Monday, January 31, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

picture of the day

Since you are my rock and my fortress,
   for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Psalm 31:3

Saturday, January 29, 2011

picture of the day

His glory covered the heavens
   and his praise filled the earth.
His splendor was like the sunrise;
   rays flashed from his hand,
   where his power was hidden.
Habakkuk 3:3-4

Friday, January 28, 2011

testing

today turned into a day of testing. in patience. did i pass? read on.
first test: we left for Fargo at 8:30 because i thought we were supposed to meet at WDAY tv for a homeschool field trip at 10. we arrived a little bit before 10, and no one was around. we told the receptionist why we were there so she made a call. we weren’t supposed to meet til 11. ho-hum.  how’d that happen? i was sure it was 10. no problem. josey and I just stopped at dunn bros coffee for a treat and some caffeine. yes, josey too.  he loves his coffee. and their blueberry muffins ROK. no, i don’t mean they are hard as rocks. i mean to say that they are dee-lishus! 
2nd test: after ordering, we immediately got our treats, but they would call out our order of drinks when they were done. after about 20 minutes we still had not gotten our drinks. no problem. josey and i were having so much fun visiting that we didn’t even think of the time. when they finally called out our order, they told me they were sorry for our wait and refunded the cost of the drinks. what a blessing that was! dunn bros ROX!
3rd test: we drove back to WDAY. and waited. because the roads were slick, some families were running late. no problem. we had a chance to get to know the families that were already there.  our tour was fun and the guide was great. i learned things that i never realized about tv. there’s a lot of work that goes into just 1 ½ minutes of news time. a LOT! and there is a lot of expensive equipment involved. i mean VERY expensive. after the tour, our guide told us that we were the best group she’s ever had and that the kids were polite and didn’t ask to do things that she would have had to tell them no.  what an awesome testimony for homeschoolers! there were about 10 kids ranging from about 3 or 4 up to 14.  i’m so proud to be a homeschool mom!
4th test: after the tour, josey and i went to westgate mall. for lunch. but we ended up walking around the mall first for about an hour & ½. i was starving. josey wasn’t. so I had to wait to eat.  no problem. by this time I was already pretty used to waiting. we were having fun browsing anyway.
5th test: we went to the christian bookstore in the mall after visiting the cute baby animals at the pet store. and no, we did not get another puppy! they were cute. but not that cute. after choosing a few items at the bookstore, it was time to pay. there was a lady in front of us who had about 50 items, from books, to bookmarks, to pencils. about ¾ of the way ringing up her purchase, the cashier told us that the computer froze and she could not complete her purchase on that till. she had to switch to another one. and start over.  from the beginning. we waited about 20 minutes in line while the whole process took place. no problem. we had a chance to talk to the cashier and tell her about our free coffee at dunn bros and shared how God has been blessing us. then it was time for our purchase. because we had waited so long, she gave us an extra punch on our card. not a whole lot, but that’s one purchase less from getting our discount coupon!
6th test: i finally got to eat! chinese. it was yummy but I ate way too much. then josey wanted to check out a store on the lower level of the mall. a sports card store. go figure. so as he made his selections, i waited. and waited. and waited. then when i went to pay for his purchase, he decided he wanted one more item. so i waited some more.
did i get frustrated or angry or impatient during these tests? nope. not at all. and i was blessed for it. free coffee. extra punch on my card. and the best part? peace. the peace that surpasses understanding. it was a blessed day.

picture of the day

Thursday, January 27, 2011

mississippi monster

tell about a fishing or hunting experience


Have you ever gone fishing on a whim? I have.  No bait. No poles. No plan. Just go. One time that comes to mind was when I had been living in south mpls when I was 19. I was at a friend’s house when out of the blue he said, “let’s go fishing.” Wha? Where’d that come from? Like I said, no poles. No bait. No plan. But we gathered the necessary equipment: pole? We found a long stick out of his backyard.  Bait? We cooked up a batch of corn meal mush. Plan? What plan? OK, make that the mighty mississip. He claimed to know of a hot spot on the river. Unfortunately, there was a 20 foot drop down to the river. As I stood at the top next to the rock wall, holding my stick with a ball of homecooked corn meal mush attached to a string dangling from the end, my thoughts went from, “this is insane!” to “there is no way I’m going to catch a fish with this!” oh how wrong I was proven to be.
After what seemed like forever, I felt something tug on the mush at the end of my line. I was completely taken by surprise, screaming, “I’ve got something! Something BIG!” my friend reassured me that it was just a stick that had been floating by and then snagged on my line. He told me to give my stick a good tug to remove the debris. I tugged….hard. whatever it was did not shake free.
As I continued to hold onto my stick with this excessive force trying to pull me into the river, my friend did nothing but continue to reassure me that I did not have a fish on the end of my line. OK, whatever you say! After all, you’re the expert fisherman here. I’m just a dumb girl.
After fighting this force for about 20 minutes I suggested that my friend take the stick to see if he could work it loose from whatever was snagging it. He reluctantly took it, and as soon as he did, he yelled, “you’ve got something! Something BIG!” well, duh! Didn’t I say that about 20 minutes ago?  He immediately began pulling the line in with his hands, but being that there was a 20 foot drop to the river, it couldn’t be lifted up out of the river without the risk of snapping the line and losing whatever happened to be at the end. He handed the stick to me and told me to walk it along the wall until we got close enough to pull it out of the water. So there I was, walking an obviously big something downriver with about 5-7 strangers now gathered around watching for what I might pull from this muddy water.
After about 10 minutes I was able to get close enough to the water to allow us to pull the angry fighter to the edge to get a good look at it. It was the largest, ugliest, palest, dirty carp I had ever seen. OK, so I had never seen a carp before this one. But it was still pretty darn ugly. And BIG. And it was def the ugliest FISH I had ever seen.
Because we were still about 5 feet above the surface of the river, I had to continue my journey downriver with this mighty guy. I soon was stumbling over boulders, and could no longer hold onto my stick without ending up in the river with the fish. That would have been bad. Really bad. So I handed the stick to my friend so he could pull it out and we could figure out what to do with it. He was able to finally get it onto shore, but the carp was flopping around so much that he couldn’t get hold of it. I don’t know that I would have wanted to try to wrestle with it. The thing could have taken on mr. hulk Hogan and probably win. In hulk’s prime wrestling days.

The next thing that happened, I’m not sure I want to share with you all, but I will. I’m claiming right now a disclaimer that it was not me who actually did this, and I do not take responsibility for my friend’s actions. The next thing I knew I was holding my fishing stick, as my friend picked up a huge log-sized stick and began whacking this huge, defenseless, innocent carp over the head.  I screamed for him to stop, but he insisted that it would be the only way we could ever get it home. I told him there was no way I was bringing that ugly thing home, and more importantly, there was no way I was going to try to eat that thing. It came out of the missisippi, for goodness sakes!  In south Minneapolis! No way! No how! Nuh-uh! Not this girl. But he continued the brutality until the carp laid there, still and lifeless. Either it was a good faker, or it was dead. As a doornail. Poor thing. I kinda felt bad for it. Kinda.
Well, being that we had arrived at our fishing sight on motorcycle with no way to actually bring this large creature home, we decided to leave it there for the time being so we could come back with my friend’s car. As we were preparing to leave, we noticed several seagulls gathering around our catch, along with a number of homeless people. We took one more look at the beast before leaving, and one of the homeless kids who were there asked what we were going to do with the fish. We told him our plan, got on our motorcycle and left.
Upon returning to our fishing site about 10 minutes later, there was no sign of our fish. Anywhere. No seagulls. No homeless people either. they had all left the area. We drew the conclusion that because that jumbo beast was just way too heavy for any seagull we knew to fly away with it, it had to have been the homeless people who snagged it. They were eyeing it with a look of hunger in their eyes earlier, so it was a sensible conclusion.
I don’t know if my friend was actually going to eat that thing or not, but I knew I was not. But I do know it got eaten. Probably by those who needed it the most. I felt bad about how the thing died, but in the long run it was for a good cause. I just hope they enjoyed the cornmeal mush that was in its tummy. That probably was the only healthy part of the entire meal.  Mmmm yummy!
Not!

picture of the day


“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” 
Luke 11:9-10

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

journal jar

BETWEEN THE AGES OF 5 AND 10, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE ACTIVITY?



i have to say that one of my fav activities was pretending i was a mommy. i had a ton of baby dolls, and not one of them were neglected. whenever i played, it looked like i was running an orphanage for plastic look-alike babies that stared into space and wouldn't sleep. they never cried. were never hungry. never needed changing. and never ever ever were adopted. i was the ultimate little mommy, taking all my little babies for walks in an old antique stroller. i could fit about 6-8 babies into it. i'd walk them up and down the road in front of our house for what seemed like forever. and it was a busy road. as i got a little older (closer to 10) i still loved playing with my dollies, but i was a little embarassed to let anyone know it. so whenever i'd take them out for walks, i would cover up their faces and pretend that i had a real baby in that stroller. my grandma had these 2 life-size homemade cloth dolls, which were actually not much smaller than i was. i would take them for walks on my bike, pretending i was pushing a child i was babysitting. if a car happened by, i'd hold that bike up and talk to the doll as if it were real. and it was a busy road. they in no way, shape, or form even resembled a real person. cross-stitch eyes, no noses. fingers sewn together. but i thought that maybe i could fool someone who may have been driving a little too fast.


