Feast of Trumpets

/ Tuesday, September 11, 2018



We celebrated the Feast of Trumpets today (Leviticus 23:23-25) with expectation and anticipation for the Bridegroom's return. He has gone to prepare a place for the Believers (John 14:1-4) and it is my aim to be ready for the great Wedding Feast when He returns (Matthew 25:1-13). Take heart, He is coming again!

"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words." -1Thessalonians 4:16-18 (see also 1Corinthians 15:50-58 and  1Thessalonians 5:1-11)

"He who testifies to these things says, 'Surely I am coming quickly.'
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!" -Revelation 22:20

a few simple decorations








#holyday #feastsofGod #appointedtimes #FeastofTrumpets #YomTeruah #rejoice #Heiscomingagain #watching #waiting #preparing #grateful #love #noidlebread

(Originally posted on Instagram)



We celebrated the Feast of Trumpets today (Leviticus 23:23-25) with expectation and anticipation for the Bridegroom's return. He has gone to prepare a place for the Believers (John 14:1-4) and it is my aim to be ready for the great Wedding Feast when He returns (Matthew 25:1-13). Take heart, He is coming again!

"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words." -1Thessalonians 4:16-18 (see also 1Corinthians 15:50-58 and  1Thessalonians 5:1-11)

"He who testifies to these things says, 'Surely I am coming quickly.'
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!" -Revelation 22:20

a few simple decorations








#holyday #feastsofGod #appointedtimes #FeastofTrumpets #YomTeruah #rejoice #Heiscomingagain #watching #waiting #preparing #grateful #love #noidlebread

(Originally posted on Instagram)
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After getting home from a busy day at church today, Husband stopped me and said, let's do our update right now!! 😊

So, here it is and THIS time, we made it well before the end of the month (unlike last time!). We talk a bit about our oldest daughter's academics, homeschool happenings, and life's struggles. 

Be encouraged, friends--keep your head up, stay prayerful, and in the Word of God! As always, pray for us as we pray for you.


August 2018 {Vlog #9}

by on Sunday, August 19, 2018
After getting home from a busy day at church today, Husband stopped me and said, let's do our update right now!!  😊 So, here it is an...


If you’re like me, you’re in the midst of planning for the upcoming school year--book lists, curriculum
choices, homeschooling methods and staying within the budget, right? I’m peeking my head up out of my
stacks of planning lists to share what I do to plan each year.


Oldest Goes First
I begin with my oldest child because she is most likely to need new curriculum out of all the children.
Whatever she used in prior years, I have passed down to younger siblings. Whatever grade my oldest child
is going to is also the grade I haven’t taught yet, so this is where I will spend most of my time in making
new curriculum choices.


After I have made decisions for my oldest child, I work my way down until each school-aged child is
accounted for. After that, I even do a little “planning” for the littlest ones. Since toddlers and preschoolers
don’t need much by way of curriculum, this planning is mostly for me so I know what basics I want to focus
on with them (i.e. letter recognition, counting, colors, etc.)


Subject By Subject
I choose curriculum for every subject I am going to teach my oldest child before I move on to the next child.
Subject areas are of course guided by the state’s homeschooling laws on what must be taught, so I make sure
each of those things is checked off first before I add in the extras. This just gives me a step-by-step approach
in making sure I don’t forget anything.


Shop Your Shelves
Before I purchase brand new curriculum, I check to see what I have on-hand first. As much as we possibly
can, we like to purchase non-consumable books so that we can obviously pass them down to the next child
in line and save a bit. We began our homeschool this way seven years ago, back when my 4th child was on
the way and I was only schooling two. What’s the point? You don’t have to be a large family to save
money!!!


Non-consumable books not only save you money in the long run, but it also breeds familiarity for me as
mama-teacher. I get to reflect on what the children and I liked about previously used materials, what worked
for us and what didn’t, and what I may need to change or add for the next child in line. I don’t have to learn
new curriculum for every child in every subject--that’s just too much! Even my older children recall fond
memories as they see the books they’ve used before get another rotation. Shop your shelves first!


Compare Prices
Next, I take a good look around before clicking the order button. I pay attention to publisher coupons and
promotions in the summer. I also shop used-curriculum sales in my community as much as I can. I am not
afraid to buy used!!! I’ve been able to find expensive items like microscopes and complete science kits
deeply discounted. I also have a few good, tried and true places where I like to shop online for school
books, but my favorite is Rainbow Resource. They have great prices and super friendly folks available to
help answer any questions about curriculum options.


