Friday, July 21, 2017

End of summer session and start of a new homeschooling year...along with some encouragement and snapshots of our week!

Raising Arrows
This week was the last week of summer break for us at Raising Arrows. Our summer has consisted of golf practice and games (We still have two games yet to play for the season.), lots of free time, reading, exploring, gardening, fishing, nature drawing, and completing Big Truths For Little Kids (Which I recommend for your elementary aged children.).  The last couple days have been family time, as we have my sweet mother-in-law and step-father-in-law, my hub's sister, and our niece visiting from out of state. The kids are enjoying cousin time!

Here is a peek into our upcoming homeschool year: Monday, we start our official 2017-2018 homeschooling year! So excited to learn with my little arrows!! This year I will be teaching a 1st grader and a 3rd/4th grader (depending on the subject). We are using Sonlight as our main core and this will be our 4th year with them. Sonlight has worked for us the last few years, so why change. I know there are so many other options and choices, which I would love to try, but if it works, then there is no need to change things. This year they have made some great changes to the language arts, so this year we are feeling no need to add supplements to the LA! We continue to use A Reason For Handwriting and Aidan will also use Explore The Code series. For history, Aidan will be learning about World History/Core B, and Abigail - American History/Core D. In Science, Aidan will be learning about animals, astronomy, and physics, and Abigail - biology, taxonomy, and anatomy. Aidan will be using Horizon's for Math and Abigail is switching to Teaching Textbooks. We will read through the Bible, memorize scripture, and learn about various missionaries around the world, this is always my favorite part of teaching, along with history! We are adding in some art, classical music, and character learning to our morning time. Abigail will start her 3rd year of Latin, we use Classical Academic Press. I plan to start Aidan next year in Latin. Next month we start back to co-op, I am teaching a Chalk Pastel Art class in the fall and Poetry and Drawing class in the spring. Abigail is taking both my classes, in addition to a Crafts class. Aidan is taking Farmer Boy, Mudworks, and Life Works. The kids will continue karate and piano lessons, and possibly some swim lessons (which I need to plan). We consider ourselves classical/Charlotte Mason style homeschoolers and do somewhat of a year-round school year. We do have a short summer break that includes a light learning summer plan because learning is part of life and never stops. This year we are doing 5-6 weeks of school with a week break in between, a week off at Thanksgiving, and three weeks at Christmas this year!! This allows us some time to focus on other things during those times, and also for me to have some time for planning and evaluating. So that is a peek into our upcoming school year plan, now on to some encouraging reads this week and a few snapshots:

Encouraging reads:
Discipline seems like a hard word, but discipline is your lifeline
I would like to go back to the index method, interesting article
Thought provoking article, your brain needs to be bored to be creative And when you consider that the average American devotes about 10 hours and 39 minutes each day to consuming media, approximately 65% of waking hours, according to a 2016 Nielson report, there’s a good chance we’re missing some inner reflections.
Our culture tells us that in order to know something, in order to be an expert, in order to learn something, we have to be taught. Our model for modern education is simple: if we want to learn something, we take a class, or go to a seminar, or listen to a lecture.
When I teach college freshmen, the hardest thing I have to do is convince them to talk back to me. They sit nicely and write down what I say, but they’re afraid they might say the wrong thing if they talk back to me. They are not accustomed to conversing with any sort of give and take. And why should they be? They’ve spent most of the previous twelve years sitting and being lectured to. They have become passive learners. Most of us were taught to accept this as a primary method of learning.

I thought these tied in with my homeschooling theme this week, encouragement for us homeschool mama's:

Weekly snapshots (small peek into our life):

Over the weekend, I worked on planning for the start of our new homeschooling year!
Sunday afternoon, watergun fun!
Peaceful night, a reminder to rest in HIS presence!
Sometimes you just need to step outside to be reminded of the many blessings God provides daily.
Yes!! This truth! Excited to be part of the Gospel Centered Mom book launch

Monday, July 17, 2017


Over the weekend I had the pleasure of listening to Nicole Nordeman's new CD ~ Every Mile Mattered. She has such a beautiful voice and the words in these songs so resonate with me, especially Beautiful Day, Sound Of Surviving, and Slow Down. Oh, that last one is for us mama's, that one may need some kleenex for us emotional mamas.

