Friday, September 28, 2007
Please pray that this infection will heal quickly. Thank you!!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
We didn't really have any plans for my birthday because Thursday nights are busy. Michael has music practice, Julianne and I go to karate, Jared is usually working and Jessica is out with Matt. But tonight all of us were home except Michael. I didn't have anything special planned for dinner (besides, who wants to cook??) and we were sitting in the living room trying to figure out what to do. Jared had just gotten back from training at his new job (The Cheesecake Bistro) so he didn't want to go out to dinner since he has just eaten. But he gave me money so "the girls" could go to Outback. Yeah! One of my favorite places.
We decided to call Matt and he met us there. We had the most wonderful time with lots and lots of laughter . Our service wasn't so good but the front-of-the-house manager ended up taking about $30 off our bill. That was a nice surprise! Another surprise was all the waiters and waitresses coming to sing "Happy Birthday". How embarrassing!! I was hoping that wouldn't happen :-).
And how do I know I'm getting older? The only thing I wanted was a Dyson vacuum cleaner. And now I have a purple one. The animal--which is great for getting up pet hair. Watch out, Squirt and Snickers, I'm heading your way.
Anyway, it was a great birthday and the Lord used this night to remind me that I have a wonderful husband, wonderful children and a wonderful (hopefully) soon to be son-in-law. They are all the best. Thank you, Lord, for this family. I love them very much!!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Julianne started at Southside Homeschool Co-Op and things are going well. She was a little taken back when she started receiving homework assignments. She wasn't used to having homework! We went through what she had to do and I showed her how to break it up into manageable bits and now she is doing fine. At first she didn't seem too thrilled about her science class but I think that was "for show". Some of the other kids in the class didn't like it and I think she was going along with them (peer pressure????). But everyday she tells me more and more about the class and the text she is reading. I have found out some fascinating facts about scientists and I've enjoyed quizzing her on vocabulary words. I'm learning also!
Tuesday and Thursday went fine as far as getting Julianne to class, babysitting and going to karate. I have more time inbetween each activity than I originally thought so I will not be running around like a chicken with my head cut off! LOL!
I have committed to staying home on Monday, Wednesday and Friday! Julianne entered one of her paintings in the State Fair so Friday we need to run downtown to drop it off but other than that, we are home those three days. Yeah!
After years of trying every planner there is known to man (and woman), I have finally found one that works for me! I. am. so. happy. It is called Amy Knapp's Family Organizer and it's pretty basic but just what I have been looking for. I like have the week on one side and the to-do on the other. There is room enough on the weekly slots to write down activities and any other kind of notes. I still use my Palm to keep my calendar organized but I didn't like that I always had to turn it on to read it and had to switch back and forth between the calendar and tasks or menus. Now I can leave this planner open on my desk and see everything at a glance. This one change has made such a difference. I feel so much more organized! Crazy, huh?
I still use a GraceWorks planner but I think of that as a more "spiritual planner" since I use it for sermon notes, my memory verses, devotional thoughts, etc. I also use the "household organizer" pages for my housework routine and the "project" pages for things at home and church.
Lastly, I wanted to mention that Nancy Leigh DeMoss from Revive Our Hearts is doing a twelve-week radio series on Seeking Him. If your station doesn't carry her program, you can listen to it at the website or receive it as a podcast. It's very, very good and very, very convicting!!!
That's all for today! May the Lord richly bless you as you seek to serve Him at home!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Oh, how precious are the lessons which I learn at Jesus' side!
Earthly cares can never vex me, neither trials lay me low;
For when Satan comes to tempt me, to the secret place I go,
To the secret place I go.
When my soul is faint and thirsty, 'neath the shadow of His wing,
There is cool and pleasant shelter, and a fresh and crystal spring;
And my Savior rests beside me, as we hold communin sweet:
If I tried , I could not utter what He says when thus we meet,
What He says when thus we meet.
Only this I know: I tell Him all my doubts, my griefs and fears;
Oh, how patiently He listens! and my drooping soul He cheers:
Do you think He ne'er reproves me? What a flase friend He would be,
If He never, never told me of the sins which He must see,
Of the sins that He must see.
Would you like to know the sweetness of the secret of the Lorde?
Go and hide beneath His shadow: this shall then be your reward;
And when e'er you leave the silence of that happy meeting place,
You must mind and bear the image of the Master in your face,
Of the Master in your face.
(George C. Stebbins)
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Praise the Lord!
Monday, September 03, 2007
Also pray for the local people that are in the path of this hurricane. Pray especially for Santos and Argentina, two special ladies that I met while down there.
I will keep you posted on all that is happening. Thank you for your prayers!
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Jessica's scream of joy at her birthday present. A Posesis purse.
Eating a squirrel.
Julianne and Jared with our friends' children from Miami. They are missionaries with YWAM.
Julianne at Kobe
Julianne and Snickers relaxing on the couch Matt and Jessica at Kobe
Julianne and her friend, Katy, teaching a Backyard Bible Club
Bananagrams, our newest word game!
This isn't in focus (hey, I didn't want to get too close) but this is the black widow who decided to visit our mailbox. Eeww!!
It's hard to see but this is a bluebird on top of one of our bird feeders. A nice surprise!
That's it: July and August in pictures.
The following videos are from Jessica's 21st birthday celebration at Kobe Steak and Sushi in Richmond. Here the chef is flinging shrimp for Jessica, Matt and Jared to catch in their mouths. It's really dark but I think you can get the idea.
Here the chef shows the proper way to break an egg.........
Next is a neat trick with an onion......
This last one is the chef preparing to cook. I do the same thing. LOL!!