Tuesday, April 9, 2013

You are not a victim

“You are not a victim. No matter what you have been through,
you're still here. You may have been challenged, hurt, betrayed, beaten,
 and discouraged, but nothing has defeated you.
You are still here! You have been delayed but not denied.
You are not a victim, you are a victor.
 You have a history of victory.”― Steve Maraboli

Don't let people feel sorry for you.  When you realize that people see you totally different than you see yourself it can be a wake up call.  It can be sad too.  Don't let it get to you.  Shake it off.  One thing is for sure you can not control people's opinion of you.  You know who you are.
God gave you this life with an extra amount of grace.  It's just life you can do it.  You are still here so you are a victor.

Territory Mom

Monday, January 7, 2013

Please Don't Turn Your Back On Him

When you see this child how can you not run to him?
  He is precious in His sight.
 Yet, another family member has turn their back to my child.  How can that be?
  He is precious in His sight.
On a crisp sunny Sunday afternoon  I saw it coming.  She saw him running to the crowd of family.  I knew she would turn her back to my child, her cousin.
He is precious in His sight.
I wanted to yell at her, don't do it, please don't turn your back to my child.
He is precious in His sight.
Before the words left my brain and out of my mouth, she turned away.
He is precious in His sight.
I stared in silence, in disbelief.  She went into the house and we never saw her the rest of the day.
What happened to you?  Why can't you talk to my child or even look at him.  Where did your love go?
Only those with true love in their hearts will never turn away from this child because
he is precious in His sight.
Today and forever I will surround my children with love so they will never turn their back to a precious child of God.
Territory Mom

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Soothing Song From Miss Patti Page

  My mother was a teenager in the 1950's and living in Oklahoma.  When I was a little girl and if I was ever sad my mom would sing to me. This was her song.
I try to sing it to my children when they are sad, but they just cover my mouth and tell me, "that is grandma's song."
Goodbye Clara Ann Fowler aka Miss Patti Page.
Territory Mom

Note:  Click on the song name or clip at the bottom of the screen for "How Much Is That Doggie In The Window".

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Check Out My Beautiful Sister!

There she is on the front row 5th from the left standing next to Matthew Perry.  Oh, I mean Ron Clark.  My sister is a Reac3h Coach for the State of Oklahoma.  These teachers have been recruited to get our Oklahoma students up to par.
My sister is one of those people that is doing what God called her to do.  Teaching for her is a ministry and she is excellent at it.  She is concern for our kids and for our teachers.  If you see her walking into a classroom then you will know those students and their teacher will be forever changed.  She will bring a new light of understanding and ease to learning. 
She started her new job this summer during a difficult time in our family.  She held steady attending all the seminars required for her new job.  My sister is a lovely, caring and warm woman, but she is also determined and focused.  She is a nononsense woman.
Here she is at age four in my grandparents' front yard in Velma, OK.
Not long after this photo was taken she was reading The Hiding Place.  Well, by age 9 she was reading it.
  She is so busy and her son asked her how long she will be doing her work and she told him "until every child in Oklahoma can read." 
Ooh, Hallelujah!
You go girls!
Territory Mom
Please check out Ron Clark Academy

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What's In The Bible Review

One of the privileges of being on The Homeschool Lounge Mom's Review Team is getting to review some exciting material.  I know "exciting" is a strong word for a DVD, but I love it and you will too.
When I was a little girl I remember learning the books of the Bible.  I received a little acordian style booklet from the Sunday school teacher at my grandpa's church.  I kept that little booklet for years.  I studied it all the time and it was a pretty booklet.  It was my basics of the Bible.
In the first chapter of Volume 1 of What's in The Bible your children will learn the about basics about the Bible.  Why it was created, the books, the authors.  It may sound boring but it is not!  They will be able to grasp the concept of the Bible because it will be entertaining for them.  It has singing puppets, who doesn't love singing puppets?
The second chapter of Vol. 1 will go into creation story and the story of  Noah's Ark and others.  These bible stories are well told through animation, puppets and song. 
See for yourself:


Now that I have seen Volume 1 of "What's In The Bible" I want the entire series for my kids and me. WhatsintheBible

My kids and I loved this DVD.  I love to hear my kids laugh and boy did they laugh while watching this DVD.  Phil Vischer is the creative genius behind What's In The Bible.  He is the same guy who gave us Veggie Tales, love him.
Also, there are many free activities on the website for each DVD including printable flash cards.  Got to love flash cards.
Not only would What's In The Bible be a great addition to your homeschool library I think it would be useful for Sunday school and children's church.  By the way you will love the Sunday school teacher puppet!  My Sunday school teachers weren't puppets but I will always remember them.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

THL Moms

"I was selected for participation in this review and given the What's in the bible DVD as a member of The Homeschool Lounge Review Team. All thoughts and opinions are my own."

Thanks to The Homeschool Lounge Review Team and What's In The Bible for allowing my children and I to review this entertaining and informative DVD.

