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Sunday, September 27, 2015

SAVE the DATE!

Dear Homeschool Friends!

You will want to mark your calendars for this AMAZING, FUN and FREE event!!!  There is something for everyone in your family at our Sports Camp!

Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Flag Football!!!
Dance Camp too :)
Martial Arts offered the #1 instructor in Kung Fu
in the US and #4 in the world!


ART CAMP


MOM CAMP (and DAD Camp too)
Speakers at Mom and Dad Camp each day!









Ladies at Mom Camp - FUN!!!


What Mom doesn't need a little pampering and relaxation???








We love sharing the day with friends who join us as volunteers!!!  It takes about 400 volunteers to run the camp for almost 1,400 kiddos!!!  Here's a video of the FUN!!!  https://vimeo.com/102631236




FOOD - volunteers are provided a homemade meal for lunch or dinner and there was a hotdog roast for all participants and their family at the end of camp!  2,800 hotdogs :)


A Potter show!
Last day - magician show!!

DATE for 2016:  July 25 - 29, 2016!!!

Please remember we offer an AM and a PM Camp and it's FREE!!! 
Sports Celebrities make an appearance and there was a competition this year between the two camp sessions with prizes for the winners :)

AT Cuyahoga Valley Church, 5055 E. Wallings Road, Broadview Heights

We hope you will return or join us for the first time next year!!!  The only negative thing families say is, "they wish they had known about it before, as they would have come :)"

"But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."  Isaiah 40:31

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pondering and Praying to Inspire and Encourage

A friend of mine mentioned pondering and it really got me to thinking, or really pondering about things.  We as Moms, homeschool educators, wives, sisters, neighbors and on it goes....have many looking to us for guidance, support and nurturing.  God has called us to fill all these roles!  WOW!  God has faith in us and has called us to be diligent servants!!!

As God spoke to Mary, about being mother to His one and only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, "But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart."  Luke 2:19

pon·der
ˈpändər/
verb
  1. think about (something) carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion. 


We are to be in Him and helping others along our journey.  We all have our gifts and He instructs us to use them.

"They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share," 1 Timothy 6:18

We all ponder are we doing right by Him, by our husbands, children and peers?  There are times when I feel I could have done better, provided a better answer, prayed a little harder.  Pondering upon the past but looking to the future on how I can do better.  Pondering over the past year and all of the beautiful Moms I have been blessed with interacting with and blessing with educational support for their homeschooling curriculum through field trips and activities for their children.  After all that is why we homeschool right?  For the children, our children!  God has blessed us with the opportunity to homeschool them.  He layed the decision on our hearts and guided our way.  No matter when we made that decision it was through His grace.  Our Lord has given us each special gifts to use


From The Epistle to the Romans, the 6th Book in the New Testament:

2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. 
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 
4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 
5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 
6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 
7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;
8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

Love

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 
11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 
12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 
13 Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 
16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 
18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 
19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"says the Lord. 
20 On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." 
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Image result for fellowshipOur pastor did an amazing sermon hitting each and every one of these points!!!  http://www.cvconline.org/message/right-with-god-week-19/

Whether in word, attitude or action, we are to love the enemy and one another.  We are all bruised reeds in one fashion or another, not knowing what the other is going through....so God commands us to do all things in love, with grace, mercy and forgiveness.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God," Ephesians 2:8

He instructs us to build each other up, to be in fellowship with one another!  Encouraging and supporting through our trials and tribulations as homeschool moms.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."  1 Thessalonians 5:11
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I always enjoy the company of friends and sharing hospitality in our home.   Every morning I awake and pray to God to give me strength for the day and keep me and my children humble, to be welcoming to all who God puts in our path.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11

The love of God first works IN you.....then the love of God works THROUGH you!  As each day closes I thank our Lord for what He has brought for that day.  A new face to greet, an encouraging word, a moment that brought a smile from a child.  Remembering that from the Lord of Lords and King of Kings all things are possible and that when things do not go as planned, He has our best interest at heart!!!

"As iron sharpens iron, so one mans sharpens another"  Proverbs 27:17

Friday, September 4, 2015

Friends Gathering for Fellowship!

Dear Friends!

Homeschooler families have been asking if my blog is a group?  I have been praying to have more consistent families join us on our adventures, including field trips and activities :)  It is great to have some blessed friends that we see on a regular basis and can look forward to on our homeschool journeys!!!  Joyfully, I can say NOW it is that time :)  Please join us as we grow in training our children in, through and with Him to whom we give all the praise and glory! 

Soaring on Eagles' wings with Christian Homeschool Friends! Making friendships in Christ through fellowship, prayer, support and encouragement!!!
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We are looking for interested families that would like to fellowship more frequently.  There are many activities our family partakes in that I do not post on my blog.  I would love to share our outside activities with you!  We look for events to supplement our education and they're usually FREE!!!!  For instance, we went to an amazing program about Quilts from WW I.  We are a family of diverse interests, including chess, so you will find opportunities for both girls and boys.  If you would like to include any specifics such as topics of interest, things that would be beneficial to your family, etc.  Opportunities may also include Moms nights, Bible study, Teas, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvpjxfWrjzY


To know God and make Him known through everything we do with our children and together.  Supporting and guiding families who have chosen to Homeschool their children.  Lifting each other up as God instructs, "Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."  Hebrews 10:25  "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." Thessalonians 5:11 We believe that each child and parent is perfectly and wonderfully made by Him!!!

If you would like to learn more about wonderful educational opportunities, please email me at DecadentChocolate@gmail.com to receive additional information.  Thank you and always blessed to serve :)

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:"  1 Peter 4:10