Archives for January 2015

Bound in Love | Romans 8:35

Saturday Scripture   Romans 8:35   “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”   Prayer Heavenly Father, what a comfort to know that I am yours and nothing—NOTHING—can separate me from your love! Help me cling to that truth when perils come and my faith wavers. May I rely on your Spirit and Word and know I am always in your loving arms. Who {Read More}

15 Christian Novels to Read in 2015

Read a good book lately? I have. 15 in fact! Below are fourteen Christian novels that I read in 2014 … and the one I’m currently reading. (I’m enjoying it.) All the books that I read last year were awesome–honestly! I loved them so much that I’m recommending them to you! I’ve included 15 GREAT books below with a 3 or 4-sentence review! A Lasting Impression (A Belmont Mansion Novel) by Tamera Alexander This is the first Southern novel that I {Read More}

What I Learned About Homeschooling from the Kibera Slums

I had a chance to travel to Kenya with AWANA International (www.awana.org/). I knew my heart was going to break seeing the children living in poverty in the slums of Nairobi’s Kibera, but . . . I never expected to learn so much about homeschooling from the teachers and students I met. First, the slums are a hard place to visit. Over one million people live in a community of make-shift shacks, unsafe power lines, and filth. Channels of human {Read More}

How to Adopt for {Almost} Free

John and I adopted two children for {almost} free. I want to share with you something that most people don’t know … but first back to the typical cost of adoptions. Cost of private adoption  John and I adopted a baby girl from an amazing birth mom in 2010, but as everyone knows adoption is not cheap. Since it was a direct placement there were numerous fees, to the tune of about $6,000 – $7,000. Our daughter is worth every {Read More}

Books for Preteens {+ Free Printable}

Obviously, reading is a passion of mine. A passion I hope to pass along to my children. Last week, I shared some of my favorite read alouds for K-2nd graders. As my children grow, I want the books to grow with them! With your help, I’ve compiled great reads for preteen boys and girls. Make sure to check out the printable below for the full list of books! For Girls American Girl History Mysteries Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery {Read More}

Seeking God’s Will | How is God at Work in Your Life?

Seeking God’s Will? How is God at Work in Your Life?   I’ve been working through Experiencing God (again), and I find myself pondering Reality One: God is Always at Work Around You. This is summed up in John 5:17: But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” The same God Christ knew as His Father, is our Heavenly Father today. God was working before He sent Christ to the world. He was working while Christ was {Read More}

Forever the Same | Hebrews 13:8

Saturday Scripture   Hebrews 13:8   Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.   Prayer Heavenly Father, you are the Creator of everything, Giver of blessings, Healer of pain, Shepherd to the lost, and Father to the fatherless. Thank you for your Word and for being the same today, tomorrow, and forever. You are my constant when things are good and when things are bad. Thank you for your ceaseless love! Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and {Read More}

Pro-life for Kids: Ideas for Teaching the Sanctity of Life

Pro-life for Kids: Ideas for Teaching the Sanctity of Life The little feet pin glinted on the woman’s lapel. The feet and toes were tiny. It was as if a fairy had landed upon her blouse, left gold footprints, and fluttered away. I pointed to the pin. “That’s so cute.” The older woman smiled. “Those are the size of the feet of a 12-week-old fetus.” A fist of pain hit my gut, and I looked away before she saw the {Read More}

I Choose Faithfulness in Homeschooling

I Choose Faithfulness in Homeschooling A few days ago I came across this quote by Max Lucado: “I choose faithfulness . . . today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will not come home.” Who do I choose to be faithful to today? Like Lucado, I choose to be faithful to {Read More}

Great Read Alouds for K-2nd Grade {+ Printable!}

Great Read Alouds for K-2nd Grade {+ Printable!}   I LOVE reading aloud to my kids. And they love it, too! According to Jim Trelease, author of Read-Aloud Handbook, reading aloud is not only fun, it gives your child a huge advantage when it comes to learning. Children who start school with a larger vocabulary tend to do better than the child with a low vocabulary. And how do children learn and expand their vocabulary? By hearing words used at home! Often, our {Read More}

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