Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Three Amigos Go To The Airport

My husband is so awesome. He surprised the boys (and me) by planning a field trip to the airport next to his work. It is not a huge airport but it isn't small either. I am not sure how he did it or who he contacted but the boys were so excited.

The airport wasn't too busy because it happened to be the day before a HUGE snow storm in our area so most of the flights had been cancelled. Here are the pictures from the field trip:

 There was only one commercial airplane at the airport because all of the flights had been cancelled. There were a few personal and corporate planes as well as a few helicopters. We also saw some fighter jets.









 Here are my husband, middle son (Ducky), and one of the tour guides showing us exactly where the planes take off and land.







More pics of one of our tour guides telling us about the history of the airport and how it played a big roll in World War 2. It was extremely interesting.










 This is the loading area and baggage collection area. There weren't many people down here and behind us (which I failed to get a pic of because of the excitement) is where they load the baggage from the airplane to put on the luggage claims corral. 

Nanny and Poppy joined us on the field trip and it was so much fun. We are so thankful for them and the wonderful tour guides. They were so sweet and patient with our little guys and really explained things on their level. It was wonderful.






This is a picture of the "snow broom". It was preparing for all of the snow we got last night (almost a foot!).



The head of the airport had an awesome display of model airplanes. My big boys were fascinated with the Lego airplane and all of the different kinds and colors.





This is the office of one of our tour guides who is also an intern. He and the head of the airport have a fun competition of who has the most model airplanes. They are all so cool and the boys could have played in their for hours.









If you have the chance to set up a field trip at your local airport I highly recommend it. They did say that when they are older we could get a tour of the tower where the airplanes communicate their positions and when they can take off and land. They will also be able to tour the airport fire station when they are a little older.

I will say that we stopped by the airport police station and they were so awesome. They talked to the boys about being a police officer (which Bear has expressed as his job when he gets older). They gave the boys a police badge (a sticker) and were so kind to us.

At the end of our tour, we got to go to the main offices and the two tour guides gave each of the boys a goody bag filled with jelly beans, coloring books, crayons, and lots of other treats. I absolutely loved this field trip and highly recommend for folks to set up a trip for themselves. You will love it!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Love & Marriage {Putting Luke 6:31 into Practice}


"Do to others as you would have them do to you." 
-Luke 6:31

Marriage is a very hard subject to write about. I have seen so many marriages fall apart. My own parents were never married to one another. They are, however, married now and have been to the same people since I was a little girl. But, I never knew that people actually got married to their sweetheart and then had children, and so on. It never occurred to me that there was an order that things should be done according to the bible. 

After I married my sweetheart over 10 years ago I have never regretted it. I have never even thought that we wouldn't be together someday. Marriage can be (and should be) a blessing. I have learned through being married that we should always treat each other with respect and kindness. Even in the midst of a disagreement. It is so hard, but Jesus told us to do this in Luke. 

It seems so easy to treat others the way you want to be treated. It seems like it would be second-nature. But, we are human. We treat people the way we think they deserve to be treated. We treat people the way they treat us instead. It's kind of like an eye for an eye. If you yell, I will yell louder. If you put me down, I will give you a tongue lashing. If you criticize me, I will tell you everything you do wrong as well. 

Do you see the pattern? It is a vicious cycle and one that is very hard to stop. Jesus' command is very clear. Treat people the way you expect and want to be treated. Jesus also tells us exactly how to treat others:

  • In Exodus 20:1-17 you can find the 10 Commandments given to us by God
  • John 13:34- "Love One Another"
  • Romans 12:10- "Honor One Another"
  • Romans 12:16- "Live In Harmony With One Another"
  • Romans 14:13- "Do Not Be A Stumbling Block For One Another"
  • Romans 15:7- "Accept One Another"
  • Galatians 5:13- "Serve One Another"
  • Ephesians 4:2- "Be Humble And Gentle, Patient With One Another"
  • Ephesians 4:32- "Be Kind And Compassionate, Forgive One Another"
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11- "Encourage One Another"
  • James 4:11- "Do Not Slander One Another"
  • 1 Peter 3:8- "Live In Harmony With One Another"
You can apply each one of these commands to marriage, not just in general. It is so important to treat your spouse with your best attitude. You have to live with your spouse. I heard someone once say that people usually treat total strangers better than they do the people in their own home. How sad is that?

God gives us clear instructions about how we should treat others. It is so important to follow His commands. He gave us a guide, not to just abide by when we feel like it, but to always follow. In marriage, these commands are especially important because our spouse is the person who is closest to us. They see you on your good days and your bad days.

There are so many great resources online for hurting marriages or just refresher courses for those with healthy marriages. Below, I have given you the best resource I have found. Jolene Engle is such a wonderful Christian woman and an example of what we should strive to be as wives. She has been through a lot in her life and speaks openly about all of her failures and faults and how she overcame each one. 

