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Book Blast is coming fast!

The Book Blast is just over a week away!  The deadline to register and enter books into the convenient online system is June 7th at midnight EST.  If you haven’t registered yet, it’s not to late.
Go to  to sign up.
If you have any questions or problems, feel free to email or call/text 843-575-2309.

We have a Winner!

Congratulations to STACEY HORRY!

You won the Adventures in Odyessy CD set from Family Life.  We will have it for you when you drop off your books on Drop Off day.

 Next drawing:  register online and enter at least 25 books in the online system to be entered into the second drawing.  The deadline for the second drawing was is June 1st.

Book Blast Announcement!

We decided to do 2 drawings for sellers!
The first drawing will be for a 4 CD set of Adventures in Odyssey from Focus on the Family, 5 hours of character-building audio entertainment for the whole family.  As announced before, simply sign up as a seller for the chance to win this great prize.  Deadline for this drawing is this Friday, May 25th by 10pm.
The second drawing will be for a Summer Fun basket for Mom including some Frontier items donated by Megan Shytle. This basket has many goodies, including sun screen, bug spray, bubbles, a water bottle and much more.  Lots of fun to celebrate completing another year of home-schooling. To be entered into this drawing, sign up as a seller and enter 25 items by June 1st.
Register now, for a chance to win both of these wonderful prizes.
To sign up and enter your books, go to
More information can be found at
Book Blast Cordinator

God is good, all the time

I am so blessed and so thankful for my family.  At the end of September, just days before our 15th anniversary, we found out we were expecting our 8th child.  Many months before we had picked a name for a boy, if God was going to bless us with one.  That name means God is my strength.

 We waited about 4 days to tell the other children because with the last few we have come up with a special way to tell them.  Once we played charades and I acted out that I was pregnant.  Another time we made donuts in the shape of their first initial, with an extra one for the baby.  The donuts tasted pretty good, but professional donut-maker, I am not.

Well this time we decided that since the children have called themselves Alphabet Soup and like super heroes, I would draw little sketches of the Alphabet Soup-er Heroes. All the Heroes are things that make great soups.
So we have Arracacha.
And beefy Beef. 
Daikon radish, purple of course.
Then Eggplant.
And Fennel.


Happy Mother’s Day

To all the moms out there…

  • To the ones in the midst of spills and messes.  Who might be feeling the pressure to “have it all together”, but  may be just wondering how they are going to make it till bedtime.
  • To the ones past the messes. Who’s little ones have all grown and no longer “need” mom.
  • To the ones who long for the messes.  Who’s little one is no longer there to hug and hold, maybe never gotten to hold.  Who lost their little one long before they were ready to let go.
  • To the ones who wish they had the messes, but never did.  So they mothered those who are not their own, they love on and instruct those who never really belong to them, but they treat them like they do.


Motherhood takes on many forms.  Sometimes it is easy to spot, like the nine month pregnant woman or when a mom has toddlers in tow.  Other times its hard to see, like the widow giving advice to the young bride after the couples first fight or the older lady sharing a desired recipe.

At each stage motherhood is a self sacrificing moment for mom.  A time for mom to put her own needs, wants and desires aside and focus on someone else who needs her more.

It is a choice.

All it truly takes to be a mom is to be a woman with a willing heart.

So to each of the mothers in every stage of life,



Book Blast


2017 Book Blast Announcements

Community Bible Church, 638 Parris Island Gateway Beaufort, SC 29901
Mark These Dates On Your Calendars!!

  • Drop Off Day is Friday, June 9, from 1-7PM

*If you are not local and don’t want to drive to Beaufort two days in a row, please email us soon for information on an early pick up.

  • Shopping Day is Saturday, June 10, from 9AM-1PM
  • Book Pickup is Saturday, June 10, from 2-3:30PM

*Please allow us this hour to organize any leftover books. We will have a special room set up for those wishing to wait on campus.

