Friday, October 31, 2008

A Late Happy Birthday Post

Ethan celebrated his fourth birthday Saturday. They spent the morning with Jeremy's parents on an outing at Turtle Point. When he came home he had a viral fever of 102! It reminded me of John's second Christmas when he spent the morning vomiting. Poor babies. Anyway, we already had several party guests, most of which already had their turns with the fever bug and weren't affected. We gave him a bit of Tylenol to break the fever and then he was right as rain.

John and Ethan showing off their Red Rider BB guns. Each boy received this on their fourth birthdays.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Soothing Sleep

My Lydia catching a nap at our Naval Air Museum field trip a while back.

This may not be a topic that's really blog-worthy, but sometimes the smallest things are really worth sharing, I think.

I am so very thankful that lately, say for about a week, the children have had long, restful sleep. Which means, of course, that mom and dad have had long, restful sleep. Jeremy and I typically don't go to bed until 11:00 every night. We would like to get to bed earlier usually, but I'm not usually able to do it while trying to wrap up a bit of housework, sewing, or preparation for school the next day. Plus, Jeremy and I try to make a point each night to spend quality time together after the kids have gone off to bed. We also set the alarm clock for 5:30 each morning except Sundays when we rise at 6:30. Needless to say that doesn't leave a whole lot of time for sleep.

It's even a bit worse when one of the children have a bed night. All of our children usually sleep well. Lydia has sort of been going through this bad dream phase. When she has a dream she wakes up with shrieks of terror. Ethan is still working on holding his bladder all night. He'll typically get up once to take care of things which will always wake me up. For about a week and a half all the kids have slept right through till dawn...or almost dawn. They're very early risers. Today, I'm very thankful of a week of good, restful sleep!

When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. --Proverbs 3:24

My blog posts have become few and far between, I know. Some of it is because I have been trying to sew for Lydia. Jeremy and I actually tried to find store-bought clothes for her last week. HAHA! That was not funny. Instead we just settled on a trip to Joann's. I'm working on converting those purchases into warm winter clothes. (I'm using the word "warm" loosely. Warm for a Floridian, of course!) I promise pictures once I make a bit more headway.

This photo has nothing to do with sleep, but here's me and Jeremy at the Naval Air Museum.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Simple Woman's Daybook - Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Outside my Window...a bright beautiful Florida sun which is producing temps of 84 at the moment...rather on the warm-side for mid-October.

I am thinking...of all the the mental notes I have posted regarding my responsibilities prior to my departure to our church's ladies retreat tomorrow.

I am thankful for...God's peace in such a chaotic world.

From the kitchen...breakfast was cheese grits and scrambled eggs, lunch was homemade ham and cheese "Lunchables," for supper, grilled (or maybe fried) pork chops, broccoli and homemade cheese sauce, and yellow summer squash. I'm also working on making food while I'm gone on my trip: a loaf of bread, a lasagna, and a pot of vegetable beef soup.

I am wearing...denim skirt, not very long: say below mid-calf. A half-length sleeve red knit shirt, and my faithful tennis shoes...a must on a busy day.

I am reading...I'm trying to finally put the wraps on The Gospel According to Disney: Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust by Mark I. Pinsky. It's a pretty good read, but not what I expected. You just have to remember that Mr. Pinsky's views aren't far right. But he is pretty objective. I thought, with such a strong title, that he would be blasting Disney for all of it's evil wickedness. I was wrong.

In my Bible study, I'm reading the book of Hosea. I love the way that God's word gives illustrations, such as Hosea's adulterous wife and his faithfulness to her, to demonstrate truths in our Christian walk.

I opened Sense and Sensibility this weekend, more on that below.

I am have a good time while on our ladies retreat. I don't usually have a great time if separated from my family. I'm also hoping (and praying) that the children behave for Jeremy as he tackles teaching his first homeschool lesson.

I am creating...a loaf of whole wheat bread. Dinner for several days. When I get home, I plan to start Lydia a new dress. She desperately needs play clothes.

I am hearing...Lydia jabber as she's sitting in my lap and the boys sweetly playing together.

Around the house...typical of a home with very young kids. There is definitely plenty of children's clutter lying about, but it's not too messy.

