Monday, June 17, 2019

Bible Workbooks - Volumes 1 & 2 (Book Review)

Studying the Bible can be done in many different ways.  Some people like to study by topics, some by people and other's like to go book by book or who like to study in chronological order.   Ways to study are as various as the people doing the studying and all of those are ok.

Author Catherine B. Walker and Moody Publishing have recently released Bible Workbooks Volume 1 (Old Testament) and Volume 2 (New Testament) to help bring some of those various study methods together and to give a little framework to the novice.      The books are written in a factual way, rather than an inspirational one, allowing the student (high school or adult) to gather and understand background basics more than ideology.

'Volume 1, Old Testament, is a chronological study of Israel's history.   All scripture quotations are from the King James translation, but you can definitely look those same scriptures up in your preferred translation if that makes it easier for you to understand.  The workbook itself is three hole punched, so it can easily go into a regular notebook binder either as is, or you can easily remove the perforated pages.   This workbook contains fill in the blank, time lines, maps, scriptures to look up, short answer questions and is broken up into easily identifiable sections that allow for easy breaks in your study.

Volume 2, New Testament, is a brief study of all the books of the New Testament.  Like Volume 1, the workbook is three hole punched and also has perforated pages for easy removal.  Scripture quotations are again from the King James version.  This workbook offers the same format, with time lines, maps and questions, but also offers information on each book such as author, to whom it was written and the general theme.

These books would easily lend themselves to either group or individual study.  For homeschoolers, the two combined notebooks are easily enough for a high school credit in Biblical studies.  In fact, my youngest will be using this as a high school elective in the coming years.

About the author:

Catherine Walker (B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., Columbia Bible College; M.R.E. and D.R.E., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) previously served as an instructor at the Indonesian Baptist Theological Seminary in Semarang for 26 years. Upon retirement she served as special assistant for intercessory prayer at Foreign Mission Board headquarters. She is author of Bible Workbook Volumes I and II and six theological textbooks in the Indonesian language. She also co-authored Disciples and Prayer Life. 

Disclaimer:  I received free copies of this book for review purposes only.  I did not receive any other form of compensation, now was I required to give a positive review.  The thoughts expressed in this review are strictly my own.
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Friday, June 14, 2019

Weekly Wrap Up - Community College & Vertigo

My niece graduated from high school on Saturday night. There were 182 graduates in her class, so it was a pretty long ceremony.   The guest speaker was retired Lt. Col James P. Reese.   He gave a phenomenal speech and it again piqued Olivia's interest in joining the military.  Out of the 182 graduates, we only knew my niece, but we clapped for every single kid walking across that stage.  I was really disappointed to see that this was not the case with the majority of those in attendance, and many flat out talked over the names being announced, which I thought was really rude.
Monday was a pretty typical day here, which means I did laundry and worked around the house and Olivia went to work.  Lindsey's working on cross stitching projects.

Tuesday both girls worked and I went out of town to have lunch with a family member.   The evening was busy, and we went to a baseball game after a quick dinner.

Wednesday we went to our local community college to find out more about the programs Olivia is interested in.  We even got to sit in on an Early American Literature class and listen to the lecture on Puritan Literature, specifically the Day of Doom.  I thoroughly enjoyed the class from a literature lover point of view.  Lindsey and I dropped Olivia off at work and ran a few errands.   We got home to find that our elderly neighbor was having a  terrible vertigo attack and needed to go to the ER for medications.  The rest of my day/evening were spent getting her settled back at home and going over to check on her every few hours with food and meds.

Olivia decided she does want to do some college courses her senior year.  The program she wants to go into long term is hard to get into and has a lot of prerequisites, so she'll be working through their veterinary assistant certification program and also on getting some of the other prerequisites out of the way.

