Monday, October 31, 2011

Did you know? October is Fire Safety Month!

See my new book and DVD?
 Just in time, my fire-fighting lovin' 4 year old received a great package from Marshall Publishing and the TOS Crew. The LOTS and LOTS of FIRE TRUCKS and FIREFIGHTERS Book and LOTS and LOTS of FIRE SAFETY SONGS DVD set.  He was so very excited to open this up when it came in the mail, and couldn't wait to watch the DVD. 

There are 8 chapters on the DVD:
  • Opening Theme which shows a lot of fire trucks in action~ flashing lights and more
  • 911~ "Call 911 and Help Will Come" with many safety tips included
  • Safety Tips~ with Fireman Jim. The only negative I have to offer is that there are few short segments in this section as well as in a couple others that are fuzzy and not in focus. This didn't appear to affect my 4 yo but it was bothersome to my middlest, eldest, and myself. I think it is unfortunate with such a well thought out production that the videography was not of consistently clear and in-focus  quality. However, as I mentioned, these are short segments, and they don't bother my youngest at all.
  • Emergency~ This segment is also filled with lots of flashing lights, flames, and water. I appreciate this one because it shows some emergency situations without sensationalizing  them, or being too scary for the littlest.
  • Heroes Brave and Tall~ this is one of MY favorite segments on the DVD~ includes forest-fire fighting, in addition to some of the more typical scenes, and the Heros theme is appreciated
  • Build a Fire Truck~ visiting a factory to see a fire truck built high-speed from beginning to end~ Pretty cool! 
  • Fire Trucks in Action~ audio from the dispatchers, and more flashing lights~ what little boy doesn't find that exciting??? Again, the short Fireman Jim segment in this "Chapter" wasn't extremely clear
  • Great Big Fire Trucks~Another catchy theme song with lots of fire trucks trucking along and some "Working" clips
  • Closing Theme (Same as the opening theme, but with the credits...)
The book is jam-packed with photos of fire engines, and related fire-fighting equipment. I definitely recommend pre-reading sections to be certain that they are appropriate for your children's maturity level. There are a few sections that discuss fire-fighter deaths, injuries, and events that might be inappropriate for very young or sensitive children. Nothing graphic, I'm not concerned with my pre-reader browsing through the book (As he has done numerous times....). Just be aware that there is information that is appropriate for a wide age range, not just the littlest~ 

LOTS and LOTS of Firetrucks!
The topics covered range from lots and lots of photographs to Fire Science Basics, Fire Prevention and Safety Tips, and a very detailed Fire History timeline (Starting with the burning of Rome in 64AD, and ending in 2006 with an entry on some of the worst Forest Fires the US has seen).
Other chapters include things I had never seen/heard before~ 
Chapter 10 Words of the Firefighter includes:
  • The Fireman's Prayer
  • The Fireman's Wife's Prayer
  • Ten Commandments for Firefighters
  • The Firefighter's Committment
  • A Firefighter's Pledge
And Chapter 11 is Old Time Firefighter's Alphabet.
I must also add that there is an extensive Directory of close to 300 Fire-fighting museums across the country, listed by state. We are fortunate to have one in our own town, and when I visited them shortly after receiving this package, they were interested to hear about this book and DVD set. I plan to bring them to the museum for the volunteers to preview, as I think the video would be a perfect item for them to use during field trip classes!

My Littlest is very pleased that this isn't a book that has to be returned to the Library! :) If you have a child who is interested in fire engines, firemen and firefighting, this could be a great present! And if your child's thing isn't Fire Engines, but Trains or Planes, well, Marshall Publishing has offerings with those and more!  They even have a number of Historical DVDs to check out, including George Washington Carver, His Life and His Work (Grade 4-adult), which other TOS Crew Members received for review.

Nitty Gritty
DVD~ Best for Early Elementary to Middle Elementary Ages(With the book being appropriate for older ages as well)
Regular price: $49.90
WEB SALE PRICE: $29.95 but you can get an additional $10 off that price by entering the code TOSF1 at checkout. 

Be sure to visit the TOS Crew Blog and see what other folks had to say about  Lots and Lots of Fire Songs and Safety Tips, as well as George Washington Carver, His Life and His Work.

