Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Let the Games Begin {Wordless Wednesday}
























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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Examine Carefully {Scripture & a Snapshot}



I love it when a plan comes together -- and I especially love it when our robot fits in the box.




I'm joining with my friend Jennifer over at a glimpse of our life as we give glory to GOD through our photos.


Scripture and Snapshot

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas {Review & Giveaway} #TennesseeChristmas #flyby

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here.  The lights are hung on the mantle, my kitchen tree is up, and cool weather is starting to arrive.  I've got tons more stuff to do, but I'm getting there.  I started listening to the new Amy Grant CD, Tennessee Christmas, when it appeared in my mailbox last week and that has made all the difference in my mood.  It's official.  I'm ready for a little Christmas cheer.  Bring on Christmas!

I've been a fan of Amy Grant for a very long time (over 30 years!  Wow!) and hearing the very first note from that familiar voice fill up my living room just floods my heart with memories.  I wore out my Age to Age cassette tape (Remember those?  Do I date myself here, or what?) listening to the message in her songs over and over again as a teen and this newest CD takes me "home" again.  It is absolutely beautiful.


Songs included on the CD blend old and new music, fun and sacred.  They are:
  • Tennessee Christmas (which reminds me to pray for our friends in the Gatlinburg area when I listen along each morning)
  • To Be Together
  • Christmas for You and Me
  • Melancholy Christmas
  • December
  • White Christmas
  • Joy to the World
  • I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside
  • Christmas Don't Be Late
  • Still Can't Sleep
  • Another Merry Christmas
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful

I am so thrilled to have this newest Christmas CD and plan to "wear it out" just like I did those old cassette tapes.  Listening to Amy Grant sing is like having a lifelong friend over.  I love hearing her heart as she shares Christmas with friends and family through her lyrics.   I love praising alongside her as we are reminded that HE is ever faithful.  You're going to love this one, too.  I promise.

You can listen to the song To Be Together over on YouTube  and  BUY THIS CD on iTunes right now.  You can also enter to win a copy of your very own here on the blog.  Leave a comment and tell me which Amy Grant song is your all-time favorite and why.  Make sure you leave your email address so that I can contact you if you win.  One lucky person (U.S. only) will win a CD on Friday, December 9.  I hope it's you.



Enjoy Christmas -- together.






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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”




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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bible Journaling Kit {Review & Giveaway x 2} #BibleJournalingKit #FlyBy

Bible journaling is all the rage these days and I've long wanted to be a part of it.  I don't consider myself very artistic (at all!) so it's been a bit harder for me to get involved than I had hoped.  I'm certainly not the least bit crafty and I tend to be harder on myself than I am on others.  I LOVE all of the Bible journaling that I've seen, but I didn't want to "mess up" the pages of my Bible.  You know what I mean?  I've struggled to find a way to step into the act of worship that journaling can be based upon a fear of starting the unknown so when the opportunity came for me to try out the Bible Journaling Kit I was quick to jump on it.  Seriously, who wouldn't want to review a fun, crafty way of learning more about JESUS? This Bible Journaling Kit from Ellie Claire (of the Worthy Publishing Group) promises to make the first steps into journaling easier than you can imagine.  


So what do I like about this Bible Journaling Kit and why do I suggest you get one for yourself?  Using this kit helps bring out the artist in us all.  It makes it easier for anyone to dive deeper into their study of GOD's Word with just a little bit of creative flair.  The alphabet and word stickers add a personal touch to your Bible and the scalloped edge of the ruled protector helps insure that I "don't mess it up."  I am encouraged to get "real" within the pages of my Bible as I read Scripture and soak it in and I find that I spend more time focusing on the deeper meaning of GOD's Word before I attempt to illustrate what HE is saying to me or wants me to understand.  Since GOD is the MASTER DESIGNER, it only seems natural that we would be able to return praise to HIM through art of our very own.

About the Product:  Create a work of art on the pages of your favorite Bible.  Draw, color, or journal your thoughts, dreams, and prayers.  Highlight your favorite verses or the encouragements that speak to your heart with pencils, stickers, and tabs.  The Bible Journaling Kit includes:

  • 4 sheets of word stickers (words that remind you that GOD loves you and You are NOT alone,)
  • 4 sheets of alphabet stickers
  • 24 tab stickers so that you can mark favorite places and blessings
  • 8 colored pencil twists (gray, red, purple, green, blue, yellow, orange, and brown)
  • 1 journaling pen (black ink)
  • 1 padded pouch with adjustable strap to fit over Bible covers of all sizes so that you can keep your Kit close at hand
  • 1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines to keep things neat and clean
You can find out more about the Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit and even pick up several for Christmas gifts by visiting the following sites:


Okay, now here's the coolest part of all.  There are TWO GIVEAWAYS that you can enter for a chance to WIN your very own Bible Journaling Kit.  First, make sure to visit the Worthy Inspired website and enter to win one of the five kits they are giving away.  (While you are there, you'll want to make sure to print some of the FREE coloring pages, too.  YES, they are for artists or artist-wannabes of ALL ages.  AND each coloring page includes a neat devotion.)

