Thursday, November 19, 2015

#17 Bella's Good Deed

We went to Sam's. There, Bella did the sweetest, cutest thing ever. She put a quarter inside the red (Salvation Army) container to help the needy. As I sit here on my desk, I think that this has been a very satisfying day. Oh, one thing I almost forgot to tell you was that we went to Gigi's house after we left Sam's and we ate pizza and oranges (Cuties) and watched 3 (1 &1/2 hours)Teenage Mutant Ninja turtle shows. ~Bailey's pick (written by Bailey)

#16 Thanksgiving

To have all of our family and friends over. ~Sam's pick

*Most of the pictures were taken with Gigi's camera but these are from my phone.

Monday, November 16, 2015

From Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

"Marriage can force us to become stronger  people, because if we want to maintain a strong prayer life as married partners, we must learn how to forgive. We must become expert reconcilers. Friction will inevitably develop. Anger will surely heat up on occasion. So we must learn to deal with conflicts as mature Christians- or risk blowing off our prayer life in the process. Marriage forces us into the intense act of reconciliation. It's easy to get along with people if you never get close to them."

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney

"To worship God throughout a lifetime requires discipline. Without discipline, our worship of God will be thin and inconsistent...Worship can't be diagramed or calculated, for it is the response of a heart in love with God. And yet, we also must be able to think of worship as a Discipline, a Discipline that must be cultivated just as all relationships must be to remain healthy and grow."

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

Gift #14 Family

I never finished listing 1000 Gifts so I am enlisting help from the children!  Livi and Cameron are contributing this time. Livi said she's thankful for family. Cameron specifically said he's thankful for Bailey. :) Yes, so thankful that we have each other as we strive to love, learn with, forgive, and accept each other, and grow together by God's grace.

A Little Girl Follows Me

I found these quotes from a blog post by Juana Mikels:

A careful woman I ought to be;
a little girl follows me.
I do not dare to go astray,
for fear she'll go the selfsame way.
Not once can I escape her eyes;
whate'er she sees me do, she tries.
Like me, she says she's going to be
that little girl who follows me.
I must remember as I go
Through summer sun and winter snow,
I'm molding for the years to be 
that little girl who follows me.
~Author Unknown 

"Relinquishment is always a part of the process of maturing. When Christian parents have done all that can be done to shape their children for God, the time comes when the hands must let go. The child, now a responsible adult, must be released. For any parent this is painful, even when the child is moving in the direction the parents prayed for. The child's continued development, and the spiritual health of the parents as well, depend on the willingness to accept this next stage of the cycle—hands off, ready to part without a struggle, giving up authority and control, entrusting that child to God
~Elisabeth Elliott

"There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
   a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
 a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away..."
-Ecclesiastes 3:1-6

Saturday, October 31, 2015

From Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney

"How is it possible to worship God publicly once each week when we do not worship Him privately throughout the week? Can we expect the flames of our worship of God to burn brightly in public on the Lord's Day when they barely flicker for Him in secret on the other days? Isn't it because we do not worship well in private that out corporate worship experience often dissatisfies us?" Then he goes on to say, "Think of it: The Lord Jesus Christ is willing to meet with you privately for as long as you want, and He is willing-even eager- to meet with you every day!" And then, "Exercise this privelege and fulfill this expectation for the glory and enjoyment of God forever."

Golf Balls and Sand Story-Juana Mikels

This is about time management. I love this analogy. Juana is a precious woman too.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Wife Like Sarah Edwards

If there is one Titus Two, Godly woman I wish I could immulate...

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sam's Art

Samantha's sweet co-op teacher, Karla Sheridan, taught basketweaving. The art is tied in with her study of American History.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Homeschooling High School

Oklahoma Homeschool Laws

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Home

"A small child, after watching his house burn down, was quoted as saying, 'We still have a home. We just don't have a house to put it in.' How perceptive of that child. Our home should be a trauma center for the whole family. We don't have to be perfect at home- just forgiven and forgiving. We can grow, we can make mistakes, we can shout for joy, we can cry, we can agree, and we can disagree. Home is a place where happy experiences occur. It's a shelter from the problems of the world, a place where love happens, acceptance is given, and security provided. Home offers a respite from the tragedies that seem to plague the world outside our door, as recounted on the newscasts. Within our four walls we can offer a place of peace."

~Quiet Moments for a Busy Mom's Soul by Emilie Barnes


Liv has been learning about Johnny Appleseed, different types of apples, making applesauce, and learning about the fruits that people can grow in their lives (love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control)! Everyone got to sample Jonagold, Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and my favorite, Granny Smith. We also discovered the star that God has hidden inside the apple. :) We'll be simmering the applesauce in the crockpot and have it for dinner tonight!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Notes from a Sermon

In good days and bad days, say, "God, I want to be used by you."

