Thursday, February 26, 2009


Even in the valleys, His grace is all-sufficient! Praying for the grace to live worshipfully, always in light of the cross, even when the trials are heaping. Fixing my wandering gaze over and over and over again on the beauty of my Savior. Crying out to Him for help today!

How Can I Keep From Singing by Chris Tomlin
There is an endless song
Echoes in my soul
I hear the music ring.
And all the storms may come
I am holding on
To the Rock I cling.
How can I keep from singing your praise?
How can I ever say enough
How amazing is your love!
How can I keep from shouting your name?
I know I am loved by the King
And it makes my heart want to sing.
I will lift my eyes in the darkest night
For I know my Savior lives.
And I will walk with you
Knowing you'll see me through.
And sing the source you give.
I can sing in the troubled times
Sing when I win.
I can sing when I lose my step
And I fall down again.
I can sing cause you pick me up,
Sing cause you're there.
Sing because you hear me Lord
When I'm calling you in prayer.
I can sing with my last breath,
Sing cause I know
That I'll sing with the angels
And the saints around the throne.
I can sing!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Another Lydie bug post

I'm on a kick. Two year olds provide so much humor, though.

~Before nap, Lydie wraps her arms and legs around her oldest brother. She looks up at him in tears and says, "Zack-see, sabe me sabe me!" (Jackson, save me...!) She is SO dramatic!
~When her cousin came to stay with us for the day, she really enjoyed being in charge (since she is a whole 6 months older). After Baby O left, the next day she kept asking, "Where's that baby I am in charge of?" We think she might be a little Type A. But even so, she does love to deliver a good kiss. Pictured above: The fashionista in her new vest and blazer with sunglasses and pigtails. And she and Baby O- in her favorite ballet leotard and Mardi Gras beads.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Lydie and reason

I was putting Lydie down for the dreaded nap (that is, dread for her). And she began with the usual procrastinations, "I'm hungry." "I need to go potty." This particular day I had just taken her to the potty. So I explained to her that she was lying. Trying to explain a lie to a 2 year old is interesting. Here's how it went:
M: "You do not need to go potty. You just went potty. You are telling a lie."
L: "But I need to go potty."
M: "You are telling me a lie because you do NOT need to go potty. Telling a lie is wrong, and I want you to tell the truth."
L: "But...why?"
M: "Jesus asks us to be truthful. So do not lie about the potty."
L: "But...why?"
M: "Because Jesus loves you and he asks you to obey Him."
L: "But...why?"
M: "Because, he loves you. Jesus loves you. Does Lydie love Jesus?"
L: "Well, no."

And this is why I should never try to reason with a 2 year old. All I can do is laugh at her candor.
*Pictured above: Lydie taking a picture of me with her "phone camera".

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Little glimpses of beauty

Two praises for us this week, and both from art class:

~Toot's habit training has proven fruitful. His art teacher raved about his progress with listening and following her directions yesterday. He also seemed to make great improvements with staying on task and not being distracted easily. Amazingly (by God's grace), Toot has not complained one time about the great reduction in his "media" time. He gets his time on Thursday nights from 6:30 until bath time to play his Wii. The rest of the week he doesn't mention it. And he and Jaybird have been outside so much more, playing checkers and reading more, too. They "dug a hole to China" last week, which thrilled me to no end.
2. The art teacher chose Durer as the artist of the week. I became curious from the brief biography that she sent home and studied further. Durer lived during the Reformation and was a friend of Martin Luther. In fact, I think he painted his portrait. This man's talent was extraordinary. I am especially impressed with his woodcut technique. Here is an example.

And here is Toot's own masterpiece. The letter block stamping at the top gave him the feel of using a similar woodcut stamp.

I am glad to be learning together!

