His Mercy

"His Mercies Are New Every Morning"

A Thought

In this life we can not always do great things. But we can do small things with great love.." :) Mother Teresa

Prayer Quote

“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis


I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Our Sweet Chef

Erika LOVES to cook. She also LOVES to experiment. Today, she made herself this omelette for breakfast.

Doesn't it look great! :)
I am confident that if I ever had to go out of town, she would take very good care of the family.

Monday, August 30, 2010

New Study on Redemption

I would love for you to join me as we study the History of Redemption. It will be a 10 weeks study... (probably more) with our Teaching Elder Justin Wheeler. We are so excited about his teaching. It is rich with the Word, and nothing short of fabulous.
We really feel spoiled.
You can follow and listen here.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Can You Stand Another Snake Story?

Yep, another snake eating our delicious eggs! This one was about 3 and a half feet long.
He had 2 egg lumps in him. I didn't want to kill him, so we decided to be nice and set him free at the field by our church.

Catching him was interesting. Chicken snakes can be rather aggressive. He proved himself to be all "chicken snake". I was going to rake him into our little container, but he was not about to go willingly. He snapped at me and tried to get away. I stepped on his tail to keep him from getting away and he snapped back again. It was quite exciting!

After getting him into the container, the lid wouldn't go on. That had my adrenaline going like you wouldn't believe. Mad snake in container, without lid = bitten mama.

I didn't get bitten. I got the lid on FAST!

We took him to church and let him go in the corn field. He slithered away like a good little snake. WAY COOL!!!!

Now, Erika took pictures for posterity, but somehow, I can't find the snake in her video. He was there! I promise! :)

Some Pics of the Day

After the memorial service, our family gathered at the hotel pool and let the cousins play.... uncles got involved and all had a great time. We miss being close to our Arizona and Oklahoma Family.

Our nephews are getting so big!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Short Visit and Memorial Service

Mike's mother died last May. She was on vacation in Phoenix, visiting her daughter when this happened, so a memorial service took place there, and the wheels of planning the kids getting together started back then.

We all decided that we would get together near her birthday, which is today, and have a celebration of her life, with her church family and friends, in Tulsa. Yesterday was the service.

We woke up very early in the a.m. and headed up to OK, and arrived about 30 minutes before the service, and then we were able to spend the night with our other siblings and their families.

It was really a nice service. But we all decided, that 3 funerals in 3 years for close family members is no way to get together. We want to make sure we are all able to get together for something happy too!

We have a brother in Tulsa, 2 siblings in AZ and then our other brother and his family along with us in TX.

It was great to ALL (almost all) be together. ( some of the spouses were unable to attend due to school activities)

But the cousins that were there had a wonderful time seeing each other.

Of couse, the pool at the hotel made for the uplifting of spirits, and then we all had a family meal together that evening.

Carla, Mike's sister did a fabulous job of arranging the memorial service with the church, contacting family friends, once again, and even speaking at the service.

That was alot for her to do, but she did it was grace and dignity. Thank you Carla.

As I was going home, and Mike and I were talking, (I love those times when the girlies are asleep and we are driving down the road, cup of coffee in hand and we can just share.) it dawned on me what a blessed family we have. I have heard nightmare stories of parents dying nad siblings fighting and old grudges coming back to light etc.
There is none of that. All of our brothers and sisters deeply love each other.

Mike's mom and dad did an amazing job of teaching love and acceptance.

Last night, at 10:30 p.m. this is what was going on with Uncle Chris...... (no wonder they slept all the way home) LOL

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Chiara Went On Vacation

A Fellow Blogger went on Vacation in Italy. And while she was gone, she sent us these! :)

Aren't they cool! The girlies were very excited to get postcards from Italy! :)

Happy Anniversary Deary!

This Picture was taken EARLY this a.m. :)

Today is our 21st anniversary. I am thankful to be married to the love of my life.

Thank you dear for 21 years of adventure!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Soap Box

I am really tired and weary of the absolute uncaring attitudes towards those in need. We as a nation have become so distant, so turned upside down. We have hardened our hearts against the widow and orphan, the poor and needy.

