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Joshua's B-Day and Lightning

Yesterday we celebrated Joshua's 8th Birthday. His theme was Batman. A while back I rented the old batman movie. It was so funny to watch. There was a shark scene and you could tell it was a rubber shark. I ordered him some Batman party stuff from Birthday Express.

Josh helped me bake his favorite chocolate cake.
Here is the recipe:1 Package (18.25 ounces) plain devil's food cake mix

1 Package (6 ounces; 1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips(put in last)
1 Package (3.9 ounces) chocolate instant pudding mix
1 Cup sour cream
1/2 cup oil
14 cup water
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Put those in after you have beat everything else together. bake for 50 min or when cake starts to pull away from pan and springs back when lightly pressed.

We got this recipe from the Cake Mix Doctor.

Josh also made a peanut butter frosting. With my help ;)

His party was at 6:00pm so he had to wait all day, poor guy. His Grandpa Joe, Uncle Joe, Aunt Cynce and his two cousins came. The rest of our family lives in CA. We sang Happy Birthday (out of tune) ate cake, jello and ice cream and he opened his gifts.

I also made his favorite breakfast that morning (Cream of Wheat) and he has been wanting to try shrimp so that is what I made him for dinner. I won't share that recipe, because you can buy it in a bag. He really enjoyed his birthday and said it was the best birthday ever. (Like he said that last year and the year before) He really liked staying up late the night before and helping me make the cake and getting all the goody bags ready. Normally I do that myself.

I still can't believe I have an eight year old. My how time goes by so fast. I still remember when I was pregnant with Josh. He was born two weeks after his due date and was 8lbs 2 oz (not my biggest either)

Also yesterday, I was pretty tired from staying up late the night before getting Joshy's birthday ready. I decided to lay down before starting dinner. It was raining, thundering and lightning. I was really enjoying our thunderstorm. I love hearing the rain and thunder. That is one thing I was looking forward to when we moved out here.(Texas) In Ca we didn't get too many thunderstorms. When I was little we did. (although Ca is having a lot of rain now that we moved) Well anyway, I was in and out of a nap. I could here Annette and MaryEllen talking at the top of the stairs, when all of a sudden I hear a loud BANG!!! and I hear noises coming from some where. I get up and go to the kitchen and my coffee grinder is on; grinding no coffee, my stove stinks like burnt plastic and it won't open and from the living room our Bose speaker is making a weird noise so I unplug the whole Bose system and our air conditioner on the bottom floor stopped. I'm thinking; what has just happened here. Well to make a long story short. Our sound system is not working, the stove is not working, a light socket up stairs is not working and our bottom floor air conditioner is not working. That is the most expensive thunderstorm I have ever enjoyed .

Today we had the air conditioner fixed for five hundred, our Bose was three thousand (which took us a year to save up for) and I don't know if we will fix or buy a new oven. I am just thankful that our house wasn't hit.

So by the end of yesterday I was hot and tired. Josh had fun though :) My Sweets and I had to sleep on the living room floor, because it was way too hot in our room.

Here is a cute movie for you all to watch, called; The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio. It is a true story about a women who raised 10 kids. Her dh spends all his money on drinking but this extraordinary women keeps her family together with lots of love and laughter.It is rated pg-13 because there is a scene where the father is drunk and banging things around in the kitchen. So if you watch it with your kiddos you might want to fast forward that part. There is another scene where she falls holding her milk bottles and her hands are bleeding. It's not like there is blood splattering or anything. All in all it is a cute movie and I enjoyed it.


We Took a Week Off

It has been a good but busy week.

Monday my hubby woke up sick. Really bad cough and stuffy nose. My brother-in-law took Annette out with her cousin. So we didn't get a whole lot of schooling in.She did her Rod & Staff Reading and that was it. Josh did his Rocket Phonics. Math they do together so with Annette being out all day we didn't do it.

Tuesday, I had an 11:00am dentist appt. So I tried to have the kids do at least their reading. Again no Math got done . I had to have my wisdom teeth pulled and a few cavities filled, so I was gone for a good 3 hours. My tooth just didn't want to come out. By the time I got home my sweets (hubby) let me take a nap. I was so exhausted. I slept for 2 hrs. By the time I got up it was pass 5:30pm. I was still out of it for a while.

Wed. Hubby is still pretty sick and I am still in a lot of pain. Again we did no math. Josh did his Rocket Phonics. Annette didn't do any school. With both my kids still needing me for the 3 r's it would be too much for this whooped mother. I couldn't even go over their AWANA verse.

