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Saturday, January 30, 2010

If you Give a Moose a Muffin

Learning about the letter M can be so much fun with the
book If you Give a Moose a Muffin..

One activity you just have to do is Bake Muffins...

Spirit practiced writing M's from a worksheet at

Next we put M & M's on a big M. Worksheet found

Put cupcake liners in muffin tin. Write numbers on
muffin papers add that many marbles to each tin.

Create playdough muffins for each number to 5
or more 5 is just what I chose.

Create a moose sock puppet to play with.
First school has moose paper bag puppets.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Fluffy Snowman Snack

(I apologize for the bad photo. It was the only one
that came out half way and the kids ate the evidence.)

Just when I was starting to enjoy our 50 degree temps.
They drop back down to the 20's. I think even our grass was
fooled as it began to turn green. Seriously I knew it wouldn't
last for very long. We have several more weeks of winter to go.

This is that long stretch where children start to get a bit
wiggly. They want to go outside but brrr so cold that
they don't last very long. The children began to bicker
during lessons today so I pulled out a snack idea I had put
aside for such a day. (Always have a back up)

All you need are some large marshmallows, pretzels and
some little icing tubes for details. Push the 3 marshmallows
onto one long pretzel to create the 3 bumps of a snowman.
Then decorate as you like.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bible Powerpoint Games

I have been searching all morning for my church activities,
while the children are working on assignments and between
drinks, nose wipes and feeding baby. I was orginally looking
for games for my idea for our group, for children 2nd-5th grade.
The idea was a Bible Olympics, since Feburary is the start of
the winter Olympics for 2010. I have come up with several good ideas
well I am hoping they are good ideas. I also came upon many
many lessons for youth ministry. Some of which I snagged for later
use with my children. Why not, why can't these ministry leaders help
me lead my children and be a valuable resource too. Of course
you have to review them so that the games/lessons don't conflict with your
beliefs and fit your child's age. My favorites are the powerpoint games.
Let me share a few with you. right on the front of the website
on the side bar you can find for download Bible Millionaire game.
I downloaded this one and there is also music. It is really neat
a great way to start our bible devotional in the morning. Why not
have some fun.
Click the freebies section for great lessons and powerpoints.
Name That Car Powerpoint Game
This one really doesnt have a biblical purpose but it was
great fun for Daddy trying to figure them out.

I plan to use the real and fake game and Mythbusters to make a game
as an opening to an activity. There are a few images I plan to skip
in this one. My idea is to put scripture and quotes onto paper.
We will use a pringles chip can as a carrier. Children will run and
put inside the scriptures throwing the quotes away.
REAL or FAKE PowerPoint Game
"Mythbusters" PowerPoint Game

Know Your Fruits - powerpoint game

There are others too we were having fun with last night.
Like the TV family game and the Candy bar game. Neither
really having a bible message. However, if you look around
the website more you will find the lessons that go with these
fun games.
Click freebies then games for the powerpoints.
There are many other resources here as well.

Last link I found which is not a powerpoint is..
I thought instead of our usual bible devotional that we'd
use some of these cartoons. Have the children look up
key words for verses to go over and explain what the cartoon
means. Superboy loves art so this will work great I think for him.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Simple Womens Daybook

Today is....
January 25th 2010

Outside My Window....
Raining and Raining some more.
Flash flooding in some areas.

I am Thinking.....
About our Sunday school meeting tonight. Its going to be
a full and long one. I also need to get up and wash the lunch dishes.

Health Care....

Dad has had mirgaines this week at least 4 days. I am thinking it
is probably the high blood pressure. Hopefully the new meds get
him back on track.

I am tired today. I know that it is easy to slip into the grab and run
type meals. I have to remember to be careful in my selections.
I also need a few groceries but don't have time till next week.
Rutters doesn't always have the best choices.

From the learning rooms...

Working in Pre Algebra
Literature- Reading about Great Artists
History- Great inventions of America and how they
Influence our lives.
Science- Creation Science

Math- division concepts
Literature- reading Greek Myths
History- French Revolution
Science - Sink and float, Fluids
Submarine Experiment

Working on the letters O, E, M
This entire month we will be working with a snow,
winter theme, Artic, Eskimos, Moose, and winter Olympics.

