Monday, October 20, 2014

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- October 21, 2014

Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me and Emily @ Emily Reviews

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

Our co-hosts this week are Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

Now, onto this week's Link Up!

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

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Featured Giveaways

Pattern LA Transitional Diaper Bag (5 Runners Up will receive a TT Essentials Cosmetics Bag)
US only Ends 10/27

Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me & Emily @ Emily Reviews along with Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Defending Our Christian Faith With iWitness Books from Apologia {A TOS Review}

Apologia Review
Apologia Educational Ministries is a company that is probably quite familiar to others in Christian homeschool circles, but one I only just recently learned about, thanks to being a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. Even then, at first I thought all they offered was science curriculum. I have since discovered Apologia offers a wide variety of materials to strengthen a family in their Christian faith, from science, to history and language arts, and finally to biblical worldview curriculum. I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to review not one, but three books in the iWitness apologetics series written and designed by Doug Powell. 

The books I received are: iWitness Biblical Archaeology, New Testament iWitness, and Old Testament iWitness. Each of these 6"x 9" books is between 60 and 64 pages long. This may seem short, but they pack quite a bit of faith-strengthening information in those pages. The reading level for these books is ages 11 and up, though they can be shared with younger children as well.

There are so many people today who try to say that the Bible is a book of lies, the events in the Bible never happened, the New Testament was written hundreds of years after the events were supposed to take place and other similar misguided beliefs. I mean, I know someone who actually thought King James wrote the King James Version of the Bible and thought that other "versions" were actually different Bible's and not just different translations. There are some really weird beliefs out there about the Bible and it is imperative for us to know the truth, to know we can trust the Word of God and that is can stand up to scrutiny. Yes, we are supposed to believe the Bible on faith, but we are also told to study the word, to know it and keep it in our hearts, and to have an answer for those who ask.

So, what exactly will you find in these iWitness books?

iWitness Biblical Archaeology provides a look into the evidence that is out there related to biblical history. It is a look at the artifacts and sites that have been discovered pointing toward the events in the Bible being true.

Topics being examined from the time before Christ are: The Flood, Looking for Noah's Ark, Egyptian Chronology, The Exodus, Inscriptions regarding the House of David, YHWH, and Israel, Sennacherib's Seige [sic] of Jerusalem, Old Testament History, Dead Sea Scrolls, and Oldest Old Testament Copies. The book then looks at archaeological evidence surrounding Jesus. The topics are: Oldest New Testament Copies, Hadrian and Constantine, Jesus' Judges, Jesus' World, New Testament Locations, New Testament Inscriptions, and The Burial Shroud of Jesus?.

As you can see in the sample pages below, pictures of artifacts and sites are shown along with what time period they belong to, where they were found, when they were discovered and where they are kept. By studying these artifacts, scholars have been able to find proof outside of the Bible for people and events that have been held in doubt of having even existed. For example, the inscription on Nabonidus Cylinder mentions Belshazzar, who "until this discovery was known only from the book of Daniel."

Old Testament iWitness explores questions regarding Jewish history and tradition, showing how the Old Testament is relevant and important to Christianity. The reader will discover who wrote the books of the Old Testament, how they were collected, why there aren't as many manuscripts as there are for the New Testament, how we can know that the manuscripts they have are accurate, and whether they have changed through the years.

The topics explored in this book are: Manuscripts, Copying, Canon Criteria, Tanakh, Canon  Formation, Septuagint, Torah, Prophets, Documentary Hypothesis, Covenants and Near East Treaties, Nevi'im, Major Prophets, Minor Prophets, Ketuvi'im, The Scrolls, Wisdom Books, History Books, Intertestemental Period, Apocrypha, Vulgate, Apocrypha Acceptance, Apocrypha Canonization, Dead Sea Scrolls, Archaeology, New Testament, and Timeline.

I enjoyed learning about the diligence the scribes took in copying the manuscripts, knowing that this is the Word of God and needed to be handled with the utmost care. I also found the information about the translation of the books into Greek intriguing. As you can see below, at the time of Alexander the Great, when the Septuagint was translated, the books of the Old Testament were divided into the books we know to this day. It's not that books were added, instead, the books that used to be combined were separated.

New Testament iWitness shows the history and formation of the New Testament canon. This is the book that really intrigued me. I have heard multiple times that the New Testament wasn't written until around the 4th century and that it was made up by the church, being just a book of fiction. While I didn't believe that, it is hard to answer these accusations without solid proof, because these days saying, "I have faith" doesn't cut it for the non-believer.

