She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25


Let Your Light Shine

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Merry Christmas

The house is quiet. I love the early morning calm, but even more so before Christmas with the lights softly twinkling on the tree. Later today we’ll all be busy cooking, chopping and stacking firewood, packing, and enjoying all being here together. It’s almost Christmas. My heart is full.



The following is a review of Beloved from Zondervan and Propeller Consulting, LLC.  

Beloved— 365 Devotions for Young Women is a lovely hard bound full color devotional. An entire year of daily devotions  written especially for young women. 

Last year a friend invited my daughters and I to a one day ladies conference. It was called reflections and one of the things we reflected on what his name is God calls us. We were each hand it a small slip of paper and instructed to write down our roles and the way we saw our self. Later we were given another paper which contains one of those precious name bestowed on us but our loving Savior. The word on my paper was beloved. Oh how I needed that promise. To know my savior loves me is a truth I cherish. I’m so thankful that my daughters know that love, too. 

Inspire young women to be all they can be

Young women receive so many negative messages in today’s society. Counteract that with Beloved, a topical 365-day devotional that will inspire them with positive role models from Scripture. Each day features an easy-to-read, relevant devotion paired with a scripture verse about a biblical girl or woman, such as Ruth, Esther, Mary, or Abigail. Every page speaks to the pressures and changes girls face, giving them real-world applications to find God in their hearts and in their lives. 

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Changing Seasons

He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; Daniel 2:21

Our fall colors have been prettier at home recently than I ever remember before. Yesterday I stopped on one of our bumpy country roads to take this picture. Are the colors outside as pretty where you are? This morning, while searching for verses about seasons, this seemed fitting as our country is mourning the loss of our 41st President. After reading that summary of his presidency, this verse was a strong reminder to me— God is greater than any man in power.


Guitar Lessons at Home

The following is a review of lessons from Guitar 360 Method (affiliate link) with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew.  

Krisz Simonfalvi is the experienced teacher and owner of Guitar 360 Method. He has been teaching my son Joseph guitar in a new way through online video lessons accessed by streaming. It has worked well for Joseph as he can work at his own pace even pausing and rewinding lessons to focus on specific steps. It’s enjoyable to watch him enjoy learning. 

We received access to the Semester One Bundle which includes the Absolute Beginner Course and two bonus songs as well as the Semester One Course. Our entire family can watch these guitar lessons. We pulled up the lessons on the iPhone while my son watched and played along at home. I love listening to him play, and it was great to see him trying new things each time he worked on these lessons. I can’t wait to hear him play the song he’s been practicing to share at church. 

We are a musicial family. I can not play an instrument, but all of our children do. Lessons can be expensive, but our investment in our children’s musical talents has absolutely been worth it. We have tried music school, lessons with musicians, so many different ways through the years; both of our daughters have even taught violin and piano students of their own in our house. I have researched the correlation between playing an instrument and focusing on school lessons. I’m a firm believer that music lessons are worth it. 

Joseph took a few screenshots for me during one of his recent online guitar lessons. He explained the setup to me. Each lesson includes a goal, demonstration, practice, and sometimes even quizzes. The plan is clear and understandable. His sister Emily is currently pursuing a music education degree. On our commute to college and our homeschool group one morning I listened to them discuss Solfege which is addressed in the Guitar 360 Semester I lessons. 

The Semester One course was the perfect starting point for Joseph who has played a little through the years but has never had formal lessons. It covers basic chord shapes in the first lesson. He was able to sit with his guitar and follow along following recommendations as he watched the video lessons. They are marked complete progressively, but students can go back and review new techniques or view any lesson. The Absolute Beginner course is just what you would expect from the name. Brand new guitar students (guitar for Christmas?) can start at the very beginning. 

Guitar 360 is offering a 20% off coupon to all of my readers! You will receive the discount at checkout when you enter the HOMESCHOOL20 coupon code. The regular price is $149. With the coupon code, these lessons are $119.20. 

If you enjoy giving experiences as gifts, a gift of guitar lessons from Guitar 360 method just might bless you, too when the student plays a song for you. 

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Paint Your Own Starry Night

The following is a review of Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew.  

My son and oldest daughter did these paintings together using the contents of Kidzaw’s The Starry Night kit.

For this review, we received their Van Gogh kit through Amazon. The kit arrived in a reusable tote box with a built in handle. It included complete instructions and supplies to make two paintings. Paper plates, paper towels, and water for cleaning up were the only mandatory required extras. Additional paint was a personal preference, and if they choose to do more, they will also need more paper. 

