Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Apologetics Study Bible for Students HCSB {Review & Giveaway!}

Blessed to review another bible for YOU! This review will be slightly different because my (almost 15 year old) son will also be sharing his opinion too. :D

My thoughts: 
Honestly, I have the same bible since my 18th Birthday (a present to myself). Thus, I am really picky when it come to translations and finding a new bible use!

(btw: I am thankful to be able to even hold the word of God in my home without being persecuted or arrested. So I while I enjoyed these things, they are not necessary for me to grow in the Word of God.) ;-) 

The simple things I really enjoyed about The Apologetics Study Bible
  •  the font size was very clear and readable
  • LOVED having bible indent tabs on the side, especially with a new Bible
  • hard bound, yet not overwhelming thick for a study bible
  • great resources and notes for in-depth studying. (This came in really handy for the 1 John woman's study I have been leading.)
  • the HCSB version was AWESOME for our morning readings in 1 Kings. It was very understandable to the kids when reading aloud.
  • My absolute FAVORITE part: Elijah took it to bed and completely enjoyed all the Articles and "Twisted Scripture" sections. He loves facts and was telling me all about it the next morning.

There is also a 16 week video series. Each is only a few minutes long which Sean McDowell shares on all sorts of questions we face in our faith as Christians. 

I particularly liked the one on the Dead Sea Scrolls :) Have you ever heard how they were found? It is pretty cool!

I haven't showed Elijah yet, but tonight I saw they have a list of Free Study Downloads. Check these out if you are a leader in church, student of the Bible or a Homeschool Parent!

Without further ado, here is a quick note from Elijah!

Elijah's thoughts/experience:
  • I read the study bible's translation and extra content, and I'm pretty satisfied.
  • After reading a portion of the translation I discovered that it takes some of the older measurements and weights and puts them in more modern context, making it much easier to understand things like furlongs and cubits in the bible.
  • Even though it was a newer translation, it didn't shift meanings or leave out specific words in key passages in the bible. 
  • Then the extra content, things like questions and answers and historical information were pretty spot-on and I would be very comfortable taking their advice on the topics in the study bible.

A Few Features of The Apologetics Study Bible for Students HCSB:
- Book Introductions for each of the sixty-six books of the Bible.
- Study Notes provide evidence of the reliability and truthfulness of Scripture.
- 120 Articles written by today's leading Christian thinkers dealing with life's ultimate questions.
- 60 Twisted Scriptures address ways that various religious movements distort Scripture to support doctrine contrary to historic Christian teaching.

Also, this summer, the gift of Confident Faith is being celebrated with 16 brand new, but energetic and brief videos featuring Sean McDowell, free resources like Bible studies and articles as well as wonderful specials on apps and Bibles. There are new resources every week - a full 16 weeks of resources when it is all done. AND, if that weren't enough, a Confident Faith Sweepstakes is being offered to give away Bibles, free mini libraries of B&H's best apologetics resources and even a trip for two to the National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) being held October 16-17, 2015 in Charlotte, NC where some of the world's leading thinkers will offer insights and teaching.

The AWESOME news: I get to give ONE READER this amazing bible! All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below!! Whoo hoo! My giveaway will END Aug 21st...

Secondly- my readers can enter the Confident Faith Sweepstakes too! You could win a free Bible, a mini Apologetic Library or even a FREE trip for two to hear some of the world's best thinkers in Christian apologetics at NCCA. Enter here now!

Don't want to wait you can purchase your Apologetics Study Bible  HERE ON LIFEWAY.

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Mission of the Month- August 2015

Jenn, thanks for starting this again! You are an inspiration.
I can't believe it has been over two years for me. (Goodness. Just realized it has been THREE years!)
Being a family of 9 now.. I need to try again to set monthly goals. 

Mama Jenn's Mission of the Month

Cardio exercise three times a week.
Work one of my many crochet projects.
Be up an hour before my kids for quiet Bible time.

