Wait 3 years to Have Children and Other "Wisdom" from the World
Had I heeded the world's advice to wait a while, after marriage, before having children, I would not have two of the blessings Jesus has sent my husband and I. When I hear this "wisdom" from the world, I have come to accept that this is typical thinking, for the unsaved.After all, the unbeliever's mind and conscience is defiled. (Titus 1:15) But when believers adopt such worldly wisdom, it is truly grievous. For, as Christians, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, we ought to seek God's Truths in His Word.
Malachi 3:15 states, "And wherefore one? That He might seek a godly seed." God ordained marriage for raising up godly seed, for His Glory. Contrary to popular belief, marriage is not for selfish pursuits, but rather, for learning to live for others. It can be an amazing sanctification tool, to learn self denial and to grow in Christ.
I have learned much about my husband, in the many sacrifices he has made for me and the children , in the first few years of marriage.I have seen him grow and mature in his relationship with God. Had we simply indulged in our own agendas, I doubt that we would have been stretched to be more like God. On one occasion, after the birth of my son, I was utterly fatigued. Out of sacrificial love, my husband stayed up one night, to help take care of our son. Having the children He sends, has enabled us to grow in the Lord. Of course we struggle, and we see our frailty when we don't abide in Him. But He is ever faithful to be our constant help.I am thankful that the Master called us to trust His Plan, from the beginning of our marriage.
Life with little children can be challenging, yet it is a true opportunity for growth.When we find that we don't have all of the answers, which is often, our children drive us to the foot of the cross, to seek wisdom, from the One who knows all things. I pray that God will root all "worldly wisdom" out from my heart, and replace it with His life-transforming truth. Blessings!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Wait 3 years to Have Children and Other "Wisdom" from the World
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Sunday, July 27, 2008
Menu Plan Monday- July 28- August 1
Monday- Skillet Lasagna
Tuesday- Pasta Salad ( A nice, summer dish with lunch meat, cheddar cheese, Wacky Mac pasta, Italian dressing, grape tomatoes, and green pepper.)
Wednesday- sister-in-law cooking
Thursday- Breakfast (Biscuits, Eggs, Pancakes)
Friday- Homemade Pepperoni Pizza
Saturday- Chicken Pot Pie
Sunday- Spaghetti Pie
pancakes, oats, eggs, strawberry banana smoothies, biscuits, granola
egg rolls, chicken and Swiss Cheese sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly, chicken nuggets, leftovers, salad with chicken
Banana and Yogurt Pops, Fig Newtons, Carrots and ranch dressing, peanuts, celery and peanut butter, Wheat Crackers and cheese
For more menu plans, visit Laura.
This is a picture of some yummy banana and yogurt pops, that I made for the children and I. I just cut the banana, used one cup of strawberry yogurt to coat them, and sprinkled a bit of wheat germ on them. I am popping them in the freezer for overnight. These are a favorite with my children, and they are really nutritious! In my opinion, bananas taste best, when frozen. Blessings!
Posted by Christine at 9:16 PM
Candace Cameron Bure
Recently, Candace Cameron Bure, who starred as D.J. in Full House, has shared her testimony on The Hour of Power. You can listen to her testimony here. Her testimony is also written, here. It is such a blessing to see how God works in the hearts of others! Blessings!
Posted by Christine at 9:10 PM
Thursday, July 24, 2008
12 Babies Die During Vaccine Trials in Argentina
This is so appalling and sad. The full story can be found here. I cannot imagine why humans were used to experiment, rather than animals? My heart goes out to the parents of those 12 precious children. Blaine Staat has some interesting thoughts on this, here.
Posted by Christine at 11:50 AM
Focused Math Studies
We really enjoy learning math concepts, together, as a family. So the best way I have found to cover many mathematical bases with the children, is to focus on a particular realm of math, according to the day.
These are my current mathematical learning goals:
Monday- counting (use number chart, skip counting, addition, subtraction)
Tuesday- time (use printable clock. Have children find time to 1/2 hour and hour.)
Wednesday-measurement ( inch, foot)
Thursday- money (play store, learn coins and paper currency)
I would love to hear how you enjoy math as a family!
Posted by Christine at 11:35 AM
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Do Hard Things: A Book Review
I don't know about you, but in my own life, I have most often sought the easier path. I would rather avoid confrontation , challenges, etc.. I prefer life to continue smoothly, without any ripples. I was blessed to see that my library had a copy of this book. Do Hard Things was written by Brett and Alex Harris, as a challenge to adolescents to live outside of their comfort zone. So often, we limit ourselves, and do not do all that God has strengthened us to do. Therefore, so many of us live mediocre lives. This book encourages young people to live a life wholly devoted to God, and not to live in selfish pursuits. Do Hard Things is an inspiring book for Christians of all ages. Brett and Alex share the story of Grace Mally, who challenged herself to witness to people, at a park she attended, for an entire summer. After she made this promise to God, she went back to the park and found some burly men there. She began to think of excuses to avoid talking to them, but Grace remembered her promise, and she talked to the men. This book has shown me the blessings that occur, when one steps out in faith, away from one's comfort zone.
