Beds for Orphans in Ukraine

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As of 10/7/14, we have raised $3,224!!!  Only $1,976 left to go until we hit our goal!!!  

34 children will have beds this winter!  21 to go!

Thank you so much to the Hollers, Schwartzs, Bentleys, and Tuckers!!! 

 

 

OK, ladies and gentlemen.  Here’s a post straight from the bottom of my heart.  Y’all have been seeing what’s going on in Ukraine right now.  It’s a nightmare.  Two of the orphanages that one of my favorite charities, Life 2 Orphans, works with, are in Donetsk.  If you don’t know where that is, that’s in Eastern Ukraine.  That’s where the airliner was shot down.  That’s some of the nastiest of the nasty right there.  One of the orphanages was even bombed.  (Blessedly, none of the special-needs adults or children were hurt.   Unfortunately, some of the caretakers were, but not too badly, it seems.)

The two orphanages were able to get out of Donetsk to a safe place, another orphanage called Druzhkovka.  Megan at Life 2 Orphans shares it better than I could.

WE ARE SHARING THE REALITIES OF WAR AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THOUSANDS OF ORPHANS IN UKRAINE 

We all know what is going on in Ukraine. It’s a scary, scary situation. People are terrified and panicked, running from their homes.

Now, can you imagine trying to move 145 children out of their home?  Many of whom are special needs? Some of whom are Bedridden?  Along with caregivers? Me either, but that’s exactly what’s happened in Donetsk.

The kids from the Shakhtyorskiy orphanage had to evacuate. They had to leave because the fighting in Donetsk was too dangerous.

Many of these Bedridden orphans came from the Torez orphanage. A few weeks ago the Torez orphanage was bombed.  Blessedly, none of the children and adult orphans with special needs who live there were hurt (although, a few of the caregivers were). They did survive, though, Thank God!

But war does nott know boundaries, and there are a lot of people in a lot of trouble. I received this e-mail from Life2Orphans: STATE OF EMERGENCY AT THE DRUZHKOVKA ORPHANAGE, DONETSK, UKRAINE, Druzhkovka orphanage is now overwhelmed with 375 orphans in an orphanage that did house ONLY 230.  The Shakhtyorskiy orphanage had to leave the area of fighting and evacuate their 145 orphans and caregivers to the Druzhkovka orphanage. They are now bursting at the seams and need our help immediately!!

After transferring the orphans from Shakhtyorskiy the children are now sleeping on the floors on mattresses side by side.  They had no additional beds, but they have found enough mattresses for all the orphans. The caregivers are sleeping wherever they can in the orphanage.

Please note these are the former Bedridden boys and girls from Torez, and they are now together at Druzhkovka.  So happy to say, The Individual Orphan Caregivers are still with their children

This is a SEVERE need. This is serious.  These are orphans with mild to very severe special needs.  Some of them are bedridden.  With no beds.  Seriously.  So, the first fundraiser we’re going to work on is to get cots and mattresses to these kids.  Winter is coming.  Can you imagine sleeping on the floor, no cot, no mattress, no nothing, full time, all winter long?  In Ukraine?  Seriously?  Let’s get this done.

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Megan tells me we need 55 cots with mattresses.  The set costs $93.50 ($34.25/cot, $59.25/mattress).  That equals out to just under $5,200 (considering wire transfer fees and the like).  I say we set that as our goal.  These kids deserve better than a winter sleeping on the floor, because of a war that is completely beyond their control.

To donate to this fundraiser, please go to the Life2Orphans Make a Monetary Donation page.  You’ll see chat box, and in there, please put DRUZHKOVA FUND.  That’s where the money is going to buy the cots and mattresses.

How fast can we do this?  The need is so great, this is the first fundraiser we’ll be having, but not the last.  These kids deserve so much better than this.

Here are some new pictures I’ve gotten of the kids!!  These are the very kids that we are helping sleep well this winter.  The very kids who are sleeping on floors now.  We can do this!!

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And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

~Matthew 25:40

Jesus: Light of the World Launch!

