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Friday, May 27, 2005

History of Memorial Day

This is a little early but I don't think I'll be on this weekend until Tuesday. I hope this helps you remember what this weekend is really about and it's not just the "official start of summer".

History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day, perhaps more than any other holiday, was born of human necessity. Deep inside all of us lies a fundamental desire to make sense of life and our place in it and the world. What we have been given, what we will do with it and what we will pass to the next generation is all part of an unfolding history, a continuum that links one soul to another.

Abraham Lincoln pondered these thoughts in the late fall of 1863. His darkest fear was that he might well be the last president of the United States, a nation embroiled in the self-destruction of what he described as "a great civil war..testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure." He began his remarks with those words as he stood on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19th of that year.

The minute's speech that became known as Lincoln's Gettysburg Address turned into what might be called the first observance of Memorial Day. Lincoln's purpose that day was to dedicate a portion of the battlefield as a cemetery for the thousands of men, both living and dead, who consecrated that soil in the sacrifice of battle. Said Abraham Lincoln: "That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause which they gave the last full measure of devotion...that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom..."

About that same time in 1865, a druggist in Waterloo, New York, Henry C. Welles, began promoting the idea of decorating the graves of Civil War veterans. He gained the support of the Seneca County Clerk, General John B. Murray, and they formed a committee to make wreaths, crosses and bouquets for each veteran's grave. On May 5, 1866, war veterans marching to martial music led processions to each of three cemeteries, where the graves were decorated and speeches were made by General Murray and local clergymen. The village itself was also decorated with flags at half-mast, evergreen boughs and mourning black streamers.

Also, as the Civil War was coming to a close in the spring of 1865, Women's Auxiliaries of the North and South moved from providing relief to the families and soldiers on their own sides to joining in efforts to preserve and decorate the graves of both sides. A woman of French extraction and leader of the Virginia women's movement, Cassandra Oliver Moncure, took responsibility of coordinating the activities of several groups into a combined ceremony on May 30. It is said that she picked that day because it corresponded to the Day of Ashes in France, a solemn day that commemorates the return of the remains of Napoleon Bonaparte to France from St. Helena.

In 1868, General John A. Logan, first commander of the Grand Army of the Republic issued a General Order establishing May 30 as an official memorial day to pay respect to all those who had died, in war or peace.

On May 5, 1868, Logan declared in General Order No. 11 that:

The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

During the first celebration of Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery.

As already mentioned this 1868 celebration was inspired by local observances of the day in several towns throughout America that had taken place in the three years since the Civil War. In fact, several Northern and Southern cities claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, including Columbus, Mississippi; Macon, Georgia; Richmond, Virginia; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; and Carbondale, Illinois.

In 1966, the federal government, under the direction of President Lyndon Johnson, declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day. They chose Waterloo—which had first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—because the town had made Memorial Day an annual, community-wide event during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

By the late 1800s, many communities across the country had begun to celebrate Memorial Day and, after World War I, observances also began to honor those who had died in all of America's wars. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May. (Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor all veterans, living and dead, is celebrated each year on November 11.)

Today, Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Also, it is customary for the president or vice-president to give a speech honoring the contributions of the dead and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. About 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.

Several Southern states continue to set aside a special day for honoring the Confederate dead, which is usually called Confederate Memorial Day:

Mississippi: Last Monday in April
Alabama: Fourth Monday in April
Georgia: April 26
North Carolina: May 10
South Carolina: May 10
Louisiana: June 3
Tennessee (Confederate Decoration Day): June 3
Texas (Confederate Heroes Day): January 19
Virginia: Last Monday in May


Perhaps General Logan's proclamation was simply the making official of what the nation yearned for and spontaneously began to form after the near total destruction of the Civil War. It is that sharing of loss, honoring the sacrifices of those who made possible the lives we enjoy today, and family connections across the generations that keep Memorial Day in our hearts...and always will.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

"I am the Lord, and there is no other."

I have been struggling lately with a situation in our family and questioning the Lord about it. I read this last night and it really convicted me. God is in control--not me. His ways are not my ways! He wants the best for me. I just need to trust and obey.

I am the Lord, and there is not other; Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me; that men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun that there is no one besides Me. I am the L ord, there is no other, the One forming light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these.

Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker--an earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, 'What are you doing?' Or the thing you are making say, 'He has no hands?' Woe to him who says to a father, 'What are you begetting?' or to a woman, "To what are you giving birth?'
~Isaiah 45: 5-7; 9-10

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified, and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delievered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
~Romans 8:28-31

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Found this quiz on the internet today:

THREE NAMES YOU GO BY:
1. Mom
2. Mommy
3. Muzzer

SCREEN NAMES YOU HAVE HAD:
1. Haven't really used any

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
1. Hair
2. Smile
3. ?

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU DON'T LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
1. Body
2. Eyes
3. Feet

THREE PARTS OF YOUR HERITAGE:
1. Mexican
2. Scottish
3. English

THREE THINGS THAT SCARE YOU:
1. Bugs
2. Nightmares
3. Bugs

THREE OF YOUR EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS:
1. God
2. His Word
3. My family

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
1. Sneakers
2. Jeans
3. Necklace

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE BANDS OR MUSICAL ARTISTS:
1. MercyMe
2. Casting Crowns
3. Steven Curtis Chapman

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE SONGS:
1. Trust and Obey
2. Be Thou My Vision
3. To God Be The Glory

THREE THINGS YOU WANT IN A RELATIONSHIP:
1. Communication
2. Respect
3. Kindness

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE: (in that order)
1. God is sovereign
2. He wants the best for me
3. I like getting up early

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS ABOUT THE OPPOSITE SEX THAT APPEAL TO YOU:
1. Height
2. Dark Hair
3. Nice butt :-)

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES:
1. Reading
2. Writing
3. Embroidery

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO REALLY BADLY RIGHT NOW:
1. Drink a glass of juice
2. Put on pj's
3. Read

THREE CAREERS YOU'VE CONSIDERED (tried, not considered--this must've been written by someone young):
1. Fast Food server--ugh
Other than that I was a secretary and I enjoyed that.

PLACES YOU WANT TO GO ON VACATION:
1. The beach
2. New Zealand
3. England

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE:
1. See all my children loving the Lord and serving Him wholeheartedly
2. Finish quilt

THREE WAYS THAT YOU ARE STEREOTYPICALLY A CHICK/DUDE:
1. I hate bugs
2. I cry at the movies
3. I like to buy purses

THREE CELEB CRUSHES (like a married woman should have these, but I'll play along!):
1. Pierce Brosnan
2. Viggio Mortensen
3. Brad Pitt

PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO TAKE THIS QUIZ NOW:
No one HAS to but anyone may if they wish.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

"4 Reasons Why I Love My Mom"

That is the title of a note I found today from JK (age 10). Here's the reasons:

1. She takes care of me.

2. She teaches me stuff.

3. She plays with me.

4. She feeds me.

And I (heart) her! She's the best! xoxoxoxox

Monday, May 23, 2005

Convention Tips

I was asked to speak tonight at our homeschool support group about going to the annual homeschool convention. Ours is in June and this was our last meeting of the "school" year. Here's my talk. I hope it will be a blessing to you:

Convention Tips

The convention is almost here! Now is the time to prepare!

Before you start gathering materials, making lists or deciding which workshops to attend, the first thing you should do is PRAY! Ask the Lord to give you wisdom in all your decisions. James 1:5 says “but if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” My second suggestion would be to discuss everything with your husband; your choices, your budget, etc.

If you are new to hsing, now is the time to determine your homeschool philosophy. Once you know that, it will help you decide which workshops to attend and which products to buy. The library has lots of hsing books that can help you better understand the various methods of hsing. I would also encourage you to go to the free workshops that are on Thursday night. They will help you with your hsing choices.

Once all that has been decided, go through your hs catalogs or websites (most have their catalogs online) and make a list of the various items you wish to purchase. Just the HEAV website to see which vendors will be attending. I’ve made a copy of a convention shopping list that you can use. Soapbox here: one thing I would like to remind you of is that a lot of the vendors are just homeschooling families like yourself and this is their home business. Support the ones who help you. Don’t take up an exhibitor’s time in counseling and explaining his products and then go buy the same product from another vendor or from a discount supplier. The exhibitor’s help make the convention possible.

Next make a list of the workshops you would like to attend. The HEAV website lists all the workshops and descriptions and your convention brochure does also. You’ll probably have more than one per session that you want to attend. Decide which one you would like to attend the most and then purchase tapes of the rest. This is a good way to have a mini-convention whenever you want! If you are going a friend or friends, try to go to different workshops and then share your notes. The same with tapes: go into together and purchase a bunch of tapes and then share them.

