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.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Visualized Songs - Power in the Blood, Jesus Paid It All, and Stop! And Let Me Tell You

One of my goals this year was to teach my kids a new hymn each month.  I am just learning about what some homeschoolers call "Morning Time," but I guess we've had an abbreviated version of this all year.  We open our homeschool day with pledges, prayer, and a hymn.  Then we divide up into our various Bible classes and play times.  For pledges, we say the pledge to the American flag, the pledge to the Christian flag, and the pledge to the Bible.  Even Henry tries to say the words, and the twins know all the pledges just from listening every day.  The kids rotate who gets to hold each flag/Bible, and who prays.

We have done well learning our hymns this year, except for June, July, and August.  With the house purchase, renovation, and move I totally fell off of anything goal related or routine encompassing.  But we started back in September with "Power in the Blood" and now we are learning "Jesus Paid it All."  It's fun to see the delight on my children's faces when we are in church and there is a song chosen for which they know all the words!  I'm very glad I chose to do this, and I plan to continue next year.  I would also like to add teaching the kids the history behind each hymn...so I guess we will be expanding our Morning Time!

We have also started a weekly Bible Club in our home every Friday afternoon.  Our house is just two doors down from the public elementary school, so we invite the kids to pop in for an hour long Bible Club after school.  We have several moms who attend also.  I purchased a few pre-visualized songs for club, because I wanted the larger size.  But I opted to make a couple myself also.  Below there is a link for "Stop and Let Me Tell You."  I laminated them back-to-back, so that you have to flip them, just like the old stop sign version my mom and grandma had.  The kids enjoyed being a part of the flipping and sign holding last week in Bible Club.

Download Power in the Blood - pictures made for coloring in by the kiddos  (Forgot to clear the spell check lines before I made the screen shot)

Download Jesus Paid it All - full color, no coloring needed