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Advent Season is quickly approaching, and I have a beautiful new resource for you, written by the very fabulous Candace Crabtree!  Candace is the owner of Mercy is New, and this is her first ebook.  I have to say, she’s done an outstanding job.  Jesus:  Light of the World ~Praying the Scriptures Through Advent is a beautiful little ebook (105 pages) that takes you through 31 days of devotions and prayer, each day corresponding to a Scripture passage about light.  The devotions aren’t too long, a paragraph or two average, and there is a small prayer, as well.  Also for each day, there is a My Prayer page to journal your own prayers.  In addition, there are two beautiful printables that you can use to decorate your home in the Christmas Season.  It really is a lovely book!  I would also suggest that this book would be wonderful to use through the winter season, perhaps for Candlemas, or other holidays where we work to celebrate the light in the midst of a dark time?

The book is very simple, and can be used in a variety of ways.  Candace suggests a few… as a private devotional for mom, as a word study for the family, evening devotions, dinnertime conversation starters… Really, the simplicity of this study makes the possible uses grow and grow!  Candace also has two Pinterest boards available for those using Jesus:  Light of the World, one for Arts, Crafts, and Home Decor, and one for Educational Resources.

Jesus:  Light of the World is available in PDF format for $6.99.  I read it on my Kindle app, and it was formatted very well.  Prayer is such an important part of the Advent season, I would never hesitate to highly recommend this beautiful new resource to my readers!  I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

OH, one more thing…  Candace is lovingly hosting a giveaway this weekend for the launch of Jesus:  Light of the World!!  It’s a great one, no widgets to fill out, nothing to share on your feed… just order the book!  Everyone who orders between today (Friday, 10/24/14) and Monday night (10/27/14) will have their email address entered, and the winner will be chosen randomly.  You can find out more details at the Mercy is New Blog.  So, definitely make sure you grab this, and enter the giveaway!!

TOS Review Crew: New Liberty Videos

Teaching Origins Objectively

 

The teaching of origins in science curriculum has a place near to my heart.  In fact, that is what one of my college level speeches is about in my public speaking course.  I believe that it is imperative to give an honest, objective assessment of multiple theories of origin to all science students, particularly those at the high school level.  With that in mind, I was incredibly excited to review Teaching Origins Objectively put out by New Liberty Videos.

 

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New Liberty Videos has a variety of videos on a range of subjects, including history, politics, the origin debate, abortion, cults, UFOs, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Each video has a Christian basis.  Brian and Marilyn Barkley of Overland Park, KS produce New Liberty Videos together.  The videos are $19.95 each, and are intended for general audiences (all ages).

 

Teaching Origins Objectively, as I said, is of huge interest to me right now.  This video took the viewer through the May 2005 Kansas State Board of Education’s hearings on science standards.  The question posed was whether or not it was responsible for a public school to teach alternatives to Darwinism and Ne-Darwinism, such as Intelligent Design, or would this be unfairly introducing a religious theory into the scientific curriculum.  Teaching Origins Objectively noted that no evolutionists attended the hearings (by their own choice, many were invited), and then took the viewer through the highlights of over 20 hours of testimony from 23 experts.  The video pieces together clips of the experts’ testimony, and allows the experts to speak for the validity of intelligent design as a scientific theory itself.  There is not a narrator piecing things together for you, it’s simply the scientific experts testimony.

Teaching Origins Objectively is roughly two hours long.  Although it is rated for all ages, I would definitely put this in the middle school-to-adult range.  Little ones are not going to pay attention.  My big kids, even though they’re both in middle school, had a hard time paying attention.  If the student was very interested in the topic, they might watch it all the way through.  Adults, however, I think will find this fascinating.  I did, anyway.

