Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Welcoming the New Year

Christmas Day has barely past, but an upcoming trip has me pulling together our somewhat annual New Year's Party rhymes & bags.
While I haven't been able to pull the party off every year, Builder has fond memories of them and has asked me to get one together to share with cousins on our upcoming trip "back home".  So here are the details I've come up with so far, incase you are looking for a little inspiration.
You can look here to see how a previous party worked.
Brown paper bags, or gifts bags, clearly labeled with a number and a rhyme, inside you will find:
#1 "It's time to start the party!
Count down to the new year!
We'll open one bag at a time, until 2013 is here!"
New Years Banners ~goodbye to 2012, welcome 2013, Party hats & garland, paper & markers, glow in the dark stickers
 #2 Oh it’s turning chilly!
How about a little minty nilly?
That will just hit the spot!
As we sit around the table, we can do a little “remembering”
PepperMint Milk Shakes ~ Ice Cream, Vanilla Coconut Ice, Candy Canes, Chocolate Chips ~ Journals to start gratitude books, pens
 #3 Canadian bacon, olives,
sauce and cheese.
Let's make a pizza that
Will surely please!
Sauce, Box Dough, Veggies ~ Cheese & Meat in the fridge
 #4 Let’s have some more fun
Just ask and you’ll see….
Go open the gift that is wrapped
All prettily.
Gift Wrapped Twister & Catch Phrase
Bag #5 ~ It’s time to get loud, it's time to get bright, or we might not stay up for this long, happy night.
Fireworks & Glo Sticks, Glo Stick Tag

Has this been fun?
Has this been cool?
Time for a movie…
Will this one do?
A movie and popcorn

It’s the 11 o’ clock hour just a little more time until 2013.
It’s a whole new year full of laughter and fun! With mysteries
To solve and challenges each day. We can’t wait for 2013 it’s
Fast on it’s way! We had wonderful times in 2012
We’ll say goodbye to the old year and hello to the new with
A toast to the new year and some silly fun!

Activity: get out the noise makers and special glasses.  Have a toast. ~ bubbly fruit drinks

So tell us, how do you ring in the New Year?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Snapshot Summary ~ Week of Nov 25- Dec 1


The sweetie's new morning routine had her going out to care for chickens with wet hair.
A hairstyle another sweetie wants to try

Our defenders of justice, playing around

After the show.
The multi purpose white board, currently holding spelling tools, last week's memory verse that several of us were struggling with and the "questions" for adverbs and adjectives

The PERFECT fabric, I've been looking for something like this for months

The end of coop and Nutcracker has given us some wonderful hours for creative pursuits

Each of us has at least one, or two or more projects going

Finally someone has picked up "Drawing with Children", and she is creating some wonderful masterpieces

The Cinderella pumpkin I picked up at the grocery store this week.  Hopefully the seeds will produce next summer.

I've spent a lot of time right here lately.  It's been refreshing!

Friday, November 30, 2012

This Moment ~ Chicken Keeper

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Linking up with Soule Mama

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Where We've Been ~ Nutcracker

Thanksgiving week was filled with all sorts of good things, family, friends, great food and The Nutcracker.

This year's production of The Nutcracker was a blast, even when at the last moment our sweet Party Girl was told she was needed as a Party BOY for two of the shows.  A prettier boy we've never seen and this momma was very proud and blessed as I watched our girl.

 She took the surprise and nerves and handed them over to the ONE who can calm fears and empower us to do what we are not able to do on our own.  Miss Mae had only rehearsed this part as a step in earlier in the rehearsal season.

And here she is in her Party Girl costume
  Here is Mae in the Party Boy costume
She did well (Momma was given backstage viewing on opening night) and went on to thoroughly enjoy her Party Girl role in the last two programs.

As we reflect on the last 3 months of rehearsals and getting to know other cast members, we are excited to see what the future holds for Colton West, the Nutcracker Prince.  What a delight to see the talent of local youth.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

linking with Amanda

Thursday's This and That

A little of this and of that, a peak into daily life here at home.

Aound the house ~  Books everywhere...the signs of the busy late yesterday

Outside the window ~ sunny and windy, the snow on the mountain is just about all gone

Looking forward ~  Builder's arrival home on Saturday, my parents arrival next week to celebrate Thanksgiving with us

Reading ~ "The Hour that Changes the World", "graceful" and "Harry Potter book 1"

Memorizing ~ Psalm 91, II Peter 1

Praying for ~ the children in our community, the Compassion Bloggers who are in Peru this week.

Creative activities ~ A sweet recieving blanket is finished, a quilt is ready for binding and another is in the works.  I picked up my crocheting again yesterday...had a little time of just waiting in a room too noisy to read in.

A Picture or more:

linking up with Michelle

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Through us love...