From our kitchen...
Monday- Breakfast for dinner.
Tuesday- Chicken, corn and potatoe wedges
Wednesday- Roast beef gravey and french fries
Thursday- Hamburgers and pasta
Friday- Salads and fruit
Weekend leftovers.

I am wearing...
Pink shirt and gray sweatpants.

I am creating...
Nothing this week. :) I know what I'd like to be creating but
know that this isn't the season of life for much crafting.

I am hearing....
Children discussing beading.

Favorite things.....
Baby rocker which is keeping Sweet pea busy at the moment.

I am Thankful for..
Quiet moments
Talks with Spirit about God this week.
Getting to visit with cousins baby.
Daddys who can get fun foam out of a tiny coffee pot.
Organized choas
Games for early learners

I am praying for...
- My family and their faith as it waivers and hopefully grows
-For a dear Friend as she is coordinating VBS this year
-a special prayer for tonights Sunday school meeting
-And another friend stuggling to pay for a broken van.
(I've been there and can relate)

Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week

Monday- School -Sunday school meeting
Tuesday- School
Wednesday- School and choir practice
Thursday- school and Choir
Friday- School
Saturday- Open..
Sunday- Church,Path

No photo today. Have to get those dishes done instead. :(
Thursday, January 21, 2010

Once Upon a Time.....

Once upon a time there was a sweet little girl so sweet that
her mommy called her "Sweet pea". She was so fair, with big
blue eyes, and her little smile lit the room. When she smiled at
her mommy you could see the world. Mommy new that one day
little Sweet pea would know that she did not know all and so
enjoyed each and every treasure given.

Each and every day Mommy would snuggle Sweet pea.
Kiss, hug and Snuggle but soon the snuggling would prove harder
than before.

Now as it was told Sweet pea was a very active little gal. She
was always moving. When she laid upon the royal blanket she
rolled to and fro just like tumble weed. Mommy would have to
run and roll that tumble weed back to a safe haven on the
royal blanket. When Sweet pea was held she would wave
her arms as if she were taking off. She would shake her legs like
she was riding in a rodeo, making it difficult for mommy to snuggle.

Alas Mommy new that Sweet pea needed some entertainment.
Something to Wiggle out all those wiggles so she pulled out the
old friend Johnny Jump up and Daddy ran it through the daddy
test for safety. We surely wouldn't want our little tumble weed
to tumble and fall. Now Johnny gets to grip hard while sweet pea
jumps and wiggles like a little Kangaroo safe in her Mommys pouch...

....and Maybe just maybe Mommy gets to snuggle her other little worms
while sweet pea wiggles with giggles. When the smiles soon pass away
and the pea is ready to rest in the pod then Mommys arms await
for the snuggle.

Soon this time will pass and we will be on to a new adventure. We
shall enjoy this time as it is given.

C, CK, K Game

Two of my children are working through the Barton
Reading and Spelling program. You can find this program at Initially Princes was started into this program because of her diagnosis of dyslexia. Reading in particular spelling was a enormous challenge for her, whichspills over into other subjects of learning. I was told by specialists to read her ,her work and allow her to dictate things . I was not satisfied by this advice. I want my child to do these things on her own. Barton Reading and spelling has done just that for her. She is on reading level and beginning to progresswith her spelling levels. The lessons are presented to the adult first by CD. So that you can see how exactly to present the material to the child. There is a place to pause the CD so that you can practice out loud. Once
you are ready you will set up tiles, student pages and teacher guide in hand to begin. It is very easy to use. We work in Barton for about 20 minutes per day. Making lessons quick so that she retains more of the material. Many of the spelling rules were new to me yet made sense as I realized why I spell things the way I do. The rules are remembered by silly simple phrases. Below are examples of those...

For example in the game that I created
to go with the C, CK, K rule the phrases are Kiss the Cat, Magic Trick, Milk Truck , and Picnic Chicken Basket. These rules show the student when to use C or K at the beginning of a word. When to use CK, K , IC at the end of the word, and when to use C, Ck, K in the middle of a word. It can all be rather confusing even with the spelling rules. Which is why I created the game for them to practice.

