When Life Just Gets in the Way

by Dawn Oaks on August 25, 2014

Life just sometimes gets in the way.  You all know what I mean, but when you step back and really think about that statement it almost seems ridiculous.  But we have all been there.

We can spend hours planning and strategizing about how life is supposed to be.  As soon as circumstances outside of our control come onto the scene, we can really be thrown for a loop.  We may get angry and have a real tantrum.  If we allow the disruption to really get in our heads, it can steer us completely off target.

I apologize that this is a shorter post and without pictures, but you know what – Life happened!  It isn’t as I would like it, not as it was planned, or even the way that I want it to be.  But sometimes, it is exactly as it should be.  I had a choice last night between having a heartfelt conversation with my daughter or finishing up this post with wonderful pinnable pictures and captions.  I made the decision, and am glad that I did, to have that chat with her.  She is growing up and won’t always be able to just come in my room, flop down on the bed, and unload about her day.

Many of you reading this may be dealing with really pressing issues.  I understand and have been there as well.  My husband struggles with a chronic medical condition that at times can be very debilitating.  Our lives are governed many times by our farm and business that need to be a priority to keep us fed.  Others that God has placed in our pathway need ministering to and not always at the most convenient times.  Life happens.

It is not about finding a way of keeping life from happening, but learning to see the hand of God in the interruptions.  At those times, when we have pressing needs on our farm, I try to step back and remember all that my children are learning about business management, hard work, and the way that needs must come before wants.  When my husband is experiencing a low point in his health, I am reminded that as we bypass our book learning for the day that my children are being reminded to put the fruit of the Spirit foremost in their lives rather than the checklist of things to be accomplished.

Life – those unexpected moments that are definitely not written into that brand spanken’ new planner that we spent hours picking out – does happen.  The measure of our character comes in how we handle those moments.  God knows what your children need in preparing them for their future.  A future He divinely orchestrated for them.  Rest in Him when the day (or weeks or months) seem to sway from that $29.95 planner.  Our God is bigger than the planner no matter how good it is.

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Wizzy Gizmo Audio Drama ~ Product Review

by Dawn Oaks on August 21, 2014

Wizzy Gizmo Review

Our family loves storytelling and the more vivid the story the better. The kids were amazed and inquisitive when they first saw the Walton family gathered around the family radio to listen to special programs that included comedies as well as radio drama. They experienced audio drama at an early age themselves through our Christian radio station and even somewhat when borrowing books on tape from our local library. Because this was already a love for us, I was excited when we had an opportunity to review Book One: Who Created Everything audio drama from Wizzy Gizmo.

This audio drama came to us on a physical CD, which could be used as is or transferred to an MP3 player.  The story itself was just under 40 minutes in length with an additional 20 minutes of soundtrack included for your listening pleasure.  It is recommended for those ages 4-12 and retails on the publisher’s website for $14.99.  A paperback version of this audio drama is also available for purchase.

The Story

Wizzy Gizmo is an inventor that has developed a time machine that allows the listener to transport back into time.  For this particular drama, we are traveling back to the very first days of Creation. During this 40 minute drama, the listener experiences the 7 days of Creation as if you were there when they came into existence. The revelation of these new experiences are brought to life through not only the retelling of Genesis 1 from the Bible, but accented through the voices of the characters and the orchestral arrangement in the background. Modern day sound effects are also used to make the listening more mesmerizing.

Our Thoughts

As a mom, I love audio dramas and this Wizzy Gizmo interpretation of Genesis 1 was no exception. The drama included technological intrigue of Wizzy’s time travel coupled with a sense of adventure and the inclusion of scripture. Some of the less familiar words from scripture were also explained as part of the drama; for example, the word firmament. It was spellbinding enough that it kept my 10 year old’s interest so that requests for TV and video games were non-existant during the time that we listened.

While busy canning green beans from our garden, I put the CD in the player in the kitchen and we listened while we worked. It was fascinating to me that my son kept saying, “This should be made into a movie.” After we finished listening, I asked him why he kept mentioning that repeatedly. I was curious if he was bored with just the drama part or where this strong conviction about transforming it into a movie came from. He went on to share this.

As I listen, my brain keeps trying to see what I am hearing. Some parts I can do this with, but others I can’t. I keep wanting to really be there and see what it was like.

After prodding him a bit more with some questions about what he did see as he listened, he finally came to this conclusion.

I guess it is best that it isn’t a movie. Mom, there is no way that a movie could show what Creation was really like. We can see the fish and the giraffes that God has created, but I can’t even imagine what it was like to actually watch Him create all of these things out of nothing. How could you ever show in a movie God creating space and light? It just goes to show that God is the only one that create things out of nothing and we just can’t even imagine it.  No movie could really show that, could it?

In the end, I think my son took away a whole lot more than learning what was created on each day from Genesis 1. Younger children and those not exposed to Biblical truth from birth will certainly learn much about how God is the Creator of the universe from this audio drama. However, I rejoice that even through the use of Book One: Who Created Everything, scripture is always new if we are diligent to consider what God has for us in it.

As always, you don’t have to just rely on our experience. Other members of the Crew have been reviewing this same audio drama as well as other products from Wizzy Gizmo. Be sure to check them all out. We will certainly be looking into them.

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Homeschooling High School – Day 1

August 11, 2014

This week we will be joining the Schoolhouse Review Crew in its Back to Homeschool Blog Hop.  Over fifty fellow bloggers will be posting on all different topics related to kicking our school year off right.  Our theme here at the Double O Farms is all about homeschooling high school. Every new year of homeschooling can […]

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Visual Latin ~ Product Review

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Mathletics ~ Math Olympics for Your Brain

August 6, 2014

Aside from the flexibility and more relaxed schedule it affords, a main argument for schooling year round is keeping up math skills. Will our students’ brains go to mush over the summer months? A possible solution to this would be finding a fun math supplement that the kids could use during the summer to keep […]

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The Gift in a Little Brother

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Shakespeare Studies in Your Homeschool

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The Eternal Argument ~ Product Review

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Extracurricular Activites in Your Homeschool FRUGALLY

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Romans 8:28 in Real Time

July 25, 2014

And we know that all things work together for the good of those that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose ~ Romans 8:28 Last night I sat down to write my review on the book Wounded by God’s People  by Anne Graham Lotz. In order to write that review, I […]

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