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When you want to find a good movie to watch, where do you go? You can go to the local store and shift through their collection of who know what, or you can head over to and know that you are only looking at wholesome Christian based movies, like Captive, which we have had the chance to watch! Review is a wonderful website to head to when you are in need of a good movie to watch. On their site, you will find all different kinds of Christian based movies to watch. You will be able to find whatever you are in the mood for, be it an entertaining movie, biography, educational, cartoon or documentary, has it for you!

I always struggle when looking for movies, wondering if it is an ok one for the whole family, or if mom and dad will need to stay up late one night to preview it before having a family movie night. But when I look at and order movies from, I know that I am able to put that movie right into the DVD or BluRay player and sit back and enjoy! Not only that, but I love supporting a local, Christian based company!

I love when I get a movie from You feel like you just got a package from a friend! They make sure you get what you want and they make sure you know that you are thought of during the packaging and shipping process! I still remember the first time I opened a package and found out that is just a town away from me!!

Captive is a movie based on the true story of Brian Nichols and Ashley Smith. This is the story of when Brian escaped police custody and was the shooter in a courthouse shooting. He ends up taking Ashley hostage in her own home. Ashley is facing her own demons during this time. Review

As these two people face their own personal demons, they find a meeting place in the middle when Ashley starts reading from Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life book. This time they spent with this book does something to both of them that will change their lives forever. Review

I love watching good movies and love finding ones that we can all watch together. I was held captive by this movie and couldn't wait to see how it ended. While there was some violence and drug use, this movie is nothing like most other PG-13 movies you would grab from the store. I had no issues with letting our kids watch it with us. We did have a discussion during and after as questions came up, but it was a very good movie and story! Review is having a great giveaway right now! You can be entered in to win a 5 movie collection that includes,  War RoomThe Ultimate GiftSuperbook: A Great AdventureMy Son, My Savior and Owlegories 2.  Over $80 in DVDs! All you have to do for your entry is to sign up for their newsletter!

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Celebrate Jesus ~ Review and Giveaway

Celebrate Jesus: An exciting Advent Journey for families.

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What do you do for Advent? How do you keep Christ in Christmas? Are you still looking for that one thing that will work? Why not try Celebrate Jesus, Light of the World!


Amy Blevins over at Homeschool Encouragement has taken the time to write down what works for her family and is sharing it with all of us! This is not a program where you will have to plan for days before each day and spend tons of money just preparing to do a fun activity. There is no stress over doing everything! Amy gives you tons of ideas, but tells you right away that even her family doesn't do it all!



Now, I know Advent doesn't "start" until December 1st this year, and I will be honest when I say that the kids haven't started using this program yet. Even though they haven't used it, does not mean that I haven't been reading the daily plans already 🙂


I like to make sure that I know what we are doing before we do it. Like I said earlier, Amy made this program so that us moms don't have to do much planning. We get to spend that extra time we would spent on planning reading the scriptures before hand and spending our quiet time with the Lord first. 


In this 81 page eBook of Celebrate Jesus, Amy has included a master supply list for the 24 days of Advent, daily scripture readings and activities for all 24 days, 24 pages of copywork and 13 different recipes.


My favorite part of this whole thing…the master supply list! I don't have to read days ahead when I head out to the store! I don't have to make a quick run to get one or two things! I can bring this master supply list with me and get everything for the whole week. This may sound like a small victory to some, but those of you who do know what I am talking about, know how huge this is 🙂


Each day in this Advent program contains scripture reading, questions to review what you just read, table time with your Advent wreath and an activity. All of this is just wonderfully laid out and flows together. There are songs that you can sing or listen to each day. Amy gives you a site where you can find almost all of these songs for free, and I am seeing some of them on YouTube also that the kids are already listening too (make sure you preview them first for inappropriate commercials or ads).


Daily activities scare me…will I be crafty enough to make it work? Will the kids like what I have planned? How much is it going to cost me to make a mess? Amy doesn't include any of those types of activities in this program! These are fun to do activities…I can pull these off! Using simple things like construction paper, markers, scissors, beads and pipe cleaners (and these are for multiple days, not just one!) to make the different projects happen…I have all of these already!! This takes the fear and worry out of  daily activities for this mom!


