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Review: Manhood Journey & City on a Hill Studio

My husband isn't involved in our schooling as much as I'd like. He's always been wonderful with the children reading the Bible to them and teaching them God's word.  We recently got to try Manhood Journey Father's Starter Kit by Manhood Journey & City on a Hill Studio.  We figured this would give my husband and our youngest son a little more quality time together. We received our kit in the mail and this is what was included:

We received the group discussion guide, the 1 on 1 guide, the dvd of the introductory videos for ALL six modules and 10 map brochures.  We also received a free copy of Wise Guys: Unlocking Hidden Wisdom from the Men Around You by Kent Evans. Our youngest, he's 9, is always talking about he's a "men" and when he's older. This seemed like a great place to jump into his Manhood Journey! My husband checked out the Wise Guys book and we both looked at the discussion guides. We also watched the dvd of the introductions to …

Thankful Tuesday 3/28/2017

I'm so thankful today for air conditioning! I know most people enjoy having air conditioning, but to me life is unbearable if I don't have it. I seem to get so hot so easily and when there is no air conditioning  I'm a bear. I get headaches more often, I'm grouchy and life isn't pleasant. We have had times where the air was out in the house or car and I didn't enjoy life (LOL) It may seem like such a simple thing, but to me it's one of those things I'd do almost anything to have. We didn't have air conditioning when I was growing up and I don't remember being so uncomfortable. I know times change, but today I'm extremely thankful for air conditioning!

Review: A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot

I have enjoyed the books by Amanda Cabot that I have read in the past.  A Stolen Heart was no different! Lydia Crawford has left her home to travel to Cimarron Creek. She's traveling so that she can be with her finance and they can finally get married. This trip is a little eventful because once most passengers realize she's a "Yankee!" they don't want to have anything to do with her.  When she arrives in town she finds several things she wasn't expecting. Her finance has disappeared AND he's left a pregnant wife behind! Hurt and upset Lydia realizes she doesn't have anything to return too, so she makes Cimarron Creek her new home. She's taken in by a wonderful older lady, Bertha Henderson. Lydia is trying to figure out her new life as well as why her fiance, Edgar, has disappeared. She doesn't understand why he didn't keep his promise to her, but she knows he's not the type of man to leave a pregnant wife behind. This book has all th…

Review: Bessie's Pillow by Strong Learning, Inc.

I tend to stick to romance novels and my daughter likes science fiction type books. Bessie's Pillow is one of those books that sounded good, but when I started to read I struggled a bit. I think honestly my mind was on other things and not the book at hand. A few days later I grabbed the book and started reading again. Wow, was I blown away!! Strong Learning, Inc. has given us an AMAZING book. This is one that I will not forget and I will read again over the years. I do enjoy reading historical fiction books, but they really need to allow me to feel like I'm right there with the characters.  Linda Bress Silbert has done just that with her family story.  It was her grandmother, Boshka Markma aka Bessie, that this wonderful story is written about. Boshka Markman, aka Bessie, is one of those women that has dealt with adversity in her life and risen above it! She was sent from the only home she'd ever known, Lithuania, in 1906.  Imagine being 18 and leaving your entire family …

Review: Creating a Masterpiece

I'm the first one to admit that I think art is important, but I often put it on the back burner for what I call the "core" subjects. I know it's wrong when I'm doing it, but it just happens (LOL) We recently found a great online art program that really walks you through the steps.  Sharon Hofer has come up with Creating a Masterpiece to make art easy for everyone.  She has aMonthly Plan that gives you access to several levels of art instruction ranging from beginner up to Level 5. There are a few other options as well :)

There are some amazing projects from pencil drawings, watercolors, acrylic and even wood burning. I was most excited about the wood burning and am planning to work on that when I get some time to myself :) There are specific supplies that you will need for each project, but they have already taken the guess work out of that for you. Every project has a list of each and every item that you will need to complete the project.  Here is a complete list…

Week Ending 3/18/2017

It's been a crazy week, but then again I say that EVERY week (LOL) After a week with my mom the previous week I tried to get caught up last weekend and get ready for the new week! Monday we tried to get a full day of school in since it seems those days have been lacking recently:( We also had our 4-H A.C.H.I.E.V.E banquet that night. The kids get recognized for being in 4-H, doing speeches and project books. It's also a time to thank our leaders for all the time they give to our kids. It was a nice evening and we got to see a few people we haven't seen in a while.  Tuesday was one of the only days we didn't have to go anywhere (LOL) I had planned on us working on our art project from Creating a Masterpiece, but we just didn't get to it. We've got lots of things we are working on right now and honestly laundry and dinner were some of the biggies for that day :) Wednesday is Gavel Club. Brianna is really enjoying this group even though the two previous years she …

