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, 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!