Monday, September 26, 2016

Going to School Onboard a Boat

My cousin Jim and his wife Stacie both grew up on the mission field, and they both became missionaries as adults. They have a sailboat that they use for ministry. They were in Mozambique, then off the coast of Maryland and are now beginning a ministry in Puerto Rico. 

The cool part of it is that their younger two children were home schooled (or is it boat schooled?) the past few years. So in addition to learning math and English,, they also learned things not in a normal curriculum: how to navigate, operate the dinghy, trim the sails, operate the lines, anchor and dock. Once Lauren and Marlene sailed the boat by themselves between two islands in the Bahamas needing only a little supervision. They also learned things such as cooking, sewing, sea life, catching and preparing fish to eat, and the history of the islands they visited from Maine to Puerto Rico.
I am writing an article about them for a kids' magazine that I'll share later. 

I think I would love being schooled aboard a sailboat, how about you?

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fun Friday: Can You Do It?

How easily can you say the color, not the word?

Are you more left brained or right brained?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Beauty of Creation

I love living near the beach. Sunday afternoon I had the chance to connect with a 25 year old that was one of my foster children 13 year ago! We met on a beach 45 minutes from us. It seemed as if creation were showing off for us!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Living As A Princess

School has started, and there's a lot more to it than just classes and homework. There is a lot of pressure to do things to fit in. Wear the right clothes. Watch the right TV shows. Say the right things. But here's the good news. as God's Princess, he's given you all the information and advice you need in the Bible. But sometimes you might need some help applying it to your daily life. Promises for God's Princesses can help you with that.

Here's what two moms said about the book:
This book is a great devotional for young girls, between the ages of 5-12. It is complete with 100 different devotionals that begin with a bible verse, and then have a story or real-life example. I enjoy the fact that each devotional ends with a real life application or activity to reinforce what is learned in the devotional that day. 

This book would also be helpful for anyone leading a small girls group for bible study or activities. A teacher could use the material as a basis for a lesson plan and extend it with the activities, or provide more examples. I have enjoyed reading it to my two daughters ages 7 and 9. 

I was excited to receive Promises for God's Princesses by Katrina Cassel. I have a ten year old daughter and she is right in the perfect age range for this book, which I would say is about 6-13 (though the younger kids would need for a parent to read it to them). I wanted to get her opinion on it as well as mine to share.

From a mother's perspective, this is the perfect kind of devotional for a girl my daughter's age. Plenty of pink and the pages are decorated with cute flowers help make it something my daughter wants to spend time with. Each of the 100 devotions start with scripture in either the NIV or NLT translation, which make it easy for my daughter to read and understand. The devotions are directed right to that age group with examples like friends, school, shopping with mom, etc. The theology isn't too heady, but it doesn't water down the messages at all. My favorite part as a parent is that the way the text is written it challenges my daughter to think about her own faith and feelings.

From my daughter's perspective, she loved it. I suggested she just read one devotion a day, but after giving it to her to read in the bath tub, I came back 30 minutes later and she had read six of the devotions. She really connected with the examples and could even find some in her own life. We had done mother and daughter devotions before when she was younger, but this was a good introduction for her in what daily devotional time is like.

Overall, I highly recommend this book for any elementary or middle school aged girl. It is full of Gospel truth and wonderful messages.

If your local Christian bookstore doesn't have it and can't order it, you can get your copy here or here.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fun Friday: What Do You Call It?

That carbonated beverage that comes from a can--what generic name do you call it by? It varies by region. I grew up in northern Indiana calling it "pop." I move to Jacksonville, FL and it was all "cokes." It was frustrating to ask for a Coke and have someone say, "What kind of coke?" Now I call it "soda." What do you call it?

Below is a pretty detailed map to show how it varies by regions of the United States. And if you don't live in the United States, what do you call it and does it change regionally in your country?

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Fun Friday: How Many State Capitals Can You Name?


How many state capitals do you know? I messed up the little New England states so I got 92%. The quiz begins as soon as you click the link. It will tell you a capital, and you click on the state it goes with. Just click to refresh if it starts too quickly for you. Sate Capital Quiz  Leave me a comment with your score : )  You will probably beat me!

If this is too easy for you, go to my teen blog HERE to try the countries of the world quiz!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Dolphins at the Bay

We went to the bay today and were blessed to have dolphins join us!

Friday, September 02, 2016

Fun Friday: How Many States Have You Visited?

How many states have you visited? Follow the link to create your map, then tell us in the comments how many states you've visited.

Map here

Here's mine. I didn't include states where I have only been in the airport (Alaska and California) or ones I just drove through but didn't stop to do anything or just drove through a corner of it.
 I am missing the West Coast, East Coast and New England states. 

What state do you most want to visit?