25.3.17

Scripture and a Snapshot


Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 

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23.3.17

Bessie's Pillow

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, we have been reviewing the book Bessie's Pillow--A Young Immigrant's Journey provided by Strong Learning, Inc. We received an autographed copy. 

This paperback book is based on a true story passed down through two generations. Written by Linda Bress Silbert, it is actually the story of her maternal grandmother. 

Bessie's Pillow

Do you know your roots? Your ancestry? Do you know just what combination your family poured into America's melting pot? I know I had some German ancestors and my Grandad's brother went there to visit cousins. I know both my maternal and paternal Grandmothers had American Indian roots. My Father's Mother and at least one of her sisters were members of the DAR, with documented proof tracing ancestry back to the American Revolution. And there are other places in my distant history, too, including Ireland. As a little girl, that was beyond my understanding. Now, I wish I had asked my grandparents even more questions.

I have a pillow my Grandmother made. And another much different made by my Granny. I treasure them both, but my story is much different than Bessie's. Her pillow gave her comfort and led her on a new path, long before it was actually her own.

Our family just finished rewatching the first Narnia movie. Just like in that series, Bessie's Pillow begins with a child forced to take a journey away from loved ones because of war. In this book, young Bessie leaves and travels on a ship to America because of the risk if she were to stay home in Lithuania during World War I. Before she departs, she is handed a pillow, and the story of the pillow blends with Bessie's own story throughout the book. 

My twelve year old son and I both enjoyed reading this historical novel. The perspective from which it was shared, first through a young girl's eyes then later that same girl but older, was more than an immigrant's tale. On the boat, the distinction among classes was vividly clear. Then again after she landed, the author painted a word picture that made historical New York incredibly realistic. 

Bessie's granddaughter, writing as Bessie, shared snapshots of America that were, to me, completely unknown. This isn't a happy story, but it is a series of glimpses of real life. My son said it gives us good insight into one person's experiences. Bessie is an affluent immigrant, so her view of others who are not is as enlightening to the character as it is to the reader. In her new country, desiring to become independent, her job seeking is interesting. 

My children's ancestry has another whole layer beyond mine that they get from their Daddy's family. He didn't have a family recipe for Baked Alaska, but learned to make it in high school. We now want to make it together after reading of it in this story. An abundance of resources like that including a study guide are found at Bessie's America. You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter
Jennifer



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22.3.17

Creating a Masterpiece

     As a member of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, we have been reviewing the online art lessons of Creating A Masterpiece. We are now about six weeks into our six months of their Monthly Plan.

Creating a Masterpiece


     When we first heard of this review opportunity, my kids and I all tried out the sample lesson. You can, too, just by signing up on their website! At first we used supplies we had on hand, but after someone colored their hair with our chalk some of our color choices were lacking. I found similar supplies to those recommended on the Creating A Masterpiece website when we shopped at hobby stores, but the website conveniently offers direct links to purchase the exact items online. Supplies needed for each project are listed on that project page. 

Lessons in Soft Pastel: Sample Project

Lesson Selections in the Online Art Studio

     When full access to the videos started, the kids first wanted to start the lessons in order. Later we picked favorites, but there are still so many we want to try. Projects are classified by level of difficulty from Beginners to Level 5. An additional Art in History level was recently added to the lessons available. 

     My children and I followed lesson plans from the Beginners, Level 2, and Level 4 selections. Though the projects increased in both difficulty and time required, the instructions were consistently easy to follow in all levels of the video tutorials. The African Sunset painting is one of the first Lessons in Watercolor selections. The kids learned how to create a tree by blowing through a straw to direct the paint on the watercolor paper. 

African Sunset

     The video lessons are taught by Sharon Hofer, a master artist. Each video begins with an introduction which features a selection of projects she has taught. Not all projects pictured are available in the lessons included, but selections have been added to and options are expanding. Some of the projects have multiple video lessons and can be completed over several weeks. All of us appreciated being able to pause and rewind the videos. We paused them a lot. Sometimes we re-watched entire videos and picked up new comments each time we viewed them. 

     My mom's cousin has peacocks on her farm. They are lovely majestic birds, and she gifted us with some of their beautiful feathers. We just had to try the Lessons in Ink: Peacock Feathers which was also a Beginners level project. In addition to following the video instructions, I arranged some of the real feathers to look at when I started my drawing. 

