Friday, December 11, 2015

Bruised Not Broken By:Sheryl Beck-Nelson -A Book Review

What’s Next After Your World Falls Apart? Choose Back ‘In’ to Life and Purpose. A young widow is faced with the reality of rebuilding her life after the sudden death of her husband. She recounts the comfort and restoration of God, who is always near to the broken hearted. With amazing strength of faith, she chose ‘in’ to life again: abundant life. As a result, she discovers a new love, a renewed hope and a new calling, proof that God can redeem even our most painful circumstances. “There are times when unwanted change evolves into a fear of the unknown. This fear can paralyze us, ultimately keeping us from making the choices that will kick-start our healing process.” Beck-Nelson’s heart-warming, witty style will inspire hope in anyone experiencing a loss; whether it be the loss of a loved one, the loss of a dream or of faith in a good future. Bruised but Not Broken will encourage you to ‘choose in’ to a life of purpose and hope.

My Review: Sheryl Beck-Nelson experienced something that for many of us is our worst nightmare, the untimely loss of her husband. She was left with their 11-year-old son and the responsibility of being the leader of their home. Where many would crumble, she learned to lean on God. She found such strength and growth during the time after his death! She chose to keep going and to find her purpose in God!

This book is so inspirational! It is not just for people that have lost a loved one. It is for people who feel like their world is falling apart. There are so many encouraging words of truth found here. I have many pages bookmarked because of Bible verses that she shared or quotes that really spoke to me. There was one quote in particular that really got my attention:

"I know that while it's easy to focus on our own suffering, 
the truth is, nothing about our circumstances changes anything about God."

There have been so many times in my life when the 'junk' of life had me down. During these times I have been guilty of focusing on the problem or circumstance at hand that I lost sight of God. He never changes! He is always there to lean on. That is one of the many points of encouragement that Sheryl shares in "Bruised but Not Broken."

I cannot recommend this book enough! If you know someone that is going through a difficult time in life, this book would be a great gift to help them refocus on a God Who loves them very much!
If it's you that is going through the tough time, do yourself a favor, get Sheryl's book! It is an uplifting and inspiring read!

You can get your copy on Sheryl's websiteAmazon, or Barnes and Noble.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Unschooling Days!

We have been busy busy with school lately. I have been co-schooling with my neighbor and best friend, Heather from Home's Cool.  Our kiddos have been very interested in Egypt. We decided to do a joint study. 
On Mondays we go to their house to learn music, art, and literature. On Tuesdays we are here at the Crunchy House learning culture, geography, and craft time. I am personally enjoying getting the extra help, especially since teaching art and poetry are not my strong points!
Our study is going to last about 9 weeks and end with an Egyptian party where the kiddos will present all their new knowledge to the dads. They will be learning a play that Tiger Lily is writing to present as well! 

I thought I would share with you what we have been up to so far:

We started the week of Thanksgiving. It was our prep week. Mr. Popper had said that he wanted to make his own globe. So, of course, in true unschooling, child-lead learning, we did just that!
No one told us that paper mache balloons and 7 children was a bad idea, not that we would have listened to them! We are super moms!(or really crazy, we haven't decided which yet.)

Here are the finished projects drying in the sun. Next week we will be starting the painting process.

We started painting the Egyptian flag on the front of our file folder 'suitcases.'  This is where we will be keeping all of our fun writings and information!

Of course we made time for a nature walk.

This amazing field has some of the best climbing trees that I have ever seen. The kids had a blast!

The coming weeks are filled with lots of fun crafts, creative writing prompts, virtual field trips, and more! The kids are little sponges soaking up all they can about Egypt. Between the 7 of them I don't think there is a book left available to be checked out at our local library. I love that they are so excited about learning! This is one of the main reasons we started this homeschooling journey.