Pictured above, my son carefully  
applied his low-tack 
"Mesmerizing Stars" stickers 
to his paper before 
beginning to paint. 

Our Van Gogh inspired Master Kitz The Starry Night Kit included instructions and a bit of art history as well as the storage box with magnetic closure, blue, white, and black acrylic paints, chalk pastels (our box had white, blue, yellow, and marigold colors, original Van Gogh roller specially designed to replicate Van Gogh’s active stroke, Starry Night stencil, standard paint roller, two pieces of deluxe art paper, and one low tack “Mesmerizing Stars” sticker sheet with six star stickers. The acrylic and oil pastels are all labeled “child friendly.”

The non-consumable parts of the kit and the handy “tool box” have already been added to Grandmommie’s art loft to use with future projects. 

My daughter enjoyed using the 
patterned Van Gogh paint roller, 
pictured above.

With my return to work, our homeschool has changed yet again. My son does more of his schoolwork outside with my husband when they are both home. My daughter called this a messy painting activity. Thankfully my husband agreed that the kids could paint in his shop. He said they could get paint on his workbench instead of in our house. 

There were six star stickers included. My daughter pointed out that the number of steps required before removing stickers makes it difficult for two paintings to be completed simultaneously. She and her brother solved this by using 3 stars each. Additional stars can be painted on top of the picture, too, with different depth. This would have been a great point to incorporate an astronomy lesson. 

The main components including the stencil (pictured above in use) and the paint rollers and stencils can be used) over and over; paint and pastels would need to be replenished. 

My daughter added additional layers of color to her painting with a set of twelve pastels that she already had. My son found the supplies provided in the kit to be sufficient. 

Adding yellow to the stars was my son's next step.

My daughter's completed painting

I love how my kids were able to open this kit and complete this project together from start to finish in one evening. That they did it in my husband's workshop under our own starry night sky just added to the cool factor. What neat family time this provided as they laughed and created together. They had fun working side by side and ended up with two masterpieces which reflected their own styles as well as that of the inspiring artist. The kit provided us with meaningful fun, and my kids really enjoyed using it. 

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Holy Roar CD

The following is a review of Holy Roar from Propeller Consulting, LLC. 

Chris Tomlin’s latest CD has been my worship soundtrack for my work commute. I’ve enjoyed singing along with the songs.  
“I count my blessings one by one
Your goodness in my life
How could I ask for more?”

In this season of thankfulness, my favorite song on the soundtrack is #5: Satisfied 

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HOLY ROAR: the freedom, the experience, the wonder of worship. It is seeing the church come together, hands lifted to God, pouring out our praise with an eternal song in our hearts. It’s every voice together, changing the way we worship.

Chris Tomlin is one of the most heralded singer-songwriters in the world who has amassed an impressive body of work. He has sold more than 8 million albums, 11.3 million digital tracks with 16 #1 singles. Chris is one of only four artists ever to receive the Sound Exchange Digital Radio Award for over 1 Billion digital radio streams, others include Justin Timberlake, Pitbull and Garth Brooks. 

The Grammy® winner’s list of music awards include an American Music Award, 3  Billboard Music Awards, 21 Dove Awards, a BMI Songwriter of the Year Award and more. Chris’ concert tours have sold-out venues in major cities including New York City’s Madison Square Garden, The Forum in Los Angeles, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and Red Rocks in Denver, among others. This spring, Chris marked another career milestone by launching his own imprint record label, Bowyer & Bow, in partnership with Capitol Christian Music Group.

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Indivisible Movie

The following is a review of the movie Indivisible from Propeller Consulting, LLC. 

My family and I had the privilege of watching a screening of this movie. Based on a true story, it shares real life experiences. It is a war story of both a war away from home and the very close to home war on marriage. God’s plan for our life was beautiful, but this life is filled with difficulties. This movie shows strength through trials. It was not an easy movie to watch. But with the armor of God and the power of prayer to God as protection both in war and in marriage, Hope is displayed.

Releasing in theaters nationwide Oct 26th:

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St. Bartholomew’s Eve

The following is a review of St. Bartholomew’s Eve CD setfrom Heirloom Audio with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew.  

Another fabulous history story written by G.A. Henty years ago comes to life with talented actors and realistic sound effects in St. Bartholomew’s Eve. This, maybe more than any others of their audio dramatizations yet, is a graphic war story. When I researched this war, it was called a massacre. It tells of the Huguenots fighting for religious freedom long ago in France. 

