Flight School: One Summer, Many Choices ~ New book launch

New Novel From Christian Author Jason McIntire – “Flight School: One Summer, Many Choices”

If you’ve read The Sparrow Found A House by Jason McIntire (Elisha Press, 2013), you’ll already know his style: Real-life situations addressed with equal parts humor and biblical wisdom. It’s a combination reviewers fivnd powerful. They’ve used the words intriguingbelievablecaptivating, and unique – among many others – to describe his writing. The Sparrow Found A House (which is available as a free Kindle download from Elisha Press) was also endorsed by Exodus Mandate, the prominent homeschooling action group. It tells the story of the Rivera-Sparrows, a newly-blended and newly-homeschooling family facing opposition from without and within.

Flight School Cover

Today Elisha Press is announcing the release of a sequel to The Sparrow Found A House – and to celebrate, they’re giving away signed copies to four randomly-selected winners. You can enter the giveaway here, or go ahead and order the book on Amazon. It’s $2.99 for the Kindle version, or $9.99 for the 256-page print edition.

Flight School follows the Rivera kids as they meet new friends, explore careers, and encounter the challenges and choices that come with adult life. As a homeschool graduate himself, Jason knows the things that matter most to homeschoolers, and how to write about those things in a way that will edify, resonate, and entertain.

“If you like Flight School,” Jason says, “thank God. If you don’t like it, blame me.”

Enter the giveaway, or buy a copy now.

Dig-It! Games ~ Review

Dig-It! Games provided us with their new game to review on iOS. It’s called Roman Town (iOS App) Personally, I love Game-based learning! How convenient for someone to think their playing a game and not even realize they are learning at the same time. I loaded this game on our iPad and before I knew it Riley had confiscated the iPad and started playing. I didn’t even tell her I’d put a new game on there. I’d actually wanted Jahnna to tell me what she though but she never got the chance. 

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Jahnna loves learning about Roman times so I figured this would be perfect for her. It was funny to see how interested Riley became after just one time playing. Jahnna was a little irritated that Riley was telling her about the things she had learned because it turns out she already knew most of it. Roman Town is supposed to be for middle school students but it’s obvious third graders can benefit and learn from it as well.

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The start of the game tells you that there is a thief on the loose and you have to discover the clues to find him. It involves searching the city of Pompeii, playing games and solving puzzles to find the thief. The games include some ancient Roman games for the kids to learn. It incorporates archeology, excavating, decoding and history all in one fun location.

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Riley loves the games. Her favorite is the dots and boxes game but she plays quite a few of them over and over. Achievements are unlocked as you play different games and the clues get progressively harder as play continues. It does get challenging for younger students but I think that is a plus in this case. Riley typically zips through apps and either gets bored or finishes them very quickly. She’s been playing Roman Town for several weeks which just might be a record.

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I’ve really enjoyed looking over Riley’s shoulder as she’s been playing. She gets so intent on finding clues and unlocking the mystery it’s fun to see how excited she gets. I love seeing how Pompeii was built and run. John loves to watch historical movies and I’ve seen my fair share of interpretations and documentaries on Rome. I think the aqueduct system is fascinating and Riley was shocked to learn that there is an aqueduct in California and I’ve seen it many times. I hope it’s still working with the drought going on but I haven’t been home in several years so I don’t know. I’ve always loved that everything was so well preserved. It’s such an amazing opportunity to learn about the past.

I have no hesitation in recommending Roman Town to anyone. There are some in app purchases but you can lift those and they don’t have to be bought to play the game. It’s fun and educational while building critical thinking skills. Dig-It! Games did a fantastic job putting this app together.

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Roman Town (iOS App) is an iOS app for iPads and requires iOS 8 or later to play.

You can connect with Dig-It! Games Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Some members of the Crew were able to review Dig-It! Games! other game Mayan Mysteries so click on the banner below and see what everyone had to say about their experiences.


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DermaTherapy ~ Review #sweetsleeprelief

I was sent a Queen size DermaTherapy sheet set to review last month. It’s bedding that is supposed to help with various skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis as well as hot flashes. They designed the fabric with structured fibers that wick away moisture so your skin dries faster. The sheets are also designed to be really soft so dry skin doesn’t snag and cause more problems for you. There is less friction to cause skin irritation with this new design. The bedding is also contains an antimicrobial treatment to minimize bacteria and odors. A set of Queen sheets runs $134.99.

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Now that we have all the technical details out of the way here are my thoughts. My first thought when I saw the price was “These better be made out of gold or have magical qualities!” John thought the same thing. I don’t think we’ve ever spent more than $30 on sheets. We go through them so fast because John has crazy oily skin. I figured if we were buying new sheets every couple of months I wasn’t going to spend a fortune on them. More on the oily skin in a minute.

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The sheet set arrived and there were instructions included. Wash them first, don’t use bleach, the typical instructions for bedding. I opened them up and was really surprised by how they felt. I not even sure I can describe the texture. It was silky, soft, smooth but cooling at the same time. These aren’t super thin or very thick but somehow they felt thicker than they look. I really wanted to skip the washing part and put them on my bed and take a nap, it was almost a 100 degrees and we had been working outside all morning before the package came. Instead I put them in the wash but not after being surprised again. The fitted sheet has amazing elastic to keep it on the bed! John can have bad dreams some night and other nights he has pretty bad insomnia so tossing and turning is kind of frequent. I knew as soon as I saw the quality of the fitted sheet these weren’t going anywhere even on his worst night of sleep!Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 12.58.26 PM

