Saturday, January 30, 2010
Mr. Boots is 17! It is hard for a mom to believe that her children are growing up so quickly. I remember the day he was born so clearly. He was born right beside the Christmas tree. That is why we leave our Christmas tree up every year until after his birthday. He is a delightful young man and I am proud to be his Mom.
1.) Keep praying for our friend Angie as she goes through her radiation treatments for tongue cancer. On Thursday (1/28/10) she had to go in and have a stomach tube inserted. She has been unable to eat anything for 3 weeks, due to the horrible burns and sores in her mouth from the radiation. She is in excruciating pain and so far they have not found the right combination of pain meds to really help. She is a young mom and her son is only a year and a half. Pray for her husband Jason as well as it is so hard to watch a loved one suffer and not be able to do anything.
2.) Of less significance.... You have only one more day to guess the time on the plant contest. We will cut it off Sunday (1/31/10) at midnight. Then we will send the winner the music CD.
Here is a brief summary about our current studies.
Our memory work has been changed a bit as we are memorizing Psalm 22 which is a longer passage (31 verses) than we usually choose. Because of that we are not memorizing a long poem. We are instead putting more time in review of the ones we have already learned. We have also been a bit slack on our learning of new hymns. We sang Christmas carols in December and reviewed hymns in January. For February we are doing "I know whom I have Believed". We will follow the www.amblesideonline.org hymn schedule for the rest of the year. I like their current selections for this year. The children are working through Exodus for their Bible reading.
We are working on memorizing and reviewing a lot of lists this semester. Some are learning and some are reviewing their states and capitols. The children have been spending 20 minutes a couple times a week playing Seterra. This is available as a free download online (www.bestfreewaredownload.com/freeware/t-free-seterra-freeware-afdmoljj.html . Seterra is a game that teaches geography. They have the cities of every major country, every major geographical landmark, flags, countries and regions. They keep track of an individual times and have a top ten list of names and scores. This is a good motivator for the children to get through their assignments to get to do. Even Elizabeth likes to play it. We are also learning the Kings of Israel and Judah, and reviewing the presidents of the US.
We are reading several books aloud. We don't read every book every day, so there is a pretty long list. We are still working through 'Freckles' by Gene Stratton Porter. We are up to Vol. 8 in the Jungle Doctor Series by Paul White. We are reading a missionary story about Headhunters. We have a devotional book based on Nature, and we are almost always reading a creation book.
We are over half way through the Mystery of History Vol. 1. I have learned a lot going through this. The children have enjoyed it too. We continue to work on our writing skills. Some times more faithfully than others. We always do a logic exercise every day. SHHH don't tell the children, they think we are playing a game. We often will do the cards for 20 Questions, TriBond, or other games like that. We do Lateral thinking Puzzle books, 2 Minute Mysteries and Old Quiz books.
I am hoping we can get the garage cleaned up real soon and a ping pong table installed. I need somewhere for the boys to run off some energy inside when it is too cold and yucky to go out. With five boys and their energy and liveliness I need a place for them to run so the house doesn't get ruined.
The children have their individual schoolwork as well. We keep busy!
One of his favorite outdoor toys is this bike tire that is not on a bike. Not sure how it ended up in the yard, but it is there now and Dallas has co-opted it. He runs around the back yard fighting this round black 'snake' or whatever he thinks it is. He pounces on it and wrestles it.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Some prayer updates ....
Lily: She is able to partially weight bear on her injured leg/ankle. She is having to be convinced that walking on it is a good idea. She finds the wheel chair to be a lot handier. Please pray that the walking will go easier and that she will want to work at it.
Angie: She was forced to stop the chemo because it was making her deaf. The doctor said it really wasn't necessary anyways. The radiation is blistering all the surfaces in her mouth and causing a lot of swelling in her lips. It is very painful and a real challenge to eat. Please pray for her and her family. She has been blessed with help at home.
I will start posting more regularly now that my friendly computer is feeling better. Come back soon!
There are still 6 days to enter our plant contest. The closest guess is within 12 months. You may enter a second guess, based on this refinement.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This CD is the prize. It is 24 hymns sung acapella by a group of believers. They sing all four parts. The words of these hymns help me to get my mind off myself and onto the One who gave Himself for me.
Plants have a difficult life around our kitchen sink as seen in the photos below.
We have mixed views about the place and purpose of house plants.
How many months do you think we have had this plant (picture below)? We were given it after a gathering we attended. If you can guess what the gathering was about we'll be impressed.
We have enjoyed these flowers though they are on their way out. We have had them for several weeks. They do well in a cooler climate. How much? $1.
God has given us a large variety of beautiful flowers and plants. He uses this part of creation to make a point about the importance of His Word.
"The grass withers and the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8
Let us use the time He has given us to know Him through His precious Word. We were encouraged to do this multiple times in various ways at the Rise Up conference.
It is hard work, but there is blessing in it.
"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workmen that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15
Monday, January 11, 2010
Did I mention that Jordyn was homeschooled?
I really appreciate these gals.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Many people are gifted in amazing ways. Almost as many know how great they are , and want you to know it too. Today, I would like to honor a young woman who is an amazing musician and a godly young woman. The thing I appreciate most about her is her humility.
This young woman is confident and friendly, but if you met her and chatted with her, you would never know she had these abilities. She is compassionate and fun and not stuck on herself. She has grace and humility. She cares about others and doesn't ever make a big deal about herself and her accomplishments. This is rare in my experience. She loves the Lord and thanks Him for her abilities. How refreshing! I look forward to seeing what God does with her life.
Ishmael is a fascinating man. He runs an orphan ministry in the slums of Nairobi. They no longer desire to build orphanages to house the children in as so many of the children raised in orphanages end up with psychological problems. They have many orphans in Africa due to the AIDS epidemic. What Ishmael and his co-workers have done is build a compound in the center of the slums. They have Christian widows set up households and take in 5 children. The Center provides the children and the widows with food, clothing, school fees, and medical care. The 'families' come several times during the week to spend time together, play, and be taught. They are starting their own school for the children. This year they had a kindergarten and they plan on adding first grade next. They take care of the children's bodies, souls and minds. It is a well thought out work and God seems to be blessing it. If you want to see more about what he is doing, visit the website http://www.shelterofhopekenya.com/ . We know some people who have gone over and visited the center and found it to be a very worthwhile ministry.
We had some interesting political conversations as well. Obama's grandparents are from his tribe. It was interesting to hear an African's perspective on our country.
We did send him off with some winter clothes to use while he is here. He learned to appreciate wool socks and warm gloves. He is excited to go back and tell his family what winter is like.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Last minute vacuuming finished.
My sister Miriam and her husband Todd made a BIG announcement. No they are not expecting. They are anticipating moving to the Philippines for two years for Todd to teach at a mission school. That will entail some big changes in their life and leave a big hole in ours.