What is heaven like?

Children are often wondering what heaven is like. Where is it? Why cant we see it? I believe parents often freeze in hopes that the child will just walk away or be content with a simple answer such as up in the sky. But it is never that easy is it?

My children love to ask me hard questions that I have no clue on how to answer. I often google the answer and get not one but thousands. In the book Heaven, a first steps guide for children Author Stephen Elkins delicately handles the question of heaven for children.


Click here for a preview

Price: 12.99
ISBN: 978-1-4143-7931-9
Trim Size: 6.5 x 8.5
Binding: Hardcover
Release: March 2014

I would suggest this as a devotional for small children ages 4-8.  Each page has a Bible verse and a short excerpt about what heaven is like, with a corresponding picture.  Heaven is a beautiful and fun book to enjoy with your children or grandchildren.  I would give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.


Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or ARC. – See more at: http://www.tyndaleblognetwork.com/5_nav/guidelines.php#sthash.h5WUAbUN.dpuf


Homeschool Mom’s Bible NIV

My first impression upon opening this Bible was “where is it all?”. By that I mean it seemed like a plain ole regular devotional bible.  Every few days there is a page for encouragement but I don’t think it is enough to be called the homeschool mom_200_360_Book.922.cover‘s bible.

Let’s face it. Homeschool moms are looking for more than the “parenting encouragement”. Parenting encouragement applies to all parents whether you homeschool or not. Although I do understand that they mesh together, some times to well.  So when I opened this bible and started reading the devotionals I thought “this is just like a parenting devotional, how is this different for “homeschool” moms?”.

Well upon reading more there were mentions of homeschooling children and how well they teach themselves sometimes rather us. How many times have us homeschool moms spent an hour teaching them how to regroup and not more than an hour later they are learning
how the inner ear works:/ and ready to give a full on report ready with diagrams (true story).

So although you may here the sound of disappointment, it is an OK bible.  It isn’t bad.  I just had my hopes up that it would be more.  If you are looking for a simple devotional with daily readings than you will probably really enjoy this bible.  But if you are looking for more of a study bible this is not for you.  I would give this bible a 3 out of 5 starts.


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One Year Book of Amish Peace Devotional

I was given the privilege of reviewing Tricia Goyers book Amish Peace, a One Year Devotional. I love everything Amish. Why? Well when I was little my mom would take me to Shipshewana, IN on the way to my Grand Parents. There are just some great memories.  I really admire the simplicity of their life.

Below I’ve included an excerpt about the book and Tricia Goyers bio form her website. I have also included a pic of her new book A Christmas Gift for Rose, and some Amish recipes. If you look in my sidebar you will also see a widget for Tricia’s blog Not Quite Amish which I’ve been a follower of for over a year and had no idea they were the same. So I’m really honored to have the privilege to share this all with you.

So I received a digital download of this book and am in love. I have a Christmas gift in mind now. My favorite part is the Whoopie Pie Prayers. The author describes how whoopie pies are a special treat to Amish children and their parents know that they should be reserved for special times. She then goes on to explain how “God generously gives good gifts to His children, yet we also must trust his timing”. At the end of each devotional is also a prayer. So I love what I’ve seen and read so far and am so excited to purchase the physical copy. (my mom and grandma will love this for Christmas, shhhhh!)

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In our instantly connected world, it’s surprisingly easy to lose our connection to God. This devotional taps Amish wisdom in order to help us draw closer to God and hear his voice. In The One Year® Book of Amish Peace, you’ll get a daily taste of Amish values and wisdom. Tricia Goyer shares her fascination with the Amish in a way that will inspire and encourage believers to carve out more time in each day to listen to God and experience his presence. This daily devotional contains interesting facts about the Amish, recipes, and information about the way the Amish handle money, rear their children, and center their lives on faith in God. You’ll be inspired to slow down and find ways to simplify so that you, too, can experience God in the ordinary.

If you click here it will take you to a sampler of the book.