You have loved us
You have loved us all
You have loved us all so
We love all
You have blessed us
You have blessed us all
You have blessed us all so
We bless all
Thank you for Christ and cross
Through us tell the wandring
Thank you for making peace
Through us love our enemies
You have loved us
You have loved us all
You have loved us all so
We love all
You have given
You have given all
You have given all so
We give all
Thank you for daily bread
Through us fill the empty
Thank you for bodies whole
Through us mend the breaking
All is grace
All is grace
All is grace and grace enough
All is grace
All is grace
All is grace and grace enough
For all of us - for all of us
You have loved us
You have loved us all
You have loved us all so
We love all


Love Peru

For us mommas who worry about whether our kids are ready for the dirt and ache, the poverty caused by sin wrecking life, love moves here.

Compassion Bloggers Peru Trip 2012


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Compassion Bloggers in Peru

Compassion Bloggers Peru Trip 2012

The opportunity to sponsor a child through Compassion International has been mentioned here on this blog many times.  Have you wondered if the need is really that great?  Or if the work, the sponsorship, the letter writing makes a difference?

If so, please follow the Compassion Bloggers as they spend the rest of this week in Peru, visiting the Compassion Child Development Centers and family homes.

Here's a little introduction to what the team is experiencing...

And if today is the day you know it's time to sponsor a child, you can do so right here.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Answer Prayers Among the Gifts

A wonderful realization came upon me last week.  Answers to prayers from early fall are showing up among the gifts I've found on this gratitude pursuit.  During the early fall calendar filling, activity choosing attending an international Bible study with my daughters was high on the hopeful list.  It wasn't long before it became obvious that it just didn't fit into the weeks ahead.  Disappointment was not great, crushing, but there none the less.  In this current season of parenting and long distance work separation I've longed for some fellowship soaked in discipleship.  Something solid to add to my toolbox to take me deeper with my Lord and farther along with road to wisdom as these daughters of mine grow taller, older.

Pressing on I chose to trust my Lord will provide.  He does you know, always provides.  And in the quiet early morning He's been wooing me, rise a bit earlier and spend the time.  It's been hard.  It is work.  But it is the prayer answered.

gifts 1265 to 1285, with two answers tucked within

quiet moment, suddenly alone
a book on prayers
and another on the disciplines of the Christian life
snow like powdered sugar on the mountain
time with sweet Chica
fellowship with friends before a concert of praise
guitar strums
giggling girls
beautiful voices lifting praise and encouragement
new friends
young men, courageous
snow flurries
coconut oil for chapped hands
clean bedrooms
ring necked doves
rippling waters
duck quacks
 welcoming words
crunching leaves

Friday, November 9, 2012

This Moment

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
linking with SouleMama

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

This and That, Thursday

Aound the house ~ books, paper leaves and tree, pumpkins

Outside the window ~ ring necked doves visiting the pinion tree

Looking forward ~  to an out of the ordinary Saturday, karate tournament, historical interp volunteering and music concert

Reading ~ Graceful by Emily Freeman and The Hour that Changes the World, Galatians and Hebrews

Memorizing ~ Psalm 91, II Peter 1

Creative activities ~  a couple of quilts are coming together

A Picture or more ~ Life has been a bit of a blur this week, but in it we've been able to capture a few moments of it with the camera.  It is amazing to me, how rich and full this life is.  Beyond measure.

choosing cards to send in our Compassion Christmas package

meeting friends at the park to work on school projects

pink bows

hard at work, at the park

science experiments


still standing this day, often a symbol of God steadfastness to me

Friday, November 2, 2012

This Moment

This Moment that catches the reflection of many others, learning, playing, being watched by a furry friend keeping company.
linking with Amanda here.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Another Great Letter!

Another cream coloured envelope was in today's mail...this time from Ronald. 

This letter, like the one we recieved from Lesbia a little while back, is on a "MY DREAMS, MIS SUENOS" paper.

Dear Sponsors Benjamin and Michelle,

I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I hope that you are well.  I, Ronald Gilberto, let you know that I would like ot go to a lake because I like lakes very much.  I have seen them only by pictures.  I would love to meet you because you pray for me.  I would give many hugs to you.

I would like to be like David Villa someday.  He is a well-known soccer player of the Spain team.  He plays in Barcelona team.  He is a good player.  I admire him much.

I also would like ot play guitar someday.  I like melodies played by guitar in church, when we have special services. 

In June I went on an excursion from the Student Center to a place called Guastatoya.  I had much fun.  I sled on a big toboggan.  It was much fun.

One of my biggest dreams is to be a professional and international chef.  I would like to prepare different kinds of food and that people enjoyed my food.  Please pray for me that I pass my grade.  I love you very much.  Kisses and hugs to you.  God bless you always. 

