Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Kids Using Pinterest

Do you let your kids use Kindle to go on Pinterest? It's something I definitely have to watch, as there are no real parental controls and people post all kinds of things. My 11yo is not allowed to do this. But my older girls are allowed to follow only people they actually know and certain threads, and they absolutely love the ideas they get on there for crafts, baking, etc. Here are the card and gift my daughter made for my husband's birthday this week. The "Chill Pills" jar is full of M&Ms. Or was. It's not so full anymore! Share your thoughts on allowing kids to use Pinterest on Kindle!

Happy Pinning!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


New Share the Memories FREEBIES this week!

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Have a Great Week!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Choo Choo Train Freebie

For my digital scrapbooking friends, have you discovered Dreamn4ever Designs yet?  Her monthly Daily Download Kit is the biggest I have found, and all images seem to be high quality.  I really like her kits.  She also participates in several blog trains every month.  At the end of the month, you will have several large kits and complete alphas!

Click on the image below to go to Dreamn4ever Designs and start downloading this month's kit, Choo Choo Train!  (I think you can still download the last 5 days as well, so that you can get the full month.)

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fantastic Overstock Sale!

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Kindle Resources for Homeschoolers on the 4th of July

I could not find any free items on Kindle that looked good for homeschoolers to use today, but I found some fun ones that are low-priced.

Happy 4th of July!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Share the Memories FREEBIES

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Monday, June 19, 2017

FREEBIES for Digital Scrapbooking, Kindle, and Homeschooling

Hi friends!  Today I'm going to share A BUNCH OF freebies with you in different categories all at once:  Digital Scrapbooking, Kindle, and Homeschooling!

First up are the Digital Scrapbooking freebies.  Here's the Mix 5 by Louise L from My Memories, because I'd rather be scrapbooking about laundry than doing it!

And if you have some fun pictures of a certain Toy Sheriff from Disney, or pictures of your own little sheriff at home, you could use this sampler from Polka Dot Chicks!

Both My Memories FREEBIES are available until June 25.

Are you looking for something to use for commercial use, either for scrapbooking or educational materials?  Sign up at the Daily Art Hub and download this alphabet today only!

And if you sign up for the exclusive membership, you can also get this new freebie today!

Even if you are not into digital scrapbooking, you may be able to use some of the above items as fun additions to your journaling or worksheets for homeschooling; but if you are not into printing much, we'll now move on to our Kindle freebies.  These are both repeat freebies from Tyndale, but if you haven't downloaded them yet, check them out:

Still want more educational freebies?  Check out the Knowledge Box Central Newsletter.  There is a freebie, as well as some great deals, in the newsletter this week.  Sign up for the Newsletter to make sure you get all the great deals and freebies delivered to your inbox, and get a coupon for $5 off any ebook download - that's one free ebook!

That's all the FREEBIES for today, folks.  Hope you are having a GREAT start to your summer!  Leave me a comment and let me know what you'd like to see on the blog during the summer months. More freebies?  Scrapbooking?  Homeschooling?  Ideas to get ready for the school year?  Ideas for summer fun?  Bible study devotionals?  I'm listening!

Happy Summer everyone!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Flyby Review: Mandisa's Out of the Dark and a GIVEAWAY!

I so appreciate all of you, my loyal readers!  Even though I haven't been posting much lately, my stats show that people are still reading, so I will try to step up my game over the summer.  Tonight I have a great CD to review and a GIVEAWAY for you!

Mandisa's new album Out of the Dark was just released last week.  If you listen to Christian radio at all, you've probably been hearing the lead single, "Unfinished," for the last couple of months, as it was released on March 10 in anticipation of the full album release.  This album spoke to me in a powerful way.  I'm going to just let you read Mandisa's press release here for the story behind the album:
Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called 'Out Of The Dark' because that is exactly where God lifted her out of!  
You can watch her talk openly about this on Good Morning America a few weeks ago here:
That is such a dark place from which to emerge.  How many of us have lost family members, friends, or even children to cancer or other tragedies?  Some people will tell us, with all good intentions, that God will heal our loved one if we just have faith.  We know that God can heal them.  But sometimes He doesn't.  And why not?  Is it because we didn't have enough faith?  That is the question with which many people find themselves struggling.  And unfortunately, many of us end up angry with God, because we do not understand.

