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I thought I'd just share a great children's Bible I found some time ago.  It is called The Read 'N' See DVD Bible, created by Stephen Elkins. It includes the Old and New Testaments, with 20 stories from each. We sometimes use this Bible as a basis for family devotions or Bible study. Here are the things I enjoy most about this Bible:
  • Each Bible story has one or more Bible verses, clearly marked on the page, which helps children in learning the Scriptures, not just the story.
  • The book comes with a DVD so the kids can either follow along with the book, or just watch the DVD on it's own.
  • Between the Bible stories, the DVD plays children's Bible songs that my kids just get a kick out of! (Okay, okay--I like the songs, too!! They have such catchy tunes!!)
  • The songs reiterate the story just read and it includes the lyrics.
 Great book to have! 

{This post is linked here at RaisingHomakers.com}


Please Note: This book was not a gift, but was purchased with my own money.
I was not asked to give a review of this book.
I am not receiving any compensation for reviewing it.

Book Review: Children's Bible

by on Thursday, September 30, 2010
click for more information I thought I'd just share a great children's Bible I found some time ago.  It is called The Read '...
So, the Fall Season is now upon us!
Summer has come and gone, school is underway, and our family schedule is full of sports, activities and other commitments, scheduled months in advance. We have had quite a busy start to this lovely season and my calendar for October in particular is starting to scare me!

In the midst of the hustle and bustle, it is still my job to maintain order in my home and a sense of peace. Because, quite frankly, when Mommy is stressed out, it's not good for everyone else involved! I've noticed my lack of patience and the edginess in my voice during some of my busier days, and that is not the example I want to display for my family.

Today, I came across another blogger who is hosting a Fall Challenge--Making Your Home a Haven. Talk about God's timing because I needed this! Check out the blog here for all the details of the challenge, which lasts for the month of October. It sounds like fun and I'm hoping it will help me to lighten up a bit! So, I'll be participating and hopefully you'll think about doing it too!

Praise God for His patience and His love and His forgiveness that are available to me. So, I'm going to take Him up on His offer of peace. . ."You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." (Isaiah 26:3)
Note to self: God is still in control!

Fall Challenge

by on Wednesday, September 29, 2010
So, the Fall Season is now upon us! Summer has come and gone, school is underway, and our family schedule is full of sports, activities a...
Today, I had conversation with Husband (as I so affectionately call him!). During the course of the phone call, he gave me some advice. It was straightforward and to the point: "Stacie, don't let your struggles in one area negatively affect what you do in other areas." That was the gist, plain and simple. No accusations, no finger-pointing, spoken in an even tone. Great advice, right?
But why did I feel like I'd been pinched? Why were my feelings hurt? Where was the lump in my throat coming from? Easy answer. . . we were talking about our children!  Our children is what I "do" each and every day, they are the ones that fill my schedule each day. So I began to internalize this advice as critique. Quite frankly, I took it personally.

One struggle of mine has been our children growing and moving out of the infant/toddler stages. I know you may be thinking, “That stage is full of exhaustion and sleepless nights and teething and diapers, and lots of crying! Are you nuts?!?!”
I must admit, it can definitely be a trying time, but still, it is so sweet and precious. But truth be told, it is also very familiar. Having had my 3 children, one every 2 years, the infant/toddler phase is what I think I know, what I'm good at.

Dealing with the uncharted territory of school-aged, independent, self-sufficient children is a new, sometimes  scary, adventure. However, I can't allow my insecurities about this new chapter in our lives effect my other duties as a Mom, particularly where my younger children are concerned. Mmmm, sound like familiar advice???
So, there I am on the phone with Husband, thinking, he's being so critical! Doesn't he know how hard it is?? Then the Holy Spirit quiets me and reminds me, that my Husband is also my children's father. He knows them and loves them and knows what's good for them, too. Husband also loves me and it is his place to help me where I need it.

Plain, simple, and straightforward.
Thanks, Husband.

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Did He Just Say That?

by on Thursday, September 23, 2010
Today, I had conversation with Husband (as I so affectionately call him!). During the course of the phone call, he gave me some advice. It w...
My son and I went to our local Nature Center for a class on Tortoises and Turtles. We both had a good time and I must say I learned way more than I ever thought I would about turtles.
Did you know that a turtle's shell is covered in scales? The pretty pattern we see is actually made up of individual scales that can be peeled off to reveal the bone underneath! (Not that I recommend doing that, though!) Who knew?! Anyway, no need to bore you with all of my new found turtle facts!

 However, I did want to share a very simple craft--making a paper turtle. J.R. had fun making this craft and he named his turtle "Bug." :o)  You probably already have everything you need to get started.
 
