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Singleness at Christmas – Merry Christmas, Darling

Singleness at Christmas - Merry Christmas, Darling

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I first published this post in 2005 when I was a brand new blogger. I bumped it up from time to time on my previous blog (2009 and 2013). It wasn’t on this website and it is a story I want to share with the literally hundreds of new readers I have. Interestingly, just a few weeks after I first wrote it we discovered we were finally expecting a baby – on our ninth wedding anniversary. We will celebrate our eighteenth anniversary in January 2015.

I haven’t written much about my single days. Although they are rapidly growing smaller in the rearview mirror of life, I don’t think they will ever completely leave me. For one thing, God used my single days to shape my faith and theology. There is nothing like being single against one’s will to make you consider all kinds of important theological concepts – God’s sovereignty, God’s will, God’s goodness, etc. It then follows that some of the greatest lessons God has taught me about Himself were born out of the anguish of my singleness. And I do mean anguish. I know some people skip through their single years without much thought about it, but I was one of the group that struggled mightily with being single and the possible implications in my life.

Another reason I don’t think my single days will ever leave me is because my experiences have made my heart tender towards other singles. I remember what it was like and my heart goes out to them. After having struggled to learn contentment as a single and then experiencing the great joy of a blessed marriage, I want it for them too! I’ve seen both sides – the yearning and the fulfillment – and I so want them to experience the depths of peace and joy that come from a marriage blessed by God. But I remember the overwhelming sense of “What if?” that comes to a single because there is no guarantee that marriage will eventually come. And that is so hard.

One thing that was pretty consistent throughout my single days was praying for my husband. That might sound like an obvious statement, but I didn’t just pray for a husband, I prayed for my husband. There is a difference. I prayed for his purity, for his spiritual growth, and that God would drop an “X marks the spot of Sallie’s house” map in his living room window. Okay, maybe not the map thing, but I did pray a lot for his spiritual well-being.

And I had my own little Christmas Eve ritual that I’ve never publicly shared until now.

My Christmas Eve Ritual

The holidays can be kind of very depressing for singles. They are a reminder that another year has passed and nothing has happened. (The same is true for childless couples, but that is another story.) There is no one to take to the family gathering, no one to buy a romantic gift for… Just a reminder that you are still praying and hoping.

Well, I don’t know when I discovered it, but the song Merry Christmas, Darling by The Carpenters really resonated with me as a single. I first heard it on the radio and when they didn’t play it often enough to satisfy me, I bought the cassette. (Yeesh, my age is showing.) I don’t remember exactly what motivated me to start this ritual or even when I started doing this, but I know this was my pattern for several years before I met David.

My family always exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve. But generally before we did that, I went up to my room and listened to Merry Christmas, Darling and prayed for my husband. I always prayed that this would be the last year we would be apart and that God in His providence and good pleasure would bring us together that year.

Merry Christmas, Darling

Greeting cards have all been sent
The Christmas rush is through
But I still have one wish to make
A special one for you

Merry Christmas darling
We’re apart that’s true
But I can dream and in my dreams
I’m Christmas-ing with you

Holidays are joyful
There’s always something new
But every day’s a holiday
When I’m near to you
The lights on my tree
I wish you could see
I wish it every day
Logs on the fire
Fill me with desire
To see you and to say

That I wish you Merry Christmas
Happy New Year, too
I’ve just one wish
On this Christmas Eve
I wish I were with you

Instrumental Interlude

Logs on the fire
Fill me with desire
To see you and to say
That I wish you Merry Christmas
Happy New Year, too
I’ve just one wish
On this Christmas Eve
I wish I were with you
I wish I were with you

Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas – Darling

Alone on Christmas Eve

The amazing thing is that after David and I met, I found out that as a single he was always alone on Christmas Eve. His family (consisting of married siblings and his parents) always celebrated Christmas on Christmas Day. So David was always alone on Christmas Eve. Except he wasn’t alone because I was thinking of him and praying for him. To this day I still get weepy when I think about him being alone and my praying for him that night. (2014 update – I still get weepy.)

I’m not sure why I felt compelled to write about this today. Maybe to encourage any singles who visit here and to tell them that I care and understand at least in a small way how hard the holidays can be when you so long to be married. And maybe to bear witness to the fact that God is always working, always moving in our lives – even when we don’t realize it.

God is at work in response to our prayers, whether we see something happening or not. If we are truly praying, “Thy will be done,” forces are at work beyond our comprehension – and often, beyond our vision. But they are working just the same.
David Jeremiah

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290+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas for All Ages with Printable Shopping Lists

290+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas for All Ages with Printable Shopping Lists

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Do you need ideas for Christmas stocking stuffers? If so, you’ve come to the right place! And best of all, at the very end of this 290+ stocking stuffer ideas list is a free printable of the entire list! You can print it off and take it with you to Meijer or Target or the mall or wherever you do your Christmas shopping. (Or you can save yourself a ton of time and do it all online!)

