Friday, December 13, 2013

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!

After making some changes to my google account, I was no longer able to get into the blog....it was just there, floating in space! 

Tonight, when I should be sleeping, I cleaned out my email and guess what?   Well, right there, they told me what I have been doing would no longer work.....tarnation!  

Reading is wonderful....but you have to do it to learn something!

So with that, I am back!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Trading Places

My Dear planned a mission trip for next week.   His summer is FILLED with camps and mission trips.   After posting the trip for weeks, only girls signed up to go.    Hmmm.....   They just happen to be going to a place close to my heart because so many that I love are near.  

So, we are Trading Places!   My Dear will be the stay-at-home-daddy and I get to be the "youth minister."   Well, actually, I get to be the chick driving a church van with some of my very favorite young women in it, my sweet college aged friend driving shotgun and a two young women that I am sooo looking forward to getting to know.

I am excited, nervous, a bit anxious....all of those emotions that come with stepping out of your comfort zone.   Oh, did I mention we will be doing construction!   See what I am sayin'!

I look forward to being with these young women, in this beautiful part of the country, in worship daily, serving tirelessly, isolated from all of my obligations at home, having people love on my little people, serving with other believers, loving on those around us and arriving home thrilled to see the fam, exhausted, blessed, and so very thankful for this opportunity.   With that being said, I need to print some forms, directions, and continue to get my heart ready for what is about to do!



Thursday, June 6, 2013

DELIGHT!

Delights are what I call those gifts that God gives us that are reminders that He loves us.

I never purchased those tiny flip flops because tiny feet struggled to keep them on.   Our Miss B. is still pretty small but really wants a pair of flip flops.   I continued to forget to look at them in a discount store when we were there.   We stopped at a store recently to look at prices of shoes for me and she reminded of the flip flops.   We went to the little girl section to find $15 flip flops for little feet when the flip flops for me were $10 hum....apparently flashing lights in your flip flops raises the bar.   I was not willing to pay that.   But on the other side of the store were shoes for boys and guess what we found for less than a dollar Yep!   She was so thrilled she asked to sleep in them.    Here she is all ready for bed!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Good Reads!

Our reading list for May:

Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis
     The story of a young woman who gave up the "American Dream" that she was well on her way of receiving to answer the call of Christ to the orphans and poor in Uganda.   *Warning* your heart will be changed.   I read the book and now 9 year old Dolly is sleeping with it as she reads through it.   I wonder if the next "Katie Davis" is not sleeping across the hall.


Before I Was Born by Carolyn Nystrom
     I borrowed this book from our Pregnancy Care Center to help us to communicate God's design for sex.  Other books in the series are:   The Story of Me (ages 3-5.)   What's the Big Deal?  Why God Cares About Sex (ages 8-11.)   Facing the Facts: The Truth About Sex and You (ages 11-14.)   This book is #2 in the series.

It came with some giggles, pictures, and conversation.  My Dear was with us and as we talked our Billy said, "So it is like what that police officer told us.   He teaches his children about properly handling guns so they won't be curious.   You just don't want us to be curious."   I think that sums it up!



Six Ways to Keep the "Little" in Your Girl by Dannah Gresh
     This book is written for mother's of tweens (ages 8-13) but as I read, I realized it really starts MUCH earlier.   If you love your daughter, this is a book to read.   Gresh also has a book written on parenting sons.   It is an easy, practical read.   Vicki Courtney is another author who writes on parenting the tough stuff.



Our Billy just read, The Fifth Diamond: The Story of Irene Weisberg Zisblatt 
                        by Irene Weisberg Zisblatt with Gail Ann Webb

      Ms. Irene is a Holocaust survivor, Am and I went to hear her speak last fall and when I heard she would be in town again, I snatched 11 year old Billy to go with me.   He came home and read the book right away.   For a kid who did not want to go to hear her, he had the book read within a couple of days.  He would never want to tell me I was right,  but after reading the book, he quietly came to me and said that the book changed him.   He questioned my motives when I took his copy from his room tonight to insure I spelled her name right for this post.


Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

     My sister suggested this picture book years ago and I did not read it, but now, I get it!!!   I have read it with the three little kiddos and somehow, I am going to have to tackle one very tall 17 year old to hear it too.   It is RICH in celebrating who God made you (without saying God.)

"Believe in yourself and the world will believe in you too."--Molly Lou Melon's grandma


Last but not least is The Jesus Storybook Bible.......yep, My Dear reads this one every morning but Sunday with the kiddos at the breakfast table.   Every story is retold with the Biblical reference shared, and the stories pointing to Jesus.  

