Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

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The boys in their tap recital costumes.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Oh, be still my heart....

Sisters

Sarah

Emily



The girls had their spring formal last night. Aren't they beautiful?
(if you want to see the photo in a larger scale, just give it a click)

Sigh.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Music

I love music!
It draws me closer to God. It helps me think. It soothes me. It energizes me. It makes me laugh. It makes me cry. It makes the kids giggle over my dance techniques.

I discovered Pandora Radio about 6 weeks ago. What an incredible find! If you haven't done so already, go explore.

:: swaying to Everything's OK by Chris Rice ::



Wednesday, April 23, 2008

It's that time again...

Our fabulous zoo is open after a long, cold winter! We are heading there this afternoon.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Trusting God

I've been follower of Jesus Christ for many years. I have seen incredible things happen because of His provision, mercy and grace. I know He is in the big and little things of my life. He cares.
Not only do I believe in God, I believe God is who He says He is!

Sometimes, I falter though....

This morning, Caleb, had his one-year follow up with the cardiologist. Many of you remember his diagnosis of SVT back in February of 2007. He has been on daily medication since the incident. He has had no further episodes. Praises!
"Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them." Psalm 111:2

We have prayed over Caleb at home and in church. We have friends and family from far away praying over him. I have been so bold as to ask God for complete healing over Caleb's heart issues. I've seen miracles happen before when God intercedes.

So why am I worried?
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it own." Matt 6:34


This morning the doctor was very happy with Caleb's progress. He wants to wean him off the medicine over the next 2 weeks. He explained that if Caleb doesn't need to be on medicine, we should clear his system. In theory I agree. Doctor also explained that until we challenge his heart, we can't know the final (if any) solution we should take (more medication, surgery). It all makes sense to my logical thinking mind. My mother heart is having trouble. I am anxious.

And then I remember,
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Phil 4: 6-7

Do you see that? "...will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."

Am I trying to live the faith without faith? I need to let God deal with my insecurities or my insecurities will deal with me. Today I am going to wear the shield of faith and speak the Word of power.

"The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
Psalm 118:6

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1Peter 5:6-7


In His caring name, Amen.






Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday Fifteen



1. Springtime in Indiana is a glorious gift. We hit 78 degrees today. The sky was clear. The trees are blooming. Everyone seemed to be in a better mood.
2. We did history and literature out on the deck this afternoon. Perfection.
3. An earthquake woke us up this morning. I thought the dog was under the bed, scratching himself or something, until I realized, no - that is an earthquake. Memories of California living!
4. Fifteen things seemed like a good idea at the time.....
5. I am thoroughly enjoying my Bible study, Believing God. This weeks homework is a tad uncomfortable (deals with childhood stuff) but it is very rewarding.
6. I think we are on the brink of losing our beloved, Bailey. He is almost 14 years old and time is not being kind to him lately. He goes in for a check up next week.
7. Chris Tomlin's version of Amazing Grace (Chains are Gone) is positively wonderful. I love when we sing this in church.
8. We are having fresh strawberry shortcake for dessert tomorrow. I found the greatest California strawberries at Meijer this morning!
9. The girls are dancing in a purity fashion show the first part of May. This is a big honor for their studio.
10. I went to the mall on Monday with Emily. We had our eyebrows threaded. The results are far superior to waxing - cheaper, too!
11. Gas is $3.47 a gallon right now. That stings.
12. When we become a nation that no longer reveres human life, you end up with college students that call very unfortunate situations, 'art.' That is tragic.
13. What was the Olympic Committee thinking when they gave China the honor of hosting world athletes?
14. I found the cutest pair of silver sparkly flip-flops at Kohls last weekend. I love flip flops.
15. Tomorrow is Saturday. The kids sleep in now. I thought this day would never arrive.

Have a blessed day.

Monday, April 14, 2008

I've been a parent for 15 years. I have 6 children. What have I learned?



1. Keep your marriage a top priority.
2. Set a good example. When you fall (and you will) - be quick to apologize.
3. Catch them being good - in other words, be pro-active instead of reactive.
4. Age appropriate chores are good for children.
5. House rules are a good thing. Make sure everyone understands the rules. If you have more than 5 rules, check your motives.
6. Talk with your children about issues. Even better? Listen to your children talk about issues.
7. Share your dreams and expectations for your children. Make sure they understand God's love for them. He has immense plans for them, too!
8. Pray, play, and read with your children.
9. Encourage involvement within the community and church.
10. Teach them to solve real problems.

I don't have all of the answers - my parenting journey is far from over. I pray that my heart remains soft to His training and inspiration. He is merciful and patient with us, thankfully.
I also realize that in many ways, the children teach me far more than I could ever begin to teach them.

Be blessed.




Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Random thoughts

-The sun is shining. It is wonderful. We hit 70 degrees yesterday!
-Because the sun is shining, the daffys and hyacinths are popping out of the ground.
-Indy (our kitty) went to the vet yesterday to be neutered. We pick him up this afternoon. I hope he still loves us.
-I am in such a quandary about the upcoming presidential election. I don't like any of my choices.
-My baby brother turned 30 last week. Couple that with my last blog entry and well, ugh.
-Sarah made level 8 for gymnastics. Huge accomplishment.
-Em has started off season volleyball practice this week. The official try-outs are in June.
-I did some calculations over the weekend and if all goes well, we should be done with school lessons in 47 days. Originally, we were set to finish by the first of May, but we got off track in December. Oh well.
-The Spring Formal is April 25. Emily and Sarah are going this year. Their dresses are so wonderfully cute. We still have to find shoes. This is proving to be a challenge.
-The boys start another set of swim lessons later this month. One is excited - one is not.
-I am part of a wonderful Bible study at church. We are using Believing God by Beth Moore. I love it.

I think that is about it for now. I have to get Emily off to her science co-op. There are 5 kids working on biology/dissection 2x a week. Up this week? A crayfish. My friend was a science teacher in the school system long ago and has a great time with the kids. I am just happy to not have the smell of formaldehyde in my house.