Thursday, January 31, 2013

Books In my Wishlist...

Someone previously asked what books were in my amazon wishlist (since I had mentioned that I have quite a few in there!). I'm happy to share the ones I *hope* to get one day!

In no particular order...

Pursuing Holiness in the Lord by Jonathan Edwards

How to Study the Bible by John MacArthur

The Gospel According to Jesus: What is Authentic Faith? by John MacArthur

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? by Richard Maybury

The Prayer of the Lord by RC Sproul

This Momentary Marriage by John Piper

Guiding the House by Dianna Overholt

The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception by John MacArthur

Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church becomes like the World by John MacArthur

Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes

Disciplines of a Godly Family by R.Kent Hughes

The Beatles, God and the Bible by Ray Comfort

Hitler, God and the Bible by Ray Comfort

A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer by John Piper

The Soul's Quest for God by RC Sproul

Religious Affections by Jonathan and Darlene Edwards

God's Passion for His Glory by John Piper

Down to Earth by Rhonda Hetzel

Does Prayer Change Things? by RC Sproul

Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp

Sew Pretty Homestyle by Tone Finnanger

Marx and Satan by Richard Wurmbrand

For Calvinism by Michael Scott Horton

In the Presence of God: Devotional Readings on the Attributes of God by RC Sproul

Reforming Marriage by Douglas Wilson

What's Wrong with the World by GK Chesterton

CH Spurgeon: The People's Preacher by Christopher Hawes

How Could a Loving God? by Ken Ham

Perspectives on Family Ministry: Three Views by Timothy Paul Jones

How Should We Then Life? by Francis Schaeffer

The Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your Side of the Fence by Stephen Altrogge

The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder through the Seasons by Amanda Blake Soule

Family-Integrated Church by J. Mark Fox

Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich

The Fall of Satan by Bodie Hodge

So there you have it (well, most of it). There are some more books on my list...but I am starting to go cross-eyed looking at this computer screen! :) I would love to know some books you are hoping to read one day and also if you have read any of the ones I mentioned above (and if so, I'd love to know what you thought of it/them)!

If you haven't already...check THIS out. It's a list of a lot of books I have read and recommend! I'm sure there are more that I have forgotten to list there...but when I remember to, I add them!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I know some of you won't be interested in this post...and that's okay. I know that there are some of you who will enjoy checking out my list. :)

♥ In loving kindness,

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Field Trip!

Our homeschool group had a field trip planned for yesterday to the Carnegie Science Center. The last time I was there was when I was in 6th grade. I was excited to get to take my children there (at a reduced price ~ yahoo!)!

Waiting for the other families to arrive...

After tucking away our packed lunches in our assigned cubby...all the families were off to experience science!

This was inside of what the space shuttle would be like...the boys are laying on an astronaut's bed (and there is a screen above them showing them video of astronauts *in* the shuttle with no gravity in space!)...

Madelyn, despite my internal objections of this growing-up thing that she is doing, went off to experience the center with a few of her friends. They were in a group and we knew enough of the families that I wasn't too concerned. The worst part about it was that I am seeing my daughter grow is terribly bittersweet. I also didn't get many pictures of her because she wasn't with us most of the time.

There she independent girl...with her friends. They were watching a movie and learning lots...

The boys touched, played and experienced it all. My mama-mind was swirling with thoughts of germs...*lots* of germs and continually kept praying that we all didn't catch a bug (there's that superbug norovirus that is going around ~ which is terrible to I had some anxiety about that! I just prayed and prayed...and prayed!)...

My mom went with us. I just felt more comfortable driving in Pittsburgh with her along. I also knew she would enjoy it (and she really did!)...

My X-man and me...

In the sports building...

Oh, my Xavier is sooo much like his daddy! He wanted to jump and climb *high*!

And there he goes...

Flips and all! :)

X loved the rock wall and climbed in a few times during the day...

If Chris had been with us, I guarantee they would have been racing to the top!

Going up!

Going up again!

And Madelyn (more like her mama) gave it her best try but she is definitely not a fan of heights! She made it a third of the way and then came back down! I was proud of her trying her best!

Xavier at the *top*!

Jaxson, racing our friend (and homeschooling mama) Carrie, at a giant game of Operation!

My mom (yes, you read that correctly) enjoyed playing hockey with my boys and some of the other boys from our homeschooling group! They played for quite a while! If I remember correctly, she said she wished she could bring this table home with us! ;)

Madelyn and her friends waited in line for the Yo-You...

This contraption (which I rode in earlier in the afternoon with Jaxson) closes up and takes you on a wild ride through the body. The children (and, of course, my mom) loved it! It moves and lifts's crazy! :)

And below is a photo Jaxson and I took on a machine there and then emailed to ourselves! We took one with my mom and Xavier too and sent it to her email and then sent one to Chris's email too!

It was a long day but definitely worth it for the children. They had a lot of fun! And my mom (sweet as she is) bought them each a gift from the gift store there. I must admit...I think I am 31 going on 80....I was exhausted by the afternoon's end. I think my mom and the kids could have stayed for hours more! :)

We're still praying no one has caught any bugs from being there (as it can take time for anything to show itself sometimes) and continuing on with our normal routines. I do *so* well in my normal routines! ;) I'll be heading to my spin class in a bit here...and then home for schooling and housework. Later, we'll babysit my nephews for a couple hours and then come back home to make supper.