the greatest memory i have of this is when i was probably 10. my grandma worked at a nursing home about a half mile from my home and we often walked to visit her and the residents who we got to know fairly well thru her. one man in particular was our favorite because he would pretend he didnt' like us but we knew he did. he taught us card games and told us jokes. often jokes that he shouldn't have been telling to kids our age. probably not to kids of any age. my grandma often "shooed" us away from him because of his racey jokes. he also gave us candy. but only one piece per visit. if we went back, he'd yell at us and tell us to go home.


one year i had gotten wigs for christmas. they were the most real-looking wigs i had ever seen....not the barbie doll yellow-blonde things they market to little girls these days. this one particular time i made my brother (who is almost 2 yrs younger) and a male cousin (3 yrs younger) put on wigs, makeup, and dresses. i put on my brother's clothes, shoes and rode his bike, while my brother and cousin pushed the stroller with these 2 cloth dolls to the nursing home. our intent was to fool this old man into believing we were completely different kids so we could get more candy from him. 2 other cousins were with us, the girl dressed as a boy with me, and the youngest boy dressed as a baby with bib and feet-pajamas. he was 4. the cloth dolls were also in on the trick....after all, the larger the group, the less likely he would recognize us. right?


let me just say that when we walked into that nursing home, we got some very strange looks. i think i may have heard a few giggles and snickers too. but we were convinced that we looked so different that even our grandma wouldn't recognize us. we headed straight for that man's table in the dining room, the one with the candy, to be friendly and introduce ourselves to him. he took one look at us, frowned, packed up his cards, and said "get out of here before i tell your grandmother you're bothering me!"
at first we acted like we had no idea what he was even talking about, as if it was the first time we met him. we asked him if he had any candy for us, which i think made it even more obvious that we weren't who we were pretending to be. he just continued frowning, packing up his cards, and yelled at us dumbfounded kids, "go home! you aren't getting any candy from me today. you better not come back either!" i've never seen 5 little kids scoot out a door faster. the 2 boys dressed as girls were so furious that as soon as they got out the door they pulled off the wigs, hopped on their bikes and headed home. then this then-10-yr-old girl was left dragging a stroller full of life-size cloth dolls home, dashing towards the ditch every time a car drove by. did i mention it was a busy road?

journal jar


there's this idea i've had for blogging floating around in my head for over a year now that i might actually try.  i found the idea on the internet somewhere for getting your kids to do writing assignments, and i've been having josey do it at least 3x a week for the past year or so.  he comes up with some interesting (and some not-so-interesting when he has writer's block) things to talk about.

 it is called "journal jar". i created about 100+ questions or writing suggestions on little slips of paper and placed them into glass jars for both josey and me for when we need some help unblocking our creativity.  and like i said, josey's been doing it for school for quite some time; i had every intent on doing it also.  but life gets in the way and sometimes we put our desires on the back burner.

that being said, i'm going to attempt it in my blog.  what i will do is give the question or suggestion, and then give my answer on my blog.  you may use my questions to inspire you to start your own personal journal, either on your own blog, or in a nice little writing journal.  they have a ton of cute/pretty/handsome journals out there for just this purpose.  or you could just use one of your kid's plain old spiral notebooks.  they work just as well.

so, without further ado, my next post is the first journal jar assignment....enjoy & be creative.

picture of the day

ok, i know i already posted a picture of the day, but this was given to me today and it was too irresistable to not post....enjoy!
priceless!

picture of the day



can you not see the excitement on his face
about being at the twins caravan last night?
couldn't have been a boy more grateful
and enthusiastic about being there!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

blue store, red store, book store

today i had an experience i have not had the pleasure of experiencing since josey was 2. we were at the "blue store" (E's name for walmart, target is the red store, and the library is the book store), perhaps a little too long for E's taste. i suddenly had a flash-back to about 9 yrs ago. let's just say that E was not a happy shopper today. don't worry little girl, i have the same feeling when i go thru checkout. have you seen the prices lately? the last time i was at the blue store, my box of generic bran flakes was just $2.50. today it was at $2.68! the box may have been a ounce or 2 lighter too, now that i think about it. ok, so now i digress.

thankfully i have been watching supernanny on hulu. now, i don't normally watch public tv, but josey introduced me to this particular show on this particular website, and i'm hooked. some of those kids, let me tell you.....i'll keep my mouth closed on that one. so, one of supernanny's tactics for youngsters with attitude is time out. she has a definite plan and it appears to work. at least on public tv. look the child in the eye. tell the child to listen to what you are saying. then you are to give him/her a warning. the next time the behavior happens, it's to timeout for a few minutes. today was my opportunity to test it. i gave the warning, and lo and behold...it worked.

now, i know what you're thinking. this child has been disciplined well by her parents. and you are right in your assumption, because normally she is very well-behaved little girl. i don't usually like making excuses for any child's misbehavior, but i do have to say that E just was not her happy-go-lucky self. most times a trip to the blue store is a delight for her. it just so happens that today was not one of those days. i had asked her several times what was wrong to make her cry. i tried distraction. i tried bribes (sorry mom). i begged (again, sorry mom). i asked if her head hurt. if her tummy hurt. if her feet hurt. anything to understand why she couldn't stop. she just got madder and angrier as the time passed and the questions why she was (and requests to stop) crying continued. during this time, supernanny did not cross my mind. it was not until checkout that i had a fleeting thought that i had seen this particular episode already. ha! i jumped right in. i looked that little crying girl in the eye, told her to listen to me, gave her the warning of the promise of a timeout when we got home, and stood with what i am sure was my mouth hanging open as she said "*sniff* ok" and the crying stopped. just like that. wow! those reality shows are more than just entertainment after all.

like i said, normally E is not like that. on the way home she fell asleep in the carseat. she was def tired. sadly i had to wake her right away so she wouldn't fall into a deep sleep and then i'd have to wake her to bring her in and take off her snow clothes. then she'd be wide awake for nap time. and that's never good....for anyone. when asked if she was tired, she gave the typical 2 yr old reply: "i'm NOT tired!"  ok then. once home and fed, she was her normally active, laughing, spunky self again. problem: tired and hungry. never a good combination...not even for this blogger. solution: food and nap. sounds good to me too.

josey had an interesting fact to tell me today. he was in the middle of math and started to tell me about baseball. i can tell where his thought process is at any given moment of the day. never on school. always on sports. namely baseball. especially today. more on why later. anyway, josey's interesting fact of the day: did you know that because the air in Denver is thinner, baseballs and footballs fly further? and they have special refrigerators for baseballs, otherwise they will shrink.  hhhmmmm....nope, i did not know that.

my question of the day is this: so, if he can remember that denver air is indicative of more homeruns and longer kickoffs, and the interesting fact last week (in 1903 the wright brothers discovered flight and just 66 yrs later we sent someone to the moon), why is it that he can't remember that the result of adding is a sum and the result of multiplication is a product? answer me that, mr fact-man!

so, why the fanatical fixation on baseball today? two words. twins caravan.

family fun time tuesday

 

Monday, January 24, 2011

pointed, probing, leading and loaded question of the week

what would you like your child to know about you? find out what they would like to know about you and talk about both answers.

picture of the day

freedom

blog revamp

it had come to my attention that my blog was a little difficult to read due to the background and layout. therefore i am taking advantage of another sleepless night to redesign my blog.

so i hope you all enjoy my new (improved?) design and layout.
and just so you know....i reserve the right to change the design and layout at any time without notice :0)

thanks to all of you who do read my posts. i appreciate it. please leave comments from time to time.
or if you get bold enough, become a follower. that would make my day.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

picture of the day

I call to you from the ends of the
earth when I am afraid.
Carry me away to a high mountain.
You have been my protection,
like a strong tower against my enemies.
Psalm 61:2-3

The name of the LORD is a fortified tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.
Proverbs 18:10

Friday, January 21, 2011

social skills lacking?

i am wondering some days if my public school going kids' moms aren't right....i'm crazy for doing this. it's called homeschool. i wouldn't trade the experiences we have with it for anything. the time i get to spend with josey is priceless, and i will treasure it for the rest of my life...perhaps into eternity. it's days like today that are especially nice. with the temps in the sub-zero range, we don't have to leave the house if we don't want to. no bundling up. no scraping snow & ice. no shoveling. no tromping in snow boots to the bus. no driving to school to drop off or pick up. pj's all day if we want. we're still partially in pj's (and sweats) as of writing this. but we aren't lazy when it comes to school. josey's been working on math, grammar and spelling off and on since 11 this morning. that's another thing i love about homeschool....we can start and stop at any time during the day.


some may be asking the question, "what made you decide to homeschool?" one word: God. He put it on my heart shortly after being saved, and wouldn't relent until i finally saw that it was inevitable. God was going to get His way in this. i saw it then, and i'm so thankful of it now. i was working full-time, so i was curious how He was going to make it work. He allowed me to go part-time, even tho that wasn't exactly His plan. i was the one who asked for that path. He must have wanted to show me that His way is the best. it didn't take me long to see it, and soon i was without a job....period! however now i am doing childcare part-time.
the next question is this: "how do you get started?" for that answer i have found a website with a ton of helpful information. it is thehomeschoolmagazine.com, and of course there are a ton of other good internet resources out there. here is an article that is included on their site on how to get started....

