I have had the privilege of working my way
through Devotions from Genesis, the
first book in a devotional series by Nicole Halbrooks Vaughn. I am loving
the first book of God’s Word as I read Genesis along with this devotional book.
I am looking forward to continuing in Exodus with Nicole’s book Devotions from Exodus Part One.
This first book in the Devotions from the Torah
series is divided into three sections:
the Character of God and Man through the Creation, the Fall,
and the Flood
Faith and Obedience through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
the Comings of Christ and Trust in the Midst of Trial through
the Life of Joseph
As beautiful as the devotional
material is, I have been greatly affected
by the prayers that Nicole has written at the end of every section. Through
her prayers, we are reminded of how we are to approach God. And more
importantly, we are reminded that God knows us, cares about us, and listens to
Nicole is the Children’s Ministry Director at
Shiloh Baptist Church in Somerville, AL. She is the co-administrator of
CrossRoads Christian Academy and is the founder of Proven Path
Ministries. She has also lead inductive Precept Upon Precept
studies, has served as an advocate for her local crisis pregnancy center and
has shared the testimony of Christ throughout her community and abroad. Nicole
is a woman who is dedicated in her faith, devoted to her family, and driven to
share the truth of God with others. She and her husband, Patrick, currently
reside in Decatur, AL with their two youngest children.
Make sure and enter the giveaway to win a PDF copy of both books. Three winners will be chosen!
It's Cyber Monday, the first Monday after Thanksgiving when those who didn't shop on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday do their shopping online. I decided to put together a little buying guide listing small businesses ran by my fellow Crew Mates, and myself. We're all homeschool moms and these little businesses help us support our families, your business is VERY appreciated!
First, nothing goes better with shopping and holidays than chocolate! We're offering a Holiday Tin for $30, it includes 1/4 lb each of Toffee, Turtles, Peanut Brittle and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels. You can find our menu on our Facebook page.
Quite a few of my fellow crew mates are Lilla Rose consultants, myself included. If you don't know what Lilla Rose is, they are WONDERFUL hair accessories.
One of the biggest challenges when it comes to teaching
children is that everyone learns differently. As homeschoolers, we need to
think about how to present lessons in a way that will make sense to our kids
while keeping their attention. Thanks to all the different forms of media, we
have a great opportunity today to use technology to help teach our children.
One great educational challenge today is teaching the
written word. Since the emergence of blogs, social media, and the like, the way
children write is ever changing. It is important, then, to make sure you
utilize different approaches to keep them both engaged while learning proper
writing style. For example, when teaching writing skills, lessons should
combine grammar, punctuation, reasoned thought, and more. When attempting to teach
these concepts one at a time, they can come off as dry or boring to children.
They may also be difficult for a child to grasp as an abstract concept. However,
when they are all combined, it will make far more sense to our children. One study
demonstrates that addressing grammar within the context of student writing
helps student writing achievement and does not increase grammatical error rates
compared to teaching grammar definitions in isolation from student writing
(Fearn & Farnan, 2007).
There are a variety of different programs and approaches you
can use today. Zaner-Bloser's Strategies for Writers program is great for homeschoolers, with its wide
array of program components including print resources and a huge online collection of free resources,
supplementary activities, and mini-lessons. It integrates cutting-edge
technology by complementing writing instruction with a dynamic mix of
technology tools for implementation throughout the writing process.
Kids today are far more comfortable with technology than we
were growing up. By taking advantage of their comfort with technology, you will
be able to introduce subjects, especially writing skills, in a way they can
relate to easily. Today it is all about how to use 21st century learning
techniques so you can be as effective as possible in your daily lessons. Additionally,
it will be easier for you to adjust your teaching methods by taking advantage
of other homeschooling websites to see what is working for other families. This
will give you the flexibility to adjust your teaching style as needed to be
more in line with what works for your child!
They're known by many names, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Swedish Tea Cakes, Italian Butter Nut, Southern Pecan Butterball, Snowdrop, Viennese Sugar Ball, Sand Tarts. This recipe originally came from the 1950 Betty Crocker Cookbook. My grandma passed it down to me YEARS ago. It is one of my holiday staples and I'm pretty much the only person, other than my grandma, who likes them. I love sitting down with a cup of coffee and a couple of these little delights.
