Journeys of Faithfulness Review

Devotional books for teen girls are plentiful in book stores across the country – a blessing that many folks appreciate more and more in today’s world. However, finding just the right book that clicks with your teen can be a challenge. The angle, the language, the author’s voice, the theology, and other elements play an essential part in the appeal and effectiveness of such books. Some devotionals come across as too juvenile, irrelevant, or preachy. It is a double gift to find one that stikes the cords of your teen’s heart.

Apologia Educational Ministries publishes Journeys of Faithfulness by Sarah Clarkson. As I’ve said before, this household has never met an Apologia product they haven’t liked, and Journey’s of Faithfulness is rapidly becoming a lifelong treasure in my two teen girls’ lives. It is a devotional chapter book written for teen girls ages 12 and up.

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Box of I.D.E.As. Review

Did you know that the Great Wall of China was paid for by salt?

Neither did we until we had the opportunity to explore the Box of I.D.E.As. unit on salt. The Great Wall of China module and the Salt March module were just two of the fascinating activities that we enjoyed as we worked our way through this treasure chest of ideas.

A physical box product from Box of I.D.E.As. is a unit study-like package that contains 10 or more zip-locked bags (modules) that focus on one unique, particular topic such as Salt, The Number 11, WWII, Quilting, or Laundry, and there are many more to come!

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Even Teens Need Story Time!

When my kids were younger, I made a special effort to read aloud to them at least once a day. It set a warm, cozy atmosphere in our home. Who doesn’t love to cuddle next to mom and listen to The Duchess Who Baked a Cake, The Big Green Pocketbook, or The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane ? Now that they are ages 13 and up, that time is past, right? No way!

It is not often that we hear anyone urging us to keep that special read aloud time in place when our kids are older. However, it is common to hear that teens need a healthy connection with parents to survive adolescence. In How to Really Love Your Teen, Ross Campbell says that despite their appearance and abilities, teens are not simply mini-adults.

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A Series of Unbeaten Paths

We have reached a milestone in the Ms. B. household. The first of my three homeschooled kids has graduated from high school!

Is it a huge relief? My son is ecstatic to have fully completed the high school chapter of his life. He is itching to move on. I am a bit surprised, however, that I am not feeling such a sense of relief. For me graduation is marking the beginning of something new, not really the end of something done. Curiously, it’s not just a new chapter; it’s more like a whole new volume in the series of life.

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Indeed.