Ladies Christmas Tea & Cookie Exchange

Come one, come all to a mom’s Christmas Tea Social and Cookie Exchange.  Adults only.

When:          December 10th, 2012 (Monday Night)

Time:            7-9 PM

Where:         Mt. Olive Community Bible Church

RSVP:           Please RSVP by December 7th by signing up online at The Learning Connection calendar.

FEE:             $5.00/pp to defray costs of supplies.

OPTIONAL CRAFT:  We will be making a Christmas Candy Kiss Tree.  If you would like to take part of this, the cost is $4, payable at the door.  You need to bring 1-2 (13 oz) candy kisses for your craft.  Please sign up for the craft online.

Plan to have a fun evening of games, food and fellowship and special music.

**You do not have to take part of the cookie exchange if you just want to come out for the tea.**

If you are taking part of the cookie exchange, here are the rules of the exchange:

  • Cookies must be home made.  No store bought cookies.  (only if you burn them can you then buy some before you come.  =o) )
  • Please bring 6 dozen cookies.  (Bring an extra dozen for the Little Brook nursing Home ministry)
  • Bring container to take home your cookies.
  • Bake at least 2-3 days ahead of time.  (After the cookies have been baked, they should sit out all night on a rack to cool and lose their moisture, with a piece of wax paper over them. Then you can put them into a cookie tin, with wax paper under and over them and between the layers.)
  • Bring your recipe written on recipe cards to share or make copies of your recipe to hand out.

Other stuff:

  • Bring an appetizer to share that night.  Drinks will be served.
  • Christmas attire is encouraged.

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Heaven Bound Homemaker

Hi! I’m Linda Hoover, the heaven bound homemaker. I’m married to my best buddy, Barry A. Hoover. We have 3 grown children (Kristen, Brandon, Melinda) who are all married to their best buddies also. Our family has grown! We now have seven grandchildren! Yay!

Barry and I homeschooled way back in the days when homeschooling had just become legal.  We give God all the glory for no teen rebellion, no worldliness, nor sibling rivalry. Being an empty nester, I now have time on my hands to write some child training tips I learned along the journey of my life.  With the Lord’s help, it IS possible for imperfect parents (well, my husband is almost perfect in my eyes) to have terrible twos become terrific teens.  Phil. 4:13  We give GOD all the glory!

I just want to live all my days to please my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ Whom I trusted for my salvation at the age of 20! I pray daily for God’s blessings to be poured out on the precious ladies reading Heaven bound Homemaker. I pray each of your children and grandchildren (along with mine) will grow to love the LORD with all their heart, all their soul, all their mind and all their strength. I appreciate you!

~Much Love and Hugs~

The Heaven bound Homemaker, Linda Hoover

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Mom’s Night Out: Letting God Lead your homeschool

Come on out for a time of fellowship, food and refreshing of the soul.  TLC welcomes Karen DeBeus, author of  “Simply Homeschool: Having Less Clutter and More Joy in Your Homeschool” and “Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool,”  Read below on our topic and a bio on Karen DeBeus.  You don’t want to miss this fabulous event.  Invite your friends.  This event will be open to TLC and other homeschool moms that want to attend.  Sign up on the calendar and bring a snack to share if you’d like.  Drinks will be provided.

Letting God Lead Your Homeschool:

In the spring of 2006 I was called to homeschool. It was never my intention or my plan, but God clearly showed me this was a calling. It was a hard step to take, but the Lord directed my steps and I have not looked back since.

Although the homeschooling journey is difficult at times, if God has put you on this path and called you here, He will lead you through each day. Perhaps you are tired, burnt out, or running on empty. Maybe you are up to your eyeballs in catalogs, highlighters, label makers, and papers. Meanwhile the laundry calls, the dishes pile up, and the kids are tired. You are tired. You are trying to decide how on earth you are going to do it all. Or maybe you just are ready to throw in the towel altogether.

This session will encourage you to keep your focus on the One who has called you here. Through my personal story and experience, you will see what happens when we take our eyes off of Him, and how each day can look when we regain our focus, fix our eyes on Him and on the true goals of homeschooling…discover the joy and freedom in letting God lead your homeschool!

