Friday, April 29, 2011

Freedom Facts for Friday!

"The fullness of joy is in the choice."
                                                                                                     Beth Moore
Justification defined simply is 
God's forgiving sinners, and
treating them as if they had 
never sinned.
                                                                                         Catechism for young children

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Passion Week in Pictures

Wordless Wednesday
Coloring Eggs
Seder Dinner

Sue reading Easter stories

Egg Hunting

Friday, April 22, 2011

Freedom Facts for Friday!

This is a beautiful song I heard on the radio.  It is by Sidewalk Prophets and the lyrics are so perfect for this Good Friday

You Love Me Anyway

The question was raised
As my conscience fell
A silly, little lie
It didn’t mean much
But it lingers still
In the corners of my mind

Still you call me to walk
On the edge of this world
To spread my dreams and fly
But the future’s so far
My heart is so frail
I think I’d rather stay inside

But You love me anyway
It’s like nothing in life that I’ve ever known
You love me anyway
Oh Lord, how You love me
How You love me

It took more than my strength
To simply be still
To seek but never find
All the reasons we change
The reasons I doubt
And why do loved ones have to die?

But You love me anyway
It’s like nothing in life that I’ve ever known
You love me anyway
Oh Lord, how You love me

I am the thorn in Your crown
But You love me anyway
I am the sweat from Your brow
But You love me anyway
I am the nail in Your wrist
But You love me anyway
I am Judas’ kiss

But You love me anyway
See now, I am the man that called out from the crowd
For Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking ground
Yes then, I turned away with this smile on my face
With this sin in my heart tried to bury Your grace
And then alone in the night, I still called out for You
So ashamed of my life, my life, my life

But You love me anyway
Oh, God… how you love me

You love me anyway
It’s like nothing in life that I’ve ever known
You love me anyway
Oh Lord, how You love me

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cambria and Father/Daughter Ball

Wordless Wednesday
April 11-17/11

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Passion Week Activities">
To prepare our hearts further for the advent of Easter 
we will be doing  some extra activities.
Here's our list:
Sunday- We were out of town so missed an opportunity to do something.  We had a time of  visualizing
              Christ's triumphant arrival into Jerusalem and discussed what we would've done if we had been there.
Monday- We try to "bless" Him through "blessing" those around us.  We usually make a small inspirational craft
                to give to our friends, family, and neighbors.
Tuesday- We will make Hot Cross Buns.
Wednesday- We will walk The Stations of The Cross, an Episcopal church nearby has a beautiful trail with 
                     markers to "map out" each stage.
Thursday- We will host a Seder for my side of the family
Good Friday- We will have a foot washing ceremony and time of reflection and repentance.
Saturday- We will dye eggs and make a Christ candle.
Sunday- After church, we will go to my folks' home and share a meal, we will hide the Resurrection Eggs and 
             rejoice that HE HAS RISEN!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Multitudes on Monday!

213. Fun and time with friends 
 215. children playing tag
218. a runaway 13 y.o. back
221. In-N-Out
223. Everyone sharing
224. A beautiful beach day in Cambria
226. a teenager escaping waves
228. girls' dressed for a ball
229. handsome Daddy escort
230. Mommy +sons+teen time
232. generosity of strangers made family by marriage
235. just enough gas
239. Daddy calling back and saying,
"I see Christ in you".  
First time EVER hearing those words

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Freedom Facts for Friday!

" It is not what happens to us
that matters
as much as 
what happens in us."

"We do not always have the freedom to choose the roles we must play in life,
but we can choose how we are going to play the roles we have been given.
Choice is the key."
Gerald L. Sittser from
A Grace Disquised

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Thirsty Thursday

Thirsty: 1. parched 2. desirous of something
Is there anything you are thirsty for today?  
Something specific that ultimately would lead to a more spirit-filled you?

I am thirsty for time management advice
in regards to the good, bad, and sometimes ugly
time I spend on the computer.
I am so encouraged by many of the blogs and sites I read
yet i find myself spending wayyyy toooo much time on here.
If anyone has ideas or suggestions I would be so grateful 
(I'll even list you as one of my thousand gifts : D).

