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    Blessed to be a mother to half a dozen girls. Wife of an undertaker.
    Photographer. Homeschooler. Daughter of the King. Chicken raiser.
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Whatever is Good & Lovely…

{Giveaway below!}

 

These days, it can be a challenge to find entertaining, lovely movies to watch with your children.  Since we do not have internet available for watching movies, and do not subscribe to programs like Netflix, etc. I’m usually on the lookout for wholesome additions to our video library.

One of my children’s favorite video by far is A-B-C- Say it with Me.

 

This sweet video, made by Moore Family Films, will teach your children 26 Bible verses co-ordinated with the alphabet in an adorable, endearing way. My girls laugh and giggle each time they watch the cute farm animals and the precious siblings work together to create scenes that help the children remember Scripture – and it honestly does help them memorize the verses.  This is by far their favorite video …

Moore Family Films has many more videos that you can also add to your home library. Each film is wholesome and encouraging.

 

 

 

Until the end of March, Gigi blog readers can purchase these films with a discount rate – just enter the code: gigi20 when checking out from their website and you will receive 20% your order.

Also, the Moore family has kindly offered to give away one A-B-C- Bible Memory Verse dvd to a blog reader!

Simply leave a comment at the bottom of the blog and at the end of March, we will randomly pick a winner. The dvd will be mailed to you shortly afterwards.
Believe me, you will be encourage to hear your little children learning Scripture and hiding it in their hearts.

What a precious gift to give our little ones!

 

Please visit the Moore Family Films website to find out more information on their films. Be blessed and encouraged as you watch films that highlight a family’s Biblical vision of life.

March 28, 2015 - 2:07 am

Jas - This dvd looks fun, my little one would surely enjoy it.

March 24, 2015 - 6:19 pm

Erin Lynn - Hope to win this video!

March 23, 2015 - 7:41 am

JES - This looks like a wonderful dvd! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

Also, you added this to the tail-end of last week’s “The Art of Home-Making Mondays”. I do hope you enter it again this week for more exposure. This is a great resource for mothers with little ones :)

March 22, 2015 - 9:12 am

Erika - This video looks wonderful. You post about so many wonderful products that I would never find if it wasn’t for your blog.

March 21, 2015 - 9:50 pm

Isela - What a wonderful video!! Thanks for the opportunity :)

March 21, 2015 - 8:57 pm

Melanie - I would love this!

March 21, 2015 - 2:52 pm

Sarah - Yes, please enter me ! Thank you so much !

March 21, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Kristina - Enter me too, please!

March 21, 2015 - 7:21 am

Welcome, Spring. » Gigi Blog - [...] Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win the A-B-C Say it With Me dvd! [...]

March 21, 2015 - 12:18 am

Lacy S. - Thanks for the chance! This looks great and I know my daughters would love it!

March 19, 2015 - 1:24 pm

Monica - Thanks for this opportunity

March 19, 2015 - 9:26 am

Jen Heemskerk - Thank you for hosting this give-away. I would love to get my hands on a copy of ABC Bible Memory Verse.

March 19, 2015 - 7:39 am

Sarah - I would love to enter the drawing for this dvd! It is a wonderful idea.

Ontario’s Sex Education Gone {Horribly} Wrong

It’s a sad and terrible day when our children’s sex education curriculum is written with a pedophile-based agenda.

I shutter to even post such information on my blog, and yet to sit back and be silent is shameful.

If you live in Ontario, if you have children in the public or Catholic schools in Ontario, if you have grandchildren in the education system, I implore you to find out what is happening with our province’s sex ed curriculum. And to voice your concerns before it hits the schools this fall.  We cannot sit back and be silent on this issue.

 

 

“No reasonable parent would trust a convicted child pornographer with their child’s education,
particularly their child’s sexual education. But if your child will be attending a provincially-funded school in Ontario this fall, you are doing just that. The sex-ed curriculum being implemented in both public and Catholic schools in September 2015 (1),
was developed under the oversight and leadership of convicted pornographer
and former Deputy Minister for Education, Benjamin Levin.

