A Good Night to Remember!

These are the words that any mom or dad want to hear at bedtime, “Mom, I want to be saved.”  We talked about sin and what it is and then we talked about why Jesus died on the cross.  My mind was swiped clean of all memory verses for a few minutes, but after talking, God brought the verses to mind to help me lead Grace to Christ.  The verse that came to mind is “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth, the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”  Romans 10: 9,10

I’ve been praying for Grace for years to come to this decision, in all honesty her resistance scared me.  She would often push the conversation away and not want to talk about it, but I always let her know that it was her decision to make when she was ready.  So it surprised me last night when she said “Mom, I want to be saved.”  It was a glorious surprise and I am so very thankful for the opportunity to pray with my daughter to ask Jesus to come into her life and to be her Savior.

It does this mama’s heart good to tuck her child in bed after praying with her after such a decision!
It is a good night to remember!
Always!

**If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, check out my church’s web page has a section on The Gospel.  You can click on verses that will help you understand what the Gospel is and how to ask Jesus to come into your life.  Or you can email me!

Surprise Visitor!

                                      
This was this morning before we started our schooling.
Fun with chickens, as always.
                                     
 We had a surprise visitor today.  
Becky, Eric’s cousin, stopped by for a bit!
**I must amend this, Becky and I have been good friends,
almost sisters really, for longer than I’ve known my husband.**
She’s busy getting ready for a trip.
More on that in a minute. 🙂
She had fun bouncing around with the kiddos for a bit.
 They enjoyed jumping on the trampoline.
I decided to stick my camera in the enclosure and
get some fun shots.
This one is a good sample. 🙂
  Becky here (holding our Henny Penny) is going away.
She is currently raising money for a missions trip to 
Malawi, Africa for the next year. 
It’s exciting to see how God is moving her to serve Him overseas!
Please pray for her as she is raising the needed funds.  
She currently has about a half year of funds raised.
She’s not sure exactly what she’ll be doing, BUT she’ll 
be there to do whatever is needed. 
Prayers are much appreciated!
Thanks!

My Weekend in Review

What a weekend it has been! I am still spinning around in circles from it really. Friday night we had a wonderful family evening and went out for dinner. We had a gift card for Red Lobster and decided to finally use it. We needed out of the house for a bit. It was a yummy meal!

Then Saturday we took the kids to Butler County Youth Field Days. It started at 8am and we were done before 3pm. It was a long day and lots of walking, but the kids had fun with the different events. They got to try shooting some different kids of guns. I’ll add some pictures another time.

Grace wasn’t afraid of anything either – I thought she might be with some of the guns. Ryan was afraid of shooting the muzzle loader, but he did everything else. Nathan wasn’t afraid of anything either. They loved the climbing wall and the lunch. It was just a good day out of the house. There was a lot of walking, a lot! My legs are so sore today! It’s amazing that I can exercise almost every day and still get sore from just walking! We were all so exhausted by the time the day was over!

After we left the Sportsman’s Club we went to Butler. Hit Sam’s Club to see if they have a trampoline. They do have 15′ ones, but the enclosures were not there, so we did not get one. We figured it would be great exercise and fun for the entire family! We tried Dicks Sporting Goods as well, but they only had 13′ and the enclosure for it as well, but it was almost as expensive as Sam’s 15′ . After we left Sam’s we went out for ice cream. It was so cool and refreshing after a long day out in the sun! 🙂

On the drive to Butler, we hit a cardinal and it bounced off my side mirror. I am thankful that it did not bounce into my window. That would have been so disgusting!

Then last night Eric went to warm up something in the microwave and the thing died on us, so I am presently without a microwave. It’s amazing how dependent I am on that thing! The next several days or so should be rather interesting without it! Ryan is excited, I’m sure – he always wants me to make “real” popcorn. Without the microwave I guess I’ll have to. 🙂

That leads me to this morning. I was already a little nervous because today I began my Sunday School teaching days. I have Grace’s class of 4-6 year olds. There are 3 in the class and today was a pretty good first day, I do have to say! 🙂

On the way to church I saw a big bus parked off I79, right near the church. I didn’t really think anything about it, but there was a woman out taking pictures of it. Then after briefly gawking at it, I pull into the church parking lot and try to park the Durango.

Well, that junk pile wouldn’t go into park for me. I would put it on P and it would go in reverse. The kids ran into the church and Ron Miller came out. He said he had problems with a vehicle like that – it was the linkage to the transmission. He put the emergency break on and I went into the church to leave a message on the answering machine for Eric. Eric didn’t come to church this morning, he was just so exhausted. Thankfully he got the message on the machine and could come get us! He did manage to get the Durango running again and I actually drove his truck today!! I’ve never driven it, except to pull it forward in the driveway. That vehicle is gigantic! It’s a 2003 F-250. It was fine to drive and we (the kids and I) were all a little worried about me driving it. I sat up very high and it’s way bigger than the Durango! Ryan was so nervous he was holding on at first. LOL

After we dropped the Durango off at the automotive repair place, Eric took over the truck driving! 🙂 He was telling me that huge bus parked along the road there was Kenny Chesney’s tour bus. I’m not a fan of his or even of country music, but my guess is he was probably in the tour bus until someone came to pick him up. Eric said there was a crowd of people there. I didn’t notice it.

