Valentine Traditions

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Yes, one of my old favorite photos must come out! It really wasn’t that long ago, 2 years, but you know kids. They grow so fast!

I just wanted to take a moment to share with you some of our Valentine’s Day traditions. I begin by breaking out all the fancy paper I can find. Then I make myself a heart pattern and start tracing hearts and cut, cut, cut, cut! Lucky for me, my little people have become great at cutting out paper. Ok, one, not so much . But in any case, I use hearts for many crafts. One of which is making Valentine’s for all the kids and their friends. Of course, there have been those years we just buy them, I mean let’s be honest, life can be crazy.

So, here are our family’s top 5 Valentine’s Day Traditions! Some are old and some are new additions!

1.) Since February is a month of love, I have decided to focus on affirmations as a way of showing love. My eldest daughter’s love language is love, so this is a perfect way to show her love. My younger two love receiving little gifts. So, the little gifts this year are little love notes on heart shaped paper.  So every morning before the kids wake up. I write a little love note or affirmation on a medium heart shape piece of scrapbook paper, then tape it to their bedroom door. I will do this everyday for the month of February. They absolutely LOVE watching their doors fill up with lovely comments and affirmations.

2.) Another personal choice I made this year was to spend more time in scripture and meditating on God’s Word. So I started writing in cursive scripture verses in a journal. Here is a link to February’s Scripture Writing Plan. So far I am loving it!

3.) One of my kids favorite thing to do is bake heart shape desserts the month of February. So needless to say I have heart shaped spring form pans, heart shape cake pans, lots of valentine’s day cookie cutters and Valentine’s day cookie molds. Sometimes we even make raspberry truffles and dark chocolate truffles with some cayenne pepper.

4.) We always make our silly Valentine People.

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5.) The final item to list here, is one of my favorites. It involves cooking!!! Yes, I make my family a “fancy meal”. In our house since we have kids, a Seafood Alfredo Fettuccine and Ceasar Salad  are a must, and some sort of Chocolate dessert. I like to keep things simple and fun so I can enjoy my moments with my kids without any stress.

Do you have any Valentine’s traditions that you love?

Sister-in-Christ,

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 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7

 

Bible Memory Work- The Books of The Bible

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Hello Friends!

Today I wanted to share with you some of the Bible memory we are currently working on. This is something that is very personal to me, mostly because the homeschool journey is very personal. It involves my husband and I deciding what we want our children to learn, and the study of the Bible is no different. For my oldest this is a review, and for my youngest it is her first time.

We are currently working on memorizing all 66 the books of the Bible and the names of the 12 disciples. We started by singing the 27 books of the New Testament. Our favorite YouTube video for this is here and for the Old Testament click here.

For learning the 12 disciples. Here is the list we memorized:

1. SIMON (who was called Peter)

2. and his brother ANDREW

3. JAMES son of Zebedee

4. and his brother JOHN

5. PHILIP

6. and BARTHOLOMEW

7. THOMAS

8. and MATTHEW the tax collector

9. JAMES son of Alphaeus,

10. and THADDEUS

11. SIMON the Zealot

12. and JUDAS ISCARIOT, Who betrayed him. (Matthew 10:2-4)

To print a copy of this months memory work click here.

I will admit, I do have fun introducing the new memory work, but the best part for them, is that I get the challenge of learning with them. You see, I was not born into a home, in which these things were taught. But I feel that a good education in our faith requires us to learn everything we can about the Bible. From the fact that the Bible is in 2 main parts the Old and the New Testament. Learning that the Old Testament has 39 books and that the New Testament has 27, making a total of 66 books in the Bible. Next we will be learn which books are what, like the the first 5 books of the Bible are the books of Law, books 6-13 are of Justice, then we will learn the books of wisdom or poetry, the major and minor prophets, the books of the gospel, church history, the letters, and the prophecy. We will learn this along with our scripture memory work, working to hide these scripture verses in our heart, that we may call upon them when we need them. Or better yet, so the Lord can remind us of His infinite wisdom in all circumstances.

