Monday, January 7, 2013

New Blog

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Leaf Fort Fun

While our house is being built we are renting a property on 2 acres surrounded by woods. That has blessed us with hours of work and fun. The children have spent hours working in the yard with Pete and they have also spent hours making a leaf fort and playing "runaway." Apparently they are teenagers running away from their mean uncle Mandrake and Aunt Lotus. This is their tree and leaf shelter in a Canadian forest where they make rabbit stew with wild herbs and vegetables.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ella lost her first tooth

Our five and a half year old delicate Ella looks happy here, but there was quite a lot of trauma leading up to her FINALLY letting, or rather, enduring, daddy pulling out that little tooth. It had to go because, as you can probably see, her big girl tooth was not waiting so patiently. Now hopefully that new tooth will scoot forward into its long term home.

Monday, October 22, 2012

all that's missing is a corsage

here's the one picture i managed to get pete to have taken of us on saturday. we were fixed up all fancy for this benefit dinner in chicago. it was a fun night despite the fact that we were a tad bit out of our element.

The Word is Alive

In my morning devotions I usually read a chapter from the Old Testament, a chapter from the New Testament as well as a Psalm or Proverb. I've been reading through Ezekiel and having just finished Revelation, started the NT over again with Matthew. All this to say, I have no schedule or read your Bible in a year kind of thing that I follow. So this morning I read Ezekiel 34 then moved on to Matthew 9. At the end of Matthew 9 the beautiful compassion of Jesus is portrayed. I decided to read the study notes at the bottom of that section and it says, "This paragraph summarizes the activity of Jesus in chs 5-9 (teaching, preaching, healing) and introduces the mission discourse of ch 10. The background is Ezekiel 34:5,6. Jesus is the true Shepherd who is concerned for His sheep (John 10), and He is identified with the "Lord God" of Ezekiel 34:11-16" How COOL is that? What a way to start my day! I am so amazed by this living, breathing Word that so harmoniously teaches me about my God, my Savior. I couldn't have PLANNED that. Yet, let me say that it happens often, proving to me again the Lord's perfect orchestration of ALL things even down to the minute detail of what I am reading in my Bible. If you are not in the Word daily, I KNOW it is hard to find the time, but just do it! He is ready to teach you, to draw your heart closer to Himself. Our merciful and compassionate Shepherd cares for you to know Him more deeply. The cares of motherhood are often overwhelming and draining, but find 15 minutes to read and it will not be in vain!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Insect Zoo

This year for science we are enjoying Apologia's Zoology 1. This is our second time using an Apologia science book and we appreciate the scripure filled text with great pictures and fun, doable activities and experiments. Last week the children made insects out of clay. Here's a picture of our insect zoo-