Monday, April 30, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
We went back to our friends house where the girls swam all afternoon in the pond, Samuel played in the playroom and us ladies talked, made bread and sliced strawberries. It doesn't get much better than that.
We left there and went straight to Anna's softball game. Because half of the team wasn't there, they played a silly softball game, and it didn't have quite the same appeal as a regular game. But Anna whacked one right into centerfield, over the fielder's head! It was easily the farthest hit ball of the game.
I was ready to come home, shower, and go to bed, but first, Paul, Samuel and I delivered homemade pea soup to some older ladies in the church. They were so glad to see us and talked our ears off! They enjoyed Sam and his antics.
Then tonight, late tonight, Paul Jr., Zack, and I went to the movies. They had told me they wanted to go and asked me to go and they were delighted when I said yes. But then, I was so tired all I wanted to do was get in bed. I tried to tell the boys to just go on without me, but I was met with groans of disappointment. They were disappointed I was not going to go! Of course, then I had to go- I mean, what mother doesn't want her teenage boys to want her along?? I was so flattered by that that the tiredness I feel does not measure the joy I feel. The boys sat on either side of me and I whispered a silent prayer of gratitude to God. Sure, I'm far from perfect. I mess up daily, even hourly. I'm selfish at times. I've not been the best homeschooling teacher. And on and on. But my boys wanted my company. And that makes it all ok, at least for tonight.
My sweet boys.
Monday, April 23, 2007
It was also a source of great hope for Paul and I. Up until now, we had only heard and read about courtship and betrothal. We wanted to belive it could work, but it was hard not seeing it with our own eyes. Well, we've seen it and we are excited. If God can work it out for John and Whitney, he can work it out for our children also.
We know both sets of parents, but are close friends with John's mom and dad. They are great people, but they are not perfect. They would be the first to tell you this. But they have raised some great, Godly children. It's not about perfection, it's not about doing everything right- it's about obedience to God's laws, repentance and forgiveness. That's what God blesses.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
My daughter Anna said,"Yeah, mom. I remember. It was that 25 cent thing."
I looked at her and tried to think. I knew there had to be a connection somewhere. "What?" I asked her.
"The 25 cent thing. Come on, you remember." She said.
As I was furiously thinking what 25 cents had to do with with the British soldiers, my younger daughter, Ellie, piped up.
"I know mom. She means the quarter thing."
Then it hit me. She meant the quartering act!! Oh, we laughed and laughed about that. I knew there had to be a connection between the soldiers and the 25 cents, but my mind couldn't make it quick enough.
I was glad she had remembered that much!
Friday, April 13, 2007
It is the story of a family growing up in the Ukraine right before and during World War II. Wow. I am amazed that anyone survived this kind of life. I could not put this book down! It would make a great read a loud and would really make the living conditions in Russia during that time come alive.
You can get it on half.com or amazon for less than a dollar (plus shipping). It is a story of God's Hand on this family even though they did not come to know Him until later in life. It is a miraculous story.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
There, I said it.
I am also not a unit study person.
Whew, this feels good!
I like using textbooks. (Shame of all shame)
Glad that's off my chest.
Seriously, it has taken me over 10 years to find "my niche" in homeschooling. I have gone from one thing to another to another to another, searching for that perfect fit for my children and I. Just when I thought I found it, it stopped fitting for another child. So I'd switch to something else, and start the cycle all over again.
I discovered Cindy Rushton about 2 years ago. She made it all sound so easy. So we notebooked. I have, probably, no less than 20 notebooks on our school shelves in various states of completion. That is probably where they will stay until eternity. I wanted to notebook. I wanted my children to want to notebook. They were all excited when we bought the supplies, but less than excited about making the notebooks. I still want to notebook, I still want to school the way Cindy does, but I have come to the realization, I am not Cindy Rushton.
We did unit studies way, way, way back in the beginning, and it worked well for about 2 years. We loved it. Then I had two more children. Then the boys started growing up. Then we stopped unit studies. I had thought about doing the Prairie Primer with my two girls this year. I have the book, and got the Little House books and some supplemental books and was all set to go. What happened? We listed to about 3/4 of the first little house book on tape, and that was it.
A church in our area donated to our church (full of homeschoolers) a LOT of Abeka textbooks and materials. I finally had the chance to go through it last night and came home with several large stacks of books and teacher guides. I'm set for the next several years in several subjects. Abeka is a great curriculum. I spent years looking down upon it, because I had read it was better not to use it or any textbooks.
Guess what? It's not about the curriculum. It's about the time I spend with my children while they are learning. I read aloud from the textbooks, and the kids love it. I discuss what they are learning and they are thirsty for more. And I don't have to find the next book to read, it's all right there in the text.
If you are a new homeschooler (or an older one, for that matter), find what fits you. If it doesn't fit, you won't use it, or you will use it and everyone will be miserable.
