Monday, June 30, 2008

Heart of the Matter giveaway!! Dont miss it...

Check out the product over at Heart of the Matter. Lori over at all you have to give, gave a wonderful review on this new planner called " Master Planner". Check it out and enter the giveaway... it looks pretty cool...

Here is a blurb from the author:

The Master Plan is very special. It not only provides a multitude of pages for organizing every aspect of your life, but it is also an interactive PDF. This interactivity means that you can either print out the blank planner pages you need for your own customizable planner that fits nicely in a 3-ring binder of your choosing, OR you can use the interactive fields to type in your own personalized information and either print out the completed pages or– here’s the best part– use it fully on your computer. To use the interactive tools, you simply click your mouse into any field, and type in the necessary information. You can print the Week-at-a-Glance page and stick it in your husband’s lunch box on Monday, stick a copy of the weekly menu or grocery list to the side of the fridge, or
print out sermon note pages to tuck inside your Bible for you and our children

Heart of the Matter Giveaway

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Koinonia Academy Graduate 2008

In honor of the graduates, at church this morning they flashed pictures of everyone who graduated... and not just high school. Here is Shawn's shot.

They grow so fast! Shawn is actually 5 in the smaller picture... he is so cute!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Tasha Tudor

I just read a little bit ago that on June 18th Tasha Tudor passed away. That is so sad. She was such a talented woman... right up there with Beatrix Potter. I cherish a few of the books that I have. 1 being my book from Robert Lewis Stevenson and she did all the illustrating in it. Its a little more special now.

Tasha Tudor Memorial web page

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Who do I look like??

Civil War Weekend

Oh what fun! I have always wanted to go and see a reenactment of some type! This weekend... in a little tiny town not to far from us... They had a Civil War reenactment. We didn't get to spend as much time as we wanted to their, but it was a lot of fun for the time we did get to spend. We decided next year we will try and make it for the entire day on Saturday, instead of a partial day on Sunday.

I took a ton of pictures, but I don't want to bore you. *Ü* So here are my favorite few...

Heading into battle men!

Marching into Battle!!

Getting ready....


Mothers looking for sons

A Grieving mum

The battle is over


Camp Kitchen

Signal Core Flags

I loved this one! Pretty in blue

Fiddle dee dee Rhett Butlua

Lovely bonnets

Waiting on the shuttle

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Rat Comfort The Way of the Master

This is my favorite one that I have seen...

Im Cleaning out the Old

I posted some homeschool items up on ebay....... I will be adding stuff all weekend here and there.... Its so boaring..... I have to take a break sometimes... *Ü* Click link below.


Friday, June 20, 2008

Heart of the Matter meme

Over at Heart of the matter they are having thier weekly meme! I have not participated in this for a bit.... and this one was just to easy and good to pass up!

This week we are sharing tried and true recipes! I can do this! I love to share.....

Recipie number 1. I found on the WTM forums! I do not know who Emily is, but she gets all the credit... so here is to Emily on the WTM Forum!

Emily's Tortilla soup

  1. 28-32 oz of chicken broth

  2. 2 cans refried beans

  3. 2 cans black beans drained

  4. 2 cups cooked chicken (optional)

  5. 1 can of corn

  6. 2 cups salsa

  7. 1 cup water

Mix all in a pot and simmer 10-15 minutes. Turn off heat and add 2 cups shredded cheddar.

Place crumbled tortilla chips in bottom of soup bowls, spoon soup into bowls and garnish with a dollop of sour cream and avocado if you desire. Sky is the limit here.

Garden salad on the side.

Its a fast easy meal! It has become a weekly meal and we all love it!

Recipe number 2

Easy Peanut Butter cookies

  1. 1 cup peanut butter

  2. 1 egg

  3. 1/2 cup sugar

  4. dash of vanilla

Mix all ingredients well. Drop onto cookie sheet by teaspoon fulls. Dip fork in water and make traditional cross marks and bake for 15-20 minutes, depends if you like crunchy cookies.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

When you say

When you say... “I can’t solve this ...”

