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(Not) DEFEATED.

(Not) DEFEATED.

I can hear the children bickering in the kitchen, while another empties out the clothes in the dresser.  I'm slumped over our homeschool grade book, wondering if I have done enough.  If I can ever do enough. Old wisdom says not to cry over spilled milk.  But, the kitchen floor needs ...

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Chicken And Dressing Divine (So Easy Your Preschooler Could Do It - A Recipe)

Chicken And Dressing Divine (So Easy Your Preschooler Could Do It - A Recipe)

Like, seriously.  Your preschooler can make this.  I mean, besides the putting it in the oven part.  It's THAT easy.  AND, it doesn't make a mess of your kitchen.  HALLELUJAH.  I'm not kidding.  I don't joke about these things. What you'll need: - Foil sheets - Frozen chicken breasts or tenders, one per ...

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Fun With Water Beads

Fun With Water Beads

We've been enjoying the fun that is WATER BEADS!  These little guys are hidden gems that have been around quite a while in the floral department.  Right now, they are getting lots of attention for creative play. The ones I bought look like these (at Walmart--they were a little over $3 ...

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2013-2014 Homeschool Year: What Worked And What Didn't

2013-2014 Homeschool Year: What Worked And What Didn't

What Worked: I may be way behind everyone else, but we just discovered Ticonderoga Pencils this year.  And. They. Are. Awesome.  The cheap and cutesy pencils are NOTHING compared to these.  They are just awesome. My homeschool binder.  I've used binders/notebooks/planning that I've spent some good money for, but my favorite SO ...

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When Fear Creeps In

When Fear Creeps In

It's easy for the fear to turn from flicker to flame, spreading like wildfire until we're sputtering and coughing on smoke that clouds our vision. It's when the dreams turn to furrowed brows and white knuckles as we clutch so tightly to the things we thought should have been. Moments pass, and ...

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Raising Kingdom Kids by Tony Evans – A Review

by bosssanders on October 2, 2014 with 2 comments

When we have children, it’s easy to get caught up in the checklist of all of the things we “ought” to do.  We can feel overwhelmed by the barrage of academic, recreational, and spiritual activities flying at us that we miss the MOST important thing – raising Kingdom Kids.  We begin to rely on Awana and Sunday School and teachers and pastors to develop our children’s spirituality, and forget that raising children who love Jesus isn’t based on any PROGRAM (while those are good in their own ways).  And, before we know it, we feel like we are trekking aimlessly through uncharted territory, not sure if we’re even on the right track…or, how to get to where we want to be.

Raising Kingdom Kids by Tony Evans is a book that serves as a map to help you realize where it is you want to be and how to get there – a map to raising Kingdom Kids, if you will.

This book is great if you want to

  • Create an atmosphere where your kids can maintain their identity in Jesus Christ despite the culture around them.
  • Be confident as you discover your worth as a parent, based on God’s Word and not on your kid’s actions.
  • Experience the freedom of influencing your children rather than the futility of trying to control them.
  • Gain new strength as you view the daily duties of parenting from a kingdom perspective.
  • Trade reactive parenting for intentional parenting and marvel at the difference.

This book is NOT another checklist of things you need to sign your children up for.  It’s not a guilt trip in parenting.  In his book, Dr. Tony Evans breaks down some practical steps to raising Kingdom Kids and is broken down into 4 basic parts:

Part 1 – Establishing A Kingdom Mindset – which helps you understand your worth and WHY this is important.  It helps re-align the focus so we can see clearly.

Part 2 – Cultivating A Kingdom Atmosphere – This part is where he breaks down the “how-to.”  It’s not a new check-list to overwhelm you, instead it’s how to implement this Kingdom Atmosphere into your daily life and routine that you already have.

Part 3 – Instilling Kingdom Virtues – or, how to teach your children to be people of wisdom, integrity, purity, etc.

Extras – a note to single parents, scripture index, and more…

Overall, I’d absolutely recommend this book to ANY parent or grandparent!

Note:  A copy of this book was sent to me by Tyndale Publishers for review.  This review is an honest portrayal of thoughts and ideas that are my own.  This review, like all my reviews, reflects my honest opinion.

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Vulnerable Love

by bosssanders on September 8, 2014 with 1 comment

Once upon a time, a little baby was born.  Not just any baby, but the Savior of the world.

