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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Music Opportunity for Next Year!

Greetings Homeschoolers!

Image result for piano keyboard beautifulPassing along some great information :)  I know many of you enjoy outreach and blessing others as we do.  It seems each year a dear friend reminds me about Piano-a-thon just before her boys are performing and then I forget until the following year.  I shared this opportunity with some of you and the response was incredible so I thought I would post for all.  Thank you so much to those who contacted me, it was wonderful to hear all who already participate in this event and those that are hoping to next year!!

The lady who organizes Piano-a-thon told me that it began as a one day event and has GROWN to a full week with so many willing to share their time and talents!!!  With Piano-a-thon lasting a week, there are many time slots she needs to fill and working with the piano teachers makes her job that much easier, I LOVE her heart!!!  She had offered a few time slots we could have slid into, but timing was not right.  Praying we will be able to participate next year?

Piano-a-thon is held at the Akron Children's hospital; Steinway brings in a grand piano for the students to perform on.  If your students have not performed on a Steinway, all I can say is it is the difference between good soil and clay?

Here is the website for your piano teacher to make arrangements:

Image result for akron childrens hospitalThis wonderful program supports "the John C. & Elaine Thompson Piano- a-thon Endowment for Music Therapy. Music therapy is an integral part of the Expressive Therapy Center that is part of the Palliative Care Program. The program is under the direction of Dr. Sarah Friebert, with Sarah Gaither as the Music Therapy Coordinator. Music is such a healing tool for all ages, even NICU babies, and they do a remarkable job. We hope to allow them to do even more. We could not have asked for a more appropriate and deserving recipient."

"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;
5make music to the LORD with the harp"  Psalm 98:4-5

What a blessing to help the least of His through our children's love of music!!!  We know many people who work at Akron Children's Hospital and the work they do is incredible.  If you think your piano teacher would be interested in this fundraiser, please have them put this on their calendar for next year!!! 

"Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, 
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe,
5praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals."  Psalm 150:3-5

Image result for music to share with othersThe lady who runs the event, said it is very much like a recital only a little more casual.  Of course doctors, nurses and patients would be passing through and stopping to listen, but they also set up chairs for people to sit and enjoy, which is what music is meant for us to do.  Stop and listen with our hearts and minds.

To us, music is to be shared with others and so we would like to encourage you to consider for next year!!!  Keep being a blessing friends, we love YOU :)

Joyfully yours,


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Third Time is a Charm Hike

Greetings Homeschool Families!

Our rock history hike was rained out twice, so we are hopeful this time we'll have clear skies?Please join us as we learn about rocks and geological history at Malabar Farms.  Feel rocks that are older than your granddad. Read history in the rocks and enter the earth during a trip to the cave.
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DATE:  Thursday, June 22, 2017

TIME: 10:30 AM (approx 1 1/2 hours)

LOCATION:  4050 Bromfield Road, Lucas

COST:  Students, ages 5 and up $2; Adults $4

Recommended for Grades 4 -12.  
This hike can be treacherous and requires appropriate hiking and climbing shoes and clothing.  My 3rd grader will be going, please judge by your students and their enjoyment of hiking and endurance :)

Space is limited!  Please email Kim at to register by June18, 2017!  Any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Thank you!!!

"The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."  Psalm 18:2

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Greetings Homeschool Friends!

Image result for great lakes theatreWe will be visiting The Great Lakes Theater for their production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare.

An exhilarating tale of midsummer madness, this memorable comedy brims with mistaken identity, mismatched lovers and mischief-making fairies. Shakespeare's charming comedy ensnares myriad lovers and a rustic troupe of would-be actors in a joyful celebration of love lost, transformed and restored – casting a powerfully pleasing spell on audiences of all ages.

DATE:  Thursday, October 19, 2017

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LOCATION:  Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square

COST:  Students - $13.00, Teachers - FREE (1 per family, extra adults $13.00)
          **   Please note Playhouse Square does not allow children under the age of 2

Payment needs to be received by June 3, 2017.  To reserve space for your family, please email Kim at for address to send payment.  Thank you!

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved"  Ephesians 2:4-5

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hunchback of Notre Dame

Dear Homeschool Friends!

We are hoping you'll join us for the production of the Hunchback of Notre Dame!  We are excited to see The Great Lakes Theater presentation of this classic!  It is a joy to see families throughout the year who join us on our varied field trips and we look forward to sharing this one with you!!!

As the bells of Notre Dame’s cathedral sound in fifteenth-century Paris, Quasimodo - a deformed, captive bell-ringer - observes the city’s Feast of Fools from afar. Escaping his captor Frollo to join the festivities, Quasimodo is rejected by every reveler except the beautiful Gypsy, Esmeralda – with whom he is immediately smitten. However, a handsome Captain and Frollo are equally enthralled by her. As they vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a malevolent mission to destroy the Gypsies and steal her love. It’s up to an unlikely hero to ring true and save the day in this transformative musical celebration of love and acceptance. 
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DATE:  Wednesday, October 11, 2017


LOCATION:  Hanna Theater at Playhouse Square, Cleveland

COST:  Students - $13.00; Teachers - FREE (1 adult/family)

If your family would like to join us, please email Kim at with your family's interest.  Payment deadline April 12, 2017.

"Let all that you do be done in love." 1 Corinthians 16:14

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Beyond Blessings - Special Needs!!!

Greetings Homeschooling Friends,

Wow, just coming off our "Night to Shine" event (Tim Tebow).  It was so amazing again this year!  Cuyahoga Valley Church was able to accommodate 250 guests and their caregivers/parents.  The night seemed to fly by.  We helped with the special needs meals, each made to the guest's dietary restrictions.  What a blessing to serve along with 600 other volunteers!!!  With that being said, I would like to share a ministry our church has for individuals with Special Needs:

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Our special needs ministry is available Sunday mornings during the 9:30AM and 11AM worship services.  Register in the main foyer and check in with our ministry in Lower Level 110 to find the best fit for your child or adult.
Available special needs rooms:
  • Inclusion with peers in an age-appropriate classroom
  • Sensory Room
  • LifeGroup for teens and adults
If you know a family with a Special Needs family member and they are looking for a welcoming, accommodating church, please feel free to share with them!

Beyond_BlessingsCuyahoga Valley Church
5055 E. Wallings Road
Broadview Heights, OH

Here are highlights from the "Night to Shine" event: 
This video references the countries and number of volunteers who served WORLDWIDE!!!!

Thank you FOX8 News for being part of our evening again this year!!!

If you do not have a church home or are looking for a new one, we invite you to come and visit with us!!!

Thank you and as always it truly is a blessing and privilege to serve you and our local homeschool community!!!  We appreciate your friendship and look forward to seeing you on a field trip soon :)

"And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’"