Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Lydie is practicing a plethora of new words that she has added to her expanding vocabulary this month. She sees a baby. She says, "Ba-ba!" And I agree and ask, "Are you my baby?" And she says, "No!" "Are you my big girl?" She nods her head yes and says, "Oh!" She then points and squeals, "Dog-dog!" "Da-da!" "More" Then she tries to touch the computer mouse. When I reprimand her she says, "Me?" And then she whines and grabs her doll. She starts to walk away, and then she smiles over her shoulder and says, "Doll-doll!"
Our life is flying along. We decided to measure the children's heights just recently. They had all grown 1-2 inches since October, with Toot leading the pack at a full 2" of growth in 3 months! Another sign that time just won't stand still. Our Jaybird is also growing by leaps, but more so in his little mind. His theological discussions still fill us with wonder and joy. Tonight at dinner we discussed how God is omniscient. He seemed to understand the concept (as well as a human mind is able), and most assuredly will remember his new vocabulary word. Can't wait to see where that word spills out into conversation. And Toot is thriving as well. This year at home has been just right for him. Not only is he reading at a second grade level (and words have never been his gift, he's a numbers kinda guy), but his little love tank overflows. Praise God for all of these gifts in our life!
I have just been persuaded by the baby to get off of the computer as she walked in my room and said, "All-du(done)!" But one last thought...I have been very convicted with purposefully discipling my children and what that needs to look like in our home. Discipleship as a parent...I'm mulling over it and will hopefully write more on that later...
Monday, January 28, 2008
About our "school"...We do about 15 minutes each of writing, reading and math. We have devotions and memory work as a family. The boys have a sports gym class and we listen to every kind of music from the library. For Toot's read-alouds I am following the recommendations on the Charlotte Mason ambleside website. Other than that, we do these little units. They incorporate science, a little history, poetry and art projects. **If you have general art supplies and car and train toys around the house, this unit will cost you nothing! Even the field trip is free of charge! So, here's our transportation unit.
Day 1- Define the word transportation
Play an "I'm thinking of a type of transportation that..." guessing game
Introduce our poem for the unit: Truck Tunes by Bobbi Katz
Read aloud: Going by Plane (Susan Ashley)
Project: make paper airplanes and test them on the porch (The Paper Airplane Book)Day 2-Review from day 1
Share Look Inside: Cross Sections Trains and discuss different types of trains
Read aloud: Trains (Gail Gibbons)
Project: play with wooden trains together and listen to The Caboose Who Got Loose on audio tapeDay 3-Review
Read aloud: Cars (Hal Rogers)
Project:Tracks painting: dip hotwheels or toy tractors in paint and zoom across the paper in patterns
Look under the hood of the car
Read aloud: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (Virginia Lee Burton)
Project: Use paper squares, circles and rectangles to create a car/train collage
Day 5- Review
Read aloud: Katy and the Big Snow (Virginia Lee Burton)
Talk about boats and floating
Float/sink different types of objects in the kitchen sink
Day 6- Review
In My Neighborhood: Fire Fighters (Paulette Bourgeois)
Field trip: local fire station
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
A new little project. I have wanted a blackboard for a while, and now having my "word" has inspired me. This one was less than $3 at Walmart. I added the ribbon and buttons from the craft closet and it found the perfect home on the baker's rack!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
in hand or through prayer, can feel almost unbearable. The thankfulness I feel for healthy bodies and relationships is not enough relief. I remember these prayers swirling around in my mind and on my heart today and feeling like I needed to cry out.
It is times like this that I am so deeply grateful that I am not made to be alone. Tonight the house is quiet and I have time to meditate on this nagging desire for deep encouragement. I read tonight this quote and my hope began to be renewed.
"Teach us to place our happiness in Thee, the blessed God, never seeking life among the dead things of earth, or asking for that which satisfies the deluded; May we prize the light of Thy smile, implore the joy of Thy salvation, find our heaven in Thee."
Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers
God is so faithful to reveal the marvelous gifts of knowing Him, tasting the grace He has lavished on me through His Son, sending His encouragement through the beauty of His creation and the words of His people. Each day, though marked with sin and sorrow, is so much more full of Hope through the work of His Son. May I not walk around deaf and lame and blind, but with a heart open and waiting and looking for the truth of the gospel that surrounds me!
"For here we have no lasting city, but we are looking for that city that is to come. Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God." Hebrews 13:14-16
*Pictured above: Toot spells I-L-O-V-E with blocks. He says, "It was gonna say I love you but I ran out of blocks." These children are such blessings to my soul!
to seek elegance rather than luxury
and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy not respectable;
and wealthy not rich;
to study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, act frankly...
to bear all cheerfully...
in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious
grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony."
William Henry Channing
Monday, January 21, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
James 5:13-14a, 16b
Friday, January 11, 2008
I wanted to update my "diet" status. I think I lost about 1/2 of a pound this week. Unfortunately, my health seemed fairly insignificant this week and warranted none of my prayer time. But I have still eaten healthy in the midst of the chaos. Puny little update, but I am still focused on my goals.
I am looking forward to the beginning of a new week. This week was purposeful and wonderful in its own rite...but I will welcome a little more normalcy. Have a great weekend!
Sunday, January 06, 2008
They were 6 for $30 in the catalog. But at the store you could choose the ones you wanted and you buy them individually. So I found a nice splash of color for $15, and saved even more on new paint!
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Some of my thrifting finds from Christmas and this month have been very exciting. I continue to be amazed and blessed at how the Lord provides. It is no wonder, as He is the creator of color and sound and nature. Of course He cares about the aesthetics... of course He would!These tights were both gifts, one bought and one handed-down. Both just what I would have chosen! The jumper was found at the Thrift Store...$1.79 with 70% off. I paid less than 50 cents for this dress! I invested $6.99 for the monogram. And Nana bought her the most beautiful white shirt to match. All in all, less than $8.00. I plan to use the jumper with a hot pink turtleneck and some tights she has for her Valentine outfit. (The tights are hot pink with red polka dots, another gift from Mimi!) She also wore three Christmas shirts, red overalls, a red skirt, and a smocked green and white check dress during the holiday season...all handed down from family.
Friday, January 04, 2008
Years later, I would find myself over eating on occasion for comfort. While not a regular occurrence, I found a good escape for too much stress. We all laugh at the girl in the movie who has just had her heart broken and is tearing into a gallon of chocolate ice cream. Of course, she is the size 2, but still, I can relate.
Now, I am very slow to step into an organized effort to lose weight. While there are many health benefits to losing a little weight, I also know the consequences if taken too far. While I am not considered overweight, and never have been, I could stand to lose a few pounds. I always feel like I need to wait until life is in order and calm so that I can focus on praying over every step and continually asking God for the grace to walk with Him through my weight loss. I have finally excepted the fact that I will never reach THAT place. So here I am, at the foot of the cross, ready to get more healthy.
I began praying more and being more aware of what I eat last Thursday. I have lost 5 1/2 pounds during the first week. I can honestly say that I have eaten healthy and the right proportions. I am at a place in my life, sadly for the first time at 32, that I am not willing to risk disobedience for a smaller waistline. It is a wonderful place to be, daily seeking and struggling. I will try to remember to update my journey every Thursday.
Lord, grant me the grace to obey you in this difficult area. All I have, all I am is yours.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
In process...Again, ignore the cutie. The only thing less attractive is the laminate under the grout. Butter yellow with blue swirls. Thank you, sweetie, for saving us hundreds by doing all of the installation yourself.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
So, one word, I can do that. My word is...Courage. I pray most for the courage to listen and obey. Step by step, day by day. To follow through with the dreams and aspirations that God has given me. Faithfully.