Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pâtisserie française = la patience

As we continue to learn French and study the French culture, we have been baking French pastries!  We recently made profiteroles or chou à la crème and then tried croissants - délicieux!!!! Both pastries are delicate and require following directions very closely for best results.

In just the past couple of years have I attempted working with yeast as some recipes take hours or days to work with. Croissants is a 3-day process, so it takes much patience and perseverance until you reach the baked ending :) After attempting to make croissants, I can understand why we do not see any baking classes for croissants. The class would need to several days to go through the whole process. In the end, the croissants are worth waiting three days for. Our croissants for the first try turned out buttery, light, flaky, with a crusty exterior and a soft interior, scrumptious indeed. We know where we need to work to make them better, it was a learning process in baking them and in patience!!!

Our friends never know what type of yummy treat they are in for when they pop in :)

Patience is a virtue and talked about throughout the Bible in the Old and New Testaments. According to 1 Samuel "lack of patience can cause you to miss blessings". 
Here is a FUN little song as children practice patience:

"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

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cleveland Orchestra - Sounds of the Orchestra!!

Greetings Friends!

Thank you for being subscribers to my blog!  We really appreciate your friendship and fellowship on our field trips :)  Please join us for the following visit to the Cleveland Orchestra:

DATE:  Friday, November 4, 2016


COST:  $7/person

This program is geared for students in grades 3-5.

"The Cleveland Orchestra and Associate Conductor Brett Mitchell will explore the unique traits of the four families of musical instruments that make up the "Sounds of the Orchestra."  Students will experience the distinctive sounds of the string, woodwinds, brass and percussion sections and will learn how composers weave these individual groups into diverse musical soundscapes.  The program will consist of:

ALL SHAPES AND SIZES (full orchestra vs. chamber orchestra)
STRAUSS Introduction from Also sprach Zarathustra
MOZART Allegro from Eine kline Nachtmusik (strings)
DUKAS Fanfare from La Peri
Music in Stereo (Polyphony)
DAUGHTERY "MXYZPTLK" from Metropolis Symphony
Music from Afar (offstage)
BERLIOZ "Scene' aux Champs" from Symphonie Fantastique
BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
An Orchestra of Soloists
RAVEL Bolero (percussion)
New Sounds for the Concert Hall (technology)
BATES Mothership for orchestra and electronica

Music helps students with learning and creativity by improving visual and verbal skills!!!

If your family would like to join us, please email Kim at with payment due by September 10, 2016.  Thank you and blessed to serve!!

"My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul."  Psalms 108:1

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Early American History Homeschool Lessons

Greetings Friends!

I want to first thank you for subscribing to my blog and hope you had a wonderful summer!  It went by so quickly for us?  Between chess camp, Sports camp - amazing as always, swim lessons and so on.....I know you will as excited about this absolutely FREE resource as we are!!!  We will incorporate this program into our studies this year.

    How Did You Die In American History?
  • Contains background texts, primary sources, lesson plans, videos, interactive web activities, and more to provide teachers everything they need to teach a given topic.
  • Can be used to teach American history from Jamestown to the Civil War, social studies, civics, and more with ties to language arts, science, math, art, and music.
  • Contains hundreds of resources, with more being added. The video programs have won 16 Emmy awards.
  • Searchable by keyword and browsable by era, theme, and subject.
If this sounds like something you would like to check out for your homeschool teaching of American history, please visit to create an account!!

Did you hear about this from a forwarded email and do not want to miss any new info or field trips?  Then, please feel free to sign up for my blog, and be the first to learn about new activities!!!

Happy schooling, always striving to bring the best to you and your family!!!  
Joyfully in Christ,  Kim

"By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible."   Hebrews 11:3

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Urban Farmers

Greetings All!

This is an encouraging blog post for those considering becoming urban farmers.  Wondering if it is a growing trend or more of a desire for organic and knowing our food source?  Either way, I never thought that we would have a "mini farm"!  I always enjoyed gardening from the time I was young, a passion my Dad instilled in me and we are instilling in our children, but chickens!   We hear more and more people we know having chickens.  Who knew?

This past Spring my husband visited Tractor Supply to purchase supplies for our pets and encouraged, begged, and pleaded the kids to go along with him.  Well, they had baby chicks in the store which the kids fell in love with.  So after a week or two of determination, perseverance and research they returned to the store for a half dozen baby chicks!  

We believe that having animals teaches compassion and responsibility.  The baby chicks were so adorable, but that time is fleeting, only about a week or so long and then they begin looking like chickens.  Finding the chickens sweet and lovely, and each having their own personality, they were named accordingly.  Our kids helped construct a chicken run, which is  large enough until we build a chicken coop.  