Evil is in the world.  It is here because of our sin.  Every bad thing that happens to you is not a direct punishment for a specific sin, but since we have all sinned, none of us can claim that we do not belong in a sinful world.  This world is ruled by the Prince of Darkness, and he would like to keep us in darkness.  Why do bad things happen to good people?  Because we all live in this world, and evil does not discriminate.

Our limited human understanding struggles with the paradox, because God is good, and He does answer prayer.  So why doesn't He heal everyone who calls on His name?  Why does anyone have to struggle with cancer?

These are questions which may never be answered as long as we live on this earth, but even God is not immune to suffering, though He is without sin.  Even Christ suffered, although He alone could claim not to belong here, not to deserve the suffering.  He suffered, and He died, but for the past 2,000 years the Good News has been that He conquered death!  Sometimes our eternal reward seems slow in coming, but because Jesus Christ conquered death, death will not be able to hold any of His people down eternally.  Those who have gone on before us are done with this imperfect life and ready for their eternal reward.  It is we who are left behind who must deal with the grief, the questions, and the depression.

A few years ago, I went through a dark time myself.  It had nothing to do with cancer, although we did lose several family members during that time.  There were a number of other things going on as well, and by the end of it, I was begging my husband to find a job out of town so we could move.  And we did.  I have been healing for the past couple of years, but let me tell you, that was a time that I found out who my true friends were, those who would be there for me through anything, and they were few.  After going through something like that, you really know on whom you can depend when the times get rough again.  I pray that I may be such a friend.

Mandisa's album opens with voicemails of friends leaving her messages during her dark time, telling her they loved her, they missed her, that she is a child of the King.  What wonderful friends!  God lifted her out of that pit, partially by using the love of her friends, and she wrote this album about the experience.  It is not a depressing album full of slow, sad songs about the dark times.  It is an album that is full of life and full of hope.  As I've said in other reviews, I look for music with really meaningful lyrics, and this album has it.  I could think of my own "coming out of the dark" moments as I listened to it, and I felt joy that God got me through that time and brought me to where I am today.

Whether you are in a dark time right now, are coming out of one, or know someone else in a dark time for whom you need to be a friend, this album will bless you.  I am very thankful that I got to review it.

You can see more at:

Story Behind The Album:
Acoustic Video for "Unfinished”:
Purchase link:

If you would like to win a copy of this fabulous CD, enter your name and email address below, or on my Facebook page.  (This will not put you on any newsletter or email list.  The email is just so I can contact you if you win.  If you prefer, you may also send it to me in a message to noteablescraps (at) gmail (dot) com.)

Remember you are blessed!

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Remembering Mildred

I've known a lot of "Mildreds" in the church all around America.  It seems like every area has a "Mildred" participating in the service projects, teaching Sunday School, or cooking for the potlucks.  I met Mildred in Saltville, Virginia, just before my husband and I were married, more than 20 years ago.  Her husband, Buck, had passed on a short time before, and she was running his Drive-In with the help of her children and grandchildren.

Buck Maiden opened Buck's Drive-In in Saltville, Virginia, years ago.  I don't know what year it opened, but people we knew there talked about going when they were kids.  It is off the beaten path and little-known by the outside world, but the parking lot is packed on a Friday night after a high school football game.  People who have moved away from the area will drive hours just to go back and get a Buck's hot dog or milkshake.  Buck and Mildred lived in a little house behind the Drive-In, and when Buck left this world, Mildred kept the staple of the community going.  It has always been one of the most popular places around.

