Deuteronomy 6:5-9

"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Catching up...

Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, the new year, friend visits....

One day I'll learn that it's okay to just post a picture or a couple of sentences just so you know how we're doing. I actually love those blogs.

It's been a busy school year. We've been running the race of homeschooling pretty hard, or attempting to run hard. I still can't master an ideal schedule that works for my kids and me. You would think after homeschooling for EIGHT years I would have this thing down. However, we keep having things that throw the schedules off like new babies, toddlers, sicknesses... But oh isn't that the beauty of homeschooling. Thankful I've learned to show myself grace in that area (some).

This big boy turned 8 on Dec. 28th. I'm not quite sure where 8 years went. But I'm excited to see the young man our Ethan Joel is becoming. 
Our baby turned the big 1!!!! January 5, Seth Alexander advanced beyond newborn/baby stage.  He is a eating machine, he's strong, smiley, and walking everywhere!

Us and the Trunicks before our adult only date night! 
The Trunick and Mangum kiddo's!
Christmas kept us busy. We were fortunate to have family over. We also had people from the community over. The day after Christmas our friends the Trunicks visited from PA. (she's as good at blogging as me) ;) They have 5 boys and are expecting their 6th baby. We enjoyed having them with us for a week. There was an adult date night, a kid party, Marble's museum, target shooting, lot's of time in the kitchen, New Year's celebration, and lot's and lot's of laughter.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Dear Stay-At-Home-Mom....

This is from Trevin Wax of the Gospel Coalition blog. I really loved this blog.

Dear Stay-At-Home Mom…
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Dear Stay-at-Home Mom,
You are a gift of God to your husband and your kids.
But you don’t always feel that way, do you?
There’s a low-level feeling of guilt that creeps into your heart from time to time. Sometimes it bubbles over into tears, usually on lonely, difficult days.
You scan blogs and read books about being a good mom. You find some helpful tidbits here and there, often from women who are grandmothers now. Women you can learn from but who seem to have forgotten the struggle. They seem to have it all together.
In your heart, you want to be the kind of mom who trains up kids to make a difference for the kingdom. You know it’s an honor to be entrusted with these kids. You know you’ve only got one shot. You want to be the mom who teaches them the Bible, models how to pray, and trains them up in the fear of the Lord.
But most of the time you feel like you’re barely holding it all together.
Your house cleaning can’t keep up with your kids’ mess-making.
The kids embarrass you by acting up right when your guests arrive.
Your husband doesn’t get just how worn out you are by the end of the day.
You come to the end of your patience. You lose your temper. Then you feel worse.
The last thing you consider yourself to be is a “good mom.” And you think to yourself, It’ll be a miracle if my kids turn out okay.
And – surprisingly – that’s right where God wants to meet you. The place where you admit your powerlessness and your need for Him.
It’s only by God’s grace that any kid grows up to be a force for the kingdom.
You see, there are no perfect kids and no perfect mothers. No matter what you read in blogs, see in magazines, and learn in books. There are sinful kids and sinful moms and dads.
And the only thing greater than both is the grace of God. The God who says “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” The God who loves to forgive, to transform, and empower.
God loves you – not because you are a good mother but just because you are His precious child.
God loves you – not because you’ve mastered all the skills of parenting but because He has.
It’s divine grace that will transform your parenting – not guilt.
It’s grace that will keep you going and serving and scrubbing when you’re exhausted and worn out.
It’s grace that will conquer your feelings of inadequacy and remind you of God’s love for you in Christ.
It’s grace that goes for the heart of your kids, not just their behavior.
God has demonstrated the fullness of His love for you through the cross of His Son, even while you were still a sinner.
He has promised you His presence.
He has spoken His approval over you in Christ.
He is the perfect Father who delights in you as a daughter.
Find in Him your Treasure and Joy. Be to others what He is to you.
So walk in freedom. Let Him hold you together when everything seems to be falling apart.
Bask in His unfailing love for you. And rest in His promise of power.