Saturday, August 16, 2014

First Day Pictures

It's official.  We are back to our formal studies.  The children were begging to start, so we did.  ;)  I personally love being back to a regular routine.  It seems we all work better under structure.  Here are our 'First Day of School' pictures.  

Opps...Lets try that again.  ;)


Jeff built 2 desks with a total of 4 computer stations.  This year the children are using the computers for math, Spanish, typing and spelling games.

Bailie's pastel chalk art creation.  Her favorite subject.  ;)
Everyday as we pull out our books and we expand our minds, I must remind myself that our main purpose in educating our children is to "...make ready a people prepared for the Lord." {Luke 1:17}.  

Dear Father,  Thank you for the opportunity to keep our children home and to learn together wisdom from books and more importantly wisdom from your Word.  Prepare our hearts, Lord, so we may pour You out like water onto the lives of our children.  May Your power be perfected in our weaknesses and help us to hear Your still small voice as we face the challenges of each day.  Father, I thank you that Your lovingkindness and compassions that never fail, that your mercies are new every morning, and that You abound with Grace.  Teach us, Father, to pass along this grace to our little ones, souls that you have entrusted in our care.  Father, equip us and our children, through Your word, to do every good work You call us to and to work heartily at whatever task is before us.  Draw us closer into Your presence.  May we be strengthened by You as we learn to trust in Your perfect will and way.  We Thank you in advance for the mighty work and growth You will do in each of our hearts this year.
Your ever learning daughter,

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