When my husband and I got married, my husband was preaching at Mildred's church, Main Street Christian Church in Saltville.  The first time we went to eat at Buck's, Mildred would not take our money.  She said our meal was "on the house."  Each time we went back, it was the same.  "I know preachers don't make a lot of money," she said.  "I can do my part to use the business God gave me to help provide for my preacher."  One time we tried to sneak by quickly when Mildred was not there.  We took our money out to pay for our meal.  "Oh, no!" said her granddaughter.  "Grandma won't let me take money from you.  Her preacher is not allowed to pay here!"

While we did not want to take advantage of Mildred's kindness, I will admit there were some days in those early days of our marriage when the grocery bill was tight.  We would get a little tired of the beans-n-weenies or the ramen noodles. We would head down to Buck's Drive-In, and Mildred would always feed us.

In the years since we've left Saltville, we've ventured off the interstate and stopped by Buck's many times when we were traveling through.  We've taken friends and our kids.  I'd like to think we've given enough business back to make up for all the free meals we ate, but I know Mildred never wanted us to pay her back.  What she gave, she was giving to God.  I daresay we were not the only hungry people she fed.  She was a member of the priesthood of believers, using her livelihood to serve God because serving God was a way of life for her, not something she just did on Sundays.

Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people.
Colossians 3:23 CSB

When I went to Buck's Drive-In this past weekend, I found out that Mildred left us in 2015.  She is greatly missed, but Buck and Mildred's legacy lives on.  This weekend, I introduced my youngest to the best hot dogs (or corn dogs) this side of the Mississippi, as well as an important part of our family history.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in.
Matthew 25:35 CSB

Come, you who are blessed by my Father; inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Matthew 25:34 CSB

Friday, March 17, 2017

Flyby Review: Laura Story's Open Hands

The last couple of weeks, we have had the opportunity to review Laura Story's new album, Open Hands.  This album is a welcome addition to our music library.  In 2004, I fell in love with the song "Indescribable," which was written by Story and became popular when recorded by Chris Tomlin.  I love the story behind the song, which you can read on  Laura continued to write and record her own music, with her most popular song, "Blessings," reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart in June 2011.  I am probably one of the few people on the planet who did not fall in love with that song, because it was just too sad for me, but again, the story behind it is beautiful.  Laura wrote the lyrics while dealing with her newlywed husband's struggle with and recovery from a brain tumor.  It was a time her faith was put to the test and she learned what really trusting God in the darkest times looked like.

I think what I really love about Laura Story is that her faith seems so genuine and truly shines through in all her work.  Her songs sound like true worship from the heart rather than performance-driven work.  Lyrics and meaning in music are very important to me, and so many modern worship songs are devoid of meaningful, theologically-correct words.  I love the sound of the heart that is 100% given in worship to God that is flowing through these songs.  In that vein, Open Hands did not disappoint.

Open Hands is Laura's seventh solo album.  While it is compiled of original songs, there are several songs, such as "Awake My Soul (A 1000 Tongues)" and "For the Love of My King" that are updated versions of old hymns.  I have always loved newer versions and covers of old hymns, and these two are my favorite songs on the album.  The title song, "Open Hands," is another testimony of what it means to give everything to Jesus, even in the hardest times.  "Give You Faith" is a beautiful message from a mother to a child, in which Laura has captured the feelings I have as I watch my children grow up.

Performance-wise, Laura Story gives a flawless recording and has God-given talent and a lovely voice.  These songs do all sound a bit the same, and there is nothing earth-shattering style-wise here, but the album is a beautiful collection for quiet listening or personal worship, in the vein of Amy Grant or Sandi Patty.  In addition, most of the songs are very singable and will be easily adaptable for corporate worship in the church.

If you would like a chance to win a free copy of this CD, leave a comment here or on my Facebook page with your favorite worship song.  If you don't have one, you can comment that, too!  And trust me, you do want to win a free copy of this CD!  Drawing will be held March 24.

