Wednesday, November 30, 2011

30 Days of Thanks - Days 27-30

Day 27 - I am thankful for a van to drive and H's ability to fix anything that goes wrong with it.

Day 28 - I am thankful for warm blankets and hot tea on a cold night.

Day 29 - I am thankful for the numerous Godly men the Lord has brought into my sons' lives and the relationships developing there.

Day 30 - I am thankful for the health of myself and my family. Especially knowing so many people who are suffering physically right now.

Thank You, Lord for loving me and blessing me so much more than I deserve!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011


About a month ago we sent Missy's puppies off with the other breeder who takes them and gets their ears cropped then sells them all for us. It has been a great deal for all involved because we don't have to do the selling and she makes extra money since she deals with all of the post-op care. She has been wonderful to work with. When she took this litter it was very hard on little D. He cried a bit. Today we were informed that our precious Prince John and Red Alert contracted parvo after the surgery and died. None of this was the fault of the other breeder. She tried so hard to save them, and was almost in tears herself telling H. It's so very sad. Even though we never expected to see them again, it hurts.

30 Days of Thanks - Days 21-25

I'm getting behind! Time to catch up.

Day 21 - Thankful for all that we have and the opportunity to minister to those in need. Especially thankful that LV and D decided to fill Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes using their own money. Then we were able to spend the day at the church helping pack the shoe boxes in shipping boxes then load them on the truck.

Day 22 - I am thankful that my good friend, Dawn, invited me to join The Twelve. What a great ministry opportunity!

Day 23 - I am thankful for the van that I have to get me from place to place.

Day 24 - I am thankful for a wonderful time gathering with family. I love that my boys enjoy being with their 2nd cousins. What a blessing to have 4 generations present and fully enjoying one another. And I am thankful for those who stepped out in faith to come to this country as well as the natives who befriended and helped the Pilgrims survive.

Day 25 - I am thankful that my boys and dogs were able to go have a good time at the shop today. Missy and Daisy were able to get in a good run.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

30 Days of Thanks - Days 18-20

Day 18 - I am thankful to be a part of a great homeschool co-op. LV and H are both involved in CreationWorks learning all about radio and video production. A major project they are working on is broadcasts for Whitcomb Ministries, and soon they will be working on episodes of Jonathan Park! It is a fantastic opportunity for them as well as the other kids who are involved. LM, D, and I are involved with the actual co-op, which is working on a drama production which will be performed in February. I am really enjoying this group of kids and parents.

Day 19 - I am thankful for the art of photography. I love learning more about it and being able to capture moments of my life that will not happen again. I spent the day at a photography class at another Calvary Chapel with a group of believers who share my interest in photography.

Day 20 - I am thankful for the YES team leaders at church. They love these kids and willing offer their time to lead these children and young adults in using their gifts for the Lord.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

30 Days of Thanks - Day 16

I am thankful for the opportunity LV had today to spend the entire day at work with H sanding on his truck. He came home filthy dirty and grinning from ear to ear. After showering he came out dressed in his filthy jeans because he was so proud he wanted everyone at church to see he had been working hard all day.

No worries. He wore clean clothes to church.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

30 Days of Thanks - Day 15

I am thankful for my wonderful parents. They have always been there for me during the hard times and the fun times. They are my biggest supporters, letting me dream big, but offering advice when they feel I may be making a foolish decision. My mom has been the one to guide me spiritually and lead me to my Lord and Savior. We have had many heart to heart talks over the years, and she is usually the first one I call with a prayer request (after my hubby). We have laughed and cried (especially Mom when it comes to the crying), and watched many Hallmark movies together. And I can't forget Mom's and Dad's willingness to babysit at a moment's notice on so many occasions.

Monday, November 14, 2011

30 Days of Thanks - Day 14

I am thankful for the privilege of homeschooling my 3 boys. I love learning alongside them and seeing them get excited about something they learned. It is not an easy road. But it is full of blessings.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

30 Days of Thanks - Day 13

I am thankful for a night of card games with my family.

30 Days of Thanks - Day 12

Day 12 - Wonderful extended family that are there for us when we need them.
We spent most of the day yesterday with my uncle who put together an orienteering course for LV. It is a requirement for First Class rank for Boy Scouts, and was one of the last things LV needed to do. I called my Uncle Bob and he graciously put this all together so my oldest son could get it done.

Friday, November 11, 2011

30 Days of Thanks - Day 11

Veteran's Day

I am thankful for those who have served our country, and for those currently serving. What a sacrifice so many have made. And so thankful for my family members who served bravely and who were blessed to return home to their families.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

30 Days of Thanks - Day 8

I am thankful for our hot tub. It's great to be able to climb in on a cold evening and just relax and visit with my honey. Or to soak sore muscles after a run. Or for the boys to "swim around" in on a freezing cold day. Sometimes we all get in together and just hang out.

