Monday, October 31, 2011

A morning of riding.






We love taking care of our neighbors, Mr. John's and Mrs. Anna's horses when they are at the Lake or traveling. This past weekend, we decided to take advantage of Molly's sweet disposition. It had been a while since she had been ridden, but fortunately I am married to quite a cowboy. After Jake exercised her, she was all ready. The kids had a wonderful time playing and riding.

Friday, October 28, 2011

It's Fall!!!



Fall is my favorite time of year at home. The leaves are so beautiful particularly in the morning. :)



The below is the poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer. I love it and I am trying to become more familiar with it since it will be Gideon's first poem to memorize later this year. Isn't it beautiful? :)


THINK that I shall never see 
A poem lovely as a tree. 
  
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest 
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast; 
  
A tree that looks at God all day,         5
And lifts her leafy arms to pray; 
  
A tree that may in summer wear 
A nest of robins in her hair; 
  
Upon whose bosom snow has lain; 
Who intimately lives with rain.  10
  
Poems are made by fools like me, 
But only God can make a tree

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Peter Enns Article.

My sweet husband sent this article to me this week. "Why It’s Good to Doubt God" It is just too good not to share. It is long, but so worth the time to read.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Kim...

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone"

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

And that is dying..



~Henry van Dyke


We will miss you ,sweet Kim.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Love is..



Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. I Corinthians 13:4-8
Thankful for all of the unfailing love that I have in my life and those that I hold dear. Love never fails...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Jake's Skydive


Jake was able to go skydiving with his Dad, Jeremy, and Caleb. The skydive was to celebrate Caleb's birthday. It was a second tandem skydive for Jake and he loved it. Happy Birthday "Cabob"!!

Field Trip





Gideon had his 4th field trip last week. Whew!! The school year just started and 4 field trips already. His Da was able to go with him this time and they had a wonderful time. It was an educational river walk through the Cahaba River Society. Jake said it was wonderful and Gideon came back tired, wet, dirty, and smiling. LOVE IT!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

One more post for the week. :)

I had to share our funny from this week.

Gideon : " I cannot decide if I want to be a fireman, a paleontologist, a magician, or a music composer when I grow up."

Annalise : "I cannot decide if I want to be a ballerina, a mermaid, or a princess when I grow up. "

Gotta love those inherent differences between girls and boys. :) My children make my heart sing. Now, does anyone know of a university that offers a major in "being a mermaid"?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Driveway fun.

Believe it or not, one of our favorite places to play on our property is the driveway. It has some great sandy spots with wonderful soft sand. I LOVE sand. It is just very relaxing to play in. Oddly enough, I am not really a beach person. Go figure!! I have wonderful memories of playing in those same sandy spots with Dand'un, "Auntie Kara", and "Uncle Cabob". Now I get to play with my own littles. :) The kids must love it, too because they are always asking to walk down the driveway. It can take us a pretty long time if we are just getting the mail. Just too many adventures on the way.
                                                   
                                                 
                                                     Sandcastles and "digging for jewels".
                                                     Is this the cutest little guy or what??
Hope your day is happy. If you have a minute whisper a prayer for my sweet Dad (well, actually step dad...but, I don't like that word.) He is in the hospital and our hearts are worried.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Still catching up.


Since the beginning of school, the kids and I have made lots of crafts. I have just recently started enjoying crafting. I have always enjoyed sewing and knitting, but until I had my children, I did not consider myself a crafter. But, it is a joy with little partners. :)


This one was just for Mama. I just thought it would be so fun..and cute. And, it was both. :) Even Gabriel helped with it. 

Proud of his cauldron. This was a during our few days of studying the Vikings.
Baking soda volcano with homemade clay.
Weathervane

A little climbing action for the big boys. :)

My fellas working on a little climbing. LOVE...

Blogging...not so much.

I have to be the worst blogger ever. I won't even try to catch everybody up with pictures now. Maybe later?But, we had a wonderful and busy summer. We made a trip to our nation's capital and a couple of the first settlements. We had a great time. The rest of the summer was spent being lazy, playing in the creek two or three times, trips to grandparents , trips to the Lake, vacation Bible school, and summer reading programs. We had a great time, but were definitely ready to settle down for school and regular routines. We are enjoying all of our curricula and are learning how to learn together. The children are good partners and I hope that they feel the same about me. Although, to be honest, I know I have work to do. Lately, I have been praying that God will help me in loving my children and accepting them fully the way they are. I am very blessed with children that want to please their Mama and Da....almost too eager to please. To be honest, I think I sometimes take advantage of their eagerness to please us. And, sometimes I feel as if I am not hearing them...not allowing them to be who they want to be. I am trying to let go of my ideals and make way for the adult they will become. I want to be a wonderful role model...not a bully. I am asking God for grace and wisdom to love AND respect my little people everyday.