Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April Mail Call

Mail Call Button

April was a quiet month for letters, but we did receive 3 from children, an updated picture of Carlos and a phone call.

We heard from Laura, a first letter from our correspondent child in Bolivia.  This is a sweet short letter that leaves me thinking that she recently received a gift from her financial sponsor, or previous correspondent sponsor.  Yea!

Are you able to read what is noted in the box at the bottom of the letter?
"In Bolivia approximately 400 thousand boys and girls are victims of sexual assaults (UNICEF 2008), thanks to their involvement in the Compassion's Project children learn to identify, prevent and report the abuse."

Tomorrow I have a post scheduled that discusses this issue and how sponsoring a child through Compassion International helps to prevent abuse and exploitation.  Please check back tomorrow to read more on how much more sponsorship provides a child.

We also received a letter from Ndiisa in Uganda.  Ndiisa shared in this letter how he is facing Senior year exams and asked for our prayers.  He has many questions for us and I am hoping that Builder has time this weekend to respond.

 
We also received a letter from Priti, and in it she told all about the Christmas celebration she attended with the Compassion project.  She said that during the program, she understood for the first time that Jesus is the Savior of the World.   I'll be getting a letter out to her very quickly! 
 



This month we also received an updated photo of Carlos, but I have not scanned it in yet.  He has grown and is such a handsome boy!

  And sadly, I received a phone call this week that precious Lesbia has left the program.  Please pray for us as we all grieve this news.  It appears that she may have left the program to go to work.  Lesbia is 12 years old, and lives in Guatemala with her mother and grandmother.  Her letters useds to be cheerful and curious, but lately they had a sad tone to them.  We had written several times. to encourage her, and hope that there is something in those letters that will minister to her as time goes.

The same afternoon after that phone call we received the packet for our new sponsor child, Samatha in India.  So many emotions this week.

 As Builder and I say often, Full, Hard, and Good.  We will continue to pray for Lesbia and look forward to getting to know Samatha.

Linking with Michelle

Reading in April

Wow, it's been a great month for finding opportunities to settle down with a good book, or just grabbing a few minutes here and there!  Here are the books that passed the month of April with me.

Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick ~ This book was read and discussed by an online community.  You can access some of my thoughts on this book here.  It was a great book to read and study.  I didn't write about the last couple of chapters because I am still processing them and seeking how to apply the material to my own life.

The Mine by Henry McIntosh ~ my step father gave me several chapters of the book he has written and is seeking to be published.  This is the story of miners in the Canyon City area of Colorado.

Freefall to Fly by Rebekah Lyons ~ There is a greater story than the one about you or me, and it is found in our stories !  My review of this book is here

Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer

In the Presence of My Enemies ~ by Gracia Burnham and Dean Merrill ~ Despite the terrible circumstances of being held as a hostage and the loss of her husband during the rescue, Gracia has become more than a "survivor".  Loving our enemies and living forgiveness tough commands of our God.

This book is giving me much to think about and pray about.  I am so blessed to read Gracia and Martin's story, my faith has been encouraged a great deal.  To read how God indeed sustained them and refined them during their captivity, how Scripture they had memorized came to mind and directed their steps and attitudes is a tremendous testimony to us Believers.  God will sustain us, His Word will accomplish much within us, and He is our strength, our comfort.

Tales of the Defended Ones by Beth Guckenberger.  You can read the thoughts I had after reading this book with my children here.

Only the Mountains do not Move by Jan Reynolds ~ A Maasai Story of Culture and Conservation.  This book discusses the traditional lives of the Maasai people, of Kenya and Tanzania.  The photographs are wonderful and I appreciate being able to "see" the world that may be known by our sponsor kids in both countries.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Goals for April 29-May 4

Last Week's Goals
Family/Mothering
One on one time with Mae, Petal Rose, Chica
Family Movie or Game Night
Read aloud ~ Tales of the Forgotten Ones,

Finish Photo Book for Petal Rose

Personal
Memorize Psalm 91:15 Mostly, I still need a little work on it.
Exercise 4 Days ~ only 2 this week

Read  The Lordship of Christ, instead I read In the Presence of My Enemies.