God tells you “I will direct your path” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

When you say... “It’s impossible”...

God tells you “Everything is possible” (Luke 18:27)

When you say... “I feel all alone...”

God tells you “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
(Hebrews 13:5)

When you say... “I can’t do it...”

God tells you “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
(Philippians 4:13)

When you say... “I don’t deserve forgiveness...”

God tells you “I have forgiven you” (1John 1:9 – Romans 8:1)

When you say... “ I am afraid...”

God tells you “Do not fear, for I am with you; I will strengthen you and help you (Isaiah 41:10)

When you say... “I am tired...”

God tells you Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)

When you say... “No one really loves me...”

God tells you “ I Love You” (John 3:16 – John 13:34)

When you say... “ I don’t know how to go on...”

God tells you “ I will show you the path” (Psalm 32:8)

When you say... “What path does God have for me...?”

God tells you “My beloved son JESUS CHRIST”
( 1 Timothy 2:5 – Acts 4:12 - John 3:16)

...And when you want to know everything else that God wants to tell you...

Read The Bible (2 Timothy 3:15-17)

My mom sent this to me... Im not sure who wrote it, but I like it. Hope you did too.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Wordless Wednesday almost~

This is a little-kinz webkinz

Monday, June 9, 2008

June Issue HOTM

The new issue of Heart of the Matter is up! Take a peak! As always its encouraging...

My New Look!

Taaaadaaa! Do you like it!? I love it! My friend Darcy over at Graphically Designing and aka Life with my 3 boybarians slaved for hours, weeks and days to create this lovely place I call Koinonia Academy... ok...well honestly... it was this weekend... but she did have to put up with me... I'm so not up on this technology stuff! I write, I post pictures... that's about it. *Ü* LOL

So what do you think??

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Spring never came here, but....

Spring cleaning and organizing did! *Ü* I have been purging for weeks! I'm slow and methodical so that doesn't help get things done right away. My poor family had to deal with my madness for almost 2 weeks now! It doesn't have to stay perfect, but I really have to think it through before I commit a space....

The first space was the attic in my sons room and all my boxes of books. I was able to get rid of a TON of things at a used curriculum sale, but I have a TON left over. I have all my Tapestry of grace year 1 books in boxes and labeled, I have year 2 books in boxes and labeled, and all my year 3 unit 1-2 books boxed and labeled. They are now safe and sound in a warm, dry attic. I am so glad to have those out of the main house! They just took up space.

I still have 3 book shelves in my walk in closet, 3 in the office, my baskets in the dining room and then the shelves and cabinets in the mud room filled. I emptied last years goods, placed most of the upcoming years goods in place of...organized my art supplies (I was inspired by Barbs post) and have the girls summer books out in their basket for easy reach.

Here is a few pictures for a good visual of my reorganizing school stuff:
These used to be on the floor... and now rest on this new plastic container.

The new container ( found at Goodwill for $3.00)has 3 drawers and house flash cards, wrap ups, math games, math wars etc.... I just cant part with that stuff yet. The second drawer has 3x5 index cards and also larger ones for vocabulary. Tape, rulers and other stationary type stuff. The bottom drawer... well again... full of things I just cant part with yet. It houses all of our math manipulative's we have used and collected over the years, tanagrams, math counters, base 10, rulers, scale... most came from the Saxon math manipulative kit, but also things I bought through Sonlight for math resources back in the day *Ü* I am not ready to give it up yet... maybe I need a 10 step program?

The girls notebooks still need to be made into books. They are full! Even though we only made it through 1/2 of year 3, and RyLees Astronomy needs to be bound up too. They will stay here till I'm ready to do that.

I love this message board! I found it at Goodwill too! $2.99! It was still in its packaging... I love smart shopping. This is where I will post the weekly schedule and Weekly procedure chart.

