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Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies – No Baking

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These cookies have been our family tradition for 25 years now. Making them is a special time the children look forward to every Thanksgiving. Giving them to neighbors and friends is just as fun. No Bake Turkey Cookies Ingredients Fudge Striped Cookies Chocolate bonbons (Christmas candy aisle at Walmart) Semi-sweet chocolatesCandy corn Directions Melt some of the semi-sweet chocolate in ... Read More »

Thanksgiving Movies, Crafts, & Clip Art & Freebie

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I am grateful for you this season. My thank you gift to you is a Thanksgiving Blessing Tag you can download free at the bottom of this post. I also complied a list of educational Thanksgiving movies, crafts, clip art and more on Pinterest for teachers and homeschoolers. Please share on Facebook, Pinterest, and/or Google Plus.   Thanksgiving Pinterest Boards Follow Robin ... Read More »

Free Classics List by Grade Level

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The Heart of Wisdom teaching approach recommends immersing your children in living books or classical literature. We believe you should read the greatest classic—the Bible—the only real, literal, living book, daily, and attempt to read several classics throughout the year. What is a Classic? What is a classic book? The answer depends on who you ask. A classic to a Christian can be quite ... Read More »

Self Control Lesson from a Ready-to-Explode Vacuum Cleaner

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Have You Ever Had One of Those Days? You know the type situation I am talking about. You were up all night with a vomiting child, the phone rings at 7:00 a.m. it’s the Realtor with a potential buyer that has to see the house at 10:00 a.m. You scramble out of bed, throw the pile of soiled sheeting, wash cloths, towels from last night’s projectile vomiting episode into the wash, and rouse hungry children while hubby is in the shower. Read More »

Robin’s Children

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Here is a peek into my nine children’s lives today (ages 13 to 39). Two are still at home; the other seven are grown and out on their own. Two own homeschool businesses. Belinda My oldest daughter, Belinda, married in 2013 and has two lovely, sweet step-children, Victoria and Alex. Belinda (Lori to our family) continues to run Family Christian Academy (homeschool/ hybrid umbrella ... Read More »

Prepare Ahead: 30 Days of Green Smoothies in Two Hours

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Green smoothies are fairly quick and easy, and since I’m having foot surgery on Thursday, I made pre-made packets of fruits and veggies I can just dump into the blender with almond milk and blend. It took about two hours to prepare kits for a month of green smoothies. I like this idea a lot and will do it again next month.   1. Gather ingredients Gather ... Read More »

Our Church: Seed of Abraham & Torah Resources

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We recently began attending Seed of Abraham Fellowship. I was delighted to not only find a balanced church that studies Hebrew roots, but also offers classes in Hebrew, and an amazing chronological  Homeschool Bible study curriculum (reviewed below). In July we moved from Tennessee to Florida to be near our grandsons (my daughter Victoria passed this year). Imagine me driving down the main road ... Read More »

Bought: The Hidden Story of Vaccines, GMOs, Big Pharma

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Your health, your family’s health. Now brought to you by Wall Street… “If you thought they hurt us with the banks, wait till you see what they’re doing to health care.” WATCH THE TRAILER! Yekra Player Yekra is a revolutionary new distribution network for feature films. Bought: Vaccines. GMOs. Big Pharma. This is the hidden story about vaccines, autism, drugs and ... Read More »

Feeling Alone in Church

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Original Post 2011 see UPDATE 2014 at bottom of this post. When we moved from Virginia to Tennessee in 2007 we started attending a local church. The people are sweet. kind, and loving. But after five years attending a church of over 500 three or more times a week, I still feel like I didn’t really know anyone. I taught Sunday school, ... Read More »

My Family is a Dysfunctional Mess

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Please Don’t Think I Have it All Together! Christian blogs are great places to get encouragement, but sometimes (because we usually write about what works) bloggers may seem like our families are picture-perfect, sweet, balanced, and stress free. God forbid anyone reads my blog and gets this impression! My family began about as dysfunctional as one can get, BUT we ... Read More »

Two Different Views of God’s Wrath

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The world has two enormously different views of God’s wrath and sin. The main view taught today is from Greek philosophy where God is detached and unapproachable and Jesus needed to suffer and die to appease God’s wrath intended for us. The Biblical view is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit  greatly loved us before the foundation of the world ... Read More »

Things I Must Tell The Children

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We remember to give our children their vitamins, buy them sneakers, teach them history lessons, make them practice math, set bedtimes, remind them to brush their teeth and hair, and mind their manners—but do we forget the most important thing? This must-see video from the 70s by Bill & Gloria Gaither (parent testimony and song) is appropriate for today. Proverbs ... Read More »

Our Bible Timeline Wall

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We hung this Bible Timeline on the wall in our dining room (aka school room). Thenmarked the 12 Bible eras with index cards. Then I hung the Bible of the Bible Wall Chart- above the timeline and attached strings from to the Bible stories to show where the story can be found in the Bible. Read More »

Breaking the Bondage of Legalism

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The curious thing about legalism is that you might look at a legalist and a person walking in grace and at times not be able to tell them apart. They could very well be doing the same exact things. The difference lies not on the outside but on the inside, in the realm of motivation. Why is he or she doing it? A person is a legalist, therefore, not necessarily because of what they do or do not doubt do, but because of why they do or don't do it. Read More »

A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays

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“In 34 years of publishing Messianic Catalogs we have never seen such a creative contribution to the body of Messiah …” Manny and Sandra Brotman, founder of The Messianic Jewish Movement International Download Free 39 page Excerpt below. Learn the teaching method God uses to teach His children. The ultimate hands-on Bible lessons! Teach your children the way God instructed ... Read More »

When Trials Come, Rejoice!