I wonder how Mary felt when the Angel Gabriel first showed up… I mean, she was there just minding her own business and then, POOF!  There’s this glowing dude in her space.  The Bible actually says she was afraid!  Wouldn’t you be afraid if someone just POOFED into your room?  I mean, not only was some strange man in her room, but he was glowing!  I would’ve been scared, too!

And, then… Gabriel told her to not be afraid.  And, she wasn’t.  He told her that she was going to have a baby!  Yay!  Wait, not yay.  Mary was engaged to Joseph, but she wasn’t married yet.  Which means, having a baby outside of marriage was NOT a great idea.  You see, God created sex as His gift for marriage.  It’s supposed to be opened after marriage.  Sex before marriage is like opening a Christmas gift before Christmas and then having nothing to open on Christmas.  And, well… because you generally need sex to make babies… well, Mary’s pregnant tummy would NOT go unnoticed by the villagers.  I wonder if the thought fleeted through her mind of the danger … back then, a woman pregnant out of wedlock could be stoned to death!  Regardless of any fleeting thoughts… she told the angel that she was God’s servant and He could do with her what He will.  Brave words.

Mary became rounder and when, Caesar Augustus required them (among others) to come to Bethlehem to be registered, she and Joseph went.  I can’t imagine riding on a donkey from Galilee to Bethlehem.  What is that?  Like, 100 miles or so?  On a donkey.  Pregnant.  I can imagine the sweat pouring down her face and back and the nausea creeping up.  I bet her legs and feet were swollen and every little lurch was inconvenient, at best.  Tired and worn, they finally arrive… to find there were no rooms.  How disappointing that would’ve been!  Finally, a merciful heart offered them the only place he had left… a stable.  I’m not sure if you’ve ever been in a stable or barn before, but it stinks of manure, is dusty, and NOT the vision of cleanliness.  Jesus was born, swaddled in fabric (which had NOT just been bought from Walmart and washed in Dreft), and laid in a food trough.  For food.  And, because they didn’t have bleach and such, I’m guessing it was simply dumped and given a good swipe and hay/straw was dumped in.  By the way, have you ever been on a  hayride?  Have you ever felt hay or straw?  Even separated by fabric, it itches and scratches.  Not the ideal place for a baby…and yet, there Jesus was.

This is one of my favorite stories.  Why?  Because, you see, God is the maker of the universe.  He is great and BIG and nothing is bigger than Him.  He could’ve sent his Son as a strong knight into a palace with fine riches to rule… but, He didn’t.  He chose a vulnerable, defenseless baby.  Not only did Jesus come as a baby, but He went to a POOR family who wasn’t even married yet (at first).  His first bed was an animal trough.  He lived in what we would call the ghetto.  His parents poor and working class.  And, because that’s not enough… He spent much of his life with little to no valuables.  His friends died.  He was betrayed by people he loved.  He was spat upon.  He was hated.  And, in His last days, He let them beat Him with leather straps with sharp rocks/nails attached that ripped at His skin.  He walked with a heavy cross on His back and crown of thorns on His head placed by mocking hands.  He let them hammer those nails, nailing Him to the cross.  He let them.  At any point, He could’ve jumped off.  With a single word, He could’ve squashed them all.  But, He didn’t.

Do you know why He let them?  Because He loved YOU so very much.

“Do you remember the story I told you about Abrahaam and Isaac that I told you?” I said.

They all nod.

“Well, Jesus came to be the lamb for us.  He let Himself be a sacrifice so that whoever comes to the Father through Him would be saved.  Forever.  Z, Jesus died for you…you are so incredibly precious to Him.  He knows your name and he loves you SO much.  La, Jesus died for you, too.  He knows you and made you…he knows how many hairs are on your head.  And, Ro… Jesus died for you.  He thinks you are marvelous.  And, AJ… Jesus died for you and you make His heart so happy.” I said.  And, for the first time, a little boy from Africa heard that not only did Jesus love Him, but that He would pay the ultimate price for him.  That HE was worth it.

Z looked back at me with tears welled up in his eyes as he fought furiously to hold them back.  Yet, they jumped over his big eyelashes and splattered down his cheeks.  As I knelt at his feet, I looked up and said, “But, Z, I’ve not told you the best part, yet.  Jesus isn’t dead.  You can’t REALLY kill (and keep Him that way) Jesus.  Because, 3 days later, he rose from the dead.  And, He did that for you, too.  And now,” I say, with a big grin on my face, “Jesus is sitting on God’s right side.  And, someday, we’ll go and join Him and have a fabulous feast and party and it will truly be magnificent.  Jesus loved you then and He loves you now.  And, this… this is why mommy and daddy love Jesus so much.”

