Travel to the Netherlands with Me II

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Travel to the Netherlands with Me II

In “Travel to the Netherlands with Me II,” Episode, #203, Meredith Curtis invites you to take a trip with her to the Netherlands. This time, we’ll explore the Golden Age, the 80 Years’ War, and Tulipmania. What an exciting time filled with inventors, painters, and trade all over the world! The Dutch were the world power of their time in sea and in trade! All this was fueled by their devotion to the Lord and desire to honor Him with hard work and thrifty living.

 

 

 


 

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Show Notes

The Netherlands is a plucky little nation in Northern Europe with a fascinating history. Continuing on to part II of our 3-part series, today we are going to talk about the Netherland’s Golden Age & Tulipmania.

The Dutch Loved Freedom

The Dutch were independent and freedom-loving. With hard work and faith in God, they conquered the sea and used the sea for their livelihood – trading with other nations all over the world.

Embracing the Reformation.

Rule of Phillip II of Spain & Spanish Inquisition. Protestant Christians were put to death for heresy.

80 Years War

This religious persecution finally erupted into a war for independence led by William the Silent, Prince of Orange.

Victories and Losses. Siege of Leiden.

1581 – Official secession from Spanish Empire. 1584 – William the Silent assassinated.

10 year peace. From 1609 to 1619 the Dutch enjoyed relative freedom but it ended.

The Eighty Years’ War began in 1568 and continued for eighty years until 1648 when the Spanish finally recognized the independence of the Netherlands.

On May 15, 1648, the Peace of Munster made independence official. The Netherlands was a free independent nation. To learn more about the Eighty Years War, watch this video “The Dutch Revolt: The Eighty Years’ War and the Creation of the Netherlands” https://youtu.be/g1AMiQmApQQ

Golden Age

Ironically, it was during the Eighty Years War and afterward from 1599-1672, that the Netherlands moved into a Golden Age where they became a financial powerhouse and mighty sea power.

  • Exploration
  • Colonies
  • Inventions
  • Paintings
  • Trade
  • Stocks/Stock Market
  • Religious Freedom
  • Dutch East India Company
  • Dutch West India Company
  • Amsterdam Canals Built & Famous Row Homes

Tulips & Tulipmania

Discovered in Turkey and brought back to the Netherlands.

The Tulip quickly became a status symbol. Botanists created all kinds of varieties and their popularity soared even more which eventually led to Tulipmania and a market bubble and crash.

At height of Tulipmania, tulips sold for the same price as a mansion on the Amsterdam Grand Canal. Investors kept purchasing tulips and selling them, but finally people woke up and realized that their tulip bulbs were not worth so muchmoney. Then came the crash.

This rising bubble and crash cycle has been seen over and over in history. Popular examples are the Stock Market Crash of 1929 or the Bitcoin crisis more recently.

A great look at Tulipmania is The Great Tulip Trade by Beth Wagoner Brust (an easy reader).

Join me for a 4-week unit study touring the plucky little country that once ruled the seas!

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Travel to the Netherlands with Me I

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Travel to the Netherlands with Me I

In “Travel to the Netherlands with Me I,” Episode, #202, Meredith Curtis invites you to take a trip with her to the Netherlands. Discover why it is said that God created the world but the Dutch built the Netherlands. We’ll visit canals, windmills, dams, and Delft. We’ll learn about wooden shoes and delft pottery. This is the first podcast in a 3-part series.

 

 

 


 

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Show Notes

The Netherlands is a plucky little nation in Northern Europe with a fascinating history and an ability to tame the sea. You might think of windmills, tulips, wooden shoes, and pretty blue and white porcelain, but there is so much more! .

Holding Back the Sea

Dikes, canals, dams, levees, and pumping stations.

Life has always revolved around the sea.

Delta Works is a massive engineering project to keep Zeeland from flooding.

For a bird’s eye view, watch this video: “The Dutch Deltaworks by drone 4K” (Mike Zwijgers https://youtu.be/zkyHR8_ZCvs

The goal of building Delta Works was to:

  1. Drain areas that flood regularly
  2. Protect Rotterdam from flooding
  3. Protect land from getting brackish
  4. Decrease the shoreline

Canals

Canals are used for irrigation, drainage, and transportation. When farmers need water for their crops or animals, they can get water from the canals. When rains come down or floods come up, the canals catch the extra water. Dutch life revolves around the canals of the Netherlands – fishing, boating, skating in the winter, traveling by boat, and even living in houseboats.

