Saturday, March 30, 2013

Maybe Spring is Finally Here!?

                 Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, 
not in books alone but in every leaf of springtime. 
~Martin Luther    


Do you see that? Coming through the window there....yes, that's *sunshine*! Glorious, glorious sunshine! Today has been absolutely gorgeous in Western PA and I am so thankful! Unfortunately, I have been fighting a headache most of the I didn't get to enjoy the day fully...but I am still so grateful for the sunshine, warmer temps (still cold...but so much warmer than before), and melting snow! 

I was able to hang some laundry out on the lines to dry! It smells delightful...few things smell better than line-dried clothes!

A lot of our snow has melted but there is still some that is hanging on. I am anxious for it *all* to disappear! :)

Once it's dark and time can no longer be enjoyed outside, it's fun to play games *in*side! Madelyn and I love to play UpWords! She looks as though she is bored in the picture below but she really isn't...just trying to figure out the next word to play! :)

Madelyn is also working on another latch hook project! She really enjoys it and it makes me happy to see her work on projects!

The truth of the resurrection gives life to every other area of gospel truth. The resurrection is the pivot on which all of Christianity turns and without which none of the other truths would much matter. Without the resurrection, Christianity would be so much wishful thinking, taking its place alongside all other human philosophy and religious speculation.
~John MacArthur

It's almost Resurrection Day...and oh what a celebration should be had! He lives! He lives! My Savior lives! He died...and then He rose again. He (and He alone) is worthy of our worship. How thankful I am for Jesus. Paul Washer puts is beautifully HERE. I really encourage you to watch it (it's only 10 min. long). I hope you enjoy your Sunday...remembering what Christ did for you. I pray you can spend the day with loved ones and spend the day glorifying Him

Immanuel, God with us in our nature, in our sorrow, in our lifework, in our punishment, in our grave, and now with us, or rather we with Him, in resurrection, ascension, triumph, and Second Advent splendor.
~Charles Spurgeon

In Christian love,

Friday, March 29, 2013

Janet's Planet

Have you or your children ever seen Janet's Planet? I never have before (but the children say they have). We were given the chance to watch one of her movies on MicroGravity! As a homeschooling mama, I like to add things from time-to-time to our book work (to make things more interesting). I was glad for this fun opportunity. 

The video was absolutely *full* of much so that I almost felt I should be taking notes! Janet, the speaker throughout, is lively, energetic and fun! You can tell she has a love for science (along with a bit of history thrown in there)! It offered lots of fun illustrations and visual examples to help children (and adults) understand what they are teaching! 

From Janet Ivey: 
"For the past decade, science education has been my passion and America's children have been my inspiration. It is incredible to see how excited children can become about the world around them when the information is presented in an accessible and fun way. That is the mission of Janet's Planet, and I look forward to continuing to support better science education in the years to come."

I definitely think this video would be a fantastic addition to a science curriculum for homeschooling (or for children learning in public school as well!). If you want to find out more about Janet's Planet you can find them here: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Blog.

Also, for fun, they have kindly allowed me to offer a copy of this DVD to one of you! :) 
Just leave a comment on this post (make sure I have a way to get in touch with you in case you win) by Saturday, April 6th at noon! If you share this giveaway, leave an extra comment so I can give you credit! You don't have to be a blogger to win...nor do you have to follow my blog. Just be from the US and leave a comment! That's all! I will pick a winner randomly a week from tomorrow and contact the winner via email! :) 


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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Raising Children

Raising Godly, well-behaved, respectful children is not an easy task. It requires a lot in the way of patience, discipline, love and a great balance of firmness and gentleness. I find that the Lord helps to mold and make me through this journey! 

