Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas at the Rich Home ~ 2011

 As you can imagine. Christmas is super FUN, LOUD and EXCITING when you have 4 kids to share it with. This Christmas was no exception! We treasured every moment of it...
Bubba felt like being shirtless most of the day on
Christmas so we let him. pictures and all hehe!

It was so fun to give James the pirate costume he had
been wanting since last summer! 

The girls got a wooden table for their dolls. Mercy
decided to be one of the dolls:-)

I made the homemade cinnamon rolls that I make every Christmas,
Daniel and the kids look so forward to them! 

This is what your in for when you decide to have 2 boys 15 months apart!

Our Christmas Morning Breakfast complete with Cinnamon rolls,
Sausage/Egg casserole, clementines, sparkling grape juice for
Daniel and of course Eggnog for the kids and myself! 

My sweetie with his mouth watering just dying to bite into a
cinnamon roll while I take his picture:-)

Daddy helping the boys build the lego sets he gave them for Christmas
These were his when he was a boy and it was special for him
to give them to the boys and help them build them.

The girls and I had fun dressing their dolls and
then using the doll table to play with Grace's polly pocket swimming
pool while Mercy had her nap.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Matthew 1:22-24 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

She's Here! ~ Julia Hope Bradfield

My brother Josh and sister Paola welcomed their daughter, Julia Hope Bradfield into the world on Sunday, December 11th at 6:20pm. She weighed 6 lbs. 11oz and measured 19 1/2 inches long. It is just driving me bonkers that I have not seen her yet! Daniel and I can hardly wait to hold our new little niece Julia. Its actually been awhile since we have held a newborn! Congratulations Josh and Paola!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Our 2011 Christmas Card Photo

I loved out it turned out! A big thanks to the talented Laura swift for capturing our children's personalities so well!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Its Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas at the Rich Home...

We spent a large portion of Saturday morning having our Christmas pictures taken and then spent the afternoon out shopping for our Christmas tree, We found a frasier fir just like we wanted. Daniel did the lights this year and everyone helped decorate. It was fun! The kids were all so into it this year, especially Mercy.  She cracked us up being so serious and intent while hanging each ornament. With the tree up and the house all decorated. I felt compelled to get a jump start on our Christmas goody making. Yesterday the kids and I drove to Roanoke early in the morning to get our supplies at Sam's. After we came home, we did a little school and then Kimmy and her boys came over and we had a great time visiting around the Christmas tree! After the kids came home from swim practice last night we made "Lemon Chess Bars" and today we made "Chocolate Peppermint Cookies". The kids just love making Christmas goodies. I let each member of my family have one goody out of what we make and then we freeze the rest for Christmas parties, gatherings and gifts. Ahhh, There is nothing more fun than having lots of  kids to celebrate Christmas with! Did I mention how much fun it is to shop for their Christmas gifts? We are so blessed to have them and thank God for the joy they bring.

Have a "Mercy Christmas!"

Mercy so intently hanging her
James and Grace thoroughly enjoyed licking the beaters after we made
Chocolate Peppermint Cookies. 

The finished product... Chocolate Peppermint
Cookies! Forgot to get a picture of the
Lemon Chess Bars before we froze them. 

Thursday, November 03, 2011

50 Ways to Save Money ~ Dave Ramsey Part 1

Ok, So I've always been good at managing money, but maybe not good enough. My parents never gave me a free ride with anything and I worked very hard from about age 13 leading all the way up to our wedding day to earn my own money. At almost 28, I have still never bought anything that I didn't pay cash for (our business is a different story). After we were married, I took 5 years to save birthday money and a few dollars here and there for our wooden kitchen table. (which I love and use daily) but then we hit a hard time soon after and then I felt really foolish for buying it. Most of you know that we so desperately want to move out on some land with our children soon! We do not want a luxurious/extravagant house but we do want one that is adequate for homeschooling a large family. Sometimes it is soooo frustrating being a homeschool mom of 4 because I am unable to make any money to make this dream come true! I work harder now than I ever have in my life but all I can do to make money is save money by cutting every possible corner and PRAYING. Here are some idea's I am trying to implement to save money. Maybe some of you can give me some fresh ones! Some of these idea's I have been doing for a long time and others are more recent. I realize some of my idea's are extreme but hey...I really want this land and house and we only have 8-10 years left before the boys graduate high school and get jobs or start college, then it will be too late to raise them on it. That makes me sad:-( That is the only reason I want a place to start with. If it was just Daniel and I, I might try to go and buy our cute little newlywed townhouse back:-). It was right next to a farm and made me feel at home.

