Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Awaken WNC

If you have a heart for prayer and are in the Asheville area, you will want to be apart of this FREE event on Saturday! There is no charge but they do require registration.

Go here for more information and to register: AWAKEN WNC

You can also follow them on Facebook: AwakenWNC

Our family will be heading out tomorrow morning for Bob to be apart of this event. We are thrilled that we can make it a family trip and see extended family while we are there!

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Happy Sunday!

My prayer is to be taken closer into God's heart today. I desire to go closer and deeper.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Giveaway Winner(s) - 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life

I have fun news for both Cinthia and Sarah who commented on yesterday's post! You BOTH win a free copy of Crystal Paine's new ebook 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life!!! Crystal is very generous to give not only one copy but TWO, so you both win! Congratulations, girls! And please send your current email address to scarlett (no space) royce (at) gmail (dot) com so I can get your ebooks to you as soon as possible.

If you did not get to enter the giveaway, the ebook is still on sale for 99 Cents through tomorrow. Then the price goes up to $4.99 after that.

I'll post more on how I am using Crystal's step by step plan soon.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

21 Days to a More Disciplined Life

This morning I am happy to introduce 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life. 21 Days is an ebook written by Crystal Payne, a.k.a. Money Saving Mom. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book all about self-discipline. Crystal is real, relateable and such a great encourager.

Self-discipline is one of those subjects that makes me kind of cringe. There are many areas in my own life which need more discipline. I have a dining room table right now overflowing with school books, papers, glue sticks, pencils, markers, coupons waiting to be cut out and organized, and even a stuffed animal or two. I need to be more disciplined in organizing and keeping things more orderly (and easier to find!). There are several other projects around the house that keep getting put off - by me. I love how Crystal points out that I am the reason for the lack of self-discipline BUT I am also the solution. The responsibility is mine. And I have the strength of the Lord and His Spirit to lead me and make things right, step by step.

21 Days to a More Discipline Life is a practical tool to help work on my "projects" day by day for 21 days. Crystal assigns homework and breaks it down so that it is easier to achieve my goals. I am looking forward to getting started today!

Right now Crystal's book is on sale for only 99 Cents! Starting Friday, the price goes up to $4.99, so I recommend buying it now at this very low and affordable price!

Click here for the PDF version of the book...

Or here for the Kindle version of the book...

Enter to win a FREE copy! Crystal has generously offered one free copy of 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life for me to give away. Do you have an area of your life that is lacking self-discipline? Tell me about it in the comments before MIDNIGHT ET TONIGHT. My kids will draw the name of one lucky winner from a hat tomorrow and your FREE copy of 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life will be on its way!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

You Know Me

I cannot stop singing this one...

May you know He loves you today. He knows you and loves you.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Homeschool Buyers Co-op and Reading Eggs

Homeschool friends,

Do you know about the Homeschool Buyers Co-op? I have received some very beneficial discounts for our homeschool this year. We signed Emma up for her online Drivers Ed course at a discount and I am using Reading Eggs as a part of the curricula for my little girls this year. One of them was what I will call a "reluctant" reader and this program has been perfect for her to make strides in her reading progress.

To join the co-op...  Join the Co-op NOW! It's FREE!

Here is a little more information from the Reading Eggs website.


The Reading Eggs Learning Process

  • This powerful educational program is based on the most up-to-date research on how children learn to read.
  • The lessons use animation, activities and reward games to keep children motivated.
  • The program is completely interactive to keep children on task.
  • Children want to come back because they are having fun as they learn.
  • When children start the program, they can complete a placement quiz to ensure they are starting at the correct reading level.
This combination of high-quality learning activities, motivation and rewards makes Reading Eggs an unbeatable learning package.

1 Learn skills

Children complete animated online lessons where they learn essential reading skills. The variety of fun activities within each lesson provides the repetition needed for these skills to become part of the child’s long term memory.

2 Read books

Children gain confidence by reading books online that only contain words they have already studied in the program. For further reinforcement, they can also read the real books at home if they have the Reading Eggs book packs.

