True Treasures Book Review

Blessed is how I should describe myself after reading this book.

Let me start by giving a little bit of info about myself.  I have been married for 9 1/2 wonderful years!  I married the love of my life.  We had our first child, a boy, during our first year of marriage.  5 years later we had our 2nd son and started homeschooling.  Nearly 3 years after that we had our 3rd child, another boy!  I am a stay-at-home mom with 3 wonderful, yet sometimes crazy, active boys!

Does your day look like this?  You wake up at 9am because the baby was up twice last night.  You had EVERY intention of getting up early to star that "schedule" you have dreamed of, which included 30-45 minutes of exercise time and devotions for you.  Your 2 oldest boys are having their own WWE match in the living room and you didn't realize you were the referee.  The baby is crying because you are dealing with the WWE match in the living room and he needs to be nursed.  You try to do school but get no cooperation.  Then 4 O'clock rolls around and you have NO idea what is going to be prepared for dinner and you forgot that tonight the night you are supposed to take your oldest child to Taekwondo.  So you get everyone ready after a rushed dinner, head to the class and call your husband to let him know where you are and just how chaotic your day has been.  After class, you head back home, get the kids ready for bed and then settle down for time to breathe and try to figure out just what happened today.  If this is your day then I can totally relate to you.  This is often my day and when this day happens it makes me lost sight of something.  My "why."

My why is my children, my blessings.  As much as I get frustrated at the day described above, it is because I have forgotten my why.  Our children our only young once.  We try so hard to be the perfect mom and well, it's a hard job that we have.   We try to be the best wife, mom, homemaker and sometimes, if we are lucky, we achieve that but there are probably more days than not that we feel like we fail.  I truly believe that it is our calling to raise our children in the way of the Lord, to have God in the center of our marriage, and to keep HIM first.  And to do that we need a lot, I say A LOT of support!  The Bible is my #1 source but I often read other books to give me some inspiration and provide some extra encouragement.  I need to know that there are other mothers out there like me.

When the opportunity came by to be part of a review team thought it would be a great opportunity.  Little did I know that the book I would be reading would hit home with me.

The book which is a beautiful trove of stories from TEACH Magazine.  They touched my heart.  I would read it during our lunch break and I noticed times when the story I was reading would apply to what I was going through that day.  They touched my emotions and helped me regroup so I could make it through the day.  The different authors were great.  I love how they each had their own unique experience to share with us.  It is such a blessing to know that we as mothers are not alone.  We will all go through similar experiences at one point or another.

True Treasures is put together in such a way that if you are struggling in a certain area that you can go where you need inspiration.  I loved that about it!  Some of the stories will make you look deep within yourself, some will hit that emotion box where the kleenex box is required and some will make you smile and realize that God is there with you.  He knows your situation and your hearts desires.  He wants you to be the mom that He created you to be.  I am so grateful that the authors do a wonderful job in keeping Christ and the Scripture in these treasures.  That helps keep me focused.  I know that God is with me and that there is no problem too big that I can't handle with HIS help.  Philippians 4:13 ~ I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength.  It is not our own strength but what we glean from Him, through reading the word, through reading an amazing resource of encouragement like this one.

I am blessed to have been able to read this book and offer my thoughts.  I hope that those of you who are reading this will consider it an investment.  Just like your time in the Bible, I think that True Treasures will also offer encouragement to you.  I know it did for me.

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**Disclaimer** ~ I received this product for honest review from TEACH Magazine as part of The Gabby Mom's blogging program.  All opinions expressed are solely my own.

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Magnificent Moon ~ Review

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On a-Jupiter and Mars - From Fly Me to the Moon sung by Frank Sinatra

So this past week we discovered the Magnificent Moon! What a wonderful unit study by Amanda!  We loved watching the Apollo mission videos.  It is just amazing to think that man has been to the moon!  What is more amazing is all the things about the moon!  From the phases to the effects on Earth.  We also learned about an Astronaut each day.  From what they liked, to what they did after they went into space.  I am simply amazed that we have been able to go into space.