As always, I hope that this review helps you as you determine where best to spend your homeschooling budget. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this/these item(s)/service for free as part of the TOS Crew Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Friday, October 28, 2011

Say Anything family~ (North Star Games)

One of our favorite all-around games last year was a TOS Crew review (Wits and Wagers Family) from the fine folks at North Star Games. This year we were sent the Family version of Say Anything.

Similar to our experiences with Wits and Wagers, game-play is reasonably simple, and the playing field is fairly even, with everyone from the oldest to the youngest having a fair shot at earning points.

The concept is that a different person is the "Judge" in each round. One of 360 questions from the pack of 60 cards included is asked: "in my opinion......" and everyone has to answer what they think the "judge" might be most likely to answer. Once the answers (Written on nifty little color-coded white-boards) are placed, the judge secretly chooses his or her favorite answer (Utilizing the "Select-o-matic 6000," which is the colored wheel in the picture below, to indicate the choice). Everyone else then places their meeple tokens on the card with which they think the judge is most likely to agree.
So, in the round above, I was the judge (Orange card, so no answer), Littlest was yellow, Middlest was Blue, Eldest was pink, and DH was green. The question was,  "If I could invent anything, what would it be?"

Youngest chose not to do anything but scribble on his card, but he did place his meeple tokens ~ and because he put one on the color of the answer I chose, he gained a point.

Middlest had the winning card "A house picker-upper that would automatically put things back in their places!" but he wasn't sure which one I'd pick, so he also picked his dad's choice, an "Automatic Back Massager" (I have TMJ which is exasperated by tense muscles, so this is a good idea as well!)

Eldest's idea was really well defined "A thingy to find stuff that's lost in the house." She explained it as something that would make a noise if something you were looking for was lost (kind of like how we can find our ipad/itouch, but for everything). I think the rest of the photo is fairly self-explanatory.

I really appreciate games that we can play all together. Games that are creative, and incorporate conversation and laughter. Games that are light-hearted and encourage "relationship." Games that can be completed in 20 minutes or so are a bonus!  That way "Family Game-time" can be easily worked in. If time allows, more than one game can be played, but if not, that's OK. All good! Say Anything is one of those games! :)

Nitty Gritty~
Recommended Ages:8+ (But clearly your mileage may vary, especially if you're willing to "Work with" your little ones)
Players: 3-6 (Better/more fun with 4 or more)
Time to Teach: 2 minutes
Time to Play: 20-30 minutes
Purchase: at Amazon or Target, or your local toy or game retailer (Search here) for around $19.99

Be sure to visit the TOS Crew blog to hear other opinions on Say Anything. You can also pop over to the new reviews up for Wits & Wagers as well, if you're so inclined.

As always, I hope that this review is helpful to you as you choose where to spend your hard-earned dollars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this/these item(s)/service for free as part of the TOS Crew Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My First Hands-On Bible (Review)

photo-5I recently received a copy of Tyndale's My First Hands-On Bible from Mama Buzz. I was very pleased when I opened the package to discover a very nice hard-cover Bible Story book just right for my Littlest to claim as his very own. This Bible for kids is intended for preschoolers, aged 3-6,  which is just perfect for him!

One feature that sets this young Bible apart from other  Preschool-Bibles is that the the stories are actual Biblical Text (Abridged from the New Living Translation to provide the most age-appropriate Scripture for Preschoolers). While the NLT is not my preferred translation for regular reading and memorization for older children/adults, I totally appreciate that this makes Scripture more accessible to the youngest listener.

There are some other great features included in this Bible that I have to mention~ I"ll use our latest Sunday School Story to illustrate~ :)

photo-1Handprint activities throughout each story add little "hands-on" activities that littles enjoy. They also help the, to remember the stories more. In this photo my Littlest is pointing to the green handprint that says "cup your hand around your mouth and  say "Moses! Moses!"  The red handprint on the first page says to "'Baa' like one of Moses' sheep."
I'm including a picture of the second page, just so that you can get a feel for a complete story ~I'll mention here that I really like the soft color pencil/watercolor illustrations in this book. They suit the age-group very well without being too "cutesy."