How to Begin Homeschooling


1. Discuss with Your Spouse:  Educating your child at home is a huge decision and should b eone that is made with your spouse. Do not begin unless you are in agreement about this decision. You will need the support of your spouse not only at the beginngin, but also throughout the year.


2. Research the Homeschool Laws Applicable in Your Area:  Be fully aware of the legal requirements before you begin and especially before you take a child out of public school. For the U.S., each state's legal requirements can be found on the homeschoolegal.com website. Internationally, refer to hslda.org.


3. Research Styles of Home Education:  There is no single right way to educate your child at home; however, there are many differing philosophies you may want to consider:
     *Charlotte Mason: Based on a method introduced by nineteenth-century educator Charlotte Mason, this approach includes nature studies/journaling, narration, and living books.
     *Classical: Based on Dorothy Sayers' The Lost Tools of Learning, in which child development is broken up into three "stages" of learning commonly called "the Trivium."
     *Delight Directed: This puts the learning in the hands of the child, based on his or her interests. Parents help facilitate this type of learning with appropriate instructional materials.
     *Eclectic: A mix of philosophies and curricula to accommodate each child's abilities and interests. Parents choose from any method or style only those components that fit their specific needs.
     *The Principle Approach: An approach based on the principles of our Founding Fathers and an emphasis on God's Word as the basis for every subject.
     *Traditional Textbook: Normally uses a full-range, packaged, textbook-type curriculum that also may include a scope and sequence, testing, and recordkeeping.
     *Unit Studies: All or most core subjects are covered while studying any one topic or unit of study, using a variety of resources and supplemental activities.
     *Unschooling: A relaxed setting where learning is directed by the child. Parts of this philosophy are based on research by John Taylor Gatto and John Holt.


4. Find Support:  After finding your style of choice (or a mix of more than one choice), you may want to choose a support group that reflects that specific style or just a general homeschool support group in your area.  Meeting with other home educators offers encouragement as well as knowledge and assistance with  your homeschool questions. Often, organized classes or activities for your children are offered through support groups as well. For information about homeschool support groups in your area, check these listings:


U.S.
www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com/homeschool_nations/state_listings.php
www.homeschoollegal.com
U.K.
www.home-service.org
www.heas.org.uk
New Zealand:
www.che.org.nz
http//hef.org.nz
www.ahe.org.nz
www.homeschoolers.wellington.net.nz
http//community.library.org.nz/cgi-bin/display.pl?id=296
Guam:
www.homeschoolblogger.com/guam
www.tumon.com/ghsa
Australia:
www.hea.asn.au/hea/
Canada:
www.shbe.info
www.machs.mb.ca
www.aheaonline.com
http//nshea.webcentre.ca
www.eho.org/support/canada.asp


5. Gather Resources:  Some families start with a complete curriculum package, while others start with a notebook and a library card. Choosing your resources depends on your style or method of education and your own interests. If you are financially burdened, there are free homeschool resources on the web, as well as discounted, used books in abundance.


YOU CAN DO THIS!  Parents around the world are taking back their God-given responsibility to educate their children, and you can too. 
Disclaimer: The above information is not intended as legal advice and should not be
construed as such. Please check the legal requirements in your area.


so, there you have it. i hope this helps some of you who have considered homeschooling. it has been the best decision we have made regarding josey's education. he has grown so much academically since we've had him home, i am amazed at his progress. oh, and for those of you who may be concerned with his social skills, i have this to say to you......


bah-humbug!



i am not at all concerned about josey's social skills. he has more than enough friends his own age that keep him more than busy on days that he finds he has nothing to do. he also has friends younger than him, as well as older. he is comfortable conversing with adults, and is great with toddlers and babies. in fact, he'll be helping out in the 2-yr old nursery in march at our church. he participates in OnMission and Go110 on wednesday nights, has baseball in the summer, was in 2 plays this fall/winter, plus other homeschool activities throughout the school year....like working at pizza ranch to help pay for a trip to the cities; visiting radio stations, zoos, museums, planetariums, nursing homes, etc; not to mention the cities trip to see the science museum, state capital, and st paul cathedral. oh, the life of a homeschool family is definitely not boring and it's definitely a non-stop lesson in social skills.

picture of the day

i dream of spring

Thursday, January 20, 2011

picture of the day

"But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards."   ~Matthew 7:26-27

RSM/christian family film productions presents.....

ok, so it seems that i may be promoting RSM movie that will be in production this summer, when in fact i just might be :0) the kind mrs larson (makes her sound old when she's in fact younger than me) has allowed me to post this to my blog. so it wouldn't be proper to post this without giving the credit to her and the HLM blog. you can also find more info at christfamilyfilmproductions.blogspot.com/


Happy Birthday, Timothy John Barry!

The character of Timothy John Barry, played by Josey Wilson in our upcoming film project He Leadeth Me, was born January 19, 1922 . In 1932, during the Great Depression, Timothy Barry would have turned 10 years old on January 19th. Because the 2011 calendar matches the 1932 calendar exactly, he would have celebrated his birthday yesterday!
- Character profile: Timothy Barry, born and raised in Rock Valley, IA, has never known anything but the small-town atmosphere of the humble farming community. As the Great Depression rages around him, he occupies himself with his own version of reality which consists of only innocent childish play, pranks, and prayers. His only real fear is never having enough food to eat, but his mother and father continuously encourage him to trust that the Lord will provide and, in the meantime, eat everything on his plate. His only one true temptation: finding ways to drive his younger sister Angela absolutely crazy.


Josey Wilson, "Timothy John Barry" (courtesy Dawn Schlienz)
Posted by Sarah Larson, He Leadeth Me, Christian Family Film Productions

i cannot wait til this movie goes to production. what an exciting experience for both josey and me. what a great opportunity for this small community of believers to come together to minister God's Word thru film. and what a super-talented group of young people we have working on this....i am blessed to just be a very small part of it.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

picture of the day

my bad....i missed the picture of the day yesterday. so sorry folks! so today i'll post TWO pics of the day! take a moment to reflect on and enjoy God's amazing creation.....


this one i took of Lake Alice in June 2008
we have an awesome God!

Monday, January 17, 2011

question of the week

so...since this is now the question of the week, i think i need a new name to make it more exciting, don't you think? well, how about monday's matter? or the weekly query? or ask your kids? or sharing with your kids? or talking with your kids? i was looking in my ms word thesaurus for new words for "question" and it also pulled up some adjectives to describe questions. they came up with: pointed, probing, searching, awkward, difficult, embarrassing, tricky, personal, academic, hypothetical, rhetorical, leading, loaded, daft, inane, silly, stupid, direct, and straight. i like the leading & loaded, as well as pointed & probing descriptions. maybe go with one of those or all of them? the pointed, probing, leading and loaded question of the week. kinda has a ring to it, doesn't it? LOL
OK, now that we've got that settled, here's the first pointed, probing, leading and loaded question of the week. have fun!

How does your child(ren) make you proud? tell them. ask them who they are proud of.

picture of the day


no need for words

Sunday, January 16, 2011

another late night


why is it that i can't get to sleep at night? too much on my mind? too cold? too hot? the good Lord knows i'm tired. my body & mind are buzzing, but my eyes are drooping. and i have a busy day tomorrow. sunday school with 8-10 3 yr olds. promoting my bible study during church. then driving to pick up josey. maybe anxious to see him? so what would explain the late nights the last week or 2? he was home and i still couldn't get to sleep before midnight. sometimes not before 2. this is not fun!
well, as long as i'm up, i thought i might as well do some blogging.
last thursday night i was awake in bed til 1:30 so i got up to do some blogging. i started to get sleepy at 3 so i went upstairs to potty and then go to bed. when i flushed i soon realized that the water was rising. and it kept on rising....and rising....then poured over the side. in my sleepy state it didn't even cross my mind to turn off the water. then of course when i used the plunger, it just caused more flooding to my bathroom floor. the only thing handy and absorbant enough was my white bath rug. so at 3am i was sopping up toilet water. about 6-8 gallons of it. i was just glad it didn't happen to one of the boys. needless to say, i wasn't tired for awhile again.

i've been knitting lately. a lot. hats. baby hats. newborn baby hats, to be more specific. they are turning out pretty cute. josey is also knitting, at bedtime, just to have something to do while i read to him. he tried knitting a couple years ago, and got bored with it too easily. so this time i told him to just knit. nothing. he enjoys it as long as i don't require him to make something. the last time he was supposed to make washcloths for Christmas gifts for his grandma and gr-grandma. he worked on it for 2 months. he made one. that was the end of his knitting for a while. thus his knitting nothing now.