When Superboy came along being a boy and slow at beginning to read. He began Barton as well. Boys love  playing games . Even though my two kids are at different levels the games still work great as a review or practice for the other student.

I created word cards with blanks where the C, K, CK, or IC
would go in its place.
C, Ck, K game link

   If you know these spelling rules you can use the cards to create your own game. I am sure you can find rules relating to these on the net for your game. The game is played like this...

     First you may have to create a game board. I have 3 of these boards laying around that I created last year. I used stickers, punches, scrapbook paper and file foldesr to create the boards. They are general and can be used for many different games.
You can make them as challenging or as easy as you like.

Print out the cards that I created, cut them apart and
lay them face down on the board. There are 2 pages of nonsense words. Words that aren't real but are following the spelling rules. The actual words are written at the bottom of the cardpages for teachers/moms . I also created Cards with the spelling rules on them so that they were visible to
the child. We rolled a dice to see who would go first. Then the first child picked a card. Read the word with the "k" or "IC" sound in the blank space. Then they are to decide what goes in the blank per the spelling rules. They are to state which rule or rules to use and then weather it uses a C, Ck, K or IC. For each right answer they move one space. So if they get all correct reading the word, giving the rule and the letter they couldmove a total of 3 spaces. My younger son would play too but by just rolling a dice and counting the number on the dice.He can also name his ABC from a flashcard stack. Either way
little ones can be involved too. We have played
several times now along with the regular lesson and as a review. It really seems to be helping them along.

As I side note we have used game boards like this one so much this year. I can create cards to go with the lesson and save them.

The children can choose their board and cards when playing games. I hope to create a few more boards in the future as these have become a very useful tool. I also want to keep the idea new and exciting by giving them more choices.

Warm Blessings,

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

God is Here..

Experiencing GOD...

There was a time when I could feel God so strongly around me.
He was in all I did. The feeling was so intense. He was brushing by
me throughout the day. I could feel Him through song, through
my food, through everything. I had learned through many trials to completely
trust in Him. I still can but as the tides ebb and flow the power
of the senses seems to dull or am I not watching. Day to day life seems to have
taken over. The winter cold has me feeling blah.. I crave and look
for that strong sense of Him. My experience with God lately is
Searching...wanting more of his word.

I have prayed and He has given. I have sung songs to empower
my faith. I have received and received and received. Now
God sits and quiet as a drifting snowflake, gently floats though
the air. Beginning as a small droplet of water. Bouncing up and down
through air currents changing form to a frozen piece. Intricate in detail,
by design and by power. Drifting slowly to me sure and steady.
Giving me time to watch learn and listen. To think upon his word.
Watching and waiting. Eyes wide open looking toward heaven with
anticipation. As one flake falls gently upon my face, a very gentle
and delicate drop, Barely felt upon my skin and then as fast as it
touches my flesh it melts away .I crave more. I Search for another
and lift my face again.Only to see coming upon me myriads of white drops
all above my head ready to reach me. Many words. Floating
and swirling in my mind. God is Here. Weather quietly or fully
in my face. Gently or roaring. He is here.

holy experience

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Simple Womens Daybook

Today is....
January 19th 2010

Outside My Window....
It is a good 40 degrees outside, which feels warm to
us after the cold weather we recently have had. The sky
is gray and looks like rain is on it's way. At least its not freezing
rain or snow.

I am Thinking.....
I am a little late on the daybook this week. Superboy
had some dental care done yesterday. Gram also went

with us and bought Sweet pea her baptism gown. I love
how frilly it all is. It has been so long since I have had
little girl things around. Both the older girls are way past
anything frilly or cute. Its just fun to dress her up.

Health Care....
Finally the meds situation with my daughter is figured out!!
They decided to change her meds to something that is covered
by our insurance. My question is Why didn't they do that in the
first place. Isn't that why we pay physicians such high prices...
so that they know these type of things. Sheesh.

Daddy had a Dr. visit too. His blood pressure is dangerously
high so they put him on a new med. He has not been eating
barely any salt . The Dr. believes his body is storing up the salt
since it isn't getting as much. This should subside. His sugar levels
have been doing loops lately as well but I am confident that we
will get that under control again.

