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Blogging for Books

Waterbrook Multonomah just invited me to start reviewing books for them through BloggingforBooks.com. I am so excited. I just requested a copy of The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers. Listen to some of these chapter titles: Chapter 1: In which I jump out of a box and play the Wild Man of the Feechiefen Swamp. Chapter 2:In which we get out of the feechie trade and I begin my formal education and Chapter 11: In which we meet the Blossom of Bonifay, the Chalkboard Bully, and the world’s most beautiful eighty-two-year-old. Here is the description from the publisher’s website:

“As far back as he can remember, the orphan Grady has tramped from village to village in the company of a huckster named Floyd. With his adolescent accomplice, Floyd perpetrates a variety of hoaxes and flimflams on the good citizens of the Corenwald frontier, such as the Ugliest Boy in the World act.
“It’s a hard way to make a living, made harder by the memory of fatter times when audiences thronged to see young Grady perform as “The Wild Man of the Feechiefen Swamp.” But what can they do? Nobody believes in feechies anymore.
“When Floyd stages an elaborate plot to revive Corenwalders’ belief in the mythical swamp-dwellers known as the feechiefolk, he overshoots the mark. Floyd’s Great Feechie Scare becomes widespread panic. Eager audiences become angry mobs, and in the ensuing chaos, the Charlatan’s Boy discovers the truth that has evaded him all his life—and will change his path forever.”

Breaking Free

I would like to know if I am the only sap doing this Bible Study by Beth Moore, who can’t get through a homework assignment without crying? Actually I am such a procrastinator that it’s usually a couple days of crying during the homework and then a few days keeping myself too busy with other things, and then a few days of cramming to try to get caught up. Which includes more crying because I am so frustrated with myself for keeping myself “too busy” for God.
I really am enjoying this study though and am hopeful that God is not through with me yet! This is a little of what I have learned so far-
“Captivity is anything that hinders the abundant and Spirit Filled life God has planned for his child.”
Benefits of being chosen by God:
1) To know God and believe Him.
2) To glorify God.
3)To find satisfaction in God.
4) To experience God’s peace.
5) To enjoy God’s presence.

Isaiah 57:14 “And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling block out of the way of my people.”

5 common obstacles:
1)Unbelief Maybe you believed and repented into salvation, but do you believe God’s promises for your life here on Earth? Mark 9:24
2)Pride Maybe you don’t think you have any real sin issues, you think you are a pretty good Christian and God is lucky to have you on his team!
3)Idolatry- Putting other things before God. This is a big one for me. I get so caught up with whatever is interesting to me in the moment, that I put prayer and Scripture on a back burner.
4)Prayerlessness- Goes hand in hand with #3
5)Legalism-Being more aware of others faults than loving others. Seeing the speck in your brother/sister’s eye, but ignoring the log in your own.

I went through Obstacle 3, 4, and 5 today ( I said I was catching up!) and I was led to write out some lies I have been believing that I need to daily give over to the Lord.

1) LIE-That momentarily releasing my anger onto my children ( or husband) will make me feel better and doesn’t so any lasting harm. TRUTH- It does not make me feel better, it makes me feel like scum and it obviously harms because my behaving in such a way is the result of my being surrounded by anger when I was a child. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not blaming my parents for my present behavior. I am an adult and I make my own choices. However, I learned certain sin-habits by watching others choose them, and my children are already making sinful choices based on how they see me behave.

2) LIE-Being disrespectful to my husband is not a big deal and does not have any consequences. TRUTH- It is a big deal because it is sin. Being saved does not let me off the hook, there are consequences such as an unhappy husband and disrespectful children. When I disrespect him, they think it is ok to disrespect us. Their disrespect leads me to be angry which just starts the cycle over again. How can I expect them to be happy and obedient when I am angry and disrespectful, makes no sense!
3)Lie- Retreating to my room and hanging out online is my right and there’s nothing wrong with it!! TRUTH- As long as it does not interfere with my responsibility as a wife and mother, it is nothing worng with going online, but when it takes over my day and my children are left to themselves, it is not ok, and it is not my “right”!

Well, I think that’s enough inward reflection for me! I would like to hear what others who have done this study think and even if you have not done this study, what are some lies you have believed??

For sale

Indulge me for a moment while I engage in some shameless self-promotion! I have added a couple links on my sidebar.One is for cash4books where you can sell some of your books. The other is for my half.com store, I would love it if you could take a look. If you seem something you want, awesome! If not, please share my blog with others who may want to make a purchase.
Also I have just a few items that I cannot list on half.com.
My Calendar Book by Christian Light Pub. Though I have submitted info so that they could add it to their “catalog”, half.com is still not recognizing the ISBN.
The other two are too old to have ISBNs
The Roll of Drums by Lucille Wallower (1945) fair condition, the binding is starting to unravel.
Elementary Music Music Education Series (1923) good condition

For these 3 books I will take any reasonable offer! I accept paypal!

Knowledge Quest Coupon Code

Time for another giveaway! Did you know that Knowledge Quest is on facebook? They do geography quizzes once a week and 5 winners get a coupon code for $5 off an online purchase, no expiration date!! So I was one of the winners for two weeks and I would like to bless somebody with one of them. So for your first entry I want you to leave a comment telling me which one of KQM’s products you would like to own. You can find the link on my sidebar.
For additional entries you can:
Subscribe to my blog
Follow me on Twitter
Become a fan of Knowledge Quest on Facebook
Follow KQ on Twitter
Friend me on Facebook
I will pick a winner next Monday at 9:00 am EST. Please tell your friends about this contest!