My children and I have been reflecting on Psalm one, often, throughout this summer. In this book, Alex and Brett included a quote from Charles Spurgeon, regarding that chapter of the Bible.
" Perhaps some of you can claim a sort of negative purity, because you do not walk in the way of the ungodly; but let me ask you- Is your delight in the law of God? Do you study God's Word? Do you make it the man of your right hand- your best companion and hourly guide?"
Do Hard Things is a delightful read; I promise that you will be inspired to live completely for Him.
* Read this story about a girl who stood up for Christ at her high school graduation.*
Posted by Christine at 1:20 PM
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Today, I challenged myself to eat healthier, and to exercise. This past weekend, I had far too many treats, and I was starting to feel really fatigued. (This was also due to lack of sleep.) I have found that when I eat healthier, it is so much easier to encourage my children to eat well.
This morning, I made my children and I fruit smoothies. I added freshly ground flaxseed to my strawberry banana smoothies. We ate grapes and banana slices, with our smoothies. Afterwards, I made sure that I exercised, completing a two mile walk. Often, I just do the one mile walk, and don't push myself to do better. Sometimes, I don't even get to exercise, but when I do, I feel like I have a lot more energy. The children took their vitamins, and I took mine. I also want the children and I to be faithful in taking a daily cod liver oil supplement. My father-in-law encouraged me to mix the oil in with orange juice. I must say that seeing the oil on top of the orange juice isn't very appetizing. But the benefits to it make the ickiness worth it. I wonder though, if I could ever take cod liver oil when I have morning sickness. I wonder how one keeps it down, if experiencing nausea. "Over the lips, past the gums, look out stomach, for here it comes!" Blessings, dear friends.
Posted by Christine at 7:43 PM
Monday, July 21, 2008
The Demolishing of a First Birthday Cake!
This past weekend, we celebrated Anastasia's first birthday, with family. Baby girl had a blast!
Notice how I had to hold down her hands so she would not grab the cake?
She is getting warmed up to really dig in....
O.k... this is fun mom, I think I can do this!
This whole cake for myself? Yippee!!!!!!!
I think she got the hang of it!
See Daddy? I share.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
A Glimpse into My Clothing Pare-Down
So far, I have cleaned out my dresser, closet, and Anastasia's clothes. I am still working on Lily and Stephen III's clothing. This always feels so good, but I am terrible about procrastinating about it.
Here are some of the dresses and jumpers which I seldom wear, from my closet. I prefer skirts, to dresses, since I am usually nursing. I am giving these clothes away.
Posted by Christine at 12:33 PM
Paring Down on Clothes
Yesterday, I was trying to re-organize my son's clothing drawers, when I got frustrated trying to fit them into the dresser. I allot two dresser drawers, and a large closet, to his clothing. I could not believe that he had a few pairs of the same sweatclothes, in the same size. Thanks to inspiration from Kendra and Crystal, I am going to pare down on the quantity of clothes in my childrens' and my closets and dressers. I am always so afraid to get rid of too much, in case our future children may need those clothes. Thankfully, all of my children's clothing is either a gift, or a hand-me-down. I would love to bless others in need with our excess clothing. I truly feel that I have far more clothing, thank we need at this point. I love Kendra's goal of, "Think of how nice it will be when you can wash all of the dirty clothes in just one day!" Paring down our clothing will be my tackle, today, for Tackle it Tuesday. I am hoping to update, soon, with pictures! What project are you tackling, today? Blessings!
Posted by Christine at 6:47 AM
Monday, July 14, 2008
July 3rd Baseball Game
We had a lot of fun at a local baseball game on July 3rd. They had an exquisite fireworks display, afterwords.
Anastasia up close and personal, in the ERGO baby carrier.
Lily- Daddy's girl
Posted by Christine at 3:19 PM
Anastasia, Eating Birthday Cake!
Yea! She made a mess with the cupcake. Lily and Stevie refused to make a mess with their first birthday cakes.I have been waiting for a messy birthday cake child! lol Blessings!
Posted by Christine at 1:39 PM
FRIENDS VS. SOUTHERN FRIENDS
* I received this in my inbox and thought it was cute! Blessings!
FRIENDS: Never ask for food.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Always bring the food.
FRIENDS: Will say 'hello'.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Will give you a big hug and a kiss.
FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Call your parents Mom and Dad
FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Cry with you.
FRIENDS: Will eat at your dinner table and leave.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing, and just being
FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.
FRIENDS: Would knock on your door.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Walk right in and say, 'I'm home!'
