Saturday, April 29, 2017

God Knows Best

I started this week with the best of intentions.  I had planned to share with you all of the great sales going on this week.  I had planned to set up posts ahead of time and have them all ready to go.

But...

Life happened.  Other things had to be done.  I haven't had the time to do the things on my to-do list at all.

It's been a hectic week but even though I haven't been able to get my plans done, I was still able to get a lot done.  Other things have fallen into place.  Sometimes God makes changes we don't realize and for a reason.  His plan is always better than our own.

So even when life happens and things don't go as planned, remember that God's always there, always making plans for us that are best whether we think so at the time or not. God's always leading, always loving us and always choosing what's in our best interest.  Even when we don't, He knows the way.

God bless,
Dana Lambert-Hodge

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Drive Thru History®: The Gospels {Crew Review}


For this review, we were asked to take a Drive Thru History® with Dave Stotts by viewing Drive Thru History® - "The Gospels".  "The Gospels" covers Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from the Bible.  We made this a family event, taking a few days to share in the adventure.  Everyone took something away from these amazingly developed videos.



What We Received:

We were sent our very own 3 DVD set of Drive Thru History® - "The Gospels".  The Gospels chronical the life of Jesus of Nazareth from before his birth forward.  This "Special Edition" set from Drive Thru History® comes in it's own hard backed case that greatly resembles a book.  It features a simple font in white lettering to stand out to the eye.  It also features a spine with the same lettering so you can easily find it in a stack or on a shelf.  



Inside the "cover", you find two DVD's in the front and a third in the back of the set.  Behind the DVD's a map of the land Jesus's life events took place is featured.  Between these DVD's there is a full study guide to be used with the DVD's as you work your way through them.



These DVD's each feature different content about the life of Jesus.  In total, there are 18 episodes each 30 minutes in length.  Just long enough to capture your attention without becoming boring.  Not that this show could ever be boring.



As the videos begin, Dave Stotts takes you straight into the adventure, wasting no time to show you the history of Jesus's life from beginning to end.  The fast pace and catchy music keep you going along but when the important stuff is discussed, he slows it down to really show you what, how, why and where history happens.  I like this and so does my family.




There was also a DVD Book Jacket included over the boxed set when it arrived, featuring Dave Stotts standing in front of his vehicle in what looks to be the desert.  Information on the DVD's and the series itself are included on this jacket cover.  The cover can easily be placed back over the set so it keeps it neat and clean.



How We Used It:

We used this one as a family.  I had originally asked for this review when I thought I was going to have a hysterectomy last month.  I thought it would be a wonderful way to still have class with my kids while I was couch bound.  Thankfully, I did not have to have surgery at the time but we still had this wonderful review. 


So as I said, we watched together, sharing Jesus's story with one another.

Dad:  Don aka Dad loved these.  Growing up Catholic and in Catholic School, he was taught religiously about the Bible but rigidly as well.  Watching this series really brought all these lessons he'd been taught to life.  Even though it was video, he was able to see where the Mother Mary lived, where she had Jesus, where Jesus preached, walked, who he trusted, how he lived and even his death.   This was something he was really able to absorb and learn with and something he very well enjoyed.

Winston:  Win is my video-gaming teen.  It takes something pretty interesting to make him stop and capture his attention.  These DVD's really got him though.  He enjoyed seeing these places even on TV.  He enjoyed listening to these true accounts of Jesus's life.  He really learned from viewing these along with the rest of us.

Emmalee:  Emma, of course, loved these!  She's a history buff and loves to learn.  DVD viewing of history or science are her absolute  favorite and she was already a huge fan of Dave Stotts and Drive Thru History®.  This was a huge win all the way for her.

Laycie:  Laycie just turned 9 this month and she's on a roll learning about Jesus.  She has three or four of our family Bibles she's been "reading" through with some help from me and big sister.  She's enjoying learning God's story and that of Jesus as well.  Though she wasn't as interested in watching these DVD's for long periods as the rest of us were, she did learn a lot.  Since we've watched, she's compared many of the topics discussed and segments we watched to stories in her different Bibles, truly making the connection between each.  This brings my heart great joy and hers as well.

Jackson:  Jack's attention span is a little less than the rest of us since he's four but even he enjoyed viewing the DVD's with us.  He'd go back and forth between playing but some segments just caught his attention and he'd sit down beside Daddy and watch along.  He learned some from them as well and asked questions as he viewed, giving him a good base in Biblical study even at four.

Mom: Me (Dana) aka Mom.  I enjoyed these DVD segments.  I enjoyed watching and seeing the places where Mary walked, where Jesus led, where he spoke and prayed and where he was last.  Mostly I enjoyed seeing my children's faces as they learned more, as they saw these things for the first time and as we discussed these events as a family.  My heart is overjoyed from the experience we shared while watching "The Gospels" together.



The Study Guide:

I must admit, I did not use this as much as I could have.  We had such deep and natural conversations about what we viewed with one another that I didn't feel the need to use the guide.  I think as we rewatch I will use the guide to dive deeper but our conversations were satisfying without the additional help.



