Sunday School Lesson – Israel Demanded a King

Our church uses Lifeway’s Gospel Project curriculum in our Preschool and Children’s Department.  It is awesome!  I’d love to answer any questions you may have if you are considering it.

I usually modify it somewhat for our very little ones – toddlers and two’s.  I create a one page lesson plan for those rooms.   You can download that here.

Preschool Toddlers through 2’s – Israel Demanded a King

For the craft, our toddlers will be adding stickers to a small crown template copied onto cardstock. Our two’s will be making paper crowns to wear.  Both toddlers and two’s will play the game, Find the Donkey.  The teacher will hide a donkey copied on cardstock somewhere in the room.  The kids will try to find it. Repeat.  ( The donkey image link is below.)

I got the small crown image from

I got the larger crown image from First Palette.

I got the donkey image from Best Clip Art Blog.

Our 3’s and 4’s just do the GP curriculum as is.  There are lots of great activities, games, printables in the curriculum for these age groups.

Hope this helps!



Recipes & Shopping List tool

I am doing Beth Moore’s Siesta Summer Bible Study.  We are reading the book, Gideon, by Priscilla Shirer.  It is amazing and I am getting a LOT out of it! I’ll write more about that later.

Right now, I wanted to share with you a site I just discovered that I think you will love.  I was on Priscilla’s blog the other day and I noticed she mentioned a recipe organization program that she is using.  I gave it a try and it’s wonderful!  It’s so easy to use!  There are beautiful pictures of all the recipes (which I love.)  You can click to add the recipe to your meal plan and then click to add the ingredients of the recipe to your shopping list.  You can even see grocery deals at this site.  My explanation isn’t doing it justice.  You just need to get on and see for yourself!


By Kathy Hutto Posted in Recipes

Homeschool Planner and Student Planner











I have created a Homeschool Planner that I’d love for you to take a look at.  It’s basically a compilation of what I’ve used for years to keep my own homeschool organized.  It isn’t fancy, which means it won’t drain your printer ink dry.  You can take it to an office supply store and have it spiral bound for about $3.

Purchase the Homeschool Planner here.


excel student planner cover










A good friend of mine created the template for an Excel student planner.  This has been one of my very favorite organization tools!  I print one planning sheet per week for each of my kids.  They each have a notebook with dividers for their different subjects.  Over the weekend, I pull out all the sheets they are to do for the upcoming week and place them behind the correct divider.  The planning sheet goes on top.  The kids love to cross off completed assignments.  This also helps when we need to go somewhere.  Their school work is all right in this folder and they can work independently on some assignments and cross off what they finish.  When we get home, I can easily see what’s left to do.

Get the Excel Student Planner for free here.

(This planner could be used for any student or teacher for that matter..not just homeschoolers. 🙂

Easiest Ever Chicken Pot Pie









A friend of mine makes the most delicious Chicken Pot Pie!  It’s amazing!

Tonight, I made a variation of that pot pie, but since I’m not a great cook at all, I simplified it big time.


1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can mixed vegetables

(you can add in chopped chicken breast, if you’d like)

1 bag frozen buttermilk biscuits


Mix the soup and vegetables together.  I drained almost all the liquid from the vegetables so that it wouldn’t be too runny.  Pour into a baking dish.  Place frozen biscuits on top.  I used 5 biscuits for a  9 by 9 casserole.    Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown and the pot pie is bubbly.

Believe it or not, the kids picked pot pie over pizza tonight!

This would be a super recipe for your daughter to make.  I’ll think I’ll file it under my “I Made it Myself” recipes.  With a little help with the oven, she could do the rest all by herself.


In His Presence Devo. – Down with Expectations

If I had a nickel for every time my expectations have gotten me into trouble…

I’m a Anne of Green Gables and Hallmark Hall of Fame girl all the way!  There’s nothing wrong with that, except when it creates rock solid expectations.  And when those expectations aren’t met, it creates dissatisfaction and can lead to bitterness.  More importantly, expectations can become an idol.  You can be so fixated on them that you ignore the voice of God directing you another way.

I’m not just talking about over all or “big picture” expectations.  I’m talking about every day expectations as well.  Like, how a particular vacation should go.  Or, what a class I teach should be like. Or, what a teacher for a class my children take should act.    Or, what job I should have.  Or, what my day should look like.

Let’s look at an example.  What if I have my list of errands for the day all planned out…library, grocery store, pick up a movie, run by the church, back home.  Well, let’s say my car breaks down somewhere in the midst of those errands.  That just wasn’t penciled in on my agenda.  Now, I have to drop everything and head to the mechanic.  By now, I’m a mess.  I’m cranky and everybody knows I’m not a happy camper.  This is just not how I expected my day to turn out.  But, what if this is exactly what God wanted for my day.  Maybe He orchestrated the car trouble to get me to sit down beside someone in  the mechanic’s waiting room who really needed a listening ear today.

I want to challenge you (and me) to get rid of expectations.  If you look at the header on this blog, you will see the catch phrase, “striving to live where I’m planted.”  Sometimes within that garden, flowers pop up that I had no idea were going to be there.  I’m trying to learn to live in the moment, trusting God with all my uncertainties, and not limiting Him with my expectations.

Psalm 62:5,  My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. (NASB)

In His Presence Devotional – Don’t Carry satan’s Luggage

Here’s an In His Presence devotional for you today.  I’ll try to post one every Friday, so you may want to “follow” this blog, so you can be notified of new posts.

In His Presence Devotional – Don’t carry satan’s luggage!

Don’t carry satan’s luggage!  When he tries to put baggage on you, check the luggage tag – identify it as belonging to satan.  His bags are usually labeled, “fear, doubt, envy, jealousy, anger, rage, guilt, shame, depression, anxiety, addiction, infirmity,” etc.

Tell him out loud (he can’t read your thoughts) that you aren’t carrying his bags, in Jesus name! 

Listen to this powerful song by John Waller, entitled, “Our God Reigns Here.” The list above came from this song.  I play it often.

1 John 4:4, “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” (NASB)



Summer Bible Study – Gideon

If you are looking for a great Bible Study for the summer, Gideon, by Priscilla Shirer is a great choice!  In fact, Beth Moore has chosen it for her own Siesta Summer Bible study.  She will be posting on her blog every other Tuesday to discuss.

Here’s the link to details about Beth Moore’s Summer Bible Study using Gideon by Priscilla Shirer.

Here’s the link to purchase the book from Lifeway.