Friday, February 27, 2015

TOS Review ~ Heirloom Production (In Freedom's Cause)

My first review of the year and it is a good one! A great one actually! Are you ready?

We were blessed to receive In Freedom's Cause by Heirloom Audio Productions. Last year, we reviewed Under Drake's Flag from Heirloom Audio Productions and fell in love with it. So the kids and I were really excited when we were given this opportunity.

We are kind of history buffs around here. We also love audio dramas so when you mix the two together its pretty exciting. Before I get ahead of myself, let me tell you what exactly it is that I reviewed.

In Freedom's Cause Single Package is a 2 CD set. It is based on the novel by G.A.Henty. If you are not familiar with his stories you should know they are pretty amazing. He was a mighty man of God and an amazing story teller. He was a prolific English novelist who is well known for his exciting stories, strong Christian themes and historical accuracy.

This drama lasts about 2 and 1/2 hours. Along with the CDs I also received an in depth study guide, soundtrack and a printable copy of The Prayer of William Wallace.

In Freedom's Cause Audio CD Review
In Freedom's Cause is the story of William Wallace and King Robert the Bruce. If you are familiar with the movie Braveheart then you already know this story but this is a much better interpretation of the events. Wallace was a man of God. A man with faith and conviction. Courage and strength.

The kids have never seen the movie Braveheart but they do know this story well. We actually had listened to a sermon a few years ago that was about the character of William Wallace. This audio drama brought the story alive to them!


They have listened to it many times. Each time being incredibly engrossed in the story. That's the thing about audio dramas...they are so intriguing. Especially when you are familiar with the some of the voices. This audio drama had a pretty incredible cast. Joann Fraggat (Downton Abbey), Skandar Keynes (Narnia) and lets not forget Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings). My kids are pretty much over the top about The Lord of the Rings. The only complaint they had was Billy Boyd only had 4 lines. ;)

Here is what they had to say.....

Alyssa ~ This story was very exciting and easy to follow. I love all the Scottish accents!

Morgan ~ I liked it a lot. It was really interesting. We sat and listened to it in one sitting. I liked that Ned and Gerald were in this one. I liked them from Under Drake's Flag.

Carter ~  I liked this story. It was full of adventure and courage!

The study guide was a great addition. After we listened to the story for about the 3rd time we went through the study guide. It is broke up into 3 parts for each chapter of the story....Listening Well, Thinking Further and Defining Words. 

Listening Well and Defining Words is exactly what is sounds like. 

Thinking Further was my favorite part. It really made the kids THINK! It asks questions like What was the proper way for the boys to show respect for the approaching knight. It also had them look up information in their bible.

I can't end this review without mentioning the quality of this product. Trust me when I say, it is fantastic!

In Freedom's Cause Review


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Friday, February 20, 2015

Random 5 on Friday ~ February 20th

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1. It's -11 right now. This time last year it was 45. Ugh. I am not usually one to complain about the weather but....I'm complaining. The sun is shining. That is a huge plus!

2. I want a puppy.

3. Oh and a house. Have I already mentioned that? I keep telling myself that more houses will come up the market in the spring. Right now there is nothing. We looked at house a few days ago that had 5 acres. It was nice but just not right for us.

4. I bought myself tulips.










5. I am proud of myself for all the water I am drinking. I am kind of addicted to Dr. Pepper but I want to make it a habit to drink way more water than pop. And that is just what I have been doing. :)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Random 5 on Friday ~ February 13th


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1. My sweet nephew was born on Tuesday! Hunter Allen Frederick. He is so perfect. I've seen him every day since he has been born and to tell you the truth...I could get used to that! :)






2. Guess what? I got a CAMERA!! YAY! I got a Canon t5i. I love it.

3. I got both #1 and #2 on the same day. It was a good day.

4. I love the flexibility of homeschooling. The kids and I were able to stay at the hospital while we waiting for Hunter's big entrance. We have been able to help the beautiful family as much as possible. The kids have had big lessons this week. Not book lessons and sometimes those are the most important.

5. It is cold. Like really cold. I have errands to run and I have heard it is supposed to be -30 with the wind chill. Fun. I think we will stay IN the rest of the weekend. Which I am fine with that. Well....unless that baby is involved. I may have to sneak in a visit now that they are home. :)


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Friday, February 6, 2015

Random 5 on Friday ~ February 6th

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1. We get our taxes back on Monday. Umm...I can not wait. Hopefully I will also have a new camera in my hands!! It's weird how empty my hands feel without one. I knew how much I loved taking pictures but I kind of didn't realize how much I would miss it once I didn't have one. I learned my lesson. BUCKLE bag!!

2. We are STILL searching for a house! I am beginning to feel like we will NEVER find one.

3. I'm still having trouble fighting this cold. It has been almost 2 weeks! I think the end might finally be in sight. I have been taking Natural Defense 3-4 times a day. That is when I started to see a difference. It has been years since I have had a cough like this. Yuck!

4. Alyssa has started driving. Ok well she only picked up her book to start practicing for her permit but it is just too close, people! I mean really. This is not supposed to be happening yet. Is it? I want a rewind button. I have been letting her practice. I am going to expect her to have A LOT of practice before I even come close to letting her behind the wheel around other crazy drivers.

5. Speaking of a rewind button. Taylor turns 17 next month. Excuse me while I cry. It is not helping my baby fever. Although I doubt anything ever will. We need #2 to happen really quickly so this baby thing can happen. Buy a house...then Brian will be up for another reversal surgery or adoption. Fingers are crossed.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Random 5 on Friday ~ January 30th

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1. My nephew is going to be born in the next few weeks! I seriously can not wait! I just to smell him. Kiss him. Ahh....

2.We are gearing up for 10 inches of snow in the next 2 days. The kids are pretty excited. I have to admit I kind of love the snow too. For a time. Spring is right around the corner.

3. Carter has been making string traps over the last couple of days. He hasn't caught anything yet but it is helping with his cabin fever. He loves the snow. Sometimes I have a hard time getting him to come in the house but he does get a bit bored at times. He likes to tell me he needs a brother. Haha.

4. We are thinking about getting a German Shepherd. Well we know we are getting one eventually but Brian wants to wait until we buy a house and I want it now. I know it is only a few months. Can you tell the difference in our personalities?! It's ok. We compliment each other. ;)

5. I have been sick for the last 4 days. I have being sick. Like really really...really hate it. I feel like I am on the mend so lets hope that I wake up tomorrow full of energy and feeling great! My family needs that. My house needs that. Heck, I need that!



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