Friday, February 20, 2009


I almost let myself miss the consignment sale this year. I just did not think I had the time or energy to devote 4-5 hours to the process. But then I remembered the "preview sale". I look forward to the early bird sale for sellers and volunteers every year. So I committed myself to the grueling preparations of tagging all of our old stuff.
Yesterday my friend watched all three children while I shopped alone. I had 1 hour and 15 minutes to scour the goods, and a budget of $200 (this is a conservative estimate of what I hope to make from my clothes). My total was $204. Hopefully, I will break even when it's all said and done. Here's a list of my loot.
~9 boy shirts
~8 boy shorts
~1 bag
~1 girl vest
~1 girl blazer
~1 girl rain coat
~3 smocked dresses
~8 girl shirts
~3 girl shorts
~6 skirts
~2 capris
~2 pairs of girl shoes
~6 dresses
~3 toys
~3 books
~1 movie
Here are a few of my favorites:

I'm telling you, these consignment sales are so worth it! Okay, I'm stepping off of my soap box.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Little prayers

The baby's prayers are becoming longer these days. And when I ask for a volunteer at meal times, she always yells, "Me, oh me, Mommy!" and jumps and wiggles. Today at lunch she bowed her little pumpkin head and held her chubby fingers together under her nose and said,
"Dear God,
Jesus loves me.
Tanks for my Mommy.
Tanks for my Daddy.
Tanks for the guys.
Wuv, Lydie Joy"

And hearing her makes me pray,
"Captivate her Lord.
Continue to soften her little heart."

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The cast

My friend and her four beautiful girls (and their dolls)

Silly before the show, captivated when the curtain rose

"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides..." C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Don't want to forget...

Special time at night on the sofa as a family looking at this book. There are only pictures with captions...the rest of the story is up to our imaginations. Fun times!
My Jaybird was very disappointed when the Lego magazine promised a movie, but the movie did not come on as promised. We were very proud when he went and got a pencil and paper and wrote this letter all on his own. "Dear Lego Company, The movie didn't come on- The Power Miner's Mini-Movie. I really wanted to see it. What should I do? Please write back. Your biggest fan, Jackson"

Today we baked cookies to help our friend raise money for a mission trip to Russia. I have been praying for more opportunities to show mercy as a family. The Lord has provided.

I love the sunny days that provide a great setting for more time outside. (In this picture the sun is about to go down and we were still out.) I didn't think I could stand another rainy day!
A yummy opportunity to show the kids fractions. Math can be so much fun when I take the time.
Choosing to think about these things and not how incredibly exhausted I am tonight!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's day

Morning TreatsWith all the goodies
Love notes put into bags and hidden with cute stuffed puppies A yarn maze for eager children to follow
Bingo! Our Toot found his treasure first

My girl in her Valentine dress Favorite love notes:
"Be Mine, Mommy. Love, Toot"

"Lydie, you scribble real well. Draw here: (He drew a big box). Love, Toot"
"Mission: Have a great V day! Message: You are a great brother. Love, Agent J"
"Dear Peach (our cat), I like you. Love, Toot" *left on the cat's bed
Afternoon Treats
A surprise card with gift cards from Mimi and Papa
For the evening:
Andy and I watched this:

And drank this:
And enjoyed hours of quiet alone!
This was a wonderful Valentine's day!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Our Valentine party

We hosted a Valentine party with home school friends on Thursday. We had 25+ people in our cozy, little house. The exchange of Valentines brought back many memories. I am thankful that my children got to experience the chaotic excitement of sending/receiving Valentine cards, even though they are not in a traditional classroom.
Above is a picture of the Valentine pails all filled up. Then I read Adeline, on loan from a friend. The book was adorable, with a wonderful message of God's love for His children. The story offered a great transition into our mercy project (and also a great way to indirectly share the gospel with the little ones).

We made a craft and chose an "adopted" grandparent from church for each family. Hopefully, we will all take the time to take our craft in person and have a nice visit, too. Mercy ministry is something that I wanted to incorporate more often into our home school. But, I seem to only take the time to do these types of activities with my children when we are with our home school group. I am thankful for the accountability.

Then we had lots of sugary treats! (Lots of pictures of preparation. Then I didn't have time to take pictures of our guests!) Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Scratching the itch

Finally, I found an opportunity to use my persistent imagination. Last night was our "Souper Supper" at church. The tables were each decorated by a volunteer. There is no competition, just a good time. When I signed up to host a table, I had two visions for the table- Paris or birds. The bird theme was the one that came together (mainly because I was determined not to spend any money!).

Last night was a great night for me. A little "artistic outlet" (as my 8 year old reminded me), good conversation and food, and a wonderful message. I came home very happy, like I had scratched a nagging itch. I am very thankful for the women God has placed in my life!

The tables were all beautiful and unique. This table had a "literary buffet" theme.

This table was very elegant.

This table had a Parisian theme. Glad I didn't choose that idea!

This was my table.

Fun was had by all!