Sunday, August 23, 2015

First Day of School 2015

Tomorrow is the first day back to school for these little cuties. 
I am so thankful for the privilege to be able to stay home and homeschool them. 
Best job I could ask for.

This is our little Second Grader. Thoughtful. Helpful. Caring. Meek. Avid-reader and story-teller. Dancer. 
Animal and Music lover. Mother hen to her little siblings.
Loves her Creator and loves to create. 

This is our little Kindergartner. Silly. Creative. Affectionate. Super smart. Energetic.
 Construction worker by day, super hero by night. 
Daddy's little wingman.

This is our little K-3 kiddo. Spunky. Playful. Our spirited child. Very huggable and kissable. 
Always, Always singing. Always making us laugh and keeping us on our toes.
B.F.F to many. 

And we can't forget this little guy. Pouty lips. Pensive eyes. Squishy cheeks. 
Snuggly, handsome little man.
The best little surprise Mommy and daddy could have asked for :) 

A prayer for our kiddos that comes from Psalm 5:11-12...

Father, I pray that our children will recognize their sinfulness and their depravity and that they will take refuge in You. I pray they will be in awe of what You have done for them in Your Son and that they will rejoice in and worship You and You alone. I pray You place a hedge of protection around them so that through their lives You may be glorified. I pray You bless them with a godly life. Give them pure hearts that are fixated on You. Surround them with a shield of love that protects them from the lies of the enemy and reflects Your love to others. 

Thank you for the blessing and the gift that they are. Help us to steward them well.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Oh Praise Him!

One night last week we were having family devotions at dinner (which I really hope becomes more of a routine in our family) and Randy was reading Psalm 104. Verse 1 says, "Praise the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, you are great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty." If you get a second read through that chapter. It just goes on and on about how big and great God is but it is written with a lot of imagery so we discussed with the kids what they thought the passage was about and what they thought a lot of it meant. We talked about how God made all of the stars, even the ones that are so big and so far away that we will never ever see them and we talked about how God made all the tiny parts of our body and how He made all of the parts work together so we could live. We talked about how God made all of the huge animals and all of the tiny animals. We talked about how God knows what is going on all over the world and how He makes the universe stay in order yet He still cares about each and every one of us and loves us so dearly. I really enjoyed listening to their thoughts and seeing them really think through all of the characteristics and what they thought about them.

After we finished discussing Caleb said "I think we should pray." I told him, "All right buddy, why don't you go ahead and pray." He prayed and I wish I could remember exactly what he said but pretty much he was thanking God for making us and taking care of us and being so big and so good to us. I was almost in tears. I just thought it was so precious that after he had heard and thought about how great our God is that the first thing he would want to do is talk to God and just thank Him for who He is.

It really got me thinking about how often I just take for granted God's greatness in my own life. Do I think to stop and praise Him and thank Him when I recognize His working in my life? Do I thank Him for that His mercies are new every morning? Do I thank Him that even though our world seems to be crumbling, He holds it in His hands? Do I praise Him for the relationships He has placed in my life?

It really blessed this mommy's heart to see God's Word softening my little boy's heart towards Him and how hearing His Word and thinking on it evoked praise from his lips. Verses 33-34 say, "I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to Him, as I rejoice in the Lord." My prayer going forward from this is that I would constantly be recognizing Him for His works and His worth and that my heart and my lips would be praising Him.