Thank-you for sharing in our field trip with us! I'm glad I have so many photos to remember the day!

♥ In loving kindness,

Sunday, January 27, 2013

For the Mamas...

 "The souls of our children will last for all eternity, and if we believe Scripture to be true, the way we shepherd them will undoubtedly have repercussions far beyond our lives here on earth....My identity as a mother would be wrapped up inextricably in the very place in which my moral character would be formed. My home, then, became my kingdom over which I longed to rule well as I was crafting lives, my own children, for His glory." 
~Sally Clarkson, Desperate pg.10 

(sausage gravy and homemade biscuits for supper one evening)

"Understanding that the best and most lasting "work" I would ever do was wrapped up in my call as a mother gave me a grand scope for my life such as I had never known before."
~Sally Clarkson, Desperate pg. 11

As you can probably tell from the quotes above, I am reading the book Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae. It is a truly enjoyable read...full of reassuring truth and encouragement. 

As much as I long to be a wonderful mother, I always feel as though I am falling short. Reading this book I find that I am not alone in my feelings...I am finding reassurance but also encouragement to keep trying harder (all while resting in Him ~ the more we are focused on Him and not ourselves, the better mothers we will be!) to be the best mother I can be...bringing glory to God in all I do. I desire to love more, nurture more and strive to lead by example with a selfless attitude

"When you learn to hold His hand and walk by faith and obedience, you just might find yourself in the Hall of Faith of those who followed hard after Him and were allowed to tell a story of faith in their lifetimes." 
~Sally Clarkson, Desperate pg. 37

I am constantly learning. It's such a process. Thankfully, I'm not in this alone (and neither are you!)! :)

 Madelyn and Jaxson baking together.

Have you read this book...and if so, what did you think of it? I am not finished yet...but I am already thankful to be reading it! I am thankful that God is using it to grow me (along with His Word)...and oh! How I need to truly grow!

Are there any other books you are reading (that are encouraging you in your role as helpmeet and mother) and enjoying lately? I have numerous books just lining up in my amazon wish list. Most are on those are my favorite studies...but others are on improving my walk as a Christian woman. :) I would LOVE to hear what you have been reading lately!

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

♥ In loving kindness,

Saturday, January 26, 2013

El's Got Mail!

The gift we had ordered for our niece, Eloise's birthday wasn't shipped in time for her party last when it arrived later in the week, Madelyn and I took the opportunity to journey to their house for a visit (the boys wanted to spend their time with Grammie)! 

El opened her gift and *loved* it (which delighted me immensely!)...

She spent a lot of time playing with *her mailbox*!

She put the crayons on her fingers and made us all giggle. When I asked her to smile so I could take a picture, this is what I got...

Then she decided she needed to put her letter flash cards in the mailbox too!

 Littlest Dinah was there too...I got a *lot* of snuggle time with her (lucky me!!)...

Madelyn spent time reading to Eloise too! :)

I'm so thankful for the ability to take photos to save these memories. My mind doesn't retain everything as well as I would like it to! :) Blogging these moments also helps me keep one day when I get each years blog book made (as it gets pretty pricey so I am a bit behind in making my blog books) I will have them to look back on!

Thanks for sharing in my joy with me! :)
Wishing you each a lovely weekend!

♥ In loving kindness,

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Birthday Celebration!

My sister's POST is up so now I can post mine (she even has a short video you'll want to check out!)! :)

My niece, Eloise, woke from her nap and found her favorite-friends (and cousins) waiting for her in the living room when her mama and daddy brought her down! She (along with my children) had so much fun playing with the balloons that decorated the floor...

Devon and Cory made chili and had salads for everyone for supper (Cory grilled me a tasty chicken breast to put on my salad! Yum!)...

Chris and yours truly...

Chris in his *gift-from-his-mama* Fear the Beard shirt. I admit...I *do* fear Chris's beard! ;)

More balloon fun...

The photo below is hilarious. It may have been a *you-had-to-be-there* type of moment but oh it was funny! Eloise was full of excitement with her I snapped the picture below she just happened to be in mid-flight towards a fall. She fell straight down and popped right back up! It was so funny and I was excited to have caught this funny picture!

At Christmas, Eloise was less-than-thrilled with opening her presents...but oh my, for her birthday she was the exact opposite! She opened them and usually, she would take it over to show Madelyn immediately and say "open it"! We all had to remind her there was more to open! :)

It was birthday cake time and Eloise got so excited! She ran in circles, squealing with delight! If you haven't (and would like to) you can see the short video from this moment HERE...

Finally...there was a time to play! She got out old toys and some new toys (that girl has such a great imagination and is *wonderful* at *play*!)...

We had such a nice time visiting, playing with El, celebrating her birthday and snuggling Dinah! It was a great evening! I'm so thankful for family! :) Thank-you for sharing in the celebration with us!

♥ In loving kindness,