Wilderness At The Smokies - Homeschool Days

The beginning of November we visited, Wilderness At The Smokies.... Smokey Mountains Biggest Waterpark Resort. This place is amazing!! They were having Homeschool Days, so receiving a big discount on our room was wonderful also! 

I cannot say enough great things about this resort. Not only are the rooms spacious and clean, the indoor waterpark was exciting and full rides and places for children to play while parents relax. The people (workers and guest) were all friendly and welcoming. We had the most amazing time... see for yourself... 

After spending two days at the waterpark we had to say goodbye.... we didn't want to leave but we will be back again soon! 

Our family loves hiking, parks, anything having to with the mountains and beauty of outdoors..... so before heading back home we visited Cades Cove in Great Smokey Mountains National Park. We also stopped at Gatlinburg Welcome Center and The Sugerlands Welcome Center to visit the museums and to purchase a few gifts for the boys. (Aidan collects walking stick medallions of all the places we have hiked and Noah collects postcards of all the places we have visited).   

Cades Cove is a beautiful place to visit. There is something special about this place. You may see turkeys, deer, horses or even a bear....... there are also many historical places to hike to and visit (churches, homes and more). 

That was our little getaway. It was nice to have another adventure with my family. We are hoping to visit Cades Cove again in the future as well... maybe next time riding bikes through. 

What We're Reading In November 2017

Family Read Aloud:

We have already decorated our home for Christmas.... so why not enjoy a Christmas read aloud this month. Our family will be reading, A Boy Called Christmas written by: Stephen Fry. Eleven year old Nikolas, nicknamed "Christmas", has received one toy in his life... a doll carved out of a turnip. He is happy with his doll because it came from his parents who love him dearly. Then one day his father goes missing and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him. The adventure and spirit of the season begins.....  

What I'm Reading:

I'll be spending this month trying to catch up on a few books I have already started, The Lifegiving Table, Becoming A Woman Of Excellence and Daily Acts Of Kindness Devotional (this one is a 365 day devotional so it will last a while, ha!). 

Aidan (11 years old):

Aidan chose to read a Puffin Modern Classic, Adam Of The Road. Eleven year old Adam loves traveling through 13th century England with his father, a wandering minstrel and their dog, Nick. But when Nick is stolen and his father disappears.. Adam finds himself alone. He searches the same road he traveled with his father meeting various people along the way. Will Adam ever find his father and his dog? 

Noah (10 years old):

Noah is starting C.S.Lewis, Chronicles Of Narnia box set.... he chose to begin with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Four adventurous siblings step through a wardrobe and into the land of Narnia. This is book two in the Chronicles Of Narnia set.  

Food Passport - France

I'm a little late writing this post... last month (in October) we enjoyed a few weeks of learning all about France! And of course we had to experience "French Cuisine", so I did my best at creating some. We enjoyed Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon (you can find the recipe by click on the link)... it was INCREDIBLE!! This will definitely be a recipe that we use over and over again! 
We also enjoyed baking French Apple Tart (photo credit: monpetitfour)... delicious!  

I wanted our boys to learn all about France so we turned to youtube to watch a few videos to help educate ourselves about this amazing county. Below are the ones we enjoyed the most:: 


Since we were learning all about France we decided to refresh our memories on one of our favorite artist, Claude Monet.....

We also enjoyed our read aloud that takes place in France, The Family Under the Bridge. This is a wonderful book about a man named Armand who lives on the streets of Paris. One day before Christmas a Mother and her three children walk into his life. It's a beautiful, loving story that I'm sure you will enjoy.  

Daddy and our boys decided to build an Eiffel Tower from rolled up newspapers. This was such a fun and interesting task for them. Their Eiffel Tower turned out pretty good for their first try. 

Learning about France for an exciting few weeks is something we will never forget. Now to travel to a new place.......  Peru (South America)!

KJV Know The Word Study Bible - Blog Review


The KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers three easy ways to begin studying Scripture and helps individuals transition from being a casual reader of the Bible to becoming a regular student of the Bible. You can choose to study the Bible book-by-book, verse-by-verse, or topic-by-topic; each path offers powerful insights that will help you develop a daily routine of Bible study. The book-by-book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The verse-by-verse notes help you to dig deeper into God’s Word. The topic-by-topic articles, which cover 21 theological topics, guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thorough biblical understanding of each topic. With the beautiful and timeless text of the KJV translation, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers you choices of how to study Scripture and grow in your relationship with Christ.
Features Include:
  • King James Version Bible text
  • Three easy approaches to study the Bible: 1. Book by Book; 2. Verse by Verse; 3. Topic by Topic
  • Insightful introductions for each book of Scripture
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Beautiful two-color interior page design
  • Comprehensive list of theological notes
  • Concordance
  • Full-color maps
  • 8-point type size

My Review:

This KJV Study Bible is a great tool for Pastors, Students... anyone wanting to study God's word and become closer to Him. You can choose one of three ways to study the Bible (book-by-book, topic-by-topic, verse-by-verse). The notes inside this Bible and the topics help you dig deeper into Gods word. 

I highly recommend this study Bible for everyone! 

The Daily Question - Blog Review

Book Description: 

A Simple Way to Reflect on Life and Faith

This keepsake daily journal prompts you to record what is happening in your heart and spirit. The short questions at the top of each page are quick to answer—but their impact could be life changing! You’ll go back and answer the same question a year later for five years in a row, creating a time capsule of soul transformation.
With questions about…

·  your view of yourself (“What three words would people use to describe you?”),
·  your view of God (“What attribute of God are you thankful for today?”),
·  your current circumstances (“Who do you wish you could talk to today?”)

…this journal keeps a beautiful record of your hopes, thoughts, and spiritual journey.

My Review:

This is a fun way to keep all your thoughts, dreams, fears and more altogether in a keepsake for years to come. The book is a great way to express yourself and record what is happening in your heart and mind. Every day is a question that about yourself, God and your current circumstances. 

This would be a great gift idea for those special people in your life.  


What We're Reading In October 2017

Family Read Aloud:

We are reading, The Family Under The Bridge, written by: Natalie Savage Carlson. This is a great family read aloud, it is about an old man named Armand who lived under a bridge in Paris. He loved his carefree life. Then one day, just before Christmas, a Mother and her three children came into his life. Armand soon found himself caring for the family and sharing his unusual home under the bridge. It didn't take Armand long to realize he had found himself a ready-made-family and one he loved with all his heart.... so much that he realized he needed to find them a better home then under the bridge. 

We are also still enjoying, Kingdom Family Devotional (52 weeks of growing together), that we started last month. 

What I'm Reading:

This month I am reading two books that I have counted down the days until they were released.... The Lifegiving Table (Nurturing faith through feasting, one meal at a time), written by one of my all time favorite authors, Sally Clarkson. "Make your table a delightful, lifegiving space where your family and friends long to be - where they will find rest, renewal, inspiration, and a loving welcome." I am also enjoying my new devotional, The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness Devotional. (365 Inspiring Ideas to Reveal, Give, and find God's Love). 

Aidan (11 years old):

He is beginning The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, written by: Mark Twain. Tom Sawyer is a consummate schemer. Yet his charming and easy going nature keeps him from being in anyone's bad graces for too long. However, when Tom teams up with his friend Huck Finn, their sleepy little town had better watch out. 

Noah (10 years old):

He will be reading, The Adventures Of Robin Hood, by: Roger Lancelyn Green. The classic story of social justice and outrageous cunning. Robin Hood, stands against the cruel power of Prince John. Taking refuge in Sherwood Forest with his band of men, he remains determined to outwit his enemies.

What books will you and your family be enjoying this month?