Saturday, December 3, 2011

Visual Lation Give-a-way at Home Educating Family

5 sets of Latin 1 (Lessons 1-30) in either DVD or download to 5 random entrants. Latin 1 includes a full year of Visual Latin with 4 intro lessons and 30 individual lessons. Each lesson consists of three videos: Grammar, Sentences, and Reading, as well as over 100 PDF worksheets.

To enter the contest, fill out the form at the link

Contest dates runs from December 3, 2011 through December 10, 2011.

Remember, as always, one entry per person unless you share this contest. Let us know where you shared, and we'll give you a second entry! Be specific so we can verify it for your entry.

In addition, everyone who likes us on Facebook will receive a $10 gift coupon to use on ANY Visual Latin product!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Vision Forum - Christian book resource

When you are considering shopping this Christmas season please consider doing so at Godly resources. One of those places where you can be assured that the items are examined for appropriate content is Vision Forum. Vision Forum has Christian books that will enrich your walk with the Lord. So take a look at

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Artfully Yours Giveaway

"Many people believe the artistic, creative mind is a mind close to God. It's a belief that stands to reason. How can a Being call into existence a creature like a duck-billed platypus without a grand sense of creativity and a dash of nonsense? We do call Him the Creator, right? Now, what about artistic flair? Does God have any? (I know, easy answer!) Go look out your window. Even if you live in the heart of Manhattan you can see the brushstrokes of the Almighty slashed brilliantly across the sky. He is not AN artist. He is THE Artist. That is where we miss the mark. We think being mature means only living in the "real world." I think the real world doesn't exist outside of art, creativity, silliness, and imagination."

"My shortcoming – and new goal – is being able to direct the minds of my little Picassos through the world of art. Of course, the Artist led me to the answer. He showed me See The Light Art Curriculum. Their goal is to draw children to God – literally! They use easy to understand, step-by-step methods coupled with scripture to connect the creative minds to the Creator Mind."

See the Light Giveaway
Ten (10) families can win a copy of the first DVD in their curriculum series. Head on over to Well Planned Day to enter now.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

First Day

I love the first day of school. I get so excited to start new material and look forward to all the things we are going to experience as a family in the coming year. I start planning for the next year around December/January when typically we moms hit a home-school slump. It gets me revved up to finish out the year knowing all the cool stuff we are going to learn the next year (it works for me anyway.)

So we started the “official” first day of school yesterday. (We do a relaxed schedule during the summer of just reading and math.) Since we continue school through the summer when we start the longer schedule it is really an easy transition because they have been doing school all summer, just not as much.

I was so excited about this year for several reasons; one reason is I just LOVE our curriculum. You know, there is a fit for every family so my fit may not be yours but our family LOVES Heart of Dakota. It is so easy to teach multiple children with this curriculum. Really language arts and the math are the only things you teach individually most everything else can be learned together. We really enjoy it. Another reason is this year we are studying the origin of some of the greatest hymns. I knew my daughter would just love this part (she is my song bird) and I was delighted to see that my son took to it as well. To see him hold up his three little fingers for the trinity while we sang Holy, Holy, Holy touched my heart. So here are pictures from the “first day” of our school. I hope your home is blessed by your home school as much as our family is.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Little Hands in the Garden

I love to see the garden through my daughter’s eyes. It makes all the hard work of planting, weeding, and harvesting worth it when she runs around saying “here’s another one mommy” pointing out little watermelons growing.

Friday, June 24, 2011


(Be sure and read all but the give-a-way information is at the bottom)

"I haven't met anyone recently who speaks of their desire for a faster pace to life with more events on their calendar. No, most desire simplicity. This, perhaps, is the reason why Christian fiction has exploded with novel after novel on the lives of the Amish and Mennonite communities. Some writers have even based their entire career on this specialized genre. Not to be left out, non-fiction readers can find books of essays extolling the virtues and exposing the vices of the ways of life of the Amish and Mennonite, inspirational books of daily wisdom from the simple life, and pictorial journeys through life at the reins of a buggy."