50 ways to Save Money

1. I don't buy much clothing for myself, I don't put on nice clothes unless I go out somewhere to avoid wearing them out. I mostly wear workout pants mostly bought from the Goodwill or Ross around the house.

2.  Buying our food in bulk including our meat (just started recently)

3. Make do with less clothing per kid and stay on top of the laundry.

4.  Do your shopping at thrift stores as long as you can steer away from the junk. I buy all our glasses at a thrift store 10/$1  

5. Using cheap store brand diapers (yes they sometimes leak but the savings is definitely worth it!)

6. Keeping our heat turned down as low as we can stand it and bundling up

7. Making our own soaked whole wheat bread

8. Taking advantage of yard sales in the summer but only bring as much cash as you NEED to spend

9. Not buying conditioner for my hair and the girls (just started this)... (Jan 2012 update, I was unable to brush the girls hair without conditioner, It was torture for them, Therefore I am now the only one going without conditioner)

10. Not buying any bottled water anymore (we have now discontinued our Shenandoah bottled water service)

11. Eating as much free deer meat as we can get (Been doing this since we were married thanks to my dad!)

12. Not participating in any activities that cost money other than swimming

13. Planning out meals and grocery shopping trips ahead of time

14. Not going overboard on Christmas. 3 gifts per kid is it for us!

15. Not paying for haircuts for anyone in our family

16. Plan ahead and buy winter clothing in January and Summer clothing in August. Saves so much $!

17. Getting any free books for the kids that I can find

18. We won't pay more that $10k for a reliable family vehicle even if it means I can't find the color I would like:-).

19.  When something breaks, We do without it if possible.

20.  Rarely eating out.

21. Using as little gas as possible by leaving the house no more than necessary

22. Grocery shopping only once a week and no more

23. Rarely ever serving an individual serving of meat, Instead I am strerching almost all of our meat into casseroles and soups.

24. Not hiring any household help and doing all of my own cleaning and laundry

25. Not buying any beverages at all other than raw milk

26. Eating lots of oatmeal (bought in bulk)

27. Hurrying in the shower to use less hot water or take showers at the community center

28. Let Grandparents babysit kids

29. Not buying baby wipes

30. Always pay tithe and give $ to those in need.

31. Making my own laundry soap

32. Making my own body wash

33. Making my own salad dressings

34. Making my own vanilla flavoring

35. Making cleaning products

36. Making my own yogurt

37.  Gathering up all the change around the house and rolling it up to take to bank

38. Making kitty eat scraps instead of buying cat food when possible

39. Leaving the garage door cracked open to avoid buying cat litter

40. Not hiring babysitters for the whopping $8-$10/hr they expect nowadays

41. Using less household products

42. Eating less, Snacking less

43. Using less butter and cheese

44. Learning how to make more meals out of beans

45. Not going shopping other than for necessities

46. Heating our living room with wood

47. Having kids share school books

48. Not buying any cold cereals or granola bars

49. Saving all of Isaac and Grace's clothes to give to James and Mercy

50.  When you need shoes, Buy hiking shoes for your husband and kids instead of regular shoes, They are made to be rough in and last so much longer than all other shoes!

Expenses that are currently killing us and I need idea's to fix it! 

Health insurance (Daniels is free but for me and the 4 kids it costs $435/mo!
*update - We switched to Christian medical sharing and are now paying less than $300/mo!

Our Old Fashioned electric ceiling heat (costs around $500 a month in the wintertime!) (Jan 2012 update: due to our wood stove we have managed to get our power bill down to $300/month!)

Homeschooling (costs about $300-$400 per child in books and materials per year) Approx $100 per month for us.

