1.14.2016

Papa, Tell Us About The Bible - Book Review


Book Description: 

Papa, Tell Us About the Bible - A Grandfather/Granddaughters Dialogue, readers will join “Papa” and his three teenage granddaughters in their journey through the Bible – discovering and discussing its eternal truths – essential guides for living a purposeful life. Because of its drama framework, this book provides multiple ways for engaging teenagers' interest in understanding the Bible. It serves as a guide for parents and grandparents, also as a playbook for family production and discussion.



About The Author:

Bob Dowell, PhD, is an innovative Christian writer dedicated to counteracting the rising tide of cultural indifference to traditional Biblical values. In the writing of this book, Dr. Bob utilized his knowledge of the Bible and of literature in general from his teaching of the Bible and literature as a university professor. For many years in his career, he taught a course entitled, "The Bible As Literature". He spent a decade researching and writing his three volume work, Understanding the Bible: Head and Heart, an innovative work utilizing both prose and poetry – coined the word, "prosepoe.

My Review:

I know there has been many times I have heard children say they do not understand what the Bible is saying. I remember myself as a young girl during Sunday School or church preaching I would try to follow and get lost at times. I always wanted to know the how and the why of events in the Bible. "Papa, Tell Us About The Bible" is a great reference book for those conversations. This is a great book that many parents, grandparents, Sunday School teachers, youth directors.. even teenagers should own. The book is written through conversations with a grandfather and his grandchildren. There are four chapters (acts) in Bob Dowell's book: 
  • The Bible From the Beginning
  • The Abraham Story
  • The Jacob and Sons Story
  • The Joseph Story 

I started with reading this book on my own.. and with each page I was drawn more and more into the conversation. He uses wisdom and talks about the Bible in a way that children can truly understand... a way that draws them closer to the events... closer to God. Since completing the book myself I am now hoping to enjoy it with my two sons as a read aloud. 

I highly recommend this book! There are so many ways it can be used.. from reading it together as a family to being used as a playbook in group settings.    




Strong and Kind - Book Review



Book Description:

What Legacy Will You Pass Down To The Next Generation?
“After being a parent for twenty years, I have come to believe that the most important thing for parents to decide—more important than bottle or breastfeeding, more important than co-sleeping or sleep training, and even more important than whether to put your child in day care or become a stay-at-home parent—is what values are important to your family and how you will go about instilling those values in your children.”
In Strong and Kind Korie Robertson—with the help of her mom, Chrys Howard, and with insights and stories from her husband, Willie—introduces nine character traits that children need in order to lead a successful life. And though there are no perfect parents or perfect children, Korie shares principles—based on biblical wisdom and time-tested practices—that will help you parent your own one-of-a-kind child.
About the Author:
Korie Robertson is a New York Times bestselling author, the wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson and star of A&E's Duck Dynasty. A mother of five, Korie balances family life and her role at Duck Commander with several ventures of her own, including her retail store Duck & Dressing, overseeing licensing for the family's brands and philanthropic work with a children's home in the Dominican Republic, Help One Now and adoption and foster care advocacy in Louisiana. Her writing credits include Duck Commander Devotions for Kids, The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family Work, Faith Commander: Living Five Values from the Parables of Jesus and The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty. Follow online @bosshogswife or www.duckcommander.com.
My Review:
"It has never been more essential to teach your children well." 
Korie Robertson introduces nine character traits (along with help from her mother and husband), that children need to live a successful life (from a Biblical view point). This was a lovely book to read. She takes you through different character qualities that your children need and shows you how to help your children reach their potential. Her husband, Willie, also shares his point of view through out the book. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I recommend it to any parent, especially if you are a Duck Dynasty fan.  

Green Smoothies - Book Review



Book Description: 

Kickstart your metabolism, fire up your mind, and promote whole-body health.

Discover the health-boosting benefits of smoothies, juices, tonics, and nut milks. Find the perfect juice to help detoxify your body, enhance your digestion, or invigorate your metabolism.  Energize your day with 66 easy-to-follow, quick, and tasty recipes.  Learn simple ways to incorporate more greens into your diet every day.


My Review: 

This was a nice recipe book to read. I have only tried two recipes from the book and they have both been very good (Summer Fresh Juice page 32 & Watermelon Smoothie page 114). This book includes recipes for juices, smoothies, shots and milks. There are nice pictures included on each recipe page of what the drink will look like and the ingredients needed. The directions are easy to perform and they have listed how the drink will help you. Also included in the front of the book is a list of equipment needed (it's not much just a blender and a juicer), a few pages telling you about super greens, and my favorite part tips for a juice detox along with a seven-day detox plan. I have not completed the detox yet but I'm hoping to try it in the future. 