Homemaking
Morning Freezer Cooking Session 
Tie Cousin Quilt, Mail!

Community
Lesson plan for SS & HCEC
Write 2 letters of gratitude/encouragement
Ministry Post

This Week's Goals
Family/Mothering
One on one time with Mae, Petal Rose, Chica
Family Movie or Game Night
Read aloud ~ Tales of the Forgotten Ones,

Finish Photo Book for Petal Rose

Personal
Recite Psalm 91 each day
Exercise 4 Days

Read  The Lordship of Christ

Homemaking
Begin to Organize the Garage Sale piles
Morning Freezer Cooking Session 
Tie Cousin Quilt, Mail!

Community
Lesson plan for SS & HCEC
Write 2 letters of gratitude/encouragement
Ministry Post
Edit "The Armor"

Saturday, April 27, 2013

This Week, April 21-27



In my life this week…  Whew, it was a FHG (full, hard, good) week.  I'm concerned about how little schooling we are getting done this spring.  Our homeschool co-op wraps up in 2 weeks and I am hopeful that after we wrap it up a concentrated 6 weeks at home will help each of us get more on track.

In our homeschool this week…there was mostly independent working.  Two of my kiddos are on a living history field trip today.  Because of appliance issues and fatigue Mae and I have stayed home.

My favorite thing this week was…experiencing a different side of friendship as I struggled with appliance and van issues while my hubby is away at work.  A girlfriend texted me to see if she could take my kids to the field trip we had planned to do together.  And being a Navy wife, she completely understood the situation of dealing with life and deciding which things to handle on my own and which ones to call Builder about.  Another new friend, and a plumber, arrived after work on Friday to troubleshoot and fix the hot water heater (which is less than a year old)

My kiddos favorite thing this week was…Petal Rose and Chica are probably have the best time at the Living History event.  Mae is completely soaking up this "just be" time in her room as she putters and listens to a story.

Things I’m working on...some spring time yard maintenance and some deep spring cleaning.

I’m grateful for…friendship, extended warranties, the evidence of grace within me as the Spirit conversed with me all through the hardest day, reminding me that it wasn't really hard comparatively speaking.  All these things are simply things.  We still had clean water, heat, transportation and each one of us is healthy and strong.

I’m praying for…families and friends who are walking through valleys, my children and my husband

Something I am ogling or have my eye on…I'm still looking at high school material for Mae.  Has anyone experience with Liberty University's high school track?

A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…

We visited the "Experience Compassion" event in our city this past week.  Please take the opportunity if they come to your area.

I Found Hope - Change the Story from Compassion International on Vimeo.
With Compassion International’s Change the Story mobile experience you are able to experience the reality of millions of children around the world. Change the story is an immersive experience available to you for only a short time.

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. 
 

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments of Amanda's post.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bzzzzz


World Malaria Day from the view of a mosquito

By chica

“Jombo” that is hello in Swahili. “hello my name is Mark I am a mosquito in Tanzania Africa, and I carry malaria. Malaria is a disease that is caused by a parasite that I carry called plasmodia. Every thirty seconds a child dies from it. That`s enough to make a God-fearing soul see red. But who cares red is after all just a color, like the color of a blood cocktail with 50,000 plasmodia swimming in a drop the size of the period at the end of this sentence. But guess what? It only takes one to parasite to kill a child or baby, so 50,000 is overkill!-

 


swat!  "There goes Mark!"
 
Sunday I posted 2 sponsorship opportunities.  These two precious little ones live in areas where malaria is among the dangers they face each day.   Contributions to Bite Back help to provide bed nets and training in South America, Central America, Africa and Asia.  Sponsorship of either of these two children provides malaria prevention and treatment among the many benefits.

