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!

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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

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo, or two - few words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, visit Amanda and add your "moment.

autumn letters this October writing week

Paper nesting dolls for Christmas packages

This month our sponsorship letter writing took longer than usual, as we prepared our Autumn themed October letters and tidbits AND simple Christmas gifts to be sent to our sponsored kids.  It's been a sweet time of girls and paper and glue and prayers, truly a family ministry.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Another Mail Call...from Tanzania

This sweet letter from Lucia arrived today...

Dear Benjamin and Michelle,

Praise the Lord Jesus!  Lucia greets you so much, she says that she thanks so much for your great love for sending gift to her as she managed to get her basic needs for education, good medical treatment including religious training (Bible studies).  Lucia says thanks so much dear for your good heart full of love.  God bless you abundantly.

Lucia says that she like the game called football and ball games.  She asks how about you, do you also play?  She says that you are of great value to her.

Be blessed richly ~ Amen

signed  Kalimby


Monday, October 15, 2012

these words...

compassion means going directly to those people and places where suffering is most acute and building a home there," ...
katie, quoting Nouwen
this words have me thinking right now ~ I've no words to answer while I ponder the depth and layers of this quote,

As I read this book after posting yesterday, I came across these words

"It can be easy to confuse a calling to a people or a place as more important than a calling to intern at a radio station for the summer or babysit the kids down the street.  Is Christ not persent everywhere?  Can he not work in our midst." ~ Emily Freeman

and a quieting came over me. 

Each is called by a very personal Savior to walk out the life He has purposed.  Katie is called to the very hard, quite big, far away work Jesus purposed for her.  I am called to the work here, parenting, teaching, sharing the Gospel in my community, sponsoring children in far away places I may never visit.  May I remember to be more than content in where I've been placed, in awe that I've been given these opportunities.

the graces that have been added line up on line day by day
through 1247
Peaches in the freezer, apple sauce & apple butter & pie filling in jars in the cabinets
Squash to freeze
Tomatoes to sauce
  Laughter in the rain
2 days of rain
Catching up with a friend
And reminding each other of truth
The splendor of fall color decorating our city
A new member of our international family
Time to sew
 Lunch with daughters, to celebrate, to listen
Pointe shoes and delighted smiles
 Fleece blankets to add to the beds during cool early mornings
Elder women in the church taking interest in the younger families
Enthusiastic young adult missionaries
 Sweet older girls, showing my girls a better way
The scent of fresh picked celery
Church community coming along side as we raise these daughters
green tomatoes
Christmas cards signed in green and red and blue
free Saturday afternoons
shades of gold shivering in the wind

Friday, October 12, 2012

This Moment

{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.

en pointe
now living the dream
linking up with Amanda

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Some Joy from the Mailbox!

This week we also recieved a letter from Rickson!

"Dear Benjamin and Michelle,
Rickson greets you in Jesus name.  He says Praise the Lord Jesus.  He says Thank you for your sponsorship becuase it has helped in may ways, like paying the school fees and many others.  He says he is the last born in their family.  They also love each other so much.  he is doing well at school but at the moment is in a vacation.  While in vacation, he helps his parents with some work and also he study to get prepared for the exams on September.  He is doing well at the center, they are taught the bible.  The verse that he likes in the Bible is Isaiah 59:2 "But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you."
He asks which color and food do you like?  He prays blessings for you.  May God be with you.  He asks you to pray for him in his studies and for his family in general.  He says bye, May God bless you."
signed Rickson by a helper
This letter brought joyful laughter to us, in his picture I see the potential of a smart, spunky little guy, and in this letter I see a much loved baby of the family, a family who practices the giving of thanks.
Are you interested in sponsoring a child through Compassion International?  It is so much more than the $38 a month can purchase.  It is the opportunity to speak life and hope into a child, and to recieve a little joy as well.

Sponsor a Child
linking with Michelle

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

1st Letter from Priti!


linking with Michelle


These letters are so exciting to recieve.  The afternoon that I opened this one, a line of sweet ladies were circled around me, waiting for their turn to read.