Now is also the time to line up babysitters if you aren’t putting your children into the children’s program. Thursday night is a good time to bring the children so they can shop and also see all the other hs children. They are not alone!

The night before gather all your items that you are going to bring with you:
~a rolling cart, suitcase or backpack. The first year I went to the convention I didn’t have any of those and I suffered. There are bag checks to store your items but you still have to take them to the car. You won’t regret getting something to carry your purchases in. I would use the backpack or fanny pack for your personal items—money, credit cards, etc. A backpack can get very heavy if you have to lug books around.
~bottled water. There are places near the workshops that have water and the last few years they have been good about keeping those filled up but I like to bring water with me just in case. I bring that and a small snack in a cooler. You’re not allowed to bring lunch into the convention center so make plans accordingly. There are food vendors inside or you can go out to eat.
~a sweater. Some workshops are very warm and some are very cold. I always bring a sweater so I don’t freeze!
~wear comfortable shoes. The vendor’s hall can be tough on your feet. Plus you’ll be doing a lot of walking from workshops to the hall and back again.
~notebook and writing instruments. Not all workshop leaders give hand-outs so you’ll want something on which to take notes.
~your shopping list
~money; even if you use a debit/credit card or checks, bring some extra cash to pay for parking and tolls.
~if you have already registered ahead of time, be sure you have your info packet with you. Be sure you have your ticket for the used curriculum sale with you!
~make a list of questions that you want to ask a vendor or workshop speaker
~directions. Make sure you know how to get there, where to park and how much it will cost.
~Return address labels. Use these to fill out forms and catalog requests. It will save you time!

When you get to the convention center, either register if you haven't done so or pick up your name tags. There will be free bags of brochures and catalogs for you to take but I would suggest you wait to pick those up on your way out. They are sometimes very heavy!

Check over the brochures to see if the workshops, vendors, speakers, etc. are still the same. There are sometimes changes you will want to plan accordingly.

Once you’re at the convention, plan your visits to the booths you want to see the most and also the vendors that are on your list. After that you can go through and browse the other vendors at a more leisurely pace.

Don’t overlook the smaller vendors. You might find some great bargains or books there!

If you are attending the full convention, I would suggest you gather your information the first day, take it home, discuss it with your husband and make your purchases the next day. If you are unsure, don’t purchase it! Even if you have to pay shipping later on, it is better to wait to be sure it’s what you want or need than to go ahead and purchase something that will just sit on your shelf.
(The following are from Teaching Home magazine)
Mind Your Convention Manners


Observe these guidelines to show consideration to everyone
involved at the convention.

Convention Rules. Follow the rules set out for the convention
regarding food and beverage in exhibit hall (check if bottled
water is OK), children, strollers, etc.
Exhibitors. Support the ones who help you. Do not take up an
exhibitor's time in counseling and explaining his products and
then go buy the same product from another exhibitor or from a
discount supplier. Exhibitors help make the convention possible.
Babies and Children. Immediately remove a crying or
disrupting child from a workshop or meeting. Ask your child to
give his chair to an adult if there is not enough seating.

3+ Ways To Network
1. Meet and talk to other attendees; greet old friends and make
new ones.
2. Ask advice. Get feedback on ideas and products and share
opinions and experiences. You may get your most valuable
information and encouragement from another home-school mom.
3. Offer to help someone. Hold a baby and give a mother's arms
a rest; find a new home schooler (it will be obvious) and give a
word of encouragement; offer to help a speaker or exhibitor.
+ Smile at everyone.
6 Follow-Up Activities
(To Get the Last Bit of Good from the Event!)
1. Debriefing. Have a debriefing discussion with your spouse
or friend. Discuss the ideas and products you encountered at
the convention to help you sort through things, keeping some
and discarding others, focusing on how to get the most out of
your experience.
2. Just Do It. Return home with at least one new idea that will
make a difference in your home school to put into practice.
Look over all your notes while they are fresh, and narrow down
all the wonderful things you would like to do to no more than six.
Then prioritize your list and start on the first one the following week.
3. Be Accountable. Ask your husband or a friend to pray for you
and keep you accountable to work on your goal. The results may
surprise and encourage you.
4. Share the information you have gathered with your support
group or someone who was not able to attend. Let them know if
you would recommend that they plan to attend next year.
5. Clean Up. Sort literature you received into four categories:
1) Take action. 2) Save for future reference or reading.
3) Pass on to someone else. 4) Toss.
6. Thank Yous! Write a thank you note to those who put so much
effort into putting on the convention, a speaker that ministered to
you, or an exhibitor that took time to help you.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Trust in God

