Sunday, November 30, 2008
These lines are from the book "Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes...In You and Your Kids."
"Your own response to honor is important. When your son folds the towels as you asked and then does more by putting them away, your delight is his reward. Honor is a gift-that extra, unexpected act of kindness."
And now, I'm supposed tag 5 people, so I tag...
Christin @ Journey To A Gracious Woman
Alicia @ Confessions Of A Snowflake
Tina @ Golden Goodness
Aimee @ Mrs. Chief
Stacy @ The Crazy Cotheran's
Before getting on the boat.Me, Eth, & all the kiddos
It was a beautiful night! It was not cold at all considering they live right by the bay (about 20 minutes from San Francisco). All the kids got to take turns steering the boat, so they were stoked about that! It's so cool because they can dock their boat right by the restaurants if they wanted! When we got back to their house, we had dinner, and just hung out and caught up with them while the kids were busy playing. It was such a relaxing night. The kids were great, and got along so well with each other.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
as fast as she could, trying not to be late for Bible class.
As she ran she prayed,
"Dear Lord, please don't let me be late! Dear Lord, please don't let me be late!"
As she was running and praying, she tripped on a curb
and fell, getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress.
She got up, brushed herself off, and started running again.
As she ran she once again began to pray,
"Dear Lord, please don't let me be late!...But don't shove me either."
Thursday, November 27, 2008
- I'm thankful that our church is having a potluck for people who don't have anyone to share Thanksgiving with. You always hear that the holidays are the lonliest times for some people.
- I'm thankful for the family and friends who want to spend Thanksgiving with us.
- I'm thankful that we have an abundance of food on the table.
- I'm thankful for the Worship music playing in the background.
- I'm thankful that my children will have full tummies all day.
- I'm thankful for the heat I feel through the vents.
- I'm thankful for a husband who puts God first.
- I'm thankful for my personal relationship with Jesus.
- I'm thankful that my children have come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ at a young age.
- I'm thankful that we have a Savior that is worthy to be praised!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I finished up my grocery shopping today for things that I need for tomorrow. I realized that I'm not really cooking much since everyone is bringing something! Yay for me! I also went to Party City and bought a cute table cloth and some decorative plates. Of course, I was thinking about pictures for my blog! I started to get into the "holiday" feel when I was looking at all the Christmas decor at the store! I had my youngest son with me and he was grabbing everything and using it as a sword or a gun! Yah, he's my boy's boy alright! He and I hardly ever go anywhere alone, so it was nice to do errands with him and give him all my attention! I surprised him by taking him to Burger King. We NEVER eat inside, so it was nice to sit there and talk to him the entire time! He's so funny and makes me laugh!
I will still have a Thankful Thursday post, although Iris at Grace Alone isn't hosting it this week at her blog. More than likely I'll be putting up my Thanksgiving post on Friday. You all have a Happy Thanksgiving, and be B.L.E.S.S.E.D!!
Our BK moment!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
We're hosting Thanksgiving this year, and I'm really excited to have family and friends over! I'm supposed to call my dad tomorrow to invite him and his wife, but I have no idea if they already have other plans. My mom is coming, and she is bringing a couple of pies and stuffing. One of my friends is bringing a green salad (she makes great ones), mashed potatoes, and her husband is going to bake brownies! In addition to my turkey, I'll be making yams, spinach dip, rice, and my husband is going to pick up egg rolls that day. We'll also have the regular sides like rolls, cranberry sauce, and gravy. I know..it's not the "traditional" meal, but that's how we do it! We like alot of everything! The more the merrier!! So, my turkey sits in the fridge...defrosting and I am not looking forward to getting the bag out, that's for sure! That part always creeps me out!
So tell me, what are your plans? Are you hosting or being a guest?
Monday, November 24, 2008
- I did not start this post a week ago so I could just come in here and add things I didn't do so I wouldn't forget. I don't have that much time in the day to do something like that!
- I am absolutely not in the works of getting a new layout done even though I just had a makeover around two months ago. Come on, I'm not that FICKLE!
- I did not watch Nacho Libre again for the 100th time. Of course I wasn't cracking up because it is so not funny!
- I did not just start planning my Thanksgiving menu today. I am way more organized than that!
- I am not looking forward to having a whole week vacation from school!!!!!! What mom would want to have a break from homeschooling five kids? Not me..no way!