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Levi "measuring up" w/whale baby
Isaac and a penguin friend
Pictures taken b/t April 1-10, 2011
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Mimi LOVES turtles
Abby, Levi, and Mimi checkin' out flamingos
Our home school hosted a ballroom dance with lessons and all.

Mimi on her belated birthday tea w/Daddy.
 My uncle and aunt had a pre-Easter egg hunt and potluck
 because their granddaughter wouldn't be out for the official one.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lent activities

Titus 2 has long been a mantra in my heart.  I so wish the Body saw what an important mandate it is for us all to be mentored and to mentor.  When I happened on to this site and saw "Titus 2s Days" I was so excited at the possibility of hearing about and from other women who have this same desire.  So, I will be trying to add this activity to my list on Tuesdays.
During this season of Lent, I will humbly offer things that our family is doing to enrich and prepare our hearts for Easter.  I hope this will be helpful to others.
Every morning, during breakfast, we read through a couple of devotions.
The first one is called 
"How Many- A Book of Daily Lenten Devotions for Children and Their Families" by Arden W. Mead
There is a "How many" question and scripture reference that leads to a part of the redemptive story.
We have also been doing
Ann Voskamp's "Trail to the Tree" Easter Devotion .
You can download it from here .
Finally, we have been memorizing
"The Catechism for Young Children with Cartoons" by Vic Lockman
His website is
May God bless your Tuesday.
Make it a great day!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Multitudes on Monday!

Turning the Ugly to Beautiful through perspective.
188. lessons in patience-stopping at every stoplight, road work, etc
189. seeing life and love instead of the mess
190. restlessness that forces a perspective change
191.siblings constant struggles forcing creative discipline
192. first time grace for dog's mess
202..disability embraced and accepted
204.  losing Saturday to gain service

Friday, April 8, 2011

Freedom Facts for Friday!

God doesn't love us because we are good,
God will make us good because he loves us.

 Our revelation of our cynicism [in and about the Church]
will be our revival
                                                                                                     Beth Moore

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Joy of God's Presence

A few thoughts from one of my Lenten Devotions by Henri Nouwen.
Verse: Is. 49:13
Joy and laughter 
are the gifts 
of living in the presence of God
that tomorrow is not worth worrying about.
Where there is much time 
life can be celebrated.
...the problem is
the absence of free, 
when God can be encountered in the present
life can be lifted up in its simple beauty and goodness.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Blogiversary Give Away!

My friend over at is doing a giveaway to celebrate 4 yrs. of blogging.  She is a gifted writer and an encouragement to read.  Good luck!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Hunt!

 I've said this to a few people lately, "If I wasn't looking for it, I would've missed it".  That is how I feel about this pursuit of 1,000 thanks.  There are days when the "hunt" really isn't that difficult.  All I need do is open my eyes and they're all around me.
This last week my friend and I took the kids (all 4) to Monterey Bay Aquarium.  All you have to do is have eyes to see and the blessings abound.  I also was fortunate to attend a Beth Moore conference Friday night and Saturday morning.  Being with 6500 other women learning about and praising God can really get the thankful juices flowing. 
There are other days when I have to consciously direct my attention to the hunt.  This Sunday, I awoke to the flu.  Let me tell you, I'm not a very good sick person.  I tend to feel sorry for myself, angry at what is NOT getting done, frustrated at the lost time and expectations I had for the day, well you get the picture.  However, this time was slightly different.  Because of "the hunt", blessings were everywhere. 
Just a little insight into where my "list" originated this week.

153. a friend's distraction and then deferment of frustration at missed turn
 154. warm sun cool ocean breeze
156. life-size images that strike awe in child gazes
160. child-like frivolity of sea otters
162. a "misplaced" child, reminder of my not-from-the-sea treasure
165. silky sensation of ray swimming by
169. toddler at the end of himself, reminders that I'm not "home" yet
170. April Fool's joke leading to time savored not wasted
172. voices of 6500 women lifted up to Him
175. the awesome, incredible, heart-felt beauty of the Lord in this place
177-179. get- well love-notes, banners, bouquets, and son helping to bring order out of chaos
180. a wonderful man who "runs" things so I can stop

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Miriam-6 1/2 yrs.-Discerning, Abigail 8 1/2yrs.-Cherished of God Isaac 10 yrs.- Child of Promise

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The Lil' One
Levi 3 1/2 yrs.-Harmonious