#IAMYOURVOICE - Learn how you can make a difference for people persecuted by ISIS.

Blogging is in many ways a privilege. It is a privilege to have people who read my words. It is a privilege that I live in a country where I can freely write. I count it a blessing to write posts that equip and encourage in the areas of homeschooling, homemaking, and faith.Today, I would like to share with you (equip you with) a way that you can make a very real difference in the world. The #IAmYourVoice Campaign Let your mouth be open for those who have no voice, in the cause of those who are ready for death. As Isis is taking over parts of Iraq and Syria, our Christian brothers and sisters are fleeing their homes to survive. Taking only what their arms carry, often just their children—they are facing even more hardships on the … [Continue]

What a Panic Attack Feels Like

What does a panic attack feel like? One perspective at vicki-arnold.com

You can probably guess that this isn't a typical post around here. I started having panic attacks in October 2013 and it's been a long journey to sort things out ever since.One of the things that I kept looking for in the beginning was someone else's story. I desperately needed to know I wasn't alone, but I couldn't find anything. At that time, I knew I would write about this someday, but it has taken almost a full year for me to be able to do that.This post wasn't easy to write by any stretch of the imagination. Reliving one of the worst nights of your life never can be. However, I know that God has purpose for this. For whatever reason, He has allowed these to touch my life. On this side of things, I have some ideas of why, but … [Continue]

Newbery Medal Winner Books – Printable Checklist

Newbery Medal Winner Books - a Printable Checklist at Vicki-Arnold.com

Over on The Library Adventure, two of our writers have put together their list of favorite Newbery Medal Winner books. As I was editing them, I made notes to check out certain books. Then I realized that my kids are coming into the right age/stage/ability to read these. So I decided to put together a checklist of all the Newbery Medal Winner books … [Continue]

Our 2014-2015 Homeschool Curriculum

Our 2014-2015 Homeschool Curriculum Choices - 6th, 5th, 3rd grades and a toddler

This school year we have 6th, 5th, and 3rd graders and a 2 1/2 year old. We have a bit more structure to our school year this year. Before I dive into our curriculum choices, I think it would be beneficial to give you a little insight into the way we homeschool. Sort of a short, crash course in our educational beliefs.When the kids are younger, … [Continue]

Should I Budget for a Homeschool Convention?

Should I Budget for a Homeschool Convention? - one perspective from Vicki-Arnold.com

Homeschool families around the country are gearing up for the new school year. Some have already started (like our family). Others are taking advantage of the freedom of homeschooling and not starting until after Labor Day. Still others school year round with smaller breaks throughout the year versus a long summer break.You may be excited to … [Continue]

Ministries Making a Difference Around the World

Ministries Making a Difference Around the World - Together we really can change the world.

One of the reasons I love my church family is their heart for reaching out to help marginalized people. Our missions board organizes an annual International Fair Trade Expo each year. It was there that I learned about many ministries working to make the world a better place for marginalized people across the globe.I've wanted to create an … [Continue]

Picture Smart Bible K-3 Curriculum (a Review)

The Picture Smart Bible for K-3: Old Testament - a review from vicki-arnold.com

About Picture Smart Bible The Picture Smart Bible comes from Picture This! Ministries, founded by Dan and Juanene Peters. The goal of the ministry is to "get people into the inspired, dynamic, life-changing word of God, so that God’s word can become implanted in His people." They do this because they believe the Bible is the inspired, only … [Continue]

An Amish Garden (a Review)

An Amish Garden - A 4 novella collection. Looking for some easy summer reading? Read my review to see if it's for you at Vicki-Arnold.com

Summer Reading With Tricia Goyer A couple months ago, I came across a summer reading initiative for author Tricia Goyer's work. In exchange for reviews, I would receive some books for free. I chose three books for a few reasons.One, I was getting serious about including more reading in my days and that fit well with the overall vision of the … [Continue]