Author: Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer has written more than thirty-five books, including both novels that delight and entertain readers and non- fiction titles that offer encouragement and hope. She has also published more than 500 articles in national publications such as Guideposts,Thriving FamilyProverbs 31, and HomeLife Magazine.

Goyer’s fiction and non-fiction books have won awards from the American Christian Fiction Writers and Mt. Hermon Writers’ Conference. She is also a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee.

Tricia has authored several books on family and parenting, as well as co-written with Max Lucado and Robin Jones Gunn. She collaborated with Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges for Lead Your Family Like Jesus, published by Focus on the Family/Tyndale.

:About the Book:

Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But as she prepares to marry, she’s thrown into confusion when she learns the truth of her birth. She was born Englisch and abandoned when the family moved on in search of work.

Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind—Englischers? And was her intended’s gift of discovering her birth family given out of love or fear?


Simple Amish Recipes

Simple Amish Recipes

So there you have it. Two new great books. A great new blog with a wealth of information on Amish and Amish related things. Some new recipes to try out and maybe so Christmas ideas for that special someone in your life. So Enjoy. Let me know what you think.

Click here to buy the One Year Book of Amish Peace

Click here to buy A Christmas Gift for Rose


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Thank you to Tyndale publishers for providing the above mentioned book for review.





Light for my Path



So you know the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well don’t, especially when reading A light for my path By: Davis Carman. And don’t judge a book by its contents if you haven’t read the introduction. You could probably guess I did just that. It isn’t that I didn’t like it, I just didn’t understand why the author would write it the way he did. 

Each two page spread is a letter and and the animal that is represented by that letter. For the rest of this post I’m going to use the letter X as my example (because it is my daughters favorite).

X is the Xantus’s hummingbird. On each page they incorporate the Upper and Lowercase version of the letter, and a word represented by the letter of that page. So for the letter x the word is eXcellent. The word is supposed to be an attribute of God’s word.The book is based on Psalm 119. I love the concept and love how they incorporated it with the alphabet but it went a little over my daughters head. So that is one thing I didn’t care for with the book. I don’t see me using this as a bedtime book but more of bringing it out when we go over the letter of the week. 

I will say though that the thought and time and illustrations in the book are wonderful. The illustrations are my favorite part of the book. I wish I could frame them and put them all about my house on the walls. They are just beautiful.

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As you can see above there is my beautiful girl adding her own words to the story. OK you can’t hear her but she is. She does that with everything. So anyways. There is my little one who I just added with the book because he is cute. lol! (sorry about the lighting not sure what is going on with my camera). 


So this book is from Apologia. It retails on Apologia for $14.00. I think it is a great addition to my collection. I actually have it on display on my hutch. I love it. I can’t say it enough. LOL! 

Thank you to Apologia for giving me this book to review and enjoy.


Itooch (review)

So do you have a child who doesn’t like to write? Would they rather use “technology” then read from a book to review? Well my daughter is just like that. I let her on the computer and all of a sudden she can read. LOL! Well I have a great App to share with you called Itooch.

Itooch is an educational app for apple, android, and windows devices. Itooch was developed by eduPad, a french based company that helps develop elementary through middle school educational apps.

Elementary School

Itooch has Elementary and Middle School math, language arts, and science (based on common core). Elementary starts at 3rd grade, which at first I thought well that stinks, but then I really thought about it and my 1st grader would never use it or need it until she one can read better and two have more in-depth studies to have a need for it.


So I downloaded the samples through my Ipod touch for 3rd grade to experience the different features and see what it is all about. I was pleasantly surprised. There are more than 18,000 exercises in the Elementary portion of Itooch. Ten of the titles can be downloaded and tested for free before you commit to purchasing. There is can be up to 4.500 questions PER title. How great is that? They also include health for 5th grade.

“iTooch Elementary is a full learning solution which helps parents, teachers and students to identify and address their learning needs in a fun and motivating way.” –Itooch


  Middle School

The middle school portion has over 10,000 lessons with up to 65 chapters per subject.



