All Saints Movie - Faith, Community, Relationships

(Disclosure: As a Featured Contributor of Sony’s ALL SAINTS Influencer Program, I received the value of two movie tickets in exchange for an honest review on my blog.) Have you heard of Michael Spurlock and the Karen people? It’s a remarkable story, I was not familiar with until just a few weeks ago, when I came across a news headline on Facebook. You can read that article here. This story was the inspiration for the new faith based film All Saints, which depicts what transpired in a small town (Smyrna) in Tennessee. Michael Spurlock was a former salesman turned priest, assigned to close down All Saints church. The church was in deep financial trouble, and had a small congregation unable to keep it afloat. In his attempt to follow orders, he and his family befriend Burmese refugees in need of a church home and assistance. While under pressure from his superiors, land developers and a somewhat doubtful congregation, he hears a calling from the Lord, instructing him to use the land and the people to save the church. By faith, and with the help of Ye Win (a refugee who serves as translator and spokesman for the Karen), Spurlock, the AllREAD MORE

Save Time and Promote Responsibility with The Homey App

I was compensated for my time reviewing this product and writing this review All opinions are my own, you can see my full disclosure here. We’ve had at least 8 people in our household for the last 12 years, and cleaning up, doing dishes and managing laundry for at times 13 people is just plain nuts. This is why early on in my large family parenting days we began assigning chores. We’ve had kids helping keep the house clean as young as 2 years old. How do you handle the chore situation at home? I’ve tried all sorts of methods. I once had a 3 foot long, color coded room by room and person by person checklist hanging in my laundry room. I had it laminated, and each family member was responsible for specific tasks each day. My chore lists have evolved through the years, some very elaborate, some simple and some on a giant whiteboard in the laundry room. I’ve used apps, reward systems, and spent literal DAYS obsessing over the to-do’s of large family living. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I tend to have an obsessive personality. I’m obsessive when itREAD MORE

This week I had the opportunity to preview the “Is Genesis History?” documentary. Is Genesis History? is a compelling documentary that makes a case for the reliability of scripture. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I’m a huge advocate of teaching children apologetics and defending a Biblical worldview. (I received a digital copy of this film for review purposes, all opinions are my own.) More importantly my goal is to encourage you to teach your children to take the Bible literally. Every. Single. Word. The Bible tells us that: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17  Go back and read that one more time, but this time read it out loud and focus on these three words: all, complete, every. These words speak of absolutes, therefore we must take them as such. The passage does not say “some scripture is given by inspiration of God….that the man of God may be unfinished, thoroughly equipped for a little bit of work”.  If it did not many of usREAD MORE

How Mr. D Math Eliminated Our Homeschool Math Fears

** I was compensated for my time reviewing this product and writing this review All opinions are my own. You can see my full disclosure here. After a very long and frustrated venting session on a Facebook group a few months ago, a homeschool mom suggested Mr. D Math. I finally got the opportunity to try the Mr. D Math curriculum hands on. I failed Algebra I my freshman and sophomore years of high school; then somehow passed the following year. I’m convinced my math teacher awarded me that glorious D minus out of pure pity. I’d love to say that my struggle with math ended in high school, but unfortunately the lack of ability to comprehend math concepts, was passed on to my kids. All six of them. The day we decided to homeschool, the struggle became fear. The thought of having to teach the kids math terrified me. It was almost a deal breaker. I could barely help my 4th grader with public school homework, I didn’t want to imagine having to teach my high schoolers Algebra. By the time Mr. D math was suggested, we had tried several different methods and curriculum. Though some methods were working wellREAD MORE

The High Calling of Motherhood

I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of The High Calling of Motherhood, by Chimene Shipley Dupler, and I gotta say I was very blessed by it. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post. Chimene is the founder of the Passion4Moms ministry; which holds a yearly conference to encourage moms of all ages and stages of parenting. She is also a speaker on marriage and parenting topics and former social worker. Mothering is hard because it comes from the heart. I have a friend who absolutely loves children, and in turn, children flock to her. For years, she’s expressed her innermost wish is to become a mother, and though she is married to a great man who also longs for a family, they’ve both put it off in fear of what the future might bring. They’re not ready, they say. At the immature ages of 18 and 19, my husband and I were not ready for parenthood, and we were still not ready when our second child was born a year later. I don’t know if anyone is actually ever ready for parenthood. My oldest is now 21 and still feel like a rookie.READ MORE

Brooklyn Bat Boy | The Musings of Mum

I’m joining hundreds of bloggers across the web in the Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Our book is Brooklyn Bat Boy, written by Geoff Griffin.  I’m excited this day is finally here, because I can’t wait to share this book with you. (I received a free copy of Brooklyn Bat Boy to write this review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) When I found out my girls and I would be reviewing a book that was centered on baseball, I was a little worried. You see, I planned to read it with my 9 and 11-year-old girls. We’re not baseball fans, never have been, and I was concerned about keeping them engaged. When the book arrived and I showed it to the girls I got a couple of blank stares and one very sassy “are you kidding me?”. After explaining what the book was about, both were just a tad more open to sticking around. About The Book Brooklyn Bat Boy is the story of Bobby Kelly, a boy who gets the opportunity of a lifetime.  Bobby gets hired as the Brooklyn Dodgers bat boy, during the “1947 baseball season that changedREAD MORE

The Relaxed Mom Homeschool Planner

If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you know I’m big on planning, organizing and pretty much trying to keep track of the many hats I wear on a daily basis. I love planners, yet I’m not into the glam planning that is so popular these days. I don’t do the stickers or elaborate layouts. I consider myself to be a ‘get to the point’ planner, as if that  was a real category. I have two big problems when searching for a new planner: Though there are thousands of planners to chose from, most will have a number of pages I’ll never use; and though I only have to print what I need, the price reflects the number of pages (as it should). I’m always wishing they would have included something else instead of the countless  pages I won’t use. That’s why for some time now, I’ve been using a spreadsheet as my primary homeschool planner, but my formatting always seems to be off when printing. Being the perfectionist that I am, I end up printing a million copies that end up in the recycle bin, until everything is sized and centered perfectly. Sigh. I’m anything BUT relaxed when this happens.READ MORE

As mothers, we just want the best for our children, from a great meal to a great education. However this becomes even more trivial when it comes to their spiritual development. As their parent I have been entrusted with so much! It is crucial I make sure they are in God’s word daily. READ MORE