The Study Guide shares quotes from famous people, great people who have led our world and who have affected the world greatly.  It suggests reading from the Bible for each of the 18 segments, verses that relate to the segment in order to connect the Word to the segment itself.  It shares images of people, of places and things that relate to each segment, each differing for each different segment.  And it shares around 5 questions to help you build upon what you are watching, to help you grow in your knowledge of what's been shared in the segment in order to expand your thought on the segment itself. 



The Study Guide is beautifully designed and wonderful to learn from and share but as I said, for us we discussed enough through our own sharing that I didn't feel it was needed as part of our lessons.  Perhaps later on.  



Where Can You Get Your Copy:

You can obtain a copy of the 3 DVD set Drive Thru History® - "The Gospels" from Drive Thru History® from their website for $89.95.  It is well worth every penny!   This DVD series is generally for 5th grade to adult but can be used with much younger children, as I have mentioned above.  This is a Christian series and there are other historical topics available for purchase as well.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wordless Wednesday {April 26, 2017}

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Planet 316: Daily Bible Jigsaw {Crew Review}




From Planet 316 comes the Daily Bible Jigsaw.  This is a free app on Apple iOS, Google Play or Facebook.  Let me tell you, it is TONS of fun!



After you chose your format and method of play (mine was Apple iOS) and get it downloaded, you will be taken to a log-in page to create your username and password.  This is easily and quickly done.  The the fun really starts.



There is one new puzzle a day.  Each puzzle you complete gives you extra coins.  You get coin bonuses for completing quickly.  I was slow do I did not get a lot of extra coins myself.

Each puzzle is inspirational and beautifully designed.  One of my favorites was a picture of flowers with a beautiful butterfly featured on it and a quote.  It took me a while to complete it but it was great fun.  There were lots of pieces to put together and honestly I'm just not good at putting these things together but still I did it.



On the iPad app, which I used for this game, you can press on the puzzle pieces with your fingers to slide them to the side or place them into the puzzle.  I, personally, placed all puzzle pieces onto the side, then worked on the edges.  These are the pieces with one flat side.  Once I found two pieces that matched, they'd link to one another and connect.  Once the outside of the puzzle was built, I would then work on the inner parts of the puzzle.  When you finish, the puzzle then magically digitally comes to life and the inspirational quote appears.  This is a Christian app so all messages are Biblical and Christian based.



As a bonus for reviewing this item, Planet 316 gifted us each a 500 Puzzle Coins Bundle, which is a $39.99 value, for free for additional play time.  These coins allowed us to buy extra puzzles.  As I mentioned, you get one puzzle a day.  There's a calendar which shows each day for the month.  Completed puzzles show here as well as ones you may have missed in the month.  You can purchase the missed puzzles for a small fee.


Mostly I played this app, though my kids did play a few times.  Laycie liked it.  Emmalee loved it.  They were faster than me at playing it.  It is a great family game to play with your younger child as well.  It is a lot of fun to share with one another.



You can find the Daily Bible Jigsaw app or game in the following places online:

Google Play (Android Devices)

Apple App Store (iOS Devices)

Facebook (Mac or PC Computer Web Browser... Chrome and Firefox work best)

Facebook Gameroom (PC Computer... this is Facebook's new PC game platform similar to Steam)



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Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/planet_316  @planet_316




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God Loves Mommy & Me {FrontGate Christian Blogger Network Review}



God Loves Mommy & Me is a beautifully written and designed book for young children.  Bonnie Rickner Jensen has gone beyond to share the story of God's Love for us and our children.  Laura Watkins has created some of the most beautiful images that truly speak to your heart.

God Loves Mommy & Me is a soft cover board book designed to be easy to hold and read together.  The pages are glossy and easy to clean but thick enough for your little one to be able to easily turn the pages.  Each page features the beautiful artwork of Laura Watkins, sharing the Mommy and Baby Rabbits and how God loves them no matter what they do.

This book teaches forgiveness, prayer and love from morning to night.  My children and I truly loved the imagery and story shared within this book.  It was easy for us to relate to the loving moments and discuss how Baby and Mommy Rabbit felt.
You can purchase your own copy of God Loves Mommy & Me online for $7.54.

You can join in with the Harper Collins Children's Books Giveaway for this book as well.







Sunday, April 23, 2017

Month One

Today makes a month that Don and I have been married.  The month has passed so fast I can hardly believe it.  Being married has been pretty great so far.

My husband is the greatest man I have ever known.  He does all he can to take care of me and my children.  He's really stepped in where others in the past have failed.  I'm truly blessed to be his wife.

We don't have any special plans for this weekend.  Spending time together at home with the kids is the main thing, simply relaxing before Don returns to work this week.  Sometimes relaxing is the best thing you can do.

We did make a quick run to Starbucks today for Don a dark roast coffee and me a Double Choc Chip Frappe.  We shared a chocolate croissant.  Such an inexpensive yet fulfilling little date.

I'm hoping for our second month of marriage we will be camping somewhere with the kids in celebration.  Maybe an adventure to the zoo or a trip into the mountains to look for rocks.  An adventure that creates memories for us all.

Until next time...
Dana Lambert-Hodge

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