Saturday, July 21, 2012
We have been talking with the kids about their prayers and not making them routine and mechanical but remembering that they are talking to our living Lord who hears them, that this is a real interaction. Usually they mix their words and requests around but Riley always includes the “be with us every minute of every hour of everyday”, which I still think is precious. Last night Ansley decided that she would be sure not to miss anyone. “I pray for everybody on the earth to be not sick, and every animal on the earth to be not sick, and every person and animal to be OK, in Jesus name—amen” She does a lot of praying for pets and animals. You have to admire her faith!
I went back to work last week in the afternoons. It has been great but I really like being home! We have managed to squeeze in a little fun and Poppa has been keeping the kids entertained with trips to the river for fishing, Dudley Farms, bowling, and pretty much anything the kids wanted to do—even a trip to the dump(thank you Poppa)!
Riley opened a bike shop…
And learned how to jump the ramp…
And made finger puppets…
And like sweet Christy’s house, we had a room arranging--the kids decided to rearrange their rooms, all by themselves and I let them. I must have been out of my mind, but they actually did a great job. Riley’s required no parental assistance.
And finally my island is finished, the one Aaron started building me at Christmas! I have actually had it in the kitchen for a couple months but I just finished painting the chalkboard on it…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Last week when Riley suggested getting some junky, old visqueen that Daddy had laying around at his shed and make a water slide—I said “Why not?”. It’s free and relatively harmless…
When they begged to stay up all night long, on a Sunday night just for fun. I said—”Of course” what’s more fun than an all night slumber party…
Monday, July 9, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Ok, I know it’s the middle of the day and I should probably be doing something slightly more educational or productive with my children but we have been to tutoring and the library today so I’m not feeling too guilty about playing computer while they watch a little “Good Luck Charlie” as long as I keep it under 30 minutes.
As we are leaving the Library:
Riley: “Hey they might have that book that you wan to read about the hamburger.”
Riley: “The one that’s a movie, something about a hamburger”
Me: “ The Hunger Games?”
Riley: “Yeah, that’s it”
Coming out of Wal-Mart on a busy evening Ansley drops her apples in the parking lot as a car is coming, thinks about darting back and decides not to.
Me: “I’m proud of you for staying where you were, we can always buy more apples”
Ansley: “Yeah, I don’t want to risk my life for apples, if I’m going to risk my life it should be for something more meaningful, like you”
After 45 minutes of planning and gathering materials to build a fairy house together with my Disney Fairy loving daughter.
Ansley: What are we going to do with the fairy house?
Me: I don’t know find a a good place to put it and watch for fairies.
Ansley: But, you said fairies aren’t real.
Me: Yeah, but this is still fun isn’t it, we can pretend.
Ansley: How long is it going to take?
Me: Honey, I don’t know let’s just work on it and see.
Ansley: Maybe you should just let me believe in at least the tooth fairy then I would be interested in this project. Can I have a snack now?
Ouch! So much for that fairy house.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2
Monday, July 2, 2012
We survived another year of vacation bible school! Yes, it meant for a week straight my normally in bed by 8:30pm children didn’t even hit the front door until 10:00 or later, yes my servant-minded husband worked non-stop at his “real” job all day only to be accosted by 3rd and 4th graders for 3 hours and then pick up van duty, yes in meant braving a tropical storm for the first 3 nights and being trapped in a 12x12 room with up to nineteen 3 and 4 year olds way after their own bed times—but our God is good and we had a wonderful time!
Our theme this year centered around our awesome God and all the amazing things He has done and can do. The kids rotated to different areas like the Great Barrier Reef, Victoria Falls, and Alaska. Eating a full dinner every night, attending mission presentations, making cool crafts and learning about miracles such as the walls of Jericho coming down and the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ, kept the kids plenty busy.
All our volunteers worked tirelessly to put it all together and serve the 100+ kids that we ministered to every night. We were nervous when the first night we woke up to Tropical storm Debby who didn’t want to leave but parents showed up with kids and volunteers were plentifully. We got a little wet because our two main buildings do not have a covered walk, but what kid doesn’t want to make a mad dash in the rain.
By the 2nd night of rain we added minor building flooding in our old building to our list of challenges, which happens to house my classroom on the low end of the property. No problem, I added a little masking tape to the dry portion of the carpet and gave the kids a special hot air balloon basket to sit in, and keep their bottoms dry!
We had such a good time and saw God working in the lives of the kids and the adults involved. We really do serve an awesome God with amazing power.
Our Lord is great, vast in power, His understanding is infinite. Psalms 147:5