There is overlap on the lists, but I wanted each list to be complete by itself. That way, you can print off only the pages you need and skip the rest.

Is there anything you would add to the lists that might inspire someone? If so, let us know in the comments!

Baby

Booties
Binkies
Rattles

Bath toys

Teething toys

Baby snack foods
Robeez
Stuffed animal

Bib

Books

Hair accessories
CDs for baby
Carseat toys

Onesie

Hat
Mittens
Taggies toys

Toddler

Bath toys
Board books

Sippy cup

Bubbles
Stuffed animal
Weebles

Character bandages

Socks
Mittens
Toddler DVDs
Crayons
Toddler snacks
Character toothbrush
Toothpaste
Special bathroom cup
Hair bows
Finger puppets

Preschooler

Play-Doh
Crayons
Rubber ducky
Bath crayons

Bath paints

Bath markers

Bubble bath
Cars and trucks
Hair clips
Stickers
Glow stick
Character dishes, cup
Colored pencils
Tape
Glitter glue
Cute socks

Silly Putty

Glue stick
Cash
Snowman kit
Preschooler CDs

Hello Kitty items

Thomas items

Character toothbrush

Toothpaste
Pez dispenser
Christmas tree ornament
Stuffed animal
Character underwear

Finger puppets

Card games like Go Fish!
Coloring book
Preschool activity book
Bubbles
Do a Dot Markers
Coin purse
with coins
Bath crayons
Bath paints

Preschooler puzzles

Fun character socks

Character bandages

McDonald’s gift card
LEGO minifigures
Preschool sticker book

LEGO Friends mini-packs

Elementary

Lip Smackers
Chapstick

Duck Tape

Bubble bath
Trading cards
Puzzles

Slinky

Harmonica

Pez dispenser

Comics

Pocket Etch a Sketch

My Little Pony
toys
Cash
Character bandages
Rubik’s Cube

Recorder

Coin purse
with coins
Paints and paintbrushes
DVDs

Amazon gift card

Decorated pencils
Markers
Schleich toy animals
Crayons
Christmas tree ornament
Yo-yo
Gum
Silly Putty
Coloring book
Kaleidoscope
Activity book
Hobby items
Backpack charms
Stuffed animal

Travel games

Post-it notes

Barbie clothes

American Girl accessories
Dress up accessories
Cocoa packets

Tights
Jacks game
Number puzzle

Socks

Middle School

Ear buds
Amazon gift card

Cocoa packets

iTunes gift card
Body wash
Puzzles
Hobby items
School locker decor
Book
Travel games
Small Bible

Thank you notes

Sports team items
Fingernail clippers
Movie tickets
Model kits
Mad Libs

Highlighters
Razors
Backpack charms
Bookmark
Tickets to event
Loofah
Christmas tree ornament
Cash
Sports tickets
Snack packs
Deodorant
Cocoa packets

High School

Nail polish
Watch

Book light

Loofa
USB drive
iTunes gift card
Amazon gift card
Key chain

Cocoa packets

Phone cover

Highlighters
Thank you notes
Nail file
Wallet
Small Bible

Sports team items
School locker decor
Sports tickets
Socks
Fingernail clippers
Tissue packs
Hobby supplies
Christmas tree ornament
Cash
Backpack charms
Tickets to event
Deodorant
Movie tickets
Beef sticks
Beef jerky

Starbucks gift card

Adult Women

Return address labels
Small notebooks

Flavored ground coffee samples

Postage stamps
High quality tea bags
Starbucks gift card
Make-up brushes
Cosmetic bag

Decorated sugar cubes

Nail file
Phone cover
Digital timer

Pumice stone

Loofa
Perfume
Journal

USB drive

Cocoa packets

Gardening gloves

Tissue packs

High quality pen
Thank you notes
Hairbrush or comb
Message oil
K Cups

Boxed desk calendar

Hand sanitizer
Restaurant gift card
Book light
Lotion
Personalized note cards
Nutella snack packs

Magnetic notepads

Earrings
Flavored olive oils
Flavored vinegars

Small wall calendar
Stacked notes
Bookmark
Book
Flavored sugars
Amazon gift card
iTunes gift card
Nail polish
Business cards
Devotional book
Christmas tree ornament

Adult Men

Soap on a rope
Work gloves

iTunes gift card
Car wash gift certificate
Starbucks gift card
Swiss Army knife
Postage stamps
Travel alarm clock
DVDs
Shoe polish
Sports team items
Golf tees
Golf balls

Restaurant gift card
Ice scraper
Tickets to event
Cuff links
Vintage candy

USB drive

Nuts

Cologne

Devotional book

Book light

Grilling supplies

Stud finder

Umbrella
Phone cover

Survival kit in a can

Boxed desk calendar

Hand warmers

Tie
Tie clip

Volt meter

Fishing lures

Fishing hooks

Razor

Money clip

Scarf
Bacon soap
Business cards
Belt
Novelty boxers
K Cups

Zippo hand warmer

Measuring tape

Socks
Amazon gift card
Beef sticks
Beef jerky

Playing cards

Suspenders

Compass

Flashlight

Tire gauge

Bottle opener
Book
Movie tickets
Watch
Key chain

Bookmark
Ammo
Micro screwdriver set

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Sallie’s Stack – 12.10.14

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Food For Thought

A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still and focus. She can’t. Neither can the kids. 

