Patterns for Prayer GIVEAWAY WINNERS

I'm So Excited

Thanks to ALL of you who entered the FREE GIVEAWAY for the amazing Patterns for Prayer adult coloring book! I’m so excited to announce the winners:
Jenni and Stephanie

You gals have each won a copy of Patterns for Prayer! I’ve emailed you this morning. Please respond with your mailing address by midnight tonight so that I can get your coloring books in the mail next week! So so excited for you, ladies!

Patterns for PrayerIf you didn’t win but would like your own copy of Patterns for Prayer, you can order it directly from my friends at Juicebox Designs! Or, you can find a copy online at Christian Book Distributors or at your local Lifeway Christian Bookstore.

Thanks, again, for being a part of this FUN giveaway this week! 🙂 I always love doing GIVEAWAYS on my blog! Aren’t they so fun?!?!?! Have a great weekend, friends!

FREE GIVEAWAY: 2 Copies of Patterns for Prayer

Patterns for Prayer

I am SOOOOOOOOO excited to have the opportunity to give away TWO copies of an amazing, fabulous, Scripture-saturated adult coloring book, Patterns for Prayer, by my dear friends at Juicebox Designs. Watch the video below to see inside Patterns for Prayer. EEK! It is an amazing book that you will LOVE! Adult coloring books are all the rage, and Patterns for Prayer does not disappoint! Watch the video to learn how to enter to win…and then go enter! I am elated to be able to share this book with you!

You can order your copy from Juicebox Designs, Christian Book Distributors, or your local Lifeway retail store.

This would be a wonderful birthday gift, end of the year Teacher gift, or for anyone who needs encouragement. You’re going to love it! Thank you JuiceBox Designs for allowing me to share your wonderful masterpiece with my readers. If you adore Patterns for Prayer, you need to also check out Colorful Comfort by Juicebox Designs, which came out this past Fall.

Colorful Comfort

Enter to win a FREE Copy of Patterns for Prayer

Whining, Complaining, and a Grateful Heart

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I have had the privilege of teaching Pre-K Sunday School at our church since it began 5 years ago. The curriculum that we use alternates each year between the Old and New Testament. This year, it’s time for a trek with 3 and 4 year olds through the Old Testament.

It was my turn to teach yesterday morning, and our year long journey through the Old Testament is drawing nigh. However, we are only in the book of Numbers. 😉 Yesterday’s lesson came from Numbers 20 and 21.

[2] Now there was no water for the congregation. And they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. [3] And the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Would that we had perished when our brothers perished before the LORD! [4] Why have you brought the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we should die here, both we and our cattle? [5] And why have you made us come up out of Egypt to bring us to this evil place? It is no place for grain or figs or vines or pomegranates, and there is no water to drink.” [6] Then Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the entrance of the tent of meeting and fell on their faces. And the glory of the LORD appeared to them, [7] and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, [8] “Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So you shall bring water out of the rock for them and give drink to the congregation and their cattle.” [9] And Moses took the staff from before the LORD, as he commanded him. [10] Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” [11] And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock. [12] And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.” [13] These are the waters of Meribah, where the people of Israel quarreled with the LORD, and through them he showed himself holy. (Numbers 20:2-13 ESV)

[4] From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. [5] And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” [6] Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. [7] And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you. Pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. [8] And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” [9] So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live. (Numbers 21:4-9 ESV)

When I was telling the story to my captive 3 and 4 year olds, I did my BEST “whiny” voice to mimic what the Israelites asked Moses and, indirectly God, “Did you bring us out into the desert so that we would die HERE instead of Egypt?” I rolled my eyes at the Israelites (not my preschoolers). Why were they constantly complaining? They called the manna that God daily provided–worthless (Numbers 21:5). I shook my head at the Israelites (again, not at my preschoolers). Worthless? Really? God provided manna, in abundance, for the children of Israel. Every.single.day. Would they have had adequate food apart from the manna, apart from God’s provision? No way, Jose. Why did they complain about coming to the wilderness? Didn’t they remember that God’s purpose of the trip through the wilderness was to get to the Promised Land? Didn’t they remember God’s covenant with their forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that He was establishing a people for His name? God would not be the covenant keeping God that He is if He let them die in the wilderness. Palm to the forehead.

Even my mesmerized preschoolers “got it.” Didn’t God promise to take them to the Promised Land. “Yes,” they confidently answered. Was He going to ignore them, abandon them? “No!” they emphatically yell. Was it gracious of God to provide a way to be saved from the bites of the fiery snakes? “Yes,” they reply in sing-song utterances.

As I was having this conversation with these up and coming Bible scholars, I had a conversation in my brain, “Whew. Those Israelites. They were so ungrateful. I can’t believe they complained! They had it made!” Saintly Sister Suzanne mulled over these thoughts.

God, always gracious, instantly brought questions to my mind. Do I frequently complain about life circumstances? Do I fail to thank God for His provision, moment by moment, for myself, my family?

