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Comic Strips to Teach Writing

Teaching Creative Writing… Creatively!

Do you want a fun, keep the kids attention, way to teach dialogue?

Comic Strips!

Read some comic strips together. Discuss how we know who is saying what and the clues that let us know what they might be feeling.

Don’t stop there!
Create your own comic strip!


Draw boxes and create a scene in each one. Add Dialogue.

For the lovers of technology, or the kids stressed out by stick figures, make it on-line!

Here are some fun comic strip creators – and they are free too!
Free Technology for Teachers

Make Beliefs Comix!

Lego Comic Creator

Comic Creator – very basic

After the comic strip is complete, write it as a story. Teach the correct grammar for dialogue and how to use dialogue tags. (Tip: It is OK to use said sparingly, but only sparingly! Said is dead – or at least a zombie!)

Have fun and start creating!

Check out one I made! Think Comics on Twitter. I maxed out the dialogue and artwork!

God Makes Me Uncomfortable


You make me uncomfortable. I feel uncomfortable following your plans.

Sometimes I long for peace and solitude. But your call on my life is not one of quiet.

Some months I think about going to church and not serving. But your call is not one of sitting back unserving.

Some weeks I want to not care about those around me who might be hurting. But you call me to care. And pray.

You make me uncomfortable.

What’s even more uncomfortable is when I don’t listen.

That time you asked me to go uninvited to a neighbors house and pray…

I didn’t.

Then the neighbor moved

and I’m still uncomfortable because I didn’t listen and missed a blessing.

That time you asked me to pray for a lady in aisle 4 of the grocery store…

I didn’t.

Then I saw her two weeks later and didn’t – again –

and I’m still uncomfortable.

When I drown in my feelings of uncomfortableness, you oh so quietly remind me of the life you lived of discomfort.

For me.


Being a comfortable Christian is living life on the sand.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 4: 24-27

God, You Make me uncomfortable.

Plan or Fail

Chalkboard plan-failI’m frantically typing commands into the computer as if my life week depends on it.

In a way, it does.

I haven’t been planning. When I don’t have a plan, I don’t check on all the kids work. When I don’t check on all the kids work, they catch on and they don’t do it. (some of them…)

I’ve tried so many planners. Ok. I’ve tried every FREE planner for homeschooling I can get my hands on.

They all glitch.

They all under perform.

I found one that costs money. I tried the free trial and put in a few weeks worth of work. The weeks came and went. I didn’t enter any more info.

Without a plan, it’s a plan to fail.

I just purchased the planner for a year subscription. Now I’m typing like mad to get enough info in it so we can actually do school this week.

Which means, typing on this page is taking my time –

so gotta run!

Oh, before I go, what’s your best tip for planning? When I have this planner up and running, I’ll tell you my secret!

First Love

Did you miss the premier of First Love? Here’s a teaser!

This weekend I’ll be traveling with my Mom and sisters. Follow me on instagram to find out about my trip!

Parenting is Hard

Parenting RIGHT is even harder.

Parenting with FAITH feels unnatural.

Parenting without FAILURE, well, that just doesn’t exist.

So give yourself some grace today. Rekindle that faith.

Hit your knees.

parenting is hard

Cause that’s where forgiveness for the failures and restoration of faith happens.

And by all means, stay in The Word.

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,  Deuteronomy 11:18-20

The Last Lesson of a Spiritual Giant

Romans 5

He stood tall, at one time. A strapping man, with land and livestock. And a Bible by his chair.

Today I saw him. And I walked right past him.

He was stooped. Frail. Aged.

With assistance, he hobbled up the stairs of the church. Dressed in a suit and a tie, with not just one Bible, but two, and a legal pad of notes.

When he was introduced, the church stood and clapped. The front rows were filled with men. Farmers. Families. Men who would normally don a pair of overalls rather than a suit for a day at church, came dressed to the nines. Men who cleaned up a bit and honored him by dressing in a suit. Because they knew he would see and know. That they were there for him. Because he had been there for them.

At first, he couldn’t speak through his tears. But when he started, his words held power. Power – because they might. just. be. his. last.

Wednesday he was released to hospice care. Sunday he was in church preaching.

He’s not a preacher. He’s just a man. A man who loves God. A man who loves to teach the Word. A man, going to church every Sunday. A man with something to say.

What were the words of this man, stooped low, yet a giant in faith?

1. Know that God loves you. The creator of the Universe loves you. Loves you so much he gave his son to die for you. YOU ARE LOVED.

2. Know the Word. But don’t just know what the word says. Know the Word. Dig into it. Live it. Read it. Cherish it.

3. Go to church. Connect. Why? Because when tribulations come – AND THEY WILL – You will either turn to God or you will turn away from Him. If you are plugged into church, you will have a place. 

He read from Romans 5. Have you read it lately? Meditate on it a bit.

By the chair in his home are stacks of Bibles and commentaries. Next to the medications lay devotionals and prayers. He did not loose faith in the trials. He clung to it with both hands.

He told his story. The past three years of his life have been the hardest. The past three years of his life have been the best. Why? Because he poured into the word. He went from knowing what the Word says to KNOWING.

In that step, he became a spiritual giant.

A frail man, with no earthly reason to rejoice, SHOUTED with glory because he knows God, is saved by God, and is loved by God.

And it is well with his soul.

With his last breath, he will praise God.

A spiritual giant.

*Vernon fought cancer for three years.  Four short weeks after he preached this sermon, he met his Savior. Face to face.*

What a Team! (Drum Roll, Please!)

Ready for some big news?

Many of you know I’m writing a children’s book.

Well, every good picture book needs – pictures!

An illustrator joined our team!
Let me introduce you to Cindy Johnson.

Cindy is a homeschooling mom of 4, so we have lots in common! She’s breathing life into the characters of our book through her amazing artwork!

Read all about her on her blog!

Welcome Cindy and show her some love by leaving a comment for her on my blog!

Uncertain Decisions

In life we have decisions. Everyday. Most of them do not have major life changing properties. But every so often, something comes up. A small decision becomes bigger than you imagined.

Then there are the decisions that loom over you. Nothing necessary. Just – different? Uncertain decisions…

In a place of uncertainty, I want to hide.

I’d rather not talk – or write.

But what good would that do?

So, here are some random thoughts today about uncertain decisions and comfort zones.

Do we stay in The Comfortable knowing there is something better out there, but the path might be rocky?

Do we venture into The Unknown even though the path might lead to failure and pain?

Or are we only fooled into thinking there is Something Better out there – when what’s best really is already in our grasp?

How do you know if God is prompting or it’s really your flesh getting in the way?

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  John 14: 26-27

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. Proverbs 2: 6-9

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