Learning to be more committed to our kids than to our educational ideals

Is it Behavior or Sensory Problems? A 5 Week Series

Amazon Deal of the Day

Deal of the Day – Select VTech Toys 50% off!

Things to Do

Christmas Ornaments for the Birds

Right Brained Math Ideas

Watch and Be Blessed

This is a small town not far from where we live. The Lowell Police Department teamed up with UPtv to do this. UPtv paid for everything.

Christmas Learning

Don’t miss my FREE December Notebooking and Writing Pages! My gift to you! (Psst! Share the link with a teacher or homeschooler you know!)

December Notebooking and Writing Pages

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100 Things Link-up Giveaway from iHomeschool Network

100 Things Link-up Giveaway from iHomeschool Network

As part of the 100 Things Link-up, a group of iHomeschool Network members are doing a giveaway!

One Winner will receive over $370 in these Cash and Prizes:

  • $100 in Your choice of PayPal Cash or Amazon Gift Card from the iHomeschool Network
  • $25 Gift Card from Sallie Borrink for her Learning Store
  • NaturExplorers Winter eBook Bundle (Valued at $26.85) from Cindy West
  • Preschoolers and Peace Homeschooling Bundle (2 eBooks and 6 MP3’s, Valued at $26) from Kendra Fletcher
  • Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace ebook, audio companion, and planning forms  (Valued at $9.99)
  • Encompass Preschool Curriculum Download (Valued at $10) from Kathy Gossen
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card from Stacey Lane
  • Basic Shapes for Beginners ebook (Valued at $6.99) from Heather Greutman
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card from Tina Robertson
  • $25 Zulily Gift Card from Renée Brown
  • SQUILT Bundle (Volumes 1-3)  (Valued at $26.99) from Mary Prather
  • Simple Guide to Save Money on Food  ebook (Valued at $2.99) from Kyle McVay
  • Blue Manor Preschool Curriculum eBooks (Valued at $39.99) from Janine LaTulippe
  • A Pair of Mitscoots! Socks (Valued at $14) from Lauren Mirecki

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100 Early Elementary Printables You Don’t Want to Miss

100 Early Elementary Printables You Don’t Want to Miss

100 Early Elementary Printables You Don’t Want to Miss

I asked some of my online friends to share their best and favorite early elementary printables with me. I also spent several hours looking online to find great resources. Below you will find a selection of both free and paid products that cover a wide variety of topics. I hope you will many helpful ideas below!

(P.S. If you like what you see here, would you please spread the word and share this post so others can find these resources? On behalf of all the product creators listed here, thank you!)

FREE December Notebooking Pages

December Notebooking Cover

To start with, here is a new freebie I created just for this event! December Notebooking Pages is my gift to you to use in your home or classroom! Click to go to the product page and download!

Reading Printables

Christmas Reading Game Printable from The Primary Theme Park

FREE BOB Book Printables for Sets 1-5 from This Reading Mama

Christmas Color by Sight Word Freebie from Mrs. Payton

Decoding Digraphs ch, sh, th and wh from Katie Clodfelder

Spring Literacy Centers Learning Pack – Eight Activities from Sallie Borrink Learning

Sight Words Color & Count Freebie from Jill Bell

Rhyming Christmas Trees from In My World

Homophones from The Teacher Talk

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printables from Susan Evans

Fall Fact or Opinion Freebie from Peggy Means

Spelling Printables

Scarecrow Word Building Printable for Fall Word Work from Life Over C’s

Plural Nouns with Pablo the Penguin Mini Book Fun from Meet Miss Parker

Candyland Express-Spelling from Kathy Law

FREE Blend Bingo Word Game from This Reading Mama

Making Words: Ladybugs from Blessedly Busy

Word Bump! FREE Interactive Spelling Games from This Reading Mama

On a Roll with Sight Words (Sight Word Graphing) from Brenda Crosby

Writing Printables

LEGO Learning with Free Printables from Homegrown Learners

Hippity Hop {a spring writing craft!} from A Sunny Day in First Grade

FREE Spring Sentence Scramble Activity from Sallie Borrink Learning

Writing Sentences: A Roll and Write Activity from This Reading Mama

In the Garden Writing Prompts from Sallie Borrink Learning

Writing About Community Helpers from Momgineer

Common and Proper Noun Sort from Mrs. Wheeler

Free Christmas Fun Sentence Scramble from Sallie Borrink Learning

Football Frenzy FREEBIE from Growing Firsties

FREE Plants and Gardening Literacy Sampler Pack from Sallie Borrink Learning

Handwriting Printables

Handwriting Without Tears Gray Block Printable from Our Catholic Homeschool

FREE Cursive Handwriting Worksheets from This Reading Mama

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Copywork from Harringston Harmonies

