4.7.15

Home ~ July Blogging Challenge and Scripture and a Snapshot

The thunder rolled in the distance, the raindrops played their sleep inducing lullaby on our tin roof, and then the electricity went out around noon. My husband had been repairing the water line to our fridge. My son built a fort in the living room with red, white, and blue blankets, and the girls and I were all reading. Once the lights went out we settled into family time. My son requested the game of Life. I'm still contemplating whether a game each day would be equally as beneficial as his daily math practice; I know he enjoys games. Our evening grilling plans continued minus the homemade rolls and pie that weren't able to be baked without electricity. Even though our day didn't go as originally planned, it was still a relaxing comfortable family day at home. Home sweet home.

As content as we were, I imagine how heaven will be. So "much more than we can hope or imagine." Beyond imagination! 

Today in addition to blogging with Lynn about home, she is co-hosting Scripture and a Snapshot. You can join one or both linkys below. The thunder is still rolling around us, we even felt reverberations of a lightning strike, but our electricity is back on and we are safe. 



But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 
II Thessalonians 3:3


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Scripture and a Snapshot:

     Thank you for joining Scripture & A Snapshot. Leave a comment with a verse that God has placed on your heart this week, or leave a link to your own post sharing a Scripture and a Snapshot. Take time to visit  some of the other links, too. If you would like to join our group Pinterest board for Scripture & A Snapshot, simply follow the board then leave a comment to let me know your Pinterest name or email used there. 
Jennifer




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3.7.15

Celebrate ~ Blogging Through July Day 4

It's Independence Day! Today though, the word CELEBRATE has continuously made me recall the song Celebrate Jesus. Click the link if you want to step back into the eighties with me and listen. Join my friend Lynn and me, and link your own celebration below.

Are you celebrating today? I'm so happy to be spending an extended weekend with my family. My husband is planning to grill chicken, the girls will make deviled eggs since our chickens are still laying, and fireworks are planned for the evening. I've seen the first world/third world comparisons. I'm thankful for those who fought for freedoms in our country. I'm thankful for our celebrations today and even more so for freedom in Christ Jesus.

Are you cooking anything delicious? Those lemon blueberry bars were a hit when we first made them Wednesday. They disappeared fast. For today, I'm planning to use a red velvet cake mix to make red white and blueberry bars.
Jennifer



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View ~ July Blogging Challenge Day 3


My view:





View through the back door window:



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2.7.15

Quote ~ July Blogging Challenge Day 2

"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." John 16:33 

Are you enjoying the challenge? I hope so! Today Lynn and I are asking you to share a favorite quote with us. When I find a quote I like or can relate to, I used to write it down. Now I'm more likely to take a quick screen shot of it. In the past, I joined a blog link sharing pictures of the first day of the month which become some of my favorite posts to look back on, so in this post I'll share my first day of July pictures with quotes. 

blueberry lemon cheesecake bars
Right now we have an abundance of fresh blueberries. My daughter's first request was blueberry muffins. Next was blueberry bars. We tried this Blueberry Lemon Crumb Bars recipe for the first time, and it was a hit. 
"It is the sweet simple things of life which are the real ones after all." Laura Ingalls Wilder



For the past week my son and I have been studying God's Word together using this book from a friend. 

"In the morning when I rise...give me Jesus...you may have all this world, just give me Jesus." (hymn) 


beach sunset watercolor on wood

For my Virtual Refrigerator post today I'm sharing a picture from my daughter's lovely viewpoint, not of a sunset seen while she painted, but just from her thoughts.

piano practice

It brings me so much joy to hear my children practicing. My son played me a melody this morning moving from song to song in his binder. I've got peace like a river is one of the ones he is learning. Do you have that peace?
"Lord, in times of old
My heart had known
With quiet words of your tender love
And your gentle touch
That changes me
Even through the storm,
I'm safe and I'm warm
Lord, You have comforted me
With grace in Your hiding place
I am at peace
Peace comes like the dawn
Peace that the world
Can't understand
You take my hand and I stand
The waters may fall...
The peace that passes understanding
Is a blessing that will never fade away
The peace that passes understanding
Is here to stay
The peace that passes understanding
Never passes away." Wayne Watson

rain clouds

Has it been raining at your house? I can't remember the last day it didn't rain here. The Schoolhouse Review Crew has been suggesting a daily photo prompt on Instagram. Monday's word was weather. Join us! (Tuesday's prompt there is noon.) I'm Mommiejennm on Instagram and on Twitter

etched snowflakes

My Cuts By Laser project Monday was trying out some of our favorite wooden Christmas ornaments in acrylic. I'm excited at how the prototypes are turning out. 

“Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.” —Anthony Volodkin


“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain.” Vivian Greene


bee in flower


"Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody." Kid President
Jennifer
Today I have two linkys for you; join either or both of them. Our art prompts for July are red and Independence Day, but you can link any art and craft posts even if, like mine, they don't exactly fit the theme.
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The Virtual Refrigerator:
An InLinkz Link-up


Our weekly blog hop is co-hosted by Every Bed of RosesHomeschool Coffee Break, and a Glimpse of our Life. Link up your art tutorials or projects that your children have been working on. Then pin the same to our virtual fridge by joining our group pinterest board, just ask any of us to add you. Join us at the blogs of any of the four bloggers who are hosting the Virtual Refrigerator. Link up, visit others who join us, try something new, then come back and share that, too. We want to see your child's masterpiece on our #VirtualFridge 

1.7.15

Who ~ July Blogging Challenge Day 1

Who are you?

 To kick off our blogging challenge, introduce yourself. If you have an about me page on your blog, link it. If not, now is a great time to create one. If you don't want to do that, you can still join the fun; share a little about yourself in a post and link it below. Who are you? Introduce yourself, share a photo if you'd like to. Lynn and I are looking forward to getting to know you.

Each day this month we have a prompt to help you get started. We hope this promotes a habit of writing more frequently as well as enjoying blogging. Add your link below and share about this challenge with your friends. After you add your link below, please grab our challenge widget and add it to your blog this month or share it with your friends.
Jennifer




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30.6.15

Join Our July Blogging Challenge!


blog every day of July

My dear friend Lynn invited me to join in an entire month of blogging, and you can join us, too. Each day we will share and have a link-up. Day one is a chance to introduce yourself. If you have an author or about  me page, start sprucing it up and then link it when we start.
Jennifer


29.6.15

Red, White, and Blueberry Salad

     Do you need a quick recipe worthy of a patriotic picnic? This red, white, and blueberry fruit salad is easy to toss together.


Ingredients:
  • red apples, cut into bite sized pieces (don't remove peel) 
  • mini marshmallows
  • blueberries
  • cranberry sauce
     Toss everything together until the cranberry sauce is evenly covering all other components. You can also add sliced bananas right before you serve it. the marshmallows help keep them from quickly turning brown.

     Enjoy! 
Jennifer

28.6.15

Scripture and a Snapshot



These delicate flowers show up every year under the arbor in our yard. Once I see the first one I look for them everyday. There beauty is there, then oh so quickly it dies. They are another reminder that this world is not my home. Life changes so fast. My hope is in the Lord-- unchanging, omnipotent, ever present, all seeing, eternal, never failing. 



The grass withers,
the flower fades,
but the Word of our God
will stand forever.
Isaiah 40:8

     Thank you for joining Scripture & A Snapshot. Leave a comment with a verse that God has placed on your heart this week, or leave a link to your own post sharing a Scripture and a Snapshot. Take time to visit  some of the other links, too. If you would like to join our group Pinterest board for Scripture & A Snapshot, simply follow the board then leave a comment to let me know your Pinterest name or email used there. 
Jennifer

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25.6.15

The Virtual Refrigerator


Rainbows have been our theme this month. Today I have art (crochet) that isn't quite a rainbow and an acrylic rainbow that isn't art unless we really stretch, but both are more than I was able to share last week.


Isn't this adorable? My daughter found this sweet pattern and crocheted the top part tonight. The bottom isn't sewn yet, she is holding it together to show me how it will look once it is complete. 