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sketch Tuesday ~ Something with Wings




Raindly by Chica
While we didn't get the drawing Chica completed this week into the slideshow, I do like to show off her work here on By Quiet Waters.  You can click the button above to see other fine work from this week's Sketch Tuesday assignment.

Monday, April 22, 2013

This Week's Goals, April 21-27

This Week's Goals
Family/Mothering
One on one time with Mae, Petal Rose, Chica
Family Movie or Game Night
Read aloud ~ Tales of the Forgotten Ones,

Finish Photo Book for Petal Rose


Personal
Memorize Psalm 91:15
Exercise 4 DaysRead  The Lordship of Christ


Homemaking
Morning Freezer Cooking Session 
Tie Cousin Quilt, Mail!

Community
Lesson plan for SS & HCEC
Write 2 letters of gratitude/encouragement
Ministry Post


Last Week's Goals
Family/Mothering
One on one time with Mae, Petal Rose, Chica
Family Movie or Game Night
Read aloud ~ Tales of the Forgotten Ones,

Finish Photo Book for Petal Rose
Attend Coppelia!

Personal
Memorize Psalm 91:15
Exercise 4 Days
Read and journal 1 chapter  Because He Loves Me
Read  The Lordship of Christ, The Mine by Henry McIntosh (my step father)

Product review post

Homemaking
Morning Freezer Cooking Session 
Tie Cousin Quilt, Mail!

Community
Lesson plan for SS & HCEC
Write 2 letters of gratitude/encouragement
Ministry Post

All Things


Counting the gifts God showers upon me has been a life changing practice.  Throughout the Bible one can find the encouragement, the admonitions, the command to give thanks.  And I have tried to give thanks in all things.  I have tried to see the blessing in the hard.  But. 

 There's always a But isn't there?

 But there is one thing in which I am unable to find any good.  There is one thing where layer upon layer of a dark, dirty, pain filled wound  there is NO GOOD.  Despite the deep cleansing healing that the Father has done within my mind and soul the only good is that HE has cleansed and healed.  All there has been to give thanks for is that HE is my HEALER, my Redeemer.

But a message was recently shared with our congregation that included the reading of Romans 8:28 and 29 with a few comments.  In that message there were many nuggets to write down and ponder, but that one passage and the words spoken caught my entire attention.  I don't think I heard anything else of the message.
 
Here is the passage of Scripture.

Romans 8:28-29
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
 
Honestly I have quoted verse 28 many times, I have sought the truth of this passage, wrestled with it, never being able to reconcile it with this one thing.  Verse 29 was not familiar to me.

As verse 29 was read and commented on, a good that only God could bring was illuminated before me.  In all things He is working the good for me.  The good? 



He uses my broken desperate need to conform me to the image of His Son.

~ the good is... to be conformed to the image of Christ.

according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

 

His purpose ~ conformation to the image of God. 

For me, whom He FOREKNEW and PREDESTINED.

The evil things that happen to us are not, as far as I understand, God’s plan for us.  God doesn’t plan evil for His children.  (Jeremiah 29:11)  But He can redeem the bad things, and the redemption can work to conform us (Romans 8:29), transform us (Romans 12:1, 2)
 

And dear precious one reading these words, these words are for YOU.  Broken, lovely You, whom He has foreknown and predestined.  The dark bad things, the evil things are not His plan for you.  But the good He can make out of them is far more than we can hope for.

 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sponsorship Opportunities

It is Compassion Sunday today.  And while we are speaking during the evening service and at the sponsorship table at church tonight, I have two precious children to share with you here on By Quiet Waters

 
Bernaditte has been waiting for 7 months for a sponsor.  She lives in Burkina Faso, a country with High Risk For Child Rights Violations.  If you are interesting in sponsoring Bernaditte for $38 per month and are ready to be an encouragement to her through the writing of letters, please email me at byquietwaters at gmail dot com.  I am thrilled to connect this precious one with a sponsor.


Gloria lives in Tanzania, another country with High Risk for Child Right Violations.  I am hoping to have Gloria sponsored through a group sponsorship right here on By Quiet Waters.