The Snow Queen Copywork {Free!} from Harrington Harmonies

Math Printables

Autumn Themed Math Center from Momgineer

Preschool Basics: Printable Number Rhymes from Motherhood on a Dime

Learn to Write Numbers and a Free Printable from edsnapshots

Winter Math Fun Freebie (10 Printable Math Practice Pages for Winter!) from Mrs. Magee

Winter “I Have, Who Has?” Card Game – Sums to 24 FREEBIE from Mrs. Beattie’s Classroom

Silver Bells Measurement from School is a Happy Place

Inch Worms: A Measurement Center Freebie from Blair Peterson

Area & Perimeter – Create a Dog Yard from AMC

Calendar Notebook Binder Printables from The Primary Theme Park

Math Punchers – FREEBIE from The Reading Bungalow

Tens and Ones Mystery Picture (Happy New Year) from Teach with Laughter

Free Gingerbread Baking Center- Number Recognition from Learning 4 Keeps

Free Print and Go Math Using Dice from Fun Times in First

Telling Time Lesson and Free Printable from Blessedly Busy

Snowmen Noses Estimation from First Grade Diva Creations

Number Poems Printables and Resources from edsnapshots

How to Add Using Base Ten Blocks Plus a Free Printable from Blessedly Busy

Christmas Stories {Addition and Subtraction Word Problems} from Michelle McElhinny

{Recurso gratuito} Juego del tablero de 100 | {Free resource} 100 Chart Game from Homeschool en casa

Toasty Tens Mini-Marshmallow Math from Easy Peasy Primary Resources

Space Bonds {Number Bonds Board Game} from Tutoring Supplies by Design

Freebie Symmetry Draw & Write Ocean Creatures from Adirondack Teachers

Winter Print & Go Activities for Kindergarten from The Printable Princess

Free Shapes Treasure Hunt – Hide and seek game with colors and shapes from Sallie Borrink Learning

Graphing Thanksgiving Activities from Pink Cat Studio

History and Geography Printables

Presidents’ Day Craft Book from Mrs. Ricca’s Kindergarten

US Geography Scrapbooking Pages from edsnapshots

Constitution Day Freebie from Creation Castle

America Literacy and Math Pack – 30+ Activities for All Patriotic Holidays from Sallie Borrink Learning

Pledge of Allegiance Freebie: cut, paste, color, & write! from K is for Kinderific

American Revolution Projects and Ideas from Harringston Harmonies

U.S. Presidents Fun Fact Cards from Sallie Borrink Learning

Columbus Day Reader from Creation Castle

{Free} Reindeer Roadtrip! Math and Social Studies Northern Edition from Homeschool

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Black History Month Fun Fact Cards from Sallie Borrink Learning

Veterans Day FREEBIE from Lauren Lynes

Reindeer Roadtrip Southern Edition: Math and Social Studies Center from Homeschool en casa

Science Printables

Animals in Winter – A Mini Unit from First Grade and Fabulous

Penguin Fun Fact Cards from Sallie Borrink Learning

Interactive Notebook Pages For Your Plant Unit from All Students Can Shine

3-D Leaf Model to Teach Photosynthesis from Mad Science Lessons

Polar Creatures Lapbook– Arctic, Antarctic, Penguins, Polar Bears from Sallie Borrink Learning

Insects Eat Too! Let’s Make a Book from KinderKay

Fall Squirrel I Can Draw, I Can Write Fun Pack from KinderKay

Free Scientific Method Printable Worksheet for Kids from Motherhood on a Dime

Flowers and Plants Fun Fact Cards from Sallie Borrink Learning

Space: A Week-Long Solar System Unit for Kindergarten and First Grade from Stephanie Trapp

Plant A Garden: Science and Writing from Teaching in Progress

Art Printables

Owl Puppet Template from The Primary Theme Park

Snowman Craft Freebie from Funky Fresh Firsties

Fun Art Supply Ideas (Free PDF) from Susan Evans

Music

Patriotic Songs {freebie} from A Burst of First

Sensory Printables

Outdoor Dinosaur Sensory Bin {with Free Printables} from The Kennedy Adventures

Family and Home Paper Dolls: Free Play Dough Printable from Life Over C’s

Seasons and Holidays Printables

Kindergarten Winter Printables from The Reading Mama

FREE Pilgrims Sentence Scramble Activity from Sallie Borrink Learning

December Freebies from First Grade is WeinerFUL

Teaching Kids Gratitude (with Free Gratitude Printables) from The Kennedy Adventures

Winter Days – 10 Holiday Themed Word Search Puzzles from Sallie Borrink Learning

Saint Nicholas Printables for Children from The Kennedy Adventures

Saint Patrick Printables from The Kennedy Adventures

FREE Independence Day Printable Mini-Pack from Sallie Borrink Learning

Winter Holidays Activities FREEBIE from Sheila Melton

Planning and Organization Printables

FREE 2014 – 2015 Calendar Binder Printables from Motherhood on a Dime

Kids Routine Chart and Printables from Cornerstone Confessions

Workbox Station and Free Printables from Cornerstone Confessions

Preschool Skills Checklist from Tutoring Supplies by Design

Christmas Planner Free Printables Round-Up from I’m an Organizing Junkie

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December Notebooking Cover

FREE December Notebooking Pages

December Notebooking Cover

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Celebrate a colorful December with these Christmas-themed notebooking and writing pages!

