Welcome to my post for the First Annual Boy Mom BlogHop!

Wonder who the M.O.B. Society is? They are a community of Moms Of Boys. It was started by Erin & Brooke to offer moms of boys a place to fellowship, pray, and learn more about raising boys to become men of God. I joined this society a few months ago and am thankful I have. There motto, so to say is:

"Reaching the hearts of boys for the Gospel
& preparing a generation of men to love the Lord"
Today is the kickoff of their first bloghop to allow moms to connect and introduce themselves through their blogs. There will also be contests and giveaways, so be sure and hop on over there, too.

So I will begin by introducing myself to those that are new to my blog, or need a refresher, lol: I am Mona Lisa, wife to Lee, mom to 2. My daughter is 15yo and my son is 11yo. We homeschool both and have since the beginning. We are a family that strives to glorify The Lord but stumble along the way sometimes :) This blog started as a means to post review information on products I received through The Old Schoolhouse Crew: a group of homeschool moms & dads led to offer their time to review homeschool products. Since the inception, I've begun reviewing a few other products, too. I also use this blog to offer reflections & thoughts I have about the experiences of life, participate in fun bloghops, and offer information on schooling at home.

As I wrote above, I have one son age 11yo. He just finished 5th grade. He enjoys playing outside, fishing & boating, shooting (target practice only), archery, soccer, acro & tap dance, drums, & guitar. I'm sure there are more things he likes to do, but mostly anything that's active. Though he does like to watch family movies and play the Wii, too. And on occasion, get on my FB account to play farmville. I actually have quite a nice farm because of him, lol. 
Our son loves the Lord and accepted Him as his Savior at 8yo. He loves attending church and learning more about Him. As far as learning, he likes math and science. He's got a great tactical and strategic mind and can solve most any problem or situation very quickly. He does not like reading very much, though it is improving as he gets older and more involved in things. He was behind until this year but has caught up fast, thanks to The Lord. We have found that, though he was having difficulty with regular books, he could read the Bible well, truly The Lord's doing :) He still likes the Dr. Seuss books but doesn't really have a favorite and really likes reading Curious George stories. They may be for a slightly younger group, but if it encourages him to read, I'm all for it. He likes to read about planes and trains and adventure, but what boy doesn't? He has started reading Rio: The Junior Novel, based on the movie, and is enjoying that. This book is for 8-12yo so more age appropriate. But like I said, if he's willing to read, I'm happy :)  
So that's it, for now, on my boy. Please hop on over to the
Boy Mom BlogHop and check all the posts by Moms of Boys :) Remember, they are having giveaways, as well.

But before you go, don't forget to enter my contest for the new Robert Pierre CD, I'm All In. There are several ways you can enter.
Have you heard of the Christian music artist Robert Pierre? Would you like to win a copy of his new CD?

I have been given the opportunity to review I'm All In, Robert's new album set to be released today, July 26th from thinkaboutit records. As soon as I received it, the kids and I thought "he kind of looks like Elvis", lol. But once we opened it and put it in to listen, WOW. We were impressed!! Robert has a wonderful voice that projects his words clearly, with energy and heart. He has a wide vocal range and controls his voice well, too, which makes listening to his music easy and enjoyable. His music is along the lines of Christian Rock or Pop, I believe. It reminds me of Third Day and Casting Crowns style of music. 

The amazing thing is, he's only 18yo and is just finishing high school! And adding to that, he is the worship director at his church in Orlando, FL, which has around 1000 worshipers each week (click for his bio) -- ALL at 18 years old!! He's also co-written most of the songs on this new CD, having inspiration from personal experiences.

His talent is a blessing from God. His lyrics will touch your heart, and maybe even memories. They glorify God throughout with a scriptural foundation. His title song I'm All In has this as the beginning of a verse: "You are the peace that lives inside of me. You are the joy filling up my heart." Without knowing the rhythm or tune, you can still hear this song played.  The chorus from another song, Light The Way, goes: "When I can't see my next step, Your love will light the way. When the path I'm on is all but gone, Your love will light the way." Again, you can almost hear it. And if you can to Robert Pi
erre's website, you can hear Light The Way.