Compliment and encourage my husband daily.
Give a impromptu back rub. I did this after dinner the other night and he was beyond thankful.

Hug everyone of my children EVERY DAY more than once. "Hug count" as we call it.
Spend more time instructing and training my toddlers in the small things.
Be mindful of when I need to just pray with any of my kids---and do it.

Order Elijah and Lydia's testing. 
Fill out attendance sheet.
Reading "lesson" with Hadassah at least three times a week.
Print any PDF worksheets on Sunday afternoon for the following week.

Organize/ Deep clean one needed area each week. Example: last week I did the lazy susan cupboard.
Try one new dinner.
Continue to wash morning dishes.

Ministry/Friendships/Extended Family:
Teach a reading lesson to our neighbor Miss M. Love on her.
Call Miss E. to check in on her.
Purchase one extra meal for Meal Train.
Phone call to a family member weekly

Doula Business
Schedule all remaining appointments.
Deliver business info cards.
Purchase more files.
Study Doula book.

Blogging/Online Activity:
Post Apologetics Bible Review and Giveaway

EEEEEk! Is this possible? A man plans his ways but the Lord directs his step. It definelity helped me organize my thoughts! I will let you know how I do by the end of the month! ;)

Lord you are good. I pray for grace and strength to focus. You are my stability.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus {DVD Review and Giveaway!}

This a great family movie! My children (all above the age of 9) really enjoyed it. It is quite lengthy, so we watched it over a course of 3 nights.

I was very surprised at the Filmmakers discoveries, they definitely left me pondering the historical timeline of the Bible. -but NOT questioning my faith-.

I also appreciated the time and traveling he took to make a film. Many Christians would never be able to explore, see, and experience what he brings to the film.  He also did not limit his interviews to those whom agreed with the history of the Bible. I was impressed he even had the Prime Minister of Israel! 

You really need to watch the short trailer and see what you think. OR even enter to win a FREE copy for your home collection. Enter the Rafflecopter below :) Spread the word! It will end in ONE WEEK.

About Patterns of Evidence Exodus: For more than 50 years, the vast majority of the world's most prominent archaeologists and historians have proclaimed that there is no hard evidence to support the Exodus story found in the Bible. In fact, they say that the archaeological record is completely opposed to the Bible's account. This view of extreme skepticism has spread from academia to the world. The case against the Exodus appears to be so strong that even some religious leaders are labeling this ancient account as historical fiction. Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney begins with the questions, "Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archaeologists get it wrong?" He decides to tackle this issue wit a deliberate scientific approach. After examining the details in the biblical text, he journeys across the globe to search for patterns of evidence firsthand. The result is the most in-depth archaeological investigation into the Exodus from Egypt ever captured on film. This scientific documentary's goal is to communicate the TRUTH of the Bible and help equip believers with defending their faith and the Bible.

The DVD features stunning animations and a cast including narrator, Kevin Sorbo (God's Not Dead, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), interviews archaeologists including Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl, and guest appearances by Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.

You can watch the trailer below and visit their website and social media for more information!

Releases on DVD August 4, 2015 
Run Time:  119 minutes
Special Features:
  •       Cast Profiles & 17 Extra Interviews
  •       Behind the Music
  •       From Film to Book
  •       Additional Books and Resources
  •       Host a Patterns of Evidence Movie Event
  •       Trailers 
Genre:  Documentary 
Rating:  NR 


"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Friday, July 17, 2015

19 Facts About Our "Homeschool"

Radom thoughts, but you might find this interesting. Being real and honest here friends:

1.  Our homeschool day NEVER looks the same. There is yes, a general form and direction (what people are suppose to be doing) but there is always a train wreck somewhere.

2.  The head teacher (myself) usually is in workout clothes or pajamas till noon, but my students are not allowed (lol!?)

Being big sisters.
3.  My house is messy, but around 11am we get some chores done and it is manageable.