Go check out her web-site at and listen to some of her songs and also read some of her story shared on her blog, and be sure to sign up for her newsletter! I am excited too that she also has a book “SLOW DOWN” coming out in August, pre-order here:


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Friday, July 14, 2017

July 14: Weekly rewind, commonplace notes, encouragement, and snapshots!

Commonplace Notes:

  • Someone can be human-with faults, flaws, moods, and mistakes-and still be loved.~Only Love Today
  • Often it takes just one small thing, just one small thing that proves not to be small at all.~Chasing Slow
  • God hasn't invited us into a disorderly, unkempt life but into something holy and beautiful-as beautiful as the inside as the outside.~1 Thessalonians 4:7
  • If I work in such a way that I don't have enough energy to give to my marriage, I need to take down some chairs. If I say yes to many work things that my kids only get to see tired mommy I need to take down some chairs.~Present Over Perfect
  • Walk in endurance...If God is for me, who can be against me~Romasn 8:31
  • Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more important than Jesus Christ and the gospel and this gospel is meant to be remembered and celebrated every day.~Comforts From The Cross
  • HOPE: Hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because HE has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with HIS love.~Romans 5:5
  • God's promises will never fail! 
Encouraging Reads:
We are sacrificing our families at the altar of busy. We are consumed by the sake of “doing”. Doing that is mostly nothing more than making us frazzled and stressed. We are in constant FOMO mode (Fear of Missing Out) We don’t want to deny our children any activity or playdate. We can do it all! They need to be busy! What if they don’t have anything to do! Oh the horror.
It’s the nature of this journey that we are on:  believers, saved by grace, walking by grace, covered by grace.  Sometimes we hurt. Sometimes we hurt each other.  It’s in these situations that we have to decide what we are going to believe about God, about ourselves and about others.  I am finding that it’s usually pretty simple: dying to self isn’t easy or natural and we cannot force another person to make that choice.  We can only make it for ourselves and encourage others to make it, mostly by example.
Homeschooling is an incredible adventure. It won’t always be easy. It won’t always be fun. But, it will be rewarding, memorable, and the most amazing blessing you will receive. Our hearts and prayers extend to all families considering homeschooling. May the Lord lead your homes, remove any fears you have, and show you His path for your family.
How do you give yourself rest in the midst of a crazy stressful moment?
Here are a few observations about memorizing scripture:
Warning, possible trigger article, but we all need to be aware of this and teaching our children

Weekly Snapshots (small peek into our lives):  

Sunday afternoon fun! Swim goggles, sun, fun, pool time!
The kids finally got a bigger pool, even though it was short lived. It took a lot of time to get chemicals right and then when we did, the salt pump stopped working. Thankfully able to send it back for a refund and we were able to sell the pool to another lucky person, so we didn't loose out on much, but the time in the pool was fun!
One of the couple family pool fun days, before the pool left. Next year membership!
Sweet sleeping babies, yep always a slumber party in my bed when the hubs is working.
Thankful to be reviewing this new book, lots of deep pondering and reading going on with this book. Anything by Tozer is a must read, in my opinion! More to come soon...
Abigail and I are excited to learn some different styles of hand-lettering!
Thankful for library book sales, got a haul for $22, mostly for the kids, but there is a couple in there for me.

Friday, July 7, 2017

July 7: Weekly rewind, commonplace notes, encouragement, and snapshots!

