Friday, May 22, 2015

Our Week Through the Lenses of a Camera

We had some work going on that left us without power for a few hours. Luckily it was a beautiful day outside.

We took our school out on the back porch as it was a little humid inside and we needed better lighting.
Our new pet. Ruby the Beta fish.
A friend bought the kids some donuts! 
I like the bee one the most. The other one was filled with Oreo's.
 Field Day. Standing long jump.
Standing long jump.
Standing long jump.
 Standing long jump.
Standing long jump.
 Standing long jump.
 Running long jump.
Running long jump.
Running long jump. 



 Running long jump.
 Running long jump.

 Soft Ball throwing
Soft Ball throwing.

This was just a few of the events. Little Man won a third place ribbon for the 400 meter run.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Simple Prayer by Amy Clipston Book Review



 
Life has taken much from Linda Zook. Now she dares to hope for a chance at love and a new beginning.

Linda Zook, 32, works part-time at the Lancaster Grand Hotel. As the sole survivor of a buggy accident that left her orphaned at age four, she was raised by her unwilling Uncle Reuben. Linda longs to be worthy of someone, but the life-long effects of her injuries and her upbringing under the care of her embittered uncle have destroyed her self-worth. 

Aaron Ebersol, 32, left the Amish community 17 years ago when he could no longer bear the restrictions or the constant tension with his father. He'd written too many unanswered letters to his mother and found himself incapable of putting down any roots in his new home in Missouri. Success in work could not replace the family that denied Aaron, even after all of these years. 

Aaron hastily returns to the Amish community of Paradise, PA, after receiving word of his mother's stroke. Hesitant to get too close to the family he was once a part of, he decides to stay at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast. He soon encounters Linda, working there part-time, and they begin to develop a friendship.

Aaron's return allows him to reconnect with his family as he jumps into home improvement projects, hoping to make his parents' house more accessible to his handicapped mother. But before long, he is enraged to learn that his brother, Solomon, had hidden all of Aaron's letters to their mother. .
Linda and Aaron must each learn to forgive the family members who have deceived and forsaken them. And Aaron must also show Linda that she is worthy of his love.

About the Author

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats.

My Thoughts:

This is the fourth and final book in the Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel series. It has been a delightful series that I am sad to see it coming to an end. This can be read without reading the previous books as it stands alone. You will want to read the other three as they are all wonderful books. Amy does a wonderful job getting you up to date with the characters and does a family tree to remember who goes with whom in the families. As many books as I read I find this helpful to keep my series straight.

I have read a lot of Amish fiction as I know that it will be a clean book with no surprises. Some authors just do it right and know how to keep you coming back to read more. Amy Clipston is one of those authors who write a good story.
The characters have a lot of debt to them and she just makes the characters real with real life issues that we can relate to.

The book starts out with Aaron Ebersol a sort of prodigal son and him coming back home to see his mom who recently suffered a stroke. Aaron is actually my favorite character. He has a big heart and a lot of personality. He also carries a lot of guilt and not forgiving himself. His relationship with his brother is intense at times and you can feel it while reading this story.

Then there is Linda Zook who is an orphaned raised by her uncle. Her uncle really didn’t want her. Her life is illustrated so clearly and the sadness and just brokenness within the pages of this story. Linda is not going to let her situation bring her down. Her faith just shines throughout the book.

Then Aaron and Linda rekindle their friendship after a somewhat rocky start.

I don’t want to give away too much of the story. I think you will be pleased and have a hard time putting the book down.

This is the final book in this series but, I look forward the next series from Amy Clipston.  

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.


Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bug's 10 Minutes of Fame

Around 2 weeks ago Bug went on TV to promote the rodeo she is in for the horse therapy center. She was pretty excited to get interviewed. Afterwards friends and family called her to tell her that they seen her on the TV. 
 It was interesting seeing what goes on behind the scene in the news room. Behind us was the weather control center. We were expecting some bad weather that evening and the coming days. They were quite busy. 
 Bug was on the Brett & Sierra Show on KWCH. It's a half and hour show that talks about the happening going on in Wichita. I've never seen or heard of the show until a few days before.
 Bug had to stay still and quite while other guest speakers were filming the show. She did really good.
 This was the introductions before they went live. Which basically was  a commercial break.
 Bug was nervous and I told her prior to not fidget. She wanted to know what to do if her nose itched or if she had to pick it. I just told her," don't". She came up with her own solutions and sat on her hands. I'm glad that she didn't pick her nose!
 A lot of discussions about the therapy center and the amazing results that are seen on a horse. Bug got to share about her favorite horse.
Afterwards they posed for a picture. It was a lot of fun for Bug. Then the whole family gathered around the TV that evening to watch her 10 minutes of fame.