FRIENDS: will visit you in the hospital when you're sick
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: will cut your grass and clean your house then come spend
the night with you in the hospital
FRIENDS: have you on speed dial
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: have your number memorized
FRIENDS: Are for a while.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Are for life.
Posted by Christine at 1:31 PM
Friday, July 11, 2008
Frugal Materials for your Homeschool
Firstly, I wanted to encourage you to check out Walmart for those fun back to school supplies sales. My local flier showed that they were already having a big sale. Notebooks which are normally 95 cents are marked down to 5 cents! You can get pens, markers, notebook paper, crayons, and other supplies for a small fraction of the regular cost. It makes sense to stock up, now. I absolutely love school supplies!
Also, a really important thing that we try to teach our children, in our homeschool is about creation. I love Ken Ham's books, and Moody Press videos. We own a few, but there are just so many amazing creationism resources out there. So how can one have access to a plethora of creation materials, without breaking the bank? The Creation Resource Library, based out of Kansas, is a free, creation resources lending library. Everything is free, to borrow, you simply have to pay for return postage. (If you live near Wichita, you can pick up the materials.) You can borrow the items for one month. There are many wonderful resources for a huge spectrum of ages. I have wanted to use D is for Dinosaur in my homeschool, and now I should have that opportunity. There are a ton of science movies, so if you are studying anything in particular, I would encourage you to check and see if there is an a corresponding movie on the Creation Resource Library site. For more Frugal Friday ideas, visit Crystal.
Posted by Christine at 10:07 AM
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Happy 1st Birthday, Anastasia!
Today, my precious sweetheart, Anastasia, is your first birthday! You are such a gift from God! While I was expecting you, God taught me to lean on Him, in so many ways. He carried me through the pregnancy, and through your birth, so beautifully! Your name is very fitting, as it means "Resurrection". In many ways, God changed my life through your birth, and through every precious day with you. He has truly shown me that I can do anything through His Strength, alone. I cherish every moment with you snuggled up to me, nursing times, and play times. You are a joy to my soul. I am so thankful for these precious arrows from the Lord!
Lily with 3 day old Anastasia
4 days old
12 days old- First time at church
13 Days old- snuggling with Mommy Jr., Lily
Almost 2 months
Almost 2 months
3 1/2 months
Almost 4 months snuggled with Mommy
4 1/2 months
Giving Daddy sweet Kisses
The Three Muskateers- 6 months
Almost 7 months
Almost 8 months
10 1/2 months
Almost 11 months
Posted by Christine at 10:26 AM
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Homeschool Plans for July 7th-July 12
1 page, daily, in Math Workbook
Phonics Pathways- Letter Bb- practice writing on whiteboard
Family Read Aloud- Stuart Little- at least one chapter, daily.
Daily Family Math Activities (Monday- counting/addition/subtraction with manipulatives, Tuesday- time, Wednesday-measurement, Thursday-money, Friday-fractions)
Reading Time- goal- 2 hours total of non-twaddle material, per day, as outlined in Teaching the Trivium.
Music Appreciation- Mozart
Handiwork- Let Lily begin a little hand sewing.
Art- painting, playdoh, modeling clay
Nature Study- Take at least one nature walk, take along bird identification book.
Gardening- Help mama to weed out the flower bed.
Posted by Christine at 6:00 PM
There are a few verses that I want my homeschooling to be based upon, as God has directed me to them.
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." -Philippians 4:8
"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." -Ephesians 4:32
"Thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." -Deuteronomy 6:7
Graphic courtesy of All Posters.
Posted by Christine at 5:48 PM
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
More Bloggy News
Kim Coghlan announced the name of her darling newborn baby!
Emily posted birth pictures of her precious red-headed baby girl! The Birth story is just beautiful!
I am praying, today, for the legalization of Certified Professional Midwives in NC. Many NC homebirth advocates are attending Independence Birth Day at the Raleigh Legislative Building. Women should truly be able to birth wherever they feel most comfortable!
Please pray for Amy, whose daughter's 1st birthday is on July 4th. Her daughter, Emily, passed away in February. My heart grieved for Amy as I read this post. Amy stated,
"People ask what number of child is the hardest transition for a family. Is it 1 to 2? Is it 3 to 4? No. It is 5 to 4. It is going backward. I don't know that you ever truly adjust to having less children."
Just one more reason to treasure every moment with these blessings from Jesus. Please lift Amy and her family up in prayer, as Emily's 1st birthday approaches.
Posted by Christine at 2:27 PM
God's Amazing Creation- Kangaroo Giving Birth!
Lily and I loved watching this 3 minute video of a Kangaroo giving birth. The trip the baby roo makes to get to his mother's pouch, is simply amazing. I hope you enjoy it!I daresay that watching it is a great science lesson! Blessings!
Posted by Christine at 2:10 PM