If you are not lucky enough to win a copy, you can purchase one at:

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Open Hands (Song Devotional) -

In addition to being an artist, mom and author, Laura Story is also a worship leader and is gifted at teaching the truth of God to others. Below are some devotionals that she wrote:
About Laura StoryGRAMMY® award winning artist, speaker, songwriter, author and worship leader Laura Story has a gift for penning songs that connect with people all around the world. Among her successes as a solo artist with her smash hits “Mighty to Save” and “Blessings,” Laura has also penned hit songs for other renowned artists including Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable.” Her solo artist music debut in 2008 with Great God Who Saves led to four Dove nominations and the award for “Inspirational Album of the Year.” In 2011, Laura released her sophomore project Blessings. The album and the emotionally powerful title was inspired by her real life trials and adversities, primarily her husband Martin's diagnosis of a brain tumor. The album resonated with a huge audience and led to whirlwind career highlights for Laura, peaking at the No. 1 album spot for three consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian Overall chart, topping the iTunes® Christian/Gospel Top Songs chart and holding the No. 1 spot for an impressive 28 consecutive weeks on the Christian charts. The success of the single “Blessings,” which was certified RIAA Gold, includes the GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Christian Song, the Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Song and the Dove Awards for Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. The song inspired Laura's first book, “What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?” in 2012. God Of Every Story released in 2013 to much acclaim, and her first ever Christmas project God With Us, released in October of 2015. Laura recently released a new book and bible study curriculum When God Doesn’t Fix It; Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can’t Live Without.  She has a graduate degree from Covenant Theological Seminary and has served as a worship leader at Perimeter Church in Atlanta since 2005, but her greatest joy is being a wife to Martin and the mother to Ben, Griffin and Josie.
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Reflections on LIFE

A lot has been said about the marches this past weekend.  In a few days, on January 27, there will be another march in DC:  the March for Life.  I am reposting an article from The Christian Standard magazine on May 29, 1994, that I shared several years ago.  Here is the text:
Decisions That Make a Difference
by Charles A. McNeely
The voice on the phone took me by surprise.  "Are you Charles McNeely from Lincoln, Illinois?"  She sounded young and vivacious, with just a hint of apprehension.
  "Yes," I answered.  "May I help you?"
  "Did you by any chance help place a baby for adoption in Iowa City in 1973?"
  "Yes," I replied cautiously, slowly pulling a kitchen chair over for support.  "Why do you ask?"
  "My name is Susan Andrews* and I was born on January 8, 1973.*  I am wanting to contact my birth mother and I was told you might be able to help me.  Could I have been that baby?"
  My heart beat faster.  "Tell me what you've been told."
  As I listened to her story unfold, long forgotten but vivid memories flooded my mind, like a series of pictures flashing on a screen.  Then I thought, "She's the one!  I don't believe it, but it all connects.  She was the baby!"
  Our conversation continued for another half hour, followed by five days of numerous phone calls and intense searching for Christy, the woman who, as a seventeen-year-old member of our youth group, gave birth to Susan.
  When I called her back with the welcome news that Christy was eager to hear from her, Susan said she was excited, nervous, and scared.  I told her that Christy cried with unsuppressed joy and unresolved guilt.  She said not a day had gone by in twenty-one years that she had not prayed to see her daughter again.
  I recall several comments Susan made then and during the earlier conversation, but one statement will be forever etched in my memory.  It was something she said in the first phone call.  Her bubbly and energetic voice suddenly became very serious and soft-spoken.  She asked about the circumstances surrounding her birth and adoption. 
Don't Make Two Mistakes
  I explained that she was conceived out of wedlock, that her birth father refused all responsibility, that Christy's parents were extremely upset and her family physician had recommended abortion.  I summarized my very first talk with Christy, in which I cited several reasons why she should not abort.  I repeated what my wife and I had told Christy twenty-one years earlier:  "Don't make a second mistake and kill this baby.  Give your child the gift of life and hand her over to a Christian couple who can give her life eternal."
  That was when Susan said something I will never forget.  There was a long pause.  And then softly, slowly, and very seriously she said, "Thank you. . . . Thank you. . . . I always wondered who convinced my birth mother not to abort me.  And I just want to thank you for my life."
  Susan's very genuine expression of gratitude for life itself made everything worthwhile.  The midnight trip to the hospital, the many counseling sessions with Christy and her parents, the long distance phone calls to line up a home for Christy and adoptive parents for Susan, the winter trips over ice-covered roads to encourage Christy, the hours Jane and I let her pour out her heart and weep on our shoulders, the money we gave her to buy what homes for unwed mothers would not provide - it was now worth it all!
  Susan's voice began to quicken again as she described her parents as the best parents in the world.  From the time she was young, they shared honestly that she was adopted - chosen and special.  She was so against abortion, she said, that whenever her papers or speeches assigned in school were open to topics of her own choosing, she always chose pro-life subjects.  Now she was a senior in a Christian college, determined to serve the Lord with all her heart.
  Then she said it again.  "Thank you!"  Chills went up my spine.  I thought of our talks with Christy, and I thought of how often we Christians miss opportunities to give clear, godly advice to people in crisis.  I thought of how sometimes we just need to say, "Don't do it!" whether it's sex before marriage or abortion after sex.  I thought of how some people do listen to us - and their decisions have eternal significance.
  When Susan learned that Christy had turned her back on the church for the past twenty years, that she now has no relationship with Christ and no purpose in life, she said, "Now, perhaps the baby she gave life can give life to her."
   Just before the end of our second conversation, Susan told me that she was going to take it slowly - one step at a time.  She was going to write Christy first, and then talk to her by phone - and later in person.  But she was going to try her best to get acquainted with Christy and reacquaint Christy with her Lord!
*The names, place, and date have been changed.

