Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Today in the grocery store with three kids I got the most annoying.... I mean interesting stares. As you probably have experienced, it can take awhile to bag an entire cart of groceries with three (or more) little ones in tow. My oldest is eight which even makes things go faster yet we weren't fast enough. We were such an inconvenience it seemed to those around us. So in a hurry to get onto where ever they were going and my family was holding them up. I felt pressured to hurry up and get out of the way.
I was chatting with a friend the other day who just got an iPod phone. We were discussing how you can be anywhere, get anything you want when you want it and how dangerous that can be. All these things we have to make our lives so much easier, actually in my opinion, can make it much more complicated. The very thing meant to create more time just takes up our time differently. There is demand for the "instant" in our culture that I find alarming.
I have great dreams of living a self sustaining life style as much as possible not because I am super supportive of going green, or natural living (which is important to me) but because I want my life to be simple. I want room to live slowly and deliberately, peacefully. What's funny about all this is I have a husband who works in the tech industry....I will never get away from it.
Hear me out, I am not saying technology is bad....I really like my computer. But I am saying it can become all consuming and instead of being helpful it becomes a hindrance.
I am stepping off my soapbox now :o)
I so want to have space in my life to really live, which as simple as it sounds, is going to the grocery store with my kids and not getting stared down like I have a dreaded disease.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Anyway, he's sleeping peacefully (thank you Lord!) and I thought I would share some of the things I have been reading this week.
She is telling the story of how their little girl came to their forever family. I love these stories of how God builds families. Scroll down to Part 1. I tried to link individually but it wouldn't work. She's not finished telling it yet and you will get hooked.
So enjoyed Ann's balance and wholistic approach to homeschooling. She very clearly states that homeschooling isn't it....it's Jesus and the gospel. I also love how she talks about how it isn't pretty all the time but it's done together as a family....in my opinion as God intended life to be...lived as a unfragmented family.
Jess at Making Home makes it so clear how there is no conflict between the two. So worth the read!
We do well to think for ourselves and go to scripture instead of being handed answers. I enjoyed his analogy in this post. I am not the most tech savvy person and I like it that way :o). It keeps me on my toes.
Laura is doing a series on Feeding The Family. She addresses eating out in this post. A big budget killer especially for a larger family. It drives me crazy to throw away $25 in a matter of minutes as they scarf down the food, not to mention how unhealthy it is for them. She shares some great recipes and ideas to do at home that give the going out feeling. I plan to try a few.
Friday, March 27, 2009
We are battling sickness and a bad cough right now.
This is a quote I have been pondering the last few days.
Have a great weekend.
"The gospel encourages me to rest in my righteous standing with God, a standing which Christ Himself has accomplished and always maintains for me. I never have to do a moments labor to gain or maintain my justified status before God! Freed from the burden of such a task, I now can put my energies into enjoying God, pursuing holiness and ministering God's amazing grace to others."
Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I go upstairs to feed my little man. He snuggles in half asleep. His wispy blond hair so fine and thin. His little leg turning like a crank as he nurses. It is still so quiet. I stare at this little guy in awe. He is such a gift and a treasure. I relish these quiet moments with him. No other things to be doing while he eats. No stories to be read, no conversations about insects or dinosaurs. There are no questions to be pondered or ideas to toss around. It's just us and the quiet night.
I put him back in his bed, tuck him in and he crams his blankie in his face. A favorite thing for him, one his mom has finally relaxed about. He starts making his little sleep noise and drifts back off. As I look at this little boy I am so aware of his dependence on me. His very life comes from my body. He was knit together in my womb by God's hand. The blood in his veins came from my blood. His ability to grow and thrive comes from my breast. What an amazing relationship and bond. Yet, as I watch this little person sleep in the night I am brought back to my own dependence. The life I have is due to someone else's blood and sacrifice. My growth and daily existence is completely reliant on that of another.
I feel compelled to go sneak in and watch my older children sleep. I know you do that too. They are so quiet, peaceful and beautiful. As I see their chest rise and fall with each breath, I am so reminded of grace. Our very life is dependant upon Him.....unmerited favor.
As I crawl under my duvet next to my kind, hard working husband I am at peace. Not because I was the best mother or wife today, or because my kids are well behaved. This peace isn't based on anything but the fact that I have been saved from my sin, my greatest need has been met and I am blessed by the gift of these three children, as well as, the three that have gone before me. I deserve nothing and look what I have!
The quiet draws me to Him.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I am curious to know when you blog? Do you plan it regularly on a calendar? Do you compose part of the post before hand or do it on the fly? Do you write with your kids twirling around you or do you need quiet. I want to grow in being more disciplined in my writing. It is a joy for me but one that gets crowded out at times because I don't plan for it. I am also lazy at times which doesn't help :o).
If you care to get into it, I am curious as to why you blog. My motivation simply comes from liking to write but no desire to be published. I also blog to preach truth to myself, hoping it will encourage others. I also like posting cute pictures of my kids for those loved ones far away.
Awaiting your thoughts!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I have found this helpful for my husband to know what we are doing in our school day and week with out having to ask. He and I meet Sundays to talk about our week as a whole and make decisions but the calendar reflects all those conclusions for the entire family.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
It spoke so clearly to me in this season of my life. I spend so much mental energy getting frustrated about what I never get done and waste the moment in front of me. There are so many GOOD things we can do but truly THE good thing is being a content wife and mother to my family which is my calling.
The key word here being content and joy filled. Anything that takes away from finding joy in my daily life with my family just isn't worth it.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The year's at the spring,
Thursday, March 05, 2009
We are finally back in the swing of things with school since Eli's birth. Over the next little while I want to share some of the things we are doing and why we do them.
I want to start out with Circle Time. I got this idea from Kendra at Preschoolers and Peace . We do things a little different then Kendra's family but we so enjoy the coming together in the mornings for this special time.
This star notebook is our memory verse book. The front has various verses regarding the Word of God. It is a simple cheap photo book I picked up for $1.49 at the grocery store. Each morning we start our circle time with this book. We have what we call our family verse and our church verse. Below is our family verse this week. We affectionately call it our RPG verse. Creating acronyms really helps them remember and also apply the verse. Our goal is to bring the family verse intentionally into our daily lives that week. For example when something happens that isn't of their liking I can direct them to Rejoice and Give Thanks because their greatest need has been met in the cross. We find ourselves this week calling out "RPG" many times a day to encourage each other. It isn't just the kids who need to be reminded either :o)
There is more to our Circle Time but will save that for the next post.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009