as many of you know, josey is a kid of many talents. he is a natural at most everything he tries. i found one other thing that he has a natural gift for doing just this past week with D here. D is another boy with many many talents. he had his violin and trumpet here for school, and of course josey was curious. he tried both instruments. D showed him the scales for the violin and amazingly josey picked it up right away. he was actually pretty good at it. the trumpet notsomuch. but this from a boy who has never taken music lessons in his life. we have a keyboard and he's taught himself how to play "mary had a little lamb" and "amazing grace" and a couple other songs (the keyboard is one that shows you which keys to play). i was pleasantly surprised that he took to the violin so quickly and so well. i mentioned in the past that we should take violin lessons, but he always groaned in response. so i finally dropped it. i had never even picked up a violin in my life, so when i saw D's lying on josey's bed, i had to give it a try myself. i did horribly. but i was hooked. i def want to take lessons. i took a chance and asked josey if he would like to with me. he actually said yes. just to make sure he was serious, i told him i was serious. he again said yes. so now we are looking for someone willing to give both of us lessons. and of course we would need violins. we'll be praying about it. i can't wait! so, in the meantime i will post something to fb. but if anyone reading this has suggestions of who to talk to, i would appreciate you passing info on to me. thx.

but for now i am going to make one more attempt at sleeping. so goodnight friends. sleep well.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

missing my boy


how could you NOT miss this face?
 so, i dropped josey off with his dad this afternoon. was worried because snow was coming, but josey texted to let me know they stopped somewhere along the way for the night because of the snow. he was especially sad about going this time, not sure why, other than he said that he was really going to miss his mom. i felt bad about making him go, but we really have no choice in the matter.
so it is very quiet around here, even for 11:25pm. i had fallen asleep around 8 tonight then woke up at 10:30 (because that's what i do when i go to bed too early) so without thinking about it, i came downstairs quietly, taking care not to wake josey....but realized after a half hour that he isn't even here. so reality has hit that he's not home for the weekend :o(
what to do with a weekend to myself. i thought i'd be used to it by now, after all it's been over 6 yrs since we've been doing this already. but does one ever get used to not having their child gone? i'm not sure. i hope not...that would be sad. i don't even know if it really gets easier to deal with, but i do say that without God, i wouldn't deal with it well. He hasn't taken the *storm* away, but He has given me peace thru it. i think when Jesus was in the boat with His disciples during the storm in Mark 4, when He said "Peace, be still!" He was actually talking to the disciples along with the wind and waves around them. i know He's said it to me many times....like every time i have to drop josey off with his dad.
it's still hard, but when i hear the words, "peace, Dawn, be still," i'm quieted and given peace. what a wonderful Savior! what an awesome Quieter of storms! i thank Him and love Him more and more every day!

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just had to remind myself of what the future looks like!
i'm ready for spring....but this snow is actually very beautiful...but i'm still ready for spring!

 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
   says the LORD.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
   they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
   they shall be like wool."
Isaiah 1:18 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

question of the day 3

OK, first of all, this will be my last "question of the day", but i will begin to post a "question of the week" from now on. i've realized that it's going to take a lot of brainwork on my part to come up with a question every single day. not only that, but i do have a life other than blogging so there may be days that i can't get to the computer. however, i do reserve the right to post additional questions at any time if they are just too good to let slip by another day...or if they apply to certain days, like holidays, etc.  that being said, here's the last question i will be posting this week (unless i feel ambitious this weekend):

What special memory do you have of your grandparents? share this with your child(ren). ask them to share something about their grandparents with you.

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Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
Ephesian 6:10-17

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

charlay & sullvi

what or who is charlay & sulvi? i will get to that shortly.
we have an 11 yr old boy (who i will call "D" for the sake of clarity & privacy) staying at our house this week because his family is dealing with a family emergency and are out of town. josey thinks it's a party every night with D here. they are having fun and i'm learning what it would be like to have another boy in the house. it's kind of fun. i've learned that 11 yr old boys are the most entertaining people. i've laughed more these past few days than i have in a long time...mostly chuckling to myself than at them...gotta spare their dignity; 11 yr old boys' self-images are fairly fragile at times. at least in my experience with one.
i've also learned that other families do things differently than ours (gasp). just this morning we had a mystery to deal with. i opened the bathroom medicine cabinet and discovered that the toothpaste was missing. since D was the only other person alive at that time of morning, i naturally asked him if he knew where it was. "no, i don't" was the answer. i asked if in his tired state he may have mistakenly put it in his clothing bag (i didn't want to make him think i thought he was stealing our toothpaste for goodness sakes!), so he looked (as well as a boy looks for something) and no it wasn't there. in our noisy search of the mysterious disappearing toothpaste, josey was awakened (poor thing) so i asked him if he knew what happened to the missing toothpaste. "uuuhhh, no" was the groggy reply. he laid back down and fell back to sleep (wish i could do that). well, i had a trial size toothpaste handy, so i just used that. wasn't the same, let me tell you. but it got the ol' chompers clean.
we continued on with our morning routines (as best as one can with an extra boy in the house and only one bathroom) and D headed off to catch the bus. i didn't want to search josey's room and wake him, so i waited til he got up before i went on a toothpaste hunt. i looked in the clothing bag that was searched earlier (i use the term "search" loosely) and D was correct, it was not there. the next reasonable place was the bathroom (should have been the ONLY reasonable place, but we're talking about boys here) and for some reason unknown to me, i looked in the tub. all i can say is that it could only have been God whispering in my ear "check the tub" because that is exactly where it was. along with D's toothbrush. josey and i laughed because D had brushed his teeth in the shower, which is something that is definitely not practiced in our home. not that i am opposed to it, and maybe it's a guy thing, but it's just something this mom doesn't fully understand. well anyway, i learned that other families just do things differently than we do and that is perfectly OK.
OK, so now onto charlay & sullvi....
as i said, we have an extra 11 yr old boy at our house this week. maybe this is the only explanation that is needed, but then again, maybe not. when D arrived with all his bags of goodies for the week, he realized he had forgotten a very important item needed for Wed night church, so before heading to church this evening, we swung by his house so we could pick it up. on the way the two 11 yr olds in the back seat starting talking in a foreign language...or so i thought at first. the first thing i said was "WHAT?!" they just kept on, and it took several minutes before i realized that they were actually having a conversation and not just talking jibberish and pretending to reply. during the course of this "conversation" i realized that josey was being called "charlay" and D was being called "sullvi" (or what i THOUGHT was sullvi). all i can say to describe how they were talking was to call it (and forgive me if i offend anyone) "uneducated" and "forrest-gumpy". after several attempts at trying to understand what josey was actually saying, josey had to tell my non-11-yr-old ears...in his normal voice, mind you...that his name was "charlie" and D is "sullivan". after i realized what they were saying i was able to laugh at some of their antics. not to say that they weren't funny before, it's just that i was just spending the whole time trying to understand what they were actually saying. i thought i would try to be "funny" (again, using the term loosely) when josey asked my name, i said it was "yo mama" to which he replied "are you from the city or sumptin?" needless to say, it was a poor attempt on my part at trying to fit into an 11-yr-old's world. the funniest part was when they were looking at D's new Bible and "charlay" asked what it said. sullvi's reply was "and" (or what i thought was "and"). i asked "and what?" charlay's reply was "just and" like i knew what he was talking about. i asked "are you saying and, or an? or n?" they both said in unison "yes." i asked how they spelled it. charlay's said matter of factly "you don't spell it, it just is." Oooookaaaayyyy! i got nowhere, but it was pretty funny that they knew exactly what they were talking about as if it was a perfectly normal conversation to be having on the way to church. as D was going into his house to get the forgotten item, charlay says "hurry back, i'll be reading all the 'ans" when you're gone!" of course this was all said in a forrest-gumpy, un-educated accent. i just LOL. and then they talked about being punished with a flu shot because i mentioned something about stopping to get one at Walgreens when we passed by. it was all just too funny...guess you had to be there.
we are really enjoying having D at our house, by the way. makes me want to adopt someone....maybe even another 11 yr old boy :0)

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notice that she's sitting in the holiness locker :0) that's where i am in God's eyes

question of the day 2

What was it like in "your" world when you were a child? This would mean how you saw the world around you and the types of things that made up every day life.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

family fun time tuesday



The purpose of "family fun time" is to have fun with your family members and bring them closer together with activities that cost nothing or close to nothing. Because it isn't the value you place on entertainment, it's the entertainment you can value.

question of the day--#1

The purpose of this post is to cause you to spend time talking with your kids. I found that while growing up, me and my parents didn't spend a whole lot of time in quality conversation....something I so desperately wanted and needed and wish now that I could have had. It has made a huge impact on how I relate to my parents now, as well as other relationships with friends, and that impact has not all been good. I vowed as a young adult, long before I had a child of my own, that I would have a better relationship with my child(ren) and talk to them. It has made a huge difference in how my child relates to me and to others. Where as I couldn't look anyone in the eye when conversing with them up until just a few short years ago, my son makes respectful, direct eye contact with everyone he speaks with. It's awesome and amazing to see, especially to his mother, a former painfully-shy little girl.
When answering these questions, share it with your child(ren) and have them share their answers with you. The conversations may lead elsewhere, but that is the point.
So, that being said, here is your first Question of the Day:

What are two things that you feel you can't live without when you first wake up and what started this routine?

