My son………

Since I had a nice long post about training Godly girls, I thought I would give some blog time to SportTman. He just auditioned and got a “gig” playing drums for a children’s ministry worship team at our church. He will play 1-2 times a month. I think it will be a great experience for him to use his gifts to honor the Lord…….he is so excited about it.

Another thing he is excited about is he MADE the baseball team he tried out for. It’s going to be a huge commitment in the spring, they will travel all over the east coast for tournaments.Β  But we really prayed about him making this team, and feel it’s in the Lord’s hands, so we are all excited for him. It really is a big honor for him to make this team. Way to go SportTman, you are growing up and God is using YOU!

It is exciting to be a mom and watch your kids grow up and develop the gifts God has given them.

GWIT= Godly Women in Training Part 4

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I have noticed by far the biggest search engine term that brings people to my blog is “Godly girls” or “teaching Godly girls.” That shows me that there are many moms out there looking for information on training their daughters to be Godly Girls!! I have written several posts on this subject and will continue to write new ones in an ongoing series.

First let me list several excellent resources for training/teaching girls in that 8-12 age range. I have listed 2 of these before but back in my emergent blogging days I didn’t know how to post a link! πŸ™‚ ( It is really so simple, how could I have missed those cute little chain link icons for so long?)
A Girl of Beauty – Building Character in Young Girls by Carol Fiddler – My daughter and I meet regularly to go through the chapter in this book. Chapters include; ambition, loyalty, a sense of purpose, competition, besetting faults etc. Each chapter is brief, kid friendly and includes a biblical basis. Our time together to go through this book is called “GWIT.” See note about meeting for “GWIT” below

The Secret Keeper – by Dannah Gresh – A great book to discuss biblical modesty with your daughter. It includes a CD with songs and commentary from Rebacca St. James.

Girl Talk – by Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Mahaney Whitcare – I just bought this book at my brother’s church this past weekend. The author and her daughter combine for a frank, yet insightful book on raising Godly Girls! The book stresses the importance of keeping those lines of communication open and flowing. It’s an easy book to read, I am about halfway through it and have already gleaned a great deal of practical info. They also have a fun blog, where Carolyn Mahaney and her 3 grown daughters share insights, stories of growing up, and biblical guidance for mom’s and their daughters.

“GWIT” time together

The inventor and I just met together the other day for our “GWIT” time. Our time together and frank discussion always give me a glimpse of my daughter’s heart and motives. It is such a good indicator of what she is thinking about and dealing with. BTW, she is 10 and we have been meeting for 2 years. At age 8 she seemed ready to sit for a longer period of time and soak in the topics we talk about. We meet at”our place,” a cute restaurant a mere 3 minutes away, we usually meet for breakfast…….food always helps motivate kids. πŸ™‚ We discuss and read together the topics listed in the Carol Fiddler book above.

She also keeps a little journal of each topic. In her journal she will either draw a picture or comic that relates to what we talked about, or she likes to make up an acronym for each topic. Here is a recent example;

Gossip was the topic

G = garbage

O= off-limits

S= sorry

S= sin

I= it’s hurtful

P= pitiful

Let me also assure you, there are times when she doesn’t always want to go, she gives me that look like, “Mom I would rather play outside than spend ALL that time going through the dumb book with you.” But I gently remind her of the importance of taking the time to train and learn how to become a Godly women. I think she realizes I won’t back down on this and we are going, she may generate a meager protest, but she knows we are going. And guess what happens………….things go well, her attitude changes, and we accomplish a lot, and it continues to cement the communication of our mother daughter relationship. πŸ™‚

Check out Training Godly Girls under Categories on my sidebar for more resources and ideas for training those girls to be women after God’s own heart.

I just found out about a blogging carnival that Real Life is hosting, it sounds right up my alley. It’s a mother and daughter blog carnival, what a great idea!!

Crazy, Fun times – Wordless Wednesday

At our house we believe in having fun together….so my sweet, dear husband gladly volunteered to sacrifice his body for some good, clean fun. He even wanted to be duct tapped upside down, but I wouldn’t let him. πŸ™‚ So the kids gathered outside, got all our duct tape, and plastered hubby to a tree. Everyone had a great time and a good laugh!

I thought you all would love the pic…… BTW, I truly think the neighbors think we are crazy!!!! πŸ™‚

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Returning to the work force……

The lazy days of summer will soon be ending, although for us it’s not until after Labor Day. And this year I am thankful for that. Sept 4th marks my return to teaching full-time after 9 years. I was a happy SAHM for 5 years and have worked part time for the last 4 years. But this past January my school district cut all part time special ed positions, so Drums and I were forced to make a decision concerning our financial future. After much prayer, and an offer for full time employment from my school district, I am returning to a full time teaching job.

It will be such a blessing not to struggle with finances, imagine being able to actually buy some NEW clothes for my kids instead of getting 90% of their clothes from Freecycle or Yard Sales. ( Both are great places to “shop” for name brand clothes!)

