Monthly Archives: July 2006

The Catch of the Day

Tony and the boys noticed our cat pawing at something behind the steps outside our side door.  Next thing you know, our Jack Russell Terrier joined in so then Man and Boys had to move the steps and see what was so interesting.

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It was a nice big black racer.  Tony pointed out the thin head and round eyes that show the boys it's non-poisonous.  This isn't a great picture, but the batteries were almost dead so we just snapped a quick one.  And if it looks a little weird, I used the fish eye feature with it.  Just felt like doing something new.

So, we put the snake back where it was.  We think it was snacking on a frog and I think these guys help keep away mice and other bad snakes.  As long as he keeps a nice respectable distance then he's welcome to stay!

Grief & Praise

Do you ever just have one of those weeks that is emotionally draining?  You can’t really put your finger on it, but the slightest thing brings a flood of emotion and dredges up past hurts?  It’s been one of those for me.  I keep striving to “take every thought captive in obedience to Christ” so that I don’t get all tangled up in a bunch of negativity, but it’s tough.

I actually had a weird realization the other night.  I was up late working and just started crying over an accumulation of things.  And then it hit me, it had been 4 years since my father died.  Grief is so weird – even when I don’t keep up with the date in my head, it’s like my heart remembers.  So I just had to grieve – for the relationship I lost, for the relationships my children lost, for the way it just changed things.

And then I went to my Heavenly Father and just laid it at His feet.  I know that He knows my grief and I know that His desire is to comfort me and to grow me stronger.  Even when I just want the hurt to go away, I know that He is more concerned about true healing.

I thought about it this afternoon as we drove by our creek. We’d had a big thunderstorm pass through, but we hadn’t even realized how big.  The creek was flowing swiftly and was almost out of the banks.  The water was muddy brown; it had stirred up all of the dirt and loose limbs.  And I just thought of how I wanted the Holy Spirit to just wash over me and bring healing to my hurting heart.  And I picture that like a fresh stream of water, but maybe He works through the stirred up dirty water.  Maybe He’s still working on sifting me to get rid of all of the dead wood that I keep nearby.

I don’t know, but I just know that I am so thankful.  Thankful that He loved me enough to send His own son.  Thankful that Jesus died for me so that my sins could be washed away.  Thankful that because of His sinless life and sacrifice that I would have a clear path to God.  Thankful that Jesus interceded for me.  Thankful that God sees me through Him.  And that He loves me.  Unconditionally.  No because of what I do, but because of who He is.

I remember on the day that I held my youngest, it had been a difficult delivery and as I sat rocking him in the night feeding him, one praise song kept coming to mind.  Not your usual lullaby, but a song of thanks.  I wasn’t just thankful for a safe delivery.  I was thankful for the cross.  That cross is what makes everything ok when things don’t feel ok.  So as I sit here dealing with all of this grief, I just have to stop and thank Him once again.

Once Again
Matt Redman
Jesus Christ, I think upon Your sacrifice
You became nothing, poured out to death
Many times I’ve wondered at Your gift of life
And I’m in that place once again
I’m in that place once againAnd once again I look upon the cross where You died
I’m humbled by Your mercy and I’m broken inside
Once again I thank You
Once again I pour out my life

Now You are exalted to the highest place
King of the heavens, where one day I’ll bow
But for now I marvel at Your saving grace
And I’m full of praise once again
I’m full of praise once again

Thank You for the cross
Thank You for the cross
Thank You for the cross, my friend


Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Favorite Memories
(in no particular order)

  1. Hugging my father
  2. Twiddling thumbs on the front porch with my grandfather
  3. Feeling God's presence as a teen while doing my quiet time one night
  4. Having a lazy Sunday afternoon with my husband when we were newlyweds
  5. Family gathered in the delivery room after we had our first child
  6. Spending the night with Miss Vessie when our electricity was knocked out by the ice storm.
  7. Neighbors helping us to pack since we were moving when our 2nd child was just 6 weeks old.
  8. The
    peace and quiet of living at my parent's remote lake house with a
    preschooler and newborn after the hustle and bustle of living in a St.
    Louis suburb.
  9. Going to fall arts & crafts shows with my mother
  10. Looking into my husband's eyes as he had to make decisions about epidural, etc.. when my delivery wasn't going well.
  11. Rocking our 3rd born in the hospital so thankful that we were both healthy after a difficult delivery.
  12. Wandering around our new property and watching the boys and our dogs play in the creek after we bought our farm.
  13. Riding horses with my friend on our property

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates
a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is
encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in
others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen
with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who
participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings,
comment links accepted!

What a handful!

Yep, my youngest is a whole handful now .  He's 5!!  It's hard to believe how quickly he's growing up, but I've got to admit that this is a great age.  I love how he's learning and taking on new things, yet still loves to sit and snuggle with me.  

Here's a picture of him with his Dad and the cake his daddy made just for him!
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Here he is opening his box of Superman gifts from Memaw.  He was ALL about Superman this year and loves wearing the cape that Gran got him!
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And here he is with his buddies at his party with our other homechurch friends.  We are so blessed with the fellowship that God has brought into our lives that truly shows our children how a body of believers cares about each other.
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Ch, ch, ch, ch, changes….

Well a month or so ago, Gena came to me and asked if I wanted to take on being Senior Editor at HomesteadBlogger.  I was so flattered, but I just wasn't sure if I could keep up with both blogsites, so we decided to see if we could find just the right person to take over here at HomeschoolBlogger so that I could move on over to HomesteadBlogger permananently.

Well Tia has been doing an awesome job.  I just love to read her writing, she's great about keeping up with things and responding to emails, and well she hasn't crashed the site or anything so we figure it's safe to leave HSB in her hands. 

So you can read my fond farewell on the HSB Front Porch today.  Being Senior Editor here has been so much fun and a great experience, but I'm really looking forward to watching HomesteadBlogger grow like HSB has!  I knew a couple of years ago when God moved us out to the country that He had something up His sleeve and it's been amazing to see the changes that have happened since then.  Now I'm getting to blog and learn from other bloggers about homesteading, I'll be writing  The Natural Schoolhouse column for The Old Schoolhouse and just get some great opportunities to network with homesteaders and companies offering products to homesteaders. 

God truly amazes me at how He weaves things together.  Only He could do that.

Senior Editor of HomesteadBlogger