Beautiful Words – Letter Writing to your Children

Last year, I came across a few blogs that shared letters written from mothers to their children. Sweet recounts of days gone by and dreams for their future. I knew this was something I wanted to begin with my children. Not knowing where to start, though, I became discouraged and put off setting my pen to paper.

beautifulwordscoverRecently, I read Beautiful Words by Lorrie Flem and Wanda Gibert. Although the inscription on the front says “Letters of love from Mothers to Daughters”, I think it could be used for the whole family. This little treasure is filled with a collection of letters written from parents to their daughters. I was so blessed to read such personal, sweet words and am encouraged to begin my own letters. In addition to their letters, they share tips on how to start, possible topics to discuss, and how to present the letter to your child.

Beautiful Words is a great resource that can motivate you to begin letter writing to your children. It can be purchased separately or as part of the Mother Daughter Relationships bundle from Eternal Encouragement. With the age of technology and the lost art of writing, grab a pen and don’t let your thoughts get away.

Over the past two months, 3 out of 4 of my children have had birthdays. My children’s ages are now 9, 5, 3 1/2, & 2 years old. As time slips by, I’m hoping to capture some of my thoughts and dreams for them in letters that they will cherish.

**I received this product for free as part of The Gabby Moms program through Eternal Encouragement in exchange for my honest review.**

Valentine’s Day Family Recap

Looking back, I think this was the first Valentine’s Day that I decided to go all out. I even decorated for breakfast and bought different pink treats to eat throughout the day! The kids were ecstatic! The table was decorated the night before which made it a little easier in the morning. Then when we woke up, we were able to focus on everything else we needed to do – make cards, fix breakfast, have coffee…1302blog_IMG_1162 1302blog_IMG_1161When I awoke, I found 13 hearts near my place setting. There was one for each year we’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day as a married couple. Some had little notes about that year and how many children we had or were anticipating. It was such a special and thoughtful gift from my husband!1302blog_IMG_1160Next, I was off to card making. Thankfully, we made daddy’s card the day before because it was such a huge undertaking. Making each card unique and special for our little ones is, also, something we enjoy doing.1302blog_P10709141302blog_IMG_1159 1302blog_IMG_1158 1302blog_IMG_1157 1302blog_IMG_1156Then, my hubby woke up and treated us all to a fabulous french toast breakfast. It was delicious and the kids’ tummies were thankful.1302blog_IMG_1164After breakfast we were able to wish Grampa & Gramma a Happy Valentine’s Day via FaceTime on my iPad. Technology can be great for staying connected!1302blog_P1070832Some of our pink treats were dried strawberries, berry gummies, strawberry applesauce, and pink frosted cupcakes (I’ll have an upcoming post on how I naturally colored these). My 3-year-old was elated with having all of the treats in her favorite color.1302blog_IMG_1168 1302blog_IMG_1167

What a splendid day we had!

Acorn Donut Treats

My favorite time of year is here, Fall. Pumpkin treats, acorn crafts, fall festivals, cooler weather… Yesterday, my sister-in-law and mother-in-law were here for a visit. For a treat, my sister-in-law wanted to make acorn treats with the kids. They were such a cute idea and the kids enjoyed making them.

First, you need donut holes, peanut butter, crushed peanuts or toffee, and a chocolate chip or pretzel stick.

In the microwave, melt the peanut butter just enough to coat the donut. Then, dip the top of the donut hole into the peanut butter.Next, dip the donut hole into the crushed peanuts. You can also use crushed toffee.Top with a chocolate chip. The recipe called for a pretzel stick, but we modified with a chocolate chip.Now, you have your acorn donut treat.For our littlest, she enjoyed her plain donut hole!What a simple and fun fall treat!

Our Homeschooling Start – the Photos

My ideal would be to plan the first day of school as special from the others. But, for some reason, my planning hasn’t been very good. I might get there eventually, but so far that’s only happened once…with my first child. So, I’ll settle for our “first day” photos as being our “first month” photos. These are my precious children that I’m blessed to stay home and teach.

kl My 8 year old who is starting 4th grade.

My 4 year old who is starting somewhere between Pre-K and Kindergarten.

My 3 year old who is starting whatever her brother is starting. They are like 2 peas in a pod!

My 19 month old who just enjoys watching and getting into all of the school stuff!

My baby girls!

Our little blessings!

Our 2012 Homeschool Year has Begun

Our 2012 homeschool year has officially begun! It’s been a gradual process, but the kids are doing great with keeping on task. This year our focus has been to remove the busyness from our lives and focus on our family. It’s tough passing on things that our friends take part in, but I can already see the blessings of this choice.

Concerns still arise with socialization, but my kids are socializing with one another and are learning how to solve different problems that arise. They are learning how to use their words to express their feelings. They are learning how to give up their wants for the joy of someone else. They are learning how to help those in need. They are learning how to follow a schedule and the benefits that follow. I could go on and on, but I think I like the type of socializing and learning that is going on in our home.

So, what did we choose this year? Our core comes from Sonlight. My 8-year-old is studying from Core E and my 3 and 4-year-old are doing Core P4/5. The younger ones even enjoy listening to their older sister’s books! In addition we also use Rod & Staff Grammar & Spelling (grade 4), Phonics Pathways Readers (gr 4), Teaching Textbooks 5, and Apologia for Science. My younger ones enjoy their workbooks from Rod & Staff as well. They want to do “school” like their big sister, so we all sit at the table for workbook pages and occupy the couch during reading time.

Even though we are a few weeks in, God’s choice for us to remove excess busyness has created a better environment in our home. School has been running smoother and my kids and I are enjoying schooling at home.


Artists & Authors {A Gabby Mom Review}

When academics consume your day, how do you fit in the very important character training? For me that’s a challenge. Yes, we can train character throughout the day, but I want a way to make certain this happens. Then, along comes Lorrie Flem, from Eternal Encouragement, who wrote Artists & Authors. I’ve been eyeing this book for some time and was happily pleased to find out that we were reviewing it this month for the Gabby Mom’s program.

Artists & Authors is geared for ages 4 on up, but my 3 year old and 18 month old have enjoyed this as well. Little character nuggets fill the pages and can be expanded on throughout the day. The size is perfect for putting in your purse for a little on-the-go training. Each page Lorrie presents a character tip/explanation from God’s word with a box for your little artist to draw a picture. As I flipped through the pages, I saw that Lorrie has covered it all. There is even a section for special occasions in the back.

Since I currently have just 1 journal and 4 kids, we used regular paper. But, I plan on getting them each their own so I can write little notes about their art and whatever else comes up during that time. I am so glad that we have this and my eldest is happy because I told her she could have my copy.

With a box for drawing and Lorrie’s wisdom from God’s word on the side, Artists & Authors is a treasured keepsake that each child will enjoy! It’s available for purchase over at Eternal Encouragement’s website, but how about a chance to win your own copy? Head on over to Lorrie’s blog by clicking the following links: Artists & Authors or Authors & Artists (geared towards writers 7 and up) and enter the giveaway!

I received a complimentary copy of Artists & Authors as part of The Gabby Moms  program through Eternal Encouragement in exchange for my honest review.