By the way, I'm Susan.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

12 Days of Downloads All in One Place

In case you missed a few days, or if you would just like to have all the downloads in one place, I am putting up the following two freebies:  the complete 12 Days of Christmas Mini-Lapbook with study guide on Kindle, and the complete Christmas Nativity Mini-Lapbook with study guide in PDF format.  Click images below to download.  These items will be free for 5 days, January 6-10, 2017.  Happy New Year and happy spring school semester!

12 Days of Christmas Blog Freebie - Christmas Nativity Mini-Lapbook Day 12

Today, download the last day of the Christmas Nativity Mini-Lapbook.  Now you have the complete set!  As we wrap up this holiday season, I hope you have a wonderful 2017!

12 Days of Christmas - Day 12 Kindle FREEBIE

At long last, today is the Day of Epiphany, the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi! Download Day 12 of our 12 Days of Christmas download. If you have kept up with us all 12 days, you now have a complete mini-lapbook for learning about the 12 Days of Christmas! Hope you've enjoyed it and that you will check out some of our regular lapbooks with study guides on Kindle!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Blog Freebie - Christmas Nativity Mini-Lapbook Day 11

It is with a heavy heart that I put away my Christmas decorations today.  I normally never take them down before Epiphany on January 6.  Truth be told, I'm lucky if I get them down by the end of January!  This year, however, we are getting ready to move, so I have to pack them up early so that I can start packing other boxes.  The 12 Days of Christmas are not over yet, though.  We have two days left of downloads!

Download Day 11 of our Blog Freebie today!

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Are you ready to set your shoes out tonight? Perhaps the 3 Magi will pay you a visit!  
Download Day 11 of our 12 Days of Christmas Mini-Lapbook!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Blog Freebie - Christmas Nativity Mini-Lapbook Day 10

Don't take those decorations down yet - there are 3 more days left of Christmas!  
Download Day 10 of our Blog Freebie today!

12 Days of Christmas - Day 10 Kindle FREEBIE

Don't take those decorations down yet - there are 3 more days left of Christmas!  
Download Day 10 today!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Blog Freebie - Christmas Nativity Mini-Lapbook Day 9

Download Day 9 of our Christmas Nativity Mini-Lapbook!
(PDF version)

12 Days of Christmas - Day 9 Kindle FREEBIE

It may be back to work and school for a lot of people today, but we still have 4 days of the 12 Days of Christmas Mini-Lapbook downloads on Kindle! Download Day 9 FREE today!