A group sponsorship would be shared by people who want to minister to Gloria as a community.  Funds will be collected via paypal and sent to Compassion International by my daughters.  Each member of the community will be able to send letters and receive copies of letters and other correspondence received.

If you are interested in joining the Group Sponsorship of Gloria, please email me at byquietwaters at gmail dot com. 

Will you join us in ending the wait for these two little ladies?  Join us in lifting them out of poverty and into the knowledge of the One True God, in Jesus' Name.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Compassion Sunday 2013


Short Main Video from Compassion International on Vimeo.

April 21 is the official date for Compassion Sunday, and is the day our family will be presenting the ministry arms of the organization.

Builder will have about 5 minutes in the morning services to show the short video featured in this post, and to invite the congregation to visit our ministry tables, as well as to return for the evening service. 

He will be speaking during the evening service, as will a woman from our congregation.  She just returned from mission work in the Philippines (a church building project our church was part of), during that mission trip she was able to meet her family's sponsored child!

A few of our daughters will be at tables demonstrating Water of Life and Bite Back.  Another family will be at a table sharing the importance of letter writing.  Mae and I will be at the sponsorship table.

The weather forecast looks as though the weather will be great ~ it's been cold, snowy, windy and cold all week.

Are you doing a Compassion Sunday this year?  I'd love to hear about it!



 

This Week, April 15-20

  • In my life this week…clarity from chaos continues, grief over the loss of another young man in our homeschooling community, hope springing from several conversations focused on the Gospel

  • In our homeschool this week…math is clicking along, but most else has shifted over as individually and collectively we prepare for Compassion Sunday, recitals, caregiving

  • Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…be flexiable, creative.  This summer we are taking July as our summer.  This school year has had so many variables that we need the month of June to finish well.  And we are taking August to get a good start knowing next year looks similar as this one.

  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…We are attending an Experience Compasion Tour Friday afternoon.  The Coppelia Production is Saturday afternoon, Mae is dancing!  And Sunday is Compassion Sunday, our family will be presenting the ministry of Compassion to our congregation.

  • My favorite thing this week was…Early morning time with Builder on Friday.

  • I’m cooking…Tacos for dinner tonight.  I haven't been doing much of the cooking lately, with so many helpful budding cooks in the home.

  • I’m grateful for…the comfort of God.

  • I’m praying for…the family who lost their son last week, the people of Boston and West Texas.  Also for the youth in our community, that they will see love and grace in the eyes of the community around them.

  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…



  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    Sketch Tuesday

    Something that begins with letter P


    Thank you Barb of Harmony Art Mom

    Tales of the Defended Ones, A Review

    Tales of the Defended Ones by Beth Guckenberger is a "collection of fictionalized stories based on the real lives of 5 children around the world.  Each of these children intersect with Christians who have been called by the Storyweaver to help."
     
    After reading Tales of the Defended Ones I knew that it is a book to be read by my daughters.   Considering the painful realities of these stories, I found it best to read them aloud, and to discuss the issues with my daughters as part of our morning devotions.
     
    The message of the book is clear, but the layout of the information makes the book challenging as a read aloud.  Finally I decided to read the "child's story" and leave the book with green and orange bookmarks so the children could look at the pictures and read the additional information.
     
    Since beginning the book with my daughters, we have become aware of children in our community with common storylines to one or more of the children featured in Tales of the Defended Ones. This has opened the door for deeper conversations, and sweet times of prayer as we grow in deeper understanding of the issues behind actions and words.
     
    As we read the stories of the children, I prayed often about Jorani's story.  There is more information in that story than I wanted to read with my children.  On the day we read it, I found it best to read the beginning, and then switch to Scripture to describe the horrors Jorani faced.  My daughters were instructed to open their Bibles to Romans 1 and I asked them, what are the common sins in the different New Testament lists of sins?  Their answers, sexual immorality, greed, dishonesty.  From there we read verses 21-24 and briefly discussed how refusing to acknowledge God as God and give thanks to him, hearts are darkened and sin take over.  Most individual "sin" is always followed by or closely tied to other "sin".
     