Christians biology schedule is placed here. I have the main schedule and grades in my book. I also place her basic chore list here(its broken down in days and changes weekly). I also write memory verses on this, so we can look over at it whenever we want and memorize it.

This shelf houses all my tapestry of grace books. The books up here are for year 3, and also all resources we might use for any year plan. I need a bigger one! Yikes.... Sorry about the bad lighting.

This shot has Nature study books that the kids use in the basket on top. Then below it is my cuisenaire rods I cant part with *Ü* Below that is Spanish and art materials.

This is my favorite closet/cabinet! My grama gave it to me. I have all our art supplies in this cool tote I bought at Costco last week on the top shelf. It organized them and I can see inside! The next shelf, also a favorite! Tina Wa bought this for me at Christmas... isn't she sweet! Someone posted these on the 'old" WTM board and I 'really" wanted one, but was resisting temptation... she was a doll and bought it for me! I was so shocked when I saw he bring this huge box out of her car! lol Thanks Tina... anyway... I house all of our print outs in it. Lap book stuff, notebook pages, timeline figures.... what have you. It also has a few books we are using for art appreciation right now. Plus other goodies.... I love it! I just pull the entire thing out when I need it.

Bottom shelf has our microscope and science supplies! This is such a nice cabinet!

This shelf is mostly my resources/teacher resources *Ü* Bible study helps journals and the like..... Books I'm reading/want to read over the next year/2,3? I also ran out of room on my TOG shelf so the Hakim books are here as well, and some more science resources, writing, grammar, all of my guides... and 2 sewing projects of mine and Rylees but you cant see them well.

Educational dvds and VHS tapes. I have more, but no tote to house them yet. I went to a library sale and bought a lot of great stuff... 50 cents each... I couldn't walk away form such a sweet deal!

I still have my schedule (spine for the day) to work out for next year. I will work on it mid July when our Basque student is gone for 10 days at camp, and all of my kids are gone too... only they are gone Thursday-Sunday.

So, slowly slowly the egg begins to walk! *Ü* I learned that years ago.... it is an Ethiopian proverb. I still have things to do, but a huge majority just got fisnished! I need to buy little for next year... but other than that... Im feeling good... and ready for summer and our Basque student to be hear the month of July!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Exploring Tapestry with Tapestry Teas

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a Tapestry Tea. I was asked to come because the woman who was hosting it knew little about TOG. She had borrowed a classic guide (from the same woman I borrowed from 5 years ago *Ü*)and then printed off some of the free weeks at the site. She wanted me to come and share and hopefully answer questions since Im a user! *Ü*

I was glad to go. 2 of the woman who attended already purchased TOG year 1 redesign but wanted to talk with a "live in the flesh" person. The other 4 were interested and not sure.

When I first arrived, we went around the room and the ladies all introduced themselves. The hostess asked them to share why they were here and what interested them about TOG. All of them shared the same answer....Gods sovernty was woven through out each year plan and through out History. It was in chronological order, and it included world view and church history as subjects. The streamlining and God being central was important to these ladies.

We watched a new dvd put out by TOG. Its 20 minutes versus the hour long dvd we have been showing. It was wonderful! It was a round table discussion with Marcia Somerville and 4 other woman who all use TOG. Marcia asked specific questions,and they all responded with answers. It really was great. I believe it gave answers to questions and fears I hear when folks are inquiring about Tapestry of Grace curriculum.

I felt good about the way it went, and so glad I could go!It was good practice in getting my feet wet before the WHO convention next weekend. I'm starting to get a bit nervous to speak in front of folks! My prayer is that I don't get to nervous and draw a blank as I'm up in front of people! lol

If you are wanting to get a good feel for TOG and not sure you can make it to a local convention, I would suggest the new Tapestry Tea packet. You dont have to hold a tea for others to get it, but that in itself could prove to be a lot of fun

Wordless Wednesday