I remember long ago hearing a sermon about Sodom and Gomorrah.
Of course everybody goes straight to the issue specifically mentioned in the Genesis passage that called for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, but in further study, you will find in Ezekiel 16:48-50
There was more to it:

"As I Live Declares the Lord God, your Sister Sodom and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done. Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty and did an abomination before me. SO I removed them when I saw it."

There were no righteous living in Sodom and Gomorrah, all were living lives to please themselves. They were prosperous, they had excess of food and they were prideful and haughty.
It seems America isn't much different.
I was reading responses this week to several news articles and I was appauled at the callousness of the hearts of Americans responding to the situation in Pakistan, the terrible massacres in Africa, even the little boys who were killed here in the U.S. and then the general attitude about those in need. Pakistan was compared to people who were "suffering" because they couldn't pay their debts. Really folks people are dying of disease, women are giving birth is squalid conditions, some having C sections with NO pain medicine or anesthesia at all. And we are comparing that to losing a Mc Mansion?

Have we really become that blind?

I am sickend.

Off soap box.
Back to Family Blog.

We Have Declared Summer Officially OVER

Even though it is still so stinking hot outside. It is over. We are moving on to bigger and better things! SCHEDULES and earlier bedtimes so we can wake earlier and get our day going.

We slipped into the lazy days of summer during the past 6 weeks quite easily. Rising in the morning was later and later, and bedtimes in the evening were later and later.

So today, we flip flopped. :)

6:00 a.m. UP AND AT IT!

YAH! :)

So I'm SUPPOSED To Be Green

Not green as in Kermit green.... but green as in caring about pollution and what we use and throw away green.

I have gotten lazy. It is SO EASY to just throw away plastic, paper, magazines, boxes, cans, instead of recycling. We have no recycle bins in our area. It would make it easier if we did. In FACT, I'm going to do a little research for our area and find out for sure that there is nothing.

Nobody around here recycles. They even dump cans and trash in our ditch when they drive by. Makes me think of the stereo types for country people are sometimes true. :(

One of my Biggest FAULTS in this area is to use paper plates. It has been my staple china for a while. I hate it, that I have used these instead of real dishes!

So I am turning over a new leaf! For the past week, we have used paper plates VERY sparingly and now, we are OUT! The dishwasher is getting filled with more plates than normal, and I'm glad to see it! I am hoping we all withdraw from our old "Chinette" to our new "China" (not real china, just Target dishes) and continue to care about how we can do our own part to care for our planet.

After all, God gave us this place to live. Shouldn't we keep it as neat and clean as possible?
Did you know it takes oil to make plastic containers?

I wonder, how much we really are dependent upon oil, and don't even realize it.
Is there a place I could find a list of products that use oil?
I think that would be a fun project for school.

I like learning right alongside the girlies. :)

Time to google!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Children Of The Living God

This is our school song every morning. I just love this worship song. I wish I had a better video for the tune, but this is the only one I could find. Enjoy. :)


Verse 1:
Children of the living God come and sing sing out loud children of the living God Sing to the Living God

Verse 2:
Sing of the wonders he has made bird in flight falling rain
Sing of the wonders he has made sing to the living God

How he loves us with great love he who sits enthroned above for our lives he spilled his blood sent his spirit like a flood Children of the Living God sing to the living God

Verse 3:
Sing of his gentle healing hands how they found the lowliest man sing of his gentle healing hands sing to the living God

Verse 4:
Sing of the mercy that he gives though we sin he forgives sing of the mercy that he gives sing to the living God (Chorus)

Verse 5: (strum chord once)
Sing for the morning when he comes in the clouds glorious son sing for the morning when he comes sing to the living God (Chorus)

Monday, August 23, 2010

"Be The Flashlight"

I was thinking over a few things related to a Heather Forbes- Bryan Post- Eric Guy- BCLC- conversation.
Some of the discussion was that, "They are off".

I think sometimes, what we are afraid of, we attack. So, here is yet another post, to bring out some of the benefits that I think one could get in a BCLC approach to parenting, and a few observations of my own.