With love, Ronald Gilberto Quej Xol.

Under the translation there is a great drawing of a El Gran Chef!  Darling!

linking up with Michelle's Mail Call

Thursday This and That

Michelle at Blogging in the Boonies hosts a weekly link up called Thursday's This and That.

I have a bit of this and that floating around in my mind, this is a good place to tack them down!

outside my window...the weather is mild, the mountain stands nearly bare of the snow that fell a week ago

around the house...papers and books scattered, dishes are all done, normal mild messiness by this time of the week.

to share and support...Looking for that tastey popcorn sold by Boy Scouts this time of year, but don't have any of them knocking in your neighborhood?  Just click here.  You can snag a bit of popcorn and support my nephew's council at the same time.

gratitude...2 of my children have group projects due for coop classes.  And we were able to coordinate with each group, to meet at the same park, at the same time on the same day (today)

to read...this weekend I hope to finish reading "Graceful" by Emily Freeman and share my thoughts on this wonderful book.  And pressing on with "The Hour that Changes the World".

to plan...Thanksgiving dinner invitations went out yesterday.  Although the weather has me a bit fooled, my mind needs to focus and start planning.

excited swagbucks keep climbing closer and closer to that goal...a particular gift card that will lower the cost of a special gift for this Christmas


Cheerful Greetings from Tanzania ~ Mail Call!

We recieved two letters from Tanzania on "CHEERFUL GREETINGS" stationary.  Wonderful snapshots of smiling children are on the letterhead, so very fun!

The first letter is from Lucia,

Dear Benjamin and Michelle, Praise the Lord.  I , Lucia, greet you.  I am doing well at school, and at the center.  I have learned about body health.

My family is doing well and there is no problem in my community.  There is peace and love.

from your child, Lucia

and from Neema

Dear Benjamin and Michelle Skidemoo.  I, Neema, greet you.  I am doing well at school and at the center.  At the center I learn the word of God.  My lessons are good and I am expecting to pass well.  My friend is doing well.  My family is fine and my community is full of love and peace. 

 From your child, Neema Chacha

This was a fun day!  We also received that day the packet for our newest correspondence child, Leonard in Uganda.

We want to encourage you to keep on writing to your sponsored kids.  Two years after sponsoring Lesbia, we are starting to "get to know her" as she opens up more and more in her letters.  These two letters most recent letters seem to have been written in response to ones that we wrote a few months ago and I am looking forward to getting better acquainted with Neema and Lucia.

linking with Michelle's Mail Call

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Reading in October

This season of life has been fuller, busy than I've ever known.  Reading is still happening, but in smaller bites unless there is a sudden spot of time where I can just kick back and settle in for a refreshing time. 

Here are the books I finished in October.  There are others in process, and hopefully I'll have more completed by the end of November.

Tangled Ashes by Michele Phoenix, a read for review book ~ my thoughts on this book here

False Intimacy by Dr Harry Schaumburg ~ a book recommended by our pastor.  As I continue to walk out the healing and restoration from the intense abuse inflicted upon me throughout my childhood, God continues layer upon layer to deal with the sin in my heart.  The effects of sin from the actions of others, and my own sin, idolatry and "do it myselfness".  This book is very difficult to read, but much of what Dr Schaumburg says in addressing the main concern here, is applicable to all sinful hearts.

21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine ~ ebook ~ you can read my review here.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Even if...1000 more reasons to say thank you

Even if the healing never comes is how the song goes.  And I wonder if my faith will hold.  But I keep counting and even more than the daily graces found sprinkled all over this life of mine, it's the amazing graces of disaster avoided, wounds healed, love continuing despite the struggle that is shoring up my faith.  What am i that God is so mindful of me?

Daily sprinkles of sweet grace #1247-1270

Bold red maple leaf
Cookies for a friend
  Mourning dove pairs in the pinion
  Quiet evening alone
  Cozy home
  Children singing
A date made for 3 weeks from now
Beloved home before the plumbing went out
Plumbing splinted and patched to hold until Builder has time off to really fix it
Hugs from my daughters
Coupon bargains
Stocking stuffers!
Shoebox slowly filling
No early labour
creative minds
productive hands
kind words

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mail Call! Letter from Guatemala

Another "first" letter, this time from Guatemala!
This afternoon as we pulled in from co-op classes, I pulled up to the mailbox and quickly saw the cream colored envelope.  Without thinking too much "this one's for Daddy" came out of my mouth.  Now all the mail from Compassion comes to us as Mr and Mrs, but for some reason I didn't see that today.  Builder is home for a week, and I just knew it had to be for "him."

This is a very cheerful encouraging letter and I'm excited to read what Builder writes back.

