Tuesday, August 30, 2011

school boys




The transition from homeschool {for Elijah and me} and preschool {for Miles} has gone pretty well so far. We've now got 12 school days under our belts, and with the exception of Elijah forgetting to copy down a few homework assignments and me forgetting his focus medicine once, it's been great. Miles may not admit it, but he's happy to go to school each day. And Elijah is really happy. I'm still struggling ever so slightly with handing him over, it's a control thing... but I can already see how much he needs to own his days, his work, a bit more than he could when I was momma-teacher.

I was a nervous wreck {on the inside!} that first morning. During chapel, which started the day, Elijah leaned over and patted me on the back. He had no problem heading to his new classroom, meeting his new teacher. I had a hard time leaving him, and Miles too, but they did great. God sent comfort and confirmation to me through the words of the wonderful principal, Mrs. Stewart, during chapel. She reminded us all that it is God Who ordains our days, that He intended for our children to be at this place at this time. She gave a charge to the teachers to teach the children well, to help the children from being tossed about by the wind or waves of deceiving doctrine. She gave a charge to the students to work as unto the Lord. Heaven helped me {as it always does!}, to leave with a fresh knowing that our decision was made in Him. He knows how much I need reminding. {Thank you, Lord.}

So now we rise early, we learn in a different place, a different way, we wait and we anticipate all of the good that is to come in this new season...

Your own ears will hear him.
Right behind you a voice will say,
“This is the way you should go,”
whether to the right or to the left.
Isaiah 30:21

Monday, August 22, 2011

our trip in pictures {and a few words}

We were blessed, indeed,


with the opportunity to take


a wonderful vacation in Florida.


We are so thankful for God's provision


of this time through friends.


We played in the sand


and in the sea.


We had one {very} hot day, {very} fun day


riding, seeing, surprising! {We told the kids about our day at the Magic Kingdom on the ride there.}


And this baby loved the waves on her toes.



Now, to attempt to catch up a little on sharing the counted gifts. Have still been counting, but have gotten behind on sharing them here, which will explain the outdated seeming parts:
  • {73} An old man asks Jonathan for a few dollars for something to eat, but we can only find one dollar between us. He makes a sandwich for the man, filling a bag with a few things. Miles comes to the kitchen with two dollars and some change. All the money he had, he gave away.
  • {74} Ella missing Miles as he attends a neighborhood VBS she's not old enough for. "He has VBS the next day adain?"
  • {74} Miles trying to encourage Ella just before her last swim lesson - she was crying and anxious and had asked for piggy tails. "Oh, you look so pretty!" was part of the pep talk.
  • {75} Miles telling me that Matthew and Luke are in the middle of the bible, then he says "some stories are still being written." {On his 6th birthday-eve}
  • {76}Rain over a thirsty, dry area.
  • {77} A cold pack wrapped around a sprained ankle, my man telling me to rest.
  • {78} Elijah and Ella sitting close, video on my iPhone, his head on her shoulder.
  • {79} Miles and his dad working on a hot wheel track together {birthday gift!} together.
  • {80} A sleeping Milla in my lap, weighty, warm.
  • {81} Beautiful, powerful heat lightning.
  • {82} Tall, puffy, cotton-ball clouds. Bright white on blue skies.
  • {83} Being in the Pike Road 4th of July Parade with Elijah, Miles, Ella, Kell and Ian {my nephews}. Fun!
  • {84} Spurgeon's words: "We have been in many trials, but we have never yet been cast where we could not find in our God all that we needed." See Isaiah 26:4
  • {85} A date with Milesy.
  • {86} Falling in love with him all over again!
To be continued. Not caught up, but still counting...

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

where we've been...


a few Floridian places. More to come...