Please visit Jolene Engle's website for more resources on marriage and growing in your faith as a Christian woman. 

IndoctriNation DVD {Review}

If every single parent could watch this movie, we would all be more informed about the public school system and how it is run. IndoctriNation is a documentary done by Colin Gunn, a Scotland-born homeschool father of seven. He travels across the USA on a school bus with his family on a quest to understand the origins and social impact of America's modern public education system. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to review this DVD for my own family.


IndoctriNation DVD Review

Great Commission Films produced IndoctriNation to inform parents and citizens about what children are learning in the public school system and who is teaching them. My husband and I viewed IndoctriNation together to make sure we were on the same page. The results are in: yes, we are in total agreement that home education is the only choice for our family. This documentary answers the questions of: whose doctrine is being taught, what are the moral threats, and should Christian children be in the public school system? 

90% of Christians send their children to public school to be the "salt and light" for Jesus. But, in the documentary, Colin Gunn gets down to the heart of whether or not that is the biblical thing to do. Since the statistics tell us that 88% of young people leave the church and their faith after high school it doesn't look good for the PS system.

There are four huge threats in the PS's that every child is exposed to:

  1. Sexual sin- almost 1/2 of grads have had sex and about 10% of students have been approached by a teacher for sex.
  2. Abortion- they are taught that this is the only option for teen pregnancy.
  3. Drugs/alcohol- almost 1/2 of students have had experience with drugs and/or alcohol. 
  4. Violence- the fights that occur in school are growing rapidly as well as the killing of students in mass shootings. 
Most parents believe that their child's school is safe and good and never think twice about their decision to send them there each day. Though a child may be good at home and good at school, they are being exposed to bad behavior and bad behavior can rub off on them. In 1 Corinthians 15:33 it says "Do not be deceived: 'Evil company corrupts good habits.'" And, James 1:27 tells us to "keep oneself unspotted from the world." 

Government run schools are forbidden by law to declare Jesus Christ as Lord. I would like to tell you a story about my high school earth science teacher. I remember that we were studying the different periods in history (Jurassic, Triassic, etc.). He kept pushing that the earth was so many millions of years old. When my group (we all were assigned to a table with other students) questioned this and told him the bible said different, he was livid. He actually yelled at us and stormed out of the room. We were not allowed to think any other way than what he told us.

The story continues because about 5 years after I graduated from high school I saw my earth science teacher...at a Michael W. Smith concert. Can you believe that? God changed his heart and turned him to the cross. How wonderful!

But, most of the time that is not the case. Even is a teacher is a Christian, he or she cannot talk about their faith at school. They must keep their love of Christ private. I find that extremely hard to do because Jesus is my soul reason for being on this earth. He is the love of my life and I can't imagine having to keep quiet about all He has done in my life. 

If our intention is to honor God, sending them to public school should be the last thing we do. You have to answer this question when sending your kids to PS: Do you want your children to belong to you or to the state? Dr. Erwin Lutzer (a Pastor) says this: "Schools cannot do what the home must do."

Many early Americans were homeschooled and it wasn't considered alternative. Some of these homeschoolers were: Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Booker T. Washington, Alexander Graham Bell, and David Crokett. Do you see a trend? They were all extremely smart and well versed. They all did something big with their lives and made a huge impact on our country for the better. 

Ken Ham (a Creation Scientist and developer of the Creation Museum) says this: "If you don't start with scripture, you start with man's opinion." He also says, "You are either for Christ or against." 

The PS system is not for Christ so they must be against. They don't even allow you to read the bible in PS. You cannot pray, you cannot wear clothing that declares you are a Christian, you cannot express yourself as a Christian. IndoctriNation really opened my eyes to what the teachers go through as well. 

I want to say that there are teachers out there who are Christians. But, if you watch this documentary you will get a glimpse of what they go through. Colin Gunn interviews a few teachers and principals as well as PS historians. It gives you a real view of what they endure and what happens when they do talk about Jesus in the classroom. 

I highly recommend this DVD to everyone. If you are interested in learning more about IndoctriNation here are some more resources:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IndoctriNationMovie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/indocmovie
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/indoctrination
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/IndoctriNationMovie

I hope you check out the above websites to learn more about how the public school system is leading our children away from the Lord and further from the Truth. 



IndoctriNation DVD Review
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Keep It Shut By Karen Ehman {Book Review}


Do you have diarrhea of the mouth? I know I can sometimes let words fly without thinking twice about their affect on others. Karen Ehman's new book Keep It Shut is the perfect book for someone like me. I need to be constantly reminded to keep my mouth shut. In her book, Karen Ehman explains what we should say, how to say it, and when to say nothing at all. It is like a heaven-sent book written just for me.