"Readers desire a glimpse at something so different, so foreign, yet, so entirely familiar and comforting. The live-off-the-land lifestyle seems to have all the answers to the worries of this life. It seemingly relieves the stresses of mounting fuel and grocery prices, increasing rates of national obesity, and the clouded world of politics. As with any story, though, there are two sides. Viewing simple living from both sides of the barn is what demystifies the romantic notions of the fictional "depiction and illuminates the true nature of what it means to "go simple."

"To some, the point of view of dinner coming from the backyard instead of the corner grocery is heaven. To others, it is horror. Having at your disposal acre upon acre of fertile land crowded with crisp lettuces, stalks of sweet corn, beans climbing so high you need a step ladder to get to the top, and fresh eggs waiting to become your next omelet is the stuff of bliss or not. Maybe it is just an endless list of chores. Perhaps the draw is the encompassing sense of community and connection. Everyone wants to be around likeminded people. The Amish and Mennonite embody community. The downside is that individuality is squelched and secrets have no place among the brethren. If ever you wanted firsthand accounts of the life of the plain people, you have opened the right newsletter…."

New Giveaway!
We're helping one winner find the true nature of simple life with the first of our all new giveaways with a prize pack worth over $70!

Enter to Win:
1. "A Journey Home" from Franklin Springs Media
2. NEW BOOK - "Beside Still Waters" by Tricia Goyer
3. Well Planned Day Planner, 2011-2012
4. 1 year subscription to Home Educating Family Magazine

Contest Dates: June 23, 2011 through June 30, 2011.
One entry per person unless you share this contest. Let us know where you shared, and we'll give you a second entry! Be specific so we can verify it for your entry.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Weeding is Quality Time? You bet!

It has been so hot here lately. I have not had my period of adjusting to the heat like I usually do, so basically I just haven’t adjusted. We have just focused on inside activities, school, cleaning, lots of reading. So, when do we get the “quality time” of the summer? During my favorite time of the day, about 6 pm. The sun isn’t scorching. The animals are all lying around the yard cooling off from the day. The kids are laughing on the swing set. And major heart to heart talks are going on in the garden with Craig. It is amazing what a little “weed pulling” can bring out in a relationship.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Garden Time Again

It is that time again. We have once again planted a garden and since my amazing hubby can help out this year we have tripled the size of last years’ garden. Wow, am I glad he can help because just looking at it makes me want to run inside and hide under the covers. I know the work involved in keeping a garden so I am sometimes intimidated by it, being a former city girl and all. Last year hubby prepared the raised beds and said “have at it.” I was thrown into the art of gardening. This year we have made it a family affair with everyone in the family working in the garden.

It is work but I know how satisfying it is to watch how the Lord provides food and all he requires is a little work on our part. So, here are some pictures from the preparation of the garden, which started at the end of March, until the first tiny signs of production this first week in June.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Contenders for the Faith Camp Out

My husband has enjoyed getting together once a month with a great group of little men. They are learning skills that have become extinct to most young men. They are learning to be contenders for their faith. They are learning to be leaders for their future families.

This weekend they celebrated their first “official” year of the Contenders for the Faith group by having a camp out at our home followed by a hike through the woods of our property. They ate dinner over the open fire and stayed up till midnight playing flashlight battles. They then got up bright and early at 5:30 for a breakfast of pancakes and biscuit rolls cooked over the fire. Hiking through the woods followed after another battle with guns and swords. What an amazing weekend for the boys (and for that matter the Dads.)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Keepers at Home Celebration with Tea

Titus 2: 3-5 “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”

A celebration of a year’s worth of hard work with a tea party. So proud of these little girls and their moms that want to live out Titus 2:3-5. So glad they were able to hear from Olivia Brodock who, because of the training of her mother Kathy, is an example of how Titus 2:3-5 should be lived out.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Ladies: Here is a Summer Book Club

