Awana!

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

–2 Timothy 3:16-17–

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Last Wednesday the kids celebrated an awesome year at Awana during awards night! Sarah Ann and Reece both completed their entire handbooks and were so diligent each week to do their lessons and memorize their verses and books of the Bible! They loved their teams, the games, the Bible stories, the store nights. It was all so much fun! Carson also had a wonderful first year in Puggles, and of course, we need to give Nanny a big thank you for teaching his class! He is always singing his favorite Puggles songs! We are so grateful for such a fun and engaging way to encourage our children to hide God’s word in their hearts and for how our babies challenge us to memorize Scripture too!

 

Sea Lions

This week, Riverbanks gave members a sneak peek of the new sea lion and seal exhibit that is opening in June! It was amazing! They did such an incredible job with the whole exhibit, and there are so many different places for you to view the animals. The kids favorite place to watch them was definitely the big wall inside, and they couldn’t believe how close they were when they swam right by the wall!

Wednesday afternoon was absolutely beautiful, and we had so much fun seeing the new exhibit and spending some time at the zoo with Anna Claire, Charlie, and Mrs. Kathy! The sea lions seem to love their new home, and it was so fun to see them swimming all around. The kids kept saying, “they are so big” and “they are swimming with their eyes closed!”

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The kiddos couldn’t wait to tell Jeffrey all about the sea lions (the seal is not out on exhibit yet), so we decided to go back again Friday evening with Daddy for a quick visit after work. It was cool and misty out, but the sea lions were happily swimming, and we also got to see them jump out and waddle across the dock! Daddy also treated us to dinner at Chipotle downtown and then dessert at Pelican’s snowballs. It was a wonderful ending to our last day of school celebration (more on that later) and to kick off the weekend! And sea lions and seals, we’ll see you again soon!

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Mary and Martha

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things but few things are needed–indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better…”

Luke 10:41-42

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A couple of months ago, Jeffrey asked us all one night at dinner, “If we could meet anyone in the Bible who would it be?” Reece quickly said David because his favorite Bible story is David and Goliath. Carson said Jesus, Jeffrey said perhaps one of the disciples because they were able to spend time with Jesus, and Sarah Ann answered with Mary, Jesus’ mother. After a bit of thought, I said that I would want to meet Mary and Martha, and when they asked me why, I said because my heart really wants to be like Mary but I know that my personality it a lot more like Martha. And what I’ve learned over the past few months, as I’ve studied Mary and Martha through a Bible study and a couple of books, is that for me it’s all about where my adoration lies in what I’m doing. The Lord has blessed me with this calling to be a wife, a mommy, a homemaker, and a homeschooling momma. So yes, there will always be lessons to plan, a home to clean, meals to cook, laundry to wash, but when I place my focus on glorifying God through the work of my hands, I can do the Martha things that need to be done with a Mary heart. A heart that can love her husband and children through clean laundry, sweet tea, home cooked meals, and vacuumed floors. “Whatever you do, do it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…”

“How we take care of our homes is all about our response to God. He gave us our homes. We have the ability to give life to them. We have to decide what our response to Him will be… will we accept our tasks with joy, giving thanks for all the goodness and blessings we have been given? Remember, He knows our weaknesses, and He’s not looking for perfection… Taking care of our homes is a responsibility to take joy and honor in, and ultimately is a service that will lead us toward Christlike character and humility.”

“Everything we are doing to care for our families by way of our homes, we are doing for an eternal purpose! It all matters! God is maturing us with every spill lovingly cleaned up, every mouth wiped and diaper changed and kiss given and every other thing we do. It matters and it is not insignificant. Your wool in the mundane is refining you. Keep on, sister! At the end of it all, you’re going to shine like gold.”

~Sarah Mae, “Having a Martha Home the Mary Way”

Soar Soccer Season

Sarah Ann and Carson had their final soccer games on Saturday! As I look back on the season, I am just filled with thankfulness. Carson had the sweetest team and such a patient coach, and it was so fun to see Carson come out of his shell and get more and more confident each week. He was definitely the littlest one out there, but he didn’t let that stop him! He scored a goal at the end of the final game, and he was so proud! He already says that he wants to play again next year. And Sarah Ann had such an awesome season! She learned so much about the game of soccer, so many new skills, and her coach was always so complimentary of her and how she really listened and took the instruction to heart and always put forth her best effort. Her coaches were so great, and she had the most precious team of girls who had so much fun together! And when I thought that we were crazy for having two hours of soccer practice on Tuesdays and Reece having karate, our family huddled together, supported one another, and completely made it work! Thank you, Jeffrey, for coming straight from work to get Reece to karate or watch the other two practice. We were stretched and encouraged, learned to let loose a little bit, had some late nights, and ate lots of tacos for Taco Tuesday. And waking up on Saturday morning for all the games wasn’t so bad when we always had sunny weather and lots of smiles from our kiddos. Reece never once complained bout all of the games and practices. He contently read books, ate snacks, played with toys, kicked the soccer ball, and had lots of fun with Pops. And a big thank you to Nanny and Pops for helping at all of the games! Oh, it was was such a sweet season, and we are so incredibly grateful! I sure do love my little soccer stars and their soccer supporter brother too!