Some verses in Proverbs about trusting in God:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight--3:5, 6

Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord--16:20

Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the Lord, I teach you today, even you--22:17-19

He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe--28:26

Fear of man will prove to be a snare but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe--29:25

Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him--30:5

Used Book/Curriculum Sale

Last night one of our local homeschool groups had their annual book sale. I had two tables full of books, vidoes and other odds and ends. Since JK is my last child in our homeschool, I'm weeding out a lot of things. I sold a lot of things but still came home with too many boxes but I did make a wonderful find! Someone was selling Landmarks for 10 cents each! I bought all she had because I can resell them later.

I love working at book sales but it can be disappointing, too. There are so many people that follow after a book or person. I saw more than one person walking around with their "Well-Trained Mind" and if a book or curriculum wasn't listed there, they weren't buying it. I also had one person not buy some of my A Beka readers because they weren't the latest edition. Even when I explained that the books were the same and only the cover had changed, they still weren't interested :-(. I hope that if they homeschool a few more years (most of these people looked like new hsers) that they will break out of those boxes and discover there are other ways to homeschool. Ways that don't have to be so stressful on the family. Ways that can be academically challenging while still putting the Lord first. Ways that won't burn them or their children out in the first few years of homeschooling.

A few books I would recommend:

~A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola
~Beyond Survival by Diana Waring
~Wisdom's Way of Learning by Marilyn Howshall


Saturday, May 14, 2005

A Hummingbird!

I was sitting on the swing watching all the birds in the yard when all of a sudden a hummingbird comes over to the feeder, looks at it and flies away! It happened so quickly. I wonder if he was checking it out. Perhaps he'll be back--maybe with friends and family. I hope so!

Friday, May 13, 2005

Friday

Everyone slept in this morning. I slept right through the alarm and didn't get up in time to get JM off to school. I was supposed to make him waffles! I don't like when that happens.

JK didn't get up until very late. She said she was really tired. We did a little school today but not much. Math did get finished so that's good.

This afternoon JK had a softball practice and dh surprised her by coming. She was very excited. Since he was there, I left to go grocery shopping at Sam's. I picked JM up from cheerleading try-outs (he made the team--yeah!) and then did the rest of my shopping at the Super Walmart. I then came home and crashed :-).

I did sit on the swing for about ten minutes today. This morning I saw a flicker, blue jay, cardinal, tufted titmouse and a nuthatch in the backyard. They are some of my favorite birds. Oh yes, and chickadees. But no hummingbirds have come to our feeders. Someday........

Thursday, May 12, 2005

In My Home Today

I was home most of the day so was able to get quite a few chores done. Next week is a local used curriculum sale and I'm trying to get my items together to sell. I have so many books I want to sell but I don't think I'll take them all next week. There's another sale on June 4 and then the big used curriculum sale at the convention later in June. I'll probably take most of them to sell there.

JK worked on her history notebook today. She put in pictures of Joliet, Marquette and William Penn, her map of the 13 colonies and then tracings she made of everyday items in Colonial times. We didn't do read-alouds today. She spent a lot of time on math (I gave her some extra workbook pages) and on her notebook.

As I was going through a lot of "how to draw" books, I found one on optical illusions. We started talking about them and I got on the computer to see if we could find any. Did we!! We spent about 30 minutes looking at various ones. It was really interesting except I started getting a headache so decided to stop. I ended up taking a 45-minute nap on the couch while she went out to play.

We had bbq chicken wings tonight on the grill. I ran to the store and picked up some corn on the cob to put on the grill also. It was delicious. We also had baked potatoes and applesauce. We were supposed to have root beer floats for dessert but we never got around to it. Perhaps tomorrow night.

Tonight we sat on the swing again. When I'm home at night, that's becoming my little routine. I know in a few weeks it's going to be too hot and muggy to sit outside comfortably so I'm taking advantage of it now. A cold front was starting to come through (temp. will only be 65 tomorrow) and the wind was really up. I just love listening to the sound of the wind in the trees.

