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Insider Peeks at Mission Academy using A Beka DVD

RWS and the Princess Problem

Grandmother used to say to the idea of an afternoon drive, “Well, if you’ve seen one tree, you’ve seen them all!” Some might call this a practical view, maybe a sign of boredom, or even a glass-half-empty type of negativism. Really the diagnosis is simple – RWS! RWS? What? You haven’t heard of that one? Well, it’s definitely real, and I am here to tell you today that I have experienced it. Thankfully it is avoidable, but first, we need to talk about Princesses. Perhaps, we could even say, “Well, if you’ve seen one Princess, you’ve seen them all!”  BUT WAIT – there it is again – RWS! Maybe you have it and didn’t even know it! Let me explain… RWS is otherwise known as Continue reading “RWS and the Princess Problem”

A View of the Bar

Yes, you are correct. A view of the Bar? Bar means BAR! – as in beer, drunk, Asheville, NC. Our beautiful Asheville, NC, set in the Great Smoky Mountains has been quite overtaken by the liberal left and become the prime spot for Craft Beer and Breweries. “Oh be careful little eyes what you see?” song ditty has turned into “Oh be careful better close your eyes for sure” every time we venture downtown for a mail run. On this day in point, we rounded the corner from the Post Office and stopped at a traffic light. Right outside AbiNoelle’s window was a old mechanic shop turned beer joint and with a quick gasp she looked and said,  Continue reading “A View of the Bar”

Where we don’t go and why.

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Fun, Springtime Swinging
It was a busy day…school, errands, doctor’s appointment…and then, it happened! The making of a lesson-learning, memorable moment thanks to a restaurant advertisement and the mind of a six-year-old. Continue reading “Where we don’t go and why.”

A Truck, Boogers, and a Window

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What are you thinking?

Is there such a thing as Holy Imagination?

The imagination of a child is unique and many times, unmatched. In this day, with mesmerizing stimulation forefront in daily activities, a child’s imagination can look like a withered, yellowed plant burdened and depressed by bugs, environment, predators and the like. AbiNoelle’s mind, rarely so encumbered, is always spinning and whirling with ideas, thoughts, stories and questions all spurred by an audio story, family activities and conversations, and, now the chapter books she is easily devouring. This thinking recently related Scriptural truths to, you guessed it, a truck, boogers, and a window! Continue reading “A Truck, Boogers, and a Window”

The mound, an angel, & Goodbye for now

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They’re gone! They’re gone! THEY ARE ALL GONE! – my heart cried when I found this picture today.

LIFE. It isn’t easy. Why? Because we LOVE. Continue reading “The mound, an angel, & Goodbye for now”

Bird in pie, “ket-chup,” and LIFE.

Ever had Bird in a Pie? Well, AbiNoelle sure didn’t want any! We were sitting at the kitchen table and Mommy was enjoying a piece of pie.

“Mommy? What kind of pie is that?” asked AbiNoelle.

“Pecan.” Mommy said.

“Ewww! I wouldn’t want that!” AbiNoelle declared.

“Why? It’s so good!” “What are you talking about?” Mommy questioned. “This pie is sooo tasty!”

“Mommy-  [said in a very exasperated manner] Continue reading “Bird in pie, “ket-chup,” and LIFE.”

We love audio dramas!

Our review of Heirloom Audio Productions Captain Bayley’s Heir was filled with adventure from England to the Mississippi River and the California Gold Rush. The main plot keeps you in suspense over the fate of Frank who is desperate to clear his name from false accusation, while several other sub-plots add intrigue to the entire audio adventure. The professional cast, strong soundtrack and effects combined with G.A. Henty’s authorship and Bill Heid’s production team at Heirloom Audio Productions created a riveting story, making our family time unique and fun-filled. Continue reading “We love audio dramas!”

Why we’re singing “Joy” to the World in September

Early this morning, Mommy was preparing for the day, Daddy had already kissed us goodbye, and AbiNoelle was stirring from bed. Before Mommy knew it, an urgent knock came to her bedroom door. It was followed by an emphatic, “Mommy, Mommy!” and soon she was singing “JOY to the World” all over the house.

Continue reading “Why we’re singing “Joy” to the World in September”

The NOT first day cheer and challenge!

All around everyone is in the hustle and bustle of the first day of school, but not in the Lilly house! We’re doing the “NOT first day cheer and challenge!” That’s right! This, our third year of A Beka DVD school, is Continue reading “The NOT first day cheer and challenge!”

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