Psalm 8

Psalm 8

O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength
Because of Your adversaries,
To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen,
And also the beasts of the field,
The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth!

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{Review} Homeschool Legacy

Once-a-Week Studies {Homeschool Legacy}

With Thanksgiving approaching Once-a-Week 6 Week Micro-Study Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims by Homeschool Legacy was a great study for my family and I to review.  Unit Studies & Micro Studies are fun filled studies to learn about one particular theme or topic as a family.
Once-a-Week Studies {Homeschool Legacy}Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims is a Once-a-Week 6 Week Micro-Study and is designed for children grades 1 to 8 and is packed full with information.  This is a downloadable Grab-N-Go Micro-Study.   During the six weeks of the study, every week has a different theme and you will learn American History, Bible, Literature, Vocabulary, History, and Government throughout the study.

The weekly themes:

  • Week 1: The Scrooby Separatists
  • Week 2: The Voyage
  • Week 3: At Home in Plymouth
  • Week 4: Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Week 5: The Puritans
  • Week 6: Merry Christmas!

Everything was easy to understand and plenty of information to study and explore.  For older children you may be able to work on the study once or twice a week but my younger children (Third, Second, and First grades) found it to be a bit overwhelming and enjoyed working on it in 20-30 minute chunks.  There are suggested read a louds that are provided but we chose to read books that are already in our home library.  Also, included are a couple of games and recipes to try out.  Due to allergies in the family, we did not try the recipes.

One of the things that I loved is that throughout the study there are clickable links that connect to websites with more information and my kids and I could explore.  While the information was not necessarily included in the study ebook itself,  I had the information readily available.   Between the study and the links provided in the study my girls were able to explore where the Separatists came from, where they were headed, and where they eventually wound up.  They had fun trying to figure out possible routes that the Mayflower during the pilgrimage to the United States.  I even learned (or relearned) some information about the Pilgrims.  The one thing the girls kept asking for were coloring pages to color while we were reading the books and information from the study.  They enjoy having something to do while I am reading to them.

If you would like to check out a sample of Once-a-Week 6 Week Micro-Study Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims Week 1, please click here, and the link to the sample is at the bottom of the page.

Homeschool Legacy was founded by homeschool veteran Sharon Gibson.  She uses unit studies with her family and it helped her family to build a strong, loving, Godly, family legacy.

 

 

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Homeschool Legacy offers various Once-a-Week Micro-Studies and Once-a-Week Unit Studies.  Members of the Homeschool Review Crew reviewed either one of the micro studies (Pirates or Privateers: You Decide Cooking up History with the Founding Presidents, Victoria and Her World, Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims, or Many Nations) or a Once-a-Week Unit Study (Christmas Comes to America).  Please click the banner below to check out the other reviews of Homeschool Legacy products.
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{Review} Accountable2You ~ Family Plan

Accountability across all your devices {Accountable2You}
Computers and the internet has changed drastically over the past 20-35 years.  We have gone from DOS based computers to being able to find just about anything by a simple search of the internet.  I grew up seeing this transition.  My dad’s hobbies were and still are computers.  We have had a computer in our house since I was little.  I knew how to type the word ‘run’ to run my DOS based games years before I could write the word on paper.  Back when I was young, my parents didn’t have to worry about what I could see on the screen or what I could possibly download.  Accountable2You is an accountability software to help keep everyone accountable when they are using the computer and their mobile devices.

Accountability across all your devices {Accountable2You}
Accountable2You began as a small accountability program that owner and co-founder Ben Lawrence wrote for himself and his wife.  Following the Lord’s lead he & his wife opened up Accountable2You to the public in 2006.  There are four plans available: Individual Plan, Family Plan, Churches & Groups Plan, as well as a Small Business Plan.  My family received a 12 month subscription to the Family Plan to review.

Features of the Family Plan include:

  • Real time reporting
  • Accountability partners per device
  • Daily or Weekly email reports
  • Hourly Alert reports
  • Instant Text Alerts
  • Manage Objectionable word list

 

 

Accountability across all your devices {Accountable2You}
Through the Accountable2You software you can monitor up to 20 devices across various platforms.

