Outside my window… It’s supposed to be rainy today, but yesterday was beautiful and the kids spent a lot of time outdoors. Usually, they spend their time chasing chickens or playing on the swing set, but today they decided to make dirt pies…
I am thankful for… My step mom, and the relationship we are developing. We’ve always been somewhat close, but as the years have gone by and we’ve weathered some rough times together, we are becoming so much closer than we ever have been and I’m so thankful.
From the learning rooms… We recently had a big scare when a tornado came through our town as we were on our way home from the park. We had stopped to pick up pizza and were in the van waiting for it, when a friend called to ask if we were okay and informed us about the tornado (we didn’t have the radio on, so we wouldn’t have known.) I made the mistake of mentioning it to my husband in front of the children and they, especially the older girls, panicked! I was amazed, because we’ve been through so many tornado warnings and they have never been afraid before, but I guess the combination of being ay from home and the fact that it was pouring down rain really freaked them out. Needless to say, we’ve been doing damage control this week and yesterday Daddy pulled up some tornado video’s for them to watch, hoping to show them how fascinating they are. Unfortunately, he chose to show them a video of a tornado ripping up a house and… well… it really wasn’t helpful. So I think that this week we’ll be continuing in our education of tornadoes. Scary video’s not included.
From the kitchen… Look what the kids found!!!
All the numbers have been found!!! ((Never mind the fact that April only has 30 days. In fact, I may keep the 31 up there just because it makes me happy. [If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can click Here for the story.])
I am creating… A photography portfolio. A little premature, I’ll admit, but it never hurts to dream!
I am going… to have another busy week, and I’m really looking forward to it!
I am reading…I’ve been looking at a lot of online photography tutorials. I recently found out this amazing site maintained by a self-taught photographer who, only a year after getting her first DSLR, opened her own business. I’m amazed, and so inspired!!!
I am praying … For my brother. He’s currently playing in the minor leagues (baseball), and was recently supposed to be moved up. Instead, they have kept him in summer camp, and while I personally see this as a good thing (they want to work more on his hitting before determining where he will go), he is crushed and his confidence is shaken. God had recently been showing Himself real to my brother through his experiences with baseball, and I firmly believe that Satan is using this situation for a counter-attack. I am praying that God would make Himself real to my brother EVEN IN THIS situation, and that he would become firmly confident in the promise that “ALL things work together for good for those who love and serve the Lord.”
Around the house… Getting the leaven out of our home this week in preparation for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. We’ve been keeping the Passover for about four years now and so far we have never yet gotten all the leaven out before Passover. There has always been something that we have forgotten. One year it was toothpaste (baking soda) and another year it was dog food we forgot to check (yeast). Another time I found cheerios under our bed (I promise you, I swept under there!) and once we even forgot to plan our grocery list accordingly and came home with bread! Although we don’t plan to leave leaven in our home, it’s always an excellent reminder of how sin can creep into our lives. Just when we think we’ve dealt with it all, we find another cheerio lurking in the corner – another sinful piece of our nature we thought had been purged. Maybe this year we’ll get all of the physical leaven… and pray that the spiritual leaven will follow suit.
One of my favorite things… Having Passover meal cooked for us!!! I am soooo happy (and relieved) to say that our Passover meal will be cooked by a friend with whom we’re going to celebrate. We’re going to buy the groceries, and because she loves to cook – she’s going to cook the meal. Does it sound like we got the best part of this deal or what?!
A few plans for the rest of the week… Getting the house ready for Passover (and my grandma!) I think that’s going to take up most of my free time. :)
Here [are some] picture thought[s] I am sharing…
Playing musical chairs with Grandma and Daddy
Picking grass for Mommy
All those sticks are from the ice storm. We still haven’t gotten them all up.