Saturday, January 31, 2009
I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from Me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in His love. I have said these things to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. John 15:5-11
We are trusting Jesus to draw us into deeper abiding intimacy with Him. I am really quite excited.
I'll see you in a month!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
If we remember the story correctly, these were some students from UCLA that did this. It looks like they had fun.
R.C. and Bridget
This is actual photo evidence of my husband eating ONIONS, TOMATOES, ZUCCHINI, BELL PEPPERS and GARLIC! Here's the Pizza Casserole. The kids were so excited about this new recipe mainly because of the name. But they were really good sports when they saw it on their plates and all of them ate most of it.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
There are two new bills to be proposed in the OK senate on Monday, February 2. I first saw this story here. It intrigued me as I felt our home schooling rights were being stepped on a little bit. So I started doing a little research. First, I found this. I felt a little better considering the Chairman of the Senate Educational Committee, State Senator John Ford said,
“Our home school community is a vital asset to this state. The way home schooling parents currently educate their children is a process that has worked fine, and I feel it is important for them to have the freedom in determining what will best serve their children’s needs.”So, he, at least, is opposed to these two bills. Upon further research, I discovered the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) was in action on these two bills. See here for Bill 472 and here for Bill 308.
So, how does this relate to the house under attack thing? We home school our children. My wife has prayed about it since we started having children, and we pray about it before every school year. We didn't home school Bobo or Bear until we moved to Altus. We have absolutely nothing against Altus schools, we just felt the Lord was telling us it was time to teach our children at home. Again, we pray about it before every school year, because we don't want to be disobedient to God. We will put them in the public school system as soon as God doesn't want us to home school anymore. This is the Lord's will for our life in this season, so we do it.
We believe it is a parent's right and God-given duty to teach his or her child(ren). See Proverbs 22:6 and Ephesians 6:4 among others. The fact that society has created public (and even private) school systems to teach children en mass, does not change this truth. In fact, it endangers it. Read Matthew 18:6, 7 and 14. Does a worldly school system not have the potential to put major stumbling blocks in front of our children?
Both of my parents were school teachers, and Bridget's mother still is. They taught/teach with integrity and respect for the children, their parents, and God. I have nothing against the teachers. They are doing their job. We, as parents, are doing ours. If the government feels the need to control that, then we are headed for a sad day indeed. I encourage you to pray about this issue and then act as God would direct you. We are sending an email to our state senators. Read up on it yourself, and make up your own mind. Don't just take my word for it.
Be encouraged, God is in control.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
So, it came as no surprise that one of the things on the Christmas list this year was light sabers.
They already have three. However, they aren't this guy's or that guy's and there's not one for everyone or friends when they come over.
Luckily, R.C. remembered that we still had a light saber or two in storage and it became his mission to retrieve said light sabers, clean said light sabers, and replace batteries in said light sabers. He was successful in his mission.
The surprise was that there were six light sabers in storage. SIX. How in the world did we ever become the owners of NINE light sabers?
Anywho, Christmas morning we set the light sabers out under the tree, without wrapping them, so the kids could play with them while we got out of bed. And I'm not kidding you when I say that the joy over those old light sabers was so crazy that they could have been the only presents under the tree and it would have been 'The Best Christmas Ever!'. The kicker is that they knew the light sabers were old. Things like, "My Annikan light saber!" and "My old Dooku light saber!" could be heard in our house Christmas morning.
R.C. and I have now decided to take some of their other toys and put them in storage again till Christmas. Hopefully we'll get the same reaction.
And then this morning:
Two things you must know to appreciate the story I am telling. One is that we have a sock basket in our house. Instead of pairing up the socks and having people put them in their drawers I just throw them into the sock basket and let people dig them out when needed. During the summer this wasn't a big deal because who wears socks in the summer, right? But since winter is upon us it has become somewhat of a hassle.
Second, while I prefer to keep my house picked up, I am rarely in the mood to actually pick it up. So when the cleaning mood hits me I jump on it. This morning the cleaning mood hit. I could tell before I was even out of bed. We had a big day yesterday with one half the family going one way and one half going another and when we were all home yesterday evening I didn't feel like picking up or making anyone else do it. So our house was messy.
Not only was I in the mood to clean, but I really hate coming home from church to a messy house so this morning I got to it. And one of the things I felt compelled to attack was the sock basket. Every one's socks were paired and placed on my bed next to their folded pile of clothes.
When I told the boys to get their shoes and socks on they asked if there were new clean socks in the basket and when I told them that their socks were on the bed I was surprised by their reaction.
From the living room I hear, "Yeah! Mom folded the socks!" "Now we can have socks in our drawers!" and even a "WOOHOO!"
It really is in the little things.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Here it is, folks! This is the video you've all been waiting for! (well, at least a couple of you, anyway) Bridge wrote this song using the curriculum for the children's ministry at ACF. While there are some "big" words in there, Bobo and Bear do a fine job with them.
