Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
After lunch, the sun came out and we decided to go for a walk. One of the things I miss most about living up there are the walks. I remember every Sunday afternoon we (Andy, his parents and I) would go for a walk. It is just so relaxing and at this time of the year so beautiful! It is also great for the kids to get out in the fresh air! Daniel loves the walks. Today we walked down to the creek to see how fast the water was flowing. It was going FAST! We really had to hold onto Daniel so that he wouldn't fall (read: jump!) in. We had fun throwing leaves into the raging creek and watching them float down stream. Unfortunately, it was too wet to jump in the leaves. It looks like we missed that activity for this year. We'll have to wait another year.Matt practicing his juggling (see the black walnut in the air at the top of the photo?)
It was a great weekend. It had been too long since we had been up to the country (since August!). The next time we'll get up is Thanksgiving. I can't believe we have to wait that long! It will be here before we know it!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The second book I have only started so I can't give a critique on it just yet. I am a screamer. I hate it. Everyday I work on this aspect of my parenting. Some days are better than others. But with God's strength, one day I will not be a screamer. I am reading this book to see what the author's thoughts and ideas are on the subject. I'll let you know what I think.
I have enjoyed today's weather. I love rainy days. The kids hate it. I keep trying to show them the great things about rainy days - they just look at me like I'm crazy. I am currently sitting in my school room listening to the patter of the rain drops on the skylight and windows. It's so very peaceful and settling. Now maybe I'll get some much needed paper grading done!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
We aren't doing anything special today. We have Kids Club tonight (what a way to spend our anniversary, huh!? With lots of preteens!!!). The kids think we should have off school! We are, instead, doing a little extra work each day so we can have a half day on Friday. We are planning to go up to Andy's parents this weekend and hit Olive Garden for lunch. Andy loves their All You Can Eat soup and salad. We have a gift card from our Discover Cash Back points, too! That helps the budget. It can get expensive taking all of out to eat. The kids love it since we only go out to nicer restaurants about three times a year - anniversary, Valentine's Day, and my birthday/ Mother's Day since they are usually near each other, if not the same day. Andy knows I like to go out to eat - he doesn't care about his b-day. He would rather put something on the grill since his birthday is near Labor Day. God is good. I have a great husband, three beautiful, healthy kids, wonderful in-laws and parents, caring and loving friends and a ministry that we love being a part of. Praise God with me today!
Monday, October 22, 2007
After church Andy is coaching Little League Soccer for the church from 2:00-4:00 pm. Since church doesn't usually get done until 12:30ish (and yesterday it was 12:50 pm), it's a mad rush to get home, get lunch and get back out the door. While Andy is coaching, Daniel is napping and I am trying to get ready for the school week. The kids are having a great time playing soccer and there are almost 20 kids in the older group (8-10's)! I think it's the largest group we've had in a while. Andy is a great coach is really trying to teach them the basics of soccer.
To make things even more crazy for a Sunday we were invited to attend the wedding of Daniel and Marisol Ramos. That was at 5:00 pm. It was a great wedding. They are a couple that have been attending our church for a few years. Daniel started attending Kids Club with his two children when I was teaching the 5 & 6 year-olds. He would sit in with his kids and listen to the lessons being taught. Soon he started attending church and a while later Marisol started attending. They both have come to know the Lord and even separated because they knew they were not setting a Godly example for their children. It was great to see them walking in obedience to God's Word as they took their vows. They were so happy! It was beautiful. Please pray for them as they begin their new lives together.
By the time we got home (8:00 pm) it was bedtime and I still had much to do in preparing for school. It proved to be a late night! One of these days life will slow down, right?
Saturday, October 20, 2007
After the tournament we decided to walk the boards. It turns out that several of the stores participate in a Trick-or-Treat program two weekends before Halloween. Even though the kids had no costumes on, they were allowed to trick-or-treat with the other kids. They really made a haul! They got some cute toys and candy. Daniel, my chocoholic, thought this was great!!! We then had dinner at Primo's Pizza (our favorite pizza place on the boards) and called it a day! Everyone went to bed like a charm! They were so worn out! I, too, am tired and think I'll head off to bed early!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
It was an okay day of school. Both Matt and Sarah struggled with doing what was asked of them, but we made it through the day. Daniel was a riot! He is REALLY into books right now - Andy says he's a mama's boy! Today he kept bringing me book after book for me to read to him. Even before bed we must have sat for about 30 minutes just reading tons of books - yes, I have TONS! I am also a sucker when it comes to reading and he often delays bedtime by bringing me books! He's so cute, though! I really need to get back to reading to Matt and Sarah before bedtime, too. Life has been crazy, but it is starting to fall into a semi-normal "routine". Maybe I'll get caught up on everything (cleaning, laundry, paper grading, etc.) this week!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Today was Dale's funeral. Andy left to go around 9:00 am and didn't return until about 12:45 pm - that was just the service! He opted not to go to the internment, but one of our co-workers, Jeff, did and he didn't get home until about 3:00 pm. Please pray for the Wilson family. They are struggling. Andy and Frank went over yesterday and spoke with Barbara, Dale's mom, for about two hours. Andy said it was tough, but he was able to share with her what Dale believed. She is not a believer. Pray that God would work in her heart and the hearts of her children. All but one son was present during the altercation. They, too, are struggling. It's so senseless to us, but God has a purpose and a plan for all this. Please pray we would listen to His prompting and leading in this situation.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Then we did Art, which is Sarah's favorite thing. I am not into doing crafts with kids - you can ask my friend Carisa! But this is Sarah's thing and begs to do them - so we are doing Art on Thursday's. Today was making a shape collage out of two different print papers. They did a great job. I have to figure out how to scan them and put them on the blog. Check back to see if I figure it out!
