Scripture and A Snapshot

But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You. I Chronicles 29:14

     Last week at church we talked about one of the names of God: Jehovah Jireh. I learned the meaning in a song when I was younger “Jehovah Jireh, my provider.” Our children all three play the piano. We have a nice keyboard, but when my senior discussed her piano skills with the dean of the music department (in his office with two grand pianos) he recommended that she play more on either a real piano or one with weighted keys. The one she plays on when she goes to piano lessons is nice; her piano teacher suggested we look for a used one. We looked in a nearby piano store, and they recommended one more than four times as much as the new (also out of our budget) one we saw online. This week, God provided just what our girl wanted in a price that fit our budget! He knows our desires and constantly amazes me with how He provides! The kids have all three been playing even more, and I love the joyful music filling our house. There is no comparison between our situation and Abraham being provided with a sacrifice in God’s perfect timing. But there is thankfulness in yet another gift from His hand. 

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24 Pack Magic Stix Washable Markers

The following is a review of Magic Stix Washable Markers from The Pencil Grip, Inc. with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew.  

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We have had so much fun trying out this 24-pack set of Magic Stix Washable Markers! 

My daughters both teach music lessons in our house. Most of their students have siblings, so we try to always keep a few kid-friendly things out to occupy them as they wait on their sister or brother. At Christmas, in addition to my favorite but breakable nativity which is now displayed out of reach a little higher, we set out a toy set that my oldest daughter received years ago. Lately, we've had paper and these washable markers available on the table for them to use. I did add a layer of cardboard between the paper and the tablecloth, just in case the color bled through.  

My niece and her family recently visited us. Their little baby girl is just learning to walk, and their two year old son is incredibly active. While his parents were talking with us, Matthew actually sat still when I showed him these markers.  

First I spread out a large piece of paper, next I showed him how to make spiral scribbles, and then he took over. He drew, took off the lids by himself, amazed me by putting the lids back on, and even put the markers back in the case after a few prompts. He tried out almost every single color, sometimes two at a time. And then, was it inevitable? He accidentally marked on his face. 

We tested the package label's washable claim. It almost wiped completely off (pictured above) with a damp cloth. With a dab of soap and just a little pressure, his blue mark was gone. His mom loved that I got him to draw a circle, and he loved sitting and scribbling. 

Have you done it too...grabbed a marker only to learn it was too dry to mark your paper? We have gone through so many that dried out even with the lids firmly in place. These Magic Stix are different. They have a vented safety cap which means technically, in addition to being safe for young kids, they are also never completely air tight even with the lid on. They also have a handy case with a spot for each marker to conveniently snap into. 
Magic Stix Washable Markers

Just like the original 12-pack which we reviewed last fall, these markers have several benefits that are especially helpful for sensory defensive children. These markers have no odor! That's a big deal! The long lasting washable formula is also non-toxic. A lot of attention to details that matter obviously went into the Magic Stix formula.

We recently joined a new homeschool group. I heard it again for the first time in a while-- the socialization myth. Apparently, from listening to other parents in the group, grandparents of homeschooled kids are the ones who most often bring up that question. And really, when you think about it, concerned grandparents are a good thing. We do not have a socialization problem. One of the groups that my children have been involved with for over a decade is 4H. We made the awards for an upcoming shooting sports competition, and decided to add a little color to the laser-cut wood. There are five different shades of green in the Magic Stix 24 pack, and one of them is just the right shade for our 4H project.  

We first tried these markers at Christmas on wooden etched ornaments. Now I like the wood that is colored one solid shade with these even better than the ornaments on which we used multiple colors. 

They are also available in their original 12-pack, too! 

The Pencil Grip, Inc. is also giving a 24-pack set of their washable markers to one of you! Enter my giveaway after clicking here.

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Magic Stix Washable Markers 24 Pack Giveaway

The following Kwik Stix giveaway is sponsored by http://www.thepencilgrip.com

These Magic Stix Washable Markers are fabulous! Read my review here, and then enter the giveaway below. The Pencil Grip, Inc. is giving one of these 24-pack cases to one of you!