Bridge, the elder two boys, and I did this song this past Sunday (the one between my birthday on Saturday and Popeye's on Monday). The "studio version" of the song, along with the words, can be found on Sounds From the Batcave. Also, the song can be found on our MySpace music page. We had a lot of fun working on this with the boys, and we're talking about shooting an official video for it. Let us know what you think! Be encouraged!
And be sure to watch for Princess in her pink shirt. She snuck up on stage with us.=)
Monday, January 12, 2009
I've been an awful blogger lately.
With the challenge of getting back into a routine and certain changing circumstances I just haven't felt like blogging. Oh, I have stories to tell, but I'm just not in the mood to tell them.
Then, our pastor preached yesterday on how unreliable our feelings are (so knew this) and how they should never be a determining factor in our choices (a confirming factor sometimes and a factor to ignore sometimes) but never the motivating force. So, I totally felt convicted and determined to get on here despite how I felt and share something with you all.
And I had big plans to. A video and everything.
But I can't remember how to download videos from my new camera and my husband is at band practice and I DON'T FEEL LIKE HUNTING DOWN THE INSTRUCTION MANUEL AND READING IT.
Then I realized that in all my not blogging I totally forgot to share with you all two VERY important days in our family.
Saturday was hub's 33rd birthday and today is Bear's 8th birthday.
We went bowling on Saturday. Just a family party. It was lots of fun with Star Wars cupcakes and lots of birthday money. And all the pics are on my MIL's camera so you'll just have to hold your britches till she sends them to me.
So feel free to leave them belated birthday wishes in the comments and I will take all the blame for their lateness.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
1. my 33rd birthday yesterday
2. Bear's 8th birthday tomorrow
3. sleeping in on a Saturday
4. fresh, honest, real friends
5. working on music with my family
Sunday Delights, my attempt to purposefully "count my blessings" at least once a week, is seeing its final regular publishing in its current form. Thanks to all who have read and shared your blessings, and please feel free to do so one more time. I shall continue to think on what God is doing in my life, and be grateful for his presence and goodness, and I pray that you will, too.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
My sister, Andrea, graduated from O-State in 07 and my littlest sister, Kara is currently attending there. Andrea was and Kara is a cheerleader on the O-State small coed squad.
Suffice it to say my parent's have lots of OSU stuff. Like a small Christmas Tree decorated in all OSU ornaments and lights that never comes down. But my mom doesn't decorate. Doesn't have time and it's not really her thing. So, since it is my thing I couldn't help myself.
And, of course, I forgot to take the before pic until I had already made some changes. However, I don't think it matters. The change is still quite stunning.
Before #1 Before #2
Sunday, January 4, 2009
1. New Beginnings in '09 (out with the old and in with the new - new horizons, new adventures, new discoveries, new etc.)
2. having my prayer language interpreted to answer the prayer of someone else ("Praise be to God!")
3. making progress on our information packet (check out Praise the King here)
4. helping Bobo find a Nintendo DS (praise God for pawn shops and wheelin and dealin - he was quite excited)
5. awesome friends and family with which to journey through life (so cool living next door to grandparents, having the other grandparents just an hour and half away, and having hardcore, fun-loving spiritual brothers and sisters)
Now, it's your turn! Try to think of 5 things that delight you about your life right now, and please comment on them. It helps you to "count your blessings" and it encourages those of us who read them! Thanks!
Friday, January 2, 2009
How are you? It's been awhile.
Our Christmas was wonderful. Grandma and Granddad gave the kids a Wii and they haven't stopped playing it yet. Except for yesterday when hubs and I played it. And I'm not bragging or anything, but I ROCK at bowling. However, my right shoulder is in quite a bit of pain today.
I am ready for 09.
God has placed some circumstances in our lives right now that are bringing about change. Not only in our daily happenings but also in ourselves.
I've mentioned before how I seek God at the end of each year about the new year ahead. Last year I felt God telling me to focus on homeschooling the children and running my home. Through that focus God revealed alot about me to me, revealed alot about Him to me, and grew my relationship with Him in ways I could have never imagined.
Now, this year I hear Him saying: "Do it now."
While I can't tell you what "it" is yet, I can tell you that I'm excited and scared. RC and I have been talking about this for years now. It never felt right and we never felt confident in God's guidance in this direction.
But before God changed our circumstances He changed our hearts. And this change of direction for 2009 was not born out of circumstances, but an assurance that the desires of our hearts are the desires of God's heart.
And while thinking about these changes gives me that nervous feeling in my stomach I know it is going to be so very worth it. So we head into 2009 with an expectation to see God's hand move, faith to step out in obedience, and a willingness to serve our King with everything we have.
I pray the same for all of you.
But the Lord still waits for you to come to Him so He can show you His love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for Him to help them. Isaiah 30:18