Questions? Email

Selling Books Information

• 4 Criteria For Drop Off Day

o Inventory List
o (SASE) self-addressed stamped envelope
o Seller Fee $6.50
o All items must be properly labeled

• Please Select From the Following Links For More Information:

Frequently Asked Questions – If you don’t find the answer you are looking for, be sure to email us at the above address.

Bar Code Labeling Instructions – This system enables sellers to easily track sales, and streamlines the process of buying/selling. It allows the seller to take the inventory entered and transfer it to other venues (some restrictions apply). The deadline for entering inventory using this system Thursday, June 8th at midnight.

Manual Labeling Instructions  – There is an additional 10% processing fee to use this method.

*All sales/revenue generated over $599 are subject to a 1099 form.


Just a few more days till the Book Blast is here!


Today is the last day to enter books into the barcode system!  The system locks at midnight tonight!  You will not be able to make any changes to your tags once the system locks.

If you have any last minute questions, check here. If you can’t find the answer email, call or text us and we will do our best to help.

After the system locks, don’t worry, you can still sell using manual tags, but there is a 10% additional charge.  See here for the manual instructions.

As we prepare for the sale, we are getting so excited.  We have over 3,000  barcoded books entered.  And books are still being entered!

Just a few reminders:

Drop off is tomorrow, June 10th, from 1 to 7pm

The sale is Saturday, June 11th, from 9am to 1pm

Pick up any unsold books Saturday, June 11th, from 2 to 3:30pm.  Please give us until 2pm to sort the books so none of your books are left.  Any items not picked up by 3:30 will be donated.

We are able to use CBC’s fellowship hall because of their generosity.  Let’s be sure to show them the same respect we would want others to show in our domain.

Please respect the rules of the venue:

  • Treat others respectfully.
  • Supervise your children.
  • No running.
  • The Book Blast is restricted to the fellowship hall, classrooms C120 & C121, and the hallway connecting all these rooms.  There are bathrooms available down the hall to the left of the entrance door.  Please restrict your families to these areas.
  • Please stay off the stage as VBS preparations are in full swing for June 21 – 24.  To register for Ocean Commotion VBS, click here.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow and Saturday!  Email response maybe a little slower do to preparing for the sale, but I will do my best to get back with you in a timely manner.


Important Announcement

2BookBlast_Banner The Book Blast is drawing near!

The deadline to enter books into the barcoding system is Thursday, June 9th.  At midnight the system will lock.

Important: There is scheduled maintenance all day Monday, June 6 starting at 7:00 am until 9:00 pm EST.   You will not be able to access the barcode system website during the maintenance window.  That means you can’t register as a seller, enter books or print labels on Monday!  You will be able to access your account as soon as the maintenance window is over.

Drop off is this Friday, June 10th from 1-7pm.  Make sure you bring your properly labeled items, inventory list, $5 seller fee and self-addressed stamped envelope.  If you forget your stamped envelope, we will have some available for $0.50.

The sale is this Saturday, June 11th from 9am-1pm.  And pick up is 2-3:30pm.  All items not picked up by 3:30pm will be donated to Book Blast.


Book Blast is less than 2 weeks away!


The Book Blast is right around the corner, next weekend to be more exact!

If you haven’t entered your books yet, it is not to late.  The system will be open until midnight, June 9th.  But don’t wait till last minute.  You busy moms just do not need that kind of stress!

My advice is to look through your bookshelves for those books you aren’t using, those manipulitives you bought because you just knew you needed them (only not to have touched them at all) and all those other school supplies that are being more clutter than useful at the moment.  Then enter everything this weekend (it is suppose to rain anyway.)  That way you can spend next week enjoying the summer sun.

To register as a bar code seller or enter your books, click here.

For FAQ, click here.

If you have questions that need a more personal touch or issues arise, email us at




Congratulations to our Early Bird Contest Winner:

 Michelle Thomas

Your seller fee will be waived.

