Sunday, December 7, 2014

God's Will

Pin It Now!    I have been thinking a lot lately about God's Will and his timing when we pray and ask him for his guidance or help. Many people I have talked to lately have said they are losing faith in God because they ask for God for his help but he doesn't answer. My experience has been this... He never says no... He just says not now! I had been praying for help with our finances and a job landed in my lap maybe even 2 jobs. I have been praying for change in our housing situation and today that prayer may have been answered. We do not know yet but I am leaving up to God's Will. If it is meant to be for our family it will happen in God's timing. Is this to say I will not be disappointed if it does not happen? Absolutely not, but I will know that this is either not the house for us or it is not time for us to move. I am learning more and more to trust in God's timing. All signs point to the fact that this is indeed the house for us, but that is our opinion we just do not know yet what the outcome will be.

   It surely does not help me get less excited or less anxious waiting on the answer. It is sometimes hard to trust in the Lord but with practice we learn. I am learning more each day about this trust. It applies to my marriage, my family, our finances, anything really that affects our life. We must fully trust in the Lord for good to happen.

   Do you find it hard to fully trust in God like I sometimes do? I know I cannot be alone in this lesson of life. How do you help yourself to trust in him.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Happy 18th Birthday Nick!!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wordless Wednesday It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Playtime with a 2 year old

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Out of the Box Games Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2014 #hsreviews #hsmommas #educationalgames

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Out of the Box Games Review

    Game time is family fun time in our house. We make a point of setting aside quality family time each week with family game night. So we are always on the lookout for new games to keep things fresh and fun. So when we were offered the opportunity to review a new game from Out of the Box Games called Snake Oil  and we just could not wait for it to arrive.

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             From the minute our box arrived the kids were intrigued by the name, they could not wait to sit down and play. I told them they had to wait to game night so I had a chance to look it over and read the directions. I was pleasantly surprised that the directions were very simple and there was nothing really to set up. There was some stacks of cards to unwrap and that is about it. I liked it already.  I read the pamphlet that had the directions for set up and game play as well as the alternative choices to play different ways to keep things interesting. I love it when a game can be played more than one way, it helps alleviate boredom especially in my big kids. The game is suggested for ages 10 and up. The game can be played with 3-10 players, so this is perfect for families of all sizes and great for a group of tweens and teens. The SRP is $19.95.  This game literally only takes a few minutes to learn and you can finish a game in 20-30 minutes. Snake Oil takes family game night to new levels. Racking up numerous awards for being an educational game you cannot help but want to add this to your board game collection.

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My teens sprawled out on the floor and got down to business, they loved that they did not need a table to play, there was no board to set up and they just simply had to deal out 6 cards a piece. 
Then one player needs to grab a customer card, they are fun "occupations" like dumpster diver and cheerleader.
Ashley explains the directions to the boys, Taylor was only slightly confused but after a quick round he caught on quickly.
This game is perfect for those kids that really need to loosen up and step out of their comfort zone, my Taylor is one of those kids. He is very serious by nature but this game makes it hard to stay serious. The customer has to be convinced to buy the wares that the other players create by adding to word cards together. Such items can be like a Banana Bottle, Animal Bomb, or a Muscle Closet.  The players have to "sell" their wares to the customer by any means possible. Begging and pleading are not completely ruled out. I have never heard my kids laugh this hard while playing a game. I could not help but laugh along with them and I wasn't even playing the first time so that I could snap my photos for my review. 
Alyx is looking pretty smug after scoring his first customer card for selling his "product" of a Computer Vest. 

                           Ashley could hardly contain herself as Taylor read off his choices for his occupation, he could either be a Diva or a Dumpster Diver. Oh My Gosh it was so funny.

                            Alyx is realizing he is most likely going to be the big winner at this game.

After a few hilarious rounds Alyx was declared the winner by racking up 10 customer cards. He was very convincing that the customer would need such items as a Bicycle Napkin, and Lava Brain. Oh my was it funny listening to them create their sales pitches. I honestly do not know what was funnier listening to them pitch their wares to the customers or listening to the customer groan about their choice in professions, My 16 yr olds first choice was being a Babysitter or a Cheerleader. It was nothing short of comical the entire game. The kids could not wait to invite some friends over to play and they cannot wait for their older brother to be home for Thanksgiving vacation from college to teach him to play, although I think they are secretly worried he may want to take the game back to school with him. I may just need to buy him his own game for Christmas. In fact we may be picking up a few of these for gift giving this Christmas Season. 

