Good Family Reading

So, we have been doing a lot of family reading these past few months.  We all enjoy it.

It started with just the kids and I , midday, before nap with the Bobbsey Twins.  My mother in law gave us a couple of the series, and we can’t get enough of them.  Then, I think it was off of the jacket of the book, that I discovered Old Mother West Wind.  I started this in the evening, and Bebe kept urging me on…”Just one more chapter.”  Now, I know the sound of my voice soothes him and puts him to sleep, but it’s been fun reading it together as a family.  Today I read a couple chapters after lunch while the kids were tinkering around at the tree fort.  But before I began, my little man Eli said, “No, no! Daddy wants to hear it too!” 🙂

Anyways, I thought I’d share these if you’re looking for some good, wholesome, family reading.

Enjoy!

The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope

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Old Mother West Wind by Thornton W. Burgessold mother west wind

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I am a Mom

I have been SO blessed. If I truly consider the amazing treasure that has been placed in my care, I am literally speechless. Five precious lives. Each one unique and valuable. Impressionable. Irreplaceable. Fragile.  Full of Hope and Promise.

The greatness of this truth leaves me in awe of this astonishing responsibility. The issue is that I am so busy doing my “job”, that I forget what my “job” really is. The old expression “you can’t see the forest for the trees” comes to mind.  I often find myself buried beneath the byproduct of mothering, that I truly lose sight of what my real responsibilities are.

Over the course of these last ten years, my life has gotten fuller, busier and more hectic. It has also become more rich, memorable and blessed. What I need to come back to again and again is that my call is to be a mother to my children. My call is not to do the laundry. My call is not to cook meals and cleanup piles of dishes. My call is to mother my precious children. To train them to have a heart that longs to know their Maker.  To instruct them in the way of truth. To show them that Jesus is their personal Savior, loving them to His death. To inspire them to live for Him because He is worthy. To model for them a humble, teachable heart. To be an example of loving kindness, longsuffering and hope to each one of them. To teach them how to love their siblings, care for others. To teach them how to forgive and extend grace to others. Oh, so many more wonderful, valuable lessons. If I do not teach them to my children, who will? Who has God called to this task? Me. (Yes, my husband as well, of course – but I am considering my call).

Although there are numerous other duties that fall under the heading of “mother”, such as dishes, cleaning, blah blah blah, I must stay true to the call of God. Yes, those burdens are valid and require time and attention, but not at the expense of actual mothering.

May we as mothers, keep our eyes on Jesus, and be faithful to care for those tender lives committed to our trust.

The wise woman builds her house…. Proverbs 14:1

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Jesus and my Husband

Since my last post, I have been considered deeply what the CALL OF GOD is on my life.  I am a child of God. I am a wife. I am a mother. That’s a simplified list, but where the Lord is wanting me to focus right now.

As a child of God, my first calling is to seek out my Father.  This is my privilege, to be a child of the King. I ought not to take this lightly. He seeks me out, He pursues me with His love, I am the apple of His eye.  He desires to hear my heart and to pour into me. He has absolutely everything I could ever need for this life.  2 Peter 1:3 “…His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us…”  Jesus should always be my top priority. Not only if it’s convenient. Not only if I feel “spiritual”. Not only if I’m desperate. Not only if I’m blessed.  Always. Every day. Day in and day out.

I am a wife. I’ve got a great husband. I didn’t say perfect🙂 but he is great. He loves Jesus more than he loves me. He loves me with all his heart, and I don’t deserve it. He loves our five children. He works hard for Jesus. Serves His people faithfully. He works hard for his family.  And I am the one that God gave him to care for him, cook for him, wash his clothes, clean his house, love him selflessly, above my own needs or wants.  Honestly, because he is an adult, and with five little ones running around needing me to care for their needs, it is real easy to let my husband’s needs slip to the bottom of the list. And that’s not right. Nor acceptable. 1 Corinthians 7:34″ … she who is married cares about the things of the world–how she may please [her] husband.”  So, Jesus first; my husband needs to be second.

And next… the call of God to be a mother.

Since this call is pressing in on me now, check back in a few days! I’ll share some of my thoughts and vision that God has given me for being a godly mother.

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Re-evaluating Life

Bebe took the two big kids and went on anexcursion. A two day trip to Utah with a mission…snowboarding! They are all thrilled, this being the only time they’ve gotten to ride this season.

Last night, Joy girl spent the night at her friend’s house. This was her first “real” sleepover! Wow.  She’s getting big…

So that left me with just my two little ones last night.  And some much needed time to think…

I’ve been having a bit of overload lately.

My two youngest, we’ll call them “Grace” and “little Man”. (Ironically, Grace is her middle name and she sure needs a lot of God’s grace to keep her safe as she tumbles through life! And then, little Man is as just as stubborn as an old weathered man!) Anyway, they are at each other constantly. I am attempting to homeschool the other three: 4th grade,  2nd grade and Kindergarten. Yes, attempting; feeling like quite a failure these days.

