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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Weekly Recap: With Fancy Hot Dogs

Prayer is an amazing thing. Everyone can receive answers to sincere prayers. Do you remember from last week that my youngest had been sick? She prayed Thursday night that she would get better, and Heavenly Father answered her prayers. She asked Him to help her get better so that she could go to her cousin's baptism Saturday morning. Her fever was gone sometime Thursday night, so she had a good 40 hours fever free before the baptism. I am always humbled to see children praying and receiving answers. What great testimony building experiences for our little ones!

The baptism was beautiful, every time I attend a LDS baptism I cry. The spirit is so strong there. After the baptism and confirmation, we celebrated at my brother's house. Since that portion of my extended family is Brazilian, and my nephew got to pick the food he wanted on his special day, we enjoyed Brazilian hot dogs for lunch. That was a new experience for me! It started with a bun and hot dog cooked in seasoned tomato sauce. Then they added mayo, pico de gallo, corn, peas, mashed potatoes, parmesan cheese, and shoestring potatoes! It started to remind me of Rachel's trifle. But... it was delicious! Impossible to eat without making a mess, but so yummy!

I remember a picture of my brother and sister-in-law at a dinner with friends, back when they were first married. Everyone in the picture was holding up a hot dog and looking thrilled at what they were about to devour. I thought it was just a fun group of people, certainly this all American food wasn't that nifty, but it turns out the way they eat hot dogs IS a pretty exciting ordeal!

On Sunday my oldest spoke in church about following the prophets. We had a fun afternoon together as a family.

Monday we learned about Martin Luther King Jr. We didn't do any school work, but we did go grocery shopping. I also picked out a new purse (that was a hard decision!).

Tuesday was a short school day. Our literature lesson was on Nat's character traits and how they helped him through his trials in life. My husband took half the day off work to take our oldest three children to see Rogue One!

Wednesday was an exciting day... my new THM cookbook, Necessary Food finally came! I pre-ordered it in October and it was supposed to ship Dec. 9th. When it hadn't arrived by Dec. 28th, my husband called and was told that it was damaged in shipping. He asked why another one hadn't been sent, why he had to call to find it and they said they had no good answer for that. When we still didn't receive a book by Jan. 10th, he called again... to find out that they never sent it. So he requested they send it Priority Mail right away. They did, but it still didn't arrive for 8 days! Whew.

We also received our subscription to Hoffman Academy 2.0, the website my kids use for piano lessons. We LOVE the new website and subscription! Our science lesson was on Newton's third law and the children designed balloon powered cars.


Thursday was a geography lesson on why censuses are taken, and my son got to pretend to be a census worker for our home. They can't wait until 2020! It started snowing today.

Friday morning we parked ourselves in front of the television to watch the inauguration ceremony and do school work. We took a long time to finish school today! Our art lesson was on the Palace of Versailles. What a beautiful place!

At end the day, we went to the Hof Festival, a German festival held near us every winter, with my parents. We enjoyed delicious German foods and music, and grandpa bought each of my kids a Kinder Egg! They were the Kinder Joy kind that is split in half, so the legal kind, but still a fun treat.

I'm actually writing this on Saturday and it's continued to snow off and on for three days. It's so nice to have a real winter!

Homeschool Coffee Break

Friday, January 20, 2017

How We Homeschool: A,B,C s (Blogging Through the Alphabet)

I picked a hard topic to start with! How we teach the A,B,Cs, or how I homeschool with toddler, preschool, and kindergarten ages. I feel like it's a hard topic because what works for one child doesn't necessarily work for another, and there is SO MUCH that fits here.
I apologize for the quality of these pictures, it's easier to snap a picture with my phone during school than to haul out the nice camera. Plus, most of these pictures are about 4-5 years old, and that was 3 phones ago.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Weekly Recap: With the Snow and Fevers

