Home Group

We go to a Home Group. It’s a small group from our church. Lots of churches have them, but they go by other names like small group, cell group, care group, giggle group. I may have made that last one up, but I think I’d attend a giggle group, wouldn’t you? I love having a small community around that I can be real with. Sunday mornings are a great time to worship the Lord together, but they are hardly a time to talk about the things we are each walking through and support one another, so thats where Home Groups fit in. They are intergenerational to allow the younger folk to learn from the wiser ones and many different background make up each group. They are the best place to feel loved and cared for and get a kick in the butt when you need one too.

These aren’t just wonderful campfire pics, theses are Home Group pics.

This week we had a campfire.

A time to worship and pray and love eachother…and burn stuff! MY favorite things!!

I love that my kiddos are loved there too. Boy, do they ever love s’mores! I love my Home Group!

Hebrews 10-:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together,as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

A Good Kind of Broken

My heart is constantly torn in two by sweeties like Lyla

She is a gorgeous little girl in desperate need of a family and heart surgery!

And Mr. Teagen and Mr. Kelton

Look how tiny Teagan is and Kelton seems bigger until you know that he is 13 years old!! Their Mama is coming!!

And sweet Faith, soon to be called Hasya which means “have mercy”, or “take refuge”. Beautiful!

Hasya is 14 years old and she weighs 14 lbs! My two year old weighs double that!

So, while I could ask you to donate money, mostly I ask you to pray. Let Jesus stir your heart to be broken for “the least of these”( Matthew 25:40). Trust me, its a good kind of broken!

 

BAK SAL

All day long Emily talked about this bake sale she wanted to have and she even made a sign. After the 40th time she said something about it, I clued in and thought we’d better set up a bake sale and add some silent /e/’s to the words BAK SAL. Then we dug out some pennies and sent daddy for tim bits.

This bake sale included reading, writing and math…all unknown learning goals for two tiny tots who devoured 4 cent tim bits and 2 cent glasses of pink lemonade. Gotta love teaching practical things. I was even brave enough to let emily pour juice in the living room…what a day!

Also, you cant see it there, but Avery has been accident free for 2 days! Potty training is significantly easier with non-sensory kids…just saying…

Phonics Museum

We decided to switch phonics programs and we are loving our new program.

It’s called Phonics Museum by Veritas Press. We will continure to use Explode the Code, Reading Eggs, BOB Books, Progressive Phonics and a bunch of other things as resources, Phonics Museum has taken the lead. Its an awesome program that I picked up for a steal from this amazing homeschool Mom at a homeschool co-op swap. The basics about this program that I love:

  • It’s true phonics, so it teaches letter sounds instead of just letter names.
  • Its perfect from my Speech Therapy Background because it starts teaching letter that are developmentally appropriate and made first in speech production.
  • It’s Christian, so I dont have to worry that the readers will have topic I wouldn’t be comfortable with, but it isn’t cheesy at all.
  • The readers are real literature not just the old “Dick and Jane” style readers without a point.
  • Its based around art! We do art, we read art. The visual cues are art. We read about art…etc!
  • Its actually visually pleasing. As a graphic designer, I have a hard time looking at clip art…not going to lie. Clip art and Comic Sans are evil.
  • It uses different fonts so Emily can recognize upper and lower case letters with serifs, san-serifs, “a” with a hook on top or not.
  • My favorite part is that Emily has her own Museum set up in her room with art hanging all over the walls and things that start with whatever sound we are working on in her room.
  • It’s Modern Manuscript style printing so she will be ready for cursive writing.
I pretty much cant say enough good things about this program. We are loving it!

8 Years.


One of the first pictures of us.

8 years is a relatively short time in life, but it’s how long I’ve been married to Mr. Right. I should say, Mr. Mostly-right because if I’m Mrs. Right, we cant both be right all the time can we. Let’s be realistic now…
On September 20th, 2003 we promised to walk with each other through all of life’s journey until we either die or Jesus comes back. That’s certainly not as cuteseywootsey(technical term) as I imagined it being. This is what I pictured:

Cute aren’t we?!

Its a nice thought to picture walking together with the sun shining down and the birds tweeting in the air(we got married long enough ago that that was the only definition for tweeting). Such a nice thought. Walking together with huge smiles and loveydovey(again…technical term)doe eyes. If you’ve been married for more than about 24hrs, you know thats not the case. Walking together on this journey of life is more like this:

Not us in case you are wondering… 

There’s usually a little more Camo needed. Marriage is hard! Don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t. It definitely has is amazing moments, but it certainly has it share of war moments too. Sometimes with each other, but mostly just with the things you walk through. In our 8 years we’ve walked through some very hard things together. Miscarriage, Post Partum Depression, very early labours that could have ended with stillborn babies, miscommunications, loss of friendships, loss of jobs and places to live, financial hardships and everything in between. We have been hurt as a couple by others and hurt each other too. We are very committed to our relationship and making it work, but we would never have made it this far without Jesus in our lives. Honestly.

