Books are great conversation starters, and this one is no different. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado can be found at your local public library or church library.
** If reading this book to a group of children, be sensitive to the fact that this deals with physical disabilities, being an orphan, and feeling left out. Talking about God’s sovereignty, purposes, and goodness can be hard ideas for children to grasp.Continue reading →
The village came in book form. It is called Santa’s Christmas Village and it was published in 1975. Each of the parts could be punched out and fitted together to form a little snowy town. It is out of print now and very hard to find.
I remember building that town every Christmas and placing it on the fireplace hearth. I asked my mom the other day if she still had my Christmas Village. She isn’t sure, and I’ll have to wait until the summer to go up into the attic to look for it.
But even if it has gotten lost or thrown out, now my kids can make one as well.
I’ve been immersed in 19th century language so much lately, it’s beginning to be a joke in my family. Between telling my mom she’d better “have the plumber in to see about” something to asking her if she’d do quite well without me while I went to sit with my grandmother. (In my head I called it my grandmother’s rooms, though it’s just the dining area off the kitchen where anyone might go.) I’m pretty sure I’m sunk.
I’m entranced by the turn of a phrase that helps to conceal a thought so that it sounds so much more polite than it was meant.
But for all this artifice and subterfuge (I promise I’m trying to stop!), Elizabeth Gaskell uses the language of her day to create very real people responding the way very real people would in the same situations.
That should bring a smile, not terror because everything is not completed. **grin!**
This week’s SMILE is one from my face that I want to share with you.
If you aren’t familiar with Phil Vischer’s What’s in the Bible? series, then you need to be. It is a fantastic DVD series which begins in Genesis and works through to Revelation and there are all kinds of crazy characters along the way.
As we study the book of Acts, it becomes apparent that maps are helpful. The early church is spreading over the known world. If we want to have a deeper level of knowledge about what was going on, then we need to *see* the scripture as the gospel travels worldwide.
Children need this as well as adults. Many of Paul’s travels make more sense when you know where he is located. Acts 9:26, I think, is the verse where Bible students need to begin pulling out their maps and pens. The church is about to “explode” and it is so fun to watch the map as scripture is studied! Continue reading →
I do it every year. Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment, or maybe I just really love the people in my life, but every year I host a Christmas Party.
There is a lot involved to prepare for such a shin-dig. Time, effort, resources, money, planning, set-up, clean-up.
I wasn’t going to do a party this year. Know why? Because I was tired of extending the invitation. Each year it’s the same. I draw up a list of those I am going to invite. The list expands and grows as more faces flash before my heart. Continue reading →
Do you use a Kindle when homeschooling? I have to admit, I really don’t. I do have a kindle and I do collect books on it….but that’s about it.
When my sweet friend Marcy over at Ben and Me invited me to be a part of the giveaway with the Review Crew, I quickly said, “Sure!” with the thought, I’ll work on my kindle between now and when the post goes live.