So there are so many features. Whether you home school, or using it with a child that goes to public or private this would a be great addition to their studies. Please don’t buy before you try it. No sense in paying money for something you may not even like or think you need. OK that is my two cents for the day.

If you do decide to purchase if I’m reading it right I believe each in app purchase per subject is $9.99 each. Yes a bit steep but I think they have gone above and beyond and have some really great thick content. I will say though that i think a tablet or iPad would be best used with it because it is just a bigger screen base and easier to navigate in my opinion. OK so go check it out if you want.

What are your favorite educational apps? Leave a comment below to let me know.



Math Mammoth


I’m so excited to be sharing with you Math Mammoth. Math Mammoth is a complete, affordable math curriculum for grades 1-8 (aligned to the common core). Pre-Algebra  is in the works for 2014.

So in order to keep my post concise and to the point without writing a novel, I am going to just talk about the Light Blue Series, which is what I reviewed, and let you go here to read ALL that is offered. She even has some FREE stuff. We all love free don’t we?


I reviewed the Light Blue Series First Grade. I’ve been using it more as a supplement with the math that I’m already using. The series though is a complete year, first grade curriculum. You can either print it off page by page, or there are various places you can buy the printed version which I will list at the end of the post.

So now to what I like (love). 

  • I love that I can print at will.
  • I love that I can print for each child eventually, and don’t have to buy another workbook or pay for shipping.
  • I love that I can print in color or black and white.
  • I love that it is color.
  • I love that it is affordable.

What I don’t love.

  • That it isn’t printed out. I know I just said I loved that I didn’t have to by another book. It goes both ways with me. Sometimes it is just easier to buy the printed version.
  • Well I don’t think there is anything else I don’t love. So I’ll share some pics of my girls enjoying math mammoth.

Math Mammoth Review

Now where you can buy Math Mammoth either digital download, cd, or print copy?

(All places may not carry all math mammoth products, one distributor may only carry one while the other may carry all.) Click here for the FAQs page of where and how to order.

Digital Download- Kagi Store, Currclick.com

CD- Rainbow Resource

Print- Lulu, Rainbow Resource

(these are NOT affiliate links)

The light blue series on Lulu.com is $17.95 for each work text.

There are two work text ex. (1-A & 1-B) for each level.

The answer keys are $14.95 each (current at time of post).

Now I did print out the entire book. I’m planning on using my comb binder with it, but of course you don’t have to.

You could print one by one or 3 hole punch it and put it in a 3 ring binder.

So if you are struggling with finding an affordable curriculum for your child, consider looking into Math Mammoth.


The Blessed Woman By Debbie Morris (Review)


Debbie Morris take you through the lives of 12 woman in the bible. She starts out with Eve, and Mary and ends with Naomi. For each woman she applies a concept from their lives and helps apply it to todays woman. For Mary she talks about “Being Uses by God, Despite our Inadequacies”. Through every chapter is a new woman to learn from and gain understanding. This book will open your heart and help you gain the understanding of what it means to be a woman before God and follow him. Just as these women followed God thousands of years ago.

Another great feature of this book is the study guide at the back. If you have a group of women you enjoy getting together with this would be a great book  to read through and grow together. You could also use it for yourself and it will help you just gain some more understanding for yourself.

When my girls get older, middle school age, I believe this would be a great book for them to read. Teach them what it means to be a Godly woman. “Because we as women are fashioned wonderfully and uniquely by God, femininity is living in all the splendor of who God created us to be!”

So to sum up what I thought about this book. I thought it was great. It came at the right time and open my eyes to some heart issues I’ve been struggling with. I love the variety of topics the author covered and thought she was very thorough in her thoughts. So go pick it up today. You won’t be sorry you read it.

WaterBrook Multnomah 14.99- http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9780307731913

Amazon- Kindle 7.99, Paper back 11.28 (prices subject to change)


My links aren’t working so I post the entire link next to where you can buy your own copy of The Blessed Woman.