Wednesday, September 19, 2018

I Can Only Imagine for Little Ones {Review}


Written by Bart Millard and Laura Nuetzling, I Can Only Imagine follows a child's imaginings of what God must be like.  What types of games does Jesus like to play?  Does he like the same types of ice cream that I do?  Would he like to race with me?  The book goes through the fanciful questions that little children ask, addressing the everyday concerns and wonderings of a preschooler.

While I found the book to be sweet and light hearted, I struggled with how shallow it felt.  On the one hand, it's important to teach our children that they can enjoy their everyday day delights with God now.  That He's not a distant God, but one who is always with them.  On the other hand, a friendship with God is so much more than ice cream and wagon rides.  It's learning, growing worshipping.  Where are those ideas?    So while I thought this book was sweet, it was definitely lacking.  I would recommend searching for a book that is less self-focused and has more substance.   

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

A Plan in Place Planner Unboxing and First Impressions



Sharing my first impressions of my new homeschool planner from A Plan in Place.  This is the first time I've strayed away from my classic Lakeshore planner, but I'm excited to try something new.

My usual Lakeshore planner:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VML2UHUdmig

My favorite personal planner:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOLhvZPl0Vc&t=7s

A Plan in Place website:
https://www.aplaninplace.net

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A few favorites:

Secret Channel Book Swap Unboxing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyPNMWsNZ04

Back to Homeschool Supply Haul 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3n8v5nCpLk

They Cancelled Our Flight to Hawaii:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi_9TOtAy6c

Our First Day of School 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGErJBl4vnI

Our Eighth Grade Curriculum:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcRI2-eBOZA

Our Fifth Grade Curriculum:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j2N-SaUIL0

Our Second Grade Curriculum:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtBuF09Bmbw

Our First Poetry Teatime:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To6OIs1zZo0

National Adoption Month--Foster Care/ Adoption Q&A:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW8yHx4CdyQ

Our Foster Care Journey: Adoption Day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb_sy6kYDJ8

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Daily Question {Review}

The Daily Question for You and Your Child: A Three-Year Spiritual Journal  -

Filled with 365 questions, this guided journal is a fun way to interact with your child or to find a few moments of quiet bonding time together.  Each page includes the date as well as space for adding three different responses making this a wonderful place to keep three years worth of memories.  Some questions are silly and some thought provoking.  Some spiritual and some just plain fun.  Once completed, this nicely bound book will provide an insightful look into your child's personality and serve as a keepsake over time.

We decided to adapt ours.  Since there are three children in our family, we've chosen to fill out our keepsake journal in one year, with each child answering the questions out each day.  It's fun to see their separate personalities shine as I take a few minutes with each of them to answer the prompt.  It's also opened up some interesting questions and conversations.  This journal would also serve as a good conversation starter for family dinners, reunions, and classrooms.  We're quite happy with it and look forward to filling it out over the year.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.  @WaterbrookMultnomah #partner

Friday, August 31, 2018

Books of the Month Collab {Aug 2018}



Sharing what I read this month...

Ours for a Season Review:
http://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2018/08/ours-for-season-review.html

This Open Collab is hosted by Ingrid @ Mommy & Mia Homeschool Chronicles: http://bit.ly/2zpOZBU
and April @ The Simple Rugged Path: http://bit.ly/2zqFXo3

Playlist link: http://bit.ly/2hXr8zl

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Ours for a Season {Review}


Mennonite couple, Marty and Anthony, lead nearly solitary lives.  Devastated by news of their infertility, the couple has drifted apart and finds it hard to communicate with each other, much less reconnect.  While Anthony throws himself into his work, often traveling for weeks at a time, Marty locks herself away in their home, avoiding family and friends.  Until one day when Anthony receives a job offer from Brooke, Marty's long time friend and self-made business woman.  The job would pull them away from their home for a year and a half, but could it be exactly what's needed to bring Marty and Anthony back together?  And what about Brooke?  Could she possibly need Marty's help more than she's letting on?

Ours for a Season isn't your typical Amish fiction.  Interwoven in the story are issues of infertility, identity, foster care, and human trafficking, all relevant in today's society.  This book tackles some tough topics without being preachy or condescending, and the characters are real, vulnerable, and authentic.  Personally, I was drawn to the storyline involving foster care as this is a road that our family has traveled through the years.  I found that the characters felt and questioned in much of the same way that my husband and I did.  It's obvious that the author did some thorough research in preparing for this novel.

Though the book addresses some serious topics, it remains hopeful and faith-filled.  Without being pushy, the author leads us to some undeniable truths: that the world is bigger than our perspective, that the Lord always has a plan, that lives can be redeemed, and that family can be found in many places.  Just to name a few.  This book was an unexpected journey and I have yet to read anything like it in the Amish fiction genre.  I can't recommend this one highly enough.  Home run for Kim Vogel Sawyer.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own. #PRHPartner

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