Blessing After Blessing

I have come to Ohio. It is January. And it is snowing! Ron has gone out of town a for a week+. I was supposed to go with him but he forgot to get me a ticket till the last minute when it would cost too much. So I decided I would just come to Ohio. Of course since I’m coming it decided it was time to snow and get cold because I love it SOOOOOOO much!!! Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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As soon as I got here Faith jumped up with dad and they took a nap. She loves it here. She loves me and everything but she loves papaw’s lap for napping and she loves following mamaw around wherever she goes. She does still sleep with me at night. When it comes time to leave she knows it’s time to leave but till then she knows where the treats come from, I have to admit that.

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Monday was my weigh in/measure day (Day 11) of my 24 Day Challenge. I couldn’t wait to get here to use Mom’s scale. I mistakenly stepped on my scale one day last week and the dumb thing said 200 pounds. I was convinced it was broken because I had already stepped on the scale at my doctor last Monday and knew I had passed the 200 mark. So I told Ron and he stood right up, got the scale, took it in the garage and threw it away. I was thrilled!!! Of course now that meant that I didn’t have a scale. But who wants a broken one anyway. He said I could use the one at the doctor once a month when I go to the doctor once a month anyway – which is a good idea actually. Now I don’t feel the draw of the dumb thing when I walk past the bathroom anymore. So this one time I needed it on a day when I happened to be at Mom’s house. I grabbed her tape measure – took my measurements and stepped on those scales. So my day 11 results show that I was down 7 pounds and 13 inches. I was so proud!!

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So now I’m on days 11-24. Those days are easier compared to the first 10 days. I brought my food with me up here. I haven’t exercised yet. I was using the 24 Day Challenge Exercise DVD at home. But I knew I couldn’t use that here. Mom/Dad don’t have a DVD player here. Well, they do but it’s not in a place where I could exercise as well. I started doing some floor exercises that I did before when I was working on losing weight in 2009.

So things are going well actually. Ron and I went to Chattanooga over the weekend to see Lauren and her friends. We haven’t been there to see her any this year. We’ve been wanting to go for so long. I’ve been wanting to go there for so long. She has made so many amazing personal changes. I wish I could share them all here. I’m not even sure I could get them all together to list. She has matured emotionally, personally, physically…she is no longer the innocent little girl in the teenage girl’s body. I have spent the entire school year praying and worrying and praying and worrying some more. I haven’t been the perfect Christian mother – because of the worrying – but I have begged God  100 different ways to help me let her go. I’ve begged Him to help her see His light in her life. Moving from high school to college is never easy. Months ago I told her that the feelings she was having in high school would be totally different to how she would feel for the rest of her life. It’s hard to get a teenage girl to understand that the four years of high school are a simple drop in the bucket of the rest of her life. She is changing now. She’s starting to see that all those feeling she had in high school are long gone. She’s struggling with understanding where they went. It’s just so hard for her. I keep praying. But I do understand how it all plays into her makeup. She is moving forward – thankfully. I can see it’s a hard lesson to learn. She can see that she is moving on and that all of her high school friends are back here in the same situation. But God is good and He has her moving ahead from where she was. It’s beautiful to see. She has a lot more changes to make but she is making them and she is making progress. And is such an incredible blessing to me every day.

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Blessings and Laughs

Last night I was a star struck teenage girl! Sanctus Real and Leeland were here at D6 in the concert. First of all I love music. Nothing interprets my heart like a song. When I can’t put my feelings into words I can usually find a song that will do that for me. I’ve been looking for a video that has the lyrics on it for one of Leeland’s new songs, I Wonder. It’s on his new CD The Great Awakening that released this week. It is so beautiful and opens my heart up and lets wonder and awe spill out. Here is a video and the lyrics are posted under it.

“I Wonder”

At the stars in the night, I wonder
At Your lightning in the sky, I shudder
Your glory is a blanket that covers
Every living thing
I’m in awe at the majesty of who You are
Your love is a seal burnt inside my heart
All of the day I want to be where You are
Holy Father

And it feels like there’s not enough praise inside of me
With all these words, all my heart can sing is holy
You are holy

Jesus Christ
You bled Your love, laid down Yourself
And gave me life
In naked shame You hung and You were lifted high
Here I lay in awe and wonder
I am afraid
For no one’s ever sacrificed and loved me this way

So on my face I fall under Your heavy grace
Here I lay in awe and wonder
And I wonder

I’m in awe at the majesty of who You are
Your love is a seal burnt inside my heart
All of the day I want to be where You are
Holy Father

And it feels like there’s not enough praise inside of me
With all these words, all my heart can sing is holy
You are holy

The entire room was standing and nearly everyone’s hands were raised in worship to the King of Kings. It was a beautiful time of worship.  I hope that it blesses you as it did all of us at his concert last night.

Then Sanctus Real took the stage. They did so many of their well known hits. Seems like I knew them all and could sing them all right along with them. Two of them are really special to me. This first one I’m gonna post speaks an incredible message that I think all of us can relate to.

I don’t have to carry the weight of who I’ve been cause I’m forgiven. My mistakes are running through my mind and I relieve my days in the middle of the night.

In this life I know what I’ve been. But here in your arms I know what I am. I’m forgiven!

What an incredible blessings! Satan reminds us of our sins, burdens, pains, failures and shortcomings but God can forgive and make us whole again and again and again. Talk about worship!!! WOW!

Then how could I finish an entry about any of their songs and not include the big hit Lead Me. Listen to this one with your spouse. It’s life changing.

Keep your life in perspective. Remember what’s most important.

