Wednesday, February 13, 2019

For The Temple (A Homeschool Crew Review)

It's my first review of 2019 and I'm thrilled to kick off the year with one of my absolute favorite vendors, Heirloom Audio.   This time around, we took a audio trip to ancient Israel and the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem with Heirlooms newest release, For the Temple

For The Temple is based on the book For the Temple - A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem by G.A. Henty and is part of Heirloom Audio Productions series "The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty".  It is the 11th book by Henty to be turned into audio theater by the company, with previous recordings bringing listeners to the Civil War (With Lee in Virginia), the First War of Scotland's Independence (In Freedom's Cause), and Ancient Egypt (The Cat of Bubastes) to name a few. 

For the Temple is the 6th recording from Heirloom Audio I have had the pleasure of reviewing.  However, I currently own all 11 recordings (including an additional copy of For the Temple which I had bought prior to accepting this review.  I tell you this because this is a company that I personally support with my own money because I believe they offer amazing entertainment that can be listened to over and over.  These recordings make for great listening while on long road trips or just for a lazy Sunday afternoon when the weather doesn't allow for outdoor fun. 

My collection of Heirloom Audio sitting on my bookcase

What We Received:

I was given the opportunity to review the 2 CD performance of For the Temple presented in a visually stunning, full color trifold case.  I also received the accompanying full color, 51 page Study Guide. 

About For the Temple:

For the Temple follows the story of John of Gamala, a young man with dreams of marrying his betrothed, Mary and living a quiet life following his fathers footsteps running a vineyard.  However, a chance encounter with Josephus changes the path John finds himself on, bringing him to front and center into the Jewish War against Rome.   

Following the battle of Jatapata, hard decisions are forced to be made. Should John and his men risk their lives to fight for Jerusalem.  Realizing that the Temple should be protected at all costs, another twist of fate brings John into a fight with the Roman general Titus and a promise that could change the battle.  Along with tactical choices, John must also make personal choices as to his own beliefs in regards to Yeshua.  

The story, while based on a fictional story by Henty, showcases many figures from Biblical history such as Nero, Vespasian and even an appearance from Nicodemus, the pharisee mentioned in the Bible who visited with Jesus in the secrecy of night to ask questions and was present at Crucifixion and assisted Joseph of Aramathea in embalming the body of Christ.  

As with every other Heirloom Audio Production, the purchase of either the physical CDs or the MP3 downloads come with the complementary full color, downloadable study guide Ebook. These study guides are always a welcome addition with the audio as they provide a good amount of information in the life and history behind the period of time the story takes place. The Study Guide is a wonderful addition as it allows me to ask the kids the questions as we progress through the CD's and check to see how much they are actually picking up from the recording. 

Previously, Heirloom included time stamps in their study guides that coincided with the time at the start of each chapter on the MP3s.  This time around, the time stamps are missing but instead, the name of the Chapter is found at the top of the page.   I personally liked the time stamp and missed seeing them this time around as it made it easier for people like myself who prefer the convenience of  listening to the MP3 format on tablets, computers or phones to jump ahead quickly to find the proper track to match with the guide, as the MP3s are not divided into individual tracks.  

Included in the 51 page ebook Study Guide: 

Listening Well Questions:  These provide the perfect opportunity to test listening comprehension in regards to what your child has heard and remembers. All answers are easily found within the listed track. 

Thinking Further Questions:
  These questions require a bit of independent research or deeper thinking beyond just what was heard. These questions ask the student to do some independent research or to draw conclusions based on what has happened in the story.   These are great for older students and provide a platform for going beyond the story. 

Defining Words:  These provide vocabulary lists of words that were used in the recording that students might not be familiar with.  These words are easily found within a standard dictionary and help to expand the listeners vocabulary and understand the recording better. 

Also included on some pages of the study guide are short tidbits of information pertaining to Jerusalem or Biblical times, such as Food in Ancient Jerusalem,  the Army of Gideon, and the siege of Jerusalem. These short extras do not directly relate to the story but do provide interesting information about the time period. 

