Thursday, December 12, 2013

God Has A Plan For Everything..

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: . . . and a time to heal" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 3b

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sorry I've Been Away

Sorry I've been away for a couple of months I am currently pregnant with our 8th child and have had morning sickness 24/7, between that and my Son graduation from Army boot camp we have had a full past few months. God has blessed us again with another girl due April 6, 2014, that will make us 7 girls and 1 boy!!  God is good and we thank him every day for the blessings he has given us.  I will be on the site more often since I am feeling much better and am past the half way mark.  Please continue to use the blog for free resources for your homeschool needs. Take care and God Bless

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Five Reasons Why Art Should Be a Priority in Your Homeschool Curriculum

Five Reasons Why Art Should Be a Priority in Your Homeschool Curriculum

By James H. Pence, performance artist, author, teacher, homeschooling dad
“I’d like to teach art, but there are too many subjects to teach and only so much available time in our school day.” I hear that frequently from homeschooling parents. Couple that with the fact that many parents find it difficult to teach art, and it’s no wonder that art instruction is shifted to the back burner—or left out altogether—in many homeschool curriculums. This situation is not unique to homeschoolers, either. As budgets tighten in public and private schools, often the arts are the first things cut.
That is unfortunate, because from both an educational and spiritual standpoint, art instruction brings many benefits to the table. I could list quite a few, but here are five key reasons why I believe art should be given a place of priority in any homeschool curriculum:
• Art Instruction Helps Improve Observational Skills – When students begin to draw and paint, they learn how to observe. When I began painting landscapes, I didn’t realize that I was honing my observational skills. As a matter of fact, I thought I was doing it to relax. But one day I was outside and saw a distant stand of trees. For the first time I observed that the trees weren’t merely “green” but that there were several different shades of green visible in that one group of trees. It was as if a light switched on inside my head. From that point forward, I began to notice the details of the world around me.
• Art Instruction Develops Creative Problem-Solving Abilities – Many of our educational efforts are directed toward the logical and analytical sides of our children. We train them in mathematics, science, history, worldview, etc., because we see these as essential for their future in the world. However, art instruction cultivates creative and problem-solving abilities. As I wrestle with a composition or try to figure out how to portray a scene on canvas, I am engaging in problem-solving. It’s very easy to become frustrated with a drawing or painting and want to quit, but I’ve discovered that I learn much more by finishing a project than I will by abandoning it. Teaching our children to draw encourages them to cultivate the discipline and ability to solve problems, a skill that will be useful throughout their lives.
• Appreciation of Creation – Art instruction encourages a child to explore and appreciate God’s creation. God is the supreme artist. As He observes his creation, he stands back, as it were, and says, “It is very good.” Likewise, when we teach art, we’re teaching our children to look at what God has done and say, “It is very good.” There is no better way to develop a sense of wonder in your child than to get them involved in drawing or painting the world around them. As they slow down to look at creation (a necessity if you’re going to draw it), they can’t help but be awestruck at the beauty that they see.
• Develops the Whole Person – God created us in His image. That image includes creativity. Instruction in the arts in general and art in particular encourages the expression of the imago dei (image of God), in our children. Whether it’s drawing, painting, sculpture, writing, or music, when we encourage our children to become involved in creative activity, we are helping them to develop into whole, well-rounded individuals.
• Connect with God – The two previous points combined produce a third. By using art to encourage your children to appreciate God’s creation and to be creative, you are giving them two powerful tools for connecting with God. We are told to worship the Lord in the “beauty of holiness”. In cultivating an appreciation of beauty and aesthetics, we are giving our children the means to cultivate hearts that worship Him.
There are many other reasons why art should have a place of priority in your homeschool curriculum. These ones focus on the “big picture”. As you plan your school schedule, be sure to keep the big picture in mind and include art, even if it’s only one day a week.
You’ll be glad you did.

Thursday, August 8, 2013


FREE Walt Disney Copywork and Notebook Page – August Special

by Jim PenceAugust 1, 2013

This month’s special is Art Projects: Cartooning that will help bring imagination to life. It’s cartooning for kids of all ages. So take advantage of this great deal! It will be a treat for the whole family!
Art Projects- Cartooning is only $12.50! Retail Price is 14.99.
Use Coupon Code: AUGUST
Hurry! Offer good thru August 31, 2013.

