Tuesday, August 28, 2012

the last "camping" trip of the summer...a few pics

 sitting, waiting...
 still waiting...but they did catch some...these fine, young fishermen and fisherladies!
 a trip for some water in a bucket.

 although we didn't spend the night, daddy put the tent up for the kids to play in!
 this is my fav.   sigh.
i think he had fun.   smile.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Don't be afraid to dip into your own reflection

Whose reflection do you see, in your OWN reflection?
As I raise my children....

I MUST look at myself differently.

Because they see things so differently than I want them too.

I have an idea of who I should be, and it's (mostly) not there.

So I must try to be more like Jesus.

Reflect, ponder, change.  Rinse and repeat.

I don't want the ripples of my reflection to be fingers pointing from them at me. I want to find my faults through Christ, not through my children's voice to me.

I care to see my reflection clearer and clearer through HIS lens, not my own.

I want to reflect HIS love. Not my own sinful nature.

I pray my reflection finds a way to reflect HIM to all who see it...

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Haven, a review

As Sadie Lapp steps off the bus in Stoney Ridge after being in Ohio for the winter, she faces a decision--one that goes against her very essence; yet how else can she protect a loved one?
Schoolteacher Gideon Smucker has been crazy about Sadie since boyhood. But his response to her surprising decision undermines his own reputation--and his relationship with Sadie.
Will Stoltz, a college student, finds himself at the Lapp farm as a guard for a pair of nesting Peregrine Falcons--courtesy of the Lancaster County Game Warden. Will needs to get his life back on track, but his growing friendship with Sadie threatens his plans. The lives of these three individuals intertwine, and then unravel as unexpected twists create ripples through the town of Stoney Ridge . . . and through Sadie's heart.

Thus is The Haven, book 2 in Suzanne Woods Fisher's series, the Stoney Ridge Series.  I enjoyed this book even more than the first.   Fisher's writing is exquisitely perfected and I find myself totally engrossed in her tales. I love that these books are not "cookie cutter" romances, or "Amish."  It's very pleasant to read fiction like this.   

Sadie was a unique character.  I really found so many things about her that were unusual but sweet, challenging and hopeful.   So her story went....I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know about her relationship with the two boys in her life, and how various secondary characters turned out.  VERY good book. I COMPLETELY recommend this! Five stars!

Thank you to Revel/Baker Publishing Group for the complimentary copy in return for an original review!

Friday, August 17, 2012

First week of 2012!

We accomplished an entire week of homeschool.

Only 35 more weeks to go!

the famous owl pellet dissection!

here is our Friday plan- a poetry book each Friday and accompanying questions, vocab, and poetry writing and drawing!

We accomplished quite a bit.  From learning about weather tools and layers of the atmosphere to watercolor practice to Abigail Adams to poetry writing.   Oh, and, of course, dissecting an owl pellet. I am proud of what we accomplished...

*setting up a pretty good schedule

*everything I planned we GOT DONE! (from Bible, math, literature, reading, history, science, art, more reading, English, writing, and more!)

*daily devotions

*increasing work ethic (though this was difficult, more for Philip)

*kids understanding my expectations

What we need to work on...

*bed time and wake up

*obedience

*Poor WD- he kinda gets "forgotten," AKA "mommy forgets and doesn't know how to include him when she's teaching the two bigs and it's frustrating so she enrolled him in preschool which will start in september thank goodness so he won't be bored and tied to the tv and show watching!" aghhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

*sibling dynamics

*mommy's schedule- goodness, I have the hardest time waking up EARLIER to get my walk and shower in.  I'm frustrated that doesn't happen until after noon sometimes!

Ella's favorite part of the week was the art...playing in the watercolor book.   I have yet to ask Philip's favorite part...I will guess it was when we were all done. LOL.

My favorite part was my hard work being useful. Seriously. Homeschooling is hard work. It's frustrating to see it wasted but this week my hardwork was not wasted.   Whew. 
 


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

when God speaks.

when God speaks

how do you listen

open ears?

widespread arms?

for me, after a serious drought...

i'm here for the blessing from Him, willing, waiting.

receiving it....how incredibly awesome.  incredible.

thank you, Lord, for your precious promises. your Word.  your Word FOR ME.

a special touch. a special message. 

listen. and then...OBEY.