Thursday, March 31, 2016

Filling Sister's Love Tank

The Thinking Tree, Coloring, Memories
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As if I weren't already obsessed with The Thinking Tree books, I found A Coloring Book For Two. Did you know that they had coloring books? They do, and they are just as fantastic as the rest of their books. This particular coloring book is such an amazing addition to my library.  Sister and I share a love language: quality time. 

The Thinking Tree, Coloring for Two

 One of Sister's favorite things to do is to color. What better way to fill her tank with quality time, than to color with her. And what better to color than this adorable book!?!

Each page has a mirror image of the image on both sides. This allows for Sister and I to both color the same picture at the same time!

I cannot get over the sheer cuteness of the pictures! I mean, seriously, these pictures are so sweet. Sister is in love with them. 

 There are also pages for us to dream together. Every couple of pages are these lined pages that have different heading to get us talking. There are pages for Travel Dreams, Bucket Lists, Memories, and more!  The second half of the book has blank pages that we can fill in as we want. I am so excited to see what we dream up!
I cannot wait to fill these pages during our time together. The memories that we will make will be documented on each page. This special time with my special girl will help fill both of our love tanks. It is definitely a win-win! 

As always you can find more moms obsessed with in love with The Thinking Tree linked-up over at Homeschooling 6. Just click the link below:


Monday, March 28, 2016

#MomSchool Week 1

This past week I officially started my Mom School Challenge. I have been challenged by Linda over at Homeschooling 6 to learn along side my kiddos for the next 6 weeks. I was really excited to get started. I picked my books that I would personally be enjoying and then decided to also learn using some of the same books as the kiddos. 

I love to read! I have always enjoyed curling up with a good book and getting lost in it. However, with homeschooling 3, taking care of the house, and all the other responsibilities that are on my plate, I have made very little time for me to read something for myself. Something that wasn't related to what I was teaching my kids. Until this week!....

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We start our days with Bible time.  We have been using Grapevine Studies during this time together. The stick figure art that they use is so helpful for my visual learners and this mom who doesn't draw. I decided to just use this as my (extra) Bible time too. This week we studied The Last Supper.  It was good for the kiddos to talk about Jesus and what His last week on Earth looked like. Also, discussing what He did for us. I love the questions that they ask. I love watching the 'light bulb go off' for them when they get it!

I found these cute little nature journals at Simply Rachel.   There were supposed to be pages that you could buy to glue into your journal, but I could not get the link to work. So, I designed my own cover sheet. I thought you might like it too. I made a free PDF  that allows you to print your own copy! 
It ended up being insanely windy (40 mph winds) the day that we made it.  Instead of going outside for a walk, the kiddos and I looked at our nature books to draw pictures of animals, insects, and plants!

The challenge from Linda included using a student journal for our learning time. I tried, I really did. I used mine for 2 days.  I did not use the video page. I have a bad habit of once I turn on the TV during the day, not wanting to turn it off. So, I chose to leave it off. 

After those 2 days, I missed my mom journal. My Mom Journal is The Busy Mom's Homeschooling Handbook.  There are so many pages that I love in my journal that were not in the student journal that I had decided to use. Such as, the 'Plans and Perspectives' page. I love this page. On days that I am feeling overwhelmed, it really helps me put things back into focus. I know that there is a student version of this journal as well that I probably could have ordered. Since, I already had my mom's version I went back to it. 

 My mom's journal does not have any of the logic pages and one of the things I learned is that I love them. I decided to print off Dyslexia Games Series C Book 1.  These pages are amazing. They really helped calm my nerves. Seriously, I am in love with them. There were several days when I had to make myself stop at 3 pages. 

This week was one of tweaking and learning how to fit in the learning along side them. I was saddened by how many opportunities in the past I had overlooked before this week to really learn with them.  Now that I am making it a point to #MomSchool, I am constantly looking for ways to enjoy my kids.

This next week I will continue reading about Monet, Anne of Green Gables, we are going to learn about Pentecost, I will be starting The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, and the kids and I will be learning about Mozart. 

Did you join us for the challenge? I would love to hear about your week with your kids. 
If you want to see how other moms are completing this challenge, we are all linking up over at Homeschooling 6. Just click this link.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Because He Lives

"God sent His Son, 
They called Him Jesus.
He came to love heal and Forgive

He lived and died, to buy my pardon.
An empty grave is there to prove,
My Savior LIVES!!!"

This was my granny's favorite hymn. I sang it to her many times over the course of her last days 3 years ago. She was fighting 'life's final war with pain.' Those days were rough. I soaked in every moment that I held her hand, brushed her hair, and put on her beloved lipstick. I miss my granny more than ever.
I am so thankful that her death did 'give way to victory.' She is sitting at Jesus's feet today.

All my life my grandparents and parents taught me about Jesus. They shared with me His love and His ultimate sacrifice. I grew-up knowing all about Him. I am thankful for that upbringing and for the foundation that provided me. A foundation that I never knew was so important until this past year. 

I struggled with my faith bad this year. It was rough. In the midst of it all, Jesus reminded me of His blood, the torn veil, and an everlasting, once-and-for-all sacrifice that He gave for me! 

Because of all of these, 
"I can face tomorrow"
"All fear is gone"
"I know He holds the future"

But most importantly, because of all this I can celebrate today. Not because of who I am or anything I did, but because of Who He is and everything He did. Most importantly though, I can celebrate BECAUSE HE LIVES!!!