50 Top Christian Films

Top 50 Christian Films For Families | In this episode of the top 50 Christian Films, I explore past favorites along with some new and promising film companies who are currently making Christian movies into mainstream theaters. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #christianfilms #christianfilmsforfamily #christianfilmsforfamilies #filmsforfamilies #christian #christiancontent #ChristianKids #Top50ChristianFilms Replay – 50 Top Christian Films

In this episode of the top 50 Christian Films, I explore past favorites along with some new and promising film companies who are currently making Christian movies into mainstream theaters. These movies are ones I would recommend however with any recommendation comes a caution to parents. The information is provided as a base for your own favorite list, watch these first before allowing your children to view them, unattended.

Show Notes: Top 50 Christian Films

Praise God and Hallelujah, the recent filmmaking industry has vastly improved in their creations of productions with a Christian theme. It was difficult to convince my young children to watch anything not animated or humorous. As my daughter often reminded me, Christian themes are sad because Jesus dies. Yes. But, He also rises from the dead!

All of these movies obviously have religious undertones or they would not be on this list. Some have been viewed by me, or relatives of mine that I trust! If I have not bolded the title, I have not seen the movie. Please watch any movie you wish to show your young children or even teens. Listen to this podcast for more details.

There are more than 50 here, those with an asterisk* I’ve seen, the others are recommended.

These are broken into the following categories: Religious-based fiction; Fiction with religious undertones, Fiction with sports content, Overcoming Hardships, Documentary, Catholic Religious Films.

Religous based fiction:

  • The Nativity Story**
  • Jesus of Nazareth**
  • The Robe**
  • Parables of Jesus
  • Road to Emmaus
  • Polycarp
  • The Bible**
  • Apostle Peter and the Last Supper
  • The Gospel According to Matthew
  • *The Gospel of John – word for word adaptation
  • The Passion of Christ ** (caution, graphic!)

Religous Based Undertones

  • God’s Not Dead ** (God’s Not Dead 2)
  • The Encounter
  • Heaven is for Real
  • Grace Unplugged
  • Soul Surfer
  • The Chronicles of Narnia*: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, Voyage of the Dawn Threader 
  • War Room
  • Unstoppable
  • Letters to God*
  • Faith Like Potatoes
  • Miracles from Heaven*
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • East of Eden
  • Ben-hur
  • All Saints
  • The Blind Side
  • Help

Overcoming Hardships

  • Before All Others
  • Indescribable
  • A Cross to Bear
  • Unexpected Places
  • Corrie Ten Boom
  • 94 Feet
  • The Encounter

Animations Christian Theme:

  • Veggie Tales!**
  • The Prince of Egypt*
  • Old and New Testament: NEST *

Documentary Christian Theme: 

  • Shroud of Turin- 3 DVD**
  • Journeying with Jesus
  • Tomb of Jesus
  • Case for Christ
  • Hillsong: Let Hope Rise*
  • Tim Tebow: On a Mission

Sports Focus Religious Undertones

  • Champions of Fath **
  • Milltown Pride
  • Catching Faith
  • One Hit From Home
  • Pitching Love
  • Jackson’s Run

Catholic Films:

  • Joan of Arc*
  • Pope John Paul II*
  • The Song of Bernadette*
  • A Man For All Seasons*
  • The Mission*
  • The Trouble with Angels*
  • Going My Way*
  • The Bell’s of St. Mary*
  • Therese*
  • The Sound of Music*
  • The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima
  • Come to the Stable *

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Felice previewed these movies: Previewed the following movies:

  1. Ice Dragon
  2. Miracle Season 
  3. Like Arrows

Secrets For Raising Kids

Secrets For Raising Kids | Do you want the secrets for raising great kids? No snowflake kids allowed in our home and I’m sure you’d agree your kids have opinions, they know what they want and often tell you when you least expect it. Join Felice Gerwitz and Denise Mira for a no-nonsense podcast where we get real about raising kids. (We should know, we have ten kids between the two of us!) | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #raisingkidswithtruegrit #DeniseMira #raisingkids #greatkids #nosnowflakekids #children #kidsSecrets For Raising Kids Episode 399 with Denise Mira

Do you want the secrets for raising great kids? No snowflake kids allowed in our home and I’m sure you’d agree your kids have opinions, they know what they want and often tell you when you least expect it. Join Felice Gerwitz and Denise Mira for a no-nonsense podcast where we get real about raising kids. (We should know, we have ten kids between the two of us!)