4.  We school year round. The beginning of our school year is the first week of July. The end is the first week of May.

5.  We read the bible together every morning and it never fails the "Littles" (are youngest three) are playing, screaming, or Priscilla is poopie. I am trying.. and getting better at keeping them on a structured morning routine!

6.  Wake up "goal" 7:30am...sometimes it is as late as 8:30am. Saturday we sleep in. Sunday we go to church.

sure Lydia you can make lunch!
7.  My oldest two practically school themselves, even correct their own school work. They have learned what self driven mean. Chore effort on the other hand comes and goes.

8.  Math curriculum is the only curriculum I buy. Math-U-See, Mr. Steve Demme- thank you for being an awesome math teacher!

9.  We utilize the library (they know us well!). Sean assigns reading. I usually skip these evening trips and stay home in a quiet house... ahhhhh.

10.  I print most worksheets from pdf files online. You would be amazed what is out there for free! I want to blog about it someday.

"bird watching" with tree books
11.  I don't look at homeschool catalogs. They make me feel guilty and poor.

12.  I don't know "how I do it" either. I have no explanation other than the grace of God. I often want to quit and put my kids in school. Sean and I also work 2 extra nights a week till almost 11pm.. to keep our family running it takes endurance and hard work.

13.  I test yearly. It is the law in North Carolina, but I test when I have the money. $40 per test- yikes! I thought about putting kids in public school just for the end, so i didn't have to pay the money. As of right now I have tests for two kids. Hoping to afford two more next month.

14.  I hardly (pretty much never) go on field trips. Maybe the free Homeschool day at the aquarium.

15.  I get report cards notarized at the bank every quarter. This is documented so our kids can be on the Chickasaw Nation Honor Roll. They get a small sum of Walmart gift cards for good grades and attendance.

16.  I let my girls bake/cook anytime they want, with the condition they help clean their mess.

17.  The television does not go on during morning hours otherwise I will lose everyone's focus. This can be hard, but we manage.

Priscilla helping daddy build

18.  I always want to do more with my kids, especially the Littles.

19. I the end of the day I am thankful, but the struggles are real.

By the grace of God, I can do all through Him who gives me strength!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

"Buckout Films Production"

Lydia has been entertaining the little ones (and us) by "making them movies".

They love their big sister time!! I of course, will treasure these videos forever.

So stinkin' cute.
Kids Sharing

Where's My Ball?

Cleaning Time


Pool Party

Piggie's Picnic

Thursday, June 25, 2015

March 2009- A blog Archive of My Husbands ;)

Found this story from Sean's old blog and had to share it!
It is from six years ago

2009.. oh man. so tiny. love them to pieces.

The Good Samaritan Retold.

So I need to get a new battery for our van. A few too many times letting your kids play in the van and you'll end up with a weak battery. Needless to say, we were on our way to go feed the ducks the other day, the kids hopped in the van a little early and left the door open. Of course that whole time they were sitting there the dome light was shining and our battery was dying. When I went to start the van I heard the beautiful sound of clicking, not an engine starting. So after I told the kids it was there fault, like any good dad, I told my wife. It was fine when I used to have my work truck, I could just use the truck to jump the van. But now that we only have one vehicle and I don't know how to use a scooter to jump start a van I started looking for help. I tried the neighbor across the street and he was gone. I wasn't going to bother my next door neighbor since he is Jewish and it was his Sabbath. So rather reluctantly I followed my wife's advice and tried flagging someone down form the street.

Now a lot of people use our street, cutting from Circle up to Winco, or vice versa, so we get a lot of traffic. I thought for sure it would be easy to get someone to stop. Just last week my wife and I stopped to help jumpsome one's car whose battery died. So I stood on the curb with jumper cables in one hand and the other waving and pointing at my van in the driveway with its hood up. Of course I had a pleasant smile on my face as well. Oh yeah, and my wife was standing leaning out of the drivers side door, poised and ready to do her part of turning the key in the ignition.

