"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, June 16, 2008

Father's Day and the Big Move

I must hurry. I think our computer and desk are next on the list for Dathan to pack. Yikes! The sad part is that I won't have any internet access until next week. A week without a computer. I am not sure how I am going to survive. Just the thought of it makes me feel so......so alone. Weird! I will be back just as soon as I can.

We had a very memorable Father's Day. My sweet Dathan was served an early breakfast before we headed out for 9:00 church. Then we came home and bar-b-qued a pork tenderloin for dinner. Delicious! Finally, for dessert, we made homemade ice cream in the ice cream maker that Dathan received as a Father's Day gift.

It was a great day for a great dad. Actually the only thing missing was a place to sit down. Our kitchen table has already been moved out, along with most of our other furniture. We had fun making the best of it. It will certainly be a day that we will remember forever!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Economics 101

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. ~ Helen Keller

A few weeks ago was the third grade Economics Fair. This is a wonderful activity that teaches the kids about work and the value of money. For a month or so before the fair the students are able to earn "money" in all sorts of ways, turning in homework, doing well on test, listening, staying on task, etc. They also have to pay when they don't do the things on the previous list.

On the day of the fair each child is to bring 30 items to sell at their store. Loni chose to make and sell boondoggles. 30 BOONDOGGLES She also brought nail polish to paint nails.

The boondoggles were a big hit. When I arrived she had almost sold all of her goods including the one that I was hoping to get. Darn, I guess the early bird gets the worm.

Her nail painting was also a favorite. She even had a few unexpected customers. It is amazing what boys will do for a pretty face.

The day was a complete success. Not only did she sell out, she was able to purchase all sorts of treasures: beaded necklaces, playdough, painted rocks, handmade cards, erasers, bookmarks, and I could go on. This was a fun way to teach about the value of work. A big thanks to Mrs. Godfrey for such a wonderful lesson.

"The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary"

When it comes to work, I am not a big fan. There are times that I would almost rather do anything else. But looking back it is the work that I have done for my family that has brought me the most joy. I love the feeling of cooking a nice meal or knowing my kids have clean, matching socks. It is so rewarding to paint a room or finish a science project. There are so many things that I dread but feel such a sense of accomplishment when completed.

"Work IS love made visible"~Kahlil Gibran (Simple Abundance)

When it comes to work these are the rooms that I think of.

Our Kitchen-where our family usually hangs out.

Our Laundry/Bathroom I love this room it totally makes doing laundry happy!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

When Your Hut is on Fire!

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost.. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, "God! How could you do this to me?"

Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied.

The Moral of This Story:
It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering. Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.

This morning I rolled out of bed with a little less bounce than usual. I knew this day was coming, but it has arrived much too soon. Today I officially start packing. PACKING!! I'm not ready! Can this really be happening? Why me?!?

I decided, rather than jump right in, that I would hurry and check my e-mail. Boy was I glad that I did. This story had arrived just in time and it was exactly what I needed to hear. Joanna, you were inspired!

I know that things will work out. We are only moving a few miles away. It will be fun decorating a new house. All we need to do is wait for our ship to come in. I'm sure it's on it's way!

Our Living Room

Our Eating Nook

Master Bedroom

Master Bath

Golf Bathroom

I wanted to document the rooms in our house before they get too torn up. I will put up a few rooms every day or so.