That night when we got in bed I was cold! The DermaTherapy sheets do a fantastic job of wicking away moisture and cooling you down. I got up and put on sweats in the middle of the night. John loved it. He sleeps really hot and he enjoyed how cool the sheets felt. We have a lighter comforter for the summer and it kept sliding on the sheets at first. We learned that we needed to tuck in the corners of the comforter as well so it wouldn’t fall off in the middle of the night. If I had to have a complaint (I’m really stretching to call it a complaint) about these sheets it would be that they are almost slippery. It’s not a bad thing and we’ve learned how to make our comforter stay on so it’s not an issue for us anymore. Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 12.58.40 PM

We have a Boston Terrier dog that thinks he is a human who should be allowed to sleep under the covers. Every night after Colby has woken up and I get back in bed Murphy thinks he is being sneaky and he climbs under the covers also. Murphy is also a super wussy dog who hates to be cold. He wears two sweaters and a jacket during the winter. I am so excited that when we have the DermaTherapy sheets on the bed he doesn’t want to get under the covers! He gets too cold and will go climb into bed with one of the girls. That alone makes these sheets worth every penny to me! 

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I almost forgot to mention the oily skin again. John’s pillowcase looks exactly the same as the first time he used it! There is no staining, no marks, no smell, nothing. I can’t tell who uses which pillowcase. I’m truly amazed over that alone. Overall I am so impressed with DreamTherapy sheets! We will be getting another set as soon as I can save up for them. It’s been almost two months since we received this set and we both hate when we forget to wash the sheets right away and have to use our old ones. They have held up well and there has been no change to the strength of the elastic or breakdown of the fibers. If you have dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, sensitive skin, or hot flashes get yourself a set or two of these.

You can connect with DermaTherapy through the following Social Media accounts Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

Free Lesson on Ancient Egypt

Jahnna loves Ancient Egypt. She just saw that I was posting about a free lesson on Ancient Egypt and asked if I’d already downloaded it for her. She was sad when she realized she had already learned most of what was included but that’s what happens when she’s been studying it for three years completely on her own. Head over and check out the free lesson for your students and let me know what you think.

King Tut Mini Unit - Educents
Students LOVE to learn about King Tut and Ancient Egypt! Download a FREE lesson for kids about Ancient Egypt and jump into King Tut’s history! The freebie has several activities included in this pack, including reading comprehension, math review, map skills, and timeline practice, so there are a multiple ways to use them.

Hieroglyphics Math

King Tut Mini Unit - Educents
Use these fun pages to practice place value and/or addition and subtraction skills! Page 12 of the King Tut Mini-Unit Freebie asks students use the symbols to determine the number. The following page goes a step further and asks students add or subtract numbers.

Fun facts about Ancient Egypt:

  • The Egyptian alphabet contained more than 700 hieroglyphs!
  • Egyptians believed cats were a sacred animal and having a pet cat would bring a household good luck.
  • Ancient Egyptians invented pens, toothpaste, and a game very similar to bowling.

More Ancient Egypt resources:

Mini Bio: King Tut – Here’s a mini bio about King Tut to go with your mini unit! Ancient Egypt Lapbook – Study interesting facts about the discovery of hieroglyphic writing, the Rosetta Stone, the great King Tutankhamun, the lovely Cleopatra and more. Recipes From Egypt – Delight your little cooks with
two authentic and easy-to-make recipes from Egypt: Tameya (the original veggie burger), and Basboosa (Semolina cake with honey and lemon). My Book About Egypt – My Book About Egypt takes elementary students to the cities of Cairo, Alexandria, Damietta, and Giza.   King Tut Mini Unit - Educents Want free lessons for kids about Ancient Egypt? Download the King Tut Mini-Unit Freebie on Educents! http://www.educents.com/king-tut-mini-unit.html

Happy 8th Survivor Day Colby!

Eight years is a long time.

Eight years and one day ago I did not know kids could have strokes.


Eight years and one day ago I did not know E. Coli O157 could cause a stroke.


Eight years and one day ago I thought I had my hands full with a 4 year old, a 2 year old and a 3 month old.



Eight years and one day ago I did not know how strong Colby was.


Eight years and one day ago I thought I knew what love was.


Eight years and one day ago I had no idea what the word survivor meant.

Eight years ago Colby showed us what survivor means.

Eight years ago I learned it was possible to have your heart break and keep beating.

Eight years ago Colby decided to stay here with us.

We’ve all learned a lot in the last eight years, more than I could ever put into one blog post. Sometime during the last year things became normal again. We bought a house and moved. Colby has settled into his routine. We’ve settled in and turned a house into our home. Things have become easier for the moment. Seizures aren’t as scary anymore. Colby’s heart rate has improved thanks to more frequent lab work. We’ve tried new formula and medicines. We scrapped the old ones. Colby showed us that he really didn’t need one of his antidepressants by raging for almost two weeks straight. He didn’t sleep for three days after that med increase. I figured once he got the extra worked out of his system he’d go back to his regular dose, that was three months ago. A slight increase in his seizure med has helped with his mood stability. Good thing it works on both issues for him. He got a new diagnosis, a new specialist and we found out his aorta is a little enlarged but not as enlarged as we were first told.




Colby has grown a lot and gained a little bit of weight. It’s harder to hold him on my lap and there have been times this last year I’ve had to tell him I can’t hold him anymore because my back hurts to much. As much as I didn’t want to do it, I called and got a quote on a ceiling lift. Today I gave the quote to Colby’s doctor to submit to insurance. Hopefully they will approve it.

Looking back over my past Survivor Day posts I think it’s fair to say Colby and our entire family has come a long way. In case you’d like to see here are years 2 through 7. 


Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Happy Survivor Day buddy, we love you!