Sunday, March 20, 2011

I am an Heiress!

The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; You hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the LORD always before me;
because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Psalm 16:5-8

I am thankful for.....

God's Word......that Jesus died for me.....my life in Christ....salvation....freedom.....victory....I'm no longer afraid......my funny, super-awesome, Jesus-loving, joy-filled, compassionate, polite, handsome, great kid.....my sweet, silly, beautiful niece......friends.....family......my home....living in small town America.....having an amazing church family.....my crazy puppy....love.....peace......4-wheel drive.....FB so I can connect with old friends....I live in the richest (and free-est) country in the world......my health.....freedom to worship.....freedom to pray.....being a daughter of the Creator of the Universe.....being able to homeschool my great kid.....being able to work at home.....a sweet, funny, adorable, little 2-yr old girl who comes to my home 4 days a week....my neighbors....God's blessings and provision.....good books.....good music.....good food.....laughter.....tears.....my kid's smile.....teaching Sunday School to the best 3 yr olds on the planet!.....my funny, fun, silly, sweet 3 yr olds....thunder storms.....rain....sunshine.....rainbows....snow.....my microwave......anything that helps make my life easier.....great devos....great Bible teachings.....a spirit-filled Pastor.....help from strangers.....our amazing military.....

the list goes on and on and on......

What are you thankful for? What are you looking forward to in 2011? I plan on reflecting on what happened in the past, but I will also let it go and look forward to new things with fresh eyes and an expecting heart. Anything can happen. After all, with God all things are possible.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

picture of the day

aren't you glad that God doesn't take one look at us
and do what the kid in 'home alone' does
8O

Friday, March 11, 2011

picture(s) of the day

here are the boys in action with their pingpong ball shooter
at the science museum

i think this may have been my favorite exhibit
at the science museum....
it was about 10 ft long x 4 ft high
it was very cool....i'd like to make one for myself....
WHERE would i hang it???

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

picture of the day

does anyone recognize these wanted boys? last seen roaming the halls of science museum, having fun, causing laughter, and laughing themselves. may be armed with pingpong ball shooters.


babies, tweens, and teens...oh my!

what a day! all i can say is "uff-DA!" not that it went badly, but it just was really really l-l-l-l-o-o-o-o-o-n-n-n-g-g-g-g!!!! up at 4:30 so we could head for the bus by 5:45 am, and to leave walmart parking lot at 6 am sharp. with about 60 other people....mostly kids age 15 months and up. including my own. three hours on the bus. 2+ hours at the capitol building. another 2 hours at the st paul cathedral. 3+ hours at the science museum. then 3 MORE hours on the bus and we were home by 9:45 pm. like i said, it was a really really long day. but it was oh, so fun!

as i was watching all these kids ages 15 months and up interact so nicely, i thought, "if this would have been a public school trip, they never would have had the opportunity to interact with such a mixed group of ages." if it would have been a public school trip, of course it would have been with josey's class, which would have meant a bus full of 6th graders...with a few teachers and even fewer parents dispersed throughout. but as it was, my almost-12-yr-old kid sat in the same seat with another 11 yr old, but across from a 14 yr old and a couple 13 yr olds, 2 seats behind a 15 month old, a seat in front of two 6-7 yr olds, and played "mafia" with another bunch of kids of mixed ages. babies, tweens, and teens....oh my!

i am just amazed at the opportunity God has given us to "socialize" with kids of all ages by providing us with the chance to homeschool. i saw 6 yr olds hugging 14 yr olds. 10 yr olds sitting with 4 yr olds. 15 yr olds helping 8 yr olds. 11 yr olds telling jokes to adults. 17 yr olds goofing off with 11 yr olds. it was pretty cool. i was also encouraged because my son has such great role models who are polite, courteous, generous, helpful, thoughtful, thankful, kind, and respectful. when i see 15 yr olds resting their elbows on my son's shoulder, talking with him about baseball or explaining a game so he can be involved, my heart is so filled with gratitude that God has put these kids in our lives. their parents have got to be beyond pleased with their behavior and attitudes. what a blessing to witness!

ok, i'm not at all saying that homeschool kids are perfect, nor are they better than public schoolers. all i'm saying is that the opportunity for spending quality time with such a mixed group of ages isn't normally there for public schoolers and we are so blessed to have that thru homeschooling. that being said, i shouldn't get any derogatory emails in reference to what i have posted thus far.

oh, i should also mention that we had a great bus driver too. if you go to our church, you should know who this person is, but for privacy i won't say a name. but he was kind, patient, and appreciative of all our silliness and lack of quietness.