Our mortgage ($840/month plus taxes and insurance, Ends up being about $1100 per month

Food (even though I cut every corner I can with food, I will not sacrifice my huaband and kids health, meaning we spend about $200/week on food for 6 people with very little eating out. $850/month.

Cell phone bills total over $100 month

City Water Bill is $50-$60/ month.  (Can't wait to get on a well!)
*update- the town of Christiansburg raised their rates and now pay approx $80/mo. :-(

Life insurance is $120 month (we keep alot because living parent would need to stay home with kids)

Gas costs $300 month

Internet/ home phone totals around $100 month

Vehicle insurance on 2 cars ? I need to check our most recent bills.
*update - we now have only 1 vehicle. This has been very irritating but it works out because Daniel can get to work via his company truck. Just makes evenings tough if we want to go separate directions.

OK, I don't want to be ridiculous about this which I realize I might already be. I just want to be a good steward of all that God has given us AND accomplish our dream of buying land and raising a large family. Now let me hear your idea's for saving money!

Live like no one else is so tomorrow you can live like no one else does~ Dave Ramsey

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Days like today...

Make me feel so grateful to have children close in age! I pray that they will be friends for life...

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy!  Psalm 126:3

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Family Day in Clifton Forge, VA

Daniels company had their annual picnic yesterday at Douthat State Park, near Clifton Forge VA. It was such a beautiful day. We hung around for awhile after the picnic to enjoy the beauty of Fall.  I wish we could have more days like that. It was wonderful! I don't think many states can compare with the beauty of VA in the Fall!

I am making sure to take in every moment! These 4 kids are growing up FAST! However, I don't look at that as being sad. Every new stage God brings us to in life offers something new and wonderful! If we are always looking back at what we had, we will not enjoy what we have! God is continually showing me what a blessing children are and how life really is a circle. Right now is my time to work hard and invest heavily in my children. Watching my grandfather spend his last days surrounded by the children, granchildren, and great-grandchildren he was so faithful to while he was healthy reminded me of this verse... Galations 6:7~ Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a a man sows, that he will also reap. Oh, how I long to remember that on nights when Daniel is working until 10pm!

Grace kept wanting her picture
 taken which is unusual
for her! I took advantage of it!

I am a social person and I love being with all our wonderful friends. But my absolute favorite times are the ones I get to spend with Daniel and the kids. I love those times we have together and the older the kids get, the more we are able to relate to them and enjoy them! 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cilantro Cream Chicken

My Mom asked me for this recipe a long time ago and I feel bad that I am just now posting it, but here it is! Sorry about that Mom! When my parents came to stay with us they offered to watch the kids while Daniel and I went out on a date. I set this recipe out along with the ingredients for my mom to make for them and the kids to eat while we were gone. She really enjoyed it!

Cilantro Cream Chicken

2 T. olive oil
2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts (organic is best)
4 oz. cream cheese, cut into cubes
3/4 c. heavy whipping cream
2 T. lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro

Brown chicken in oil over medium-high heat in large skillet. Remove chicken from skillet. Add cream cheese, whipping cream, lime juice and cilantro to skillet; whisk. Return chicken to skillet. Cover; cook 
on low, heat 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Add salt and pepper. 

Banana Surprise Muffins

(James' Favorite)

Yesterday, James and I enjoyed making his favorite muffins together. He just loves these! 

Banana Surprise Muffins
(Makes approximately 36 muffins)

5 c. freshly milled wheat flour 
2 tsp. soda
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 c. olive oil
1/4 c. melted butter
1 c. honey
6 ripe bananas
1 pkg. dark chocolate fun size hershey bars (optional)

Measure dry ingredients into mixing bowl. Add liquids and mix just until well blended. Drop by spoonfuls into greased muffin tins.  Break one square off each hershey bar and drop into each muffin tin. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. 

* The pieces of dark chocolate will disappear into muffins creating a little surprise for those who bite into them:-). Most of you may want to half this recipe. There are lots of muffin eaters in our family and I like to have enough leftover to put in the fridge for a snack or another breakfast. 

Friday, September 09, 2011

Ever feel that your dreams are just falling apart?

