"Popcorn" is the nickname we gave to our incredibly active son. If you spent 2 minutes with him, you will easily understand the meaning of the nickname. The Chinese Noodle is the affectionate nickname we chose for our hoped for Daughter-to-Be, who may one day come to us in the LORD's perfect time from China.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Arkansas Frontier Field Trip 2010

Harding Academy took a field trip to the Arkansas Frontier Farm this past
Thursday.  We had a terrific time and learned so much!
Our family has been here already twice in 2008 &2009, so
it was just review for our "Popcorn boy."  But believe me, he was NOT bored one bit.
His very favorite part was the mining for gold, and he did it with a vengence!  
I loved seeing him with his school buddies. 
The School is a
Private Christian Elementary, and faculty and staff are
extraordinary!  We love them.

The friendships are Terrific, too!
All of the children got a fair glimpse of life on the frontier.  I was glad it was a
bit chilly, so they would learn how difficult it was for the early settlers to
warm their homes, and have hot water for things like wash day, etc.
The kids got to play with toys that frontier kids played with.
Grinding Corn and getting dried corn off the cob was another hands on experience for all.
Popcorn's First Grade Class & Student Teacher, Miss Jackson.
After our search for the perfect pie pumpkin!
This will be a happy memory for all First Graders- each one found at least 2-3 gems in the dirt!
Lunch time was more like exercise time.  These tires were irresistable on which to climb and play.

Andrew takes his turn at scrubbing.
The one room school house was fascinating.
More mining with Brooks
Looking in on the Mule
Silly picture with friends Wesley and Sam (Blaine in center)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Cooler Air is a Blessing

Just some thoughts...

I love breathing in the scents of the romantic autumn season, roaming around my garden sampling smells of the season's most fragrant flowers.

 This morning my rose blooms are still prolific, and as I exhale slowly, I drink in the beauty of the whole back yard. I think moments like these should last longer than the regular moments of sitting in traffic or waiting in a doctor's office.

 It is time to harvest the last of my herbs, to gather them with twine and store them in the dark, cool closet until dry. Once dry, I will crush them and place them in glass containers to flavor my winter soups and stews.

 I love Autumn!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pure Trust

Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly. -- George MacDonald

Friday, October 22, 2010

A Little Creative Juice is a Great Thing!

Trying out the new Toile material I bought on
sale today.  I love how it perfectly matches
my Blue andWhite China!
3 more curtains to go...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Just a little Prayer in Spanish

We are studying Spanish in our free time. 
We pray at least once a day in the Spanish language.
This is a little prayer card we use to help remember the words
to use when speaking to God.  It is amazing that He understands in
EVERY language!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sweet Simplicity

enjoying the little things together
    I was recently scrap booking, and came across some photos or our recent family trip to the Amish Farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.   In reflecting this trip, it came to me that I have managed to make my life quite complicated. Virtually everything I do is complex, from travelling, to working, to laundry. In touring the Amish Farm and observing this wonderfully simple way of life, it occurred to me that I have twisted my life-style in a way that may not be pleasing to my God.

So here is what the Lord taught me from this experience:
  • Keeping things simple really helps us enjoy our lives more...
  • I desperately need an understanding of simplicity.
  • God really doesn't want our lives to be super complicated.
  • The simple approach is also Jesus' approach to dealing with life.
Upon further reflection, I have made several discoveries. Did you know that the difference between being "simple", and being "complicated" is very obvious? To "complicate" means 'to make or become complex, to twist or become twisted together.' Complicated things are usually things that are hard to understand, or bewildering. Simple things, on the other hand are "composed of only one thing or part, not complex, but easy".

I believe that, in my life at least, complication may be a work of the devil. I say this because Satan is the author of confusion (see Isaiah 51:7). The Devil hates simplicity in my life, because he knows the power, joy, and peace that it would bring to me.

Reader, if you have time, read Matthew 11:29. I have often laughed at this verse, and questioned my sweet husband as to what it really meant. Jesus said, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and lowly (humble) in heart, and you will find rest (relief, ease, refreshment, blessed quiet) for your souls. Wow, that sounds great, but how do I find this rest? It was in reflecting on God's word this morning in my quiet time, and later discussing my observations with Michael, that I began to remember Jesus' words in Matthew chapter 11.  I have pondered them so many times in the past.

I am slowly coming to some understanding of all of this... Jesus was (is) saying that if I want to remain restful and peaceful in my thinking, my feelings, and my decisions, I need to identify and remember how He handled situations, dealt with people, and responded in situations. I have been asking God to give me the strength to follow Jesus' example in this in my life.

So now, I am developing a new habit, and one which was learned from my own Lord and Savior... I ask the Lord, "What is the simplest approach to dealing effectively with this situation, as your own Son would have done?" Since the Holy Spirit God lives within me, I am quietly listening and searching the scriptures for His answer, as I know that He will guide me in all things.

God loves us SO much. He has a unique plan just for each one of us. He really doesn't want us to be completely miserable, but to enjoy the abundant Life He has provided. So for now I am striving to relax, Seek His face regularly, and watch His plan unfold. He has definitely NOT told me everything I want to know at once, by in each situation I have faced since these things have been learned, and as I ask Him what to do, He has shown me! Brilliant! God is doing amazing things in our home and our lives, as I pray He will do in other's lives.

Keep striving for simplicity, joy, and peace.

And never give up!

Simply sleeping