Monday, October 27, 2014

The Here and Now v/s the Then and There!

Happy Monday!  I just wanted to drop by and share a blog posting from Momastery which is definitely worth a read!  Find it by clicking on the link below:


Reading this article today reminded me of how much time I spend looking for what's next or what's bigger and better...but what if the BEST is already right where I am, what I'm doing, who I'm with???  CONTENTMENT was what I chose to work on for 2014...my word for the year, if you will.  This post today helped me remember why this is such a big deal in my own life.  Hope it encourages you the way it did me!!!

Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. Phil. 4:11



Secondly, I wanted to share with you a BRAND NEW RESOURCE just posted today--204 pages of Weather and Climate interdisciplinary learning fun!  Check it out and enjoy!  





Hope your week is absolutely wonderful!  Shannon :-)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Living and Loving Well...

Hope you have had a great weekend!!! 

My husband and I had the opportunity to attend a marriage conference with Dr Gary Chapman (author of 5 Love Languages) on Saturday. If you have the chance to attend one of his seminars in the future, I would highly recommend it--we learned so much from his teaching! 
The 5 Love Languages of Children
We also made a few book purchases...I am super excited to read 5 Love Languages for Kids, 5 Love Languages for Teens, and Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen Driven World.  Have any of you read any of these books? Would love for you to share any tips or words of wisdom...

Also, if you are interested in viewing this conference via DVD, it is available as both a large group and a small group study.  See below to check out the links...



Ready or not, Monday's coming...let's make the most of it!  Blessings, Shannon :-) 

1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins

Monday, October 13, 2014

Back from the Brink...

Well, it happened!  Last week I opened my lap top to find that only my backlight would come on--nothing else.  No windows screen, no start up attempt!  

So I did what we all do when we have a problem...I googled the symptoms!  WRONG DECISION!  I found post after post about the "black screen of death."  Nothing encouraging...only doom and gloom! I must have tried turning my lap top on and off 1,000 times, but nothing worked.  

As you can potentially imagine, I wanted to shed huge crocodile tears over all the work on my lap top...some of it not backed up on a jump drive or an external hard drive...terrible, I know!

So I put the lap top away.  My usual habit is to pull it out after the kids are in bed every night to do some work on curriculum, my teacher stores, blogging, FB.  But not last week!  I did absolutely nothing techy-related.  I read a book, went to 4 football games and the fair with my parents, hosted my sister's family from out of town, unplugged...and prayed.

Sure enough, I got my lap top out of the case this weekend and asked my husband to take a look at it.  What do you know?  It fired right up, and here I sit typing on it.  Guess it was divinely appointed for me to unplug from working overtime and to intentionally plug into my life this week.  

Lessons to me...back up my files and plug into my life more often!!!  Hope you have a great week!  

Also, sales news found below!  Who doesn't love saving???  Enjoy your week!  Shannon :-)


Monday, September 22, 2014

A Fall FREEBIE for You!!!


Happy 1st day of fall!  I was going to wait until the end of the week to add pumpkins to my bulletin board at school, but today I could not resist!  It was overcast and drizzling, and the weather outside seemed just right for decorating the hall with a construction paper pumpkin patch, falling leaves, and fall-themed creative writing!  I even tried to drink a cup of coffee tonight...those of you that know me know that coffee is NOT my fav, but it just seemed like the thing to to with such a chill in the nighttime air!


I also wanted to let you know about a completely FREE resource you can access in my TpT store:
Fun Fall Ideas to Help Your Family "Fall" in Love with Jesus
 These fall ideas are well-loved by my personal children and are a great way to help your own littles "Fall" more in love with Jesus this season!  Hope you enjoy, that you share this devotion resource with a friend, and that your family is blessed through these activities!!!  I would love for you to comment and let me know how you and your little ones enjoy!  I am so thankful for over 2,900 downloads of this resource pack!!!  WOWSERS!

Happy Fall, y'all!!!  Shannon 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Tuesday Tidbit...

Saw this bit of truth in my FB newsfeed today...just wanted to share.  


when going after a God-sized dream, you need a SANCTIFIED STUBBORN STREAK that won’t take no for an answer.

I love words of truth that speak to my soul!  Hope this encourages you today and that your week is off to a great--even if busy--start!  Shannon :-)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

September, Saturdays, and the Scientific Method!

Hope you are having a great September Saturday!!! Our 6th grader just got home from his first ever middle school church retreat this afternoon...middle school sniff, sniff...where in the world does time go?  As much as it saddens me to see him grow up, I loved his answer when I asked him how it was.  He said, "The only problem with the retreat was that it was just too short!"  I think this means he is going to LOVE being a part of the middle school youth group!


I also wanted to let you know that I just posted my new Scientific Method unit in both of my teacher stores!  I have been compiling these lessons and activities for years, so I hope they benefit your little learners the way that they have mine!  At an introductory price of just $10, it's a great value for 158 pages of science learning fun!  





Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Blessings, Shannon 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Post to Share and Labor Day News!


Hi!  I shared on my FB page today a link about creative ways to ask your children about their school day.  As my children get older, it can sometimes be easy to receive static answers to static questions.  How was your day? Fine.  What did you have for lunch?  Pizza.  Do you have much homework?  Not really.  

This post by Simple Simon and Company is definitely worth the read if you are some new and different ways to get the conversation ball rolling.  Check it out by following this link:  http://www.simplesimonandco.com/2014/08/25-ways-ask-kids-school-today-without-asking-school-today.html  This one might be one of my favorites..."If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed up someone who would you want them to take?" LOL

I also wanted to let you know that in honor of my birthday--which was Friday--and in celebration of our favorite September day off--Labor Day--I will be hosting a weekend SALE in both of my online stores.  Stop by for some end of summer savings! 



So thankful for Monday off and for another year of life and health!!!  39 and feeling fine...reminds me I have a lot to be grateful for!

Enjoy your weekend!  Love and Blessings, Shannon :-)