Today is a beautiful, cool day. Just the kind of day I would love nothing more than to sit on my front porch and watch my children run here, there and everywhere exploring the land that we just can't have. Our finances won't allow for it. Our finances won't allow for lots of things... like family vacations. Don't get me wrong. We own a lot of real estate and when we are in our fifties we will cash out and probably be very comfortable.
However, our children will be grown and it will be too late to raise them on a mini-farm and do family vacations because of all their different schedules. At least... maybe we will have enough money to give our children so that they can afford to do things while their children are young! Sometimes it seems that those who work the hardest have  less than people who never did and never will. Daniel worked so hard to get a masters degree in Engineering only to find that it pays very little adn is very difficult to find a job in. He works all the time now, only to have to spend every dime he makes just on living and fixing rental properties. We don't save anything because we can't.  I don't go shopping for clothes, because I can't. No matter how frugal I try to be, it makes no difference. Not exactly the life we dreamed of before we got married! We dreamed of living on a mini-farm in a farmhouse with our 8 kids, having a home business that they could be part of and pouring our lives into our family and serving others on mission trips with our kids. There is no money for any of it. To be honest, We can't even afford to have anymore kids. These were all of my thoughts earlier today, and all of it may very well be true, but here is what I do have!

4 Healthy kids
An adequate house (interior anyway)
A cute kitten
great extended family
The ability to homeschool
Great friends
the ability for my 3 oldest kids to swim.
A God who loves me beyond measure!

And the List could go on........

Thank You God for all that you HAVE given me!

Monday, September 05, 2011

The Rich Brothers are Growing Up but not Apart...

Lauren's Banana Pudding

       I mentioned in an earlier post that our family looks forward to having dessert every Friday night. This is a favorite though certainly not healthy! This is much easier for Grace to make than traditional banana pudding. My younger sister Lauren gave us this recipe. She makes it for her family.
Pictured: Lauren's Banana Pudding made by Grace and I.

You will need:
1 large box instant vanilla pudding mix
4 bananas
1 c. sour cream
1 (8oz.) container of cool whip
1 box of vanilla wafers 
3 c. cold milk

       Mix together pudding mix and 3 cups of milk. Add sour cream and then fold in the 
container of cool whip. Layer 1/3 of vanilla wafers, bananas and pudding mixture in glass
dish. Repeat layers twice. Refrigerate several hours.

 *Lauren made this for my Dad's 55th birthday this summer, it is one of his favorites. As you can see in the photo, Grace and I sometimes add a thin layer of extra cool whip on top. 

Lauren and Husband Michael with their kids,  Joseph and Taylor.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Homeschooling with 4 Small Children ~ Part 1

      People ask me all the time  "How in the world can you possibly homeschool with 4 small children?" How can you get anything done?  The answer is... I can't homeschool 4 small children but God can homeschool them through me, when I am willing! I do not believe that everyone needs to homeschool, but I believe with all my heart that this is what God has called ME to do!  I am learning to stand on this promise:
2 Cor. 2:19 ~ But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness, Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses. so that Christ's power may rest on me."
     I have also learned that when I am in the flesh, I cannot do it and it is better for me to just stop the school day then and there, lest I teach my children the opposite of what am trying my hardest to teach them... how to have Godly Character! I often have to remind myself that I would rather raise children with Godly character than college graduates are who lacking in this area, and if that means I have to cut the school day short and let them play, so be it! 1 John 2:17 says this: "The world and it's desires will pass away, whoever does the will of God lives forever". Children who grow up to have Godly character will lead happy, fulfilled lives. God has shown me that I am more prone to homeschooling in the flesh when I put teaching academics at a higher priority than Godly character. If teaching Godly character is my highest priority, then I will consider the children watching my responses to adversity...when things don't go as planned, the toddler has a meltdown, or their failure to grasp a very simple concept etc. as part of their school and seize the opportunity to model Godly character for their education. I am so thankful that my mother had me memorize 1 Cor. 13 back when I was homeschooled. I sometimes have to mentally repeat verses 4-7 several times a day!