Sweet pea also had a visit and her health is right on target.
We are to begin cereal , veggies and juice. :)
I am looking forward to this feeding time.

Monday I spent the day working on Dr. appointments for the
kids as our keeping healthy plan. I am working on dental care too.
Trying to find a provider that covers what we need.
Trying to keep up with preventive care for a large family can
be a big job.

We are working on portion control with the children.
I found a website that explains it. I'll share it later.
I think that they need to learn about nutrition as part of their
school. They will be doing this sometime this month and
creating their own food menus. Possibly even preparing their meals.

From the learning rooms...

Working in Pre Algebra
Literature- Reading about Great Artists
History- American history the Wild west
Science- Creation Science

Math- Beginning division concepts
Literature- reading Greek Myths
History- French Revolution
Science - Sink and float, Fluids
Submarine Experiment

Working on the letters O, E, M
This entire month we will be working with a snow,
winter theme, Artic, Eskimos, Moose, and winter Olympics.

From our kitchen...
Monday- Chicken strips, Broccoli rice and peas
Tuesday- Beef potpie ( Salad for Me tonite)
Wednesday- Hamburgers and pasta
Thursday- Salad and subs
Friday- fruit tray and pasta
Weekend leftovers.

I am wearing...
black jeans, purple shirt , barefeet
(where are my slippers my feet are cold)

I am creating...
Snowmen snacks. (photos later)

I am hearing....
Everyone arguing, baby crying... one of those days.
(*note.. I actually had to stop typing and go straighten
things our. All is well now. Baby is sleeping and children
are building a tent)

Favorite things.....

I am Thankful for..

Getting Dr. appointments scheduled
Daddy vaccumed today (thank you)
Superboys Dental appointment went well one
more treatment to go.
Found an wonderful author for the kids George
Minor. Loving his stories of Alaska.
I am thankful of this little moment for myself today.

I am praying for...
-My dad his leg is infected after a fall at work
and has acquired a blood clot from the incident
- My family and their faith as it waivers and hopefully grows
-Grandma as her heart has been skipping beats
-For a dear Friend as she is coordinating VBS this year.

Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week

Monday- Superboys Dental appointment (no school today)
Tuesday- School - Sweet peas dental appointment
Wednesday- School and choir practice
Thursday- school, Daddys Birthday
Friday- School , J-train and Cubscout sleepover
Saturday- Open..
Sunday- Church,Path

Here is a photo I'd like to share .
Sweet pea has such big eyes..:)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday to my Little guy who is 4 years old Today....

Why God made little boys.

God made a world out of his dreams, Of magic mountains,
oceans and streams, Prairies and plains and wooded land,
Then paused and thought, "I need someone to stand

On top of the mountains, to conquer the seas,
Explore the plains and climb the trees,
Someone to start out small and grow,
Sturdy, strong like a tree" and so...

He created boys,
full of spirit and fun,To explore and conquer, to romp and run,
With dirty faces, banged up chins,With courageous hearts

and boyish grins.When He had completed the task He'd begun
He surely said, "That's a job well done."

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Mitten Tree

The Mitten Tree
by Candace Christiansen
Illustrated by Elaine Greenstein

The mitten tree is a heartwarming story about an older women
whose children have grown and lives alone and watches the children
outside of her home. As she watches them play she notices that
one child does not play. So she knits some mittens to match his coat.
She enjoys making mittens and the smile on that childs face that
she makes more mittens. Each time hanging them on nearby pine
tree for the children to find.

This is a wonderful story to read to children at Christmas time
while the church mitten trees our up. Our church collects
mittens, scarfs and hats for children who need them.

With the help of mom Spirit created these mittens. I precut
the shapes for him. Then used a hole punch to make the snowflake
pattern on the front. We used notebook reinforcement tab stickers
the help the holes from tearing while we sewed. I held the mittens
for him while he laced the string through. (*Hint for a needle you
can twist a small piece of masking tape to the end of the yarn)
Then we added some cotton balls which he could do himself.

