Morning Musings: When I Rise

Nothing share worthy from my devotions stood out this morning, at least not without sharing the whole thing. But As I sit in the quiet of my room, soft sweet voices of my husband visiting with our children, I am blessed by this moment alone to ready my heart and mind for the day.

In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus!

Have you seen the beautiful art work that includes quotes like this? I have and am often drawn toward them. But more often in the morning when I rise I’m instead seeking caffeine instead.  “In the morning when I rise, give me tea!” While everyone else looks at me “In the morning give me breakfast.”

Now let me be clear, I sit hear in this uncommonly extra relaxed state is not because I prepared for a restful morning. Its because my big two have learned how to make tea for mama and coffee for daddy. Its because my husband is giving me this extra time while he feeds them. (He actually does this often for me, but in my slow start mornings I often neglect that memory while nursing a funky attitude.)

But this morning, I’ve first taken the time to read the Word. I’ve managed to keep the habit from You Version #Biblefor21 and while I first reach for my phone, its now the Bible app I am pulling up instead of Facebook or Instagram. Most mornings.

If you want to know what I am currently readying via You Version, its a devotional called Glimpses of Grace. A 14-day devotional by Gloria Furman. Today’s reading was from Titus and gave me good things to chew on.

Our Fun-Schooling with Minecraft part 2

Y’all, the creators over at Thinking Tree have done it again! They have made another Minecraft Fun-Schooling Journal and this time is geared to the 6-8 crowd or younger readers.

While the first journal has a mining theme, this new one is an animal and farm theme. So for us this focus is extra awesome because now big brother gets to teach little Pastries about subjects they are learning about too.

I was given a copy of this new journal as a PDF for my honest review and let me tell you… I like it even more then the first journal. But maybe because it meets more of the needs my son. Plus this journal has way more colored pages!

This journal includes:

  • Reading
  • Handwriting
  • Logic
  • Spelling
  • Classical Literature
  • Classical Music
  • Mathematics (My son just about freaked out when he found out that he gets to not only use Minecraft but also “bricks” for math.)
  • Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication Practice
  • Animals and Habitats
  • Geography
  • Computer Skills
  • Building & Design
  • Creative Comics
  • Research & Library Skills
  • Unit Studies (based on the students favorite topics)
  • Poetry
  • Brain Games from Dyslexia Games A & B

I still suggest the PDF of this journal because of the beautiful color pages, ability to print for more then one child and adjust the lessons per your need. However they are also selling the journal HERE and in black and white on Amazon.

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Morning Musings: tea, them & Him

I’m trying something new, alright you got me I’m almost always trying something new but that is besides the point. YouVersion is having a devotional reading challenge and while I’ve vary irregularly used their awesome free devotionals I tend to not do them daily for long.

Enter something new!

I’ve asked my oldest two Pastries to choose one of the YouVersion Kid Devotionals for us to do together. They are enjoying making some choices for both of us and “playing” on mamas phone. I am enjoying that focused one on one time with each of them and the Holy Spirit fist thing over tea.

Yes, I am doing this with them before I even finish my first cup of tea! Yep, couldn’t do that if it were anything other then Gods Word. Mama needs her morning cup of caffeinated goodness!

Our Fun-Schooling with Minecraft

Let me admit right hear and now that I was FULLY against Minecraft for the LONGEST time! But after reading about all the cool ways folks were using it in the homeschooling community I started looking more into it and decided it was something good I would do with my son when we were done traveling.

Then I discovered this Do-It-Yourself Curriculum Fun-Schooling Minecraft and the Pocket Edition of Minecraft  (offline play yeah!).
The journal covers:
  • Reading
  • Handwriting
  • Creative writing
  • Spelling & vocabulary
  • Classic literature
  • Biographies
  • Classical music
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • World geography
  • Social Studies & current events
  • Computer skills
  • Building & design
  • Art, drawing and design
  • Creative comics
  • Research & library skills
  • Unit Studies (based on students favorite topics)
  • Lots and lots of fun!
And yes, it sounds too good to be true BUT it’s not!
I elected to purchase the PDF so I could print selected pages in color and print extra pages that I know would be a benefit for my son to have. Plus this way I can choose the order of the pages and put some of them towards the end of the book that he is not as ready for yet. However the journal is also available in print. (I love the paper they use to print the journals.)
The Pocket Edition of Minecraft is loaded on my son’s kindle, thanks to the expansion card we purchased for it. And soon will be loaded onto mine as well so we can play together from time to time. (His request!)
He tends to stay in creative mode even when not playing for lessons. (The zombies kind of freak him out.) And I found a whole slew of child appropriate how to play videos, on Epic! books for kids, that helped our learning process along.
Pumpkin and I are both big fans of using this as our core curriculum for 2017 and I expect that in a few years the younger kids are going to be fans as well. (Yeah for PDF!)
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