Every good and perfect gift is from above.
~James 1:17

Thursday, October 27, 2005


Did you see the picture?! It finally worked! I am still not sure why, though. :-)

I mentioned a while back that we were experiencing some difficult times. God has been carrying us through, and although it seems like it will never end, I know that this too will pass...eventually. I wish I could say that I have been sailing through this trial with peace and joy, but I have struggled. I have experienced a lot of anxiety. And I have felt guilty for being anxious rather than calmly trusting. It is so much easier to think or talk about how I would respond in certain difficult circumstances than it is to actually go through them! :-)

The following excerpt from today's Elisabeth Elliot devotional has been a good reminder of what I can do in the midst of this trial and where peace is found:

Only a few things are really important, and for those we have the promise of divine help: sitting in silence with the Master in order to hear His word and obey it in the ordinary line of duty--for example, in being a good husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, or spiritual father or mother to those nearby who need protection and care--humble work which is never on the world's list because it leads to nothing impressive on one's resume.

Peace lies in the trusting acceptance of His design, His gifts, His appointment of place, position, capacity. It was thus that the Son of Man came to earth--embracing all that the Father willed Him to be, usurping nothing--no work, not even a word--that the Father had not given Him.

Lord, we give You thanks for all that You in Your mercy have given us to be and to do and to have. Deliver us, Lord, from all greed to be and to do and to have anything not in accord with Your holy purposes. Teach us to rest quietly in Your promise to supply, recognizing that if we don't have it we don't need it. Teach us to desire Your will--nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else. For Jesus' sake. Amen.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Friday, October 21, 2005

Where's the picture?

I have been trying to post Grant's football picture for the last few days and I DO NOT understand why it is not working!! The other pictures I've posted took forever to work, also, and I'm not even sure why they finally "took." I keep doing the same thing and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Grrrr! It's so frustrating!

We're home today with two little sickies. Grant just has a mild cold and cough, but Katie is running like a faucet and her asthma has kicked in. :-( We have been nebbing her around the clock and hope that will help her turn the corner today. I hope she'll be doing much better by tomorrow. In the meantime, we are snuggling, drinking lots of water and washing our hands like crazy! :-)

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Football season is over

At least Grant's flag football season is over anyway. He had a fun time and a great coach. The schedule for the season is so laid back: one practice in the middle of the week and a game on Saturday morning for about six weeks. It's nice. The games were in a local park surrounded by trees in all their fall glory. When we started the trees were all green! :-) So, fall has arrived and football is now over.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Fall days

Well, another week has flown by! We have been busy with every day life ~ school at home, our homeschool co-op, dance classes, AWANA and Grant's last week of flag football. The days have been gloriously sunny and golden, with beautiful fall colors all around and crunchy leaves underfoot. This is my favorite time of year in our neck of the woods! :-)

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Grant & Kate

These are my kids. Aren't they cute? :-)

Monday, October 03, 2005

Fresh with no mistakes...yet

I love a new month! (Or a new year, week, day.) It presents a fresh clean slate. For that reason I also like when the seasons change. It keeps things fresh and new. :-)

It is just starting to look and feel like fall, so it is a "new" season. :-) And today is a Monday ~ another new start.

The kids have finished up their school work and are using their art boxes now. I put some paper, glue, markers, stickers, etc. in a little case for each of them. They can make whatever they want with the things in their art boxes when their work is done. They love this and they have produced some lovely creations. :-)

Enjoy this good new day!

"Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it."
~Anne Of Green Gables