3 Earn rewards

Children earn golden eggs as rewards for work completed. They can use these eggs to buy reward games.

4 Quiz

After 10 lessons, children complete a Mastery Quiz. This provides you with a report of what your child is learning. Children can repeat the online lessons as many times as they like. Young children enjoy repetition and it has great benefits too, as it helps them to learn.
It truly is a wonderful experience to watch a child learn a new skill. And when that skill is as important as learning to read, you’ll love being part of that experience. We wish you much enjoyment in the journey you’re about to begin with your child.

Right now you can save 33% on Reading Eggs as part of your FREE Homeschool Buyers Co-op membership... Reading Eggs.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Guest Post - Young Patriot

I am honoured to have my very own 16 year old contributing her writing for today's post. Enjoy...

I had the great honor of being a patriotic citizen on Wednesday. I, along with my dear friends, Katelynn and Campbell, assisted an organization called Generation Joshua (GenJ). GenJ is a youth organization that is a division of HSLDA, and helps the youth of America become educated and involved in politics, government, history and civics. The girls and I were calling members of GenJ and asking them if they were interested in becoming involved with Student Action Teams. Student Action Teams are groups of youth ages 11-19 that volunteer to go to specific cities and support pro-life and pro-family candidates with making signs, making phone calls, and door to door surveying. It was very stretching for me, as I used to have a phobia of making phone calls. Thankfully now, I believe that fear is over. It was very cool. I got to call all over Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Michigan. If you would like more info about GenJ, then please visit their website: Generation Joshua

My mum and I also had heard that Mr. Mitt Romney was going to be in town Wednesday evening, speaking at a park about thirty minutes from us. On a spur of the moment impulse, Campbell, Katelynn, and their sister McKenzie and I decided we must go! After obtaining permission from both sets of parental units, we set off on an unexpected adventure. It was absolutely crazy and fun...I used my iPhone to secure tickets for the 4 of us on the drive over. 

When we arrived at the park, I was blown away by how many people had actually come (we  found out later that there were 6000 people there). We stood in line for about 20 minutes to get to the gate and had to pass through metal detectors. There were Secret Service agents walking around and most of them were in plain clothes (I could tell who they were by the imposing posture, large sunglasses and subtle earpieces). 

It was all a bit overwhelming for me, to be so close to the nation's capital, with thousands of Americans around me and being able to hear our presidential candidate.  Several people, whom unfortunately I can't remember all the names of, spoke before Mr. Romney came to the podium.

We said the Pledge of Allegiance (which I memorized in kindergarten) and sang our national anthem. That's when I began to cry. I felt an enormous wave of pride as the song swelled into the "And the rocket's red glare / the bombs bursting in air". I could have exploded with happiness. When Mr. Romney finally stepped up to the podium, the screams and cheers were those of no less enthusiasm than a rock concert. 

He spoke about the way that he is going to improve our country and how he is going to lead us triumphantly out of this economic crisis. He also spoke of the qualities that gave our country her strong foundation. He talked of liberty, independence, honor, bravery, qualities that nowadays are often regarded as "old-fashioned".

There's a quote in the mega-hit movie, the Avengers, that goes along well with this thought:

Agent Phil Coulson: We've made some modifications to the uniform. I had a little design input.
Steve Rogers/Captain America: The uniform? Aren't the stars and stripes a little...old fashioned?
Agent Phil Coulson: Everything that's happening, the things that are about to come to light, people might just need a little old fashioned.

After the rally, the girls and I ventured to Chick-Fil-A and had a lovely time with more friends. There we were, sitting in a distinctly American restaurant, after having attended a Republican presidential rally. It was an absolutely wonderful, wonderful time. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

MInistry Update and Support Needed


Several good things to report since our last update 3 weeks ago:

