16 Blessings | Thanking God for 2016

So many people are posting about what a terrible year 2016 was. Yes, there were some bad things, but over the course of my life, I have learned that gratefulness opens doors for blessings. So, I want to focus on the wonderful things that God has blessed me with in 2016!

  1. Thank You, LORD, for my husband’s smile and his job! 2 years ago, after triple-by-pass surgery and the ensuing depression that engulfed him, I wasn’t sure he was going to make it through the winter. But! He’s still here and healthier than he ever thought he could be. 🙂

2. Thank You, LORD, for our truck and our cozy little camper that lets me travel with my hubby and only takes 15 minutes to clean!

3. Thank You, LORD, for the time you gave us to really get to know my oldest son’s kids!

4. Thank You, LORD, for giving my Blue a great home, even if my daughter-in-love likes to torture this country boy who rarely wore a collar before this year!

5. Thank You, LORD, for my wonderful kids! They are all hard working adults who love their families and their mom!

6. Thank You, LORD, that this little guy is now a 1-year-old! He had a rough start being born at 2 pounds 10 ounces, but he made it and we are so grateful!

7. Thank You, LORD, for his rambunctious brother and sister. They have blessed my youngest by giving him a chance to experience the challenge of his greatest love, fatherhood!

8. And thank You, LORD, for this other unexpected blessing! Here I thought Ryan would be my last grandbaby and along comes Grayson! He keeps his big brother and sister busy! My daughter did it right. Having another child when you’ve got built in babysitters was something I could not convince Grampa Tom to do. 🙂

9. Thank You, LORD, for my church in Dallas City and the opportunity to be present for my honorary granddaughter’s baptism!

10. And Thank You, LORD, for my church in Kansas! It is such a blessing to be warmly welcomed by loving people so far from home!

11. Thank You, LORD, for my mom and dad, the time I’ve been able to spend with them and their continued healing!

12. Thank You, LORD, for my little sis who has taken on the care of my folks, my uncle and her in-loves on top of her job teaching Spanish. She is an incredible woman. Please strengthen and bless her LORD!

13. Thank You, LORD, for my jobs cooking for the harvest crew and as a sample lady at Sam’s.

14. Thank You, LORD, for international dinners on dirt roads all over the Mid-West!

15. Thank You, LORD, for visits home! For the opportunity to reconnect and touch base with our roots!

16. Thank You, LORD, for opportunities to explore the beautiful world that You created for us!

And that’s just the tip of all the blessings You’ve poured out on us this year, LORD! Thank You!

What has God blessed you with this year?

God Bless You All!

~ Grama Sue

Yeah I know, you thought I was done, but I just can’t resist one more. Back after Grampa Tom had his heart surgery he wanted some slippers. I made him buy these flip flops over his irritated objections because we could adjust their size. His feet were swelling up and going down depending on what time of day it was and how much he had been doing. This summer, Grampa Tom told me he was glad I “made” him buy them. He really likes them! Thank You, LORD, for a man that can admit when he’s wrong!

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap Up | December 30, 2016

Do you find motion sensitive lights a bit unnerving? I sure do! I mean, you don’t have to do anything to turn the light on. You just walk into a dark room and trust that the switch is going to do its thing on its own. The key to it is to just keep moving, the exact opposite of what your natural reaction is to darkness.

Faith is like that. When God tells you to move into a dark and unfamiliar area, you have to trust that He will dispel the darkness. The key is to just keep moving. If you stop and wait for the light, it won’t happen. Wow …



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Challenge your kids to write a mystery story with math problems for clues!



Encourage your kids to make money by selling their old things on eBay. Let them write the sales description, take the pictures, figure out the shipping amount, set the price, the whole nine yards!








Challah Recipe | Christianity’s Jewish Roots







Have your kids write and perform a radio show about Hanukkah.






Montessori Pre-Reading Activities





Cut index cards in half and have your kids come up with verbs that they can do or act out. Write these verbs on the index cards. make 4 stacks of 10-12 cards. The stacks can contain the same words if you can’t think of enough.

Then ask for a few nouns. Write them on index cards too. Hide the nouns in each of the 4 stacks. Put all four stacks in different places around a room.

Give each child an apron with a pocket. They will keep the cards they have collected in the pocket until the end of the game.

Instruct your kids to start at the stack without any nouns. The first player picks up a card. They are to “do” that verb over to the next stack. Each player takes a turn. Have them put the card they drew in their apron pocket.

At the other stacks, if the card drawn is a verb, the player should “do” the verb to the next stack, but if they draw a noun, they must stand and “be” that noun until the next round.

Play until all the cards have been drawn. The person with the most cards in their apron is the winner.



Middle School – High School


Starwars activities in honor of Princess Leia:





Ahhh! Tinker Toys! Such a great invention! Builds fine motor and spacial awareness while your child explores engineering skills!




Does it Dissolve? Kids Science Experiment





Montessori Human Anatomy Introduction






Dominoes are a staple at my house. I love the color-coded set! The colors make it easy to identify which dominoes have what number of dots on them. Little ones can identify the colors and count. Older kids can add the dots on each side, add two or more dominoes together, play a game where they draw dominoes and add or multiply their score on each turn until they get to a preselected number, turn that around and subtract from that preselected number until they reach zero … And then there’s the traditional domino games and of course setting them up so you can knock them all down!

If you don’t have a set of dominoes in your house, please consider buying through this link to help support this page. Thanks!







Got a train lover? Such cute videos!





Domino Math



Middle School and Up


How fast does your remote control car go? To find out, set up a straight line for it to travel on. Say, 20 ft. long. Place the car at the starting point and have someone use a stopwatch to time it. Let’s pretend it went the 20 feet in 5.9 seconds. Then use this formula to figure it out:

20ft/5.9sec x 60sec/1min. X  60min/1hr. x 1mi/5280ft.

Cancel out all the units of measure that have duplicates in the numerator and the denominator.

20/5.9 x 60/1 x 60/1hr x 1mi/5280

Multiply the top numbers: 72000mi

Multiply the bottom numbers: 31152hr

72000mi/31152hr = 2.31 mph (Round the second digit past the decimal)




This is a great week to teach money-saving strategies with all the after-Christmas sales! Go on a shopping field trip. Compare prices, discuss buying strategies and be sure to put in a good dose of “do you REALLY need or want that?”! Bargains are only bargains if you will use them!



Do you budget? Involve your older kids in the process! And if you don’t, it’s a great time to start!




Not getting paid to promote this, but if Grampa Tom and I had been exposed to Dave Ramsey when we were kids, we would have been SOOOOO much better off! And what better way to teach a kid than through a game!





Crusade history





Songs with actions like “Itsy Bitsy Spider” “Jesus Loves Me”, and “Wheels on the Bus” do more than teach a child to sing. They increase coordination and fine motor skills.






Salt and Watercolor Painting





Have your kids been making snowmen or snow angels? PE and art combined!






Bouncing with, dancing with, or patting your baby to the beat of music helps them develop a sense of rhythm and an understanding of music.

















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God Bless You All!


~Grama Sue