Russian Tea Cakes Ingredients: 1 cup butter, room temperature 1/2 cup sifted powdered (confectioners') sugar 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup finely-chopped nuts Powdered (confectioner's) sugar Preparation: In a large bowl of your electric mixer, cream butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Sift in flour and salt; stir until well mixed. Mix in nuts. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Tip: A small ice cream scoop is ideal for making uniform-sized cookies. Place dough balls onto ungreased cookie sheets with about 1-inch of space between them. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from oven and cool slightly on wire cooling racks. While cookies are baking, place the powdered sugar in a shallow dish. While still warm, roll cookies in powdered sugar until completely coated. When cookies have cooled, roll them again in the confectioners' sugar to give them a nice even coating of sugar. The first rolling allows the sugar to melt into the cookies - the second rolling gives the finished snowy-white topping. Store in an airtight container. Yields 3 1/2 to 4 dozen cookies. Enjoy and Blessings! Alicia
Last year, I wrote a post about the things I’m thankful
for, so I thought I'd write another one this year. While some of the things have
stayed the same, some have changed.
1.My relationship with my
Lord and Savior. 10 years ago, this wouldn't have even been on my list, much
less at the top. Because He does what He does, I can do what I do.
2.My health, having asthma
means I may not always be at top form, but as long as I stay on my medicine, I
have more good days than bad. Which is alot different from just a few years
3. My two little goofballs - I cannot imagine my life without them.
4.My hard working husband.
He spends the week away from us so we can have a home and the things we
have, and I am able to stay home and homeschool our children.
6.Family. Be it my
family, or my husband's family, I'm truly grateful for ALL of them.
7.The Crew. I’m speaking of
the TOS Review Crew, an amazing bunch of fellow homeschoolers and bloggers that
I am most grateful for being a part of and being asked back for another year.
8.Friends. Both those I see
and the ones I don't.
9.Knowing that no matter
what God may give us to go through, He already knows the outcome and will see
us through it.
seen the village and I don't want it raising my children.
11.Social Media - Yes, I
said it. Through it, I’ve met some wonderful people.
13.Our Country. It is
my home and I am proud of it.
14.Military. To all
those, past and present who have sacrificed to keep the rest of us free.
15.Coffee. Without it, you
wouldn't want to know me.
16.Cuddle Time. That my
children are still of the age where they'll stop what they're doing to cuddle
with me, be it to watch a movie or read a book.
17.Watching my children grow
and learn. They both have such a thirst for knowledge. I only hope I can keep
up with the answers.
18.Fur babies. Our house
would be empty without them.
19.Oklahoma Sunsets. We
truly have some gorgeous ones here.
20.Getting to have an
uninterrupted conversation with the husband. (It doesn't happen very often)
21.Going to bed knowing that
I can sleep, God's got it all taken care of.
23.Getting up early for my
24.That my husband has a job
to go to each day.
25.That I actually have
26.Chocolate. Some days it
helps keep me sane. Along with the coffee.
27.My fellow blog writing
28.Home cooked meal. That I
have a food to eat, and a home to cook it in.
29.The members of my study
group on Facebook. Moms, daughters of Christ, fellow homeschoolers. And like
me, willing to admit we are far from perfect, but we keep moving forward. It
has been an honor to “meet” them all and get to know them over the last few
30.Good neighbors – it is a
pleasure to call them friends.
*This post contains affiliate links, when you purchase through those links, my family receives a small commission. I'm proud to be on the launch group for a wonderful book for mom's that comes out on December 9th. Putting On The Spirit, written by Katie Hornor is full of 10 minute devotions for busy moms who sometimes only have 10 minutes! Katie and her family are second generation missionaries in Mexico. In addition to her ministry, she also homeschools their 4 children,and is expecting #5! To celebrate the launch, there is a wonderful giveaway happening NOW where the winner will receive $120 worth of books, while three more will win a digital copy of Putting On The Spirit. Enter today, and good luck! And don't forget to head on over and get a FREE copy of Katie's book Loving You Long Distance!