Karen Ehman is an author for Proverbs 31 Ministries as well as a speaker at their events. She also writes for her own blog called Encouragement For Today (an online devotion). She has written many books as well as other online devotions. She is married to her college sweetheart and has three children. She has lots of experience speaking to other women about biblical issues.

Some of my favorite chapters from Keep It Shut are:

  • Stop Filling The Gap- Learning to listen
  • Zip It And Pray- How to talk to God before you talk to others
  • Behind The Screen- Controlling your digital tongue
  • Hurling Hate Or Healing Hearts- Containing Your Anger
  • Gotta Have The Last Word- Tips and tricks for tempering the tongue
With a kind, encouraging, and sometimes funny delivery, Karen Ehman takes on how we talk to each other and ourselves, in writing or out loud—and when it’s good to say nothing at all.
Let’s face it: Every woman from Bible times to modern times sometimes struggles with her words. What to say and how to say it. What not to say. And what to do when she says something she wishes she could take back. In Keep It Shut, a woman whose mouth has gotten her into loads of trouble shares the how’s and why’s of dealing with the tongue.
Turning to scriptural insights and her own stories, Karen Ehman shows readers what the Bible says about when to speak, why great words start with great listening, wisdom for using words in social media, why “just sharing a prayer request” might be gossip, how to use words effectively at work and home, and why self-talk matters too.
Words have the power to build up and the power to destroy. Using them well leads to healthier relationships, less stress, and fewer regrets. Best of all, it leads to the joy of seeing what God can do when he’s the one who speaks up.
This book is a wonderful addition to my biblical bookshelf. I highly recommend you to read this book. On Proverbs 31 Ministries website you can join the conversation about this book as well as join a bible study about Keep It Shut

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own. 


Monday, February 9, 2015

Homeschooling With A Baby


Homeschooling is hard enough with the constant demands of a baby. Our little Monkey is almost two (in March). Bear is six and Ducky is 4. Bear and Ducky are loving their school work each day. But, it is hard when Monkey wants to "monkey" around. Haha. He has good days and bad days.

Before Christmas, Monkey was still taking a morning nap. It was plenty of time to get homeschooling done with the big boys. But, after Christmas he lost the morning nap. It put a wrench in our homeschool day. For a week or so I didn't know what to do. I would try to do school at the dining room table and put Monkey in his high chair. That was a no-go right away. He was having none of it.

We have a school room that I absolutely love. The boys all love it too. We just got an aquarium with a few fish and it is so cute. I would love to use it again one day. But, with a baby it just isn't possible right now (he gets in to EVERYTHING).

Tips For Homeschooling With A Baby:


  1. Try teaching each student separately, if possible- my students are young enough that I can do this for now. I also "only" have three children (I say only because that is a lot to me but very little to some...haha). I start with Ducky each morning after breakfast. It takes about 30 minutes total for him (he still only in pre-k). Bear is next and his takes about 45 minutes to an hour (although I must admit, we sometimes spread his lessons out throughout the day).
  2. Give shorter lessons for the time being- I know this sounds crazy to some folks but I have no problem giving shorter lessons to help with the baby's schedule. Do shorter lessons and break them up more throughout the day. 
  3. Let the other children play with the baby- while you are working one-on-one with one student, the other (or others) can entertain the baby. My boys love this idea. They think they are "babysitting" Monkey. It is their job to keep baby occupied so I can work with the student. 
  4. Recruit help- if you live near family such as Grandparents, get them involved with the education of their grandchildren. I am blessed to have a MIL who is a retired reading specialist for an elementary school. My FIL is a retired college professor. They love to help out with teaching my children. If that doesn't work for you, get your hubby to help when he gets home from work. Save a couple of lessons for him to help with after dinner. 
  5. Don't stress out if you miss a lesson or two in a day- having a baby in the house means that the baby gets attention first. If you have to put the lessons away for a while because the baby is fussy or doesn't feel well, it is okay. The world will go on and you will survive. Your children will enjoy a little break to play or read and you can tend to the needs of your baby. 
Whatever you do, know that you are doing your very best. You chose to homeschool your children for one reason or another. You and your husband will be successful even in the midst of having all "littles". It can be loud and crazy sometimes but just go with the flow. All will be well. 

God bless!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Team Us: Marriage Together {A Review and GIVEAWAY!}


Giveaway at the bottom of this post!!

I have been hearing about the new book Team Us: Marriage Together by Ashleigh Slater for a while now. Many of my blogger friends were writing about it and posting on their Facebook pages about it. I was saving up to buy it when I got an email that said I could review the book. I almost jumped for joy. It is such a wonderful blessing to have the opportunity to review such treasures.