As we listened to Robert's CD in the van and in the house, both my 15yo and 11yo enjoyed listening. They both liked the lyrics. My daughter liked I'm All In the most, I think, because she kept replaying it :)

You can purchase Robert's I'm All In through Amazon as a CD or MP3.

Now for the contest. I have a second CD to offer one of you. The contest starts today and will end 1 week from now on August 2nd at noon EST. If you like contemporary Christian music or you know someone that does, leave me a comment telling me how this CD might bless you or that someone. You can earn additional entries by one of the following:
* Follow this blog by clicking any of the "Follow Me" buttons to the right
(that's 4 possible entries, just leave a comment for each)
* Like Robert Pierre on FB
* Spread the word about this contest on your blog, FB, or twitter (you can tweet below this post) 
be sure to add a link back to this post
The contest ends August 2nd and the winner will be drawn at noon EST, so hurry to enter and spread the word! The winner will be notified via email and have 48hrs to get back to me. Be sure to leave your email address in your comment so I will know how to reach you if you are the winner :)
An important note: “Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
I want to let everyone know about a contest that is going on right now for an Ipad2. The contest ends August 1, 2011 and you can enter up to midnight that day. 

The contest is through PassPorter.com. The PassPorter is an awesome travel planner for your Disney trip, whether it's land or sea. We have used PassPorter for our Disney trips, which I am very thankful for. These guides help you to plan your trip, organize your days, journal your experience, and manage your receipts or notes. Here's a quick video about planning your Disney trip.
PassPorter is giving away an Ipad2 and you just have to enter. The catch is, you have to register to win and then you have to find the mystery photos to enter :) It's really not too hard, though, and you'll have fun searching through the photos. There are hints available, too, if you're "like" PassPorter on FB.

You better hurry, though, because the contest ends on August 1st. You can ENTER NOW.
I've been thinking lately, about a change in my life regarding my job. I've been with the same employer for over 9 years now. To some that may seem like a long time and others might say "just a drop in the hat". To me, it's the longest I've been at one position. I enjoy what I do very much; it's rewarding & I learn something new everyday. I am an RN in a pediatric ER. My reasons for thinking of changing positions really has nothing to do with the burn-out that often happens working in an ER. It could be because I haven't been feeling well lately. But I think it's more to do with changes that are happening within the unit and where God wants me to be.

As a christian, I trust The Lord to guide me in all my endeavors. I want only to follow Him in my actions and don't want to do something based on what I want to do or what I think. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us:

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

"Lean not on your own understanding", this is difficult to do, as a human. We have been blessed with minds that think about everything: our surroundings, our feelings, our likes and dislikes, everything. But The Lord instructs us to trust in Him, to allow Him to lead us along our path of life. This is my desire. He has blessed me throughout my life in ways I couldn't have imagined. He has lifted me and held me in His arms when there was pain and sadness. When my father died, He comforted me like only He could.

I know that whatever The Lord has planned for me is better than anything I could plan for myself. I will wait on The Lord for direction. I know that through Him, all things are possible. Matthew 19:23-27 tells of Jesus speaking with the disciples about being saved and entering the kingdom of God. Jesus says that it "is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter..." The disciples were concerned "Who then can be saved?".

“But Jesus looked at them and said to them,
“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:26

I know that God is able to do all things  no matter if it seems impossible. So my waiting on Him is not impossible if I allow Him control. This I will do. The Bible brings the direction we need, I need, and I will read it, ponder upon The Lord's words and know that He will answer me.

"But those who wait on The LORD Shall renew their strength
They shall mount up with wings like eagles
They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint."
Isaiah 40:31

Thanks for reading. Do you have changes ahead? Are you needing that peace that only The Lord can give? I welcome you to contact me.
I am on a search for language arts and history and geography curriculum. I've always used "Boxed Curriculum" for these two subjects but would like to change to Charlotte Mason style. It seems really interesting and maybe a little more geared towards the learning styles of my kids. 

My quest has been going on for a few weeks/months, but I am going to turn to all of you and ask your opinion. If you would, leave me a comment or suggestion on thoughts you might have regarding Charlotte Mason or similar styles.

I look forward to hearing from you :)

I am pleased to announce the winner of the Who Is God book from Apologia.

It is Lynn L. She was number 34 and using Random.org's True Random Number Generator, 34 was chosen. 

Congratulations Lynn!!! I know you will enjoy this book as much as we do!