After all that cold last week we got a break, it warmed up and snowed! Then it warmed up some more, and the snow turned to rain. There were flood warnings for our area so on Saturday we made sure our sump pump was working (which has never turned on as long as we've lived here), and went to my parents to make sure their drain outside the back door was clear. They have never had flooding unless that drain clogs and water seeps in under the door. Satisfied that all was well, I helped my youngest make dinner. You see, we had an incident last week where she was POSITIVE that her brother was making dinner wrong. With a little discussion and verbalization of emotions, together we discovered that she just wanted to make dinner. So she planned her own meal, made a shopping list, went with me to purchase ingredients, and did most of the food prep. Of course she used a kid's cookbook, and these cheesy potato mice are what she made for us!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2017 Homeschool Review Crew

I'm excited to be participating in the Homeschool Review Crew for 2017! Would you like to get to know the rest of the Crew? Here are links to many of our blogs. You're sure to find a few that share your homeschool style. Enjoy!

Footprints in the Butter Every Bed of Roses Double O Farms Family Faith & Fridays Circling Through This Life At Home: where life happens Homeschool Coffee Break A Net in Time Gypsy Road Counting Pinecones Our Life ~ Home and School Tots and Me Delightful Learning Mom's Plans A Learning Journey This Day Has Great Potential Weiser Academy As We Bloom Homemaking Organized Mountain of Grace Homeschooling A Stable Beginning Home Sweet Life Through the Calm and Through the Storm Our Worldwide Classroom A Glimpse of Our Life San Gabriel Farm Trout Wife Castle View Academy homeschool Creative Madness Mama DoodleMom's Homeschooling Life Gift of Chaos McClanahan 7 Cross Rhodes Academy Apron Strings & Other Things Mama’s Coffee Shop Blog The Country Homemaker God's Writer Girl's Blog Homeschool Review Crew

How We Homeschool (Through the Alphabet)

I'm going to be participating in a unique blog hop. It's called Blogging Through the Alphabet. A couple of my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew came up with the idea and a bunch of us are participating! Some of the bloggers are doing themes, some are just following the alphabet prompt. You can find the participating bloggers here and link up if you'd like to participate.

A Net In Time Schooling

Monday, January 9, 2017

2 - The Godhead (52 in 2017)

We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

We believe in the Godhead, they are three separate beings, with a singular purpose. It's stated in the scriptures (Bible and Book of Mormon). It was clear when Christ was baptized, but not so clear after the apostles died. But it was unquestionable when Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith.

"God stood before him and spoke to him. Joseph could see Him and could hear Him. He was in form like a man, a being of substance. Beside Him was the resurrected Lord, a separate being, whom He introduced as His Beloved Son and with whom Joseph also spoke.
I submit that in the short time of that remarkable vision Joseph learned more concerning Deity than all of the scholars and clerics of the past.

In this divine revelation there was reaffirmed beyond doubt the reality of the literal Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This knowledge of Deity, hidden from the world for centuries, was the first and great thing which God revealed to His chosen servant."
Gordon B. Hinckley, Chapter 1 

God did not intend for this to be confusing, it's supposed to be simple. When he said "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" he meant just that. He was speaking to Christ and we were formed in their likeness. Scholars debating and arguing over who He is made this confusing for everyone. Contention is of the devil.

Lucifer understands the significance of such doctrine, even if we don’t. He said:
“It follows that the devil would rather spread false doctrine about God and the Godhead, and induce false feelings with reference to any one of them, than almost any other thing he could do.”

Between the multiple times of apostasy gospel truths became unclear. The Great Apostasy was a doozy. I am so glad that we have a loving Heavenly Father who has repeatedly taught his children, and that I live in a dispensation of time when there are prophets and the gospel on the earth.

We have been having some really nice storms recently! Driving with all this snow wasn't fun on the way to and from church, but we stayed safe. The weather has turned warm since yesterday though, and what we hoped would be more snow is coming down as rain. After we finished shoveling yesterday my daughter stood on the top of one of our snow piles. My son is in the background, clearing out the snow in front of our neighbor's mailbox.

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