Aug 282015
 

readyd tanSo much has happened in the last many, many months.

Our neighborhood has gone downhill rapidly. Drug busts are becoming commonplace, random fires, police foot chases through my backyard…This summer it got crazy. Too crazy. So HubbaHubba and I decided it was time to seriously start looking for a new place to live. We’ve lived here for 7 and a half years. After a good month of looking, searching online and talking with our Realtor, we found the perfect place. Kind of out in the country. We found a terrific deal on just under 4 acres on a quiet country lane. We close two weeks from today. And we can’t be more excited. Now to finish packing (quite the adventure with a very mobile 10 month old) and getting ready for the move. We want the move to go swiftly so hopefully this house can be emptied, the necessary repainting done and on the market asap.

Anyone in the market for an investment property? I’ve got a house we can let go of for a bargain…Word of advice, don’t just buy a house to get out of renting, don’t settle on a house to get out of renting, and really research the neighborhood…And if for any reason, you get a hitch in your spirit about said house you are considering, listen to it. We have learned our lesson over this many times over in the last seven years. We should have been more patient. We should have heeded the signs that maybe this wasn’t the right decision to have made.

But we can’t be more excited over moving in two weeks. I have a countdown timer going on my phone. With just under 4 acres, we are planning on having a running homestead eventually. First we are moving in, then this winter we hope to finish off the chicken coop. It currently doesn’t have a door. In the spring, we plan on chickens. I am wanting Marans and Americaunas for sure. The Bigs are begging for a pet pig. After we get the chickens up and running, in two or three years, I’m debating between dairy goats or honey bees. I’m not totally sure I want to mess with both nor if I would have room for both. I’m also thinking of raising composting worms to sell for composting and as bait. Our property is fairly close to a campground and several fishing holes.

So, as I ease my way back into writing regularly, I’ll be adding the topics of homesteading and chickens to things to discuss along with homeschooling, hopefully reviewing things again for you all and the random topic that I feel needs to be discussed.

Thanks for bearing with me during the craziness of being pregnant and the postpartum period.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go scrounge lunch before I go clean out the fridge. We have a Bountiful Baskets pick up tonight and I need room in my fridge for the ten pounds of plums I bought…Along with the regular basket of produce…YUM! And my fridge is disgusting. And I want it clean for when we move it. It’s going along with.

I will Return

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Apr 032015
 

Wow. I haven’t written since June of last year. I’m sorry. I’m working on writing again. Now that I’ve had a cute baby and we are getting used to having her in our lives (man, it’s been a long while since we’ve had an infant in our home…)

So don’t totally give up yet on reading here. I will be returning. Hopefully shortly.

Join the Odyssey Adventure Club!

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Jun 222014
 

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Did you grow up listening to Adventures in Odyssey as a child? I have to admit I did occasionally.
Did you know that it is still going strong and you can now share with your children the fun of Odyssey?

My kids love listening to Odyssey. I mean they absolutely love it and would spend all day doing so if they were allowed (hey, must have time for school and chores in there somewhere, right?) And they were thrilled to find out about the Odyssey Adventure Club from Focus on the Family.

In OAC you can listen to all the Odyssey adventures you desire in the online library, play games and have a lot of fun. You can get your first month for only five dollars!

My kids beg to listen to the stories and so enjoy this. I enjoy having something they can listen to without me worrying about questionable content.

The OAC also has games, web quests, a daily devotional and a ton of fun.

Smart Money, Smart Kids Review (and YOU NEED THIS BOOK)

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Apr 242014
 

I was given an electronic copy of Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze for the purposes of this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received. This statement is to make sure the FTC is happy. Because if the FTC isn’t happy, they can make a blogger’s life miserable.

Very very rarely do I get totally gung ho over a book. Not like this. However, if you have children, teach children, have grandchildren/neices/nephews/godchildren/are in contact with children on a regular basis, you NEED this book.

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Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze set out to write a book to practically give parents the tools to teach their children how not to be in bondage to money and society’s standards of what our finances should be like. And they sure did succeed.

In Smart Money, Smart Kids, you learn the best age spans for introducing working for money, saving, giving. How money is tied to work, and letting the children learn that money can work for them. They give you ideas on how to teach about savings (which for kids, it is different than for adults with how their minds work) when to introduce giving and tithing to your children and how to set it up practically so they can understand.

You get shown through the teen years and how to broach the concepts of paying for college without student loans, saving for things like a car and even having your teen have their own emergency fund (what parent wants to keep replacing broken cell phones or lost items of your child? Let them have their own fund to do it themselves, they’ll learn responsibility much faster that way, I’m sure).

The over arching theme in this book is contentment and responsibility. As parents it is up to us to teach our children to be content with what they are blessed with. In our family, that is not letting them have the latest and greatest of everything that comes out. We involve them when it comes to service to others and giving things to a local mission. It probably also helps that our girls (Bugs, 7 going on 30 at times and Beans, 6) aren’t exposed to the normal marketing to children their age (we don’t own a television, so no commercials to infiltrate them. Though, I will say, last summer they got to watch way more regular broadcast TV when we were dealing with my mom’s health crisis and subsequent passing and to this day [a full year later] my youngest still can tell you the commercials she saw those weeks on the TV and asks for those items. The marketing worked, that is for sure, and it is very disturbing how well it did).