No one approach is perfect, unless of course it perfectly lines up with the Word of God.
It is our personal responsibility as parents to ANY child, to be the parent God has called us to be, not just the easy one, but the troubled and difficult one too.

Scripture calls for us to Love. It calls for parents, to not exasperate or embitter their children. I know there are times where I have done the very thing scripture tells me not to do. It is wrong, and as a Christian, I see it as sin.

I am thankful to the wonderful wisdom I have been able to glean from, both from the pulpit, from books, from scripture, and from parents who have walked before me.
There is a rich treasury, a wealth of knowledge to be had and understood.

If I want to know about raising girls in particular, I might find my good friend who has raised girls and has a close reltaionship with her girls, to pick her brain and see what she did right. For boys, the same thing.

When it comes to the traumatized or adopted child, I might pick a different brain, because the circumstances and situations are very, and VASTLY different.

The toddler who screams NO! in rebellion, may look exactly like the toddler who screams NO! in fear, but how you parent the fearful toddler, vs. the rebel of a toddler is vastly different.... YET, many things can be the same.
(how's that for a wishy washy statement) LOL

BCLC is not about changing your child so they can fit into your family. It is about changing YOU so you can reach your child.

Really, as I was reading Colossians 3:18- yesterday, there is a part of chapter 3 that says, "Wives, submit to your husbands as is fitting in the Lord, Husbands love your wives and treat them gently, do not provoke your children to exasperation lest they become discouraged, children obey your parents as it pleases the Lord...... What ever you do, work heartily for the Lord and not for men!

It was interesting to me that each relationship mentioned was to be pleasing to the Lord.

In not exasperating my children, treating them gently, I do please the Lord. In Proverbs there is the famous vs. that says, "A soft answer turns away wrath". It is so true. Why is it so hard for us to put away ourselves and follow it.

One of the things that the BCLC paradigm presents is using a soft answer to DE-Escalate situations with traumatized children.

It is curious, how some will get upset because they want the RIGHT to not be gentle and tender, when their child isn't gentle and tender. It is more of an "eye for an eye" kind of parenting. Only the strongest and fittest survive that kind of house hold... or do they?
Tenderness and Discipline are not mutually exclusive statements.

One of my favorite parts of the BCLC approach is that Love Never Fails. It doesn't.
I was listening to a Margaret Becker song this a.m. called "Never for Nothing".
It isn't for naught when you love somebody and receive nothing back.

Eventually, that nut will crack, that hard shell will crack, that heart of stone will turn into a heart of flesh, but it takes TIME.....
And if you never saw it in your lifetime, that doesn't mean it was for naught.

When our children who come from such awful backgrounds are brought into our homes, their hearts are closed to such a bright light. That light of love, reflecting on them closes their eyes and hearts. It is too bright! And they can't see their way out of a very dark place.

If we would stop shining the light IN their face, and BECOME the light and shine the light in the direction out of the darkness and into the light, they may be able to open their eyes and follow us. They may even hold our little flashlight hand along the way. :)
They may need to take baby steps,allowing their eyes to adjust slowly, or they may run, to a new reality of love, compassion, acceptance and relationship. But it is up to us to adjust for THEM, not them for US.

Model that light to them. Don't shine it in their face. Walk in the path and direction you want them to walk, and point the light at the goal! Let them peer at what is to come.... and comfort them in their fear.

As they begin to see, that little window of tolerance that is mentioned so much in BCLC will begin to open, and then it will open WIDE! And then, you can be all the more tender and loving and gentle with the special gifts that God has given you.

So would you rather be this?

OR This?

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sweet Saturday Morning

I love it when the children are so happy in the morning. We were all lounging around, that place half way between awake and asleep, when the business phone rang. UGH.
We like it when it rings, but too early makes you lose the lounge. :)

So, Sarah jumped into action!

She went and made coffee for her tired ole' parents. :)
She did a great job!

Friday, August 20, 2010


And after a hard week's work, we are thrilled to watch "Percy Jackson the Lightning Thief".