FishFlix.com a TOS Crew Review



 https://www.fishflix.com/
My family recently reviewed two DVDs from FishFlix.com. We received a physical copy DVD of Metamorphosis and Flight to watch.

FishFlix.com is a Christian movie company that provides safe family friendly movies for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you are looking for Christian base science educational movie or maybe you have the hankering for some history. Or maybe you want a family night movie. There truly is something for everyone.

I watched both films with my 9 year old son and my 12 year old daughter. We would pause or replay the DVD to ask questions or to clarify something so my kids would understand the science or some of the vocabulary. I would say the films are for ages 10 and up to truly appreciate the science. Younger kids can watch as it is very entertaining.
 https://www.fishflix.com/metamorphosis.html

Metamorphosis is created by Illustra Media. Metamorphosis has an approximate running time of 64 minutes with over an hour of bonus features.
In Metamorphosis you will learn the amazing cycle of egg, caterpillar, to an amazing transformation into a butterfly. You may think that you know about this amazing process called, “metamorphosis” but, you are going to learn much more than you ever imagined.

It starts out explaining how certain plants are vital to the survival of many butterfly species as they have specific plants that they will lay their eggs on.

Then it gets into details about the Darwin and Natural Selection and disputes the information that they base their theory on. As during the metamorphosis process the chrysalis is transformed into a completely new creature down to the DNA which defies the Natural Selection theory as the basis of it in layman terms says that you are making a copy of yourself which the caterpillar is not able to reproduce to make more caterpillars. You will walk away from this film seeing God’s as an intelligent creator and not some random chance in His creation.

There is so much more in this documentary from the migration of the Monarch butterflies from Canada throughout North America into Mexico. How they discovered the place they reside in during the winter. It was absolutely breathtaking. My daughter is ready to pack her bags to see it with her own eyes.

My son thought it was amazing to watch it all and informed me that it was “pretty good”.

The whole film of Metamorphosis was breathtaking. The animated illustrations and filming will intrigue you with the beauty of the film. The background music throughout the film was delightful. I just can’t say enough good things about Metamorphosis. My words just couldn't do the justice it deserves.

My 12 year old entomologist was glued to the film and has watched it several times. She has just absorbed it like a sponge. She even told me that she has learned something new watching this film.

After the movie we put out some watermelon out in the yard to attach a bunch of butterflies. We identified them and enjoyed watching the different ones come into our yard and stay awhile.

 


https://www.fishflix.com/flight-the-genius-of-birds-dvd.html

Flight is also created by Illustra Media. The DVD is around 63 minutes. The music was delightful along with the gorgeous presentation of the film.

The first topic in Flight goes into how a bird is created inside the egg from the embryo until it hatches within a few weeks. It was amazing time lapse video of the development of the egg.

Surprisingly my kids’ favorite part was the learning to fly. I thought it would be the egg development and the baby birds. It shows you the various kinds of feathers to how the wings graceful movements in a slow motion with both the actual bird and video animations. Shows the muscles and bones and how they work. Then the bird landing was just as breathtaking watching.

I personally was intrigued by the hummingbird. This section was truly remarkable to watch. The film and animations was astonishing. It goes in detail of how they hover and how the skeleton design allows them to fly backwards and do there amazing aerobic flight in the air. I could just go on and on but, then that wouldn’t be fair for those who haven’t watched it yet.

There was so much more intriguing information from the Artic Tern, European Starlings, and even some information on dinosaurs.

After we watched Flight we grabbed our bird field guide and went out and watched these amazing birds with a new appreciation of how God created them. Both of the kids enjoyed Flight.

  


Conclusions

Both films are amazing with high quality filming and animations. The background music was very appropriate. The scientist and explanations are easy to follow and I didn’t feel like they were talking way over my head. They did a good job explaining the information.

Both films truly dispute the evolution theory and give scientific reasoning in my eyes that is beyond a doubt that God created these amazing insects and birds.

The true test is my children and the response that both films got from them. It was a pleasure sharing these with my kids. I look forward to exploring some other films from FishFlix.com in the future.

 
Other TOS Crew members reviewed different films so stop by and find out about the other movies.
http://schoolhousereviewcrew.com/fishflix-review/

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