The girls began laying eggs around mid-July and now we are receiving about 4 a day from the little ladies :)  Several times a day our children go searching for the eggs, it's like a treasure hunt!  And, the kids sold their first dozen yesterday - so exciting!!!!  We are also teaching the kids economics and to be entrepreneurs.

Sure letting the chickens free range, they have tilled some grass and garden for us, but we do not mind.....The children adore them and their friends enjoy visiting to see and feed our chickens.  The chickens bring much JOY to our household.  Please be encouraged if you are considering getting a few of your own.  The kids would love to share their experience and knowledge with you, our youngest has already given advice about broody hens!  If nothing else, chickens are a wonderful science project, fun pets and wonderful for teaching responsibility!!!

"Jesus said to him, "Truly I say to you that this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times."  Mathew 26:34

Friday, August 5, 2016

Special Hike!

Dear Friends!

You are invited to join us for a special hike in NE Ohio.  We only have space for 40* for this guided hike.

Image result for hikeDATE:  Friday, October 21, 2016

TIME:  1-2PM

*Please note as space is limited and two guides are being provided for our group, any cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance so those on the waiting list may be contacted.  Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation!

Details will be provided closer to the date.  If your family would like to join us, please email Kim at  Thank you!!!

"Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth."  1 Chronicles 16:33


Dear Friends!
Image result for blast cuyahoga valley churchWe would love for you to join us for BLAST!  What is BLAST?  Blast! - A MONTHLY shared multi-media experience for the whole family that includes worship, humor, virtues and lots of FUN!  What is exciting about THIS month's BLAST program is that we will have a NEW set design!  Hubby designed and has been diligently working to have as much completed for this Sunday!!!   Please come check out our program and the new set :)  

Hope to see you there BLAST is the first Sunday of each month at 10:45AM or 12:15PM.  For families - kids & parents, Grades K-4.   Our family loves it!!!!  

Our next BLAST Program is THIS Sunday, August 7, 2016, this is the day to turn in Art pages from Sports Camp!!!  The winner will be announced at the September BLAST with the prize being a $25 gift card!! 

Our Children's Ministry Director ROCKS and she is not only over this amazing program, but over ALL of our Sunday school programming AND is the organizer of our awesome Sports Camp and just recently Tim Tebow's "Night to Shine"!!!

Here is a sample of BLAST from a few years ago:

Please let me know if you would like to join us and we can plan to meet you at Cuyahoga Valley Church!

Please join us and see how your life can be NEW in Christ....

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth."  3 John 1:4

Firm Foundation!

This Old House that we own has much work to be done on it and not much available time and resources to devote.  My husband is always busy working or serving others so the house gets neglected at times.  Our roof needs to be done, the exterior paint has peeled to the bare wood.  I decided to visit Home Depot yesterday and they recommended oil-based Kilz to use to maintain the paint adhering to our wood siding.  The kids and I began scraping yesterday and found some rotten planks, so I contacted our Historical Society, because yes, we have a historical home!  I received a message back with such encouraging words, I am overjoyed at just the possibility of their assistance!!!  The President mentioned they may begin awarding grants to owners of historical homes.  Continuing to pray for our house to be on solid rock and firm foundation!!!!!!
Storms are inevitable, when the storms arise, do you come out on top?

My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus' name.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace;
in every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil.

God is working and moving for those who are faithful!  I hope this has been encouraging, God listens and knows our heart, we just need to persevere through the storm!!!

"Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”  Matthew 7:24-27

"For he was looking forward to the city with firm foundationswhose architect and builder is God."  Hebrews 11:10

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

"My Fair Lady"

Dear Friends!

We are excited to visit Playhouse Square for this wonderful production!  Please join us!!!

When the opinionated linguistics professor and bachelor Henry Higgins wagers that he can convert a lowly Cockney flower girl named Eliza Doolittle into a lady of high society, he never bargains for the unexpected transformation that she will evoke within him. Featuring such enduring Broadway favorites as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “The Rain in Spain,” “On the Street Where You Live” and “Get Me to the Church on Time,” this acclaimed musical is a joyful classic that the entire family will enjoy.

DATE:  Thursday, October 27, 2016
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Ticket Prices:  $13/Student - Teachers - FREE

Last day to order tickets:  September 2, 2016 with payment due September 13, 2016!!!

Please email Kim to express interest, including how many tickets for both students and teachers.  At that time I will provide a mailing address to send checks and self-addressed stamped envelopes to mail tickets to you.

"She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue."  Proverbs 31:26