Saturday, August 10, 2013

A Cause to Be Thankful by Yolanda Shanks

Not too long ago I had the opportunity to review another Yolanda Shanks books (Not Just a Hearer but a Doer). What a wonderful little book!

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review this book: A Cause to be Thankful, part of the Destined to Live, Despite Me series. 

I learned a little bit about Ms. Shanks in this book.  She is a suicide survivor.

I stopped reading right there. 

You see, my best friend committed suicide 22 years ago.  For several years afterwards I contemplated the same path.  I don't know why I never did it, but I'm sure God had a plan for me.  I've struggled with debilitating depression at times since then.  I've read a lot of books on the subject, and hope to seek out some more of Ms. Shanks thoughts on the subject.

Once I processed where she was coming from, I dove into the book.  The scriptural foundations are deep and they are solid.  Throughout the whole book I've been underlining, highlighting, and notemaking.  There is so much good stuff in this little book!  You just about can't believe it.  There is a whole chapter detailing the road to salvation, making this book the PERFECT thing to use as an outreach to those who haven't made Christ their Saviour!

Do you need to learn to be grateful, thankful for every single thing God has done for you?  I think we all do!  I encourage you to seek out this resource and illuminate your life in a way that will be pleasing to God.

A Cause to be Thankful is available from Yolanda Shanks at her website and at Amazon for $10.89

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Sunday, August 04, 2013

2013-2014 School Year

It is that time of the year again!!!!  School Time!!!

Here is my rundown this year:
Leland, (will be on 8-9) 16, junior at NCHS
Gregory, 13, 8th grade at JCJH
Norman (Bear), 5, kindergarten at home
Abby, 3, prek at home

So, this year, I'm starting over.  Back where I was 11 years ago.  The spacing is a little different because Bear has a late birthday.  Where Lee and Greg had 2 grades between them, Bear and Abby will only have 1.  I'm not yet sure how that will work out in the long run.  THIS year, we are using MFW K.  We started last year but life happened so we didn't get much done.  I've spread what we do have left over the year, adding time off to studying things like Pilgrims and Indians at Thanksgiving and Presidents in January. 

The "learning" focus will be on Bear this year.  In addition to the core we will be adding Alphaphonics for reading.  Sometime this year I will also get Singapore math level K or 1 (haven't decided yet). 

Abby will be learning right along with us.  In addition I will be adding units that will focus more on her skill levels from places like 1+1+1=1 to give her repetitive skills practice.  Bear will also get to work on some of this stuff depending on his interest and whether it would actually be useful for him to do. 

Our read alouds will be plentiful and we will be exploring the nature that is around us.  I'm hoping to add a trip to Lincoln Log Cabin soon so that they can get some hands on history in. 

It's here....we start tomorrow :)  Check back and see how we are doing!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Here We Are

We moved :)

I would say that you missed me but I'm so sporadic with posting that I doubt you noticed.  About 6 weeks ago we moved back out into the country.  We spent the 6 weeks before that sprucing up the house we were moving to....we did total room painting, laid new floors in the kitchen and downstairs bath and completely redid the downstairs bathroom.  We also ripped up all the downstairs carpet and refinished the hardwood floors that were underneath.

It is an old farmhouse with lots of character and a beautiful front porch.  I love to sit out there in the afternoons and evenings.

The house came with a cat :)  She has since had 6 kittens. 

We acquired 25 chickens.  We have had 4 for meals :)  We are getting an egg a day but are hoping soon that more will start laying.  The 2 rooster we plan to keep I named Simon and Garfunkel.  The boys don't get it but that's ok.  Abby checks for eggs every morning, she has a little egg gathering basket and everything.  I got mudboots.  My very own pair.  I look very stylish in them :)

School will be starting here on Monday.  That's for another post.  I hope to share more of that journey as we go along. 

And that's that.  My computer died so I have to borrow one from the boys.  Money is tight so I have no idea when I will be back on my own.....I'm going to post when I can :)  I've got lots of post ideas on my phone app.  So there will be lots coming up.  Hang with me :)