·         Growth - 700+ people praying together on IFA’s First Friday Prayer Call on October 5
·         Consulting  - I enjoyed being in Amarillo, Texas, speaking and praying with leaders from across the city including the mayor and assistant chief of police.  The Lord’s presence was there, and it was a refreshing time of repentance and encouragement.
·         Casting Vision - Some ground work was done with some friends in Greenville, Texas, casting vision and praying for unity, repentance and awakening for the city.
·         Healing -  I started a second job at Napa Auto Parts back in August.  A few weeks ago while I was making a delivery,  one of the mechanics was coughing horrendously, uncontrollably, had difficulty breathing, etc.  With his permission, I placed my hand on his chest, spoke peace and healing in Jesus' name and cursed the infection.  Within 1 minute he had calmed and was standing up working again.  I stopped back by 30 minutes later, and he was working like nothing had ever happened.  Powerful.
·         Praying - Upcoming prayer requests
o   Traveling - Saturday, November 3, Awaken Western North Carolina Sacred Assembly, 9 am to 9 pm, Asheville.  I will be speaking and participating.
o   Expanding Donor Base - Thankful for several new monthly supporters during this three month fundraising initiative.    We have two weeks left and need to continue to build this team.   The vision and calling is broader than we have known before and need to significantly expand our donor base.
§  To join our team through online giving, click on the link below [], click on Field Support Bob Royce
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It is a privilege to connect with folks around the country who are fasting, repenting and praying for our nation during these historically pivotal days.  I have heard many say that nothing less than a Third Great Awakening from the Lord is what we need.

Thanks for helpings us.

Bob and Scarlett

Bob Royce
Mobilization Coordinator
Intercessors for America
PO Box 915
Purcellville, VA 20134
540-317-2097 Direct

Sunday, October 14, 2012

My Hope

Have a wonderful, Hope-filled Sunday!

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Happy Sunday! May you rest in Him today. He is all we need.

Friday, October 5, 2012

A few recommendations...

I thought I would share some favourite books...

Enjoy! {I am now an affiliate with Amazon. Just click on any of the books to order and I will make a small profit. Thank you so much!}

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Crying out

The children and I had an intense prayer time for our country this morning. The main phrase I felt led to pray is "Let there be Light"...

Let there be Light...

Let there be Light...

Sometimes it looks like things are hopeless or too dark or far too much work.

But God.

He is able. He is Love. He wants to rescue and save and bring the dead to life.

Thank You, Father!

And may the Light of Jesus be illuminated over each man, woman and child today.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Life By Design

An exciting new show is coming! 

I hope you already know about Lisa Leonard, her fabulous line of jewelry and her beautiful family. If not, check out her website and blog.

And here is more on the new reality show about the Leonard Family...

Many blessings on Lisa as she shares more of her creative life with us! xo

Monday, October 1, 2012

Review - Polestar Family Calendar

Happy October! 

I am so excited to write this review for the 2013 Polestar Family Calendar! This is one of my favourite household tools, and I have recommended this calendar to so many people over the years. I started using it in 2008, after searching and searching for something that would work for our family size, activities, meal planning, to do lists, etc. I wanted everything in one place. Last year was the first time in five years that I did not have a Polestar Calendar and man, did I miss it. I am so happy to get back to this practical tool for 2013.

This bestselling calendar provides a flexible, spacious format for recording the entire family's daily activities. Features include:

* three-part daily planning guide
* monthly double-spread planning pages
* weekly To Do/To Buy lists
* ample space for meal planning and messages
* unique reference pages including Items Loaned & Borrowed; Family Profiles;
* Dates to Remember; 2013 and 2014 planning calendars
* sturdy inside back-cover pocket
* perforated corners and tear-out shopping lists
* plus encouraging weekly quotes

The cover artwork is always lovely...

Here are my well-used copies from 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. You can see that they all held up very well, which is saying a lot for all that this busy family put them through...

Take a look at the planning calendar pages from one of my past calendars. It is a two-page spread (only one shown here)...

I really like how large the boxes are for each day. They provide ample room for me to record all of our activities. I use a different colour for each of us. Here is my colour plan:

If you are looking for an all-in-one, simple yet thorough calendar to organize your family, I highly recommend the Polestar Family Calendar.

Friends in the US, purchase here... 

Friends in Canada, purchase HERE.

Disclaimer: The Polestar company sent me one copy of their 2013 Family Calendar in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions on this blog are my own.