Thurs. I still can't talk much and Dear Hubby is still not feeling well. I need to get ready to go to a women's conference this weekend. I am bummed because I am still in pain. Hopefully by Friday night I can at least enjoy a meal. I can't believe that having my 6 children was eaiser then having my tooth pulled. Gees! I feel like a wimp here.

Josh did his phonics and Annette did her reading, but no math again. I did pick up a little and mop the kitchen.

Tomorrow will probably be the same with schooling. Phonics and Reading. I told the kids on Monday that we need to get back to a full day of schooling again. Read aloud, copywork, reading, phonics and math. I think we have gotten a little too relaxed here.


Sunday:Before and After

I was visiting blogs this morning and came across one where a fellow blogger had a hard time with Sundays. So I thought I would blog about what I did to change our Sundays from rushing and hectic to more peaceful and calm. I had to get over some selfishness and change my attitude. I have often thought to blame satan by saying " he doesn't want me to go to church so he is making it hard for me." But when I got to the heart of the matter it came down to me. I was just too lazy to get out of bed. I even tried to put the blame on my husband by thinking he should get out of bed first not me. I look back and see how selfish, self centered and immature I was thinking and acting.

This is how our Sundays were before. Saturday I would tell my hubby that I am going to wake up early on Sunday to get us there early so we can go to the 9:30 am "Coffee House" class and then go to the 11:00am service.

Sunday morning the alarm would go off at 7:00am and I would hit snooze so many times that we wouldn't get out of bed until 9:00am. While hubby and I are sleeping the kids are up and getting there own breakfast. The little ones pour too much cereal and milk. Kids are quarreling. So finally I decide to get out of bed, grumpy of course because "I" not my hubby got up first and "I" have to deal with the mess while hubby is still in bed. As I walk in the kitchen I am stepping on cheerios and see milk spilled on the floor. The pantry door wide open, so of course Ethan & Lance have made a mess trying to find cookies or anything with sugar, including Splenda packets. I am getting even more mad, since my hubby has not come to help me clean up. Hubby gets up irons the clothes, I brush their hair, hubby and I dress. Grab for the diaper bags and we are out the door hoping that we get there on time for the 11:00am service and that they have room in the Pre-K classes for Ethan and Lance.

How our mornings are now. I wake up at 5:30am. Have my quiet time. 6:30-7:00am the kids start waking up. I am dressed. I fix breakfast. Get hubby up. He starts ironing the clothes while the kids finish eating. Hubby puts all their clothes in order of ages on the bed. As the kids finish breakfast, I let them know to go to my room and get dressed all the way to their shoes. Hubby dresses Lance and I help Ethan. I brush their hair while hubby is putting the car seats in the car. (sat. hubby usually has to take the van to Home Depot for something and so car seats come out during the week to carry whatever) I get the diaperbags ready, grab my sunglasses, help put the kids in and we are off to the 9:30am Coffee House class. Most Sundays we are there early enough to put Lance in his class. Once in a while he ends up at the Coffee House.

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:9-11 NIV


P.S. Please note that I am not saying that anyone who has a hectic Sunday morning is selfish, self-centered or immature. I am speaking of only me and my issues.

Happy Ending (Bible Found)

Yesterday evening we had some excitement at our house. My bible that has been missing for almost two weeks was found Lord. It had fallen from the roof of our car on Preston Rd. and a couple saw it fall and stopped to pick it up. They were on their way home from visiting family and they live an hour away. My bible didn't have my name or address in it, but did have our church flyer in it. So they drove an hour out here to drop it off. Our church is pretty big (we have 2500 children running through the halls every Sunday) my bible had a cover on it with a little window/pocket to put a photo in, which I had a family photo. One of the Ladies recognized Brent in the photo and gave it to his AWANA leader.

What a miracle! It dropped from our car onto a busy road, picked up by a stranger who doesn't live in the area, returned to the church, someone notice Brent, put it in the hands of his leader and it was finally handed safely to my husband who brought it home to me and with only a scuff mark. God is good. Thank you Traci for taking the time to pray with me about my lost bible

A funny thing that happened; I was talking with my husband when Caleb came looking upset and confused. He said so innocently in his soft voice " Mom, my tooth fell out, I was sucking on my blanket, when I pulled it out, something white flew out and I picked it up and it was my tooth." He looked like he was about to cry. We didn't even know he had a loose tooth. That was why he was so confused. Once we rinsed his mouth out and told him it was normal he was excited.

