And This is Edible?

March 8th, 2012

Today at lunch I had the disheartening revelation that I had to go to the grocery store along with 3 other errands this afternoon. You’re right, I didn’t plan well…I just didn’t think about how the weather would affect things this week!

So, after a sweet pep talk and encouraging prayers from my dear Hubby, I set out. And it was an amazing trip! The children were so good! They held on to the cart. I fit all the groceries and Zoe (in her car-seat) in the cart. We got everything we needed (at Walmart nonetheless, which seems to always be out of something!),

And as the thunder threatened to crack open a deluge outside, I prayed that the Lord would hold the rain until I could get my little ones and the groceries in the car. Faithful One, He did!

On top of giving us a good trip, God added a little humor to our day. I’m getting cheese in the dairy section and look down to see Buddy with *something* in his mouth. Turns out its a tube of raw pork chorizo. So I take it from him, thankful that he didn’t puncture the package! Of course, my conscience convicted me to buy it after my son chewed on it. Thankfully it was only $1.88 (ish). I figure I’ll get on and find something to make with it, since I’ve never, ever used it in my life.

So, I’m putting groceries away when I get home, and check out the ingredients on this stuff, and this is what I read…

BLECH!!!! This is definitely the most disgusting thing I have ever bought at the grocery store…I mean seriously and really. And it’s in my refrigerator, next to the food. The real food…really.

I’m so glad I read the ingredients before putting it in the soup. Another wonderful reason to praise the Lord!

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Prepare to Smile…

February 17th, 2012

This little Sweetie is six months old today!

Happy Half-Birthday, Zoe! God has blessed you with a peaceful, content spirit. You bring so much joy to our hearts!

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Love Notes from Our Lord

February 14th, 2012

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” John 15:16

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11

“Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.  For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.” Isaiah 62:4-5

“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.” Psalm 27:4

“Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?” Song of Solomon 8:5a

“Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.” Psalm 91:14

“Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” Psalm 73:25-26

“Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” Isaiah 49:16

Isaiah 54-55 – Yes, two chapters! Read and know how much the Lord loves you!

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Ss is for Sun

February 13th, 2012

Our first letter unit was all about the sun! And, yes, I have pictures, but, um, they are not good, so bear with me. I used my iPod to take pictures, and lets just say, I won’t do that anymore. But, I’m still going to share them with you, because you don’t need professional pictures to make you smile, right?

Back to the sun…we learned that Ss is for sun, and the sun reminds us that “Jesus is the Light of the World.”

Savannah made a letter “S” out of S-s-s Skittles.

Caleb colored the sun and other pictures in his schoolbook.

We put grapes in the window to see how the sun turns grapes into raisins. (Still patiently waiting on the results.)

We used a blindfold outside to see how dark it would be without the sun.

We made a sundial. We used a pencil stuck into a lump of play dough.

And since the kids just couldn’t handle only using the play dough for the sundial, we made the sun with play dough.

We also painted the sun. I got out the finger-paint for first time after saving it for months in the closet. I’ve been chicken. It’s true. I just don’t get along well with messes. Thankfully though, Grandma Overby, was there to help! So, with a one to one, kid to adult ratio, it was okay! It was fun! I’m really loosening up. Go me!

Hmmm…which child do you think takes after me?

There you have it! Ss is for sun. Next: Mm is for moon. Do you think Sam’s Club has a block of cheese big enough to make a moon?

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In the beginning…school is fun!

February 11th, 2012

And it will be fun to the end! In January, Savannah started kindergarten, and she loves it! Home is our classroom, and the Momma (that’s me) is the teacher.

So after much round and round and praying and researching and reading and praying and talking, Chris and I settled on using My Father’s World Kindergarten for her curriculum. I never realized how much FUN school could be! Wow! Below are some pictures to give you a glimpse of things we learned together. Caleb joins in the fun with us. (I am learning how to keep him busy – my biggest challenge!)

We started out studying Creation, taking one day to study each day of Creation.

We made a Creation timeline and a Creation Book. Learned the song, “He’s Still Working on Me”, and are still working on memorizing Psalm 8. (Remember that one, dear Children’s Institute alumni?)

Oreo cookies were the perfect thing to help us remember that God separated the light from the dark! Caleb now asks if he can have “light and dark” cookies.

We ate dirt on the third day, because that was the day that God made the dry land. Oh, and the dirt was just Oreos and chocolate pudding. See the dirt on our mouths?

Caleb sorted colored goldfish on the fifth day when God created the fish and the birds.

The first unit, the Creation unit, was mostly learning about Creation by reading the Bible, doing crafts, and eating fun snacks. This got us into the routine of having school every morning so that Savannah could be ready to hunker down and start her phonics and math!



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About Chris & Catherine

It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you and borrow some money.