So that pretty much sums up my weekend. The rest of this afternoon has been way more relaxing. I am a little nervous though. I have an appointment at the hospital tomorrow to have an ultrasound to see what is up with me lately, and I figured that while I’m there I’m going to get my blood work done. I’ll talk more of this later – if I feel I can share it on here. 🙂 I’m not sure about this Internet blogging stuff all the time. But I have to say your prayers will be appreciated! Thanks!

That is about all from here for now.

What a weekend!

This past weekend has been so busy! I love Easter and the reason we celebrate this season is really what it’s all about. Saturday morning the kids and I went to church for 9am. I had play practice. We went through the play 3 times that morning and I’m glad things came together yesterday morning. I read that play over and over Saturday afternoon/evening and praying that I could remember my lines even with nerves making me seem to forget everything and feel ill.

After play practice we had the Awana Easter egg hunt. A lot of kids and parents showed up. It was a lot of fun! The kids all seemed to enjoy themselves. It was a beautiful day, though cold. We had a really neat devotional before the hunt began. Emily Flatt was the speaker and she did Resurrection Eggs (I think that’s what they were called). 12 eggs of different colors given out to 12 kids with something inside that had to do with the Resurrection story. It was really good! After we got home I took a long nap. I don’t usually nap, but I woke up Saturday morning not feeling very well (sore throat, aches, etc). Thankfully yesterday I felt pretty good again!

Yesterday morning was the Sunrise Service at church! I can’t remember if I had gone to one as a kid or not, but it was really neat to do! Eric had never been to one either. I didn’t get to see much of the service since I was in the play. We stayed downstairs before and then after we did the play. I remembered most of my lines and was quite nervous, but survived. Not sure if I want to do any more acting, but it was a new experience. 🙂
After the sunrise service was a wonderful breakfast buffet! I LOVE breakfast and the food was so delicious! I did forget to get a picture of the kids all dressed for Easter! That bugs me that I forget that sometimes!
The regular morning service was really good too. Lots of different music specials and poems and Charlie Johnson did a monologue that was really good – it was from Peter’s perspective. And again I say, Very good!
We noticed that Portersville Bible Church has a great emphasis on the week leading up to Easter. Eric and I noticed this and came to the conclusion that the week and what happened at Calvary is reason to really focus on this holiday. It really is even more important than the birth of Christ, because what He did at Calvary is why He was born. He was born to die for my sins and the sins of the world! Thankfully He didn’t stay dead!!! The accounts of His Resurrection in the Gospels are great passages to read – even now that Easter is over! The work of the cross continues on and I am thankful for the salvation that I have through Him!!

The rest of the afternoon we spent at Eric’s brother’s house. The kids had another Easter egg hunt and we enjoyed time fellowshipping with the family. We even got to talk to Shawn yesterday! He’s in Iraq. It’s good to know he’s safe. I think everyone there, except for the boys, talked to him. Tonight we’re going to my parent’s house for a belated Easter dinner! So that about sums up the weekend! Now we’re on a new week.

Monday has been interesting. My one shelf broke in my cupboard and I had glass and water all over the place. I’ve been trying to get it all cleaned up. We keep finding little pieces of the glass. I even ran my new sweeper over the kitchen, but still seem to find more slivers. Oh the joys! Yay Monday! In everything give thanks, right? I am thankful my son, Ryan, wasn’t hurt as the glass shattered all over the place!

Whew!

The last few days I have been keeping pretty busy. I am a facebook junkie, so I have been trying to stay off and get more done around home. Yesterday I accomplished much! I cleaned the kitchen, mopped the floor and cleaned the light fixture. I cut the boy’s hair in the evening and was thinking of what to do with my craft stuff.

The craft stuff was clogging up my kitchen buffet table. Well last night I came up with the idea of moving the ancient computer stuff from upstairs to the basement and moving my craft stuff up to the computer desk in my bedroom. I’m quite pleased so far. It might even inspire me to make more time to actually do some scrapbooking/cardmaking! It’s all in one spot and I don’t need to drag it to the kitchen table anymore. Yay! 🙂

So I have been busy. On top of all that is Awana tonight, I’m trying to get my lines memorized for the Easter play. I think I have most of them now. Ugh! 🙂 Tomorrow we’re going to Roger’s flea market in Ohio and Saturday is play practice and the Awana Easter Egg Hunt. I will be relieved. I do look forward to Easter though! 🙂 I love remember the Lord died and rose again for my sins and the sins of the world! I’m thankful for my salvation!

A new week!

Here we are, Monday! This is going to be a short week of school for the boys. Well, short by one day. 🙂 They have much work to do this short week, but they’ll be fine. Just getting them going after the weekend is the hard part. They have done well in their math since we really concentrated on it the week before last. That is so exciting!

