Bluegrass Festival Arizona 2016

We really enjoyed our bluegrass festival experience! Although we would have enjoyed it more, had I brought a picnic along…ahem. Moving on…lol! Here’s some pictures and at the bottom is our video.

 

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Peaceful break from the crazy running
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Running like a madman

 

 

 

(I have a great new video coming up, about a shopping haul and multisensory boxes for the kiddos! I can’t wait to share it with you, so stay tuned!)

 

School Year At A Glance – Printable

I had seen something like this awhile ago, and couldn’t find it when I wanted to actually use it! So I thought…why not make one myself??

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Why not share it?

So now I’m sharing it with you. If you go to Teachers Pay Teachers and sign up for a FREE account, you’ll be able to download my printable for free as well. Click here for the direct link to the printable.

The details…the low down…the nitty gritty….

It’s a one page at a glance, where you can mark what days you’ll be schooling OR you can mark days off for vacation, field trips, holidays, just because days. This helps if you have a certain number of days that you need to fulfill due to your states standards.

It quickly lets you plan your year, and is a great beginning to a new year! I’ve done a full 12 months, to account for homeschooling mom’s who school year round, and also Sabbath schooling.

If you use it, let me know how it works for you!

Of course, if you use this, please let me know how it’s working for you. I aimed to keep it simple, and clean looking, for easy of use, and to fit with any Mama’s style. It’s been a sanity saver for me, since we’re just beginning our homeschool journey!

Now what?

Go sign up for Teachers Pay Teachers, and download it! Use the printable. And of course, if you like it, share it with others. I just ask that you direct them to here, or the TPT weblink. Thank you! And enjoy it.:)

 

 

I Have A YouTube

Yes, I’ve gone into the world of YouTube! I think it’s fun!

Come join me there, as I share more glimpses of life here. I will endeavor to use this space more often as well.:)

Peggy’s Simple Dreams

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9px8pOCoHp0C4mSmuiuaAQ

I talk about shopping hauls, the chickens, the children, the cats, chores, homeschool, marriage, and the rest of love!!

 

Rise Up And Repent, Oh America!

 

There are many believers who weep like Jeremiah wept, over a nation bent on her self destruction. A nation who goes blindly proud into the depths of sin and away from the glory of God our Father. Deceived and distracted, those who even profess to believe, do not feel the water heating up, the depth of sin growing around them.

Comfort, comfort, comfort!! They want it, and seek it, more than the Cross.

Peace, peace, peace, they cry, only to fool themselves in the illusions they clutch so tightly too.

O, land that I love, WAKE UP! Seek the Lord, repents and turn to Him. Forsake your sins and evil inclinations. Do you not see the chains about you, that seek to devour your flesh from your bones?! Do you not feel the evil one laughing at your expense?

Oh, America…seek the Lord. Repent, and return again to the faith of our forefathers, who sought His kingdom so diligently. Return to the faith that saves, truly saves. Repent and return, for Hs is a good and righteous Master.

Rise up, O Church, sweep off your distractions, place them far from you, and heed the Holy Spirit when He call you. Rise up. Wake up, my brethren! Do you not see the traps of our enemy around you? The distractions, business, the comforts of this society? See them for what they are = your idols and the enemy of the Lord’s chosen ones.

WAKE UP, oh Bride of Christ Jesus! Lest He find us sleeping or cavorting with His enemy!

Give heed to the examples of the Hebrews in the Holy texts.

Give heed and take warning, for our Father is a jealous God and WILL NOT share himself, or us, with false gods or the devil.

A rise my beloved brethren, the Lord calls you to action, calls you from the despair, the pain, the false ways and back to His loving righteous arms.

Repent and return, my beloved family, for the Lord is good and not quick to wrath or anger.

Give heed though, He will not wait forever for the turning of hearts, His hour is coming quickly, like the new dawn, lest you are found with your lack of repentance and no fruits of righteousness.

Oh Abba, Adoni, You are Most High and just, awaken the hearts of your people, give them fir fire to speak and stand strong on Your word alone.

Keep my own feet right and strong in your as Well.

 

By the power given to me, through Your Son, Jesus Christ, and through His perfect sacrifice, I pray these words…Amen.