Just wanted to share with you all about a summer book club that I learned about through Raising Homemakers. I LOVE book clubs especially ones with flexibility and this one has it. Given the tragedy’s that have affected Alabama lately I really wanted to “look forward” to some time digging into a book that could teach me something about motherhood so I thought I would share with you as well. The following is a quote from the website about the book club:

The Ministry of Motherhood is the story of one mother who has dared to go beyond the ordinary in loving, leading, and training her children to follow Christ. In this honest and inspiring book, Sally Clarkson paints a stirring vision of a mother’s mission and challenges women to disciple their children to be passionate, devoted servants of Christ.”
-NANCY LEIGH DeMOSS, author and host of Revive Our Hearts Radio

Would you like to join a summer book club, today I’d like to give you a little more information about an upcoming book club at Good Morning Girls!!!

Summer Enrollment begins: May 1st
Starts: Monday, May 16th
Ends: Monday, August 15th (3 month commitment)

What is Good Morning Girls and how do I join? If you are new to Good Morning Girls please watch the videos here .
Do I have to be in a group to join? No, you can do this individually if you would like.
Book: Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
Where can I purchase it? You can purchase Ministry of Motherhood from Sally’s own website at WholeHeart.Org or by going to Amazon or your local Christian bookstore.
What is the book Ministry of Motherhood about?A mother’s day is packed with a multitude of tasks that require energy and time: preparing meals, washing clothes, straightening and cleaning the house, and caring for children. These jobs all are necessary and crucially important. But in the dailyness of providing for a child’s physical, emotional and social needs, vital opportunities for spiritual nurturing and training can be overlooked.

What will the weekly Good Morning Girls blog schedule look like?

Monday: Video from Sally speaking on that week’s topic. Normally the videos will last from 4-6 minutes. I LOVE listening to Sally speak, she has so much wisdom to share!

Wednesday: Our Women In the Word link-ups as well as some exciting GUEST bloggers sharing what they have learned from Ministry of Motherhood!

Friday: Courtney and I will conclude the week with a discussion on what we learned through this week’s reading and our quite times.

(Note: you will contact your Good Morning Girls group Monday-Friday either by email, Facebook, Twitter or texting- holding each other accountable to be in God’s Word daily)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Book 3 of 52 Books-in-a-Year

Sarah’s Gift by Marta Perry

Again, more fluff but I tend to burn through fluff faster than the good stuff. However, a lot can be learned from fluff. I have posted on facebook before some very deep stuff and it originated from fluff. Sarah’s Gift is about an Amish midwife, which happens to be two of my favorite subjects, the Amish and midwifery. A great read that I highly recommend. I love babies and I love learning about the simple ways of the Amish (although I don’t agree with them on their religious views I think their lifestyle is spot on!)

I may not be posting as frequently as I am preparing for a Homeschool Moms Renewal Saturday set for April 30th. If you are local to the area I would love to see you there. The cost is minimal $20 each (might be less depending on the number of participants) and all you have to do is bring a breakfast dish, lunch dish, and a drink to share. We have two phenomenal speakers lined up to share their knowledge with us: one is speaking this year at the CHEF convention and another who has been published in Old Schoolhouse Magazine. These ladies will be sharing their knowledge with us and I cannot wait. If you are interested in learning more please contact me.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Books 1 and 2 of 52 Books in a Year

Okay, I am almost ashamed to post the first two books of my 52 books in a year because they are somewhat “twaddle” books. However, they are so good I am posting anyway.

A Promise of Hope by Amy Clipston (Book 2 in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series)
This was a book about a woman, Sarah Troyer, who loses her husband in a tragic fire. She is expecting twins when she finds out some very disturbing things about her husbands past from a relative that shows up months after his death. A good book about moving on after hurts. Overall a good read and what is best about it is the recipes that are scattered throughout the book.