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Monday, January 31, 2011

pointed, probing, leading and loaded question of the week

What was your most special experience with your child last summer? Tell them.
disclaimer: photo from babyloveletters dot com

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My sentiments exactly!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

picture of the day

Since you are my rock and my fortress,
   for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Psalm 31:3

Saturday, January 29, 2011

picture of the day

His glory covered the heavens
   and his praise filled the earth.
His splendor was like the sunrise;
   rays flashed from his hand,
   where his power was hidden.
Habakkuk 3:3-4

Friday, January 28, 2011

testing

today turned into a day of testing. in patience. did i pass? read on.
first test: we left for Fargo at 8:30 because i thought we were supposed to meet at WDAY tv for a homeschool field trip at 10. we arrived a little bit before 10, and no one was around. we told the receptionist why we were there so she made a call. we weren’t supposed to meet til 11. ho-hum.  how’d that happen? i was sure it was 10. no problem. josey and I just stopped at dunn bros coffee for a treat and some caffeine. yes, josey too.  he loves his coffee. and their blueberry muffins ROK. no, i don’t mean they are hard as rocks. i mean to say that they are dee-lishus! 
2nd test: after ordering, we immediately got our treats, but they would call out our order of drinks when they were done. after about 20 minutes we still had not gotten our drinks. no problem. josey and i were having so much fun visiting that we didn’t even think of the time. when they finally called out our order, they told me they were sorry for our wait and refunded the cost of the drinks. what a blessing that was! dunn bros ROX!
3rd test: we drove back to WDAY. and waited. because the roads were slick, some families were running late. no problem. we had a chance to get to know the families that were already there.  our tour was fun and the guide was great. i learned things that i never realized about tv. there’s a lot of work that goes into just 1 ½ minutes of news time. a LOT! and there is a lot of expensive equipment involved. i mean VERY expensive. after the tour, our guide told us that we were the best group she’s ever had and that the kids were polite and didn’t ask to do things that she would have had to tell them no.  what an awesome testimony for homeschoolers! there were about 10 kids ranging from about 3 or 4 up to 14.  i’m so proud to be a homeschool mom!
4th test: after the tour, josey and i went to westgate mall. for lunch. but we ended up walking around the mall first for about an hour & ½. i was starving. josey wasn’t. so I had to wait to eat.  no problem. by this time I was already pretty used to waiting. we were having fun browsing anyway.
5th test: we went to the christian bookstore in the mall after visiting the cute baby animals at the pet store. and no, we did not get another puppy! they were cute. but not that cute. after choosing a few items at the bookstore, it was time to pay. there was a lady in front of us who had about 50 items, from books, to bookmarks, to pencils. about ¾ of the way ringing up her purchase, the cashier told us that the computer froze and she could not complete her purchase on that till. she had to switch to another one. and start over.  from the beginning. we waited about 20 minutes in line while the whole process took place. no problem. we had a chance to talk to the cashier and tell her about our free coffee at dunn bros and shared how God has been blessing us. then it was time for our purchase. because we had waited so long, she gave us an extra punch on our card. not a whole lot, but that’s one purchase less from getting our discount coupon!
6th test: i finally got to eat! chinese. it was yummy but I ate way too much. then josey wanted to check out a store on the lower level of the mall. a sports card store. go figure. so as he made his selections, i waited. and waited. and waited. then when i went to pay for his purchase, he decided he wanted one more item. so i waited some more.
did i get frustrated or angry or impatient during these tests? nope. not at all. and i was blessed for it. free coffee. extra punch on my card. and the best part? peace. the peace that surpasses understanding. it was a blessed day.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

mississippi monster

tell about a fishing or hunting experience


Have you ever gone fishing on a whim? I have.  No bait. No poles. No plan. Just go. One time that comes to mind was when I had been living in south mpls when I was 19. I was at a friend’s house when out of the blue he said, “let’s go fishing.” Wha? Where’d that come from? Like I said, no poles. No bait. No plan. But we gathered the necessary equipment: pole? We found a long stick out of his backyard.  Bait? We cooked up a batch of corn meal mush. Plan? What plan? OK, make that the mighty mississip. He claimed to know of a hot spot on the river. Unfortunately, there was a 20 foot drop down to the river. As I stood at the top next to the rock wall, holding my stick with a ball of homecooked corn meal mush attached to a string dangling from the end, my thoughts went from, “this is insane!” to “there is no way I’m going to catch a fish with this!” oh how wrong I was proven to be.
After what seemed like forever, I felt something tug on the mush at the end of my line. I was completely taken by surprise, screaming, “I’ve got something! Something BIG!” my friend reassured me that it was just a stick that had been floating by and then snagged on my line. He told me to give my stick a good tug to remove the debris. I tugged….hard. whatever it was did not shake free.
As I continued to hold onto my stick with this excessive force trying to pull me into the river, my friend did nothing but continue to reassure me that I did not have a fish on the end of my line. OK, whatever you say! After all, you’re the expert fisherman here. I’m just a dumb girl.
After fighting this force for about 20 minutes I suggested that my friend take the stick to see if he could work it loose from whatever was snagging it. He reluctantly took it, and as soon as he did, he yelled, “you’ve got something! Something BIG!” well, duh! Didn’t I say that about 20 minutes ago?  He immediately began pulling the line in with his hands, but being that there was a 20 foot drop to the river, it couldn’t be lifted up out of the river without the risk of snapping the line and losing whatever happened to be at the end. He handed the stick to me and told me to walk it along the wall until we got close enough to pull it out of the water. So there I was, walking an obviously big something downriver with about 5-7 strangers now gathered around watching for what I might pull from this muddy water.
After about 10 minutes I was able to get close enough to the water to allow us to pull the angry fighter to the edge to get a good look at it. It was the largest, ugliest, palest, dirty carp I had ever seen. OK, so I had never seen a carp before this one. But it was still pretty darn ugly. And BIG. And it was def the ugliest FISH I had ever seen.
Because we were still about 5 feet above the surface of the river, I had to continue my journey downriver with this mighty guy. I soon was stumbling over boulders, and could no longer hold onto my stick without ending up in the river with the fish. That would have been bad. Really bad. So I handed the stick to my friend so he could pull it out and we could figure out what to do with it. He was able to finally get it onto shore, but the carp was flopping around so much that he couldn’t get hold of it. I don’t know that I would have wanted to try to wrestle with it. The thing could have taken on mr. hulk Hogan and probably win. In hulk’s prime wrestling days.

The next thing that happened, I’m not sure I want to share with you all, but I will. I’m claiming right now a disclaimer that it was not me who actually did this, and I do not take responsibility for my friend’s actions. The next thing I knew I was holding my fishing stick, as my friend picked up a huge log-sized stick and began whacking this huge, defenseless, innocent carp over the head.  I screamed for him to stop, but he insisted that it would be the only way we could ever get it home. I told him there was no way I was bringing that ugly thing home, and more importantly, there was no way I was going to try to eat that thing. It came out of the missisippi, for goodness sakes!  In south Minneapolis! No way! No how! Nuh-uh! Not this girl. But he continued the brutality until the carp laid there, still and lifeless. Either it was a good faker, or it was dead. As a doornail. Poor thing. I kinda felt bad for it. Kinda.
Well, being that we had arrived at our fishing sight on motorcycle with no way to actually bring this large creature home, we decided to leave it there for the time being so we could come back with my friend’s car. As we were preparing to leave, we noticed several seagulls gathering around our catch, along with a number of homeless people. We took one more look at the beast before leaving, and one of the homeless kids who were there asked what we were going to do with the fish. We told him our plan, got on our motorcycle and left.
Upon returning to our fishing site about 10 minutes later, there was no sign of our fish. Anywhere. No seagulls. No homeless people either. they had all left the area. We drew the conclusion that because that jumbo beast was just way too heavy for any seagull we knew to fly away with it, it had to have been the homeless people who snagged it. They were eyeing it with a look of hunger in their eyes earlier, so it was a sensible conclusion.
I don’t know if my friend was actually going to eat that thing or not, but I knew I was not. But I do know it got eaten. Probably by those who needed it the most. I felt bad about how the thing died, but in the long run it was for a good cause. I just hope they enjoyed the cornmeal mush that was in its tummy. That probably was the only healthy part of the entire meal.  Mmmm yummy!
Not!