Abeka is not so bad! (And neither is notebooking, unit studies, or whatever works for you)
Monday, April 9, 2007
Cold weather aside, it was a glorious Easter. My family all looked so nice in their new Easter clothes:
The service was wonderful. Our children presented a minimusical and did great, everybody remembering their lines and singing the songs. Paul's message was timely and convicting, and the Spirit of the Lord was evident among us. Although we didn't have very many visitors, the building was packed.
After, we went to my in laws for a delicious lunch and an Easter egg hunt. Sam had fun, but didn't realize the eggs had candy in them. But when he did, he wanted all the candy at once!
That night, we had his second birthday party. He loves Bob the Builder, so I bought him an outfit and made him a Bob cake. He was thrilled with all his presents and put on quite a show for all of us. I'll post pictures of his party when I get them back.
It was a full day, but a great day.
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Today is my husband's fortieth birthday. We had the big blowout party last weekend, so today we had a small ,nice, family party with just us. I made him a scrapbook with all his letters and cards from his party and he was thrilled. He was most thrilled with the letters the kids wrote him. My 17 year old son wrote his dad such a thoughtful letter it brought tears to both our eyes. He is such a good kid- I am so proud of him.
I cooked his favorite meal (hamburger pie) and made him a decadent fudge cake which he loved! Then we gave him our big gift. We all went in this year and got him a video mp3 player- 30gigs. He was very happy with that (he had been hinting around for a few months for one, but didn't think we would get him the big one).
I wrote him a little something I wanted to share:
40 things I love about you.
1 I love how you were blown away at your 40th birthday party
2 I love how your eyes light up whenever I enter the room
3 I love how you call me Beth
4 I love how you love Samuel
5 I love how you are so tender and gentle with him
6 I love how you flirt with Ellie and Anna
7 I love how you love to be with Paul and Zack, doing manly things
8 I love how you dream big
9 I love how you LOVE to preach and how excited you get over what you are learning
10 I love how you call me 3 or 4 times a day, usually about nothing.
11 I love how you love to get new clothes
12 I love how proud you are of the man Paul has become
13 I love how you get teary eyed when you talk about him leaving home
14 I love how you laugh at Zack's humor
15 I love watching you listen to Zack play the piano and the pride that emminates from your face
16 I love how you still hold Anna on your lap
17 I love that you take Anna hunting when she wants to go, and how you encourage her to go
18 I love how you hold Ellie's hand often
19 I love how you listen intently to her stories
20 I love how you look for Samuel to come down the aisle at the end of a Sunday morning service
21 I love how he's still your little boy and you take advantage of that at every opportunity
22 I love how our hearts can talk without us saying a word
23 I love how you enjoy dressing up and looking nice
24 I love how you have become a redneck
25 I love how you take care of me
26 I love how you enjoy spending time with your parents
27 I love how proud you are of your children and tell anybody who will listen about them
28 I love how you love my dad and my mom
29 I love how you call them on the phone more than me!
30 I love the life you've made for us here in Georgia
31 I love your strong desire to do whatever God has for you
32 I love the man you have become, and the boy that will always be inside of you
33 I love that you try to make it possible to give me whatever I want
34 I love how gentle you are with me, both in words and actions
35 I love how you still, after almost 19 years, flirt with me
36 I love how you don't carry grudges and how your forgiveness lasts forever
37 I love that you loved the baby we lost as much as I did
38 I love how you were willing to risk the pain of a miscarriage all over again to try for another baby
39 I love the look of pride and joy in your eyes the first time you held each one of your children
40 I love how you love me.
I love you Paul and always will!
Paul as a baby
2 years ago at Samuel's shower
Friday, April 6, 2007
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
The Maxwell's oldest son, Nathan, and his wife, Melanie have been married for several years and had finally become pregnant. They were all so excited about the new baby, even though they knew there would be complications. Susannah Joy Maxwell was born a few weeks ago, and died four days later. She was never awake, never opened her eyes, never made a sound.
The testimony of this family is incredible. I urge you to read the blog and view the pictures. Yes, they are hurting deeply, but they are placing their trust in the Father's will. They miss their sweet baby, but they know God is faithful and will comfort them. What a testimony.
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Then on Saturday, we had my husbands big surprise 40th birthday party. That was alot of work, but fun work. I put together some pictures and music that took me a better part of a week to finish! He was so surprised-He had no idea. Some of our plans fell through at the last minute so we had to scramble to pull it off, but it worked out better than we planned. I was so happy we surprised him. It really was a miracle the way it worked out. He is the pastor, so nothing is done at the church without him knowing, and we pulled off this great party and he had no idea!
It was a fun, good time. I am so blessed. Paul is a great husband- I have no complaints. God is so good and He blessed me tremendously by putting us together. I was privileged to throw this party for Paul, to let him know how thankful I am for him.
Now this week we will spend getting ready for Easter. This really is my favorite holiday. We have a custom here in the South. The churches drape fabric over the crosses in front of their churches. Right now, its purple and it has been since Lent. On Good Friday, the drape will be black. My favorite part of Easter is driving to church, and catching a glimpse of the cross, draped in white, signifying the Resurrection. Makes my eyes tear and my heart sing everytime.
Have a good day.