The last page spread in each story includes some of my favorite features~
  • A "prayer" that personalizes the passage. In this case it says "Dear God, teach us to listen to Your voice. Please help us to obey and go wherever You say to go. In Jesus' name, Amen."
  • A "Let's Talk" section includes questions that continue to help apply the story to your child's life. In Moses and the Burning Bush, you are led to ask "What are some things God wants you to do? When is it hard for you to obey? Why does God want you to obey Him?" Clearly some questions are hard for a real little one to answer, but you can also model some of the answers yourself~ 
  • Two optional activities allow you to review the story later that day, or week~ sometimes they are "Active" and other times "Crafty". There was one of each in this story~ make a "Burning Bush" of your own, and play Simon Says... which illustrates obedience. Fun AND useful! :) 
  • The final feature is "The Jesus Connection" which helps to show that Jesus is "Connected" to ALL Scripture, whether He is mentioned or not. 
All in all, I am very pleased with this Bible Story book, and I'm sure that it will be an important part of the next couple of years for my Littlest.

photo-4Oh, I would be very remiss if I didn't mention Littlest's opinion. He has really enjoyed having his OWN Bible, and I have found him looking through it on his own, beyond our Bible time. He has said that he wants to "Keep this Bible FOREVER!" :)

My First Hands-On Bible is listed for $16.99.  It includes 85 "key" Bible stories and can be purchased  from CBD and Amazon
or other bookstore of your choice.


Disclaimer~ This is a MamaBuzz Media review. The product was provided by Tyndale Publishing for this review. All opinions (Positive and otherwise) are my own. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Educating the WholeHearted Child, from Apologia

~ Grace ~ ORIGIN Middle English : via Old French from Latin gratia, from gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’; related to grateful

This may not be a word that you automatically think of when considering homeschooling and all that it entails. However, it is the word that I feel best sums up Sally and Clay Clarkson's book "Educating the Wholehearted Child", now published by Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. Clay and Sally Clarkson are determined to allow God to be the ruler of their children's home, heart, and education, while it is their job to draw (not push, pull, shove or yank) their children to God. That's Grace-filled parenting and educating in my opinion. :)

PhotobucketThis 376 page book is covered with Grace, and a genuine love, respect, and care for those who embark on this journey of learning at home. Side-bar scriptures and quotes from the likes of Charlotte Mason and H. Clay Trumbull (Author of Hints on Child Training, written in 1890), as well as more recent authors and writers are what I consider little "Grace-notes", perfect for a quick "Pick-me-up" for mom or dad. These are one of my favorite aspects of this book, but more about the specifics of the book in a minute.

I have owned the 2nd printing of this book for oh... about 7 years or so. It was gifted to me by a sweet homeschooling friend, and has been one of my most recommended books ever since. There is so much good material in this book, and with the latest revision(3rd printing), close to 130 more pages of insight and inspiration to invigorate the parent who feels inadequate or incompetent. This is a manual that give genuine, concrete advice to the new homeschooling parent, and is inspirational as a read for the veteran homeschool parent as well. As a matter of fact, I try to read, or at least browse through "Educating the Wholehearted Child" at least once per year, preferably before the new school year starts. ;)

I assume that most people reading this review, and eventually the book, most likely either currently are, or are considering, homeschooling. I also assume that those who would be most interested in this book are hoping to provide a Christian education for their children. These are important and foundational viewpoints. I understand, as do the Clarksons, that homeschooling isn't an option for every family, or even for every child within every family, but that it is a choice that will most likely change your family forever. The first few chapters of "Educating the Wholehearted Child" give parents some great scriptures to consider as well as some excellent "comparison charts" that may be useful if you are in the process of deciding whether homeschooling is the best path for someone in your family. 

Now a few more specifics about the book~
"Educating the Wholehearted Child" is organized into 4 main sections ~
Home, Learning, Methods, and Living, with each section split into 4-5 chapters.