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Scripture and a Snapshot

And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” Genesis 1:20

     This week we had the opportunity to join friends at a “swamp walk” that we heard of years ago. It was beautiful, but mixed with the beauty we saw a huge alligator and two snakes. Nobody knows how many we didn’t see! Moss hung from branches all around us. Far in the distance white egrets and some large pink feathered birds (spoonbill?) fished and swam by the cypress knees. We carefully stayed on the wooden path right above the dark water. 

     It is amazing to imagine how life was in the Garden of Eden. Perfect. No sin. All of creation living together. Adam naming each animal. Do you think any of our common names resemble those original names? Alligator.  I imagine it was in ways similar to Louisiana. Not the swamp, but the humidity, though maybe not as hot temperatures as our weather can reach. 

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Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

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Home School In The Woods Special Offer

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Home School In The Woods has been one of our family's favorite homeschool resources for years, so I was delighted with the opportunity to become one of their affiliates. Their beautiful timeline figures have been used by us year after year for over a decade. 

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WHOLE HEART by Passion Music

The following is a review of WHOLE HEART by Passion Music with FlyBy Promotions. 

Passion Conference 2018 was a beautiful worship experience, and the live album captures each powerful moment, allowing those who were not in attendance to experience it.

    “Rooted out of the Passion movement, we are committed to leading people towards renewed intimacy with God and fresh encounters of worship. Passion is more than music. More than events. Passion is a generation living for His name.”

WHOLE HEART is the new live album from Passion—captured at Passion Conference 2018 in Atlanta, GA. 
Featuring Passion Artists: Kristian StanfillMelodieMalone, Sean Curran, Matt Redman, Crowder.

Whole Heart Track Listing:
1. Whole Heart (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
2. Almighty God (feat. Sean Curran)
3. God, You’re So Good (feat. Kristian Stanfill & Melodie Malone)
4. Reckless Love (feat. Melodie Malone)
5. Heaven (feat. Sean Curran)
6. More Like Jesus (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
7. Hallelujah, Our God Reigns (feat. Brett Younker)
8. Ghost (feat. Crowder)
9. Ever Almighty (feat. Melodie Malone)
10. Great Are You Lord (feat. Matt Redman)
11. All My Hope (feat. Crowder & Tauren Wells)

Info about Passion: http://passionmusic.com/story/ 

Our family has been listening to these songs, and there is something for everyone. Some were already songs that we know and love, but many are brand new. The music is uplifting, encouraging, and filled with praise. 

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Keturah Book Review

The following is a review of Keturah from Litfuse Publicity. 

Lisa T. Bergren's newest book Keturah is set back in time in 1792 and takes place first in England then the West Indies. 

Though classified historical fiction, the historic parts were not just facts but instead the authors note summed it up as "I've done my best to depict life the way I imagined it." The main part of the story takes place at a plantation inherited by three young ladies after their father died. The slave trade is a big part of the story, but it wraps up in such a way that made me think fairytale, all too happily ever after to be believable. There were a few loose strings, which surely will be visited in future books as this is the first in a series. 

About the story: 
In 1772 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father's estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.
Although it flies against all the conventions, they're determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, conventions are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined-and that's just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this harsh and unfamiliar world.
Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives.
To keep her family together and save the plantation that is her last chance at providing for them, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?

About the author: 
Lisa T. Bergren has published more than 40 books with more than 3 million books sold combined. She's the author of the Christy Award-winning "Waterfall," RITA®-finalist "Firestorm," bestselling "God Gave Us You," and popular historical series like Homeward, Grand Tour, and more. She's also a recipient of the RT Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and three teen-and-older children. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 
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Book Review: Answers for Homeschooling

The following is a review of Answers for Homeschooling from Master Books

Answers for Homeschooling: Top 25 Questions Critics Ask by Isreal Wayne gives answers to even the questions we wish that we didn't have to answer. This 192 page book is available as paperback or as an e-book. 

The book is written in an easy to read conversational style. It answers questions of critics as well as questions of families who are contemplating homeschooling. "What if I don't have enough patience?" 

The author describes homeschooling as "parenting with academics." He also shares how it is also a part of God's plan to reach our hearts. 