In 2013 Mr. Levin, was arrested on charges related to child pornography.
Just days ago (March 3, 2015), he pleaded guilty and was convicted of three of those charges.
One of the most alarming charges he was convicted of was counseling another person
to commit a sexual assault on a minor. (2)

Read the rest of this well written article HERE.

March 18, 2015 - 3:05 pm

Terri-Ann - I hope all parents know that they can withdraw their children from sex Ed classes. My mom sat in (at school) on our sex ed classes (25 years ago) for grades four and five, and then withdrew us completely from grades six to nine. But in all the years of sex Ed for my sisters and I, we were the only ones whose parents withdrew us. I have been telling parents who are actively teaching their children this area (which does need to be done) to know that you have this right and to not let others dictate how and when and what your children are taught about sexuality.

March 16, 2015 - 9:57 pm

Jen Heemskerk - Just something to think about- as a church family, we need to get to know the local schools in our area. We need to “adopt a school” in a sense, and take coffee to the administrators, and help with their programs – if they need their property tidied up – go and pick up garbage outside, volunteer to mentor kids in any program you are allowed, help do whatever it takes, pray for the staff and students, and build relationships. I have been dwelling on psalm 37 ALOT lately and praying for our society as a whole. God knows and nothing is too hard for Him.

March 16, 2015 - 9:43 pm

Jen Heemskerk - Oh Gillian, my heart has been so unsettled about this as I am a Christian teacher in the public education system. It is my mission field, and there is a purpose as to why God has placed me where He has- I’m at a very high needs/low income school. Although there needed to be changes made, I believe they should have added things like mental health.- as that is what teachers and students (even in primary grades) are dealing with most. As for sex education- I believe that parents should be take seriously their role and responsibilities that come with being parents. The sentiment that we should allow schools to do the role of parents because parents are purportedly not doing the task is not a solution in my mind but a surrender. Please pray for Christian educators within this system- there is an agenda and it’s moral lines need to be drawn.

Washing Day

“The children are outside.
I’m doing laundry. Bright, sunny winter’s day.
Maybe the first one this winter that feels genuinely like beginning spring.”

 

 

One of my favorite tasks as a homemaker is washing and hanging up the laundry … with six children, we have a lot of dirty clothes (twice as much during the summer when the children play outside from sun-up to sun-down). I must not be lazy with this task as one day off and I fall quickly behind. I once read that doing laundry provides a mother with the opportunity to pray for her children with each little item to be folded, or each sock that needs pairing … sometimes, I must admit, I forget to pray but other times, I am gently reminded that laundry time provides a time of prayer over the family.

But hanging the washed little and big various clothes items on the line is one of the most wonderful tasks at hand for the day.

 

One of my favorite things with laundry is hanging it on the line …. if you have never hung laundry on a line, you are surely denying yourself one of the best ‘chores’ with keeping the home. The sunshine on your skin, the sound of the birds singing in the trees, listening to your children play outside, having the wind brush your hair and bring back some fresh air into your lungs … it’s a beautiful way to start your morning.
It’s March and the winter days are melting into spring ever so slowly. It’s a wonderful day when the laundry flies on the line after months of being dried indoors.

Our laundry is line-dried all year long.

In the summer, we line dry outdoors. I would never think to turn the dryer on during the spring, summer and autumn months.  The dryer is never used.

 

I also do not use our dryer during the winter, but hang dry the laundry on an indoor line. It’s been over a year since I’ve used the dryer in the  winter months and for years, we have used the line during the warmer months.  I gave up the dyer last January, and simply started line drying indoors during the winter.  It didn’t take long to realize how easy it would be to simply hang the laundry inside or outside on a good winter day. Sometimes, when company visits and I have not had a chance to remove the clothes, they notice the laundry strung across the room, I wonder if they question ‘why’ – but it does save money and it also adds moisture to a dry winter home.

 

Yes, I love my laundry line and all the blessings that come with each wooden clothespin hanging the laundry up so well …

 

 

 

 

March 16, 2015 - 3:06 pm

Kristina - I meant to get a clothesline when we moved here last spring, but somehow never got around to it. But you’ve inspired me. I’m going to get that clothesline now. As for drying indoors in the winter, it had never occurred to me. And maybe I would find my house too small for it to be practical. But I’m going to give it some thought, anyway. Because you’re right, we certainly do need some moisture in the air in the winter! And it would save some money in energy at the same time. Thanks for posting this!

