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Welcome to This Journey of Love

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  • Welcome to my world!

    I hope you’ll stay.

    Since Father’s love changed me

    I have something to say.

  • The One who loves me,

    See, He also loves you

    The things He’s done for me

    He will do for you, too.

  • So come with me

    As I follow the Lamb

    Wherever He goes.

    My life’s in His hand.

  • I trust Him and follow Him

    No matter the cost.

    Without His great love for me

    I would be lost.

  • The words that you find here

    I hope will breathe life.

    In each day and moment

    You’ll find His delight.

  • For surely His love for you

    Is greater than you know.

    Come with me now

    To His presence we’ll go.

    P.M.D.

  • Changed By Love and Still Changing

    York, Pennsylvania 2011

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    Katy, Texas 2012

    Mary Jo Peckham Park

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    Katy, TX 2013 Mary Jo Peckham Park

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    Katy, TX Honey Farm, 2014

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    Katy, TX Honey Farm, 2015

    Katy, TX – MKT Railroad Park Caboose and Depot, 2017

    Katy, TX – Heritage Park, 2020

    Hi, I’m Penney Douglas. I have been married to my precious husband for 33 years. We have been exceedingly and abundantly blessed with 10 children. They all belong to me and my husband. And to think that I was afraid I would never get married! I got a late start (married at 25 and first child at 27), but I guess late bloomers can blossom profusely once they get started.

    I blog for several reasons. I like to keep a record of what we’re doing in our homeschooling and share ideas for other homeschoolers or moms who like to work and play with their kids. I try to encourage families to keep Christ first in their homes so they can be all that they were made to be. I want to help others to draw closer to God. I hope to glorify God and give Him praise for all that He does for us.

    I am constantly learning, changing and growing. Sometimes I feel like a beginner even though I’ve been a Christian since I was 4 years old and I’ve been homeschooling for about 25 years. And I’ve been living for __ years (long enough!).

    But the Lord has been faithful to keep me and my family on an upward climb drawing nearer to Him in spite of our weaknesses and mistakes.

    He has led us on a crooked path across the United States and back and then some. (From Ohio to Kansas City to Arizona to Colorado, back to Kansas City to Illinois to Pennsylvania and now to Texas!) We are still looking for that place to call home. We hope to find it before the oldest chicks are ready to fly from the nest! But our desire is that they land somewhere near us even when that time comes.

    We are believing God for miracles of provision. We have already seen many. We suffered the loss of our home 16 years ago. Now we live in a different state, and my husband is making more money than ever before. But the money is beside the point. What God did in each of our hearts, convincing us of His reality and His love for us, is worth more than all of the houses or money in the world. But now He has enabled us to help others in need, and we are grateful for the opportunity to bless others.

    Our children are truly gifts from God. They learn from us and teach us so much. I would never have known even a fraction of how much God loves me if I had never had the opportunity to be a mother to my precious children. They are teaching me even more as they grow in wisdom and understanding and we share together what the Lord is teaching us.

    Family was God’s idea. Marriage was His idea. God has good ideas. His ideas work.

    He wants our families to be training grounds for children (and adults) to learn His ways and right ways of relating to God and to people. We learn how to die to ourselves when others are dependent on us, and when we have to learn to get along with the people around us in order to experience peace and harmony. The rough edges are rubbed off as we care enough to be honest with each other and humble ourselves to receive correction even from those younger than ourselves.

    God created us because He wanted a family. That’s more than a trite saying. He created us in His image so that He could have sons and daughters that would look like Him, act like Him and love Him. He wanted to be a father.

    He created you so He could love you. Receive His love for you. Let Him be your Daddy.

    Gratitude Books to Read Aloud

     

     

    Favorite Books about Gratitude
    1. Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco – 5-9 years old
    2. My First Gratitude Journal by Creative Journals for Kids – 5-9
    3. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts 5-8
    4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – YA
    5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – YA
    6. The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor – 7-10
    7. The Thank You Letter by Jane Cabrera – 4-8
    8. What is Given from the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack – 6-8
    9. Thankful by Eileen Spinelli – 2-6
    10. White Bird by R.J. Palacio – 8-12 – A holocaust graphic novel
    11. Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming – 4-8
    12. The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by Thomas Locker – 4-8 
    13. An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott
    14. Thankful by Elaine Vickers – 4-8
    15. Sincerely Emerson by Emerson Weber 4-8

    The Things I’m Grateful For by Arnie Lightning – 4-9 – Activities

     

    Christian Books about Gratitude

     

    1. The Blessings Jar by Colleen Coble – 2-5
    2. I will Rejoice by Karma Wilson – 4-8
    3. Ronnie Wilson’s Gift by Francis Chan – 4-8
    4. I’m Thankful Each Day by P.K. Hallinan – 2-5
    5. The Oak Inside the Acorn by Max Lucado – 3-9
    6. Glory by Nancy White Carlstrom – 5-8
    7. Growing Grateful: Live Happy, Peaceful and Contented by Mary Kassian – Devotional for Mom
    8. Gratitude and Listening Prayer Journal by Penney Douglas – High School and up

     

     

    Do You Want Your Life Planned for You?