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Show Notes:

Visit my special guest DeniseMira.com 

With Denise’s five boys and my three boys and two girls, we’ve raised ten kids combined. We’ve learned some things such as one-size-does-not-fit-most and that no matter your child’s gender meltdowns happen from time to time. What do you do in these situations and how do you handle the kids who are a blessing you can not handle?

Raising kids is not secret. It takes work. But raising kids with an indomitable quality called “grit” takes the know-how that comes from experienced moms. We see overindulged children everywhere we go and many are in college in need of comfort and solitude. What happened to our parenting skills? With making the hard choices? In this episode we cover the character issues that plaque many children and the secrets to raising kids that you can be proud of when they become adults.

Why is it that our children imitate or pick up our most annoying traits? We examine not only the substance of character but also a test we parents can take to analyze our own parenting techniques. (Felice: I was a threatening-repeating parent … threats the kids did not take seriously because there was no follow-through! Thankfully after a few kids I realized this didn’t work well!) We as parents have to look at our children as the blessings they are but also realize it takes work and sometimes a trial and tribulation to get through the day.

Handout from Denise Secrets For Raising Kids:

True Grit-Secrets for Raising Kids VHM EP 399

Eight Secrets for Raising Kids:

  1. Substance of character
  2. The test for us parents
  3. Dopamine hits
  4. Emotional intelligence
  5. Trial and tribulation
  6. Struggle
  7. Perseverance
  8. James 1:2-4

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Foundations of Learning

Learning We believe that wonder and wisdom are worthy pursuits in every family (and every classroom), that they provide an overarching framework for life-changing, life-giving, and life-preparing education. #learning #homeschoolblog #wisdomwonderproject #teachinglittleones #teachingkindergartenFoundations of Learning

“WISDOM BEGINS WITH WONDER”

–SOCRATES

We believe that wonder and wisdom are worthy pursuits in every family (and every classroom), that they provide an overarching framework for life-changing, life-giving, and life-preparing education.  When they are woven into our lives, they have the power to shape our story in breathtaking ways. The daily practice of them, however, requires us to slow down and hold various paradoxes in tension, as we grapple with and embrace all that life brings our way.

This first paradox is captured by Socrates’ quote above. The journey towards wisdom is wonder? True, good, and beautiful knowledge can only be attained through awe, play, and questioning? This often seems counterintuitive. But as we know, young children learn so much through play and exploration. Their natural propensity to tackle new subjects and spaces with curiosity grows with them as they begin asking questions. Encouraging learning in this way, through play and curiosity, sets a foundation for loving learning in children and directs their course toward a lifelong pursuit of learning.

It is for this reason that our curricula respects the age of the child and teaches to their stage of development. This not only optimizes learning, but maximizes enjoyment by engaging and meeting the needs of the whole child. We draw on the classical trivium––grammar (first-fourth grades), rhetoric (fifth-eighth grades), and logic (high school)––stages of learning as it models a developmentally appropriate education. Though classically-inspired, we add our own twist, so that our curricula can fit in and pair with any educational approach.