Territory Mom

Monday, April 2, 2012

Light It Up Blue - World Autism Awareness Day - Perfect Pairings

In case you are wondering why it is so blue today it is Light It Up Blue day in honor of World Autism Awareness Day.  Even Graceland will be lit up in blue:

(Great article about the mother responsible for getting Graceland blue)

I guess you have heard by now the new info from CDC.  Autism diagnosis is up 78 percent in the last ten years with 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys now having autism.  I was watching CNN one morning last week and they reported it as now an epidemic.  I just laughed because I could have told them that and saved millions of dollars in research.  Anyway, this is the article from CNN.  For parents it is nothing new, still alot of "we don't know" stuff.
That is all I'm going to discuss about autism today my head is already hurting.  For parents we need a "I'm so tired I wish I could sleep all day" day.

And they shall take a cloth of blue, and cover the candlestick of the light, and his lamps, and his tongs, and his snuffdishes, and all the oil vessels thereof, wherewith they minister unto it:
Numbers 4:9 (KJV)

Enjoy your day and enjoy the blue.
Territory Mom

Monday, March 26, 2012

Reading Eggs Review

Recently I joined The Homeschool Lounge Moms Review Team in order to learn about and get free trials of homeschool curriculums.  I've spent too much money on products that haven't worked for us so I jumped at this opportunity.  The first product for review was Reading Eggs.  This is also my first review so here goes.

The program is divided into two groups based on age and reading levels.  Reading Eggs for ages 4-8 years and Reading Eggpress for ages 7-13.  Since Redbird is in first grade and has never been in a public school classroom and Rooster has well you know, issues, we went with the beginning Reading Eggs level.
You can have your child take the placement test first to find out their level.  Redbird started taking it and I was getting very excited because she was doing great.  About half way through the test Rooster was getting real eggs out of the frig so I had to leave the computer and take care of him.  When I got back Redbird was doing games on another site.  She said the test was boring.
Warning: Watch carefully during the placement test.
I was able to get Rooster set up with his own account which he enjoyed.  Even though he is on the spectrum he always wants to do the same thing as his sister.  I don't know about you but I believe Rooster is learning despite any diagnosis.  I just don't know at the time what he is taking in.  This is where faith has to take over.  While he is verbal he is shy when it comes to school so he just smiles when I ask him a question about the lesson.  He could give an answer today or a year from now.  I can't get frustrated (I try not to).  I just have to accept it and enjoy the adventure.  He stayed mainly in the "Playroom" where he could navigate around easily between stories, the alphabet and building super heroes.  If you have a child with autism I encourage you to still try Reading Eggs.  It is very visual with stories and music.  Rooster loved it and he was able to navigate the site which was encouraging to me.
Now to Redbird, my eggspert.
For Redbird it was a slow start with Reading Eggs but once she discovered that she needed "eggs" to buy stuff for her virtual house and garden she was off and running.  You earn "eggs" once a quiz is completed which can be used to buy things at Reggie's Store.  Well this was just the incentive Redbird needed.  She tells me that her favorite part is when a quiz is completed you get a charachter that emerges from an egg.  Her favorite one is Zapstar which is pretty sparkly horse, of course.  There are several quizzes per lesson/map.
Yesterday I was planting lettuce and Redbird comes out to tell me that she has been working on Reading Eggs.  Inside I'm so happy because I didn't even ask her to work on it.  Anyway I tell her great job and she tells me that she thinks she needs to go the Reading Eggpress because it is for kids ages 7 through 18 (okay she has a little vision problem it should be 7-13).  She tells me that she has to stop doing Reading Eggs when she gets 18.  Okay, sweet pea.
If we had completed placement test I might have know to set her up on Reading Eggpress.  So, if you are happy with your child is reading level then I would consider using Reading Eggpress level.
According to Redbird she loves Reading Eggs and it gets two thumbs up.  According to mom I think Reading Eggs is a great asset to your homeschool curriculum.  Especially if you are concerned about your child's reading level.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised and encouraged about how great your child is doing once they are doing Reading Eggs.  Who doesn't need a little encouragement?  I think there are plenty of lessons, games, music and just fun stuff to keep your child busy for quite some time.  All the lessons can be repeated which is great if your child just needs a little review every now and then.  Once a lesson/map is completed I received a email with Redbird's progress which is my favorite part.  The progress report tells me what Redbird has learned including letters, sentences that she can read and sounds.  It also includes a gold certificate that we can print at home.  My kids love certificates!
A big thank you to Tiany at The Homeschool Lounge and to Reading Eggs for this opportunity.  It has been fun yet educational.  So check out the 2 week free trial!

I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by The'>http://thehomeschoollounge.com">The Homeschool Lounge Review Team. I received a 5 week membership to Reading'>http://readingeggs.com">Reading Eggs to facilitate this review. All opinions stated are my own.
Have a great day.
Territory Mom