Friday, July 22, 2011

Summer or Fall?

Okay, well......summer isn't going as blissfully as I had hoped.

You know.....sipping iced tea on the deck while the kids glide down the slip and slide all afternoon while I occasionally look up from my book. The many park days and dirty boys at the end of the day. The tons of books I planned to read and new summer recipes I'd hoped to try. The almost 3 year old that would be potty trained by now.

It has rained more since summer started then it did in spring or at least it feels that way. I am not complaining, it is far better then 112 degress on the East coast right now. Me no-do-good with hot!

What the weather has meant is more time inside then anticipated.

In my world there has to be structure or action due to one very handsome fellow in my house. So, with very little action we are returning to more structure in the form of STATIONS. I am hoping this will help calm everyone to have a plan and a place each day we are home.

So hear it is in my own chicken scratch:

(If you click on the picture it will enlarge)

I gleaned the idea here and modified it to fit my fam jam and our particular needs. I have a feeling that once this becomes a routine, which may take a week or so in itself, there will be more peace around here. I can also see this as an easy slide into a fall schedule if we keep calling them stations. There will simply be more learning stations.

I am doing much thinking and processing about our upcoming learning year. Honestly, I have moments of panic about it. Our therapy team is once again changing which means we are on the hunt for the right person. And I am working on making some big changes in how I teach my middle guy. He is SO resistant to learning and we are both tired of feeling like war breaks out over words and numbers. I am seeking, asking and researching how to turn him on to loving learning. He may lag behind in some scope and sequence but if he hates to learn we have lost across the board.

A post to come on this soon if time allows.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


"As our hearts are strengthened by grace, we’ll throw more gospel parties and less pity parties. We won’t think less of ourselves, we’ll just think about ourselves less of the time. We’ll keep shorter records of the ways others fail and longer records of your faithfulness to us. We’ll make a bigger deal about the things that really matter, and a lesser deal about the things which simply go with life in a broken world filled with broken people. We’ll live more generously and less miserly; more doxologically and less fearfully; more missionally and less obsessively… Jesus, it’s not just good, it’s essential for our hearts to be strengthened by your grace. So very Amen we pray, in your kind and loving name."      by Scotty Smith

Read the entire prayer here.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Good Reads

I have followed Kristen and her family since her trip with Compassion well over a year ago. This post shows clearly the difference Compassion does make, in OUR lives as well as of those sponsored. This had me in tears. We are looking for ways to do more as a family.

Loved this quote from a post at Desiring God:

"When my little girl told me, “Your hands are full!” I was so thankful that she already knew what my answer would be. It was the same one that I always gave: “Yes they are—full of good things!”
Live the gospel in the things that no one sees. Sacrifice for your children in places that only they will know about. Put their value ahead of yours. Grow them up in the clean air of gospel living. Your testimony to the gospel in the little details of your life is more valuable to them than you can imagine. If you tell them the gospel, but live to yourself, they will never believe it. Give your life for theirs every day, joyfully. Lay down pettiness. Lay down fussiness. Lay down resentment about the dishes, about the laundry, about how no one knows how hard you work."

This article effected me deeply related to the small things I don't put under gospel grace. If time allows I plan to write more on that later. Read the entire article here: Motherhood is a Calling.

I also wanted to recommend a book -  The Praying Life by Paul Miller. It is a real, intimate relationship oriented book about prayer. No formulas, how to's (except a small chapter at the end with suggestions). I am reading and discussing this with a group of women. The first meeting was a rich time of honesty and biblical fellowship.

Would love to share more but my peeps need me.

Happy Weekend, friends

Sunday, July 10, 2011

One Thousand Gifts (catch up)

I have still been recording my gratitude with pen and paper while I have slowed my writing online. I thought I would just catch myself up  in one blog post.

I have recently been going back and looking at old posts. There is so much of our life typed out on this blog. A whole five years worth! I want to back it up somewhere. Any ideas how you do this? Still can't believe I have been telling our story here for five years already.

Here goes....

282. Tonia and other online friends
283. Listening to Ann talk about "living where you are, fully living-giving thanks-looking for beauty"
284. encouragement to SEE Him in whatever means it comes
285. boy puckered lips
286. sleep-sweet sleep
287. Romans 8:34 - intervention
288. a child's obedient response
289. blessing of pouring out cares to Him
290. Isaac's spontaneous "I Love You" hug this morning
291. my new bike
292. sore bum and jelly legs
293. soaring down hills in rain
294. sa-boo (means slipper in baby boy words)
295. patiences even without sleep
296. our differences reflecting Him- all of us
297. fearless grace
298. remembering to learn with not just teach
299. a husband who grocery shops!
300. fresh clean sheets
301. three busy kiddos under foot
302. I don't have to get it right all the time
303. sun after rain
304. handwritten words in the mailbox
305. chocolate milk mustaches
306. clean counter tops
307. big girl chosen in writing contest
308. my girl being published at 11 years old
309. boy-mama love
310. boys making connections
311. bike riding as an entire family
312. Colossians
313. new fresh clean journal
314 new prayer journal
315. my girl who plays piano beautifully (great recital bug)
316.forgiveness for grumpiness
317. confidence in His grace
318. college level science labs to explore
319. only 4 math lessons left
320. God words on boy wall
321. sun over rain
322. Rosetta Stone French (no more excuses now)
323. The amazing help we receive in Canada for special need' grateful!
324. gospel grace
325. moments of clarity-seeing truth well
326. that "help" in my time of need
327. birds singing in early morning
328. the neighbors new baby
329. still using my duvet on June 1
330.friends in Philippines with Compassion
331. big girl smiles and giggles
332. Biology classes for 11 year olds at the local Christian University-so much fun
333. bike rides to the library
334. Refreshing Reeds book club
335. new trampoline
336. fresh sight to see the way to go
337. weeds that flower beautifully
338. boy helpers in the kitchen
339. books that stir my soul
340. His word that builds up and reminds me to build up with my words and actions
341. kind, gracious, restorative, refreshing sleep
342. gloves and trowel
343. rich, dark, life giving soil
344. quiet to dig weeds
345. 2 year old "mama dan" (mama dance with me)
346. a church who loves Jesus and really cares for people

Thursday, July 07, 2011


The young mom Katy that I asked you to pray for....she went to be with the Lord early this morning.

Please continue to prayer for her three children (all 5 and under) and her husband Peter.

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, [1] that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

I Thess. 4:13-18

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Needed This Today

Re-post just because *I* needed to hear it myself.

Happy Tuesday friends!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Wild Beauty

We escaped to the mountians for a few days.
 One of my favorite places.

The Dogwood photos are Aaron's handywork.
 The first time away alone in over eight years.

Just so you know, I was in a car when I took this.
I am not that brave.

This is my kind of noise.

It was slow, quiet and peaceful.
Perfect Weekend