Tis the season..

November 29, 2009|8:07 pm

To celebrate the birth of our Savior! and to give thanks for His birth and death.  I am so thankful for His saving grace.

Every year I have grand plans for the holiday season in regards to school. Plans to do special projects and to do special studies. They very rarely materialize! In the rush  of buying gifts and wrapping and cooking and baking and.. well you get the idea, I always end up dropping my plans. I’ve made a few changes this year and hope to get more meaningful things accomplished. I am using Amy Puetz’s Countdown to Christmas. It is a simple  book with stories and activities for every day in December. I am going to start tomorrow on the theory that we won’t get at least one day done somewhere down the line and being a day ahead will  give us some cushion to work with. I am also going to pull out one of the wonderful copywork ebooks we have and get those printed off for all my younger children. With family activities and our princess circle plans and scout plans there is more than enough activity! Maybe by planning short and meaningful school times I’ll be able to keep them going.

I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving.

Counting what I am thankful for..

November 10, 2009|8:00 pm

I just saw the massive amounts of apples still in my dining room and on my deck. Undone.Slowly going to waste. I thought about chucking the whole lot out to the sheep and the horses.. after all, they would be grateful for them. But wait! I am choosing to be thankful! So I came in here to post a note about how glad I am we have been given these apples. Along with sausage making tomorrow I will be processing another batch of apple butter. Food for the soul and for our tummies. Nothing is better than being able to say”No worries, there is plenty of food downstairs.” when the winter lay off happens. I am determined my husband will not be stressed even if it turns into a six month layoff again this year.

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Isn’t fall beautiful? Bringing home the apples was a blessing and so Gratitude number 2 is apples to be done. Number 3 is for the way the house smells while they are being done. Number 4 will be the topic of my next post.

1000 gifts and the Gratitude Community

|12:23 am

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I have decided to take Ann @ Holy Experience (one of my all time favorite blogs) up on herchallenge idea inspiration to count a 1000 gifts from God. Intentionally choosing to be grateful and give praise for everything.

I will start my list with today’s overwhelming gift from God.

#1 I have been an emotional wreck for the entire day. Today is eldest child’s 29thbirthday which means tomorrow is the Anniversary of our second eldest son’s – Jamie Luke- death. While in the car tonight and listening to the christian station I heard a song that ALWAYS makes me cry and often at this time of year makes me break down completely. Instead of crying tonight though I felt the absolute presence of my God  saying “I am here. I know you have lost a child! But he is here in Heaven with Me  and My Child! I know you hurt but I am here!”

What an awesome experience! And I know it doesn’t mean that there will not be future tears of sadness but for now I’ll weep in God’s presence and be most grateful for it. Someday soon I will share all the wonderful things in my life that may not have occurred if we hadn’t lost our dear little boy the week before his second birthday. God is good in all things

Good Night!

Home again Home again

|12:01 am

I was gone for 4 days to Missouri to see my nephew graduate from Basic Training and to spend some quality time with my sister in law and her family. Mom In Love and I spent a fun night of driving to the destination– we honestly meant to stop at a hotel but who wants to spend so much money for 4 or 5 hours of sleep. We tried a truck stop but police cars with lights a flashing sent us on our way again. The staff at the hotel let us check into our room at 7 am and so I got in another nap. Not mom though— she used the extra time for a visit with her daughter. I have some pictures but someone has run off with the camera again so maybe tomorrow. The day of my nephews graduation was made even more poignant by the afternoon events at Fort Hood. Fort Hood is where my eldest son is stationedso even though he is currently in Iraq any mention of it   perks up my ears. So imagine my horror when I found out a Major had gone off the deep end and shot up a building full of soldiers. 13 dead and 30 wounded – a horrible tragedy. My heart hurts for the families of these young men and women who have taken on the honor and responsibilty of defending America only to find themselve shot down in their home. God give them peace!