Wednesday, 4 May 2016

7 Little Australians Photography Challenge for May

I'm so excited!  A few years ago when I was radically blessed with my very first DSLR.  We were on holiday in South Africa and wondering how on earth I was going to learn to use this amazing new blessing when Erin posted a photo challenge on her blog.  It was perfect.  I was forced to learn something new each week and I loved finding new ways to express the word in her challenge.  I'm so very thrilled Erin is hosing a photography challenge this month and I've decided to join in.  Each Wednesday I will share my photographic interpretation of the word on her list.

Day 1 - A Smile 

Smile ...
 Day 2 - High Angle

The trees are wearing their autumn colours

Day 3 - Daily Life 
Daily play time with our dog Pugsley

Blessings until new week Wednesday


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Wonderfully Made {Review}

I'm super excited to introduce this new book to you. Wonderfully Made is a fabulous new book from author Danika Cooley. One of my all time favourite times of becoming a Mom was the journey of pregnancy. I  loved devoured every book I could find in the library about prebirth.  The whole journey was one of the most incredible awe inspiring journey's ever. Nathaniel was conceived when Tim and Jane were twelve and ten years old. I could not wait to share with them the miracle of fetal growth.  The most difficult part was finding a book or information on the internet that did not have too much information or detailed pictures.  Thankfully this is no longer an issue as Danika has authored this beautiful book which preserves the sanctity of life and presents the miracle of every child conceived.

Wonderfully Made is designed to allow moms to share God’s amazing design for the development of life from conception to birth in a personalized way with their children in a scientific and Scripture based story.
It is an excellent book that introduces a young child to the wonder of God's creation - the wonder and miracle of birth. From conception in the womb through the nine months within the mother's womb Danika Cooley takes us on a journey of discovery... the discovery of life. "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." Psalm 139:13

Week 10, the size of a small plum. (Page 16)

The book is written as a Mother speaking to her child and telling them the story of their very own journey of life from conception to birth. Danika starts the story explaining that God knew the child before conception and that pregnancy is measured from before conception too.  Each week she compares the size of the child to a fruit and explains what God was doing during that week in forming the child.  The illustrator does an amazing job of combining the two concepts.

Through out the story Danika has placed appropriate scriptures turning our hearts and minds towards the miracle God is performing within the womb as he creates us from before we are conceived.

The story is interlaced with scientific facts of development in relation to the week of pregnancy presented in a relatable way to children (I learned a couple of things I did not know) and is beautifully linked to who the child is now. Danika uses twaddle free language (correct terminology),  whenever she uses an unfamiliar word such as surfactant she does so in such a way as to explain what the new word means in a way that children can easily grasp what is being shared.

Birth and conception is covered in a beautiful positive way and without any explicit detail.  Danika uses the story of birth to explain how we are physically born into the world and as a wonderful transition to explaining to children that our spirits need to be reborn.

The Details
  • Author: Danika Cooley
  • Age: Christian families with 5-11 year olds.
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 48
  • Publisher Christian Focus Publications Ltd
  • ISBN10 1781916780
  • ISBN13 9781781916780
  • Purchase from: Book Depository or Amazon

For we are His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)

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Wonderfully Made is a beautiful book and an excellent addition to your book shelf that will be enjoyed by both young and old alike.


Saturday, 16 April 2016

Week 3 April {HSMJ}

The weather is cooling and autumn is beginning to show her lovely colours here in Melbourne. Unfortunately on this side of Melbourne there are very few deciduous trees so it's not really possible to appreciate the variety of autumn colour in all it's glory.  Paul and I joined another homeschooling family this week and took a drive over to the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens.  If you are in Melbourne I would encourage you to pack a picnic and go and take a look at the stunning autumn garden in all it's splendor.

I really hope that many families will read this: What We Mean When We Say We Need a Break She puts so much into perspective.  I think this is something partners should really discuss with one another :)

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

In our home school this week…
  • We spent time watching the trilogy of movies The Note, The Note II and The Note III. So many many heart healing issues addressed and beautiful uplifting stories.
  • First time I've seen Flushed Away.  Cute movie.
  • We read Caterpillars and Butterflies 
  • Nathaniel is reading David Livingston the Explorer Missionary to Africa to me from Hero Tales.
  • We started a free trial of the Veritas Bible curriculum.
  • I'm learning to be more hands off and allowing Nathaniel to follow his passions and interests.  One of them is movies and projectors.  He has saved, worked for dollars and spent countless hours comparing projectors and finally purchased one for himself.  
  • It was time for his monthly orthodontic check up too.  The dentist is pleased with his progress.
  • We started the second book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Two Towers.  
  • A good homeschool friend recently introduced me to Stitcher.  This app allows you to either stream or download podcasts to your phone to listen to.  I'm so pleased.  Now I need to make time so I can listen to some great homeschool content.
  • The first podcast I listened to was from the Morning Basket: Plutarch 101.
  • I took Timothy to the airport as he is off on a three month adventure.

My favourite thing this week was…
I'm so very proud of my sister Nadeen. She has walked 60 kilometer's in order to fund raise to help end woman's cancer.  She is still in need of some once off donations in order to reach her goal.  Please take some time to consider donating and helping her reach her donations goal.  You can make an Australian tax deductible donation here: Participant ID: 131063-0.

 On the WWW I’m reading…
 I’m cooking…

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"Once Intellect admits us into the realms of History, we live in a great and stirring world, full of entertainment and sometimes of regret; and at last we begin to understand that we, too, are making History, and that we are all part of the whole; that the people who went before us were all very like ourselves, or else we should not be able to understand them. If some of them were worse than we, and in some things their times were worse than ours, yet we make acquaintance with many who were noble and great, and our hearts beat with a desire to be like them.” - Charlotte Mason


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