Saturday

Review and Giveaway: "I Saw Jesus in You Today" Plate from Teachable Moments


Our family has been using the I Saw Jesus in You Today plate from Teachable Moments for several months now and it is such a great teaching tool in our family. It’s a practical and loving way to show a family member that we appreciate the Christ-like behavior that they demonstrated. I love that it helps reinforce godly behavior when we see it and it’s fun when our kids surprise us and honor us with the plate, too!

This plate came about as an idea from a wonderful godly grandmother who wanted a practical way to encourage her grandchildren when their character reflected Christ. Her story of how this plate came to be is such a blessing to read.


Children

The Teachable Moments Plate is perfect for reinforcing godly character traits such as kindness, responsibility, patience, consideration for others, love, self-control, joyfulness and diligence. I love the smile on our children's faces when they come to dinner and see the plate at their spot. Our children are still growing and maturing in Christlikeness. It is such a blessing though when they initiate kindness or helpfulness without being prompted and then for us to be able to let them know in this special way how much we appreciated seeing that character trait.

Young Couples

Not only is this plate helpful for those of us raising children, but it would also make a wonderful wedding present for a young couple because it helps establish a godly tradition early in marriage. Those first few years of marriage are an adjustment for most couples but seeing this plate in the cupboard on a daily basis is a great reminder to look for the good and not the bad in a spouse. It’s easy for us to get irritated with a spouse and to focus on the negative but when we choose to focus on the positive and encourage the godly habits that we are seeing, it gives us an opportunity to build them up rather than tear them down. Romans 14:19 reminds us to pursue peace and build each other up. Honoring a spouse with this special plate is a great way to do so.  


Grandparents

I think this plate is also a great tool for older couples to use with each other and with their grandchildren. What a blessing it would be to have a spouse honor the other one in this small way at a meal. Or, when your grandchildren come over it’s a great opportunity to help disciple them and teach them what Jesus wants to see in our lives. Ephesians 5:1 reminds us that our lives need to reflect the example that Jesus set for us. When we are following His example it will be reflected in our actions, words and spirit. This plate is a great tool to encourage a spouse or grandchild when we see them living out these character qualities. When we choose to honor someone with this plate we are helping fulfill the command in I Thessalonians 5:11 which tells us to encourage and build each other up.                                                                
      
It is such a great feeling when our family sits down for a meal and someone is surprised to find the plate at their spot. They may not even realize what they did that was pleasing to God but it’s fun to encourage them by sharing what we noticed. In a world where most people think only of themselves, this is a great tool to encourage a loved one when they imitate Christ.

Our family enjoys surprising each other with this plate when we notice something in particular that stands out about another family member. What a blessing it would be if every Christian home had one.


What Others Are Saying

"This Teachable Moments plate is such an incredible tool to foster right heart attitudes in your children's lives. It is a practical, fun way for them to be 'rewarded' when they choose to 'be like Jesus' in the choices they make everyday. It also encourages a tight family bond when your child realizes that you are paying attention to how they interact with you (the parent) and with others (siblings, friends, etc.). We love finding the good in our children's life!" --Leesa K.

Giveaway

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Monday

First Form Latin Curriculum {A Review}




We are currently working our way through First Form Latin from Memoria Press and I'm happy to give you a review of it.  This is our third Latin level  from Memoria Press so that in and of itself tells you I'm pretty happy with it.

While we don't follow a classical education model, I do firmly believe that there are attributes from one that are relevant and essential to our family's homeschool curriculum. Latin is one of them.

First Form Latin is geared towards grades 4-9. The lessons are written for a class, but can be used with one student. I have an allotted amount of time that I want our children to work on Latin each day but they are allowed to work at their own pace. I like this better than keeping them together because if one child wants to excel, they can. Memoria Press recommends the following schedule. However, feel free to adapt the schedule to what best suits your family's learning style.

  • Monday: 35-40 minutes (includes DVD instruction and workbook time)
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 20-30 minutes with Thursday leaving time for review before the following day's quiz
  • Friday: Quiz

We have the complete First Form Latin set and I'm thankful for every aspect of it. The Instructional DVDs are the backbone of the program and will be for you, too, if you don't already know Latin or aren't working with a local Latin learning group. Since I know nothing about Latin and we don't belong to a group, the DVDs are essential to us.

