Monthly Archives: August 2007

International Blog Day!

 

Can you belieeeeeve it?!!   It’s finally here!  —

International Blog Day!!!

At last!  (I’ve been waiting weeks to celebrate!!) 

I found an educational calendar that listed August 31st as “International Blog Day”, and decided to surprise you on this most special occasion!

I don’t really know what it means, but —- man, oh man,  can you feel the excitement in the air?!!!!

Oh Happy Day!   — and Congratulations!

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Tagged.

tag #4

The trouble with tags….

they keep rubbing until you finally do something about them. 

I’ve been tagged by Dale over at Riches and Grace.  (Link on my sidebar)

The problem is that I don’t have much time to play this week.  –Especially now that I am responsible for the education of my child, and the reality of it is sinking in, and I realize that I have no one else to blame if my child doesn’t do well in school, and I can’t talk about the teachers being a problem, and I have figured out that it is really hard to teach planned lessons to a five year old and adapt it to a 3 year old as well, and to plan for and effectively teach 12 different subjects, and I think that this is possibly the longest run-on sentence in the world, and if I can’t even type without making a huge run-on sentence, I am wondering how in the world I am going to be able to teach him Language Arts?    (eh, hmmm…….ok……deep breath and count….1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10…..Whew!  I feel better!)

So…..without time to properly tag and link, I victimize you, the lucky reader, to respond to my tag in a comment! 

 Here’s eight things about me:

  1. I was born with a birthmark on my face that required two surgeries to correct.  I think I was the only 4 year old that knew what the words, “Cavernous hemangioma” meant.
  2. I was saved at the age of six.
  3. I know a little about alot, but not alot about much of anything.
  4. I have eaten a rooster comb.
  5. I never had a real best friend until about 9 years ago.
  6. Although I don’t now get a chance to do it, I love fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, and water skiing.
  7. I once walked up to Chuck Norris for an autograph, and realized only within about 4 feet of him, it was not Chuck, but his double. 
  8. I have given birth to all four of my children naturally and without an epidural.

Now, it’s your turn — please leave a comment with 8 things about you. 

The tag is there…It’s rubbing YOUR back now!  The only way to get rid of the annoyance, is to respond to it, and leave a comment!

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At School.

Whew!  We made it through the first day!

It all began at 7:00 (‘sh) when I forced myself to enter the world of “early risers”!  I showered, got dressed, and proceeded to push the boys out of bed.  The great part was that they were already excited and anxious to start their first day of school! Continue reading

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Laughing 7.

I’ve been “babatized” again 😉

As we were swimming in the pool yesterday, my five year old suddenly gets the idea that he wanted to “babatize” me!   It went something like this:

Son:   “Mom, can I babatize you?”

Mom:  “Sure!”

(Son grabs my arm and asks)  “Are you ready to command Jesus?”

Mom:  “Um……….no?!”

Son:  “Ok, then….do you LOVE Jesus?”

Mom:  “Yes!”

Son:  “Do you have a bible?”

Mom:  “Yes”

Son:  “How many bibles do you have?”

Mom:  “Um……probably ten?”

Son (as he is dunking me under water):  “Then I command to babatize you.”

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A Big “Woo-Hoo”!

Let’s all give our God a big “Woo-Hoo” for His awesome work in Liam’s life this week.  I just found out that he has gained five pounds in less than a week and is improving daily!

 Thank you all for your prayers and support for Liam’s family. 

God is good and gracious to hear our requests.  —- Wooooooo Hooooo!!!

 ***Updated:  Be sure to check the comments on this post and read what Liam’s Mom has to say!  (We love you Gretchen!)***

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Beautiful Trials.

 

Bro. Mike, over at “Thoughts from A Shallow Mind” (although he ISN’T shallow!), has written a beautiful post that encourages us all to rethink the trials in our life. 

 How true it is that before we can experience growth and joy, we must first realize what it means to face hardship. 

Even our Savior, Jesus Christ, knew that He had to be obedient to His call to face the cross.  Dale  also commented,

“Just like clay, we must submit ourselves to the pressure of the Potter’s hands so that He can mold us into the perfect (complete) work according to His plan.

If we stop and think about it, isn’t it the weathered, distressed look of the antique that makes it so valuable? Accordingly, we should wear the marks of God’s hand, rejoicing in them, and realize those (and the mark of His blood) are what make us have value in Him.”

“From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” Galatians 6:17

May we all have scars of wisdom, and the courage to count it all joy in whatever trials come our way.     

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Sending Me A Reminder.

At the post office yesterday, I ran into a friend whom I haven’t seen in a while.  Cindy is such a sweet person, with a wonderful family in the church we still call “home”. 

Little did I know, but Cindy has been reading my blog! Welcome Cindy 🙂

We got to talking about our kids and one of the things we have in common with our sons — seizures.  Her teenage son has had several seizures.  They are different from the type of seizures my son experiences in that my son’s are always related to fever, and his are not. 

