Thursday, August 21, 2014

Happy 15th Birthday Nick

I can't believe that our sweet blond baby boy is already 15!  God has blessed you with an amazing heart.  Here are 15 things we love about you....
1.  Your heart!  God has blessed you with a giving heart
2.  Your passion
3.  You're a great big brother
4.  You can talk to anyone about anything
5.  Your confidence in who you are
6.  Your desire to succeed
7.  Your willingness to help
8.  You're easy to please
9.  You love your family
10.  You have loved racing and Jeff Gordon since your Dad took you to your first race.
11.  You know when to apologize and you mean it
12.  You could just eat sweets and be happy
13.  You don't stay mad for long
14.  You have a childlike personality.  You like to have fun!
15.  You are happy
We love you and couldn't be more proud of the man you are becoming.  You are a great role model for your younger siblings.  You are continuing to grow in your faith and knowledge of who God is in your life.  God has definitely given you a heart to serve.  Your Dad and I pray that you will always seek God's will for your life and that in these next important years you will look to him before anyone or anything else for your direction.  We look forward to teaching you to drive this next year and to all the fun, carefree, and important conversations that will be shared as we spend time together one on one with you in the car!
Happy 15th Birthday

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

First Day of School (2014-2015)

Monday August 4th was our first day of homeschooling for the 2014-2015 school year.
Our high school boys will start on Wednesday.
We started our year with a back to school breakfast.

Last night, the women in our small group got together for a time of prayer for our sweet children this year.  I am so thankful to know that when I encounter difficult days or days worthy of shouting with praise, my children will be covered in prayer this school year.

I have so many prayers for my children this year, but the prayer that is closest to my heart is that they love God with all their heart.  I pray for each of them to develop and grow their relationship with God.  I pray they know and feel His love each day.  I pray they understand the idea that what God knows about them is infinitely more important than what others think about them.
As their Mom and their teacher, I am praying through these scriptures for myself.  God has called me to this important task.  When God calls, he equips.  On those hard days when I wonder why, I want to remember that God will give me all the strength, patience, self-control, and wisdom I need.
Vision-Proverbs 29:18
If people can not see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed. (Message)
Wisdom- James 1:5
If you don't know what you are doing, pray to the Father.  He loves to help. (Message)
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who give generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (NIV)
Self-Control-Proverbs 25:28
A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out. (Message)
A Kind Heart-Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Against such things there is no law. (NIV)
Patience- Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (NIV) 


Friday, August 1, 2014

Luke's Big Adventure

Luke is at the stage right now where he loves riding his tractor or driving his cozy coop car.  This past Sunday while Brett was busy making dinner and I was in our school room talking to my mom on the phone, Luke got too close to the edge of our stairs and drove his tractor right over the edge.  It is only three steps into our school room, but when I picked him up all I saw was blood!
Here is Luke in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.  Brett felt more comfortable calling 911 since it was a head wound.  This was our first time to have to call for an ambulance, I have to admit it was scary!
At the hospital.  Luke loves his bunny and pacifier which was very helpful today.  They calm him right down and provide security and comfort for him.
Our brave boy with several stitches across the top of his forehead.

Finally on his way home.  Luckily he is so young that the traumatic events seemed to not phase him at all.  However, it did shorten my life by a few years!

 Here is our little daredevil today.  He got his stitches out this morning and is on his way to complete recovery.