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Consider Trials Joy? Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4) Joy in trials? James was kidding, right? He certainly wasn’t talking about the trials faced ... Read More »

Heart of Wisdom Reviews

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Homeschool Reviews & Free 60 Page Excerpt Author: Cathy Geary “Homeschool Grammy” (Amazon review) No need to reinvent the wheel, Robin Sampson does an excellent job of presenting and authenticating her point of view that a child’s education, to be most pleasing to God, should be biblically based; meaning that is should be based on the type of education that ... Read More »

Who Spends Time With Your Children?

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There is a powerful image on the back of the book The Child Influencers written in 1990. It is a reminder of how much time parents spend with children today and how much control the media has over our children. It is a shocking image to visualize how much time parents spent with children in  “Little House on the Prairie Days” with the 1990s. Imagine this ... Read More »

What the Bible Says About Education

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The Hebrew Education Model “What would Jesus do?” is a popular question today. We should also ask questions like: “How did Jesus teach?” “What kind of education did Jesus receive?” “What were Abraham and Sarah’s educational goals for their children?” “Would Jesus have been at the head of His class if He had attended the Academy of Plato?” “How was ... Read More »

How to Tell if Your Homeschool is Balanced: Academics and Bible

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Telling a home-schooling parent to teach with a Bible focus is easy. Accomplishing that goal? That’s entirely different. It’s so easy to get caught up in the Three Rs (Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic) and leave out the Bible. We want our children to learn in a Christian setting, and we believe that these subjects are what they must learn. But what about ... Read More »

Free Printable Teaching Supply Labels

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My boys each have twelve drawers using the Workbox System and now Mom has twelve teacher supply drawers! I’m using the Trofast frames and sliding bins from IKEA. I was so excited to organize my teaching supplies. The scrapbook storage drawers I was using were bursting at the seams and the the drawers would stick and go off the tracks. I made labels for ... Read More »

Animal School Parable

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  Once upon a time, the animals decided they must do something heroic to meet the problems of “A New World”. So they organized a school. They adopted an activity curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming, and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum all the animals took all the subjects. The duck was excellent in swimming, in ... Read More »

How to Build a Sukkah

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This year the Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot begins at sundown, Wednesday, October 8, 2014. The Bible instruction just says “Build a sukkah (or booth).” Rabbis have added  details about size, materials, location, etc. You only need to follow the Bible instructions. You can use any scrap lumber you have available, pitch your tent, or use old sheets to create an adventure for your ... Read More »

The Feast of Tabernacles in Bible Times

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This year the Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot begins on September 30 (at sundown) and ends on October 8, 2014. As the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) approached, the entire Jewish nation started making preparations. Work crews were sent to repair roads and bridges for the thousands of pilgrims going to Jerusalem. During the festival many Jews eat (and sleep, as well) in the booths or ... Read More »

Was the First Thanksgiving a Feast of Tabernacles?

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The Feast of Tabernacles is a week-long autumn harvest festival. This year the Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot begins at sundown on October 8, 2014. The Feast of Tabernacles was the final and most important holiday of the year. The importance of this festival is indicated by the statement, “This is to be a lasting ordinance.” The divine pronouncement, “I am the LORD your God,” concludes ... Read More »

Was the Birth of Christ During the Feast of Tabernacles?

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The Feast of Tabernacles is a week-long fall festival commemorating the forty-year journey of the Israelites in the wilderness. The word Sukkot means “booths.” This year Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles begins in the evening of Wednesday, October 8, 2014. The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. John 1:14 Many scholars believe Jesus was born during the Feast of Tabernacles.The Hebrew ... Read More »

Lessons from Sukkot

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This year Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles 2014 begins in the evening of Wednesday, October 8. It is a time to give thanks. God is Our Shelter This holiday reminds us not to hold too tightly to material things. We live in a very materialistic age. When the Israelites were wanderers in the desert, they all lived in tents-–rich and ... Read More »

Sukkot or Tabernacles Traditions

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The services in the synagogue today are modeled after the ancient services in the temple (see Feast of Tabernacles in Bible Times). Sacrifices are no longer performed since the time of the destruction of the temple. It is usual practice to build and decorate the booth (sukkah). In the United States, Jews usually hang dried squash and corn in the sukkah ... Read More »