Locks

A lock raises and lowers boats and ships between stretches of water at different levels on waterways. Boats enter the lock, and the lock takes them to the other level.

It’s fun to make a model of a lock to see how they work. The are different kinds of locks but this is the basics of how a lock works.

Wooden Shoes

Dutch wooden shoes, or klompen, date back to the 1200s, or 13th century. By the late 1500s, there was a guild of clog makers in Holland.

Wooden shoes protected the fishermen, factory workers, artisans, and builders from fishing hooks, nails, and sharp tools. Nothing could penetrate those wooden shoes.

Windmills

Dutch windmills date back to the 1100s (12th Century AD). There are windmills that were built in the 1500s that are still in use.

Bicycles

The Dutch ride bikes to work, cycle to the supermarket, and even go on bicycle hikes for fun. It’s a great way to stay healthy! They don’t have a bike lane; they have bike lanes – lots of them!

Windmills

Join me for a 4-week unit study touring the plucky little country that holds back the sea!

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Refresh, Renew, & Restore Your Home School

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Refresh, Renew, & Restore Your Home School

In “Refresh, Renew, & Restore Your Home School,” Episode, #201, Meredith Curtis invites you to take a prayerful look at your home school. Does your family need refreshing? Do you need to replace things that are just not working? Do you need to restore some things that have gotten lost in the chaos? It isn’t as hard as you might thing. Meredith walks you through some easy ways to get your home school back on track to accompalish your mission of discipleship and education.

 

 

 


 

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Show Notes

Each family is unique and that makes each home school unique. Look for signs that your home school might need a makeover:

  • Grumpiness, Complaining
  • Exhuastion, Lethargy
  • Lack of loving to learn, Lack of interest
  • Disunity, Bickering
  • A Dread of School Time

Refresh

Time to relax but get the blood flowing. Vegging out can lead to more lethargy and grumpiness.

  • Field Trip – museum, art gallery, hands-on (deep sea fishing), zoo, aquarium
  • Hike – beach, woods, mountains (or horseback riding, motor biking, bike hike)
  • Crafting – refinish a piece of furniture, paint, lego building, model, pottery
  • Family Project – paint a room, plant a garden, wash the car, adopt a pet
  • Backyard Sports – soccer, volleyball, football, baseball, bsketball
  • Winter Fun – snowball fight, build a snowman, ice skate, sledding

Renew

Have family members pray for a week or so first (sometimes immediate discussion before prayer can lead to a lot of finger pointing and negativity). The question to ask the Lord is: “What needs to go? What do we need to replace with something else?”

Examples:

  • Limit on screen time
  • Wake up time earlier or later
  • Replace cut downs with kindness and respect
  • Freeing up the family schedule
  • Try a Unit Study or Notebooking or Lapbooks

Restore

To restore means to bring back. What needs to be brought back? Something you used to do but have stopped doing:

  • Mom & Dad Date Night
  • Once a Week Family Fun Night
  • Family Devotion Time Each Morning
  • Start School with Prayer
  • Reading Aloud from a Good Book
  • Sitting Together at Church as a Family
  • Serving Together at Church

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Simple Shortcuts to a Stress-Free Christmas

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Simple Shortcuts to a Stress-Free Christmas

In “Simple Shortcuts to a Stress-Free Christmas,” episode #200, Meredith Curtis reminds you that there are easier ways to do the festive Christmas traditions that make lifetime memories. From trimming the tree, decorating the gingerbread house, crafting, hospitality, cooking, and baking – there’s always an easier, quicker, less stressful way! Enjoy Christmas more this year. Hey! You might even have time to relax and focus on the reason for the season.

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Show Notes

Moms want to create a picture-perfect Christmas to give their families the best and make lifetime memories. Yet, the stress of it all mars the experience. Join me in learning the easier way to do those wonderful Christmasy things.

Gingerbread house

Buy an already put together gingerbread house or create a Christmas tree forest with sugar cones, frosting, and candy.

Trimming the Tree

Each family member gets a handful of ornaments and a section of the tree.

