Monday, October 27, 2008

Brown Bagel Bears

Can you guess what letter of the alphabet we were studying when we did this snack? Oh, homeschooling has so many perks! Why else would a mother actually purchase Cookie Crisp? Well, other than the fact that it is Daddy's favorite cereal.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

No Other Gods-Week 6 and a Get-Together!

Okay, this week was all about focusing on the God of Gods. Let's talk about Him first and then I'll give you some get-together info. :) Here are your discussion questions for this week.

1. What practical steps can we take toward improving our ability to sit, listen, and call on God? Has anything specifically worked for you? Can you tell a big difference when you do those things?

2. Have you ever had an experience with a physical idol, similar to Alli's experience with the Athena statue? How does it make you feel about your idols?

3. What attributes of God have shown themselves to you this week?

I can't wait to read your responses! Now, onto the party!

Can you believe this is already week 6? We only have two weeks left! You know what that means don't you? A Get-Together! Any of you located anywhere near St. Louis, we'll be getting together at Dianna's place for brunch on November 8th. So I have a few questions for you about our Get-Together, of course, involving food! :) To the Central-ladies, I'll be sending you info with time and directions, etc. If you aren't a Central girl, but would like to come, email me at and I'll include you in the details!

This book has lots of recipes in it and they sound so scrumptious to try. We already have expressed desire for the pumpkin muffins and pot roast, but that doesn't necessarily sound like brunch? Maybe it does to you? Okay, so I'm thinking either we all pick a recipe from the book to try and bring it to the brunch or we all bring our favorite brunch food to share. Which would you rather do? Any other suggestions? Include your answers in the comments below and whether or not you will be attending. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. Good thing it's almost lunch time. Love you ladies! Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

E-I-E-I-O and U and A and Sometimes Y

I picked these up last year to help Miss A with learning her short vowels. She loved them. Now that Miss A is actually reading this year, she picked them up and wanted to do the whole box (at the same time). She did it! In about 10 minutes! They are a fantastic way to reinforce or teach reading skills. Looks like I'll be getting these soon or maybe these.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

Have I told you there's no one else above you
Fill my heart with gladness
Take away all my sadness
Ease my troubles thats what you do

Okay, so I'm not really a Rod Stewart fan, but the lyrics are fitting. I feel so honored to have been given some awards and I want to pass them along to a few of you. First of all, Mama Hen over at Clucks from the Henhouse gave me this award. Isn't it pretty?
To translate the gift from Portuguese to English, it means:
This blog invests and believes, the proximity. [meaning, that blogging makes us 'close' -being close through proxy]. They all are charmed with the blogs, where in the majority of its aims are to show the marvels and to do friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize, and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut, or that they propagate? Then let’s try to give more attention to them! So with this prize we must deliver it to 8 bloggers that in turn must make the same thing and put this text.

So, I'm supposed to send this to eight other bloggers. I'm going to break the rules and do three. These are the three bloggers who I miss dearly in real life and enjoy their blogging so much to keep in "close proximity." Heather, Chandra, and Meghan, this award is for you too! I love you ladies!

1. Life with the Jenkins
2. Little Boys Blue Crew
3. The Bumgarner Family

The next award came from Tyler at Titus 2:3-5. It's the BFF award. I wish I could give her a second one of these, because I really enjoy her blog. We have many things in common, including a love for Women's Ministry, and I would just love to meet her in real life sometime. Thanks for the award!

I'm passing this one along to two women who I also would love to meet in real life sometime.

First of all, Lindsey at The Carlson Crew. We share a kindred bond in the loss of our children and I just want to wrap my arms around her and give her a hug! She has had a really difficult year, yet her blog is so inspirational. We have a secret plan to meet at Cinderella's Castle in DisneyWorld. We're just waiting patiently for God's provision. :)

Second, Carrie at Life is Like a Mountain Railway. You know why I want to meet you! ;) Carrie stumbled across my blog and started communicating to do the No Other Gods Study with me. She has a great love for God, her children, homeschooling, organizing, bargain shopping, and is one of the most generous women I know! I would love to meet her in real life and give her a big hug too!

