Christmas Eve Traveling Dinner

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #078, Christmas Eve Traveling Dinner with Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio NetworkIn “Christmas Eve Traveling Dinner,” episode #078,

Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette share their special Christmas Eve tradition, The Traveling Dinner, how it got started, what they do, where they go, what they eat, and how it has made their Christmas celebration more meaningful. Grab a cup of coffee, hot tea, or spiced cider and let’s talk about this and other festive and Christ-centered traditions that make the season bright and filled with cheer.

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Introduction:

Laura: The First Christmas Traveling Dinner

How our tradition got started.

Merey: How the Curtis family joined the Nolettes on year just to try it out

Laura & Merey: Our first Traveling Dinner together.

What we bring, eat, wear.

Laura: Crane’s Roost Traveling Dinner

Merey: Post-Hurricane Traveling Dinner

Laura & Merey: Doing Devotions & Singing

Gemini  Springs, Soccer, Walks in the Woods

Laura: Expanding, Including Others

Merey: Would you like to have your own Traveling Dinner?

Laura & Merey: What makes Christmas traditions meaningful for all ages.

More ideas to try in your house.

 

Please share your Christmas Traditions with us!

 

Christmas Resources

Curtis Family Christmas TraditionsCelebrate Christmas with a traveling dinner by Meredith Curtis and Laura NoletteCelebrate Christmas with Cookies Unit Study by Meredith CurtisCelebrate Christmas in Colonial America by Meredith Curtis

 

 

 

 

Learning from the Pilgrims & Puritans

FinishWell Radio, Podcast #077, Learning from the Pilgrims & PuritansIn “Learning from the Pilgrims & Puritans,” episode #077, Meredith Curtis takes you on another Life Lesson in American History. At Thanksgiving, we celebrate God’s blessings with a big feast and usually make little pilgrim hats for the children to wear. Who are those pilgrims? Are they Puritans? Who are the Puritans anyway? Are you ready to meet some folks who helped lay a Christian foundation in the New World? As we give thanks this year, let’s remember the true story of the first Thanksgiving and those early settlers who gave our nation a godly heritage.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Pilgrim Salt Shakers. Pilgrim Hats. Mayflower Models.

Let’s talk about the little congregation from England that dressed like Dutchmen who sailed on the Mayflower.

The Separatists

Church of England

Puritans vs. Separatists

“You are the salt of the earth!  But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.  You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven,”  (Matthew 5:13-16 NIV).

One Local Church

Scrooby

Sherwood Forest

John Robinson

William Brewster

William Bradford

Move to Holland

Trip to New World

Suggested Reading to Learn More about the Pilgrims

Plimoth Plantation by William Bradford

A wonderful book for reading aloud with your children is Stories of the Pilgrims by Margaret Pumphrey (Liberty Press).

Celebrate Thanksgiving by Meredith Curtis

Puritans

City on a Hill

John Winthrop

Arabella

Massachusetts Bay Colony

Our Heritage from Pilgrims & Puritans

Not Freedom to Follow Their Own Ways, but Freedom to Serve God the Way His Word Commanded

Zealous for God’s Ways

Willing to Risk Lives, Money, Property, & Honor to OBEY the Lord

Saw Bible as the Authority to Govern Men

Puritan Work Ethic

City on a Hill

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Planning a Wedding

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #076, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio NetworkIn “Planning a Wedding,” Episode #076, Meredith Curtis interviews two brides-to-be, Aisha Palm and Jenny Rose Curtis, who are planning their weddings to amazing men of God. The exciting thing is that they both live in the same house—the Curtis homestead! The ladies discuss the excitement, challenges, and tasks that are living through as they prepare for romantic days to come.

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Meet Aisha and Jenny Rose

How long each girl has to plan the wedding

A little about the engagements and the grooms.

Goal in Wedding Planning

Each lady shares her desires for her special day and what things they want to do in the ceremony and reception to honor the Lord.

What All is Involved in Wedding Planning

Basics of planning a wedding: venues, dress, caterer, flowers, photographer, cake, wedding party, colors, and theme.

Ladies share their biggest surprises about planning a wedding, as well as their biggest challenges so far.

Memories in Progress

There are memories in the making as they move forward toward their big days.