The available platforms are:

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Android
  • iPhone/iPad/iPod
  • Chrome
  • Linux

We installed Accountable2You on 2 computers with Windows and 1 iPhone.  The installation on the Windows computers and the iPhone went effortlessly.  The instructions were step by step for both platforms and each included pictures with the instructions.

With the iPhone, Accountable2You works a little differently.  Instead of monitoring activity on everything, it is a browser and replaces using Safari (which you can disable access to) or another web browser and monitors only the internet activity.  One thing I noticed was that the default setting for ‘On launch’ is ‘Continue where I left off’.  I received a pop up that I could not get rid.  I tried closing the app and restarting the phone but upon opening the app I was brought back to the same pop-up.  The only way I could get rid of it was by uninstalling the app and reinstalling it.

Uninstallation is simple and the program uninstalls itself easy from both the iPhone and the one computer I tested it from.  However, there is no password to protect it from being uninstalled by someone trying to avoid the accountability or being accidentally uninstalled.  As an accountability partner I received an email stating the program & app were uninstalled on the respective platforms.  I would like an option to receive a real time text as well.  Upon uninstalling the program you lose all data that has been stored for that device.  I wish there was a way to be able to keep the data, especially in the case of needing to uninstall and re-installing as mentioned above.

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An accountability partner is an important piece of Accountable2You.  This partner may be a parent, spouse, sibling, trusted friend or family, and even an adult child.  The person(s) who have been selected to be an accountability partner will receive an email from Accountable2You notifying them that they have been selected as an accountability partner for which device and how often to be expecting the reports.  They will receive a link where they can view the records anytime as well as an option to unsubscribe to the email notifications.  They will receive real time reporting with emails and/or instant text alerts when an objectionable word, non objectionable word, or a time limit alert have been triggered.  Hourly reports are sent as well as a choice to be sent a daily or weekly email reports as well.  Accountability partners can monitor one individual device or multiple devices that have been registered.  As well as multiple accountability partners can be assigned to one device.

Please keep in mind when setting up your alerts is your data and text plans and those of the accountability partner(s).  The way Accountable2You is designed, whenever you type or read a objectionable word the accountability partner can receive a text or an email.  Emails and texts quickly add up!

 

With the Family Plan you can also create a child user account.  With the separate accounts you can assign a different set of parameters for the alerts such as different time limit alerts, and objectionable & non-objectionable words.

Another feature of the Family Plan is the ability to set time limit alerts per account.  When someone is using the device during specific hours the accountability partner will receive an alert.  Great for seeing if someone is accessing the internet when they are not supposed to be.

Setting up the objectionable and non-objectionable words were the most time consuming part as they have to be individually added per user account.  An option to add the words by bulk and then be able to select the same words for other user accounts would be a wonderful feature.

One thing that Accountable2You is not.  It is not a filtering program to restrict access to websites.  Accountable2You does offer a couple of suggestions should be looking for such a program.

If you are looking from an accountability software this is it!  As a mom, I love that it is web based.  I can make any changes directly from the Accountable2you account and I don’t need to be sitting in front of the computer/device to make the changes.
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Psalm 7

Psalm 7

O Lord my God, in You I have taken refuge;
Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me,
Or he will tear my soul like a lion,
Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver.

O Lord my God, if I have done this,
If there is injustice in my hands,
If I have rewarded evil to my friend,
Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary,
Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it;
And let him trample my life down to the ground
And lay my glory in the dust. Selah.

Arise, O Lord, in Your anger;
Lift up Yourself against the rage of my adversaries,
And arouse Yourself for me; You have appointed judgment.
Let the assembly of the peoples encompass You,
And over them return on high.
The Lord judges the peoples;
Vindicate me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me.
O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous;
For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.
My shield is with God,
Who saves the upright in heart.
God is a righteous judge,
And a God who has indignation every day.

If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword;
He has bent His bow and made it ready.
He has also prepared for Himself deadly weapons;
He makes His arrows fiery shafts.
Behold, he travails with wickedness,
And he conceives mischief and brings forth falsehood.
He has dug a pit and hollowed it out,
And has fallen into the hole which he made.
His mischief will return upon his own head,
And his violence will descend upon his own pate.

I will give thanks to the Lord according to His righteousness
And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

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.

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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.

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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.

Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews 

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.

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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

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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

 

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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!

Giveaway

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.

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