Spring Cleaning Giveaway

This was an idea I got from http://www.thecurriculumchoice.com, but unfortunately I could not get their buttons or mr. linky thing to work on my blog, I am still new to this so please be patient with me!  Anyway, I figured I would do it on my own! This is what I have to offer, if you are interested in receiving any of these leave a comment letting me know which you would like a chance at winning.

Themes to Grow on by the mailbox, over 375 cross-curricular activities pre-k – 1 fall/winter there are a few pages ripped out but they are still with the book.

Readiness Joy by Joy L Keith this is an oldie but a goodie, from 1975. It has a readiness (reading) checklist, unofficial testing, lots of ideas for games you can make to help your child with reading readiness, and some other activities such as narrating short stories back to you. This one is well loved, with some damage to the cover but all in all it’s great, and besides it’s a give-away!!

Finally I have almost a whole ream of  Ready Write Paper (kurtzbros.com) , 1 box of 12 Ticonderoga My Right Hold Pencils and color stickers to go with.

Now I can’t see signing up for random.org which is not free.  But I promise I will draw name from a bowl, I will have my daughter pick one, it will be completedly random, no favoritism.  Now please feel free to share this link with friends and family so we can make it lots of fun.   If you want a chance to win more than one of the prizes that is fine, byt if you win one, I will take your name out for the others.  I am going to pick a winner next Sunday, the 28th and will contact winners by Monday the 29th.  Please be sure to use an email that I can contact you at when signing in to leave your comment ( it will not be displayed publicly, but please don’t use the email that is for junk that you never check!) Thanks and I hope to get alot of responses.

St. Patrick’s Day

Well it is a little last minute so maybe these will be some ideas you can use next year! These are the things that I have pulled together, some of this I won’t even use until next year, or perhaps later this month since our lapbook is taking all of March. a>
These are the books that I chose to use:
St Patrick’s Day Shamrocks by Mary Berendes (Science/History)
Patrick Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola
St.Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting Illustrated by Jan Brett
Shamrocks,Harps, and Shillelaghs by Edna Barth
A Voyage from Ireland in 1849 (Journey to America, Fiona McGilray’s Story) by Clare Pastore
Kathleen, The Celtic Knot by Siobhan (pronounce sha-vonne) Parkinson (Girls of Many Lands)

Most of these are read alouds if your children are on the younger end.
Some other neat things I have found include recipes and crafts, coloring and activity pages, St Patrick’s Confession English translation, info about Ireland,and even a quiz!

One final cool site , where you can listen to native gaelic speakers from different areas of Ireland. Scroll all the way down and you can choose St Patrick’s Day sayings among others. CAUTION: check this out ahead of time as their are certain things you may not want to accidentally play for the kiddos such as “kiss my %$#” or other things referring to drunkenness and alcohol.
Hope you can use some of these things!
Eirinn Go Brach!

South Asian Book Challenge

My local library systems ( I have 2 three county systems that I have library cards for) did not have the books that I mentioned on a recent post. So I did a search on India (I know I am missing alot of countries there but South Asian did not gather any results so that ws my next try)
and I found these:
Haunting Bombay by Shilpa Agarwal
Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
The Splendor of Silence by Indu Sundaresan

Maybe I will purchase my original choices at half.com another time. I already have some other books to read from the library but when I get to these I will let you know.

Sell those books you don’t need

I have a couple websites to share.   www.Cash4books.com  and www.mybookbuyer.com .  They each have their good points,  cash4books has no minimum required, they are buying a book from me for 58 cents and mailing me the shipping label ( I do not have a printer at home)!  bookbuyer has a $10 min. before they will buy from you, but they seem to have higher offers.  Both of them pay shipping and will send you a check or pay through paypal.

New books

I love new books, I love old books too…i just love books!  Anyone who knows me could tell you this…anyway- I got a box in the mail today from www.graceandtruthbooks.com.  They had a great deal on a girl’s story collection.  These are all stories and books written in the 1800’s.  I am really excited   because it is so hard to find stories that include TRUE Christianity.   I encourage you to check them out, I looked at their website real quick and they seem to have some really wonderful books available.  Let me share the blurb from one of these books.  This one is titled  “Grace Raymond”, “The story of Grace Raymond portrays to children the life transforming power of our kind God.  Though we are so unlike Him, He is willing and able by His great grace to change us!  As your little girls read of tempermental, hot-headed Grace, who at first defends and justifies her angry outbursts, but learns of the depths of sin in her heart, they will learn to seek the Lord for grace to deal with their own weaknesses…”  WOW!  It is hard to find children’s books that have such truth and depth to them!

WELCOME!

Hi, I am glad you decided to stop for a visit!  I will try to make it worth your time but please bear with me!  I am a daughter of the Lord, wife to my best friend and homeschool mom of three beautiful girls.  Walkinintheway is a reference to Deuteronomy 6:”  7And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”  

     Okay, I guess I should have called the blog walkinbytheway.   Well I can’t change it now and I kind of like walkinintheway!  I guess you could take that a couple of different ways!  Maybe I am just walking in the way of other people!! LOL Anyway, sorry, I do tend to go on rabbit trails! 

So the point is that we homeschool first and foremost because of a conviction that this is what the Lord wants us to do.  We started our journey before our oldest was born and the longer that we travel this path, the more reasons we have to continue.  It is such a blessing to be at home developing relationships with my girls.  For those of you who think I must be some super patient, super organized person I say…”HAAHAA!”  I am not!  What I have is a strong conviction and faith that God will give me enough to get through each day.  Some days are wonderful, other days I wonder if I am crazy.  I ask myself why not just send them off to school…Then Maddie says something about God or the Bible and I know she wouldn’t  be allowed to get away with that at school.  Or I watch her sister dancing around the house and think of how she would be forced to sit in a chair most of the day and be labled ADHD or something at 4 years old.  I am so thankful.