    Who is Deciding Everything for Us?

    There is a group of “philanthropists” that think they know what’s best for all of us. They also think of themselves as elites and the rest of us as “chattel” (animals) or something they own. The Rockefellers are in this lofty group. And another family you may have heard of – the Rothschilds. There are other families, too, involved in planning our lives for us. Plus assorted individuals who have joined themselves to the exalted ranks of the elites.

    I found this book of scenarios they put together for what may happen in the future. They concocted 4 different scenarios that could possibly happen. The first one, Operation Lockstep, looked eerily like the covid fiasco we just went through.

    The second scenario called Clever Together is the one that the elites seem to favor. They think it will have the most favorable outcomes as far as political and economic alignment and adaptive capacity. It basically says that the developed countries would pool their resources to solve the big global problems, starting with climate change, of course. They talk about reducing greenhouse gases and carbon sequestration and all the methods they would use to do that. People would be pressured to reduce waste and increase efficiency in planet-friendly ways. This sounds a lot like what they’re teaching our kids in schools.

    So it looks like they tried the Lockstep scenario first to see how far the people would let them go in removing all of their freedoms and how many people would obey all of their commands in the covid plandemic scenario.

    While all along they have been indoctrinating the next generation with fears about climate change and impending disaster so that they will do whatever they’re told in order to save the planet. And in the process they are turning our children against us because they perceive us as being stupid and not doing what we need to do to save the planet. So they are angry at the current generation (their parents and grandparents) and have all but lost respect for us.

    From what I’ve been hearing, the students don’t really respect their teachers, either, in a lot of schools.

    What is their true agenda?

    I was shocked when they shut down the schools during the plandemic. I never thought they would let the children escape their grasp for any period of time. They were always so insistent that kids have to attend school 180 days a year. And they frowned on students who had excessive absences and sent out truant officers to round up the ones who missed a lot of school. I couldn’t believe they let a virus that didn’t even affect kids shut down their schools!

    But that wasn’t the only thing that shocked me during that time. I couldn’t believe what officials were demanding or what people were willing to go along with. I didn’t go along with any of it. I saw it for what it was – an attack on freedom and liberty. I did not cooperate with any of it. That meant I didn’t go many places during that time. I refused to wear a mask. It’s a good thing Gary went to the grocery store for us. I guess I did cooperate with the “stay at home” rule, but not because I believed the narrative they were spreading.

    I knew that the whole thing was leading to vaccines and vaccine passports.

    Do you know that leaders in some countries are still making plans to require vaccine passports for international travel?

    The B20 Business Summit which is part of the G20 Summit was recently held in Bali, Indonesia. And some leaders there were saying that the member countries will require vaccine passports for international travel.

    Do we want these people making all of these decisions for us?

    But I come back to my original questions. Do you want your life planned for you? Who is making all of the decisions for us?

    I will give you my answers. I don’t want anybody but God and my husband and me planning my life. And I don’t trust the ones who have appointed themselves to make all of the decisions for the whole world. Who asked them to do it in the first place? We didn’t elect them or cry out to them to save us from ourselves. They are operating from an anti-God, anti-family, anti-personal freedom belief system. I do not want them deciding anything for me!

    They are the ones who are instituting socialism everywhere. They promote open borders, gay marriage, abolition of families, depopulation, and even transhumanism.

    These people really are evil. Most of them worship satan. The WEF and all of them are pushing these agendas that are destroying our traditional values. They have made their plans, and they are carrying them out.

    But God…

    But God is not letting them get away with it. He has raised up righteous people to fight against these ungodly agendas. There are people in the militaries, in the governments (a few), and among the good people of the world who are taking down the evil cabal. He raised up President Trump to lead this movement. It’s the America First movement, but it is helping all of the people of the world, setting them free from the oppression of the deep state. The bankers have been stealing from us. Our government has been stealing from us.

    Life is not supposed to be so hard. They have been making our lives more difficult. But their rule is coming to an end. They can have all the summits they want to discuss new ways to oppress us, but they are not going to be able to carry out their plans anymore.

    God has made a plan, and He is carrying it out through His people. Don’t be afraid of what they try to throw at us. Keep trusting God, and He will take care of you. Pray for wisdom and use discernment. Don’t fall for anything the media tells you. All they do is lie. Don’t let fear come into your heart. Don’t be discouraged or despairing. The celebrities, the media, the government, education – they are all being taken down and refashioned. We are entering into a whole new era. And it will be good, because it won’t be controlled or run by evil ones anymore.