This letter though, was difficult to read and process.  Here we are dealing with some significant home repairs needed (main sewer line repairs), but we have resources to meet that need.  We have a Builder Man who has good work, who has a bounty of creative knowledge and skill to tackle this repair.  And honestly, we have more than enough.

Anyway, for the letter.
"The meaning of Priti is Love.  She loves to take care of her younger brother and sister.  Priti's mother does not know how to read and write.  She goes to forest to collect wood to cook the food.  Now is rainy season in Miraj.  Their house is made of mud, cow dung and bamboos with tiles on the house.  The tiles leak so there is water in the house in rainy season.  Kumar is the father of the house, landless marginal labour.  He finds it difficult to send chidren to school and buy school uniforms and school supply.  Priti says I Love You and write to me a letter."

Can you imagine what happens to a mud, cowdung, bamboo house in the rainy season? 

It is a delight to have a letter from Priti.  It truly is. 

My heart is grieved to know the circumstances of her life.  Truly.

But this is why we do what we do with some of our more than enough.

Will you, please, consider sponsoring one of the least of these? 
Visit Compassion and sponsor a child like Yeshaswini .

 Share hope with a child, with a whole family for $38 a month?


Monday, October 8, 2012

introduction to pointe work, by Mae

Dear Marme,

Pointe work is an extremely fascinating subject. Don’t you think? There are many different interesting aspects to it. Because of the nature of standing on the tips of one’s toes, there are occasional injuries to try to prevent and care for. Obviously, the history of pointe work is also very important because it can supply a dancer with a greater understanding of pointe. While, the pointe shoe is possibly the most important, except for the foot itself, to understand and know about it is also the easiest to learn about. Pointe is interesting.

The foot is a complex structure which is made of 26 bones. They are joined by many ligaments and tendons. While Ligaments join bone to bone, tendons join bone to muscle. The Achilles tendon connects the calcaneus, which is also known as the heel bone, to the calf muscle while the talus, which is also known as the ankle bone, transfers weight from the tibia to the calcaneus. The bones in the toes are called the phalanges. There are three phalanges in each toe, except for the big toe, which only has two. There are four tendons on each side of the foot. The outer ligaments are more easily injured than the inner ones because it is easier to sickle the foot than to bend it outwards. The foot is very complicated.

Injuries are very easy to get in pointe work, but do not have to be a problem for dancers. One of the most important elements to preventing injuries is making sure that one’s pointe shoe fits well, an improperly fitting shoe, whether too large or too small can cause many injuries that could easily have been prevented. Some injuries though, can happen even if your shoe fits perfectly. Blisters are caused when one’s foot rubs against the inside of the shoe and causes friction. A couple of ways to prevent blisters, besides making sure one’s shoe fits well is to sprinkle powder inside the shoe, which will absorb moisture and cut down on friction and to wrap the problem toes with tape To care for an unpopped blister filled with clear fluid one should sterilize the blister and the skin around it with alcohol and a sewing needle with alcohol or flame, poke the blister around the edge several times and then gently squeeze the fluid out. When at home, the blister should be left open to the air to heal, but when, outside or leaving the house it should be protected by a band aid. Injuries are common in pointe work, but not unavoidable.

The history of ballet is also very interesting. The first known ballet was commissioned by Catherine De Medicis in 1581 and the first pointe ballet was La Sylphide in 1832. Interestingly, there have been many key women to ballet by the name Marie. Marie Camargo introduced the entrechat and to display her quickly moving feet she shortened the skirts that women wore when dancing. She also invented tights and used a flatter shoe so that she had a better platform for her jumps. Marie Taglioni was a famous ballerina who performed in La Sylphide. Interestingly her father, who was also her teacher and choreographer, thought that her arms were too long, because of this he invented the idea of rounded arms to shorten the look of her arms. In the 1700s a man named Charles Didelot invented a flying machine which, through a system of wires and pulleys, allowed a ballerina to stand briefly on her pointes before being lifted into the air.  Because of the emphatic reception, this invention led choreographers to search for other ways for their stars to dance en pointe. At first, the pointe shoes were only narrow tubes of satin with no box that were heavily darned at the tips to give minimal support. As pointe shoes evolved, they became more supportive. In the 1900s a showbiz approach to pointe work became increasingly popular and dancers wore shoes with steel shanks to allow them to perform incredible feats en pointe. Ballet’s history is very fascinating.

