Monday, January 30, 2017

What I love...

So, I was scrolling back and realized I never shared one of my favorite Christmas memories.

This!!  My very own, private Christmas concert!  Every one of my children have learned to play an instrument.  This year's concert was missing my Flute (braces have made it hard to play)  But, she is learning how to Jump (as in on a horse...).  I told her bringing a horse in to jump over furniture was out this year. :-)

All those hours of practice, the expense of lessons are WORTH EVERY MINUTE!  I pray they will always play, and that they will enjoy it half as much as I do hearing them.

Monday, January 23, 2017

First Friday Friends - December

Sorry...I'm behind AGAIN!

Our First Friday Friends

group is going so well!  Our December meeting focused on the "Heart of Rejoicing".

The girls divided into their "flower groups" (my way of making teams of older/younger girls for games or discussions).

Then, I gave them some tinsel, crepe paper, and toilet paper.  Their task was to "decorate" on of their team into a Christmas symbol.  It was hilarious!!

Our craft was making paper bag advent chains that held 12 verses for special Mother/Daughter times during the month focusing on the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus' birth.

This group is the most precious collection of moms and daughters, it's truly special to see how a group of "strangers" have become just dear friends in just a short time.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

12 Angry Jurors - Stage boys!

My "theater kids" had their latest play..."12 Angry Jurors" with their community theater group.  It's a remake of the old movie "12 Angry Men".

They were AMAZING!!  I am so impressed with them. This was a dramatic show, and they pulled it off with class.  I love the confidence that theater has given them.  Their director is an amazing woman who truly pulls out the best in them.

The cast... a great group of young people!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Another Girls' Weekend

We finally got a chance to get away for our "long overdue" Mother/daughter weekend.  First stop, Starbucks - of course!

I love to take my daughters away - for a one-on-one, special weekend when it's time for "the talk".  I highly recommend - Passport to Purity Weekend Retreat Kit. (not a review... I just love how this resource gives you everything you need - including audios, a journal, the activity directions... it makes it very easy!)

We didn't go far away...just to Boerne (about 40 minutes away).  We stayed in an adorable cabin!

 We  ate a ton of great food!  Including going to the most expensive place in town, and ordering a side of mac-n-cheese and a cup of soup :-)

We shopped for antiques!  We decided to look for the perfect tea cup and saucer for each of the girls in our family...we are planning to surprise them. (blog post coming soon...)

I got her a grown up NIV study Bible and case to commerate our time together.  Plus, we found a beautiful (and inexpensive) ring while shopping.

We went for a stroll along the creek.  The weather was perfect!

This is such a sweet time.  Our conversations will always be a favorite memory!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Beginner's Bible from Zonderkidz: A TOS Homeschool Crew Review

The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}
The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}

The Beginner's Bible  from Zonderkidz

This is a Bentz Test Laboratory family favorite!  The freshly updated classic - The Beginner's Bible  from Zonderkidz.

This Children's Bible, designed for ages 4-8,  was first published in 1989 and has sold over 25 million copies!  This was our first Bible for all my children...we wore the cover off - literally.

Now, 8 testers later (the oldest "original model" is now in college...) my youngest tester is getting a bright and beautiful copy of her own Beginner's Bible!

This Bible features stories from the Old and New Testament that you and your child can read together.  It is also perfect for your new readers to practice their skills.  48 stories from the Old Testament and 46 stories from the New Testament give your child a big picture of God's great story. It's one of the first independent books my kids get to read on their own, and I love hearing them read the Bible to me. 

The illustrations are vibrant!  The pages are printed on high quality, glossy paper.  This new edition is designed to last.  Check out some of these pictures!

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The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}

A dictionary is included in the back, and is a great way to start your early learner on looking up words.

But, that's not all!   You can find these goodies to go with your Beginner's Bible online - Resources for Children like videos and games. Plus,  coloring pages, dot to dots, word puzzles, search and find, mazes and drawing.

They also a huge variety of resources for us Parents & Teachers to bring the bible to life like sticker sheets, printable place mats, trivia cards, reading suggestions and even snack suggestions to go with your story!

And now, you can take it on the go too with their FREE App.

Sometimes things do get better with age :-)   The Beginner's Bible is one treasure you will want to have.

This is a great little video to tell you about their 25 years... Thanks ZonderKids!

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See what other members of the Crew thought here
The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Since I always blog about the kids, I thought you might like to see the reason I have something to blog about.... 

Wishing you a very blessed 2017!