Favorite Thanksgiving Picture Books


I guess I’m reminiscing this week. I’m remembering when my children memorized and recited Psalm 100. I’m thinking back to all our years making Thankful Trees in November. And today I’m recounting all the lovely picture books we usually read this time of year!

Some of these books we read every year for probably 10 years or so. And I must admit, I still pull out Cranberry Thanksgiving and read it to my kids. And then we make the cranberry bread recipe that is in it. Best bread ever. Oh the memories!

Favorite Thanksgiving Picture Books

Cranberry Thanksgiving – this is a Five in a Row title (our old homeschool curriculum) and so that is how we were introduced to this book. It was out of print for awhile but it looks like now the price isn’t too bad on Amazon!

Giving Thanks to the Lord – I love all of Karma Wilson’s books! I also love rhyming books AND books that include Scripture, this one is based on Psalm 92.

God Gave Us Thankful Hearts – if you’re familiar with the precious “God Gave Us” series of books, this is another one of those!

Thanksgiving Is… – Gail Gibbon’s books are usually good homeschooling books that are informative. She has books on many, many subjects! 

Gobble Gobble Mad Libs – Ok, so this isn’t a picture book, but, my kids LOVE Mad Libs! We all need more Mad Libs in our lives. 😉

The Story of the Pilgrims – a simple re-telling of the pilgrims and first thanksgiving.

Twas the Night before Thanksgiving – just a cute and funny story for thanksgiving time!

Do you have favorite Thanksgiving picture books not listed here? Please let us know in the comments so others can find your good suggestions as well! 


I would love for you to post PICTURES of your gratitude journals or quotes or thoughts as we go along…use the hashtag #CultivateGratitude on Instagram and we can find each other!

Gratitude Resources

Brand New Coloring Journal For Teen Girls


Coloring Journal for Teen Girls 3

The latest rage among teen girls and women alike is the adult coloring book! I admit, it’s fun and relaxing and my girls and I LOVE it.

So, when I saw this brand new coloring book that could also be used as a morning devotional or journal for my girls I may have SQUEALED with delight. Coloring AND time with Jesus?? Perfection. There is a Bible verse with a few questions for each day. Not too long, just right.

Coloring Journal for Teen Girls

The teenage years are hard. Let’s face it, sometimes being a woman of any age is hard. {grin} Maybe that’s one reason that devotional books are such an encouragement to me. I pray for that same encouragement for my girls, too. This coloring journal provides a little nugget of truth from God’s Word along with the opportunity for my girls and I to be creative together. Swoon. The verses selected and the questions asked are very age appropriate for my girls, ages 14 and 13 years. And the pictures are just lovely. The whole book is gorgeous.


Fine Linen and Purple: a coloring journal for teen girls who love Jesus 

Life as a teen girl comes with a lot of pressure from many sides. I remember well. Spending time reflecting on Scripture, journaling your thoughts, and nurturing your creative side can help you slow down and feel the presence of God.

Teen Coloring Devotional Book 1

{I uploaded the PDF file I received to an online office store like Staples or Office Max and had them print and bind it with the spiral!}

Fine Linen and Purple: a coloring journal for teen girls who love Jesus will give you the opportunity to:

  •   Focus your time and thoughts on the Word of God
  •   Commit 28 Bible verses to memory
  •   Reflect on how God’s Word is applicable to your life
  •   Journal your deepest thoughts
  •   Be creative with beautiful coloring pages

This coloring journal includes:

  •   28 journal pages, each with a Scripture passage. 2 journal writing prompts, and a blank journaling lines for free writing
  •   28 beautiful coloring pages, created with teen girls in mind
  •   28 Scripture memory cards

You can purchase Fine Linen & Purple here



Brand New Book About the Miracle of Life

Come back TOMORROW for a full post on this exciting new book from the author herself!! Today I am sharing the GROUP GIVE AWAY that has been put together with over $600 worth of prizes!!

