Sunday Reflections: Art Galore

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Life at the Strauss House...

Classical Conversations started back this week for my girls!  I have two Essentials students this year.  My youngest was so proud to write her very first Essentials paper.  I took no pictures of their first day, but thankfully my mother took pictures of their presentations, since I'm down the hall with their brother in Challenge I.  We've been working on some art projects (read more below), and they were so proud of their finished products that they brought them to class for presentation.  Precious!

First Day of CC presentation of Art


Where I'm reading in the Bible...

Now I know this isn't the Bible, but we got a new book this week that is a big picture overview of the Bible for kids called The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin DeYoung.  We've read it twice all the way through and all of my kids LOVE it.  I'm going to be giving one away this week on the blog, so stay tuned!

The Biggest Story

What books we're reading...


Betsy: .

Family Read Alouds: 





Steps towards a healthier lifestyle...

It's amazing what a difference a meal plan can make.  It only takes a little bit of time, but it makes such a huge difference for me in making good decisions later on in the week.  A couple of items on our menu plan this week are:

I was at the library with a friend who was making her menu and had a cute little printable that she uses to plan her menus.  I found this printable menu planer that looks similar and is so cute!

This week's highlights...

The Art of Fall: Mixed Media Workshop for KidsWe made some HUGE messes this week as we played with Modge Podge, Gesso, and paint!  We've been reviewing Flourish's Art of Fall Mixed Media workshop, and I can't wait to show you all that we've created.  It is an amazing course, but you'll have to come back tomorrow to see the results of our artwork.

This art course is on sale now through September 30th for just $48 for 20 projects for kids 8 and up.  It's incredible.
Art of Fall prep

 Sunday Reflections:

As I look back over the week, ten things I can thank God for :

  • The gift of art.  I have had so much fun creating, doodling, and slowing down as we paint together.
  • Squeals of my daughters as they rip paper and play with modge podge.
  • Music in my home - all of the beautiful musicians that are developing within my house.
  • Study day at the library with Classical Conversations friends...I love our community.
  • New music in the car - Nichole Nordeman's latest album The Unmaking - giveaway of this one ends soon!
  • Books to read
  • Writing a paper with my youngest, and seeing her face light up with delight as she read it back to me
  • Cooking kids - it's nice to share the meal prep load
  • My in-laws getting back from Africa safely
  • My husband walking with's like we're dating again!

I'm looking forward to cooler weather and fall colors, but I must be patient for the fall changes to come to Texas!

The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

I'm excited to be linking up with Collage Friday!


  1. Mary on September 7, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I am so happy to have met you! I think we have a lot in common! Thanks for linking with Collage Friday!

    • Betsy on September 9, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      I agree Mary! I’m thankful to have a fun place to link up my week in review. It’s so fun to se what others are doing as well! Thanks for hosting!

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