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“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” 
Luke 11:9-10

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

journal jar

BETWEEN THE AGES OF 5 AND 10, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE ACTIVITY?



i have to say that one of my fav activities was pretending i was a mommy. i had a ton of baby dolls, and not one of them were neglected. whenever i played, it looked like i was running an orphanage for plastic look-alike babies that stared into space and wouldn't sleep. they never cried. were never hungry. never needed changing. and never ever ever were adopted. i was the ultimate little mommy, taking all my little babies for walks in an old antique stroller. i could fit about 6-8 babies into it. i'd walk them up and down the road in front of our house for what seemed like forever. and it was a busy road. as i got a little older (closer to 10) i still loved playing with my dollies, but i was a little embarassed to let anyone know it. so whenever i'd take them out for walks, i would cover up their faces and pretend that i had a real baby in that stroller. my grandma had these 2 life-size homemade cloth dolls, which were actually not much smaller than i was. i would take them for walks on my bike, pretending i was pushing a child i was babysitting. if a car happened by, i'd hold that bike up and talk to the doll as if it were real. and it was a busy road. they in no way, shape, or form even resembled a real person. cross-stitch eyes, no noses. fingers sewn together. but i thought that maybe i could fool someone who may have been driving a little too fast.


the greatest memory i have of this is when i was probably 10. my grandma worked at a nursing home about a half mile from my home and we often walked to visit her and the residents who we got to know fairly well thru her. one man in particular was our favorite because he would pretend he didnt' like us but we knew he did. he taught us card games and told us jokes. often jokes that he shouldn't have been telling to kids our age. probably not to kids of any age. my grandma often "shooed" us away from him because of his racey jokes. he also gave us candy. but only one piece per visit. if we went back, he'd yell at us and tell us to go home.


one year i had gotten wigs for christmas. they were the most real-looking wigs i had ever seen....not the barbie doll yellow-blonde things they market to little girls these days. this one particular time i made my brother (who is almost 2 yrs younger) and a male cousin (3 yrs younger) put on wigs, makeup, and dresses. i put on my brother's clothes, shoes and rode his bike, while my brother and cousin pushed the stroller with these 2 cloth dolls to the nursing home. our intent was to fool this old man into believing we were completely different kids so we could get more candy from him. 2 other cousins were with us, the girl dressed as a boy with me, and the youngest boy dressed as a baby with bib and feet-pajamas. he was 4. the cloth dolls were also in on the trick....after all, the larger the group, the less likely he would recognize us. right?


let me just say that when we walked into that nursing home, we got some very strange looks. i think i may have heard a few giggles and snickers too. but we were convinced that we looked so different that even our grandma wouldn't recognize us. we headed straight for that man's table in the dining room, the one with the candy, to be friendly and introduce ourselves to him. he took one look at us, frowned, packed up his cards, and said "get out of here before i tell your grandmother you're bothering me!"
at first we acted like we had no idea what he was even talking about, as if it was the first time we met him. we asked him if he had any candy for us, which i think made it even more obvious that we weren't who we were pretending to be. he just continued frowning, packing up his cards, and yelled at us dumbfounded kids, "go home! you aren't getting any candy from me today. you better not come back either!" i've never seen 5 little kids scoot out a door faster. the 2 boys dressed as girls were so furious that as soon as they got out the door they pulled off the wigs, hopped on their bikes and headed home. then this then-10-yr-old girl was left dragging a stroller full of life-size cloth dolls home, dashing towards the ditch every time a car drove by. did i mention it was a busy road?

journal jar


there's this idea i've had for blogging floating around in my head for over a year now that i might actually try.  i found the idea on the internet somewhere for getting your kids to do writing assignments, and i've been having josey do it at least 3x a week for the past year or so.  he comes up with some interesting (and some not-so-interesting when he has writer's block) things to talk about.

 it is called "journal jar". i created about 100+ questions or writing suggestions on little slips of paper and placed them into glass jars for both josey and me for when we need some help unblocking our creativity.  and like i said, josey's been doing it for school for quite some time; i had every intent on doing it also.  but life gets in the way and sometimes we put our desires on the back burner.

that being said, i'm going to attempt it in my blog.  what i will do is give the question or suggestion, and then give my answer on my blog.  you may use my questions to inspire you to start your own personal journal, either on your own blog, or in a nice little writing journal.  they have a ton of cute/pretty/handsome journals out there for just this purpose.  or you could just use one of your kid's plain old spiral notebooks.  they work just as well.

so, without further ado, my next post is the first journal jar assignment....enjoy & be creative.

picture of the day

ok, i know i already posted a picture of the day, but this was given to me today and it was too irresistable to not post....enjoy!
priceless!

picture of the day



can you not see the excitement on his face
about being at the twins caravan last night?
couldn't have been a boy more grateful
and enthusiastic about being there!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

blue store, red store, book store

today i had an experience i have not had the pleasure of experiencing since josey was 2. we were at the "blue store" (E's name for walmart, target is the red store, and the library is the book store), perhaps a little too long for E's taste. i suddenly had a flash-back to about 9 yrs ago. let's just say that E was not a happy shopper today. don't worry little girl, i have the same feeling when i go thru checkout. have you seen the prices lately? the last time i was at the blue store, my box of generic bran flakes was just $2.50. today it was at $2.68! the box may have been a ounce or 2 lighter too, now that i think about it. ok, so now i digress.

thankfully i have been watching supernanny on hulu. now, i don't normally watch public tv, but josey introduced me to this particular show on this particular website, and i'm hooked. some of those kids, let me tell you.....i'll keep my mouth closed on that one. so, one of supernanny's tactics for youngsters with attitude is time out. she has a definite plan and it appears to work. at least on public tv. look the child in the eye. tell the child to listen to what you are saying. then you are to give him/her a warning. the next time the behavior happens, it's to timeout for a few minutes. today was my opportunity to test it. i gave the warning, and lo and behold...it worked.

now, i know what you're thinking. this child has been disciplined well by her parents. and you are right in your assumption, because normally she is very well-behaved little girl. i don't usually like making excuses for any child's misbehavior, but i do have to say that E just was not her happy-go-lucky self. most times a trip to the blue store is a delight for her. it just so happens that today was not one of those days. i had asked her several times what was wrong to make her cry. i tried distraction. i tried bribes (sorry mom). i begged (again, sorry mom). i asked if her head hurt. if her tummy hurt. if her feet hurt. anything to understand why she couldn't stop. she just got madder and angrier as the time passed and the questions why she was (and requests to stop) crying continued. during this time, supernanny did not cross my mind. it was not until checkout that i had a fleeting thought that i had seen this particular episode already. ha! i jumped right in. i looked that little crying girl in the eye, told her to listen to me, gave her the warning of the promise of a timeout when we got home, and stood with what i am sure was my mouth hanging open as she said "*sniff* ok" and the crying stopped. just like that. wow! those reality shows are more than just entertainment after all.

like i said, normally E is not like that. on the way home she fell asleep in the carseat. she was def tired. sadly i had to wake her right away so she wouldn't fall into a deep sleep and then i'd have to wake her to bring her in and take off her snow clothes. then she'd be wide awake for nap time. and that's never good....for anyone. when asked if she was tired, she gave the typical 2 yr old reply: "i'm NOT tired!"  ok then. once home and fed, she was her normally active, laughing, spunky self again. problem: tired and hungry. never a good combination...not even for this blogger. solution: food and nap. sounds good to me too.

josey had an interesting fact to tell me today. he was in the middle of math and started to tell me about baseball. i can tell where his thought process is at any given moment of the day. never on school. always on sports. namely baseball. especially today. more on why later. anyway, josey's interesting fact of the day: did you know that because the air in Denver is thinner, baseballs and footballs fly further? and they have special refrigerators for baseballs, otherwise they will shrink.  hhhmmmm....nope, i did not know that.

my question of the day is this: so, if he can remember that denver air is indicative of more homeruns and longer kickoffs, and the interesting fact last week (in 1903 the wright brothers discovered flight and just 66 yrs later we sent someone to the moon), why is it that he can't remember that the result of adding is a sum and the result of multiplication is a product? answer me that, mr fact-man!

so, why the fanatical fixation on baseball today? two words. twins caravan.

family fun time tuesday

 

Monday, January 24, 2011

pointed, probing, leading and loaded question of the week

what would you like your child to know about you? find out what they would like to know about you and talk about both answers.

picture of the day

freedom

blog revamp

it had come to my attention that my blog was a little difficult to read due to the background and layout. therefore i am taking advantage of another sleepless night to redesign my blog.

so i hope you all enjoy my new (improved?) design and layout.
and just so you know....i reserve the right to change the design and layout at any time without notice :0)

thanks to all of you who do read my posts. i appreciate it. please leave comments from time to time.
or if you get bold enough, become a follower. that would make my day.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

picture of the day

I call to you from the ends of the
earth when I am afraid.
Carry me away to a high mountain.
You have been my protection,
like a strong tower against my enemies.
Psalm 61:2-3

The name of the LORD is a fortified tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.
Proverbs 18:10

Friday, January 21, 2011

social skills lacking?

i am wondering some days if my public school going kids' moms aren't right....i'm crazy for doing this. it's called homeschool. i wouldn't trade the experiences we have with it for anything. the time i get to spend with josey is priceless, and i will treasure it for the rest of my life...perhaps into eternity. it's days like today that are especially nice. with the temps in the sub-zero range, we don't have to leave the house if we don't want to. no bundling up. no scraping snow & ice. no shoveling. no tromping in snow boots to the bus. no driving to school to drop off or pick up. pj's all day if we want. we're still partially in pj's (and sweats) as of writing this. but we aren't lazy when it comes to school. josey's been working on math, grammar and spelling off and on since 11 this morning. that's another thing i love about homeschool....we can start and stop at any time during the day.


some may be asking the question, "what made you decide to homeschool?" one word: God. He put it on my heart shortly after being saved, and wouldn't relent until i finally saw that it was inevitable. God was going to get His way in this. i saw it then, and i'm so thankful of it now. i was working full-time, so i was curious how He was going to make it work. He allowed me to go part-time, even tho that wasn't exactly His plan. i was the one who asked for that path. He must have wanted to show me that His way is the best. it didn't take me long to see it, and soon i was without a job....period! however now i am doing childcare part-time.
the next question is this: "how do you get started?" for that answer i have found a website with a ton of helpful information. it is thehomeschoolmagazine.com, and of course there are a ton of other good internet resources out there. here is an article that is included on their site on how to get started....

