We're not into Halloween that much, but we enjoy the changing of the seasons and seeing the leaves turn beautiful colors. We always carve a pumpkin, but this year my hubby really blew me away with his skills. Isn't this cool?
We participate in trick or treating in our neighborhood. We told the boys that we weren't spending money on costumes this year, so Cody and Jerry got creative and worked hard on his robot costume, made completely of stuff we had lying around the house. The robot even has lights wired inside of it! Caden is wearing one of Cody's costumes from several years ago, and he's tickled about being a "fwog." Isn't he precious???
Oh how they grow up so fast. Last year he rode around in his stroller and cried when we tried to put him in his monkey suit.
Cody and Caden got out this week and helped Jerry rake leaves. Of course, they could care less about bagging them. It's all about the leaf piles!
Hope you're all enjoying this BEAUTIFUL day and that you have fun with your kiddos this weekend.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. ~2 Corinthians 4:6-9
I'll be the first to admit that I take the simple comforts of life for granted. I become very complacent, often forgetting the suffering people in other parts of the world...especially those being persecuted for their faith. I have no idea what it means to suffer. Any difficulties I've had in life pale in comparison to what so many have experienced for being a Christian.
I find that as this election draws nearer, I am desperately seeking the Lord and asking Him to show me the truth. In light of the word of God and what I know to be true of His character, I'm deeply concerned about our country. It seems the general public has narrowed the future of the United States down to a couple of candidates. Many have placed their hope in a man who promises change. I've seen television shows where children and adults alike (even some celebrities) are heralding his praises in song. Some have called him a messiah, the "chosen one," "our only hope."
Oh, change is coming, alright. But we need to be prepared for the fact that if this liberal candidate is elected, many of the rights we are enjoying at present will slowly be ripped away from us. I know nobody wants to talk about this. We're all shuffling around this topic because we don't want to offend anybody or sound alarmist.
The days are short. Time is of the essence. I think it's safe to say that the "darkness" has come and most assuredly we, as a country, have sunk to new lows. We have lowered our standards. We've become complacent and comfortable, and our culture as a whole has been brainwashed into becoming more "accepting." "Tolerant."
We need to wake up, Christians. We're sleeping if we think the answer to all of our problems lies with the man who gets elected November 4th.
Our job is to be a light in the darkness of this world, for Him. We must stand for what's right. We must share our faith boldly, without fear, without compromise. We must stand up for the truth.
Anything else is a waste of time.
I know this isn't a warm and fuzzy post. Please forgive me. I've sat silently on this blog through this whole sickening election process without diving very deeply into this topic. I can't be silent anymore. I believe the Lord would have me speak out for the truth on this one.
If you're a fellow Believer, join with me in praying. Please don't be silent. Speak for the truth. Stand for what's right. Be His light to the world.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
**Updated to add: There are two other people I want to award. I know. You're only supposed to give five. Oh well. I'm breaking the rules and adding two more: Julie of Life with Ash and Ave and my husband (duh!). Julie and I have become friends through church. She has two beautiful children. She and her husband are both very talented and we've enjoyed the friendship we've begun with them. Julie, I was thinking earlier that you deserve this award! I love coming to your blog and reading up on you all! (I know that we see each other every week, but blogs are so fun!!!) And to my hubby, even though he rarely updates, he deserves this award simply because he HAS a blog. : )**
Jody at Coffee, Conversation, and Playdates blessed me with this blog award. Whenever I receive and award, I am always so humbled. This little old blog is just a place where I like to journal my thoughts in hopes that they will be an encouragement to somebody else. I share funny stories about my kids, things that the Lord is teaching me, and lots of other random information nobody but me probably cares about. Blogging has been a great outlet for me because I've never been able to find the time to stick with actually writing in a journal or keeping up with my scrapbooking. This has been a great solution.
I've met some truly wonderful people via the blogosphere, and I'm always encouraged by so many of them. Jody has asked me to pass this award on...so here goes. Drumroll please.
1. My first pick is my friend Lori. Even though she takes an occasional bloggy break, I find myself checking her blog daily just in case she's posted anything. She's my dear friend from high school, and I'm so glad we've stayed in touch all these years.
2. Next is Melodye. She is a fellow homeschooler. Her family is beautiful and she is always amazing me with her creativity and energy. Her children are such cuties. I was saddened to hear that somebody had been leaving hurtful comments on her blog recently...I can't imagine how anybody could have something negative to say about her or her family. So Melodye...this award is for you!
3. Sheryl at PB&J Boats earns this award as well. She is honest, forthcoming, and real. I dig that about her. She loves the Lord and I know He has great things in store for their family's future.
4. My dear friend Kari is the next recipient. She has been my friend for many years, and this past spring we finally got to see each other and spend a girl's only weekend together. I enjoy catching up with her and hearing how she and her family are doing via her blog.
5. And finally, I award my friend Jaime. She's great at posting pictures and keeping her friends and family up to date on all the fun things they've been up to. We don't get to see each other often, so her blog is such a neat way to stay in touch.
So, there you have it. Congratulations to all the recipients. Please go and share the love with five of your favorite blogging pals. And to Jody: Thanks again!