Thursday morning my neighbor called and was not any better, possibly even worse.  We called around and got a referral to a physical therapist who had an opening today.  He was a really nice, older gentleman who not only treated her using the Epley Maneuver, he showed me how to do it so that she doesn't have to suffer for days next time.   It was pretty quick, and worked wonders and she was back home and not dizzy in no time.  Olivia went to work, I worked on laundry and Lindsey worked on a couple of projects she's got going on.

Thursday evening, right before time to pick Olivia up there was a news report released in our town.  One of the lead counselor, who Olivia had been working directly with at camp, was arrested on charges involving children, but not at camp.   Our evening consisted of a lot of discussion and questioning to make sure we were all on the same pages.

Friday everyone was off to work early.  I did our weekly grocery shopping and then came home to work in the gardens.  The weather was actually chilly, with a pretty strong breeze blowing, so it was perfect for working outside.

I hope you all had a great week!
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Friday, June 7, 2019

Weekly Wrap Up - The First Week at Work

This past Saturday was our local homeschool group's graduation ceremony.   The class of 2019 was small, only 9 students, but it was still a lovely event.  The girls and I were in charge of the refreshments at the reception.  It was a good way to serve the outgoing graduates, and get a feel for what we'll be in for next June as the family of a graduate.
Sunday, Olivia traveled with the folks from the farm to her first horse show.  She was in charge of the horse's tack and keeping up with equipment for the rider.  She had a really good time and is excited about upcoming shows she'll be helping with.

Monday was Olivia's first day as a summer camp counselor.  She is good with kids, but does not have the passion for them that her sister has.  Day one was a little rough, as she realized that these kids are not used to listening to directions.  She came home frazzled and not really looking forward to the next 8 weeks.  After dinner, we went to a local baseball game and that helped smooth out her frayed nerves.

Tuesday both girls worked at their respective jobs.  I dropped one off, went to the gym, then home to do a few things before dropping the other girl off at her job.  I now see I'll have two days a week to myself, so I'm planning to get in some scrapbooking time.   Olivia was not looking forward to her second day of work, at all.  But she came home in much better spirits.  She had to break up two fights (she's working with 2nd-4th grade kids).  One boy was the cause of both fights, and so he's suspended from camp for the rest of her week.

Wednesday I worked on cleaning/purging our basement.  Lindsey started a new cross stitch pattern for our neighbor's St. Nicholas Day gift (planning ahead).  Olivia's third day at camp was pool day.   Unfortunately, right after they got to the pool someone puked in the water and their swimming was cut way short.   She's starting to get more used to the job, and developing relationships with the kids, so she's enjoying the job more.

Thursday I purged my clothes.  I've lost 55 pounds and all those bigger clothes were still in my closet and dresser.  I spent the morning picking out what does/doesn't fit, and what I can still get use out of.  Everything else went in bags and we dropped it off at the Salvation Army after I dropped Olivia off at work.   She's enjoying her job now, and said she's glad she stuck with it (she wanted to quit on Monday).

Friday both girls had to be at work early.   Olivia's camp group will be traveling by bus for 90 minutes or so to go to the science museum.   This is her first time for her going to this particular museum and also the first time being in charge of a group of kids in such a facility, so I'll be anxious to hear how that goes.

I hope you've all had a great week.  Enjoy your weekend!

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Monday, June 3, 2019

From Me to You - Conversation Journals for You and Your Child (Book Review)

Do you find that much of your day is spent disconnected from your kids?  Are you "friends" on social media, but don't really know them on a deep level anymore?   Well, here's a product that may help with some of that.
From Me to You is a conversational journal (green for your son, purple for your daughter) that allows you and your child to connect through written word, which is sometimes a little easier than one-on-one conversation.

These handy journals are identical on the inside, the only difference is that the cover of the green one says "A Conversation Journal for you and Your Son" and the purple one says "A Conversation Journal for You and Your Daughter."   The insides of both book are the same.