“Wow! I’m like the Israelites.” I almost ran out of our classroom so that I could have a good cry–like, an UGLY cry. Those same things that I was accusing the Israelites of forgetting, well, let’s be honest, I forget too. God’s promises. God’s faithfulness. God’s constant provision and watching over my life. Instead, most days I link arms with my brothers and sisters from Numbers. I complain. I forget. I whine.

However, I was reminded of that bronze snake. (I never knew a snake would bring me comfort!) I was reminded that God willingly provided a way for the Israelites to be healed, saved from the bites of those fiery snakes. (The 3 and 4 year olds REALLY enjoyed knowing that the Bible includes a story of fiery snakes!) He promised that if they looked upon the bronze snake, they would be healed. They would be healed, not because of metal hewn in the shape of a serpent. They would be healed because they were believing in faith that He would do what He promised–provide healing. They evidenced faith.

Numbers 21:7 says that the Israelites came to Moses and repented before God. Yesterday morning in Pre-K Sunday School I repented too. I repented of my whining and complaining. I repented for an ungrateful heart towards my Father who has saved my life, through His perfect Son, who also died on a wooden pole fashioned in the shape of a cross. I looked to Him 28 years ago this summer, and I was given life. I looked upon Him again this morning among a myriad of 3 and 4 year olds. My whiny, complaining heart was exposed, laid bare. I repented and asked Him to help me remember His works each day. I asked Him to help me be a more grateful person. I walked out of my Pre-K Sunday School class convicted and encouraged to cultivate gratitude in my heart. I left realizing that I have more in common with those Israelites wandering throughout the book of Numbers than I ever imagined (or care to afmit). Thankfully, He guided my paths by lovingly convicting me of my pride and arrogance. He will help me cultivate a grateful heart. It’s hard to whine if I am thinking about God’s provision in my life. 😉

A new day dawned a few hours ago, and my goal is a grateful heart, not endless complaints. I am thankful that He will be with me along this journey. Lord, I can only do this in your power. Please help. One last thing, Lord. Thank you for 3 and 4 year olds who are oh-so-entertaining, but who give me a reason to dive into your Word each Sunday. I am thankful that   You have much more for me, their teacher, to learn. That is one thing that I am grateful for this morning.

International Book Giveaway: Free Usborne Book WINNERS

Book Giveaway Day

EEEEEK! I am soooooo excited to announce the SIX winners of the FREE Usborne books that I’m giving away in order of International Book Giving Day! 🙂 Here they are:

Kari Essenpreis
Savannah Napier
Lydia the Kicker
Paige Moore
JJoy8407
RhondaMLin

I am contacting each of you tonight via email. You have 24 hours* to respond to me with your shipping address, and I’ll be sending an Usborne book your way! So, keep your eyes on your inbox. If you don’t get an email, contact me via my Usborne Facebook Page: Suzanne Shares Usborne Books.

I will pick additional winners if I do not receive a response from one of the six winners within 24 hours. 

International Book Giving Day–Win a FREE Usborne Book from ME

Book Giveaway Day Maybe you thought that February 14 was Valentine’s Day. However, February 14 taunts another hefty claim to fame, which, frankly, gets me even more excited than Conversations hearts–International Book Giving Day! You folks know how much I LOVE reading and finding glorious books to share with you! In celebration of International Book Giving Day, I’m giving away one Usborne book to SIX different people.* My sons ADORE and DEVOUR Usborne Books, and I can’t think of anything more exciting for ME than to give away the BEST books on the planet to some of my faithful blog readers! Isn’t International Book Giving Day exciting?!?!? Click here to ENTER TO WIN

The FREE Giveaway opens Saturday, February 13 at Midnight and runs through February 14 at 11:59PM (CST). Enter to win today! Winners will be contacted the following week.

Feel free to visit my Usborne shop to see over 1600 AMAZING Usborne titles:  SuzanneSharesUsborne.com  See any titles that you like? Wonderful! You can order there, and the books ship directly to you. 🙂 I am SO excited that you can win one of these amazing books! To see videos of some of my favorite Usborne titles, visit my You Tube Channel: Suzanne Shares Usborne Books.

*Giveaway open to U.S. residents or persons with APO addresses only. 

Cycle 1 Latin Packets–PRINTABLES

I’m excited for our FOURTH year of Classical Conversations! Since this is our fourth year, this means this will be our first year REPEATING a cycle that we’ve done previously! I’m excited to further hammer in those Cycle 1 memory pegs from three years ago!
Latin First Declension Packet.C1As I prepare for my fourth year of tutoring, I will again be using these Latin Noun Declensions and Noun Cases flash cards that I created for Cycle 1. I thought it would be helpful to put all of them together in one post:

Latin Noun Cases

Latin First Declension Packet

Latin Second Declension Packet

Latin Third Declension Packet

Latin Fourth Declension Packet

Latin Fifth Declension Packet

Have a great Classical Conversations year! If you missed yesterday’s post, my Cycle 1 Copywork pages are now available!

 

Cycle 1 Copywork Pages are READY!

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I am soooooooooooo humbled to have heard from many of you inquiring about Cycle 1 copywork pages. Guess what?!?!? They are READY and uploaded to CC Connected! So sorry for the delay! My intention was to have them finished in June, but then, my summer plans never seem to go according to schedule. Do yours??? I pray that these will be helpful to your family this upcoming year. 🙂 username: suzannemosley on CC Connected. I made copywork pages for History, Latin, Science, and English. Please stop back by and let me know how your family is using those.

