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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Laundry Room/Bathroom Makeover Part 2

We are full swing on our laundry room and guest bathroom makeover. I've been working many hours on both rooms each day along with everything else a Mom has to do. It's coming along nicely. Not done yet but it's finally looking like I did something to it.

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As you can see a little sneak peak of the new paint color above the shower/tub in the guest bathroom. The paintable wallpaper is all installed and I now have the bathroom painted on the top half above the chair molding and about half of the laundry room above the chair molding done. It's this color above. 

The bottom half will be Antique White along with all the molding in the room. Hubby so graciously took over the task of installing ALL the trim. The floor molding is completed and he's now awaiting me to complete the top half of the painting so I don't have to tape it all and paint around it like I've had to do with the new door trim on four doors.. ugh... He'll then install the chair molding and then work on the crown molding.

We still have the interior of the windows in both rooms to update and put in window trim on the outside. The laundry room window will be getting wood mini blinds and the bathroom window will be painted with a frosted tint so there will be no need for a curtain or shade since it's only 13" wide. After we update the entire window we don't want to cover it up with a window treatment since you can't find one that small I'd have to make one to fit inside. I thought frosting it would look better so I hope it will turn out.

Painting the upper half of the laundry room should be completed tomorrow.. fingers crossed.. and then the molding will get put up and then I'll work on the bottom half of the wall/trim. 

Baby steps to get these rooms done but it's looking good. I can't believe they are the same rooms I've been looking at for 7 years now. There is color on the walls. It's been white for so long so it's something to get used to but in a good way.

When this is all said and done I will then need to take all the doors outside to paint them since it's cheaper to paint then to replace them. They will be off white to match all the trim in the house.

When these two rooms are done, I still have the boys' bathroom and the master bathroom to complete but will be taking a much needed break when these two are done to work on some outdoor projects that need attending. We hope to put in a planter box that stretches the length of the house in the front yard, the deck needs resurfacing and stained and I'd like to redo the paint job on the door of our shed since it's peeling. While the paint for that is out, I'll be touching up our house (we painted it 4 yrs ago) since hubby just put up new gutters he didn't place them in the same spot so there is spots on the walls where it didn't get painted.

Hubby will also be putting in a brick path between our deck and shed and we'll be needing new skylights for our house. LOTS of projects and we hope we will be able to complete all of these this Summer. I'll share everything here as we get to them..

Are you remodeling or updating your house or yard? I'd love to hear about it.. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Stitch and A Prayer by Eva Gibson

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Stitch and A Prayer
Abingdon Press (May 20, 2014)
Eva Gibson


(No image available) Eva Gibson is the author of twenty books, including A Stitch and a Prayer, the latest release in the Quilts of Love series from Abingdon Fiction. She currently teaches Writing Your Life Story classes for Portland Community College and is an active member of Oregon Christian Writers. She has lived most of her life on the family farm in Wilsonville, Oregon, which is the setting for her novel.


After her fiancĂ© returns from the Klondike gold rush in 1897, Florence Harms sets about building a new life in her new marriage—even though the lingering effects of illness have left her weak and vulnerable. She and her young husband, Will, work tirelessly to clear the land around their Northwest cabin, content with their modest life.

But then a stranger comes knocking and Florence suddenly senses a restlessness in Will’s spirit that she had never seen before. When he leaves her with only a note that tells her he will return before their baby’s birth, she is devastated, and the illness that stiffened her joints returns. Counting the days until Will walks back through her door, Florence busies herself with a Tree of Life quilt displaying a map of the farm they call home. Doubts claw at her heart as Florence struggles to believe Will’s promise to return to her. Will her labor of love—and faith in God—sustain her as she waits to see her beloved once again?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Stitch and A Prayer, go HERE.

Apologia- What On Earth Can I Do? Review

Apologia Review

My family has had the opportunity to receive Apologia- What We Believe Series Book 4
as part of the Homeschool Review Crew.

My 12 yr old son will be starting this series in the Fall working on Volume 1 and 2. When I selected this book curriculum for review I was told they could be looked at in any order but as I started digging into the first two and then this one, I found they work much better if done in sequential order which I will explain more fully as I get into depth with the curriculum below. I have yet found the opportunity to use this volume curriculum, so I took the time to go through all the books to this Volume and I'm writing my review based on what I found. 