In the laser shop I've been spending a lot of time with some transparent acrylic sheets working on some manipulative prototypes for a friend with a light table. This rainbow is on my iPad which is the closest thing I could find to a light table for the picture. 

rainbow


“I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud: and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh: the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
—Genesis 9:13–16



Welcome to The Virtual Refrigerator.  Our colorful theme for May -is - RAINBOWS. Don't worry if you don't follow our theme you can still join us with your craft or art projects.


Our weekly blog hop is co-hosted by Every Bed of RosesHomeschool Coffee Break, and a Glimpse of our Life. Link up your art tutorials or projects that your children have been working on. Then pin the same to our virtual fridge by joining our group pinterest board, just ask any of us to add you. Join us at the blogs of any of the four bloggers who are hosting the Virtual Refrigerator. Link up, visit others who join us, try something new, then come back and share that, too. We want to see your child's masterpiece on our #VirtualFridge 
Jennifer

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24.6.15

SmartKidz Media, A Schoolhouse Crew Review


Although we cancelled our satellite connection and there is no such thing as a local channel way back in these woods, we do watch television both for entertainment and for education. We just prescreen what we view in our house. Smartkidz Media is an online streaming program full of kid-friendly videos that I've been comfortable letting my son watch as much as he wants to. Except for evolution references which he is able to filter, we agree with many of the views shared in the videos we have seen. We received online access to Smartkidz Media Library for Homeschoolers which has two distinct components: their Family Media Library for all ages and their Reading and Learning Center which is primarily for a younger audience. We watched the videos on laptop computers and through an iPad and Apple TV device on our family's television. 


homeschool videos

In the World of Discovery, the Animals and Wildlife collection includes over 50 videos featuring different aspects of animals. Marsupials in Australia, ribbon eels and beautiful colorful sea life in shallow Indonesian waters, and elephants in Asia are just a tiny sampling of the animals we learned about from these videos.


elephant videoseahorse video

My son most enjoyed the bizarre science videos. One episode explained how the eye interprets what it sees with electrodes attached to a baby reacting to images of faces.


international recipe videos

Bravo Chef is a show featuring a variety of different styles of cooking from vegetarian to many nationalities. Each episode lasted about 10 minutes and many demonstrated complete meals. My middle child has enjoyed all things French since she first began studying the language, and we all enjoy each of the recipes that she has prepared. The girls and I recently watched Bravo Chef: French together, and I can't wait for her to try making some of these French recipes. Cooking secrets included sweating shallots and how dried milk can make a sauteed food more crisp. Step by step instructions were clearly demonstrated and explained including basic and advanced techniques. Each episode had to be watched to the end to make a list of ingredients before starting to actually cook it. The accent added to the fun while we watched the food prep. "You say tomato, I say tomato." (I guess you have to hear that to really appreciate it.)

There are three different collections of Documentaries and Culture. These would have been a perfect compliment the year we explored countries and cultures but also continue to blend with our historical studies and geography. The Travel and Adventure videos fit with these studies, too. Some feature the same country in different seasons. 

Seven Health and Fitness videos even include one just for kids. Another two for pregnant women are listed as coming soon. 

The History section has been added since our review started. Currently videos cover both WWII and The Cold War. 

The second half of the Family Media Library is a collection of Music and Fine Arts. Our music appreciation already included a huge variety of styles, but it expanded even more with these selections. From traditional classical selections we were able to find old favorites. They even have a few jazz musicians to choose from. Most relevant to our studies, though, were the songs from other cultures.  

The fine arts part of it is a combination of four different artist's works displayed accompanied by four different musicians. Orchestra! hear the book is based on a book that was one of our family favorites when the kids were younger. It was fun to see with the video. 

The Reading and Learning Center includes ebooks, sign language instruction, singing and even interactive games. 

More and more keeps showing up on this website, and messages are shared of even more coming soon. There is a video in this online library to complement almost everything that we study. Though what we received is specifically the Smartkidz Media Library for Homeschoolers, I think any family could find something they enjoy watching in these videos. 
Jennifer

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