Thursday, July 17, 2014

Valiant For TRUTH

"The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits."  Daniel 11:32
 Oh, that we may know our God:  His power, His faithfulness, His immutable love, and so may be ready to risk everything in His behalf.  He is One whose character excites out enthusiasm and makes us willing to live and to die for Him.  

Oh, that we may know our God by familiar fellowship with Him; for then we shall become like Him and shall be prepared to stand up for truth and righteousness.  

He who comes forth fresh from beholding the face of God will never fear the face of man.  If we dwell with Him, we shall catch the heroic spirit, and to us a world of enemies will be but as the drop of a bucket.  A countless array of men, or even devils, will seem as little to us as the nations are to God, and He counts them only as grasshoppers.  Oh, to be valiant for truth in this day of falsehood."  Charles Spurgeon

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

So Thankful For Summers

"For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.  The Lord loves righteousness and justice;  the earth is full of his unfailing love."  Psalm 33:4-5

Building a deck for our pool out of recycled wood.

Welcoming our dear friends home from Indi* and their new son.

Finding creative ways to use the bountiful fruit of our labor.
Bailie's first black raspberry crumb pie.
Bridget made a gluten free fruit pizza.
Jack made black raspberry ink and had fun for a few days.

Bailie made a fruit pizza.

Rylie made lunch for the kids yesterday.
Rylie and Lillie made watermelon cake for supper.  Yummy!

Lillie's lego creation.  She was so proud of herself.

"Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him.  For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm."  Psalm 33:8-9

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Mr. and Mrs. Kristopher Baker

Our niece Jessica and her husband Kris were united as one two weeks ago at the very spot where their love for each other took root.  They met at college but fell in love when he came to visit with her while she was staying with us during our family camp.  

Their first picture as a couple
When we took the position as camp manager, Jessica graciously offered to come and help me with the little children during our busiest week of the summer.  She was an amazing helper and made life so fun for the children.  It's very rare that you will find Jessica without a smile or a contagious laugh.  As her and Kris grew closer, he too would come and spend the week at camp.  The boys loved having him around and they wore him out with all the wrestling and swinging.  We all made some wonderful memories during those weeks.  Of course I don't have pictures of all the things I can recall like our late night talks, mid-morning iced coffees, peanut butter & jelly toast, dora to the rescue, home videos and many more.  But notice, I did capture the goat milking.   :)  Thank you both for all of your help and fun memories.  

Here are some of the pictures I captured of their special day.

Because I couldn't resist. 

"Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace."  Ephesians 4:2-3

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."- 1 Peter 4:8

"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." - Ecclesiastes 4:12

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Life is Full of Learning Opportunities

"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards."  Anatole France

The children learned why their skeletal system is so important using play-dough and toothpicks. 

Life skills.

Target Practice

Knife throwing thanks to Daniel and Kaleb.

We held a Rite of Passage ceremony for Bailie and welcomed her into woman hood with special food, godly women, memorable gifts and encouraging letters.

This year we studied the Middle Ages and Dad helped make memories with the children.

This year was Rylie's 10th birthday and we have a big 'surprise' party for the children when they turn 10.  

Aunt Sharon Wray came over once a week to listen to the little ones read and give this momma encouragement.  She is a gem!

De-boning her first chicken.

Helping momma cut soap.

Bailie had her first babysitting opportunity with Miss Ruby.

Learning how the lung works.

Making grass heads with their older sister.

Life in the blood.

Learning about the heart and ventricles. 

Watching our pulse.

Building close relationships with amazing families.

Learning hospitality, deliverance and how God is the orchestrator of our lives.

Cake decorating classes from Mrs. Artz.  Thank you sweet friend.

Selling our home made creations at Oasis.

Team work!

Bailie's Needle work.

Baking with cousins.

Tearing down a work.

Learning about the cell

The children REALLY enjoyed the edible cell, a little too much!

After our assessment yesterday and the good reports on each of you along with a healthy seasoning of encouragement, we can put away the books and binders for a small season and start to think and pray about the upcoming year and what all the Lord wants to teach us.  I thank Him for all we have learned this year and for the growth I have seem in each of you along with myself.  

My sweet little ones, may you each grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ {2 Peter 3:18}, for the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding {Psalm 111:10}.   I pray you will always have a teachable spirit and rest like clay in the hand of your Potter {Jeremiah 18:6}.  Even though our books are packed away, your amazing minds that God has gifted you with can never be packed in a box and placed on a shelf.  Seek wisdom as you would search for silver or hidden treasures {Prov. 2:4}, ask for wisdom and it shall be generously given to you {James 1:5}.  May we never stop learning TOGETHER!  I love you to the moon and back...or like Jack says, 'To outer-space and back 100 times.'