Saturday, March 29, 2008
This funeral got under my skin more than others I have been to because I related to way too much of it. Not only is this a person my age, she had children the age of mine, and was pregnant - like me. There are a few things in life that are just unnatural: a parent burying their child, and a young child losing their parent. But in the midst of this tragedy, there was hope. The funeral was not somber. There were tears, and the family and friends will continue to grieve, but there was hope. We sang "Great is Thy Faithfulness" and "Victory in Jesus." The huge choir at the church she was involved in sang of heaven and how wonderful it will be to be there someday. During their very moving and upbeat song, my friend's husband, in the midst of his grief, stood and raised his hands and sang with the choir. He has hope.
The pastor also spoke something that really resonated with my heart although I had not put it into words before. Each time someone we love goes ahead of us in death, if they were believers, heaven gets that much sweeter to us. When I was a child, I used to pray that Jesus would tarry long enough for me to experience more life here on earth. I couldn't understand how much more wonderful heaven would be because of my limited experience here on earth. As I have aged, and gone through hard experiences, I have begun to see heaven in a new light. Sometime in college, I was able to begin to pray that the Lord would return - soon. After I lost my first baby, I longed for the day I could meet him in heaven. As I carried Aaron in my womb, I prayed that he would hurry because I knew the pain my son would experience if he stayed long on this earth. After Aaron was born, I knew for the first time the sacrifice God the Father made in giving his only son in death - for me. I knew I wouldn't make the same sacrifice with my only son. Now I know that two of my children will greet me when I go to heaven, and heaven is a lot sweeter than it used to be. I will get to know one of my grandfathers for the first time in heaven, and get to know the other without the burden of alcoholism. Today makes my heart cry for the Lord to hurry and come!
Friday, March 28, 2008
- the Bible (One Year Bible plan)
- Because They Hate by Brigitte Gabriel
- Bamboozled by Anglea McGlowan
- Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
- Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham
- A Midwife's Story by Penny Armstrong
- Fatal Misconception by Matthew Connelly
- Stupid Black Men: How To Play the Race Card - and Lose by Larry Elder
- The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States by Benjamin F. Morris
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Aaron came up to visit after dinner Tuesday night. Ethan was so glad to see him! You would think that they hadn't seen eachother in a month rather than just in one day! One good thing about being in a children's hospital is that they have fun things for the kids to do. The boys were fascinated by this Troy Aikman display!
I am so glad to be home now. Even though he still needs treatments every four hours, we are all so much more comfortable at home. Thanks for praying for us while we were in the hospital. It meant a lot to know that so many people were praying!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
made bunny shaped Easter rollsopened Easter baskets
hunted for Easter eggs
"I want to find more eggs!"
I wonder if doing all of the bunny stuff takes away from learning about the real reason for Easter. We did talk about all of it. I even got to explain how the egg is a picture of the trinity (all one egg but three distinct parts) to Aaron. I heard someone say that each year they do all the "traditional" Easter stuff on the first day of spring and keep Easter Sunday about the resurrection. In theory I like that. I don't know if it will become our practice or not, though. We'll see.
He is Risen!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
At this point, Edna begins to throw off any restraint. She throws herself into her art and begins to shamelessly pursue a relationship with a man known to be loose with women. Although she occasionally misses her children and sends them chocolates and a note, she continues to be glad she does not have the expected social pressures of her family. After a visit to her children, she decides to move out of her husbands home and rent a small house down the street. She also allows her relationship with her lover to become openly scandalous. Right at that time, Robert comes back because he cannot be apart from Edna any longer. He is determined not to allow his feelings for her lead to an affair, but she pursues him. They are on the brink of consummating their relationship, but she is called away by a friend in crisis. He promises to wait for her, but when she returns, he is gone. He leaves a note telling her that it is his love for her that will not allow him to stay and come between her and her husband. This is the final straw for Edna. She loses her will to live and commits suicide by swimming into the ocean to the point of exhaustion. She does think of her children in her final moments, but feels that they would be better off without her.