Commonplace Notes:
  • As believers in Christ, we are called to live a life that is distinctly different from the world around us.The more we read and contemplate God’s Word and intentionally focus our minds on the things of God, we will progressively look more and more like Christ and less and less like who we were. Our perspective will change. Our priorities will change. Our relationships will change. The way we treat others will change. Father, I desperately want to bring You glory by putting on the heart and mind of Christ.- Krista Williams 
  • “We do not merely want to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words—to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.”-C.S. Lewis
  • You don't have to be perfect and you don't have to have it all together to accept Jesus, because God loves you as you are. Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 
  • Love is not a game of take. Love is only a game of give.~Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner
  • Following Jesus wherever HE leads means walking down frightening paths. It means risk-of reputation, of meeting society's neatly packaged goals of your own concept of victory. It means thinking beyond your personal kingdom to the kingdom of God.~Woman Who Move Mountains
  • All children must read widely, and know what they have read, for the nourishment of their complex nature....Every lovely tale, illuminating poem, instructive history, every unfolding of travel and revelation of science exists for children.~Charlotte mason Volume 6 A Philosophy of Education
Encouraging reads:

True Peace Is Likely More Than You Think It Is
And this is when I realize that my heart has wandered to a place where Jesus isn’t enough. Where his providence is not appreciated and his goodness is doubted.
I so relate to this article in so many ways…What a powerful message…look at your home.
Beauty motivates us to be united with it.
Small acts of faith are still acts of faith.
I must die to myself, water the seeds that the Spirit has planted, and be diligent to weed the garden of my heart.

Weekly Snapshots (small peek into our lives):

Warming up for the 4th game of the season!
Abigail and her teammate, game 4 of the PGA Junior Legaue season!!
Aidan having fun, cherring on sissy!
Thankful fort his view! Sunset, made by God! Counting blessings!
Happy 4th, waiting for the parade to start!
Excited for the parade!
Afternoon nature art study, sunflowers!
New book launch, lots of great useful info, resources, and a powerful story! #morethanmakingit

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Recommend item I have found...Norwex

If you have wood floors or even tile floors, you need this mop, well maybe not need, but you will thank me. I have wasted money on products trying to clean my wood floors, only to have wasted a lot of time also. I also prefer to use natural products. Someone recently recommend this mop to me, I thought OK, another mop, what makes it so special, wait…you only use water and it cleans and also remove bacteria, but wait the cost!! There was a special sign up going on, I thought really I have nothing to lose, and there is a guarantee with it. This mop is the real thing; it really does what it says, with little effort. This is the first time my woods floors have ever looked cleaned after cleaning, before you see streaks, spots…, but with little effort, no vacuum, no mixing ingredients, no bucket of water, just a mop and me taking it side to side on the floors, they look really clean. It is worth every penny and in the end it will save me money, it is no more expensive then the cost of a good vacuum. Now I have a few other mops and things I can get rid of because this is all my floors will ever need! So I am not a sales person, or will I try to be. But if you are like me and been looking for an answer to clean your floors, this may be what you are look for. I have some before and after pics, not the best, no professional. But there are some great demo videos from the company and more details at their web-site.
If you want to purchase one or any of their other products, which I am sure are also great, I am just learning how to use them all. Oh the dusting-mitt is great and I despise dusting, like do it only twice a year, but there is a kids size- one for my little’s so maybe it will get done more often. Feel free to order through my link, no pressure, just passing along a great product. Here is my personal link or you can just contact me personally This is probably the only time I will share this, unless someone asks me, because like I said, not a sales person, just sharing a great product, just like my book recommendations I do ;) 

After with Norwex

After with Norwex

Before with Norwex

Before with Norwex

#Norwexing #NorwexClean #Norwex #cleaning #chemicalfree 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Last day of JUNE! Weekly rewind, commonplace notes, encouragement, and snapshots!

