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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wizzy Gizmo Review and Giveaway!

Wizzy Gizmo.  Go on, say it.  Wizzo Gizmo.  Fun, no?  But what is it?

Wizzy Gizmo is a company that is dedicated to "Equipping children for life by exploring God's word."  They are doing that with a few different products- audio dramas, books, and Fast Track Bible Packs.  For this review, I took a look at the Fast Track Bible Pack, but I also got a chance to check out the other products digitally so I have an idea what they are like too.

The Fast Track Bible Pack currently is available for the New Testament.  Designed to be used by all ages, these cards give information about each book in the New Testament.  The front of the card provides the basics- who wrote the book, when, why, and to whom, as well as the theme of the book and key verse.

The back of the card provides a deeper look, beginning with a brief outline of the book, followed by key chapters and their themes, key passages, key doctrines and key people.

OBM says:  The cards provide a wonderful amount of information at your fingertips.  They are just colorful enough to allow for discrimination of the information without them being distracting or childish.  Their website gives some suggested usages for them beyond just having them as a reference tool so that you can use them with your children even at a young age.  But for me, their value comes in the fact that I am a leaky sieve.  I forget things that I know that I know...or at least I know that I should know.  Like when a book was written or who the audience might have been.  These are great Bible study tools to have handy to remind me of those things that might have slipped my mind.  The Fast Track Bible Pack retails for $14.99, and is available directly from Wizzy Gizmo.

Wizzo Gizmo's other products include two books: Who Created Everything (Genesis Chapter 1) and In His Image (Genesis Chapter 2).  They tell the Bible stories, but within the context of the town of Sunnyville and Professor Wizzy Gizmo whose Gizmovision allows some of Sunnyville's kids to experience the Bible stories firsthand as if they are really there.  The books are $12.99 each.  They also have an audio drama that lets you listen to the Bible.  Geared toward children ages 4-12, it tells the same story as the first book above, just brought to life with a cast of characters and full sound and songs added.

The audio dramas retail for $9.99 as an MP3 or $14.99 for a CD and digital download.

In today's day and age, you know everyone has their favorite site for social media, so here are all Wizzy Gizmo's links:

Now here's the really cool part.  I get to do a giveaway!  One of you can win either a Fast Track Bible Pack or the Who Created Everything audio drama.  Just enter below!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Follow Up Thoughts on a Previous Post

Inspiring title, no?

So a few weeks ago I made a Three Things Thursday post about how there was someone in my co-op class that seemed to always disagree with me, and how that bothered me and how it was really affecting my wanting to contributed to the discussion in class.  First, I want to say that things have been better since I posted that, maybe because our topic of conversation has changed a bit, or maybe for other reasons (like some of you praying that God would just clamp His handover my mouth ;-).  But I also felt the need to elaborate a little more ever since I put that post up.

See, the issue isn't that someone can't disagree with me.  (My family does it all the time, LOL.)  I mean, don't get me wrong, I like to be "right", and like most people, I think I'm right probably more than I really am.  But really the issue is that one of the greatest areas God has really done a work on in my life is my competitiveness and my obsessive need to be right, to win the battle.  I'd like to think that most people who met me today wouldn't even think that was one of my character traits.  But I've always been argumentative. And sometimes even in a good way.  I'm really good at debate, and at seeing both sides of an issue.  Yet I still struggle with that innate, sinful desire to WIN the argument.  And to find myself facing that situation on a weekly basis was uncomfortable for me because debating really isn't the purpose of the class, and being argumentative isn't how I want to be known.   So I was really struggling.  Personally.  NOT because she was doing anything wrong, but because my response was wrong.

And so, being transparent and all, I blogged about it.  And immediately felt bad.  I realized I had shared my blog address with people in the class because of the reviews I had done.  I realized it might sound like I though *she* was in the wrong.  And I knew I needed to be even more transparent and lay it all out there.  If there were AA meetings (Arguers Anonymous), my intro would go something like this, "Hi, my name is One Blessed Mamma.  By the grace of God alone, I'm a recovering arguer.  I love to be right.  I love words.  I love to craft them.  I love to be clever with them.  I love to win a point...or the whole debate.  In my life, I've caused a LOT of damage with the things I've said, and I couldn't regret it more.  So now, with God's help, I try to pray first before I open my mouth in important situations and ask Him to speak through me or let me know if He wants me to speak at all.  I often fail at that.  Especially with the people that matter most-those closest to me.  I've messed up more this week alone than there are words to express, but I'm grateful that God's mercies are new every morning and He forgives me time and time again."

I believe God's word is true in Proverbs 27:17 where it says, "Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."  One of the things I miss the most about our old church on FL was Sunday night round table where we would intentionally come together and debate that weekend's message or any other topics that came up.  It was a perfect example of that verse, and was the best example of a positive use of my "skills".  Being about to give an account for the joy you have, and for what you believe and why, all while speaking the truth in love-truly iron sharpening iron- is a beautiful sight to behold, and an amazing experience to be part of.  But the difference is that everyone came to that table knowing that was the intention of that meeting, and we all had the same goal in mind.  We all were better for it after each discussion, and our friendships and respect for each other's Godly counsel deepened quickly.  While I yearn for something like that again, I know with certainty that the newcomers' class is not that place :-).

So, I hope that helps to clear things up...not that any of you out there probably thought there was anything needing to be cleared up.  But I did.  I didn't ever want to imply the issue at hand was anyone's problem but mine, and that because of my natural tendency to debate everything and, of course, to be on the winning side of that debate.  But God was gracious that when I confessed my struggle it actually got easier to bear (duh!), and reminded me that it's in the struggle that the refinement happens, so I'm just going to hypomone- my favorite Greek word- until then.
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Mimi

Happy Birthday Mimi!!!

I have been blessed with a wonderful daughter.  Really, from the moment she was born, I knew God had special plans for her.  Always one to keep up with the big kids, not matter how incredibly petite she was, Mimi never let anything hold her back.  When she was ready to learn to ride a bike, she did-just like that, all in one bike ride.  She approaches all of life that way, She's very artistic, and everything about her reflects that, but when she is driven to want to learn something, nothing will stop her.  She is currently teaching herself Japanese.
Her love for Manga (Japanese Anime books) and Anime led to her passion not only for the language, but also for that drawing style.  Which led to learning to draw digitally.  Which led to her sharing her digital self portrait on an online site we are reviewing for homeschoolers.  Which led to her getting the opportunity to work on a student-designed video game.  Her talent quickly paved the way for her to become the head background artist, and being in charge of several characters.  As the project grew, they brought in an adult with experience working for Disney and many other animation/gaming companies.  He has made her "lead artist" on the project.  This all happened in the past week, and she's currently in the process of assembling her team that will work with her.  And she turns 15 today. I don't do the gushing mom thing well, but I'm very proud of her.  She has a God given talent, and she is searching for a way to use it to His glory in the opportunities He brings her way.     She's also a great help to me at home, and she helps out with the toddler class at church.  She is truly a blessing, and I'm thankful God chose me to be her mom.

Happy 15th birthday Mimi!

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