December Notebooking My Christmas Wishes page

This fun pack includes 23 different designs in both primary and elementary lined pages.

December Notebooking On Christmas Eve I Hope page

They are perfect for copywork or creative writing all month long!

December Notebooking A Savior is Born page

Perfect for all elementary ages!

December Notebooking Trim the Tree page

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5 Days Christmas Peace-Pray

Pray – 5 Days of Christmas Peace

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I admit that I struggle to maintain regular prayer times. I send up many quick prayers for help throughout the day on a regular basis so my thoughts are never far from God and my need for His presence and help. We pray before each meal and with Caroline at bedtime. And we pray as things come up that we know we need prayer for in the moment. But I have struggled to maintain a regular prayer time of lengthy prayer since I became a mother.

It’s unfortunate because I know the power of regular prayer time. I know the peace that comes from spending time in prayer each day alone with God. Yes, God will always hear me when I pray, even when it is a quick prayer. But times of sustained prayer make such a tremendous difference in my spiritual life. When I miss them, my life is the poorer because of it.

During this Christmas season as I look to experience Christ’s peace, I’m making more of an effort to have some extended periods of prayer time alone. I want the peace of God that transcends all understanding to guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. As I take the time to lay my burdens down, I can experience greater peace as I go forward each day.

Read more in my series of 5 Days of Christmas Peace.

This post is part of the iHomeschool Network 5 Days of Christmas link-up.

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Sallie’s Stack – 12.7.14

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Food For Thought

Being an ‘Elephant Mom’ in the Time of the Tiger Mother

The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like

Why Colors You See in an Art Museum Can’t Be Replicated Today

Stocking Stuffers


3D Butterfly Wall Stickers ($3.37 plus free shipping!)

Things to Do

7 Virtual Field Trips that Let You Travel the World With Your Kids

Animal Fact Guide

Watch the Reality

McDonald’s Ads versus Reality

Christmas Learning

Christmas Fun Fact Cards

Christmas Fun Fact Cards

3 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

Keeping Christ in Christmas (without going crazy!) – Bright Ideas Press

3 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

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I’m guest posting over at Bright Ideas Press today! My post is 3 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas (Without Driving Yourself Crazy).

If you are on any kind of social media, you have no doubt seen all of the discussions and angst about Christmas. I’m offering three simple solutions.

See you over there!

 

5 Days Christmas Peace-Listen

Listen – 5 Days of Christmas Peace

5 Days Christmas Peace-Listen

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Listening is a skill that we must develop. Unless we are deaf for some reason, we all hear. But very few people become skilled listeners.

I remember teaching the twelve students in my first classroom how to listen. I created activities to do with them that required them to listen and process information carefully. This group of third, fourth and fifth graders became excellent listeners. They learned how to block out distractions, focus, and carefully follow someone else’s words.

Likewise, listening to God is a skill that we must develop. There are many ways that God will get our attention and speak to us. I think the ways that He speaks to us are often unique to our personalities and situations. Naturally He will never speak in a way that contradicts His character or Word. But I believe with all my heart and based on my own experiences that God is masterful in finding personal ways to communicate with each of His children.

Sometimes He speaks through the beauty of His creation – birds, flowers, stars.

Sometimes He speaks through a repeated theme in books, sermons or articles we read – grace, love, forgiveness.

Sometimes He speaks through hymns or songs.

Sometimes He speaks through specific Scripture passages we are led to by the Holy Spirit.

Sometimes He speaks through gifts or letters sent by other people.

The longer we walk with God, the more clearly we begin to see patterns in the ways He will get our attention and speak to us. Although He may not speak to us in an audible voice, we can become very skilled at listening to the way He speaks to us.

During this Christmas season, I challenge you to make a special effort to listen to God. Ask Him to open your eyes to what He has to show you. Look for the ways He is speaking to you through whatever means He chooses.

Wait, expectantly, on the Lord.

Read more in my series of 5 Days of Christmas Peace.

This post is part of the iHomeschool Network 5 Days of Christmas link-up.

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5 Days Christmas Peace-Read

Read – 5 Days of Christmas Peace

5 Days Christmas Peace-Read

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Christmas is the time we celebrate the greatest story ever told – the story of a baby sent to earth who would become the Savior. There is no story we could ever read that could replace the account of the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus.

