Monthly Archives: August 2008

Important Prayer Request

Please pray for Marsha and her family. They lost their sweet little Dozer last night. I didn’t want to believe it, but sadly it is true.

Marsha has been such an encouragement to so many of us and her love for and the joy she (and her husband David) takes in them just literally pours out of her blog.

It reminds me so much of Steven Curtis Chapman’s family and their tragic loss of Maria. I just pray that the Lord will just strengthen and comfort the Drews as they continue to face each day with hope. One step at a time. One day at a time.

I saw on one of the Chapmans’ interviews where they found a little picture that Maria had drawn that just said "See" on it and had some little butterflies on it. Mary Beth said that it felt like Maria was giving her a reminder to "Taste and see that the Lord is good." Psalm 34:8

I can only imagine just what a dark and difficult time this is for the Drew family, but I pray that through it all God will grant them gentle reminders of His love for them and the hope for better days.

Please pray for their whole family. I’m sure they will appreciate it!

Edited to add: They’ve posted an update on Marsha’s blog and she says that they can feel themselves being held in the palm of God’s hand.

Also, Emily at The Learning Never Stops came up with an absolutely divinely inspired idea to send Marsha an iPod loaded with uplifting songs for the days to come. Feel free to suggest your favorites there.

Farm Style Drive In

This was lots of fun. We watched Night at the Museum on the side of our barn all snuggly with quilts and fresh popcorn in our folding chairs from the back end of Joe’s pick up truck.

What great memories. We’ll be doing this again! Anybody want to join us at our Farm Style Drive In? City folks can’t have all the fun!

Faith just will not tolerate some things!

Although we most recently caught HER in the trap going after some of our hen’s precious eggs, Faith was highly insulted when we discovered THIS nasty varmint the other morning.

And oh my word, even though our two girl dogs fight and bicker with each other as sisters sometimes will, they made quite the dynamic duo as they lectured Mr. Possum on the finer points of respecting our boundaries. Faith does NOT tolerate possums!

I had a hard time getting the video to embed. Just click here to watch the dynamic duo!
Marsha, I want to know your secret for embedding videos!

For Those of You With Little Ones

Don’t miss There Is Only One Childhood over at Starry Sky Ranch. She’s got some great thoughts (and a wonderful statistic) about the importance of not depriving our children of their childhood in favor of rigorous academics at an early age.

I love what she says,

"Does this mean no Montessori trays and holding them back? No. It means not pushing little people into two dimensional work prematurely. It means lots of hands on, real life experiences. It means a solid grounding in image-rich stories and basic skills (academic as well as organizational and personal) from which to launch and soar later."

In fact, those of you with older children, don’t miss the link to What Makes Finnish Kids So Smart. I know especially when you hit the teen years, it’s easy to get caught up in feeling like you’ve really got to push the academics and "keep up" with the schools, but notice the American results.

"American teens finished among the world’s C students even as U.S. educators piled on more homework, standards and rules."

I’m not even a person who is really into grades, but I think this makes a good point. More academics, more cramming for standardized tests doesn’t equal smarter well-rounded kids!

As Christians, we know that God wants so much more for us and for our children. We want them to know what it means to love, honor, and serve the Lord with their whole heart, mind, & strength. (Which reminds me of one of my all-time favorite homeschool books, Educating the Whole-Hearted Child)

Pray for our Men & Women over in Afghanistan!

I just got word that one of our homeschool dads who serves in the Army is at Camp Salerno in Afghanistan where the militants have been attacking. Apparently, today was Independence Day in Afghanistan, and there have been several attacks and suicide bombings near his base, actually one right outside the gate where he is stationed.

You can read details on Yahoo News or Fox News.

Even though the men and women at Salerno are definitely fully prepared and able to handle whatever the militants throw their way, please remember them in your prayers. And remember their families back home too.

Sometimes all of the fighting over there can seem so far away or become "just another news story." But these are dear loved ones who are laying their lives on the line to keep the fighting away from us.

May God bless them all and keep them safe!