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Thought I would personally send you the upcoming dates and flyers for the My Father’s World expos in Illinois. Registration is free on mfwbooks.com, (under events tab) so it is a great way for homeschool families, or those considering homeschooling, to have an opportunity to browse materials in a more relaxed setting. They are all open house style from 11-3.
Peoria is Thursday, April 30th at the Embassy Suites
Naperville is Friday, May 1st at the Marriot by 88 and Naperville Rd.
Crystal Lake is Saturday, May 2nd at the Holiday Inn on Rt.31
Please pass along to any groups or families that may have an interest. All of the teacher’s manuals, curriculum sets, as well as math and science books will be set up on display. Doug and I are not sure yet if we will be joining the team for the Illnois events this year, but all of the travel teams are super helpful in answering questions!
GIFT says their registration fee will be waived for new families enrolling in December 2014 for second semester starting in 2015.
Take advantage of this soon if you are interested. You can find all their information at the website, GIFThomeschool, http://www.gifthomeschool.org/.
1 John 3:16-18
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
Location: Elburn Community Center Gym,
525 N. Main Street,
Dates & Times
Drop off – Nov. 7, 10 am – 7 pm
Swap – Nov. 8, 9 am – 3 pm
Open to ALL!!
What is a Swap Shop ?
Swap Shop is a chance for moms to swap out things they no longer need for things they do. If you wouldn’t be ashamed to give it to a friend, then we’ll accept it.
All items not swapped will be donated to charity.
Nothing to swap? Please come anyway and be blessed with God’s provision.
Who organizes the Swap Shop ?
This event is hosted by Authentic Moms, a local Christian mom’s group.
Our desire is to follow 1 John 3:16-18
– to love with actions & truth, not just words.
Would you like to volunteer for a chance to pre-shop?
Or do you have other questions? Contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
Items we swap include:
– Baby items
– Gently used clothes & shoes
– Children’s Toys
– Books, Games & School Supplies
– Household & Kitchen Accessories
ALL Items are for SWAP, not SALE
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September and October have both nearly passed between my posts here, and fortunately, life is slowly returning to some semblance of normalcy.
I know I have missed sharing about some events as these last couple months have kept me from doing much of anything outside of what needed to get done each day.
As life slows just slightly (as much as it can with 6 kids and homeschooling and working part-time), I look forward to returning here on a more regular basis and updating listings as well as sharing about current happenings for homeschoolers in the Chicago area.
If you have anything you would like to share about with fellow area homeschoolers, please shoot me an email and I will be happy to pass it along.
Thank you for your patience!
For one day you can enter a museum for free! (I know we are a little spoiled around here with all the great museums and so many with free days for us Illinoisans)
The Smithsonian Magazine hosts this event, so you can check out their site for all the details and to register.
The ticket is good for two people, and is limited to one per household, so please keep that in mind.
However, there are some great places on the list – SciTech in Aurora, Graue Mill in Oak Brook, Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, and more!
Check it out and please pass it along.
Tomorrow, May 4, is International Space Day.
Not long ago I did a review on Janet’s Planet Science program and found out about this unique “holiday” on her blog: http://janetsplanetspacelog.blogspot.com/2012/05/celebrate-space-exploration-with.html
Check out the fun ideas and resources to celebrate the day in style!
What: The 5 Money Personalities
Every couple argues about money. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been married for 40 years or dating for 4 months, money touches every decision you make as a couple—from the $5 cup of coffee to the $50,000 car. And when the two of you don’t see eye-to-eye on how much to spend or how much to save, that’s when arguments turn into ugly toxic fights that leave both persons feeling hurt and angry. It’s why money has become the #1 cause of divorce in the U.S. Obviously, something needs to change. The reason this crisis has not been addressed is because it has never been identified, defined, or given a name. Scott and Bethany Palmer, aka “The Money Couple,” have identified and defined this problem and offer concrete solutions to fix it.
It’s not just about money management, and it’s definitely not just about overcoming debt. It is a whole new way of living that will change everything in your relationship. Tens of thousands have already been transformed. Are you ready?
– Easy read. I flew through this book. Easy to read, lots of real life illustrations, engaging, entertaining, and just plain old well written. Although not a flawless book, at least the reading of it was rather enjoyable.
– Unique perspective. Rather than getting hung up on the nitty gritty of money decisions, this book digs deeper into who you are when it comes to money and why that matters. Understanding who you are, and perhaps more importantly who your spouse is, in the money arena will add some enlightenment to the decisions you have made and the ones you have yet to make.
– Useful tool. While you could read it straight through, it really reads best in separate sessions. Great for a bedtime book for couples, or Saturday morning coffee book. Read a quick chapter together and talk about the action points at the end.
– Written by two spenders. I have to mention this because it stood out to both my husband and myself. My husband and I are one of those rare couples that find themselves in the same category — both savers, both security seekers (although to varying degrees). Reading a book by two self-proclaimed spenders I felt a bit misunderstood, and sometimes even mocked. I could’ve easily written the counter criticism for the spender, but that’s not the point, I don’t think, of recognizing money personalities. They still pour out lots of good advice, but if you read this book as a saver, know that you might feel a little defensive at times, and in my view that’s just fine. 🙂
– Some personalities overlooked? I also felt like there were some other significant areas of my money personality that didn’t get addressed. Stewardship, generosity, and faith might be hard to classify, but they are a huge part of my money decisions. I don’t know how they could be worked into their paradigm, but I did feel like there were some gaps in the 5 personalities they tried to boil things down to.
– Even more on the website. The website has more great tools for evaluating your money personality and how to come to greater agreement without arguing.
– Significance of dreams. This drew me in right from the beginning. They really nailed it in their discussion of dreams. We do often lose our dreams over time. I think that’s kind of what the movie “Up” hovered around. The Palmers want you to know you don’t need to lose your dreams. You can chase them and recapture them again, as a couple. This book is definitely just as much about a quality marriage relationship as it is about money.
– Practical tips. While a lot of the book is offering information, analysis, and perspective, it does get down to the practical before too long. Getting rid of financial infidelity, dumping, and having a money huddle are some of the practical areas that they offer very real life ideas on building or rebuilding your relationship.
This book offers great tips and perspective on overcoming money differences in your marriage relationship. None of us married our clone, so anyone can benefit from this book. As homeschoolers, living on one income, we at times feel the pinch a bit tighter than others might. I think this book can really help you come together on money issues even while retaining your unique money personality. A great read!
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While we take a break from our schooling, the most important learning in our house never ends.
As I have shared before, a significant part of the reason that we homeschool is to take advantage of every opportunity to live out our faith in front of our children. I don’t follow Christ flawlessly by any means, but I want my kids to grow up with no doubt about the reality of God as the sovereign, awesome Creator and Savior of this world. And that learning continues and even heightens during the holidays.
I’ll be spending most of my time in the next couple weeks away from my computer (once the rest of the grades are entered and lesson plans for the next quarter are done), and hopefully you will be doing the same.
Enjoy time with family and extra time for hugs and laughter.
Most importantly, I pray that you will have time to drink deeply of the true reason to celebrate this time of year — the coming of Jesus Christ, born to give us a second birth. We get stuck in this physical world too often and forget the eternal focus we were create to maintain. Christ came to seek and save the lost, which applies to all of us who carry Adam’s sin nature and have no hope of heaven aside from a perfect substitution to take our punishment on Himself as Jesus did.
I pray that you know this most important reality and will bring it to mind as you celebrate the birth of Christ. If you do not understand the true significance of this season which goes far beyond the nativity scene, I pray you too will see it in a fresh, personal way this season.
See you next year. 🙂