Each day covers a different topic regarding the moon.  Amanda always chooses the best things to study each day.  The videos and links that go with each day are wonderful.  The Mission videos always bring tears to my eyes.  It is wonderful to share this with my children.  I don't want history to be forgotten.  It is so important and I am so glad that Amanda has done all the research for these wonderful unit studies.

So, this is what's covered each day for Magnificent Moon.

Day 1: What Exactly Is a Moon?
Day 2: Getting to Know the Moon
Day 3: The Story of the Moon
Day 4: Science Secrets of the Moon
Day 5: Cool Things About the Moon

Also the fun things to do at the end of each day are great.  We try to do at least 1 from each day.  It's so much fun to do things as a family.

Take a quick peek inside this unit!

This has to be one of our favorite units so far.  It tied into what we have been doing in Science.  (we are covering Astronomy)

For those who are unfamiliar with Download N Go, they are unit studies created by Amanda Bennett.  They incorporate lapbooking into the daily activities.  If you don't know what lapbooking is, you needn't be afraid.  It is so simple and Amanda gives information about how to lapbook in the beginning of each unit.  :)  I love how she has researched each subject and chooses the best information and videos to go with these units.  It saves us time and makes our day go so much smoother.  The book lists are great too.  So many books, so little time!  My boys are always clamoring for more.  They don't like me to say we are done for the day.  This has been awesome for us!

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Here are some more links of Interest!

Download N Go Review Blog

Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett

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Download N Go Review - Winter Wonders

Hello again my friends.  We had the opportunity to review yet another great Download N Go title!  It even tied in perfectly with the weather we have been having over the past 2 weeks.  Here is a little bit of information for those of you who may not be familiar with Download N Go (DNG).  A DNG is a unit study that is done over a 5-day period and incorporates lapbooking.  Now don't be scared by the word lapbooking, it is actually quite simple.  You can go as elaborate or as simple as you want with your lapbook.

The way that Amanda, the author of DNG, creates these units is wonderful.  She does all the research for you, plans each day, provides a book list and also includes the links in the PDF file of the DNG unit you are studying!  It is SO easy to use one of these for your family.

So now on to my review.  The title we were privileged to review was Winter Wonders.  I don't know about you but there is something Magical about that first snowfall of winter.  It is so beautiful, clean and brings a crispness to the air.  I love to be in my house with my boys cuddling on our couch as we watch the snow fall outside.  The past year we received over 4 feet of snow the month of February '10.  My husband and I hadn't seen that much snow since the blizzard of '93 and it was the first time our 2 oldest boys had ever seen that much snow!  They had a blast!  We were snowed in for nearly 3 days.  The joy of family time was great!  I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Winter wonders has been great for us.  The past two weeks we have been having some definite Winter Weather!  Snow, ice, slush, stuff we really don't like to drive in.  It was so much fun letting my boys learn about why winter happens, the fact that each snowflake is unique & that the shortest day of the year starts winter.  But that's just the tip of the iceberg!  So much more is covered in this unit study.  I just wanted to give you a taste of what you will learn with this title.

A different topic is covered each day.  Some days even offer some pretty fun experiments and activities.  I will say that anything to do with ice or snow is always welcome in our household.  My boys LOVE winter and the fun that comes with it.  Mainly snow!   ;)  So here are the topics that are covered each day.

Day 1: What is Winter?
Day 2: Science Secrets of Winter (lots of fun on this day!)
Day 3: People and Places of Winter
Day 4: Time for Tips and Treasures of Winter
Day 5: Goodies and Gadgets of Winter

Take a peek inside Winter Wonders.

So, if you are thinking of doing Unit Studies and Lapbooking, take a look at Download N Go.  Everything is done for you and is so very simple to follow.  We have really enjoyed our time with each and every unit we have been allowed to review.  They have not only been education but also a good way to cover a wide variety of topics and subjects for us.  My boys (8 & 3) are always asking for more. The videos are wonderful and often times we watch them more than once.  The links provide a wealth of information as well.  I will tell you it is so nice to not have to do all the research for these topics.  It makes this mom's day much easier!

Here are a few links for you.

Download N Go

Download N Go Store

Winter Wonders

Download N Go Blog Winter Wonders Tour

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