It is also our responsibility as parents to teach our children to be responsible with whatever blessings they are given. Children learn responsibility step by step as they grow and mature. It isn’t an overnight process. My 7 year old is normally very responsible. She can be trusted to cook on the stove top. She didn’t get there overnight. She was with us as we cooked from a young age, then allowed to help add things to the pot and stir. She can now make better pancakes than I do. I’m not saying we let her go for it totally unsupervised (we don’t) but she is now capable through systematic training to able to do such a task. The same holds true with money. We give them a little to manage and plan with and as they learn to be responsible for a little (for me it is a big thing to let them bring their money to the store and not lose it) they are learning to be responsible for much more in the future.

This book is also good for helping those of us who were not raised with smart money principals to start to deal with our pasts. I was raised in a home where money was always worried over, argued over between my parents, but never discussed with us children. I was ten before I was allowed to spend any of my own money ever and when I did buy my pocket popple from the Base Exchange, I was made to feel guilty because I didn’t *need* the toy and I had *wasted* my money. I deal with extreme guilt spending my own mad money on a regular basis to this day from how I was raised. I want better for my children. I don’t want them to hear my voice in their head when they are an adult telling them that spending their mad money is wasteful, stupid or a bad idea. I don’t want them to live in the bondage I have to break through near constantly in regards to money. Smart Money, Smart Kids is helping me to give my children the legacy I was denied. They will have a legacy of freedom with money unlike I do, and the thought thrills me.

This book is so wonderfully written. It is done with both Dave and Rachel taking parts and in such a wonderful conversational tone that it is nearly like you are sitting in a room with them having a nice chat. The tone is so encouraging throughout the whole book that it makes such a tough and complex topic seem so much easier to handle.

So please, do yourself a favor and go buy this book as soon as you can fit it into your budget. You won’t regret the decision. It will help make teaching your children about the proper place of money in our lives so much easier. It isn’t a quick fix or a simple solution, but it will set you on the right path to have adult children someday who know how to handle money and not let their money handle them.

You can purchase the book from Dave Ramsey’s Online Store, Amazon (not an affiliate link and none of my links are affiliate links thanks to my state’s stance on earning commission from the internet and taxes) or your other favorite store where you purchase books. If you are able to make it, you can visit with Dave and Rachel on the BOOK TOUR (why can’t anything be close enough to SW MO for us to go? I’m trying not to be jealous of those of you who can attend a stop on the book tour. Hubbs and I got to see Dave and Rachel in Tulsa last October for the launch of the Legacy Journey. It was terrific)

God’s Amazing World, A FlyBy Review and Giveaway

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Mar 312014
 

I was provided a copy of God’s Amazing World from Ideals Publishing through FlyBy Promotions as a part of this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received. A copy was also provided for the giveaway.

Book cover for God's Amazing World

I love a good picture book. Yes, even at my age. So do my girls (7 and 6). I was thrilled when we received God’s Amazing World by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Melanie Florian. This book is beautifully written to explain through nature the days of Creation and the illustrations are bright, cheerful and just lovely.

You follow Gracie as she teaches Bo about the start of the world all from their back yard in an afternoon of nature study and exploration. The children are excited to see the order that God made the world they know and to see all the different things He created. They run from piece of creation to piece of creation excitedly discovering the life that comes next. After finding everything in the six days of creation work, they are exhausted and have to rest in the back yard.

My girls love this book. They look at the pictures and can tell you what was created when. I love this book just as much as they do. It stays to the Biblical narrative in the order of creation, and makes nature study so accessible to young children in their own back yards, with no special instruments needed. I would so use this to introduce not just Bible, but also science into their world. This book is an excellent choice for a preschool unit study on creation on through early elementary and for use in a child’s Sunday School class.

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About God’s Amazing World!

Gracie and her cousin Bo explore the seven days of Creation, all without leaving the backyard! As Gracie tells the story of how God made the world, she and Bo find evidence of each day’s work right there around them. When they get to Day 2, the day God created the
sky, they take a moment to cloud watch. Day 3 leads them to play in the water, and on Day 6, they imitate the cows and pigs and lions God made.

This sweet, clever picture book by Eileen Spinelli overflows with enthusiasm for God’s Creation, and children will catch the excitement and will begin to view their own surroundings as a tour of God’s lovely world. Parents can use this beautiful book to introduce
children to the concept of God’s work in the world and to encourage appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of the world around us.

Written by Eileen Spinelli
Illustrated by Mélanie Florian
Available now!
Hardcover with jacket, 10 x 10, 32 pages
ages 4 to 8

Author Bio
Eileen Spinelli is the author of numerous children’s books, including Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch; The Best Story, and Two to Cuddle. Eileen lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Illustrator Bio
Mélanie Florian is an illustrator with dual lifelong passions for storytelling and helping children discover the world. Both passions guide her work today creating vibrant, whimsical illustrations. Mélanie enjoys her inspiring surroundings as she works in the French town of Annecy, in the midst of mountains and a beautiful lake.

To win a copy for yourself, leave a comment below telling me how you like to teach your child/ren about Creation. Giveaway open to residents of the U.S or Canada. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Contest closes on Friday April 7, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.

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