Ashleigh Slater is the founder and editor of the webzine Ungrind and a regular contributor to startmarriageright.com, iBelieve.com, The Time-Warp Wife, and For The Family. Ashleigh is married and has four daughters.

"Team Us addresses one of the most important aspects of an intimate marriage-becoming one. With a whimsical and engaging style, Ashleigh Slater challenges us to build our 'team' with careful thought, perseverance, and commitment." -Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage

Ashleigh tackles the promises we make when we say "I Do". In marriage, we tend to forget the vows we made on our wedding day. She reminds us why we took those vows and what exactly they mean. She gets deep into the commitments that are made on our wedding day.

When a couple promises "I do", they agree to more than just a shared last name, a joint bank account, and no more dateless nights. This husband and wife duo forms a new team. "Life together" becomes their mantra. Nothing can come between them. At least, that's the plan.

But, then real life sets in. With it come disappointments and frustrations. If a couple isn't intentional in their day-to-day interactions, that once enthusiastic "we" can slowly revert to "you" and "me". Before long, the couple's left wondering what happened to their team spirit.

This book offers couples practical ways to cultivate and strengthen unity in their marriages. Ashleigh shares from her own marriage as she presents couples with realistic ideas on how to foster cooperation, deepen commitment, and exercise grace on a daily basis.

This is a must read for couples just starting out in their marriages or a couple who has gotten stuck in a rut in their marriage. I know, for me personally, my children actually come first most of the time. My husband is put on the back burner so that I can tend to the needs of my little ones. But, in reality, my husband and I are "one". We took vows and made promises to love, honor, and be faithful to one another.

Team Us gives me the tools I need to start putting my marriage in the front seat. My husband deserves more of me and less of the excuses. This book is such a treasure. Ashleigh Slater did a wonderful job relating to the reader and being real about her own marriage as well.


Check out the book trailer HERE & hear from Ashleigh Slater HERE.

Check out Ashleigh’s blog HERE

Check out the official website HERE (you can read an excerpt here to see if you’d like it!)



Now For The Giveaway!

If you would like to win a copy of this book please leave a comment below telling me how long you have been married. If you are not married, then just leave a comment saying you stopped by. Make sure to leave an email address so I can contact you if you are the winner. 

For more chances to win please go to my sidebar and "like" my Facebook page and come back and comment that you did so. Follow my Pinterest account for another entry (and come back to let me know).

Winner will be chosen on February 10th so be on the look out to see if you win!

*I was given this book by Propeller Entertainment for review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*


Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday- 1/26/15

Another weekend has come and gone. Why does time fly so fast? We had an awesome weekend. My husband and I actually went on a date. I know, I can't believe it either. We rarely get to do that anymore so it was a very special treat. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with my husband. 




The Weather Outside Is:::
It is actually about 50 degrees outside right now with a slight overcast. BUT, we are supposed to get a snow storm tonight. Haha. Virginia weather!

On The Breakfast Table This Morning:::
Actually, all I had was some coffee and a protein shake. It was okay but I won't do that often. 

As I Look Outside My Window:::
It looks nice. Sun keeps peeking in and out.

Right Now I Am:::
Writing on my blog...haha. I have a lot on my mind. I have been praying a lot and thinking about my children and the kind of mother I want to be to them. 

As I Look Around The House:::
It is a not mess! I have a lot to do but no energy at all. I haven't been sleeping well lately so things have gone undone. I will do a bunch of it later on...after a short rest. 

On Today's To Do List:::
Laundry- fold the baskets that are clean
Grocery Store- check
Dishes- will do later
Bake a chicken for dinner- getting ready to put it in the oven

Currently Reading:::
Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman....oh yeah, it is a good book about what to say and how to say it. 

On The TV Today:::
My husband is watching some 3 night history show on the history channel. I dozed off last night. I am super tired lately. I am hoping to catch some of it tonight though.

On The Menu This Week:::
Monday- Baked chicken, rice pilaf, steamed broccoli
Tuesday- chicken soup with leftover baked chicken
Wednesday- I am going on a date with my dad and the guys will have whatever daddy fixes
Thursday- breakfast for dinner (my fav)
Friday- Korean beef with rice and veggies

What I Am Creating At The Moment:::
I have decided to start a new quilt. I am excited and very determined. 

New Recipe:::
The Korean Beef I am making on Friday night is from the Six Sister's Stuff Cookbook (the one with 52 weeks of recipes). I am looking forward to trying it out. 

Favorite Photo From The Camera:::

This is from almost 3 years ago. My niece is turning 3 this week!!

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes, Or Devotions:::
I am praying for my BFF this week. She is starting a new job and I am so proud of her. It is so exciting and nerve racking. I am thinking of her a lot today!

For more Happy Homemaker Monday please visit Sandra at Diary of a SAHM