Friday, April 30, 2010

Taking care of our Earth

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14 (It's too bad our sea is full of oil right now)

This was the status I  posted on Facebook today. It is sooo sad to see our ocean filling up with oil...killing all the animals, plants and contaminating our land as it comes ashore.  

Birds - Whales - Otters - Fish - Shrimp - Crabs - Oysters - Plankton (food for the fish) - Dolphins 
Areas from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida will be damaged.

Here is a good article from CNN describing the environmental disaster.

Here is a current update from Yahoo which describes how our President has decided not to allow drilling....duh - it takes a tragedy to open the politician's eyes.

I know not everyone will agree with me but offshore drilling in the middle of our oceans is not exactly the smartest thing we could be doing.  I don't understand why our government and these oil companies don't explore renewable energy options.  These technologies have been around since at least the 1970s (probably earlier) and if we would have invested the money into them rather than destroying our environment with oil I believe we could be using renewable energy options daily instead of it being something "new."

Our Lord must be very disappointed with the way we are taking care of this precious earth.  In Genesis 1 God gave man and woman dominion over the earth and all it's plants and creatures.  That doesn't mean we should destroy it.  

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

I just had to blog about Earth Day today.  - This year's theme seems to be water.

Since I live blocks away from one of the Great Lakes (Lake Erie) it seems appropriate I talk about the effect we have on our water.  This article on Yahoo mentions how before the first Earth Day pollution was very evident, like the Cuyahoga River catching fire.  Living in/near Cleveland I see the Cuyahoga River a lot and thankfully I can say that it has turned into a very vibrant, healthy river.

The Cuyahoga River dumps right into Lake Erie along with many other rivers near my home.  Although the beaches and water along the shores of Lake Erie are not as clean as we would like them to be they are much better than when I was growing up.  There are many efforts and organizations helping keep our beaches and water clean.  Our homeschool Roots & Shoots group participates in beach clean-ups through the Alliance for the Great Lakes.  We pick up the beach than do various water tests.  It's nice knowing that we are helping make the beaches and the lake a better place for future generations.

Lake Erie right before a summer storm

One way we can all help the watershed in our local communities (which helps our local streams, rivers, lakes, etc.) is using Organic Land Care and not use pesticides.  For more information on it you can check out the NOFA Organic Land Care website.  The rain washes these chemicals into our streams, rivers, lakes, etc.  Also, learn about your local water system and storm drains.  Some of our storm drains dump into the lake which is not good, in my opinion.  Chemicals from our cars such as gasoline and oil that may drip end up on our roads than washed down the storm drain which ends up in the lake.  Another area is prescription medicine.  I know when I was growing up we were told to empty the pills into the toilet than flush them.  Well, where do you think that ends up?  In our water system.  An advanced level of prescription drugs is a problem in our water system.  So throw them out in the trash then immediately take the bag out of the house so your little ones don't get them.  Don't forget to recycle the bottle.

My oldest gets to see Disney's Oceans movie with her Girl Scout troop and I hope to take all of us to see it this weekend, it looks really good.You should see it with your family, anyone who goes the first week, Disney is donating money to help save the coral reefs.  Also, any homeschoolers or educators (even parents) should check out the webpage under educators and download the Activity Guide and/or the Educator's Guide.

Have a great Earth Day!  Enjoy our planet!  Give thanks to God for this gift!

You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. Nehemiah 9:6 (NIV)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

iPhone apps for kids

Do you have an iPhone?  Are you thinking about getting one?  Well I ran across this great little website that reviews iPhone apps and let's you know which ones are great for kids.  As a parent, any site that helps me swim better through all this internet information is a welcome help.  

Some of the iPhone apps they recommend that caught my eye are:

  1. Scrabble - my kids LOVE Scrabble.
  2. Monopoly - great for a long road trip.
  3. PegLight and PacMan - what a great idea, take classic games and put it on the iPhone.
  4. SkeeBall - the first time I've ever seen this in gaming form.
  5. GeoCaching - we did a brief class at the nature center on this treasure-hunting game and had fun.

Well, these are just a few of the many, many apps you can get for your iPhone.  I didn't realize there were so many!  This website breaks it down by age group and by category (creative, educational, just for fun, word games and free apps).  It also has a tips and tricks page.  

So all you iPhone users, it's not just for adults anymore and we can even sneak in some educational stuff for our kids without them even realizing it.  

I’m participating in a contest at Best Kids Apps, a blog about iPhone apps for kids, for a chance to win an iPad.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party 2010 - After Party

The Ultimate Blog Party is over for this year but I want to share 3 of the blogs that really touched me personally.

1.  On Having Faith
I read her post "Neighbors and a Diet" and felt like I could be reading my own story.

We live in a side by side duplex and share a yard.  Our neighbors (in the other half) moved in last August.  I know the wife because her son and my youngest were in the same kindergarten class when she attended public school.  They are nice people but their children have taken over the yard.  Their toys are strewn everywhere and they are a bit rough so it has been hard adjusting.  But what has really helped is remembering that Jesus commanded to "Love your neighbor as yourself" so I continue to remind myself and my whole outlook on the situation has really I don't complain like I used to and prayer for the mom because she does have 3 little boys all under the age of 9 and I just can't imagine what patience she must have.

