Sneak Peek #1

As the Crew year is coming to close, there are only a few more reviews left.  WOW!  It is hard to believe that my first year with the Crew is almost complete.  Here is a sneak peek of a couple of upcoming reviews, both of which are games.  The first game we have already played and the second one arrived earlier this week.  Peanut, is waiting patiently for her turn in the first photo and Sweet Pea is opening up the package in the second photo.



The Homeschool Review Crew is looking at expanding the Crew.  Please check out my post, What it means to be on the Crew as well as check out 2017 Crew Requirements!  If it sounds like something you are interested in doing then I highly encourage that you apply to join our team!  It is a wonderful group of moms & one, yes one, dad.

Have a blessed weekend!


{Review} CrossTimber

Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews
Are you looking for a gift for someone but not sure what to get them?  CrossTimber has a great selection of personalized gifts including the Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse.  For this review, Crew members received a gift certificate equivalent to value of the Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse.  We were also given the option to upgrade the frame or choose another personalized item such as the mug or jewelry box, as long as we paid the difference.
Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews
CrossTimber has a wide assortment of products to personalize.  There are Name Plaques, music boxes, and coffee mugs!  Each one comes personalized with the background of your choice, the name(s), the meaning of the name(s),  as well as a Bible verse.  A great gift especially for people who have unique names or spellings of their names like our kids.  It is very hard to find something personalized in their names.  The backgrounds are very beautiful!  There is something fore everyone!  As you can see in the photo below, there are many different backgrounds to choose from and they are available options for the coffee mugs and music boxes as well.

The name plaques have a choice of 4 frames to choose from.  You can also choose to receive a 5×7 printable name plaque via email, receive a matching bookmark, pocket card, or greeting card.

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I had a difficult time deciding what I wanted to purchase.  There were so many choices! (Not a bad thing!).  Did I want something for one of the kids or my husband.  Even the Names of God plaque caught my interest.  It was hard to choose something for just one of the kids because I wanted to get everyone something with their name on it!  I ultimately selected one of CrossTimber’s coffee mugs to personalize to represent the family!  The design that I chose was the Couple’s Sunset with my husband’s and my names, meaning of our names, and a Bible verse.  On the back of the mug, I had the names of our children added.



About CrossTimber

CrossTimber is a family owned business and has spent years researching names and their meanings.  If you would like to find more information on the process of how they research name meanings please click here.  CrossTimber’s customer service is A++!  You can contact them by email, phone, and they have an on-line chat feature.  Any correspondence that I have had has been seen to in a prompt and courteous manner.  In the lower right hand corner it will specify if CrossTimber is online or not.  If John or Katie is online while you are visiting their website one of the two will open the chat and see if you need any assistance.  No pressure to buy anything.  They want to see if you have any questions.


GIVEAWAY!  Now through December 4, 2016, CrossTimber is hosting a Name Gift Giveaway!  There will be 10 winners.  One Grand Prize Winner may choose between a: Personalized Mug OR a Name Plaque OR an 8×10 Plaque!  Nine additional winners will receive a $10 gift certificate.


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{Review & Giveaway} Parenting by Paul David Tripp



Everyone knows that parenting is a tough job.  In Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, Paul David Tripp has written about 14 foundations (Calling, Grace, Law, Inability, Identity, Process, Lost, Authority, Foolishness, Character, False Gods, Control, Rest, and Mercy) of parenting children.

 “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9




About the Book

In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.

In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God’s plan for us as parents. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God—grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents.  Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children’s hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy.

My opinion

While I was reading the book, I could relate to many situations that were given as examples.  There were a couple of times I had to do a double take because we had just gone through something that was described nearly to a T in this book.  I was reminded that I needed God’s grace just as much as my children and husband do.  We get so caught up in the ways of the world when we need to stand apart from the world.  As parents we need set an example for our children and point them to the truth.  Our children were given to us from God and we were called by Him to raise them.  This book points us to the truth!  Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family is a great read and a wonderful addition to my bookshelf!


Propeller Consulting, LLC has graciously provided a copy of Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp for me to give away to one my readers.  Please click on the link below for your opportunity to win a copy of the book.


“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Psalm 6

O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger,
Nor chasten me in Your wrath.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am pining away;
Heal me, O Lord, for my bones are dismayed.
And my soul is greatly dismayed;
But You, O Lord—how long?

Return, O Lord, rescue my soul;
Save me because of Your lovingkindness.
For there is no mention of You in death;
In Sheol who will give You thanks?

I am weary with my sighing;
Every night I make my bed swim,
I dissolve my couch with my tears.
My eye has wasted away with grief;
It has become old because of all my adversaries.

Depart from me, all you who do iniquity,
For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my supplication,
The Lord receives my prayer.
All my enemies will be ashamed and greatly dismayed;
They shall turn back, they will suddenly be ashamed.

What it means to be on the Crew!

What being on the Crew means ...

Being on the 2016 Schoolhouse Review Crew has been a blessing for my family!  We have had the pleasure of reviewing many wonderful products.  We have reviewed computer programs and apps, lots of curriculum (both online and physical copies), games, and even things for mom & dad like a mug (hint, hint) and delicious recipes.  In fact tonight’s dinner was one of the recipes we received from MyFreezEasy.