Christmas Cut-Out Cookies

Instead of making your own dough and cutting out shapes, purchase gingerbread or sugar cookies and let kids decorate with frosting and sprinkles.

Dinner Devotions

When it seems impossible to get the family together for Christmas devotions, try this. Read a short passage before dinner and sing 1 carol. Then have someone say the blessing.

Keep Crafting Simple

Look for crafts for young children – they are always easy and older kids add their own pizzazz.  Or sign kids up for a workshop at 4H or a nearby fabric or hobby store.

  • Tube of material, bead, marble, bead, marble
  • Aluminum star
  • Clear plastic ornaments to fill
  • Potpourri Hoops
  • Wreaths

Save Money By Drawing Names

Christmas gifts for extended family can get costly. Cut costs by drawing names and giving a price cap for the gifts.

Finding Family Time

Choose an evening (like Mon or Tues) and have a list of ideas (drive to see lights, watch a Christmas movie, visit a Live Nativity Scene) and take turns choosing.

Make Cleaning & Cooking a Family Project

Keep it fun and work together. Tips!

Combine Christmas & Homeschooling

Christmas unit studies let you prepare for Christmas while you learn.

Freeze Holiday Dishes & Desserts

Cook and bake food ahead of time and freeze.

One Dough – Many Cookies

Make up your favorite chocolate chip recipe x 10 (I use Toll House) but leave out the chocolate chips. Freeze the dough in batches. Take out a batch and add your favorite things: white chocolate chips and peppermint, butterscotch chips and sprinkle the top with cinnamon, chocolate chips, raisins and nuts, etc.

Let Guests Cook Too

Ask guests to bring a dish to share.

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Celebrate holidays with these festive, fun books and unit studies:

Celebrate Christmas with Cookies Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas in Germany Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America by Meredith Curtis
Celebrate Thanksgiving by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Easter Devotions Celebrate Our Christian Super Heroes by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette at Powerline Productions, Inc. Christmas Thoughts and Prayers Journal by Meredith Curtis

 

 


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Holiday Hospitality Homeschool Unit Study

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Holiday Hospitality Homeschool Unit Study

In “Holiday Hospitality Homeschool Unit Study,” episode #199, Meredith Curtis helps you combine holiday hospitality and homeschooling in a fun way! Here is a FREE easy unit study right in the podcast with Scriptures, read aloud ideas, and practical activities each day to get ready for company and learn life skills at the same time! Turn welcoming people into your home into a family project and festive way to pass on values, character, and life skills.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Show Notes

It’s that time of year where relatives gather. Are they heading to your house this year? Don’t panic – use school time to get ready while you build memories with your kids.

Working Together as a Family:

Tips for peaceful and efficient working together.

Day 1 – Prepare the House

Scripture: I Peter 4:8-9. Discuss show love and hospitality are related.

Talk about Cleaning Basics & Clean the House

  • Straighten/Tidy
  • Dust & Vacuum
  • Clean Bathrooms
  • Mop Floors
  • Change Sheets
  • Prepare Guest Room

Lunch & Read Aloud.

Decorate the House for Holiday.

Day 2 – Shop/Make Gifts & Stocking Stuffers

Scripture: Romans 12:12-20. Discuss how to live these principles out with your guests.

Talk about Gifts & Budgets, Make a List and Shop for Gifts in store or online.

Lunch and Read Aloud.

Wrap Gifts.

Day 3 – Plan Menu/Shop

Scripture: Matthew 25:34-46. How is showing hospitality to your guests serving Jesus?

Make menus for days guests’ visit including snacks to have on hand. Then create a shopping list together.

Lunch and read aloud.

Shop. Tips to Shop as a team.

Day 4 – Prepare/Freeze the Food

Scripture: Genesis 18:1-15. How do Abraham and Sarah show hospitality to their visitors? How can you imitate their example?

Many things can be made and frozen. Spend the day cooking with a break for lunch and read aloud.

Day 5 – Plan the Fun

Scripture: Luke 14:12-17. How can you include the lonely and needy in this holiday’s activities?

Brainstorm ideas for holiday fun in your hometown and fun things to do at home. Make a tentative/flexible plan (important for certain family members to know that it’s flexible).

Lunch and read aloud.

Finishing touches.