They did great this week, turned in all their work, and had wonderful attitudes.
Thanks girlies. :)

More Amputee Humor

This a.m. I was telling daddy about a dilemma I was dealing with. Erika was listening in, and after we were done, I was talking about a decision I would have to make.

Erika said, "I'd hate to be in your feet!" ROFL.....

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Are You Ready to Die?

Not the typical topic of early morning breakfast, but this is the question Sarah posed to me this morning.

I asked her, "Are you just asking to ask? Or do you want my more "philosophical" answer?
She said the "philosophical" one....

So, Here is what I told her. It is honest.

I am not afraid to go to be with the Lord. In fact, I look forward to it! I know that I will be with Him forever, and I know that it will be great. However, it is that getting from Point A to Point B part that makes my stomach quiver abit.
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night because of a "sinking" in your sleep? It is a scary feeling. Thinking about a plane crashing and all the folks perishing in an instant, I don't think if I were going down in a plane I would be "fear free".....
even if I knew intellectually I would be obliterated in an instant.... that instant must be sorta painful. And what about the "Mac Truck" that could take you out on the highway? Sorta scary and painful to think about....

So on the one hand, yes, I am ready, not because I am perfect and do all things right, but because of what Jesus did for me. I am ready.....
But I am not ready, when it comes to getting from point A to Point B....

"Do you get the point?"
Sarah's response.....
I was just askin'.... and then she finished her breakfast. :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


YUM! I love being able to make healthy lunches for the family every day. One of the benefits of homeschooling, is a good healthy lunch at a great price!
Cucumber 44 cents
Tomatoes 1.00
Onion 35 cents worth
50 cents worth of cheese
and pennies for the rest.
We fed 5 people for less than 50 cents each AND it was gluten free :)

What is your favorite, healthy, economical lunch?

Cucumber sliced
Roma Tomatoes sliced
1/2 White Onion sliced
Olive Oil
Red Wine Vinegar
Dash of Sea Salt

Sprinkle with freshly grated Romano and Sunflower Seeds

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Arthrogryposis is a very rare condition, yet, today, I have read about a baby being born to a precious family, and she has Arthrogryposis, and two other families are adopting little ones who have Arthrogryposis.

It is unusual to see people who have Arthrogryposis. Even when going to the hospital, you don't always see it.

I am so encouraged that these families, each and every one of them are lovingly welcoming their children into their families, with all the love and tender care that all children deserve.

And for anybody who thinks Arthrogryposis limits: Well, it does.... but not totally. Erika's arms are effected and her hands are effected to a degree, but she is very good at knitting.

And though she can't bend her legs, she can use the knee board behind that boat just as great as anybody else! (better than mom) :)

But one of the best things about my Erika, is she LOVES HER MAMA! And I love her too!
I love them all. :)

"My Little Women" :)

Micah 6:8

I love this verse in Scripture.

"He has shown you, Oh Man! What is good and what the Lord requires of you!
But to do JUSTLY, and to love MERCY and to walk HUMBLY with your God!"

Monday, August 16, 2010

For the Sake Of His Great Name

I have added a blog back to my "Blogs I like to read" list. I have always loved reading it, but I had switched it to a ministry blog list, and now I forget to scroll down there and read it.

The Denny's are friends of ours from Church. They live in Senegal where Wayne teaches at the seminary. Their blog is funny, and real, and exciting, and can give all of us a real taste of what it is like to be a missionary in another country, different culture, and under extraordinary circumstances.

Here is a recent excerpt from their blog:

You know you live in Africa when...
You are so excited that the power has been on for the last 20 hours that you don't even care that it's off now.

Your 3 year old routinely shouts out "Power's off!" or "Power's on!" as it goes off and on.

The same 3 year old puts her baby doll to bed and is sure to put a "mosquito net" over her so she doesn't get bit.

You learn to go to sleep to the sound of fans, your neighbors generators, and the other neighbors sheep.

You go to the grocery store and say hi to everybody who works there, not just say hi, but have a conversation with everybody as well.