If you are looking for a healthier lifestyle without sacrificing taste then this book is just right for you! 


1.02.2016

Read Alouds


Many of our read aloud books came from our history lessons this year.. and we added a few more just for fun! 

  1. What was the Boston Tea Party? - Kathleen Krull
  2. What was the First Thanksgiving? - Joan Holub
  3. William Carey (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) - Janet & Geoff Benge
  4. Bound for Oregon - Jean Van Leeuwen
  5. Mary Jones & Her Bible - Mary Ropes
  6. Madeleine Takes Command - Ethel C. Brill
  7. Sarah Whitcher's Story - Elizabeth Yates
  8. George vs. George - Rosalyn Schanzer
  9. The Rough-Face Girl - Rafe Martin 
  10. A More Perfect Union, The Story of our Constitution - Betsy Maestro
  11. The Declaration Of Independence - Patricia Ryon Quiri
  12. The 4th Of July Story - Alice Dalgliesh 
  13. Famous Folks of America - Bethany Snyder & Kathryn Knight
  14. A Pioneer Sampler, The Daily life of a Pioneer Family in 1840 - Barbara Greenwood
  15. When the Whippoorwill Calls - Kimberly Bulcken Root 
  16. The boy who held back the sea - Thomas Locker 
  17. Lewis & Papa, Adventures on the Santa Fe Trail - Barbara Joosse
  18. Smart about the Presidents - Jon Buller & Susan Schade 
  19. The Star-Spangled Banner - Peter Spier
  20. The Courage of Sarah Noble - Alice Dalgliesh 
  21. Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims - Clyde Robert Bulla
  22. North American Indians - Marie and Douglas Gorsline
  23. The Matchlock Gun - Walter D. Edmonds
  24. And still the turtle watched - Sheila MacGill-Callahan 
  25. Appalachia, The voice of sleeping birds - Cynthia Rylant
  26. The Big Pig Stampede - Bob Hartman 
  27. The Legend of the Christmas Cookie - Dandi Daley Mackall 
  28. Amos Fortune, Free Man - Elizabeth Yates
  29. Almost Home - Wendy Laulton  


12.30.2015

some magic...


We LOVE the Barter Theatre! Every chance we jump at the opportunity to join our local homeschool group there! It's such a blessing to take the boys... a field trip to the Barter is more than just a performance.. it's an experience they will never forget!




This Christmas we enjoyed watching Frosty. It's a musical about a young orphan named Billy who discovers the magic in a stolen hat. When he places it on a snowman's head... he comes to life! 



The performance was fantastic! We also loved seeing our friends there.. and being with Momaw Virgie (my mother), Auntie (my sister) and my sweet nieces Abigail and Alaina.





  

Seeing Is Believing...



This Christmas our family enjoyed a "Polar Express Adventure"! One Saturday night the boys enjoyed a reading of The Polar Express and then we watched the movie.... with hot chocolate of course. Before going to bed they both received a golden ticket for an adventure the next evening. (We had Sunday School the next morning... so we waited until Sunday night for the adventure to begin!)

Every year around Christmas time our family enjoys Speedway in Lights. We started taking the boys when they were just babies. However, each year is just as fun as the last!



(Noah & Aidan at Speedway in Lights in 2009)



This year on our "Polar Express Adventure" we were joined by Momaw, Popaw and my nieces Abigail and Alaina. 



The boys loved this adventure with riding rides, seeing Santa (even if they don't truly believe), drinking hot chocolate, eating a whole funnel cake themselves and of course seeing all the beautiful lights! 









 


This was truly a wonderful "Polar Express Adventure"! I can't wait until next year! 




“Smile -- it increases your face value.”


This year we visited Dollywood MANY times! It's close to our home and we bought season passes therefore, the boys enjoyed many field trips to Dollywood. There are plenty of things to do there... of course there are rides which we loved! 




 







And the train ride..... it was a little loud for Noah...  




Tons of games to play... 





Fun places for Mommy to take pictures... 









And what I always love about Field Trips/Vacations.... educational opportunities! The boys made their own candles, visited the craftsman's valley (learning about glass blowing, leather work, soap making, barrel making, guitar making, carriage building.. and much more!). There is also a big eagle aviary and we had a very close view of magnificent birds! 






The great thing about season passes we were able to visit Dollywood as a family, with our cousins and even a trip with just Mommy & the boys! 







I'm happy we were able to visit Dollywood on different occasions.... and that we were able to visit during the school week (no lines to wait in for rides). We made many memories that we will treasure for a lifetime. 


“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” ~ Dolly Parton