    You may have heard the phrase “Trust the Plan”. I have wondered about that. I have a general trust in it because I trust the people who have made the plan. But the Plan that I really trust is God’s Plan. He is the only One that can make all things work together for our good. I believe that He is the One that gave the Plan to the good people who are genuinely trying to save the planet and all of us who dwell on it.

    The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

    For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.  Psalm 24:1,2

    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

    Have no fear, God is near. He is here. And He is moving on our behalf.

     

    If you are interested in reading the document about the scenarios I talked about, you can find the whole thing here. It was written in 2010.

    It’s called “Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development” by The Rockefeller Foundation.

    Another interesting read is “The New World Order” by Ralph Epperson. You can read it here.

    Be blessed today!!!

    Penney

    Favorite Thanksgiving Books and Resources

                      I love the holiday of Thanksgiving!

    It’s a great family holiday and a great time to focus on something we should be doing every day of the year – Practicing gratitude.

    I have written several posts about Thanksgiving books and activities and resources, but I wanted to write a fresh one because I’ve found some new things.

    I made this document called Fun Ways to Homeschool through the Holidays in November last year that you can download and print out if you haven’t already.

    And now for my favorite Thanksgiving Books and Resources:

                   Favorite Books
         Picture Books
    1. Mousekin’s Thanksgiving – Edna Miller – look for this at a used bookstore – very expensive on Amazon!
    2. Cranberry Thanksgiving – Wende and Harry Devlin
    3. Thelonius Turkey Lives – Lynn Rowe Reed
    4. Thanksgiving Day at Our House – Nancy White Carlstrom
    5. It’s Thanksgiving – Jack Prelutsky
    6. The Relatives Came – Cynthia Rylant
    7. Boxes for Katje – Candace Fleming
    8. Thank You, Sarah – Laurie Halse Anderson
    9. Thanksgiving Mice – Bethany Roberts
    10. Thanksgiving Rules – Laurie Friedman
    11. Thanksgiving Treat – Catherine Stock
    12. Thanksgiving is For Giving Thanks – Margaret Sutherland
    13. The Story of the Pilgrims – Katharine Ross
    14. The Thanksgiving Story – Alice Dalgliesh
    15. A Turkey for Thanksgiving – Eve Bunting
    16. In November – Cynthia Rylant
    17. An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving – Louisa May Alcott illus. by James Bernardin
    18. Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving – Eric Metaxas
    19. Three Young Pilgrims – Cheryl Harness
    20. Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims – Clyde Robert Bulla
    21. BOOKS for Older Kids

    1. Farmer Boy – Laura Ingalls Wilder

    2. Thanksgiving: Heart-warming Stories for Children – with authors like Louisa May Alcott and Lucy Maud Montgomery

     

    Good History Series for Independent Reading or Read Aloud

     

    1. Dear America – A Journey to the New World – Remember Patience Whipple 

    2. My Name is America 

    3.Young American Voices

    4. American Girls Series

    5. Rush Revere – Rush Limbaugh

    6. Gilbert Morris Series – The House of Winslow and The Appomattox Saga

    7. Heroes of History – Published by YWAM

    8.Childhood of Famous Americans 

    9. Between Two Flags – Lee Roddy

    10. The Christian Heritage Series – Focus on the Family, Nancy N. Rue

    11. Trailblazers – Dave and Neta Jackson

    12. The American Adventure Series – Teri Ann Berg Olsen –

    Great article about this series 

    13. Reel Kids Adventures – Dave Gustaveson

    14. G.A. Henty

    15. Hero Tales – Dave Jackson

     

    Books about Gratitude

     

    1. Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco – 5-9 years old
    2. My First Gratitude Journal by Creative Journals for Kids – 5-9
    3. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts 5-8
    4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – YA
    5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – YA
    6. The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor – 7-10
    7. The Thank You Letter by Jane Cabrera – 4-8
    8. What is Given from the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack – 6-8
    9. Thankful by Eileen Spinelli – 2-6
    10. White Bird by R.J. Palacio – 8-12 – A holocaust graphic novel
    11. Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming – 4-8
    12. The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by Thomas Locker – 4-8 
    13. An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott
    14. Thankful by Elaine Vickers – 4-8
    15. Sincerely Emerson by Emerson Weber 4-8
    16. The Things I’m Grateful For by Arnie Lightning – 4-9 – Activities
    Christian Books about Gratitude
    1. The Blessings Jar by Colleen Coble – 2-5
    2. I will Rejoice by Karma Wilson – 4-8
    3. Ronnie Wilson’s Gift by Francis Chan – 4-8
    4. I’m Thankful Each Day by P.K. Hallinan – 2-5
    5. The Oak Inside the Acorn by Max Lucado – 3-9
    6. Glory by Nancy White Carlstrom – 5-8
    7. Growing Grateful: Live Happy, Peaceful and Contented by Mary Kassian – Devotional for Mom
    8. Gratitude and Listening Prayer Journal by Penney Douglas – High School and up