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Sunday, November 23, 2008
I want to write about a special Christmas we had in Virginia, 8 years ago. The majority of my mom's side of the family live there, so we thought it would be a perfect time for a family reunion. My sister and her family (who live in Hawaii) had decided to go too. We were so excited because some of our relatives have never met our children, and they were 5, 4, & 6 mos. old. When I was little, we would visit my grandparents ALOT, so their house always felt like "home" to me. I couldn't wait to go there and have that "feeling" again! Plus, we were going in the winter, so this was my childrens first experience in real wintery weather!! We decided to stay with my aunt (my mom's youngest sister) since she had the most room, and my sister was going to stay with my grandparents. My kids took to their cousins in Virginia immediately, so that was a blessing to see them all playing together! Our days were filled with going out to eat, shopping, and going back and forth between my two aunts' homes and my grandparents as well. We even had a special New Year's Eve dinner at my aunt's where we had prime rib, lobster, and everything in between. My aunt had a connection in Maine, so he shipped fresh lobsters to us! But, I think the highlight of the trip was when my aunt had a surprise for all twenty-five of us! We were all at her house "waiting", and lo' and behold, a trolley bus picked us up! She had them stock it with Starbucks coffee, danishes/muffins, and hot cocoa! They drove us over to Virginia Beach where you could drive through and see all the beautiful lights and decorations! It was awesome! I mean, how could it get any better than that? Our family made it a point to make the reunion special for all of us, and it is a time that I will always cherish!!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
It was my two youngest kids "end of year soccer party" this morning, and they were excited to go skating! My sister-in-law coaches both of their teams, so each of their teams were there. They got their trophy's plus an extra treat from "Coach Lisa." Man, I wish I was a kid on their team..lol. And to top off an already exciting day for them, she took my kids to the movies to see Madagascar! So, they're all gone, and this gives me time to blog (lol), and just enjoy a very quiet house!
When my eldest son was around 8 1/2 years old, he took an interest in playing the guitar. We just thought it was a phase, so we didn't put too much thought into it. After asking us over and over if we would buy him a guitar, we finally said, "Yes!" We still didn't know what we were going to do (as far as him taking lessons), but his birthday was coming up so it would be like an early birthday gift. It so happened that a couple of weeks after he got his guitar (and him just playing around with it), one of the Associate Pastors decided to give free guitar lessons before the Sunday morning service! We were like, "Yah..perfect timing!" Unfortunately the class ended a couple of months later, but my son did learn some of the basic chords. So, at this point, that's all he could do, but he would still practice what he did know. Eventually, there were alot of older boys (and adults) who would bring their guitars to church and would jam in the cafe after the morning and evening services. My son would sit with them and just follow what they were doing. They even taught him a few things. By this time, he could already play a few songs by memory. A few months later, the Children's Church coordinator called me and said that they wanted to put a Children's Worship team together and if Isaiah wanted to be the lead. After much practice and commitments, the worship team was formed. There were four boys that played instruments and at the time were ages 9-11 (Isaiah being the youngest) and they had the the choir who's ages ranged from 6-10 years old. The team would lead worship for the elementary school on Sunday mornings, and would also play at something called Worship One. We had this night of Praise & Worship in the cafe at our church every Friday. Anyone could sing or play an instrument. So, the video I uploaded is them in 2006. This is one of my favorite songs, ever! Isaiah is the one playing guitar, but I couldn't fit all the boys on my camera. We no longer have a Children's Worship team, but we do have many gifted, young musicians at our church in the Jr. High & High School ministry. But, it's totally the Lord that blessed Isaiah with his ability to play the guitar, and I pray that he continues to use it for His glory alone.
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Friday, November 21, 2008
3. What’s one food he doesn’t like? Meatloaf
4. What is his favorite type of sandwich? He loves all kinds of deli sandwiches, but I know he really likes Pastrami w/ everything on it!
5. What would this person eat everyday if he could? Definitely a Vietnamese soup called Pho (pronounced Phu).
6. What is his favorite cereal? LOL, perfect question! He LOVES cereal! It's hard to narrow it down to one because he loves so many of them! That is one staple we have to have in the house because he and the kids eat it all the time!
7. What would he never wear? Polo shirt
8. What is his favorite sports team? Any team our kids play on!
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Thursday, November 20, 2008
- I'm thankful for my Thursday night bible study with my girlfriends. Not only are we studying the book of Hebrews, but we have sweet fellowship as well!
- I'm thankful for a sister in law who loves and adores my children. She would do anything for them...anytime...anywhere.
- I'm thankful that my children know how to interact with both children and adults. They all have such great personalities!
- I'm thankful for the quiet times I'm able to have because I'm always around so much noise...lol.
- I'm thankful that after 20 years, my husband and I can crack each other up with just one word!
- I'm thankful for Facebook! I have reconnected with many old friends and I've been able to share the Gospel with them.
- I'm thankful for dishwashing soap because it saves me so much time from washing dishes by hand!
- I'm thankful when my sons massage my neck and shoulders without me having to bribe them first.
- I'm thankful for the relationship I have with my sister. It's only through Jesus that we have this bond.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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