I've fallen in love with Apologia. We've used their science curriculum for years with all grade levels from their elementary series, to their junior high series as well as high school. When I found they now have a series that focuses on Faith for children, I knew I wanted this for our family.

Apologia Review

The Lesson categories for Volume 4 include:

Lesson 1: Your Story or God's Story?
Lesson 2: Who Put You in Charge?
Lesson 3: Will You Be Found Faithful?
Lesson 4: Where is Your Treasure?
Lesson 5: Where Does Your Time Go?
Lesson 6: Whose Life Is It Anyway?
Lesson 7: Why Isn't It Easy Being Green?
Lesson 8: What Will Happen When the Master Returns?

The lesson structure contains several key components.

The Big Idea
An introduction to the main topic of the lesson with a brief overview of what you will learn and what you've learned up to that point in the book

What You Will Do
The learning objectives for the lesson

Short Story
A short story featuring characters of about the same age as your students. Provides a glimpse into their lives with different worldviews and concepts taught in the lesson.

Think About It
Thought provoking questions that help dig deeper into the short stories you've read. Helps to measure student's reading comprehension.

Words You Need to Know
Vocabulary words from the lesson that are important to learn and understand

Hide It in Your Heart
Two specific Bible scripture to write in their journals and to memorize for each lesson. One is to express the main idea of the lesson and the other pertains to a character trait that is encouraged to use and learn.

Integrated Learning
Interesting articles for age appropriate topics related to the main idea.

What Should I Do?
Highlights a specific godly character trait

The main body of each lesson ends with prayer.

Parables of Jesus
The final portion of each lesson is a story told by Jesus during His ministry.

Going Deeper
These questions are designed to encourage students to think about the parables of Christ.

House of Truth
Four of the lessons end with an addition of a new part of the House of Truth. This started in Volume 1 and each volume adds to this either by drawing it or obtaining the kit to build it in 3D. It also includes ideas on how you can make this a wonderful hands on addition to your study

This book includes a lesson plan sample giving you an idea on how to break up the reading portion of your study.

The cost of the Hardcover Book is $39.00

Apologia Review

The hardcover curriculum book works great with the notebooking journal companion. This one above goes along perfectly with the text of the hardcover book with a built in lesson planner in the front for you to follow along and give you a baseline idea on how to utilize the curriculum. It breaks the curriculum down to 48 separate lessons including reading the book and working alongside in the notebooking journal.

Beautifully illustrated with colored pictures, journaling pages, questions to answer about each lesson, vocabulary, scripture memorization, journaling, crossword puzzles, Do You Remember questions about what you've read as well as lapbook templates provided in the back of the book. Spiral bound for easy use. Includes a page with THINGS TO DO, BOOKS, SONGS, MOVIES.. ideas for you to add more to your learning experience.

The cost of the Notebooking Journal is $24.00

Apologia Review

This coloring book is a wonderful addition to the study for younger students. As you read the stories aloud in the hardcover text they can color the corresponding picture in the coloring book. Each picture to color includes a narration at the bottom of the page. Includes 64 pages to color.

The cost of the Coloring Pages Book is $8.00

Apologia Review

The Junior Notebooking Journal is designed for your young ones in mind. Elementary aged children. Includes
Blank Note-Taking  Pages
Coloring Pages
Words to Know
Hide it in My Heart
Make a Note of It
Word Puzzles
Mini Books
My Prayer
Praise Report
I Spy!
Living Out Loud
Find Out More

This journal also includes a lesson planner that breaks down your daily reading and your notebook pages. It also breaks it down into 48 lessons. Beautifully illustrated with colored pictures and graphics and lapbooking templates at the back of the journal to use for the hands on child in your family.

The cost of the Junior Notebooking Journal is $24.00

(I do want to point out that we WILL be using this Volume at a later date focusing on the textbook and older journal since we will be going through the entire series of all four Volumes for my son's Junior High School years of 7th and 8th grade starting this Fall.)

