Sunday, October 20, 2013

Schooling, Reading, Sleeping, Planning & *Home*

These October days are getting colder...we had to start the outdoor wood stove yesterday (as it was only 58* in the house yesterday!). We try to wait as long as possible to start it...but it was just much-too-frigid in the house yesterday. No matter what you wore and how many blankets you covered up with, you just couldn't shake that cold off!

 We are still working hard on our schoolwork daily. Reading, workbooks, lapbooks and videos...

I have some books that I plan on reading and rather than just putting them on a bookshelf I decided to place them in this basket so I can remember exactly which ones I have *on deck* to read. 

The Queen of the Home book that is in front, I have already read some. Right now, I am reading Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist by John Piper. 

On the piano, I have placed my oh-so-lovely  Bunco Ugly Traveling Trophy. I spent a couple hours at a lovely Christian, homeschooling mama's house with some other women and we played Bunco, had wonderful fellowship, laughter and fun. I won the game so I was awarded the traveling trophy. I will add to it and then take it back to our next game night and the winner that night will get to take it home! ;)

Madelyn was invited to a sleepover at a friend's (from our homeschool co-op) house on Friday night. Her and 8 other girls had a lot of fun...they did some scrapbooking, watched movies and giggled a lot (or so I am told). I picked her up on Saturday and when we got home she helped with hauling and stacking wood for the wood stove. By the afternoon, she had collapsed onto the couch for a nice, long, much-needed nap!

A little of home...

We enjoy a lot of candlelight during colder months...

This evening, while Chris and the children went to his brother's house to watch a little football, I spent some time planning my upcoming week in my planner...

Our church service was a blessing today. It was on John 6:22-29. Our preacher goes verse by verse in each chapter of the books of the Bible. Expository preaching (as opposed to topical preaching) is the best! Everything is kept in proper context, as it was intended to be read and understood. :) There is so much I need to apply, study and pray about. I realize, every day, something more that needs to be changed in me. I praise God has He continues to mold me, make me and refine me. 
Have you listened to Joni Eareckson Tada speak? Oh, she is just lovely and really helps one realize how much we need Jesus. And oh, how we do...we need Him. More than we need our next breath of air or morsel of food....we need Him. I was listening to her speak at the Strange Fire conference (which Challies talks about HERE) on youtube. You can watch her speak HERE. (They sing a hymn first...but then she speaks). I hope you are encouraged by it, as I was! 
Well, it's getting late (the clock is inching its way to 9pm...which is quite late for this early bird!). I hope your weekend was joy-filled and Christ-centered. Remember, everything is about Him. 
Thanks for visiting friends!
It's all about Jesus Christ being first....
and second and third and fourth and fifth. 
 What I'm saying is, don't put Jesus first.
 Jesus is everything. 
 He's not just first in the rank, 
He is everything. 
~Paul Washer

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  2. Hello Katy, Hey we have been thinking about building an out side wood stove ourselves! But both homes have indoor ones. I remembered reading that book The Way Home years ago!
    It was a good one for me at the time.
    I also grew up with expository preaching, I still miss it every Sunday.
    But I know how t do it myself which has been the best learning of scriptures ever done, to grow and to know the truth! As the Holy Spirit is our teacher!
    Thinking of you! Roxy
    Blessings, Roxy


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