Bible Journaling....Luke

I've been looking through my old journals a lot lately.  I enjoy seeing what I thought was important at the time, big obstacles that challenged me or truly outrageous funny moments.  It gives me a gentle reminder of the past, helps me understand the present more and gives me guidance while looking forward into the future.

I was reading in Luke 6:27-36  It's easy to Love and be Kind to those you already care about.  Your reward will be great to those who, Love their enemies, do good....hoping for nothing in return. 

I have had my share of Enemies, I have had to Forgive and move Forward.  Some of my biggest hurts in life were not over earth shattering issues.  Sometimes the smallest issue can have the biggest impact on our lives.  And that also goes for acts of Kindness and Mercy.  Every day we are Blessed to go out and spread God's Grace, the Grace He showered down on us even when we didn't deserve it.  If you find it hard to Forgive and move Forward bring it to God, let Him lighten your heart so that you can spread God's unconditional love throughout your day......

Greek 'n' Stuff ~ REVIEW

Back in June we were able to start using the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 3 set from Greek 'n' Stuff.  Yes, I know I am not the best and learning new languages...but, what caught my attention honestly was the title of the curriculum.  It's totally something I would have come up with, with the exception to maybe one more exclamation mark and a crazy emoji face.  But let's get serious here for a minute while I share our little Greek journey.

Happy mail day came and Kaden was pretty disappointed it wasn't for him, but we choose to work through the Level 3 set and it's recommended for older kids and adults.  So, that means Mahala and I will give this a shot.  The do have a level for younger kiddos, so you can go check that out if your kiddo it in lower elementary.  What we received was a spiral bound workbook along with a separate spiral bound Answer Key.  I love how simple it is to use the Answer Key, it's just like the kid's workbook, but filled in with the correct answers.  Very easy to read and follow right along with your student.  Inside it offers plenty of teaching tips and schedule for the 36 lessons.  In the back located in the Appendix is loads of extras from Bible copy work, flashcards, glossaries and more.  We also received a Pronunciation CD for this and the next level!!  


I liked that it was a full years worth of lessons and we pretty much took our time and stuck with the schedule, except we took a little longer on the alphabet.  I have to be honest that Mahala picked up on this a lot faster then I did....I am a little bit older.  But, it is fun to do along with her and has given us a lot to bond and giggle over.  Mahala said her favorite part was being able to learn Greek in a Biblical way.  Before we tried Greek it was a little overwhelming, but this was a great beginning for her.  And since starting she has decided to learn further once she is done with this program and maybe even give Latin a try.  I personally think that this program is approachable and less overwhelming then some I have seen in the past.  I most definitely would recommend this to any family looking at expanding their foreign language.  We have even thought about including it in our weekly family meeting to learn all together. 
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Rereadathon & Giveaway ~ Wandering Star by Romina Russell

Several weeks ago I was introduced to this Astrological Adventure..... the Zodiac series, is like nothing I've ever read before.  I am usually not a Science fiction kind of reader, but I'm swooning this series.  Make sure you check out my Zodiac inspired board on Pinterest.  And you can find out about the 1st book in this series HERE.

Title: Zodiac

Author: Romina Russell

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: December 8, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
Meet the Author...... Romina Russell is a Los Angeles based author who originally hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a teen, Romina landed her first writing gig—College She Wrote, a weekly Sunday column for the Miami Herald that was later picked up for national syndication—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not working on the ZODIAC series, Romina can be found producing movie trailers, taking photographs, or daydreaming about buying a new drum set. She is a Virgo to the core.
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Knitted to Be.....

What a week I have had....just so many things wild and crazy.  Emotions up and down, so many things on my plate and I find myself wanting to do them all....all the time.  But, then there is all the boring regular everyday stuff that has to be done.  Like silly old dirty clothes, piles of dishes and of course the occasional counter wipe down session.  But, what I really want to do is paint, Bible journal, draw, work on my book, play with some herbal concoctions or just soak up some rays in my little garden. 