I thought it would be FUN to learn about Walt Disney along with the art of cartooning, so here’s FREE Walt Disney copywork quotes and a notebook page that your children can enjoy.
Walt Disney FREE Resources

Monday, July 29, 2013

Hearts At Home Curriculum Giveaway...

Sponsors of our 3rd Annual Back to Home School Giveaway ~ Ready to Enter? Click here!

Prize Package Details - Total Prizes Valued at $1,906! How it works: We will draw 12 individual winners - one for each prize pack below.

Hearts at Home Curriculum Store - Hearts at Home is offering a 5-Subject Switched on Schoolhouse Complete Set. Switched-On Schoolhouse is a comprehensive, Christian homeschool curriculum that offers computer-based learning for grades 3-12. With animation, video clips, and other fascinating multimedia, Switched-On Schoolhouse is the perfect Christian homeschool curriculum for today's generation.Winners will select one grade between 3-12. Hearts at Home offers over 200 publishers at up to 30% off everyday! Super fast, flat rate shipping & great service. Owned and operated by a homeschooling family. Total Value - $450
Founders Academy - Founders Academy is an online instructional resource to assist you in your homeschooling. They provide live, interactive and engaging instruction in American Government and Free Market Economics for a variety of ages. Winners will win the following: Sensational Signers of the Declaration of Independence & Choice of ONE: Government 101 OR Economics 101. (Note: Semester of Economics or Government class must be used Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 and has no cash value if not claimed or used. If you have no high school students, you may substitute Economics or Government for the Young Patriot's American History.) Total Value - $221
Bright Ideas Press - Enter to win a year of your choice of Illuminations plus the corresponding science and history books that go with it (either The Mystery or History or All American History and a year of Christian Kids Explore Science). Tired of planning it all yourself? Do you long to teach your kids together at the same time? Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all the planning you need to do? Do you ever wish you could find all your plans in one place? Illuminations is your answer! Illuminations is an all-inclusive* curriculum plan, covering Bible, language arts (grammar, writing, copywork, spelling, and vocabulary), literature, science, humanities (poetry, theater, music, and art), geography, history, and life skills. Total

*does not include math - Value - $215

Cover Story - From the creator of The One Year Adventure Novel comes a new writing curriculum for mid-grade students. Cover Story takes middle school students – 6th through 8th grade – on a guided tour through the universe of Story. The program covers poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, interviews, blogs, letters, and much more in video lessons taught by a professional writer. A complete Language Arts program: Writing, Story techniques and structure, Literature, Critical thinking, & Grammar (included but optional.) Total Value - $149
Home School Adventure Co. has bundled an exciting and unique critical thinking collection which includes: Philippians in 28 Weeksâ„¢ - a simple and painless way to memorize an entire book of Scripture, The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions - an enchanting fable that unmasks the ugliness of pride and selfishness, and the newly released Philosophy Adventureâ„¢ -Pre-Socratics - designed to help students 6th-12th grade cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of ideas. Total Value $148
BrimWood Press - BrimWood Press is dedicated to providing thought-rich, visually stimulating materials that enable children to grasp essential concepts of learning through pioneering methods that engage the whole child. Their package is the "Conversations Worldview Kit" - a combination of some of the most popular BrimWood Press' worldview products: Christian Theology & Ancient Polytheism, Historical Novels for Engaging Thinkers, Introduction to Worldview, & Conversations from the Garden. Total Value - $125
A+ TutorSoft - Multisensory-Interactive Homeschool MATH ONLINE (1 year Access) - Our Multi-Sensory Interactive MATH Curriculum Software makes learning MATH fun and easy by using audio, computer animated visuals and text. It is designed to keep your child's attention. Total Value - $125
Heritage History - The Heritage Classical Curriculum is the easiest, least expensive, and most enjoyable way to learn traditional history. Their "living books" reading program uses narrative histories that were popular with young people of earlier generations and features books of interest to students of all ages. This giveaway includes the following titles: Young Readers, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, British Middle Ages, & British Empire. Total Value - $125
Memoria Press - First Form Latin Set - Written by Cheryl Lowe (author of the best-selling Latina Christiana), First Form and its sister Latin products have been used by more than 100,000 students across the world to learn Latin! First Form's grammar-first approach focuses on grammar forms and vocabulary because these are the skills suitable for the grammar stage student. The First Form Series is for students of all ages because all beginners—regardless of age—are in the grammar stage of learning. Total Value - $115 - Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership with 1-year bonus access to The Notebooking Publisher web-app. Your Membership includes access to ALL of their products on this page PLUS LIFETIME updates...past, present, & future products...all yours! Total Value - $100
Blogelina - The Complete Blog Set-Up/Makeover Package. Have you ever wanted a blog, but you didn't know where to start? Wonder how you can make money for your family by blogging? This complete package is for you! If you already have a blog, get a FREE makeover! Total Value - $79
Write Through the Bible Write Through the Bible is a series of copywork printables designed for an entire school year, combining the disciplines of handwriting, dictation, vocabulary, and Scripture memory into one daily activity. Prize includes The ENTIRE Write Through the Bible Collection along with The Heart of Humility: Teaching Your Kids to Put Others First (A family study of Philippians 2:1-18). The Workbooks will be in both manuscript and cursive & you can choose between ESV or KJV versions! Total Value - $54

