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. Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Love is...

1John 3:16-20
[16] This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.* And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.* [17] If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him,* how can the love of God be in him?* [18] Dear children,* let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.* [19] This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence [20] whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
[2] Test me,* O LORD, and try me,
examine my heart and my mind;*
[3] for your love* is ever before me,
and I walk continually* in your truth.*
[3] Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
1Corinthians 4:3-13
[4] Love is patient,* love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.* [5] It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,* it is not easily angered,* it keeps no record of wrongs.* [6] Love does not delight in evil* but rejoices with the truth.* [7] It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.*
[8] Love never fails. But where there are prophecies,* they will cease; where there are tongues,* they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. [9] For we know in part* and we prophesy in part, [10] but when perfection comes,* the imperfect disappears. [11] When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways* behind me. [12] Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror;* then we shall see face to face.* Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.*
[13] And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.* But the greatest of these is love.*
1John 4 :16
[16] And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love.* Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.*
1John 4:19-21
[19] We love because he first loved us.* [20] If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother,* he is a liar.* For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen,* cannot love God, whom he has not seen.* [21] And he has given us this command:* Whoever loves God must also love his brother.*

Friday, January 15, 2010

Guess who can tie shoes...

A couple of weeks ago, Mia saw a pair of sneakers,and she just had to have them. We talked her out of getting that pair because she didn't know how to tie shoes. Since that shopping trip, she has been determined to learn to tie her shoes. I walked into the living room and saw Garrett and Mia sitting together. She had convinced him to teach her. It was so sweet... I love to watch my bigs work with the littles!
Now ... "I will try it myself, momma!"

We shall see if she remembers how and if she can tie her own shoes. Looks like we may be buying her some "tie" shoes in the near future.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

School Days...

Our Winter/Spring Semester began on Jan. 4. The kids really didn't complain too much about starting school again. They have gotten the routine down so well that they realize delaying school means that we have extended time in the summer. They prefer to have their summers off in order to practically live outdoors.

Language Arts time...some of the kiddos are writing in their journals, and some of them are completing their grammar and spelling assignments... Nolan loves to read... he is reading his literature assignment, and he tells me that this is a great book! I look forward to his finishing his books, to his review of them, and then to his handing them off for me to read (I always "preview" before he reads, but don't always find the time to read the books to completion).
Garrett reading his literature book...have I said how much I love our "Sonlight" curriculum!!

Snow Days...

Unfortunately for our kiddos, they aren't really Snow Days off from school. They would tell you that this is one of the pitfalls of being homeschooled. Actually, it is very nice because we can complete school work while we are toasty warm inside, and then they can go outside for recess and play in the snow...then we have no makeup days into the summer. What else are they going to do when they are bored? No cabin fever around here...
(The snow is from Saturday evening. Over the past two weeks we have been having some not just cold but frigid temperatures. As a result all the precipitation over the past few weeks is hanging around...not much thawing going on over the next few days either...-6 on tomorrow night.)

Mia still is not terribly fond of the snow...she says "It too cowld out thewr!" Little Angels making Snow Angels...
A little snow ball fight never hurt anyone...
Mandy is "ALWAYS" dancing...
"Hummm, who should I throw this snowball at?"
Let the "Game" begin... every "snow event" requires the traditional snow football game or games. Then, the best part, hot chocolate and cookies for our "thaw out" snack..."Mom,you forgot that I don't like marshmallows in my Hot Cocoa.""I like momma's sandy cookies the bestest!" "Which do you like,Levi?" Don't ask me... He was having a "serious" discussion with someone while slurpping up his hot cocoa... .

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

....Ringing in the New Year with our kiddos and a few friends,playing board games, eating lots of good snack foods, watching the countdown on TV, hugs and kisses all around
.... Celebrating New Year's Day... sleeping in late, eating yummy chocolate chip pancakes, having a lazy day, making our annual New Year's dinner complete with pork roast, black-eyed peas, wild rice, spinach salad and hot applesauce,YUMMY!, watching movies, loving on my kiddos...
We are just so blessed...looking forward to what 2010 has in store... serving the Lord and doing everything to glorify him!!
Wishing All of you a blessed and happy New Year!!