Monday, November 7, 2011

30 Days of Thanks - Day 7

I am thankful for the friends the Lord has brought into my life. I have made some wonderful new friends the past couple of years, and have been blessed with some wonderful longterm friendships.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

30 Days of Thanks - Day 6

I am thankful for my step-daughter, Morgan. So often she has another perspective on things that cause me to think of things another way, whether I agree with her or not. She has such a big heart to help others and stop their hurting.

*and I can't seem to find a decent picture of her right now*

Saturday, November 5, 2011

30 Days of Thanks - Day 5

I am thankful for my third born son, DL. He loves to study the scriptures, learn new things, play games, and do card tricks. I love his kind heart and how he enjoys making us all laugh.

Friday, November 4, 2011

30 Days of Thanks - Day 4

I am thankful for my second born son, LM. He has such a heart for justice and all things that are morally right. He never ceases to amaze me with the information he absorbs and his desire to learn.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

30 Days of Thanks

I'm a little late in starting, so I'll post 3 today.

1. I'm so thankful for my Savior who died for my sins and rose again on the 3rd day. I can't imagine living without Him.

2. I am thankful for my wonderful husband. He works so hard to provide for our family so that I can stay home and school our boys. He has a heart to serve others with his talents. I have seen him grow tremendously in his relationship with the Lord the past 2 years.

3. My first born son, LV. He is growing in his skills as a leader, and has become such a help to me. I love his smiling face, and his love of life.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Easter (mostly in pictures)

Saturday we dyed eggs. The boys wrote a name or attribute of Jesus on each egg.

The orange one says, "knocked the Roman soldiers over." Yep. That's LM's.

We went to church in the evening, just like most Saturdays.

Sunday morning H had to be at all 4 services at church. I let the boys do a small egg hunt inside.

Then outside to check the tomb.


Making Resurrection Rolls.

When H got home we did our Easter Walk.

Each of the boys took a turn to read. Even LM.

They found eggs with scripture references to read, eggs with candy, and more candy!

With a final stop at the empty tomb.

Then it was time to go visit with family and play with cousins.

A great day. New traditions started. Memories made. Celebrating our risen Savior!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Remembering His Death

We started a new tradition this year thanks to an idea I got from my friend, Darcie. Yesterday the boys and I walked down to the channel to gather sticks and rocks.

What boy can resist walking through the water to get to the island with more rocks?

The boys filled that bucket about half full! And then we had to figure out a way to haul it back up the levy.

Kinda steep. But we all worked together and managed to get it to the wagon. We made a mental note to bring rope next time. It would have made the job so much easier.

We took a break to attend the Good Friday service at church.

When we arrived home we got to work building a tomb. We made a stop at Walmart and picked up a cheap Ken doll to be our Jesus. Notice his feet sticking out there?

LV made nail prints on the hands and feet and we wrapped him up for burial.

LV set to work making a cross.

So we have this in front of our house to remind us of what we are celebrating this weekend.

Photography Class Give-away

Candice Stringham is giving away one spot in her standard Oh Shoot! photography class. Head on over to her blog, read all the details, and leave a comment to enter to win!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Our Homeschool Journey

When I had children I never thought I would be a homeschool mom. In fact, I homeschooled Morgan for 1 semester when she was in 4th grade. I made it very clear to anybody who would listen that I would NEVER NEVER EVER EVER NEVER homeschool again. Yep. It was the great of an experience for us. Granted, I never took it to the Lord and asked Him about it. H and I were not happy with the private school (it was a Christian school in name only) she was in, we were moving back north by the end of the year, I had just had LV (a month early, much to our surprise), I was on a hormonal roller coaster, Morgan was NOT happy about being pulled out of school, many family members were against our decision, and to top it all off, I was trying to just "do school" at home with her.

Fast forward 6 years. We now had 2 more little boys, and we were struggling along as a family. H and I both acknowledged God, but we were both trying to do everything in our own strength and not necessarily for the right reasons. LV was in a Christian school despite the Lord tugging at my heart since he was in pre-school to homeschool him. LM was in pre-school and I was getting ready to put him in the same school as LV, and Morgan was attending a Christian high school. The plan was for all of our kids to go all the way through Christian school. Then we found out Morgan was making some poor decisions. H and I confronted her, and out of fear we pulled her out of school and put her on independent study the last quarter of that year. Again we didn't consult the Lord at all. And ISP couldn't be too bad. After all, the teachers set her up to finish her classes. All I had to do was make sure she got the work done and turned in. It did. She finished the year out, and H and I were enrolling the school-aged kiddos in school for the next year. All the while, the Lord kept bringing homeschoolers into my life. And I kept turning a deaf ear. Me? Homeschool? No way!