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Saturday, July 27, 2013 Pay What You Want.... has just released the FIRST EVER **Pay What You Want* Event! There are over 4,000 homeschool curriculum items to choose from.  For those of you struggling and on a budget for homeschool curriculum, you can even enter 0.00 and get the item for Free. Head over offer ends July 29, 2013.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Enter to Win! Hospitality with Michelle Duggar

Head over to the Duggars Blog for a DVD Giveaway...

We have watched the Duggars open up their home to countless visitors, but how exactly do they make hospitality work practically for their family? What is their vision for hospitality? How can you make hospitality work in your home? Get the answers to these questions and many more in Hospitality with Michelle Duggar, a 40-minute DVD filled with insights from the mother of nineteen.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Need Help Feeding Your Pets....

I found this Awesome site that you can sign up for "PET FOOD STAMPS". If you are struggling to keep your pets because you just don't have the additional funds to feed them. This site was designed just for you.  About this site.

The Pet Food Stamps program, a registered NY State non-profit corporation available throughout the United States, has been created to fill the void in the United States Food Stamp program which excludes the purchase of pet food. In these rough economic times, many pet owners are forced to abandon their beloved pet to the ASPCA, North Shore Animal League or other animal shelters due to the inability to pay for their basic food supply and care. There are over 50 million Americans who currently receive Food Stamps, many with dogs or cats, who simply cannot afford to feed their animals, and these cherished companions are dropped off at animal shelters where they will most likely be put to sleep. Many people are also forced to choose between feeding their pets or themselves. A recent New York Times article states that “animal shelters have reported a steep rise in the number of cats and dogs being surrendered as owners face unemployment, home foreclosures, evictions and other financial hardships.” As more families struggle with difficult choices like paying the rent or buying food, some have to choose between keeping their pet and putting food on the table.. Seven million pets are surrendered to shelters each year due to the inability of pet parents to pay for food, with four million of those pets put to sleep. The Pet Food Stamps program aims to eliminate the needless death of these loving pets and keep families together.

The Pet Food Stamps program is not a government program and exclusively funds its operation from donations from individuals, business and foundation grants. We are able to eliminate the heart-wrenching decision of surrendering a pet by making sure these pet owners are given free home deliveries of Pet Food to maintain the health, vitality and companionship of their pets.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

10 Free Learning Websites For Kids

Need additional resources for your homeschooling? Here are 10 Free Learning Websites For Kids.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Budget Friendly Father's Day Gift

What's better then a homemade gift from the kiddo's for Father's Day.  Make a book for Dad!!! Each child could make there own. All you need is a printer and printer paper.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

FREE The Shipwrecked Copywork and June Special! From SEE THE LIGHT

See the light has FREE copywork for Shipwrecked. And a special on the DVD for the month of June..

The Shipwrecked - Bible and Art Lesson is only $12.50 during the month of June! This retails at 14.99.
Use Coupon Code: JUNE
Hurry! Offer good thru June 30, 2013.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Need To Homeschool On A Budget...

I have found another great FREE learning site for kids. If you are homeschooling like I am you will find this site a great resource and its FREE.  Homeschooling does not have to cost a fortune, kids can learn without having the expensive boxed curriculum.  When I first started homeschooling I thought we needed the fancy boxed curriculum boy was I wrong my kids actually learn more from the curriculum I put together for them mainly from free sites. Head over and check this site out.