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Teaching Origins Objectively, I feel, is a huge help in understanding the science behind this incredibly important topic–how we teach science in our public schools, and is that method effective.  In 2005 (the same year these hearing were held), the US Supreme Court ruled in Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area Public Schools that Intelligent Design is not a legitimate scientific theory, and ““It is unconstitutional under the Establishment Clause to teach intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in a public school science classroom.”  This documentary proves that this is wholly and completely untrue.  Intelligent design as a legitimate theory of origins is gaining ground daily among the best scientific minds, because neo-Darwinian evolution is so lacking.  This isn’t about Creationism (not all who believe in intelligent design believe in Judeo-Christian Creationism) versus Darwin.  This debate is simply about how we teach science, and is it most effective to only teach one (not that great) theory as scientific “doctrine”, or to expose high schooled students to multiple theories, and allow them to decide for themselves?  Teaching Origins Objectively is a wonderful tool to help you decide that question for yourself.

Teaching Origins Objectively is available at New Liberty Videos for $19.95.  As I mentioned above, there are a number of wonderful looking videos available, and I highly recommend checking many of them out.

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Whovian Wednesdays: Week 3: Dickens

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Hi Whovians everywhere!  I am so sorry that it’s been a couple of weeks.  We had broken bones and travel for business and pilgrimages…. yeah, it’s been real.  Blessedly, Traveling Through History with Doctor Who is fairly self-paced (contrary to what Danny would have you believe), so it’s all good, we’re not behind, just… here. :)

So, this week we did Week 3 which was a study in Charles Dickens.  Really timely, since Kaitlyn is reading A Tale of Two Cities for her Lit and Comp class.  We watched The Unquiet Dead (one of the creepier episodes, so make sure you preview for Little Whovians), and a lot of documentaries on Charles Dickens.  There are quite a few available on YouTube, and I pinned some of them to the Traveling Through History with Doctor Who Pinterest Board, so make sure you’re following that.  I also put lots of books and biographies about Dickens on the board.

Danny also did some mapwork of Wales, and found Minecraft, which is really cool! There are Minecraft activities in the curriculum, we just haven’t been doing them. Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of that this week… Have I mentioned it’s been a very. long. week?  ;)

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We also did essays on Dickens and his fascination with the paranormal and the Wigs and Tories, and studied a bit about Monet.  Overall, it was a really good week!

I promise to have more pictures next week when we study Shakespeare!  That’s one of my favorite episodes… ((le sigh))

In the meantime, here are some free Kindle books by Dickens that we found.  Hope you enjoy!!

Great Expectations
A Tale of Two Cities
A Christmas Carol (Enriched Classics)
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
The Battle of Life A Love Story
Charles Dickens’ Children Stories
The Cricket on the Hearth
Doctor Marigold
Hunted Down: the detective stories of Charles Dickens
Dombey and Son
Nicholas Nickleby
The Old Curiosity Shop
Our Mutual Friend
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
The Poems and Verses of Charles Dickens
A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and Others
Little Dorrit
A House to Let
The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain

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Holy Protection Greek Orthodox Monastery Visit

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This weekend I was incredibly blessed to take a trip with the ladies of my parish, Protection of the Holy Virgin Mary Church in Clarksville, TN, to the Holy Protection Greek Orthodox Monastery in White Haven, PA.  We’re very new on our journey into Orthodoxy, and this is the first time I’ve ever been to a monastery.  I can honestly say I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend!!  The Abbess granted us permission to take some pictures, and I thought I’d share my blessed weekend with you!

The first thing we did was attend Saturday Liturgy, which we arrived a bit late for, but were nonetheless incredibly blessed by.  Our church is a small mission church, and we’ve just finished our chapel.  It’s beautiful!  And I love it!  (You can see pictures on the website.)  But I had never really seen the inside of a larger, more established Orthodox church.  It. was. breathtaking.  I wasn’t able to get pictures of the chapel at Holy Protection, but… oh, just breathtaking.  The services were entirely in Greek (with the exception of an English Gospel reading on Sunday), which I was initially worried about.  And I wasn’t able to follow along as well as I’d liked (break out that Greek curriculum I bought y’all, kids, we’re getting that done!), but, the order of the Liturgy was still the same, and so I wasn’t too lost.

