Archive for July, 2012

Vision Forum is one of my favorite online stores and they have some sales going on now I wanted to share with you!

First, TODAY’S Daily Deal – (so yes, this is only good today-Wednesday!)


Also available for only a short time is the recordings from the recent Reformation of Food and the Family conference. The list of conference speakers from this looked amazing and included Joel Salatin and Nancy Campbell and the Duggar ladies. The Conference recordings include the 25 most popular sessions in conference format, which means you hear what they heard there with little editing of the recordings.

You can read more about it and see a full list of the included sessions on Doug Phillips blog.

You can purchase the recordings from the conference in CD form or MP3 format.

And as always, just browsing their catalog and sale items is fun, they have a wonderful variety of items and books that are wonderful!



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After reading this book thru quickly about a month ago as a review, I planned to go through it slowly later in the summer as I planned for school this year. Well, Misty’s timing in going though it worked out perfectly. (You can join in too!) We just enjoyed a couple of weeks with my in-laws visiting and now I am ready to get ourselves back into a good daily routine and get school ready to start as soon as possible. After finding out our next little one is coming in early November rather than in January sometime as I originally guessed, I am feeling very motivated to get myself organized and get started quickly this year since I know we will be taking a bit of a break later on!

Day 1 addresses where you are personally. Day 2 encourages us to talk with our husbands about where we are with homeschooling and life in general and Day 3 deals with thinking about where your kids are at and areas you would like them to grow in.

It’s been good for me to be mulling over these ideas and thinking about each area individually and as a whole as I prepare to finalize my plans for this coming year.

The past few months I have considered what homeschooling should look like for us as a family and what resources and curriculums should we use that will encourage the growth and learning we consider to be needed. I have been greatly encouraged by this passage in 1 Timothy 4 –

“If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.
Command and teach these things.”
(1 Timothy 4:6-11 ESV)

I have been meditating and thinking on this passage quite a bit as I have considering schooling and the many options available. I am really excited about the direction we are going and am looking forward to getting things together and getting started!

Where are you fellow homeschool moms? Are you still exhausted and burned out from last year or are you ready to look forward and prepare your heart and home for the coming year? What has encouraged you recently? Here is another great post from Misty that I loved đŸ˜‰

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With all the crazy heat we have had the last couple weeks, I have let the kids play in the hose and sprinkler a couple of times. They always have fun. But, since we are finding it impossible to raise kids and grass at the same time, we have a few dirt patches in our backyard among the patches of grass, which of course, when combined with the water makes for some wonderful (?) mud puddles. It didn’t take the boys long to realize that soaking the dirt made for a pile of mud which in turn made for a fun place to jump and splash. So, after playing in the water for a while, I had 4 kids pretty much covered in mud. As I sprayed them off with the hose trying to get the worst of it off in the backyard and not my shower, I remember this book we had when I was a kid (actually knowing my mom, we still have it somewhere ;-)). I had to call her and tell her I need a marvelous mud washing machine. Of course, ‘marvelous’ wasn’t exactly the phrase I was thinking as I was cleaning up kids đŸ˜‰ but if it got them clean quick, it would be a pretty marvelous thing!

Then yesterday in church we sang the song “Marvelous Grace” and I was struck by the lines

“Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.”

And I was reminded of our mud adventures this last week and that word “Marvelous”.  Regardless of how much we fail or sin, there is grace to cover and cleanse us. It’s not just a set amount, it’s MORE THEN WE NEED for whatever our sin and guilt. And I thought, this is the grace given to me, am I faithful to show the same grace to my kids. Cleaning up their muddy bodies and mess wasn’t exactly on my “to-do” list that day, in fact, it came right about the same time that the baby was fussy and dinner needed finished before my husband got home, and I didn’t want to have to clean up kids and shower them all. But with God, he will always take the time to give us the grace we need at the moment and cleanse us again and again and give us the grace that is greater than our sin. Can we do the same for our kids? Take the extra time to let them enjoy being little kids and not regret or be frustrated at having to “clean them up” again? It was a good reminder for me!

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