    From there we read the part of the story where the rescuers come in.  As we wrapped up the story we read Psalm 139, Jeremiah 29:11 and Zephaniah 3:16, 17.  I encouraged my daughters with the reminder that through our sponsorship of children through Compassion International, we are defending children from the heart ache of Jorani.  And through our letters, we can share the hope we find in the above passages.
     
    Tales of the Defended Ones is classified as Juvenile Fiction and is part of the Storyweaver Series.  Recently I found Tales of the Forgotten Ones, also by Beth Guckenberger, in Mardel with a DVD leader's guide.  In the same area was the Vacation Bible School packages that her ministry created.  I am very blessed to have been able to review this book and read about Beth's ministry.  I hope you will check it out!
     
     
     This book was sent to me by Litfuse Publicity group in exchange for my written review.  You can find more information about Litfuse and Beth Guckenberger by clicking these links.

    Monday, April 15, 2013

    Goals for This Week ~ April 15-20

    This Week's Goals
    Family/Mothering
    One on one time with Mae, Petal Rose, Chica
    Family Movie or Game Night
    Read aloud ~ Tales of the Forgotten Ones, The Magicians' Nephew (starting the Chronicles again)

    Finish Photo Book for Petal Rose
    Attend Coppelia!

    Personal
    Memorize Psalm 91:15
    Exercise 4 Days
    Read and journal 1 chapter  Because He Loves Me
    Read  The Lordship of Christ, Papa's book (my step father gave me several chapters of his book to pre read!)

    Product review post

    Homemaking
    Morning Freezer Cooking Session 
    Tie Cousin Quilt, Mail!

    Community
    Lesson plan for SS & HCEC
    Write 2 letters of gratitude/encouragement
    Compassion Sunday
    Ministry Post

    Last Week's Goals

    Family/Mothering
    One on one time with Mae, Petal Rose, Chica
    Family Movie or Game Night
    Begin new read aloud

    Finish Photo Book for Petal Rose
    Support Mae as she plans her Compassion presentation

    Personal
    Memorize Psalm 91:15
    Exercise 4 Days
    Read and journal 1 chapter  Because He Loves Me
    Read Freefall to Fly, The Lordship of Christ


    Homemaking
    Morning Freezer Cooking Session 
    Tie Cousin Quilt, Mail!

    Community
    Prepare lesson for youth girls Sunday School
    Write 2 letters of gratitude/encouragement
    Prepare for Compassion Sunday

    Sweet Sanctuary, A Review

    A story more full of the power of the Gospel than a romance story, Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer was an enjoyable read.

    In this story, set during World War II, Micah and Lydia had previously known each other while they each served at Pearl Harbor.  They meet up again in New England.

    Now living in her parents home in Boston, Lydia is trying to raise the young son of her best friend, who died in childbirth, while protecting the child from his drug addicted, angry father.

    While providing medical care to the immigrant communities in New York City, Micah is involved in a secret operation with his brother, who is working in World War II torn Europe.

    Circumstances arise that bring the two into each other's lives and troubles.  While this is technically a romance story, what I enjoyed is the depth to which the Gospel is explored and shared among the characters and how a story of hope and courage during that terrible time of the world war is woven in.  As a mother of daughters, I understand the draw to romance and love.  I appreciate a write who can take this genre and make the Gospel the overriding focus.

     This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for a personal review.

    Give Thanks


    Give thanks with a grateful heart,
    Give thanks to the Holy One
    Give thanks and acknowledge He is God
    Give thanks, because He has given Jesus Christ His Son.