Put on Your Mittens

Put on your mittens,
It's cold I fear,
It's that winter time of year,
Play in your yard,
But when you're done,
Pull off your mittens,
One by one!

Here are some of the other fun activites we did but didn't take
Photos of.....
Math ideas from Kindergarten Corner: Mitten Math Ideas

The Mitten in the Snow Emergent Reader

Our Mittens Emergent Reader

Mitten ABC’s Emergent Reader

Mitten patterning worksheet that I found searching
the internet:
Mitten Patterning

Mitten Counters these cards can be used for several
activities, such as counting and matching. They
would also make a fun memory game! We rolled a dice
and layed snow balls for the number on the die. (cotton balls)

Mitten Alphabet File Folder Game

Mitten Matching Colors File Folder Game

We also created this toy story mitten tree. I cut two tree
shapes from green construction paper. I folded both pieces
of paper in half and stapled them at the fold. I also cut out
matching mittens from Toy story scrapbook paper. I mixed
all of the mittens up and then Spirit sorted them out finding
Their matches. For extra fun we glued them to our mitten tree.
(I gut out about 10 pairs of mittens I probably should have cut
more as our tree looks a litte sparse . So if you are doing
this I would suggest more mittens or cut them larger. )

Loving like Father -Mixing in Living..

We seek direction and our Heavenly Father gives
us that direction. He gives us his Word.

Luke 8:21 He replied, "My mother and brothers are
those who hear God's word and put it into practice."

When we seek guidance he reaches in and guides.

Proverbs 1:5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and
let the discerning get guidance

He pours his living water over our bodies to forgive..

John 7:38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said,
streams of living water will flow from within him."

He knows when to sit and wait on us to follow to the good.

1 Timothy 1:16 But for that very reason I was shown
mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display
his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him
and receive eternal life

He stirs things up when the time is right.

Psalm 33:21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

He sends Angels to help.

Psalm 103:20 Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty
ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.

The result is a heavenly treat....

Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain
great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God

Please join others in Walk with Him Wednesday.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Simple womans daybook

Today is....
January 11th 2010

Outside My Window....
It is going to be 14 degrees today. Brrr Reports
say that Wed. it will be 30 degrees. We keep joking it
will feel like summer.

I am Thinking.....
About God and Faith. I was talking with a friend during Sunday
services this week. He was telling me that he was reading a book
about Faith. I can't remember the title off hand. He said the book
was talking about how our faith fluctuates and we don't always
realize it. Sometimes are faith is strong and sometime we are questioning
everything. It was a nice reminder to me that we all question sometime
and that I wasn't alone in that. The good news is my faith is on the mend.
I have been filling my prayers with thanksgiving and that has helped
tremendously in how I feel. I suppose if you focus on the negative, that
negative thought will bring you with it.

Health Care....
I still have not gotten the meds situation worked out
yet for my daughter. I hope they get to it soon as her prescription
runs out in two weeks. I'll have to hop on the horn again this week
and get them going.

Daddy seems to be doing pretty well. We have not had anymore
episodes with his hands cramping up. He goes to the Dr. this
Evening so I'll better be able to report after that. He has been
laying around again quite a lot. I finally told him Saturday that he has
to get up and moving. I told him I am not trying to be mean but I
want him to get well and that won't happen if he is collecting dust on
the sofa. I hate to say I have resorted to giving him odd jobs to do but
it gets him moving around more.

As for our diet. Begin again begin again. I took all of our cookies
from Christmas that were left over and gave them to the youth
last night. In an event to rid us of so many snack foods. We had
so many cookies left. I couldn't bear the thought of us eating them all.
So we passed them on. Share the love so to speak.

From the learning rooms...

Working in PreAlgebra
Literature- reading the rest of Old Yeller
History- American history the Wild west
Science- Creation Science

Math- Beginning division concepts
Literature- Beginning reading Greek Myths
History- French Revolution
Science -We will finish Chemistry and Mixtures
This week.

Working on the letters O, E, M
This entire month we will be working with a snow,
winter theme, Artic, Eskimos, Moose, and winter Olympics.

From our kitchen...
Monday- Chicken Corn soup
Tuesday- Spaghetti with garlic crescents
Wednesday- Hamburgers and pasta
Thursday- Pot stew
Friday- Pork chops, corn and baked potatoes
Weekend leftovers.