But we knew that foundational learning begins even younger, which is why we started with our Preschool through Kindergarten. We like to call this stage the pre-grammar stage. Children at this age see memorization as an enjoyable task, so we attend to setting a strong foundation for reading, writing, math, poetry, and literature––with ample time for play and exploration. For example, in our Block Play units, each month centers around a picture book (we love reading aloud!) from which the lessons and activities stem. Here’s a fun example from one of our Junior Kindergarten Block Play units, based on Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s a little summary: Armed only with a purple crayon and his imagination, Harold went for a walk one evening. Along the way, he goes through woods, over seas, and past frightening dragons until he finds his way home and crawls into his cozy bed at last. This story offers twists and turns that keep your children wondering what is going to happen next.

BUILDING ACTIVITY: Build a City Using Loose Parts. The materials you need for this activity are Harold and the Purple Crayon, masking/painter’s tape, a Sharpie, white school glue, construction paper, and various building materials, such as milk cartons, cardboard boxes, shoe boxes, cereal boxes, etc. You might also want clear packing tape. Gather all the materials, invite your child to join you, and find a place at the table to work. Bring out the book and open it up to the pages where Harold built a city. Talk about the shape of the buildings, windows, and doors. 

Invite your child to choose one of the boxes you have collected. Using masking tape, help them tape the top closed. Work with your child to decide on how they want to add the windows and doors to the box. Do they want to cut them out of construction paper and glue them onto the box or wrap the box in construction paper and draw the windows directly on the box? Offer to help with drawing if your child needs it. This activity provides your child with a wonderful opportunity to strengthen and develop their muscles that help them with fine motor skills. Once they are done with that first building, have them choose another box to use for another building. When that one is done, help your child tape them together with tape balls/loops or clear packing tape so they can start to see their city take shape. Let them continue to make city buildings out of the boxes until they are happy with the scene they have taped together. When they are finished, save this for your child to play with again later. 

We at WWP hold to the truth that every child (and every adult) is a born learner and should have the world of wonder and wisdom opened up to them.  We believe that all should have access to quality, life-changing educational opportunities regardless of personal belief systems. We also believe that together, we truly are better, and that diversity within our worldwide online community can only serve to enrich, grow and develop us all.

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Wisdom Wonder Project makes the power, magic, & mystery of learning accessible to the modern homeschool family. We offer homeschool curricula filled with rich and beautiful, hold-your-hand lessons that will spark wonder and wisdom in your children. Available as monthly and annual subscriptions, you don’t have to pay a lot for a great education. Accessible worldwide, wherever you are.

https://www.wisdomwonderproject.org/ (sign up for their daily newsletter here)

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Special Replay: Last Minute Easter Prep

Last Minute Easter Prep | Last minute Easter Prep made easy! If you are hosting an Easter celebration or joining one here are some things to remember to make your time memorable and fun. And, the best part it can be hassle-free and will save money and time. | #podcast #holidayprep #easterSpecial Replay:  Last Minute Easter Prep – Episode 341

Last minute Easter Prep made easy! If you are hosting an Easter celebration or joining one here are some things to remember to make your time memorable and fun. And, the best part it can be hassle-free and will save money and time.

Easter is a time when we rejoice and celebrate and commemorate the Lord’s death and Resurrection. Eggs symbolize new birth and for us, as Christian’s, it is a time of renewal of our faith and rebirth in a sense as well.

SO, how do we translate our faith into a celebration that the children will understand and remember for more than just the candy? We have a celebration!

I’ve hosted many of these and now my younger kids are grown up and sadly can’t join us as they are away in other states in college. While I’m sad for us, I’m happy they can spend it together. However, my “help” has dwindled down and that is why I am big on doing things way ahead. There are always last minute things to do. If you are a guest ask if you can arrive early to help. And be sure to volunteer to help clean up (without being asked!) Unless you know your host really does not want your help.

My secret has been keeping it simple. And, in reusing things from past celebrations and adding on as money or time permitted for crafts. For example, I use cloth napkins that are over ten years old and napkin rings. I also use paper napkins and have those out for use with appetizers, etc.t

Clothing:

Fancy clothes are nice and special but we rarely wear them more than one time and they tend to be more expensive.

