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MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 6

TEACHING TO THE TEST

One of the greatest gifts of homeschooling is the freedom to customize your child’s education.

(This is part 6 in our series. If you missed our first post, you can find it here.)

Without formal testing, it is unreasonable to expect a teacher who is responsible for a large classroom of students to know with certainty whether those students are comprehending the material presented. But in the intimacy of the homeschool environment, there are a variety of ways to make this assessment. Continue reading MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 6

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The Mommy Book Gives

In a twinkling, all the cares of this world will pass away, and we will stand before the Lord.

In that moment, the only work that will matter is the work done for Him…

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Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”

Then the righteous will answer him, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?” And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”

Matthew 25:34-40 ESV

We strive to keep that truth foremost in our minds as we make choices as to how we will allocate our resources.

On this page, we will highlight ministries we have found to be effective in spreading the Gospel and trustworthy in caring for the least of these.

As we have observed various organizations laboring in the Jesus, we have been particularly impressed by the vision and integrity of:

SHOW HOPE

Show Hope is a movement to care for orphans, restoring the hope of a family to orphans in distress around the world. You can donate directly to our Show Hope Campaign @ http://bit.ly/show-hope.

ITEC

I-TEC  supports the Great Commission by assisting the “hidden” church in its journey toward independence under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Samaritan’s Purse

For over 40 years, Samaritan’s Purse has done their utmost to follow Christ’s command by going to the aid of the world’s poor, sick, and suffering. They are an effective means of reaching hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ. This, in turn, earns them a hearing for the Gospel, the Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

You can donate directly to our Samaritan’s Purse Campaign HERE!

A portion of every sale of I’d Rather Be Your Mommy will be directed to support one of these front-line ministries working hard to fulfill The Great Commission.

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The Making of the Mommy Book

Have you ever wondered how books are printed?

We’re excited to release our first children’s hardcover book. And we’re praying that mommies everywhere will read it to their little ones at bedtime, and that little ones will fall asleep knowing how precious and chosen they are!

If you’ve ever wanted to take a little peek “behind the scenes,” here’s a little pictorial journal of the printing of I’d Rather Be Your Mommy.

A quality control operator inspects the printed text.

 

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A press operator inspects the cover.

 

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The Komori press is run by two skilled operators.

 

All the covers are printed.
Soon all the covers are printed.

 

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Then the cover sheets sit on skid for 48 hours in the drying room before the lamination process begins.

 

The Mommy Book is complete!
Donna and Trudy display the finished book.

 

The Mommy Book is ready to load!
The books are packed and ready to ship!

We’re celebrating the launch of this gift-book edition with a giveaway designed to delight mommies! Click here for details!

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A Father’s Mark (2) — Three Practices

It seems a little ironic that such an important facet of our lives — our family relationships — often receive so little strategic planning. As Camp Paradise director Tim VandenBos, who hosts annual father-son and father-daughter retreats, explains:

Most men don’t give fathering the kind of intensity that we give work. We don’t set goals. We just hope it happens.

To be a skillful father, you must be intentional.

Continue reading A Father’s Mark (2) — Three Practices

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A Father’s Mark (1)

Every father leaves his mark on his child.

That mark can impact generations.

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My father became my dear friend before he passed into eternity, but we had a difficult history. He didn’t become a believer until late in life. Before choosing to follow Jesus, he made some choices that were incredibly destructive to our family. Those choices left marks of anger, rejection, and abandonment.

Consequently, I grew up with a distorted picture of fatherhood. However, when I became a believer, that distorted picture was gradually replaced by one that displayed the beauty of biblical fatherhood. Destructive marks were replaced with marks of grace, acceptance, and faithfulness. Continue reading A Father’s Mark (1)

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MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 5

A STUDY OF WORLDVIEWS

Do your children see the world through the lens of Scripture?

Everyone has a worldview. It is the “lens” through which we view everything around us. Most people blindly accept theirs from the culture in which they live. However, Christians are called to cultivate a biblical worldview. Continue reading MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 5

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Story Time with Southern Plate Suppers and a Special Giveaway!

Look what just arrived in our mailbox!

Southern Plate Suppers Magazine is a stunningly designed, limited edition magazine filled with the most delicious recipes!

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Back by popular demand, this special issue Southern Plate Suppers Magazine will quickly earn a favored spot among your cookbook collection. Not just recipes but full menus to help you get supper on the table no matter how busy your day is. Christy shares tips, tricks, and even her vintage dish collection! And she says you just have to try the chocolate meringue pudding…

Want one? Our dear friend Christy Jordan gave us three copies to share — so we’re hosting a little giveaway here and another on our Facebook Page. (Or you can buy one before they’re sold out @ http://bit.ly/southernplate.)

ENTER TO WIN HERE

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The winner of these giveaways will receive a print copy of Christy’s magazine, and our soon-to-be-released, gift-quality hardcover children’s book, I’d Rather Be your Mommya digital copy of  I’d Rather Be your Mommyand the BONUS PRINTS! ($40+ total value!)

Christy posted the sweetest reading of the story on her delightful blog, SouthernPlate.com:

 

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Before Mere Christianity — C.S. Lewis Vintage Broadcast Talks

Imagine you live in a flat in London, and it’s 1941.

It’s night. As you hear the now familiar drone of propellers, you brace yourself. Within minutes, bombs drop from the skies and explosions erupt. You feel helpless, hopeless, and an overwhelming sense of impending doom.

When at last it’s quiet , you fumble your way to the radio, your hand shaking as you turn the dial. A calm, reassuring voice fills the room, delivering the first of what will be a series of radio broadcast talks. This one is titled: “Right and Wrong: A clue to the meaning of the universe.”

His words mesmerize you. They sound sensible, down-to-earth, yet profound.

The speaker’s name is C.S. Lewis.

(Click the picture of C.S. Lewis to hear the only surviving recording of from his broadcast talks.)

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Did you know that Mere Christianity was adapted from a series of radio broadcast talks C.S. Lewis gave between 1941 and 1944?

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MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 4

Making the Most of High School

WHEN BOYS BECOME MEN

My homeschool mentor warned me, “One day, you may want to stop calling Roger and Ryan your boys and start calling them your sons.” I’m so grateful for her wise words.

It happened so fast! Long days crawled past while years flew by. But today, there’s no doubt — my boys have become men.

(We marked the transition with a special gathering detailed in Celebrating Manhood — a rite of passage guide.) Continue reading MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 4