If you missed the contest, there is still time to register.  You have until midnight on June 9th to enter books and other home school material into the bar code system for the book sale.
 For information on how to be a seller, times and other important information, click here.

Mark your calendars!


The Book Blast is fast approaching.  It is only a month away on June 11th, 9-1 pm.

This used book sale is a great way to sell some of the curriculum, books and manipulatives that you are no longer using.  AND an awesome way to get some great deals on some gently used things.  Even if you don’t home school, the Book Blast is a good source for summer reading books.

We are so excited about some cool give-a-ways donated to us by some very generous vendors, including Doorposts, Notgrass, My Father’s World, Character Concepts, All About Learning and Horse Lovers Math.  You must be present to win.

The bags filled with catalogs, were so popular last year, we have doubled the number of bags this year.

It is free to shop.  Only $5 to sell.

For information on how to be a seller, times and other important information, click here.

Sellers, don’t wait till the last minute to enter your books.  Sign up as a seller using the bar code system and enter 50 books by May 25 to be entered into the Early Bird Drawing for the seller fee to be waived!

Book Blast 2015


19 weeks with F!

F at 18 weeks 3 days

F at 18 weeks 3 days

We are so blessed that our family is growing again.  It is always exciting when God blesses.

Since this little guy gives us 3 boys and 3 girls, I have been told to expect Brady Bunch comments.  We shall see.


What Memorial Day means to me

Memorial Day is more than just a excuse to have a cook out.

We thank our cashiers at the grocery store and all they did was ring up our purchases.

We thank our waitresses, even leave them a monetary tip, and all they did was bring us our food.

Yet, how often do we thank the men and women who work to protect our families.  I get it.  Some people disagree with the government and see the military personnel as an extension.  Or maybe you are like me and just don’t always recognize a serviceman out of uniform.  Or maybe you fall under some other category. I am not here to put us all in a box.  The point is, serving our country is a thankless job.

I grew up a military brat.  I can recall countless times when my dad would shrug off praise or thanks, saying it was just his job.  It was just his job to save men’s lives.  It was just his job to fight on behalf of others.  It was just his job to protect complete strangers.

Well, as I stand in this day and age, I see so many men who are unwilling to stand up for those weaker than themselves.  I see so many people living for what pleases them, what they want.  I look at the world we live in and see a dangerous scary place.  I read countless news stories of people being attacked and witnesses NOT stepping up to help.

My dad would never not step up.  He has stepped up, in the profession he chose and outside of it.  And he didn’t like people making a fuss about what he did.  He hated ceremonies celebrating his work.

Thankfully my dad never paid the ultimate sacrifice.  But many did.

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who kissed their families goodbye, like my daddy did.

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who fought for an idea, to protect, or freedom, like my daddy did.

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who didn’t come home, unlike my daddy, but like those he fought along side of.

These men and women deserve to be remembered.  Their families, friends and comrades deserve to be thanked.

THAT is what Memorial Day is.  So this Memorial Day thank someone who has or does serve in our military.


Dewberry Pie

We went dewberry picking this week with friends and came home with 12 cups of yummy, sweet berries.

A few of the dewberries we picked.

Dewberry Pie

Pie Crust:

  • 2 cups flour (I use something like 3/5 ground soft white and 2/5 all purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • approximately 5 tablespoons ice water

OR use two store bought crusts.  I won’t tell. ;-)


  • 4 cups dewberries
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon (optional)


Optional Sugar Wash:

  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • sugar


So to make my pie crust, combine flour, salt and sugar in your food processor. pulse to mix. Next add butter and pulse about 5 to 6 times, until texture looks mealy.  Then add coconut oil and pulse another 3 to 4 times.  Now, add the vanilla and pulse 2 to 3 times more.  Finally you will add ice water 1 Tbsp at a time, pulsing until mixture just begins to clump together. Use the pinch test.  Pinch some of the crumbly dough and if it holds together, it’s ready. If the dough doesn’t hold together, add a little more water and pulse again, but know that too much water will make the crust tough.