  1. Sewing is an option for those talented.
  2. Dress up a simpler dress with jewelry or a pretty sweater.
  3. Order online and return what you don’t like. Saves time and money, often online sources are cheaper than shopping in the stores.
  4. Go to second-hand stores – great bargains for those with patience!
  5. Outlet or discount stores

Decorations:

  1. Create nice posters that commemorate the Lord’s resurrection – the March 2019 planner contains some you can print out that I’ve provided.
  2. Have the children make a paper chain with strips of colored paper in pastels you can hand.
  3. Use wildflowers and create a spring bouquet for the tables.
  4. Colorful tablecloths and napkins

Delegate:

  1. Everyone has a job – be sure they know what it is.
  2. Guests want to help – the ones that don’t you’ll either know or they may surprise you!
  3. Have a floater *typically spouse who can go where needed – on call.

Food – Keep it simple:

  • Casserole or roast – prepare ahead or in a slow cooker (or instant pot!)
  • Ready-made sides  – or prepare and freeze
  • Allow others to bring something
  • Cake or cheesecake, brownies

Cleaning:

  • Start way ahead
  • Assign jobs – take out the trash, pick up items from the floor, etc.
  • Keep trash bags and cleaning cloths handy for spills
  • Set up tables or count number of chairs
  • Cups with lids for kids (use disposable insulated coffee cups with lids -insert straws)

Games for Kids – Basket of stuff for little ones –

  • Coloring books and my favorites are nonmessy – coloring markers that don’t make a mess “magic”
  • balloons (helium is a favorite) with weighted toys. – caution – ceiling fans!
  • Paper crafts – airplanes
  • Plain paper and coloring pencils
  • Plastic eggs with pennies or cheap toys
  • Kathleen’s store – trade in eggs for stuff

Older Kids:

Playoffs –

  • Checker game boards
  • Chess boards
  • Card games
  • Outside activates if weather permits

Food – Taken inventory

  1. Make a list – what needs to be done this week?
    1. Food shopping
    2. Make ahead foods
    3. Buy ahead foods and date – when (bread, etc.)
    4. Cleaning
    5. Table settings/ plastic plates?
    6. Kid-friendly activities
  2. What did you plan to make or take that you didn’t do yet?
    1. Do you have time? If not buy prepared.
    2. If so – make it and freeze it ahead.
    3. If you are making it the day of – plan a schedule
  3. Plan your menu with times to cook –what does in when? (Talk about lasagna – cold)
  4. Appetizers – will you have any? If so are they easy to prepare ahead of time?

Worship

Church – the most important event is going to worship the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. Some churches have a late evening service the night before that goes on for hours – ours does with readings from Genesis through the birth and resurrection of our Lord – basically the salvation history. Others have a sunrise service or services during the morning.

Remember to begin the day with praise and prayer! He is Risen!!

 

This is a wonderful response  ~

Ha!Ha! Thank you for this! I have already purchased our whole Easter meal this past weekend – two slices of ham steak (just need to be heated) and microwave everything – potatoes – sweet and regular – mac and cheese, and two frozen already made desserts! We will make deviled eggs out of our colored eggs and probably resurrection rolls out of canned crescent rolls 😉 Decided my family will enjoy this just as much because we never have this kind of food. We will be having a big breakfast at church – which my daughter and I are making homemade dishes for -that morning. A long time ago, I would have said: “Oh no  – I can’t cook homemade for other people and then not do it for my family”. But I realize there will be lots more time for homemade for my family during the year when it isn’t a holiday and they will enjoy a happy mama more than the food 🙂 Thanks again! It really is about Jesus and not food!
Mistie

Foundations of Learning

Foundations of Learning | The foundations of learning begin with bringing beauty into learning. In this episode, Felice Gerwitz and Lisa Ann Dillon discuss how the Classical education approach and Charlotte Mason can both be drawn upon when teaching children. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #wisdomwonderproject #classical #charlottemason #homeschool #hybridschool #coremath #singaporemath Foundations of Learning ~ Episode 401

The foundations of learning begin with bringing beauty into learning. In this episode, Felice Gerwitz and Lisa Ann Dillon discuss how the Classical education approach and Charlotte Mason can both be drawn upon when teaching children.