Jesus Christ is the reason we still walk together hand in hand through this life. I read yesterday that the christian life is not about a continual staircase of trying to do better and better, but a continual trek back to the foot of the cross. We need Jesus in our lives. He needs to be the center of everything we do. The reason our marriage continues is because I know that I need to ask Jesus to kill my pride and ask for forgiveness instead of demanding that I am right. I need Jesus’s forgiveness in order to forgive Morgan and He the same to forgive me. We aren’t perfect, far from it and thats why we need grace in our lives every day. I pray for our marriage everyday that Christ will give us the strength to become more like him, the wisdom to shut our mouths and only say kind things, and that he would kill our pride so that we dont forget who is in charge in our marriage. Christ is, not us.

When we are 80, we will have been married for 60 years and I hope we look like this.


My Grandparent. Married 60 Years. In love with each other and in love with Jesus. 

Happy Anniversary to my best friend who loves Jesus so much that he continues to forgive me and hold my hand through the hard things in life. I love you Morgan. Here’s to growing old together!

Ephesians 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—” Thank you Jesus for your Gift of Grace in our lives.

Christian Ed

No that’s not the name of someone. Otherwise his brothers name would be Phys Ed. Lame I know. I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on Christian Education, but I’m going to focus on Home learning and Christian education rather than Christian School.

Firstly, I think it is important. The Bible says we should “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Eph 6:4). I think its very important to be the biggest influence in your child’s life. Notice that I said biggest. I certainly don’t want to be the only influence in their lives. I really want my kiddos to have great influences in their lives from other adults and their peers.

Having said that, I don’t want my kids to only know Christian kids, Only study “Christianese” and be surrounded in this bubble that keeps them isolated from the real world. I also don’t want them to think that the creator of the universe is boring or that the Jesus who saved them is cheesy. Christians can be cheesy, but Jesus isn’t. He’s passionate and creative and loving and Holy.

There are many curriculums out there for home learning that focus soo much on bible study in christianese that I think they would be missing so much of the knowledge of everything else. Do I want my kids to study the origin of man from a creation standpoint? Absolutely! But I do want my kids to know about and understand the big bang theory and evolution because that is what they will come up against in post secondary education and general world views. I want them to know what they believe and why they believe it.

So I really do believe in Christian Education, but I really don’t think it needs to be cheesy or boring. I’ll write more about the curriculum choices we’ve made and how that affects Emily’s bible learning soon.

My King

Maria

I keep thinking about Mexico and how to share my thoughts with you. So I’ve decided Im going to tell small parts of my week and try to show you rather than just tell you. So Im going to start with Maria.

Maria is about 3 feet tall. She is about 40 years old. Her friends at the orphanage call her “baby”.

She lives at a Mexican orphanage for Children with Special Needs.

She is non-verbal, but loves to show affection and other emotions.

She knows what she wants! When I was helping her get dresses she had a temper tantrum until she got shorts instead of pants. She loves to wear play jewelry!

She loves to pick up rock and put them in her buggy.

Maria is beautiful, gentle, kind and loving. Maria impacted my life without ever saying a word to me. Maria is an Orphan, but she is Loved by God and not forgotten!

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40

He is Risen!

You are supposed to respond by saying “He is Risen indeed!” in case you didn’t know the saying. Easter is my favorite holiday of the year. I love christmas and I love my birthday and I have a special place in my heart for International Talk like a Pirate day(september 19th…yarrr).Easter is the best. When I was little it meant that we got days off school and CANDY! I always knew that Easter was important, but its hard to see the importance of Easter when there is CANDY.

Easter is important because my whole life and everything I live for comes from the price Jesus had to pay on the Cross. I had this discussion with someone last week about how we see people. She see’s everyone as good. I can’t see them that way because I know myself too well. I think sometimes I can be a “nice” person, but I am not good. From the day I was born I was a sinner. I have no possible way to stand before a perfect God and say “Im pretty good you know”. I know I’m not and God knows it too. The bible says that the wages of sin is death. For me that means that every time I have sinned from my actions to my inactions, I deserve death. Is that fair? Yes. Is that just? Yes.

Jesus came to earth to fix this massive problem! He lived the life I should have lived because he never sinned. He died the death I should have died. Painful, torturous, brutal death on a cross. He paid the price I could not pay. And then, in God amazing Grace he offered his son as payment for my sin to bring me back into a right relationship with him. WOW. All I can say is WOW. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice for my life. Thank you for your amazing grace and mercy which you poured out on me while I was still a sinner. Thank you for the life I have in you and the life I will have forever because of your death. Thank you for dying in my place for my sin. I haven’t got anything to give you for that gift and nothing I could do would every repay you, but you have my life and I will serve you for all of it with all of my heart and soul and mind and strength. I love you Lord because you first loved me. Thank you for beating down death and coming back to life so I could have a life with you forever! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

He is Risen!!!

Sunday’s Coming

My thoughts today are on Jesus Christ, Son of God, creator of the earth, prince of peace, name above all names, mighty counselor, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

He could have called a legion of Angels to destroy the world and set him free. but he didn’t.

He dies all alone for me.