 

a few friday favorites

here are a few of sarah ann, reece, and carson’s favorites…

  • there are currently 99 episodes of animaniacs on netflix, and the kids think it is hilarious. but i’m pretty sure their favorite part is dancing to the ridiculous song at the beginning.
  • the big kids are on a serious lego kick right now. they’ve been building houses and creating cities, and sarah ann recently decided to take apart all of her princess and lego friends sets so that she could build them again.
  • and carson of course can’t get enough of his “little people” toys. before nap he always says, “can you just set the timer for just a few minutes and we can play little people before i go to sleep?”
  • none of my kids are big breakfast eaters, just like their mommy and daddy, but we’ve made some big strides recently when they all finally decided that they liked granola bars! these are perfect for our breakfast on the go mornings!
  • carson has also wanted to run with me lately, and he’s a great little running buddy. he just happily sits in the stroller and listens to our music while i run around the neighborhood. and i think i’m actually enjoying running again!
  • we now have kona ice and pelican’s snowballs right around the corner from our house, and they are yummy! at kona, reece and carson always want to get all the flavors, while sarah ann and i prefer banana! we’ve only been to pelican’s once, but they have lots more flavors that the kids can’t wait to try! i’m sure we’ll be eating a whole lot of icees over the summer!
  • and lastly, the kids absolutely loved watching “little big shots” together! it was such a cute show, and steve harvey is hilarious! it was definitely something that we could all watch together and enjoy! the first season just ended, and now they are counting down until when “america ninja warrior” comes back!

My Hope is Built on Nothing Less…

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

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Daddy’s little sidekick and grill master!

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

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Best soccer watching brother ever!

His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

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Snuggled up watching “Little Big Shots” before bed!

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

Broadwell Academy, Weeks 31 and 32

Week 31

  • Monday: Co-op day! Reece shared the planet he created in his space class, and Sarah Ann made a marble run in Lego class. The weather was beautiful so we also spent the afternoon at the park having lunch and playing on the playground with co-op. friends!
  • Tuesday: Art class for the princess and a park play date for the boys, our weekly library trip, and school work in the afternoon! We also learned about Alaska and made eskimos.
  • Wednesday: Sarah Ann has really loved learning cursive, and Reece is doing awesome reading his sight word books. It was a full day of school, Bible study, and playing in the sprinklers because it got hot in Columbia! We also read about Colorado and California.
  • Thursday: Magnet experiments and we watched a movie we found at the library about how they use magnets on rides at Disney World! We were finishing up “High Tide in Hawaii” so we decided to do our read aloud time at Kona Ice!
  • Friday: Field trip Friday at Edventure with sweet friends and then we spent the afternoon celebrating Earth day and doing some fun Earth day activities!

Week 32:

  • Monday: Our last day of co-op! The kids were so sad for it to end. They both did awesome sharing their animal and art projects that they worked so hard on!
  • Tuesday: Tuesday brought errands, art class, the library, water squirters, and an afternoon of reading eggs, reading books, handwriting and Social studies learning about Idaho and Montana!
  • Wednesday: We had our last Bible study on Wednesday, and we went out for breakfast, so we got to do our school work at Eggs Up Grill! Our afternoon brought math with pattern blocks and greater than/less than, and a little Hawaiian luau before Awana since we learned about Hawaii in social studies.
  • Thursday: Field day was so much fun, and even after a full morning we still managed to get some school work done that afternoon! Multiplication is a current favorite for Sarah Ann, and Reece is doing awesome on his math facts!
  • Friday: We enjoyed a slow morning reading, playing, having lunch out and then going to the state museum. We saw Rio in 4D, and the kids loved it! Friday afternoon we finished up our math and reading assignments for the week, and spent Friday evening watching the co-op’s drama productions!

Thankful Thursday

Tuesdays with these silly boys. I so love seeing their relationship grow. Carson looks up so much to his big brother, and Reece takes such good care of him! They keep each other laughing and smiling, and they definitely drive each other crazy too! And Sarah Ann, of course, is loving her time at art class with some super sweet girls too! It’s a win-win for everyone!

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Oh, we love our flexible days. Yesterday the big kids worked hard to get all their work done in the morning while Carson was at preschool, and then we spent the afternoon at Nanny and Pops’ pool for the first time this year! It was way too cold for me, but this kids didn’t seem to mind at all. These are sweet days that we’ll never forget; time to play, time to enjoy each other, time to rest!

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And we’re thankful for friends. Friends to run with, homeschool mom friends to spend hours talking with, friends to do life with, friends to eat meals with and play with. And friends to celebrate cinco de mayo with! 

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And of course, none of this would be possible without Jeffrey. He works so hard to provide for us, and let’s me make the most of these days with our children; that I can be the one to teach them and lead them; that we can make our own schedule and focus on what is most important to us. And who else would carry a gallon of sweet tea down the street for me?

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We have so very much to be thankful for today and everyday! I pray that our hearts will always be grateful for these fleeting days that are far better than I could have ever asked for or imagined!

 

Seven and a Half!

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Today Sarah Ann is seven and a half, and she’s been so excited to share that news with everyone all day long! At seven and a half, Sarah Ann loves Jesus, singing worship songs, playing soccer, Chickfila and Moe’s, art class, Dr. Pepper, sewing, and of course, dancing! She’s our night owl who loves to stay up late reading, but she’s also chipper and ready to go in the mornings. She can be quite competitive, but she also has such a compassionate heart. She likes her room messy, and it doesn’t bother her one bit when you can barely see the floor. She likes building with Legos and always taking care of Rebecca, her American Girl. She is a loyal friend and can make new friends wherever we go. She’s like her Momma, and she prefers to be on the go! She’s a very diligent student but can be quite easily distracted, especially when it comes to math facts. She’s the best big sister to Reece and Carson. Reece always wants to play with her, and Carson always wants her to comfort him when he’s upset. She’s a complete Daddy’s girl, but she becomes more and more like me everyday! Oh, sweet Sarah Ann, we love you so much and we are so very thankful for you!