The first half of the book works its way backward through time, showing how the Christians in the different ages agreed upon what writings were to be accepted as canon. Our journey through New Testament iWitness begins with a look at the Councils of Hippo and Carthage in AD 393 & 397. It is important to understand that these councils did not choose the books, they only recognized what had been accepted by the church for the previous 300+ years.  The next section is Canon Criteria, where we discover what set these books apart and authorized them to be included in the Bible. The next sections, each 1 or 2 pages in length, discuss the different men behind this authority and what was decided during this time. They are: Athanasius (AD 367),  Eusebius (AD 324), Church Fathers (3rd Century), Church Fathers (2nd Century), Muratorian Canon (c. 170), Marcion Canon (AD 140), The Gospel (AD 120), The Apostle (AD 150), Apostolic Fathers (AD 90-150), Apostolic Age (AD 30-100), Synoptic Problem (1st Century), and Hymns  and Creeds (1st Century).
The second half of  New Testament iWitness deals with the following subjects: Rejected Books, Canon Certainty, How It Was Copied, Number of Copies, Copying Methods, Differences in the Copies, Manuscript Families (or Text Types), Textual Criticism, and Recovered Text.

Though it doesn't appear that the Christians who were copying the Scriptures were as meticulous as the Hebrew scribes were in copying the Old Testament, errors were usually minor spelling errors, homonym/homophone errors, or orthographic errors. It was intriguing to discover that sometimes errors were intentional due to the scribe thinking he needed to correct what he perceived to be an error. 
Each of these iWitness books has the feel of being a scrapbook of pertinent historical information. As you can see, the text in each of the books is laid out on the page as if it is a part of the archaeological findings. Several different fonts are used to add to the feeling of being handwritten. I admit, at first switching between fonts was distracting; however, as I continued to read I became familiar with the differences in the letters between fonts, making it easier. I love all the pictures of historical figures, archaeological artifacts and sites, and being able to see the original manuscripts. 

I have enjoyed reading these iWitness books in my own "free" time. I knew when I asked to be on this review that these books would initially be for my information. I have learned a lot about the history of our Bible and the people of God.  As my children are 7 and under, I didn't think they would want me to read these books to them straight out. However, as I come across an interesting tidbit, I have shared it with the children. For instance, just recently we were learning about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the book of Daniel, so the information found on the cylinders mentioned in iWitness Biblical Archaeology was quite relevant. I've also caught myself sharing information with my husband, because to me, this is very exciting information. To know that there is more than just blind faith in accepting the Bible as truth is quite important in this day and age.

I would recommend these books to all Christians who would like a basic understanding of the history of our Bible. They really can strengthen ones faith and be a great witness to others. 

Each of these books can be purchases for $14.00.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday Blog-Style #18: October 16, 2014

Welcome back to... 

I know, I know, Throwback Thursday seems to be all about sharing pictures from the past, great memories that mean something to you, that you would like to share with others. At least that is how it appears to me. Throwback Thursday wasn't something I was participating in, and then I came up with an idea.

I thought it would be great fun and a help to my blog to share old content, but not just any old content. Each week I will share an old blog post from a previous year, any year, BUT it has to be from the current week (for example, something I've posted around October 16th from any previous year)  I will go in, edit the post if needed, add a pinnable image if I don't already have one, and share it on Facebook. 

Would you like to join in? You do not need to edit your past post in any way, you don't need to create a pinnable image, though it couldn't hurt, in fact it will help your blog traffic to add quality pinnable images to your posts.

Just go into your archives, choose a favorite post from this current week from any previous year, and link it up below.

I will be pinning posts to my appropriate Pinterest boards and will be randomly selecting a Featured Throwback Thursday post to share next week. Just a note, I will be sharing a picture from your post if you are selected as the featured post, but I will link back to your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. By linking up you are giving me permission to use your picture in the post. 

Here is my Throwback Thursday post:

Originally posted October 18, 2013
Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen #58: Apple Crisp Cookies

Here is this week's randomly selected
Featured Throwback Thursday:

Erica from "Be the One" shared her post 

To participate, link up below. It would be great if you could visit several of the other posts that have linked up. Stop by, comment, and pin images so we can help each other.

If you would like to help spread the news:

Tots and Me
Happy Throwback Thursday!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: October 15, 2014 (w/linky)- Meet the "grandchildren"

My sweet Fairy Princess Ballerinas have been busy giving me grandchildren recently.

And now that they are moms, I guess they are supposed to spend a lot of time on the phone. Not sure where that came from. I don't spend a lot of time on the phone. The computer yes, the phone no.

Can't leave Harold out. Here is his new fun activity. He is always asking to do the Boxing on WiiFit U. 

Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.


Workbox Wednesday- October 15, 2014

Welcome to Workbox Wednesday! 

This week we are adding something new to our workboxes. We have made it to the week in our My Father's World curriculum where the children will be using their Bible Notebooks.

The read a story in their Bible Reader and then right a little bit about it and illustrate it. This week's sentence was written for them. And we will be using the same page for all the days of creation.

As we go on, they will have to write their own sentence.

Eventually, they will be writing more than one sentence.

This has been added to their #4 workbox. The other workboxes are still the same.

If you use workboxes, tot trays, or anything similar, feel free to post a link to your blog post or a picture (pictures can be from facebook, but please make sure they are PUBLIC so we can see them, or use a host like to get a URL for your photo) that shows WHAT IS IN YOUR BOXES!