I enjoy staying home :-). I get a lot done; the atmosphere is more peaceful and so am I.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Can't Think of a Title

No school today. I had to take JM to the doctor this morning to get his physical so he could go to cheerleading try-outs this afternoon. We were in there for two hours. After that I dropped him off at school and went home.

JK was reading and studying her AWANA. I worked around the house a while and then took a forty-five minute nap. Yeah!

I surprised JK this afternoon by taking her to a local homeschool picnic. She really had a nice time and I did, too. I got to talk with some moms while all the children played. Nice!

The best part of the day was going out to dinner with my hubby. It was only Qdoba's but it was nice. We sat outside and enjoyed each other's company.

Tomorrow we are home ALL day until I have to take JM to try-outs at 4:30. I'm looking forward to it. Bliss!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

A Wonderful Day

I went to the gym this morning with my oldest daughter and we had great fun together--even though my legs were hurting after riding 4 miles on the bike.

After we got home and she went to work, I sat on the couch to do our read-alouds with JK. It was such a wonderful time. We read Proverbs 10 and discussed the consequences of being lazy. She picked out three verses to use for her copywork. Yesterday we finished reading The Story of the 13 Colonies. Now we're moving on to finding out what life was like during the colonial period. Today we read 7th and Walnut about the city of Philadelphia (which we touched on earlier when we read a biography on William Penn). JK wants to copy some of the pictures we saw today for her history notebook. After our history reading we read two chapters of Little House on the Prairie. We learned about "fever and a'gue" and all about how Pa made Ma a rocker. Everytime I read the Little House books I'm amazed at what a talented man Pa was. I guess he had to be since they were in the middle of nowhere. He knew how to do everything: hunt, farm, build a house, build furniture, dig a well, play the fiddle!

JK learned about subtracting decimals today and she did very well! Yeah! I think math is coming easier to her than it did to her sister.

This afternoon consisted of lots of driving back and forth. JK and JM had dentist appointments. Then I had to take JM to cheerleading try-outs at 4:30; I picked him at 6:30 and drove him over to his baseball game. He had a double! Yeah!

Earlier in the evening JK and I sat on the swing and talked about birds, bugs and the chapter we read in Little House today. A chickadee came right by us to use the feeder and we heard the cardinals calling but they never came down. They are so very shy. JK said they're her favorite bird.

Thank you, Lord, for a wonderful day. Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Sunday, May 08, 2005

This Mother's Day

I didn't go to church this morning because I wasn't feeling well. I also have a big fever blister on my lip--yuck! JM stayed home also and brought me breakfast in bed. Waffles and oj. It was very special. After everyone was home from church and ate lunch, we went to the pool. Only it wasn't open! For some reason they decided to close it today (Mother's Day?). JK was very disappointed but her friends were out so she played with them all afternoon.

I went out and sat on the swing and read. It was so beautiful outside today. The temperature was about 75, a little breezy but not too bad. After a while I got a pillow and slept on the swing :-). It was wonderful to fall asleep listening to singing birds and the leaves rustling with the wind. May is so nice because it's not too hot or humid. Next month I won't be able to sit outside unless I want to sweat and get bit by mosquitoes!!

JK and JL both wrote me letters telling me how much I mean to them and how much they love me. That is better than any gift they could have bought me.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Cloudy and Chilly

The weather has been chilly all week and cloudy most days. I miss the sun. I don't think we're out of the 50's today. Next week we should be back to normal--70's and maybe even some 80's. I can't wait. I feel chilled to the bone. Our softball game was cancelled today. It rained last night and again this morning so the fields are too wet to play. Hopefully we'll get a practice in on Monday. This season is starting to become a wash out!

Last night I got a terrible headache and, although it has lessened somewhat, I still have it. I don't know if it's due to the weather or what but it hurts very, very bad. I'm going to take a nap to see if that will help. JK is reading right now and I'm considering that school. No math today. She's doing well on her decimals, though. Yeah!

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

In My Home Today

This morning I finished up all the laundry. Yeah!

Once a month our church serves a meal to the homeless (at another church) and it was our day to go. JK really didn't want to go and was complaining about it. I spoke to her about how she is really serving the Lord by doing this and asked her what the Lord would have her do. She agreed that she needed to have a cheerful attitude even if it was something she didn't feel like doing.