Wonderfully Made is a brand new book that introduces children to the miracle of life and God’s amazing creation. Wonderfully made is an excellent book that introduces a young child to the wonder of God’s creation – the wonder and miracle of birth. From conception in the womb through the nine months within the mother’s womb Danika Cooley takes us on a journey of discovery… the discovery of life. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13

This book takes you on a week by week journey through the miracle of birth, detailing each stage of life in the womb. There are Scripture passages on each page too. I love that!


To celebrate the release of Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth by Danika Cooley, I am hosting a wonderful giveaway with the rest of the launch team. The giveaway includes a hardcover copy of the book, along with several other books and products your family is sure to enjoy. The total value of the giveaway is nearly $600!
Wonderfully Made Giveaway
Here is what you could win:

Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth by Danika Cooley – hardcover $9.99 value

Wonderfully made is an excellent book that introduces a young child to the wonder of God’s creation – the wonder and miracle of birth. From conception in the womb through the nine months within the mother’s womb Danika Cooley takes us on a journey of discovery… the discovery of life.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13

Touch of Life First Trimester Fetal Models $89.95 value

Sculpted from real-life photos, these four fetal models representing weeks 7, 8, 9, and 10 after conception have a personality of their own, and the life-like feel of the skin brings home the humanity of the preborn baby in its first trimester of life. Accurately portrayed thanks to medical descriptions and photos, these little samples of life are a great educational tool for helping to understand the wonder of the early stages of human development.

Bible Road Trip Year One Curriculum (includes Lower and Upper Grammar Notebooking Journals $60 value

The Bible Road Trip Year One Curriculum is a 463-page digital PDF download of the full Bible Road Trip Year One curriculum for all five levels, preschool through high school. The Bible Road Trip Year One Curriculum includes the Parent / Teacher Guide and 32 weeks of curriculum schedules for all grades.

$100 Amazon Gift Card $100 value

Enjoy shopping amazon.com with a gift of $100 + an adorable bookmark.

Big Bible Science: Experiment and Explore God’s World by Erin Lee Green (Ages 5-11) $12.99 value

Big Bible Science helps children and those who teach them to explore God’s World and God’s Word through real live science experiments. There are twenty-one different units taking students through scientific concepts such as Gravity, Friction, Animal Classification and the Nervous System.

My 1st Books and More by Carine MacKenzie and Philip Ross (ages 4-7) $15.99 value

Who is God? What does he do? Can I know Jesus? Why did he die? Children always have questions about God. They want to know what it means to be a Christian and who Jesus is. My 1st Books and More gives a year’s worth and more of bible readings, devotions and memory verses.

Living Water in the Desert: True Stories of God at Work in Iran by Rebecca Davis  $8.99 value

One man was overcome by the missionary’s kindness. Another was stopped by a vision of men in blue.  One became sick and tired of his own religion. Another saw a man named Jesus in a dream, coming to him on a donkey.  A girl found a strange book on the floor of the library and visited a secret prayer meeting. All of them eventually came to Jesus Christ for His full and free salvation, becoming missionaries to their own people. Seventeen chapters tell true stories of the Living Water pouring out on the country of Iran, even up to the present day.

Lights in a Dark Place: True Stories of God at Work in Colombia by Rebecca Davis (ages 7-12)  $8.99 value

Colombia has been known as a land of violence, but God is at work! Even though the Colombian people have reacted with violence to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God has delivered people from burning houses . . . God has healed ones who cursed . . . God has given people dreams and visions . . . God has rescued kidnapers . . . God has conquered demons of darkness. Read fourteen true stories of the Light of the World shining in the land of Colombia, South America.

Jungle Doctor’s Monkey Tales by Paul White $8.99 value

The wisdom of monkeys is proverbially small. They never could remember not to get too near to the hind feet of zebra, nor to throw coconuts at Chewi the leopard, nor to look into the eyes of snakes. Luckily for his little nephews, Uncle Nyani, the only survivor of a family of seven, is always near at hand to tell them how they can live to be as old as he is!

