Friday, September 19, 2014

Shelley Shepard Gray is heading back to Sugarcreek in JOYFUL! {Book giveaway.}

strong>Don't miss Shelley Shepard Gray's newest book in the Return to Sugarcreek series, Joyful. USA Today raved: "A sweet, straightforward story about how love can be tested by family, faith, and personal insecurity. Enjoyable and heartwarming."

Click the banner for a chance to win books 1-3 in Shelley's Return to Sugarcreek series! 
Winner announced on Shelley's blog on 9/30.


Joyful Return to Sugarcreek by Shelley Shepard Gray Book Review

A young Amish couple gets a second chance at love in New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray's final book in her Return to Sugarcreek series.

Randall Beiler is doing his best to put his family and the farm's needs first, even forsaking love. But though he tries, Randall knows he needs help caring for his younger siblings and keeping the house together.
When his brother offers pretty Elizabeth Nolt a job taking care of the house and cooking for the family, Randall is furious---and guilty about the way he once broke Elizabeth's heart. But when he learns that Elizabeth and her grandmother are struggling to make ends meet, he knows the offer, no matter how painful, is the right thing for everyone.
Elizabeth wants to refuse---to stay far away from the man who hurt her---but she needs the money. Though she vows to protect her heart, spending time in the Beiler household makes Elizabeth realize that, while she's older and wiser, her love for Randall still burns strong.
Randal, too, seems to want something more. But does he want Elizabeth because he truly loves her---or because he needs a housekeeper? If Randall sincerely wants something more, he must find a way to show Elizabeth---or risk losing his chance at love forever. 

My Thoughts:

This is book three in the, “Return to Sugarcreek” series. Don’t fret if you haven’t read the first book in the series as you will be able to follow along. I assure you that you will want to go back and read book one and two.

I had such a hard time putting this story down. I loved catching up with other characters from the previous novels and meeting new one.  

Elizabeth was warm and caring character. I really liked her personality. Randall I wanted to dislike at times for being such a fool. The Beiler boys just are to likable not to stay mad at them to long.

Judith and Ben I am so glad that we got to see how there story ended. I won’t give away any spoilers.

The new character’s Pippa and Bud I would of loved if the author spent a bit more time with them and got to know them better.

All the characters in this story were interesting and I am sad to see this series come to an end. I have really enjoyed this book.

Learn more about Joyful Return to Sugarcreek book 3. 

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Litfuse Publicity Group has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. In no way was I asked to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Get to Know Apostle Paul Book Review

Apostle Paul---part of the Get to Know series---is a unique biography about Paul. Focusing on the life and character of this Biblical hero, using color photographs, maps, and other visual resources to tell the whole story, young biography fans will come to learn more about this man of the God, his writings, his impact on the early church, and the role he plays in history. Featuring a bibliography and scriptural references throughout, this is sure to become a favorite for young readers and for first book reports.

A Boy Named Saul
A Hebrew of Hebrews
Destroy the Church!
The Road to Damascus
Preaching in the Synagogues
Christians: Followers of Christ
The First Missionary Journey
The Jerusalem Council
The Second Missionary Journey
The Third Missionary Journey
Appeal to Ceasar
From Paul in Rome

Other resources are:

Timeline of Paul
Selected Bibliography
Source Notes
Student Resources

This has wonderful full color photographs, maps, and other resources. The book has icons to help recognize important information and facts. Some of the icons are for information like:
Bible Hero-This is information about a Bible hero.
Eyewitness account-someone who saw what happened tells about it.
Did You Know?-You will learn some fun facts.
Word Bank – Learn the vocabulary of new words which are also highlighted in the book.

My Thoughts:

I like that this is simple for young readers yet filled with good information that is easy to understand. I love history and I love how this is presented in this book.

This would be great for any Christian school resource. I am planning on using this in my homeschool this year. I look forward to sharing it with my children.

This is a very unique series of Biographies that is perfect for children who are just learning how to study God’s word.

There are twelve chapters and each chapter is less than 12 pages. Each page also has boxes to help kids understand characters, or some interesting facts about the subject.

There are other books in this series also. I was very pleased with this book and would highly recommend this book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: BookLook Bloggers-Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me this Book free as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have or my own.