 
Peacock Feathers

     Emily declared that her colorful feathers (pictured below) must be from an exotic peacock. 


   The most recent completed masterpiece chosen by my daughters was called Puppy Love.  It is always interesting to me how differently the girls interpret instructions. They completed these two Puppy Love drawings (below) seated side by side, watching the instructional videos together.

Lessons in Watercolor Pencils: Puppy Love

     At times the pictures in the video aren't clear, such as some of the first steps of projects drawn with a light pencil. The lesson page includes pictures of those drawings to further clarify the instructions. Overall, we found the instructions to be easy to follow and the lessons enjoyable. 

     One of the things that first grabbed my interest about this program was how it was for artists of all ages such as the young girl pictured below. You can also find them on Facebook.

Creating a Masterpiece

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

Jennifer

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18.3.17

Scripture and a Snapshot


Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15 

     We enjoyed breakfast together while sitting on our front porch this morning, a peaceful moment before our hectic pace resumed. The wind blew, the chimes sounded like church bells, and the cat knocked my daughter's fork off of her plate along with two pieces of bacon. These flowers have stayed vivid. My husband heard me comment that they were pretty as he walked into the hardware store over a week ago, and he walked out with a basket for me. 

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15.3.17

Open Hands

If you've never heard Laura's story, take time to read it. Her music is a blessing to our family. We received this Open Hands CD at a time that coincided with us being on the road, so it has become our van soundtrack. We don't know the words well enough to sing along to the whole CD yet, but we each have our favorite songs. 




Open Hands is the follow-up to 2013’s critically-acclaimed God of Every Story, and in the years that have passed since her last release, Story has given birth to twins, making their brood a family of five. Now, as a mom to three kids—Josie, Benjamin and Griffin—the posture of “open hands” feels more necessary than ever before as she juggles ministry and motherhood.

The title track—already a chart-topper prior to the album’s release—features guest vocals from Third Day’s Mac Powell, a fellow Atlanta-native and Story’s longtime friend. “You Came Running” borrows imagery from the biblical narrative of the Prodigal Son. In true Story fashion, several selections (“Awake My Soul (1000 Tongues),” “For The Love of My King”) reimagine timeless hymns, which she refreshes with an original chorus.

About Laura: 
GRAMMY® award winning artist, speaker, songwriter, author and worship leader Laura Story has a gift for penning songs that connect with people all around the world. Among her successes as a solo artist with her smash hits “Mighty to Save” and “Blessings,” Laura has also penned hit songs for other renowned artists including Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable.” Her solo artist music debut in 2008 with Great God Who Saves led to four Dove nominations and the award for “Inspirational Album of the Year.” In 2011, Laura released her sophomore project Blessings. The album and the emotionally powerful title was inspired by her real life trials and adversities, primarily her husband Martin's diagnosis of a brain tumor. The album resonated with a huge audience and led to whirlwind career highlights for Laura, peaking at the No. 1 album spot for three consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian Overall chart, topping the iTunes® Christian/Gospel Top Songs chart and holding the No. 1 spot for an impressive 28 consecutive weeks on the Christian charts. The success of the single “Blessings,” which was certified RIAA Gold, includes the GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Christian Song, the Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Song and the Dove Awards for Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. The song inspired Laura's first book, “What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?” in 2012. God Of Every Story released in 2013 to much acclaim, and her first ever Christmas project God With Us, released in October of 2015. Laura recently released a new book and bible study curriculum When God Doesn’t Fix It; Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can’t Live Without.  She has a graduate degree from Covenant Theological Seminary and has served as a worship leader at Perimeter Church in Atlanta since 2005, but her greatest joy is being a wife to Martin and the mother to Ben, Griffin and Josie.

In addition to being an artist, mom and author, Laura Story is also a worship leader and is gifted at teaching the truth of God to others. “We have this picture all the way through the Scriptures of all these great leaders in this process of surrendering everything. What the Lord is asking them is not, ‘You need to hold on tighter. You need to manage this better.’ What the Lord asks us is to surrender,” she offers, “It’s about learning to live with open hands, learning to live life in this constant state of saying, ‘Lord, my life is Yours. My time is Yours. My resources are Yours. All of this is Yours. Do what You will.’”

