August 30, 2007
Here's the post that says how God made that possible in such an awesome way.
We are so excited!!! ~And so are my sweet parents who want to know what brand of peanut butter we eat and what kind of tea we like. : )
Aren't they the best? -Letting all 6 of us invade their condo for a week!
Since are flying stand by, we are going to bring small amounts of luggage and carry it on. Which means that I am not going to be able to use my 'gift.'
Which is over packing. I'm really good at that!
So, I may have luggage withdrawals but it's better this way.... I don't want my PJ's in some other state once I finally reach CA. (I had that happen on our last trip out there)
We are going to do some fun sight seeing and get to see some wonderful people.
I'm going to get to spend some time with my sister, who I love dearly.
My aunt is coming from AZ to see us!!! I haven't seen her in 13 yrs. What a treat, that will be!
My hubby's brother will just happen to be there on business that week, which was an unexpected blessing.
We'll see my step brother, sister-in-law and their sweet children. Our kids had a blast with them the last time we were out there.
Of course, I can't wait to see my parents. I haven't seen my mom in 3 years. She was caring for her dying mother all that time and could never come and visit us with my dad, who comes to spend a week with us every February. He wasn't able to make it this year, which caused one of the kids to say that "February isn't February without Granddaddy Don."
Here is another neat thing that will happen: our kids will get to meet and thank the man who shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with their dad back when he was 20! How blessed we all are today because of it!
August 29, 2007
weird things sound like fun dates.
Two weeks ago it was a 'hot date to Famous Tate' to look at refrigerators. ; )
This weekend it was a night out at Home Depot, (whoo hoo) but we threw in a trip to Star Bucks to make it seem more like a date...
And on the way home, we decided to watch a movie after the kiddos went to bed. My hubby suggested Sleepless in Seattle.
As I was getting ready to get cozy on the couch, I noticed that it wasn't Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks on our TV screen....
Something was wrong with the picture!
-It was a bunch of men running up and down on a football field....
Then my cute hubby said
"I'm sorry. Pre-season football must be from the devil." (my thoughts exactly!!!)
"It's going to have to be Sleepless in Miami tonight instead."
I laughed and laughed.
Good thing there is a much better date in store for us in the near future, that's for sure!
And it's a special one...
to celebrate 16 yrs. of marriage! One that doesn't include looking at trim or discussing paint colors or touchdowns...yahoo!
August 26, 2007
And here are some pictures of what he's accomplished in spite of everything! He's amazing!
It's so open now. We love it.
This is a granite bar where the bookcase was.
I'll post some more when it's all finished.
August 23, 2007
And here is what she's picked up on by watching her show:
Joy: "You know what Mom? Martha is not frugal!" (I got a kick out of that)
~ Frugality is what her mom is all about! Ask the tooth fairy! : )
Now, here is 'Good Thing' of hers that we are both pretty excited about...
Did you know that if your hands smell like onions or garlic, and you rub them on stainless steel the order will go away!? How cool is that?! Who knew? We can't wait to try it!
Quotation Question. What should be our prayer about our speech and thoughts? Psalm 19:14 "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer."
Joy knew the verse already but it really struck her this time. She said "Wow, I need to meditate on this one." (so do I Sister, so do I)She loved "the Rock and my Redeemer" part! And then she ran off to find our friend Carlos, who is working on our kitchen and asked him if he wanted to hear "a strong memory verse." And he did. : )
Speaking of JBQ, my hubby and I were asked to coach Joy and Andrew's team this year. Our kiddos are really excited about it. We love JBQ and since we are at all the matches anyway, we might as well. My hubby said he planned on being a laid back coach. Then, just to tease me, he started quoting lines from the movie Kicking and Screaming. You know the part where the coach is all hyped up on coffee and only cares about winning...