1 Corinthians 13 ~ 

The Greatest Gift
 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there aretongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

     The passage above says it all. I know that without living out the definition of love described for me in verses 4-7, that homeschooling my children is worth nothing. It even says in verse 8 that knowledge will vanish away! It is amazing the joy that homeschooling with 4 small children brings... when I choose to make Godly character and loving one another the primary goals of my children's education!

Psalm 16:11 ~ You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand! 

Summer Swimming 2011

Our Little Swimmers!
           In August of 2010,  The Christiansburg Aquatic Center had it's grand opening here in the New River Valley, boasting an olympic sized, indoor competition pool only 5 mins from our house! We watched (rather impatiently) as the town took about 2 years building the place. Everytime we drove by, the boys begged for swimming lessons. We kept telling them, "no we aren't going to drive to Blacksburg for swimming lessons. You will have to wait until they open the new Aquatic Center".  The place finally opened and Daniel and I quickly got the boys involved in swimming. We loved the fact that swimming was a very useful, individual sport that would teach the boys discipline and hard work! Both were qualities we felt we were struggling to teach them since we lived in the middle of town and didn't have much of yard. They took lessons for several months before joining the H2okie Swim Club last Fall.  
         In addition, the boys greatly enjoyed swimming for the "Christiansburg Aquatic Center - Blue Fins" in the Southwest VA swim league this summer. They had practice 5 mornings a week and worked so hard to place in the Championship at the end of the season. Their hard work paid off. Isaac placed 2nd in the 25 yd. backstroke for the U8 boys division and James placed 2nd in the 25 yd Freestyle for the U6 boys. James also got 1st place by a long shot in the 25 yd. backstroke. However, much to his disappointment, the officials disqualified him for turning his shoulders just before he touched the wall:-(.  He was so excited about his big accomplishment and then we had to break the news to him that he was "DQ'ed".  I was so sad for him! I knew just how hard he had worked! Regardless, The boys had a blast swimming for the Blue Fins and that is all that matters. The team placed 3rd overall at the championship which was huge since this was the first season for the Christiansburg Aquatic Center to even have a team in the SWVSL. I really enjoyed taking the boys to all the practices and so did the girls. Grace got to swim with her friend Charis every morning while Charis' mom and I took turns working out in the gym and watching the girls. I loved how tired all my babies were when we returned home from swim practice:-)

Christiansburg Aquatic Center Blue Fin's Team Picture

Isaac and James were blessed to have Bill Beecher as their Head
coach. Coach Beecher has more than 30 yrs. experience coaching
swimming in the New River Valley. He was a great example
to the boys and taught them to work hard! They were also
coached by a young new swim coach "Seth Donnelly"
(not pictured) who they really liked. 

The boy's good friend Annalia (Charis' big sister) from our church
was also on the team. She and Isaac are
only 2 wks apart and they made friends very quickly
 after we moved back to C-burg in 2008.

The boys got to compete at an outdoor meet for the first time,
I thought it was really neat! 

Pre-Pregnancy Planning

     I have no idea when Daniel and I will be ready for another baby. There are things in our lives we'd like to get in order first (like building or purchasing a home with space inside and outside for gardening, dog breeding and home-educating lots of children:-). In the meantime, I am thanking God for giving me a young head start on birthing our children and I am currently using this time to prepare my body. By God's Grace, I intend to follow this plan on eating and supplementation in hopes of reducing the chance of miscarrying again when the time comes. If you are considering a pregnancy in the future, I highly recommend reading the following 2 articles.

