Imagine...The Great Flood ~ REVIEW

We have been through the Bible backwards and forwards and lingering in the middle for many many hours.  Kaden enjoys the word of God and there are a few stories and people that he is reminded of often.  One being Noah, Kaden has always felt a special connection to Noah's story.  At first I thought it was because of the cool ark or the animals, but he said it was the lesson he learned about having the willingness to obey without questioning the Lord's request.  Noah wasn't a perfect man and God still used him.  We are all here to build our own ark willingly no matter what the world says about it.  


But You Don't Look Sick...

This is kind of long, but if you truly want to know what my life is like with Lupus then read.

By Christine Miserandino www.butyoudontlooksick.com

My best friend and I were in the diner, talking. As usual, it was very late and we were eating French fries with gravy. Like normal girls our age, we spent a lot of time in the diner while in college, and most of the time we spent talking about boys, music or trivial things, that seemed very important at the time. We never got serious about anything in particular and spent most of our time laughing.
As I went to take some of my medicine with a snack as I usually did, she watched me with an awkward kind of stare, instead of continuing the conversation. She then asked me out of the blue what it felt like to have Lupus and be sick. I was shocked not only because she asked the random question, but also because I assumed she knew all there was to know about Lupus. She came to doctors with me, she saw me walk with a cane, and throw up in the bathroom. She had seen me cry in pain, what else was there to know?

Unauthorized ~ REVIEW

Who doesn't Love a Game Night with Friends and Family?  It's one of my Favorite moments in my week for sure.  We always incorporate games into our daily homeschooling, but at least once a week we like to gather everyone around the table to play or read.  Several months ago we were introduced to Chara Games and we loved that they are Built by a Family for Families.  Not to mention that they all have a Christian Theme. In the past I have Reviewed two of their other games in the past... Commissioned and 3 Seeds.  But, today I get to share with you their newest game Unauthorized.

All's Faire in Middle School Blog Tour

We have been reading the newest book that was just released by Victoria Jamieson, All's Faire in Middle School.  It's like a comic book on steroids, over 250 pages of Renaissance fun.  Kaden and I took turns reading and I have to say it was a highlight of our most recent camping trip.  Bringing books along with you on car rides makes the time go by fast.  It's like the adventure before the adventures.  


Chilredn's Books from Carole P. Roman ~ REVIEW

I have said many times how much I love supplementing and pulling together different types of learning materials to drive home what we are learning about, from Math all the way to History and everywhere in-between.  Our Favorite way to do this is by using Games and Living Books through out our studies.  We were so thrilled to hear we would be able to read and implement 4 new books into our Family's studies this year that would put us in the Lives of some of the most fascinating eras in History.  From Carole P. Roman we received Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag, If You were Me and Lived in... Viking EuropeIf You were Me and Lived in... Ancient China and finally If You were Me and Lived in... The Mayan EmpireCarole P. Roman has become one of our favorite Authors, I have yet to get a book of hers that I haven't fallen in love with.  With so many titles you simply must head to her Blog or Amazon to look at all the adventures that awaits not only your children, but you too.


Progeny Press ~ REVIEW

As you probably remember this is Mahala's last year and I have not introduced her to Shakespeare.  I know, it's crazy town over here.  But, have no fear...I have been able to rectify my lack of time management and she has been going through the Macbeth E-Guide ( grades 9-12th ) from Progeny Press the last several weeks. 
Progeny Press is a company that provides Study Guides for Literature, from a Christian Perspective.  We have used several of their study guides in the past and have loved absolutely every single one.  Even after the Review period is over my kiddos always completely finish the guides without any nagging from me...they just enjoy them and like the learning process that happens with using them.


New Territory in the Parenting World

There are books galore out there to tell you what to expect while you are expecting and how to get through the toddler years.  Even magazines dedicated to parenting the lives of tweens and younger.  It gets a little muddled in the teen years, rows of drama prevention, stealth bedroom shake down 101, talking so they listen and other typical teen woes fill book stores and libraries.  But, then what?  Parenting doesn't stop when they turn 18.  I have been wading through uncharted waters.  I mean give me a teething baby, 5th grade math, even a teary teenager....I can handle.  But, when you see your adult child living life, making decisions, working full time, moving into their own place.... it's hard.  It's difficult to just turn off the overly abundance of wisdom from flowing out of your mouth all the time.  To not have an answer for everything, even questions unasked.  You can't swoop down and make everything better and easier to understand.  And you know what, they don't really even want that.  So, what can I do?  What is my role now? 

What I've been learning is that my parenting "in the flesh" is over...it's time to parent him in the Spirit.  Now I must Pray for my son and trust God to do what I simply cannot do.  It's a process, one day at a time, hand in hand with the Lord walking every step of the way. :)


Let The Little Children Come ~ REVIEW

I've never been a big Halloween person, if I want some candy, I'll just go hit up Target and pick up a bag.  Funny thing is out of my 3 kiddos, my youngest said to me last year...why don't you buy me a huge bag of sour gummies, one of those big kitkats and a pack of bubble gum and we can skip trick or treating.  Then you don't have to buy or make me a costume or hand out candy to strangers, I get the exact candy I want and nobody has to eat peppermints and tootsie rolls till Easter.  Yeah, I think he may have picked that up from my good strong DNA, but, what about the other kiddos.  I am that house that hands out stickers, pencils, rulers and little notepads.  But, this year I have found something I can totally get on board with and even Kaden is super excited!!  We were given  Is There Anything Better Than Candy? Box-Tract  from Let the Little Children Come
You get 20 per pack and the Price varies based on how many Packs you order:
$15.95 (1 - 10 packs)
$14.95 (11 - 20 packs)
$13.95 (21 packs or more)

Apologia Educational Ministries ~ REVIEW

Do you ever have a moment in your homeschool when you think oh my goodness I have everything organized, figured out and ahead of schedule????  Yeah....no, I didn't think so, me neither.  Which brings me to Senior year for Mahala, I can hardly even believe it is here.  Why didn't anyone tell me it went this fast, this thing called life?  Oh wait, someone did once, actually a few have I just didn't believe them.  Gosh I wish I could rewind, but I can't and we must march on forward.  Which happily brings me to my next Review.  Entering into my Senior's life like a knight in shiny armor... Apologia Educational Ministries and their Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set and Marine Biology 2nd Edition Audio CD.  I promise this was on our list to do, she has always been an animal lover and up until about a year ago she was planning to study Marine Science and attend the Vet program in Florida.  But, like I said one minute she was sorting teddy bear counters for Math the next we are filling out applications for college.  So, this was a pleasant Review blessing and I look forward to sharing how we used it towards the end of her summer.  


A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks ~ REVIEW

I love fast, simple, informative and fun projects for our homeschool.  I find that completing lapbooks really does fit the bill most of the time.  And recently we have had the pleasure of using An Overview of the 20th Century from A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks.  It's geared for kiddos in grades 2-7 and is totally a stand alone product.  Just grab some folders, glue, scissors, glue, coloring supplies and a few other extras like decorative tape like we used, fasteners, a stapler...really anything you want to jazz up your creation.