October 1, 2009

Kerrville Homeschoolers has moved!

I've been working hard on my homeschool blog!

I much prefer Wordpress over Blogger (*reason #1 because blogger won't let me post a link!!!! you actually have to type in the address because blogger is so BAD that it actually inserts blogger.com into the link) so I've moved www.kerrvillehomeschoolers.com over there. I'd love it if you add my banner to your blog!


September 28, 2009

Just in case

Just in case you thought you aren't that big a player in God's kingdom let me shatter your doubts. God is always at work. "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" Romans 8:28.

So if He's always at work and all things work together for His good then you are a BIG player.

Our family has seen this firsthand over the last couple of weeks. When God brought us through a tough church home transition we thought it was to benefit our family; to bring us closer to Him and to teach us Biblical truth we had never been taught before.

However, God was simply using us (in addition to catapulting our family into a blessed realm of theological understanding) to minister to others. Not a verbal ministry but by our actions. We were oblivious to how God was using our life to effect other families.

When I received a phone call a couple of weeks ago from a friend from the previous church I was apprehensive. I actually was going to let it go to voice mail. Oh the blessings I would have missed out on!

Then today I get a Facebook message from a friend from that church. God has been doing the SAME things in their life! I am so glad she took the step to ask me about the new church we are attending. Because she did, a path has been forged that brings us together in a special way.

To doubt God's providence is to doubt His sovereignty! I can't wait to see what happens next!

September 27, 2009

My absence

I haven't written much on this blog lately. It's certainly not that my life doesn't provide plenty of blog juice, I could fill a book. It's more about the lack of time I seem to have these days. My blog focus has shifted to our homeschool blog and the cloth diaper blog.

A couple of weeks ago I made this blog private. After many emails wondering what had happened and requests to be a reader I have decided to make it public again. Many of the emails were thanking me for bringing to light many topics that helped other moms. The main one being car seat safety. I think it's time for another one of those :)

So, "Welcome back, Me!"

September 18, 2009

Recent pics

We were blessed to see a full rainbow with a second one next to it. Truly amazing.

Sterling has the most precious smile, doesn't he?!

September 15, 2009

I just thought the were potty trained!

Yes I said they.

Yesterday was lovely. It all started at midnight. I had given the kids a lot of water before bed on Sunday night. Usually water before bedtime isn't a problem for the kids.
But, at midnight I awake to Michael in my face asking where the twin sheets are. Most people can probably answer quickly but I seem to never know where I put anything for a good 5 minutes.

After I sent him off (looking in the wrong place) I get up and go to the correct place to find them.

So that was incident #1. After school time Monday the kids were playing outside. Michael and I were hanging out in the kitchen talking when Paisley runs in and says she has to pee. "Well go" we both hurriedly say.

Being the obedient child she is, she did...on the floor. Incident #2.

Fast forward to this morning at 6:45ish. Haven is standing by my bed and whispers, "Mom, why are my pants wet?" Had I not been joyfully sleeping I would have exploded. He's 5! But instead I say go change and get back in bed.

When I got up and went to wake the angels I saw him in bed and gasped "what are you doing in bed? are your sheets wet?!" They weren't. He's been known to pee just a bit not wetting the sheets (the positive to the story!). Incident #3.

And the final...I hope...incident just occured. When something happens 4 times close together you blog about it. Paisley was standing on the toilet brushing her teeth. I walked in and she looks panicked and says "I just peed". Grrrrrr.

She was on the potty!!!! Now my floor is a little cleaner as is the trashcan and toilet paper holder.

September 7, 2009

A Thirst for Books

Our family loves books. Michael is always reading at least 4 non-fiction books and on average finishes 3 a month. When we go to the library I check out 20+ highly selective* books for the kids and Haley reads them all the first day...which is really frustrating when I want to read some to them. My little bookworm.

Haven can't read yet but he really wants to. He knows that when he learns he gets his own Bible and that has him very motivated. The other day at Hastings we found a paperback NKJV Bible for $1.49! I'm not afraid of this one getting "used" by Haven and Paisley. This is perfect for Haven during family worship, as he is always wanting to follow along.

As for me, I too love to read, if only I made more time for it. I have a particular genre that makes me feel wonderful all over when I read them. It may be a little weird to most people but I can vividly remember how and why this love came about. Black history is a deep love of mine to read about.

In high school I would read scary novels one after another but I wouldn't say I "loved" reading. It wasn't until my first college history class that my interest in books jumped and my draw to Black history began. My professor assigned Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody and I could not put it down. It remains at the top of my favorite list.

Since then I have read a number of similar books. Most recently Black Like Me and currently Uncle Tom's Cabin. I can't believe I am just now reading Uncle Tom's Cabin! What an amazing literary piece. I would not let the thickness of the book discourage you from reading it. You will be blessed by it for sure.

Maybe it's my tendency to want to take care of everyone and fix injustice that keeps me reading these books. I know that blacks do get freedom. It's a lot like living through the tribulations in life with hope because we know in the end victory is ours as Christians.

I'm also reading Because the Time is Near by John Macarthur (study on Revelations) and Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem (sunday school class).

I have 2 other books on my nightstand that I am resisting the urge to start because I really want to finish UTC...before Christmas!

The books "on deck" are The Story of My Life by Helen Keller and In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick.

* by highly selective I mean we don't just go in and let the kids pick whatever they want. You have to be careful what you let your children read. Also we don't get books that are all pictures with 5 simple words per page. Pictures are nice but we want to encourage a love of words in our children.

I have the kids sit at a little table while I go around and flip through random books. If the words are challenging and there are lots of them then it goes in the pile. If I happen to fall in love with the pictures while I'm browsing I'll get it too ;) I'm a softy for Willy and Hugh .

Who'd have thought that I'd ever get my grocery budget in check then have to worry about the "Education" budget. At least I can blame that one on Michael.

September 5, 2009

The rain dance worked!

Last night the kids heard thunder in the distance (why is it always just north/east/west of us??). I told them how me, Chris and Luke used to do rain dances all the time when we were kids.

Haley was embarrassed but went behind a bush and did it. I finally got them to do it on video for me :)

Apparently, they're dance worked ...ok not really it was the prayers I said last night!

What's better than a good rainstorm and Eddie Rabbit?

Music + Slideshow = Good Times

Eddie Rabbit - I Love A Rainy Night

Found at bee mp3 search engine