Friday Favorites

This wonderfully rainy autumn week, I’ve been loving…



I’ve day-dreamed about a household notebook that is chock full of our family’s records: our favorite recipes, details about our flower garden, the order of our Advent lights, our Christian Passover plans… Stumbling upon made my dream a reality. With free printables and suggested dividers, this site got me SO pepped up, my bedtime came and went without my realizing (that’s saying a lot for this pregnant lady!). You’ll also find tips about fall cleaning, Christmas organization, etc.

This week, I made our household notebook, organized all of our craft paper into a color-coded file box, cleaned out the linen closet, and organized the medicine cabinet (I must say, it was nice to finally say good-bye to Allegra prescriptions from 2003). I’m tellin’ ya, this site is inspiring. Check it out.

2. ABC pages


As Vivienne and I are beginning Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, (I promise; I am NOT pushing her! She’s been very interested in reading and I just don’t want to teach her incorrectly. It’s going very well so far), these design-your-own ABC pages are a gift. Writing the letters on lines is a bit too advanced for her at this point, so she’s practicing the shape of the letters by either coloring them in or tracing them and then coloring in the corresponding picture. Also, enjoy a 123 page.

3. Ten P’s in a Pod by Arnold Pent III


While Ryan works to redesign the basement in time for Vivienne’s Christmas Surprise, I sit on the basement steps and read Ten P’s in a Pod aloud. It’s the story of a family of 10 who traveled around the country, preaching, singing, and reciting God’s Word. The book is packed with stories about their joyful determination to rely on God and share the Good News.

Both Ryan and I are inspired by the family’s devotion to the Word of God. Mr. Pent read the Bible to the entire family for a half hour every night (even waking the babies!) and required all of the children to read the Bible in the morning. Here’s how their investment of time added up:

One-half hour of private Bible reading from 6 – 11 years = 913 hours

One hour of private Bible reading from 11 – 21 years = 3,650 hours

Thirty minutes of family devotions after each meal from 1 – 21 years old = 11,497 hours

You can imagine that this level of immersion in Scripture resulted in beautiful fruit from the entire family’s life (I don’t want to give anything away!).

Ten P’s is one of several sources that have inspired us to read Scripture as a family every night and for me to read Scripture with Vivienne every morning, all warm-and-cozy in her little bed before we even put the blinds up.

Psalm 1: 1 – 3

1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

(Related links of interest: The Homestead College of Bible and Graduate School teaches all subjects using the Bible as the primary textbook. The founder and president is one of the Pent boys.)


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