Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Our 9th Anniversary

Today is our ninth anniversary. Not sure what we are doing yet because we are not making plans till the weekend and I am not involved in that :0). The last nine years have been more then interesting. We have been stretched and challenged beyond what we ever could have imagined. I am grateful I walked each moment with the man I married. He is a rock that never waivers. I have never know anyone else so faithful and steadfast.

PS And I am not heading to the nephew has the chicken pox. Poor little guy!

Saturday, August 26, 2006

School Prep

I haven't been blogging very much due to school starting soon. I have had much to do and have not felt well on top of it all. I was also going to attempt potty training my just turned three year old....well that hasn't gone so well.
This year I do have a school room which is exciting. My problem is I am a poor decision maker when it comes to the best place for things. I envy those who are able to weed out the unnecessary, know what to keep and where to put it. (Help me Cherry!) I have books...did I say lots of books and they are taking over my house. I need to go through them and get rid of some and store others for another time. I also need to break my library addiction. We can have too many books at one time. We are also going to the Island to visit family from the 30th -Sept 3rd. So I better get going.
Things to do:
I need to finish organizing the school room.
Prep my daughters notebooks and clean out the old ones
Purchase art supplies and school supplies
Organize some projects for my 3 yr old
Create my fall schedule
Figure out what I am doing for copywork this year

I think there is more, but those are the biggies right now. I just finished copying and compiling my VP/SOTW history for the year. I am using a file crate with a folder for each week. It includes any history projects/info, bible, weekly art project materials, and any other bit of something I need for that week. I grab the folder on Monday and off we go. I am looking forward to this method this year. Last year was to much random paper. I also (from suggestions at Preschoolers and Peace) have created a memory box. It has most all the things we intend to memorize this year. I have a large file box with bigger index cards for each thing. The catechism takes several cards as well as the 21 Rules of our House. I have scripture cards, poetry cards, history cards etc. This way she can also do copywork from the cards. We will have circle time every morning after our bible time and work on memory.

Off to tackle that school room. I finally have my own desk!!!!!!!

I think I have written this more for my benefit then anyone else's. LOL!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

A Few Quotes to Chew On

"Man is never sufficiently touched and affected by the awareness of his lowly state until he has compared himself with God's majesty"
John Calvin

"The decline of the knowledge of the Holy has brought on our troubles.
A rediscovery of the majesty of God will go a long way toward curing
them. It is impossible to keep our moral practices sound and our
inward attitudes right while our idea of God is erroneous or
inadequate. If we would bring back spiritual power to our lives, we
must begin to think of God more nearly as HE is.”
(Knowledge of the Holy)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

As though He needed anything

24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, [1] 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for
In him we live and move and have our being;
Acts 17: 24-28

I have been camping out on this Scripture this week. It was part of a very good message at my church last Sunday (Go Dan!). I feel privileged to be apart of such a great part of the body of Christ.
Life of late (really the last few years) has brought me face to face with how desperate I am. I can do nothing apart from Him though I try daily. My self sufficiency shows itself like a chronic disease.
As I meditate on this Scripture I am so aware of my great need and God's lack of any need. He does not need sleep, food, water. He is not limited by an aging body, a slowly deteriorating mind, He is never sick. He never struggles to decide anything, or to speak the right word at the right time, He does not wavier in His feelings. I am consumed by how BIG and STRONG He is.....yet it is hard for my little mind to even imagine such perfection. He has not one weakness! What a relief! Such peace floods my soul knowing He does not "live in temples made by man, nor is served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since He Himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything."
So I in my pride struggle with self sufficiency and am reminded regularly that I am in great need of a savior and a perfect father and friend. And by God's grace I have all three....while deserving nothing.