Also, her post on losing weight is so much like my own story.  I'm 5'4" and weigh 225 lbs.  I have a severe arthritis in my left knee join and knee cap...which makes exercise hard.  I am pre-diabetes and have high cholesterol too.  So a diet and additional exercise is a must but so hard.  So I've decided to share that journey here on my blog too, mostly for accountability.

2.  Me and Mine in a Small Town
Her blog post on the Biggest Loser was my favorite.  It was so inspiring to know someone around my height and weight actually lost as much weight as I need too.  Although she gained some back after having a baby, she is back to losing weight again.  She posts every Tuesday on her weight loss journey...which I really like the idea of a weekly posting.  I'll have to think about that for my blog too.  She is a Christian mom too.  So we have lots in common.

3. Faithfully Frugal and Free
Her blog is full of free stuff, give aways, ways to earn a little extra cash doing surveys.  So since you know I LOVE FREE - of course I'd follow her blog.  I'm so excited to dig into this one.  The one contest that she is running now is a FREE 7 day/6 night stay in one of the amazing Orlando vacation homes from Global Resort Homes.  How awesome is that??  You should hop on over and get into the action.

So these are just 3 of many and I can't wait to continue to dive into more blogs since the links are going to stay up on the blog until next year.  Hope you can join us then too!

God bless and have a great day!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Free High School Curriculum Sites

As my daughter enters middle school I'm looking ahead to high school, Yikes!  This is the point where a lot of home school families stop and the child goes back to school...parents just don't think they can handle high school, transcripts and credits.  Well, I've done lots of research and I plan on going all the way with my children.  I want to be the one to issue that High School Diploma and be involved watching them take on more responsibility as they blossom into young adult ladies.  As a guide, we will be using Far Above Rubies by Lynda Coats. Here is where you can order Far Above Rubies.  Here is a very well written review by Martha Robinson.  

NOTE: Please consider purchasing Far Above Rubies here.  The author, Lynda Coats has been doing missionary work teaching the Native Americans in Arizona over this past school year.  She would like to continue her work in the fall.  By purchasing this curriculum by May 15th, not only will you help her continue this wonderful mission, you will receive 13 bonus items too.  Please see this link for more information. 

(Note: I do not receive any compensation for your purchase or for advertising this curriculum.)

I love free stuff, on our tight budget anything we don't have to pay for helps us tremendously.  So I've found the following links to FREE high school courses:

FHSST (Free High School Science Texts) is a project that aims to provide free science and mathematics textbooks for Grades 10 to 12 science learners in South Africa.  (Go to their "About" page for information on this awesome project.)  

(Free) Online High School Courses & Curriculum Materials offers links to other websites.  They  have links to high school classes on English, Math, Foreign Languages, Physical Education, Social Science/History, Science etc.  I have not investigated all the links available so please review them before sitting your child down with them.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

April 11-17 -- is National Environmental Education Week.

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Be Water and Energy Wise Tips! 
from the National Environmental Education Foundation website

Insulate your hot water pipes and hot water tank to save energy and money.

To save energy, hang-dry clothes on a laundry line instead of using the dryer.

Wash clothes in cold water and only in full loads to conserve water and energy.

Clean the lint filter in the clothes dryer after every load to improve efficiency.

Clean or change filters on your heating system in the winter and on the air conditioner unit in the summer so they work more efficiently.

On summer days, close the blinds to keep heat out and in the winter open them up to let heat in.

Replace old light bulbs around the house with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).  CFLs use up to 75% less energy than a regular light bulb.

RECYCLE!  It almost always takes less energy to make product from recycled materials than it does from new materials. Plus you'll prevent more waste from ending up in the landfill.

Recycling on glass jar save enough energy to run a 60-watt light bulb for 4 hours or a CFL for 20 hours.

Always turn off electronics when not using them - TVs, computers, and especially lights. Electronics are still using energy in the stand-by mode.

To keep cool, try using a ceiling fan instead of an air conditioner.  It uses less energy and can help spread cool air around the room.

Trees save energy through shading in the hotter months. They provide wind break during winter.  The result is burning less fossil fuels to generate electricity for heating and cooling.

Water lawns and gardens only when needed during the coolest part of the day; early morning is best.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Super Teacher Worksheets from

Welcome Super Blog Party readers!  I usually don't blog on the weekends but I thought I'd share some free stuff  with you.

I love Lori's Freebie site.  I subscribe to her blog and will share some of her great resources here once in a while.  This is her latest and its a good one.  Super Teacher Worksheets.  You'll find worksheets (on the elementary level) for Language Arts, Math, Handwriting, Reading Comprehension, Holidays and more.   Thanks Lori for another great site!

Look for my Monday Blog - I'll have some pictures from the Cleveland Zoo.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Join us for the Ultimate Blog Party 2010 - This is going to be so much fun.  This is the first year my blog is participating so I'm looking forward to this awesome party!

I am a Christian homeschooling mom of 2 girls and I blog about free resources for homeschooling and other great finds.  Not only are these resources good for homeschoolers, parents may find them helpful to their children's schooling too.  I also blog about some fun stuff we do here around Cleveland Ohio since there is so much great stuff here that people that live here may not even know about.

I'll blog about missing children and human trafficking since my step-granddaughter is a missing child believed to be a victim of human trafficking.

So join the party and check out some of my posts - looking forward to getting to know you!