    Give thanks.

    counting beyond 1000, the grace continues

    Tears showing the depth of compassion dwelling in a heart, an opportunity to serve, lilac leaves appearing, bird song filling the air, the baby fighting sleep then laying her head on my shoulder in surrender, smiles beaming as she glides back into the water, an injury healed with a plan in case the pain roars again, her excitement as we approached the pool, bubbling over in joy to be back again, and her sharing the burden I had placed upon her, granting me forgiveness for laying that bag of bricks upon her wounded shoulders, a man who trusts God enough to put God and family and our church commitment before work ~ trusting God for the outcome, side splitting laughter, fantastic presentations by beautiful children, weather closure day ~ we don’t seem to be getting the snow, but are so very glad to be staying home out of the wind, children searching the Scriptures ~and asking questions, finding a starting point for conversation, no appointment necessary for 2 months!, a Godly precious woman who has put herself in my life, giant smiles from the pool from 2 of my girls as they returned to swim practice this week, the deep sleep that comes after an hour long swim, a box of bread & bagels shared with us by a friend, the opportunity to finish a “fun read” while my children worked independently, purple and blue skirts twirling as ballerinas practice their turns, singing together on the car ride home

     

    Friday, April 12, 2013

    This Week, April 7-13



  • In my life this week…Monday night/Tuesday morning sleep was difficult because of the wind, howling screeching shingle whipping wind all night and into Tuesday.  But the sweet part of that is that most activites were canceled and we were able to stay in, playing smath and watching a fun movie "during the week". 
    After the "Dry" Blizzard we discovered a little damage...our trampoline was broken into pieces and hung on our telephone line and trapped by a low power line.




  • In our homeschool this week…the basics and a full day of co-op fun, learning and fellowship.

  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…Builder is flying in on Friday evening to be home for our granddaughter's dedication before the congregation.  Mae has Coppelia rehearsal and there is a widows ministry event on Saturday morning.  Another full weekend.

  • My favorite thing this week was…singing with my girls, and hearing them discuss the Gospel one morning as they prepared brunch

  • My kiddos favorite thing this week was…getting back to swim practice after a 2 month break


  • I’m grateful for…my husband.  He sacrifices so much for our family, and this week he put us first again.  I'm humbled by his generosity to us.

  • I’m praying for… a family dear to us who are going through marital problems.  Emotional affairs are dangerous places.

  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…as we were all in the kitchen cleaning up from dinner one evening we were talking about stories and listening to music.  Mae said that she thinks of Lucy and Aslan when she hears "The Call", not Susan and Prince Caspian.  That got me to thinking, and looking for a youtube video for Mae.  To my delighted surprise, this is what I found...



  • Thursday, April 11, 2013

    Giveaway Winners

    The winners of the Dial Kids giveaway are Saving with #8Saveone and #17Suzie.  Please email me with your mailing addresses.  Thank you for stopping at By Quiet Waters. 

    Monday, April 8, 2013

    Freefall to Fly...The Journey to a Life of Meaning

    My story is not about me.

    The things that have happened, the questions that I ask.

    The answers received.

    All tell a greater story than a story about me.

    These words are my respone to Freefall to Fly, A breathtaking journey toward a life of meaning by Rebekah Lyons.

    At the beginning of reading this story, I found myself distracted by the author’s style of writing.  It too closely resembles my own tangled mess of memories and thoughts.  I even told my husband, at one point, that this book was frustrating me.  But in telling him the point of my frustration, a breathtaking realization came over me.  While Rebekah Lyons peppered the pages of the story with “I”, telling her story, my heart hungered to know “where is God in this?” And then a breakthrough in my own struggle to “tell my story” appeared.

    MY STORY is NOT about me. The story I’m being prompted to tell is the story of God’s redemption, of the beauty He makes of the ashes. This realization may not be what the author was aiming to reveal. But this is what telling our story does. When we tell our stories, and point up to the AUTHOR of them, doors of understanding are unlocked. Blinders fall off, deafness gives way to hearing.

    After thinking through all of this, I was able to sit back and glean further from the pages. Opening every chapter are quotes from various people. Within chapter three I found a quote familiar to me. I first heard something like it in a movie a few years back and had not been able to find it to add to my commonplace book.