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Is Homeschooling Legal?
  • 2. Are You Qualified to Teach Your Child?
  • 3. How Can You Afford to Homeschool?
  • 4. Is That How It’s Done in Public School?
  • 5. What about Accountability?
  • 6. What about Socialization?
  • 7. Isn’t Sheltering a Child Harmful?
  • 8. What about Being Salt and Light in Public School?
  • 9. Is Homeschooling Elitist?
  • 10. Will Homeschoolers Be Good Citizens?
  • 11. What If I Don’t Have Enough Patience?
  • 12. What Does Dad Do in Homeschooling?
  • 13. Can Every Family Homeschool?
  • 14. Are You Cut Out for This?
  • 15. Won’t I Be Wasting My Own Education?
  • 16. What about Public School at Home?
  • 17. What about Vouchers for Homeschoolers?
  • 18. How Can You Teach Multiple Grades?
  • 19. What about Special Needs Education?
  • 20. What about Extracurricular Activities?
  • 21. What about High School?
  • 22. What about College?
  • 23. How Can You Find Time for Everything?
  • 24. Do You Know What Causes That?
  • 25. How Should I Respond to Opposition? 

The chapter "Is homeschooling legal?" describes legal battles both in the early days of modern homeschooling and currently. As the book continues, finances, peers, curriculum and methods of teaching, public school, and much more are covered through these 25 questions. 

The answers and commentary provided in this book provide encouragement about homeschooling. 

Disclaimer: I received a free digital download of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

Wulf the Saxon Audio Dramatization

The following is a review of Wulf the Saxon from Heirloom Audio Productions with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew. 

We are a family who loves to read. As I added my latest completed book to my "books read in 2018" list, I realized that I had not been adding audiobooks to the list. With the addition of Wulf the Saxon, that list now includes ten books. 

All of Heirloom Audio's Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty are based on Henty's historical books. The classics, transformed in such a realistic manner, do make history come to life for us. We first heard of G.A. Henty's history stories when my children were much younger, and I purchased a gorgeously bound partial set. I have to admit, though, after repeatedly trying to read them, we just couldn't get into them. Heirloom Audio changed that! We now have seven of the nine adventures that they have recorded and have enjoyed both listening to and learning from each one. These stories are presented as if G.A. Henty is the narrator. In real life, he wrote stories to tell history to his nephews. In this one, his audience includes two boys: Etienne and his little brother Leon. 

Our review package included the CD case and complete dramatic story on two CDs. 

My time spent driving has significantly decreased since both of my daughters first took driver's education. We often grab an audio book before heading out the door, and our trips turn into time-travel adventures. I can close my eyes and imagine the story unfolding around me, in surround-sound. Wulf the Saxon took us back in time almost 1,000 years ago to 1065. 

"Fortunate are the few who marry for love." This quote is significant to the story, and this image is inside the CD case. It resembles advice my Granny gave me long before I even met my husband about the importance of marrying someone I loved and who loved me. Yes, this historical tale includes a love story. In a time of arranged marriages, that marriage for love happened too is encouraging. "He wants to hear from your own lips that you go to him willingly." My son agrees with the young boys listening to the story. "Leave out the kissing parts, if you please."  

The actors employed by Heirloom Audio for this audio theatre Wulf the Saxon were perfectly suited to the parts. It is easy to imagine their English accents belonging to the characters they represented back in time. The cover picture with the sword made me think of Camelot and Excalibar. My children and I didn't hear the clothes described so that image combined with the audio. My son said the cover image was fitting as he was "a big, mighty guy." 

As you listen to "The ship was again driven against a submerged rock," the sounds of waves crashing and men screaming add to the terror. 

This story requires you to pay attention to details. There are so many names and details to keep track of, and some of the action is incredibly fast paced. I understood the story much better the second time I listened to it. There are some gruesome scenes; it is after all a story of rebellion and war.

As a girl, I thought of castles as glamorous. This tale paints a picture of a castle at wartime, how the defense system is designed, and how the castle may be overthrown. Although as I mentioned above it includes a love story, it is not a glamorous story. It was, however, quite educational. 

When we reviewed Captain Bailey's Heir (one of my favorites!) last fall, we also joined their Live The Adventure Club where study guides and online versions of each adventure purchased are now found. Before that, we received either larger brochures tucked in with the CDs or individual downloads to the corresponding study guides. I've been checking the website often, but the study guide for Wulf the Saxon is still unavailable. Now it says "Bonuses coming soon!"  

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