Several cars drove by without even looking. I managed to make eye contact with a lady in a very nice new blue Ford Mustang, who smiled back at me. Maybe she didn't understand why I was holding jumper cables and waving at my van. Another young gal in a red Jeep Cherokee, slowed down and seemed to squint at in order to understand what we were doing. I think after she realized that she would probably have to get involved in order to help us, she made a face of disgust and shook her head as if to put us down and absolve herself of her guilt.

The weirdest was when a lady with an old man in a little car slowed down, then sped up, then slowed down, then sped up, and then drove down the road a ways and then turned around. I thought they were going to come back but the turned a pulled into a driveway a few doors down and hid behind my neighbor's truck for a while.

Finally a gal stopped who had an older woman with her who had down syndrome. She looked a little confused, but pulled into the driveway. I had to help her find the button where you pop the hood. In seconds I had the cables hooked up and our van was running. As I was putting down the hoods and wrapping up cables, I noticed that the older lady (whose name turned out to be Sally, after all that's what her shirt said) was standing at the side door giving hugs to all of my kids and my wife. Sally was so blessed that her caretaker, Alice, had stopped to help that she had to get out and give us all hugs. I got my own hug from Alice and then thanked them both for stopping to help.

On our way to go feed the ducks, I couldn't help but think of the good Samaritan. A man in desperate need could not get people to stop and help him, even very religious people. The gal who stopped to help didn't even know where her hood release button was but she was willing to try and help. Sally's selfless hugs were like the money that the Samaritan left with the innkeeper, a nice touch. It sure encourages me as a child of God to want to be one who is quick to help.

"In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Acts 20:35

~ Mr Buckout.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Baby #8 ?? First Response Pregnancy Test {Product Review!}

First things first: I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for First Response. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Many thanks!
I know you won't read the rest of my review- unless I tell you what the results are to my First Response Pregnancy Test!!!  

Drum roll please......

We are NOT Pregnant. 

This is my second pregnancy test review this year and by far First Response surpasses the other! 
I can assure you of my 14 years of pregnancy (from doctor visits, cheap dollar store tests, and even digital types) First Response Pregnancy Tests are the nicest I have ever used! 

I know ladies- sometimes it is easy to use cheap pregnancy tests because you want them fit your budget, but if you feel like treating yourself (and you should!) these tests have a perfect womanly design and are WELL WORTH IT (costing $8.99 - $15.99) . 

I first noticed the shape was completely different, but the curve design is amazing and very wide tip
makes "aiming" easy with no mess AT ALL.

There is no awkward clean up, especially if you are wanting to keep it a surprise for your family.
(For example,  hmmm... why is she taking so long in the restroom?)

If you are considering buying a test for the first time ever, this is also a great brand to start with!

Unfortunately,  with my first I never had the joy of finding out on my own. When I was at a yearly OBGYN appointment, the doctor thought "maybe" I was expecting and got my permission to do a urine sample. It was positive :) 

Speed up 14 years later- this time I tested (on my own and one day early) with First Response Pregnancy Test, but ~whoops~ saw Aunt Flo before I even got to read the test. (:/ Bummer, but I am thankful.)  I am not sure if in this is the season of life God has planned for Baby #8.

Good thing... Each package comes with two tests, so if I get curious in the upcoming month(s) I have a very nice Pregnancy Test on hand.

About First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test and all its Benefits:
  • Comfort Sure Design Features
  • Cutting-edge curved shape designed to fit a woman’s hand
  • 50% wider tip
  • Longer handle
  • Retail Value: $8.99 - $15.99
  • FDA approved
  • Designed to detect all relevant forms of urinary hCG at anytime during your pregnancy
  • Detects Pregnancy as early as 6 days!
  • Easy-to-read in 3 minutes or less and 99% accurate
  • Two pink line positive test anytime of day
  • Pricing and Availability
  • Available at all stores near you!

Keeping it real,


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