Friday, August 31, 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.
Ready for Drive In Movie Night at AWANA
linking with Amanda 

Another Letter!

Lesvia Herlinda

What a great end of the month mail week we've had.  First the letter from Neema, and Friday a letter from Lesvia.  On all of our paperwork she is "Lesbia" but in this letter more than once she wrote her name with the "v" instead of a "b".

The letter is written on a "Mis Suenos" (My Dreams) letterhead.

Dear Sponsors, Benjamin & Michelle
I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is a joy to write to you again.  I want to tell you that I would like ot visit different places from my beautiful country Guatemala, especially Atitlan Lake.  I would like to meet you and to give you hugs and to laugh with you.  I would like to be like my uncle Cesar Ponce, because he is a policeman.   I would like to play the flute.  In these last months, we have learned Bible verses and color pictures.  I want to thank you for the pretty letters, drawing and stickers that you sent me.  I ask you to pray for my family.
I say goodbye with love, wishing you success in your daily activities.  May the Lord bless you.  I was forgetting to thank you for the gift that you sent me.  I ask the Lord to bless you abundantly.


This letter is the first from Lesbia that allows me to feel like I am getting to know this girl just a little bit.  I love that she wants to meet us, give us hugs, and laugh with us.  Hugging and laughing are two things we love to do!

Builder and I talk often about visiting our sponsor  kids, and this letter just makes that desire all the more intense!

I'm linking up with other Mail Call writers over at Blogging in the Boonies.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Little of This, A Litte of That

As sweet Mae continues to work hard preparing for the Pre Pointe written test and that long time dream...pointe shoe fitting and first pointe class!!  we have looked around the web at a few sites and videos, learning more about all things en pointe.

Nutcracker audition have passed and we have a twirling, giggling Party Girl again this year.  Her sweet friend Emma is cast as Clara.

Carpooling has started up, WOW what a blessing!

Our enrichment classes have started up, with me teaching 3 hours on Wednesday afternoons.  The semester is off to a rough start, but the staff worked really hard in my classroom last week (location & technical issues) and I have hope that things will smooth out this next week.

Petal Rose tested for, and tied on, her BROWN BELT!!! 

A lot of reading has taken place this month, compared to the very busy June & July.

Marme's reading God's Smuggle and False Intimacy.
Mae's read Call of the Wild and White Fang, and continues to savor The Two Towers as well as all of her "assigned" reading.
Petal Rose is greatly enjoying Little Britches and reading through The World of Captain John.  She is trying to gather the courage to read the next chapter of The Two Towers (Shelob's Lair).
Chica is finished The Horse and His Boy and dove right into Prince Caspian.  She is also reading Jack's Insects and The World of Columbus and Sons.

The garden is producing a steady crop of green & yellow summer squash, the tomatoes are ripening and the sunflowers are dazzling.
and 2 delightful letters from afar arrived!
This is the little of this and little of that going on in this briskly passing late summer days.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Gift of Preparing...

Before our "preterm" of school started, I worked to put about 10 casseroles in the freezer, knowing there are many days a week that it would be very easy to drive through Chick Fil A.

And as the freezer has quite a bit more room this week, I decided to take another look at how we can be better prepared for the upcoming month.  September promises to keep me in the car in the hours surrounding dinner time.

List of desired foods made, I broke the preparation down throughout this week...with the big cooking day coming on Saturday.

Petal Rose was home with Chica while Mae and I were at the Imagination Celebration site for Nutcracker Auditions.  I called her and asked her to scrub the bag of potatoes and set them to dry.  By the time we arrived home, she had started chopping them.  Mae took over, diced them all and put them on to boil.  I put away a few items, check my email and plans for Monday school, then pressed some garlic to throw in the boiling pot.

About an hour later we have 2 gallon bags of garlic mashed potatoes in the freezer.

Monday, as we left for Karate, I realized that we could probably get a few bags of breakfast burritoes into the freezer if we worked together again.  Mae scrubbed and diced the potatoes, putting them on to cook.  While I chopped more veggies and got other things ready, the girls took turns reading from our current read aloud, Swallows and Amazons.

Within an hour, we put 20 breakfast burritos into the freezer!

It is amazing how much lighter the load is with 3 helpful daughters switching laundry, washing potatoes or scrubbing a few dishes, and pitching in with the reading aloud!

