Some Really Neat Free Things for Your Family - Check Them Out! Topic: FamiliesAgain Freebies
As you all know, one of the reasons that I signed up for NaBloPoMo and pledged to write at least one post a day for the month of November, was because I wanted to get back to my roots. Although I love and will continue to write reviews for the TOS Homeschool Crew, I realized that I was neglecting the initial values that I had set for my blog of Faith, Family and Ministry. I wanted to get back to writing posts that would help strengthenÂ families, mine and others.
Recently I was reintroduced to CBH Ministries (formerly known as the Children's Bible Hour). We have used their devotional products before, and really liked them. When I was looking over their recently redesigned webpage, I was pleasantly surprised that they were now providing direct links to two of their fantastic free products that I felt would fit in well with the goal of this blog.
The first was Keys for Kids. We have used this great children's devotional in the past, that I knew you could either subscribe to or download for free from the CBH website. What I didn't know was that they now had a link that would take you directly to the devotional for the day. If you click on the above Keys for Kids logo, it should take you straight to their page. It should automatically change, so keep checking back every day. So that you won't have to keep looking back for this post, I have included a link over in the left hand column for you to click on daily.
The other free link is for their half hour children's radio program Down Gilead Lane. We have never listened to it before, but if it is half as good as Keys for Kids, then it should be great. I am looking forward to listening to it with the kids.
Although I am very weak in this area, I really feel that daily devotions are essential to a healthy relationship with God. I am really excited to be able to provide these links for you and am looking forward to reconnecting with them during our daily family time. Don't forget to check back here regularly to get the new devotional and broadcast!
Wreaths Of Maine - John Allen's at it Again! Topic: The Kids
Last year, John Allen began his entrepreneurial career by selling Christmas wreaths with "Wreaths of Maine". Wreaths of Maine is a company that sells Christmas wreaths and primarily works with homeschoolers. He ended up earning over $60 from all of his hard work. This year, because of sickness and other difficulties, we haven't been able to do quiet as much selling but, he is giving it good try and hopes to, this week, make up for it. Last year he gave some of the money to us for Christmas. This go around, however, all of the money is going to him to put into savings.
This year, again, we are making him do most of the work and he is doing very well. He's memorized his spiel, learned how to fill out the order forms and paperwork, and is learning to be positive and persevere when no one seems to be buying.
He (and we) would love it if you would think about buying one. If you are interested, you can visit the Wreaths of Maine web site at http://www.wreathsofmaine.com to check out their products. Just enter John Allen's code #4086 where it is called for.
Thanks ahead of time. John Allen would be thrilled.
Home Makeover - Good News Mission Edition Topic: Ministry
So, Ok, it wasn't really Home Makeover from TV. But it was just as good! Last spring I was contacted by a church from GA who was looking for a mission project to get involved with. Our regional director, Ken Grubb, told them about us and we got into contact with each other. Six months later they were here! Because of sickness and some financial difficulties with a few families, only three men ended up coming.Â Our three great volunteers were, Tim Remaley, their fearless leader, who runs a men's drug and alcohol rehab center; Richard, one of the men who went through the rehab program and has an awsome testimony; and, Brother Don, who plays a mean guitar and is the pastor of their church. Originally they were just going to come and paint the mission, but they ended up painting our whole house as well! They were helped by Good News Mission's treasurer and husband, Virginia and Royce Harris. I tried to help, but probably ended up being more of a nuisance than I'm worth. Sarah and her ladies cooked and cleaned and made sure everyone had what they needed. Wednesday night, their last night here, Tim, who learned to cook in Europe, cooked an awesome meal for all of the people who come to the mission. Pastor Don played his guitar and led in music, and Richard gave his testimony. It was a fantastic ending to a fantastic week. Check out the following pictures.
The front of the mission without trim painted. Our house sure needed painting!
Tim and pastor cooking. Virginia with Miss Marie.
Richard's awesome testimony. The "Strolling Musician".
Richard and Pastor with Sarah and some of her ladies. Richard, Royce, Tim and Pastor Don.
Thank you, Lord, for Tim, Richard and Pastor Don travelling all of this way to help us out. Please bless them in their ministries and lives and bring them back to us again next year. Thank you, also, Lord, for our friends Royce and Virginia. Please bless them as they continue to volunteer and help us during the year. Thank you for this ministry that you have given us to do. Bless the folks that we work with. Amen
Forget the Carnival, I'm Going to be in the Movies! Mood:
caffeinated Topic: Blog Carnivals!
Actually, it's a movie at the carnival. Or is it a carnival at the movies? Oh, all right! It's a carnival. But I'm still going to be in it. It's called The Homeschool Showcase. The Homeschool Showcase is run by Kris, a fellow TOS Homeschool Crew member. I've submitted a post and it, along with a lot of other great posts, will be featured on Monday. Just click on the above clapboard to be taken straight to it.
Oh, and by the way, Kris' blog, Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers, has been nominated for a couple of Homeschool Blog Awards also. To find out which ones, just click on her blog and she has them listed in the right column at the top. And, if you haven't voted for me yet, just click here and it will take you straight to the voting page. Kris and I would love to have your vote!
It's Back! Have I mentioned that I like Vision Forum? Topic: Favorite Links
I know. I used to mention Vision Forum (VF) all of the time, but, I haven't talked about Vision Forum (VF) in a long time, so no one should be complaining. Anyway, I feel that this is important. This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, and the 150th anniversary of his work On the Origin of Species. Many, many secular movie companies and television networks are producing specials that will continue to indoctrinate our children in Darwin's false views of evolution. Vision Forum is one of the only companies that have gone back to where it all began - The Galapagos Islands - to produce a film to counter Charles Darwin's mistaken theories. The Galapagos was where Darwin began formulating his evolutionary theories but VF goes back to the same islands and viewed the same things and came to a very different conclusion. That they prove the theory of creation. Just click on the above banner to go to the Vision Forum website and check it out.