Review: Circle C Stepping Stones Book

I grew up LOVING Little House on the Prairie, but sadly my two older kids didn't enjoy them. My heart was broken when my daughter didn't like them (LOL) Recently we had the opportunity to review the Circle C Stepping Stones books.  We were blessed to receive both Andi Saddles Up and Andi Under the Big Top.  These books are written by Susan K. Marlow and published by Kregel Publications,  When I first looked at the website I was hoping Issac would enjoy these.  These books are geared towards boys and girls in the 7-10 range. Issac, being 9, fit right in that age range.  The books are about Andi, a 9 year old girl, living in 1877.  In the first book Andi is turning 9 and her horse, Taffy, is turning 3.  Andi is hoping for a new saddle for her birthday, but at her birthday breakfast she gets an unexpected surprise. She later makes a new friend and they have wonderful adventures as well as a few not so wonderful ones.  In the second book it is summer and Andi is excited that the c…

Review: In the Hands of a Child International Geography Quest Note Pack

My son LOVES anything related to geography. This is such a love for him that we can be doing ANY other subject and he'll blurt out geography questions (LOL) I love that he loves the subject, but it can be frustrating at times :) I was excited to try out the note pack because we've never done one of those before. There were so many different things to study in this pack. We did vocabulary, the science & themes of geography as well as studying the actual geography of earth. One thing that I really thought was cool was that the information was given for the child to do a lapbook of ANY country they chose. I liked that the choice was given to the child. There is a schedule given telling you what you can do each day. Here is just a little peak of the first few days:





We started out following the schedule and just adjusted as needed. I liked how large the pages were for the child to write. However, it seemed overwhelming to my son:( I think he felt he had to fill the entire page o…

Thankful Tuesday 3/14/2017

So thankful for the women in my family! My mom is an amazingly strong lady.  She was a single parent for a large part of my life.  She worked, came home made dinner, graded papers, but still had time to give us attention. She helped us with our homework and read to us at night. I don't ever remember feeling like she didn't have time for me growing up. She was loving as well as strict, but it was a good mixture.  I'm not sure I could have done such a good job.  She has the total opposite emotional tank that I have :) She's super strong, doesn't cry and keeps you in line. I cry at the drop of a hat and I let things slide with the kids.  

My aunt, my mom's sister, is also an amazing lady. She has dealt with more medical issues than ANYONE I've ever met.  She's also emotionally strong like my mom. I'm not sure that I've ever seen either of them cry before.  My aunt has probably dealt with more pain in her life than anyone I've ever met. She looke…

Review: Creative Freewriting Adventure

I'll have to be honest that I've heard of Home School Adventure Co. before, but really didn't have any idea about their materials. I recently had the opportunity to review Creative Freewriting Adventure that also includes Creative Freewriting Adventure Coloring Book Edition. I was pretty excited to check this program out.  Over the years creative writing has been one of the things we've seemed to have dropped the ball on teaching :( My middle child has a flair for the arts and I thought this program would be right up her ally.  She's got a very vivid imagination. She's great with creative writing because of all the ideas she has, but sometimes needs help bringing it all together.  She's my only girl as well as the only child that has ever enjoyed coloring, so I chose the coloring book edition.




This was a downloaded item and right away you get the gist of the program.  The table of contents lets you know what you are going to be learning and writing about! …

Week Ending 3/11/2017

This week has been a crazy week! I went out of town on Monday to be with my mom while she had a minor procedure on Tuesday. I thought it would be a great opportunity to spend some time with her. When she comes here or we go there we just seem to miss the chance to have time alone.  I wrote detailed lists of what needed to be done for school while I was gone as well as appointments and classes. I came home on Friday to find most of that not done!  When I questioned my husband he informed me it had been a BUSY week!! I laughed and told him welcome to my world:)

Issac ended up with an ear infection and had to go to the doctor, so he didn't quite feel up to doing any work the first two days I was gone. The kids got some work done, but of course not what I would have liked :) I've learned and try to remind myself that's just the way it is some weeks.

We have lots going on this week, so I'm not sure there will be much catching up :( I've got two reviews I'm working …

Thankful Tuesday

I have a lot to be thankful today.  My mom was having a fairly simple procedure done today, but I wanted to come be with her. I'm thankful that I was able to leave my husband and children at home and come stay with my mom. I'm thankful that my husband is there holding down the fort:) My mom had a little delay this morning due to the person before her, but she made it through the procedure easily. They were able to do what they needed to do and she hasn't been too uncomfortable since we came home. I'm also thankful for my brother! He drove us there, we waited together in the waiting room and he took us a scenic route home. I haven't seen some of the places he drove us by in YEARS! I'm thankful it wasn't anything serious for my mom, but that it went smoothly and we have a few days to spend together. 






Review: Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level B

I have taught three children to read over the years.  Two of them, my boys, have struggled and my daughter seemed to take off from day one! When the younger son started to struggle with reading I instantly worried because I saw how much the older son had struggled. I felt like if I found the "perfect" program, did just the right thing, etc., that he wouldn't struggle as much as his brother did. The youngest also had some special needs of his own, so that was thrown into the mix.  We've done several different programs, threw in lots of review and games and even had help from our speech therapist.  Finally in the summer before fourth grade it seemed like it was clicking. I'm always on the lookout still for anything that I think will work well with this child.  When I was given the chance to review one of the Eclectic Foundations language arts curriculum. I thought it would be a great fit for my fourth grader.  I looked at Level B and C trying to figure out which w…