Dear sponsors,

I hope that you are well at home and at work.  I ask that you send me a photo of your family so I can see you.  I let you know that I attend church and the services, also Sunday School.  I tell my classmates about  God's word.  I like Christian songs and I like to read Bible verses.  My favorite story is about Adam and Eve.  It talks about when they ate the apple and sin in humanity started because they disobeyed God.  My favoirte song is:  Give Him Applause.  I want to know: do you teach at your church?  I would like to know more about you.  I ask that you pray for my mother, for my father and my siblings so God always take care of them.  I say goodby with love, take a lot of care, until the next one. 


Carlos David.

Carlos drew a wonderful picture of the Iglesia Naza Reno, with 3 smiling people in the foreground.  And did you read it?  Carlos tells his classmates about God's Word!  A little evangelist we have the priveledge of writing to and encouraging. 

And just so it makes more sense...Builder writes to the young men that we sponsor and correspond with, encouraging them.  I have the priveledge to write to the young ladies.  That's just how we do it in our home :)

Linking with other Mail Call bloggers over at Blogging from the Boonies.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

So, Let my Life Speak Loud and Clear

I'm headed down this narrow road
Chosen by the few
And all that I know is
You told me to follow You

I'm taking a risk and leaving it all
Not knowing what I'll go through
But I'm not alone
As long as I follow You

So when my life's a leap of faith
I can hear You say

Well done, well done
I'm gonna chase You, Lord
I'm gonna show the world Your love, woah
I'll run, I'll run
I'm gonna run this race
To hear You say well done

If people walk with me, talk with me, looking for truth
They're gonna find out soon
If they're following me then
They're gonna follow You

So let my life speak loud and clear
Lord, I wanna hear

I'm so glad that I get to serve You, Lord
You're the only One I am living for, woah
I'm gonna run straight into Your open arms
I'm gonna follow You with all my heart

Well Done, by Moriah Peters


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

21 Days to a More Disciplined Life ~ Building a Life of Integrity


"This disciplinary habit is not just about your own personal habits; this goes much further and deeper.  When you're a woman who can be counted on ... you are building a reputation of integrity."

Crystal Paine, aka Money Saving Mom, has just released a new ebook, 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life.   This ebook was built upon the series that Crystal Paine wrote on her blog  a while back, but with plenty of fresh material and encouragement.

12 Days to a More Disciplined Life is divided into 21 daily doses of encouragement, inspiration and pracitical application.  The encouragement to plan and follow through on a mega project is broken down and included in each day's reading.  There are printables at the end of the ebook; Mega Project Master To-Do List, Motivational Book List, and the Good Habits/Bad Habits List.

My days, like yours, are full and even finding the space to take a quick read through an ebook might be challenging.  I found that space during one of my daughter's recent visits to the orthodontist.

The encouragement I recieved from reading the ebook refreshed me tremendously during that time in the waiting room.  Of course a Mega Project list was promptly made, even though I know that with having my hubby home this week, the project will most likely not be started until next week.  Even so, know what?  Making that plan was moving in the right direction - even though beginning isn't's planned, it's on the schedule.

As Crystal says "moving in the right direction - even at a microscopic rate - is always faster than standing still."  My mega project is one that has been completely ignored, believing a remodel of that area was soon.  It isn't, and now the area will be addressed and dealt with as it is.

But this isn't really what I am taking away from the message in this ebook.  The idea that a more discipline life makes me a better steward of my life.  My life, the one I have been given to live.  To begin to live pursuing discipline, planning what to do, doing it and becoming a woman of integrity.  A woman who is blessed to be living this live, and blessing my husband and children as they reap the harvest of my own discipline.

This ebook is available for just .99 until Friday, October 26.  Buy this ebook, read it and be encouraged.
Just Do It. 

This ebook review include affliate links from which I may recieve a percentage of the purchase price, if bought through these links.  If you do, thank you for contributing to our family mission trip!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Clean, and White! A Product Review & Giveaway

Purex Plus OXI, a new stain-fighting liquid laundry detergent arrived on my front step last week.  It's always fun to open a box from purex insiders and this time was no different.

Right away I knew what I want to try out this new stain-fighting detergent ~ our karate uniforms.  Our kiddos don't always go straight from the house to the van to the dojo, or vice versa and those once crisp white uniforms simply are not crisp and sparkling white anymore.  They are a little dull and stained.

The results of this new laundry detergent on our karate uniforms?  Brighter white, and those older stains from young trainees playing outside in their gees...still there, but faded.

As the week continued, I noticed other brighter whites without using bleach, and that is something that I like, esp with my children all doing their own laundry now!

So would you like to try Purex Plus OXI?  We have 3 free product coupons to giveaway this week.

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   We'll post the winner of the drawing on Wednesday morning, October 31.
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linking up with HipHomeSchoolMoms and Money Saving Mom