How to Begin Homeschooling


1. Discuss with Your Spouse:  Educating your child at home is a huge decision and should b eone that is made with your spouse. Do not begin unless you are in agreement about this decision. You will need the support of your spouse not only at the beginngin, but also throughout the year.


2. Research the Homeschool Laws Applicable in Your Area:  Be fully aware of the legal requirements before you begin and especially before you take a child out of public school. For the U.S., each state's legal requirements can be found on the homeschoolegal.com website. Internationally, refer to hslda.org.


3. Research Styles of Home Education:  There is no single right way to educate your child at home; however, there are many differing philosophies you may want to consider:
     *Charlotte Mason: Based on a method introduced by nineteenth-century educator Charlotte Mason, this approach includes nature studies/journaling, narration, and living books.
     *Classical: Based on Dorothy Sayers' The Lost Tools of Learning, in which child development is broken up into three "stages" of learning commonly called "the Trivium."
     *Delight Directed: This puts the learning in the hands of the child, based on his or her interests. Parents help facilitate this type of learning with appropriate instructional materials.
     *Eclectic: A mix of philosophies and curricula to accommodate each child's abilities and interests. Parents choose from any method or style only those components that fit their specific needs.
     *The Principle Approach: An approach based on the principles of our Founding Fathers and an emphasis on God's Word as the basis for every subject.
     *Traditional Textbook: Normally uses a full-range, packaged, textbook-type curriculum that also may include a scope and sequence, testing, and recordkeeping.
     *Unit Studies: All or most core subjects are covered while studying any one topic or unit of study, using a variety of resources and supplemental activities.
     *Unschooling: A relaxed setting where learning is directed by the child. Parts of this philosophy are based on research by John Taylor Gatto and John Holt.


4. Find Support:  After finding your style of choice (or a mix of more than one choice), you may want to choose a support group that reflects that specific style or just a general homeschool support group in your area.  Meeting with other home educators offers encouragement as well as knowledge and assistance with  your homeschool questions. Often, organized classes or activities for your children are offered through support groups as well. For information about homeschool support groups in your area, check these listings:


U.S.
www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com/homeschool_nations/state_listings.php
www.homeschoollegal.com
U.K.
www.home-service.org
www.heas.org.uk
New Zealand:
www.che.org.nz
http//hef.org.nz
www.ahe.org.nz
www.homeschoolers.wellington.net.nz
http//community.library.org.nz/cgi-bin/display.pl?id=296
Guam:
www.homeschoolblogger.com/guam
www.tumon.com/ghsa
Australia:
www.hea.asn.au/hea/
Canada:
www.shbe.info
www.machs.mb.ca
www.aheaonline.com
http//nshea.webcentre.ca
www.eho.org/support/canada.asp


5. Gather Resources:  Some families start with a complete curriculum package, while others start with a notebook and a library card. Choosing your resources depends on your style or method of education and your own interests. If you are financially burdened, there are free homeschool resources on the web, as well as discounted, used books in abundance.


YOU CAN DO THIS!  Parents around the world are taking back their God-given responsibility to educate their children, and you can too. 
Disclaimer: The above information is not intended as legal advice and should not be
construed as such. Please check the legal requirements in your area.


so, there you have it. i hope this helps some of you who have considered homeschooling. it has been the best decision we have made regarding josey's education. he has grown so much academically since we've had him home, i am amazed at his progress. oh, and for those of you who may be concerned with his social skills, i have this to say to you......


bah-humbug!



i am not at all concerned about josey's social skills. he has more than enough friends his own age that keep him more than busy on days that he finds he has nothing to do. he also has friends younger than him, as well as older. he is comfortable conversing with adults, and is great with toddlers and babies. in fact, he'll be helping out in the 2-yr old nursery in march at our church. he participates in OnMission and Go110 on wednesday nights, has baseball in the summer, was in 2 plays this fall/winter, plus other homeschool activities throughout the school year....like working at pizza ranch to help pay for a trip to the cities; visiting radio stations, zoos, museums, planetariums, nursing homes, etc; not to mention the cities trip to see the science museum, state capital, and st paul cathedral. oh, the life of a homeschool family is definitely not boring and it's definitely a non-stop lesson in social skills.

picture of the day

i dream of spring

Thursday, January 20, 2011

picture of the day

"But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards."   ~Matthew 7:26-27

RSM/christian family film productions presents.....

ok, so it seems that i may be promoting RSM movie that will be in production this summer, when in fact i just might be :0) the kind mrs larson (makes her sound old when she's in fact younger than me) has allowed me to post this to my blog. so it wouldn't be proper to post this without giving the credit to her and the HLM blog. you can also find more info at christfamilyfilmproductions.blogspot.com/


Happy Birthday, Timothy John Barry!

The character of Timothy John Barry, played by Josey Wilson in our upcoming film project He Leadeth Me, was born January 19, 1922 . In 1932, during the Great Depression, Timothy Barry would have turned 10 years old on January 19th. Because the 2011 calendar matches the 1932 calendar exactly, he would have celebrated his birthday yesterday!
- Character profile: Timothy Barry, born and raised in Rock Valley, IA, has never known anything but the small-town atmosphere of the humble farming community. As the Great Depression rages around him, he occupies himself with his own version of reality which consists of only innocent childish play, pranks, and prayers. His only real fear is never having enough food to eat, but his mother and father continuously encourage him to trust that the Lord will provide and, in the meantime, eat everything on his plate. His only one true temptation: finding ways to drive his younger sister Angela absolutely crazy.


Josey Wilson, "Timothy John Barry" (courtesy Dawn Schlienz)
Posted by Sarah Larson, He Leadeth Me, Christian Family Film Productions

i cannot wait til this movie goes to production. what an exciting experience for both josey and me. what a great opportunity for this small community of believers to come together to minister God's Word thru film. and what a super-talented group of young people we have working on this....i am blessed to just be a very small part of it.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

picture of the day

my bad....i missed the picture of the day yesterday. so sorry folks! so today i'll post TWO pics of the day! take a moment to reflect on and enjoy God's amazing creation.....


this one i took of Lake Alice in June 2008
we have an awesome God!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

family fun time tuesday



*adapted from Thriving Family Magazine

Monday, January 17, 2011

question of the week

so...since this is now the question of the week, i think i need a new name to make it more exciting, don't you think? well, how about monday's matter? or the weekly query? or ask your kids? or sharing with your kids? or talking with your kids? i was looking in my ms word thesaurus for new words for "question" and it also pulled up some adjectives to describe questions. they came up with: pointed, probing, searching, awkward, difficult, embarrassing, tricky, personal, academic, hypothetical, rhetorical, leading, loaded, daft, inane, silly, stupid, direct, and straight. i like the leading & loaded, as well as pointed & probing descriptions. maybe go with one of those or all of them? the pointed, probing, leading and loaded question of the week. kinda has a ring to it, doesn't it? LOL
OK, now that we've got that settled, here's the first pointed, probing, leading and loaded question of the week. have fun!

How does your child(ren) make you proud? tell them. ask them who they are proud of.

picture of the day


no need for words

Sunday, January 16, 2011

another late night


why is it that i can't get to sleep at night? too much on my mind? too cold? too hot? the good Lord knows i'm tired. my body & mind are buzzing, but my eyes are drooping. and i have a busy day tomorrow. sunday school with 8-10 3 yr olds. promoting my bible study during church. then driving to pick up josey. maybe anxious to see him? so what would explain the late nights the last week or 2? he was home and i still couldn't get to sleep before midnight. sometimes not before 2. this is not fun!
well, as long as i'm up, i thought i might as well do some blogging.
last thursday night i was awake in bed til 1:30 so i got up to do some blogging. i started to get sleepy at 3 so i went upstairs to potty and then go to bed. when i flushed i soon realized that the water was rising. and it kept on rising....and rising....then poured over the side. in my sleepy state it didn't even cross my mind to turn off the water. then of course when i used the plunger, it just caused more flooding to my bathroom floor. the only thing handy and absorbant enough was my white bath rug. so at 3am i was sopping up toilet water. about 6-8 gallons of it. i was just glad it didn't happen to one of the boys. needless to say, i wasn't tired for awhile again.

i've been knitting lately. a lot. hats. baby hats. newborn baby hats, to be more specific. they are turning out pretty cute. josey is also knitting, at bedtime, just to have something to do while i read to him. he tried knitting a couple years ago, and got bored with it too easily. so this time i told him to just knit. nothing. he enjoys it as long as i don't require him to make something. the last time he was supposed to make washcloths for Christmas gifts for his grandma and gr-grandma. he worked on it for 2 months. he made one. that was the end of his knitting for a while. thus his knitting nothing now.

as many of you know, josey is a kid of many talents. he is a natural at most everything he tries. i found one other thing that he has a natural gift for doing just this past week with D here. D is another boy with many many talents. he had his violin and trumpet here for school, and of course josey was curious. he tried both instruments. D showed him the scales for the violin and amazingly josey picked it up right away. he was actually pretty good at it. the trumpet notsomuch. but this from a boy who has never taken music lessons in his life. we have a keyboard and he's taught himself how to play "mary had a little lamb" and "amazing grace" and a couple other songs (the keyboard is one that shows you which keys to play). i was pleasantly surprised that he took to the violin so quickly and so well. i mentioned in the past that we should take violin lessons, but he always groaned in response. so i finally dropped it. i had never even picked up a violin in my life, so when i saw D's lying on josey's bed, i had to give it a try myself. i did horribly. but i was hooked. i def want to take lessons. i took a chance and asked josey if he would like to with me. he actually said yes. just to make sure he was serious, i told him i was serious. he again said yes. so now we are looking for someone willing to give both of us lessons. and of course we would need violins. we'll be praying about it. i can't wait! so, in the meantime i will post something to fb. but if anyone reading this has suggestions of who to talk to, i would appreciate you passing info on to me. thx.

but for now i am going to make one more attempt at sleeping. so goodnight friends. sleep well.