Pre-Pregnancy Preparation

Diet for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers

      When I evaluate the diet and supplementation habits that I had leading up to pregnancies #4 and #5,  I find it very easy to see how I miscarried both those babies. We were struggling to jump start our business and diet/nutrition was just something we thought had to go during that season.  I certainly couldn't afford any supplements or raw milk. My doctor also confirmed that my progesterone was low following my last miscarriage and had contributed to the problem. Leading up to pregnancy #6 (Mercy), I tried hard to eat an all organic diet and was prescribed daily high dose vaginal progesterone suppositories.  Needless to say, Mercy was healthy and perfect! However, the amount of time between pregnancy #5 and pregnancy #6 was only 2 months! I see now that I should have changed my diet and prepared my body much further in advance.  I had always cared about nutrition and was already grinding wheat and making real bread, but after having 2 miscarriages, I decided to learn more! I began to read any articles and books I could find and spent time talking to health conscious friends. A few months ago, Daniel and I purchased a share in a cow so we could have access to raw milk. If you are interested in educating yourself about the health benefits of raw milk. You can read about it Here. We are getting 3-4 dozen fresh organic eggs from a farm weekly and I am being careful to eat 2 per day. You can read about the advantages of fresh eggs Here.  I also purchased some natural progesterone cream which I am applying daily and am getting in the groove of a daily supplement regimen which includes:  Supermom Vitamins , Cod Liver Oil, Coconut Oil, and Folic Acid.

     I am still working on our families diet. I do ok providing organic fruits, raw vegetables, fresh ground wheat, raw milk and fresh eggs. However, I am having a harder time making super healthy main entree's for dinner that the kids like and are quick to make. I use only Laura's beef and organic chicken but due to the expense of feeding 6 people (3 are competitive swimmers), that good meat has to be made into some sort of casserole or crock pot dish most of the time and I may add ingredients to those main dishes that our bodies could do without. So, If you have any great, kid friendly, quick, organic main dish recipes you would like to send my way, have at it! We eat dessert when we go to other peoples houses and every Friday night at our house is "Family Night" so I usually make a dessert or we all walk down to Custards Corner for ice cream. I am not going to ask my family give up their Friday night desserts they greatly anticipate, but I am praying for the discipline to eat smaller portions of the dessert myself.  It is hard for me to tell myself no to desserts without having the need to lose weight. Not to mention how much I love Reese Peanut Butter Cups and Ice Cream! However, the heartbreak of miscarriage is not something I ever want to experience again. If you think of it, please pray for me to have the discipline to put the education and knowledge that God has given me into practice! I memorized the following verse to help me on my journey to the best "Pre-Pregnancy Health".

James 4:17 ~ To him who knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. 

  That said, I know that God is the one who ultimately controls the womb and how many children I have, but I plan to do my part!

1 Cor. 6:19 ~ Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. 

Recommended  Resources:  Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, The Makers Diet and all other books by Jordan Rubin. 

Saturday, September 03, 2011

First Day of School 2011!

 Rich Academy now has 3 students!

Isaac William, Grade 2

Isaac's curriculum overview:

Character ~ (most important subject!) A Childs book of Character Building, IBLP Character sketches,
Phonics ~ A beka, Explode the Code Book
Language ~ A beka
 Spelling ~A beka
Math ~ A beka
Handwriting ~ A Reason for Handwriting
Spanish ~ Muzzy Spanish DVD's
History ~ KONOS, Veritas Press Timeline cards
Science ~ KONOS
Bible ~ KONOS, Miller Books, God made all things strange and slimy, Little visits with God, Awana Sparks

James Daniel, Grade 1

James' Curriculum Overview:

Character ~ (most important subject!) A Childs book of Character Building, IBLP Character sketches, 
Phonics ~ Abeka, Explode the Code
Language ~ A beka 
 Spelling ~A beka 
Math ~ Abeka
Handwriting ~ A Reason for Handwriting 
Spanish ~ Muzzy Spanish DVD's 
History ~ KONOS, Veritas Press Timeline cards
Science ~ KONOS 
Bible ~ KONOS, Miller Books, God made all things strange and slimy, Little visits with God, Awana Sparks

Grace Angela, Grade K4

Grace's Curriculum Overview:

Character ~ (Most important Subject!) A Childs Book of Character Building
Phonics and Numbers ~ A beka K4
Handwriting ~ A Reason for Handwriting K
Spanish ~ Muzzy DVD's
Science ~ KONOS
History ~ KONOS, Veritas Press Timeline Cards
Bible ~ Konos, Miller Books, God made all things Strange and Slimy, Little visits with God, Awana Cubbies

*Note about our curriculum choices, I do not use everything listed at one time. We like to finish as early in the day as possible!