Thanks to our sponsor, Wisdom Wonder Project. Be sure to check out their YouTube channel with the Singapore Math video instructions.

Lisa Ann Dillon is a homeschool mom and long time educator at a Classical Academy hybrid school. She was able to teach part-time and home educate her children as well. She found in reading good literature that her son, then around two and a half enjoyed hearing her read. She explained that when given beautiful materials the “mind lights up,” and she pursued this avenue in teaching. (listen to the audio for details)

The foundations of learning were highly influenced by the Classical Approach and also Charlotte Mason’s gentle approach while keeping learning vigorous. Teaching age-appropriate materials during different stages allowed the children to achieve mastery. The Wisdom Wonder Project strives to light their fire to love learning and move into the direction of mastery.

In addition, Lisa Ann loves the Singapore Math curriculum and explained that the results are astounding. The program is very researched based. It is a more organic core of math that starts in a concrete manner. It always starts with something we can move with our hands and see visually. Singapore Math always addresses all the learning styles. The Wisdom Wonder Project has a series of math videos on their YouTube Channel here. They plan to add more and more levels. The vocabulary is different in teaching this method and the children catch on quickly. Lisa Ann explained that many parents have a fear of teaching math to their children because of a bad experience when they were in school. She called it “math anxiety.” She said one of the ways to overcome this was to pay attention to how your child learns, and to teach them the same way. Teach with concrete materials and children learn well in this manner. She said this hands-on approach works for children who struggle with dysgraphia and dyscalculia.

After years of teaching at the academy, Lisa Ann said many parents wanted to have access to these teachings no matter where they lived. Soon the Wisdom Wonder Project started. There are wonderful classes that can be used in the homeschool as well as supplemental activities for your children.

Foundations of Learning:

  • Time on the Sofa – bringing the children together to read aloud
  • Activities that are geared up or down bringing everyone together (Learning packets available connected to literature.)
  • Little Wonders kits are here
  • Beautiful literature feeds the child’s soul and they want to listen again and again.
  • Primary and Intermediate Stages coming soon.

Wisdom Wonder Project | #wisdomwonderproject #LisaAnnDillon

Important Dates & Pricing ~ Wisdom Wonder Project 

● We are launching our grammar school level subscription, Young Scholars, later this Spring for 1st-2nd grades (primary), beginning with our summer series.
● Also later this Spring, launching the Singapore Math video subscription for Kindergarten on our website. They are designed to watch 4 videos per week during the course of the school year (140 videos total! Length = 7-15 minutes). Right now, we have over 30 of these available for free on our Youtube channel (subscribe to watch).

  • We have a daily email with free lessons and resources for all ages, sign up for them on our website – here is a look at our archived emails.

Instagram: @wisdomwonderproject Facebook: /WisdomWonderProject

 

 

Restful Life Homeschool

Restful Homeschooling | Join us as we discuss the restful life homeschool and my special guest Kim Huitt. Kim lives in Alaska with her husband and three children and is currently a homeschool mom! She blogs on her website RestFULLLife Homeschool where she shares her reflections on faith, family and homeschooling. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #kimhuitt #comeawaybeloved #momsretreat #christianhomeschool #christianhomeschooling #christianhome #christianmomRestful Life Homeschool Episode 398 with Kim Huitt

Join us as we discuss the restful life homeschool and my special guest Kim Huitt. Kim lives in Alaska with her husband and three children and is currently a homeschool mom! She blogs on her website RestFULLLife Homeschool where she shares her reflections on faith, family and homeschooling.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, Inc. and the Media Angels Membership site.

Visit Kim on her blog at RestfulLife Homeschool here.