Now we have to work on writing. Ryan is just sloppy, but he can put sentences together ok for the most part. Nathan needs a lot of work in both areas. He CAN be neat, but he isn’t and doesn’t seem to want to listen lately either. He does struggle with putting sentences together that make sense though. This is also becoming a struggle for me to. I’m at a loss of what to do for him in this. He has pictures in his Literature & Creative Writing and has to write sentences from them and it is really difficult for him. Guess he’ll need some one on one time for this.

I got his CAT test last Friday. We will do these tests some time this month. My nephew will need one too, so my sister in law and I will trade kids and do the tests. This is a whole new experience for me. Nathan will get evaluated in June some time. Thankfully my sister in law has been doing this a while and knows what I need to have and what needs to get done for that. I’m a little nervous, but I think we’ll be ok.

Last week’s Awana went well. It was quite busy since it was talent night. There are quite a few talented girls in the class! I didn’t know so many of them played musical instruments! How fun!

After prayer and talking things over with Eric I will be taking on a Sunday school class this June. I figured we’d see how it goes. If it’s too much, I will give it up. I don’t want to be so overwhelmed by things that I don’t enjoy serving God.

The bulletin board will be a family project. I thought as homeschoolers it would be a great opportunity for them to have a Christian service project! I am quite excited about this. I’ll need to shop around for ideas and I also love the site http://www.boardsgalore.com/ There are a lot of great ideas on there as well! I need to get good measurements of the bulletin board so I can do some of the designing stuff at home with the kid’s help. 🙂 This will be so much fun!

This coming weekend will be sooo busy! I have to finish memorizing my lines for the play we’re doing at Sunrise service. I’m excited and nervous all at the same time! Saturday we’ll rehearse the play, then go to the Awana Easter egg hunt. Friday we are planning to go to Roger’s in Ohio – a HUGE flea market. We went with Eric’s family last year and are doing it again this year.

Saturday we went to the Pittsburgh Mills (a mall). It was ok there. A lot of places have closed up though. Kind of a ghost mall, but not quite as bad as the Clearview Mall in Butler.

Church was awesome yesterday! There were hymnologies about different hymns we sing each Easter. The stories behind the author’s of the hymns are so amazing! It’s neat to see how God worked in their lives and how these hymns came to be. Another thing we learned about was the meanings behind different things during the Easter holiday. The holy week, lent, Good Friday – all that stuff. It was very interesting! I’ll write more on this tomorrow if I get the chance.

My list of thankfulness for today: 1. thankful for a good church where there are opportunities to serve Him and to hear the Word of God! 2. thankful for my huband and children! 3. thankful for a little extra money – I love my new vacuum! 🙂

II Chronicles 20:15b Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not your’s, but God’s. This was an excellent verse I read in my devotions this morning and had to share it!

Opportunities and other stuff

There are so many things that can be done no matter where you are in life. The question is, how much do I take on? At least that is the question I have right now. 🙂 I’m praying about a few different ministries that have been presented to me and if they are what God wants me to do. I know I’d like to do them, but I need to keep my life and my priorities in balance.

One is taking on a Sunday School class part of the year, it’s for ages 4-5, I do believe. It would be a fun and interesting class I think. That age group is fun because they are curious and are outspoken at times. You never know what they will say.

Another opportunity is a bulletin board ministry! This one is very exciting to me! It’s like a gigantic scrapbook page and there are so many things you can do with it. I think it would be fun to have the children involved in preparing and maybe even hanging up stuff with me. I’m praying about these and will talk to Eric about them some more just to see what he thinks. I’ve learned that my spouse’s answers are a good gauge to know what God wants me to do. 🙂 Thank God for husbands!!

Tonight marks the first of 5 nights of Awana that are left. This is an area that I’m still kind of struggling with really. I LOVE to do it, but feel so overwhelmed by it. The class is huge, but a lot of fun at the same time.


Yesterday the kids and I went out for lunch with my 2 aunts and cousin Shannon. It was such a nice time! We all had a nice time out of the house for a bit! We don’t really go many places since the durango is such a gas hog, but it is nice to escape the countryside for a while and have a great afternoon out! My aunts and cousin are absolutely sweet! I just love them to pieces! Grace and my Aunt Grace got along really well. Grace kept talking to her and finally had to tell her a secret that finally ended up with her sitting in my aunt’s lap. Both Grace’s are named for my Grandma Miller.

The boys had a good time talking as well, but I think they got bored after a while. I know Nathan did get bored

. Ryan seems to enjoy being around people more than his brother. Nathan is a lot like Eric in many ways and living as a hermit is one of them. 🙂 Eric and I are totally opposite that way. I am quite the people person and he is not. It’s amazing how God brings opposites together.

The boys are doing well this week with school. They had last week off from their actual schoolwork. They were working on their adding, subtracting and multiplying (Nathan), practicing their writing/cursive, and reading (lots of reading). Eric and I thought a week of concentrating on those areas would be good for them and I think it has been!

Today I read from Joshua for my devotional time and I just want to write this verse in closing: Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.