Second, leave a comment on this blog post and tell me how you might use a Journaling Kit as part of your Bible study and worship time.  I'd love to share in your creative ideas and I'll be choosing a winner for one Kit on Friday, December 9.  (U.S. Only for this one.)




"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising"): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.


Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”




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Sunday, November 27, 2016

My Soul Loves {Scripture & a Snapshot} #attitudeofgratitude #letsgetrealyall #gratitude

I love this picture of my husband's parents.  What a beautiful expression of LOVE it is as my mother-in-love takes the hand of my father-in-love and gently leads him through the busy-ness of life.   He has been a tower of strength for her over the years as she battled breast cancer (and won) and now she is able to be his source of strength as he battles something akin to Parkinson's Disease.  Truly they embody the words "help meet" from Genesis.


Even more, I love this family photo taken on Thanksgiving.  It overwhelms me with the same LOVE that I see above.  What a legacy they have been granted, and this isn't even all of us.  My son had to leave for work right before this picture was taken.  My daughter and son-in-love were unable to be with us this year due to work schedules.  Our nephew wasn't able to make it home from out of state.  There are 23 of us all together and GOD's not finished yet.  How cool is that? 


Another cool thing about this picture is that old white house in the background.  That's the house that my father-in-love grew up in.  We gather at the homeplace a couple of times a year because family is important.  No matter where life takes you, your family loves you.  That's what coming home is really all about.

I pray that my own children will never forget that WE are HOME because WE are FAMILY.

And to think, it starts with two people falling in LOVE.






I'm joining with my friend Jennifer over at a glimpse of our life as we give glory to GOD through our photos.


Scripture and Snapshot
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Christmas Love Letters from GOD {Book Review & Giveaway} #flyby #giveaway


I have another great book to add to my Christmas basket and I can't wait to start sharing it with the children at church this weekend.   A beautifully written book that shares seven stories surrounding the birth of JESUS, Christmas Love Letters from GOD offers Bible verses perfect for Scripture memory and short Bible study elements that can be used for family devotions.  How fun and perfect is this?  What a great way to celebrate the Advent season.


Included alongside each story is an envelope that contains a personal letter from GOD that helps explain just how much JESUS loves us all and will help children experience Christmas like never before.  Moms and dads can even fill in the name of their little ones to treasure GOD's words forever.

The book is colorfully illustrated and super inviting for children and adults alike.  I'll be using it in children's church over the next few weeks as we read the biblical account of the stories included:  Isaiah's Good News, Mary's Song, Joseph's Dream, Bethlehem's Road, JESUS Joy!, Shepherd's Surprise, and Wise Men's Wonder.  We'll be reading the story aloud, reading the Bible verses associated with it, learning the Bible verses shared as GOD's Perfect Promise, and opening up our "Love Letter from GOD."   
About the book:  Hardcover with protective jacket, 32-pages

Written for children ages four to eight, Christmas Love Letters from GOD cleverly combines both prose and poetry as the story of JESUS’ birth unfolds.  The book includes seven stories, beginning with Isaiah’s prophecy and ending with the visit of the Wise Men. Following each story, the child will find his or her own letter from GOD, folded into a small envelope attached to the page. Each letter begins with a space in which to write the child’s name, so each one can be specially addressed to the child.

Written as if GOD is speaking, each personalized message gives the young reader a sense of wonder as they discover anew the Christmas holiday and the birth of JESUS.  A very special Bible verse, entitled GOD’s Perfect Promise, also accompanies each story and letter as GOD’s personal words of love, promise, and hope.

This is a beautiful way to make JESUS personal to your little ones.

For even more information, you'll want to check out the following Social Media sites:

For author Glenys Nellist  

For publisher Zonderkidz

You can also see several videos to show you an up-close-and-personal view

You can purchase your very own copy from the following retailers:


I'm privileged to be giving away one copy of the book right here on the blog.  For your chance to win, just leave a comment below sharing one way that you make the month of December special for your family.  Easy peasy!  One winner (U.S. Only) will be chosen at random on Friday, December 2.  Good luck.





"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising"): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.


Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”




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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Homeschool Review: The 101 Series{Physics} #hsreviews #101series #homeschoolscience

 Physics, Chemistry & Biology 101 {The 101 Series}
Science can be such a difficult subject to teach well, so I am always happy to have the opportunity to use great curriculum to make sure that my children get the very best education possible.  We've been using Physics 101 (The Mechanics of GOD's Physical World) from The 101 Series and are finding the DVD series to be an exceptional addition to our learning environment.  Taught by Wes Olson of Westfield Studios, the lessons are interesting (truly not boring at all) and fun to watch.  Music, videos, graphics, and pictures bring the world of Physics to life and there's so much information in each video segment, we enjoy watching again and again.

