songs i heard

21 Jan

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Taking a break from Beethoven, and listening to this. Songs that the girls are familiar with, some are even well-loved.

Singing along to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious…

Can you see them dancing around?

Wanna join?

Practicing Grace

20 Jan

It was one of those mornings when I would have preferred to linger in bed to catch up on dear sleep, order pizza and stay in my pajamas while watching the inauguration- but then I remembered something. My ministry. Yes, an important one. I am a minister of God’s word, a minister of His love- to little ones. No, not only those kindergartners every other Sunday at church, but my very own. Every single day.

So here I am, Lord. Up and about. I’ve done a few loads of laundry already, read to the kids, given the younger ones their bath, prepared wholesome lunch while watching history unfold in this country today, cleaned the kitchen, and now, making chocolate chip cookies so the kids could have surprise snack for afternoon tea when they wake up from nap. It’s all good. I’ll do it over and over again. Any day. For this is what I am called to do, for this season at least. What a privilege to serve little souls and demonstrate God’s goodness through humble service… Forgetting of self. To tell of God’s grace and His care for us- His unfailing and unconditional love. To impact eternity.

May I be reminded of these every single day so I could face each task with willingness of heart and with vigor that could only come from my eternal source, the God of love. For I know it would have been a totally different day for this sleep deprived momma had the Holy Spirit not intervened- early in the morning.

Only by His grace. That I might submit to it.

fun ideas for super cold days

15 Jan

A big snow day, followed by subzero temperatures three days in a row-

You’d think a homeschooling family would just stay cozy at home instead of battling the bitter cold, but the girls would not miss dance class for a little inconvenience. They even had friends over for a playdate, keeping the whole house warm while moms wrapped in blankets enjoyed tea. Today, we thought to take advantage of the super frigid temperatures to do some things fun and call it science.

First, we made snow from boiling water: Here’s the idea. We used a bigger container and did it a few times. Super fun!

Here’s another one: I’m Forever Freezing Bubbles.

Inspired by this post, we did this

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to make these:

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which greeted the UPS guy today.

To wrap it all up, a mug of Trader Joe’s sipping chocolate and milk. Inside, that is.

when it’s THIS cold outside

15 Jan

we talk about the weather

and keep warm with thisyo01111

and this

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simple pleasures 1

13 Jan

Just for fun, I’m sneaking in here again to share some of my simple pleasures with you. Since there’s only a few minutes before read-aloud time, I thought I would do an installment and call it part one.

1. Bookstand by the kitchen window- This week, I am enjoying page spreads from this book. I have to admit, I take much pleasure in the feel of a sturdy book, its beautiful illustrations and the overall layout. (Strange, I know.) Having an open book to look at while washing dishes is for me uplifting. I thought it would remain unnoticed by the rest of the family since it’s on my little space in the kitchen, but I caught my daughter changing the pages earlier today. So now I am looking at a new picture, and it is very pretty.

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2. Fresh artworks by little hands, all over my kitchen– Ah. What else can I say?

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3. Teavana– Nothing like loose leaf tea, and oh, the variety! If you’re a true tea lover, you must experience Teavana.  I have almost forgotten that teas come in bags.

Well, that wasn’t so bad. See you next time, and blessings to all.

science everyday

8 Nov
  • The children are currently engrossed in this book:

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  • and think that Exploring Creation with Zoology 3 is by far the most interesting of the Apologia Elementary series (though we said the same of the other books in the series in the past.)

I’m glad I get the privilege of learning with the kids.

love matters

7 Nov

I rejoiced as I got up this morning knowing that God is still sitting on the throne. He is in control.

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.  Psalm 46:10-11

As I crept away from all the post-election discussions, I am reminded of the greatest commandment- the ONE our Savior left us with. LOVE.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…  1John 4:18

Without love, I am nothing.

This articleHonoring the Lesser King has given a resounding voice to what’s in my heart.

I pray that we could all emanate His love and radiate Light at a time like this.