During the next few weeks, I invite you to join me in reading and re-reading the different accounts of Christ’s birth. It is so easy to quickly skim over them because we’ve read them so many times. Here’s my suggestion to make it fresh this year.

Each week, read one chapter of the account (Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2). Each day of that week, read it in a different version. Most of us have multiple versions of the Bible in our homes – KJV, NIV, NKJV, NASB, RSV, ESV… There are so many. If you don’t have multiple versions, simply go to Bible Gateway where you can read the entire Bible online in dozens of versions. (You can also download a free Bible Gateway app if you have a Kindle. I especially like using this app to listen to the Bible being read to me.)

My suggestion is to start this week with Matthew 1. Read it each day in a different version. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to details you have never noticed. Compare the different versions and see how each one might shed a little more light on various passages. Next week read and meditate on Matthew 2. The next week Luke 1 and the last week Luke 2. Rather than attempting to read widely during this Advent season, I encourage you to choose to dig in deep.

May the Lord bless each of us as we read and reflect on the story of the Savior’s birth!

Read more in my series of 5 Days of Christmas Peace.

This post is part of the iHomeschool Network 5 Days of Christmas link-up.

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100 Reasons to Homeschool Your Gifted Daughter

100 Reasons to Homeschool Your Gifted Daughter

100 Reasons to Homeschool Your Gifted Daughter

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1. Time to develop a better one-on-one relationship with your complicated, gifted daughter

2. Girls are often discouraged from displaying their intelligence in school settings

3. Being a second teacher to the other kids in the class isn’t fair to your gifted daughter

4. Asynchronous development means your daughter will often feel out of place in the classroom

5. Developing a personalized curriculum that suits her learning style

6. The opportunity to explore beginning her own business that suits her giftedness

7. Time

8. Skipping a grade in traditional school is often problematic socially

9. Your gifted daughter will learn more about managing her own life by less structured time

10. Giving your gifted daughter options she will never have in a traditional school setting

11. No one will invest in your precocious child’s interpersonal needs the way you will

12. Mean girls

13. Meeting the needs of your gifted daughter may be seen as unfair special privileges by some schools

14. Teachers are stretched too thin to truly meet your gifted daughter’s academic needs

15. Traditional classroom settings are not conducive to gifted girls who love to ask why questions all the time

16. The freedom to allow your gifted daughter to indulge in hours and hours of reading what interests her

17. Drill and kill

18. You get the best hours of the day with your gifted daughter instead of scraps leftover from school, transport, and homework

19. You can teach your introverted gifted daughter how to succeed in an extroverted world

20. Teachers will assume your “smart” child will do just fine and doesn’t need any special help

21. Creative play requires lots of time

22. Your emotionally intense gifted daughter can better control her environmental triggers at home

23. Spending time with your gifted daughter is fun

24. The track record of many parents of gifted daughters pulling their children out of school and succeeding with homeschooling

25. Asynchrony and how our gifted daughters are such complex creatures

26. Teachers are stretched too thin to truly meet your gifted daughter’s social needs

27. Learning together over a picnic lunch

28. Because in all likelihood your gifted daughter will love homeschooling

29. Gifted girls like to ask questions and the traditional classroom doesn’t have time for questions

30. Time to learn practical skills at home

31. Extroverted gifted girls can benefit from time to develop their strength

32. Gifted girls spend a lot of downtime in a traditional classroom, waiting for the other students to finish

33. Online classes in topics she finds fascinating that aren’t offered locally

34. No evening homework battles, tears and lost sleep

35. Your daughter will not be “tracked” away from traditionally male studies, but can study whatever she chooses

36. The lunchroom

37. Less pressure for everything commercial

38. Delaying pressure to be boy crazy

39. You can help your gifted daughter understand and overcome her perfectionism

40. Your gifted daughter’s excitabilities will not cause social issues for her

41. You can be an example of how learning can be exciting

42. Your gifted daughter’s school may “meet her needs” by giving her more busy work rather than challenging work that pushes her to learn in individually appropriate ways

43. Starting learning at the time that works for your family

44. The freedom to make her own clothing choices without peer pressure

45. Imparting your family’s beliefs and values in a natural way throughout the day

46. The school bus

47. The ability to work at a job during the day and earn money

48. At home she has the freedom to be herself and not labeled because she is different

49. Highly sensitive gifted girls are more apt to flourish at home where their sensitive souls can be carefully nurtured

50. Your gifted daughter who is reading by age 3 or 4 will be profoundly bored in kindergarten

51. Excessive standardized testing that doesn’t recognize your gifted daughter’s unique gifts and skills

52. Craft foam, chenille stems and endless crafts all afternoon

53. Gifted girls rarely fit into a one-size-fits-all classroom

54. A twice-exceptional gifted daughter is going to find a traditional classroom very frustrating as it will be too easy and too difficult at the same time

