Monthly Archives: September 2011

Busy Hands: Stickers and Shapes

As a mother homeschooling two full time schoolers, one part time schooler, and two more little ones underfoot, I understand the necessity of always having various attention getters for the little ones so that you can get that 10-15 minute lesson in.  (If you’re following CM, that’s all the time it takes for one lesson!  That’s why this method works so nicely for large families and especially ones with small children).  It is of equal importance that these attention getters are easy to put together and consist of things you have around the house.  In this series, I will be sharing the things that keep my little ones the busiest, and here’s a hint, it ain’t the new toys they got for Christmas!

Stickers and Shapes

I have not yet met a child that does not enjoy stickers.  It’s a fun picture that magically sticks wherever you put it.  Who doesn’t enjoy that?  Well, it is a little frustrating when they stick to you and you can’t get them off… but that’s another subject and problem all together. Continue reading



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30 Minutes for Mommy: Lesson 2, week 2

If this is your first time reading this post, please read past, “30 Minutes for Mommy”, posts to better understand why I am doing this study and why I hope that you will join me.  You can find past posts in the side bar under, “30 Minutes for Mommy”, and, “Bible Women”.

This week we will be studying the children of Eve that we know about.  For the first half of the week I would like to look at her sons and then look at her daughters for the last half and wrap up on Friday with a review of who Eve was and what we know about her.

Please remember to reference the online book, A Systematic Study of Bible Women, as this is what is driving this study.


Cain, Abel, and Seth, the three known sons of Adam and Eve.  This is a well known Sunday school story, but reviewing in depth can bring some interesting facts to light.  I have arranged this table to lay out what we know of these three so that they can be compared and studied easily.  On Tuesday we can discuss what we can learn from them.


A Comparison

In comparing Eve’s three known sons, we can see three different individuals with three different outcomes.  The first was a gardener, the second a shepherd, and the third is unknown.  The first was easily angered, probably had a sense of entitlement, (I say this because of what God said in Gen. 4:6-7), lackadaisical about God’s requirements for an offering, (Gen. 4:3), and was prone to sadness or pity parties, (Gen. 4:5).  The second and third, seemed to be humble; desiring to serve God.  The first had a rather short line that followed him, the second had no line that we know of, and the third was the line of Christ.  The first had no faith, the second and third did.  The first was cursed, the second and third were blessed.  The first son is nearly a polar opposite to the second son and his replacement.  Have you ever seen a family with children that seem direct opposites?  Is it the parent’s fault in some way?  Can it be their fault to an extent, but in the end it is the child’s choice?  I believe that all we can do is lead our children according to God’s will.  We have to keep in mind that our children have free will just like we have and just like Adam and Eve had.  They had a personal relationship with God and walked with Him in the garden and still they disobeyed Him.  It appears that they had repentant hearts and began to follow Him, but I am unsure of a specific verse that says this.  I pray every night that I will raise my children in God’s will and hope this study will bring to my attention more of what I need to be doing as their mother.  This is really all we can do, the rest will be left to the choices of the child and God.

A Verse with Promise

Some say that Prov. 22:6 is the first verse with a promise.  I’m not certain of this claim, but the promise is that if you raise your children in the way they should go, they won’t turn from that path when they are older.  Maybe it is possible that if we train our children to control their will at a young age and develop that habit to be strong enough, then they simply won’t turn from it.  This is where the faith of a parent comes in.  Being a parent can be terrifying when you think of all the sorrow that can come with it.

The Positive in Cain

As far as I can tell, Cain’s lineage lasted only seven generations which is relatively short when you consider the length of many of the Biblical genealogies.  I did point out the negatives of Cain’s line, but I should also point out a few interesting positives.  Gen. 4:17 tells us that when Cain left, he went to Nod and built a city.  Keep in mind that the world was still young.  Cain was quite possibly only the third person to ever be on this earth and he went off and built what is the first mention of a city.  His line was also the first to mention the use of tents, musical instruments, and metal workers.  It is very possible that these sons and grandsons and great grandsons of Cain were the inventors of these invaluable tools that we still use today.  Keep in mind too, that these men lived for hundreds of years.  I bet I could come up with some pretty cool stuff if I live hundreds of years!  Even though, it is still amazing to think of these first for the human race and that they came from the line of Cain.

