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Five Day Clubs

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We were so blessed to host a five day club with CEF this summer.  We had six of our neighbors plus five of our church friends come at different times throughout the week and made some sweet connections through the meetings.  All the kiddos loved the Miss Kaitlyns, both of them were amazing.  They showed so much love and concern for each child present.  Chopsticks was a very popular guest (see that cute panda peeking out in the top photo).   Each afternoon a Bible story was told about "Jesus, my Savior, my Friend,"  then the life of Hudson Taylor was shared.  Each day the children learned songs and played rhythm instruments.  They learned the definition of sin (Sin is anything you think, say, or do against God).   On Friday, each child received  a certificate for coming to club.  

On Saturday morning, Eliana walked down the stairs, and told us "I don't want to sin anymore."  I love Jesus.  She went on to let us know that she prayed and asked Jesus to save her. …

Soup Kettle Lessons

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When we moved to PA in October, packing with three sweet helpers and continuing to work from home was "hectic" to say the least.  Our days were full and went so fast those last couple of weeks in Alma.  Amidst packing, we left out essentials in the kitchen to be packed at the end.  Somehow in all the activity on moving day, I forgot to pack my big soup kettle.  It was one of those nice waterless ones, and a wedding present.  I could have kicked myself for being so careless.

Yet, even in my absent mindedness, God had a lesson to teach me.  Once we arrived in York, our new church family had a "pounding" with all kinds of household items, giftcards, food, and toiletries for our family to help us settle in. I did not even realize my mistake, until a week of unpacking boxes and it was still not to be found.  A phone call to a dear friend in GA confirmed, it was in the parsonage kitchen.  It may not seem like a big deal, just go buy another one...or use other pots.  I t…

Counting My Blessings

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It's not November, and yet...I can't think of a better moment to just sit and bask in the goodness of our Great God.  Currently I am reading along with the "Love God Greatly" Bible study through James. One of the verses to SOAP this week was found in James 1:17 it states, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above..."  So as I type these words, I'm just counting my blessings.  Every day. Every breath is one of the good gifts from our Father.  Every moment with my husband.  Every smile from my sweet E babies (not so much babies anymore) is a perfect from above.  Every sip of coffee is his sweet grace.

My Joshua recently wrote an update on life in Pennsylvania, and intentions. While that is definitely a real life account about how we may think things will go versus how they actually happen. He reminded me of the assurance and hope we have in Jesus.  There are so many things that have been unexpected blessings.  For instance, the sweet friendshi…

No New Years Resolutions for Me

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It's been over two years since I logged on for a new post.  Seriously?  Has life gotten that crazy?  Yeah...adding a third precious child, homeschooling, and working from home seriously rocked my world.  We enjoyed a beautiful and loving ministry at Corinth Church in those two years I have been MIA from the blogosphere. As of October 2017, we are Pennsylvania dwellers.  God called us to change our place of ministry back in May.  Since then we visited a few churches sharing the calling God gave our family.  The "arctic" air is definitely an adjustment for my southern soul.  I feel like a sense of normalcy is finally falling into place in our home.  Months of transition, traveling, packing, and unpacking can definitely wreak havoc to schedules.

An update is not the purpose of my need to write today.  It comes from a longing to be intentional.  After four years of skipping resolutions and choosing a word for the year, I wanted to write about this years' word choice.  &q…

Pumpkin Party

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Could there be a better way to celebrate the first day of October than with a pumpkin party with some dear homeschooling friends?  I think not!  So today, our sweet friends came over with pumpkins in tow, some awesome fall playdough, snacks, and we had a great time.  Frosting sugar cookies, creating with playdough, decorating pumpkins, and watching "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" were on the event list for the day.

I am so thankful for our local homeschool group and the precious friends it has brought into our life.  We deeply feel that the homeschool life is one God has called us to for this season, and are glad to have friends that are enjoying the adventure with us.  Even getting together a couple times a month is a huge blessing, and the E babies love having their friends over or going no field trips with them. 

Happy 5th Birthday, Ethan!

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The night before my little man turned five, we did as we have done every night for awhile.  He brushed his teeth, got his milk, was tucked in with Corduroy, and we read his favorite books.  It really is the simple things in life that are the best!
 The next morning he got up early, and we looked at his baby book while waiting for little brother and sister to wake up.   When I mentioned what a cute baby he was, he quickly said, "Mommy, five year olds are NOT cute!"  I still can't believe we are at this "not cute" stage.  Oh my!  After everyone was up and ready we went to the Jacksonville Zoo and children's hands on museum.  It was a great day celebrating our little man, and we finished off the day with cupcakes and a pinata with his friends at church.

Ethan, five years ago, I had no clue the impact motherhood would have on our lives.  You are our greatest gift and have changed us for the better in so many ways.  God has such a special plan for your life so…