Posted On December 5, 2008

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Today in our Bible time we came to the story about Jacob playing favorites with his beloved (second) wife’s son, Joseph. Our verse centered around the love chaper in I Corinthians 13.

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.”

It was so exciting for me to see light bulbs come on for my oldest (9) as we talked about demanding our own way. Realizing that that is not love. In our culture, that’s all we see is demanding our own way. In restaurants, if we don’t get what we ordered… in the parking lot at the mall during Christmas… and so on. It just is an immediate reaction most of us have and today was just good for me and the boys to focus on that especially at this time of year.

We want our boys (and us) to exude love. We want our neighbors to know we love them. Each night while the boys are tucked in, Brian reminds them of the two greatest commandments… they know them by heart. 1) Love the Lord with all your heart, soul and strength 2) Love your neighbor as yourself. But we also realized that we can be hearers of the Word and not doers. So it all ties in. Knowing and doing are two different things. How will we exhibit love to those around us?

Its just a matter of seeking out and asking. Don’t wait for those opportunities to lay in your lap. Go next door and see how your neighbors are doing. We kind of have it easy because we live in a neighborhood that’s primarily elderly couples. They love our boys and we love them. So sometimes, we have to travel a little further up the street and see what’s going on there. Most people are very receptive.

At our mission’s conference in November, the guest speaker talked about what kind of neighbor are you. If you moved away… how would your neighbors react? Happy or sad? They recently moved from Korea to the states and said that their neighbors cried. That struck me terribly hard. Would my neighbors actually cry? Would yours?

May God’s love swell within you this season.

Random Pics

Posted On October 5, 2008

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Pavlova ~ An Australian Fav

Pavlova ~ An Australian Fav

Noah giving a report on Australia at the Homeschool Hour at the library.

Noah giving a report on Australia at the Homeschool Hour at the library.

First Day of Inschool at Dayton Christian

Celebrating my birthday at Cosi at Easton (notice the Apple store behind Brian).

Celebrating my birthday at Cosi at Easton (notice the Apple store behind Brian).

It's Fall y'all!

It's Fall Y'all!

Enjoying some coffee at Fulton Farms.

Enjoying some coffee at Fulton Farms.

You know you've got a good husband when he gets you this table from Pottery Barn for your birthday.

You know you've got a good husband when he gets you a table from Pottery Barn for your birthday.

Pictures from Camp All-Joy

Posted On August 12, 2008

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Breakfast Line Up

Breakfast Line Up

Craft Time

Craft Time

All the Grand kids... Sam, Caitlyn, Ethan, Caroline, Andrew, Allison, Noah

All the Grand kids... Sam, Caitlyn, Ethan, Caroline, Andrew, Allison, Noah

Golf

Posted On July 29, 2008

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Noah just completed his second golf camp of the summer. It was a wonderful experience and he learned a lot. On Sunday they ended the camp with a tournament and cook-out. We had a blast. Brian had the privilege of being Noah’s caddy which made him very proud. Brian use to caddy here when we first started out our new lives together out in AZ. So he was quite ready for the challenge. Noah did very well. His greatest hole was number 4. Perfect shot and perfect putt. I will get a video up soon, but for now you’ll have to settle for this pic ūüôā

A Plea or Post, You Decide.

Posted On July 26, 2008

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Not sure if this is more of a plea than a post.

So as many of you know, we’ve had our house up for sale since early spring. I really don’t remember exactly… its just been long. I know for some, that’s not super long in this market that we’re seeing these days, but to us… with three boys… sleeping in one room… its been long. We used the third bedroom as our school room this year and it worked out great. But Noah is getting huge and every night before Brian and I go to bed, we have to check in on them because they have a pyramid bed… Ethan on top and then Sam and Noah on the full on the bottom. The dude is all over and Sam is falling out most of the time. The last time we checked Sam was lying normal on his back and Noah’s head was on Sam’s belly… Noah is 2 1/2 times heavier than Sam, if that tells you anything. Sooo, even though we love our little home, we are so ready for a larger one to house these fun and crazy guys. And hopefully one that will see them through friend’s sleepovers, girlfriends, graduations and so on… we don’t intend on doing this again anytime soon, needless to say.

So here’s the plea part… we have a second showing on Tuesday night. Its a younger woman interested who is taking her parents through to get their approval. But the clencher is her dad builds houses… yikes! So we would really like his approval since the daughter is in love with our house already. Please pray it passes the parent’s “fine-tooth comb” test and we can get some things rolling. I would love to start school in our new home. I know God has everything planned out best for us, but this way would be great.

