Saturday, January 31, 2009

Gift Of Hospitality

Our little lady loves to bake. She recently made cake and cupcakes. We proceeded on with our day to find that Miss Lydia had prepared a plate for each of us to have dessert. What a woman she will be!

Clay's pants got a little chocolate too!

O' to Blake

Just an ordinary day in the life of Miss Blake....

Check out those shoes!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"D" things I love...

Once you are tagged, you are given a letter and you have to name 10 thinks that begin with that letter that you love . My letter is D!

1. Dearings-all of them, as rotten as they come-although my very favorite live under our roof!

2. Darlin's-those energetic little people that hug me on Sundays and hi five me on Wednesdays.

3. Daddy-my daddy could fix anything! Romance to me is watching my man be daddy!

4. Deity-Father, Son, Holy Spirit--who am I without Him.

5. Dominos-play with my husband and friends, great for teaching math, and they deliver for dinner!

6. Digital Camera-an essential ME tool.

7. Dishwasher-I put the dirty in & they come out clean!

8. Debt Free-that is where I want (and am working) to be. Explains our little, old TV.

9. Dodge Caravan-Never wanted a mini-van but it is the only vehicle that we own that holds all of us with room to grow. It is a family friend!

10. Deuteronomy 6:5-9 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all of your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses on your gates." My job description!

Want to play, post a comment and I will send you a letter!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Role Change

My husband, Mark is the youth minister at our church. My role in assisting him in ministry changed a little after our first child was born and dramatically after the 2nd When the 3rd came along....well, I make sure he has clean clothes to wear-if you know what I am saying! At first, it was hard to accept my new role.
Our church just hosted a Disciple Now Weekend. Because of this, we have met the coolest couple! Matt and Joanna Black do the worship services for the event. (you can Google them or send me a message if you want more info about their ministry!-I am not Blog savvy enough to give you a link to them.) First comes love, then comes marriage, then came Matt and Joanna with a baby carriage! This weekend our children enjoyed playing with their little sunshine. In fact, we decided to bring her home with us for the day to play, eat, and rest while her mommy and daddy worked. I was so blessed to be able to serve God in a NEW way for the weekend. No, the youth,the church, nor anyone else really knew or cared what my contributions were for the weekend. This would not have been a job I would have signed up for before having children but one that God has suited me for in such a time as this. God knew I needed a piece of the weekend, some small way to serve, and He met that! What an honor that He would allow me to serve Him, that these sweet parents would trust me, and oh, to be hugged by 2 year old arms.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bible Time Line

As parents, we glean from others, what are they doing to teach their children what really matters. We started a time line when our son was in Kindergarten. In reading children's Bibles and story books, I missed the meat and quite often the truth! I decided to read to our son straight from the Word! I censor what I feel he is too young for (thinking we will probably skip all of Leviticus!) and we go chapter by chapter. If there is a lot for a little guy to grab on to, we split it up. After each reading, I label our line with the reference and a caption about what we read. He then draws a picture to help us remember what the story was about. Our line is adding machine paper-Clay bought it 10cents a roll at a yard sale! Our preschooler, Lydia listens in on the story everyday too. I keep ahead of the game with my own personal Bible study and notes from Bible Study Fellowship ( BSF) that were loaned to me. We can refer back to what we have already read, look for other examples, and even patterns! I have learned so much and the kids absorb like little sponges. We have also been thrilled to read in history and relate the two with what we read in our Bible time. We love our time line and it will be an amazing memory for our family as we watch the artwork progress along with the heart of the artist.
Check out the pictures-can you recall the stories from the pictures?
Remember what Jacob (Israel) did when he blessed Joseph's sons- look at Genesis (Ch. 48) on the time line, do you know now?
What about the signs that God gave Moses in Exodus 4, remember those?
So curious to know if you could recall the answer from our little man's artwork-leave me a comment!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Just for Fun!

This is a list of possible things you've done in your life...bold the ones you've actually done. I've also decided to color a few things I'd like to do in purple. Look forward to reading yours as well!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity-that would been everything wouldn't it?
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris-KY?
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise-day trip only
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied- Phil. 4:19
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant-US soldier
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight-with my man and our little man
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing-well, mostly hung my head over a bucket
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching-dolphin
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt-it will someday be a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem-VERY SOON!!!
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life-who knows if it was life threatening or not.
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous-Triple Crown Winner Secretariat-I'm from KY you know!
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone-once upon a time, yes I did.
99. Been stung by a bee

Feel free to copy this and post it on your blog.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Noisy Toys

Do you know that there are no governmental restricitions for how loud a child's toy can be? Even worse, young children put those noisy things right up to their ears. I heard this trick and it is so working for us. We have used it with many toys! Simply, take clear tape and tape over the speaker. It is amazing the difference. Just might save their hearing long enough for them to damage it themselves in the teenage years.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Walk Across the Street

I always get emotionally when I think of what God has done. There are 2 sets of apartments across the street from our church. Since becoming involved in children's ministry, I have prayed that those children would just walk across the street. Can you imagine,being across the street and missing salvation! No! Nor can I imagine, attending church every week and standing judgement to say I had never crossed the street.
About a year ago, a mom needed prayer for her and her young daughter. A week or so later, while signing kids in for AWANA club, a new face came in with her 2 sons. I knew in my heart it was the mom I had prayed for but was too shy to ask-yes, I know I need to get over myself and yes, I can be shy!

