Thursday, April 24, 2014

"Pan, who and what are thou?"...

... he cried huskily.
"I'm youth. I'm joy." Peter answered at a venture, 
"I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg."
~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

"Give me a moment, because I like to cry for joy. 
It's so delicious, John dear, to cry for joy."
~ Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend

“There is not one blade of grass, 
there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” 
~ John Calvin

I can hardly believe it is nearing the end of April! I am still honestly aghast that we are in the year 2014! When you are small, adults tell you that time flies by so quickly...but it doesn't seem like it when each year of school seemed to last *forever*! Now that I am grown and have children of my own, I am well aware of the truth that I was warned about.

The joys of life are not always things that are overly-exciting. Quite often, it is necessary to find the joy in the seemingly mundane things of life. A simple board game, a fun snack, a goat staring you right in the face, children's creations, and visits with family....little things are beautiful.

Even difficult times can turn into joy when you step back and look how God is using those moments to form your character, making you more Christ-like. When we handle the hard times correctly, God is glorified in us! That can be so difficult to accept when the pain feels as though it is ripping you apart...but if you are a child of God, you can be sure that He is working all things for your good and His glory. It may not mean you get what you want on this side of heaven...but you should know what trials produce...

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
~ Romans 5:3-5

A few things that brought me joy this week...

Pearl cracks me up...

Madelyn is making a Tinkerbell doll for her cousins (isn't it cute?)...

We got to visit with my sister and nieces (after a few weeks of separation due to colds ~ not wanting to spread the germs)...

Love seeing X laughing here...

We can do schoolwork, no matter where we are!

Grammie (my mom), teaching Dinah how to "high-five"...

Aunt TiTi (me) and sweet Dinah-girl...

I finished the ladybug dishcloth I had been working on HERE. I also finished another one...but it is a gift. Once the person receives it, I will post a photo! :)

Right now, despite the joyful, but busy week I am suffering from either a cold or allergies. I have terrible congestion with sneezing, puffy eyes and all that fun stuff. There are many things to be done I will find rest when I can and continue pouring on the essential oils and taking echinacea.
Our school year is winding down with only a couple + weeks of schooling to do. The older two children have a drama performance (with our homeschool co-op) tomorrow evening (which they have been practicing hard for). I'm looking forward to that...all the while praying that I don't sneeze the whole way through it! ;) 

So now, I am going to go...I would like to just sit and knit a bit (no rhyming just happened to come out like that!) and relax for the evening before turning in. :) 

I think I may be doing our homeschool planning differently (and inexpensively) for this next school year. I'll share about it in another post soon! 

Until next time, Lord willing,


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Celebrating Resurrection Sunday with Family & Friends

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

Our Resurrection Sunday began early. We all rose before dawn to get ready for the sunrise service at our church. We spent the morning in worship, breakfast, fellowship and then more worship and learning during the regular service. 

After coming home to lunch, playing and naps...we then journeyed to Chris's sister's family's house for fishing, playing, baseball, food, and fellowship...


Xavier, fishing with Petey-the-dog...

Chris did some fishing as well (and caught two!)...

Madelyn and Chris's Uncle Will fishing...

Jaxson wasn't in to fishing. He played with his best-buddy cousin, make-believe and all those fun things little boys play...

I was there too...really I was. But this is the only picture I have of me...

Xavier with Ma (Chris's mom) and Chris...

Bike riding...

Jaxson *loves* the trampoline...

Then it was time for baseball!

(You will start to notice I sure have a way of taking an awful lot of photos of my husband...especially when he is playing sports. He still makes me smile...a lot!)...

We are so, so thankful for the beautiful weather we were given that day (and Monday as well). Warmer temperatures, sunny skies and a slight breeze. It was wonderfully enjoyable! I pray your day was blessed and spent with your loved ones as well....with a spirit of gratitude for Christ's sacrifice for us (done willingly and intentionally for His sheep). :)

No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.
 I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. 
~ Jesus, John 10:18

Thank you for stopping by. I hope your week is blessed!

Monday, April 21, 2014

What I am Reading ~ Spring 2014

 A Book
Emily Dickinson

He ate and drank the precious words, 
His spirit grew robust;
He knew no more that he was poor,
Nor that his frame was dust.
He danced along the dingy days,
And this bequest of wings
Was but a book. What liberty
A loosened spirit brings.

My latest reads (in addition to Scripture, of course) have been...

Unseen Realities: Heaven, Hell, Angels & Demons....

and Freedom and Boundaries: A Pastoral Primer on the Role of Women in the Church...

I highly recommend both books. Especially the Freedom and Boundaries by Kevin DeYoung. It is a great book on complementarianism, highlighting the value of women but our proper roles in the church. :)

"I believe in role distinctions for men and women not simply because it is right, but because I believe it is best."

"God's word is precious wisdom, a choice jewel, and sweet honey to our lips.His will is always right, always trustworthy and always good."

"...a complementarian view of gender roles should be embraced not only because it is biblical, but because it brings glory to God, blessing to the church, and the full, divinely ordained meaning and purpose to manhood and womanhood."

~ Kevin DeYoung, Freedom and Boundaries

Right now, I am reading: What Did Jesus Do? : A Call to Return to the Biblical Gospel. Ray Comfort has been gifted with evangelizing people and teaches us how to do it too. You may have watched his videos on youtube HERE.

Yesterday, at church, a sweet lady who also homeschools brought a bunch of curriculum for us other homeschool moms (most of the families at our church homeschool) to go through. She let us just take whatever we wanted! I went a little bonkers and got some great things! Although they are a little older, they will work wonderfully for us! *I just want to add that whenever I type the word homeschool, my computer tries to tell me it is a misspelled/unknown word! I suppose it should be two words...but they just seem like they should go together when describing home education...don't they?

What are *you* reading lately? Anything you recommend (although I have so many books to read through here, I really don't need to find any others...but I would still love to hear about what you are enjoying!)

I pray your celebration in Christ's resurrection was joy-filled and enjoyable.
Thanks for stopping by today! If you haven't seen it yet...HERE is my post from the weekend!


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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