I’m crazy busy, and abundantly blessed.  Copper was able to work a twelve hour overtime shift this week, which is a huge blessing for us, even though it meant having him gone on one of his normal days off.  A couple of areas of homeschooling have kept me exceptionally busy; and the next few days promise to be quite full with grandbabies, the fortnightly marketing peregrination and preparation for the Lord’s Day. 
     While I’m busy, here are some great links for you to check out.  Enjoy!
     Christian Audio generously offers a free book download every month.  This month, they are offering TWO free audio books.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship, and John Piper’s Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die can both be downloaded at Christian Audio.   You’ll see the free download feature in a box on the right side once you’ve reached their site.  I’ve been enjoying their free audio books for several months now.  You will have to give them some information to set up your account, but they will not charge you.  While you’re there, check out some of their audio downloads for sale, too.  Good stuff!
     The Lord has blessed us with an ever-growing home library, so we rarely visit the public library.  For the most part, this is a good thing!  The down side is that my boys really have not had the opportunity to develop good library research skills.  Both boys are pretty adept at Internet searches, but many colleges (bless them) still require students to cite print sources in their research.  I was searching the Internet, comparing one library skills workbook series to another, and contemplating a college level library research course, when I stumbled upon Lessons from the Library.  What a great find!  I’ve bookmarked the site and I’ll be incorporating these great lesson plans into my boys’ school days in the coming weeks, beefing them up a bit for my high schooler.  I was so thankful to find just what I needed for free and on line.
     Ever wonder how your monthly grocery bill stacks up against the national average?  I shared this site a couple of years ago or so, but the USDA has reworked their site and the charts are now up-to-date.  Once again, I’m amazed that my family falls well into the “Thrifty” category, and yet we eat so well.  Cooking from scratch and not using many prepared foods is, I’m sure, the key.  I can’t help but wonder what folks eat that fall into the “Liberal Plan” category!  The statistics are current through December, 2009.  Statistics are given for individuals and families of two and four.  Scroll to the bottom of the page to find and use the easy formula for comparing a family of any size.  How does your budget compare?
     Need some inspiration and/or help with Family Worship or having a special devotional time with your kids for homeschool?  The Family Worship Guide is a terrific resource!  You can visit the site on line, or you can subscribe to have each day’s guide delivered to you via email, your rss reader, or even via Facebook or Twitter.  Each day includes Bible reading, a hymn, prayer and memorization work.  The preparation is done for you!  (The Family Worship Guide is from a reformed, Protestant position.)

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27

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5 comments to Skiderderinkeelinkylink

  • Cheryl,

    I was quite shocked that we fell well under the thrifty plan! We eat very well, but like you we cook completey from scratch. And here I have been beating myself up thinking I was being very liberal with our food budget! ;o)

    Thank you for all of the links, I will have to check them out.

    Love, Heather

  • I, too, was very surprised to see how high the “thrifty” plan would be for our family.  $1122/mon ????  We never spend that much!! LOL!!!  I can’t imagine what the ‘liberal” meal plans must look like. 

    My family always says we eat like kings around here – freshest, hand-picked home-grown veggies, home-raised meat & eggs & milk, all cooked with love from scratch.  All I haven’t figured out is raising our own salt-water seafood here in KY.  Hmm….. I don’t think so! ha!

    Debbie in KY

  • Thank you for linking The Family Worship Guide.  It was written by David Ward and we used to attend church with him.  Great family!  I can’t believe that it is such a small world.  It is great to see such valuable resources being made freely available.  I also highly recommend TAG (Truth and Grace Memory Books).

  • Miss you Cheryl. It just started getting warmer here and we just put away the little hats you made the girls (sigh, where has the time gone!) and we thought of you and I said a prayer for Copper that he is feeling well soon.

    Many Blessings πŸ™‚


  • Cheryl:

    I miss checking in with you each morning over coffee πŸ™‚ Hope all is well with you.

    Helen in CA