Jungle Doctor’s Tug-of-War by Paul White (ages 5-11) $8.99 value

Even by monkey standards, young Toto is pretty dim! Those baddies of the jungle, Crunch the Crocodile, Mbisi the Hyena, Slinki the Jackal, Vibi the Vulture and Gnark the crow look as though they are going to have an easy time finishing him off. However, Toto soon finds himself in the middle of a tug-of-war, for his real friends, Elephant, Giraffe, Parrot and Hornbill are determined to rescue him from the clutches of the jungle underworld.

The Bible’s Big Story: Salvation History for Kids by James M. Hamilton Jr. $4.99

With easily remembered rhymes and Bible verses take your child through the span of Salvation History from Creation to the Fall, the Flood to the Exodus, the Exile to the Crucifixion and beyond… James M. Hamilton writes about real history, God’s Salvation History, and our future.

Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership $97

1000s of topical pages, themes, and designs . . . Perfect for any subject or study A to Z!
Art Study ♦ Copywork ♦ Character Study ♦ Famous Men & Women ♦ Geography (state/country studies, continental, world maps) ♦ History of the Ancient World, Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, and Modern Times ♦ Music Study ♦ Nature Study ♦ Science ♦ Timelines ♦ and more!

Mom’s Toolbelt Lifetime Membership $24.95

A customizable home management planner for every area of your life that craves order.

Hal and Melanie Young: Mom & Dad Special: Raising Real Men (book + audiobook) plus a free registration to both Boot Camp 9-12 AND Boyhood Boot Camp. $101 value

If this is God’s chosen gift to us, then why does it seem so hard? How can we prepare these boys to serve God when we can barely make it through the day? Isn’t there a better way? The answer is yes.

When You Lie Down: Lullabies and Scripture Songs CD $12.97 value

These twelve songs remind us that true rest, comfort and hope come from God alone. This music is an awesome way to experience God’s Word with your baby, kids and family. You will discover that this album will be a powerful addition to use in your personal time with God.

Seeds Onesie- Psalm 139:13-14  $14.97 value

Seeds Family Worship Onesie featuring Psalm 139:13-14 on the front with a small Seeds logo on the back.

Cultivating Responsibility: Parenting Wisdom for Ages 9-12 by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN $14.99 value

The later elementary age years are among the greatest times to build responsibility in children. Heart transformation takes place when parents use other tools than behavior modification.

Elementary Foundations: Parenting Wisdom for Ages 5-8by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN $14.99 value

Many new things happen during the ages of 5-8. Children start school, develop significant friendships, learn to think abstractly instead of just concretely, and have a greater ability to draw close to God. Parenting during this stage produces a number of challenges and opportunities so you’ll want to be prepared.

To enter the giveaway, use the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway open to residents of the U.S. and Canada, age 18 and older. Giveaway will end on Wednesday, April 20 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be announced at the Wonderfully Made Facebook Release Party (winner does not have to be present to win, but we hope you’ll be there!)

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You’re Invited!

Join us for the Wonderfully Made Facebook Release Party on Thursday, April 21. We’ll have even more giveaways and freebies, too! The party begins at 9pm EST, and you can RSVP on the event page
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Wonderfully Made Facebook Release Party, Thursday, April 21, 9pm EST

Armor of God Homeschool Class

Armor of God Class

This semester I am leading a small group of middle school girls through the Armor of God Bible Study by Priscilla Shirer. We are using some other resources, books and ideas that I wanted to share with you, too!

When I was growing up, though I grew up in church, I don’t remember hearing much about the devil, satan, spiritual warfare, etc. I’m so excited to share these TRUTHS with my girls and the other sweet girls in this class.

Items Needed for Class

For this class you will need the DVD set Armor of God (DVD Kit) to watch through the study. 

Each student will need:


Another book that we are using hand-in-hand with this study is called This Means War: A Strategic Prayer Journal. I originally found this for my son to use, but when I started reading through it, I realized it would be hugely beneficial for the middle school girls as well!