A Positive for Us

What a wonderful thing for Moses to have given credit to Cain’s line for the production of tents, instruments, metal work, and the development of the first mentioned city.  It could be as simple as relating a history accurately, but it teaches us something as well.  It teaches to look for the good in everything.  The first to murder, the first to participate in polygamy, and the first to build a city, the first to have instruments, and the first to work with metal.  It reminds me of the story of Isaac and Ishmael.  Though Ishmael was not the chose son of Abraham, God still blessed him with a powerful lineage.  I take these stories as reminders to always find the positive in your children.  If we as parents do everything possible to keep our children on the path to God, but they still turn from it, we can take joy in the positive things that they still have and pray always for their return one day, (Lk. 15:11-32, The Prodigal Son).

Wednesday – Thursday

Female Descendants of Eve

The only female descendants of Eve listed before the flood are Adah, Zillah, and Naamah.  Their name meanings are as follows:




(Some of the above definitions were gathered at  Visit their site for in depth information on these names and many others.)

According to Jewish tradition the meaning of the name usually described the person.  If that is true, this is really the only picture that we can have of these women.  It will also be good to note the names of Adah and Naamah and their meanings for future lessons in this study.


This brings us to the close of the study of Eve.  I will be putting a final post together for her tomorrow, but for now, what was the most impacting lesson that you learned from the woman, Eve?  Was she really as bad as culture has painted her?  Does she deserve the credit for all the pain and sorrow that we endure today?  What can we learn from her to make us better mothers?  Please let me know as I would really like to know what you have learned during these first few weeks of this very long, extensive study.


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Annanized Bread Pudding

This bread pudding is so amazing.  The outside is crispy, while the inside remains creamy and wonderful.  The sweetness of the orange juice is toned down by the tartness of the cranberries.  You could top it with maple syrup or make a sugar glaze, but I don’t think it needs it.  This is really simple to put together but does take some advanced planning for best results.  I suggest starting about two days in advance, but you could make it and bake it and see how it comes out.


Necessary Items

1 loaf (18-20 slices) bread, cubed and left out overnight, (or for enough hours to dry it out a little)

1 C dried cranberries (give or take to your liking)

8 eggs

2 1/2 C milk

1/4 C orange juice concentrate

juice of one orange

zest of one orange

1 1/2 C sugar



Grease a 9×13 baking dish and arrange the cubed bread, (I used white this times, but have used wheat.  It’s still good, but not as wonderfully creamy).  You should have enough bread to fill the dish nicely. Sprinkle the tope with cranberries.

Combine the last six ingredients in a blender.  Pour over the bread making sure to get all the bread cubes soaking.  Cover and place it in the fridge overnight or up to twelve hours.

Preheat oven to 350.  Set the dish out and allow it to warm  a little before putting it in the oven lest the dish breaks due to thermal shock and all of your hard work is wasted.  Bake for 1 hr and 20-30 minutes.  You’ll need to check it the last ten minutes to make sure the tips don’t burn.  You will know it’s done because it will be all puffed up, the top edges will be toasted, and a toothpick should come out clean.  Let it sit for 30 minutes before cutting.

It is good cold, but exquisite warm.  The kids liked it, but were really close to loving it.  My husband, who hates bread pudding and custards of any kind, loves this recipe.  He calls is, “Orange Cranberry Deliciousness”.  When he found out I was making it, he made me promise to save him a piece.  Here it is honey, waiting for you to get home.

(Forgive the picture.  I am reduced to using my phone for photo and it likes to make things yellowish.)



