Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year! Happy New Life!

Greetings Friends!

Happy New Year to YOU and yours!  May your celebrations be fun, festive and safe.  Are you reflecting back on 2013?  I would like to invite you to watch this video and see how it may impact your life for 2014.  The beginning are about numbers, all GREAT numbers!!!!  Please skip ahead to see the life changers:

What changes will you make to improve your life and the lives of others?  I invite you to join me to see what New Life/Restoration may look like for you for 2014!!!

Looking forward to sharing the New Year with you :)  Kim

"The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners"  Isaiah 61:1

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Cleveland Orchestra - Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales in Music
The Cleveland Orchestra Kelly Corcoran, conductor

* Humperdinck * Prokofiev * Ravel * Nielsen * Tchaikovsky *
Geared for Grades 3-5

Date:  April 1, 2014
Time:  10AM
Tickets:  $7 each

Please send payment by check to:

Kim Lucak
55 Southwest Avenue
Tallmadge, OH  44278

by February 3, 2014, indicating Cleveland Orchestra (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like tickets mailed to you?)

Details of the Program:

Introduction to act II of The King’s Children
From act 1 of Cinderella, “the Fairy Godmother,” “the dancing Lesson”
Mother Goose suite
From the Aladdin suite, “Festive march,” “aladdin’s dream,” “dance of the morning mist,” “dance of the prisoners”
Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty

Fables and fairy tales are the starting point for this concert in which music tells the story. The program features Maurice Ravel’s masterpiece, The Mother Goose Suite, and excerpts from Prokofiev’s Cinderella, Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and the suite from Aladdin (based on Tales from the Arabian Nights) by Nielsen, to illustrate how composers interpret storylines, characters, themes, and moods and convey them through music. 

If the weather permits, we will bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy on Wade Oval!  Please join us :)

Thank you!


"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!"  Psalm 95:1

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!  Rejoice Christ is born!!!

May you celebrate the true meaning of Christmas this year.....the what is not important, it is the who that is all that matters :)  For Jesus came to save us all from sin.

Thank you for your support and company with us this past year on our homeschool journey.  Looking forward to seeing you all in 2014!!!!  

Blessings for the New Year, may peace and grace be yours in abundance.



"The Birth of Jesus

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah,[a] the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host,[b] praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”[c]
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child;18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them."  Luke 2:1-20

Why did God send Jesus to us?

15 Reasons Why Jesus Came

  1. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.
    1 Timothy 1:15, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief."

  2. Jesus Christ came into the world to call sinners to repentance.
    Mark 2:17, "When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

  3. Jesus Christ came into the world to seek and save the lost.
    Luke 19:10, "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."

  4. Jesus came into the world to demonstrate the true purpose of life and give Himself a ransom.
    Matthew 20:28, "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."

  5. Jesus Christ came into the world to be a King and bear witness to the truth.
    John 18:37, "Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice."

  6. Jesus Christ came into the world to do the Will of His Father.
    John 6:38, "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me."

  7. Jesus Christ came into the world to be a Light in the world.
    John 12:46, "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness."

  8. Jesus Christ came into the world that men might have the Abundant Life.
    John 10:10, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

  9. Jesus Christ came into the world to Judge the world.
    John 9:39, "And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind."

  10. Jesus Christ came into the world to Proclaim or preach the Good News about the Kingdom of God.
    Mark 1:38, "And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth."

  11. Jesus Christ came into the world to die on the cross.
    John 12:27, "Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour."

  12. Jesus Christ came into the world to fulfil the law.
    Matthew 5:17, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."

  13. Jesus Christ came into the world to be a Divider of men.
    Matthew 10:34, 35, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law."
    (Christ makes it necessary to choose between relatives and the truth. This choice often causes division.)
  14. Jesus Christ came into the world as a demonstration of God's Love.
    1 John 4:10, "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."
  15. Jesus Christ came into the world because the Father sent Him.
    John 20:21, "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you."

a. The Father SENT Jesus to be the Propitiation (atonement) for our sins.
1 John 4:10, "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."
b. The Father SENT Jesus and gave Jesus as the Saviour of the world.

John 3:16-18, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
c. The Father SENT Jesus to bless us by turning us from our iniquities.

Acts 3:26, "Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities."
d. The Father SENT His Son to redeem us from the curse of the law.

Galatians 4:4-5, "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."
e. God SENT His Son to make possible a new power in the hearts of men, a power to enable him to fulfil the righteousness of the law.

Romans 8:3,4, "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."

Thursday, December 19, 2013

GLOW at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Please join us as we visit the Cleveland Botanical Gardens for their GLOW Exhibit!  Come and see their fun and whimsical Gingerbread House Display!!!

DATE:  Friday, January 3, 2014 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

TIME:  10:30AM

ADDRESS:  11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland

Pricing is as follows:

Students in grades preK-8th are $5.00 each
Students 9th grade and above are $8.50 each
Adults are $10.00 each

Please email Kim at to reserve space for your family with the number and grades of your children.  I usually respond to all emails received.

Then join us as we visit the Cleveland Museum of Art!!!  The Cleveland Museum of Art is FREE, not including their special exhibits.  They have a great interactive children's area.  Our children had so much fun the last time, they did not want to leave!

Lunch will be at the Botanical Gardens, so please pack a lunch or purchase something at their cafe.

**  As always, please be courteous and notify me of any cancellations so we are not waiting for your family to arrive.  Thanks a bunch!!!

Looking forward to seeing you in the Garden!

"The ways of right-living people glow with light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine."   Proverbs 4:18

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gift Ideas

Hi All!

By special request, I am posting this awesome gifting idea!  I was at Pettiti's recently and they have 50% off their flower bulbs.  So I had this great idea to do with the kids - plant the bulbs in containers and then force them to bloom.  The kids planted them and then I thought what a GREAT gift idea!!!  I mentioned to my husband and he said he was thinking the same thing.  So I went and purchased more :)  The fabulous thing is these should be starting to bloom just in time for Easter (April 20, 2014).

Here are directions:

1.  Choose a planter (outdoor or indoor planter).  Have your kids help in the decision making and maybe have them paint or decorate?

2.  Select bulbs to be planted with the kids help.  There are several Pettiti's locations, we visited the one in Tallmadge!  They have a HUGE selection - daffodils, tulips, lilies, crocuses, hyacinths, etc

3.  Using peat moss, put some in the bottom of your planter.  If there is a drainage hole, use landscape fabric or rocks in the bottom of the planter before putting a layer of peat moss in.

4.  Place bulbs on peat following directions on bulb package as to how deep and then cover with more peat moss.

5.  Place in cold, dark location 35-45 degrees for 12-16 weeks (basement/garage)

6.  Bring inside and ENJOY!!!

7.  When the flowers are spent and the ground has warmed up, plant outside and enjoy the gift that keeps giving year after year :)

Things to consider:

For forcing indoor blooms, the easiest bulbs are crocus, mini-daffodils, hyacinth, and muscari. Tulips and standard daffodils can also be forced, but they require more careful attention.

How many bulbs and planters you will need?  Who will you be gifting - Moms, Grandmas, neighbors, Sunday school teachers, etc...

Mix bulbs for early blooming to late blooming for extended bloom time.

Color selection of bulbs

Potted plants look great when they are crowded together

Types of bulbs, mix tulips with hyacinths for instance.

Have FUN with the kids!!!!  You will have gifts ready for you when you would be in the store shopping with what the store offers selection.  Your gift recipients will thank you for the beautiful, sweet smelling bouquet!

"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."  Luke 12:27