Couples Growing Closer to Jesus

Growing closer to Jesus is what matters to each young women and her fiancé and they share things that are doing to grow as couples closer to Jesus.

Advice

Jenny Rose and Aisha share advice to ladies who are planning their own weddings.

 

Resources

Before the Vows are Made by Pastor Mike and Meredith CurtisReal Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, & Family by Meredith CurtisGod's Girls 103: Courship, Marriage, and the Christian Family High School Class by Meredith CurtisGod's Girls Talk About Guys, Virtue, & Marriage by Meredith Curtis

Wedding Planning

1,001 Homeschool Days at the Beach

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #067, 1,001 Homeschool Days at the BeachIn “Homeschool at the Beach,” Episode #067, Meredith Curtis & Laura Nolette take you back in time to 1,001 homeschooling days spent at the beach and share what they explored and discovered about sand, ocean, marine life, tide pools, crabs, shells, tides, sunburns, swimming, and water safety.  So, next time, you decide to homeschool at the beach, don’t feel guilty! There are so many ways to teach geography, marine biology, oceanography, architecture, health, safety, and earth science lessons at the beach. Best of all, you can rest, relax, and play.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Let’s go back in time to the year 2000. We were two thirty-something moms who loved the beach and had nine children between us. And so the adventure began. And continued. We have logged many hours at the beach.

“Finish Math and let’s go to the beach!”

 

Marine Biology Observation

Bird watching

Dolphin sighting

Manatee sighting

Shark sighting

Fish in the water

Exploring around on the shore

Crab Hunting at Night with Flashlights

 

Marine Biology

Sea Life: Seaweed, Crabs, Sea Stars, Jellyfish, Fish, Hermit crabs, Mole Crabs

Beach Grass

 

Oceanography

Low Tide/High Tide moving stuff for tides

Currents

Rip Tides

Ingredients of Sand

Shell Collecting (What animal lived in this shell)

 

Earth Science

Erosion of Sand on rocks and shells and driftwood

Beach Erosion after Storms

 

Architecture

Bridges

Draw Bridges

Sand Castles (dealing with water drainage, etc.)

Bridges (Over Intercoastal Waterway)

Lighthouses (Ponce Inlet)

Beach Houses (notice how they are designed to protect from flooding)

Fort at Saint Augustine

 

History

Treasure Coast Museum

Ponce de Leon Lighthouse Museum

Saint Augustine Fort

Saint Augustine

 

Geography

Mapping Route to Beach

Looking at Maps of Beach for Inlets, Harbors, Islands, etc.

Landforms: Ocean, Shore, Rivers

Sand Dunes

 

Human Anatomy/Health/Safety

Burying One Another in the Sand

Water Safety

Rip Tide Safety

First Aid (e.g. Jelly Fish Sting)

Tanning, Skin Care, Skin Protection, Sunburn First Aid

 

Food & Nutrition

Planning & Packing Lunches, Snacks, Drinks for Hydration

 

Art

Sand as a Medium/Building Sand Castles

Photography of Nature

Photography of People

Scrapbook the Memories

 

Collections

Shell Collecting

 

Character/Leadership

Packing for the Beach

Serving (carrying stuff, setting stuff up)

Leadership (getting things ready to go, packing up when they leave)

 

P.E.

Climb Lighthouse

Walk Along the Beach

Frisbee, Touch Football, Paddle Ball

Swim, Body Surfing, Surfing, Skim Boarding

 

Homeschool Resources

Quick & EZ Unit Study Fun by Meredith CurtisJoyful and Successful Homeschooling by Meredith CurtisSeven R's of Homeschooling by Meredith CurtisUnlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette

 

 

 

 

 

 


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What Dads Need Most in a Family

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #066, What Dads Need Most in a FamilyIn “What Dads Need Most in a Family,” Episode #066, Meredith Curtis gives sons, daughters, wives, and mothers insight into what Dads really need to be successful in serving Jesus, leading their home, and loving their families. Do you want to see your husband, father, sons, and other men in your life be successful in what God has called them to do? Meredith and Laura will give you principles that work and give you tips on how to apply these principles in real life. What a great way to show love to the men in your life!

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

What men need from their wives, children, and other important people in their lives is respect, listening, and freedom to lead.