About Karen:
Karen DeBeus is so excited to share her ideas about simplifying our lives and focusing on God. She loves all things simple and yearns for simpler times.

Karen has been married for 12 years to the love of her life and has 4 children.
God called her to homeschool when her youngest was about to enter kindergarten. After thinking “I could NEVER do THAT,” God had other plans…She obeyed the call and is now, not only loving homeschooling, she is passionate about educating others about homeschooling and encouraging families along the way.

Karen is the author of “Simply Homeschool: Having Less Clutter and More Joy in Your Homeschool” and “Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool,” both best sellers at She also writes for her blog Simply Living…for Him where her goal is to encourage families, moms, and individuals, to put God first in all they do. Simplifying is about getting back to the basics and reducing the physical clutter in our lives, as well as lessening “mental clutter.”

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Curriculum Review Night

April 19th 7-9 PM

Valley View Chapel

Curriculum Review Night – Come on out to hear reviews of different curriculum’s. Share what works or doesn’t work for you and your family.

What works for large families, what works for small families, what works for families with a mix of older and smaller children.

Come to share and hear ideas. Bring your curriculum with you.

Bring a dessert to share; drinks will be provided.

Please sign up and let me know if you are just attending or you are presenting a curriculum.  Come even if you are not presenting curriculum.


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Mom’s Night Out at Valley View Chapel – Meal Planning

We are having a mom’s night out on March 12th at Valley View Chapel.  The theme for this meeting is “Meal Planning”.

Do you struggle with juggling meals during the week?  Well, look no further. Come on out to hear how others do it.  Come with your ideas of what has and is working for you.  Bring a recipe to share too!  (mixes; crock pot ideas; etc)

Bring a dessert/snack to share if you’d like.  Drinks will be provided.  Hope to see you there.  Please sign up on the calendar.

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Homeschooler’s Day at Burnside Plantation

Enjoy a day at Historic Bethlehem’s “farm in the city”!
Learn and discover what a day was like on a colonial farm!

April 23 & September 10
Engage in hands-on educational activities by taking a visit to Burnside Plantation! Enjoy touring the colonial house, experimenting with your own barn-raising craft, run the high horsepower wheel, and sit in the summer kitchen to churn butter and taste a colonial treat!

Join us for only $6 per child and experience colonial life like you’ve never experienced before!

Can’t make it to Homeschooler’s Day? Come out for our Hunt for History Club or Back to Your Roots! Don’t miss your opportunity to learn more about Historic Bethlehem!

Their website is:

Reservations required for Homeschooler’s Day. Please call Judy at (610) 882-0450 x19 for more information.


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Introducing the TLC Co-ops – starting in the Fall of 2012

The Learning Connection Home School support group would like to announce their academic/enrichment co-op that will be starting in Hackettstown for the fall of 2012.  This one day a week co-op will be held on Thursdays starting at 9:30 AM.

The support group was started in 2010 and has been in prayer over starting a co-op for the home school community.  The Learning Connection is a Christ-centered home school support group ministering to families in Northwest Jersey.  We are here to encourage you on this journey of homeschooling through many facets.  Some of the variety of family activities that you can take part in are as follows but not limited to.

  • Mom’s Night Out
  • Family Nights Field Trips
  • Field Trips
  • Holiday Parties
  • Geography/Science fairs
  • standardized testing
  • graduation events for all ages
  • and much, much more

The mission of the TLC co-op is to support and assist parents in the training of their children by providing classes to supplement and enrich their education in a class environment.

Because this is a cooperative effort, there will be a pooling of our resources and skills. Everyone must contribute so that this co-op can be a success, whether it is to teach, assist, hall monitor, nursery, etc. One parent must be present every hour that their children are attending classes. This is a non-profit ministry cooperative by families to families.

Prices of classes are determined by the costs of supplies alone. Teachers will be giving of their time.  Please Note: Although we offer pre-school classes, all TLC co-op families must have at least one school age child participating in the classes who must be at least five years old by October 30th.

You can visit our website at for more information and see if this group is for your family.

Please stay tuned for more information to come.

For questions, please contact the group at

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