Friday, February 29, 2008

In the mail

I have to brag on my sweet husband. He just got grades back from one of his first seminary classes, and he aced it all the way through! It was such an encouragement to him. He was nervous about being able to produce work suitable for a highly academic MA program like the one he's in, so this was tremendous news for him.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

God always provides

Amazingly enough, Olivia and I are done with school VERY early today, so I thought I'd let you know about the wonderful gift God gave us through one of my directors. We had budgeted a little extra money for school this time around, hoping to establish a collection of craft supplies both for art for the girls and for some of the energy direction for Steven. The biggest thing on the list was paint - I wanted washable tempera paint and finger paints. Because we knew we needed that, everything else was tentatively on the list IF we had the money. I was asking the craft director at MDO about typical prices on tempera paint (to make sure I shopped at the right place and didn't pay too much), and she said, "Don't buy it yet!" She then proceeded to tell me about some that she had that she was never going to get around to distributing to smaller containers, and she offered them to me! Then she told me about some extra finger paints she had at home that she was never going to get through (they were the ones leftover AFTER she used all she could at MDO!), and offered them to me as well!
As you can see from this picture, the jugs aren't small! There were six gallon-size jugs. Three were almost full, one half full, and the other two almost empty, but even the almost empty yellow filled four of the paint cups you see Steven stacking and the almost empty red filling just over one cup! MORE than enough to last us for at least a little while!
Steven had a great time stacking the cups once they were filled. He LOVES to stack!
Isn't he cute? Anyway, because we didn't have to buy paints, we got to purchase everything else on our list plus a couple of extra things. God is SOOOO good to provide for even the simple little things like paints! Isn't it fun to serve our God?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Success!

The stuffed manicotti appears to have been a success! And, we now have a full meal in the freezer as our family only needed half the recipe. Yay for yummy new recipes! It did take a bit of patience to squeeze the filling into the pasta, but the taste was well worth the effort.

Tidbits of a day...

I'm realizing that I'm going to have to get used to blogging about the normal everyday occurences in our lives. I'm used to doing the special things - those special events or unexpected cute moments. But, this is about sharing our daily lives, and sharing the "normal" will take some adjustment. So, while Steven eats lunch, Angela colors, and Olivia finishes some independent work, I'll start practicing!

In Bible this week we are reading the story of Joseph - such a challenge to remember that the Lord is using us even when our circumstances stink! We're also learning Joshua 1:9, which reads, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified. Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!" This week we also learned about the Safwa people who do not have a Bible in their own language, and the Steing poeple of Vietnam who need better nutrition, orphanages, and education opportunities. Both girls love learning about people groups and missions, but Olivia especially is drawn to people of other cultures and their needs. Angela is becoming a little homefront prayer warrior, especially praying for those close to her.
Olivia's favorite subject seems to be history. She enjoys and excells in all of her subjects, but she is drawn to history. I think it goes along with her love for people - she really wants to know the stories and details about people. This week we've been learning about the building of the Great Wall of China, and we've been reading the fictional story of a little Chinese boy named Little Pear. Olivia has completed all of her first grade readers, so we've selected some age-appopriate readers based on historical figures. Earlier in the week she read about Christopher Columbus and now she is reading about Rene Descartes' problem with messiness! (Okay, so maybe he wasn't really messy, but it's a fun way to imagine his process of popularizing the Cartesian Coordinate System, and it does show how practical the system can be.)

Angela's favorite subject seems to be science. Both girls loved our last unit on space, and now that we are digging into electricity, they are seeking out all of the ins and outs of electricity that four and six year old minds can grasp! Our experiments have involved magnets, most recently extending into how magnets and electricity can work together. Today we talked about the process by which electricity helps us use our telephones, receive tv signals, and receive power in our homes. Angie delights in science experiments and readily absorbs the scientific information she receives.

Steven's favorite subject is chaos! :-) Today he decided to distribute the cards of a matching game across the living room floor to add a touch of challenge to the game! My goal is to create an actvitiy station for him, striving to divert some of that energy into more productivity and less destruction. You can pray for me in that area!

So, there you are - just a little glimpse into our day and week. Nice and normal! I love it! :-)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Blessed Weekend

I have to tell you - our weekend was wonderful! For those of you who didn't know, Doug had been asked to fill the pulpit at a church in Arkansas. It was to be our first weekend to not have a "home" church anymore, so Doug agreed and put it on the calendar. Then my mother jumped on the idea of us traveling and took the opportunity to offer to "sacrifice" and keep the kids at their house! :-) So, it went from a weekend of being on the road again to our first ever opportunity to be away from the kids over night! What an amazing blessing! I was a bit concerned about Steven, but he was amazing! We gave him hugs and kisses and told him bye, and then when he realized we were leaving he gave one little cry of "Mommy!" and started to run to me. He got halfway to me, told me he loved me, and then ran back to his Legos, happy as could be! He dove in and proceeded to entertain and delight his grandparents and great-grandparents to no end for the rest of the weekend. What a blessing! Doug and I had a great trip, thoroughly enjoying a kid-free drive, trip to Mardel, meals, and night in the hotel. God really touched and blessed the whole weekend, and we are so thankful!

Oh - and just to get a little chuckle out of a few of you - Doug preached from behind a clear pulpit this weekend!!!!! :)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Not Quite Enough

Okay, we tried the recipe today, and it made for some great beef, but there was not even a hint of Italian seasoning! I'll have to try it again with more Italian dressing and I'll let you know how it comes out next time!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

And so it begins...

Welcome to our blog! I hope that you'll enjoy little insights into our days.

Yesterday we were able to enjoy something we hadn't enjoyed for a while - a sunshiny day with enough warmth for outdoor play! When it has been warm enough to be outside, it's been too wet. When it's been dry, it's been frigid! Not exactly the typical Southern winter we're used to! The yard is still too soggy to get to really run around in it, but that didn't stop us. Doug made a quick run to the store before work and surprised us with a couple of brand new tubs of sidewalk chalk! So, we took the chalk and some bubbles out to the back patio and just soaked up that sunshine!




Here are a few more snapshots from recent weeks...


My three sweeties watching Bugs Bunny on the computer while Doug and I rearranged the living room and playroom.


The kids got season one of The Muppet Show from their grandparents for Christmas, and that is their favorite evening viewing pleasure these days. So, one or two nights a week, we gather on the futon couch for an episode of "show," as Steven calls it.


We celebrated National Puzzle Day last month with new puzzles all around. Even Steven joined in on the fun, for at least a few minutes!