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After Liturgy we took a nap.  Driving all night is exhausting!!  Then, a friend and I ran into town, and we missed dinner at the monastery, but I hear it was delicious.  We got back just in time for Vespers.  They did Hours, then Vespers, then Compline… we didn’t stay for Compline.  We were still rather sore from our drive.  We were able to eat dinner in the lovely guesthouse.  Then, R., my priest’s sweet daughter took me for a walk around the monastery.

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The monastery has about 26 nuns right now, and is self-sustaining.  They have the most beautiful gardens, goats, chickens, and bees.  (Based off of the baklava we were gifted with on the way home, the bees make AWESOME honey!!)  They also have a bookstore, a workshop, an icon-writer’s shop, and make candles.  You can read about the history of the monastery at the Holy Protection Website.  It’s really fascinating!

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R. helps with the animals.  From what I understand, she’s wonderful with them!

We also looked at some of the other lovely things on the monastery grounds.  This (below) is a beautiful chapel in front of a little graveyard.  The chapel is dedicated to St. Seraphim, and R. tells me it holds relics.  We looked inside and venerated, but it was too dark for pictures.  St. Seraphim

Don’t worry, we’ll definitely be heading back. ;)  There’s also this beautiful little house, that was used as a house for the ill many, many years ago.  It is dedicated to Saint Paraskevi.  There’s a little shrine across from it dedicated to Saint Oerozele.  Absolutely beautiful.

 

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The grounds of the monastery were absolutely gorgeous.  I’d love to go back in Spring to see them again.  Sunday morning, we went to Liturgy.  Again, an awesome, ethereal experience.  The combination of the nuns chanting and singing (those in attendance didn’t sing, in our church we do, so I had to ask Matuska about this… things you learn when you travel!), so you could hear the choir beautifully.  And it was just… ((sigh))  It was like angels.  I can’t explain it.  It did my soul good.

After Liturgy, we went to coffee hour, and Matuska realized that the Icon streaming myrrh that we though was going to be out of town was actually back in Pennsylvania!!  We had hoped to see it, then thought it would be gone, and we would miss it.  What a HUGE blessing this was!!  So, we headed out to Taylor to St. George’s Orthodox Greek Catholic Church, and saw the Icon.  SUCH an INCREDIBLE and MIRACULOUS blessing!!  The story is incredible.  I highly encourage anyone to head up to see it.  We were able to get pieces of cotton with the myrrh on it (by the way, if you’ve never smelled this… oh. my. Heavenly.  Literally), and an icon card with myrrh.  We were also able to place our crosses and prayer ropes on the box holding the Icon (which is also covered in myrrh, amazing!).  I was so happy.  We haven’t had crosses, but I had bought Prince Charming and I each one the night before just before Vespers, and me a prayer rope, at the monastery bookstore!  I’ll be giving them to our priest to bless tonight.  So so so happy for this!

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After we left St. George’s, we ate lunch back in White Haven at this AWESOME little Greek family restaurant called Fork’s.  Awesome, awesome food, and really friendly service, and right near the monastery.  Believe me, we’ll be going back there.  Then, up to gather our bags and off we went, back to Tennessee!!

It was a whirlwind weekend, but I was so incredibly blessed.  I just can’t tell you how blessed I was.  I reflected a lot on my own spiritual life, and monastic life, and… a lot of things.  I can see the attraction of the monastic life.  It’s so peaceful, and beautiful.  Not easy, never easy, but worth it.  When I saw the kids this morning, Kaitlyn asked right away to go next time.  She wants to go to Holy Protection for her birthday.  I can’t think of a better birthday trip!!

Thank you so much to R. and the beautiful nuns at Holy Protection Greek Orthodox Monastery for hosting us this weekend.  I could not have asked for a better first-time-ever pilgrimage!

Thanksgiving Bundle Giveaway!!

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I am so excited to bring my awesome readers a wonderful giveaway just in time for the holiday baking season!  As the holiday season approaches, it is the perfect time to sit back, relax, and reflect on the blessings that we’ve been given this year.  Inspired Bloggers Network is bringing you these two giveaways, just to help you do that.

