, martial arts online and so much more. They have something for everyone! Educents is such a wonderful resource for homeschool families. Be sure to check them out!
Last weekend, Saturday to be exact, we repainted the living room. Yay! After the paint dried, which thankfully didn’t take long (mama lacks patience), we, meaning the kids, decided it was time to decorate the Christmas tree. It’s a 2-piece pre-lit tree, so all I did was attache the pieces and put the stand together. I let the kids do all of the decorating, except for the ribbon. That’s new this year. I’m not very creative, and wasn’t sure what to do with it. At first, I had it wrapping around the tree. It didn’t look good at all. I took it all off and decided to try something else I’ve seen. So, here’s our tree!
If you family celebrates Christmas, have you gotten your tree put up yet? We prefer waiting until after Thanksgiving before ours is put up. We also put icicle lights on the front of the house. They just make the house look so festive! How do you decorate?
You know, a new Bible makes a wonderful gift, especially for Christmas. I mean really, what could be better than a Bible for Christmas? There are really so many to choose from; it can be hard to decide which to buy. Well…
I have some exciting news! Beginning today through Christmas Eve, Family Christian is offering their NIV Study Bibles at a great discount of 40% off! There are lots of color options available, and also some large print Bibles,a s well as personal sized Bibles. The NIV version of the Bible is the most popular modern English translation of the Bible. Here are the ones that caught my eye…(each picture is clickable)
Family Christian is like the Amazon of Bible/Christian stores. They offer such a wonderful variety of products for Christians; everything from Bibles to kitchen decor ( I want it ALL!) to CDs and DVDs, and even stationery! They are a wonderful company, and have great folks working for them! These Bibles should arrive in time for Christmas, so hurry and order yours today from Family Christian!
I know I’m not alone in loving Christmas. Think about it…where would we be if Christ hadn’t come? Just as God blessed us with the gift of His Son’s life, we bless others with gifts of some sort, whether it be a tangible gift, or something like a donation to a special charity. I don’t have a particular favorite Christmas year, but I get so excited for every Christmas. Our family has been so blessed by so many, and my husband and I love being able to bless our children. No, it isn’t all about gifts, but admit it…that is a very fun part! It’s so much fun as a parent to feel your children’s anticipation of waking up early on Christmas Day, tearing into their gifts, and then being ready to pass out by noon. Our yearly tradition is to spend part of Christmas Day with my husband’s grandparents and some extended family. I look forward to this every year. I would love to hear what traditions your family has for Christmas. Do you host dinner, or perhaps travel far out of town?
I’m so pleased to be able to participate in this Christmas Blessing Giveaway! I know there are many families out there who could use an extra blessing this Christmas. My prayer is that you will pass this along to your friends, and of course, enter yourself!
Giveaway Rules: No purchase necessary. Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Open to US & Canada residents only. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or associated by Facebook. By entering this giveaway, you agree to release Facebook, Woman to Woman Ministries and all participating bloggers of all liability. Contest ends at 12:01am EST on December 15, 2014. Winner is randomly chosen by Rafflecopter and will be emailed.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Please stop by and visit our participating bloggers!
Woman to Woman Ministries
Jenifer Metzger – Sweet Blessings
Shari A Miller – Living A Legacy
Melissa Baker – Live ~ Laugh ~Love
Our Goodwin Journey
Becoming A Strong Woman of God
Write the Vision
Coupons and Freebies Mom
Joy Dare Blog
All Our Days
Mama’s Coffee Shop
Beauty in the Mess
The Pocket Occupational Therapist
C Family of 6
The Focused Homemaker
Faith & Good Works
Hearts for Home