Way back in the day, I took Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and Physics just blew my mind.  I couldn't wrap my head around what I was supposed to be learning and I basically plodded through.  I bogged down in math and formulas and couldn't make it all work in science.  I didn't get it.  I just didn't even understand what Physics is.  As a result, I've always worried about how I would make sure that my children understood it.  Physics 101 takes all of the uncertainty and fear this momma has had and makes a way in the darkness.  Beginning with a great explanation of what Physics is and where it fits into our world, Physics 101 explains that a basic understanding of Physics will help you appreciate the beauty of how the universe is designed.  The basics-first approach will help you appreciate the symmetry and majesty of creation.  While mathematics is certainly useful and necessary, it is no substitute for clear thinking.  How refreshing is this?  Physics will better enhance your understanding of the world.  YES!  THIS!

Physics strives to explain how nature works using math.  Physics 101 strives to excite students about both while making sure they grasp the basics in GOD's mechanical world.  This Christian DVD series is a high school level course (designed for students ages 15 and up) that makes sure to point out that science has limits.  I cannot say enough how much I appreciate this truth.  The four DVDs contain 20 lesson segments, a 106-page Guidebook pdf (think textbook and lesson plans rolled into one + quizzes and answers), and a 26-page Accreditation Booklet pdf that offers students the ability to fulfill an entire high school credit through projects and additional study.  The DVDs can stand completely alone as a visual study or you can require your students to get hands-on through the 135 hours of projects, labs, discussion questions, and field trips outlined in the Accreditation Program.  
After an Introduction to Physics (30 minutes), the video segments cover the following topics:
  • The Physics of Light -- three segments
  • The Physics of Sound -- two segments
  • The Physics of Heat -- three segments
  • The Physics of Electricity -- three segments
  • The Physics of Motion -- four segments 
  • The Physics of the Weird -- three segments and
  • The Future of Physics -- one segment
Yep!  It covers it all.  That means my kids are learning about thermodynamics, the electromagnetic spectrum, the Universal Law of Gravity, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Laws of Motion, quantum mechanics, AND finding out about important scientists like Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.  Video segments run from 20 - 43 minutes each with most lasting for 30 minutes.  The videos really are superb and can be used as a stand-alone learning supplement.  This is an easy watch, but I love that The 101 Series offers SO MUCH MORE.  Students are directed to begin a Physics 101 notebook in the very first video segment and it is used throughout the year to record all work done, all places visited, all questions answered.  It serves as a visual representation of what your child is learning.   The suggested labs for each segment/lesson use pretty normal, easy-to-find items so students can easily meet the lab component of high school science by doing them.  My absolute favorite part, though, is that The 101 Series has made Physics easy for ME.  They have removed the guesswork of "am I giving my child enough?" and mapped out a working plan so that I know my kids are getting it.  

The Accreditation Program has a chart for each and every video segment that lays out step-by-step what my children need to do.  Each segment of work starts with the student watching the video, reading the Guidebook and answering Discussion Questions in their notebook and then adds additional research, reading, and/or reports, shares online resources like YouTube videos to further enhance the lesson, explains labs and how to record your findings in each one, suggests appropriate field trips that correspond with the video lessons (even reminding students to send thank-you notes after the field trip), has students re-watch the video, and directs them to take the quiz on the learning segment.  The flexibility of each lesson takes a 30-minute video and turns it into a 5 - 10 hour learning experience.  I love this.  And I love that my sophomore and senior can absolutely take what is provided and work independently.  

I enjoy watching the videos with my children and I am happy that they can take their copies of the Accreditation Program and choose activities that interest them as they dive deeper into the coursework.  The Guidebook is accessible for each of them -- my daughter uses her iPad and my son uses his computer -- and labs can be completed together, but even better -- all lessons point to GOD as the Father of Science and all of creation. 

Physics, Chemistry & Biology 101 {The 101 Series}


Seriously, y'all.  I just can't say enough good things about this science series.  I can't believe that after all these years of homeschooling, I'm just finding out about it.  Where in the world have I been hiding?   In addition to the Physics 101 course, The 101 Series offers both Chemistry 101 and Biology 101.  Any of these courses would make for quality resources in your home.  They are all three easy to use (plug and play with activities, experiments, quizzes, and field trip options), easy to understand, and visually appealing.  The 101 Series is a win for the homeschooling community.  Don't be like me.  Don't wait to check it out.  You can learn even more about The 101 Series and find help in choosing the best science option for you family by visiting the following Social Media sites:



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I was given the opportunity to review Physics 101 from The 101 Series as a member of the Homeschool Review Crew.   You can check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the Homeschool Review Crew thought of this and other puzzles as well (or just click on the banner below.)

Physics, Chemistry & Biology 101 {The 101 Series}
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