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Amazing Giveaway!

This is another exciting adventure for me!

If you read A First, you know that I just participated in my first ever Launch Team for Philosophy Adventure. It’s a great curriculum that uses ancient philosophers to teach thinking skills, Biblical worldview, writing, and speaking. This has been such a great experience for me, mainly because I “met” some neat people online in this Launch Team.

In their own words, “Philosophy Adventure™ is 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.” In my own words, I think they do just that. Although I haven’t been able to actually use this with my boys yet, I love the flexibility, ease of use, and mostly, the thinking the kids are encouraged to do. Philosophy Adventure helps our kids learn to discern, which, in my opinion, is one of the most critical skills they will need to be counter-cultural!

DO YOU NEED to teach advanced writing and speaking skills?

DO YOU WANT your students equipped to discern truth as ungodly messages bombard them?

DO YOU WONDER how to cover all they need academically as well as practically?

Philosophy Adventure may be your solution!

Below is a link for an amazing giveaway, with lots of chances to win Philosophy Adventure. I encourage you to enter. You’ll be glad you did!

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Daily Life Guest Post

As we blog through The ABC’s of Homeschooling,

I got the letter D.

D for Daily Life

but I should have signed up for B

…as in B for Battle!

Daily Life here isn’t always pretty, peeps!

BUT, God is always working and I’m so thankful!

Click below to read the whole story & be encouraged! 🙂

JoyFilled Guest Post

 My Joy-Filled Life


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Prayer Pocket Challenge

How do you put one incredible week into words?

If you’ve been on a missions trip
or to church camp,
you know what I mean.
And I was on both of those last week!

As often is the case, I had another direction to go with this post, but God changed my mind just now

because I read this


There is so much behind that great blog, but it’s for another day. What God brought to mind as I read Logan’s words was the message Pastor Aaron preached Wednesday morning

Wake Up And Pray!

Pastor Aaron talked about creating Prayer Pockets. A Prayer Pocket is something you do daily that you use as a trigger to pray – like brushing your teeth.

prayer notes

And I thought, here’s a challenge! The whole week of Belle Glade the pastors challenged us that the week was more than a week. Logan’s awake. Some of the other guys are also awake and planning things for the next year. We can be a part of that! How? Glad you asked!!

  • We can pray! Those of you who are bloggers, what about making your blog a Prayer Pocket? Every time you sit down to blog, why not pray a quick prayer for these students who were awakened last week – that God will keep them awake and use them to transform their schools and their culture?
  • If you’re not a blogger, when you read this you can pray, and ask God to give you a prayer pocket to remember the students throughout out this next year.

Would you do me a favor? Would you either write down a prayer God puts on your heart in the comments, or tell me that you’re making your blog a Prayer Pocket.

I got gooesbumps last night thinking of the prayer covering we could give these kids!!

“Prayer is the birthplace of ministry, and the fuel for its fruit.
Prayers outlive those who pray them.” Pastor Aaron

Can’t wait to see what God does as we bring these kids before Him!!

Thanks for being a part of the Great Awakening!!

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A First!!

I’m in uncharted waters!

New territory!

I signed up to be on a launch team for Philosophy Adventure.

I’m not only learning about this amazing product,
I’m learning more about technology, social media,
and stuff we have to do –
like posting the disclosure statement below, and creating a blog hop link!
It’s a win-win for me!

And today I get to host my very own, very first give-away!!
(on my birthday!)
I’m so excited!! 🙂


Before I get to the actual review, I have to say I’ve really enjoyed being on this team. I’ve mostly enjoyed getting to know (virtually) the author of Philosophy Adventure, Stacy Farrell. Her heart for God, humility, and passion for excellence have been evident throughout this process.
Being on this launch team for the course makes me like it even more, because I know the heart behind it.

I’ve read through the text of Philosophy Adventure, and I really like what I see. I’m excited about using this with my older two boys next year. Basically each chapter introduces a famous philosopher, giving details about his life and ideas. Students then embark on a writing, thinking, and speaking activity related to that philosopher. Each chapter includes a geography component as well.

I have two aspects of this course that I just love! My favorite part of each chapter comes at the end where students get to contrast the thinking of the philosopher with the thinking of the Bible. What a great way to help teach our kids discernment! My favorite challenge in this course is the one for students to memorize the book of Philippians as they complete the course. What an awesome challenge, with eternal rewards! And what a great way for kids to renew their minds. Like I said, I love it!