The recipes in here are yummy sounding! Yes, I used the word yummy 🙂 Amy's Peanut Butter Fudge and only 7 ingredients to boot?!? Yes please! I am excited to try the recipes with the kids and love that Amy left some blank recipe cards in there also. I am not a baker, but with the kids I have started to work against this and learn new things with them! What better time to try, right?


We have started using more and more copywork within our homeschool, so to see Amy include that in the program was wonderful! Moe Man is working on making his handwriting more neat. Using this system seems to help him figure out how the letters really should look, and he loves to sit down and focus hard on it. Ray Ray is still learning and just likes to copy. Why not give him bible verses based on what we are learning about that day for Advent to help him copy the right way. I love seeing the little pictures at the bottom of each page. We love to color, so this is a perfect way to end their copywork for the day!


Celebrate Jesus is available in either KJV or ESV and the copywork is in manuscript (printing). Either one of these versions are only $4.99 and you can find them by clicking on the picture at the top of this page or this one below.



Celebrate Jesus an exciting Advent celebration for families.


Amy has been generous enough to offer a free copy of this Advent program in the version (KJV or ESV) of your choice to one lucky winner! Enter below for your chance to win! I will draw one winner on Saturday, November 30. 



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Feeling Special



I know, not everyone really enjoys the whole "trick or treating" but we do it. And we enjoy it!

This year the youngest two went out and about while Big Kid stayed with my mom handing out candy to the multitudes of kids!

While we were out, we met up with my aunt and uncle and my two cousins, who happen to be about the same age as Ray Ray and Little Miss.

We got to go see my great grandpa, their great, great grandpa. How many kids get to say they have a great, great grandpa? 

This man is my hero…if I can do HALF of what he does at his age, I will be content! 

He gardens…this year it was just tomato plants in straw bales but he still gardens, he cans…everything!, he bakes, he freezes what he won't use, he cuts the yard and keeps his house clean. If I wasn't a homeschooling mom to three, I would say he does more than me (I call it even right now). 

How does he do it, he was raised that way. Hard work was the only way to get anything. And as a homeschool family, I am glad we get to do "school" with him whenever we want. My kids are learning from him and he is learning from them. 

So on this fourth day of thankfulness in November, I am thankful for the elders in my family who can continue to teach me and my children every day!!

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Family Field trip


We went on a family field trip over the weekend. A short (hour drive) from our house, we found a nice little "farm" that allowed our kids to get up close and personal to many different animals. Ray Ray has this fascination with deer. We had gone out and looked for deer on our car ride home from picking up daddy at work, but that just wasn't enough for this kid. When he walked in the gates, I thought he was seeing Santa Clause! 


These deer were so tame. They really didn't care what you did! It is not everyday that your kids can sit and watch out over the water with a deer. Each of the kids got a bag of food and got to feed the deer straight out of their hands. This was so special for each of them.



Even Big Kid had a fun time sitting down and petting the deer. We had never been here before, and found new surprises around each corner as we walked. Not only were we able to feed the deer, but we got to feed goats, llamas, pigs, bunnies, ducks, horses and sheep! They also had an elk pair, a grizzly bear, bobcat, wolves and river otter. However, those that were more dangerous wer not able to be fed or touched like the deer and other animals. (This momma was glad!)




Mommy and daddy had just as much fun as the kiddos! Little Miss kept wanting to feed the babies, but those were smart little deer and didn't let people get too close to them. They did have a sign saying that the fawns would "listen" well to their moms and stay away from strangers. That is good for them, and made for a good teaching moment about stranger danger!


Until next time deer!!


Have you gone on a fun field trip like this? What was your favorite memory? 

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I Love Mondays!!!

Yep, it’s Monday again…and I don’t have my homeschool week planned out at all! Good thing I don’t have to turn anything in and my kids are flexible like me! We have our plan, and know the basics of what we need to do, now just to get it done!!

Today we sent daddy off to work again. We hope that he will be home as much as possible, but with him being a truck driver, we know we can only take those days as gifts from God. It sure was nice to have him home all weekend though! We spent a cloudy Saturday sitting around doing nothing at all and it felt good!!! Sunday we got a new a headboard for my oldest and him and dad got to spend time building it together!

In other news: I’ve been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning can be used as a homeschool curriculum, for afterschool enrichment and for summer skill sharpening. Find out how to write your own curriculum review for Time4Learning.

That was my weekend. Hope you all had a good weekend and may God bless you and your families!!