For many homeschool years, I avoided the very scary aspect of a certain subject despite my love of hands-on learning: science experiments. shudder… To me, this ominous phrase remained clouded in too many inevitables such as mess, confusion, unsatisfactory results…and … Continue reading
So I’ve never re-blogged before. I’m kind of glad that this particular post gets to be the first one, the spearhead of sharing again something worth saying twice. The how that happened is actually quite hilarious. You see, we were eating dinner, using our humor and wit to tease my son about his love of a certain song that he sings quite, um, frequently, when my almost 14-year old daughter turns her fork mid-sentence in the direction of the floor. Yes, that fork was holding…….food.
A memory flashes through my mind of a time I wrote about just such an occurrence. And amid us laughing and telling Cloe to clean up her mess, I grab the computer to share with my family these words written three years ago. And what happened next was beautiful. I got the chance to teach my now older kids something about diligence. And then, something even more beautiful followed: my daughter responded by letting me know that I’ve been working toward this. She says that my reactions to her mistakes are different. In fact, just before we began our family meal, she had prayed and thanked God for the lessons I teach her. So, I’m letting you know how it is going (because, of course, this is an ongoing process) with my pursuit of diligence. I hope you are inspired to diligently try it yourself.
Christmas is over. New year’s is over. Family visiting is over. School break is over. So what’s new? Back to the usual routine, I guess. But what should ‘usual’ look like? I honestly hate routines. I am not the kind of person who derives energy and comfort from same ol’ – same ol’. Unless it’s my coffee every morning, but I’m pretty sure that’s the only exception.
So how do I keep from routine becoming mundane?
What’s the secret to life staying jazzed in the midst of housework, mom-duties, and homeschooling?
What can keep me involved and putting effort into parenting, cleaning,
and life in general??
I think the key will be a word that keeps re-occuring in my thoughts this week: DILIGENCE. Sorry, I know that doesn’t sound as exciting as you…
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Please read Ezekiel 47:1-12 before you read this post. Really.
Albeit very untrue, these were the words my daughter said to me in the middle of our special time in Siracusa once again. I am always so thankful to get to return here. God gives us such adventures and … Continue reading
Beautiful. And even when I can’t see the beauty just yet in the circumstances around me, I’ve seen it enough in the past to know He can take this current mess and create lovely things from it. The hurt, the … Continue reading
The following remembrance and very intimate event I share with the desire that it leads you to look to the Lord in all circumstances. I have permission from the family to openly tell the story. I pray that their transparency, my words, and the presence of God’s Spirit will influence you to let this story inspire you to walk with God.
So I’m jumping out of order in sharing this, as I had plans of sharing some of our fun in Prague back in September. But now that I’ve told you what I was supposed to write about, I’ll be sure to get to that (yeah… as well as the Israel adventures that I promised…hm, maybe I should just start keeping my plans to myself…and not let you know how much I meant to write, and didn’t, last year 🙂 ) Anyhow, here’s my first worth-sharing experience to kick off the New Year:
(We spent our New Year’s Eve weekend in Berlin, a last minute decision for a quick family get-away. I’m taking the following straight out of my journal entry which I wrote on our 6 hour train ride home. It’s the last story I recounted for my personal reflection of the three days we spent in the capital of Germany)
Enjoy this reflection on who God is, I pray it reminds you to look up.
Yes, you heard me right. For four years in a row now, we have visited the Pumpkin Festival in Ludwigsburg, Germany. For me, this Kürbisfest is a highlight of the season change, preparing for the cold months we have ahead here in the greater Stuttgart area. But try as we might, I never seemed to be able to organize our visit to coincide with the day they float in oversized gourds on the small pond in front of the palace that dates back to the 1700’s. Okay, a little introduction to this unique vegetable-boat event:
As you can see from the photograph, genuine pumpkins are carved out on the side to make an entrance to the squash, hollowed out, and then used quite effectively as a mode of travel. Participants race around the two halves of the pond competing for the fastest time, separated in 2 categories: men and women. Visit the Kürbisfest website here to see all the events at this fun fall festival. Now, on to the story of how I ended up in this unique Kürbis race… Continue reading
I think I must like that word: insignificant. I’ve used it before when I spotted a moment in one of my favorite books, Les Miserable. You can read that completely unrelated post here. But right now, you can read this … Continue reading