I'll make sure he doesn't pray over a match and then tell the team to "break someone's clavicle." I promise! ; )
August 21, 2007
And today, we were suppose to eat what Mafutu ate on the island...and well, Publix doesn't have breadfruit, but they did have the coconuts and bananas.... After we picked out our coconuts, a certain somebody asked me if I was SURE that Mafatu didn't eat Hostess Ding Dongs on the island... No, sorry. Good try though!
Since we are still in the middle of a kitchen remodel, don't ask me why we were having trouble locating a hammer and a nail. But when we laid eyes on a drill or two, we thought we were home free!Carlos hadn't come to work on the kitchen yet, or he may have had something to say about us getting coconut goopies all over his drills and bits. : )
August 20, 2007
Every year I make an ideal schedule that I want us to follow for school and every year it's a little unrealistic. And that's OK.
On the top of the schedule this year, I put Prov. 3:5-6 "In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths." That is to remind me to be sure I'm letting Him lead our day and be the 'Director' of our schedule. : )
Over all we are enjoying it. Zach likes Sonlight. The kids and I are getting the hang of Learning Adventures. (A New World of Adventure) It's been fun but our days are very full. We start Bible at 7:30 and we end school somewhere between 3 and 4:00. I miss those early elementary days when we were done in 2 hrs. But, this is a new season...
And I've decided I'm going to love the high school years. It is a different ballgame but it has definite pluses for the mom!!! -I don't have to do the record keeping! Yahoo!
August 17, 2007
As I was working at the registration desk at VBS, my friend came up and said:
"God healed her! God totally healed her." She had tears in her eyes.
She was referring to a 12 yrs. old girl named K. She is very petite and hearing impaired.
Here's the story:
K comes to children's church and she and her sister ask for prayer every week that she be healed. My friend prayed for her many times. Her little sister would pray even more earnestly for K than she did for herself. Her prayer was that K could walk and play. The doctors said that she would always have Lupus.
Well, she's been out of her wheel chair for awhile now...
When my friend saw her at VBS, she asked her how she was feeling. K's happy mom, said "Tell
her." And K said "The doctor said there is no more trace of Lupus in my body!!!" Hallelujah!
And there she was helping at VBS and she ended up being in my group. I had the privilege of talking to her one night. She is the sweetest girl! She's excellent at reading lips.
She has one more request.
Her hearing. There is an upcoming surgery that they believe will fix her hearing. Or of course, God can do it. K is going to be in my prayers about this! Meeting her was the highlight of my week.
He is faithful!
August 15, 2007
As we were getting ready to embark on our journey into home schooling high school and making Zach's schedule, we realized he needed an elective. We decided to go with this near by co-op type group. They offer classes to homeschoolers that are taught by certified teachers. The classes all meet one day a week and then the students are given 4 days worth of homework. (which gives them some experience in a college type of schedule) There were plenty to choose from and we narrowed down what looked good to him to either a Modern Ensemble music class or the Entrepreneurial Business and Web Design class. (I'd love to take that one myself!)Zach was leaning towards the music class because of his love for the drums. (he practices 2 hrs. a day) The teacher of the course is going to take all the students musical abilities
(given they have any, they said) : )
and form a rock band. They are going to play old rock. (Beach Boys etc...)
Zach was a little disappointed about that because he loves contemporary Christian and praise and worship music.
Anyway, we left it up to him to pray about and decide. He decided to go with the business/web design class because he said old rock just isn't his thing and that he would at least still have the family band to play with.
Well, the very next day, when we were at church, one of the pastors who knows that Zach plays the drums, asked if he would like to play along with a keyboardist and a guitarist during the alter call time in children's church!
It was amazing. Just the type of thing he wanted to do.
God gave him the "desires of his heart" immediately and it was so cool!
August 14, 2007
I guess it's my Type A -ness, but if my menu plan for the week say BBQ burgers for dinner then I am going to BBQ burgers no matter what the weather is doing. : )
August 11, 2007
August 10, 2007
My kids and I and even my hubby often quote our favorite scenes from the Disney (Kevin Sullivan) version. (that shows how often they've had to watch it with me! Teasing! They like it too) : )
This week I discovered this at the library......