Raising children is not just about putting clothes on their back and food in their bellies. It's about teaching them and training them up. Our family works together on's how we *roll* (that's what people say nowadays, isn't it?). We read, laugh, learn, cry, dance, worship, work and play together! I wouldn't have it any other way. :)

Xavier has started reading without a fuss now! He will spend at least 5 or 10 minutes sitting and reading a book during school-time! He has finished the book below and now started a new one! It's such a joy to see him get his book and go sit and read without a complaint! I am praising God for this as it used to be such a struggle! (I can't force him to *love* reading...but I expect it to be done daily...with no fuss.)

Housework and chores, when done together with a little bit of music can be a lot of fun!

"Many hands make light work."
~John Heywood

Sunday evening, I was in the house and Chris was outside. The children were in and out...Xavier had just gone out when all of a sudden I heard screaming! I ran to see what was wrong and he came in, sobbing frantically. He had shut his finger in the door of the house (not quite sure *how* it happened exactly, but the finger proves it happened!) It was bleeding and swollen...but thankfully doesn't seem broken. I got him some ice and Chris talked with him, wiping away the tears...

Because my 5K had been Saturday morning and there was a previous commitment for Saturday evening, we didn't have the chance to work on splitting wood that day...and the supply in the wood shed was getting dangerously low! So Monday, when Chris got home from work...we all got busy! Xavier was a great help too (didn't complain about his finger hurting at all!). He, Jaxson and I worked at moving the splitter out to the logs (that thing is *heavy*!) and then moving logs to it for Chris to split when he got home. Then as soon as daddy pulled in the driveway, we got to work!

Madelyn squeezed some time in to make a snow-woman! Notice how modest she is with her covering of bark? ;)

Daddy and X, splitting away...


And although my photos make it seem as though I just *watched* from the sidelines...I assure you I was there...loading the wheelbarrow, pushing it and then unloading it at the wood shed! I just ran in to get my camera when we were nearing the end of the logs we were doing for the evening (I was slipping away to start supper so it would be hot and ready after everyone was finished). I am (below) with not a lick of make-up on (thus, I look better in black and white), wearing my wood-coat! 

And on another day...the children around the house before supper (sweet little moments to remember)...

Is she not adorable? She makes my mama-heart proud!

My Xavier (who, despite what his shirt says, is *not* a wrestler...nor are we from Clarion. This was a thrift store find a while back! Just a decent, cheap t-shirt! He *does* wrestle a lot with his brother though...does that count? ;)...

Jaxson with his newly-bought-with-his-own-money (from the thrift store) remote car!

The blessings of children are too many to count. There are times of difficulty, tears, trials, errors and frustrations...but each of those things are bits of blessings in disguise. Each one being used by an Almighty God to give His children (young and old alike) character, patience, perseverance and strength. It teaches us humility and dependence upon the only One in which all perfection lies. 

"The more children God gives to you, the more blessings come to your home. You are blessed, grandparents are blessed, the nation is blessed, future generations are blessed, and eternity is blessed." 
~ Nancy Campbell, Above Rubies

I pray, that if you were blessed with children, that you realize what a treasure they are! Cherish the time you have with them...never take things for granted (even if they are "all-grown-up")! Love them, teach them, train them, listen to them, watch them, hug them! We are never promised more than this very moment...

With warm wishes on this snowy day,

Monday, March 25, 2013

Just For Fun!

Daddy is such a good sport!

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

Saturday, March 23, 2013

5K = 3.1 miles

My first-ever 5K race was today. My nerves were all jumbled anxiety was through the roof. I kept wondering if I had over-estimated my abilities! Chris was a constant encouragement! I am so thankful for him because truly, I wanted to crawl back under my quilts and hide. I have never been a "runner" and I just couldn't imagine that I would be able to finish a race that was over 3 miles long! I prayed...and also had the encouragement of my friends and family so off I went! 

 It was *cold* outside! This is what it has been doing the days leading up to today...