But I struggle with working vs. being home with my kids. Yes my kids are older (age 10 & 12), and I have a GREAT job that works well with the mom lifestyle. I am off in the summer, I teach in the same district my kids attend, we will have the same days off, I am done at 3:00 everyday………..but it is still working. My heart is to be a women, mom and wife after God’s own heart, that is where my priorities lie…..so how does a job fit into all of that?

I worry about compromising those priorities due to the demands of my job. In this day and age it’s a high call to stay home and spend quality time with your kids, I wonder if I can “do it all.”

Anyway, just some thoughts on the subject, we have prayed through this and feel as the time is right and the job is ideal…….. yet……………

I am sure I will post more on this as the school year evolves. I know discussions on this matter can get heated, but I just thought I’d share my struggles with it.

Fresh Air Fun!!

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We are having a great time with Isaac (our Fresh Air kid from the Bronx). We took him on an Amish buggy ride yesterday, and went for a visit to the heart of farm country! The man driving the buggy even let Isaac steer (Um, I am a city girl, what do you call someone who steers the horse?) the buggy while it was on the road, he got such a kick out of that. The kids are playing monopoly right now, they rarely play this game together, but when Isaac comes they play constantly. They had a squirt gun battle today, lots of wet clothes and grass covered kids, but it made for an exciting time this afternoon. The other thing they are enjoying is bike riding. It took 3 summers for Isaac to finally learn to ride a bike. But it is so nice now ( and let me tell you teaching him to ride was much more difficult than both of my kids combined!) he can ride with the kids in the neighborhood. *** Update on the bike riding….he crashed into a big rock at the park today, I knew his biking skills were too good to be true. He is fine, the chain came off the bike, but no major damage. Isaac at first said he never wanted to ride the bike again, but it proved to be a good lesson on not quitting.***

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Fresh Air Isaac arrives today…..

We have hosted for the last 5 summers a “Fresh Air” kid from the Bronx. He is 11 years old and arrives in farm country tonight. He will be with us for 11 days, he will have the chance to climb trees, ride a bike, go out in our canoe, go swimming, play in the woods, play games of monopoly ( he loves that game), eat farm fresh cucumbers and watermelon ( another favorite of his). His days in the Bronx are usually spent in front of a computer or TV, although he does also like to read. But he doesn’t get outside just to play, there just are not opportunities like that for him in his neighborhood in the Bronx.

So we are all looking forward to his visit. We all now laugh about the first year he came at the age of 7, he awoke in the middle of the night, came running into our room, and told me that he was afraid that one of the lions from the jungle behind our house might break in the house……..he now realizes that we have a woods behind our house with squirrels and an occasional skunk or groundhog! Although we still can’t convince him to sleep out in the woods in the tent…..maybe this summer, I’ll keep you posted. πŸ™‚

Meme – 5 Things I Dig about Jesus

I am a bit of a slacker here, I was tagged by Angie at Proverbs 31 Wannabe for this meme awhile back and I am just now getting to it. However don’t take my lackadaisical attitude as confirmation that this isn’t a good meme. It’s one of the best, it causes me to think about what I appreciate most about serving Jesus, and that folks is a good thing to ponder!

#1 – That he is the way the truth, and the light, and no one comes the the Father except through Him! I know this can be controversial at times, since non-christians can not imagine that God would be so intolerant and only make ONE way to get to heaven. But the bible makes it clear that Jesus is the only way, and I guess if you have trouble grasping that fact, you will have to deal with the unfortunate consequences. ( John 14:6)

#2 – That he took time to care for the women at the well, and continues to care for us in the same manner. John 4

#3 – That he reminded the disciples when a storm blew in with out warning while they were on a boat, “You of little faith, why are you afraid?” A reminder to me to not be afraid during the storms of life that blow my way. ( Matthew 8:26)

#4 – That Jesus wants those who are weary and burdened to come to him, and He will give them rest. ( Matthew 11:28)

#5 – That on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered they did NOT find the body of the Lord Jesus!! ( Luke 24:1-3) He is the risen Christ!

There are obviously many more things that I appreciate about Jesus, but my humble list just scratches at the surface of vast and endless things we can cherish about Jesus.

So I need to tag some blogging girlfriends, I am not a big fan of tagging, so I will just list a few friends, and if you have time ladies please feel free to do this meme……it is a gem. πŸ™‚

Beautiful Grace – I haven’t even added this wonderful women to my blogroll yet, but I LOVE her heart of gold to serve the savior!

Laughing through the Tears – She just had hip replacement surgery ( she is a youngin and had to have this done) and has such a positive and gracious attitude through the entire ordeal.

Classic Mama always a good read, she has a way with words and conveys her love for the Lord in such an insightful manner. And besides that, she currently has a hilarious picture of her son posted on her blog, you should check it out.

It was less then 24 hours, but it was worth it!