Read this previous post about how our family stumbled upon this marvelous little tool for aiding in memorizing the New Grammar for each cycle.

And, I most sincerely apologize to those of you who have commented over the summer and asked various questions about copywork pages and Latin printables. Somehow the notifications that I received when I received comments on my blog were turned off, and I literally found all of them tonight. So so sorry!

Have a GREAT year with Classical Conversations!

Classical Conversations: My 1st Year vs. My 2nd Year

Classical Conversations.Year 1 vs. Year 2 series

It’s hard to believe my family just finished our THIRD year of Classical Conversations. With no words can I adequately articulate the blessing that Classical Conversations has been to the 5 Mosleys. Learning together and seeking to root all knowledge in Christ has stretched our hearts, minds and brought us much joy. At the conclusion of our second year of Classical Conversations, about this exact same time one year ago, I wrote two posts summarizing my experience as a Classical Conversations Parent and Classical Conversations Tutor. My experience as a parent and tutor were as opposite as night and day when comparing year 1 and year 2. I made an exorbitant amount of mistakes my first year that I intentionally avoided our second year. I followed that same path with year 3 as with year 2, and it was another wonderful year.

If you are a new Classical Conversations family, don’t make the same mistakes that I did. Read last year’s post, and I hope to keep you out of some gutters where I found myself my first year.

If you are venturing out as a new Classical Conversations tutor this next year, again, read last year’s post about lessons learned as a tutor year 1 vs. year 2. Thankfully, I wound down year 3 as a tutor in the same vein as year 1, and I am not on the burn out, melt down train as I was my first year.

FREE DOWNLOAD for you too! If you are starting Classical Conversations, did you know you can read and download Leigh Bortins’s book, “Echo in Celebration” for FREE?!?!? Download it here from Classical Conversations Bookstore. I recommend it to ANY parent starting out with homeschooling. If you are starting Classical Conversations, I also HIGHLY recommend that you read Leigh’s book The Core over the summer. This will start your school year off well and give you greater insight into the Classical Model of education.

Friday Favorites: “Growing” Butterflies

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It is Friday, so it’s time for a Family Friday Favorite from the Mosley casa! It is also spring, and that makes me THINK of gardening, new life, you know…growing things. Since I don’t garden due to my green  black thumb, I always get a hankering to grow things in the Spring. I think my 3 sons are the same way.

This week I found our Butterfly Garden was unpacked and opened in our school room this week, so I took this as a “sign” from my boys–it’s time. They are ready to grow something too. Grant it, we won’t technically grow our butterflies, but it’s about the closest Mosleys get to growing things. 🙂 So, I heeded the “sign” from my 3 little men and ordered our Insect Lore Live Butterfly Culture so that we can “grow” some butterflies around here. The cool painted lady caterpillars will arrive, and we will have an eyewitness account of God’s amazing miracle of transformation that occurs between the caterpillar to a butterfly. We have done this before as a family, and it is amazingly breathtaking to watch. If you’ve never grown butterflies with your children or grandchildren, make this the year that you do it!
Butterfly

Here’s one of our butterfly pets from 2 years ago. If you’re looking for a pet for your child and you only want a temporary pet, the painted lady butterflies are for you. (Are any other parents besides me nodding their heads in agreement? We don’t have pets in our home. Why? Because I have 3 boys. ’nuff said. ha!) You can explain to your children that butterflies were created by God to be released into nature; it would be cruel to keep them in their butterfly cage. 🙂

Caterpillars & Butterflies

You know I love Usborne and being an Usborne Books & More consultant! I LOVE getting fabulous Usborne books for my boys so that we can use them with homeschooling. So, when I ordered our caterpillars, I also had to order the Usborne Caterpillars and Butterflies book! It’s a fabulous non-fiction book (only $4.99, and it’s hardback!! what?!?!?), and we will read it together during school time as we grow our butterflies.

This is a family favorite of ours that I’m excited to share with you! If your family ends up growing butterflies, send me some pictures of your butterfly pets! So excited to share this with you! Have a great weekend, friends!

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If Your Easter Lunch Involves a Ham, Try This…

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Our Easter lunch always involves a ham….because it feeds the masses. We don’t have family in town, so we usually invite over church friends who, too, would be solo for Easter. I found this recipe last month, and WOWZERS, it is my new favorite way to cook a ham! I love being able to serve it warm, which this recipe makes a reality. Previously, I would cook it the day before, cut it off the bone, and serve it cold. BUT, as previously mentioned, I like my ham warm. Another plus with this recipe–no need to add the dry, prepacked glaze. (Have you seen the ingredient list?!?! So many words that I can’t pronounce,which always frightens me!)

So, introduce your ham to the crockpot in the morning. (I always buy a spiral cut ham from Aldi, which is WAY cheaper than spiral cuts elsewhere, and it’s always yummy!) You’ll be so glad you did.

Here’s the full recipe. Enjoy!