lack of quietness is actually an understatement. altho these homeschoolers were polite, courteous, generous, helpful, thoughtful, thankful, kind, and respectful, they were also loud. i mean, they were LOUD! bold, underline, and exclamation point. but just on the bus. outside the bus they showed the utmost respect for others by keeping their voices at a low volume and their squirrely-ness at a minimum. i was very impressed.

keep up the good work, homeschool moms! and great job to the kids today! thanks for making this a great day for josey and me by providing us with entertainment and a laugh a minute.

 josey in front of the capitol building...
not necessarily his thoughts about the trip

*almost* all the kids with our senator gretchen hoffman


Monday, March 7, 2011

in awe

as i am sitting here today crocheting yet another cute hat, i'm just in awe of what God has been doing thru me with these hats. i am totally blown away at the creativity flowing from my hands into these things. just short of three weeks ago, the only crocheting ability i had was scarfs and blankets. ok, not even blankets. every blanket i attempted to crochet or knit turned into a lopsided mess that i couldn't even bring myself to put on my own bed where no one else would ever see it. seriously! i was getting fairly good at scarfs, but come on, how difficult is it to stitch straight across, turn around, and stitch straight back across? if you have any ability at crocheting, you can make a scarf like the ones i was making!

all i can think of all this is how unbelievably faithful and kind this mighty God of mine is!

just two short weeks ago i posted my sun stand still prayer regarding these hats. and here i am already on my way to seeing it become a reality in my life. un-flipping-believable!  i'm in the process of making a hat that will already be #12 that i've sold, with another to make that someone else is buying. my blessings are crazily rolling in. i don't even know what to think, to tell you the truth. i'm just in awe of an awesome God. my prayer is that i never lose sight of what God is doing and start taking the credit for myself. because i know my crocheting and knitting ability before, and i know what it's like now. i do NOT want to lose it.

God has been so good to me and josey in providing for our every need over the last 3 yrs. and this is just evidence of that goodness....and then some. God is great! God is good! there is nothing...
NOTHING!....that my God cannot do!

The LORD is my strength and my shield;
   my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
   and with my song I praise him.
Psalm 28:7

Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer,
   you shield my head in the day of battle.
Psalm 140:7

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
   my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:2 (NIV)

He will cover you with his feathers.
      He will shelter you with his wings.
      His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Psalm 91:4 (NLT)

Psalm 91 (MSG)
You who sit down in the High God's presence, spend the night in Shaddai's shadow,
   Say this: "God, you're my refuge.
      I trust in you and I'm safe!"
   That's right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
      shields you from deadly hazards.
   His huge outstretched arms protect you—
      under them you're perfectly safe;
      his arms fend off all harm.
   Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
      not flying arrows in the day,
   Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
      not disaster that erupts at high noon.
   Even though others succumb all around,
      drop like flies right and left,
      no harm will even graze you.
   You'll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
      watch the wicked turn into corpses.
   Yes, because God's your refuge,
      the High God your very own home,
   Evil can't get close to you,
      harm can't get through the door.
   He ordered his angels
      to guard you wherever you go.
   If you stumble, they'll catch you;
      their job is to keep you from falling.
   You'll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
      and kick young lions and serpents from the path.
"If you'll hold on to me for dear life," says God,
      "I'll get you out of any trouble.
   I'll give you the best of care
      if you'll only get to know and trust me.
   Call me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times;
      I'll rescue you, then throw you a party.
   I'll give you a long life,
      give you a long drink of salvation!" 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

break a neck

one day as i was sitting in the living room a little over a year ago, minding my own business, this kid started jumping off our couch. he was getting some pretty serious hang-time, so i just had to snap a few photos. it got to be quite comical after a while. these are some pictures that occured after about 2 minutes of straight jumping. he had to take off his sweatshirt because obviously he was working up a sweat or something.



once i realized what his shirt said, i had to laugh. the funniest part was that he wasn't getting into trouble...just making it. it could have ended poorly. he could have tripped and fallen head over heels and broken something. something like the vase on the tv. or the tv itself. but since nothing got broken, it was all good.



so he continued jumping and leaping from the couch. getting more and more hang-time. i think by this time i was laughing so hard i could barely hold the camera straight. it was unbelievable how high he could get and how many times he could keep jumping and not get into trouble. i mean seriously, what mom in their right mind not only allows this in the house, but also condones and encourages it by snapping photos of the crime in progress?


guess his shirt says it all....

all i can think is to say "keep it up and you'll break a neck"

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

picture of the day


yes, i know how you feel....i often have days like this.
just put a box over my head and call it good.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

picture of the day

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
I Corinthians 11:1

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I am an Heiress!