With this set you will be receive the following. I've made notations about items I believe to be essential and ones that are nice to have.

First Form Latin will help your student to master the following:
  • The six indicative active tenses of the first two verb conjugations
  • Five noun declensions
  • First and second declension adjectives
  • 185 vocabulary words

One of our children was wondering why they had to continue learning Latin since they don't think they need it. 😉 After educating them on why they need it, it helped them to have a greater appreciation for the discipline of Latin in their lives. For example, Latin is the mother of the five Romance languages, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Romanian. That means, if someday they want to learn one of those languages they will have a great starting foundation.

Also, more than half of our English words come from Latin. I love, love, love it when we are out and about and I hear one of our children read a word and say, "Mom, did you know that comes from the Latin word..."

Additionally, Latin is the language used in the classification system for plants and animals and of the modern sciences including psychology and physics. It is also the language of law and theology. Giving our children a solid Latin foundation will help prepare them for almost any field of study.

I also love the discipline that it helps instill in them. I'm so thankful for the progress they have made over the last several years.

I'm currently planning out our next school year's curriculum and I'll be checking out the Christian studies curriculum from Memoria Press because I want our children to have a thorough understanding of biblical history. This is an area we have not yet begun to study but one that I feel would be a welcome addition to our children's education.

Be sure to check out Memoria Press' other valuable curriculum options and don't forget to get some Latin while you're there. 😉

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Sweet Potato and Rice Soup



This soup recipe is pretty basic and the reason why is because one night is was born out of necessity. It was one of those nights when I didn't have much to fix for dinner and was trying to come up with something and this is what the result was. Turns out, I loved the recipe so much I actually make it on purpose now. 💙

I will give you a heads up that this recipe will serve a crowd. If you have leftovers, you will need to add some more broth to the pot the next day because the rice will absorb all of the liquid.


Sweet Potato and Rice Soup

4 c. uncooked rice
(5) 32 oz. cartons of chicken broth (or make your own bone broth!)
3 large onions, chopped
8-10 small/medium sweet potatoes peeled and cut into bite size pieces
2 sticks butter
2 whole bunches of celery chopped (not 2 individual stalks)
1/3 c. Nutritional Yeast (optional)
Salt/Pepper to taste


Add all of the ingredients to the pot except for the rice. Bring to a boil. Add rice and reduce heat to low. Keep the lid on your pot and cook for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

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Tuesday

Dairy Free Creamy Potato and Cauliflower Soup



I don't remember where I found the original recipe for this soup, but regardless, the original was way too complicated for this girl who likes to keep things simple in the kitchen. So, as usual, I tweeked it and now I'm much happier with this version. And, even the kids love it. In fact, I served it for lunch today and had everyone asking for seconds. You know it's a good day when your kids want more cauliflower. 😊

It's funny because I've been hearing them ask for seconds more and more lately when it comes to vegetables. Even raw ones. Must be the Juice Plus+ they get ever day because, guess what? I've noticed that my taste buds have changed too and I will even eat raw bell peppers on my salad now. Gasp!  

Regardless, we're lovin' this soup. It's perfect for a cold, rainy day like today. In February. In the North. Say what??

Anyways, here's the skinny on this creamy, dairy-free bowl of yum.

Creamy Potato Cauliflower Soup


3-4 medium potatoes, chopped into a mouth friendly size 😏
1 head of cauliflower, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
4 c. almond milk
2 c. water
1 1/4 t. sea salt (we love Redmond's)
1/2 t. dry mustard
1 t. dried parsley
5 T Bragg's Nutritional Yeast


Directions:

Add the chopped onions, cauliflower, garlic cloves, salt, dry mustard, parsley, nutritional yeast, almond milk and water to a large soup pot. Cook over low heat for about 45 minutes or until your potatoes are soft.

I double this batch for my large crew and if we have some leftover it's great reheated the next day. Enjoy!

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