Friday, July 29, 2011

Good Reads

Well, summer has finally made it to the northwest (usa) and as a result, I'm not ..... inside much. I did want to direct you to two other wonderful posts. The first is my little sister's blog. She is a missionary in France. They have been living there for one year now, just completed their first year of language school. Jenn is a very thougthful kind of writer. Her post today is well worth the read. I hope you enjoy it!

And once again, I direct you to my daughter's blog. We celebrated our son Benjamin's graduation from high school this past weekend. She has written a post about it, so I will forego the typing and get back to the gardening!

We are getting sheep ready for the fair, fighting a bit of hoof rot, shearing and trying to fatten up a particularly small lamb. Hopefully, we'll have some great pictures/posts from that event!

May the Lord bless you and keep you!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I Must Refer You To.....

these sweet pictures of last week's hoe down!
More adventures of last week's celebrations to come soon!
Have a blessed week!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Beginning of Birthday Stuff

The Twinkles have been celebrating their birthday w/ a dear friend for several years now. Yesterday,  we celebrated their 6th birthday (which is officially Saturday - but more on that later) w/ a cowgirl birthday party! First stop was a barn in which they were led on a horse named Gris. Then off to their friend's house to celebrate w/ the other little girls from church. Here are some pics of the event.

I made the girls new dresses, and then we presented them w/ new (to them) cowgirl boots!

Meggie was a bit more of a model today.  Here she is sporting her new dress and boots.

Madeline's melodious laugh filled the barn as she took her turn on horse back.

I thought Megan would be a bit shy (scared to death!) about the horse, but she hopped right up and enjoyed herself immensely!

Later at the party the girls decorated horse shoes. Quite a beautiful treasure from their day!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Scripture Memory Resource

We have used these Scripture memory books for probably 15 years....Actually, it is our second set....we had the cassettes and books first, and then about 8 years ago purchased the set of books w/ cds.  They are not flashy. They have a song, and then the chapter of Scripture (you know....where you hear a "ding" and turn the page - so non-readers can follow along and recognize the words that go w/ each picture!) and then at then end, the chapter is put to music; with the Scripture verbatim. (At least, I think mostly verbatim!) My kiddos (are supposed to) listen to them every morning. We have had good success using this resource.

This is the only product we have purchased from Thy Word Creations, (and we purchased them many years ago!) but they seem to have several other interesting options as well.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Maddie (age 5 - for a few more days anyhow) and 1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13
New King James Version (NKJV)

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.

4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Monday, July 18, 2011

A New Season

"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth."



Benjamin Michael Coder
Has not only mastered a body of knowledge pursuant to a secondary education, but has also demonstrated Godly wisdom and personal maturity based upon faith in Jesus Christ, we are pleased to announce his graduation from high school.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Psalm 91 recited by Zee (age 7)

As our kiddos were getting gung-ho about the library reading program and whittling away countless hours (actually they were keeping track of the hours) reading, we decided that we needed a bit of time spent on "heart" work.....not just losing the summer in fictitious pursuits. Soooo, the children were given the task of memorizing chapters of Scripture between each library prize. Z is the first to complete a chapter. (We have these lovely little books for littles that have a cd that go w/ them......the type that reads a verse aloud and then "dings" to turn the page...and at the end, has the entire chapter put to music - helps these little, well, all of us- to memorize the words)

 Z is doing the singing version of the chapter.

 Psalm 91

1 "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High

Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;

My God, in Him I will trust.”

3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler

And from the perilous pestilence.

4 He shall cover you with His feathers,

And under His wings you shall take refuge;

His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,

Nor of the arrow that flies by day,

6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,

Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,

And ten thousand at your right hand;

But it shall not come near you.

8 Only with your eyes shall you look,

And see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,

Even the Most High, your dwelling place,

10 No evil shall befall you,

Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,

To keep you in all your ways.

12 In their hands they shall bear you up,

Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,

The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him,

And show him My salvation.”