55. You are the best advocate your gifted daughter will ever have because you love her more than anyone else

56. Cliques

57. Your gifted daughter may find a busy traditional classroom setting overwhelming and/or overstimulating

58. Flexible recess times when they are needed, for as long as they are needed

59. Avoiding the pressure toward too early sexualization of girls

60. Rather than spending every waking hour in school and on homework, your daughter can meet her academic requirements and pursue her individual passions

61. Being trapped in a building all day on a rigid schedule isn’t anyone’s idea of fun

62. Your gifted daughter’s value is far more than a test score

63. Gifted daughters can create ways to integrate topics such as Minecraft and history timelines

64. Pull-out options in a traditional school are not going to truly meet a gifted daughter’s academic needs

65. You will empower your gifted daughter to take control of her own learning and education

66. Traditional classrooms are oriented toward the middle of the learning curve and those at the top are generally neglected

67. More time for dress up, stuffed animals and dolls

68. The power of quiet contemplation

69. Your highly distractable gifted daughter will flounder in a traditional classroom setting

70. At home your daughter doesn’t have to hide that she loves playing Minecraft

71. No pressure to perform in front of others

72. Locker rooms

73. Excessively stressful academic competition that destroys the love of learning

74. Your gifted daughter will hate and resent the meaningless homework she brings home from school

75. Gifted girls face their own mental health risks starting early in life

76. Teaching to the test in the traditional classroom will rarely (if ever) meet the academic needs of a gifted daughter

77. Cafeteria food

78. Some classroom teachers resent the presence of a gifted girl in the classroom as it creates more work and paperwork for them

79. Getting lost in a novel all day

80. You will be able to adjust the curriculum for your 2e daughter with dysgraphia to accommodate her learning difference

81. LEGOS – all day

82. Traditional classroom teachers have no training in gifted education and do not have time to educate themselves to serve your child

83. Repeating field trips that interest your gifted daughter as often as you would like

84. Gifted daughters can pursue their academic passions when they are ready

85. Traditional education is not set up to promote individual talent

86. The best use of your gifted daughter’s life energy and skills is not to spend literally days worth of school time listening to other children read aloud from watered down and politically correct textbooks

87. No more morning rush to get your gifted daughter to school on time

88. Your introverted gifted daughter will get much needed time alone to decompress and think her own thoughts

89. Minecraft marathons

90. Adapting to the unique sleep needs gifted daughters often have

91. Time to explore crafts and hobbies that interest her

92. Being able to spend time with a wide variety of people and ages each day instead of one group of children all the same age

93. Common Core

94. The freedom to be as geeky as she wants without fearing what others will think

95. No gym class embarrassment for your gifted daughter who is not athletically inclined at all

96. No worries about sick days

96. Spontaneous trips out for ice cream sundaes

97. Because other gifted daughters love it and share their enthusiasm for it with others

98. Because you can

99. Because you want to

100. Because you know in your heart of hearts it is the best thing for your gifted daughter

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Food For Thought

No, you’re not sleeping enough, and it’s a problem: 15 scary facts in new NatGeo doc

20 Baby Names Proved To Belong To The Most ‘Naughty’ Children

You have stem cells from each of your babies in your brain

Books to Read


The Pine Tree Parable


The Animals’ Christmas Eve


The Littlest Christmas Tree

Things to Do

Gluten Free Candy Cane Playdough

Hide the Gift Money in the Candy Jar 

Stocking Stuffers


Elmer’s 3D Washable Glitter Pens, Classic Rainbow and Glitter Colors, Pack of 10 Pens

Watch and Learn

Why Do People In Old Movies Talk Weird?

 

Christmas Learning

December Literacy and Math Pack – 17 Centers and Activities for Christmas

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5 Days Christmas Peace-Quiet

Quiet – 5 Days of Christmas Peace

Quiet 5 Days of Christmas Peace

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During most of the year, we have a large wooden sign that sits on our fireplace mantle. It says:

“Let us be silent, so that we may hear the whisper of God.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I value quiet time with my thoughts. Not only do I value it, I need it.

I need it to process and hear myself think.

I need quiet so I can hear God speak.

Although God can speak above the roar of any crowd because He is omnipotent, I have found that it is most easy to hear Him when I am quiet.

Having a silent home for parts of the day has become exponentially easier as Caroline has gotten older and doesn’t need constant interaction and/or supervision. There were stretches during the early years that I despaired of ever having sustained silence in my home again.

But now it is possible to find times of quiet.

Especially at Christmas I think there is value in turning everything off and just sitting in the quiet. No music, nothing running… Just quiet.

Sitting quietly in front of the lit Christmas tree.

Or in front of the nativity.

Even for a few minutes, just to contemplate the coming of the baby. The wonder of the birth. The provision of a Savior. The miracle of sin forgiven. The answer to generations of waiting and longing.