Philosophy Adventure comes with a text, teacher text, and student workbook. I appreciate how I was given both a weekly time-frame for completing each chapter, and a general time-line for completing the course. The material also gives a general idea of how to count this course for high school credit, realizing that each state has specific guidelines that must be followed. I like the student workbooks because they allow students free response space as well as space to answer specific questions. I also like all the vocabulary words being at the end in a glossary, with additional space to add more words.

The three goals of the course are “to be engaging, easy to use, and empowering. Our goal is to help students retain what they learn for their lifetimes.” In my opinion Stacy and her team have accomplished each of these. I found the text easy to understand; students are encouraged to think and respond to what they’ve read; the text is color coded so students can easily identify each task given. Usually the term “philosophy” dredges up dark memories and connotations for people, unless they happen to love the subject. I think Philosophy Adventure helps change that perspective and give kids a good foundation into the discipline of philosophy.


In the introduction Stacy writes, “In fact, the future of freedom may depend upon how many of us wake up to the world of ideas and seek to discern and defend truth.” In my opinion Philosophy Adventure is a great tool to help students and families wake up to ideas, discern and defend the truth! I’m excited about the discussion and growth it will help facilitate between myself and the boys.

Will you join me on the adventure?

Enter the Rafflecopter below by 6/11/13 for your chance to win a copy of Philosophy Adventure!!

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My 6th grader teaches

I look over

and he’s drawing –

silly faces, doodles, some story in his mind,

blam! blam! blam!

Michael notes


he’s filling out the visitor tear-out flap

with a goofy name, address, email

and prayer request for more cake


Michael flap

and I wonder –

is he getting anything?

anything at all out of the message on conflict?!?

Then during the week

someone does him wrong.

and maybe twice?!


with all her “spiritual” wisdom.

“Burn me once, shame on you.
Burn me twice, shame on me!”

and he says,

“Mom, it’s just like Pastor Todd said.

Fill the gap with trust.

That’s what I’m doing.

Don’t get mad.

Just fill the gap with trust.”

Michael Notes2

He was so excited!

With a big smile on his face he said,

“See, Mom, I’m practicing what I learned!

This has been a great week so far!”

Yes, it has,

and it IS shame on me

for doubting that he heard anything,

and for not practicing what I heard on Sunday.

just a little disclaimer…
I post this so I can remember this 1 day out of the 365, this 1 time (out of the seemingly 50 billion other times) we saw Jesus working! It’s not always roses here, peeps!! 🙂


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No Greater Joy!

What a day!
And what a way to usher in
the ending of our fast and the Easter weekend!


Michael was baptized at the Student Ministries beach baptism
Juno Beach, 3/27/13

It was chilly!
64 degrees with a 10mph wind.
Pastor Todd said this group was the first Christ Fellowship Polar Bear Club! 🙂
But it was a special evening!

How special to share this significant step with people who have supported Michael and spoken into his life so consistently from elementary school on!


How special to be able to be out in the ocean with him! even though it was cold!!

1Michael under

How special to hear Pastor Tom encourage all those who were being baptized that they would influence their generation for Christ!


How special to have youth pastors who brave the chilly temps and high waves not just for Michael, but for all the kids who followed Christ in baptism yesterday!



How special to have those youth pastors speak into Michael’s life and encourage him. Michael says he’s being spoiled. 🙂

1Aaron Ryan

How special for Michael to have his friends support him in this part of his journey!



How special to have our friends share our celebration in person and in spirit!



How special to have a life group leader support Michael in spirit, and speak encouraging words into Michael on his special day.


How special to hear students worshipping unashamedly and singing praises to our God on the beach!




How special to have one of our friends take pictures for us!


How special to have Tim take part in baptizing Michael, and seeing Nathan’s joy for his brother!

1Michael baptized

1Michael Nathan

How special to have Michael experience the joy of obedience. Every time he watches the video he celebrates!

1Michael joy

1Michael out

How special!

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4


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Spiritual Scrapbooks


I bet you’ve got them.
I know I do.
I’m not the greatest at scrapbooking,
but I do have a book for each of my boys that documents growth and firsts.
You know – those “baby books.”
My boys love looking at theirs. I know I still enjoy looking at mine!


As I thought about how important it was to document the boys’ physical lives, I began to think,
“What am I doing to “document” their spiritual growth?”
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