In this episode, we discuss topics about marriage, children, and expectations of homeschool moms. Kim shares how in her times of desperation she turned to the Lord to be filled so she could then pour out to her children! As moms, we often put our needs and concerns to the side as we care for our families, but even moms need to be filled!

Kim is a featured speaker on the “Come Away Beloved” mom’s retreat! her topic inspired many. To get a copy of the retreat go here.

Her tips for homeschool moms:

  1. Start with prayer.
  2. Pray with your children and read the Bible each morning.
  3. Pray blessings upon your children during the day and in the evening
  4. Be confident in who God made you to be!
  5. Trust God for your homeschool journey and family.
  6. Grow with your children and learn
  7. Read inspiring biographies together

About Kim Huitt –

Kim Huitt is a fellow pilgrim, currently “camping out” in Alaska with her husband of 23 years and her three children, a corgi, and a cat. She is constantly looking for God’s fingerprints all over His creation. An avid audible listener, podcast supporter, and book list junkie she is constantly journaling about her passions. Her children are 16, 13, and 9. She writes about their style of home education on her blog and she just started a series of vlogs on home educating. She volunteers as a client advocate at her local Community Pregnancy Center and has taught Sunday School for many years. Kim has a passion to see women of all ages understand their identity in Christ, find their worth in Him, choose the way that leads to abundant life, and purposefully replace lies with The Truth. And the truth is our Father loves and adores you. 

KimHuitt.com

Instagram: @kimhuitt

 

 

 

Quarantine Fun Ideas

Quarantine Fun Ideas | Are you ready for some quarantine fun ideas? I'm sure you are because by now you have probably tired of staying home because of the virus. | #homeschoolblogpost #homeschoolblog #quarantinefunideasforkids #funideasforkids #homeschoolideas #homeschool #homeschoolingkids #homeschooltips #funideasathome #funideaswithkidsQuarantine Fun Ideas For Kids

By: Samantha Anne Moss

Are you ready for some quarantine fun ideas? I’m sure you are because by now you have probably tired of staying home because of the virus. Unfortunately in a lot of places you aren’t allowed to have a gathering of more than ten people, (that is our family, eight kids and two adults) and many places are closed including our Church! This has been a devastating time for all of us, both as a family, as a community, and as a country. We all need to be strong together and not panic. When we go to the store we need to be considerate and kind. We should always thank the cashiers and all the people who work there, but I am sure at this time they are under even more pressure. 

How can we be considerate of others? That is a question we should ask ourselves daily. While I  am not brave and unafraid, being considerate is important. In truth, this is an uncertain time. I’m sure we are all scared! But that is another topic for another day. 

Today I will present five ideas that might make Covid19 less scary and allow you to have more fun while at home. Here are my top suggestions:

  1. Playing cards and/or board games is always a good pastime and stretches your mind. (Which should make your parents happy.) As a family we love playing Uno, Monopoly Deal, Manchola, Chinese Checkers, Risk and (my sister’s all-time favorite game) Chess.
  2. Putting on a play or having a talent show are good options and are fairly easy and extremely fun. Your parents will enjoy the entertainment.
  3. Playing games outside is very healthy and super fun. For example, staging races with your siblings, practice sports such as soccer, and even throwing and catching, the possibilities are endless.
  4. Scavenger hunts are challenging and the best part is that you can do it in so many different ways. One way to play is to search for specific objects in a specific amount of time. You can run around your house (if you are allowed to run indoors) and in five minutes try to find a series of objects. For example, a green shirt, pink pants, a circular object such as a DVD, a roll of tape, a big book, a blue pillowcase, etc. The ideas are limited to your imagination.
  5. A movie night is a great way to be together and have a good time. At the end of the movie, you can act out a character or a scene and have the rest of your family try to guess who you are and what you are doing. You can also discuss how you can make the ending better. Sometimes movies do not end the way you expect.