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Random 5 on Friday- May 23rd

The Pebble Pond 

Joining in with The Pebble Pond and her weekly meme "Random 5 on Friday" Five random things in my life right now:

1. Went for a run and then had to out run the thunderstorm that was heading right towards me. Note to self: Don't go for a leisure run turn into speed run less than an hour after you eat dinner..

2. Just finished putting in the new floor in our guest bathroom. The laundry room is also done for those who haven't been following my remodel posts. These rooms are connected and one end of my house so had to do the entire flooring together before starting something else.

3. Just purchased new medicine cabinets and light fixtures for two of my three bathrooms. Plus new light fixtures for the laundry room and three bedrooms. I also found a beautiful stone light switch cover for the laundry room and switch plug cover to match.. Very elegant. 

4. This Memorial Day Weekend I'll be in my laundry room putting in paintable wallpaper, painting said wallpaper and adding trim (crown, floor, door and ceiling) I can't wait to see it all done.  The doors will all be taken down sometime this Summer to be painted since we can't afford to replace them all in our home. We have 16 and with the remodel costs the way they are already, I'll just buy some white paint and go at em'.

5. Nothing like trying to get caught up on your laundry when you've spent the entire week in it replacing floor. It was really warm today so I didn't want to plug the dryer back in until this evening since we don't have our a/c hooked up yet. Hubby said he'll be putting it in this weekend.. YEAH!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Miting by Dee Yoder

The Miting    -     By: Dee Yoder

About the Book:  

Leah is seventeen and Amish. Like many her age, she has lots of questions, but the temporary flight of freedom known as rumspringen is not the answer for her. She does not desire Englisher fashion, all-night parties, movies, or lots of boyfriends. Leah is seeking to understand her relationship with God, to deepen and broaden her faith by joining a Bible study hosted by an ex-Amish couple. She wants to know why Amish life is the only lifestyle her family accepts, why the church has so many rules, and...most disturbing, how godly men can allow her best friend to be abused in her own home.

In the pressure-cooker environment of church and family, Leah is not allowed to ask these questions. When finally she reaches the breaking point, she walks away from the Old Order Amish life that is all she has known. Though adapting amiably to the Englisher world, Leah is tormented with homesickness. Returning to the community, however, entails a journey of pain and sorrow Leah could never have imagined.

The miting--shunning--that will now be Leah's unendurable oppression every day is beyond her most devoted attempts to believe or understand. All the bishop and her family ask is that she abandon her practice of reading the Bible. Is that a price she is willing to pay?

My Thoughts on This Book:

I was very pleased when reading this Amish Fiction story. I've read several Amish stories and have loved each one. This one gives a different perspective that I haven't seen in any other book in the genre. Most books portray Amish as passive, quiet, and of a strong Christian Faith. Non violent and wanting a simple lifestyle to please and worship the Lord.

This story showed it totally different. Leah, loves her family and wants to live in the Amish community and possibly settle down to marry Jacob Yoder, but she has questions about her faith that nobody near her is willing to answer for her. Telling her that it's not up to her to have a one on one relationship with God. Leah wants to attend an Englisher bible study to find out more about God and to see what He has in store for her life. Her family disagrees with her 'rebellion' and this behavior is leading others to believe she should be shunned. 

This story really helped me understand more about the Amish culture and how they see God in their lives. If you are looking for a deeper read that is all about Amish, then I would recommend picking up this story.

About the Author:
Image of Dee Yoder

Dee Yoder's fiction is based on the lives of her former-Amish friends. She is actively involved in the Mission to Amish People ministry as a mentor, volunteer, and author. In addition to writing over eighty short stories, her coming-of-age novel, The Powerful Odor of Mendacity, won the FaithWriters Page Turner contest in 2011. Dee lives in central Ohio.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Laundry Room Makeover Part 1

After a few months off from home remodel, I'm at it again. This time, the laundry room. Now that the dining room, living room, homeschool room and kitchen are done (minus kitchen countertops), it's time to start on the next room.

I've had ideas floating in my head for sometime on how I wanted to update the laundry room. I decided to start with the flooring and then work on updating the walls with fresh paintable wallpaper, crown molding, floor molding and chair molding. I will also add some new door molding to the four doors that are in this room. 