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Celebrate Christmas with Cookies Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas in Germany Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America by Meredith Curtis
Celebrate Thanksgiving by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Easter Devotions Celebrate Our Christian Super Heroes by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette at Powerline Productions, Inc. Christmas Thoughts and Prayers Journal by Meredith Curtis

 

 


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7 Festive Fun Thanksgiving Traditions to Cultivate Gratitude

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7 Festive Fun Thanksgiving Traditions to Cultivate Gratitude

In “7 Festive Fun Thanksgiving Traditions to Cultivate Gratitude,” episode #198, Meredith Curtis inspires homeschooling families with meaningful ways to give thanks this year. God has been good to us this year and Thanksgiving is a great day to let Him and each other know how thankful we are! Traditions include Praise Breakfast, Gratitude Guessing Game, Thankful Tree, Blessing Place cards, Pass the Praise, Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing, and Thankful Poster. Try one this year and watch gratitude grow in every heart.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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God is good. His goodness is everywhere but we often focus on what we don’t have rather than our blessings. These traditions are easy and fun, yet they truly cultivate gratitude!

Praise Breakfast

Supplies needed: yummy breakfast food, instrument (guitar or keys), or online music, and words to songs.

Gratitude Guessing Game

Supplies needed: very small whiteboard, dry erase markers, and notebook paper for each family member.

Thankful Tree

Supplies needed: poster board, markers, and brown/orange/yellow/red construction paper.

Blessing Place Cards & Scripture Cards

Supplies needed: cardstock, markers, and Bible.

Pass the Praise

Supplies needed: basket of candy corn.

Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing

Supplies needed: hymnal and instrument (piano, guitar) or online music.

Thankful Poster

Supplies needed: poster board and colorful markers.

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Celebrate Christmas with Cookies Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas in Germany Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America by Meredith Curtis
Celebrate Thanksgiving by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Easter Devotions Celebrate Our Christian Super Heroes by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette at Powerline Productions, Inc. Christmas Thoughts and Prayers Journal by Meredith Curtis

 

 


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7 Ways Homeschool Families Can Stand with Israel

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7 Ways Homeschool Families Can Stand with Israel

In “7 Ways Homeschool Families Can Stand with Israel,” episode #197, Meredith Curtis gives practical things homeschooling families can do to stand with Israel during this frightening time: pray, meet practical needs, combat antisemitism – do something! With so misinformation swirling around, we can also teach our children about Israel’s ancient history, Israel’s modern history, and why Israel is such an important ally in the Middle East.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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After the horrific invasion, brutal torture, and heinous murder of Israeli citizens by Hamas on October 7, many homeschooling families want to stand with Israel. Here are 7 ways you can show support to the nation of Israel.

If you don’t know what happened on October 7, 2023, here is a description: https://www.idf.il/en/mini-sites/hamas-israel-war-articles-videos-and-more/general-articles/what-happened-in-the-october-7th-massacre/

Prayer

Prayer changes things! God hears our prayers and even commands His people in Psalm 122:7 to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Here are strategic prayers for the Israeli-Hamas Conflict – yes I know some of these will take a miracle but that’s what the Lord does!

  • Revival in the Middle East – millions turning to Jesus
  • Protection and release of all hostages taken on Oct. 7
  • Healing for all those mourning the death and kidnapping of loved ones
  • Strength for those having to see the carnage
  • Protection from daily rockets attacking Israeli cities
  • Protection for innocent Palestinians who did not leave Gaza when warned weeks ago
  • Wisdom for leadership in Israel
  • Swift Israeli victory against Hamas
  • Reconciliation between Israel and her Arab neighbors
  • Iran would have no money to support Hamas and Hezbollah
  • Hamas would not use Palestinians or hostages as human shields
  • Truth in the media
  • Israel’s Arab neighbors would no longer want Israel to stop existing, but welcome her to the Middle East – Healing

Find Out what is Happening Locally

Is there a synagogue in your area? They may be providing things for the Israeli soldiers or victims of the terrorist attack on October 7. That might be a great place to give items of clothing, blankets, or even financial gifts.

Combat Antisemitism

If you watch the news, you can hear angry chants against Jewish people in the Pro-Palestinian/Hamas demonstrations. So far, Jewish students have been verbally abused by other students (and a professor), manhandled, and threatened. We don’t want this to escalate.

My sister Julie’s text to me. We can be like Julie!