Our First Honey Harvest

We harvested our first honey last week from our beehives. We had lots of help from friends. It was a lot of fun having a friend around to share in all the excitement.
 A beekeepers must have tool. The smoker.
 We started out by adding fume board on top. The fume board has felt inside which you add a liquid(Honey Robber) to the felt that removes the bees from the super underneath it. The smell reminds me of throw-up. I would high tail it out of the box if it was on top of my house. It smells that bad. Next time I am buying one that doesn't smell so bad.
 Some the girls hanging out on the inner-board.
 I am waiting patiently for the bees to go down to the super below. It took around 5 minutes for the bees to leave the honey super underneath it. I had to use the brush to get a few stragglers. Most of them were the drones hanging out in the stinky honey super.
 Bug showing off a frame of capped off honey. The honey tasted so amazing. Nothing better than fresh honey right out of the hive.
Bug is pulling the frames from the box.
 Into the extractor.
 Bug got the honors of doing the first spin.
 The kids enjoyed watching the extractor.
 The excitement begins when the first honey starts to flow.
 The kids enjoyed chewing on the capping covered in honey.
 We bottled it all up. I understand why they call it liquid gold. You don't really appreciate the value and cost of honey until you have been a beekeeper and you see how hard the girls work and all the time invested into working the hive.
 Some of the empty frames
 We left some of the cappings for the bees to clean up.
Bug's brochure for her micro buisness

We can't wait until next spring. I have plenty of time to clean up our stickly tablecloth and floor. Actually it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. We used a tarp and cardboard on the kitchen floor.

Monday, September 15, 2014

We Made Homemade Soap

We have been making soap bars in our house. I used a base that we just needed to melt down and not something we had to make from scratch. The kids are able to help without working with lye and other ingrediants.
 This kit is a honey glycerin based kit. We added some essential oils for the fragrance and I wanted to add coconut oil also.
 As  you can image this was Little Man's favorite part. I think he was trying to be an Ninja while cutting up the base. We had full sound effects going.
Little Man is adding some coconut oil.
 Bug decided she wanted to add some Lavender essential oil.
Now pouring the base into the molds.
 This took some effort on Bug's part and she was sure proud of herself.
We had so much fun doing the other ones that I ordered a goat's milk base. This one is organic oatmeal and lemongrass oil. It smells delightful.
Frankincense and Myrrh-very refreshing.
 The favorite is the Lavender flowers and oil.
This has been the one that Bug has sold the most of. This is my favorite one. 

I love the smell of Lavender. I think next time I will layer it more so the flowers are throughout the soap and not just sink to the bottom.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Week in Review #4-2014-2015

We are in study Biblical, Jewish, and Ancient Israel history

Scripture Memory Verse:

We did do memory verses this week but, I am totally blank with which one! LOL it has been a busy week.  


We have been in Matthew 5 and having some good discussion on the chapter. 

We also started:

A Child’s Bible Lessons from the Torah by Seymour Rossel

Artscroll a Childs Introduction to the Siddur.

The Word-Wise Adventures of Yisrael and Meir Going Global Book One: The Thirty-one Mitzvos

Read out Louds

We are reading, "
Christian Heroes: Then & Now Lillian Trasher They Greatest wonder in Egypt by Janet & Geoff Benge

For Poetry we are reading, “To
Be a Free People the Saga of Israel by Michael Bar-Zohar. This is a book of poems, songs, newspaper articles, and quotes from Israel.

Physical and Health Education

Little Man is still doing karate twice a week. Right now our weekly PE class is on hold.

Therapy and Appointments

All therapies were canceled this week due to Dr. appointments.

 History and Geography

Due to all of our appointments and harvesting honey this week we didn’t do anything in these subjects. I also watched a friend’s children one day this week.

Language Arts and Math

Bug is doing well with the Christian Light language arts so far. The pace and amount is not overwhelming for her. We are also doing Junior Analytical Grammar which is going well with her.

Bug is loving her Reading Pathways. It has actually been the first thing that she ask for when we start school.

Little Man has been doing Daily Language Lesson and is working on several areas with this. I like these workbooks as they are just 4-5 problems that do a lot of different problems throughout the year. We have also been doing IEW Fix It! Grammar which I will do a review on soon.

Math is doing well with both kids. I have to help them both more this year while they are working on the problems. Little Man is getting more challenged this year. 


 We pressed some leaves into a press this week and talked about some of the basic structure of plants.
 We found a some different leaves in our yard and identified them
 Added them to the leaf press.
 Bug found way to many leaves to fit into one are. She had a hard time deciding which leaves to press for her collection.
 We worked on our science notebook.
We found some new caterpillar on our sunflowers. Of course they ended up inside in our butterfly garden. I have no idea what kind it is at this point. We haven't had a chance to research it either.
We learned a lot about force and motion this week while extracting honey.

Hebrew, Art, and Misc... Studies

Little Man is doing Hebrew at the synagogue and working on vocabulary with Daddy. I will start in a few weeks after I get settled into our new schedule.

Bug is working on her verses in Hebrew for her upcoming Bat Mitzvah. She is now starting to sing it. We only have 8 weeks left before her big day.

Art has not started at this time also.


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