The pointe shoe itself is merely supporting the foot. The shoe must be strong and yet supple enough for the foot to be able to feel the floor and have contact with it. It is important to understand the anatomy of the pointe shoe so one can communicate well when at a fitting and when trying to fix a problem with the shoe. The shank of the shoe is an inner sole, which is made of a very tough material, such as hard leather, supports the arch of the foot. The box is the stiffened part at the end of the pointe shoe and is made of many layers of muslin and burlap soaked in paste. The tip of the box, where the ballerina stands when en pointe, must be perfectly flat so that she has a stable platform on which to stand. The top of the box is called the vamp. The sides, where it is softer to allow the foot to roll through demi-pointe, are called the wings. Underneath the box there are the pleats or feathers which must be flat enough that they don’t cause the feet to lose contact with the floor. Ribbons on the pointe shoe are sewn right above the arch so that they pull the shoe up from the arch so that the heel does not slip off of the foot. The pointe shoe is a very important element in supporting the feet. 

Pointe work is a very large part of ballet and there are many essential elements to it. The history is rich and interesting. The anatomy of the pointe shoe is also important for good communication. While history and the anatomy of the pointe shoe are both very important the most important part is to understand the foot itself and preventing injuries. If one does not have a good understanding of the anatomy of the foot and how to take care of any injuries it might get before they become serious, the foot can become very painful and it can take a long time to heal properly. Pointe work is very exciting and important to ballet.

with Caitlin Hoffman at the Ballerina Boutique



Friday, October 5, 2012

This Moment ~ Gathering

A Friday ritual.  Capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tangled Ashes ~ A Fiction Review

When Marshall Becker arrives in Lamorlaye, France, to begin the massive renovation of a Renaissance-era castle, he unearths a dark World War II history few in the village remember. The project that was meant to provide an escape for Becker instead becomes a gripping glimpse into the human drama that unfolded during the Nazi occupation and seems to live on in midnight disturbances and bizarre acts of vandalism.
~ from amazon
 While I am not one to choose modern fiction very often, I do enjoy reading it occasionally, to see what is out there.  This book started out with conflict between two business partners.  The reading was difficult becuase of the extreme harshness of the main character.  As the story continued I noticed that the author, Michele Phoenix, is able to allow us to see and hear the characters quite effectively.
There is an element of historical fiction woven into the story that is difficult to follow and when the past and current unite at the end of the story, I found it to be slightly ackward. 
The historical content of this story was not something I had ever heard of in my study of World War II.
All in all this story was a quick read, and I have a little more knowledge of the terrible acts that took place during World War II. 
This book was given to me by Handlebar Cental in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

eye of the sparrow, a little spoofing humor

Reading in September

Whew, I finally finished a book.  While reading was happening during the previous 3 months, I haven't finished any books until:

"God's Smuggler" by Brother Andrew.

 Energy explosion by arabah joy ~ practical encouragement to establish better habits to restore energy in these busy full days.

The Tiny Book of Big Garage Sale Secrets by Isabelle Portis ~ gleaning a few tips for that fund raising garage sale of all the pieces of that growing mound in the garage!

Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst ~ you can read my thoughts from this book here.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Do You Remember this Little Boy?

Do you remember my previous posts about this little boy in Burkina Faso?

Here is a wonderful update on Fatao!

If you are interested in more information on the organization through which Fatao recieved his care, please click here.

Thank you God, for Fatao's healing and for the community you gathered around him and his family.

Sketch Tuesday ~ Fall Colors

Raking Leaves by Chica

Chica has completed a few Sketch Tuesday assignments that haven't made it to the slideshow, due to Marme's dropping the ball.  Hopefully this is the start of a delightful Sketch Tuesday art show for the 2012-2013 school year.