Teach Children about Ancient Israel History

If you have read the Old Testament, you know a little about the history of the Jewish people.

  • Calling of Abraham
  • Patriarchs
  • Egypt to Slavery in Egypt
  • Taking the Promised Land
  • Judges – Kings – Captivity
  • Rebuilding of Wall & Temple
  • Greeks – Kingdom of Judea – Roman Empire
  • Destruction of the Temple in 70 AD & Diaspora

Teach Children about Modern Middle East History

  • Turks – Ottoman Empire – World War I
  • Balfour Declaration
  • British Mandate
  • Creation of Jordan
  • Holocaust
  • Creation of Modern Israel – 1948

Explain to Children Why Israel is Such an Important US Ally.

  • Israel shares our values of freedom, government by the people. Israel stands at our side militarily, in trade, and technological innovation. She is one of our biggest trade partners.
  • Israel & US share intelligence & Israel helps US with security threats
  • Israel helps US learn to employ counterterrorism at home
  • Cold War to Today
  • Israel develops advanced military technology & shares with US (Iron Dome)
  • Israel is a source of wisdom and creativity when it comes to agriculture, renewable energy, water conservation, recycling, technology, and computers.
  • Israel is a free democracy in the Middle East. Their citizens enjoy their God-given freedoms – including freedom to worship (Jewish, Christian, Muslim).
  • While Arab nations deny that Israel has a right to exist and cry out “death to Israel,” all Israel wants is to live in peace. Israel only goes to war when attacked and before she attacks, she sends leaflets warning people what is coming and urging them to flee.

Take a Stand Like Corrie

  • Less than 100 years ago, a madman tried to exterminate the Jews. Hitler hated Jews. No one stopped him. What would you have done?
  • A middle-aged Dutch woman and her father and sister stood against the Nazis by taking in Jews and hiding them in a secret room. Eventually, they were arrested and sent to concentration camps. Two died and one lived. Corrie ten Boom spent the rest of her life traveling to speak on forgiveness and having a relationship with Jesus.
  • When the time came, Corrie loved truth and righteousness more than her own life. She protected the Jewish people God brought into her life.
  • All of us can do something. We can speak out. We can pray. We can call our US and state representatives and senators to stand with Israel. We can share news articles and videos on social media. We can love.

God bless you and God bless Israel.

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Stress-Free Weddings II: The Team

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Stress-Free Weddings II: The Team

In “Stress-Free Weddings II: The Team,” episode #196, Meredith Curtis talks to families with a wedding on the horizon who long for a peaceful, joy-filled celebration.  In part II, Meredith helps you gather and utilize a team of friends and family members to get rid of chaos and enjoy smooth sailing through the photo shoots, parties, rehearsal, and wedding day. From the practical to the relational, you will receive wisdom from an experienced Mother of the Bride.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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You just found out! Celebrate, invest emotionally, make a plan with the couple

Take a Deep Breath!

In Stress-Free Weddings I: The Task, I share all the things that are part of planning a wedding. I encouraged the wedding planner (usually mom) to relax, celebrate, and pray first. Often a quiet dinner with the couple where they are free to dream big (later you can pare down) is a great start to the wedding festivities.

Another review – Things to remember

  • You are throwing a party for your family & friends to celebrate
  • You can be simple (low cost) or extravagant
  • A Wedding Planner with a Timetable is essential – I made copies of certain pages for certain people
  • God is the God of Miracles!
  • Pastor/Premarital Counseling
  • Bride & Groom Choose Support Team (wedding party)
  • Mom, you choose your support team because usually the wedding coordinator is you!

Who Can Be Part of Your Team

  • Parents of the Bride & Groom
  • Wedding Party Members
  • Siblings, Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, Other Family Members
  • Friends from Church
  • People Who Just Love a Wedding
  • Paid People – Photographer, Caterer, Florist, etc.

