Monthly Archives: February 2013

New Year’s Goals Revisited

The newness of 2013 has worn off. It’s regular life again!

The other day, I was contemplating all my goals, and how I’m doing.

  • I wanted to read 50 books this year. This translates to one per week. I finished 5 in January, and two so far for February. On track!
  • I wanted us to memorize 50 versese as a family. We’re not doing so good. I think we have about 3 under our belts. We still have time. ūüėČ
  • I want to get to x number of pounds! ūüôā That’s going well. I need to lose about 16 more. I’ve lost 6. On track!

How are your New Year’s resolutions?

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The Ultimate Weight Solution

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I just finished reading this book, written by Dr. Phil McGraw. It is SO very good!

If you’ve ever struggled with your weight, this book WILL help you! It is not about the next fad diet, or getting skinny quick. Dr. Phil walks you through the traps you fall into, the way you think that sabatoges you, and the way food is placed in your home, office, and car. He helps you get to the bottom of how hard it really is to control your weight, and gives you the keys to mastering the techniques that work!

There is no quick solution! It is a lifestyle, and must be adopted one step at a time.

“Weight is managed, not cured.”

If you are to lose weight and get healthy, it will be because you work hard! Every day.

So if you struggle in this area, like I do, pick up a copy, or get one from the library. It will help you!

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Rebekah by Jill Eileen Smith

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Rebekah is a beautifully written fictional story based on the life of some of our favorite Bible characters – Isaac and Rebekah. It takes the truth of God’s Word, and the events we find there, and weaves in what might have been. The story begins with Rebekah’s father’s death, and her brother Laban acquiring the blessing, and command of all his father’s wealth and family. It journeys through her marriage to Isaac, their family disagreements, and to the birth of their twins Esau and Jacob. It is romantic story, and very compelling.

How must she have felt traveling for days to marry a man she had never met? It was their custom to have arranged marriages, but she still must have felt scared. This book does a beautiful job describing what may have taken place. She knows when they are first married, that there is a reason Isaac is haunted by dreams. She learns of his father Abraham being willing to sacrifice him to God. Though a ram was provided, we don’t know what that close call may have done to Isaac, or to his other family members.

And what of the twins? They wrestled in the womb, the Bible tells us! Could they have given their mother fits after they were born? Fighting and bickering about everything? It is very interesting to think about!

I highly recommend this book. It was very sweet and engaging from beginning to end.

Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Getting Ready for School…. {Early}

Jackson turned 5 in December, so this coming fall is the beginning of his education. We are going to home school, and I am SO excited! I have been researching and looking, surfing, and asking home-schoolin’ mamas. And I wanted to share what we are going to start with, and why.

It has been a big decision to make. I know that with two other young children, it can be difficult. So I don’t want to start off with something that we are going to be stressed to complete. Especially when al 3 are in school. I just can’t sit down and teach for hours every day. All the video programs are great! But they are often too expensive, and only for 1 year. I wanted something I can use for each child, and keep costs down.

First of all, I am going to use My Father’s World for the basic curriculum. I have two friends who use this. It is hands-on learning, but not too involved and complicated for the teacher.

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Why: I love that it is a successful program, taught simply. There is a list in the appendix, listing extra books on each subject covered. You can order them from the local library. It’s very nice that they don’t require you to buy everything from them. Starting in grade 3, they have combined grades. So, every child learns the same lesson, but has different reading assignments and activities based on age. They have reasonable prices, also. But the biggest reason is that they teach everything from a Biblical perspective. Love that!

{I also want to add that I found a used teacher’s manual on amazon for only $5!}

My Father’s World is complete for Kindergarten, but they recommend you supplement some Math toward the end of the year. So, I am going to go ahead and start the year with Math u See. I am completely sold on this curriculum! A sweet friend gave me the primer level, so I am set to start! It is technically the preschool level, but they learn to recognize and write all their numbers, skip-count, add, and a start subtraction.

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Why: Math U See has hands-on learning, using manipulative blocks to help the child “see” how it works. I am not good at Math, and have always been scared of teaching my own children Math at the high school level. But this curriculum goes all the way up to Calculus, and comes with instructional DVDs, where the teacher teaches the lesson. Then they have a workbook. They go at their own pace, so if they have the concept mastered after only 2 pages, they move on to the next lesson. It’s also very inexpensive and all you need for the next student is a $20 workbook.

I am also going to introduce some classical music, and start a very simple piano program with Jackson. I am so very excited to teach him.

Another great resource that I have used a lot is this great site with reviews of all home school curriculum. Listen to thousands of mom tell why a program worked for them… or not.

I know each day will be different, and some will be very hard! But I also know we’re going to have a LOT of fun!

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5 Days to a Clutter-Free House by Sandra Felton & Marsha Sims

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This book is a winner! It is so motivational in helping you see that living clutter-free is for you! It gets rid of your excuses to hold onto things “just in case,” or “because I might need it someday.” It takes you from start to finish in making your home function smoothly, and be much more beautiful!

Part One

This method uses a team approach of getting rid of the junk. Recruit team members to come and spend 5 days de-cluttering your house. Use handy boxes that stack easily and are easy on the eye, and only YOU make the decisions on what to keep or throw away. And there are handy tips on who to ask for help, and how to make a game plan everyone can follow.

One thing I love is the “Chuck it or Chunk it” method! If you definitely cannot throw it away, store in chunks. Chunk together items that are alike. Then you will always be able to find it.

Part Two

The second half of this book is on maintining once you do the 5-day clear-out! It has great tips on staying organized. The most practical tip is “Stow as you go.” It should go without saying, but if you put it back right away, the house won’t get piled and leave you feeling hopeless! Another great “rule” is the “30-Second Rule.” If it only takes 30 seconds or less, just do it! Hang the coat on the peg instead of dropping it on the chair. Put your shoes in the closet instead of beside it! Just do it!

This book is extremely helpful. I highly recommend it, and plan on executing much of the plan it outlines!

Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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A New Home for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher

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This book is a charming read for girls ages 8-12. It follows the adventures of a young Amish girl named Lily. In this book, her family has moved from New York to Pennsylvania, and everything seems to be wrong. Lily is unhappy with most of her circumstances and is constantly declaring it wouldn’t be this way if they’d stayed in New York.

Lily is a worrier. She worries about dying when a¬†schoolmate tells her, “If you look into a mirror when a clock strikes midnight, you will see what you look like in your coffin.” When Lily sees her own reflection, she tells her mother the next morning that she will not live long.

She worries about what her friends will think of her when her mother wants her to take a pumpkin pie to share with her friends at school. She tells her younger brother, “Joseph, don’t you realize how embarrassing it is to take a big pumpkin pie to school?” So they decide to eat it and leave the pan in the woods before they get to school.

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ion, they hire an “Englisher” to work their land with his tractor. Lily and Joseph play on it and succeed in rolling it down the hill, almost to the road. Another time, the children beg their parents to let them sleep in the barn. So, when they are allowed, Lily isn’t happy with the¬†all the noises and critters, and hardly sleeps a wink!

Through all the adventure, and the awkwardness of growing up, Lily learns that she can feel “at home” in Pennsylvania after all. She makes friends and¬†learns lessons. This is a wonderful book, and I would love for my daughter to read it. It’s also a great opportunity to teach them about tradition, and how some traditions are good, but we must live by God’s Word instead of tradition.

Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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