Suitable Helper

Genesis 2:18

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”

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In Hebrew (H5048), the word suitable: Neged – what is in front of, corresponding too, in the sight or presence of, before your face.

I have to say, I didn’t know that ‘suitable’ meant that, in this case. I thought it meant right, appropriate for. That’s what the Merriam-Webster dictionary tells me.

But understanding the context, and intent of the authors, with their well chosen words, is key.

Lately, I’ve been feeling it necessary to understand, and search, the scriptures on marriage. With the prevalence of societies view on marriage, it’s more important than ever to know what the LORD says about it, what He intended it for, and then live it. Only through a search on this, can we really know His intent…and it’s vastly different than the worlds view.

It’s much better.

The Lord saw that it was not good for Adam to be alone, and wanted to make a helper suitable, He wanted to make a helper who would be in the sight and presence of Adam. This brings to mind a visual of someone who was important, valued, not shut away, or an afterthought.

Genesis goes on,

 

19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the [sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22 The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”

24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Adam didn’t have a helper that fit him, so the Lord created one from his rib, to be joined to him for the rest of his day, to reign in dominion over the earth, and to fellowship together, and with the Lord.

This is just the beginning of my journey through the scriptures, and I am excited for where the LORD will take me.

ABC Jesus Loves Me – Preschool, Week One

Hi.

Remember me? 

The one who said she was going to write 31 days…

Well, that didn’t happen. However, I do have something to share here, for a few friends to reference too! So let’s get too it!

 

We started the children on the 2 year curriculum, by ABC Jesus Loves Me. Now, I have the 3 year, but decided that going with the 2 year at the beginning would be better. Make it easier for me, and to give our 3 year old more confidence in what he knows already. Our 2 year old is catching on quickly as well, so who knows how quickly we’ll be moving them through the activities.

They are both enjoying the activities, and picking up so many words and phrases, outside of what we’re learning as well. On top of doing pre-school this week, we’ve been a lot more intentional about the use of their pacifiers. They haven’t enjoyed that aspect of it, however, their speech and enunciation has improved greatly.

So here are the basics of what we talked about over the course of this week:

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We pointed out, or recited the appropriate things, throughout the day. After awhile…I think our 3 year old got a little annoyed with the repetition. However, he’s pointing to red things now, as well as drawing circles, without prompting.😉

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Creation, day one. Night and Day. They were a little confused, it was a short activity with more prep for me, than actual steps for them to do. But we did talk about how God separated night from day, and it was good.

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Creation, day two: Heavens and the earth, represented by the sea, in this craft. This one, they LOVED.

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I’d been wanting to get them white oversized shirts to do their messier crafts in. So their Grandma got them, and we got to use them!! They loved this one, with the paint, the shaving cream, the cotton balls…they didn’t want to stop.:)

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All of these color crafts, and then the shape. The last picture, they are building an Apple Tree Book, which will help emphasis counting. This is another one where they were confused. They wanted to go wild with the do-a-dot marker, but I had to explain to them they couldn’t…sad faces all around.

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All of our supplies, their binders, my prep work, and my daughter checking out their vertical work stations…or herself in the mirror. It’s probably the mirror…

I’ve since added my own binder, to hold their assessment sheets, various ideas I have, and their ‘to be used soon’ sheets.

Daily, the time it takes to do the crafts, and talk with them, is about 10-15 minutes, tops. That includes my own prep time, so they are actually only doing the craft for about 5-7 minutes. It works perfectly for this age!

I also try to keep them standing, or moving around as much as the craft will allow. Their attention holds longer that way.

I’ve decided I want to add a few more things into their day, so we’ll be try a few out on Week Two, coming up Monday. I’m excited, but still need to find every thing, and get it ready.

I love this curriculum, it’s free, if you want to print off everything each week, or you can purchase it, and you won’t need to print anything. I purchased the 2 yr, and 3 year curriculum, and the workbooks for each.

I think it’s a really simple, yet effective way to introduce the idea of learning, and school, tailor it to the child and their attention spans, and still allow them to play and be pretty active.

Can’t wait for Monday now!! Mommy’s excited to be ‘back’ at school!😀