Thursday, April 27, 2017

G'day, mate! We're Aussies now!

April 26,2017 we became citizens of Australia!
(Yay, for no visa worries ever again!)

Here we are with another lady who was getting her citizenship
along with our town mayor.

Our pledge

My certificate

A sweet friend got us each a gift,
this was mine.

Some friends from work and church.

I wish we had a group photo of everyone who came to show their support.  I didn't even think of it!  It was a lovely evening and we all celebrated afterwards at a local restaurant.  If you're on my facebook, the town council facebook lived it so the video is on my wall.  

Standing there listening to the mayor welcome us as Australia's newest citizens, I couldn't help but think of the years we prayed for our visas, wondering what God was doing.  Now here we are 5.5 years later with our citizenship in hand.  God has a plan for every delay, every hiccup along the way. He is good, all the time!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lest We Forget ~ ANZAC Day

Autumn marched with the Scouts.

She was quite proud to be carrying a flag.

Waiting to lay their wreath.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Daily Bible Jigsaw (App) {Homeschool Review}

Daily Bible Jigsaw by Planet 316I have had a fun time reviewing Daily Bible Jigsaw for Planet 316.  I don't often play games on my phone or computer, I got slightly addicted to a farm game years ago, and just decided to stay away from them.  😏  I wasn't sure how I would like this app, but I do love puzzles.  I have an iPhone 6, so I downloaded the free app and started playing straight away.  I found myself slightly addicted to this in no time!  I have taken a lot of screen shots, so keep reading to see what it's all about!
Planet 316

Each day you have a new puzzle to complete.

The completed puzzles all have a Scripture passage.

Across the top is a bar that shows your coins (far left),
and a clock that times you as you do the puzzles (far right).
(I think this was one of my first puzzles and I didn't use any cheats.
I'm much better now and average 1:30 minutes!)

The buttons in between are helps (or cheats!).
From left to right:
Rotate - rotates all the pieces in the correct position
Guide - shows the completed photo
Sweep - moves all the pieces of to the side
Magnet - puts two pieces together
Edges - removes middle pieces and only shows the edges

Work in progress

A completed puzzle

There is a weekly tourney,
as you can see one week I made it to 3rd place.
(I did this by going back and doing previous daily puzzles
with a little help from my son.)

Here is my completed March calendar.

You do have the option to compete with other people if you connect to facebook.  I didn't do this as I don't have any friends who play this game and I hate bugging people to play.  If you do decide to download this free app, please connect with me!

Other options for playing Daily Bible Jigsaw:

Google Play (Andriod)

Apple App Store (iOS devices)

Facebook (Mac or PC)

To read more reviews click below...
Daily Bible Jigsaw {Planet 316 Reviews}

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Junior Rangers

Cody has been waiting several years to be able to join the Junior Rangers (ages 9-12).  His sister was in it for 3 years, and he was always bit jealous.  The program is run by the wonderful Ranger Clare, and she has the kids out bush walking and exploring nature every week during term 2.  It's going to be an exciting term!

Gotta loves those bright orange hats!

Giving instructions on the first night.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Resurrection Sunday!

We had a lovely Easter weekend, and I wanted to share photos with you.

This photo was actually taken on Wednesday.
This was a full rainbow over Barunga.  It was beautiful!

This was Autumn's photo.  We had to stop and take photos!

We went to a local Baptist Church for their Good Friday service.
They held it outside.  It was a lovely service remembering what Christ has done for us.

Our family Easter photo in front of our church.

Easter Sunday we had the Lord's Supper.

Because Easter is a over a 4 day weekend,
many of our church family were away.
We still had quite a few number of visitors though.

My handsome husband bringing the morning message.

Autumn taught Sunday School.

Another family photo.

Our yearly tradition - making an Easter cake.

The kids' Easter baskets.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend remembering Christ's death on the cross
and celebrating His resurrection!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Digital Savvy by CompuScholar {Homeschool Review}

CompuScholar, Inc.

We live in a day and age where everything is becoming computer based, and it looks like it will continue to be like this.  I have been slowly having my children learning basic computer skills, and even do some of their subjects completely on the computer.  No matter the job, computers will always be around.  So, in light of that, we've had fun reviewing the new Digital Savvy course for CompuScholar, Inc,  (formerly known as Homeschool Programming).

CompuScholar, Inc. Digital Savvy

Digital Savvy is for 6th-12th grades. You have the option to pay monthly or for the entire year ($120). The course has 25 chapters (which include several lessons each) and can be done over the course of a year.  I reckon you could even do it in less time depending on your child's productivity and interest.  The course site is well laid out and very user friendly.

This course covers fundamental computing topics and skills such as:
  • Hardware, software, and operating systems
  • Managing files and folders
  • Basic networking
  • Online safety and computer security
  • Using Word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation programs
  • Creating simple databases
  • Image editing
  • Using social media and email communications
  • Introductory website design
  • Simple computer programming concepts
  • Exploration of computing careers

The course requires you to have Windows or Mac operating systems.  To complete the student work, the systems must be Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, or Mac OS 10.7 version or higher.
Your child will complete fun, hands-on projects in every lesson and a quiz.  Each lesson has a video to watch and a student text to read.  It's probably a good idea to watch the video and read through the student text, as the text sometimes has info not in the video.  

At the end of each chapter is a exam.  The program also records these exams.  The lessons can be done at your own pace.  My daughter who is in 9th grade did roughly 1 chapter each week.  It just depended on the rest of her work load for the week.  She enjoyed the course although it took her a little while to get into it and want to do it, but she's a teenage girl and texting her friends sometimes distracts her from schoolwork.  We're working on that.  Haha!

Overall, I feel this is a great course and much needed in our day and age.  Looking over the course there are a few lessons that I want to go in and read through.  I'm sure there is plenty in there for me to learn!  I learned all my computer skills on my own and wish I had learned through a course like this.  This is a nice easy course for your child to learn the basics of computer knowledge without making mistakes some of us oldies (or maybe it's just me?!) tend to make.

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CompuScholar also offers Web Design and Java Programming.
To read reviews for those products or more reviews for Digital Savvy, click below.
Digital Savvy, Web Design & Java Programming {CompuScholar,Inc Reviews}

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