Diary of a Homeschool Newbie & What’s In The Bible Giveaway

Day 55: We’ve hit an “I’m tired” phase. Has this ever happened to you? Daily, I’m fighting the battle just to get through one subject without Big J halting all work to say he’s too tired to do school. SO. FRUSTRATING. Is it just because he know there is a couch within a few feet he could lounge on? He doesn’t actually want to go back to bed, so I know it’s a stalling technique. And it is draining me…

Day 61: Progress on attitude… Big J opened his reading & phonics book today, started working and then say, “OOH! I LOVE doing this!” That one moment made my day!

Day 67: A unique field trip opportunity came our way and we couldn’t pass it up! My friend was playing the lead in a performance of the opera Hansel & Gretel just for school-age students and we were actually able to make it! This was a great opportunity to study a different style of music, as well as concert etiquette! Some friends joined us and the performance was wonderful – just the right length for the kiddos too! Check in your community to see if there are any special programs like this through local musical organizations!

Day 69: Big J finished Math-U-See Primer level! He is so excited!!! Very proud of him today 🙂

Day 74: This is one of the reasons we homeschool: residency interviews have begun for the hubby and because we homeschool, the whole fam is able to travel together to some of these interviews! Today we were actually in my hometown and staying at my parents’ house, so Big J and I were able to have school right there! In the next few weeks, we’ll be attempting school at a hotel – should be interesting!

Day 78: Reading through Give Them Grace with The Homeschool Village and feeling the need to lay more and more of my parenting and homeschooling at the feet of Jesus. All of it, really. I just can’t do it any other way. Covering each and every day with lots of prayer and thanking Him for LOTS of grace for us all!

** Erin shares her love for raising boys at Home with the Boys. **


*this giveaway is closed, congrats comment #6, Jessica !

Today we are giving away What’s In The Bible Christmas dvd – Why Do We Call It Christmas!

Cutting down trees? Hanging stockings? Santa Claus? What do any of these have to do with Jesus’ birthday? More than you’d think!

Join VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer along with intrepid newsman Buck Denver and all his friends on an amazing journey into the world’s most popular holiday! Sure, you know the Christmas story. But do you know the story of Christmas?

Don’t miss the whimsical, educational, Christmical party to end all Christmas parties as Buck Denver Asks … Why Do We Call It Christmas?
Run Time: approx. 60 minutes

Simply leave a comment and share an encouraging verse with our community!  
All Winners for this week’s giveaways will be announced Saturday evening!!

Monday – Krafty Kash $25 store credit
Wednesday – Speechless ebook & Grace Tags necklace
Friday – What’s In The Bible, Why Do We Call It Christmas

*contest rules 


  1. [Jesus said] “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

  2. I would love to win! 🙂
    One of my favorite scripture verses is Amos 3:7: Surely the Lord God doeth nothing but he reveal his secrets until his servants the prophets.

  3. Corina Young says

    Psalm 46:10
    He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

  4. This has come to be one of my favorite verses lately. Luke 1:37
    37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” This was said to Mary, by the Angel, Gabriel. Yes, nothing will be impossible with God. 🙂

  5. I would love to win this for our children

    My favorite verse is Isaiah 41:10 ~ “Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.”

  6. From my morning: “The unfolding of your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. I opened my mouth wide and panted, For I longed for Your commandments… Establish my footsteps in Your word, And do not let any inquity have dominion over me. Redeem me from the oppression of man, that I may keep your precepts…” (Psalm 119:130+)

  7. Thank you for this opportunity to win a much anticipated dvd!

    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me(!)” Philippians 4:13

  8. Susan silver Dill says

    “yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” (Habakkuk 3:18 ESV). Thank you!!

  9. Daniele Trapp says

    Let not your heart be troubled you believe in God, believe also in Me. John 14:1 NKJV . I would love to win


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