For our first class, we watched War Room together!

Our Semester Schedule & Syllabus

I am sharing the semester syllabus (15-week) that I used with my students, but you tweak your schedule and make it work for you!

The Armor of God Bible Study Syllabus PDF

Armor of God Homeschool Class

Pinterest Board

I have been collecting ideas for this Armor of God on Pinterest. Here is the board:

Follow His Mercy is New’s board Armor of God on Pinterest.

More & Resources

  This is a very cool video that your boys, especially, will love!  

We saw this idea on Pinterest and made it our own!  IMG_4315

Making Scripture Prayer Cards

One of the big things that Priscilla Shirer keeps mentioning to do in this Bible Study is to make PRAYER STRATEGIES. So one day for class, the girls and I found verses that applied to our lives and made pretty cards out of them! (The prayer cards you see pictured here are in the back of the member workbook for you to tear out and use!) We used colored penswashi tape, and gelatos. Praying God’s Word is something I’m passionate about! I loved sharing with these sweet girls about this awesome way to pray! IMG_4311   IMG_4313

Guard Your Heart

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 We read this verse together in class and discussed how the Armor of God and learning how to do BATTLE with the enemy is practically how we GUARD OUR HEARTS. We talked about various ways to guard our hearts: prayer, reading God’s Word, memorizing God’s Word, listening to worship music, choosing our friends wisely, attending church, hanging verses around our home – like the cards we made, or pretty pictures and signs too! This sign from Dayspring fits PERFECTLY with our study and I LOVE hanging Scripture around my home! 5620021079

Free Homeschool Resources for High School


Free Resources for Homeschooling High School

**This is a little bit of a different post for me! But, in the fall I will have a FRESHMAN in high school. Yes, take a moment and freak out with me. So, after a little bit of freaking out, I’ve been doing lots of research and talking to friends who are a little bit ahead of me in this journey of homeschooling high school. I’m collecting resources and thought I should share those with you!**

I have this friend that I dearly love. She encourages me in my faith as well as in my parenting and homeschooling. I tell her that her methods are “out of the box” and she asks me, “WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?” LOL!

So, what do I mean by out-of-the-box homeschooling?

No textbooks. Or mostly no textbooks. 🙂 Or basing a class off of non-textbook related resources. Textbooks may be used, but as one of many tools used to help formulate the class.

For the most part, this friend of mine uses {mostly} FREE resources she finds on line or in her co-op. I have to tell you, she does a LOT of research for her homeschool family. She has 5 children, 2 of which are high schoolers. And you know what? I am pretty sure her kids are getting a better education than my own children. So, in a nutshell, she rocks.

I have collected so many of her resources saved and collected that I thought I should just do a blog post CRAMMED full of GOOD STUFF! I will divide up the resources by subjects.

Recommended: My friend recommends that you find textbooks (even college!) and make your syllabus based on the TABLE OF CONTENTS. Find free things (videos, PDFs, library books, activities) based on these topics and you can explore these things without even using the textbook as a main source for your class. Many of the links below came as a result of a topic found in the table of contents and looking for videos or sources online to use to teach that topic.

**If you have any resources you would like to be added to this list, please leave a comment with the link! Thank you!**

FREE Webinar to Help Parents with High School Transcripts 

Free High School Home School Resources

Full Curriculum

Ambleside Online –  full, free, 12-year, Charlotte Mason-style curriculum.


**I’m sharing lots of links to resources that accompany the text she is using for her high school Chemistry weekly lab co-op class — here are the texts she is using to teach: Conceptual Chemistry & The Joy of Chemistry & The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry

Your Morning Basket


Health & Wellness & Body Systems (Biology)


Other Sciences



Literature, Writing & Poetry


Race to the Colosseum

Spanish (Foreign Languages)

Bible & Other (Misc.)


Free High School Homeschool Resources