Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Review: Night Night Farm

Amy Parker's children's books have sold more than 800,000 copies, and after reading Night Night Farm I can see why. Parker was also the recipient of two Christian Retailing's Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer.

This particular book visits each of the different animals on the farm and prepares them for their night of sleep.

A trot to the orchard and back
For apples crisp and sweet
leaves fuzzy foal all tuckered out,
Asleep at Daddy's feet.
Neigh neigh, horses.

And the last page ties the whole book together as all the animals say goodnight to God.

Mice and pigs, chickens and cows --
Squeak, oink, cheep, and moo ...
Oh, the animals God has made!
And, hey, He made me too!
Night night God!

I, of course, especially love this book because we have our own farm. A great inclusion for our farm library. But even if you don't have a farm, this is a great book for your library. Made of the awesome "plush" cover that I love with sturdy board pages, this book will stand up to even the craziest of toddlers!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Review: Veritas Press

Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review

Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review

Okay folks! Time to sit up and take notice. We are doing a Bible program in our home via a review, and my boys are absolutely IN LOVE with this program. During the summer, we do a limited schedule, and I give them more control over what they do and when. Each time I present their weekly work, the first program that they want to do is THIS Bible program. They absolutely love it. What is it? My boys have been studying the New Testament 1: The Gospels with the Self-Paced Bible course from Veritas Press.

I could spend the entire post summarizing this AWESOME program, but I really think the best way you can see it for yourself is to participate in a sample lesson by clicking here. 

You can also visit this company for yourself on all of their social media sites:
Here is a picture of Sidge working through this program:

I received online access to the New Testament 1: The Gospels with the Self-Paced Bible. This program actually includes 128 class sessions! This is absolutely amazing to me. My boys have worked through a few dozen and there are still over one hundred to go! This can totally be your Bible program for an entire year -- maybe even two!

Each lesson is so well done. When a student logs on, they then watch a video skit teaching about specific Bible stories. Then, they spend the rest of the lesson participating in games and answering questions about what they learned. They get help working through memorizing biblical names/dates/places while gaining and understanding of the Bible and receiving a solid foundation for further study.

Still not convinced? Check out this video below which shows even more about this amazing program:

I honestly only have ONE complaint about the program and that is the lack of minority representation. I really think that these people should look more like the people that we lived with in the Middle East. Again, this is a VERY small thing, but I do think it is worth noting.

Each lesson is told from the viewpoint of a man named Benjamin, a carpenter, and his apprentice -- a man named Jude. Folks, my boys are incredibly opinionated about their schoolwork. Complaining is not uncommon and there are many times that tears are shed because they don't want to do certain work. In addition, both of my boys have very different personalities and like very different thingsAnytime I find a program that both my boys love and actually ask if they can do just for fun! This is almost unheard of in our home. MY BOYS LOVE the New Testament 1: The Gospels with the Self-Paced Bible course from Veritas Press. 

Please take a moment to check out the sample lesson, website, and included video. I promise you -- you will NOT be disappointed with this program and will love it as much as we have! It is sooooo good!

Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review

Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review

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Monday, June 27, 2016

We Bought a Farm: Sheep Hooves

We opted to try and trim the hooves of our sheep without a formal handling facility. Here are some pictures of our work. Eliza, JB, and I managed to get 7 of the 9 sheep needing trimming done together. 

Eliza with one of our baby sheep that is a bit sick.

JB clipping/trimming the hooves.

I would be way too nervous to do this!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Tooth #16 (and more)

So firstly, in a big surprise in our home, tooth #16 in our home was lost by our little Abigail! It was her first lost tooth. She will turn 5 in July so we weren't expecting this quite yet.

I also wanted to show a picture of a hair-do I managed on Abigail the other day. I was pretty proud of it! I'm not a girly-girl mom, but I have done a lot of braids in my lifetime.

And the last thing I wanted to note was that Abigail was recently in a mini-recital at ballet this summer. It was a week long camp, and at the end they performed Jack and the Beanstalk. Abigail played the beanstalk and a person at the market place. Abigail's teacher, Ms. Lori Ann, does an amazing job. She encouraged me to put Abigail up into the 6-11 year old class. The girls were mostly ages 5-9. Abigail was the youngest but totally held her own and absolutely loved it. Here's a picture of the group after their recital. It's a bit blurry but is still a great memory for me:

I cannot even explain what it feels like to see my little girl come out of her shell and thrive. She has gone from so painfully shy to almost a bit on the outgoing side! It's absolutely amazing to watch as a mom.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

We Bought a Farm: The Plan "B"

I get a lot of questions about this life we now live. Do I like it? How am I handling it? Is it what I thought it would be?

The fact is, it is mighty different from the life we lead just over a year ago. I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale and had only been on a farm a handful of times. Scrubs was the first animal I ever owned. This life is completely foreign to me.

Now I live on a farm.

And help run a farm.

And have dozens and dozens of animals.

And I love our life on the farm.

Most of the time.

My biggest battle is The Plan "B". What I mean by this is, all the things we plan for and put into action, only to find that it doesn't work and we have to go back to the drawing board.

This week we put a hole in one of our fences. On purpose. We are planning on putting a gate there and really need access to the other side through this shorter way. JB and our current WWOOFer, Eliza, came up with an idea to create a make-shift gate to keep the chickens out and the dogs in. 

All seemed to be going well. Until last night. We returned from Abigail's little ballet performance to find at least a dozen chickens in the yard. And not just in the yard. They were also in Eliza's newly planted vegetable garden.


We observed for a few minutes, only to discover that the chickens had taught themselves to jump the fence. Egads. This means that the makeshift fence no longer works. Like at all. This means that Eliza's garden was permanently impaired. And it means we have to spend the evening trying to figure out how to fix the problem that we thought we had fixed.


We come up with a feeding system for the animals and then discover it doesn't quite work right. They have outsmarted it. Or aren't using it correctly. You think you solve a problem and then the problem rememerges in a different fashion and you are left starting again.

Plan "B". 

Or maybe make that Plan "C" or "D" or "E" or "Z."

It is my farming nemesis. The thing is, I know it will probably happen until the day they bury me on this farm. 

And yet I don't know how to not let it get under my skin.

Lots to learn.