I have enjoyed my first year on the Schoolhouse Review Crew and it is hard to believe that the review year is coming to a close.  Being on the Crew is much more than reviewing products and writing reviews, friendships are made, we have support and fellowship from fellow homeschool bloggers and Crew leaders, many opportunities to grow our blogs, and a lot of fun!  The Lord used the Crew to fulfill a curriculum need that we had.  I had decided to change what we were doing for Math and He provided the opportunity to review multiple math curriculum.  We found what worked best for our girls and we have continued on with them even beyond their review periods.

The girls have enjoyed trying many new products that they would not have had the opportunity to had we not been on the crew. One of many examples was when we were at our local homeschool convention and one of the girls looks up and at the top of her lungs excitedly exclaims, “I know you!  I see you on our tv!”  That was our Peanut when she saw the Here to Help Learning booth. The girls enjoyed getting to visit the booth and try writing with the huge pencil (see the pictures below).  






The Schoolhouse Review Crew is now accepting applications for the 2017 Review Crew.  Click here for more information on the requirements for being on the Crew and if you feel it is something you are interested in being a part of I highly encourage you to submit your application.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!  Have a blessed evening!



{Review} The Familyman

The Familyman's Christmas Treasury - Audio Collection {The Familyman} Reviews

With Christmas quickly approaching, we need to remember the true reason for the season.  It is all about the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!   For this review, we received    The Familyman’s Christmas Treasury – Audio Collection by The Familyman which included a total of eight Christmas stories as Digital Downloads as well as one of the stories from the Christmas Treasury on CD.

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The books in The Familyman’s Christmas Treasury are written by Todd Wilson and narrated by Jim Hodges.

The Familyman’s Christmas Treasury includes:

  • Captain Chaos and the Manger Blaster
  • Cootie McKay’s Nativity
  • Gladys Remembers Christmas
  • Harold Grubbs and the Christmas Vest
  • The Bishop’s Dream
  • The Stranger

We also received two additional bonuses:

  • It’s Called Christmas
  • The Secret of Snow Village

The Familyman’s Christmas Treasury – Audio Collection is available on CDs for $25. The Digital Downloads of the stories range in price from $3.99 to $4.99 each.

Cootie McKay’s Nativity – The town’s cherished nativity scene is destroyed by an unfortunate accident and much to the dismay of many people local artist Cootie McKay is hired to build a new one.  Cootie is an outcast in his community and members of the town are doubtful of him being able to complete the task of building the community a new nativity set. Sadly, Cootie has never heard of Jesus or heard the account of His birth and the more he hears about it the more he wants to learn.  Will Cootie be able to finish the nativity in time for Christmas?

The Stranger – When no one else would open their door, Sam and his family welcome the stranger into their home on the snowy Christmas Eve.  What lessons will be learned from this act of kindness when everything is seeming to go wrong?

The Bishop’s Dream – When Bishop Nicolas falls asleep his dream he is taken to present times.  He learns what Christmas has become to many people in our generation many, many years later.  What he sees surprises him!  He is saddened to learn that to many people it is no longer about Jesus.  How does Bishop Nicolas use this knowledge to change his view?

Captain Chaos and the Manger Blaster – A boy wishes to make the nativity  more exciting with adventures with Captain Chaos and he may very well get that wish.  Captain Chaos comes creates chaos and Jason quickly learns what life would be like without Jesus.  No Christmas tree, no decorations, and no Baby Jesus or His birth.  Does Jason really want to change the nativity and the events surrounding  Jesus’ birth?

Harold Grubbs and the Christmas Vest – Isaac wonders why the Christmas vest is important to his dad.  The Christmas vest once belonged to a lonely and mean old man named Harold Grubbs.  See how coming to know Christ changed Harold’s life around and how Isaac’s father wound up with the vest and continues the special Christmas tradition.

I love how every single one of these stories point back to the true meaning of Christmas!   I am glad that ‘The Bishop’s Dream’ does mention that santa claus isn’t real.  While our kids already know the truth, ‘The Bishop’s Dream’ could be used as a way to share with kids who they should really be focused on during the Christmas holidays.  The stories are all short in length (between ~15-30 minutes each) which is perfect for shorter car rides and for younger children.  Thank you for a wonderful series that points to Christ and I look forward to more stories in the future that I can share with my children.

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Psalm 5

Psalm 5

Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my groaning.
Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God,
For to You I pray.
In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness;
No evil dwells with You.
The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes;
You hate all who do iniquity.
You destroy those who speak falsehood;
The Lord abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.
 But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house,
At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You.

 O Lord, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes;
Make Your way straight before me.
 There is nothing reliable in what they say;
Their inward part is destruction itself.
Their throat is an open grave;
They flatter with their tongue.
Hold them guilty, O God;
By their own devices let them fall!
In the multitude of their transgressions thrust them out,
For they are rebellious against You.

But let all who take refuge in You be glad,
Let them ever sing for joy;
And may You shelter them,
That those who love Your name may exult in You.
 For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord,
You surround him with favor as with a shield.