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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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Homeschool Today . . .

Today, it’s all about History Channel, wall to wall. Each year “The Puzzler” asks if we can do this. He was only 4 months old on this day in 2011, and we wouldn’t even know him and “Mr. Loquacious” for another almost 8 years. I learn more things each year while watching these programs. I saw none of what happened when it did, with the exception of the first two planes when they hit the World Trade Center towers.

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September 11, 2001:
I was in Shipshewana, IN with a group of ladies from church. It happened just as we turned on the TV to check the weather before checking out of our B & B to go to the flea market before coming home. We prayed, I remember calling my husband to tell him to turn on network TV, as I knew the TV would be on a cable kid’s channel for My then little boy’s shows he liked. I remember the sick feeling when I did, in fact, within an hour, see gas stations raising their prices up well over $6.00 per gallon, I remember the eerie feeling driving through Flint, MI, past Bishop Airport and not seeing or hearing any planes in the air. I remember getting home to Port Huron MI, and finding out the border with Sarnia was closed. What a sad and horrible day… I do remember one bright spot, all that day in Shipshewana, I witnessed complete strangers letting others use their cell phones to connect with loved ones. It was a hopeful sight…
So, it falls to us as parents to ensure that our children learn history as it actually happened. Even though none of mine were old enough to understand it as it happened, year by year, they learn more while watching these programming hours. So do I.
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Never forget. Never, ever, ever forget!
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Make-A-State Activity-Pak From Home School In The Woods {Review}

Adding in the Make-A-State Lap Book from Home School in the Woods‘sHands-on History Activity-Paks series has been the perfect hands-on addition for our studies. We have reviewed other products from Home School In The Woods, and you can read those reviews here.

We have been wanting to learn about all of the states we touched on during our big move from Michigan to New Mexico, so we chose to begin with Michigan, since we were all born and raised there.

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We like the Hands-on History Activity-Paks because while they are Lap Books, they are not HUGE Lap Books. This works for us because we deal with short attention spans around here.

The Make-A-State Activity-Paks come in more than just the Make-A-State Lap Book. Also available in this category are:

  • Artists
  • Composers
  • The Old Testament
  • The New Testament

Each Activity-Pak is available for download at the price of just $18.95. This is an excellent price, as it gives you the opportunity to print as many copies as you need for your children, to re-use it when younger children are ready, and in my case, to re-print pages that got messed up for whatever reason

Before “The Artist” began the Michigan Make-A-State Activity-Pak, I got out the file folder (only one!) he would need. I then printed out the pages showing the placement of everything in the Lap Book. Then, I printed out the pages which told, in order and with small pictures, which activities to do and in what order. I used THAT to tell me which pages to print out for him. I also let him into my paper crafting stash to choose what color card stock he wanted to use for the two inside pages of his Lap Book.

Once everything was printed and contained in the folder, I had “The Artist” begin doing the projects.

Having never been really successful with using glue sticks on Lap Books, one of the supplies we keep on hand is double-sided tape. Other supplies you may want to have on hand (and probably already do, if you are a home schooling family) are colored pencils, crayons, scissors, regular pencils, printer paper and card stock.

This Activity-Pak has 20 activities to create for your Lap Book:

  • Key State Facts
  • Origin Of State Name
  • State Motto
  • State Symbols
  • State Song
  • State Industry / Agriculture / Climate
  • State Wildlife
  • Regions
  • State Geography
  • State Government
  • State Seal & Flag
  • State History

And more!There also some bonus pages:

  • State Pages to help with some information for your chosen state (though it will still be necessary to research information which is not included)
  • A Name That State file folder game to print out, assemble and play.

Even though all the people in our immediate family were born and raised in Michigan, there ended up being things we either did not remember, or just didn’t know. I just asked “The Artist” about that and he says that he only knew (without looking it up) one famous person from Michigan, didn’t know much in the Industry / Agriculture / Climate section, or what the state seal looks like. So, even if you elect to study the state you live in, you might be surprised at how much you will learn!

Here is “The Artist” showing me page by page, his lap Book.

Home School In The Woods is a hands-on history company, with multiple product lines which are as follows:

Project Passport: Ancient Rome study has been release ahead of schedule, and is now available for download here. The now complete Project Passport collection is available here.

To read 89 additional reviews written by my fellow crew members about many of the products from  Home School In The Woods, please click on the banner just below.

Hands-on-History, Project Passport, À La Carte Timelines and Time Travelers {Home School in the Woods Reviews}

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Spoiled Puppy!

Spoiled Puppy

This post is linked up at Life At Rossmont.

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