I have become a self care master....finding time to nourish my soul daily was once something I thought was selfish and undeserving.  Not anymore, between that and the good Lord it's the only way I can survive these days.  And you know what.......?  I had to go through a ridiculously hard obstacle in my life to get to this point.  When I thought God had left me as rubbish on the side of the road, I looked up and saw his hand...waiting patiently for me to recognize that yes he is still there.  And once I clutched His hand and I pulled myself into his arms I saw the life He wanted for me.  Wow, I began a long healing process, many hours of therapy and wound licking and in those moments of hard work I saw the person God intended me to be.  He formed me to be a Nurturer, not an enabler.  I was born to Create beautiful things and Sing old Music while making pots of stew and fresh bread, not to cower and keep my voice quiet from the world.  God gave me a Connection to Nature to show others Him in what He created, not to doubt my gifts.  I was knitted in my Mamma's womb to have a Light, a Light for Jesus.....not to drift here and there with no purpose or concern.

I've been told my whole life that God never gives you more then you can handle.  And I can't help but think that maybe He gives you these challenges and obstacles in life to be able to prepare you for the bounty of Blessings He has in store for us all........

Heirloom Audio Productions ~ REVIEW

We have been studying about America's many battles this last year and have noticed Kaden's increased interest in History.  We have supplemented with hands on projects, cooking classes, lap booking, honestly you name it we have probably done it.  But, one of our favorite things to do is add in a little Christian Audio Drama when we can.  We were thrilled to crack open a new CD set from Heirloom Audio Productions, In the Reign of Terror.  We have Reviewed a few times before for Heirloom Audio Productions, so we knew that we could expect a high quality, nail biting adventure.  And boy were we right.  But, this time I have even more to share....some real toe tapping excitement that I have secretly been enjoying probably even more then Kaden.  More on that in a minute.....


English on a Roll~ REVIEW

Kaden has been kind of a slow starter when it comes to anything regarding Grammar.  He knows the basics, but most of the rules and heavy writing that usually accompanies English lessons seems to just overwhelm him.  That said we really have just put Grammar on the back burner and have worked on handwriting and of course loads of reading.  But, along came an opportunity from English on a Roll, to try Linda H. Koran’s English Grammar Teaching Method


The Crafty Classroom ~ REVIEW

The past few months we have been going over our cross country trip from last year.  We covered so many states, took so many pictures and journaled our whole 9 weeks.  Now we are digging a little deeper into our Nation's story by picking through each state we went through on our trip.  What's helped us on this little project is the USA Activity Bundle from The Crafty Classroom.  



You know sometimes you just want to get your Art on, but want to try something new, fun.....but simple.  We were able to get our little crafting hands on something that filled my need to create beautiful things, Mahala's need to be as detailed as possible and finally Kaden's need of squishing things with his hands.  I'm talking about the Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTÍVA Products.  Wowsers, the possibilities with these two products are e-n-d-l-e-s-s!  And my favorite thing about this company is that all of their products are Non-Toxic, Non-Carcinogenic and Gluten Free.  For any child this is awesome, but with a child like Kaden who has Autism this is a blessing.  Because everything goes on his face, mouth, hair...you name it.  Not to mention that he is very sensitive....he even gets rashes from store bought play-dough because of the gluten.


Teal hair for us both

I have been growing my hair out for years....I constantly say to my self I'm not going to color my hair again, just let the gray hair be.  But, an inch or so will grow and then I'm running to buy a box of color.  So, about 2 months ago I cut all my hair off....I figured it would be easier to grow out my gray if it was short.  I went back for a trim with Mahala and then this happened....I know I was surprised to.  HAHAHAHA  Mother Daughter Time!!!


Marigold Bakes a Cake

I have the cutest sweetest most amazing children's book to share with you this weekend.  It's called Marigold Bakes a Cake by Mike Malbrough.  I don't know about you, but we like sweets over here, homemade cakes and pastries are the best.  Over the years we have baked many many goodies and Kaden came up with something special I'll share after a quick introduction of this book that needs to be on your bookshelf this week.


Mapelle Films~ Review

I Love Movie reviews and this next Movie review also came with a Book....even better!  Several weeks ago we received the movie, Trust Fund from Mapelle Films along with the book, Love Was Near.  Both are intended for ages 12+, but can be appropriate for younger kiddos if the movie is watched as a family to promote discussion.
As soon as we opened the movie we watched it that very night.  Popped some popcorn, grabbed some chocolate and we were ready for movie night!  The whole family watched it the 1st time, even Kaden who is 10 and Dad.  We all enjoyed it so much we ended up watching it a week or so later just Mahala and I. We were thrilled to find out that the Producer of the Movie, Isaac Alongi was a Homeschooler back in the 80's.  It's cool to see all the different career paths our Homeschooled kids go on.