Bible Study:  A three page study is also included.  Each page uses Bible verse to allow students to see what the Bible says in regards to topics that are presented in the recording. Study 1, "No Other Savior" teaches that while many believe that all religions and beliefs are basically the same, only belief God can lead to Salvation. Study 2, "Proper Worship" walks the student through the way that God suggests that we worship him while Study 3, "Christ our Temple" teaches that Christ is the true temple of God in flesh and how thru him, our body also is a temple.

The Study guide ends with a few pages that dive a bit deeper into the historical references that the story is based off of.   The Bible is filled with references that describe how the people of Israel defied the Lord, either with the worship of other gods, marrying non-believers, ect.  Because of this disobedience to God, the Bible also tells us that God used enemy armies to bring his people back to him.  This section discusses the Jewish War and the fall of Jerusalem and what significance this had with the Jewish people and Christian history.  

Both the entertainment as well as the educational value of Heirloom Audio productions puts them high on my favorites list.  These are recordings that families will enjoy listening to over and over again - from long car trips to just quiet evenings at home instead of watching the television.

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For more information about Heirloom Audio and the Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty audio theater series, be sure to visit their website. You can also find them on the following social media sites;

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Meal Planning

Another week - another meal plan..   I'm trying to use up the chicken in my freezer right now, so we have a few different chicken recipes this week.   Looking forward to next week though as I'm making roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, which is always a huge hit in our house. LOL 

This week, I had to make some shrimp creole.. I haven't had any good Cajun food in a while and every time I do make some, it's almost always gumbo.  I was in the mood for something different, so it came down to either creole or etouffee.  Creole won out.. haha    Really wish I could get my hands on some good crawfish though.. Man California doesn't know what it's missing out on not having any good Cajun restaurants here.. LOL

Sunday:  Shrimp Creole over Rice

Monday:  Toasted Ravioli with Salad

Tuesday:  One Pot Spicy Thai Noodles with Asian salad and mandarin oranges

Wednesday:  Chicken Enchiladas with Rice and Beans

Thursday:  Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Rice Casserole with Salad

Friday:  Cuban Chicken Rollups with black beans and roasted zucchini

Saturday:  In-N-Out  (grocery shopping day)

Monday, February 4, 2019

Weekend Meal Planning

Glad to have this week over and going into a new one.  Not that last week was necessarily bad - it wasn't. Monday was my birthday and so this weekend my husband took the family out to eat yummy Indian food at our favorite restaurant.  Then on Saturday we went out again, just myself and my husband along with another couple that we are good friends with, and they treated me to sushi at our favorite sushi join.  So it was a nice weekend.  But I hit the wall on Thursday and just felt horrible.  Completely drained, no energy, didn't want to do anything..   I hate weeks like that.

Also, add to the fact the lid to my Instant Pot had a little accident.  The kids didn't remove it from teh stove while making ramen and the heat melted the plastic. I ordered a new one that arrived on Friday and I was sooo excited because I hadn't had my IP all week - well, I ordered the wrong size.  The entire time I thought I had an 8qt pot, but no, I have a 6qt pot..  I called IP's customer service and they are suppose to contact me tomorrow about replacing it.  So, I'm not planning any IP meals this week.. I feel completely lost!!!  LOL

But, tomorrow is Monday and so we get a do over to have a better week, right?  And hopefully it will only take a few days to get the new lid for my IP.. Fingers crossed.

On another note - I totally got sick of answering the question "What's for Dinner" 20 times a day. My husband is REALLY bad about it - he will ask and then 5 minutes later he will ask again.. Then 30 minutes later, he will ask again.. And of course, each kid will ask at least one time per kid.  Sooo, I found this really great lil board at Hobby Lobby yesterday that was 50% off, so for 10 dollars, I just might keep my sanity..  Oor, they will be too lazy to walk over and look and will still ask me what's for dinner.. LOL

Sunday:  Grilled Sausage with bacon and jalapenos with Mac and Cheese

Monday : Lentil and Sweet Potato stew

Tuesday: Chicken Burrito Bowls with Quinoa, black beans, corn and avocado

Wednesday:  Breakfast Lasagna  with fruit cocktail and blood oranges

Thursday:  BBQ potato with salad, baked beans and chips

Friday:  Mississippi Pork Roast with mashed potatoes and salad

Saturday:  Air Fryer Burgers with ranch potato skins

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