The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; You hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the LORD always before me;
because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Psalm 16:5-8

I am thankful for.....

God's Word......that Jesus died for me.....my life in Christ....salvation....freedom.....victory....I'm no longer afraid......my funny, super-awesome, Jesus-loving, joy-filled, compassionate, polite, handsome, great kid.....my sweet, silly, beautiful niece......friends.....family......my home....living in small town America.....having an amazing church family.....my crazy puppy....love.....peace......4-wheel drive.....FB so I can connect with old friends....I live in the richest (and free-est) country in the world......my health.....freedom to worship.....freedom to pray.....being a daughter of the Creator of the Universe.....being able to homeschool my great kid.....being able to work at home.....a sweet, funny, adorable, little 2-yr old girl who comes to my home 4 days a week....my neighbors....God's blessings and provision.....good books.....good music.....good food.....laughter.....tears.....my kid's smile.....teaching Sunday School to the best 3 yr olds on the planet!.....my funny, fun, silly, sweet 3 yr olds....thunder storms.....rain....sunshine.....rainbows....snow.....my microwave......anything that helps make my life easier.....great devos....great Bible teachings.....a spirit-filled Pastor.....help from strangers.....our amazing military.....

the list goes on and on and on......

What are you thankful for? What are you looking forward to in 2011? I plan on reflecting on what happened in the past, but I will also let it go and look forward to new things with fresh eyes and an expecting heart. Anything can happen. After all, with God all things are possible.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

picture of the day

aren't you glad that God doesn't take one look at us
and do what the kid in 'home alone' does
8O

Friday, March 11, 2011

picture(s) of the day

here are the boys in action with their pingpong ball shooter
at the science museum

i think this may have been my favorite exhibit
at the science museum....
it was about 10 ft long x 4 ft high
it was very cool....i'd like to make one for myself....
WHERE would i hang it???

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

picture of the day

does anyone recognize these wanted boys? last seen roaming the halls of science museum, having fun, causing laughter, and laughing themselves. may be armed with pingpong ball shooters.


babies, tweens, and teens...oh my!

what a day! all i can say is "uff-DA!" not that it went badly, but it just was really really l-l-l-l-o-o-o-o-o-n-n-n-g-g-g-g!!!! up at 4:30 so we could head for the bus by 5:45 am, and to leave walmart parking lot at 6 am sharp. with about 60 other people....mostly kids age 15 months and up. including my own. three hours on the bus. 2+ hours at the capitol building. another 2 hours at the st paul cathedral. 3+ hours at the science museum. then 3 MORE hours on the bus and we were home by 9:45 pm. like i said, it was a really really long day. but it was oh, so fun!

as i was watching all these kids ages 15 months and up interact so nicely, i thought, "if this would have been a public school trip, they never would have had the opportunity to interact with such a mixed group of ages." if it would have been a public school trip, of course it would have been with josey's class, which would have meant a bus full of 6th graders...with a few teachers and even fewer parents dispersed throughout. but as it was, my almost-12-yr-old kid sat in the same seat with another 11 yr old, but across from a 14 yr old and a couple 13 yr olds, 2 seats behind a 15 month old, a seat in front of two 6-7 yr olds, and played "mafia" with another bunch of kids of mixed ages. babies, tweens, and teens....oh my!

i am just amazed at the opportunity God has given us to "socialize" with kids of all ages by providing us with the chance to homeschool. i saw 6 yr olds hugging 14 yr olds. 10 yr olds sitting with 4 yr olds. 15 yr olds helping 8 yr olds. 11 yr olds telling jokes to adults. 17 yr olds goofing off with 11 yr olds. it was pretty cool. i was also encouraged because my son has such great role models who are polite, courteous, generous, helpful, thoughtful, thankful, kind, and respectful. when i see 15 yr olds resting their elbows on my son's shoulder, talking with him about baseball or explaining a game so he can be involved, my heart is so filled with gratitude that God has put these kids in our lives. their parents have got to be beyond pleased with their behavior and attitudes. what a blessing to witness!

ok, i'm not at all saying that homeschool kids are perfect, nor are they better than public schoolers. all i'm saying is that the opportunity for spending quality time with such a mixed group of ages isn't normally there for public schoolers and we are so blessed to have that thru homeschooling. that being said, i shouldn't get any derogatory emails in reference to what i have posted thus far.

oh, i should also mention that we had a great bus driver too. if you go to our church, you should know who this person is, but for privacy i won't say a name. but he was kind, patient, and appreciative of all our silliness and lack of quietness.