You are actually expected to go meet your neighbors when you move in and they love having you come in whenever you stop by.

You see sheep riding on the top of taxis.

You have people come up to you on the beach and say "You're really white, you're not from here, are you."

You know the wattage of every appliance in your house so that you know if you can run it on your back up battery system or not. Fan - yes. TV - yes. Microwave - no. Iron - no.

You sometimes drive on the dirt part next to the paved road because there are less potholes.

You tell people how to get to your house by saying "Turn left between the 2 pink houses after the 2nd speed bump..." or "Just drive to the back of the high school and call me, I'll come find you."

During the rainy season, you change the route you take certain places because you don't have 4 wheel drive and you know you won't make it through the puddle that covers the entire road.

We're still learning, and every day is a new adventure here!

Please read and enjoy, and don't forget to hold this special family up in your prayers. :)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A New Mattress

We have needed to put a new mattress on the bottom bunk bed for a long time! When the girlies were younger, they stepped on the old one to climb up top and it had broken down over time. This new one is much nicer and I'm sure it will be more comfy!

It is the mattress from Anna's room. We will be putting up the Iron Bed, which is a twin bed in Anna's room.

The Iron bed has a long history. When we moved into our house, it was outside buried in the dirt with bricks built up around it. Somebody used it for a "Flower Bed". I dug it up, cleaned it up and had it painted white for Anna. Then, when Sarah came, we switched to a double bed and sent the Iron bed to Katie. They just moved to NM, so now we have the frame again. So, it has worked it's way back to Anna. :)

I am SURE however, it will never work it's way back to being a "flower bed". :)

Friday, August 13, 2010


Anna was using a flash light to finish reading her book.

Daddy is already zonked out! :)

We have had this tradition for many years, (like 21), of having a slumber party on Friday nights all together. Years ago, it was the boys, and us, all falling asleep in the den. They had sleeping bags. But this ole' body can no longer sleep on a floor. So, with the girlies, we moved it to our bedroom. We have two cots, and the floor. We are looking for another cot to go on sale, and then, we will have 3 for everybody.... so far, somebody has to stay on the floor. Today, it is Erika's turn.
It was actually Sarah's turn, but Erika told Sarah to sleep on the cot again, and she'd take the floor. She is such a sweetie.
Sarah took advantage of the offer. :)

We love our Friday night Rituals. We go to sleep to the Movie, "The Secret of Roan Inish"... mainly, because we love the music so much. The story is fun, but the music is great! :)

What are your Friday Night Rituals?

Week 1 of School DONE!

YEA! I love starting on Wednesday each year. That way, the week doesn't seem so LONG when we are used to playing. :)

We really had a great week. The girlies followed their schedules and really enjoyed each subject.

We are doing long term "delight directed" projects for the semester.
The girls could choose what ever they wanted. They will be required to write a 7 page
paper, with bibliography, art work, cover page, and a hands on project.
It is due the week before Christmas Break.

Sooo, what did they choose??

Erika- The History of Guitars
Anna- The History of Cats
Sarah- The History of Horses

This should be interesting. :)

Sleeping Surprise

I went to check on the girls before bedtime, and they were both missing! Sarah and Erika sleep on a double bed which makes up the bottom bunk. Anna is experiencing her own room right now, so the top bunk is not being used.

I looked a little closer and this is who I found on the top bunk all snuggled together!

Now, how in the WORLD Erika was able to get up there, I have no idea! And, before I went in this a.m., she had managed to get herself down too!

That girl amazes me! :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Diving Into Math

I have been asked a few times about what we are using to help us with math. Several years ago, when teaching our boys, I switched to a geometry program with a video teacher.
The guys didn't like it so much, but I didn't feel equipped to teach geometry. It was a good decision.

Since that time, a group of CD's have been made to go along with Saxon Math. We have used Rod and Staff math up until now, and have switched to Saxon this year. One of the reasons we switched, was because Saxon has changed their format and now has a SEPARATE Geometry Book between Algebra 1 and Algebra 2.

