Monday, 13 January 2014

Our Dinner Table is Deadly

Superheroes are big around here. 
So it didn't surprise me when Samuel turned his mundane, setting the table chore, into a chance to be.....
And for those of you who are germ-a-phobes, no, I didn't rewash the knives before we used them. Judge me....I'm lazy.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Walking on Thin Ice

Yes, it was 1 degree out today. Yes, our pool is still open.
But today isn't Fools in the Pool. 
It's Shoes on the Pool.

How many people have the privilege of checking out ice in their swimming pool in January.

Really James, this in no way is me asking you,                                     "Just when exactly do you plan on closing the pool?".


Friday, 3 January 2014

Hip Hip Hooray for Literacy

  I walked through the living room yesterday and stopped short. My 10 year old, Jeremiah, was sitting in a chair reading. He wasn't reading for school. He was reading because HE WANTED TO. 

What!  Are you kidding me?!

 I've had many girl readers. They read all the series...Baby-sitters Club, Judy B. Jones, Hunger Games and the latest being the Divergent books.  They read when they should be doing chores and when they should be sleeping.  I get too.  

But a boy that reads for pleasure??? My heart is racing.  Can it really be?  Okay, it is a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book - but nobody told him he had to.

There is hope for the male Aclys.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Pick a Card - Any Card

I've stolen  borrowed this great idea from my friend Leslie. Instead of throwing away all those Christmas cards we received this year, we're keeping them for prayer reminders. Each week we'll choose a card and pray for that family. Sometimes as we talk about the family and their needs, we're prompted to do something. Maybe an encouraging call or visit. Maybe they could use some help. So thanks for all the cards and we're praying for you!

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Chia Children

  Our science class is studying biology this year and I've taught the important and somewhat boring information on plant and animal cells, herbivores versus carnivores, and on and on and on. 
  To break up the monotony (I get bored easily) we made some homemade Chia Children. I took a picture of each kid and put it up against the wall of a clear cup - filled the cup with potting soil and chia seeds. The "hair" grew perfectly but the pictures disintegrated as the hair grew. (which I found even more amusing). Next time, I'll put the pictures in plastic. The roots were visible and the kids spent hours examining the whole thing.
 Dumb but amazing science.

Jeremiah and Samuel Chia Children

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Don't Waste a Perfectly Good Snow

Right in the middle of a math lesson, the neighbors coming knocking at the door with their sleds.
Schools out till tonight  - loving homeschool!

Saturday, 30 November 2013

I Don't Know Much

 One of the things I've come to know about foster care and adoption, after much worry and planning, is that you can't know a single thing. Not one thing. You don't know when a social worker will call with a child or know which child is "right" for your family. You can't know much other than you're willing to do what you don't know. 

However, I do know who does know and God makes such amazing plans!

Our most recent and final (really) adoptions are more than just great.  As my oldest daughter returned with her family from living in Chad, Africa we discovered just how "right" these kids were. Five of my kids would tell you that their best friends were their nieces and nephews. Two of them were born on the exact same day in the exact same year. Two had the exact same name - Elijah James. Both my daughter and my granddaughter are the same age and the same very tall height. 

So when our families get together it is pure wild, wonderful happiness. 

And when they have to return to Florida  after a visit,  it's like pulling apart Velcro.

It hurts so good when God makes the plans.