Monday, January 25, 2016

More freebies for memorizing the Apostles Creed


As I have mentioned in my previous post, our church, as part of its liturgy recites various creeds.  I have had my older children memorize The Apostle's Creed, but now I am working with my younger ones on it.  In my previous post, you can find FREE flashcards to help your little children (or even older children), to memorize the creed.  In today's post I am sharing 2 more FREEBIES to help you with your older children, print and cursive copywork pages.  Yippee!  I am long overdue getting this out.  Feel free to make as many copies as you need.  You will find both a print version and a cursive version of the creed.  

The Apostles Creed, print version 

The Apostles Creed, cursive version

In them you will find the creed broken down into smaller portions, then the whole thing, then a blank page for plenty of practice.  I hope these will be a blessing to you!

Happy Memorizing!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Our Epiphany Celebration


I didn't intend originally to do a whole post just on our epiphany celebration partly because I feel like it is still in its "toddlerhood" (we've only been doing it for about 4 years) and don't feel like I have developed it fully yet.  But, I have been asked what we do by multiple people this year so I decided to do a post about it.  

Our Epiphany season begins the day after Christmas, when our wisemen begin their journey through our home till they reach the manger.  


In the past, we just counted down the days and found the wisemen.  This year, however, I decided I wanted to do a bit more, focus more on Christ.  And, I am glad we did.   We read The Real Twelve Days of Christmas (affl. link)  each evening after dinner.  The kids looked forward to our simple readings each night and I was reminded on the couple of busy nights we had that we needed to catch up.  :)  I also made a Twelve Days of Christmas bunting which I loved. 



On the day of Epiphany, I hung up some fairy lights (aka white Christmas lights).  By this time, the wise men had reached the manger.  We had a special supper, one of our favorite meals of Creamy Italian Chicken on a bed of rice with other side dishes.  And, Ladybug made our Epiphany cake.  We use the recipe from Pioneer Woman.  In it she hides various trinkets, one for each person.  Two of the trinkets are beans.  The bean finders get to be king/queen for the evening and the next day.  In the past, I made crowns out of paper.  But this year, I made crowns to be used over and over throughout the years.  We also gave each of the kids a gold dollar.  I decorated the table with candles, our gold, frankincense, and myrrh (the last 2 were our essential oils),and other decorations I have.  I also made a oil blend of sweet orange, frankincense, and myrrh to diffuse throughout the meal.   It was a wonderful evening of food, fellowship, laughter, and fun.











And, that is about it.  I know some families go out of their way to do a whole lot more, but I like simplicity and I love how we do things.   Do you celebrate Epiphany?  What do you do?  I love that we have added this our list of holidays.  I love how it causes us to start our year focusing on Christ.  After all, that is where our focus should always be!



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Christmas


Christmas 2015 in pictures




Lego Christmas Village



Baking Christmas Cookies










Annual Trip to Washington, DC, to see the trains at the Botanical Gardens



Christmas Concert with the big girls at Rockbridge Academy




Our Winter Wonderland Christmas Trees






Christmas in the evening at the National Harbor


Hope your Christmas season was as blessed as ours!






Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year 2016 to you all!  We are recovering from a very stressful December with washer and dryer problems, fireplace flue issues, colds, and just the normalness that the Christmas season brings.   But our holiday was indeed lovely and we had a great time just being together as a family.

With the new year comes new goals.  I love a fresh start.  I am really NOT a resolution maker.  But, I do like setting goals for myself.  I find that setting goals gives me more time to give myself grace instead of setting myself up with a resolution that will more than likely broken in one week.  I've been reading through other blogs about taking on a word for yourself for the year.  I kinda pushed the thought aside at first but the more I read of others doing it and the more I thought over my goals, a word popped into my head.  So, my word for 2016 is RENEW.  Renewal on my health both spiritually and physically, renewal of relationships, renewal of my love to write, and renewal of my home.  I have also decided to attach a verse to my word.  

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

I am looking forward to all that the Lord will do this year.  Now, onto my goals for my blog.

I started this blog last year with the hopes that I would get to it more often.  I made the mistake of thinking, I will get to it when I have time.  Surely, I would have time at least once a week.  But, you know how life is.  Things get busy.  Life moves on and I barely did all that I wanted to do.  I love to write and with my family's encouragement, I finally began to write again after a long season of not writing and raising little babies.  I have begun 2 books and this blog.  So, I am setting up goals for my blog and scheduling them in to hold myself accountable. Here is a list of goals for my blog for 2016:

1.    Write twice per week
2.    Have two book reviews per month
3.    Share fabulous freebies to help you in your homemaking and, if you are a homeschooler, homeschooling.  You will be able to find these on my new facebook page, 
https://www.facebook.com/apeekinourwindow.   I will not be posting them here.  If you want to see them, you will have to follow my page.  This will be the easiest way for me to post and for you to keep up with the free stuff as it is available.

May God bless you in this new year.