Please don't forget to visit my co-hosts at Chestnut Grove Academy and Line Upon Line Learning.

Visit others that link up, leave comments, follow, etc. The favors will be returned! Feel free to grab a button too, so others can find the link up and join in the fun!

What is in your workboxes?

Chestnut Grove Academy

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Toddler Ideas Tuesday: October 14th, 2014

Welcome back to Toddler Idea Tuesdays! I hope you will join with me again in sharing the fun activities, crafts, and lessons that you are doing with your young children. 

Today I wanted to share the craft I did with the preschool group at our homeschool co-op last week. I wanted to do something fall related. So, we made Fall Hand Trees. We personalized the fall trees by using a tracing of each child's hand and forearm for the tree trunk and branches. Then they got to work on fine motor skills by ripping strips of paper to make leaves.

Here is Hannah's:

And here is Harold's:

Now onto:

Toddler Idea Tuesday Features

On my last Toddler Idea Tuesday post, there were 4 wonderful posts linked up. I wanted to give a quick highlight of each of them.

1- Deirdre from JDaniel4's Mom shared a fun Fire Truck Activity involving a plastic bag, a drawing of a fire truck, a straw and some torn up pieces of tissue paper. Head on over to see how to make this activity for/with your child(ren) and what fun they can have with it.

2- Deirdre from JDaniel4's Mom also shared a Fire Truck Craft with Flame Painting. Don't forget to stop by to find out how to make this for Fire Safety Month.

3- Christianity Cove shared a wonderful round up of Fall Bible Activities. See how you can relate fall games and crafts to the Bible.

4- Christianity Cove also shared a post about Halloween Slime and Isaiah 64:8. See how you can turn the darkness of Halloween into an opportunity for ministry.

I also wanted to remind you about the giveaway that for a GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope, appropriate for ages 3 and up. Encourage your child's natural curiosity and allow them to explore the world around them. 

Stop by to enter. Giveaway ends 10/18

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your toddlers and preschoolers? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on my Toddler Ideas board and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up. Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our toddler time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your toddler, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Sunday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.


Pattern LA Transitional Diaper Bag Giveaway

Welcome To The Pattern Giveaway! 

I am thrilled to be able to join in with this great giveaway organized by The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It, and joined by several other amazing sites. We're all so excited to bring you this fashionable event offering the Transitional Diaper Bag from Pattern LA as the Grand Prize!

 Additionally, FIVE lucky second place winners will win one of the TT Essentials Cosmetic Bags! 

Pattern LA, the creative start up by London-born designer Tiffany Lerman, is turning lots of heads with the whimsical charm and classic appeal. Her handbags, backpacks, diaper bags, and accessory cases offer practical everyday use for moms on the go.

As seen in OK Magazine, Pattern LA gets the official nod from several celebrity moms! For example, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Elle Fanning, who all carry a bag from Pattern. How cool would it be to have a designer bag exactly like the one your favorite celebrity carries?

I don't know how many years you have been carrying a diaper bag. Maybe you are an expectant mother who is looking for your first diaper bag or like me, you have been carrying a bag for many years and are just looking for a new, more fashionable bag. More likely, you find yourself somewhere in between, or may even be looking for that unique baby shower gift. The Transitional Diaper Bag is perfect for moms who don't need to continue to carry lots of baby gear, but still have to pack a few essentials.

Here, let me share some details of this bag:

  • The five roomy interior pockets keep your essentials within easy reach. 
  • No more digging for a wipe or the hand sanitizer! 
  • Made from laser-cut vegan leather with a water-resistant lining this bag is all fashion on the outside and all diaper bag on the inside! 
  • Available in three color choices you'll love the Black, Metallic Brown or Silver bag! 

Pattern LA Gives Back

The thing that makes Pattern LA craved by the stars of Hollywood and moms everywhere is the heart behind the bag. Designer Tiffany Lerman has made it a point from the start of her business to give back locally and nationally. With amazing programs like her Think Pink section donating 20% to Breast Cancer Awareness in October to her product donations to local LA charities the heart of Pattern LA is to show love. That love extends to the Pattern LA customer because loyal Pattern customers will notice a special gift included when they receive their order! Just one more way Pattern keeps their shoppers coming back for more.

Need Another Reason To Shop Pattern?  How about 30% OFF any non-sale item?! Through the month of October not only can you shop the Think Pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness you can save 30% when you use promo code: PATTERN30 at checkout!

Enter The Pattern LA Giveaway! 
One lucky entrant will receive a Transitional Diaper Bag in their color of choice! (ARV$110) 
Five runners-up will each receive a TT Essentials Cosmetic Bag 
in their color and size of choice! (ARV$22-24) 

Open to readers in the US 
18 years and older 
Giveaway runs 10/14-10/27/14 at 11:59pm EST
 Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment. 
Use the simple rafflecopter below to enter. Good Luck!
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