Monday, October 20, 2008

All Good Things Must...

Come to an end. Let the new phase begin. Sigh.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

No Other Gods-Week Five

Oh I pray that you all have had a great week doing this study! This was a week rich in scriptures that speak to me in new ways each time that I read them. Maybe you feel the same way.

The Israelites in the desert. Joshua and Caleb. The Rich Young Ruler. Abraham and Sarah and Isaac. All these stories I've heard time and time again, yet they spoke to me anew.

Let's get started with the questions this week. There were too many great ones to choose from. Decide which ones speak most to you and comment on those or just comment on something that really struck you this week. Basically, say whatever you want to, we're listening!

1. Without getting into specific idols, unless you feel that pull, discuss how craving an idol is different than wanting it or needing it. (Page 103)

2. What does it mean to say God "over-fills" our desire for sin (page 105)? Is God just being spiteful? What are some good reasons that He might "over-fill" our lusts? Have there been times when this has happened to you? If so, share as you are willing.

3. Have you ever tasted or brought back fruit from a future promise that had not been fully realized? In other words, have you ever experienced a glimpse of what God promised you would eventually have in full? If so, describe your experience and whether or not it gave you the faith to keep pressing on. (Page 108)

I'll be back tomorrow to post my answers. We've got groceries and parades and banks and bills to contend with today.

By the way, you all had wonderful and insightful answers last week and I really enjoyed reading them. Thanks so much for sharing in this study with me and for your perseverance. Oh, and I totally forgot to post my answers last week. I'll go comment on last week tomorrow too!

Check back in later this week because I'm going to put up a post about our little get-together! Have a wonderful fall weekend!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Best Part of Baking Apple Pie

Why is it that I give them an apple to eat and they ask me to peel it. Then, we peel a ton of apples for apple pie and they ask if they can eat the peels?

By the way, the pies were fabulous, but I forgot to take a finished picture! We used this recipe. I mean, if someone can bake an apple pie, wouldn't it be Paula? They looked beautiful and were delish! Um, we cheated and used refrigerated roll out pie crusts! Please don't tell Paula. :)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

No Other Gods-Week Four

Aimee had her baby this week! Click here to meet Grant and send Aimee some love. She had just finally gotten her book a week ago and then had a very busy week this week with a family member's surgery and the birth of her baby, so continue lifting her family up in prayer this week. Congratulations Aimee!

This week's study probably stepped on a lot of our toes. I know it did mine! I have always loved the story of Rachel and Leah and for the exact reasons of what we studied this week. Why is it that we can't seem to get past the fact that the grass is NOT always greener on the other side? It always seems like it is, but it never is! We get to the other side and get everything we want, and then suddenly we look back over the fence at the very side we just came from and it looks greener over there!

This idea is true in so many areas of our lives, but as women I think marriage vs. singleness and pregnancy vs. infertility is one area that affects every single one of us at different times in our lives. Ooh to be content with the portion that I am given and fill myself up with Him alone! It is a daily battle and one that I will never give up on! Let's continue to battle it together!

Here's this week's questions. I'll be back this afternoon to give my answers. "Talk" to you then. Have a wonderful Saturday ladies!

1. Describe a time when you finally got the very thing/person you had longed for and it didn't make you as happy as you thought it would. (page 89)

2. Write about something/someone you don't have but are convinced would make you happy if you could obtain it. (page 89)

3. On page 93 you read, "People will do far crazier things when something threatens their ultimate thing." Can you think of examples from the Bible or from current news?

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Swatting Sounds

This is another "game" we've been doing in school. That pretty flower there that Miss A is holding is actually a fly swatter that my mom gave us. It was too pretty for me to use on the flies, so we went with the sweet revenge instead. Anyway, that left me trying to find a good way to use the swatter. So, we came up with a little game that is adaptable for many different things. Here's how we're using it.

Miss C. is still learning letter sounds and matching capital and lowercase together. So, she spreads all her letter cards on the floor and Miss A and I yell out either a letter or it's sound. She runs around the room until she finds it and then swats it with the too-pretty-for-flies-fly-swatter. They laugh hysterically and she LOVES IT.