I am wearing...
Gray pants, pink shirt and fuzzy slippers.

I am creating...
This week I will be working on Three mittens felt board pieces
and some fun winter snacks for the kids to try.

I am hearing....
Handy Manny Spirits favorite show in the morning

Favorite things.....
My sketchbook and pencils

I am Thankful for..
Snuggle time with Spirit this week reading books
Sipping Hot Chocolate with marshmallows inside
Talks about God with Daddy
Helpful hands in cleaning up
Sweet peas warm winter Jammies
Hugs from my family
Spirit as its his Birthday this week

I am praying for...
-My dad his leg is infected after a fall at work
and has acquired a blood clot from the incident
- My family and their faith as it waivers and hopefully grows
-Our Disciple coordinator as he is doing something
very difficult today.
-Grandma as her heart has been skipping beats

Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week

Monday- Dr. appointment for Daddy
Tuesday- School - Shopping for Spirits Birthday
Wednesday- School and choir practice (Doing an
Easter Play)
Thursday- school and cub scouts
Friday- School , Spirits Birthday
Saturday- Open..
Sunday- Church,Path

Here is a photo I'd like to share .
Thanks five minutes for moms for the fire suit!!
Don"t you love the bare feet.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Goals for 2010

I've been sort of mulling around in my head about Resolutions that
we make when the new year rolls around. Typically I make
my list like most of you probably have. We are always trying
to improve ourselves which is a good thing. Ways to grow more
spiritual, ways to organize ourselves, promises to spend more
time with children, promises to spend less money or maybe in some
cases more on a given hobby, and ways to divide out our time. We
put in our heads what the perfect wife and mother would be an
then try to attain it. Typically most of us fail, which includes me.
Maybe as I made these goals for myself at the time they seemed
attainable. Yet somehow I rarely reach them. Maybe I am making
them to large. This year I vow to make them things I can
actually accomplish.

One such goal for example was to read the bible in
a year. Now that one sounds attainable but then things occur. A new
baby comes, daddy in the hospital and so on and so forth. Oh sure
I read my bible a lot but maybe not quite on the schedule I created
for myself. One thing I have found with this goal over the last 2 years
is that I can't read the bible that way. It might work for some but
if I am not interested in a particular topic then I can't focus on it.
So my goal for this year is to do what I have been doing. If I want to
read the book of Ruth. Well then I will open it to the book of Ruth.
If I feel the need to read Luke. Then I will just open it and read Ruth.
I will keep track on a bookmark that I made which books I have
read and lets see how close I get to reading the entire bible.
That is my first goal to read the bible when I want, where I want
and how much I want and maybe I won't complete the entire
thing this year but I think I will get more from it then before.
(*Coming soon a file for share link on my sidebar.
The books of the bible bookmark will available there. Keep watch)

The next one on my list is always to be more organized.
I have read every blog on organization, I have created a management
binders and schedules and more schedules.. Honestly life happens.
I have these schedules and read tips and tricks on occasion.
If my home isn't perfectly clean, well then this is a home.
My resolution on that is create a home atmosphere. Create a
mess and clean it when you have time. I can attain that one. :)

Since Daddy's hospital stay life has really changed for us.
I know that I keep saying that but it has. I watch my children
play. I watch him with them. I ponder what is important
right now. My next goal for 2010 is to spend more family time.
Amazingly I did complete one resolution last year. That was
to create a less hectic schedule. I took out Co-op, I no longer
teach Sunday school, my elementary youth group is to one
meeting a month and alternating planning with 3 other adults,
and Sr. high youth is to when I am available. Definitely a big
difference from the past. At times we do miss our friends at
Co-op but I have had time to focus on our family and
honestly I see much work to do spiritually.

Another goal is to eat healthier this year, which we have
already started doing. It is easier to do when it is life
threatening. You have to do it to prolong your life. In 2010
I plan to do much research on nutrition as I have been doing
and try to add something new each month to create healthier
living. I am already planning a summer of exercise. A time
to pat off the dust and get outside and moving. All of the
children need this. I have many ideas rolling around in my head
already and it may even start early at the bud of spring.