As I was writing this I began having trouble thinking of ideas to write, that is why I would like to thank my Mom, (Christina) and my older sister Emma, (who always wants to play Chess with me and always wins!) for helping me think of some fun ideas. I enjoyed writing this and I hope you have many ideas of things to do while in quarantine! 

About the author: 

Another article from the author here.

Samantha Anne Moss is a twelve-year-old homeschooler who lives in southwest Florida with her family. She enjoys reading, photography, and playing the piano. Samantha is the second oldest in a family of eight children.

Copyright 2020 – All Rights Reserved Samantha Anne Moss

Healthy Families

Healthy Families | Most of us want healthy families, especially in this time of worry over the latest virus. It is time to meet our essential oils expert, a homeschool graduate, and homeschooling mom of eight Amanda Filla. Amanda is a podcaster at Simple Blessings & Oils. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #AmandaFila #essentialoils #healthyliving #stayinghealthy #healthy #healthy Healthy Families with special guest, Amanda Filla – Episode 340

Most of us want healthy families, especially in this time of worry over the latest virus. It is time to meet our essential oils expert, a homeschool graduate, and homeschooling mom of eight Amanda Filla. Amanda is a podcaster at Simple Blessings & Oils

Amanda grew up in a pretty natural household. When something happened, mom usually had some sort of a concoction or a natural way of doing things. And my grandma was always into vitamins and herbs and just natural living. And so when I grew up having my first baby, I knew a little bit about living in a healthy family.

I started diving into homeopathy and my husband was the one who saw the quickest results. He had a lot of seasonal issues and had taken lots of medicine in order to feel better. So when homeopathy came in, it was just like this huge light bulb went off. We started eating healthier, we started really watching what we were bringing into our home and realizing that chemicals and things like that who are actually causing us to be sicker. And then, a friend of mine invited me to an essential oil class. I’ve heard of lavender and peppermint, but little else. It’s been eight years since we’ve started using essential oils and it’s just kind of been a spiral effect as to how we can keep ourselves healthy.

God gave us all of these tools, to make us healthy. And no, if you break a bone or you know, something gets smashed, we have doctors! But I think as a culture we’ve gotten away from figuring out what’s really wrong, whether it’s a common cold or having a toxin in our environment. We just expect this magic pill to fix everything.

Healthy Family – Listen to this podcast!

Amanda shares lots of great information on her podcast Simple Blessings & Oils!

Creating For Christ

Creating for Christ | Have you wanted a business, what about creating for Christ? Well today's guest, Michelle Ruschman is a work at home mom who has created beautiful items! | #podcast #christianpodcast #homeschool #homeschoolpodcast #creatingjewlery #christianartist #entrepreneurCreating For Christ Episode —- with Michelle Ruschman and Felice Gerwitz

Have you wanted a business, what about creating for Christ? Well today’s guest, Michelle Ruschman is a work at home mom who has created beautiful items!

Michelle was a special speaker in the “Come My Beloved” seminar series. You can still access the video here. This was a powerful series of video and audio presentations for those who need encouragement, coming beside them and alongside them in their faith journey.

Our sponsor is Media Angels, Inc. You can find out more information about the one-week conference “Come Away My Beloved” on the website here. 

Michelle Ruschman is an award-winning writer who writes for GO! Christian Magazine, a professional artist whose art has been displayed in the Pensacola Museum of Art each year since 2018, and a jewelry artisan is best known for her line of dichroic glass crosses, Beautifully Broken.  Her jewelry business, starting out as a cultural expression featuring the original writing system of the Philippines, baybayin, is now focused on her faith and the ministry of each piece of jewelry she makes.

My website:  www.michelleruschman.com

Facebook: The Prodigal Artist Gallery – Art by Michelle Ruschman

Michelle Ruschman
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Show Notes:

Michelle creates amazing jewelry and beautiful crosses! Michelle shares her journey about how she came to Christ in 2009 and she started her jewelry business the year before as a cultural expression. As a first-generation Filipino immigrant, she came to the US as a two-year-old. It was not until I became an adult that she learned about their original writing system.  After looking for a piece of jewelry that featured this writing system and not finding it anywhere (after she had determined that they were going to be Christmas gifts that year.), she ended up learning the script and how to translate it. And it ended up being a business.