    "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, nor our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?".   Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world…We were born to make manifest they glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."
    ~ a quote by Marianne Williamson found in chapter 3
    .
    Thank you Rebekah Lyons for pushing through the fear to make manifest the glory of God revealed in your story, your life.  By letting the Light shine, permission has been granted to others to do the same.

    Survivors make the most beautiful people ~ indeed.

    This book was provided to me by Handlebar Publishing in exchange for an honest review.  All of the opinions and thoughts here in response to this book are my own.

    Give Thanks, Sing Praise

    This song just keeps running through my mind as life speeds and circles and stops all at the same continuous time right in front of my feet.




    no longer counting, simply naming them, giving thanks for the gifts, praising the Giver

    Safe travel, A daughter’s tears over the harsh words someone else spoke to her sister, The finished product saved for momma to see first, A call to tell me that my prescription has been found, mixed in with the tools, Another call later, to remind me to take my prescription ~ knowing me so well he knew I’d missed my routine and would forget, Thank yous at bedtime, Baby giggles are just beginning, Miss Sunshine wanting our Scripture Memory tools, Home safe, Sunshine & school work, together ~ New summer clothes, Lunch with my 3 little ladies, Figuring out the grandbaby’s cries, learning to know what she is asking for, Pink pointe shoes lifting a smiling girl high, New friendships~ like minded girls, Sleep without nightmares, Middle school girls, Sleepy cats, Help cleaning the fridge, Team work at dinner, Resourcefulness, a daughter who looks for the sock basket before asking for new socks.  She found 15 pairs. the return of the flickers.  The birdsong singing good morning over us has returned ~ springtime.
     
     

    Weekly Goals

    This Week's Goals

    Family/Mothering
    One on one time with Mae, Petal Rose, Chica
    Family Movie or Game Night
    Begin new read aloud

    Finish Photo Book for Petal Rose
    Support Mae as she plans her Compassion presentation

    Personal
    Memorize Psalm 91:15-16
    Exercise 4 Days
    Read and journal 1 chapter  Because He Loves Me
    Read Freefall to Fly, The Lordship of Christ


    Homemaking
    Morning Freezer Cooking Session 
    Tie Cousin Quilt, Mail!

    Community
    Prepare lesson for youth girls Sunday School
    Write 2 letters of gratitude/encouragement
    Prepare for Compassion Sunday


    Last Week's Goals
    Family/Mothering
    One on one time with Mae, Petal Rose, Chica
    Family Movie or Game Night
    Read Tales of the Defended Ones

    Finish Photo Book for Petal Rose
    Support Mae as she plans her Compassion presentation

    Personal
    Memorize Psalm 91:15-16
    Exercise 4 Days
    Finish current math book, brushing up for College Algebra
    Read and journal 1 chapter each of Peacemaking for Families and Because He Loves Me
    Read  The Last of the Mohicans, Freefall to Fly


    Homemaking
    Morning Freezer Cooking Session  (quick wheat baking mix, crockpot bags)
    Finish binding on cousin quilt

    Community
    Prepare lesson for youth girls Sunday School
    Write 2 letters of gratitude/encouragement
    Finish Ephesian 6 Memory Copywork Book, am handing copies to a few people for feedback.  If you would like to review the Copywork book, let me know.
    Prepare for Compassion Sunday

    Business
    Bottle Vanilla Extract

    Friday, April 5, 2013

    This Week...

    This week started off a little differently than usual, it was good, but it threw me off!  I was out of the house every morning this week until today.  That makes "schooling" a little challenging, but with my children being older, they do pretty well at keeping up.

    Doing a journal entry like this post might be a fun way to keep track of some of the days that are flying quickly by.
  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…It is recital season and Mae will be rehearsing for Coppelia over the next few weeks.  She also gets to spend some time with a new friend on Sunday.  Tonight we had the pleasure of attending a friend's book launch

  • My favorite thing this week was…spending a little unexpected one on one time with 2 of my daughters, and a trip to Denver for time with the other two on Monday.  Nikki gave Petal Rose a keratin treatment and taught her how to straighten her hair.  Petal Rose has the most lovely spiral curls, but at 12 year old, they seem to be more a burden than a delight.  Now her curls are much more relaxed and easier for her to take care of.