Piece It Together
Sometimes the glitz and glamour and shiny pages of new books are too much. Sometimes the price tag
itself is just too much. Sometimes you just don’t need another workbook or teacher’s manual.
Sometimes. . . you just have to scour the internet and piece things together yourself!


Many mom/homeschooling blogs have free printables available for things like flash cards, handwriting,
spelling, timeline figures etc. Others have links to tons of free resources from 1st grade readers all the way
up to high school level science. I have found many sites over the years to be such a blessing to my family
because they took the time to share. Not only can a good Google search save a few dollars, it can also
bring peace of mind by making up where the curriculum sales have fallen short.


Print-outs, Supplies and Assignments
Once the books are chosen, it is now time to assemble the materials and get things situated. I try to do this
for the entire year for all of my children. I like to purchase all the science supplies needed for experiments
for the entire year, print off all the worksheets that go with all our lessons, and select any assignments ahead
of time that aren’t already laid out for me. Yes, it’s a heavy lift now, but oh so convenient later for when I’m
in the thick of schooling. {You can read a bit about this here!}


Reflection, Prayer and Notetaking
Above all, take the time to reflect on the previous year of homeschooling. I take a good look at what
worked before and what didn’t. I consider what things need a little tweaking, what things must remain the
same, and what things must go. All, the while I pray!!! The Holy Spirit is available for homeschooling, too
so it just makes sense to ask God for His guidance as I plan for each one of my children. And as always,
He’s faithful, friends!


In the notebook where I jot down my potential curriculum choices, I also keep a section for general
homeschooling ideas. While I’m researching and looking things up, I may get an idea on something I’d
like to implement or do differently, so I’ll write that down along with the initial of the child it pertains to.
That way I can come back to it later and not forget whatever awesomeness the Lord has placed on my heart.


I hope these ideas are a help to you. Remember, take a deep breath mama. . . you can homeschool your
children!!!

How is your homeschool planning going? Any resources to share?
Have you made your curriculum choices? Have you started school yet or decided on a start date?






My little girl is almost 4 1/2 and is in the early reading stage. She is doing a great job for her age and I get a kick out of the way she works hard to keep up with her 2 older brothers ahead of her. As soon as I saw the sparkly pink cover, I immediately thought of her--she love anything pink and sparkly. But more important is her interest in reading the Word of God.

She is aware enough to realize that her children's story Bibles (which I'm not a fan of, by the way) are incomplete. During our family Bible time, she realizes that she doesn't have chapters and verse numbers or even whole books of the Bible, and that she can't find their names anywhere. She often says that these things are missing and that she wants a "real Bible".

Nice Features
  • Super pink and sparkly hard cover
  • Complete Old and New Testaments
  • Timeline of Biblical and secular history
  • Maps, charts, diagrams, etc. through out
  • Introductory information such as: What is the Bible, Who Wrote the Bible, Bible Reading Plan, etc.
  • Large Print with the word of Jesus in red
  • New King James version, which is our family's go-to version
  • Illustrated Word List (Dictionary)
Other Notes
  • There aren't many pictures that are commonly seen in most children's Bibles, illustrating well-know Bible men and women. I actually really like this clean look, but some parents may want more by way of pictures for their children. It's pretty low on bells and whistles, so to speak.
  • The pages are very thin, which concerns me because I don't know how durable they'll be in the long-run.
  • The title "Early Readers Bible" may be misleading as the Bible text is in the NKJV and isn't altered in anyway to accommodate 
Overall, we enjoy having this Bible added to our family library and my daughter is excited to use it. We have a winner!




(I received copies of this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
Hey, my blogging friends!!!

This is a quick, super fast update from July (recorded on the 30th of the month--pushing it close!). My Husband has been busy with teaching a college course part-time (in addition to his regular full-time job). I have been planning the upcoming homeschool year, where we will be schooling 5 of the 7 children, kindergarten to 10th grade. {{A post is coming soon on how I plan for the year!!} And, of course, regular daily life with seven children will always keep you going! 

As we close our the summer days, we thank you for your love, support and prayers for our family. Pray for us as we pray for you!


July 2018 {Vlog 8}

by on Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Hey, my blogging friends!!! This is a quick, super fast update from July (recorded on the 30th of the month--pushing it close!). My Husban...


