Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Midweek Greetings...

I hope y'all have been enjoying your week.
Ours has been spent a little more out of the house
than I prefer but we are still enjoying it. ;o)

Monday, before going to Ally's endo appointment,
we enjoyed reading our Proverbs for the day.
At the the appointment, nothing new was determined.
We just touched base and she had some bloodwork done.
We enjoy the hour drive and this doctor office
has the only waiting room that we actually enjoy.
Instead of showing the 'norm' on their television,
they always play dvds with beautiful sights of places
with soft, instrumental music in the background.
So on Monday, we enjoyed visiting Alaska.
The video showed wildlife, glaciers, parks, etc...
and seeing a part of God's creation that we have not seen
was captivating as well as breathtaking .

Later, at home, we spent some time learning together
and the older ones did some seatwork.
In addition, we finished our Noah's Ark read aloud.
Oh, how nice it is to stick something out and complete it!
Even in the little things!
The Lord has been Faithful to remind me that
"He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much"
(Luke 16:10)

Tuesday, we continued with building the habit of Bible reading
and read our Proverbs together and did our illustrations.
It has been such a blessing to focus on one Proverb a day
after reading the whole chapter.
I'm reminded how the Lord says,
"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:
and with all thy getting get understanding." Proverbs 4:7
It's been a particular blessing to spend the time on one verse,
helping the children (and myself) get a better understanding
of what we are reading and learning how to apply it.
Though the illustrations have been a wonderful tool
that I began to help my children,
the are a tremendous blessing to me as well!

Tuesday afternoon, was spent out of the house
as we took Ally to teach piano lessons.
We all enjoy this time of fellowship, too!

We enjoyed a couple of sights, too, on our journey out.

The osprey (named after the bird) roared over us.
These aircrafts fascinate us as they are able
to change from "airplane" to "helicopter" mode.

We, also, enjoyed watching this fellow...

Such a cutie! We stared at him for quite some time,
admiring its beautiful features and glorifying its Creator.
Every moment, truly is a teaching moment,
whether its academic or spiritual.
There is learning to be done in everything we do.
What a blessing that is!

Tuesday evening, Ally was a blessing
as she polished her homemaking skills by making supper.
She enjoys being in the kitchen.

She made stuffed shells. Yum!
And I made some cheddar garlic biscuits to go with it. Yum!

Today we are continuing with our Proverbs studies
and focusing on our academics, too.
Currently, however, the younger ones are outside
enjoying a break in the cold as today is 70 degrees!
The windows are open and the breeze is blowing in! Lovely!
Adding to that, Ally is filling our home with beautiful music
at the piano. What a blessing old-fashioned hymns are!

We look forward to being in God's house this evening.
We're studying the book of Romans! Another blessing!
I hope you, too, are enjoying your week...
taking time to admire and appreciate
the Creator and His creation
and redeeming the time and opportunities
to teach, train, and learn. Learning never ends.
And I am thankful for that.

"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls."
~ Matthew 11:29


Kristy... said...

Oh how ENVIOUS I am of your 70 degrees... Its 20 something here but SNOW SNOW and MORE SNOW today.
Funny, I long for your 70's and you would think our 4 inches was great! :D

Anyways Always a joy seeing your kids hard at work..

Valerie said...

Yes, I'm enjoying my day and my week! You are so right, every moment is a teaching moment. I am always teaching by example and this convicts me of my shortcomings more than anything else!

PlainJane said...

Glad you are having a blessed week. So are we. Things haven't been quite as hetic as I thought they would be.

I always wonder at those that don't acknowledge God as our Creator - how much they are missing out on life. He is truely Awesome in all of His creation.

Coveting your 70 degrees. :) I hope the rest of your week is blessing-filled as well.

Brandie said...

Amen! We do a Proverbs a day as well. There is so much wisdom there! Love the pics of your day :) God's creation is so beautiful, the intimate details of every little living thing :) I really enjoy mornings waking up and listening to the birds chirp.
When we had that snow, it was fascinating to watch them eat off of the apple tree. Sounds like a yummy dinner Ally made :)

Madeleine said...

Oh Yes!! Old fashion hymns are my absolute favourite!

It sounds like such a blessed time. I have been home alot more lately, and I love it. Life is too busy andit is such a joy to

The osprey! That is sooo cool! I never knew a plane like that exsisted. I googled it. How cool!!

Lisa said...

I love your pictures here. I do pray everything goes well with Ally.It's not a good thing when our children feel bad. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.Hugs
from SC.


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