And I was thrilled! I really enjoyed it! It is the BBC version. It doesn't really compare to the Disney version but it does follow the books more closely. So, if you've read Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island than you might in enjoy it too. We were hooked even though the acting wasn't as good. If you're a die hard Anne fan, then it's fun to see anything about her! : )
And if you are one, then you'll really like this book. It has "Anne" projects and recipes. I recommend the plum puffs!!! : )
~Becky, who is a really big Anne fan!
August 7, 2007
I usually help with registration and then go help with preschool crafts. I'm always in awe of the "Queen of Preschool crafts" as I like to call her. She lets them do fun things like PAINT and use glitter. Oh, the thought of a room full of preschoolers and paint about makes me shudder. This is why I'm not the Queen of Preschool crafts. : )
She always does it so well and in such an orderly fashion, that grown up helpers, as well as the kids, have a blast.
Last year, my oldest son, Zach and I decided to be a 'team leaders' and have our very own group of preschoolers to take to and from the various activities. (games, Bible story, crafts, choir and snack)
Oh Mercy! They put about 10 boys and 2 girls on our team. And those boys were something else. About 3 of them had "ISSUES" as my kids would say. Truly they were the most defiant kiddos I'd ever seen.
And after we had some leaders pushed by them and some kids spit on and many refusals to do anything we said... my world was rocked and Zach was not thrilled about the upcoming week because that was only the first night! When I got home I told my hubby my plight and asked (begged) : ) him to come with me the next night and "to please look tall and mean." I don't think he pulled off looking mean but he is tall and great with kids! Having him there was a great help and he came with me for the next two nights.
So, this year? I'm taking a brake from preschoolers, cute as they are.. and helping with elementary kids crafts and registration.
Zach is helping this year too but they weren't taking him alive if he had to help with preschoolers again. : )
And so he picked the nice refined age of 4th grade to work with. And he's enjoying it. He's got a sweet and obedient bunch of kids this year and they just happen to be all girls. And ya know, that might have something to do with it being so easy. But that's just a theory! ; )
August 4, 2007
When we started this kitchen remodel adventure I kept thinking, "this is going to make my life crazy but it will be OK because it's summer and I can handle this in the summer. I could never handle this while homeschooling."
Well, as they say, "Never say never!" because NOW I get to find out that I CAN do homeschooling and remodeling! ; )
The other thing I thought I'd never do, is have company while we are in the temporary kitchen. (really the family room which is rigged with water)
We've already canceled on this dear couple once and it would be awful to do it again even though they would understand. They are coming over to teach me how to be the treasurer of the home school group and download the program on our computer. They are such servants in our church. It's an honor to have them come over for dinner as well as get this treasurer lesson. I'm not sure they understand that they are coming to eat in a construction zone though.
Last year, I said I would never start my homeschooling year on or before Vacation Bible School. I know a family who does that and I thought that sounded crazy. That week wears me out. But, guess what happened? When I figured out that I need 18 weeks to make a high school semester, plus a week off for our vacation in Sept. I found out that I need to start our school year on the same week as VBS week. AHH!
And I NEVER can just drop my kiddos off and go have dates with my hubby 5 nights that week. (although the thought has crossed my mind) I'm just compelled to help all those sweet workers at our church who pull this thing off every night and make it an awesome week for almost 400 kids. But, because I want to keep my sanity, I have not volunteered to do the preschoolers this year. ha ha (but that's another post for another day)
See if I ever say "never" again! ; )
I'm sure all this will add some blog fodder to my life, so that's a good thing.
August 3, 2007
And so we girls have decided what we are going to do:
First, a trip to Starbucks..
Then a stop at Blockbuster for a chick flick (because this is our big chance to watch one)
and then we'll bake some cookies. : )
Have a great weekend!