Open Hands’ fresh collection of originals blends Story’s signature congregational worship with intimate moments. I wanted to make an album so that each song I write would be just that seed of hope or that lifeline that someone listens to during that tough moment and thinks, ‘I’m going to choose to trust God, even during this,’” Story shares. “I pray that God would speak through me in the midst of the music.”

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For an entry in the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post answering this question: What is your favorite song? (Be sure you include a valid email address for contact if you win.) Winner will be chosen Tuesday March 21st and will have 24 hours to reply to claim CD.


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Jennifer

11.3.17

Scripture and a Snapshot


Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness; let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together. I, the Lord, have created it.  Isaiah 45:8

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10.3.17

Protect And Fight Germs In This Season

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

It's that time of year that everybody seems to get sick. In large families like ours, when one person gets sick it can spread quickly from person to person. That nasty cold that has so many people sick this winter hit our family a few weeks ago. My preventative medicine of homemade chicken soup was not enough to fight it. My first choice for cough medicine is Robitussin (my Granny's advice!) and at one point all five of us were taking it. Thankfully, the coughs are gone now. 

When just one kiddo is sick, our family dynamics change. I'll never forget the Christmas Eve my daughter was too sick to enjoy the festivities. I recorded it in our family album: 


Hindsight is 20/20 right? I know now, and I've since then turned to Children’s Advil®. 

These tips from doctors have me now taking another look at telephones and iPad screens. Time for a deep clean! 

Recognizing “Ew”Pediatric doctor Dr. Nina Shapiro and microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba share their expertise on how germs exist beyond what meets the eye and how to get kids back to being kids again when germs cause those Sick just got real.™ moments
Germs at play
·         The sun's ultraviolet light rays kill bacteria, so playground equipment in the shade will have more bacteria. 
·         Sandboxes are a germ culprit, particularly if they remain uncovered overnight, which allows bacteria to enter. 
·         Any microorganisms on kids’ hands will spread to monkey bars, slides, teeter totters, swings and other touched surfaces where other children can then pick them up when playing.

Germ class is in session 
·         Half of students don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom  – and of those who do many don’t even use soap. 
·         Less than one-third of teachers said they regularly disinfect germ-laden objects in the classroom. 
·         Desks often have more bacteria than a toilet seat and if eating happens in class, the number of germs multiplies. 
·         Up to 2.7 million bacterial cells per square inch live on common school surfaces such as water fountains, desks, computer keyboards, bus seats and cafeteria trays.
·         Shared technology in classrooms introduces new high-touch surfaces for spreading germs – the computer mouse, keyboard and tablet surfaces have some of the highest germ counts. 
o   Each keyboard key contains up to 1.3 million germs—that’s more than 135 million germs on the entire keyboard, and a standard iPad screen has up to 192 million bacteria
“Ew” is in the air 
·         In addition to school and the playground, the supermarket is a festival of “ew”, with shopping carts, credit card machines and reusable grocery bags acting as the leading germ carriers. 
·         Some germs can live on dry surfaces, such as toys, for several hours.
·         Colds and other respiratory infections are spread by the hands and touching the nose or eyes, while 81 percent of people with the flu virus spread it through the air when they cough.  
·         Most kids touch up to 20 objects per minute and touch their face 50 times per hour – leading to wide germ spreading. 

Say goodbye to perfect attendance 
·         More than 38 million school days are missed by U.S. children each year due to the flu.
·         Parents miss about 126 million workdays annually caring for a sick child, which equates to 40 billion lost dollars.
·         Missing work to stay home with their sick kids and worrying about sickness outbreaks going around the classroom were the top concerns parents have when their child is sick at school. 

Information about Pfizer Pediatric products:
Kids get sick no matter how much you do to prevent it.  The pediatric brands of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare are there with three solutions – Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin® and Children’s Dimetapp® – to tackle the “ew”iest of symptoms. 
Ease those aches and pains, while reducing a child’s fever fast with Children’s Advil®, a great solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11. Children’s Advil® comes in several great-tasting flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil® White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief (among OTC pain relievers) with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.

For your child’s cough, trust Children's Robitussin® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief to control and relieve symptoms all-day or all- night. Available in grape or orange flavor, for children ages 4 and up. Please note that while most Children’s Robitussin® products can be used starting at age 4, some are only for children age 6 and up.
Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free eases your child’s stuffy and runny nose, while quieting a bothersome cough. All in a great-tasting grape flavor that’s dye-free, for children 6 and up.

