Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Sunday...

He has risen!!

Happy Easter to you and your family.

I have spent multiple hours today searching online, reading friends blogs and their beautiful Easter posts of children in fancy dresses and suits. Spring flowers and dyed Easter Eggs.

Well, hate to disappoint you but there will be none of those pictures around here! My daughter and I are sick so we have basically been laying around today. Kylie had some medicine so she spunked up to join Jon and Luke in a bit of egg dying. Picture a bunch of jammie dressed folks with wild hair all getting enough energy to make a craft. After we dyed them we were all worn out so we took a nap!

The eggs were taunting my poor son so we had a fun afternoon of hiding eggs in the living room and kitchen. My fear was that we weren't going to find them all since they were real eggs! Fortunately I think they are all safe and sound.

Hope your Easter was all that you imagined it to be. Mine, even though it wasn't what I had hoped, it was still special and it will remain a wonderful memory.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Ramblings of a drug induced Momma...

With young kids it is tough to find a quiet moment to meditate on the things of God. I try to wake up early, they do too. I try to stay up late, they do too. Things just don't work out the way I would like them to. Things just don't seem routine.

I know this is just a season of life. My precious children will grow up quicker than I would like but I really want to curl up and spend some time with God ya know? Is that too much to ask?

So I will take what I can get. Lately, I hide in my shower. Yes, my shower. Now I am not the first mom who will admit that they have great revelations from God in the shower. It is quiet, it is cleansing, and most of all, it is quiet. Did I say there are no interruptions in the shower??!

Today in my prayer closet (aka the shower) I just had a long time chat with my Papa. See, I know Jon and I were obedient in paring down our living quarters. Some things just have to change. We moved from our home and are taking advantage of low cost housing provided from our work, a wonderful opportunity if you ask me. Things seemed so clear to me, to us that we needed to make a change.

Now, I don't think that we heard wrong from God. I still believe that we are on this road for a purpose. We continue to trust in the one who will provide for us. We had great plans of being freer with our finances, being able to give more as we felt led. Now we are in gridlock with a budget as tight as stone. I feel torn at wanting to give to people in need but having nothing to give.

I am thankful for all that we do have. Our health (aside from this nasty sniffle I have currently), our family, a roof over our head and food on our table. We are blessed with awesome friends who love on us to no end.

What I pray for us as a family is that we can continue to trust in the plan God has for us. Our future is not clear for us but we can trust the One who has our lives in His hands.

This is our favorite verse not only for ourselves but for the boys we serve.

Jeremiah 29:11
11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I am so thankful for Hope!

Monday, March 10, 2008

I really do school!

Rarely do I ever post what I am doing with the kids school wise. Life just gets ahead of me and before you know it, the week has gone and the pictures are stored away in the depths of my computer. This week we "rowed" Madaline which is a sweet tale of a girl in Paris, France. Even Luke got into the fun!

I love doing things that revolve around food, and what better thing to do was to bake croissants! We took the easy way out and did the Pilsbury kind but it was fun to roll the shapes. Luke had a great time taking turns with rolling. Notice the cheesy grin?

After all the hard work was done, Kylie enjoyed eating them.

We also had french bread during one dinner so the next morning we had french bread dipped in hot chocolate which I read is done in France. While my kids love hot chocolate, they couldn't fathom dipping french bread in it. After a few "eeeewwwwwwws" and "yuck" moments they ate it all.

Then the real fun began when they got to make the Eiffel Tower with cheese and toothpicks. This task was mostly done by us as they really couldn't master the finger dexterity needed. Jon worked with Luke (thus the near perfect structure) and I helped Kylie (poor girl!) They had fun eating their creation after it was all done.

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