Lastly I want to find sometime to create. I need that so much
and have not had anytime to do these things with my hands.
Yesterday I sat and drew a bit. Did a few sketches of the baby.
I enjoyed this quick sketch moment and hope to do more of it
in 2010.

So there you have it. Not much of a challenge I know but
Goals I can attain. What goals did you create for 2010? Are
they realistic and attainable?

Friday, January 8, 2010

Where does JESUS live...

Last night I could tell Spirit was in need of some attention.
I was laying Sweet pea down for bed when I heard him
picking at the other children. I walked out of the room right
to Spirit and took his hand. I lead him to the bathroom for his
bath. I didn't yell or scold him. I just went about things as if
the altercation never occured. Sometimes I forget how little
he is. He wears his camo jacket but chooses his bear hat to wear.
Its a reminder to me how young he is. He often times blends in
with the older children. He really needs that one on one mommy
time. Oh sure he does get my attention all day but how often is
it that sweet pea isnt attached to my hip or when I read him
a story and its interrupted several times by baby or an older child.
So this particular evening I choose bathtime. I sat and listened
to him jabber about his toys and how it works. Eventually
when he seemed more himself I brought up the trouble he had
caused in the other room. The conversation went like this...

What happened in the room a little while ago when mommy
came in?


Were you choosing to do something nice or not so nice
to your sister and brother?

Not nice.

Do you think they will want to play with you if you do not
nice things to them?

Nods no...

Do you think your choice was something Jesus would
want you to do?

No ... pause... At this point I can see he is thinking
of something but with a 3 year old I have no idea where this
is going to go.

Some people think Jesus is in church.

Well, Jesus is all around us.

No, He lives in a barn in a manger with his mom and dad.

He did but now he lives everywhere because we believe he was here.

People think hes at church but he is here .
(puts his hand on his chest)

Yes thats right he's in your heart but you can carry him every
where you go .. even to church.

Oh, How do you squirt this out of here mommy.
(new boat he got for Christmas)

Do I really think my 3 year old understands. No not really but
I do think he is learning something. He has the idea just
doesn't really know the true meaning yet but one day I am pretty
sure he will....

So I went about bathing him, brushing his hair and putting him
in his PJs. I went and got the blow dryer out and dryed it as he
giggled. (He doesn't like sleeping on wet hair) He stops and
smiles and says .. Thanks mom.. and jogs off...I smile to myself.
For just that short moment ...... At 3 am in the morning
I hear him sneak in the bedroom. He as quiet as can be curls up
on my arm. I open my eyes and he grins up. I smile and shut them.
It's been a long time since he has done that so I let it go. I am reminded
again what wonderful gifts my children are to me.

Where does Jesus live for you...In a manger long ago
in a pew at your church or in a child's heart....

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Christmas Grammar

Before the Christmas Season is way way off. I wanted
to post my Christmas Grammar game. I found the the
pattern at Then I typed out all of Princess
vocabulary for her recent Grammar lesson. She has to
read the definitions and then match the top of the balls
which are the words themselves. Very simple but effective.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Three Ways to Hear God Today

holy experience

I am participating this week with the Holy Experience.
Three ways to hear God.....

Listening is something I am working hard on this year. My
Mind is always so full of thought. What I have to do next in the
day? Full of worries, concerns, stresses, to do lists.... I am not
always awake but am awake. Awake and not listening but then
I pause and I can hear God so my children.
What one greater gift than life itself.

I hear them in their hands....
As they Clap with joy.
As they cover their eyes with tears.
In suttle sounds as we work and play
and when its time to fold our Hands and Pray..
Those childlike prayers that remind me how simple
it can really be.

I can hear it in their suttle
sounds as their feet go across the ground.
As they run to me with smiles.
Feet that will one day meet the Lord.
Each little pitter patter sound reminds me that
my walk is sooo profound.

I hear God in their laughter and their chatter.
I hear Him in their songs of praise.

I think of
God most when the day is still.
In the shallow breaths of sleep. A
s I listen for each inward
sigh and snore before I fall asleep.

I listen for God in my children. In song and
the still of the day.

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