lack of quietness is actually an understatement. altho these homeschoolers were polite, courteous, generous, helpful, thoughtful, thankful, kind, and respectful, they were also loud. i mean, they were LOUD! bold, underline, and exclamation point. but just on the bus. outside the bus they showed the utmost respect for others by keeping their voices at a low volume and their squirrely-ness at a minimum. i was very impressed.

keep up the good work, homeschool moms! and great job to the kids today! thanks for making this a great day for josey and me by providing us with entertainment and a laugh a minute.

 josey in front of the capitol building...
not necessarily his thoughts about the trip

*almost* all the kids with our senator gretchen hoffman


Monday, March 7, 2011

in awe

as i am sitting here today crocheting yet another cute hat, i'm just in awe of what God has been doing thru me with these hats. i am totally blown away at the creativity flowing from my hands into these things. just short of three weeks ago, the only crocheting ability i had was scarfs and blankets. ok, not even blankets. every blanket i attempted to crochet or knit turned into a lopsided mess that i couldn't even bring myself to put on my own bed where no one else would ever see it. seriously! i was getting fairly good at scarfs, but come on, how difficult is it to stitch straight across, turn around, and stitch straight back across? if you have any ability at crocheting, you can make a scarf like the ones i was making!

all i can think of all this is how unbelievably faithful and kind this mighty God of mine is!

just two short weeks ago i posted my sun stand still prayer regarding these hats. and here i am already on my way to seeing it become a reality in my life. un-flipping-believable!  i'm in the process of making a hat that will already be #12 that i've sold, with another to make that someone else is buying. my blessings are crazily rolling in. i don't even know what to think, to tell you the truth. i'm just in awe of an awesome God. my prayer is that i never lose sight of what God is doing and start taking the credit for myself. because i know my crocheting and knitting ability before, and i know what it's like now. i do NOT want to lose it.

God has been so good to me and josey in providing for our every need over the last 3 yrs. and this is just evidence of that goodness....and then some. God is great! God is good! there is nothing...
NOTHING!....that my God cannot do!

The LORD is my strength and my shield;
   my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
   and with my song I praise him.
Psalm 28:7

Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer,
   you shield my head in the day of battle.
Psalm 140:7

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
   my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:2 (NIV)

He will cover you with his feathers.
      He will shelter you with his wings.
      His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Psalm 91:4 (NLT)

Psalm 91 (MSG)
You who sit down in the High God's presence, spend the night in Shaddai's shadow,
   Say this: "God, you're my refuge.
      I trust in you and I'm safe!"
   That's right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
      shields you from deadly hazards.
   His huge outstretched arms protect you—
      under them you're perfectly safe;
      his arms fend off all harm.
   Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
      not flying arrows in the day,
   Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
      not disaster that erupts at high noon.
   Even though others succumb all around,
      drop like flies right and left,
      no harm will even graze you.
   You'll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
      watch the wicked turn into corpses.
   Yes, because God's your refuge,
      the High God your very own home,
   Evil can't get close to you,
      harm can't get through the door.
   He ordered his angels
      to guard you wherever you go.
   If you stumble, they'll catch you;
      their job is to keep you from falling.
   You'll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
      and kick young lions and serpents from the path.
"If you'll hold on to me for dear life," says God,
      "I'll get you out of any trouble.
   I'll give you the best of care
      if you'll only get to know and trust me.
   Call me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times;
      I'll rescue you, then throw you a party.
   I'll give you a long life,
      give you a long drink of salvation!" 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

break a neck

one day as i was sitting in the living room a little over a year ago, minding my own business, this kid started jumping off our couch. he was getting some pretty serious hang-time, so i just had to snap a few photos. it got to be quite comical after a while. these are some pictures that occured after about 2 minutes of straight jumping. he had to take off his sweatshirt because obviously he was working up a sweat or something.



once i realized what his shirt said, i had to laugh. the funniest part was that he wasn't getting into trouble...just making it. it could have ended poorly. he could have tripped and fallen head over heels and broken something. something like the vase on the tv. or the tv itself. but since nothing got broken, it was all good.



so he continued jumping and leaping from the couch. getting more and more hang-time. i think by this time i was laughing so hard i could barely hold the camera straight. it was unbelievable how high he could get and how many times he could keep jumping and not get into trouble. i mean seriously, what mom in their right mind not only allows this in the house, but also condones and encourages it by snapping photos of the crime in progress?


guess his shirt says it all....

all i can think is to say "keep it up and you'll break a neck"

Saturday, March 5, 2011

picture of the day

it's another one of those days.....
bbbllllbbbblllllppppp.....

Friday, March 4, 2011

picture of the day


yes, i know how you feel....i often have days like this.
just put a box over my head and call it good.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

picture of the day

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
I Corinthians 11:1