 “Blessed are you, O Lord;
    teach me your statutes!
With my lips I declare
    all the rules of your mouth.
 In the way of your testimonies I delight
    as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts
    and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
    I will not forget your word.”

Psalms 119:12-16

Sister in Christ,

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The Art of Pie Making – Buttermilk Crust

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Hello Ya’ll!

I wanted to share this simple recipe that I absolutely love. For those of you who already know me, know I have a passion for using simple, fresh local ingredients to make the best tasting food possible. As you can see from this post, I have rounded up my kids and nieces to learn the art of pie making. They all had a fabulous time, and I hope you enjoy this pie crust recipe too! The best part is filling it with your choice of fresh fruit from your local farmers market.

Feel free to print out your own copy of my recipe  here, Buttermilk Crust.

I instructed the kids with the importance of keeping your butter cold until you need it. Also, learning to handle it the least amount of time as possible, keeping the butter as cold as it can be. For most of these kids it was their first time making a pie from start to finish.

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Lucky, that butter didn’t land on the floor!

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Our youngest bakers needed a little help cutting the butter into little cubes.

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My Mia Moo proved to be a good helper. After cubing the butter they used a pastry cutter to further blend the butter with the flour and salt.

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Working the butter and flour until it looks like oatmeal flakes or cornmeal. Next we add the Buttermilk!

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After the dough is a nice round lump we wrapped it in parchment paper and put it in the refrigerator. Next, the kids get to decide what kind of pie to make. We ended up with 3 apple pies, 2 peach pies and 4 berry pies.

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After peeling the apples and seasoning them. Cooking the peaches in sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch, and sugaring and adding cornstarch to the berries. We started rolling our chilled dough!

Pretty much everyone needed some help with the rolling, but the next part was a lot of fun! I showed them that they could get creative with their second crust, or should I say the top crust. Some went with the traditional top others got a little creative. It is always worth it to get creative with designs!

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Finally we bake!

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Not bad for first timers! I would eat them!!!

Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you try our crust, I would love to hear from you!

 

             “She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.”

Proverbs 31:15

In Christ,

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A New Beginning in 2018

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Hello old friends,

There is something about the day after Christmas that gets me ready for spring cleaning and the New Year.  Maybe it is the great desire to store up all the Christmas clutter, I mean, decorations, and make room for all the new toys and clothing. How about you? I tore through my house pulling out all sorts of things and organized my homeschool room. All this cleaning, inspired new goals for 2018. For my family, our homeschool and for me!!!

Yes, I have gained new perspective on my life! What do I mean? Well, I need to learn to stop and pray for the Lord to reveal His plan for my life. This is hard, especially for me, and if you are anything like me. You think you need to say yes to any great thing that comes your way. For example, recently I was asked if I would be interested in starting a new Classical Conversations community. My first response was “YES!!” I start filling out my paperwork for that position and paused before turning it in. I then prayed before turning everything in and spoke to my husband about some of the demands this would put on my time. Was it worth it? I thought yes. So, the night before I go to turn in my paperwork, a voice inside me spoke, “You can not serve two masters.” I had to take pause, I know that verse, I can’t truly believe that I can teach in one co-op and serve another well, I will end up hating one and love the other. But the big piece of that is also, what level of service would I be able to perform to these two groups? Well, I wouldn’t do a good job, I would have regretted my choice. The Lord also put into focus that my service is to my husband and my children first. This is who I need to serve now, they need my time. My children need my total attention so they can be successful in their studies, especially when they hit a speed bump along the way.

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So, I refocused my life and the Lord revealed to me all sorts of way to organize my home life, school, food education, art time everything, (seriously, major overhaul over here)! So with new perspective I return to my blog to share with you the changes I have made. My hope is that the ideas I have put to work in my home will hopefully inspire you and help you. If nothing else, it will serve for me as a record of our family adventures.