How Can You Utilize Your Team

To have a small or big part of the special day or preparations beforehand

  • Match skills to tasks
  • My friend Pattie had 1 task – to get the bride down the aisle on time
  • Communicate with others in charge of things (e.g. Rehearsal/Rehearsal dinner blunder)

Here are some things they might do

  • Pass out corsages & boutenierres
  • Carry an “Emergency Kit”
  • Keep Everyone Hydrated
  • Set up Tables for Reception
  • Decorate Tables for Reception
  • Build a Dance Floor
  • Cook and Bring Food for Reception
  • Make Wedding Veil
  • Make Silk Flower Arrangments
  • Make Decorations
  • Keep Punch Bowl Filled
  • Decorate Church (we had wedding party do this after rehearsal – everyone had a task and it went super quick!)
  • Set Up Photo Booth
  • Take Extra Photos during Ceremony & Reception (Wanda)
  • Designate a Photographer at each Pre-Wedding Event
  • Attend Guest Book
  • Play Piano or do a Solo

Ways to Communicate with Team

  • Keep a list – printed or in phone
  • Keep Everything CLEAR & CONCISE (people tune you out if you go into too much detail)
  • Repsonsbility Cards for Wedding Party
  • Talk with Anyone who is Offering to Pay for Part of the Wedding (have a backup plan)
  • Group Text (send reminders but don’t be annoying)
  • Lots of Smiles & Thank You’s
  • Thank You Cards

Be careful

Only use volunteers who are

  • Faithful
  • On time
  • Responsible
  • Kind

Things to NOT Delegate

  • Paying Vendors & Pastor
  • Helping Bride Get Ready
  • Welcoming/Greeting Guests

Wedding Planner Notebook

I created a wedding planner for my daughters and several close friends. Some opted to use the print version and other wanted the eBook to print only the pages that applied to them.

Everything you need is here!

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You pick and choose what you want to include and not include. You choose where the money is spent. You choose how and when and where the big day will take place. A wedding planner keeps you organized.

With checklists and schedules,  you will be able to keep you head in all the planning. Family trees, memory pages, comparison pages, budget sheets, vendor payment tracking charts, table arrangement planners, sample invitations, sample schedules, and sample itineraries. But, there’s more!

The Ultimate Christian Wedding Planner has prayers, studies, and meditations to help prepare to be a godly wife. Discover where wedding traditions and symbols come from. Learn all about wedding protocol and who is responsible for what. And lots of Christian encouragment!

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Ultimate Christian Wedding Planner by Meredith Curtis Before the Vows Are Made - Premarital Counseling Workbook for Engaged Couples Real Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, & Family God's Girls 103: Courship, Marriage, and the Christian Family High School Class
Real Men Talk About Freedom, Girls, & Marriage Real Men 103: Leadership God's Girls Talk About Guys, Virtue, & Marriage by Meredith Curtis God Girls 105: Homemaking (1 Credit High School Life Skills/Character Class) by Meredith Curtis

 

 


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Stress-Free Weddings I: The Task

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #195, Stress-Free Weddings I: The Task, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Stress-Free Weddings I: The Task

In “Stress-Free Weddings I: The Task,” episode #196, Meredith Curtis talks to families with a wedding on the horizon who long for a peaceful, joy-filled celebration.  In part I, Meredith helps you take a deep breath, list and prioritize expectations, and plod peacefully through the planning. She looks at the ceremony, guests, venues, photography, food, clothing, decorations, music, budget, and itinerary. From the practical to the relational, you will receive wisdom from an experienced Mother of the Bride.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Show Notes

You just found out! Celebrate, invest emotionally, make a plan with the couple

Take a Deep Breath!

This is exciting! Celebrate the engagement!

Pray – What is God’s will?

Quiet Dinner – “What are you thinking?”

Dream Big – pare down

Things to remember

  • You are throwing a party for your family & friends to celebrate
  • You can be simple (low cost) or extravagant
  • A Wedding Planner with a Timetable is essential
  • God is the God of Miracles!
  • Pastor/Premarital Counseling
  • Bride & Groom Choose Support Team (wedding party)
  • Mom, you choose your support team because usually the wedding coordinator is you!

Ceremony

  • Intimate? Large? Honoring Christ? Honoring Parents & One Another?
  • Where?
  • Special Things (Unity Candle, Communion, Sing to One Another)
  • Remember you are getting ready for a Marriage – keep your eyes on the important thing!

Guests

Who do you want to celebrate with you?

