So . . . This Happened . . .

I’ve been MIA here on the blog lately because a “thing” happened. My husband and I were on our way home one evening a few weeks ago, a woman hit us. Nothing broken but the minivan, but I had a lot of deep bruising, and painful (very painful!) issues with my rib cage. I was unable to manage stairs, or even lie down. So for two weeks, I slept downstairs, sitting up.

Here is what my minivan looked like the last time I saw it . . .

We will hopefully have it back by the 20th from repairs.

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Balancing Diapers and Deadlines From Lisa Tanner Writing: My Review

Since I haven’t had kids wearing diapers in a VERY long time, I was unsure about how well the Balancing Diapers and Deadlines course would fit into my current Life. I ended up being glad to have been assigned this course for review, because author Lisa Tanner has made a lot of things much easier to learn! This course is available at Lisa Tanner Writing.

My kids are older, but there are many things it has taken a lot longer than a “normal” family to work our way into a feasible plan each day/week/year. I did learn a lot though, things I really wish I had done differently during their younger years.

Many moms who go through this course might be doing so because they are trying to grow a business while having to also take care of their children. Me? At this time, I just want to grow my blog, have time to focus on ideas, and get them coherently written! 🙂

This course is all text based, withpdf  downloads  to go with some of the lessons. Because it is text based, I found it easier to pay attention to the lessons than I do when doing a video lesson.

Balancing Diapers and Deadlines is an online, eight unit course. The units are:

  • Welcome to Balancing Diapers & Deadlines
  • Building Your Foundation with the Basics
  • Minimize Your Decisions
  • Minimize Your Decisions:The Annual Meal Plan
  • Sustainable Growth
  • Growing a Business with Your Kids Around
  • Boost Your Productivity
  • Closing Thoughts

W#ithin the units, there are numerous lessons which fit in nicely with the unit name. Some of my favorites were:

  • Flexible Routines

This is something I’ve long struggled with. I have special needs children who have trouble with things changing, and would get upset if something we said we were going to do now had to be changed to a different time. I’ll be working with my husband on this one for sure!

  • Plan of the Day

This helped me to see how helpful it would be to sit down with the kids to lay out what our day would look like . . .

  • Plan of the Day Part 2

This is a great lesson for the inevitable times that “the plan” does not work out and needs to be changed on the fly. That has always been a hard one to handle in our home!

  • The 15-Minute Quick Clean

This lesson is just perfect! Not just for me, I think everyone can benefit from it! As I learned from another system long ago (but have definitely strayed away from) You can do ANYTHING for fifteen minutes!

  • Setting Boundaries

This was not what I expected from the title. I thought it would be about setting boundaries with other people in order to have uninterupted work time. It is not about that!

  • You Need Sleep!

Breaking it down, we all need to decide if we are sleeping enough. Many of us are not!

  • You Need Some Free Time!

I struggle a LOT with this one! It’s really hard to carve out “me” time without feeling guilty, or feeling that I am stealing time from my husband and kids.This lesson helped me to know that i NEED to do this, and how to do it.

All in all, I found this course to be great for me in some areas, and not applicable in others. I do think it would be a worthwhile course for most moms, whether they have young children or not, are running a business or simply looking to grow their blog! It is available for purchase at the bottom of this page.

Please go and read what other crew members think of this course, by clicking on the picture below:

Balancing Diapers and Deadlines {Lisa Tanner Writing Reviews}

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My Security Ball!

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I DARE You to Roll Away!

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Brinkman Adventures Season 6 {Our Review}

We love adding Audio Dramas to our family’s library of resources, and so I was thrilled to receive the digital version of Season 6: Underground Rising from Brinkman Adventures for our listening pleasure.

We first discovered Brinkman adventures a few years ago, when reviewing one of their other productions, and you can check out that review by going here!

Brinkman Adventures is a wonderful audio drama series, with powerful stories from the lives of real missionaries brought to life by the Brinkman family. Through the eyes of this large fictional family the real life missionaries stories come to life and help us to really get to know the subjects of each story.

I was hooked immediately when I listened to the short trailer below, as I am fascinated with the time period involved in it.

I want to make sure my kids learn about World War 2, and I hope every child learns of this so that it never happens again! The trailer is from the two-part episode Dutch Underground, a story related by a woman who was there, to her grandchildren. I felt like I was there in the middle of it, and my children were riveted.

There are six episodes in season 6. They are:

  • Dutch Underground, Part 1 (Resisting Evil)
  • Dutch Underground, Part 2 (Helping When it’s Risky)
  • Twice Born Fly (Salvation)
  • I Wonder Why? (Trusting God’s Plan)
  • Free Burma Rangers, Part 1 (Can God Use a Warrior)
  • Free Burma Rangers, Part 2 (God Guides Even When He Feels Distant)

While we enjoyed every single episode, there were some that spoke to me personally. I wonder Why? is about trusting God’s plan, something I have been having a good deal of trouble with lately. I won’t go into detail as to what issue is troubling me, and I won’t lie and say that this episode made me completely able to let go and trust, but it has helped me to get closer to doing so.