The CD's cost is around 50 dollars. You do not see the teacher, but hear his voice, and as he talks, you watch him work out the math problems for each lesson. He is interesting and fun, and the girlies are really excited about watching.

One of the things I loved hearing him say on the first lesson was, "You can have the best math curriculum and the best teacher but the most important thing is a good attitude." :)

The CD's can be purchased for all of the math through Physics, and I noticed on the website there are more for Chemistry and other subjects.
Here is a sample of what the screen looks like. It is a man's voice and he works out the problems as you watch. You can even hear him writing on a chalk board... :)

Here is a link to the DIVE website.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

And We're Off!

We're off to the start of a Great school year! :)

We changed some things around to make life more interesting. :) The girlies will be doing research projects each semester. I am curious to find out what they have picked for their first project. The sky is the limit. :)

Everybody's oral reading was great, and we are all looking forward to learning more about Canada and the countries in South America.

The computerized schedules and the computerized math teacher were a hit. I can see that having that math teacher will take a huge load off of my shoulders this year.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

See What Happens???

When you are SUPPOSED to be cleaning your room and going to bed and you are dancing instead??????

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Today Was My Birthday

I had a great day. Sarah gave me a "makeover".... Erika, a manicure.... Anna, loads of hugs....and they each made something special.

The girls and Daddy designed this special Birthday Cup and signed it. :)
I loved the Umbrella and Fuzzy stuff. :)

It was great to hear from the kids and Grandkids.

"Happy Bufday Ya-Ya.... I wuv you Ya-Ya"
There were singing wishes on the phone, and little squeals of delight running about the house.

I am so thankful for my family, and they made it a really special day.

Thanks Ya'll. :)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The HomeSchool Countdown!

School Starts in 6 days! YEA!
We have decided to leave things as they are. The girlies didn't want to be in a school room all day, and Daddy concurred. So the next few days will be spent getting our "School AREA" ready. It is amazing how a lazy 6 weeks can turn into something like this!

I've gotta find room for all sorts of books and reference materials AND make it look neat. So, I guess my next few days will be a lot of reshuffling to different bookshelves around the house.

I LOVE books. I love hardbacks. I love the smell of them when we open them and the sound of the pages when you turn them. I don't think I could ever be an e-book person
as I need tangible touch to help me read. :)

I am really excited about this school year. I plan to introduce formal tests for history and science. Now that we are in 6th grade, it is time to get them ready for a more college prep type schedule.

Instead of notebooks to keep everything in, we are switching to a computerized schedule.
I will give them the assignments for the week, and then they will mark them off as done, and turn in all assignments in a folder with the schedule stapled to the folder.

This should be interesting. :)

We will also be starting a research paper for each semester. I will assign it the first week of school and they will be due before Christmas break. It will require writing and a project of choice.

It has been a really fun summer, and now, we are ready for a really fun school year!

No eye rolling allowed. (Erika is looking over my shoulder) LOL

A New Sort Of Tooth Fairie

Anna has had this tooth dangling for a couple of months. It distracts me, and I always want to grab it and yank on it.... of course she won't let me. :)
It was so loose that it was sticking out.... so instead of the usual "tooth fairie" incentive, I knew there was this little cat diary she wanted. I told her, if you get that tooth out in 5 minutes, we'll see about getting that cat diary. It was a SMALL price, compared to taking her to get it pulled. She emerged from the bathroom with success! The tooth behind that is loose too. She is working on that one, for a trip to the dog pound. :) She likes to pet the dogs and cats.
There is a tooth pushing in behind those two teeth, and when it comes in, we will be headed to the orthodontist for the dreaded braces.

Anna is missing a tooth next to her front teeth on either side. We were told this when we took her to the dentist for a check up. So, we will weigh our options on what to do. They said they can make false teeth for her, or leave things alone and just straighten what she has.
I know there are also dental implants which might be a good idea too, but not until she is full grown. So, we shall see. :)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Joseph and Sam

I just love this picture that my sweet Daughter in Law posted on Facebook.
This is our son Joseph and our 3 year old grandson Sam reading a little guy's bible story book together. They are so sweet.

You Are Still Holy