Home deals mainly with Heart Issues
  • The first 2 chapters are "Learning to BE at HOME with Christ" and 
  • "Learning at HOME to BE with Christ". Subtle differences there! 
  • The following 3 chapters include "Shepherding Your Child's Spirit to Long for God"
  • "Shaping your Child's Heart to Live for God" and
  • "Strengthening Your Child's Mind to Learn for God".
I would do well to re-read these chapters on a biannual basis at the least, and monthly wouldn't be a bad idea! I tend towards a more "Just" method of parenting/homeschooling than a "Gracious" method of parenting/homeschooling, but I truly prefer the latter. :) (It's what I Wanna Be!) I must also add that there are some excellent visuals and acronyms to help remember the concepts covered. I like those!
Learning is more of a Concrete section, very useful for those just beginning their homeschool journey, but I enjoy re-reading this section on a semi-regular basis, just as a reminder...
  • Helps in discovering different methods and philosophies in Chapter 6
  • How to evaluate, manage and maintain your home and resources in Chapter 7
  • Assistance in discovering and understanding your child's learning style in Chapter 8 
  • Chapter 9 speaks to teaching the youth (aka teenager). 
Methods further breaks down the 5 main areas of study contained in the Clarkson's philosophy of Educating the Wholehearted Child. 
  • Discipleship~ Study of the Bible
  • Disciplined Studies ~ Study of the Basics~ The Three R's as well as Thinking Skills
  • Discussion Studies ~ The Study of Ideas~ from reading aloud, unit studies, history, art, etc... this is the "heart of the Wholehearted philosophy~ 
  • Discovery Studies~ The Study of Learning~ Creative Arts, Science, Nature Study, Computer Science and more~ Exciting!
  • Discretionary Studies~ The Study of Living~ Those subjects that are specific to each child based on their interests and abilities.
Living~ The final section is another one that I feel is inspirational and refreshing in nature~ it answers in some concrete as well as philosophical ways the question "How then shall we live?"  covering
  • Family~ Keeping the Vision Alive (covering family roles in a very grace-based manner)
  • Structure~ Keeping the Homeschooling Together (how to "Structure" your day~ very helpful for the newer homeschooling family)
  • Order~ Keeping the Home Together (Home management~ yep... I should read this section more often!)
  • Support~ Keeping the Spirit Strong (Where do you find yours? Local Group, internet group, moms's day out group, playdates, etc....) 
The final portion of the book includes a number of resources~ Book lists and a number of forms.

I hope that gave you a quick overview of the book, with some of my personal thoughts. Just to give you a "Taste", here's one of those side-bar notes I mentioned:

Love should be the silver thread
that runs through all your conduct. 
Kindness, gentleness, long-suffering, 
forbearance, patience, sympathy,
a willingness to enter into childish
troubles, a readiness to take part in
childish joys,~ these are the cords by
which a child may be led most easily, ~ 
these are the clues you must follow
if you would find the way to his heart. 
J.C. Ryle, The Upper Room, 1888

"Educating the Wholehearted Child" is a pleasing book, and I am thankful for the the information and inspiration it contains. Yes.... Grace is what it is about, in my mind.
Educating the Wholehearted Child ($22) can be purchased directly from Apologia Education Ministries    as well as other booksellers. Other parent resource books include The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling (My review) and How to Have a H.E.A.R.T For Your Kids (Link to Crew Blog).

For more opinions and reviews of "Educating the Wholehearted Child", please visit the Crew Blog. You'll find links to the table of contents and a sample chapter. I also recommend checking out Sally Clarkson's blog I Take Joy. It is a pleasant read with a "cuppa" tea when you have a few minutes for mom in the middle of the day. 

As always, I hope that this review helps you to determine where best to spend that precious homeschool budget.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this/these item(s)/service for free as part of the TOS Crew Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Mighty Macs~ A Mighty Good Movie! (Opens tonight in theaters)

We don't go to the movies much~ mostly because we usually feel that there is nothing worth watching that won't offend our family (Ages 4-adult) sensibilities. Hollywood frequently has a way of slipping the unnecessary vulgarity, profanity and "Adult themes" into their offerings, not to mention the graphic violence. ICK!

This is one reason that I was happy to preview, and now recommend the new movie (Based on a true story) opening in theaters today, The Mighty Macs.

The Mighty Macs tells the narrative of Cathy Rush, a feisty basketball player with no coaching experience, who walks into tiny Immaculata College and  against all odds (no gym, no funds, and very little support to begin with) builds a real TEAM. Her girls grow together as a team to the point that they are able to take on even the biggest universities. Overcoming their challenges becomes even more exciting as this is the first year that women's college basketball will hold national championships.

My Eldest(14)  and my Youngest(4) chose to watch this with me instead of rooting for the Rangers in the World Series with my Middlest and DH. Youngest now claims that Women's Basketball is better than Mens.... ;) Funny little boy!  I suppose that's a pretty good endorsement, tho, as it kept his attention the entire time. There is a fair amount of action on the court, and a touch of humor, which my Eldest particularly enjoyed.