She said something that later made me think, and served as a reminder to slow down a bit.  With all the business of our life right now, I realize that I may be putting my son at more of a risk for seizure.  She was talking about someone else that was told by a doctor to stay home if their child was tired and get him to rest.  Rest is important and the lack of it often contributes to other problems, as we all know.

So, as I was thinking about that comment, I realized that my son does show signs of weariness right before seizure episodes. His latest one happened after 10:30 p.m. and on a day that he had not had a nap.

We have been doing too much — trying to squeeze every moment out of every day, and he sometimes misses naps or stays up too late.  I know this is not good for him.

So…that being said, I appreciate the reminder, Cindy, (and God) to slow down.  I resolve to try to manage my schedule better, and see to it that Brett is a more rested child.

 As a matter of fact, it’s 10:16 a.m…….sounds like a good time for a morning nap.  Guess I’ll have to go lay down WITH him! 😉

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A Great day.

I had the blessing of having lunch with two wonderful ladies today.  These two elderly women have more energy and “spunk” that I think I will ever have!  They are active in their faith, and look forward to daily giving to others. 

Both widows and in their eighties, they call each other almost daily.  Laughing, and cutting up with each other, they share days together serving others.  They hand-make cards with scripture verses and deliver them to area hospitals where they are placed on patient food trays.  Once a week, they also volunteer at an area women’s shelter.

A recent phone conversation with one of them led to a discussion about the God inspired events happening at Oak Street.  Once I explained, there was no other option but to take them there so they could check it out! 

On the way, we picked up toilet paper and coffee.  Then, we picked up food donated by another lady at our church and took it all to the center.  One of these two ladies also brought some MRE’s (pre-packaged food usually provided for military men and women).  She had been praying that God would show her a place that could truly use them! 

It was so wonderful to see these ladies truly grasp ahold of the vision shared with them by the center’s director.  They are now so excited about the possibility of further support with this ministry.

God used His mighty hand to gently guide these two elderly women further into His service. 

And just think….I was there to see it! 

It’s been a great day!

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Hearing Prayers for Liam.

***This is an urgent prayer request***

…Please join in prayer for the son of my husband’s coworker.  He is eight years old, has lost twelve pounds recently, and is becoming very weak.  They are expecting blood test results today.  His name is Liam.

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The Superintendent.

God is the Superintendent.  My husband is the Principal.  I am the teacher.  My son is beginning kindergarten!

Through God’s leading, we are beginning homeschool in two weeks.  This, a decision we don’t take lightly, has been prayed over, and held in consideration for some time now. 

Though we are going to take it year-by-year, we know that for now the decision to homeschool is the right one for us in 2007.  God has given us the opportunity, the curriculum, and a group of very supportive friends through a new new co-op in the area.  (Praise the Lord! — thank you, ladies 🙂 

Why homeschool?  Well, for several reasons…most of all because God has simply given us direction to do it.  In many instances in the bible, it states that we should “teach our children” the ways of the Lord, and though one can still accomplish that task AND send their children to public school, it seems increasingly difficult to strengthen Christian teaching at home while the child is spending 8 hours under the influence of a godless environment. 

Unfortunately, the government has seen to it that Christian viewpoints and the practicing of Christian ethics are “unacceptable” in public school.  –What a sad realization!?  Even Christian teachers and administrators have to work everyday in fear for their job if they respond to the spiritual needs of a child at school.  The very mention of God’s name can be enough to put their job in jeapordy. 

Children who do have Christian homes are taught to respect God’s name and to stand in awe of His creations.  Then, they are sent out the door to deal all day with a world that stands to destroy the very ideas their parents just taught them. 

The youngest children, especially, are at risk because they are so impressionable and need to be grounded on God’s foundation before they are ready to face such worldly suggestions. 

“Moreover your little ones and your children, who you say will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil…”  Deuteronomy 1:39

So…we have accepted God’s directive to teach our children the ways of the Lord.  We plan to teach them how to read His word, spell His name, write His words on their heart, and add up the blessings he bestows upon their life.  We will credit God for the work of His creations, acknowledge His power to change history, and praise Him in song through music.  Our foreign language studies will concentrate on the need to share the gospel message with people around the world.  Character and good citizenship will be emphasized under the example left to us by our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. 

For many, many reasons, we choose to incorporate Christian principles in every academic subject we will study.  This is the exciting part!  –No constraints.  No subjecting our boys to educational theories that conflict with the word of God.  No study for meaningless tests that waste valuable time.  An opportunity to spend valuable time with them in their early years, building a strong God-filled life foundation.  — This is why we are homeschooling.

Will I be able to do it?  — Prayerfully!  I know it won’t be easy, and much like a first year teacher, I’m sure I will make lots of mistakes.  However, for us, it is the right thing to do.  We welcome the opportunity, and consider it an honor.

My son is excited and ready to learn.  My initial lesson plans are almost complete.  We’re about to set up the school “room”, and plan a fun-filled first day! 

In the mean time, I thought I would share this video with you.  It so perfectly exemplifies the excitement of teaching our children God’s word.

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