The Skit Guys are also here this week. They are truly hilarious. The videos above should have touched your spirit. But this Skit Guys skit will tickle your funny bone. Here you go:

If you didn’t make it to the D6 Conference yet you really should plan to try to make it next year. The speakers, the music….it’s all priceless! ENJOY!

 

Where Were You 16 Years Ago Today?

Today is my baby’s 16th birthday. So I was getting ready to head to the hospital for my induction. I spent most of the 7th month of pregnancy in premature labor with 10 days in the hospital to hold off the labor. But in the end they had to end up inducing me. I should have seen all of that as a preminition of things to come with her.

I’m not sure how we got from pacifiers and sippy cups to this day. I must have blinked somewhere along the line. Because here we are. I knew this day would come but I didn’t expect it to appear at lightening speed. I wanted to share a few baby pictures with my readers today. She was adorable as a baby and she was stubborn and independent – much like she is now. Her personality has pretty much remained in tact the last 16 years. She has just matured over time.

I wanted to put in some pictures of the day she was born but those pictures are buried in containers still stored from the flood last year. And I have just been too sick this week to feel up to going on a picture hunt. Ron had a few of her baby pictures here on his computer. So we will go with those.

Big brother Michael seeing Sissy for the first time with Grandma

Alll propped up for a picture - looking beautiful

 

Look at those blue eyes and that wet ring around her neck. She was teething and drooling.

This is one of my favorite pics of her. She woke up from a nap talking to her baby.

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Lunchtime - EVERYONE knew Lauren had eaten when she was done.

She just loves it when I show this picture around.....

A MOVIE STAR!!!!!!

She loved her pacy!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Notice the pacy in the last picture – just within reach. Silly girl!!

And here is my baby today!

She's not a baby anymore!

Sixteen years ago today she was getting ready to start her journey in the world. Today she is blasting through full force ahead. 16 years old!!! Who knew!! Look out world, here comes Lauren!!!

First Report Card Back in Public School

Well, it’s that time again.  Waiting anxiously to get report cards in order to find out Michael and Lauren’s grades once again.  I’m not used to being "out of the loop".  At any rate, here are their grades for the first nine weeks:

Reading:
Michael – 93 (A)
Lauren – 92 (B)

Science:
Michael – 92 (B)
Lauren – 86 (B)

Pre-Algebra:
Michael – 91 (B)
Lauren – 89 (B)

Social Studies:
Michael – 92 (B)
Lauren – 85 (B)

Language Arts:
Michael – 100 (A)
Lauren – 98 (A)

Music Appreciation:
Lauren – 94 (A)

Art Appreciation:
Michael – 100 (A)

Rainy Monday

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down……………..there’s a song in there somewhere.  And it’s worse if it’s a rainy Monday.  bleck bleck bleck……….

I went to the doctor today and she changed my anti-depressant since my other one wasn’t anti-ing many depressants..  Know what I mean?  And I’ll tell you what – I am so glad!  It’s unreal how relieved I felt when I walked out of there this morning.  She also gave me something for the anxiety attacks I have been having. 

We took today off of school so the kids could play with Zachary – who was out of public school today too.  They have been up at his house all day long.  But we are back on it tomorrow.  Here is what we are currently covering in school:

Social Studies – We are learning about the Birth of Freedom in America.  We have covered the decline of moral character and the beginning of The Great Awakening.  The end of last week we covered the English-French wars and will be covering the War of Independence this week.  Our memory verse for this pace is Psalm 112:5 – A good man sheweth favor, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Word Building – We are covering words that have more then one meaning and how the meaning of words change when adding various suffixes to our spelling words.  Our memory verse for this pace is II Timothy 1:7a – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of…love.

English – We are learning about common, proper, compound and collective nouns.  We are also covering how to make plural nouns show possession.  Our memory verse for this pace is Deuteronomy 31:6a – Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee.

Science – This pace is covering disease.  We have learned about the germ theory of disease, infectious diseases and pathogens, noninfectious diseases.  We are also going to cover our defense against and treatment of disease.  Our memory verse for this pace is I Peter 8:88a – Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another,, love as brethern.

Math – We are doing a lot of review of everything they have learned up to this point.  I can’t find that particular pace right now.  So, I can’t wirte an update on it or share the memory verse.

I ordered a book of copywork ideas the first of last week.  I’m waitiing anxiously for it to arrive.  I will tell you more about it when it comes and I get my hands on it.  I’m looking forward to not having to come up with something new everyday on my own. 

Apple Cake

I wanted to share this yummy cake recipe with you all.  It’s my Mom’s recipe for Apple Cake.  It is in the oven right now.  And it is smellin’ mighty fine!!!

Apple Cake

2 Eggs
2 Cups of Sugar
1/2 Cup of Oil
2 Cups of Self-Rising Flour
A Pinch of Salt
2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
2 Teaspoon of Vanilla
4 Cups of Shredded Apples
1 Cup Chopped Black Walnuts (optional)

Bake at 350 degrees for an hour in a 9 X 13.

Icing:

3 Tablespoons of Softened Butter
3 Ounces of Cream Cheese
1 1/2 Cups of Powdered Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla
Dash of Salt

Ice a cooled cake.

Searching for Used Apologia Science

I have been searching diligently for a used copy of 7th grade Apologia’s Exploring Creation through General Science.  I need everything including 2 student texts.  If anyone has any of it that I could purchase I would SO appreciate it.  I thought I had located it on Vegsource but she had already sold it.  This would absolutely make my entire day if any of you have it on a bookshelf somewhere.