Thursday, April 30, 2009
I've been helping to get ready for the town yard sale...our church is having one with all money going to our building fund. Spent a couple of hours organizing stuff last night in the church basement.
Colton, Carlina and Julia finally got their Iowa Basic Skills test scores back. I was very pleased, they all scored well. This is the first standardized test they have taken since beginning homeschooling, so I was happy they did so well. I do not like standardized tests and don't believe they measure much of anything, but if they are going to have to take them (we didn't have to in Florida),I was happy for them that they did okay.
Monday, April 27, 2009
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest in your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
I adore what Charles Swindoll has to say about this in "The Greatest Life of All... Jesus":
"Jesus' yoke illustration conveys an invitation with three parts:
**He invites us to exchange the tiresome burden of legalism for a lifelong Sabbath of the Soul.
**He invites us to accept Him as our teacher so that we might learn how He coped, He managed stress, He faced pressures of the world, He forgave, ministered to others, and how He remained connected to the Father.
**He invites us to reject slavery to religiosity, wealth, status, relationships or anything that burdens us so that we might become a slave to Him.
The best word to describe servitude to Jesus Christ is refreshment."
Wow, refreshment! Relief! Rest! All that only through Jesus....what or who else is there, really? We can look at the things going on in the world and not lose heart....we can deal with the daily pressures of living with joy and ease...we can take a deep breath and rest in Him.
On a different note, we are looking at a house out in the country. It isn't a large house but it has a bit of land with it...just about an acre. It would be nice to be out of town. Julia isn't too happy, she likes living in town...close to the park, pool, church, friends. The others seem to be okay. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a basement that could be made into a room for Colton...a large master where we could have Jesse and I's bed and the boy's bunkbed...so we will see. I'm not terribly keen on moving again so soon. We will probably make a low offer, so small chance that it would go through anyway.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tonight!!!! Jesse worked really hard getting 6 cars ready!! The kids painted and decorated them and they are very excited. Doubtful that we have any winners (some of the wheels are quite crooked!!) but it will be fun nonetheless! Here are some of the cars...will take pictures tonight!
On another note, we are looking to move our camping trip forward (to the end of May) due to Driver's Ed. Colton and Carlina will be taking that in June and can't miss any classes.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
If your neighbor's house was on fire and he was in danger, wouldn't you tell him? That's just the case here spiritually. Many of our family members, our neighbors, people we meet every day are living a life that will end in destruction unless someone shares the hope of Christ with them. (Creativebiblestudy.com)
I want to explore some things that make witnessing easier....it will never be comfortable (to most) but God will lead us, through the Holy Spirit. He will help us know what to say and when to say it.
Here is the Bridge to Life illustration. It is really simple and straightforward. You can print this out and give it to people.
More to come.
Monday, April 20, 2009
We had a great dinner last night with Mom and Terry...she made turkey and all the fixings. Tonight we took them out for dinner at the Olive Garden...so yummy!!! We had a nice time with ice cream from Culver afterwards...so I am fat and sassy. Tomorrow is their 7th anniversary...I am so happy they live close by, now.l
Here are some recent pictures of my cutie-pie and her dog, who loves her so much.....his mission in life is to lick her face.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The internet is buzzing about the 47 year old singer (Susan Boyle) from Great Britain who so impressed Simon Cowell on "Great Britain's got Talent". She is very unassuming in looks and manner....certainly no movie star good looks or rail-thin model body...but her voice!!! Wow!! Everyone looking at her before she began singing doubted that anything so beautiful would come from her. Sadly, that is the way of this world....outside is what counts...how you look, how you dress, how you do your hair, your makeup, etc. But God prefers a greater kind of beauty....an inward gentle beauty. This beauty never fades and is never ravaged by time. It comes from a personal relationship with the Lord and Savior of the Universe and lasts forever and ever.
The word “gentle” comes from the Greek word praeos, which means “mild” or “humble,” and “quiet” is from the Greek hesuchios, which literally means “keeping one’s seat.” Hence, by implication it means “still” or “quiet.”
“Precious” is from the Greek word polutelēs, which is made up of polus, meaning “much” or “great” and telos, meaning “expense” or “cost.” Hence, this word refers to “great value.” (Source for Greek:Ministry of Grace)
This kind of spirit is of "great value" to God. Perfecting the "hidden person of the heart" by walking with God is our goal each and every day.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Okay, it wasn't against my will and it took place at a Surgery Center. I even have pictures of my shiny esophagus! For the past several weeks I have felt like there is something in my throat. Yesterday I went to my family doctor and she referred me to a GI in SC. Thus, today he was looking down my throat and finding....(a fir tree? watermelon plant?)...no, nothing except some excess acid. Yucky. I am supposed to start taking some acid reducing medicine. I am still not sure what the problem is. I still feel like there is something there and have pain after I eat (this has been going on for a couple of days). My mom suggested I start taking acidolphilus..so I will do that and see how it goes.
It was gorgeous today (70!) and we walked to the Library. The town has seemed to come alive with the warmth. There are people everywhere..walking, riding bikes, playing in the park. Life is good!!!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
1. Less to clean (saves time and money)
2. One must learn patience (especially early in the morning or after church!)
3. A great gathering place...this time before church, when all are getting ready.
Our very first house had one bathroom. This wasn't a problem for newlyweds at all. We lived there until we had 3 children (only 1 potty trained when we moved out.) Our next house had 2 bathrooms...we were so spoiled to actually have a master bath!! When we moved out we had renovated the basement with another bathroom, but we didn't get to enjoy that. Then in Florida, our house had 4 bathrooms! That was craziness!! The next house we were down to 1...that was a hard adjustment after 4...now we are at one once again and loving it:)
Yesterday we took off to see if the train museum was open....it wasn't (only on Saturdays), but men were there working on the exhibits and they let us in for a bit. Garrett was thrilled to see the giant loco. Also, Garrett doesn't have the mumps..he has a huge piece of candy in his cheek.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Right now Jesse is running a tractor out back, leveling the driveway to get ready for a load of rock. Currently, all that exists back there is dirt, so when it rains...it is a mess. I am so thankful for the rock! A friend from church is a farmer and has a semi, he picked up the rock for us.