     

    Videos for Thanksgiving and American History

     

    1. Little House on the Prairie TV episode “Thanksgiving – A Harvest of Friends”

     

    2. Pete the Cat Falling for Autumn

     

    3. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

     

    4. Garfield’s Thanksgiving

     

    5. Thanksgiving for Kids

     

    6. The Thanksgiving that Almost Wasn’t (1970)

     

    7. History of Thanksgiving for Kids

     

    8. Liberty’s Kids

     

    9. Drive Thru History

     

    10. The REAL story of Thanksgiving – Rush Limbaugh (for older kids)

    Historical Roots of Thanksgiving

     

    Wallbuilders.com has lots of good historical documents like this one:

     

    Thanksgiving Proclamation of the Continental Congress 1777

    This is the text of the Continental Congress’ November 1, 1777 national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation; as printed in the Journals of Congress.

     

    Poetry Tea Time

     

    Organized Homeschooler

     

    Nurtured Roots

     

    Hide the Chocolate

     

    Poetryteatime.com

     

    Thanksgiving Unit Studies

     

    Faith and Good Works

     

    The Homeschool Mom

     

    Freedom Homeschooling

     

    Meet Penny.com

     

    Amanda Bennett Thanksgiving Unit Study

     

    White House Holidays – Thanksgiving

     

    As We Walk Along the Road

     

    Pete the Cat Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

     

    Monthly Activity Pack for November by 1+1+1=1

     

    Thanksgiving Bible Activity Pack by The Crafty Classroom

    Notebooking

     

    Thanksgiving Notebook Pages from A Journey Through Learning

     

    Thanksgiving Notebooking Pages from Productive Homeschooling (FREE)

     

    Thanksgiving and Fall Notebook and Copywork Pages from Heritage Grove Academy

     

    Thanksgiving Notebooking Pages and more from Notebooking Nook (FREE)

     

    Lapbooks

     

    Knowledgeboxcentral.com

     

    Handsofachild.com

     

    Homeschoolshare.com

     

    Homeschoolhelperonline.com

     

    Ajourneythroughlearning.net

     

    Other Activities

     

    Fun Things for Kids to do on Thanksgiving

    Gratitude Journals

     

    Benefits of Gratitude Journals

     

    • Boost happiness
    • Gain experience – kindness challenges, memory-making
    • Enhance perspective
    • Increase self-esteem
    • Improve overall health

     

    WriteShop.com – Gratitude Journal for Kids

     

    NotConsumed.com – Gratitude Printable Pack

     

    KoriClark.com – Gratitude Journal – Beautiful Design

     

    Gratitude and Listening Prayer Journal by Penney Douglas – High School and up

     

    Gratitude Journals on Amazon – 3 Min. Journals, 5 Min. Journals, Girls’ Gratitude Journals, Kids’ Gratitude Journals

     

    Make a Gratitude Tree

      

    Learn and Live Letter

     

    Make Your Own Gratitude Tree

     

                         I hope this list helps you to celebrate the best Thanksgiving you’ve ever had!

    Awaken Your Heart Virtual Conference

    Hello Safe Haven Friends!

    I’m excited to invite you to an online virtual conference that will challenge and inspire you.

    My friend, Angel, is a powerful woman of God who has a heart for God and for women. Her story is inspiring, and her demeanor inspires peace and calm. When Angel speaks, people listen, yes, but they hear the heart of God. Her boldness and confidence rest in God alone, and it’s obvious that she has gone deep with God through sorrows and pain. But her story is triumphant because of Jesus!

    She is presenting this online conference to share the treasure the Lord has given her. She is one of five speakers, who are all uniquely qualified to call us forth.

    The Awaken Your Heart Conference is a gathering of women who long to see the truth and power of Jesus Christ at work in their lives.  Our desire is to encourage every woman in her journey by sharing the redemptive grace of Jesus and provide meaningful opportunities for teaching, discipleship and fellowship.

    FROM COMPLACENCY TO ACTION

    God is calling you to a life of obedience and faithful trust in every situation and in every conversation. He wants you to use the skills and talents He has blessed you with, right where you are. God’s call on your life is tremendously freeing, for His call on your life is for you to be you.

    The theme for this fall’s conference is “She’s Called Forth”.

    Sisters, we have nothing to fear and ultimately nothing to lose. We will inherit our glorious hope. We will get Christ. He will reward us for our good works. Let’s not be conformed to the world in its apathy toward the things of God.

    Get all the details HERE.

    I hope to see you there!

    Penney Douglas, B.S. in Ed.
    Safe Haven Homeschooling

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