Monthly Archives: August 2007

a sad sad sad… sad sight.

leaves in our driveway.

yellow leaves.

scattered amongst the cars.

not pretty.

not welcome.

very sad.

God Speaking in the Psalms 39


Psalm 125

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but ABIDES and stands fast forever.

Psalm 126

When the Lord brought back the captives who returned to Zion,… then were our mouths filled with laughter and our tongues with singing… then they said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them.

Psalm 127

Except the Lord builds this house, they (We / I) Labor in vain…”

and one phrase that makes me laugh every time I read it “It is vain for you to rise up early

Psalm 130

Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? BUT You offer forgiveness, THAT we might learn to fear You.”

Homeschool Highlights

SO, we started in with all our new curriculum… we like it. (notice the “we” – always important!) I’ll list it all out here for you…

Winterpromise – we are using Animal Worlds this year, both the younger and older book sets. it focuses on the Animal Kingdom (DK Encyclopedia and Answers in Genesis) and various Animal Habitats (One Small Square series). We’ll all love it I am sure. Lots of sciency books, animal books, notebooking opportunities, nature walks and discovery… what we do anyway, really!

Learning Language arts for Little Ones / the Very Young from Queen’s Homeschool. It can’t get much more gentle than this for Language Arts! I wanted to introduce some stuff, but am not really into the heavy grammar at this age. And Keenan already reads. Thad is too young, but wants to “do school” – sometimes… so its perfect. poetry, narration, picture study, introducing alphabet / light grammar, copy work (but not too much). Perfect for us and where the kids are at this year. Also thrown in here is (can you go wrong with computer and the reward is a game each day? I think not.) and Madlibs.

Scott Foresman math… with as much natural learning as I can throw in through out the day, any manipulatives that work for the topic on hand (including the MathUSee blocks) and the Family Math book. And dice games.

A little culture study and global prayer using Kids of Courage magazines… and missionary letters and stories when we are waiting for the next issue to arrive.

Finishing off Winterpromise’s American Story 1 … 1 book at a time… 1 project at a time… we might get through this year, we might not. Maybe we’ll just find a good stopping point and read A Child’s History of the World, or buy Story of the World on CD, read by Jim Weiss. I obviously haven’t figured that aspect out, and am not too concerned… if it fits in great, if not, there is always next year…

Art… whatever 🙂 I have the book Developing Young Artists and an Atelier level and Drawing for Young Children by Mona Brooks, and a few others to round out the collection… we are just going to do something once a week… that is art focused not product or craft focused…

And we’ll stay as physically active as we can, with winter coming on, and listen to lots of good music, because we have it, we should, and we like it… and if I schedule it I’ll stress myself out, and then none of us will like it! 🙂

And that is what we are doing this year.

HIGHLIGHTS (Week 1 1/2)

  • Hippo art
  • Starting the Animal Kingdom book from AIG’s God’s Design in Life series
  • EVERY Madlib story was an absolute hit with tons of giggles
  • Thaddeus tracing “A” in cornmeal (I don’t have sand 🙂 )
  • Playing a new dice game with Keenan, and realizing he knows more math than he lets on
  • “Socks” by Beverley Cleary
  • Making an Eritrean snack of Roasted Chickpeas, and saying grace after the meal in Eritrean tradition

Our week of official camping was interrupted by a camping trip and this week will be interrupted by the State Fair, so the first two weeks will take three… but that’s ok.

God Speaking in the Psalms… 37

ok so I haven’t blogged about praising… I have been slowly SLOWLY reading the Psalms, and even missed a couple days…

Looks like my 40 days of praise will be 43, or 45… 🙂  BUT camping was good, we went to the State Fair today… that was good!  Our bathroom is getting close… the toilet in, linoleum down, 2 walls painted, tub and surround and fittings in… just working on painting the vanity / mirror now and the last of the dry wall.  Then mud, and texture, and more paint.  OK, we’ll be a  while yet 🙂

BUT I am praising, God is working, and I am changing.


Psalm 119 – from the New Living Translation today

29. Keep me from lying to myself

37. Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through Your word.

105. Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.  I picture here walking on the trails at night in Papua New Guinea where I grew up… and how wonderful that flashlight was on the dark nights with no moong, trying to miss the mud puddles, ditches and tree roots

143.  As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in Your commands.

169. Give me the discerning mind you have promised.

175.  Let me live so I can praise You.

God Speaking in the Psalms 31


Psalm 110:3

“Your people will offer themselves willingly in the day of Your power, in the beauty of holiness and in holy array out of the womb of the morning”

Psalm 113:9

“He makes the barren woman to be a homemaker and a joyful mother of spiritual children. “

God Speaking in the Psalms 30


Psalm 109:4, 18, 21-22

lots of tidbits here… that go together, and speak into my life at multiple levels, today in particular….

In return for my love they are my adversaries, but I resort to prayer.

He clothed himself also with cursing as with his garment, and it seeped into his inward life like water, and like oil into his bones.”   – This was especially powerful.  I first read it and thought of some others… and then God said to me” How about you?  Do you speak words of life, or words of cursing?”  ouch.  and Thank you.  For as painful as it is, and as reluctant as I am sometimes, I do want to be changed to be like You.

“But You deal with me and act for me… for I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded and stricken within me.”

and  “I WILL praise Him among the multitude.  For HE will stand at th right hand of the poor and needy”

OH its been a day… two days actually… You, God, Who makes all things beautiful, in Your time…

God Speaking in the Psalms 29

Ah… I remember this post from a while back… one of my favorites from Ann at Holy Experience… go check it out and be encouraged and challenged. Thanks Ann!


Psalm 107:9

For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with good.

I love the patterns in this Psalm

  • For He (God) did … provided… redeemed.. etc.
  • some did … (some foolish, wise, sinful thing)
  • then they cried to the Lord in their trouble / distress, etc.
  • and He delivered them…
  • OH that men would praise and confess to the Lord for His goodness and loving -kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men!”
  • For He… and the cycle continues… its great.  GO READ! 🙂

Psalm 108:1, 13

what a great way to begin and end  a Psalm… with all the stuff in between

“O God, my heart is fixed (steadfast, in the confidence of faith); I will sing, yes, I will sing praises, even with my glory (all the faculties and powers of one created in Your image)!”

Through and with God we shall do valiantly, for He it is Who shall tread down our adversaries.”