Then, La looked over and said, “It’s okay, Z.  I cried last time when mommy told me, too.”

There are days when I feel like homeschooling may make me lose my mind, but these little moments… these.  They are the nuggets that make it all worth it one hundred times over.

And then, from the corner, a tiny voice pipes up:  “Mommy, please show me how to get Jesus in my heart,” Ro says.

Today was only supposed to be a 2 minute Bible Story from the Jesus Storybook Bible, but turned out to be so much more.

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As Of Today, August 18, 2014

by bosssanders on August 18, 2014 with 3 comments

I am thinking…

My brain is running through a bunch of different courses right now.  You really don’t want a tour.

First, I feel like I owe an apology…or, at least an explanation, as to why I basically dropped off the face of the Earth for a while.  A couple of months ago, we found out we were pregnant and excitement was high.  Then, we lost the pregnancy.  It’s been a two-month journey back to “mostly normal” – my body, hormones, emotions…everything was severely messed up.  In the thick of it, we were/are trying to shield our children from this loss.  (We hadn’t told them we were pregnant yet.)  Then, we received a call to foster and we did – time was short but it was honey to my aching mama’s heart.  It was good.  Hard when we had to say goodbye only a few days later…but, good.

Also on my mind is…homeschool.  I’ve got 3 VERY different kiddos and I’m trying to find where we need to be for language lessons.  Currently, we are doing First Language Lessons – which is perfect, I think, for my 5 year old.

For my 7 year old boy, I need something that starts with BASICS and then moves relatively quickly for a while.  He’s SMART…he just doesn’t have the basics of English all down since you know, he has lived in Ethiopia for most of his life.  For my 7 year old girl, I need something that isn’t super repetitive.  She’s a smart kid.  And, for ME… I think I need a good mix of charlotte-mason and good ol’ worksheets…or, just worksheets for this part.  We’re using Spelling Power for spelling (for the 7 yo daughter) and MFW for 1st grade reading for the other two and that’s working perfectly.  I did find these in grades 2 and 3:

They don’t actually TEACH, but are more like review.  –Which may be just fine since I know the lessons, but really just want something to help me track.  I’m also looking at IXL.com as an option.  So many options!  What are your favorite resources?

Also spinning in my brain are crafts for Sunday School and Family Home Evening Lesson ideas (which is our non-LDS version of things)

I am thankful…

151.  our Walk To Emmaus team
152.  Our church
153.  A 3rd grader who can read really well and do some of her homework self-directed AND help her siblings
154.  Locked doors and “grown up” ice cream bars (i.e., with caramel and belgium chocolate and way too expensive to give a 3 year old)
155.  Garlic, Thieves oil, Lavendar and Citrus oils for this cold that is trying to bring me down.
156.  Sweet new friends bringing supper over tonight just because they are that awesome.
157.  My body starting to act semi-normal again.
158.  Tickle wars with the babes
159.  Air conditioning
160 Thunder storms that lull me to sleep
161.  Great friends

In the kitchen

I made a smoothie for my lunch and fried bologna sandwiches (they love) for the kids for lunch.  That’s about all I’ve got for you, today.  :)

I am reading…

Just finished this:

Really great book and it comes out on shelves in September!  If you’re struggling with who and what the world tells you to do as a Christian woman, like you just don’t measure up, and are failing miserably… this book is for you.  It’s honest, funny, and a healing balm for the worn-out soul.

We/I am learning…

*I* am learning patience, apparently, for today ;)

Around the house…

We are all getting sick, so no crafting or fun stuff today.  More like, pushing through what school we can muster.

Favorite Quotes…

“Not my Circus, Not my MONKEYS.”  — don’t know who to credit it to, but love this quote about not getting sucked into drama.  “Not my circle!”

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A DAY IN THE LIFE

by bosssanders on July 29, 2014

We have GREAT days where we zoom through school at lightning speed.  There are days where I feel peaceful and…

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As of today, July 25, 2014

by bosssanders on July 25, 2014

I am thinking… Hubby took us all to the drive-in movies last week for our date night (we shared it…

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As of today, July 14, 2014

by bosssanders on July 14, 2014

I am thinking… So, last post, I wrote that I was curious about what my hubby had planned for date…

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