March 11, 2015 - 11:42 am

Sarah - Lovely post! I love hanging my laundry outside too. I am looking forward to the snow melting enough to make the trek across my lawn practical. : ) I always enjoy your blog and your beautiful photography.

{Sweet} as Syrup

 

 

If  the girls and I could wear prairie dresses {we do often!} and make our own cheese from our grass fed cow {in my dreams}, bake our own bread (we do), living a life like the Ingalls family, I do believe we would feel right at home.

 


I know, perhaps, I look at the pioneer era through rose-colored glasses, however, I am also drawn to it for it’s simplicity, down-to-earth-goodness, family ties, unity and God-focused living.

So, automatically, making our own maple syrup would fit right into this type of lifestyle.  At first, I was disheartened to find there were no sugar maples on our property … I have always wanted to tap trees and make our own syrup for many reasons:

 

- the education of the tapping for the girls
-we love anything homemade!
-hopefully save a bit of money as we would not have to purchase syrup (even if we made enough to cover a few months of Sunday morning pancakes) - we love to do anything that remotely resembles the life of Little House on the Prairie:)

However, after a quick search online, my disappointment vanished as we found out you can indeed tap any kind of maple tree – not just sugar maples. In fact, you can tap many different kinds of trees for sap.

 

{image courtesy of Joybilee Farms}

We have quite a few silver maples lining the front of our yard so we were  in ‘business’.

I excitedly called my husband at work ….
“Guess what?!!!!! I am so excited! We can tap our trees!!!!”

He thought I was being a little over-excited at first, but he should know me by now. Tapping our own trees is like an early birthday present for me! I usually do get very excited about these types of things … they are fun and interesting and a wonderful way to learn … hands on and involving the whole family …
… anyways, off we trudged to the local hardware store to pick up a few supplies. We didn’t need much – just spigots and buckets. I already have the big pot I will use when it is time to boil down the sap. And I am hoping we can do it outside with a cozy, fun fire and experience it just like they made syrup many years ago. I think, by this point, even my husband was convinced that this would be a fun project …

 

He tapped the first tree and then had to zip to work so we finished off the trees. It was very simple – I drilled the hole (use the smallest bit possible to cause less damage to the tree), one girl put the spigot in tree, others hung the buckets.

 

Now, I think I will tap my birch and black walnut trees as well.

Tapping trees on the south side is ideal to help the sap flower quicker.  It will take 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. I don’t know how much we will collect but we are going to find out over the next week, as the weather warms up during the day and drops to freezing at night (ideal for maple syrup collecting).

 

 

Here is a great website for information on tapping your own trees …
Have you ever tried to make your own maple syrup? We have friends that have done gone through the whole process and she has graciously answered all my questions … we look forward to seeing how our project ends … hopefully with some delicious maple syrup fresh from our own trees – at least enough to get us through once a week Sunday pancakes.

 

P.S. Our call duck, Libby, has just laid another egg for her clutch – a baker’s dozen so far!

March 9, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Heather - Wow! Way to go! That is an amazing endeavor and you’ve taken up the challenge. Can’t wait to see how much you get! Precious pioneer clothing :)

March 9, 2015 - 10:13 am

Cassy - Just go to my property I think we have maples

Duck Tales {continued}

Much to our delight, our little Libby, our tiny call duck who has now taken up residence in our mudroom, has now laid eleven eggs in her clutch!

And yes, she is now sitting on them now, taking breaks only for food and water … her mate, Tod, tends to her carefully and sits right beside her day after day. It’s rather sweet to watch.

 

 

We are counting down the days and watching to see what happens. We hope, with 11 chances, that quite a few eggs produce ducklings.

They should hatch just in time for Easter – perfect timing! How fun this will be for the girls!
Next week, I will try to post the homeschool unit study I am putting together to learn more about our little friends … they bring us much joy in the middle of March.

 

March 9, 2015 - 3:07 pm

claire - How wonderful!