Now hit the library or Amazon and check them out!!!   Happy Reading!



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sharing is for the Birds!

My sister said I was no good at sharing.   The older I get, the more I see.....she is right!
Yes Kim, I said you are right!!!  

Seven years ago or so, tomorrow would have been the day that I looked forward to all year but not now, I kinda dread it.   You see for this homeschool mama living in an area rich in playmates, public school gets out tomorrow and I am gonna have to share!

Thankfully the children have one more subject to complete which gives me a few minutes that I can still hog them to myself.   But as the knocks on the door begin, that time will go faster and faster as they are motivated to finally finish their school work.

I really like where we live.   I adore those sweeties who knock on the door and am so thankful they are close by and have precious families.....I am just not a big fan of sharing my BFFs.   You may borrow anything from our kitchen, you can HAVE the television and clothes from the closets.   I will give you food from the pantry and loan you a book (this is big ya'll!) but sharing my peeps is hard.   It is not so much that I don't trust others with them but, well, I like them!   It's the truth, I like them!   I want to keep them all to myself for now.  I only have this short window that they are leaving fingerprints on the door, muddy hand prints on the hand towel, shoes cluttered in the doorway and toys all over the yard.

But summer break is here and I have to continue to work on learning to share.  I will let them go and allow them to fly back taller, stronger, and more independent thinkers than they were when I opened the door and allowed them fly. 

As my friend Pam says, "I guess I need to pull up my big girl drawers" and thank God for yet another blessing of being their mama.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Adding Rings to the Circus

When I began this lonely blog, we had 3 young children.   I have been a bit quiet and that is because our Family Circus has added a couple of rings so to speak.

Two summers ago, a young man came to visit us.   He was 15 then.   Well, he never left.   He has size 13 feet and is tall, dark and handsome.  To work with teenagers is not the same as living with one.   We have learned lots and I am thankful that My Dear is on my team and we are of like mind when it comes to parenting.  It has been a journey of mountains and valleys and continues.

Over Mother's Day weekend, I realized how blessed that we are that God would entrust us with any children especially one who's heart is battered.  It keeps us on our knees before The Throne reminding us that we NEED Him!  

Next month, we will have had my beautiful 22 year old niece living with us for a year.   One night, we were laughing together and Tall, Dark and Handsome said, "I can totally tell you two are related because the way you laugh."   This made Am and I laugh even harder because we are NOT biologically related.   Although connected at the heart, we are!

I was not prepared for the challenges and the blessings that would come with these transitions.   Although sometimes I am up at night wondering, praying, or shaking my head in disbelief, I am so very thankful for what I have seen God do already. 

When the addition first came to us, My Dear and I would put the younger children to bed and spend time with the older two in shifts.   By the time we had time for one another it was the early hours of the morning.   We were exhausted just like bringing home a newborn....no, probably not that bad really.   But we had to learn to juggle the changes.   I truly did not know where all of my time was going.   I was unable to get things done for work that needed to be done and I was tired!   So we have 2 more mouths to feed and God calls me to leave my part time job.   Isn't that so God.   He constantly reminds us, that He has it all under control and we are to be like Nemo and just keep swimming!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mom vs. the 5 year old.....the Holy Spirit Wins!

Today, the younger children and I attended an African Children's Concert by a group called Watoto from Uganda. 
After the event, our 5 year old walked toward the CDs, small enough to squeeze between people and snatched one to check it out.   There were 2 available and she chose the one with the cover she liked best.   It just so happened to be $5 more than the other.   I looked at the songs and asked her to please get the other one because there was a song on it they had sang that I liked.   She looked at me said, "No, I don't want to get that one."   I of course asked why and she said, "because that song made you cry."

TRUE!   So I tried to explain to her that we need God to break our hearts.  TRIED!

As you can imagine....we left with the expensive CD and a child who promised to pay me back for it when we got home....*making a mental note to ask about that in the morning.

We got home and began her school work, much later in our day because of the concert.   She popped in the CD and danced around a bit, read a bit, did some subtraction.....and THEN a song came on that stopped me in my tracks.   It was a song that God has drenched me with over the past two weeks.   He gave it to me, a week before I NEEDED it and allowed it to minister to me through a time that I FOR SURE needed it! 

I stood in the living room with my arms stretched to the heavens belting it out with African children singing as my back-up for an audience of ONE, until I felt a little touch on my leg of someone who wanted to join me.

I looked at her cherub face and said, "Oh thank you for picking this CD!"  and she giggled and joined me in my praise session.

Check out this ministry at www.watoto.com