Materials:
  • paper plate
  • green construction paper
  • tissue paper (green, brown, cream)
  • glue stick
  • crayons
  • "googly" eyes (optional)
Instructions:
  1. using the construction paper, cut out a head (large oval), 4 legs (small ovals), and a tail (triangle)
  2. glue them to the under side of the paper plate (the turtle shell)
  3. cut the tissue paper into medium-sized squares (the shell scales) and glue them to the top side of the paper plate
  4. glue "googly" eyes on the turtle head (or draw eyes)
  5. draw on a nose and mouth
Tips:
  • glue tissue paper on in a random order or create a pretty pattern
  • use different color combinations for the turtle scales just for fun (i.e. girls might like a pink and purple turtle) 
  • instead of cutting tissue paper in squares, let the children rip into pieces (keeps them involved, good task for younger children)
HAPPY TURTLE MAKING!


"Bug" the Turtle

by on Tuesday, September 21, 2010
My son and I went to our local Nature Center for a class on Tortoises and Turtles. We both had a good time and I must say I learned way mor...



 
Sitting at the kitchen table clipping coupons, I could hear my children in the other rooms. . .


One riding on a toy horse, pretending she's a character from a movie, laughing and singing. . .


The other two at the computer, sister showing brother how to do a little art work, having their own conversation. . .


So sweet and carefree; so I listen in as long as I can. . .


Their voices, their laughter, their words, the love they share. . .


. . . I am grateful.

Listening In

by on Thursday, September 16, 2010
     Sitting at the kitchen table clipping coupons, I could hear my children in the other rooms. . . One r...
When it comes to our little ones, there is so much out there on how we should raise them: parenting magazines and books, popular belief, societal opinions, and the list goes on and on. But how would God have us mothers nurture our children? What type of children should we be raising? My humble desire is to do my best to raise my kids for the Kingdom.

"Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these" (Mark 10:14).

Rear my children: (1) to raise upright, (2) to cause to grow through labor and care, (3) to bring to maturity or self-sufficiency through nurturing and education, (4) to form by putting together parts or materials. (1, 2)

"Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace." (Psalm 144:12)

Train my children: (1) to direct the growth of, (2) to form by instruction or discipline, (3) to teach so as to make one fit, qualified or proficient, (4) to point or turn toward a target or goal. (34)

"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." (Proverbs 22:6)

I am not simply raising my children to have good manners, or giving them enough instruction so they behave well in public, or to be little robots that say "yes ma'am" and "no sir" on command. My ultimate goal shouldn't be that they read by a certain age, or speak several languages, or have successful careers some day. All of these things have their proper places and seasons, and I am not against them. But what about my role in the Eternal?

Dear Mothers, we are cultivating a future generation for Christ. We are raising future husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, men and women of God. . . but it begins with us (along side our husbands, of course!). Being intentional, diligent and consistent. Raising our children on purpose. Shaping, molding, teaching, caring, loving them. . .biblically. . .daily.


No, it is not easy. Yes, it gets hard sometimes. But, oh the joy of one day seeing your child accept Christ as Savior! Or the blessing of your godly girl become a graceful woman, ready to love and care for her family! Or the gift of your godly boy become a man of wisdom, leading his family in the ways of God!

There is a reward on the other side. Be encouraged, Moms; our labor is not in vain!

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9)

{This post is linked here on RaisingHomemakers.com}

Kids for the Kingdom

by on Tuesday, September 14, 2010
When it comes to our little ones, there is so much out there on how we should raise them: parenting magazines and books, popular belief, soc...
This is my most favorite tea.
I drink it hot, year round--even in the summer!

Favorite Tea

by on Sunday, September 12, 2010
This is my most favorite tea. I drink it hot, year round--even in the summer!
So it was the beginning of the school year and of course, crayons were on the school supply list. I noticed that our crayon tub was overflowing--overflowing with old, worn, broken crayons, that is. With fresh new packs of crayons all ready for school, I wondered what to do with the old ones. My friends and family suggested that I: donate them, make candles, make new crayons, or throw them away. In an effort to recycle, I decided my kids and I would make new crayons from the old ones.


Here's how we did it!
Materials needed:
old crayons
old muffin tins (we bought 2 from the dollar store)
cupcake liners (optional)


Directions:
  1. Remove paper from crayons and break into short, small pieces.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Sort crayons by like colors or create color combinations.
  4. Fill muffin tin(s) with crayon pieces.
  5. Melt in oven for about 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, and let them cool.
  7. Once they are cool, the edges will begin to separate from the tin.
  8. Pop them out an enjoy!
They come out in cookie shape, just right for small hands.

Some tips about this craft:
  1. Peeling the paper from the crayons can be tricky, so have smaller children do the breaking, while Mommy and/or older children do the peeling.
  2. Peel and break over newspaper for easy clean up (something I did not do. . .what was I thinking?).
  3. Try making crayon shapes using cookie cutters. Line a baking sheet with foil and use metal cookie cutters as molds. (could be tricky, but worth a try!) 
  4. Great way to teach about converting solids to liquids and liquids to solids.
I hope you try it out and share how it worked for you and any suggestions you have. 

JR, my crayon breaker

Making Crayon Cookies

by on Thursday, September 09, 2010
So it was the beginning of the school year and of course, crayons were on the school supply list. I noticed that our crayon tub was overflow...
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