Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What a Friend we Have in Jesus

      The words of this song are so meaningful. Another favorite, for sure.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Victory In Jesus

     Another one of my all time favorite hymns. This one is done in more of a bluegrass version, which I like occasionally.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Under His Wings

     I was looking for the old hymn, "Under His Wings," but all the renditions I found didn't do the song justice.
    Then I stumbled upon this song. The lyrics are different, but I really enjoyed it.
     Today you get to enjoy some new to me music, with me.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus

     I've always loved the old hymns, but occasionally something will happen that makes one even more dear. Ten years ago, Mr. Pepper and I were facing huge challenges in our life. Everything seemed to be turned upside down and inside out. All we had was our Jesus, and each other.
     This song became very dear to us and we would sing it together every day, the words speaking to our very soul.
      Time moves on, things change, and life doesn't always overwhelm, but the things we learned going through that time and this precious song will stay with us always.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Softly and Tenderly

     Another one of my mother's favorite songs. Somehow the hymns you hear your mother singing while you're growing up, really stick to you. And might I say become more precious as time passes.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rock of Ages

     I loved this song long before I understood what the words were saying.
     It was one of my mother's favorites and she would sing it as she worked around the house when my siblings and I were growing up.
    Now that I understand the message in the song I love it even more.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


      When we began our homeschool journey, I found I really enjoyed learning new things along side our children.
       I loved poring over homeschool curriculum catalogs and choosing the best curriculum that worked with each child's individual learning style.
      We enjoyed adding lapbooks and unit studies, to persue various topics we were interested in learning more about.
      Currently I'm on a quest to create the perfect geography/culture studies for our next school year. My starting point is the curriculum I purchased, but I want to add so much more. Dig deeper into the cultures and places we're studying. I'm pulling together a book list to be read for each country, food we want to try, crafts to make, and simply exploring facts a lot deeper than any curriculum provides.
      It's labor intensive, but it's a quest I've really been enjoying.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Post Featuring "P" Words

    I try not to panic as I silently clutch the armrests of the passenger seat where I'm sitting, praying without ceasing that we'll reach our destination unscathed while trying to appear calm so as not to put added pressure on the young driver.
    Having a teenager practice his driving skills with me as the teacher had never been something I wanted to do. But guess what, I'm doing it.
     Mr. Pepper wanted to go pick up a load of things tonight that we need for our big project here at home, and asked our oldest son if he would like to go along. All I had to do was have him at his workplace a little before quitting time.
     With a learner's permit burning a hole through his wallet, our son jumps at any chance possible to get behind the wheel, and poor me gets stuck in the passenger seat.
     Really, he's not a bad driver. I have hopes that with a little more practice he will be able to ace his driving test with flying colors. In the meantime, I keep hoping Mr. Pepper will be able to take over the teaching responsibility.

Monday, April 18, 2016

One Day

      Another one of my favorite songs, that has also become one of our children's favorites. Our daughters especially can often be heard singing this around the house as they're doing their chores.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Nearer my God to Thee

      Another one of the hymns I love is, Nearer my God to Thee. Though for some reason after having watched the Titanic movie, when ever I hear or sing it, I now have to think of the scene where the violinists were playing away as the ship was sinking.

Friday, April 15, 2016

My Everything

    I think it's becoming evident that I really like music by Owl City, since this is the third appearance of one of his songs during this A-Z challenge.

     Encouraging and uplifting, this song always has me praising our God.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lord I Need You

    If there were a theme song to my life, this one would certainly qualify. Not a day goes by that I don't find myself singing or humming it.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


     Our kitchen, though tiny, seems to be the heart of our home.

     It is here where I cook several meals a day to feed our family. Where my daughters and I work side by side as I teach them everything I know about cooking and baking.

     It's where we gather around the table to enjoy family dinner every night. Talking and laughing together as we enjoy our meal.

     Many, many memories have been made in our kitchen, memories I will always treasure.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Just as I Am

   I love this song, especially the newer version that now includes a chorus.

    It used to be heard it often at altar calls in church. I don't hear it often at our church, but I still love it.

Monday, April 11, 2016

In Christ Alone

   Another one of my favorite hymns. I really like Owl City, which is why I chose his version of the song to share today.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

How Deep the Father's Love for Us

I don't know how it started, but somehow we have a Sunday morning ritual where we always listen to this song while I make breakfast.

The words never grow old, and they never fail to strike me with a deep sense of awe and gratefulness for the love God has shown toward us.

Friday, April 8, 2016

God's Perfect Lamb

     Though I really love this song I had a hard time finding a video that does it justice. The best one was performed by a homeschool group, but I didn't quite want to share it here without those children's parent's permission.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

For the Beauty of the Earth

    One of the first songs I learned to sing as a little girl, right after Jesus Loves Me, was, For the Beauty of the Earth.
     It brings back many fond memories of singing with my mother.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Each Day I'll do a Golden Deed

   A number of years ago Mr. Pepper and I visited a little Mennonite church. It was an interesting experience, and quite different from the type of churches we were used to. Part of what has stuck to me the most from that experience, is their singing. Lovely acappella.

    Today I'm sharing a video of the Calvary Mennonite group singing Each Day I'll do a Golden Deed.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Down to the River

     I have always loved the sweet voice of Alison Krauss, and her version of Down to the River is my favorite.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Coloring Song

    It would appear that I have a theme after all, revolving around songs I like. Rest assured, that's not the case. Though I have quite a few songs I'll be sharing, there will be days when I do other posts.

     Up today is the Coloring Song by Petra. The children and I have enjoyed this song ever since they were itty bitty little munchkins in Sunday School.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Before the Throne of God Above

    I heard this song for the first time seven years ago when a friend had come over for the day and introduced me to a new blog. It just so happened that on that day the blogger had chosen to post one of her favorite songs by Selah.
     I listened to it over and over, allowing the words to sink into my soul. It has been one of my favorite songs since that day.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Amazing Grace

     When I signed up for the A-Z challenge, I had a specific theme in mind that I would be sticking to for the entire month. However as I started writing up the posts I found that I was getting really bored with the topic. So instead of sticking to a single topic, I will be winging it day by day. Flying by the seat of my pants if you will.

     Up for today, as I dive into the challenge, I'm sharing my favorite version of Amazing Grace. I love their voices, and there is something about nine, fresh-faced girls in white dresses, singing sweetly about amazing grace that keep me coming back to listen to them again and again.