Miss A loved it so much that she wanted to play, so we came up with a more sophisticated game for her. Since she is learning to read, we used her sight word flashcards. She spread them all over the floor and then I yelled out a different word and she had to go swat it.

It is a fantastic game, though I don't recommend doing it before naptime as it is NOT a "calming" game. Oh, and you might want to reinforce the swatter with a little duct tape. Not that I had to do that or anything. Maybe I should do a lesson on the art of gentle swatting. Gentle swatting, is that an oxymoron?

We might even start using this game for math. This would be a great way to practice math facts too. Anyone else have an idea for how to use the too-pretty-for-flies-fly-swatter-now-reinforced-with-duct-tape?

Friday, October 3, 2008

No Other Gods-Week Three

Is it just me or is it easier to see the false gods in other people's lives than it is to see the ones in your own life? I spent this week traveling with my children to visit my family and help with some "family projects" while my husband stayed home to work. I was gone for five days and four nights.

While doing my studies in the evenings, for whatever reason, all the things of the day related to other people's gods were the first things that came to mind. I had to spend some time really focusing on setting aside all of their false gods to hear God talking to me about my own false gods.

It's amazing how many different things we can make into gods and how easily we do it. If you don't believe that, just spend some time with family and you'll see it!

I'm really enjoying this study and enjoying your comments, but can I just say that tearing down these lies and idols is hard work! I'm getting more and more excited about the day that there will be no gods to tear down, no temptations to have other gods, only satisfaction in the one true God!

I don't want to miss the process of putting Him first though. That's why I really loved this quote from this week's study. On page 70, Kelly writes, "Of course, we may feel grief when parting with something we enjoy, but if true conviction is present, we will begin to look at that thing as something that was taking the place of God, something that was stealing from us. As we rid it from our lives we will be hopeful with anticipation, anxious to see what God will do in this newly-created space. We will not look for loopholes. We will be resolved. We will know that we are in a position to gain, not to be stolen from any longer."

I want to not be stolen from any longer. I want my family to not be stolen from any longer, but I can only tear down the false gods in my own life. It's not easy, but I am hopeful about what God will create in those spaces. Let's get busy making some space. :)

Thanks so much for your comments last week, I can't wait to hear from you this week! Here are our questions.

1. Look back at the first few questions on day 2 (p. 61). Were all three things that the serpent said about the fruit true? If you answered yes, why is that a frightening fact?

2. Sometimes we second guess our ability to hear God, wondering, "Did I really hear God right when He said...?" How do you deal with such questions?

3. Is there anything you've been convinced to give up this week? Is so, tell about it.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Friday Night Church

I was sitting in Friday Night Church two weeks ago with Miss A who is 5 years old now. It was time for communion and the poor girl was just famished. She was whining, I mean, asking me why I wouldn't let her have any bread and juice, because she was just starving. I politely told her to be quiet and that we would talk to Daddy about it when we got home.

Fast Forward a few hours....

Daddy has a lovely and very heartfelt conversation with Miss A about how you have to believe in Jesus and accept Him as your Savior before you can do communion. She says, "I believe in Jesus." So, they have a lengthy discussion about how you can say you believe in Jesus, but do you really know what it means, etc. She is adamant, "I believe in Jesus. I'm ready to take communion."

Then the conversation moves to baptism and when you are ready to be baptized and what it means, etc. I interject a lovely little story about how Mommy got baptized when she was 6-years-old. I talked to our pastor and answered all the questions the right way, but I wasn't quite sure now that I really understood what it meant at the time. So she needed to make sure that she knew exactly what it means first.

Daddy told the story of how he was baptized when he was 11 years old and it was because he did something wrong and knew that he had done something wrong and needed Jesus as his Savior.

She insisted, "Then I will get baptized when I am 10. Is 10 okay?" More discussion followed, as you can imagine.

Fast Forward a week...

We're getting ready to go to Friday Night Church again. On her way out to the van I catch Miss A saying this to Miss C. "I get to sit in church with Mommy again tonight. I have to be quiet and just sit there. And, I can't take communion because I haven't been baporated."

Baporated? Obviously she understands it all perfectly.