That next school year began with a jr. in high school, a 1st grader and a pre-schooler. The Christian school education was working for our family. Then in October, my world was turned upside down. After a horrifying experience in my home, H decided we were never going back there. That it was not health for D or me. So we moved. And I was unable to drive for 4 months. The hardest part was that my mom had been taking LV and LM to school with her since she taught there and we were now in a location where they had to stay with her on school nights because we were too far away for her to swing by and pick them up. When I finally was able to drive, we had an extra 15-20 minute commute school everyday.

All this time the Lord was working in me. I was in a back brace for 4 months and couldn't lift anything over 5 lbs. I wasn't allowed to do a whole lot and I couldn't go anywhere. So I spent a lot of time researching homeschooling. I found there were so many ways to go about it! I was very hesitant to mention anything to H. He would think I was crazy! I just kept praying and researching. Conviction finally came through an article a homeschooling mom wrote with answers from scripture for every doubt I had about teaching my boys at home.

I finally brought it up to H. His response was, "It's not gonna work." My (respectful) reply was, "Don't say that when I have been praying about it and I believe this is what the Lord wants me to do." "Ok. We can try it. I'll support you."

That did it! I spent that summer praying over what curriculum to use, if any, and researching different methods of teaching and different ways of learning. A lot of people thought we were out of our minds, but my mom was very supportive of us. We started out under her school as an umbrella, then ventured out on our own 2 years ago. We are finishing up our 6th homeschool year, and I can't imagine life any other way. My walk with the Lord has grown by leaps and bounds through this journey, and because of it. And it He has blessed our entire family tremendously through it. I wish I would have listened to Him sooner. But He is good, and He is our Redeemer.

We are looking forward to continuing this journey as long as He has us on it, which I believe will be until we have 3 homeschool graduates.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Swappin' Again

Look at all of these wonderful goodies from my swap buddy Melanie from England!

Some yummy cookies and candies, scrapbooking goodies, mechanical pencils, a crystal growing kit, a local newspaper (great idea!), a magazine, some stationary, an adorable tea bag holder (is there a special name for this?), and cupcake liners with flags (British of course). What a fun selection! LV wants you to know he really liked the candies and the crystals. And I want to thank you for everything! I loved getting these treats and a "taste" of your country.

Wanna sign up to swap with another homeschooler? Check out HSBA Post and sign up now for the next go 'round.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


There has been quite a bit going on around here lately, and I have a lot of photos I would love to share. But they are currently taking their own sweet time loading to SmugMug. Figures...

Thursday, February 24, 2011


See this face?

This is the face of a son for whom I am constantly on my knees before the Lord in prayer. He's my "strong-willed child."

Which makes times like this so much more special to me.

He wrote this on our mirror the other day as a surprise.

God is going to do great things with this son of mine.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Great Artist

On a recent drive to Reno, we had the privilege of seeing this sunset.

It looked like the mountain was on fire.

Thank You, Father, for sharing this with us.

Another Use For Rice Fields

A few weeks ago we went out to the rice fields for some fun target practice. Not only do the boys enjoy shooting, but the mud, critters, and rocks provide hours of entertainment as well.

LM with his favorite .22

The firing line.


D didn't really want to shoot, so he made designs out of the ammunition.

But we did have him shoot his new Christmas present.

This one is LV's favorite.

And this smile that tells you just how much fun we had.

The boys also played in a huge mud pile before we left. It started with LM climbing up and getting his boots stuck. Then his brothers had to come to his rescue. All 3 of them had to pull their feet out of their shoes, then pull their shoes out of the mud! They all ended up calf deep in the mud with their socks on. They did manage to get out, but we all had a good laugh. And H and I wondered why we never bring extra clothes and plastics bags. Maybe one of these days we will learn.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Woodland Museum of Biblical Archaeology

On February 4th we went on a field trip with Creation Works to the Woodland Museum of Archaeology. I had no clue we had such a museum close to us! It was fascinating! Pat Roy, from Creation Works did a presentation about dinosaurs and the Bible with half the group while Pastor Morgan did a guided tour of the museum with the other half. Then we traded. Pastor Morgan is also and archaeologist and travels to the Middle East once a year to dig. He told us that they are pretty sure they have found the remains of the city of Sodom. The location is just right, and the archaeological evidence is there! How exciting! In fact, he has a roofing tile from the dig site that the kids got to smell, and it smells like sulfur (the fire and brimstone that God used to destroy Sodom).
Pastor Morgan showing the kids a sling stone from the time of David.

D holding the sling stone.

Pastor Morgan holding an ancient oil lamp.

Egyptian mummy mask.

Cananite dagger blades.

Cuneiform tablets.

A model of King Herod's temple.
The whole crew!
(and because I wasn't in the last photo...)