Free Burma Rangers Part 2 (God Guides Even When He Feels Distant) is kind of hitting me in the same place. There are some things I don’t understand going on in my life, and I haven’t  felt God’s closeness. I HAVE felt that He is being distant, and I have been feeling as if He doesn’t care. So these two episodes are good for anyone feeling this way to listen to, in my opinion.

Brinkman Adventures has provided a page on their website to give you a lot of information about “The Real Stories” behind the adventures which are dramatized in their productions. Check that out here!

Brinkman Adventures is offering a special coupon code good for 10% off. It is live from October 10 through October 21 2018. Please feel free to check this out!

I’d love to have you go and read what my fellow Review Crew members think of Season 6: Underground Uprising! To see what they think, just click on the picture below.

Brinkman Adventures Season 6 Reviews 

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More Freezer Meals!

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You all know that our family has been making meals for the freezer for over a year now. I wanted to share the most recent set we’ve done using MyFreezeasy.

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Each recipe you see named above gives us 2 meals for the freezer, and we actually ended up with enough to make four of the Lazy Lasagna Bake. We used one of those for a church potluck on Sunday. 🙂

My main working partner during this process is usually “The Artist,” and one or another of his brothers goes with me to do all of the pre-prep shopping.

Here, “The Artist” and I are putting it all together . . .

 

And here, the bounty of our efforts!

  • Lazy lasagna Bake – 4
  • Chicken Fajita Bake – 2
  • Bacon Wrapped Chicken – 2
  • Sloppy Dogs (topping) – 2
  • Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

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Plus, I now also have in the freezer a gallon freezer bag with the extra chicken in BBQ sauce! Not bad for just a couple of hours in the kitchen!

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David C Cook: Forensic Faith for Kids & Casemakers Academy {Review}

 

For the past several weeks we have been learning how to be detectives with the Case Makers Academy’Forensic Faith for Kids provided by David C Cook.

David C Cook  is a site where you will find numerous Christian resources such as books, crafts, curriculum, Bible Studies and more, for men, woman and children. If you are looking for something for small groups or large, or individuals, they have quite a bit. The book we received, Forensic Faith for Kids, does not use the King James version of the Bible,  which as you know would always be my preference, however it is written in such a way that you can use the KJV if it is your choice. (it will always be mine).

I did not realize until we received the book “Forensic Faith for Kids“, that the author J. Wallace Warner had also written the Forensic Faith book that our pastor used as the basis for a series he taught to our adult Sunday School class! My husband saw the book and mentioned that he thought it was, so I messaged our pastor with a picture of the adult version we found online and he said yes, it was!

When I saw it, I thought that the cover of this book was very engaging. The puppy, the baseball, a notebook and the Bible were attractive, and it caught my boy’s eyes. The first to read it has been “The Artist,” as he is very quick to grab new books when the come into the house.

As I said above, my Sunday School class was taught a series based on J. Warner Wallace’s book forensic Faith. Until now, I did not realize their were books for kids with the same title and theme of his adult books, but I’m sure glad there are!

About the authors:

J. Warner and Susie Wallace have been training young people in the church setting for over a decade. J. Warner is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, FOX News, TruTV and other crime related television shows. A former atheist,
he is the author of Cold-Case ChristianityGod’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith. He has a master’s degree in theology, and is founder of ColdCaseChristianity.com. He was an  {“angry atheist”, hostile to Christianity and largely dismissive of Christians.

However, when J. Warner took time to be honest with himself, he had to admit that he never took the time to examine the evidence for the Christian Worldview without the bias and presupposition of naturalism.} 

Susie has a master’s degree in speech pathology and co-writes (and edits) all the kids books in this series. J. Warner and Susie have four children and live in southern California. J. Warner Wallace in fact, was an atheist who then used his own investigative talents to

This is a paperback book, with 134 pages and 8 chapters. To accompany the book Forensic Faith for Kids, we were also given access to the Casemakers Academy, which will give your child more informational tools in learning how to effectively tell others about their faith in Jesus. This website has a short (generally around 5 minutes) video for each chapter in th book, and downloadable activity and fill in sheets, designed to hone their investigative skills.

In the book Forensic Faith for Kids, we meet Daniel, Hannah and Jason, three friends who find a lost corgi puppy while they are working at a fundraiser car wash. Detective Jeffries helps them hone their investigative skills as they try to determine where the pup came from, and who she belongs to. By the end of the book (if not sooner) your children will have figured out the mystery, and also learned how to stand for their faith when challenged. I like the format of this book and the added access to the online Casemakers Academy. The two together make a very good, complete package, and the access is through a link given in the book.

I really like to put good books into the hands of my children, and when there is an added interactive component, I like it even more, so this package certainly fits the bill for me!

You can see below that it fits the bill with “The Artist,” as well.

Please go read what my fellow Review Crew members and their kids think about Forensic Faith for Kids and the online Casemakers Academy! To do so, just click on the picture below, you’ll be glad you did!

Forensic Faith for Kids {David C Cook  and  Case Makers Academy Reviews}

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