Commonplace Notes:

  • Do not settle for a wimpy theology. It is beneath you. God is too great. Christ is too glorious.~John Piper
  • Disordered love leads always to misery and breakdown. The only way to ‘reorder’ our loves is to love God supremely. ~Tim Keller
  • Doctrine that produces self-righteous, critical, contentious, dry-eyed defenders of truth is not truly sound-because sound doctrine is not only true and right; it is also beautiful and good.~Adorned by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
  • There is only today, with holes in our pockets, with time spilling out. We cannot keep it for tomorrow. We cannot mend our seams to hoard, save, carry. Ask a bird to fly and it might tell you to remove the weight from your wings.~Chasing Slow
  • When we see each other's scars, we love each other more.~Only Love Today
  • The getting of knowledge and the getting of delight in knowledge are the ends of a child’s education.” (pg 242 Philosophy of Education)
  • 2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
  • Come to a place where prayer is like breathing.~Women Who Move Mountains, Draw near to God...He will draw near to you.~James 4:8
  • Encouraging
    Encouraging reads:

    For all of us, knowing Christ through His Word informs how we serve and work. It’s not in competition with our work. You can love theology and love the work of the home. 
    My availability to God’s call to sacrifice—Abraham’s availability to God’s call to sacrifice, your availability to God’s call to sacrifice—is predicated on understanding that God doesn’t need any more messiahs.
     I realized that in our time of history, living in the throes of a technological world where everyone rides in cars with closed windows and subways that speed along, when we stay inside our enclosed boxes (houses and apartments) to watch television and to play with our machines (computers and gaming devices), the creation of God is blocked out. Often, too, this kind of living produces isolation from real people--and that is a dangerous thing, to be sure. 
    We are constantly noticing needs, evaluating behavior, noting things to be done, and thinking things through. On top of that, we listen to children’s chatter, keep up with phone notifications, and maybe even top it off with a podcast in the background. 
    Grace! It is a gift created just for us. It comes at just the right time, in just the right way. 
    God made us for more. He created us with purpose and carefully designed a life plan for each of us. When God calls us to step into the unknown, He cradles our uncertainty with His strength. There is nothing impossible when we align ourselves with God.


    Weekly Snapshots (small peek into our lives):

    Thankful for this calendar freebie in helping me to plan our homeschool year and breaks for the year as we start back in less than a month!! Breaks are important, thus the use of pencil and erasable pens, plus one can only plan so much! Thankful to not be in control of all, that is God's business!
    This week has been perfect for some evening walks in our neighborhood! The corn is tall and a blue sky's. So much to be thankful for, but especially my two little blessings!!
    Lucky dog, bless him, he is wore out from doing nothing, wish I could say that same, lol!! Dog's Life! And really where does that saying come from "worked like a dog"? I think that person who wrote that needs to rethink that or didn't realize just how spoiled a dog can be! 😉

    Proud of these two, we have some green belts now!!
    Our nature study this week was about pine-cones, not an easy thing to draw for us! But hey we are learning and trying and we really do enjoy our nature study art time, that is what matters!

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    WOW! The Good News in Four Words~review

    Yesterday I received this beautiful vibrant book in the mail,Wow! The Good News in Four Words by Dandi Daley Mackall. What is not to like about this book? Right away my kids wanted to look at the book. The book is short and sweet, but has a powerful message in it! The sadness of sin, but then the wonderful awesome news about JESUS!! You know me, I like books and pictures books, I would definitely recommend this one for your children.

    From the publishers, Tyndale:
    For anyone looking for a fresh way to present the gospel to young children, Wow! The Good News in Four Words is a perfect resource. This whimsical and fun book outlines the gospel in a simple and memorable way (for both adults and kids!), using fun words to highlight the story. The book will present Creation/Genesis (Wow!), The Fall (Uh-oh . . .), Redemption/Jesus’ Life and Sacrifice (Yes!), Restoration/The New Heaven (Aaahhhh), ending with one last Wow because we get to go out and tell the Good News!
    Product Details
    Published:July 18, 2017
    Trim Size:10 x 10 in. 

     To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my personal review of this book.