When I am desperate.....He is strong!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

I've been "Tagged for Homeschool Resources"

For the Children's' Sake
The Well Trained Mind
A set of four Creative Teaching Press Unit study books for Pre-k to 2
Christian Liberty Press Nature Readers and Singapore Math
Veritas Press AE/OT (I can't list them all?)
Veritas Press Bible or Apologia science
Christian science curriculum for k-5 that goes with the 4 year history cycle
Veritas Press
Well Trained Mind Board

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Cleaning Schedule

This is long over due......I think I said I would post this back in June. I am gearing up for fall. Thinking about school and planning a weekend to get it all organized. I have tons of copying to do. Before I start that I wanted to get my house back into an ebb and flow..... get the kids back into morning chores and responsibilities. We have had a veryyyyy laid back summer :)

I tried over the summer to clean two times a week for longer. Big mistake! I cannot do that with two young kids with out using the TV as a baby sitter or ignoring them. My hat is off to those who can do it with their kids that long. What works better for me is to have a room a day that we tackle. I also found this great idea about laundry. First off all let me say my two least favorite cleaning chores are dusting (blek!) and putting laundry away. I can wash it and fold it. I love the methodic hum and sorting effect of folding laundry. Yes....I am looney but I find it relaxing. NOW.....putting it away I would rather do anything else. In the past my husband has faithfully put it away by choice...just to be sweet. He works two jobs and serves in many ways so I want to do it from now on. Every night I put in one load and then put it in the dryer as I go to bed. In the morning I take it out and put the basket in the kitchen as I start my coffee. After breakfast clean up and dishes I simply fold the ONE load. I have my six year old put most of it away while I do the few things she can't. She loves it and SO do I :) One load each morning feels so small. Prior to that I would do tons of loads and never fold and get them away. So even if I dont finish it in the morning...I know I have one load to get away a day. It is working great!

Here's the cleaning schedule:

Monday - Kitchen

Tuesday - Bathroom

Wednesday - Mop and weekly cleaning

Thursday - Bedrooms (load of sheets that night)

Friday - Living Room

I have a running list of what I do in each room. If any one is interested in more detail let me know. I have found the great thing about it, is if something needs to be done but can wait I know that day will come soon. Other wise I am all over the place and never get any one place cleaned. I also have my daily things I do.

One other area of growth I am working on is putting things away. A friend told me once if I could do something in 5 minutes just do it then. I have been trying to make that a discipline and it really makes a difference.

Happy Cleaning!

We are back!

Vacation was great! We stayed home and made day trips in the lower mainland. Sure beats all the packing and sleeping in a strange bed. We went to Science World, Stanley park and road the horse drawn carriage, we spent time at the water slide park. We were tourist in our own town. I would highly recommend vacationing this way if you live in a bigger city. It is convenient and good for the budget. As for now I have had enough of Vancouver and will retreat back to my little town. And one bonus was, with all the driving I read an entire book in 5 days. When does that ever happen!

Also wanted to add that my very brave 6 yr old daughter had to get a filling today. They did the whole numbing and rubber dam (it was pink) thing. She was a trooper! They ended up doing two because she was dealing so well. The dentist was very impressed and said she did better then most adults. Unfortunately she has two more visits like this. All 6 cavities are contact cavities. She has them because I didn't floss her teeth daily. I am still trying not to kick myself! So get flossing mama's!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Functional Centrality of the Gospel

I am finally getting around to sharing about Celebration. I composed a post a few days ago and some how lost it entirely while trying to parent from the keyboard. I don't recommend it!

The one thing that struck me most from Celebration was when Rick said we should"never shift from the gospel" then he proceeded to expound on that. He talked about the Functional Centrality of the Gospel...about how the gospel functions in our lives every moment of everyday.

His second message was about putting on the new self. Something that was a huge paradigm shift for me was when he said:
"We fight sin as justified sinners. Every sin we ever fight is cancelled sin." Whoa! It is so easy to forget every sin we wage against is already forgiven and cancelled. There is no indwelling sin any longer. We don't need TO KILL the OLD MAN because Christ did that on the cross already. I am the new self and now I need to live like it!

A few quotes that I have spent time meditating on:

"All our problems arise from a failure to apply the gospel to our situation"

"Discouragement indicates something has become more important then God, the cross and the gospel."

"Stop being what you are no longer and become what you already are!"

It was a wonderful time!

Form today until Tuesday the 8th our family is officially on vacation. I probably won't be around till next week. I am then going to start posting some of my other schedules (I promised awhile ago) and plans for homeschool in the fall.

What a glorious savior we serve!