This is a depressing story. It goes so far against everything I believe and feel! Not only is there a lot of immorality, but this woman only feels free when she has shaken off everything that God has ordained for women. It also makes me sad that anyone would feel that suicide is the only way out. I think it is somewhat normal to occasionally have doubts about your life, but that God has provided comfort, guidance, and assurance through the Holy Spirit. I find that when I turn to God and devote myself to prayer, any doubts I am feeling are quickly gone as God reaffirms in me His plan for me. Regardless of the way I cannot relate to Edna, and cannot condone any of the morals in the book, I thought the book was well written from a literary standpoint and enjoyed the style of writing. If I wasn't an "English Nerd" though, I wouldn't have made it past a few chapters in this book!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
This evening she wanted to play with a blue ball that Lily was playing with. We told her no and she was upset about not having a ball to play with so Del went and got her a pink tennis ball that we gave the girls for Christmas. She very slowly walks by me staring at the ball and saying, "I got a ball. I got a new ball. I got a ball. I got a PINK ball."
How's that for a girl for ya?
Friday, March 14, 2008
For my first pick, just going down the list, I ended up with The Awakening by Kate Chopin. This actually cracks me up because this very happy to be a stay at home, homeschooling mom with extremely conservative views when it comes to marriage and family ended up starting her journey with one of the most controversial pieces of feminist literature of its time! Even though I completely disagreed with the book and its premise, I enjoyed reading it because it is very well written. It made me sad that this woman felt trapped in a loving marriage with loving children and saw desperate measures as her only way out. I am blessed to know that even on days I don't feel like it, my husband and my children are blessings. I don't know if you really want me to type many of my impressions of the book because a) I could be the only one alive interested in my impressions of this book, and b) if you ever wanted to read it, I would ruin the plot for you!
Even though I enjoyed The Awakening from a literary critique viewpoint, I am thankful to have just started Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. This is one of Austen's books that I have never read and it is a wonderful contrast to the book I just finished!
Yes, that is nine bags of miscellaneous stuff, a tv, a Christmas tree, and a car seat. And I'm not done yet!!
In all the cleaning out of closets, I came across these gems:
I remember when my Walkman cassette player was the stuff! And look, the newer one on the left even has FM/AM radio! Score! We have a birthday party to go to tomorrow evening for a friend who is turning 40. The invitation says to bring a gag gift - no problem! Walkman cassette player, anyone?
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
I kneaded it for a full 10 minutes I think because you're totally right, the dough is so different. I hope it turns out! Oh and I used 2 cups of white, 2 cups of wheat and it felt alright to me. I proofed the yeast in all the buttermilk and honey, then added everything else and then the flour. For the record.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
- 2 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp honey
- 1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
The bad news is two-fold. The dough as described is too sticky to work with. I added an additional 1 cup of wheat flour and 1/2 cup of white flour to get this dough to knead properly. Even then it was way more sticky than what I was used to. The other problem is that I had read way too many bread recipes the day I made this trying to decide exactly which one to use. I thought the dough was to be divided into two loaves, but it was only to be one. Which is why my loaves are really, really flat. But the texture and flavor of these loaves is wonderful! You just have to eat two slices for every one you would have eaten, which really is no problem at all!
Anyway, I highly recommend trying this recipe as a good gateway into whole wheat flour use.
On a totally unrelated note, have you used any of the lapbooks from Hands of a Child? I ordered the one for early childhood on airplanes and Aaron just loved it! We took a week to do it and only continued Bible and reading and otherwise only looked at airplanes - oh, and we began telling time lessons. Anyway, it was such a good break from our regular schedule. Each day he woke up asking, "Are we going to do plane school today??" I'll definitely order more of these!
Chritian Examiner online has an article about what happened.
Sign On San Diego has an article.
The Jeubs have a post on their blog.
I'm going to sign the petition that HSLDA has out to get the judge's opinion depublished.
See HSLDA's information on it.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
What is it about Singapore math that you like? Where can I get a sample of it?