The Mighty Macs was blessedly free from vulgarities, and there were only a couple of times that I was surprised by indirect themes ( a bar/restaurant scene that includes drinking beer and a slight innuendo that would go over most heads is actually one of the funnier moments in the movie, and at a certain point the concept that the end justifies the means was introduced). However, these weren't overdone or in-your-face. At the worst, they offer an opportunity to discuss with older kids. Generally speaking, the greater themes of Faith, Belief, and Trust win out. In fact, Cathy Rush, the players, and the Nuns from Immaculata previewed the movie, and felt that The Mighty Macs was a good representation of the true story.

So, if you are looking for a good, wholesome movie to take the family to, this could be a great option for you. If you would like to send a message to Hollywood that you would like to see quality family movies more common than rare, then attending this opening weekend would help to make that statement.

You can visit The Mighty Macs on Facebook, Twitter, and The Mighty Macs website where you can find out where The Mighty Macs is playing near you.

I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful as you decide whether to spend your dollars at the theater or not.

Disclaimer~ I received the ability to preview this movie from my home in order to bring you this review. The opinions stated are my own, and were not influenced in any way.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Visual Latin~ Even boys like this Latin!

Are you ready? Guess what? We have another Latin program courtesy of the TOS Crew to review. Starting to get the idea that Latin is a major homeschool "must do" curriculum~ even if you don't subscribe to the "Classical" style of homeschooling?  But.... why???? (And how do I get my BOY to enjoy it?)


Ah..... Laugh through Latin and master English... really???? Really!  Visual Latin's Dwane Thomas is very personable and real. He talks to the kids as though they are in the room with him, and he understands and deals with a lot of the arguments that kids might present for NOT learning Latin. One of my favorite quotes from the introductory lessons when answering the "Why" of learning a "Dead Language" like Latin, is that "I prefer to think that Latin isn't dead, it's just frozen!" :) He jokes and includes humor in his classes from the start.

And the reasons for learning Latin? There are a number, but here are a couple that stood out to me (and my kids, even:
  • Learning Latin will prepare you to learn other languages more easily
  • Learning Latin will almost certainly help with future test scores and general understanding of the English language.
As a matter of fact, you can get a glimpse of those reasons by checking out the first 6 lessons(4 Introductory Lessons and Lessons 1 & 2) of the Visual Latin for free, but I'm getting ahead of myself. Just remember that this link is here for later.... :)

I appreciate some of the methodology of Dwane's teaching as well:
SEEING Latin (the words are on the screen as Dwane speaks)
HEARING Latin (of course~ as the lesson is watched)
SPEAKING Latin (repeating the words after they are spoken)

Now a word about the lessons~ They are broken up into 3 very manageable chunks~
  • Grammar followed by a grammar worksheet that reinforces the concepts in the video
  • Sentences (Seeing the grammar in action) again followed by a worksheet
  • Reading ~ this is one of my kids' favorite parts~ Dwane reads abridged selections from the Latin Vulgate Bible, and this is the section where the students are asked to repeat the phrases. After this, they translate the selection in their worksheet. Right from the start, in Lesson 1, reading and translating sentences~ How excellent!

Side note: see that smile on Dwane's face in the image up there? It is infectious, and makes me smile every time I see it~ it has the same effect on my children~ when someone is genuinely enthusiastic, that enthusiasm tends to spread. I love the fact that Latin isn't causing groans and eye-rolling, dug-in-heel reactions. Everyone tends to be in a good mood during Latin. That's a good thing!

Visual Latin | A Quick Explanation from Compass Cinema on Vimeo. If you'd like a quick overview straight from Dwane Thomas, this is a good introduction.

How has this been working for us?  I've been using this mainly with my 11 year-old Middlest, because it seemed like it might be a good fit... it is! He told me he LOVES Visual Latin! (This, from an 11 year old BOY! :D ) My 14 year-old Eldest wants to sit in on the lessons, even though she is doing her own Latin Curriculum. She has pointed out that if/when Middlest completes this program, he will find doing any other Latin program a breeze, and as Dwane points out, any other language in general will be easier to learn with Visual Latin under your belt.
Lest I leave out my Littlest, I must mention that the 4 year-old insists on "Learning Latin" also. He sits in on the lessons, and often asks me to replay the "Reading portion" of the lesson while his siblings are doing their worksheets. He has been telling all of us (and some of our good neighbors) "I amat you!" :D He also says "Angeli cantant" very nicely! :) Here's the lesson from which he obtained that phrase~

Visual Latin | Reading from Compass Cinema on Vimeo.