During this busy season, I encourage you to give yourself permission to stop and take in a few minutes of quiet each day. If you have little ones, I know how hard it can be. But I do believe our Christmas season will be all the richer if we choose to do this.

Read more in my series of 5 Days of Christmas Peace.

This post is part of the iHomeschool Network 5 Days of Christmas link-up.

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Food For Thought

Man With Rare Condition Flies All The Way To Australia To Meet A 2-Year-Old With The Same Syndrome

To Sleep, Perchance to Clean – Study reveals brain ‘takes out the trash’ while we sleep

Americans Think School is for Socializing

Books to Read – Christmas Books by Grace Livingston Hill

If you like light, clean Christian romances written in the 20’s and 30’s, here are three Christmastime books by Grace Livingston Hill.


The Christmas Bride


The Substitute Guest


Astra

Things to Do

Easy Christmas Tree Ornament

Fingerprint Christmas Lights

Watch and Enjoy

Cute dog + costume = Win!

Christmas Around the World

Discover facts about Christmas around the World!

Christmas Around the World Fun Fact Cards

 

5 Days Christmas Peace-Simplify

Simplify – 5 Days of Christmas Peace

5 Days Christmas Peace-SimplifyPost may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement.

Whenever I approach a challenge, my natural inclination is to simplify. I immediately ask myself how I can adjust the situation or my attitude to make it seem less overwhelming.

I think the Christmas season can qualify as a challenge for many of us. Smile.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially because we celebrate the birth of Christ. At the same time, pressures from without and within make it so easy to lose that focus.

And here is where I think many Christians, in particular, make their critical mistake as they try to manage Christmas.

We want to focus on the birth of Christ and so we add more and more ideas. We search for catchy ways to grab our children’s attention and show them that Christmas is about Jesus and not presents. We try to find the right activities, the right books and the right Pinterest projects. We add and add and add.

I’d like to humbly suggest that this is a mistake.

Instead of adding more and more in an effort to focus on Christ, might it be better to simplify our approach?

Yes, keep our focus on Christ! But not in any way that adds more busyness and lengthens our to do list for the holiday season.

Rather than asking yourself what you can add to your family celebration to remind everyone it is all about Christ, how about using what you already incorporate in your celebration?

When you read your collection of Christmas books, look for one way in each book that someone was Christ-like.

When you eat your chocolate advent calendar, try to determine one way the object could be related to Jesus or your faith.

When you listen to Christmas music in the car, ask your child to share one thing that the song tells us about Jesus.

Sounds much easier, doesn’t it?

Instead of adding more and more to your celebration (which adds more and more stress to your life), try simplifying by making the most of what you already incorporate into your Christmas celebration.

Read more in my series of 5 Days of Christmas Peace.

This post is part of the iHomeschool Network 5 Days of Christmas link-up.

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iHomeschool Network Stocking Stuffer Giveaway!

Stocking Stuffer Giveaway 2014 I iHomeschoolNetwork.com

I’ve teamed up again this year with my fellow bloggers in the iHomeschool Network to give away a fabulous prize! This year’s iHomeschool Network Stocking Stuffer Giveaway features $440 via PayPal Cash for one lucky winner!

The giveaway will run from December 1st 12:00am CST through December 5th 11:59pm CST.

There are lots of ways to get entries below so feel free to enter at least once! Someone will win in just a few short days!

What would you do with $440 cash in December?

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Food For Thought

Kids Haven’t Changed; Kindergarten Has

Homeschooling Held Hostage

7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders

Books to Read – Minecraft!

Caroline absolutely loves Minecraft! Here are some books I found while perusing the options online.


Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection


Ultimate Book of Secrets for Minecraft: Unbelievable Minecraft Secrets You Coudn’t Imagine Before!


Ultimate Survival Book for Minecraft: Marvelous All-In-One Game Guide. Tutorial with Intelligent Tips and Tricks, Suggestions and Secrets.

Things to Do

Stellarium

Jumpstart.com

Watch and Enjoy

In case you somehow missed this last year…

Ebook on Saying “No”

I’m guessing a few people might need this before they face the holiday weeks ahead. LOL! You can purchase my ebook on Amazon or read it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited.


Thoughts and Quotes on Learning to Say “No” (Simple Words of Encouragement Book 1)

 

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Food For Thought

The Myth of the Reluctant Learner

Homework: An unnecessary evil? … Surprising findings from new research

Isle of Sark: Europe’s Last Feudal State

Books to Read – Kindle ebooks for 99 cents!


The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings


Children’s Book: Being Thankful!: Thanksgiving Stories for Children & Thanksgiving Jokes for Kids


Thanksgiving Stories for Kids & Children: Thanksgiving Jokes and Thanksgiving Coloring Book Included!


The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks

Things to Do

8 Simple Water Tricks

Project Feeder Watch

Watch and Enjoy

If you can deal with the edginess and a little language, this is a profound example.

The Pilgrims and Property Rights: How our ancestors got fat & happy

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Fact or Opinion Activity

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