One of my favorite things...I've thought several times this week about how wonderful it is to live in the country. Sunday afternoon I took Sense and Sensibility on the back porch swing. It was chilly...for Florida, say 76 degrees, so I took a blanket and a cup of tea with me. I could hear the wind in the trees. I could tell the difference between the wind when it was in nearby trees and distant trees. The air was sweet and it was very very quiet and peaceful outside

A few plans for the rest of the week...Spending time in Pigeon Forge, TN with the ladies of our church. Again, I'm praying that the Lord help me have a good time of fellowship, but I'm usually so unhappy when separated from my husband and/or children.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...Monday, a week ago, we took the children, along with my parents to the Naval Air Museum and Fort Barrancas at NAS Pensacola. We also stopped by the Pensacola Lighthouse, only to learn that it was only open on Saturdays. Here are a few of the children at Fort Barrancas. I plan to put more of the photos up from our adventure soon.

John, Lydia, and Ethan standing on the drawbridge of Fort Barrancas. This is the entrance is called the "sallyport." (click for larger)

John balances on an old cannon atop the fort on the parade ground.

Lydia poses for me up in a gun port.

Civil war era photos of action at Fort Barrancas.

Monday, October 13, 2008

School talk

In our social studies unit, we have been studying the concept of community. We reviewed different sorts of community helpers. Today we talked about Daddy working at our small engine shop and Mommy working in the home. The kids then drew pictures of Daddy and Mommy working. Then we talked about what the children were going to be when they grew up. We learned that to be happy we must pray and ask God to show us what He wants us to be. They turned their pages over and drew what they thought God wanted them to be when they grew up. Ethan was adamant that God wanted him to be a firefighter. The proclamation was made with as much excitement and animation as one could imagine. (This is the heart of the whole story) When I asked John what God's will was for him, he just looked up at me timidly and said, God hasn't told me yet. It just melted my heart. He looked so disappointed that he didn't know God's will for him...15 years from now! If only we grown-ups were so keen.

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. --Matthew 18:4

One other thing worth mentioning is that my mom got the boys a Betta to serve as "classroom pet." They take turns feeding it. Anyway, I'm honestly not too much on fish. But this fish is so great! He has a ton of personality...for a fish, that is. What I love is that you can go up to his bowl and peer into it, he will get so aggressive! He'll go up right to your nose and flare his gills and fins. I always get the biggest laugh out of him.

a male crown-tail Betta, very similar to the one we have.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Breaking the Silence

not an intentional silence, mind you, but I lengthy one. I've been trying to get back into schooling and wearing all the hats that I wear. I'll catch up on what I've been up to.

We started school about 7 weeks ago. With the boys, school has been a breeze. They are eager and gobbling up their educations. On the other hand, Lydia has decided that it is much more fun to plunder through the house and get in all the home no-no's while mother is preoccupied. For example, today school had to be interrupted when I needed to call the pediatrician. Lydia had climbed up to the table and pulled out my gum. She ate all the gum I had in the package. I don't know how many it was, but I found 9 wrappers. The doctor said that she'd be just fine though. I don't much buy in to "old wives tales," but I wanted to be sure that her insides wouldn't gum up or that the gum would be in her intestines for 7 years. Yes, I know I am silly. I'm going to have to be more innovative in keeping her occupied so that I can teach in peace.

Our church held a missions conference, which was preached by Dr. Terry Ellis. It was fabulous! The Lord really really spoke to us about our faith promise missions, and giving in general. We were very much challenged. To kick off the conference we had an international supper. There were 4 tables. Each table showcased an ethnic meal from 1 of 4 nations, in which our church supports a mission work. There were meals from Mexico, Italy, Cuba and Japan. My close friend, Melissa, and I worked on the Cuba table. You'd think it would be easy, but nothing is ever, ever easy in this life, is it? It was really a lot of fun though and I look forward to another international supper.

Since my last post we also had to cancel a ladies retreat, courtesy of the 2008 hurricane season. Such a disappointment, but I hope to make up for it in October when the ladies of our church are going to Gatlinburg, TN to see the foliage. I've never been to the mountains in the fall, so I'm really looking forward to it. The leaves don't really change here. The few trees that lose their leaves...well, they just sort of go away quietly.

Although I haven't been blogging, I have been about with my camera. Living in the country, you get to experience so many things that the Bible talks about. I mean farming sorts of things. Many times I see a farmer planting, harvesting, whatever and the Lord calls to remembrance a Scripture. I'll have my little collection complete in the next few weeks.

Below are two worksheets from my little men. John has been making the transition to cursive writing very well. He doesn't seem to have forgotten anything at all since last year. Ethan is starting preschool a year early. He is 3 and is learning K4 work. I also decided to teach him John's k5 (kindergarten) numbers lessons. He's really doing far better than I even expected him to. We are going to take him to get his eyes checked however. He's been having trouble seeing the dry-erase board.