Adjacent to the laundry room is the guest bathroom. I'm also in the process of adding the flooring to this room and will be doing the same things in there as the laundry room.

We purchased a linoleum floating floor. It's so nice, warm on the feet and absolutely beautiful. I'm in love with it!

Below is some BEFORE and AFTER photos of the flooring in the laundry room

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Now that this floor is completed, I'm just finishing up the bathroom floor and will then work on the walls by adding wallpaper and go from there with all the trim.

This is the first time I've ever installed flooring in my life. It was a challenge at first but after I got down the pattern, it was fairly easy and I really enjoyed watching the room transform.. 

I look forward to sharing my picture series as I continue to work along in the laundry room. Next stop wallpaper and paint.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Curriculum Through the Years


I'm excited about joining in on this Round Up from the Schoolhouse Review Crew.
 All about Curriculum Choices

I thought I'd add some of my blog links to the curriculum choices we've used over the past years and then give you a list of what we'll be using for the school year 2014-15.

Curriculum we used for 2012-13 for Grades 12, 8 and 5
2012-13 School Year Curriculum Choices

Here is some detailed posts regarding Heart of Dakota we used for 2012 for my Grade 5 son at the time

Click the link below to take you to the post that gives you pictures and names of everything we used for Grade 6 this year

Want more in depth information about what we used this year. Check out these links below:

 And now for Grade 7 for my son which he'll be using for 2014-15

 Math- Saxon 8/7

 Notgrass- America the Beautiful

Apologia - Zoology 3 Exploring Creation - Land Animals of the Sixth Day

Zoology 3- Using the Notebooking Journal

Apologia- Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics

Apologia-What We Believe Series- Volume 1- Who is God?

Apologia-What We Believe Series- Volume 1- Who is God? Lapbook

Apologia- What We Believe Series Volume 2- Who Am I?


Apologia- What We Believe Series Volume 2- Who Am I? Lapbook

Language Lessons for the Elementary Child Volume 2  Queen Homeschool Supplies-

 Language Lessons for the Elementary Child 2- Queen Homeschool


Lessons From Leaders- Thematic Copywork Lessons- Queen Homeschool


 Excellence in Writing- Level B- Student Writing Intensive

Check out what other crew members have shared at 
from the Schoolhouse Review Crew...

Friday, May 16, 2014

Random 5 on Friday- May 16th

The Pebble Pond 

 Joining in with The Pebble Pond and her weekly meme "Random 5 on Friday" Five random things in my life right now:

1. I have a giveaway going on my blog right now until May 24th. I'm giving away two Maestro Classics CD's and Activity books.. Check it out @ Maestro Classics Giveaway

2. I'm looking to blog more. More personal. About my family, things that are going on here etc. I have a list of things to post over the next few days that are things I've made and places we've been. I've let it go lately with all that I've been doing off line. It seems the only time I've had to get on my blog lately has been for my reviews and that's going to change. Less reviews and more me. I have posts about a field trip we've taken, all about my Women of Faith weekend, Mother's Day, some family fun pics, some recipes I've made and more. Can't wait to share....

3. I'm going strong on my Bible in 90 Days reading. With the help of my friend I took three days off of reading while I was in Billings for the Women of Faith conference so I'll be finishing up that many days later which is fine. This Sunday I'll finally be in the New Testament.. YEAH!

4. All the curriculum for my youngest son has been purchased, lesson planner made and ready for Summer break here on May 30th. We are still praying over my oldest son. He's currently attending the local high school as a freshman. He will be finishing up his school year on June 6th. We are still confused on whether it's best to keep him where he is or bring him back home. This has been a tough decision for us last year and it hasn't gotten any easier as time has gone on. I do know that my relationship with him has grown so much over the past year and the arguing has been minimal. Having him gone during the day has helped my youngest with his schooling time, since we aren't arguing over my oldest getting his work done, it's really set a more positive dynamic with our family time. We have the Summer to pray about it and I will definitely be doing that. God knows and He's in charge.

5. Gathering up all my curriculum to sell. Decided to sell as much as I can this year at the local homeschool curriculum sale. I've never joined in before mainly because I've been able to sell my stuff online, but feel I'll start this way and what's left I'll put on my blog. Keep an eye out after June 6th...