God is good all the time. All the time God is good. I am learning to rejoice and praise God, even when things are not going my way. Let go and let God is another good saying ;)

He is my hope, my truth and all that I desire. He is beautiful. He is full of love, mercy and grace. And he loves me.

In Him,

More Life Lessons From Ethan

Yesterday Ethan came running and screaming from the backyard. I could tell he was in pain and asked him what was wrong. I couldn't see any scraps on him. When he turned around I saw a few spots of blood and I am thinking, were did it come from. I don't see any open wound. I picked him up and started looking at his body. Still nothing. He started calming down and he said, "broke my head" So I checked his head and there was a big bump on it. No big gash or anything. Thank goodness. Caleb and Brent were outside so I asked them if he fell from the slide or something else. My little guy can climb up anything. They said no the rake fell on him. He was trying to pull a rake loose from hanging up near the shed. When it did come loose it fell on his head. My poor Ethan.

I put an ice pack on him and prayed. Shortly after he was ready to start jumping an playing again. I kept following him everywhere. I didn't want him to bump his bump.

Ethan, can fall, scrape his knee but a few minutes later he doesn't remember the pain any more and is ready to take on life again. Two weeks ago he was playing with his Texas pop gun and he pinched his finger. It was black and blue, four days ago he was looking and laughing at me while walking and he ran right into the corner of the wall, two days ago he picked up a bee and it stung him and every time he will cry, get over it and move on. (even though I am not over it yet and still want to hold him)

By the end of the day yesterday I was a wreck. I had to get down on my knees and give Ethan to the Lord. I prayed God's protection over him and realized that as much as I love him I can't protect him like God can. Even on a deeper level: I thought Lord, one day my kids are going to leave and I won't be there to protect them and it hit me full force on how much I want my children to trust in the Lord. (We'll maybe I should say it hit me again) For them to do everything for Christ. I prayed that my children will seek him all their days. I prayed that they keep their hearts pure, that they will do good deeds, they will give all the glory to God and not themselves. That they will live for God and every step that they take will be for Him.

When they go off on their own I want them to be firmly rooted in God's Word so that they will never fall away.

Ethan has also taught me that when things get tough, get back up. Don't complain or whine, just get back up. Don't think, "why me" just get back up and when you do get back up, look up. Look to God he is always there.

Thank you Lord for today. I pray I don't waste any of it on falling down. That I won't give not even a minute to satan. I pray that every breath I take is for you. Every step that I take is for you. Every dish that I wash if for you. I am an example of Christ to my children and I want to be a good one!

To read more about my little guy click here (I transferred this from Homeschoolblogger so I'll have to find the link. Until then I don't have it).
In Him,
Ethan always jumping, climbing or running

My Ethan.
My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Proverbs 4:20-25 NIV

Simplify My Reading

I have been trying to simplify areas in my life and one area (among many ) is my reading time. Have you seen my sidebar of "I'm Reading" I love books. Always have since childhood. But it can be a bit overwhelming at times. There is so much I want to learn. I want to learn how to be a good wife, mom, friend and positive thinker. So this morning I was praying about all my books sounds crazy I know, but this needs to be done. I have a habit of thinking I need to read them all at once (especially the parenting ones) You know " I don't want to ruin my kids because I didn't get to that one book on time" ;) I tend to just skim the surface thinking I'll read it again later. So here are the books that I am going to read, not skim through but really read them and I am going to do something that is going to be very hard. Put all the other books away. Not have them next to my reading area.

I'm going to stick with;
  1. Child Training- Hints on Child Training, by Clay Trumbull.
  2. Mothering- The Mission of Motherhood, By Sally Clarkson.
  3. Wife- Created to be His Helpmeet, By Debra Pearl.
  4. Schooling-Latin Centered Curriculum, by Andrew Campbell.
  5. Better Myself book- Battlefield of the Mind, by Joyce Meyer
The one book that does not get put on the shelf is God's Word my Bible.My first choice for any learning is Gods Word and I am so thankful for the freedom we have to worship Him and to read His Word.

And once I am done with these, I'll pick another set of books from my "sidebar list"

I know it still can look like a lot too some, but for me It's just right

Clean Heart, Clean Home Challenge

Today I am starting the Clean Heart, Clean Home Challenge that Amy at Dandelionseed seed is starting. I am so excited, because this is something I have been wanting to do. I have tried to do this on my own, but have failed. I truly believe this time will be different. I am not alone this time, I will have the support of Amy and 115 other fellow bloggers who are also taking the challenge. Most importantly I am taking it to Jesus.