“Honey are you ready to go, we really should get going, remember we need to let the dog out?” my hubby asked me, this morning, as I relaxed poolside, having just emerged from the jacuzzi feeling so relaxed I did not want to move!

“Go?” I meekly protested, I just want to take a nap I thought to myself, and then uttered, “give me 15 more minutes.”

So that is how our little getaway ended around noon today.

We just left yesterday afternoon around 3:00, and arrived about a 1/2 hour later at a local camping resort. We promptly set up the tent, and then went to the pool. It was so nice, we did nothing. πŸ™‚

We had a delicious dinner of roasted hot dogs, and campfire corn,( corn on the cob, smothered in butter, then wrapped in foil and placed in your fire for about 5-8 min.) fresh watermelon, and macaroni salad. We sat at our campsite, listening to the cicadas, chatting, and telling stories. We then headed down to the campstore for ice cream sundaes, and a round of mini golf. Which by the way, I was the miracle mom, I got 3 holes in one!

It was a night of simple fun, and time together. By 10:00 we were all snuggled in the tent together under the trees, feeling quite snug and comfortable on our air mattresses.

It was a beautiful morning at our campsite, it is in a densely wooded and remote area of the campground. We then swam at the nearby pond, and then spent about 2 hours at the pool before coming home.

Our brief time away was a good reminder to me of the importance of getting away as a family. Times like this is what bonds a family, we enjoy being together, we have fun together, we talk and communicate, and just enjoy times of silence (and if you know my son that is rare!!).

Thought for the day – I truly believe times like today are good building blocks for the teenage years that are just around the corner. We are working to build a solid family foundation built on quality time together, communication, and Christ!

Why do I get so nervous?

Yesterday SportTman had a try-out for an elite AAU travel baseball team. It started at 8:00am and went to almost 4:00.

If he was the one trying out, I am wondering WHY was I so nervous??? This is only for a 13 u team, it’s not like the Olympics or Major League Baseball. πŸ™‚

He plays a showcase game on Wed. night, and then at some point will find out if he made the team or not? I guess I will be nervous……..again!

He seemed to handle it all better then I did. We said all the right things to him, like it’s ultimately in God’s hands, it’s a great experience for you even if you don’t make the team, you can still play for your regular travel team, have fun with it, and meet some other baseball loving boys. I guess he believed it…..now I just need too.

 

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Had to take hubby to the ER

This past Thurs. night I had to take my dear husband to the ER. Around 5:30 he started complaining of a headache. And over the next hour it went from bad to horrible. He laid down on the couch, ( which he never does, he always goes up to our bed to lay down when he isn’t feeling well), he could barely open his eyes, his hands were tingling, and I could tell by the expression on his face the pain was bad. He has never had a migraine before or anything similar to this.
The poor guy was hurting so bad, but God love him, he meekly said to me, “if I die tonight, I am going out praising God.” He said he was thinking of the song by Chris Tomlin, “How Can I Keep From Singing.” These lyrics kept ringing through his pain;

Sing ’cause You’re there
I can sing ’cause You hear me, Lord
When I call to You in prayer
I can sing with my last breath
Sing for I know
That I’ll sing with the angels
And the saints around the throne


You just have to love a man who in such excruciating pain can proclaim the goodness of God. πŸ™‚

However, after he casually mentioned to me that he was going to praise God even if this were his last breath, combined with the fact that I asked have you ever had anything similar to this before, and he said, “this is the worst headache of my life.” I knew then we needed to head the the ER.

Last summer my mom had an aneurysm burst in her brain, she miraculously survived after being in the hospital for a month. Knowing of her symptoms, and what I had read about this type of stroke I knew we shouldn’t take any chances. I had also read that many people who suffered a serious brain bleed, had said, it was “the worst headache of their lives.” So when hubby said those exact words I decided we must go to the hospital.

I called my brother and sister in law who just happened to be in town for a wedding. They were able to quickly come home from the rehearsal to watch my kids and my nieces. When we arrived at the hospital a dear christian women we knew just happened to be there to “check us in,” she was able to get hubby seen right away.

They gave him pain meds and ordered a CT scan right away. Thankfully as soon as he got the meds going he began to emerge from the grasp of the pain and brain fog. I was obviously relieved and thankful, and was not as worried. We ended up staying in the ER for about 3 hours, turns out he was fine. A bad sinus infection appears to have been the culprit of the pain. So after spending $215 at our local pharmacy, he was out riding bike and playing baseball with SportTman yesterday, just as if nothing had happened! After an incident like this I find myself reflecting on the many things I am thankful for………
I am glad we went to the ER

I am glad we have insurance to cover the upcoming bill

I am glad that I have a hubby with a heart for the Lord in the midst of such pain

I am glad my brother and sister in law were in town

I am glad that dear christian women was at the hospital and was able to also pray for us

And I also learned that if my husband starts singing the Chris Tomlin song “How Can I Keep from Singing,” it may be a sign that I need to take him to the ER!!!!!! πŸ™‚

Passion 2007 – How Can I Keep From Singing