A Place of Peace by Amy Clipston (Book 3 in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series)
This book is about Miriam Lapp who fled the Amish community after a tragic accident. She returns after her mother’s sudden death to face everything she has left behind. This book is about forgiveness and second chances. I thoroughly enjoyed it and, again, it has recipes scattered throughout the book as well.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

52 Books a Year Challenge

I was listening to a message from Doug Phillips of Vision Forum and he said that he challenges each member in his family to read 52 books every year. I thought how amazing that would be, considering how young my children are, if they started NOW reading 52 books a year just how much they would learn. Now, this is a pretty simple concept --your goal is to read a book a week, or 52 books in a year – however, just think of the amazing results you could potentially see in your life as well as the lives of your children. Now, this takes some discipline. It means turning off the TV, getting away from the computer for lengthy periods of time, etc. So, this challenge is not for the faint at heart.

Now, keep in mind when I think of books I am thinking of books I can learn something from. These are not “twaddle” books as Charlotte Mason would call them. These are books for the mind. Books to enhance your walk with the Lord; books to encourage you as you take the path the world considers “weird” (you know, the no TV, bake your own bread, actually learn some life skills – kind of weird.)

So, having said all that, who is up for the challenge? By the way, I tried to retrace my library history and could not so I am basically only now starting to count my books (meaning, I have some catching up to do.)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Boy and His Frog

I love watching little boys explore the outdoors. My little man found a friend today as we started working on the garden. It might have made it into his bed tonight if his mom had not intervened.

Science Class in the Garden

I love it when opportunities present themselves for us to learn while we work. We started working on our garden today and were excited to find several little creatures to examine in the process: frogs, worms, and a salamander. Overall, a pretty good science day!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Keepers at Home and Contenders for the Faith

I love learning new skills! I did not grow up cooking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, or anything remotely domestic. I had never heard the term “keeper at home” (Titus 2:4-5) even though I had grown up in church, and “staying home” was never a career choice that appealed to me. That is why I felt so strongly when I had my daughter that I wanted her to learn the skills that I never took the time to learn when I was younger (which I knew to be so important now that I was older.) So now we learn together (remember I never learned these things myself but you are NEVER too old to learn a new skill.) One of the ways we do that is by hosting a Keepers at Home group at our home. I, along with some other great moms, teach the young ladies. It is so amazing when you look around the room and see young ladies sitting at the feet of their mothers learning these skills. My husband teaches the young men (which is a Contenders for the Faith group) skills that are quickly becoming a lost art. Our desire is that these young men and young women will grow up to be well rounded Defenders of the Faith (and their families) and Keepers of their homes. You can check out these clubs at their website: Maybe it will inspire you to start your own group.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Rosetta Stone Giveaway

Now is the perfect time to give your child the gift of possibilities for the holidays with Rosetta Stone Homeschool — and you can WIN a Level 1 Homeschool program, language of your choice (valued at $249)!

Right now Rosetta Stone is having a special Holiday promotion on our Homeschool Edition program and we’d like you to help spread the word! Everyone can save up to $150 on Rosetta Stone Homeschool by visiting our website at
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This is a computer based curriculum and Rosetta Stone will also include a headset with microphone, and a supplementary “Audio Companion” CD so you can practice lessons in the car, on the go, or where-ever!
Students participate in life-like conversations and actually produce language to advance through the program. Rosetta Stone incorporates listening, reading, grammar, vocabulary and writing along with speaking and pronunciation lessons. For parents, the new Parent Administrative Tools are integrated into the program to allow parents to easily enroll up to ten students in any of 12 predetermined lesson plans, monitor student progress, grade completed work (the program grades the work automatically as the students progress), and you can view and print reports for transcripts. Homeschooling a lot of kids at your house? This program is designed to enroll and track up to ten students (five users on two computers) and will work for nearly all ages — from beginning readers up to college students.

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