Anna was so sweet and happy today....made being sick practically a piece of cake. Hope tonight is as good!!!
I have been trying to figure out what I still need for next year for school. I want to get a Bible Curriculum from Abeka, some books from Sonlight, some preschool stuff from My Father's World and more.
Monday, April 13, 2009
I woke up today with a sore throat and general malaise...glad I didn't have to go anywhere today. I worked on the laundry (there is a huge mound that is now done, but not put away) and picked up the house. The older kids did school....the others had today off. Julia and I studied Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. Made vegetable rice soup (I think I put too much thyme in it!) but it is okay and thawed some frozen rolls.
Prayer for today: (by Bob Hostetler)
1. Pray for my child's Salvation:
"Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may receive by grace and rejoice in the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory."(Isaiah 45:8 and 2 Timothy 2:10)
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Grandma S. took Alicia, Katie, Thomas, Anna and I shopping yesterday. We went to Target and she bought Katie an Easter dress, Alicia 2 shirts, and myself a shirt. She also took us out to lunch...we had a great time!!!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Today was busy...Carlina's last (hopefully) orthodontist appt to have her braces adjusted...next will be getting braces off and retainer on. Then Julia will (also, hopefully) start on hers this fall. We bought swimsuits for Carlina and Julia at JCPenneys...very hard task but found some that were pretty modest. We ate lunch at the mall and then went to Walmart for some supplies. We had gotten our big bunch of groceries yesterday at Fareway in another town. Jesse thinks Fareway was even cheaper than Walmart. I was looking for particular Easter candies at Walmart but didn't think they had a great selection. Target seemed to have a better one the last time I was there.
Colton and Carlina are reading an interesting book... I can't wait to read it myself.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Jesse was up at 4:30 this morning (his work schedule really messes him up) and made breakfast....pancakes, eggs, hash, bacon, etc. It was so good. He is a great cook and we love when he is home (not just to cook for us of course)!!!! It is just really nice to have him around. We all miss him so much when he is gone on those 12 hour shifts.
Finally... are you a friend of God? This is from seekgod.org and I think it is wonderful. Can you imagine being called a friend of God? What an amazing and incredible title:
God created you in His image so that so that He could have a personal relationship with you. God is seeking an intimate heart to heart relationship with you. There are some very good parents that have friendship with their children, while still being parents. God is your Father but He desires friendship with you also. (James 2:23 NKJV) And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." And he was called the friend of God.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Katie got some birthday money from Gran M and bought a cute Webkinz puppy. Besides the bunny we also got her 2 badly needed nightgowns from the Children's Place. There appears to be a blizzard headed our way, so her party on Sunday (shared with cousin J who turns 7 on the 4th) might be cancelled.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Katie turns 8 tomorrow!! She is not too happy with her birthday present at the moment as it bit her very hard this morning. She had sticky, gooey honey bun on her hand, so the bunny wasn't being mean...just hungry! Awhile back I never thought I would have Katie. After Alicia was born, Jesse and I decided that our family was complete. We had the 4 kids that we always wanted. However, the summer of 2000 I was taken completely by surprise when (in Metropolis, Ill on a family trip) I took a pregnancy test and found out that #5 would be joining us the following Spring. We were thrilled and when Katie was born, thanked God that He knew better than us. After that we have left things to Him in that respect and Katie has been joined by 3 younger siblings so far.
What about our realities? Do we look at our daily lives..perhaps mundane...filled with seemingly unending tasks and wonder what is going on? As I re-read Waking the Dead I am reminded that "the story of your life is the story of the long and brutal assault on your heart by the one who knows what you could be and fears it. You have an Enemy. He is trying to steal your freedom, kill your heart, destroy your life. To live in ignorance of spiritual warfare is the most naive and dangerous thing a person can do. It's like walking into an al-Qaida training camp, wearing an "I love the USA" t-shirt. John 10:10-the thief is trying to steal the life God wants to give."
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Our suburban is looking much better due to the front grill that has been replaced! It still has a big dent in the side..but the blower works (we have heat!) and the door opens. We need to fix a few things on the car...like the window. Jesse's artwork covers the offending spot....
Three president's wives did die while their husbands were serving but neither Martha Jefferson (1748-1782) nor Alice Roosevelt (1861-1884)were among the three. They were Letitia Tyler (wife of 10th president John Tyler), Caroline Harrison (wife of 23rd president Benjamin Harrison) and Woodrow Wilson's wife, Ellen.
Regarding presidents...I see that Mrs. Obama is planting a garden at the White House for the first time since Eleanor Roosevelt's victory garden during WWII...here is the story. Pretty neat.
Katie had a big filling done today and is not feeling too good. I am keeping her home until she feels better. Poor thing has teeth like me....which reminds me, I have another dental appointment on Friday.
Jesse came home with a cold and feels awful. He still has 2 night shifts to pull off....hopefully he can make it. I think those 12-hour night shifts take years off a person's life.
Thomas is watching Elmo right now and yelling "Good-bye" at him. He has been a bit naughty lately...loves to make messes with his food, etc. I am looking forward to warmer weather, he can work off some of his energy.