Sunday, June 2, 2013 Get Your FREE Card.

If you are a NEW customer to, you can get a FREE card! is giving away 1,000,000 free cards through June 17, 2013, so be sure to get yours!  You must use the code TREAT1MA to get the offer

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Hearts At Home Giveaway

Hearts At Home is having a giveaway going on for a $50 Hearts at Home Gift Certificate. Head on over to enter. This giveaway ends at 11:59PM EST on 6-7-13

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Create A Better Blog Post

Are you trying to build your Blog? I have found a site which helps instantly find and correct grammatical mistakes. Improve word choice with context vocabulary and avoid plagiarism by checking your texts. You can try it for a 7 day free trial to see if you like it. It helps to have a second set of eyes looking at what you have written, a better Blog post is going to bring in more traffic to your blog. Go over and check it out for your free Trial.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Homeschooling For Free..

Here is a site you can print all types of Math Worksheets for FREE.... Homeschooling does not have to cost a fortune.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Just Give It To God.....

I have to say the Lord has been testing me the past two weeks.  Between financial crisis, dealing with not so friendly neighbors.  I have also just gone through my second Miscarriage in two months. It's times like this that I just want to lay down and give up in all honesty.  With that said where is that going to lead me back to the same dark place I was in.  What I have learned is just to lay it all on the Lord, what is his will his way is what will be done and stressing over all of it will not change anything. Do you ever find yourself in this place?  Try to give it to the Lord all of it whole heartily and trust him and follow his lead if you listen he will direct you. Blessings.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Free Printable Household Notebook..

I came across this site for FREE printable household notebook pages, Budgeting Finances, Making it on one Income.. Go over and Print yours.

Budget Worksheet

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Earthbound Farm Organic Carrots .13 Cents After Coupon

Here's another great deal at Walmart...

Earthbound Farm Organic Carrots, 16 oz $0.88, regular price
Price after coupon .13 cents
Get your coupon here.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kraft Fresh Take "Coupon" Deal.

Here is another great coupon deal from Kraft for Fresh Take.  If you go to Walmart they are a $1.49 so after coupon you pay .49 cents each. Awesome deal here is the link to print out your coupons.
you can usually print the coupon at least 3 times per computer so if you have more then one computer you can stock pile the coupons. And yes you can freeze the cheese packets just put in the freezer I will usually pull mine out a few hours before I need it and put them in the fridge to thaw.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Lets Help The Romeike Family From Being Deported...

The Romeike family needs our help from being deported.  Please read and sign the petition.

Romeike Family

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Kids Bedtime Prayer....

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
thy angels watch me through the night,
And keep me safe till morning's light.[

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Ephesians 5:22-33

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, ...

Monday, February 11, 2013

Large Family Humor....!

I seriously get asked just about every time I go to the store are they all yours, or you have your hands full.  I could go on and on. I thought this was perfect....

Inexpensive Fabric Softener Recipe

Fabric Softner recipe #2 will last our family size of 7 a full year.


Recipe #1
1 Cup White Vinegar
Add vinegar to rinse cycle. Works great. Removes residue and odors. Also helps to keep washing machine and hoses fresh and clean too.

Recipe #2
1 Container of Name Brand Fabric Softener
4 Inexpensive sponges, cut in half

Pour entire container of softener into a 5 gallon bucket. Fill empty softener container with water twice. (2 parts water to 1 part softener) Add sponges to softener/water mixture. When ready to use wring out extra mixture from one sponge and add to the dryer as you would a dryer sheet

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Homemade Laundry Detergent...Great Money Saver...

Homemade Laundry Detergent...Great Money Saver...
It's that time of year again we are all trying to save money.  I thought I would repost one of our biggest money savers..

Having alot of children creates alot of laundry about 35 loads per week, since we are on such a tight budget we make our own laundry detergent it costs approx. $3.50 every 2 months for laundry detergent. Below is the receipe.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value

4 Cups hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax

- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Free President’s Day Unit Study and Notebooking Pages

Presidents Day is coming and we are doing a study unit on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln I came across a great freebie study unit.  Here is the link to grab yours.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Psalm 139:14

"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well" (Psalm 139:14).

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Need Resources For Your Homeschool...

My friend Jamerrill has some great resources at Home school deals, head over to her site and sign up to receive updated freebies and discounted deals.  This has been a great resource for our family.