On top of the normal, we have had a terrible time lately with allergies and asthma. This has meant numerous breathing treatments and “chest clopping” daily for the last month. Add to that, crazy house cleaning like I’ve never done…and don’t enjoy – and you’ve got one worn out mom.

Last night was good for me. I sat down to do my bi-yearly (or so) “homeschool review”. It’s a time to reconsider what each of my child’s needs are. Their strengths, weaknesses; how I can care for each one individually. And then I reformat a new schedule that will hopefully accomodate everyone.

I didn’t get far at all.  All of my kids need more of me.

And I already feel like there is not enough of me to go around (and I’ve not at all mentioned that I am a wife and have a responsibility to my husband too!)

So, I somehow ended up on a few websites, blogs, and the Lord brought me to a better place.

Re-evaluating my life! Yeah, that’s big.

Instead of trying to “fix” this one area of “how do I fit all my homeschool in?”, He brought me to a deeper issue of what is my purpose and how can I work with HIM to fulfill the call He has put on my life.

Now I’ve got some praying and thinking to do. I will certainly revisit this. It all needs to simmer in my mind and heart for a bit first.

Plus, little Man is climbing on the counter and I need to go get their chest x-rays done again before picking up Joy girl.

I’ll be back again soon. Until then, may the Lord give you vision and clear instruction for your calling!

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Stirring myself up again

A couple weeks ago I received a notification of a new comment on my blog.

This surprised me as I haven’t posted anything in probably about 5 or 6 months!

So I was looking over my blog, and it hit me …I need to “stir myself up some more”.  The whole point of my blog was to (mostly) encourage myself to remember the goodness and grace of my God. If other people happen to stumble upon it and find encouragement as well, then that’s a bonus.

I can get so buried beneath the day to day tasks of mothering, homeschooling, home-making (although I feel “home repairing” would be a better term these days!), cooking, cleaning, blah, blah…that I need to do this.  I knew it then, it was for me to remember.  And although I still “know” God is good and God is faithful, it is important to sit down and actually purposefully do this.

So, maybe, you’ll see me here more often…no promises though.

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Homemade Basil Chicken Pasta

I said I would do this, so here it is.  Even though it’s been probably about 2 months, better late than never!

I have two children allergic to peanuts, and other nuts, and so I have been very hesitant to give them traditional pesto with its pine nuts.  I’ve tried to find out if they are in the same family as the other nuts, but haven’t been able to figure it out.  (If you know anything about, let me know please!)  Since I’m not willing to risk it, and I love pesto, I thought I’d make my own version.

I start with a can of great northern beans. Yup, you read that right.  That’s my base.  Pour it into the food processor. Then I cut up some fresh basil from my outdoor pot (it’s one of the two things I can grow and not kill).  And for a little extra sneaky fun, I add baby spinach.  I use equal amounts of these two. The spinach flavor is so mild that I feel like I can get away with it.  Adjust for your own liking.  Probably about 1 cup each. Then blend away.

I store it in 1/2 cup portions in ziplock baggies in the freezer.  As I am cooking the chicken on the stove top (along with some fresh garlic, salt and pepper) I just add a portion and let it melt into the mix.  Once the pasta is cooked (we like the “butterfly” pasta, otherwise known as farfalle) I add it to the pan and let the basil sauce mix in well.

Wa la! Quick, easy, and healthy.  And to top it off, my Joy girl will eat it with a little coercion, so it pretty much pleases everyone.🙂

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Treasure Quest

Well, this summer was our first time leading our church’s VBS.

Wow! What an amazing project!

Bebe goes all out when he’s got a project set before him, and this was certainly no different.  In fact, he may have even gone further on this!

Our theme was “Treasure Quest”.  He and a good friend built a “castle” with a working drawbridge…very cool.  The church’s patio was done up to be the King’s Courtyard, complete with a  blacksmith, carpenter, baker and tanner’s booth.  We had some fun medieval costumes and props.

Each day had a sub-theme, which was conveyed through everything…the object lesson, snack, craft, games and of course the Bible teaching.  It was really great.  I had fun leading the 2nd and 3rd graders around the campus for the various activities.  I also had the chance to create the “banquet hall” and come up with some fun snack ideas.  It surprised me to realize that this was the first time that I’ve helped with VBS, hands on, involved with the kids.  It was a blessing.  There were about 90 kids, and each one of them definately walked away from the campus learning something about our great and mighty King.

One of the coolest things about it all is the “Treasure Room” of the King.  Bebe’s vision is to have the kids store up God’s Word in their heart, understanding that it is God’s eternal Word that is our greatest treasure.  As the children return to church each week, and have memorized scripture, it “unlocks” the Treasury, where they can then enter and redeem a prize.   A sweet gentleman in the church went to work and built an amazing treasure chest to hold all the little treasures…from jump ropes, yo-yos, bracelets to matchbox cars.

And right here should be a picture of it, of which I do not have yet!

It’s awesome to see the excitement they have, and to say to them, “That’s cool! Tell me the memory verse you used to unlock the Treasury!” and then the quote a promise of God.  Really sweet.

“In the house of the righteous there is much treasure”. Proverbs 15:6

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