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Compass Classroom’s Word Up! Review

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There are a few organizations that if they ask me to do a review for them, I literally jump at the prospect.  Compass Classroom is definitely one of them!  Right now, we have their Everyday Economics program, Dave Raymond’s American History Curriculum, and recently I was asked to review their brand new Word Up! The Vocab Show program.  Yep, I jumped, and I’m SO glad I did!
Word Up! The Vocab Show from Compass Classroom
Word Up! The Vocab Show is simple and easy to use.  Watch the video, and quiz the words with online vocabulary cards.  Compass Classroom even has online vocabulary cards sets already done for you.  That’s easy.  (The link is included in the program.)  The program consists of 10 videos (downloaded to your computer, so you’re not streaming, although they will take up memory.  You can also opt for a DVD) and a PDF file on how to use the program, which is 1 page long.  Because this program is SO easy to use.  Watch. Quiz. Review as needed.

Dwane Thomas, the host of Word Up! (and Visual Latin) is funny and engaging with the kids.  Right now, I have Kaitlyn (13), Danny (11) and Sean (7) watching it.  Sean really probably doesn’t need a vocab study now, but the big kids loved it so much, I just let him watch along, and he really, really likes it.  Word Up! covers Latin and Greek roots, so the students are getting a full vocab program with this.  The program covers 20 Greek and Latin roots, which translates into over 200 English words.

For our family, we let our kids watch the program together (each lesson is more or less 15 minutes long), and then review on their own.  Since the review cards are online, it’s really easy to do in their down time, in the car, wherever.   We’re able to simply access the cards on our tablets, the kids know how, and it’s really easy, and go!  This is a great compliment to the Latin and Greek they’re already studying, and can be a fun, welcome break if we need to take a bit off.  It’s also something that we’ve already discovered they’ll watch over and over, without getting bored.  Dwane Thomas is really funny, and the kids love watching him. You can see a trailer for the Word Up! The Vocab Show below:

Word Up! The Vocab Show – Official Trailer from Compass Cinema on Vimeo.

Word Up! The Vocab Show is available for $9.99 (DVD or download) AT THE TIME OF THIS POST (10/14) from Compass Classroom.  This is a $5.01 savings, for a special PRE-ORDER price!  Compass Classroom will begin shipping on 10/25.  I would highly recommend jumping on this.  Your kids will really enjoy it.  This is only the first set of Word Up! The Vocab Show.  Multiple sets are planned, and my kids will be so excited to get them all.  I hope you enjoy this series as much as we have!  And be sure to check out everything that Compass Classroom has to offer.  We’ve found every product we’ve used of theirs engaging, fun, and really easy to use!

 

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The Phonics Road

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The Phonics Road

This year, Sean has started on The Phonics Road to Reading and Spelling Level 1.  TPR is the precursor to The Latin Road to English Grammar, which is what the big kids use for their Latin and grammar curriculum, which we ADORE.  Although Sean is already reading, The Phonics Road is an awesome refresher in the basic sounds, blends, dipthongs, and other phonetic studies.  Plus, it teaches him outstanding spelling skills.  Because he’s already reading well, we’re taking an accelerated pace through it (2 days at once), and we’re hoping to be done with Level 2 by the end of the school year.

The Phonics Road has a few main components.  When you order The Phonics Road, you’ll get:

  • The Foreman’s Guide (this is what the teacher uses, and includes DVDs to help you with lesson planning and understanding.  WATCH THE DVDS)
  • The Apprentice’s Building Manual (the student’s binder, already set up for him to fill out)
  • A Handy-Dandy Clipboard
  • A Pencil and a Wet Erase Marker
  • Student Tool Cards
  • Tool Drill Cards

Also available is a Rule Tunes MP3 download, which we got.  That’s optional, though, as she sings the tunes on the DVD, and they’re simple melodies that you probably already know (like London Bridge).