At the beginning of the book is an introduction to the parent (8-9 pages) laying out how to use the book to connect with your children.  You then move into a two page layout, with the parent page on the left and the child page on the right.   The parent page has a question(s) at the top of the page and then the parent has room to write their answer, and the child has their own page.
The first "question" is "My best friends are...and I like them because..." This gives Mom or Dad a place to list out a couple of their friends and what it is about them they like, things that might help your child look for those qualities in their friends.   The child page has more room for writing, I'm assuming to accommodate younger kids with bigger writing or the older child who has a lot more to say (or not).

Some questions are more "deep" than others, and parents can decide how to address these.  For example  "Have you ever been in a situation where you did not feel safe?  What did you do?"   This might be a good lead-in into discussing bullying or even inappropriate behaviors from the opposite sex (or same sex in today's world).

There are also more spiritually directed questions such as "Have you grown spiritually this year?  If so, how?  If not, why?"   Be honest with your answers...your kids will know if you're telling them you've learned to control your temper and you're constantly flying off the handle...ahem.

There is no right or wrong way to use these journals.  You don't have to go in a specific order, or finish in a certain amount of time.  It's a great opportunity to connect with your child and a different level, and leaves you with a keepsake to cherish when they have grown and gone, and it'll be an even sweeter keepsake when they are grown and don't have you with them anymore.

About the authors:

Mark and Susan Merrill are passionate about family and through Family First, All Pro Dad, iMom, the Family Minute daily radio feature, and their other initiatives have been providing resources and speaking on family issues across the country for many years. Their goal is to help parents love, lead and inspire their families well.

Mark Merrill is the founder and president of Family First and its programs: All Pro Dad, iMom, and The Family Minute with Mark Merrill. His blog, the Family Minute Radio Program, and the Family First Podcast deliver marriage and parenting advice to thousands of people every day.  He’s the author of All Pro Dad—Seven Essentials to Be a Hero to Your Kids, Lists to Love By for Busy Wives and Lists to Love By for Busy Husbands, both co-authored with his wife, Susan. He speaks on family issues all across the country, and has appeared on Fox & Friends, Today, CBS, and ABC television stations. 

Susan Merrill is Family First’s Director of Digital Marketing. She co-founded Family First and its programs: All Pro Dad and iMom with her husband, Mark Merrill 27 years ago and is the co-host of the Family First Podcast. She is the author of The Passionate Mom, and the coauthor, with Mark, of two marriage books, Lists to Love By for Busy Wives and Lists to Love By for Busy Husbands. Susan spends her days creating content that will help families love well. She and Mark have five children, two sons-in-law, and two dogs.

Disclaimer:  I received free copies of this book for review purposes only.  I did not receive any other form of compensation, now was I required to give a positive review.  The thoughts expressed in this review are strictly my own.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Weekly Wrap Up - Goodbye May

We had a pretty full weekend.   Saturday was a combined 18th birthday/graduation celebration for my niece.  On the drive out there we got to see some creepy cloud rotation and then the tornado warning came on the radio.  It was kind of freaky/fascinating all at once.  Thankfully, it never formed into an actual tornado. Sunday after church, we had a nice visit with the in laws, Monday we went out to the farm for a cookout.

Olivia started her job training this week.   She's put in 30 hours of training in a four day period.   Most of the counselors have either worked together before, or go to the same high school so she felt a bit out of the loop at first.  However by Thursday she actually went out to dinner with her team and had a good time.   Next week she starts working!

One of Lindsey's coworkers is expecting a second baby in late June.   The couple already have a little boy, and the dad (the coworker) is so excited about this baby being a girl.  Lindsey's been working on a baby quilt for the family, and finally finished it up and gave it to them this week.

It was really neat, because all of their baby blankets are boy themed (from the first child), so this is the only official "girl blanket".  She did the back in a grey llama print to break up the pink, and the dad happens to love llamas.  They loved it!  Here's a close up of the center patch.
In homeschool news, Olivia has decided she wants to attend a local private college.  We've got her registered to take the SAT's in August, and I'll also be adding a few more classes to her fall line up to round out her transcripts.   Now to get applications completed...

I hope you've all had a good week.
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