Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A pleasant surprise was reconnecting with my cousins who had all come together from different parts of southern California and places as far away as Vermont and Massachusetts. I hope we can stay better connected in the future.
I made it a point to make sure that my kids at least got a picture with their great grandmother before she past away. It's too bad that they never got to know her like I did, but at least they got to meet her.Here is grandma with Emery at 7 months.With Matt at 5 months.And with Andrew at 3 yrs. I took Andrew out with me to CA for this trip, and he managed to have some fun out there too.We went to the beach as his grandparents just moved to a place 5 minutes from the beach. I could be wrong, but I think he likes the beach.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Emery: "Mom, when you were a kid, how old were you?"
Emery: If she does a good deed and I don't acknowledge it publicly she takes it upon herself to say, "Mama is sooo proud of me!" I had to tell her that only OTHER people are allowed to say that about her. :)
Andrew: We had company over for dessert and I burned the top. To hide my embarrassment I made a joke about it and Andrew chimes in with his own funny line, "Yeah, my mom is like the MASTER OF BURNS!" Everybody got a good laugh and then I think Andrew felt bad for teasing his mom and so to make it up to me he TRIES to "defend" me by saying very sweetly, "No mom, it's true, you really are." Thank you Andrew. :)
Matthew: while hiding behind the kitchen counter Matt says to me, "Mom, we're invisible!" I said, "OK, now come on out and clean up those toys before dinner." Matt says, "We are out. We're just invisible." oh yeah.... :)
Matthew: To dad, "Even if kids disobey, I still like them. Because we should like everybody, not just missionaries." He was saying this to show us just how noble a person he is. :)
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
And yes, he now knows what "fervent" and "multitude" mean.
By the grace of God, Andrew has now memorized 30 passages of Scripture, 13 this year so far. We practice them all on a semi-regular basis and refer to many of them often in the course of life. On top of that, he's memorized many Awana verses though we don't practice all of those. This year, I plan on adding some of those to his "keepers."
It is amazing to see God's Word in action in his life. During certain times of correction, Andrew (like me and I'm sure many of us) will not want to talk about whatever has just happened. But I'll ask him to quote from some of the passages he has memorized that are appropriate to the situation. Then to literally see God's Word soften his heart right before my eyes has been absolutely amazing. Whereas our discussion was going no where, God's Word opened a path right to his heart. God's Word is truly living and active.
Many of the things I do as a parent, do not produce much in terms of immediate results. I trust that they will have a long term impact as I follow biblical principles. However, memorizing Scripture has got to be one of the few exceptions. The results are quick and lasting as well. I feel that having my children memorize God's Word has been one of the most fruitful things I have done as a parent. And it doesn't hurt that it increases his vocabulary!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The movie plot consisted of figuring out how to make mom's birthday a great one. It was eventually decided that the boys and girl (playing themselves) would make 3 teddy bear robots to help make mom's birthday a fabulous one! I tried to get more scenes uploaded as they were HILARIOUS, but the files were too big. Please excuse the screenplay, acting, directing, lighting and camera work.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Now I know that the number of verses my kids memorize does not make me a good parent or make my kids good kids. I do not hold this as a badge of honor or spiritual maturity. But I do want to give my kids a gift, one of the most important and enduring gifts I can ever give them, the power of God's Word in their hearts for the rest of their lives.
Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
The little ones have finished their latest - Proverbs 28:13 - He who hides his sin will not do well but he who confesses and turns away from them, shall find compassion.
We started systematically memorizing in January with Ephesians 6:1-3. And now, they have finished 15 passages, including 20 verses. We review them all almost every night. It has become such a regular part of life that when we miss our Bible time and verses, life feels strange and incomplete.
It is amazing to see them memorizing so much. God has been so good to us.
And Matt's got it too. If you're wondering about Andrew and his verses, his update is coming.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Here's the new lawn after the first mowing. Hopefully, I won't kill it over the winter!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I've recently returned to a personal study on the attributes of God (that has been on again and off again for several years) and was looking at the goodness of God today. God's goodness can be defined as follows:
- God is the sum of all that is wholesome, beneficial and beautiful, the final standard of good and the source of all good and all blessings. All that God is and does is perfectly kind and benevolent.
That means that every inconvenience in life comes from a perfectly good God. Every difficulty at work or home or church is a perfect blessing from a perfectly wholesome and beneficial God. Every trial and tragedy is an act of perfect kindness and benevolence. Every one.
Why is that? It's because every worldly good thing is not meant to be the object of our affection but is meant to point us to the true sum and source of all that is good. So when we lose something good in this world or are faced with a lack of goodness in some situation, God is kindly reminding us that He is absolute good. In fact, He is the highest good. There is nothing better than Him.
And God has proven His goodness toward us in giving us Christ so that we might experience the perfect sum of all that is wholesome, beneficial and beautiful. 1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God.
Isn't God amazing?
Monday, October 5, 2009
Party tricks.One big brother that was easy to keep track of.And one big brother who was not. Andrew has been into climbing trees recently, but he got up a little too high. I had to talk him down, but he was fine.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Andrew did manage to score a few goals most games and usually tried his best to play good defense. But this season, I am most proud of Andrew for being encouraging to his teammates and cheering them on regardless of the score.
The funny thing was - it seemed like Andrew was just playing soccer to kill time until he gets to play basketball. We don't want him to over obsessed with basketball so we had him play soccer this fall instead.
I need to improve my camera work. This was his last game and this was my best shot - Andrew almost scoring a goal. He scored 2 goals, and I wasn't even close to filming either of them. Please forgive my almost "gooooooooaaaaaal" rendition.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
And when they weren't having Bible time or resting, they were SO excited that they danced.