First Letter!

Today we recieved our first letter from Neema!

Neema, in Tanzania

This is what she has to say:

Dear Benjamin and Michelle

Praise the Lord Jesus.  Neema greets you so much.  She says she is so much thankful for your love of sponsoring her because she will get her basic needs like educations, treatment and religious teaching whenever she is at the center.  Neema says sherfelf and her family always pray God to bless you in your life.   Amen.

The letter is signed by the person who wrote the letter for Neema and by the translator.  There is a sweet drawing of a pot on the backside of the paper.

When I figure out why my printer and computer won't talk to each other for scanning (it prints fine) I'll upload a copy of the letter.

Oh, I am so very excited to recieve this letter!  Builder sponsored Neema as a birthday gift to me in late June.  Just two months later we have a letter from this precious little girl in Tanzania!

linking up with  Michelle at Blogging from the Boonies.

Monday, August 20, 2012

A Grateful Walk

Taking in Beauty

Tucking away memories of laughter and silliness

Gathering bounty...

good life

Join us for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The gift of routine

This has been a summer like no other.  But slowly life is resuming a routine again.  I've even been back to work in the kitchen, packing "instant oatmeal", preparing freezer meals for the busiest of days, seriously considering a new read aloud!

Through everything there are glimpses and right out bold sightings of amazing grace.

graces #1159-1177

Safe travels
Cool winds during the night
He listens to my overflow
Quiet at the laundry mat
Movie with my middle oldest
Her head on my shoulder
Sharing the sofa seat at the theater
Other kids enjoying an evening of nerf wars
Veggie songs on the way home
Getting to know new friends
Remembering "Grandma Stories"
Our sponsor child quiver is full…what joy those faces bring us as we pray for them
Beloved calls me from the top of the world.  How blessed I am that he’s having that fun, and thinks to call me
The glow on a girl’s face as she tells me some one else loves her hair
Homemade yogurt
Home packed instant oatmeal
Fresh eggs
Pancakes after a  month of not cooking breakfast
 Fresh new school books

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Take Family Mission Trip to Tanzania

through Compassion International's Child Sponsorship Program!  For several years my dear Beloved Builder earnestly prayed to God, to make us missionaries right where we are.  Since then a fire has been lit in each of us to minister to children and families through the Compassion Sponsorship opportunity.

It is common for us to check out books from the library, search Google Earth, and prepare foods to learn about and connect with our sponsored children's countries.  We write letters, draw pictures and pray.  Our world keeps getting smaller as we get to know the children and their countries.

Today, we have 4 precious children that need sponsors, and we would like you the opportunity to become missionaries to TANZANIA!

Gladnes, born June 13, 2001
Gladness lives with her father and mother in the mountainous community of Makongoro, Tanzania.  She is responsible for carrying water, caring for younger children and washing clothes.
Ping pong, singing and playing house are some of Gladnes's favorite activities.

Maxson Emauel, born August 8, 2001
Maxson lives in the hills of Mburiashi, Tanzania with his mother.  He helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for younger children.
Maxson's favorite activities are soccer, playing with cars and art.

Mgesi Marwa, born March 20, 2003

Mgesi lives on the plains of Nyasho with her father and mother.  She helps her family by carrying water, buying or selling in the market and caring for younger children.

Some of Mgesi's favorite activities are singing, telling stories and playing house.  Mgesi attendes the same student center as Neema, a child our family sponsors!

Silvanus Jonas, born December 19, 2003
Silvanus lives with her father and mother on the plains of Nyasho.  He too attends the same student center as Mgesi (pictured above) and our sponsored child Neema.

Silvanus enjoys soccer, playing ball games and reading.  He helps in the kitchen, by washing clothes and running errands.

By sponsoring one of these children you help the child receive the assistance he or she needs to develop to the full God given potential. 

Please contact me at
byquietwaters at gmail dot com
for more information on any of these children, or to recieve info on how to complete sponsorship.

Friday, August 10, 2012

This Moment ~ The Formal Farewell

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

A few years ago Beloved Builder started praying "make us missionaries right here in our home".  The answer to that prayer has come in many different ways.  A wonderous fine thing our God is doing in our home as a result.

Linking with Amanda and Amy