This is the first time in a long time that I’ve needed a break from homeschooling. And I’ve decided, that’s okay. And if that is where you find yourself, too, it’s okay. It doesn’t mean we aren’t committed. It doesn’t mean we don’t want this assignment. I doesn’t mean that we are fed up with life. It simply means we need a break. And, that is just fine. Even our loving Father in Heaven gave us this example with the Seventh Day of rest.

With the exception of our family’s standard items--Bible, Math, Lunchtime Read Aloud--we haven’t done much else in our summer schedule schoolwise. I haven’t even jumped on board with the traditional summer reading, whether that be at the local library or across blogging land. Six out of my seven kids can read well for their respective ages, so, I’m resting in that right now.

I have just needed a break.

(It isn’t just in homeschooling, either. I have taken a break from my routine focused housework, too. Don’t worry, my home isn’t a pig-stye; I am still keeping up with my laundry and doing daily chores, but I’m not stressing about the dust on my curtains or cleaning the fingerprints off of the walls right now.)

Taking the break from school work, paperwork, grades, and transcripts has allowed me to tend to other matters that have been more pressing: wellness checkups for some little ones, switching the little boys’ clothes from winter to summer, sewing dresses with my daughters, focusing on a more consistent exercise routine, beginning to read some books I've had on my own list for a while, house-hunting for a possible move in the future, movie-going, enjoying having my husband at home on random days he's taken off from work, and monitoring my daughter’s progress in a summer history course, among other things.

I would not say this is a vacation. On some weeks, I’ve been far busier than I care to be. But the intentional break from 2 specific areas has been fruitful for peace of mind over all.

The kids have enjoyed a later bedtime each evening and which means: a few more winks of sleep for this mama in the morning, extra time spent studying the Word or pancakes for breakfast on a day other than Saturday. We’ve enjoyed card games and board games, playing the flute and piano, baking sweet treats and twisting hair, singing songs, hammering nails and painting wood, and watching our tomatoes and peppers grow.

When mama gets a needed break, the family can appreciate her better, and in turn, that makes her feel great. Taking a break doesn’t always involve sandy beaches and ocean waves (although that sounds mighty good right now!). I am learning to find ways, right in the midst of every thing, to take a break and rest a while. Even if it’s just a break from one or two things (and not from everything), a small break can do a world of good.

Things will not remain this way for long. Soon, I will transition into homeschool planning mode and will begin to flesh out the upcoming school year. I will pull out my tried-and-true planning guide, blow the dust off of it, and bury my nose in how to do year 2 of high school. Eventually, I will round up curriculum choices and lab supplies, (after I’ve compaired prices on at least 3 or 4 different web sites) crayons and markers and such, and click the order button.

In a bit, I will remind my children to pick up a few more books, I will encourage them to write a few lines, I will explain how a flower grows or what a chemical reaction is, I will tell them of mighty men and women of old, of empires and wars, times of peace and quiet. In a bit.

But right now, we’re eating popsicles and catching fireflies.

How’s your summer time routine going? Do you homeschool over the summer? Do you take a summer break?


I am thankful to God for allowing me to experience marriage: covenant, devotion, sacrifice, oneness. It is not always an easy road, but when offered up to the Lord, it has been a blessing: lessons learned, sanctification, maturity, friendship, and love. We are blessed to celebrate 17 years of holy matrimony.





Husband . . .
This is what I call him actually, Husband . . .he thinks it's funny, and sometimes will call me "Wife" in return. 😁 But he is that to me, not just in name as in "he married me so he's my husband" but he is that to me in deed: he gave me his name (as Adam named Eve), and I took it without reservation, which means he signed up to diligently provide for me and lovingly care for me, giving me a safe place (a home) to grow and thrive in.... husbandry. It's more than just "paying bills" and it doesn't mean he "runs me" either. He studies me, to know and understand me, what I like and what I need, he speaks truth whether I want to hear it or not, he gives and sacrifices for me daily, he is firm and decisive, trustworthy and dependable. He takes time to hold my hand, look at my eyes, to make me laugh, to plan and dream with me. . . real pillow talk.

Praise God, I am loved.💞

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Our newest vlog is up!!!!
We talk college stuff, our son's progress, the possibility of moving, AND our anniversary--- Why have we been married for 17 years?? His answer: Because I keep following him around! LOL!!!
Only my Husband would say such a thing! 😂💞



How has the summer been going for you? What things have you been up to in the month of June?
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