Saturday, January 15, 2011



awesome lyrics! think this is one of my new fav artists

Friday, January 14, 2011

missing my boy


how could you NOT miss this face?
 so, i dropped josey off with his dad this afternoon. was worried because snow was coming, but josey texted to let me know they stopped somewhere along the way for the night because of the snow. he was especially sad about going this time, not sure why, other than he said that he was really going to miss his mom. i felt bad about making him go, but we really have no choice in the matter.
so it is very quiet around here, even for 11:25pm. i had fallen asleep around 8 tonight then woke up at 10:30 (because that's what i do when i go to bed too early) so without thinking about it, i came downstairs quietly, taking care not to wake josey....but realized after a half hour that he isn't even here. so reality has hit that he's not home for the weekend :o(
what to do with a weekend to myself. i thought i'd be used to it by now, after all it's been over 6 yrs since we've been doing this already. but does one ever get used to not having their child gone? i'm not sure. i hope not...that would be sad. i don't even know if it really gets easier to deal with, but i do say that without God, i wouldn't deal with it well. He hasn't taken the *storm* away, but He has given me peace thru it. i think when Jesus was in the boat with His disciples during the storm in Mark 4, when He said "Peace, be still!" He was actually talking to the disciples along with the wind and waves around them. i know He's said it to me many times....like every time i have to drop josey off with his dad.
it's still hard, but when i hear the words, "peace, Dawn, be still," i'm quieted and given peace. what a wonderful Savior! what an awesome Quieter of storms! i thank Him and love Him more and more every day!

picture of the day



just had to remind myself of what the future looks like!
i'm ready for spring....but this snow is actually very beautiful...but i'm still ready for spring!

 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
   says the LORD.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
   they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
   they shall be like wool."
Isaiah 1:18 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

question of the day 3

OK, first of all, this will be my last "question of the day", but i will begin to post a "question of the week" from now on. i've realized that it's going to take a lot of brainwork on my part to come up with a question every single day. not only that, but i do have a life other than blogging so there may be days that i can't get to the computer. however, i do reserve the right to post additional questions at any time if they are just too good to let slip by another day...or if they apply to certain days, like holidays, etc.  that being said, here's the last question i will be posting this week (unless i feel ambitious this weekend):

What special memory do you have of your grandparents? share this with your child(ren). ask them to share something about their grandparents with you.

picture of the day 3

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
Ephesian 6:10-17

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

charlay & sullvi

what or who is charlay & sulvi? i will get to that shortly.
we have an 11 yr old boy (who i will call "D" for the sake of clarity & privacy) staying at our house this week because his family is dealing with a family emergency and are out of town. josey thinks it's a party every night with D here. they are having fun and i'm learning what it would be like to have another boy in the house. it's kind of fun. i've learned that 11 yr old boys are the most entertaining people. i've laughed more these past few days than i have in a long time...mostly chuckling to myself than at them...gotta spare their dignity; 11 yr old boys' self-images are fairly fragile at times. at least in my experience with one.
i've also learned that other families do things differently than ours (gasp). just this morning we had a mystery to deal with. i opened the bathroom medicine cabinet and discovered that the toothpaste was missing. since D was the only other person alive at that time of morning, i naturally asked him if he knew where it was. "no, i don't" was the answer. i asked if in his tired state he may have mistakenly put it in his clothing bag (i didn't want to make him think i thought he was stealing our toothpaste for goodness sakes!), so he looked (as well as a boy looks for something) and no it wasn't there. in our noisy search of the mysterious disappearing toothpaste, josey was awakened (poor thing) so i asked him if he knew what happened to the missing toothpaste. "uuuhhh, no" was the groggy reply. he laid back down and fell back to sleep (wish i could do that). well, i had a trial size toothpaste handy, so i just used that. wasn't the same, let me tell you. but it got the ol' chompers clean.
we continued on with our morning routines (as best as one can with an extra boy in the house and only one bathroom) and D headed off to catch the bus. i didn't want to search josey's room and wake him, so i waited til he got up before i went on a toothpaste hunt. i looked in the clothing bag that was searched earlier (i use the term "search" loosely) and D was correct, it was not there. the next reasonable place was the bathroom (should have been the ONLY reasonable place, but we're talking about boys here) and for some reason unknown to me, i looked in the tub. all i can say is that it could only have been God whispering in my ear "check the tub" because that is exactly where it was. along with D's toothbrush. josey and i laughed because D had brushed his teeth in the shower, which is something that is definitely not practiced in our home. not that i am opposed to it, and maybe it's a guy thing, but it's just something this mom doesn't fully understand. well anyway, i learned that other families just do things differently than we do and that is perfectly OK.
OK, so now onto charlay & sullvi....
as i said, we have an extra 11 yr old boy at our house this week. maybe this is the only explanation that is needed, but then again, maybe not. when D arrived with all his bags of goodies for the week, he realized he had forgotten a very important item needed for Wed night church, so before heading to church this evening, we swung by his house so we could pick it up. on the way the two 11 yr olds in the back seat starting talking in a foreign language...or so i thought at first. the first thing i said was "WHAT?!" they just kept on, and it took several minutes before i realized that they were actually having a conversation and not just talking jibberish and pretending to reply. during the course of this "conversation" i realized that josey was being called "charlay" and D was being called "sullvi" (or what i THOUGHT was sullvi). all i can say to describe how they were talking was to call it (and forgive me if i offend anyone) "uneducated" and "forrest-gumpy". after several attempts at trying to understand what josey was actually saying, josey had to tell my non-11-yr-old ears...in his normal voice, mind you...that his name was "charlie" and D is "sullivan". after i realized what they were saying i was able to laugh at some of their antics. not to say that they weren't funny before, it's just that i was just spending the whole time trying to understand what they were actually saying. i thought i would try to be "funny" (again, using the term loosely) when josey asked my name, i said it was "yo mama" to which he replied "are you from the city or sumptin?" needless to say, it was a poor attempt on my part at trying to fit into an 11-yr-old's world. the funniest part was when they were looking at D's new Bible and "charlay" asked what it said. sullvi's reply was "and" (or what i thought was "and"). i asked "and what?" charlay's reply was "just and" like i knew what he was talking about. i asked "are you saying and, or an? or n?" they both said in unison "yes." i asked how they spelled it. charlay's said matter of factly "you don't spell it, it just is." Oooookaaaayyyy! i got nowhere, but it was pretty funny that they knew exactly what they were talking about as if it was a perfectly normal conversation to be having on the way to church. as D was going into his house to get the forgotten item, charlay says "hurry back, i'll be reading all the 'ans" when you're gone!" of course this was all said in a forrest-gumpy, un-educated accent. i just LOL. and then they talked about being punished with a flu shot because i mentioned something about stopping to get one at Walgreens when we passed by. it was all just too funny...guess you had to be there.
we are really enjoying having D at our house, by the way. makes me want to adopt someone....maybe even another 11 yr old boy :0)

picture of the day 2


notice that she's sitting in the holiness locker :0) that's where i am in God's eyes

question of the day 2

What was it like in "your" world when you were a child? This would mean how you saw the world around you and the types of things that made up every day life.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

family fun time tuesday



The purpose of "family fun time" is to have fun with your family members and bring them closer together with activities that cost nothing or close to nothing. Because it isn't the value you place on entertainment, it's the entertainment you can value.

question of the day--#1

The purpose of this post is to cause you to spend time talking with your kids. I found that while growing up, me and my parents didn't spend a whole lot of time in quality conversation....something I so desperately wanted and needed and wish now that I could have had. It has made a huge impact on how I relate to my parents now, as well as other relationships with friends, and that impact has not all been good. I vowed as a young adult, long before I had a child of my own, that I would have a better relationship with my child(ren) and talk to them. It has made a huge difference in how my child relates to me and to others. Where as I couldn't look anyone in the eye when conversing with them up until just a few short years ago, my son makes respectful, direct eye contact with everyone he speaks with. It's awesome and amazing to see, especially to his mother, a former painfully-shy little girl.
When answering these questions, share it with your child(ren) and have them share their answers with you. The conversations may lead elsewhere, but that is the point.
So, that being said, here is your first Question of the Day:

What are two things that you feel you can't live without when you first wake up and what started this routine?

picture of the day