Friday, April 28, 2017

While We Wait...

In our home we call it DHS time, the hurry up and wait and wait and wait. It's brutal for me. I overthink and replay so many scenarios in my head of these children that need love. My prayers become broken phrases throughout the day of prayers for children...families, for grace and redemption. I spend time reading my Bible pulling strength from the Father.  It really is a time of preparation for me. 

Spiritually: I am connecting in ways that I pray continue to grow and sustain me during the late nights, the fits, the visits, the court dates, and ultimately the reunification process. Emotionally: I am learning to be stable in the waiting. And physically: I am trying to rest, enjoy time with family and friends that may become less frequent with the addition of children to our home. In all of this I know that God is preparing me for the life change that is about to happen.

So for today, I rest in the truth that my Father is the same yesterday, today and forever. That He is never late, but always right on time. I trust in His sovereignty to know exactly what this momma needs before our doors open. And that He has a plan for my family as well as every single child in the care of DHS right now.  

For one of those precious sibling groups, it's our family. We will get the call, open our doors, and walk along side them and their parents as they travel this part of their journey. My prayer is simple: That we are able to show them Jesus. In all that we say, in all that we do, in every twist and turn that His love pours out of us and onto them. That they would come to know of His love for them, His redeeming power, and His ULTIMATE forgiveness. 

But for now.....we wait. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels”- A Homeschool Crew Review

One of the struggles I have always had as a Christian is remembering that the Bible stories that I grew up hearing about, actually happened. I went to public school and learned all about world history, but I was never taught where those beloved Bible stories fit into that timeline. I knew this was something that I wanted to teach my kiddos. In fact, it is on my top 5 reasons why I homeschool! 

Lately, I have been on the lookout for a way to help my family understand how biblical history and world history intersect. When we were given the opportunity to review Drive Thru History®'s Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels.”, I knew I had found a key to help in my quest to teach and learn how it all worked together at the time that Jesus came!

Drive Thru History The Gospels

We received a 3 disc DVD set that includes 18 thirty-minute-episodes and a study guide. It was all packaged together in a nice folder style case.

The study guide was a great resource for me to make sure that my younger kiddos understood what they were watching on the videos. Each video had corresponding pages in the study guide that included a key verse or quote from the episode, a summary, discussion questions, and a reading section that shows where in the Bible the accounts could be found.

I really appreciated that the discussion questions were simple and could be answered by all of my children. Some of the questions really got conversations started that continued until dinner time when Daddy T could join in. I loved that this was able to get the whole family talking about Jesus and the events that surrounded his birth and ministry.

When I very first began this series, I thought that I would use it for Popper and B to watch at night, or even as a family. However, I ended up showing it to Popper, Brother Bear, and Sister during our video time once a week. We would then read the Bible portions out loud and answer any questions that they may have. I loved watching how intently the littles watched the videos. They really enjoyed them!

Daddy T was a little sad that we were watching the videos without him during the day so he began watching them of a morning before work. I wish I could have gotten a picture of him watching intently for you, but he gets up at 4 am and I do not (mornings and I are not friends)! He says that he is enjoying learning more about the history that surrounds the Gospels. 

I think this was a great addition to our homeschool. We are not completely though the series yet, but we look forward to our weekly video and discussion as we continue. It is definitely a resource that we will use for years to come. I think that as my kiddos get older they will be able to better understand the timeline and series of events that were happening during Jesus's ministry. 

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There were other members of the Homeschool Review Crew that received a copy of Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” as well. You can read all about their experiences and how they enjoyed it by clicking the link below:

The Gospels {Drive Thru History® Reviews}

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