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Monday, April 23, 2012

Retreat and Renewal

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a women’s retreat. The message was really good, and I know that there were many parts of the message that spoke particularly to me. Many things I used to be very diligent in but over the last couple of years-I began to let things slide.

One of the main things is that I have subtly allowed my time with God to be interrupted. In doing this I have been sending the wrong message to my children. (And while I pray “Lord, give my kids a heart for you”, I need to display what that looks like.")

One of the things the speaker said was to “Set aside intentional time for God everyday.” So many times I just did this on they fly. (Not really setting the time aside.) Instead giving him the left overs or none at all. She mentioned that in her life-she had to set time for God in the morning before emails, before tv, facebook, etc. All of these were things I used to practice-but over the past couple of years I have gradually allowed this to change. Many times I will check my emails first thing in the morning, while watching the news. Then the kids want to watch tv while eating breakfast. Then before we know it-our minds have been filled with a “worldly mindset” instead of first seeking the mind of God. Most of the time we would still have a devotion time, but it was sort of just hurry up and get it done, one more thing on the list to get through. (And that is not what I want for our lives.) I want the deep sense of a relationship with God established in my heart and in my children’s heart. (And If I don’t display that setting time aside intentionally is important, then how will my children really realize it?)

So I told the kids that today we would begin devotion time first again. They weren’t real receptive to it. Lexi wanted to hurry and get started on her work, and she did not want to wait for everyone to be ready for devotion time. I don’t want to make this a religious “ritual” but just want to emphasize that we seek God first, and purposely give him time. (He deserves our best.) It is also an act of humility to do this.

We began the day with worship, I played a few songs on the guitar and we sang along. Then we prayed and read over our devotion together. I really could tell a difference in my mood. A few hours later I am still singing and humming to God, and am mindful of the Lord.

Here are some pictures of the retreat. The hot tub.IMG_8739

The river view.



Beautiful Rhotodendrums.IMG_8761


Fellowship and food.





It was nice to share time with other ladies. I learned new things about some I already new, and met other ladies I had not met before. It was nice sharing hearts, and prayer requests and encouraging one another.


Friday, April 13, 2012

Smokies Baseball

We attended the first home game of the Smokies season this year. It was quite chilly that evening. But we had a good time.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up

We are on week 7 of our final unit. The past 2 weeks we have been reading "Listen to the Whipporwhill" and "The Safe House". Both books are about Slavery and the underground railroad. Today we finished up "Listen to the Whipporwill."

Over the next 3 weeks we will continue reading Civil War Era books.

Lexi is reading "Addy" (American Girl)
Peyton is reading A book about a 12 year old boy during the Civil War.

Peyton finished Greek levels 1 and 2 this year, as well as Latin Level 1 and 2.
He is in book 1 of Key to Decimals and should finish it shortly.
He is still rotating Queens LA and another book on Writing Paragraphs.

Lexi really did not do much last week or this week except some light math and reading. Because of her hand-being bitten by the dog. I didn't want to cause any excess pain. But it really doesn't matter. (She will continue working on math during the summer.) And next week she will make up a few things she missed this week. A couple presidents' reports, and a state report.

We are still continuing with our Chinese lessons each week. Peyton is still in Art class, and Lexi continues with Jazz and Musical Theater.

We have also been doing alot around the house. We put mulch out into our flower beds. (Some require mulch.) We have also been out trying to get rid of boring bees that have decided my deck should be there new drilling area. We also have gypsy moth larvae on one of our oak trees. So the kids think it is fun to take their bb guns out each evening and shoot the caterpillars.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Recent Digi Scrap Pages

Spring Photo Shoot

Here are a few pictures that I took of the kids this Spring.






Peyton Turns 12

I haven’t updated in a while. Most of these pictures have already been on facebook to share with family and friends. I can’t believe my boy has turned 12. He is so big now. It seems like just a few short years ago that I brought him home from the hospital.

We began our day going to MagiQuest. We tried to run under and over the lasers in the Vault.


Peyton trying to get through the lasers without setting them off.


Pirate MIni GolfIMG_8679


Wings at Applebees


They surprised him with a dessert shooter and song. IMG_8700IMG_8701


Later that evening we had a small celebration here at the house, with a few friends.HIs cake was a deer hunting theme.. pbdaycake


He got a deer rifle for his birthday.