As a side note, you will begin to notice little changes on my blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

In Christ,

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Sewing Stuffies With Kids

After hosting a Sewing Camp at my house, my kids get super inspired to sew something after all great projects the girls make. So, even though I am tired after sewing with six girls, we set to work! My kids explore sewing books for further inspiration, then settle on a project. Next they pick out fabric, and cut out all their pieces!

Here is what my son came up with!

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I just LOVE the personality of his pillow bear!!! The eyebrows were not part of the original pattern, but when you make your own, you can do what you want! So hear he is with brows!

Peanut made a stuffed dog, no surprise there!

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It was a must, to sew up a puppy using flannel fabric that had dogs on it! She seriously can’t get enough dogs! Her bed is full of them!

My oldest Mia Moo joined in Sewing Camp. Here are some of the things she made this year!

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A new throw pillow for her room, a draw string bag for little things and a oversized bag for overnights!

So far I think we have done well adding more sewing to our life!

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Read The Bible in a Year- July

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Here we are in July and I can hardly believe it!!! I missed my post dead line and for that I apologize! Our family has been on a terrible trend these past 5 weeks. We have had a sick person pretty much every Friday dissolving and day trip plans. So, we have been pretty boring people over here. But that is unimportant. The bottom line is, I just forgot to schedule this post. So, here is July’s Schedule.

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My kids have done well with the schedule so far. My son just LOVES to work off check lists, so he was motivated all month. Since our kids didn’t have fidget spinners, that was the end of the month prize. Such a silly little gadget, but whatever works right! I hope playing catch-up isn’t to bad!

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“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,” Colossians 1:9

California History: Geography

As some of you know, I absolutely love to study and read about history. So when I was asked to teach California History at our campus day I said, “yes!” How could I not, after all I was going to have 2 of my kids in the class!

So, for our first project I decided we should all get familiar with the geography of California. After all, everything the we will be studying will be about our state. So here is what we did!

I invited all the parents in class to get a large pizza box, you can ask any pizza restaurant for a large box and they will gladly give it to you. Next I gave each student an oversized print out of California to cut out and trace in their pizza box. After that we made salt dough to create the California, keeping in mind the valley’s and mountains.

Here is our recipe;

2 cups AP flour

1 cup salt

Add just enough water to make cookie dough consistency. If it is sticky add more flour.

Your child should easily be able to shape the state of California on his or her own. I had many class helpers to help me mix in class, however there were a couple kids who didn’t get a chance to make theirs in class. So the were able to finish at home. Just like my son.

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Looking good!

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Don’t forget to add your mountains and the central valley!

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After almost 2 weeks of letting the salt dough dry, we started to paint the different regions by color.

Yellow paint, for the Central Valley( Salinas, San Fernando and Los Angeles Basin)
Green paint, for coast and forest ares (includes entire coastline and Sierra Nevada)
Brown paint, for Desert areas (Mohave and Colorado)
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We just used kids craft paint for this project, nothing fancy.

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No to to let the paint dry!

Later we added the main rivers, lakes, the Pacific ocean and the neighboring states.

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After this was all dried, we waited a few weeks before we came back to this map. We waited until we started talking about the Missions. At this point, we made little flags with all the missions and hot glued them on the map in the location they are built in California.

What we did after we printed my list was snap toothpicks in half and tape the names on like flags. All 21 missions.

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Here is another view.

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The only thing we didn’t do at this time, was write the name of the states neighboring California and the Pacific coast. But we did add them later.

The pizza box made it easy to transport from class to home, and then from home to class. The toothpicks snapped in half made closing the pizza box doable. But if something gets places on top of the pizza box some of the toothpicks will stick to the top. We had that happen to one of our maps.

I hope you enjoyed our California History project and I would love to see pictures if you decide to make one for your homeschool lesson.

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“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:28