People really responded to it especially in the Filipino American community where we were trying to hold on to the roots in their heritage. And she starting to sell internationally. People were very kind but then leading up to 2009 she was ready to connect with God and so her jewelry took an entirely different turn. It was as if the prodigal daughter came home and Michelle wanted to use her artistic talent for the Lord. She was ready to follow the Lord and went to a Christian conference. Later the Lord prepared for the purchase a kiln after her dad had passed away from cancer. She felt this purchase was in honor of him. She was able to apprentice but claims she was horrible at it, to begin with, however she still needed to find her expressive voice.

At the Christian conference, the Lord gave her a vision and a focus and she created her broken crosses. She shared that she is able to get many things done since the Lord wakes her up anywhere from three to four o’clock and she gets up and prays, then she gets ideas for her art or she writes. Getting up so early allows her to make good use of her time.

Michelle shared about her topic of Jesus being safe and she taught this in her session on the Mom’s Retreat here.

She also attended my Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference where I met her and learned so much for our amazing speakers.

 

 

Why Homeschooling Rocks

Why Homeschooling Rocks

By: Samantha Anne Moss

Homeschooling | To other people, this kind of thing might seem distracting, but if you homeschool or are currently homeschooling you’ll understand what I’m talking about. | #podcast #homeschooling #homeschoolblog #whyhomeschool #homeschoolkidsI’ve been homeschooled all my life and for me and my siblings sitting at a desk the whole day is not a necessity. Right now, I’m writing this article on our computer in the den, my little brother Mike is standing outside the sliding glass door giving me puppy-dog eyes that say “come play with me”. My sister is literally three feet away from me playing the piano. To other people, this kind of thing might seem distracting, but if you homeschool or are currently homeschooling you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

My family goes to daily Mass every day we can. Most kids that go to school, (even the students at Catholic Schools) don’t always have the chance to go to Mass every day. At lunchtime, we often listen to a podcast and eat leftovers, sandwiches and whatever we aren’t going to have for diner. My younger brothers and sister finish their school usually before lunch. My older sister, Emma, get done around 2 to 3 PM. I can’t imagine having to do the same thing every day, wake up early, go to school, come home just to do homework. Sure there are some perks to going to school, you get to see your friends every day and get away from all your siblings unless you’re a twin then you’re sunk. But seriously, it must be nice to have a quiet place to work…then again sitting in a classroom full of kids is probably noisier and less fun than my house! When I want a quiet place to study I go to my room.

I love being homeschooled because I can watch and play with my little siblings and have more time to read as my mom says “My fun books”. I also like having the opportunity to see my friends, and finish subjects early, it’s March and I have already finished my history textbook. I feel like I have a big advantage when it comes to the specific curriculum that my mom uses. My mom is able to choose math, science, history, writing, and all the other subjects I do. I love not having to worry about whether my science and history fit with our beliefs. One of my favorite things to do is go to co-op. I get to hang out with my friends, and this year learn about art and composers. 

So where am I going with all this? Am I trying to brag about how much better I am than kids that go to school? Of course not, I just think it’s important that I try to explain how amazing it is to be part of a big family and be homeschooled. When I meet someone for the first time they usually ask me what school I go to, I answer with “I’m homeschooled”.  I typically get one of two reactions, either they give me a “what-the-heck-look” or a bright smile and a “That’s so cool I wish I was homeschooled too”. I can’t lie and say that I don’t sometimes get bored and wonder what it would be like to go to school, but at the end of the day, I love homeschooling!           

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About the author:

Samantha Anne Moss is a twelve-year-old homeschooler who lives in southwest Florida with her family. She enjoys reading, photography, and playing the piano. Samantha is the second oldest in a family of eight children.

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