ABC Jesus Loves Me: Free Homeschooling Curriculum

[I am not affiliated with ABCJLM. I am simply a very pleased consumer]

My son is 3 years old. I started home-preschooling him less than a year ago, and my goal is to continue to homeschool through elementary…if it’s still legal. A friend told me about this wonderful site called “ABC Jesus Loves Me” where you can print everything you want from their website 100% free or opt to buy bound workbook materials (which I did and am very happy with).

The website is laid out very clearly and is easy to navigate. They offer lesson plans for ages 2-5, additional activities relevant to the lessons and also book referrals. The lessons follow the normal school year and incorporate holidays and seasons into the learning. They teach the normal preschool curriculum in addition to bible verses, stories and songs. Continue reading

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Beautifully in Over My Head

My heart has been desperately seeking to be enveloped in Christ. It’s a daily struggle to check my emotions and have Him renew a right spirit within me. Sometimes routine gets in the way of my growth. Running on autopilot is an easy way to forget I’ve been called to do more than just my tasks at home. There is a purpose for me outside of the normal activities of being a human adult. In fact, that’s my bare minimum. That’s flesh. I’m spirit. Continue reading

Fitness: A Modesty Loophole

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Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion. – Proverbs 11:22

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I am a former marathoner and currently maintain a healthy activity schedule. I follow fitness boards. I prepare real food for my family. I exercise along with instruction videos. I value wellness and applaud those who desire to be fit and truly healthy. I’m finding it increasingly difficult to condone the allowances made for the sake of “fitness.” Continue reading

Christians Are Conspiracy Theorists

Conspiracy (n) : the act of secretly planning to do something that is harmful or illegal

Theory (n) : a set of principles on which the practice of an activity is based

This is not an insult, not to a Christian. When the world hates us, we keep in mind that it hated Jesus first. If we belonged to the world, it would love us as its own. As it is, we do not belong to the world, but have been chosen out of the world. That is why the world hates us (John 15:18). It is no surprise. We have been warned and instructed to “put on the full armor of God, so that we will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil” -Ephesians 6:11. Continue reading

Why We Iced Frozen

Let me start by suggesting any Disney movie ban would be fairly easy to justify. This post will focus on Frozen, the highest-grossing animated picture ever. When I watched Frozen for the first time I was appalled mostly by how lame the plot was. My 3-year-old flat out said, “I don’t like this movie” and that made me happy. I was bored. I will not waste any space in this post with detailing the inconsistencies or even my own opinion. Continue reading

Better Than You is Good Enough

There is someone in this world who is better than you at something, or everything. For those who deny this, thank the sanes (wonderful Baby Hannah English) that you are so beautifully wrong. If it were not for those people you might be proud, you could be content, or even fulfilled. What a sadly blasphemous life that would be. It is the glorious nature of blessings individualized and talents diversified that we can truly appreciate struggle and growth, labor and reward.

I am so grateful for the awesome people of this world, past and present. Even more so for those of the future to spur my children on. There is so much to be learned, so much to explore and discover. What a precious adventure this life is.

One of my awesome people is my brother. He has a beautiful, hard-working wife and three amazing and very talented (read “busy”) children. While maintaining his Monday through Friday, 8-5 he has managed to earn his Bachelor’s Degree, advance at work, engage in church, maintain a close social circle and enjoy his wonderful family. Wow. Also, in his “spare” time, he develops apps. Whoa. His first is great for any well-meaning husband, “Husband Hero” and his second is just so much fun. Grid Rush. If you haven’t played it yet, well, read the first sentence and catch up!

It is a wonderful thing to strive. It is our purpose to set a goal and reach. It is a true blessing that so many others have paved a beautiful route. I encourage you to embrace the awesomeness in others as fuel to drive you further.