Take the dough and place on a flat surface.  I kneed the dough for a moment to make a flakier crust, but you can skip that step if you would rather.  Form two disks about the same size.  If you are as persnickety as I am, then pull the scale out.   Wrap disks in parchment paper (or plastic wrap) and put in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

When your ready, let disks sit at room temperature for 5 minutes or so.  Roll out the first disk to about a 12 inch circle, about 1/8 inch thick.  Using the rolling pin carefully place one circle in pie pan.  Add filling (directions for combining filling below.)  I like to roll out the second crust and cut into it strips for a basket weave top, but you can cover however you want, as long at there are holes for steam to escape.

To make the FILLING toss the berries, flour, sugar and lemon juice.  That’s it.  So complicated… :)

Brush the top with milk and sprinkle with sugar.  You can skip this step if you want, but I love the taste and look it gives.

To keep the edges from burning, wrap with tin foil. Bake at 425°F in a preheated oven for 15 minutes.  Remove the foil, drop the temperature to 375°F and bake for another 20 minutes.

Let the pie cool at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before enjoying.

Dewberry Pie


Book Blast Details!!

The Book Blast is a non-profit, volunteer used curriculum sale held at Community Bible Church in Beaufort, SC. You do not need to be a member of Community Bible Church or of CBCCA in order to be a Book Blast participant. It is free to participate, but you must register.  If you wish to sell, there is a $5 fee.

The Book Blast will run on Friday, June 13, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Register for the Book Blast online here.

How do I become a seller?

After you register for the conference you can click here to register as a seller.  You are not required to register to start entering your items online, but you will not be an official seller until you have registered for the Book Blast.

The last day for people to enter items into the Book Blast system is Tuesday, June 10th at midnight.

What can I sell at the Book Blast?

Our focus is on curriculum.  In addition, readers of all kinds, manipulatives, science stuff and educational supplemental materials.  Bibles, devotionals and educational aids are also welcome.

Please keep in mind this is not a yard sale, but a place to sell the kind of things YOU will be looking for to use in your own homeschool next year.

Our mission is to encourage all homeschoolers, but keep in mind we are a Christian homeschooling group.  We will not be able to sell items that conflict with our Christian values.  Please use discretion.

What are the selling instructions?

After you are registered as a seller, books and materials must be properly labeled.  We have two methods for labeling items:

Bar Coding Labeling

This system enables sellers to easily track sales.  It also streamlines the sale for buyers and sellers.  Added bonus?  You will get your money back much more quickly!

Book Blast Instructions 2014

Manual Labeling

You may also manually label your books.  There is an additional 10% processing fee for using the manual system.

Click here for Manual Labeling Instructions

When do I drop off my books?

Thursday, June 12 from 1:00 – 7:00 pm, at the start of the Intro to Homeschooling Seminar.

Where do I drop off my books?

You must use the SIDE ENTRANCE of the CBC Children’s Building.  (The doors under the awning.)  We will have signs directing you.

Do not enter through the front entrance, back of the building or the Atrium.

What do I need to bring with me to the book drop off?

  • Properly labeled books.
  • If you are bar-coding – your inventory list.
  • You should be already registered for the book blast 2014.  If you are not registered, you will need to fill out a registration form.
  • $5.00 seller fee.
  • Self-Addressed, stamped envelope so that we can mail you your check.

What happens to my books after the sale?

Please plan to pick up your unsold books after the sale between 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

We have no place to store unsold books.  Make arrangements with a friend or come yourself to get your unsold books.  It will be your responsibility to check and see if you have books left over.

Items not picked up by Friday, June 13th at 6:00 pm will be donated.

What if I have stuff I want to give away?

We will have an area for free items in a separate room.  You may leave free items in the designated spot at the registration desk.  Please separate your free items from items your selling and clearly label them FREE.

