Monday, August 31, 2009
Andrew said the funniest thing yesterday. He showed me his "combine" made of Legos. He said, "Do you like my Frodotype?"
I burst out laughing! "You mean prototype?"
Where in the world did he hear that word? LOL! Kids are just so stinkin' cute!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
"You are worried and troubled about many things; trust me with all your heart. I know how to rescue Godly people from their trials. My Spirit helps you in your distress. Let me strengthen you with my glorious power. I did not spare my Son but gave him up for you. Won’t I give you everything else? March on, dear soul, with courage! Never give up. I will help you. I will uphold."
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Bunk bed accident-gone
choking once again-gone
stick jabbed into foot-gone
burn from hot tea all over shoulder and chest-gone
Spray-n-Wash in eye including having the bottle slice Andrew's eyeball open-gone
And now the most recent. Rachel dropped off the girls so that they could go deliver blankets and such with the Salvation Army for the fire that is happening over in Mosier. When she came back, we were chatting while Hannah and Ann were crawling into the van (parked on a slight incline) when the van's sliding door slowly shut onto Ann. She stopped it with her eyebrow. I grabbed Mary(who was screaming) and Rachel grabbed Ann. We both looked at each other and tried not to freak when we saw her eyebrow. Blood was dripping down into her eye and you could see the meat on her eyebrow. She has about an inch and a half gash on her forehead. I told her I thought we should call 911 in case she had a head injury. Ann was so brave! So Eric and Rick came by ambulance (both are Steve's guys on his shift) and checked her out. They said that she would be fine to go up by private vehicle, but that she would definitely need stitches.
I called Paul this morning and he said he didn't get out of the ER until 10:30 p.m. I think it all happened around 6:30. She had to have several stitches and it was just a nightmare because she could see the needle coming at her face. Lots of screams and tears. He said it was one of the worst days of his parenting career. Poor guy!
So, once again, Steve is gone (driving the van for Hood to Coast relay) and I do not have my personal paramedic available to me. Nothing new there. Maybe one of these days...
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I just read an excellent book called, "Come Thirsty" by Max Lucado. I love that he writes in parables. If you can draw me into a story, it just sticks better.
At the end of the book there was a section called, "A Letter From G0d". It spoke to this thirsty soul. It is a little lengthy, so I will divide it into parts. He compiled Scripture into this wonderful letter. What a mighty God we have. He loves to encourage us!
Dear Child of Mind,
Are you thirsty? Come and drink. I am the one who comforts you. I bought you and complete you. I delight in you and claim you as my own, rejoicing over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride. I will never fail you or forsake you.
Accept My Work
I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins, yet my grace is sufficient for you. I have cast all your sins behind my back, trampled them under my feet, and thrown them into the depths of the ocean! Your sins have been washed away, swept away like the morning mists, scattered like the clouds. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.
Your death is swallowed up in victory. I disarmed the evil rulers and authorities and broke the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Blessed are those who die in the Lord. Your citizenship is in heaven. Come, inherit the kingdom prepared for you where I will remove all your sorrows, and there will be no more death or sadness or crying or pain.
Your Maker, Your Father,
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I think a bunch of houses are supposed to be built in this area, overlooking the bridge and dam. Those are the Klickitat Mountains behind the dam. We walked around the loop, but there was so much puncture-vine. The kids kept walking through it. I made them take their shoes off when we got in the van so that the "goat-head" stickers wouldn't rip up the seats. I HAAAATE that nasty weed. Good thing I didn't bring Snickers. She would have been miserable.
Today was a tough day. Satan wanted me to fall flat on my face. I kept praying all day long as I disciplined, disciplined, and disciplined some more. At the end of the day, after all of the conflict, I can honestly say that I think I got to their heart. It started turning for the better around 3:00 p.m. I even swallowed my pride and asked Rachel's husband, Paul, if he would be willing to take Marcus to soccer along with his kid. He gladly did it and I didn't have to load all of the kids up for the second time the day to go to a sports practice. Whew! Thank you!!!! I'll take any blessing I can get.
Before Josh went to bed, he apologized for being a "turd" (his words). I've never called him that, so I'm not sure where he got it, but I think he got the point. I really had a long chat with him about being a good example to his little brothers and sisters. We hugged and all is well.
I made it through another day. There, but for the grace of God go I. I couldn't do this without Him. Not for a second. He is my all in all. He is my strength and my song when I am drained of everything. People ask me all the time, "I don't know how you do it?" I just laugh and say, "I don't. God does." It's simple and it's true.
I praise you, God!
Monday, August 24, 2009
I was listening to the radio and the pastor was speaking on teaching our children to stand up under the pressures of the world. God spoke to my heart when he said this...
"It is our job to equip our children. It is God's job to change our children."
Oh, man! Did I need to hear that. So simple, but so profound. I even know that I have heard it before, but it must not have stuck. I am struggling, never having raised an almost 11 year old. I am trying to teach all my children, not just my oldest ,to take responsibility for their actions. I feel like I'm beating my head against the wall and I am battered and bruised. I now realize that the pressure is off, I don't have to change them!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God does the changing. My job is to patiently teach and equip them. Oh, JOY! Blessed be His Name! Thank you, God!
Just wanted to share...
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
As you can see Jacob's blonde curls are finally starting to come back. I almost have wept with relief! Here he playing air hockey.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Well, today we are off on another homeschooling adventure! Mt. St. Helens!!!! I can't wait. We will meet the Chouinards at 9:30 a.m., then go to Portland have lunch at Chuckie Cheese. We are all packed and have told the kids that we are going on a mini-vacation to a surprise destination. They are intrigued, because the only thing we told them is that none of us has ever been there before. I'm looking forward to learning about volcanoes with my children! On the way back, we will be stopping by Fort Vancouver to take a tour. Only $5 per family!
I'll share pics of our "field trips" when we get back. Ta Ta!