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Simple Bible Journaling Ideas

Bible journaling can be incredibly overwhelming. With the viral nature of social media, a quick search on Pinterest often brings up professional artist's pages that are a far cry from anything we feel we are capable of. As someone who is still relatively new to Bible journaling, I have struggled to find my way amongst a sea of information, and I have learned that none of it matters. Yes, you heard me right. The tools you use do not matter, the skill you have or lack does not matter, the style you choose does not matter... all that matters is the act of immersing yourself in the powerful, potent, life-changing words of God. I have also learned the doodling and watercolors and hand lettering are something you can get better at with practice (there is hope!). And so it is that I have spent the past year familiarizing myself with the act of illustrating my faith and expressing what it means to me. Today I am going to share with you a glimpse inside some of my simple pages. I'll explain ... View Post

10+ Books to Build your Classic’s Library

My children range from the tender age of 3 up to the spunky age of 10. I have been blessed with a few easy listeners, you know, the ones who pay attention and actually enjoy reading with you? However, 3 of my children are more like an everlasting bouncy ball. Their eyes, their hands, their little bodies quiver with movement: unable to sit still, unable to focus, unable to retain anything I read. It is as if the moment I start reading (in an animated voice I might add) their ears turn off and their attention is consumed by the very paint on the walls, finding everything far more amusing than the words I read. I knew that a large portion of this is the age of said children and I begrudgingly accepted the fact that the visions I once held of reading to my little cherubs whilst they hung on my every word were still hovering somewhere in the distant future. It was with an air of desperation and frustration that I finally threw my hands up in the air last year and gave up reading aloud to my ... View Post

5 Ways to Use the Workbox System in your Homeschool

The workbox system is a popular way of organizing your homeschool day. In a nutshell, you place your child's assignments and books in each of the drawers either the night before or the week before and let your child work through it at their own pace. It appeals to many homeschoolers because it offers their children a bit of independence and can therefore help your homeschool day run a little smoother. Today I want to talk about some of the different ways to adapt the homeschool workbox system to work for your family. I'll share where you can get free printable labels for the front of your drawers for younger children, how to use 1 workbox cart for your whole family, and other solutions for separation if you don't own this cart or want an alternative. If you're intrigued, would you take two seconds and pin this image on your homeschool board? There is a little Pinterest button in the top left corner if you hover over it!  5 ways to use the workbox system in your homeschool 1. ... View Post

Letting Go of Fear and Insecurity

Let's have a chat about motherhood. NEVER, in my wildest dreams, would I have imagined the doubts, insecurities, and fears I would face along this journey. Growing up with younger siblings and being somewhat baby crazy as a child... I thought I knew what I was getting into. I bore my first child with an air of peace and expectation. I wasn't afraid of the pain of childbirth, I didn't think about immunizations or circumcision, I wasn't concerned about discipline... I had it covered! I'm sure you can imagine my surprise when parenting wasn't quite as simple as I had presumed. The months that followed were wrought with questions, self-doubt, and some days... pure panic! Being a mother is one of the most challenging, humbling, and second-guessing jobs there is. There really is no one right answer — there is nothing logical about it! What worked yesterday might not work today, what worked for that child won't work for your next. Anyone else feeling exhausted just thinking about it? But ... View Post

Homeschooling Around the World: A Photo Series

I recently saw a photo series by a professional photographer that showcased homeschooling and it irked me a little bit. Don't get me wrong, the photos were beautiful! The captions depicted children hunting, exploring nature, scaling ponds, and playing in the mud: unschooling in all its glory. The lighting was perfect, the focus was crisp and clear. Yet I felt that the series failed to capture the essence of homeschooling. The reality is, homeschooling is FAR from perfect and learning can take on many forms. So I reached out to my little community of homeschoolers on Facebook and asked them to show me what homeschooling looks like for them. So wordy Rebecca is going to bow to the age-old truism that a picture is worth 1,000 words and let them speak for ... View Post

5 Ways to Bible Journal without Writing in your Bible

The number 1 concern that I hear when it comes to Bible journaling, is that people don't want to write in their Bibles. Perhaps they don't want to paint or cover the scriptures, or maybe they are afraid of ruining their Bible when their art doesn't work out the way they had planned. Whatever the reasoning, this is no reason to hold back from the experience of Bible journaling and the expression and act of worship that it can be. Today I want to share with you 5 different ways you can experience Bible journaling without actually writing in your Bible (non-artsy people, this is for you too!). 1. Start an art journal. This is a great place to draw or illustrate verses or scriptures that have spoken to you while you are reading. I love making these myself by ripping or cutting up some watercolor paper and making a little booklet out of it. Take a look at the art journal page below to get an idea of how simple this can be (or click on the image to see how I made mine ... View Post

5 Hacks to Help You Teach your Reluctant Reader

My firstborn taught himself to read. I remember a few frustrating teaching sessions, and then one day he pulled out a grade 2 reading level book and without any stepping stones, was reading it fluently. No catching, no sounding out, it just clicked and he has been a voracious reader ever since. While this first experience in "teaching" a child to read was undeniably a pleasant one... it ruined me. I approached my second child with a measure of expectation and therefore annoyance when she didn't perform at the level I thought she should. I tried a variety of reading curriculums, I gave her time, my expectations were forced to be lowered, one tearful encounter after another. It was painful for both of us, and I'm not sure that I learned anything constructive in the process. I walked out of that experience feeling like I had failed, feeling like I had damaged a little bit of my daughter's love of learning, and knowing I didn't want to repeat it. Enter my son. My third child was a ... View Post

What’s the Big Deal with Bible Journaling?

Bible journaling: you'd think we would all know what that was, but it can be difficult to clearly identify when it can mean something different to everyone! One person might tell you that Bible journaling means journaling in a notebook about what they read in the Bible. Another might refer to it as writing out scripture in a notebook. Some identify Bible journaling as writing in the margins of their Bible's, and for others, it is a means of artistic expression. I wanted to briefly share my journey with Bible journaling (as someone who had NO artistic skill) and what it looks like for me and the value I have found in it along the way. Bible Journaling Inspiration: Where it all began I don't even remember when I first heard about Bible journaling. I think for a while the term just kind of circulated and I assumed it was what I was doing, writing in my margins, or journaling scriptures that meant something to me. Little did I know a whole world would open up to me once I got my ... View Post

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