If it doesn’t happen this way, I am fine with that too. I know God is molding us to be flexible and to test our kids patience as well. We have our dream home picked out and its just sitting there waiting for us. Even though that’s how we see it, God could have other things in store for us. So who knows what will happen. It reminds me of the verse about being content in all things. Here’s the message version of Hebrews 13:5…

“Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote,

God is there, ready to help;
I’m fearless no matter what.
Who or what can get to me?”

The Old Schoolhouse Planner

Posted On July 6, 2008

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My friend Steph is giving away a planner from TOS… very gracious of her! Here’s a link to her site for the contest…

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Sisterchicksteph/553743/

And the Winner is…

Posted On June 2, 2008

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Even though I was pulling for all of you… the winner is, Ruth!

Congratulations!

Thanks to all of you who participated.

Important Video

Posted On April 30, 2008

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I heard about this a couple of years ago from a friend. And now seeing the video I know its safer to have our kids (Sam and Ethan) in a 5-point harness carseat. Sam weighs 42 pounds and Ethan is 35 I think. They are still very little and both in boosters without the tether strap in place. Britax has a booster seat that is safe for up to 100 lbs. Its good the stimulation check is coming soon because those puppies are expensive!!!

Warning: Candid Blog

Posted On April 22, 2008

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We are on day two of our (late) spring break trip to¬†Rosemary Beach,¬†Florida. We are having a great time and the weather is awesome. Sunshine, blue skies and palm trees. Plus our little bungalow captures¬†some things¬†that my house is not… granite, travertine,¬†10 foot ceilings… a definite escape!

I have learned some things about myself that scare me. I am finding I can’t relax, yet. I’m working very hard at it as we speak. It will happen, it just takes time. I have within me (as I’m sure most moms do) this fire to do it all. Cleaning, cooking, caring for our little ones, plus loving our husbands and ministering to others. But I have¬†somehow lost myself in the process. When you take away a lot of those things (ie: my normal surroundings)¬†I find I cannot allow my mind and body to rest. I think it really hit home when I stumbled upon a collegue’s (wow, that’s a fun word to use) husband’s blog. He had a simple post of a picture entitled, “Saturday Chill”. It was just a picture of him and his wife sitting down at two different spots in their great room resting. I thought to myself, “Wow, I don’t do that.” Brian does, but I don’t. What’s wrong with me?

On our way down to Florida, we were spoiled. My parents (who are on this trip too) rented a mini van. Its one of those with two DVD’s that magically appear from the roof, tables, surround sound, etc. Plus all the extras ~ a plethora of recently released kid’s movies, GameBoy, Nintendo DS and Build-A-Bear’s. We rented a Ford Fusion… now if you were a kid which would you choose? So needless to say, Brian and I drove the whole way down kidless. The kids, of course with all those amenities, were “perfect” as my mom promised. So all that to say, Brian and I had some great conversations… except for one small spat at a Montgomery, Alabama rest stop… which was MY fault ~ sorry, honey.

As clockwork, when Brian and I get some alone time, he asked me the usual question (he even use to ask me in college before we started dating… minus the babe part) … “What is God teaching you lately, babe?” I think I gave some good answers, but I think as time has gone on in the trip, God has been¬†teaching me more and that is to rest and to savor the rich, blessed relationships of my life. God seems to always teach us things that don’t come easy for us and this is one of those things. I don’t know how to rest.

This past weekend, Brian went to a festival of writing in Michigan. At one of the sessions in which the speaker was Rob Bell, Brian sat up close to the front to get a better look at the famous, Mars Hill pastor. He went solo to the festival so of course, he sat alone. A few minutes later a group which looked like a family filled in the row where he sat. Brian being Brian made conversation with the tall, red haired lady ~ not meaning he’s a flirt, but he is super friendly to any and everyone! Long story short… it was Rob Bell’s wife.

Brian said she was very nice. He was curious and¬†asked how they managed life with such a busy scheuduled-husband. She said something I knew the Lord wanted me to hear. She said, “We practice the Sabbath”. It was very important to them and their vitality as a family. I definitely needed to hear that.

Today is a new day. I just woke up and the whole family is still asleep. The Lord has impressed on me what I need to do… rest and be here with my family. Savor the time I have to enjoy a beautiful place with my¬†precious kids,¬†unbelievable husband and caring family.

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)

My Fav’s

Posted On April 2, 2008

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For lack of blog ideas, here’s an idea I received from my ever-so-creative husband… some old, some new (to me) websites I that love.

Design Mom

Anthropologie (not new, but my absolute favorite clothing store ever!)

Janie & Jack (my absolute favorite clothing store for kids!)

Biblical Womanhood Blog

Menus 4 Moms (gives dinner meal ideas for every day of the week!)

Ambleside Online (Charlotte Mason stuff)

Simply Charlotte Mason

Earth Clinic

Green & Clean Mom

Serena & Lily

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