 

Respect

Ephesians 5:33: “The wife must see to it that she respects her husband.”

Respect is more important to a man than love; in fact, respect communicates love to a man.

 

Listen

Proverbs 1:5: “A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.”

Listening to a father’s counsel communicates respect to him and benefits to you.

 

Follow

Dad can’t lead if no one follows.

How do we interact with Dad?

Things NOT to do: Rate his leadership, talk about him negatively to Mom, siblings, and others, feel superior to him.

 

Special Word to Children & Teens

Something magnificent about Daddies 😊

Proverbs 17:6: “Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers.”

Devil’s Plan: Brokeness.

God’s Plan: Hearts Unified.

Malachi 4:6: “He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”

Autonomy/Freedom to submit.

Protection.

Hebrews 12:9: “Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?”

Respecting our fathers is a small picture of how we are to respond to the Lord.

 

Special Word to Wives

Ephesians 5:33: “The wife must see to it that she respects her husband.”

Husband’s Role to Lead and ours to follow.

Autonomy. Freedom to submit & follow.

Protection.

Your Husband is not a woman; don’t expect him to be your girlfriend.

 

Special Word to Moms

Ephesians 6:4: ”Do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Merey: Raising Confident Men

Laura: Affirming my Grown Son who’s a Dad

 

Special words to friends.

 

Home & Family Resources

Joyful and Successful Homeschooling by Meredith CurtisUnlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura NoletteJesus Fill My Heart and Home by Meredith CurtisGod's Girls Brand New Life Bible Study

Real Men 101: Godly ManhoodGod's Girls 101: Grow in ChristReal Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, & FamilyGod's Girls 103: Courship, Marriage, and the Christian Family High School Class

Real Men 103: LeadershipGod's Girls 105: Homemaking by Meredith CurtisReal Men Talk About Freedom, Girls, & MarriageGod's Girls Talk About Guys, Virtue, & Marriage

 

What Dads Need Most in a Family

Fight Fair

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #065, Fight FairIn “Fight Fair,” Episode #065, Meredith Curtis reveals the truth: Conflict is inevitable, but yelling, screaming, and saying things you regret is not. Meredith will teach you to argue without raising your voices, disagree without becoming enemies, work through conflict to achieve win/win, and forgive one another after the dust has settled. This biblical method found in Matthew 18, Proverbs, and James works! It can work in your household, too.

 

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Conflict. Every marriage has it. Every set of siblings engages in it. Conflict is a fact of life.
You won’t be able to remove conflict from your home, but you can change how conflict is handled.

Why Do We Experience Conflict in Relationships?

Proverbs 18:1: “An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.”

James 4:1-3: “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

We experience conflict because we struggle to resist selfishness and greed in our own hearts. Our agenda becomes more important than others’. We experience conflict because we indulge our flesh, instead of looking to Jesus.

Our only hope to avoid conflict is to surrender to Jesus.

Know When to Drop It

The most important thing to learn is to learn when to drop something before a fight ensues. Pride and anger often cause things to escalate quickly.

Proverbs 15:18 “A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.”

Proverbs 17:14: “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.”

Proverbs 20:3: “It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.”

Examine some old conflicts. How did they escalate? What could have been done to stop them from escalating into a quarrel?

Disagree with Kindness & Respect

A disagreement is when two people see things from a different perspective or have different goals.

Sometimes one person is all wrong and the other is all right, but often there is fault on both sides.

Humility keeps things from becoming ugly.

Proverbs 22:10: “Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.”

Matthew 18:15: “ If your brother or sister[ sins,[go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.”

Disagree without becoming enemies. Come with humility, asking questions.

Work Through Conflict Successfully

Keep it between the two of you.

Proverbs 26:17: “Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.”

Don’t involve others through gossip. Only bring in a third person if you two can’t work it out.

If children can’t work it out, that third person should be a sibling.

Win/Win. Let your motive be for the other person’s best, as well as your own.

Philippians 2:1-4: “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

Forgive One Another

When conflict is over, forgive and move on. Jesus separates our sin as far as the east from the west.

Don’t get historical.

Matthew 18:21-35 Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

Cancel debts.

Resources to Grow in Christ for Everyone

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