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Big Springs

Since our house building is drawing to a close, we had to head back up to Van Buren to Crafton’s to pick out our finishing touches.  The kids don’t always enjoy the 2 1/2 hour drive so much, but this time we had a few ideas to make it more fun.  For starters we ate lunch at the Jolly Cone.   They have been in business since the early 50′s and have picnic tables to eat on outside.  The kids really enjoyed that, but they especially enjoyed their vanilla cone afterwards.  We then went to Crafton’s and picked out our tile, stone, paint, cabinets and doors.  Then it was time for the real surprise…Daddy carried us to Big Spring.  It is a State Park located 4 miles outside of Van Buren.  We noticed they also have cabin rentals (Those beautiful State Cabins built by the CCC) and we will be making plans to return and rent one!


The water is the most beautiful color!


 Jo Anna


 Eli (Above)  Lee (Below)



Grady (Above)  The farmer & Clara (Below)



 The new baby, The farmers wife, Jo & Eli


 The whole crew



Imagination Library

We believe that one of the most important things you can do with your children is to take them on your lap and read to them.  We have quite a collection of books already but we were pleased to find our about a program our local Chamber of Commerce was offering. We immediately signed up our pre-schoolers to receive their monthly FREE book through Imagination Library.  We have had to edit a few books that didn’t quite line up with our ideals, but for the most part they were fine.  Right now Eli and Jo Anna are receiving books and they are chosen specifically for their age.  Of course the other kids love them too!
Dolly Parton’s IMAGINATION LIBRARY  Vision : (from their website)
In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income. Dolly’s Imagination Library became so popular that in the year 2000 she announced that she would make the program available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her to support it locally. Since the initial program launch in the United States, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gone from just a few dozen books to nearly 40,000,000 books mailed to children in the United States, into Canada and across the proverbial pond into the United Kingdom! Currently over 1600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to almost 700,000 children each and every month. Already statistics and independent reports have shown Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library drastically improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program. Further studies have shown improved scores during early literacy testing.
Check out their website to find out if the program is offered in your community!

The Mailbox Club



When we went to the Farm and Gin Show this year we made our usual stop at the Fellowship of Christian Farmers booth.  We had stopped by there the year before, but we neglected to sign up for the FREE Mailbox Club.  This year we didn’t pass it up.  The other day we received the first story (Bible Lesson) in the mail.  Only 3 of our kids are old enough to participate, but even Eli joined in.  They received a little Bible and a story with a memory verse color page and questions.  After the story is read they color the picture and answer the questions.  The questions page is detachable and this is the part you send back in to receive the next lesson.  After 7 lessons are completed the kids will receive a certificate.  The memory verse this time was Genesis 1:1.  The kids already knew this one.  I will warn you that on their worksheet they did not use KJV for their verse.  Since the KJV is what we use ans memorise…we just adapted their worksheet!



The Mailbox Club Mission Statement

“To win the children and young people of the world to Christ, and help nurture them into spiritual maturity through Bible correspondence courses and into local churches. This is accomplished through direct ministry and by multiplying our efforts through key partnerships and the Body of Christ around the world.”

The Vision for the Mailbox Club

The Mailbox Club facilitates translation, production and distribution of Mailbox Club lessons around the world for people of all ages, with particular emphasis on children and young people.

We reach many more children effectively by teaming up with strategic partners (which includes the local church). We support our ministry partners by adequately training them and sharing the best practices we have learned from 45 years of follow-up ministry.

Our vision is to reproduce thousands of “mailbox clubs” around the world, by way of the distribution of curriculum through key ministry partners who share our calling to reach and disciple the children of
the world for Jesus Christ.

To read their statement of Faith Click…HERE.

To get your kids signed up for these neat mailbox Bible lessons check out Mailbox Club’s Website.



Homeschool Tracker Review

Homeschool Tracker

Our family has been using Homeschool tracker since we started homeschooling 4 years ago.  It is great for lesson planning and keeping up with our grades, hours , attendance & overall progress.  We use the baisic edition which is FREE to download at their site. It is a desktop edition and you only need the internet to download it.  We cannot say enough good things about this product.

They also have an internet based adittion, at a cost, that can be accessed from any computer or smart phone.  Since we are about saving money, FREE is the option for us!

Try it, we are sure you will LOVE IT!

This is what they have to say abouth their products…

Computer Based Record Keeping to Simplify Your Life!

Homeschool Tracker is planning and organizing software designed to adapt to your particular homeschooling style in a simple yet sophisticated way. With Homeschool Tracker, lesson planning and record keeping won’t consume a great part of your day. Many of the features were suggested by home educators just like you who wanted their work to be…well…flexible!


Select the options that you want, and bypass the rest, for an experience that is customized to your planning and organizational style.


Lesson Plans can be reused for multiple students or in different years and can be shared with other Homeschool Tracker users


With Annual and Monthly subscription options, you can enjoy all the benefits of HSTOnline for as little as $5 per month.

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