Had a long rambling post

March 26, 2010|9:13 pm

And every time I tried to post it the post reformatted itself in not very cool ways. So I deleted it and will pray about it and maybe try again someday!

Good Night!

BTW– go check out the owls there are three baby owlets now! see March 22 post regarding the webcam.

Proud Mama! edit from first edition

March 24, 2010|10:16 am

My son Matthew, currently stationed in Germany, was awarded Senior NCO of the Quarter at the squadron level.

According to his wife, this essentially means he worked his butt off! 🙂

OOPS According to my son: I messed up. Here is the corrected version. Sorry!

Quote form Matthew… see comment section below:

Senior NCO is a rank(E-7,E-8, E-9). I was awarded “Sr Technician of the Quarter” at the squadron level.

SSgt Matthew Hiniker HS

We’re proud of him no matter what but wanted to share this special award!

One more quick thing..

March 22, 2010|6:52 pm

I WILL get back on here SOON  and update with pictures of last weekends Curling bonspiel. Lots of fun and excitement!

Nature observation at it's finest.

|6:50 pm

We have been enjoying a web cam that is giving us a glimpse into the life of an owl and her new family. Molly is sitting on four eggs as one hatched yesterday.They named the little one Max.  Her owl husband McGee (shades of NCIS? ) seems to feed her well.

Live Broadcast by Ustream.TVWe have yet to add Molly the Owl to our Nature notebooks but intend to do so soon. Every time we think about it we spend so much time watching her we never do get to drawing her. I think I’ll add it to my goals for this week.

picture perfect

March 19, 2010|4:30 pm

There are some days that just call for chocolate. Today.. thirty degrees colder than yesterday.. is one.

What could be better than a cup of white hot chocolate filled with marshmallows!

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Been busy!

March 17, 2010|9:59 pm

After having a fun day with one sister in law and her girls yesterday we were surprised today with a visit from another sister and law and her boys today! We had a lovely visit and the children enjoyed the almost 50 degree weather by playing outside most of the day. It was hard to turn the childrens attention to math and reading for a short while before supper but they dug in and got stuff done. Habits are a great thing and the daily habit of getting “stuff” done is an awesome power. Dané  and I even found time for more bible study. Her with the NIV,  and I with the NKJ, cross referencing verses!

After supper I have been working on going through more boxes of books that we pulled out of storage and putting together descriptions for the co-op classes for next year. I am typing this and heading off to bed!


Pinewood Derby 2010

March 14, 2010|10:32 pm

Well Saturday was the pinewood Derby for our pack.

showing off our cars!

showing off our cars!

ready to race

ready to race

After years of Pinewood Derby races we had a first: Jay took first place in our pack for Tiger division and gets to go to the district finals. I’ll have places and scores for the other guys in the pack as soon as I get them from the Troop running things!

Thanks Troop 12 for making the day so fun!

Jeremy Heim took a whole bunch of photos and put them into a flickr slide show. The link for that can be found at the bottom of this post.

Thoughts on reading aloud..

|8:32 pm

I don’t post tons on our school because I  don’t like opening myself or my children up to comments but after responding a couple of different time on one of my yahoo groups I felt like thinking out loud here. The conversation on the list started because someone wanted to know if there was an advantage academically to read out loud to her children. As long as her children were reading capably on their own was that good enough, or should she continue to read the parts of the curriculum they were using out loud just because her teacher manual said so. With some give and take we realized she wasn’t reading to her children at all other than that.

My response to her was this:

At our house reading aloud is all about making memories. When I first started 29 yrs ago with our first new born it was just because that was what I heard it took for them to love books. And I wanted to give my children everything I never had.. Now I read aloud because the sweetest sound is “Oh mom remember when you read us_________?  Have you read that to the little ones yet?”

Nothing of any real importance but since I have been slacking in the find finding time to read out loud department it was a good reminder to myself.  I found time then,  last night to read out of The Burgess Book of Animals .

Any night (or day) you can curl up with a child and a book is a good one don’t you think?



Late Night Musings..

March 12, 2010|11:53 pm

This is the third edition of this post. I start writing and realize that I am  whining and complaining and not really coming to any real point. So I do like the backspace key! Once again I feel like the Lord is speaking to me and I am trying to listen and missing His point. So some questions going around in my head and heart are:

Where does His grace end and we are actually expected to truly live a biblical life?

Is it enough to be spirit filled and just keep trying?

From Matthew 5 we read

The Fulfillment of the Law

17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

So how come we keep hearing that God’s grace covers everything? I know there is NO way I can always do the right thing. I sin more times a day than I am capable of of acknowledging! But shouldn’t we be trying? Rather than saying that this or that  Law is no longer valid because Jesus came to earth.

I have been wrestling with some of these issues for several years. I understand that even most Christians think that things like head coverings and dietary laws are all for a different time and a different place. But I am truly beginning to wonder. What does a God follower look like? Are we  truly acceptable to Him in all our different versions of Christianity? I would like to believe we are, that He truly takes us where we are all at and desires that we learn more about Him and grow more like Him as time goes on. But I also have to wonder if we don’t settle for far less than He wants us to be.


March 9, 2010|11:36 pm

I sit here tonight in the dining room. I am tired and nursing a cold but I am too amused to go to bed. 🙂 Some friends decided to come surprise Dané and stay for a couple of days. They all went out to Barnes and Nobles to hang out for the evening and joined with another friend. B and N closes at 9 pm and so they moved the party here to our house. So four girls between 18 and 27, add in a couple of younger siblings and Apples to Apples. I supplied them with milk and cookies.. come on NO ONE is too grown up for Oreos in milk! It’s not quiet but it is fun!