   Now how can you not want to run out and get a game of Snake Oil for your family after seeing how much fun my teens had playing this. Can you imagine having this much fun with your own family? You will have to see for yourself just how comical it can get. See how your salesman of your family shines as he convinces everyone that they just have to have a Carpet Coffin. It may surprise you who is the best at selling you something you know you do not need.

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Purposeful Design Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2014 #hsreviews #hsmommas

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Purposeful Design Review

We as a family love studying Science from a Creation standpoint, so we jumped at the chance to review the book Purposeful Design Understanding the Creation from Purposeful Design. This beautifully written and illustrated hardcover book can be purchased for $18.95 using paypal and there is a Free Bonus of the Young Explorers Club Curriculum and Teacher's Answer Key. This book was written by Jay Schabacker. Suitable for all ages.

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We started off by reading this book during one of our family circle times and let me tell you we wanted to read it again after the first time, just in case we missed something! The Author takes you on an epic adventure through the 7 days of Creation. Each chapter tells the facts of what was created on each day. 
Chapter 1 – The First Day: Creation of the Heavens and the Earth, the Foundation of it All 
Chapter 2 – The Second Day: Creation of the Atmosphere and Water 
Chapter 3 – The Third Day: Creation of the Dry Land and Vegetation 
Chapter 4 – The Fourth Day: Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Stars 
Chapter 5 -  The Fifth Day: Creation of the Birds and Fish 
Chapter 6 -  Creation Day Six: Creation of Land Creatures and Humans 
Chapter 7 – The Seventh Day 
Even the most complex of explanations are written so that even the youngest readers can comprehend.  Topics such as animal instincts, the Orbit of the Moon, and Human Cells. Jay takes on a journey to explain all of the features of our Earth and how it came to be so that we can exist on this amazing planet we call Earth. 

After you read the book the learning does not stop there... You can download your personal copies of the Young Explorer Club Curriculum and Teacher's Answer Key. This is all free with your purchase of the book. This is a workbook for children that are able to write or relay the answers to a parent that can write them in for the child. It is set up in a workbook format and is perfect for printing out and punching it with a 3 hole punch and putting it into a binder, which is what we did with this. This would make for a great companion Bible Study for all students elementary and up. 

As you go through the workbook there are several pages of questions for each day of Creation. These questions are made to have your child stretch their thinking and really put their heart into the answers. If they get stuck on a question this is a great opportunity to sit and discuss what they are thinking and feeling. I was amazed at the amount of quality conversation my family reaped from reading this book and doing the workbook. I love how it truly makes us stop and think about everything that God created in this Universe and how amazing the detail is in his Purposeful Design. He truly is a talented and gifted creator our God! 

These questions dive deeper into the Bible, asking things such as favorite quotes from different verses and if they want to turn those quotes into memory verses. 
Just think if it were not for the first day of Creation we would not have our Heavens and our Earth, where would we live or would we even be? What about day 2? Can you imagine life without water? 
Heading into day 3 the discussion and comprehension questions chat about dry land and vegetation. How would we farm without it? Day 4 talks of Sun, Moon and Stars. How would we know Day from Night without these things, how would we get warmth without sun? Day 5. the birds and the fish. Day 6, Land Creatures and Humans, that's US. We would not be here if there had never been Day 6 of Creation! What if any world would this be? 
Day 7 on the final day of Creation God blessed all he had created and made it Holy. 
Each of the days activities are set up in the exact same manner, and while this is good in some ways the boys did find it a tad monotonous. There are discussion questions, and then a test of comprehension, such as fill in the blanks and such. Then there are scripture verses that coincide with that day of Creation, Then there are some more exercises that really make you think and stretch your mind.  Then there was my favorite part, the closing prayer as a family and what you should pray that day. It always made for a nice ending to that day's lesson. 

All in all I highly recommend the book Purposeful Design Understanding the Creation, and the accompanying curriculum. It is a great family activity or Bible study for your homeschool. This would make a great Christmas gift or gift for any occasion for that special someone or hard to buy for person on your list. So head over and buy a copy or two or three today!! 
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

ALMOST Wordless Wednesday Crafty Momma

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I had an opportunity to go crafting for the day with a friend on Monday and I had so much fun...
Turkey candy bar holders.
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A card for someone special
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A new sign for our classroom, I am going to frame it.
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A sign to be framed for our Kitchen, which is a coffee theme.
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