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Meal Plan 9/25

We’re gearing up for cooler weather here so I’m hoping to get in as much grilling as possible.  My husband says you can grill any time of the year, but I hate to ask him to stand out in the snow to flip burgers.  I found a wonderful looking Caramel Pear Cake that I can’t wait to try.  I also hope to have some of our family favorite recipes posted soon.  Here’s to hoping you find this plan helpful!

meal plan 9/25

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Lesson Plan, fifth week

Here is my plan for our fifth week of school.  If you are new to my blog, please see my curriculum page so you can have a better understanding of the resources that I use.  Most of this plan adheres closely to the AO curriculum.  For more information on how to provide a true CM education, please visit their site.  I have included quite a few links that I found to be helpful.  To make the best of these, you should read the story first, then look over all of the links.  You will not need to show all of them to your kids.  Some have quite a bit of reading that you could boil down into a brief summary if your kids are asking too many questions, as mine often do.  If you are doing narrations with your children, ask for the narration before sharing anything else, otherwise the new information seeps into the narration of the reading and becomes confusing.
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Weekly Review: Fourth Week

We just completed our fourth week of school!  We’re a month into it and everyone is still happy, having fun, and learning.  If you are new to my blog, please see my curriculum page so you can have a better understanding of the resources that I use.  Most of this plan adheres closely to the AO curriculum.  For more information on how to provide a true CM education, please visit their site.  Following is everything that we learned from what we read this week.  If you have read these stories and have a learning idea, activity, etc., please share it in the comments section.  And Catherine, if your reading, this post is for you.  I cannot for the life of me get the formatting on this thing to be consistent!
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30 Minutes for Mommy: Lesson 2, consequences of The Fall

If this is your first time reading this post, please read, “30 Minutes for Mommy“, to better understand why I am doing this study and why I hope that you will join me.  You can find past posts in the side bar under, “30 Minutes for Mommy”, and, “Bible Women”.  You can join in our study by following this link and clicking on ‘Systematic Study of Bible Women’

Lesson 2 is very long and raised quite a few questions for me.  I am still looking for answers on some of these subjects, and maybe some of you will have ideas to share.  I hope you were able to find answers to all the questions in the study that we are following, a ‘Systematic Study of Bible Women‘. Continue reading


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Weekly Review: Third Week

This was our week in a nutshell, complete with pictures as promissed.  I know it’s late, but here it is anyway.  We had a fairly good week and normal week.  It was exciting.  We had our very busy extra curricular schedule along with our regular studies.  My middle daughter is picking out words and beginning to read.  My oldest is beginning to not hate reading so much.  They both love math and my son just wants to do it all.  The year is going well so far.  If you have read or plan on reading any of these stories, please share what you taught your kids, what they learned,  or what you learned from them. Continue reading

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30 Minutes for Mommy: Lesson 2

If this is your first time reading this post, please read past, “30 Minutes for Mommy”, posts to better understand why I am doing this study and why I hope that you will join me.  You can find past posts in the side bar under, “30 Minutes for Mommy”, and, “Bible Women”.

This section is very long so it may take up to three weeks to get through it.  My goal will be to get through ‘Her Fall and the Results’ this week and ‘Her Children’ next week.  I will answer as many questions and study them as much as my time permits and hope that you will join me.  Please leave comments as you study and learn!  Sharing is the most encouraging part of studying God’s word together! Continue reading

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Free Classroom Resources!

I have not yet posted deals here nor do I plan to make a habit of it, but when I find something really great, I will share it.  Right now Scholastic Teacher Express is offering two great deals.  They are having a Dollar Days sale which has hundreds of ebooks for a dollar each.  They have also released a promo code, 10THANKS, that deducts $10 from your cart at checkout.  If you shop right, you can get up to 10 ebooks for free with this deal!  I just did this deal and it worked, but the code expires on 9/20 so you better hurry.

Thanks Money Saving Mom and The Freebi Blogger

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