The snow is beautiful as it lays gently upon everything outside...but I think we've had our fill! We've already passed the first "official" day of spring...with no actual *spring* in sight! And you know me...I am quite anxious to get my clothes out drying on the lines! :)

The two older children spent time outside shoveling (so thankful for them)! I mentioned earlier in the post, today was race day. I was *not* in it to win it...but rather to *finish* it. Here is a photo of my friend, Ann (this was her first 5K too! We ran it together!), and me (we spin together in the mornings)! I hate when I smile so big like this (it makes me look as though I am overly-giddy!). Also, the shirt I had ordered was too large so it looks like a night-shirt on me (but afterwards, Chris bought me a long sleeved shirt from the race in a smaller size and it fits nicely!)...

The race started at 11 (well, it truly got started a few minutes after that) and we all took in our ears and the road (plus snow, ice, gravel and slush) beneath our feet! Down through alleys, around buildings, up hill and down hill and across bridges we ran....and ran and ran! 

Here I am *after* the race (below)! Yes...we finished ~ with a time of 33 minutes (about an 11 minute mile) which I incredibly pleased with. I had expected to take a lot longer than that! Two of my little darlings were with me (aren't they sweet in their hats?) in the car. Chris and X went in the Jeep! (Yes, they all came to cheer me on, despite the frigid temps!)

So now, other than some sore leg muscles (around my knees)...I feel great! This is a big accomplishment for me and I hope to get to run some more of these through the summer! Chris mentioned wanting to run one with me in July! I can't imagine anything better when running a 5K than getting to run it with your best friend (except the hard-to-swallow fact that he will probably out-run me!). 

Thank you, so much, for all the prayers, well-wishes, kind words and encouragement you have all given to me. To some, running a 5K is quite easy...but for me, this was something to show me that I am really getting healthy and all the spinning, right-eating and hard work are worth it! Who would have believed 10 months ago (remember THIS?) that I would be over 60 pounds lighter now and running a 5K?? I truly praise God for the strength He gives! 

Thank you for coming by! 
Have a great Lord's Day!


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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Close to My Heart

 Just some things I would like to put down ~ ink to paper (so to speak) ~ so as not to forget (as can so easily happen over time)...

Warm lamp-light in the kitchen after the sun has gone down for the day and night has wrapped it's cover over us...

Below are gifts from Grammie (and Pop-Pop) for the children. They are beautiful books and much-loved and well-poured-over. (We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of The Hobbit DVD that we had pre-ordered...which should arrive soon!)...

This little guy is absolutely tuckered out! Xavier, after a busy morning of homeschooling, chores and time playing fell asleep just like this! 

Pistachio pudding pie...a *green* treat on St. Patrick's Day...

A yummy snack...

Eggs, eggs and more eggs! We are planning on purchasing some more chickens as we will get even more eggs! They are such a great, healthy, protein-filled, natural food! My family loves them! Here are some drying...after getting a good washing by me after being brought in from the coop...

Mornings spent doing schoolwork... Madelyn's case, time snuck in to knit whenever she possibly can!

Jaxson focusing on some language arts...

Jaxson, photo-bombing a picture of Xavier!

Even though today is the *first day of spring*, our weather hasn't gotten the memo! We still have super-cold temperatures and snow. The snow is rough and has a layer of ice on top of playing out there isn't really possible for the children. The Legos get a lot of play-time during these long winter months...

It's so easy to let the little moments slip by and once they are can't get them back. I am so thankful for photos and memories that can be tucked in the mind (and blog books) to pull out another day and reminisce. 
The 5K I am running is coming up this Saturday. I am really hoping for it to be a nice day (and for the snow to be melted!)...but I'll take whatever God gives me! I am nervous but looking forward to it. I will be sure to post about it at some point over the weekend, hopefully. I know my posting has been much more sporadic than it used to may pick up over time...or stay the same, I'm not sure. One thing I *do* know is that I like to be able to have a place to record these times at home with my family! 
Meatloaf, baked potatoes and a veggie are on the menu for supper tonight. The house smells delicious! I need to begin getting the table set and things ready for our meal! Thanks so much for stopping by! :)
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