The Foreman’s Guide and Apprentice Manual (both are 3 ring binders) both contain Building Codes and Blueprints (forms to learn the spelling words), and the Manual includes First Readers and Composition sheets.  This is really complete!
First, you take your child through the writing and sounds of the English language.  This takes about 4 weeks, but since Sean was already reading, we just worked hard on letter formation and was able to get through this in about a week.  Then, you start the spelling.  Daily, you drill the sounds the child needs to remember.  There are multiple sounds for some cards (for example, “th” has a soft and a hard sound), and it’s important for marking that the child say each sound, in order.  Each week, the child is given a list of words.  You go through the list, using the cards given, and the child builds the words.  You can see Sean doing that here:

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As you can see, the blends and letters are color coded.  Red are vowels, and blue are consonants. The little lines and such you see at the bottom are the marking cards.  They have lines to mark their blends, long vowel sounds, and numbers to remember which tune and sound they’re using.  Here is Sean with a built word, “this”.  You can see that he has the “th” sound underlined, and the number “2” on top, indicating that he’s using the 2nd sound of “th”.

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They’ll also sing rule tunes whenever they spell a word.  The rule tunes are simple, and easy to remember.  After they’ve built the word successfully, the child practices writing each word on their handy dandy clipboard.  The clipboard comes with a plastic overlay, so they can lay their paper right on the board, cover it with the overlay, and practice just as if they were writing it in their binders.  When they are ready, the last step is to properly write and mark the words in their binder.

This curriculum takes the student through the process of truly learning to spell step by step.  Yes, there are weekly spelling words, but this is FAR more than just a list of words type of curriculum.  This really breaks down and explains the rules, and exceptions, so that children learn them deeply.  Constant review is included in the curriculum, and is essential to it.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with The Phonics Road.  It’s expensive, yes.  But it’s absolutely worth every single penny.  I can wholeheartedly recommend it for the grammar stage.

Do you have a phonics, reading, and spelling curriculum you adore?  What is it?  Let me know!

Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God

On October 1, the Orthodox Church celebrated the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God.  Because this is a special day to our congregation (the Holy Protection of the Theotokos Orthodox Church), we had a beautiful festival for the whole church on Saturday.  We had a cook out and wonderful meal, games, hay rides, a baking contest, and a talent show.  Kaitlyn, Danny, and Sean each participated in the talent show, along with many other wonderful members of our congregation.

They also participated in a baking contest.  We went on Pinterest to find awesome fall recipes.  Kaitlyn made a Snickerdoodle Apple Cobbler which won a prize for best tasting (and a gift card from WalMart)!

Kaitlyn's Snickerdoodle Cobbler

 

It was really good.  You can get the recipe here.  It was an awesome cobbler.  Danny made Nutella Pumpkin Bread.  Because there is nothing that is not made better by Nutella!!

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It was awesome, too, and you can find that recipe here.

 

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We had an awesome time!  We had to leave early (someone got sick, and some others got just TOO tired to stay anymore, lots of running around!), but afterwards, I know they had Vespers in our beautiful new chapel, and a bonfire with s’mores.  Next year, maybe!!

5 on the FIFTH

5 on the 5th September

 

I’m part of this awesome new project put together by Marcy at Ben and Me called 5 on the FIFTH.  Every month, on the 5th of the month, we’re going to showcase some of our favorite posts from around the blog-o-sphere.  We’ll also be posting to the 5 on the FIFTH Pinterest Board, so make sure you head over there, follow it, and see what everyone else was loving for the month.  And now, 5 of my favorite posts from September!

 

1.  This Is What Brave Means by Glennon at Momastary.  Seriously, I can’t love this enough.  MUST READ.

2.  Don’t Give Up Homeschooling Mama by Tara at This Sweet Life of Mine.  So much encouragement!

3.  Yes!  My Homeschool Kids are Sheltered! by Nichole at Some Call It Natural.  Lots to think about here…

4.  Confessions of This Homeschool Mom by Lexi at Lextin Academy.  Soooooooo me!

5.  Introducing Middle School Monday by Kym at Homeschool Coffee Break.  There’s not nearly enough stuff just for middle schoolers out there.  LOVE this link up!

 

So, those are my 5 for the month of September!  Make sure you’re checking out the 5 on the FIFTH Pinterest Board (and search for #5onthefifth )  to see what everyone else has been loving this month, and check back here on November 5 to see what I adored for October!

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