Saturday, December 3, 2016

Living Christmas Tree

This weekend, the girls and I are singing in the Living Christmas Tree at our church.

Soccer Girl and Ballerina are standing in the tree. I'm on the risers next to the tree (not pictured). Sassy and Little Red are singing in the children's choirs during the performance.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Five Minute Friday: Enjoy

I'm joining up at Five Minute Friday over at Heading Home. Each week she shares a prompt, and you write on that prompt for 5 minutes. This week's prompt is "enjoy."

Here I go:

When I think about what I enjoy most, it has to be watching my children participate in the activities they love. This weekend I'm in Tallahassee, Florida, with three of my girls (Soccer Girl, Little Red, and Sassy) so they can compete in the Region 4 Cross Country Meet. The top 30 runners in each age group tomorrow will advance to the National Meet, which will be held in Hoover, Alabama, in December. My girls have really worked hard to make it this far, and I thoroughly enjoy watching them run.

Ballerina enjoys dancing, and I enjoy watching her. The excitement and joy that are evident on her face when she's on stage performing makes me so happy.

The Boy's passion is still playing soccer. His team this year has been very successful, and I enjoy sitting on the sideline watching them compete.

What do you enjoy most?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Chara Games Commissioned Review

The girls and I really enjoy playing games as a family. In fact it's one of our favorite family activities. Family game time has provided hours of laughter and bonding, something we don't get when everyone is settled in with their own electronic device. We have been very excited to add Commissioned from Chara Games to our game rotation.

Commissioned {Chara Games}

Friday, November 11, 2016

All Quiet on the Pee Dee Front

I realize it's been pretty silent here lately. I apologize for that. After Hurricane Matthew hit, we lost power for several days. When we finally had power restored, our internet connection became extremely spotty. There were days when we would only have internet access for a total of an hour (mostly 5 minutes here and there throughout the day). I had to prioritize what was done during that small time frame - and homeschooling had to win out. Anything the small people had to do that required internet connection took priority, which left this poor blog a little lonely.

Our internet provider came out a couple of days ago and has fixed the problem, so I am now back among the land of the internet. Yay!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles by Paul David Tripp - Review and Giveaway

I don't think I know a parent who thinks they've got it all together. (And if they say they do, they're lying!)

Paul David Tripp's book, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, is a great reminder of our ultimate purpose as parents.

About the Book
In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.
In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God’s plan for us as parents. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God—grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents.
Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children’s hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy.

My Thoughts
I love how Mr. Tripp uses biblical principles to present a plan I can use as a parent. Principles such as:
  • Nothing is more important in your life than being one of God's tools to form a human soul.
  • As a parent you're not dealing just with bad behavior, but a condition that causes bad behavior.
  • The goal of parenting is not control of behavior, but rather heart and life change.
It's very easy for me, as a parent, to get wrapped up in the here and now - the current behavior of my children and how that reflects on me - instead of on the long-term - how I want my children to be as adults when we reach the end of this phase of my parenting journey. 

This book was also a good reminder that my primary ministry right now is parenting my children. Nothing God has given me is more important than that.

Not only was I given the opportunity to review Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, but I also get to give away a copy of the book to one of my lucky readers. Just enter the giveaway below for your chance to win.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Middlebury Interactive Languages High School Spanish I Review

Ballerina is in the 8th grade this year, and I spent most of the summer debating and praying about when I should have her begin her foreign language requirements for high school, what language I should have her study, and what curriculum I should have her use. I needed it to be something that took on a lot of the burden of teaching because I do not have enough background in any foreign language to be able to do the bulk of the teaching myself. When we began the school year, I still didn't have an answer. Thankfully we were given the opportunity to review High School Spanish I from Middlebury Interactive Languages, and it has completely answered my questions for Ballerina's high school foreign language requirements.

Spanish, French, German or Chinese {Middlebury Interactive Languages}

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