What if I have more questions?

Call May at 575-2309 or email


Free PrintKEG Tee Shirt!

PrintKEG, Tony’s print company, is giving away FREE PrintKEG T-Shirts.  These shirts have dual purpose.  

First, you get to see the quality of the shirts first hand.  I love these shirts, they are soft and the design has outlasted even our clan!  My shirt is quickly becoming one of my favorite shirts to wear.

Second, when you wear your PK shirt around town, you will be helping get the word out about a great little online company. 

Free PrintKEG Shirt

The shirt is free but supplies are limited and this promotion is only available through May, so don’t wait!  Also, PrintKEG may be holding contests in the future.

**contest may involve taking a picture wearing your PK shirt somewhere cool**

To find out more information and get your FREE PrintKEG Shirt shipped to you, click here and fill out the quick form. 




Homeschool Encouragement Weekend


Thursday, June 12th – Saturday, June 14th.

This year is the first time in my homeschooling career that there will not be a CHEC conference.  I was a little saddened when I heard the new, as CHEC has always been an encouraging, fun time to connect with other teaching mothers and wonderful chance to soak up wisdom from the speakers in the workshops.

But I am thrilled to be able to announce it will still be a busy weekend at Community Bible Church in Beaufort!

Thursday, June 12th

Book drop off for the Book Blast: 1:00 – 7:00 pm

Seller fee: $5.00

Intro to Home Education Seminar, by Pastor Carl Broggi: 7:00 pm

Fee: $5.00 per person

Friday, June 13th

Book Blast, used curriculum sale: 9:00 – 3:00 pm

Free to shop, so come, buy used and save!  And please register so we have a head count. :)

Saturday, June 14th

Refreshing the Heart for Mothers, by Audrey Broggi – special application for moms who home educate: 9:00 – 2:00 pm

Fee: $12.00 includes box lunch, $5.00 – bring your own lunch



Please share this with people who may be interested in home education!


Big News on the Home Front!

We are expecting our fifth child sometime around the beginning of May 2013!

We haven’t gone to the midwife yet, so we don’t know the exact date.  I am guessing about 4 -5 weeks.

When we were sure, Tony gathered the children together to tell them.  He said something was going to happen in 9 months then asked if they knew based on that.  Benjamin, in a sort of questioning voice asked if it was a baby.  When Tony confirmed, Benjamin looked over at me and said, “Your pregnant?!  Congratulations!”  He had so much enthusiasm in his voice and sounded so much like a close friend who is truly happy for you!  Oh he almost made me cry with happiness.  I loved hearing his joy over a new sibling.


Book Review: Running for my Life

Running for my life was a wonderful story about a child stolen from his family in Sudan at the age of six only to find him running in the 2008 Olympic Games by God’s providence.  Lopez’s faith in God shines through every page of the book.  He sees God’s hand on his everyday life, something that most Christians take for granted.  It was captivating, waiting to see where God was going to take this young man next.

Lopez Lomong, the young man the story centers on, wrote Running for my life with the help of Mark Tabb.  Between the two, they did an amazing job.  I found myself rooting for Lopez to succeed in every aspect of his life.  I even had to go check to see how he did in the 2012 Olympics.

The book is full of situations that may not be suitable for younger children, like when the solders yanked little Lopez out of his mothers arms in the first chapter or when Lopez tells of the poor treatment of his sister in the epilogue.  I would suggest, if you want a mature child to read it, that a parent reads the book with the child.  And you might need a box of tissues (I know I did!)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Planner Pages

Each year I am frustrated as I try to make a store bought planner work for me.  This year I decided to take a page from a friend, so to speak, and make my own.  I think the hardest thing has been figuring out what I really wanted my planner to be.  I knew I needed to be able to have all 3 children currently being home educated on one page.  I also wanted the studies we do together to be in one place so I wasn’t writing and rewriting for each child.  So I came up with this…