Wednesday, April 4, 2018

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Here are a few favorites from recent weeks...

::| HAS Fit on YouTube
I've been using this for exercising at home.  I love that there is very little background music, and it's a husband/wife duo that lead the exercises.  Claudia always does an easier version of the particular exercise move, and Coach Kozak does a more challenging move.  This allows me to customize my workout to what I can do!  They have exercises for every level.  There is a monthly schedule that will work through all muscle groups, or you can select individual workout videos.  There is an app now, but I think it's kind of small to watch the videos on my phone. 

::| Skillet Cookie
I bought this mini cast iron skillet on Amazon as an add-on item.  Since then we've been enjoying skillet cookie desserts at home!  This recipe comes out just right, and topped with lots of ice cream, it's the perfect dessert!  Each of our kids got to help make and eat one on their stay-up-late nights in March, and they loved it too!

::| Homemaker's Friend Planner
I really love this planner - it lets me have a place to jot all my notes, but I still keep a primarily digital monthly calendar on Google Calendar (so it can sync to Ben and mobile).  I love the section for the menu, the Bible verses (KJV!) spread throughout the pages, and the perforated shopping lists.  Plus it's super affordable, especially compared to Erin Condren and those types of planners.

::| VidAngel
We don't really watch very much that doesn't go through this streaming filter program.  I can customize the filters to very strict for the kids, even taking out "slang" words and derrogatory language.  The subscription fee is very reasonable for unlimited streaming per month, though some movies do requrie a rental fee through Amazon.  We use this with Netflix (thanks Wesley!) and Amazon Prime.

::|  BJU Distance Learning Videos
Last year Elaine did videos for every subject in 2nd grade.  This was a lifesaver as we finished deputation!  Now that we are more settled we use videos for about half of our subjects.  I really like the Bible program.  I was struggling to teach Bible class in homeschool because I always wanted to dive right into the daily required subjects, but then we squeezed Bible right out of the schedule.  Now we use the videos and the kids begin their school day with Bible class.  But since it's a video, I can finish up breakfast dishes, settle the three younger kids, (take a shower), start the laundry, or whatever while they are working on school without me.  And each Bible lesson includes memory work, each unit teaches a new hymn (I absolutely LOVE this), application stories, and a few crafts are sprinkled in.  Pretty good deal for $50 right?  And that includes all the workbooks!

I am very pleased with BJU curriculum - since my mom used a lot of it on me, I already knew what to expect.  But the videos for English, History, and Science, have made it easier for me to incorporate more variety and crafts/hands on activities.   Usually they offer a deal for 50% off if you order 6 subjects.  With two kids in class, I can always get 6 subjects, and it includes all the textbooks, workbooks, tests, etc.

::| Bible Truth Hymnal
We ordered this hymnal for our church plant...and we really love it!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Resurrection Day Resources

Here are some resources and printables for you as you prepare for Resurrection Sunday! 

  • My friend MaryEllen shared 15 verses for the Resurrection, and she includes a free printable hymn art.  I love decorating my house with Scripture, so these kind of printables are right up my alley!  Read the post at Imperfect Homemaker HERE.
  • Available in MaryEllen's store, you can get a beautiful printable set of Resurrection verses to use in family devotions, as well as a printable banner (my newest favorite in home decor  is changing out a banner with the season or holiday!), and three printable hymn arts.  Purchase it HERE.
  • The Isaiah 53 study in the Busy Mama's series is excellent. Study the prophecy of Jesus as the Lamb of God.  You can purchase the PDF or paperback HERE.  You will finish after Easter if you start now, but it is still worth the time and effort!

  • When I was studying Isaiah 53 through Doorposts two years ago, I created this picture of a Spurgeon quote.  Download here (PDF / JPG)
  • I visualized "Christ Arose" to teach to my kids this month.  Download my visuals HERE.
  • Ever Thine Home has some nice Easter decor also.  Shop HERE.
Let me know if you have some great resources not on my list!

Friday, March 9, 2018


We got just enough snow this week for a sledding day.  We have been eyeing a big hill by the reservoir but never had enough snow (or not-too-frigid temps) to give it a try.  The kids did double school lessons on Tuesday in hopes of a snow day on Wednesday.  When we woke up on Wednesday they were dreadfully disappointed that there wasn't a single snowflake on the ground!  However, the snow came that afternoon and we hurried to the sledding hill Thursday morning before it all melted.



Henry did better with Daddy than Mommy

The kids spent a lot of time belly sliding down the hill!  This is Nolan...

Twins race down the hill.  Liberty won because she chose the sledding path!

View of our hill from the bottom


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2017 in Review, One Second at a Time

Our year in review, 1 second at a time (as many days as I remembered to do it).  I made this video using the 1SE (1 Second Everyday) app.  It's a fun way to video journal!

"Satisfied" and Hymn List for 2018

Last year I made it a goal to teach my kids a different hymn each month.  We explained the big words, the doctrine from Scripture, and learned all the verses because they are so rich in theology.  My kids really liked it!  In fact, today I didn't have the new hymn ready for morning pledge time and Nehemiah came to me later very sad because "we didn't sing today."

We didn't do well with hymns in the summer...we were too busy renovating a house!  This coming summer we have several mission teams joining us for Bronx ministry, so I am again taking off the summer months (this time by design).  What we have been creating is "morning time" like many homeschoolers do in their learning routine, but I didn't even know there was such a thing!  This year we are going to incorporate Scripture memory into the morning time along with our pledges and hymn and prayer time.

Here is my list of hymns for 2018:
  • January: Satisfied
  • February: Blessed Assurance
  • March: Christ Arose (so we're ready for Easter on April 1st, which may end up being the first Sunday service of Emmaus Road Baptist Church too)
  • April: The Bible Stands
  • May: Nearer, My God to Thee
  • September: To God Be the Glory
  • October: How Firm a Foundation
  • November: Arise My Soul Arise
  • December: The First Noel
I like to make some of the hymns with black and white images so the kids can color them and be more hands on in the learning process, but this hymn worked well for color images.  Download the PDF printable of Satisfied here.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Printable - Wise Men Still Seek Him

I redesigned the "Wise Men Still Seek Him" subway art sign that I see around a lot at Christmas.  I wanted it to go in a frame on my mantle.  I thought I would share the file here for those who may want it.

It's a 8.5x11" printable, but trim it down to 8x10 to fit inside a frame!  

I also popped it into a bookmark format to give away to our Bible Club kids with a Bible for Christmas. 

*All files are for personal use only please!

Thursday, October 26, 2017


I, Andrea, take thee Ben, to be my wedded husband.  
As the Church is in her relationship to Christ, so will I be to you.
I will joyfully give you my life, and in confidence submit
myself to your leadership, as to the Lord.
I will live for you - loving you, obeying you, learning from you.
I will always strengthen, help, comfort, and encourage you.
Therefore, Ben, throughout my life,
for better, for worse...
for richer, for poorer...
in sickness and in health...
at home or abroad...
I pledge you my life, as a loving, faithful, and obedient wife, 
to have and to hold from this day forward,
'til death do us part.

Happy {ten} year anniversary, Ben. 
I still do.