Saturday, February 28

Civil War, weeks 1 & 2

The week before last we read ...If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America. They devoured the book! "Mommy, read more!" I loved it.

Last week we started our Civil War Lapbook. I'll post pictures once we're done.

Overviewed Slavery and discussed some more things in detail.

Read- Escape North! A Step-Into reader about Harriet Tubman.
Mini books- 1. Underground Railroad & 2. Nation Divided map

Mini books- 1. Important People & 2. Timeline Fan

Read- "Bands and Music", a chapter from Great Civil War Projects
Mini books- 1. Buglers, 2. Drums, & 3. Taps

On Thursday we also started reading, The Red Badge of Courage.

Sunday, February 15

Upcoming Civil War Study

I've pulled a few resources together and it just might work!

Week 1: Slavery

We will spend the entire first week reading through ...If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America. I love the "...If You Lived..." books. They are packed full of information and still interesting for the kidlets.

Weeks 2-4: Civil War Lapbook

Wednesday, February 11

Ultrasound Picture (11w6d)

They changed my due date to August 27.
That is our 10 year anniversary... what a present, huh?


Monday, February 9

The Bible in One Year

I've challenged myself to read the Bible this year. I'd like to make it an ongoing thing, where I read the entire Bible once every year. I started by using the recommended schedule in my Holman Study Bible. I liked the variety, but it was getting a bit... uh... hard to keep up with. There were 4 different readings each day. For example, Day 1: Gen 1, Est 1, Ps 1, and Mt 1. Like I said, I loved the variety.

So, I found a different plan that I'm going to use. You read a different section of the Bible each day of the week. Sunday is Epistles, Monday is The Law, Tuesday is History, Wednesday is Psalms, Thursday is Poetry, Friday is Prophecy, and Saturday is Gospels. One passage per day, 7 different passages per week. You can download the pdf here or view it online here.

A New Sweater

My Memaw knitted this sweater for the little guy. He loves it!

Saturday, February 7

Christians by Maya Angelou

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin'."
I'm whispering "I was lost,
Now I'm found and forgiven."

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
And need His strength to carry on.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
And need God to clean my mess.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
But, God believes I am worth it.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner
Who received God's good grace, somehow!

Tuesday, February 3

Book Review: House of Dark Shadows

Dreamhouse Kings #1: House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo is an excellent book for young adults. There is nothing inherently "christian" about the book, but the language is clean which gives it a different feel from your typical thriller books. I did not know what to expect when I opened the book, but the prologue is what really drew me in and kept me reading.

The story is told through a fifteen year old boy named Xander. He and his family have just moved to an "off the map" town from the big city. The only solace that he can find in the move is exploring their new house with his younger brother, David. At first they find normal "scary old house" things. Things that just don't settle right with Xander, but it's really nothing worth fretting over. Later in the explorations, the boys find an entire hallway, hidden away, with many doors lined on each side.

Once I got to this point it was very hard to put the book down. Until then, it moved a little slowly. It truly was the prologue that made me want to read more.

All in all, I would say it is a very good book, but definitely geared to a younger age group.

Monday, February 2

Homemade Baby Wipes

I found this recipe at

What you need:

1 roll of Viva paper towels, cut sawed in half.

Baby Shampoo and Baby Lotion

Airtight container

and boiling water.

2C. boiling water mixed with
2T. baby shampoo and
2T. baby lotion.

Put paper towels in container, pour mixture over paper towels.
Let sit for 5 minutes then flip container over and sit for 5 more minutes.

Remove cardboard and pull wipes from center.

Total cost for 50 wipes: 64 cents, that's 1.28 cents per wipe.
(Obviously, I didn't include the cost of the container.)

I figured Huggies Refill package to be about 4 cents per wipe.