Entering Into a Season of Spiritual Renewal

23 Feb

Today is Ash Wednesday.  Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter. We consider Jesus’ 40 day fast in the wilderness as an example of how we can let go of something or some area in our life and focus on Him. I consider it a time to reflect and meditate on what God has done for me through the Cross. It is a time of spiritual reflection.  It is a time of spiritual renewal.

There are so many things that we can take a “fast” from.  So many things in my own life that take up my time.  My morning routine is full of things that I can take a break from.

One thing that God has laid on my heart is that of fasting from Facebook and other internet sources.  I think I will be amazed at how much time I actually spend on Facebook!

One may also choose to fast from food or beverages.

One may choose to fast from television.

One may choose to fast from computers.

Here is a great website with more information on ideas for things that you can fast from:

List of things that you can fast

I challenge you to look into things that you may do for yourself and your family.  Our family will be spending time each day between now and Easter doing a daily devotion and some simple “hands on” activities.  For information on this check out this website:

Family Devotions for Lent

Scripture Readings for the Season of Lent:

Scripture Readings for Season of Lent 2012

May God Bless You for Your Willingness to Sacrifice some small thing for Him

In Him,

Kimberly 🙂


Our Study on WW2

22 Feb

Today we were working on our WW2 study (we use Tapestry of Grace), and one of the interesting things we learned is that Silly Putty was discovered by accident.  “During World War II, Japan invaded numerous rubber-producing countries, cutting the United States off from the rubber supplies it needed to manufacture truck tires and boots.  So the War Production Board asked American companies to develop a synthetic rubber.  James Wright, a General Electric engineer, invented a gooey, bouncy substance when he combined boric acid and silicone oil in a test tube.  Wright didn’t see a use for it, but marketing whiz Peter Hodgson thought it would make a great toy.  He was right.  When Hodgson introduced it to American kids in 1949 it was an instant hit.  In 2000, Silly Putty celebrated its 50th year of popularity and it was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.” Great World War II Projects

Our boys have loved learning about World War II and anytime we can do some hands on projects, it’s even better!  So, today we decided to make some Silly Putty.  It turned out pretty good-but take heart it is messy!

What You’ll Need

2 cups Elmer’s all-purpose glue

1 cup liquid starch

large ziplock bag (but I would use a bowl next time)

food coloring

1. Pour the glue and starch into the bowl and mix it well.

2. Once it’s mixed well, add the food coloring.  (This was enough to make two batches)

3. To keep it from drying out, put it in a ziplock bag when you’re not playing with it.

Getting Supplies

List of Supplies

Working Together

Liquid Starch

Beginning Stages

So, what does Pinterest have for us today?

21 Feb

This has proved to be an exciting week so far here at the Harrell household.  First, let me start by saying up front-I am not a cook!  I have been blessed with a wonderful husband who actually enjoys cooking!  I was the youngest of 3 girls in my family, and I must admit (however much I don’t like to) that I was quite spoiled.  My oldest sister always “took over” this job at home helping my mom.

So, needless to say I never “had” to cook.  In fact, it really stresses me out!  So, the Lord blessed me with a husband whose mom relied on him to help her cook the meals when he got home from school.

Now, to get to how this relates to the here and now.  I have recently been introduced to the wonderful site of Pinterest!  I have found so many neat and interesting projects that even the people who are not crafty and not chefs can fix.

Sunday for lunch I fixed the most delicious Garlic Lemon Chicken with some delicious sides.  But, then I realized I didn’t have any rolls or bread.  So, I thought to myself “What would the folks on Pinterest do?”  So, I pulled down the flour, threw together some ingredients, and to my wonderful amazement (and that of my husband and 3 boys) I had made the most delicious homemade biscuits!  Of course, I had to call my mom, my sisters, my mother-in-law, and anyone else that would listen.  My husband was soooo proud of me and told me what a great job I had done!

Now comes Monday.  My husband wanted to grill steaks.  It was one of those treasured days when soccer practice was cancelled and we didn’t have swim team practice, and we were going to enjoy a great sit down meal.  I had seen a recipe for flour tortillas on Pinterest that I really wanted to try.  After my amazing success with the biscuits I thought “why not?”

So, I got the ingredients, rolled up the dough, let it sit for an hour, made my little balls, rolled them out with the pin (with the help of my husband and middle son) cooked them in the pan, and get ready for this: they were AMAZING!

We lived in Mexico for 3 years, and we have worked in Mexico for the past 12 years.  Homemade flour tortillas were the one thing that you ate at every meal!  I had one of our church members try to help me one time while we were living there, but it was a disaster!  But, I am here to tell you that they tasted just like the ones we had there!

You know they are a success when your youngest son (who by the way is a very picky eater) comes in, grabs one and then you see him go back and forth to the kitchen.  When I went in to clean up after dinner-they were almost all gone!  Now, Aaron (who is 10) only eats flour tortillas when we have Mexican.  He doesn’t like hard shells.  He will grab a tortilla out of the fridge and slap on some cheese, heat it in the microwave, and those as a snack.  So, it passed the test of my “tortilla connoisseur” so I consider it a great success!

So there you have it folks!  Now, this is funny-as I was sitting here typing this, my dear husband walks by and says “So, what does Pinterest have for us today?”

Until next time Yaw!

Kimberly 🙂

PS Pics will come later this week on my creations (you all know I had to get proof of this)


Welcome to My Blog

18 Feb

I have been wanting to do this for some time now, but I have never quite gotten around to it.  However, with my newfound love on Pinterest, I have been inspired to start my blog and share what we do on our Homeschool Adventure.

This time of year is always a difficult time around here in the Harrell household.  I guess you could say it is somewhat like the “winter blues.”  I find myself lost in clutter, wondering if I’ve covered everything that I wanted to cover, and then with our ministry we start getting ready for our spring and summer mission trips.

What God has taught me the past couple of weeks is that my children are learning-I may not get everything checked off the “scope and sequence,” but I am learning to cut myself a little slack.  Here is what my boys have been working on since the New Year in addition to their “book studies”:

-Planting some herbs-they are sitting on our kitchen window sill.  We plan to move them outside when it gets warmer

-Watching their bean sprout roots in a plastic bag

-Taking meals to the elderly and shut-ins through Meals on Wheels once a month

-Visiting there Grandma and spending a few days with her (she lives 5 hours away)

-My 2 oldest boys have been busy studying in their Civil Air Patrol, and have ranked up twice.  They have been learning about leadership skills, drills, team work, and aerospace!

-Worked on our timeline for WW1 and are now moving into WW2

-My youngest son made a salt dough map of Europe before WW2

There are many more things that we have done, these are just a few.

My goals as we look to finish our year out are to continue to work on organization and lesson planning.  It is good to have a plan.  I have incorporated the workbox system, and it works well.

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