Simple Lives Thursday #216

It’s time for another Simple Lives Thursday blog hop!

Simple Lives Thursday is a blog hop dedicated to simple living: gardening, cooking from scratch, real food, natural cleaners, sewing, recycling, & a mindset of simplicity - Home With Purpose

This hop is dedicated to simple living. “Consume less, produce more. ” So many topics fit: gardening, raising animals, cooking from scratch, real food, natural cleaners, sewing, recycling, thrifting, a mindset of simplicity, saving a buck, and more. When you link at this blog your link shows up on each hosts blog!

Be sure to link back to one of us (see guideline #2 below), not providing a link back will prevent us from choosing you as a featured blog. Often, I’ll share featured posts (along with their photo) on my Facebook page and pin them on Pinterest. [Read more...]

Purposeful Links #77

A Christian perspective on Ebola, reflections on pregnancy loss, the Halloween debate, 9 reasons NOT to homeschool, & more in this week's Purposeful Links.

I didn’t get a Purposeful Links up last weekend!

I apologize. We were busy with homecoming, visiting family, and preparing for an upcoming trip, and it was neglected in the busyness. Now, I have so many links saved, I had trouble narrowing it down this week!

Here are the ones that made the cut:

  • Will all the hype about Ebola, I really appreciated this perspective. It offers some great info from a medical perspective, and an important reminder about our call as Christians to be a voice of peace amidst the confusion.

Enjoy, and have a wonderful weekend! :)

In Our Classroom: Junior High Edition (October 2014)

In Our Classroom Junior High 2014

I’m afraid this is going to be an unexciting update.

Schoolwork and all Kyle’s extracurriculars are going as planned. I do have one exciting development to tell you about later in the post, but for the most part, things have been business as usual. His outside activities have stepped up quite a bit this year, and it’s proving to be an excellent opportunity for him to learn time management skills!

Here’s what he’s been up to for the last several weeks:

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Jonathan Edwards: Christian Biographies for Young Readers

Jonathan Edwards: Christian Biographies for Young Readers

I’ve written often about the importance of teaching our kids about their spiritual heritage.

Being familiar with the major historical events and important figures in the history of the church helps them understand how we got where we are now, and feel that sense of heritage and connection with fellow believers in the past. This, along with communicating the concept that the Bible is one cohesive story of God’s plan of redemption, are things I consider absolutely crucial.

Simonetta Carr’s Christian Biographies for Young Readers are a valuable tool in this task. The publisher describes the series this way:

The Christian Biographies for Young Readers introduces children to important people in the Christian tradition. Parents and school teachers alike will welcome the excellent educational value it provides for students, while the quality of the publication and the artwork make each volume a keepsake for generations to come. Furthermore, the books in the series go beyond the simple story of someone’s life by teaching young readers the historical and theological relevance of each character.

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Simple Lives Thursday #215

It’s time for another Simple Lives Thursday blog hop!

Simple Lives Thursday is a blog hop dedicated to simple living: gardening, cooking from scratch, real food, natural cleaners, sewing, recycling, & a mindset of simplicity - Home With Purpose

This hop is dedicated to simple living. “Consume less, produce more. ” So many topics fit: gardening, raising animals, cooking from scratch, real food, natural cleaners, sewing, recycling, thrifting, a mindset of simplicity, saving a buck, and more. When you link at this blog your link shows up on each hosts blog!

Be sure to link back to one of us (see guideline #2 below), not providing a link back will prevent us from choosing you as a featured blog. Often, I’ll share featured posts (along with their photo) on my Facebook page and pin them on Pinterest. [Read more...]

Apologia iWitness: Unique Apologetics Resources for Your Family

Apologia iWitness: Unique Apologetics Resources for Your Family - A highly interactive, visually appealing way to introduce some fairly complex apologetics material to your kids.

I enjoy adding interesting apologetic resources to our history studies that show how Biblical events fit with, and are corroborated by, world history.

For the last several weeks, Kyle (13) has been working through the new iWitness series from Apologia Educational Ministries alongside his history. This new series presents scholarly material in a fun, interactive, visually rich format for ages eleven and up. Each book takes the reader on an investigative journey through archeological and historical evidence for different elements of the Christian faith. Author Doug Powell holds a masters’ degree in apologetics from Biola University. You can read an informative interview with him about the series here.

We received three titles:

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