A couple more things I should mention. We were sent Lessons 1-10 to review on DVD. They are also available as digital downloads which can be watched on computer, itouch, or ipad. Pretty nifty if you are on the go, or need to keep DVD players accessible for other purposes at the same time. Some TOS Crew reviewers reviewed the digital downloads, so you may wish to check out their reviews to see how that worked for them. :)

Finally, the Nitty Gritty~
Visual Latin is intended for ages 9 and up. It can be used for High School Credit with some supplementation. (Here is a great FAQ's Page that explains the answers to many questions...)

It can be purchased in a variety of ways, for both individual families as well as for group/co-op settings. I will give you some of the family prices here, but the purchase page is the best place to check out all of the options.
Complete Year One (Lessons 1-30) 3 DVD set $80
Downloaded Lessons (Lessons 1-10, 11-20, 21-30) $25
Individual DVDs (Lessons 1-10, 11-20, 21-30) $30

Don't forget that you can check out the first 4 introductory lessons as well as the first two lessons for free (Link on the purchase page above).

If you are interested in using a Latin course in your homeschool, and starting early (Or later.....), have boys who might not sit for more "Traditional" Latin classes, etc.... you really have nothing to lose, and much to gain(in my opinion) from test-driving this program.

Oh, and FYI, Visual Latin has, a presence on Facebook, where Dwane serves up a Latin word of the day with the same humor evident in the videos~ There are also occasional codes to use towards your purchase, so check it out! As a matter of fact, we have been allowed to share the current code, OCT$10, good for $10 off any purchase ~ but hurry, it's only good through this Friday, October 21.

As always, I hope that this review was helpful as you choose where to best spend your homeschool budget (I see Visual Latin purchases to complete the rest of this year in my future!). If you do take advantage of the free lessons, due to this review, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section of this blog. :)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this/these item(s)/service for free as part of the TOS Crew Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Friday, October 14, 2011

Five Minute Friday ~ "Catch"

On Fridays around these parts we stop, drop, and write.
We write bold and beautiful and free. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.
Won’t you join us?
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.

"Catch me..............if you can
"Hey Mom, it's your turn! Catch!"
"Want to play catch with me?" 
"You're gonna' catch it!" 
"Great catch!"

With the exception of one of those phrases, they mostly make me think of fun, baseball, kids, tossing things around, playfulness. What goes up must go down~ gravity at work ~

When it's good clean fun, we play with gravity~
When we try to run away (from work, responsibility, etc..), fly away, the gravity pulls us back to to the ground. Hopefully "You're gonna' catch it" is a phrase that reminds us of gravity~ of a return to the place where we belong~ where things are on a firm foundation... of right and wrong.

A place where we can delight in the joy of catching and falling~ the giggles of the little one, when you announce "I'm going to catch you", and they run away, laughing with relish~


Theo Presents~ Theology for the young'ns (Giveaway X2 ended)

We were recently given the opportunity to review a new DVD series for kids. (And I get to give away 2 of the same Sample DVD's that I received... details at the end of the post) Theo Presents combines cartoons with Theology. :) The series follows a gentle English theologian and 2 (church?) mice, Belfry and Luther through many topics, each as a separate episode:
  1. Saving Faith Currently Available
  2. Trust and Obey Currently Available
  3. Forgiveness Currently Available
  4. Armor of God Currently Available
  5. Redemption Coming Soon~ Not Available Yet
  6. New Birth Coming Soon~ Not Available Yet
  7. Justification Coming Soon~ Not Available Yet
  8. Adoption Coming Soon~ Not Available Yet
  9. A Day in Prayer Coming Soon~ Not Available Yet
  10. Abiding In Christ Coming Soon~ Not Available Yet
  11. Light Unto My Path Coming Soon~ Not Available Yet
  12. What Is Church Coming Soon~ Not Available Yet



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