Bill Heid of Heirloom Audio shared how Scripture tells us to remember and to teach our children to as well. These stories help us to learn about and remember foundations of our Christian heritage. Scripture is also shared in these stories which are presented from a Christian world view.

Brian Blessed returns once again to Heirloom Audio as the voice of G.A. Henty “Mr. George.” Henty’s historical stories were originally written to make history understandable to young boys, and that is continued in these dramatizations as they are presented as stories being told. Philip and Ned listen to the story, then the telling changes to action, and the listener is transported back in time. Mr. George admonishes the boys to take advantage of the privilege of attending church (after they were caught skipping the service) that others had died for. Indeed, these stories are shared so we all can remember the sacrifices made for our freedom. 

History repeats itself. The story of St. Bartholomew’s Eve tells of the French wars of religion for freedom of worship. Even their freedom to sing songs of worship was being limited. The words of the hymn A Mighty Fortress Is Our God are woven through this story, and the combined voices singing it are beautiful.

The Huguenots doors are painted singling them out before they were to be killed because of their religious beliefs. Their friends quickly knew that put them in danger and erased the marks. This is a story of sacrifices for the glory of God. The heroes in this tale reference Christ’s command to love our neighbors. 

“Whom shall we obey? 
The king of France or the King of Kings?”

Ultimately, that question, reworded with relevance to our own life, becomes one of the most important questions in our life: shall we obey the King of Kings or not? 

Our family enjoyed listening to this together. Instead of our living room, with surround sound and eyes closed, it was as if we became part of the story while listening. I love how the life changing truths are woven into these tales. I recommend these audio dramatizations to anyone who wants to learn history and enjoys listening to a good story. Visit their website for this and other adventures, and click the Heirloom Audio tag in this post to read my reviews of other Heirloom Audio adventures. 

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Brinkman Adventures Season Six

The following is a review of Season 6, Underground Rising from Brinkman Adventures with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew.  

We recently received a download of the latest Brinkman Adventures. Season six differs from others we have enjoyed in the beginning as it covers historical rather than recent events. It is also much shorter than their previous CDs, now with 6 episodes totaling about 2.5 hours. 

My son and I incorporated this season of Brinkman audio adventures into our homeschool routine on our days we were actually at home this month. He hooked up his Bluetooth speaker to our computer, and we were able to easily listen in any room. With their sound effects and captivating time we listened as if we were there with them. 

I love the hope shared in these stories. The WWII episode referenced their motto as:  

“Do it all in the name of our savior.”

My middle child started college this semester. She is reaching for her dreams and completely enjoying the classes that pertain to her major. There have been times, though, that fear has creeped in. We have both searched for and shared many verses about not fearing. The second episode in this series is about fear. I love how their stories are so relatable to our life.  

My guys have a big interest in RC planes. In a story of a dream about a prison escape, mention of a drone captured all of our attention. 

In the middle of the audio dramas, when completely unexpected, ads are inserted guiding listeners to visit their website: brinkmanadventures.com. 

The narrators follow the dream allegory with an explanation about salvation. A fly and caterpillar are used as examples as the dad explains being born again in Twice Born Fly. 

Don’t you love when you can look back and clearly see how God worked in your life and answered prayers? The last story shares about hope. One of the main settings is Burma which was in a decades long civil war. The twisty path used to get one man helping with their mission there, when looked back on, clearly shows God’s direction in his preparations. 

Do you pray for your enemies? 
Love each other! Pray with courage! Never surrender! 
There are valuable life changing lessons in these stories. 

God equips the called. That truth from scripture is so evident in the Free Burma Rangers episodes. But also evident is real life heartbreak. They aren’t all happy stories, but I love how they reveal God’s truths in good and bad situations. 

Unlike before when their episodes continued chronologically from the previous seasons and are numbered accordingly, these episodes are not.  Like before, these audio dramatizations are based on true missionary stories of the Brinkman family and their friends. They share more about the real stories inspiring season six here on their website.  

Dutch Underground, Part1
Dutch Underground, Part 2
Twice Born Fly
I Wonder Why
Free Burma Rangers, Part 1
Free Burma Rangers, Part 2

They are offering my readers 10% off through the end of this month! Use code FALL10 through October 31st. 

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Brinkman Adventures Season 6 Reviews
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