Daniel has hit an age where he remembers things long term. Last week we went to our local Target to pick up a few things. Daniel's eye caught hold of a Matchbox Firetruck - about six inches long and three inches high with sound. He fell in love with it, but we put it back and put it on his Christmas list. Tonight we had to go and get bread and what not - when Daniel spied the firetruck again! He pointed and carried on! He held it and loved it! But again we put it back - I am definitely going to have to get this truck for him - even though it is noisy as anything! He also found the new VeggieTales DVD. He is really into VeggieTales right now. So we did get that and came home and snuggled on the sofa and watched it. He was so cute! Laughing at Larry and singing the songs afterwards. I think it's great that Matt will still beg to watch the new ones - at ten! I'm glad he's not too old yet! I know one day that will change - and it will be sad!
Please be in prayer for the Wilson family. In an earlier blog I wrote about one of our former teens, Dale, who was murdered this past weekend by his 19 year-old brother. In an article in the newspaper it was discovered that there was an argument over money between the brother and mother. Dale stepped in, essentially saving his mother's life, but losing his own. His mother was stabbed in the leg and is healing. Andy and Frank are trying to make arrangements to visit the family sometime tomorrow. The funeral is Saturday morning. Andy will be going, but I'll be staying home with the kids. We are afraid it may be too much for Matt and Sarah to handle. They knew Dale and Matt is already asking questions about living in the neighborhood. We have talked about how fear can rule our lives, but we know the conqueror of fear. Pray for Matt as he works through his faith in God and where we live. Pray for me as this is not the life I want for my kids, but our Heavenly Father knows best.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Tonight was Kids Club and it felt so good to be back! I wasn't able to go to the opening week (9/25/07) as I had to stay home with Matt and Daniel - so tonight was my first time back since we shut down for the summer! We had 29 kids - 16 girls and 13 boys. The girls were pretty chatty and it was fun to goof around with them. Andy did "tape head" as the super challenge tonight. It is so funny to watch. We have the contestants put on a shower cap and then wrap their head in masking tape - sticky side out. They then have to roll their heads in a pile of wrapped candy and try to get as many pieces as possible! It is a riot!!! The girls won the super challenge for the second week in a row!!! We are hoping to shut out the guys this semester! I have to start remembering to take my camera and get shots so all can see the fun! Pray for the preteen leaders this week as we are having small groups next week and each of us will teaching the lesson to a small group. Please pray that He would speak through each one of us.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Coming home, Andy went right to the block party with Matt and Sarah, while I came home and laid Daniel down for a nap. It was very well attended! There were inflatables, 3-on-3 basketball competitions, preaching, pizza, snow cones, a Christian Rapper, and an i-Pod raffle. Matt participated in the 3-on-3 basketball with his two friends Josh (10) and Zach (12) - they didn't even touch the ball! They were three backyard kids playing three street professional Kensington teen kids! At least they were brave enough to try!! Matt was also in the front row for the concert. He really enjoyed it! Sarah, Daniel and I went home. She was upset because she had gotten run over and knocked down by an older teen roller blading, who wasn't watching where he was going. I think she was really tired! She had a huge day! I think they all fell asleep as soon as their heads hit their pillows! It was a great day! Thank you for praying! Please pray that we may now be able to follow-up on the different people that we had contacts with today. I will post pictures as soon as I get them!
Friday, October 5, 2007
Tomorrow is PBU's homecoming. We are only going to be able to go for a few hour since it is also our church's big block party. Andy is involved in helping with things and the kids are really excited about the inflatables! Matt is also excited about the Christian Rapper - Da' Truth - who will be performing tomorrow evening - the drawback of raising an inner city kid! I will hopefully be able to post pictures of everything and write about all that happened. Please pray that this block party will impact our community and draw people to the Lord. Also pray for safety and coordination of all the activities - I know there is a lot going on in a short span of time.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Another good thing that happened today was I got to talk with one of the parents of a former student! I taught first grade at Plumstead Christian School for four years before I had Matt. In my first class I had a boy named Justin. He was one of the sweetest boys - and very tall! Almost my height in first grade! He also had strawberry blond hair! I know - a little partial! His parents were down with a group Joe Darrow was showing around the ministry. Andy was helping and they recognized him! I happen to call Andy while they were there and he put me on the phone with Justin's mom. He is now a junior at Penn State! It was so great to talk to his mom and hear how he and his sister (who I also taught) are doing! It is very encouraging to know I didn't damage them! Maybe there is hope for my own children!
Life is good with God - I have to remember that even in the bad times. I know everything has a purpose and a plan. I look back over the years and see his goodness through every step of my life. I hope and pray my children will see His goodness in their lives too. A verse we have started to memorize is Proverbs 4:25 - "Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life." (NCV) We are all trying!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Today I took Matt and Sarah to Kid Sport at PBU (Philadelphia Biblical University). They have such a great time there. I am so glad for this program. They get to run around and learn new games and I get to talk with other homeschooling mom's! Next Tuesday is the last week, it's a six week program. I am currently working on figuring out how to get my kids moving more. Living in the city is deadly to movement. Our backyard doesn't have enough room to run around and I can't let them out front by themselves. I am looking to walk with the kids in the morning and then as a reward for completing their school work by 4:00 pm, taking them up to the church playground with friends to play. Please pray that I wouldn't let my focus be on my "jobs to do in the house", but on my children's needs. They need exercise and air - they focus better and get to release their energy in a positive way!