  • Things I'm working on...I'm trying to finish up the latest cousin quilt.  Creating Scripture Memory copywork books is bringing me great delight.  We enjoyed The Shelter by Jeannie Fulbright, and I'm looking forward to memorizing more Psalms with my daughters using copywork and recitation.  After I finished up one, I am wondering if anyone would like a copy of it, to review and share thought with me?

  • I’m grateful for…community.  After many years in this area, we have found community in several places.  I am so thankful for how the circles of community seem to be overlapping more and more.  Mae has had the opporutinty to take science with a group of kids at our home school coop for the past 2 years.  That has been wonderful for her.  This year Petal Rose is able to take an improve class, and Chica is enjoying an art class.  The co op has been a blessing to our family.  I'm so thankful for the group of men and women who work so hard to keep it going. 

  • I’m praying for…so many people, life is full, hard and good all around.  Our daughter, the mother of JoyNess has been looking for work.  She has a lead on a CNA job.  She applied with the company and hopes to hear back from them next week.

  • I rewarded my kids this week by…telling them we will have a movie night on Saturday night, and one of their favorite dinners (grilled, marinated tilapia).

  • Something I am ogling or have my eye on…it's more that I am looking closely at 2 options for "high school".  Mae begins high school this fall.  We are leaning towards Sonlight, but are also interested in Liberty University high school.



  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…
    "Characters" from in the Hall of the Mountain King book launch









     

  • Letter Writing

    Each month, on the 1st Friday of the month, my Iphone beaps.  The message on the screen tells me that it is Compassion Letter Writing Day!
     

    Usually this is just a quiet activity that I complete at my desk, as my children have set aside different times for their letter writing.  The past week my children and I have been reading a book together that was HARD.  It prompted many discussions, and it drove us to the Bible.  And what we found there I wanted to share with the girls we sponsor through Compassion (I write to the girls, Builder writes to the boys and young men).  Here is what I wrote this month;


    For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

    Dear Precious Child

    The verse I started this letter with has a message I encourage you to think about.  The LORD God thinks about YOU!  He loves you and has a hopeful future for you.

    Over the last week my daughters and I have been reading a story that caused us to look into the Bible, to read about what God thinks about each of us.  In Zephaniah 3:17 we learned this:

    The LORD your God is in your midst, The Mighty One will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness.  He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

    How do those words make you feel?  Do you know that God rejoices over you?

    He does.  He loves you so very much.

    I hope these words encourage you.

    With love,

    your sponsor.
     
    It is my hope that in sharing this, you too will be encourage by these words.  The LORD rejoices over you.  And I hope to encourage you to write a letter of hope to someone, your own child, a sponsored child, or anyone you know that could use a little encouragement.

    This Moment ~

    This moment ~ a small part of a bigger happening on a sunny Easter Sunday, being caught with a few of the special ladies in my life, enjoying a few moments of womenhood.

     

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    Review & Giveaway, Dial Kids

    "Dial Kids Body & Hair Wash, for children ages 6+, offers mild cleansing without drying out your child's delicate skin.  Watery Melon and Berry Cool variants contain bright, vibrant colors and fun scents that take bath time to a whole new level of fun!"
     
    We received the sample of Dial Kids Watery Melon Body & Hair Wash.  Chica was excited to try out the new product, enjoying that it was "her own" to sample and report on.
     
    Chica has dealt with eczema, and notices irritants quite quickly.  She told me that her skin didn't feel dry after showering with the Body & Hair wash, and that it was fun only using one product for her hair and skin.  In a word, "WONDERFUL."
     

    If you would like to try this new soap for Kid from Dial, we have 2 FREE product coupons to giveaway.
     
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     The Purex insiders group provided me with a sample of Dial Kids Body & Hair Wash in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

    Tuesday, April 2, 2013