It is possible to fake it really well as a Christian.  Look at Judas.

Josiah- no king like him again. He did not turn aside to the right or left. The key to a tender heart- when you hear the Word, do you want to do something about it? Josiah committed his life to obey.

We can't become something we're not becoming now.

Tackle tough choices, battle crippling sins, cultivate biblical awe.

~Notes from a John Glass sermon, preached at TBC

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Laura Ingalls Wilder Quote

It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

House Schedule 2015-2016

I have taken invaluable ideas for prayer from, A Word-Filled Family by Dr. John S. Barnett and home management ideas from, Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman.


Monday- Prayers for missionaries, pastor...

Tuesday- Prayers for family needs

Wednesday- Prayers for forgiveness and reconciliation

Thursday- Prayers for victory  (Staying pure, not getting bitter in trials)

Friday- Prayers of reflection (Examine whether or not we are giving Him first place in our lives

Saturday- Prayers of praise and preparation for Sunday

Home Management Schedule

Every day- Kitchen clean up
                   One load of laundry (or
                   every other day)

Goals: Morning walk every morning  (weather permitting) Read-alouds when staying indoors.
Bible reading
Empty kitchen sink every night before bed


Monday- Laundry Day, Sam's Laundry (Bella and Liv's too)

Tuesday- Clean/Vacuum Floors, little boy's laundry

Wednesday- Office Day/bathrooms
E-mail business, write thank you cards, dr/dentist appointments, make needed calls..., Bailey's Laundry Day

Evening Bible Study

Thursday- Kitchen Day

Friday- Town Day

Saturday- Cleaning Day

Make a menu plan

Clean out car/sometimes wash


Consign clothes and drop off "giveaway" bags

Chore Sticks: The kids can pick a popsicle stick with chores written on them. Such as: wipe baseboards, organize movies or books, clean windows, help weed garden, organize school drawer, Draw Again (Just for fun),  "Ask mom" (this one is for something mom sees that needs to be done but is not written on a chore stick.) This idea came from Tonya Ferguson @

Sunday- Church/Rest
If not done, write Bailey's lesson plans. Look over Livi's.

School Schedule

I wake- 6:45 or before (Feed baby 6:30)
Kid's wake-7:45
Morning chores/breakfast/personal Bible
9:00-Morning walk/pledge/Bible
10:15- Livi- Kindergarten with mom (Cameron alongside)
Bella- Independent schoolwork
Samantha- Co-op work
Bailey- Switched on Schoolhouse
Noah- nurse/eat and morning nap
11:30- Bella-Math/Spelling test ( some days) with mom and corrections
Liv- "Livi Time"
Cameron- "Livi Time"
12:00- If done with Bella and Sam is done with co-op work- math with Sam
12:30- Lunch/Bella done
1:00- Clean up
1:15- Cameron, Livi, and Bella- "Bella Time"
Sam- piano/violin. Then Switched on Schoolhouse.
Bailey- Co-op work
Around 2- Nurse/feed Noah
2:30 or so- Math with Bailey
3:00 or so- Math with Sam if not earlier
4:00- Quiet Time
4:30 Cook dinner
5:00-6:00- Finish dinner/Kid's Chores/Mom-Cleaning focus of the day
6:00- Dinner with Dad
6:45- Dinner clean up
7:15- Read with Cam and Liv
7:30- Cameron and Liv bed
8:30- Sam, Bell, Bay- Book Time

Love our Morning Walks!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Ben and Jessa Seewald's blog

These two are a God-honoring young couple. They point others to Christ and are so encouraging to see.

Preaching to Myself

Something I need to be reminded of right now. A favorite quote of Jessa (Duggar) Seewald's that she posted on her blog.
“Faith is not believing that God will do this or that. It’s believing that whatever He does is right and good—and resting and trusting that."

Friday, October 16, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015


"Remember, people are changed through observation, not by argument."

I came across this on a blog. The man was giving an example of a mother kneeling down and praying at her bed when a child walked in. He said it was 10 times more effective than telling the child to pray. He also mentioned the same with Bible reading.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Livi Flys to the Moon

Livi decided to fly to the moon today, just like Little Bear. Making the rocket was a group effort! Just after "take off," the children got mail from Papa and Gramma Bobber! :)

Livi's Kindergarten

The sun, moon, and stars mobile. Livi learned about what God made on Day 4.