*It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric products and to use as directed.

·Sick just got real.™ website
·Sick just got real.™ Facebook page


Taste is another issue for me, and this new Robitussin fits my needs. The grape flavored liquid is for children (4 and over) AND ADULTS! It's like they heard my request! Next time I need cough relief, this will be what I reach for. 

My sister just came home from the hospital. After taking my phone there with me while visiting her, rereading those tips makes me want to disinfect it again.

So how do you avoid germs?
This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.
Jennifer


4.3.17

Scripture and a Snapshot


Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Proverbs 19:20

     For the past few months, I've been enjoying a feature on Facebook that reminds me of things I shared on this same day through the years. It's fun to look back, especially at special vacation memories and pictures of my kids. I was reminded that on March 4 three years ago we spent the day in Baton Rouge at the zoo, visiting with a friend, then rushing through this travel exhibit before the museum closed for the day. One huge difference is my son's height. Three years ago his big sister was nearly a foot taller than him. Now, he is taller than both girls. I've been talking to him about wisdom, specifically how Jesus grew in wisdom and stature. May we all grow more wise like Jesus. 


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1.3.17

Finding Jesus Series

This giveaway is provided by Grace Hill Media.


The upcoming second season of Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery premieres on CNN Sunday, March 5.

In case you didn’t get an opportunity to check-out the first season of this hit series, 
Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact Forgery captivated audiences as well-known Pastors, theologians, and archaeologists, examined famous religious artifacts, and brought to life the places, pilgrimage sites, and people from the Bible and ancient world. 


This season, one of our episodes focuses on Jesus’ disciple Thomas – or you may have heard of him as “doubting Thomas.”  But there is so much more to his life story.  His journey to overcome his doubts and fears, and to redeem himself by spreading the Gospel and message of love to a faraway place is an inspiration!  It’s also something we can all relate to - as each one of us at one point in our lives have had to struggle and overcome our own doubt and fears in order to fulfill a great challenge in our lives, or even during our faith journey.
Giveaway:  ·Grace Hill Media has a Lifeway e-gift card for one of my blog readers! The gift card is valued at $25.  These are the perfect gift cards for Easter and for anyone wishing for a devotional, books, Bible study or any gift you’d like to help inspire you in your faith journey.
How do you lean on your faith when you have doubts and challenges in your life? My big sis has been in the hospital, and I've been worried about her. Focusing on Scripture helps keep me grounded. My daughters and I joined a Scripture memory challenge, and the last verse I memorized was Psalm 37:8 
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret--it leads only to evil. (NIV) 

For an entry in the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post answering this question: How do you think the story of doubting Thomas is relevant to our modern day world when facing these kinds of fears? (Be sure you include a valid email address for contact if you win. Winner will be chosen Tuesday March 7th and will have 24 hours to reply to claim gift card. 

Season 2 of Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact Forgery premieres Sunday, March 5 at 9 PM ET/PT on CNN.

View the trailer here.

Disclosure: Gift cards and feature information provided by Grace Hill Media. No other compensation was provided. 
Jennifer


25.2.17

Scripture and a Snapshot


It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness. 
Lamentations 3: 22-23

     My sister is in the hospital. As I sat by her side I watched the numbers on the machine connected through so many wires to her body. She slept and started to heal. My kids texted me that three of the eggs they've been watching so closely in the incubator have tiny cracks and then they started to hear tiny chirps. New life emmerging! Friends have shared online about watching the birth of a baby giraffe. More new life. Winter here was so mild, bushes are blooming all around. As I drove to the hospital in Baton Rouge I passed beautiful azalea bushes filled with purple blooms then piles of Sheetrock and insulation still being torn out of buildings that were flooded. New beside old. I'm thankful for new mercies every morning. Great is his faithfulness! 
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18.2.17

Scripture and a Snapshot


Let your eyes look directly forward,
    and your gaze be straight before you.
Ponder the path of your feet;
    then all your ways will be sure. 
Do not swerve to the right or to the left. 
Turn your foot away from evil. 
Proverbs 4: 25-27 

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11.2.17

Scripture and a Snapshot


Delight thyself also in the Lord and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4

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