One afternoon, when leaving a meeting at church, I saw a couple of yard sales at the apartments and pulled in and out stepped Jenny. I was at her apartment! She and I then began to talk. This step began my relationship with this incredible woman. Jenny's daugher Jaydyn requires constant supervision and care. This limits her sons being involved in activities other than school. Jenny got to know me a little and graciously allowed me to walk her boys across the street on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights for AWANA.
I look forward to those walks and am humbled to serve the Lord and this family with this simple task. One night, as I walked across to get the boys for AWANA, other kids began to talk with them. I walked to retrieve 2 and returned with 7! YEE HAW! I am sure I was smiling ear to ear when we walked into the doors! I shared the news with others if they wanted to hear it or not. Jenny has also invited her teenage neighbors to check out the youth house, which they have done and keep coming back!

Jenny has commented before that people treat Jaydyn as if she is a vegetable but I believe she is a vessel. If Jenny was not confined to her home to care for this sweet little girl, neither of us would have ever walked across the street. Can't wait to see what God will do because a baby needed her mom and her mom needed prayer. Jenny and Jaydyn are two of my favorite missionaries. So glad we take the walk across the street!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

What Am I To Do With It All?

In reading other blogs and talking with my friends, everyone is cleaning out! We are making room for the new stuff and hoping to be more efficient and organized in the new year. This is an area of constant work for me. Another issue I have is our "throw-away" society. So while you are cleaning out, keep these ideas in mind to prevent filling our landfills.

Toys-check with a daycare, preschool, or church to see if they want them.
Clothes-pass them on to someone else, BUT ask if they want them. Our church has a clothes give-away once a year in our community. I keep a bag or box in the basement and continually throw items that no longer work for us in there.
Stained Clothes- they make great rags but we are in the rag making business at my house. Drop stained t-shirts and old towels off to an auto mechanic.
Stuffed Animals/Bicycles- I was thrilled to learn that a family in our community collects stuffed animals and another that collects bicycles and tricycles (and parts) to give children at Christmas. They collect all year and are grateful for the donations. The police station in my hometown keeps stuffed animals in the Police car. If they are called to a situation when a child is involved, they can offer a little bit of comfort to that child. Check with your local dispatch to see if they would be interested in your well cared for animals-call the office not 911 although I know it feels like an emergency!
Recycle-we have lived in several communities but our little town has the best recycling center. They take plastic, newspaper, paper (yeah-we have lots of it as I am sure you do too!), scrap metal, batteries, motor oil, cooking oil, cardboard (even toilet paper rolls!)....all of this stuff and more. It would otherwise go into our ground water. I do not want my babies drinking battery acid and I am guessing you don't either. Oh, my girlfriend was paying about $75 every 3 months for garbage pick up at her home. She began recycling and taking her garbage to the recycling center. She pays $1 a bag and usually only has one bag a week of true waste! Talk about a savings!! Check out for a center near you!
Plastic Bags-sure you can reuse them and please do. But if you don't, recycle those too or use them again at the store. In one community we lived, the Kroger store took 10 cents off of the bill for every bag we brought back and reused. You can recycle these as well as bread, celery, and other clean food bags.
Reuse Store- our recycling center has a reuse store. You drop your stuff off and others can come and get it for free. We found a PING golf bag in there with a working stand. We had one happy golfer! I have seen ice cream buckets and egg cartons in there-farmers will reuse the egg cartons.
Books,Videos, Magazines- most libraries have a "Friend Sale" were they sell used books, magazines, videos and other medias to profit the library. We drop a lot off there and I have seen our donations on the shelves as well.
Trinkets, Kid's Meal Toys- I rarely let our kids get those meals because of the junk that comes with them. But some schools and preschools use them as rewards. Check around at your child's school or preschool. I bet they would appreciate these treasures in disguise.
Swap- our 7 year old made a swap with a friend. He traded a Nerf gun he no longer played with for a light saber. Both boys got new toys and it did not cost either of them anything extra.
Baby items- WIC (Women Infants and Children) and Pregnancy Care Centers accept infant donations. You can drop off the free formula you get in the mail too. Call before you go to make sure they will accept your donation.
Pet items- Animal Shelters accept cleaning supplies, pet toys, old towels, pillows and blankets. They also accept expired infant formula to give to newborn kittens.
Tennis Shoes- the NIKE company recycles tennis shoes. They do not have to be NIKE, just clean and dry. There is a drop off in their store at the outlets in our area. Maybe there is one close to you as well.
Ink Jet cartridges, cell phones- they recycle! A school I taught in recycled ink jet printer cartridges. The Louisville Zoo has a drop off for cell phones. I have also see drop offs at Wal-Mart, the post office, and the 4-H office in our area for both of these items.
Blue Jeans- I saw there is a new insulation made of blue jeans---I want to find that drop off! Let me know if you find it before I do!

Hope you find something to do with EVERYTHING!