  • Bride, Groom, Parents Lists
  • Save the Date, Invitations
  • Gifts – Thank You’s
  • Out of Towners

Venues

  • Choose, Reserve, Downpayment for Venues/Choose Date
  • Ceremony—Church, Garden, Other?
  • Reception—Fellowship Hall,

Photography

  • Photos last a lifetime
  • Photographer, Guests, Table Cameras
  • Place to upload photos

Food

Caterer or Do Food Self

  • Cake & Punch
  • Dessert Bar
  • Breakfast or Brunch Buffet
  • Sit Down Dinner
  • Casual Lunch Buffet

Clothing

  • Wedding Gown
  • Girl’s Dresses
  • Guys Tuxes

Decorations

  • What “feel” do you want?
  • Start a Shared Pinterest Board

Money

  • Make a Budget
  • Avoid Debt
  • Priorities (What matters most? What do you want to remember?)

To-Do Lists

A Wedding Planner with a Timetable is essential

  • Plan Ceremony/Itinerary
  • Plan Reception/Itinerary
  • Choose Emcee
  • Choose Music & Musicians (or Audio)
  • Pick Out, Address, & Mail Invitations
  • Choose & Hire Photographer
  • Bridal Registry
  • Parties: Shower, Bridesmaid Luncheon, Bachelor Party

Wedding Planner Notebook

I created a wedding planner for my daughters and several close friends. Some opted to use the print version and other wanted the eBook to print only the pages that applied to them.

Everything you need is here!

 

Before the Vows are Made - Premarital Counseling Workbook for Engage Couples by Pastor Mike and Meredith Curtis

 

You pick and choose what you want to include and not include. You choose where the money is spent. You choose how and when and where the big day will take place. A wedding planner keeps you organized.

With checklists and schedules,  you will be able to keep you head in all the planning. Family trees, memory pages, comparison pages, budget sheets, vendor payment tracking charts, table arrangement planners, sample invitations, sample schedules, and sample itineraries. But, there’s more!

The Ultimate Christian Wedding Planner has prayers, studies, and meditations to help prepare to be a godly wife. Discover where wedding traditions and symbols come from. Learn all about wedding protocol and who is responsible for what. And lots of Christian encouragement!

 

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Ultimate Christian Wedding Planner by Meredith Curtis Before the Vows Are Made - Premarital Counseling Workbook for Engaged Couples Real Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, & Family God's Girls 103: Courship, Marriage, and the Christian Family High School Class
Real Men Talk About Freedom, Girls, & Marriage Real Men 103: Leadership God's Girls Talk About Guys, Virtue, & Marriage by Meredith Curtis God Girls 105: Homemaking (1 Credit High School Life Skills/Character Class) by Meredith Curtis

 

 


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Backyard Archaeology Dig

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #194, Backyard Archaeology Dig, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Backyard Archaeology Dig

In “Backyard Archaeology Dig,” Episode, #194, Meredith Curtis invites you to dig a big hole in the backyard for educational purposes. Hosting an archaeology dig for your family and a few friends is a great way to experience archaeology and its investigation into history. If you’re willing to make and break artifacts, dig a hole, string it into sections, and let kids dig with a small trowel and brush, you can go on an amazing educational adventure! Meredith explains how to prepare the artifacts, set up the dig, and “clean” the finds.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Show Notes

What is archaeology and what do archaeologists do?

Archaeology always fascinated my kids but just for a moment. I could never pass on how fascinating the work could be. Worksheets didn’t help. Until….

Let’s Have Our Own Dig!

We decided to have our own dig! Wow! It sounded exciting to the boys to dig in the dirt.

Lessons from our first dig

Preparing Artifacts

Prepare artifacts in Ancient History Homeschool Co-op.

First Layer: Minoan Mosaics; Second: Egyptian Clay Pots; Top Layer: Greek Plates

Readying the Dig Site

Dig Large Rectangle

Break and Layer Artifacts carefully with a layer of dirt between

Stakes every 12 feet around the hole. Tie strings to make a checkerboard. Number sections.

Unearthing Treasures & Cleaning

Wear loose modest comfortable clothing. Hyrdate, hydrate, hydrate. Snack table with fruit and granola bars.

Open in prayer.

Dig with small plastic beach toy shovels (gentle – won’t destroy artifact) and brushes. Shout and cheer whenever someone finds an artifact or piece of artifact.

Take a photo, measure depth, record all information, brush off dirt, another photo, clean artifact at Research tent.

Researchers keep log.

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