After serving we came back home and did school. More decimals! We only did Language Arts and Math today. I forgot to do our read alouds first this morning and we didn't get a chance this afternoon. Lord willing, tomorrow we'll have an hour or two of reading and snuggling on the couch.

JK bought a skateboard and showed me some tricks she's been learning. The weather was wonderful this afternoon and I could have stayed outside all day.

When dh got home, he decided to order pizza since I was going to be going to a wedding shower and eating dinner there. I had just about started cooking when he said he would rather order pizza. Yeah! I love to cook but sometimes it's nice to have someone else do it :-)

I'm learning how to make cards using rubber stamps and I made one for my shower gift tonight. It's really a lot of fun. Tomorrow I'm going to make some Mother's Day cards for my mom and sister and a birthday card for my mom and dad; their birthday is on the same day.

I didn't get around to cleaning the bathrooms, though. That will have to wait until tomorrow.

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Found a neat little poem that I've added to my signature line on my e-mails:

"Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
For those that wander they know not where
are full of trouble and full of care;
To stay at home is best."
~ Longfellow ~
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
Tomorrow we'll stay at home.


Monday, May 02, 2005

Redeeming the Time

The Lord is really speaking to me about the best use of my time and not wasting it. While I was watching JK's softball practice, I read an article by Cindy Rushton (www.cindyrushton.com) about redeeming the time. Very convicting and something I need to work on. Here's what I did in my home today:

~laundry
~called the local pool to find out about summer rates
~worked on a project for the hospitality committee, which involved phone calls and e-mails
~took JK to softball practice
~took JM to a soccer game (he was watching a friend), picked him up and took him to his baseball game
~went to Sam's Club to buy food for our homeless ministry
~went to Bed, Bath and Beyond to buy a shower gift for tomorrow night
~went to two other stores besides Sam's looking for ripe bananas for tomorrow's fruit salad to serve the homeless. Monday must be banana shipment day because every store had green bananas.
~worked at my desk for a while
~and, I almost forgot, did school with JK: math, language arts, read-alouds, Bible and history!

I pray that my time was productive but I know there was some wasted moments in there. I don't necessarily want to be busy every moment--I want to be busy about the things that matter most: the Lord, my dh, my children, serving at home and in our local church.

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil--Ephesians 5:16


Sunday, May 01, 2005

Where I've Been

I am back online! I have been working on embroidery project for a friend of mine and finally completed it last Saturday. A day before I gave it to her :-).

Last week was good. On Monday, dh, JK and I went to Washington, DC with a group of homeschoolers. We rented a bus so it was nice to let someone else do the driving and to not have to cart our lunch around with us. JK wanted to see the Declaration of Independence (not for educational reasons.........because she liked the movie!) so went first to the National Archives. I was really shocked to see how faded this document had become. I remember seeing it as a child and I don't remember it looking like that. Most of the signatures on the left side were completely faded. We could make out John Hancock's famous signature but he was faded, too! On a previous trip to DC, JK had picked up a copy of the DOI and we had spent quite a while studying the signature and where each man was from, etc. so she was really disappointed that she could hardly read them. The Constitution was in much better shape and the Bills of Rights look new compared to the other two. I hope they have found ways to keep them from deteriorating further.

After the Archives we went to the Museum of Natural History. That's one of my favorite museums except for the evolution propaganda. We had a great time in the bug museum--I'm glad there behind glass and can't it out--and JK really enjoyed seeing the giant squid. That thing is gross. I can't stand looking at it. And to think that there are really, really giant ones swimming around the bottom of the ocean.

Our next stop was lunch, then the Air and Space Museum, which is fun because of all the hands-on things for children to do. My feet were really hurting by then and I was glad to get back on the bus to go home. I went to bed early that night because............

I woke up at 4:30 to get ready for some friends to pick me to take me to the airport to say goodbye to a couple from our church that were leaving for Costa Rica. Their flight left at 6:30. They are going down to language school and then on to Honduras to serve as medical missionaries. Despite the early hour, it was a wonderful time of fellowship and prayer.

The rest of the week was fairly quiet. JM had a orthodontist app't and games on Wednesday and Saturday. JK missed her Monday game and Friday's was cancelled because of rain. I was disappointed because the field was almost an hour away. I'm getting very stingy with my gas now that it's above $2 a gallon.

Tomorrow we're home until 2:30 so I hope to get a lot accomplished. I'll keep you posted.