Friday, July 31, 2009

Here is a little update on our life in Kentucky. As it goes with almost everyone, with children, school will be starting soon. I am waiting on part of our curriculum to arrive, I should say anxiously waiting. The kids are excited, looking forward to a fresh start and new adventures. I am changing things around this year, I have chosen as our unit study curriculum to use My Fathers World. This encompass, history, geography, science, and so much more. As for spelling, I am using, Rod & Staff's, Spelling By Sound and Structure, and then their penmanship for Megan. We are using Writing Strands and Emma Searl's Primary and Intermediate Language Lessons. And, of course the library will provide us with a vast qantity of books to read. Before I forget I am going back to Math-U-See for the girls. I like the format of weekly lessons instead of daily lessons. I used that the first year I homeshcooled and liked it but due to trying to be cost effective, I did some other things. My little Alex, who will be 5 in september will be doing Kindergarten work. I am using My Fathers World A to Z for him, that is a complete kindergarten curriculum and I like that format also, it is weekly lessons too. I have to say that God has really guided me and helped me in choosing the work we are to do this year, without his help I would still be floundering in the mess of what to choose. He also provided so much for us that the cost out of pocket was minimal.

We have another blessing coming our way, my mother is moving close by, about 15 minutes away. Praise the Lord, this has been a prayer of mine and God knows how much I need her near to provide encouragement and support. She is such wonderful mother and has always tried to guide me in the paths of righteousness. It will be a joy to have her near.

It has been a rainy summer and although my tomato plants are loaded down with tomatoes they are all green except one I picked and one a squirrel stole. I am praying for a bountiful crop so I can can some sauce this year. The Lord knows our need.

That pretty much is the story of our lives at this point. Not to exciting I realize but maybe we will have some excitement to tell you about someday. Enjoy the weather wherever you maybe.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Do You See Jesus in Your Clouds? - My Utmost For His Highest

Do You See Jesus in Your Clouds? - My Utmost For His Highest

Monday, July 27, 2009

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
This is verse is so true. God certainly does fill me time and time again. Just this morning I was reading Matthew 5 and was blessed by the many promises in this passage of Scripture. I encourage you to read it. It will bless you I am sure. I recently read a book, Amanda Smith, the Kings Daugter; wow, was she ever on fire for God. We need someone like her to come in our midsts and preach the truth even though it may be uncomfortable. Her message was holiness, being pure at heart. Even in the late 1800's as she went all over the world as God lead her there were those who opposed her message. I have felt that same feeling in our world today, it makes others uncomfortable to hear the holiness message because they know that they must change their ways if they follow the true path of holiness. Amanda hungered and thirsted after righteousness, she would pray day and night until she found peace in her heart about something. She lived by faith, and she truly believed that if God wanted her somewhere he would provide the way, and he did many times, always giving her exactly what she needed.

In reading this book, I noticed how Amanda Smith did not live her life as it was her own, she lived it totally consecrated to God. I have been thinking how we live in an I/me/mine society. "I deserve everything I get, it is me who did it, and it is mine to do with it what I want". I want to live my life for God and give my time to him, my home is his too, I also give my children to him. Everything I have is a gift from God, and can direct me in how to use what he has given me. I also realize I deserve nothing, God in his infinite mercy has forgiven me and has taken me as his child, what more could I do but devote my life to serving him.

I do hunger and thirst after righteousness. I want to be filled and overflowing. I once saw a quote, by whom I do not know, "I'm drinking from the saucer, because my cup is overflowing". Praise his holy name. He his wonderful and I know he will keep me in his care.

Friday, July 24, 2009

His Nature and Our Motives - My Utmost For His Highest

His Nature and Our Motives - My Utmost For His Highest

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Wow, what a whirlwind of a two weeks I have had. Lots of fun and lots of hard work. My mom came for a couple weeks and she helped me accompish a lot. We painted the entrance, living room and hallway, and then the next day we tore up the carpet in the living room. When I walk in my house I almost feel like I have entered a different house. It is so refreshing to like walking into my house. The carpet was such a mess, no amount of cleaning it made it better, it just made the room look dingy and dirty and then my walls have many autographs on them we were able to cover them up with the paint. I had to laugh because the kids have written on the walls but of course won't admit who did it, but you can always tell because they write their name. Not to smart. Hopefully we have passed that phase of things right now.

Now onto the fun things, I can't remember if I mentioned our outing to Big Bone Lick State Park. Well, if I didn't we had fun walking the trails and seeing the bison. I will post pictures too.

On monday we had special visitors, Tina and her children came to see us, that day we went to the aquarium and also took a fun ride called, Ride the Ducks. It is an amphibius vehicle that drives the streets and takes a flying rush into the Ohio River. It is actually fun and very informative ride and I might even be able to count it as a field trip for the kids. On Weds, Randy handled the kids, all of them, by himself and us ladies went to the mall and had lunch. That evening we went to a park and grilled out, took a walk and made smores. We had so much fun.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Disaster diverted.

Lifes has been a little crazy and busy, but in the midst of that crazy busyness my wash machine that we bought less than two years ago started acting strangley. Making a strange noise and would not complete all cycles. I noticed an error message and finally went on line to see if I could find any information regarding that. I will say the Lord is good because with the information I got of the web, I was able to figure out that my wash machine has a water pump with a lint trap on it. After cleaning the ball of lint and several coins out my wash machine is working like new. I will not check monthly to make sure it does not get clogges. I was also thinking that our lives are little like that sometimes when we are getting rid of issues or giving our problems to
God we tend to grasp at the fragments that trail behind. We need to make sure we are giving it all to God not just what we think is improtant. My mom has this saying, " its the little foxes that spoil the grapes", little things can hold us back and we need to pay attention or we will be taking it all in but not letting go our probems. Give your all to God, he wants to carry your burdens.