Monday, October 20, 2008
While driving Cody and his little six year-old friend to Awana tonight, I overheard this conversation: (Please don't think I'm a horrible mother. I really do spend lots of time teaching my children the bible and it's unbelievable to me how they come up with these conclusions.)
Cody: Did you know that nobody really knows what kind of fruit Adam and Eve ate off the tree?Me: Everyone just assumes it was an apple.D: Maybe it was a pear or a plum!Me: All we know is that God said not to eat from it.Cody: Yeah! Because if you eat from the tree of knowledge, God will make you a naked sinner!!!
Cody: I'm gonna tell you a story of when my mom was a little girl. It was the eighties. So I'll tell you the short ending. Okay, my mom says that when she was little, and my Nanna asked her to do something, she did it RIGHT AWAY and didn't argue or ANYTHING! And then one time, when my Nanna said, "Jump," my mom would ask, "How high???" Isn't that amazing?
After a restful weekend, I got motivated last evening to start some cleaning and organizing projects around the house. Some of my more domestic responsibilities seem to have been put on hold temporarily while my energies were needed elsewhere, but today as I write this, I feel so....accomplished! I got everything crossed off my "to do" list.
My house smells like bleach, Endust, and Lysol wipes. That's fine by me. It feels fresh and clean! I sound like an advertisement, don't I?
But back to my clean house. All the laundry is put away, the fish tank got cleaned, we got every subject in school done today, and everyone is actually happy and content at this late afternoon hour.
Dinner is cooking on the stove, Cody knows his Awana verses for tonight, and both the boys are playing contentedly as I type this.
Why can't EVERY day be just like this?
Oh yeah. It's called LIFE!
I'll just enjoy it while it lasts....
Saturday, October 18, 2008
It's been a good day.
After a good night's sleep and a nice full morning of teaching (thank You, Lord, for business coming through the door), the day was already off to a good start. Plus I had something to look forward to. Our home group decided it would be great to get together tonight to go see "Fireproof." We've already seen it, but it was good enough that we were willing to spend money to see it again. What a powerful movie with such great reminders about what it means to be selfless in marriage. We're the only ones in the group who have already seen it, and I'm excited to see what the others think. Jerry and I rarely have "date nights" because it tends to be expensive and it's something we consider a luxury in today' s economy. We found out yesterday that our group leader's mom offered to watch the kids for us (what a gift) and we also have coupons that will end up saving us some money on tickets (love that). Tomorrow, we get to meet a little baby that we've been praying for for months. She is here in town and doing well...truly a little miracle.
And if that weren't enough, the Huskers beat Iowa State SOLID today. 35 to 7.
Sometimes it's the little things that mean so much.
Hope you're all having a great weekend.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
On Monday, we decided to take advantage of the fact that Jerry had the day off and turn it into a trip to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. We have been studying Astronomy in our homeschool, so we thought it would be fun to do it all as a family. The Adler was free on Monday which sweetened the deal! I have to say that I was very surprised when I saw this quote on the wall from Psalm 8. The Adler is clear on its stance that the creation of the solar system happened as the result of "the big bang" so I thought it was pretty interesting (and cool) that this scripture was in place for all to see.
Friday, October 10, 2008
1. I'm really glad that God's word exists to remind us of what's really important.
2. I'm so thankful that I'm not trying to sell or buy a house right now.
3. I'm thankful for my husband's job security, now more than ever.
4. The future of our nation and world is frightening, but what a comfort to know that God has a plan.
5. After God, family is what's most important.
6. I love homeschooling.
7. I simply adore my boys (all three of them).
8. I miss my mom, dad, sisters, and nieces.
9. I wish my house were clean.
1o. I don't regret the time I gain with those I love by sometimes ignoring the mess. The dust will still be here tomorrow.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
My sister Kari is a great writer. And now she has a blog. I'm so glad!
I have just spent the last five minutes getting a much needed laugh over there at her blog.
Seriously, the girl had me in stitches.
You must go and read. It will CRACK. YOU. UP.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Okay, so we've finally sat down to watch the debate tonight together. (It's already over.) I was scanning the "audience" and noticed a familiar face in a green shirt. I told my husband, "I think that guy is Todd Smith! It looks just like him!" Turns out I was right. Todd is Angie Smith's husband from Audrey Caroline's blog (and one of the talented singers from Selah....my favorite musical group).
I hope he gets to ask the question he's prepared....maybe it will go something like this:
"Senator Obama, what would you do to bolster religious freedom in our country?"
Yeah. I would LOVE to hear his answer to that one.
Monday, October 06, 2008
This is our family dog, Ozzie. He's not happy...
He went to the groomer and was shaved on his hind end right down to the pink skin. Can you say 'chilly'? And, to add to his misery, the boys tied this silly bandana on his head.
We know how he feels...
The Cubs lost and are out of the playoffs, the Huskers lost badly to Mizzou, the grass in the backyard was a foot tall, and when I cut it, it was concealing bees!
But, we are all healthy, we have a warm comfortable home, and so much to be thankful for! God has blessed us in many loving ways, and we are grateful for His goodness.
He's still a bit crabby from the 'wardrobe enhancement'.
(Posted by Happi's hubby, Jerry)