Monday, November 23, 2009

Livvy's 5th Birthday

It's hard to believe but our little 6lb 6oz baby girl just turned five years old! Friday morning she woke up to pink streamers decorating the counter and five balloons taped to her chair. She opened some presents that morning before Tom had to leave from work...a cat umbrella from mommy and daddy.

Saturday at 10:30 was her party. She'd had dad's help in making of list of all the things that she wanted to have at her party: pizza, balloons, cake, dance, etc. I think we covered all of them.

Thankfully the weather was really nice, so the kids spent a good part of the time outside chacing balloons and enjoying the new fort that our neighbors gave us.

Then we all went inside for the craft. I went back and forth and back again trying to figure out what kind of craft to have the kids do that they would enjoy and take up time. The morning of the party the idea of decorating popcorn balls came to me...easier than paint to clean up, less time prep than decorating cookies, they'd be getting sugar because of the cake anyways, so a little more didn't really matter, and no little crafty thing for parents to try to figure what to do with once they got home. Perfect!
The kids had lots of fun smearing icing all over their popcorn balls and dumping sprinkles on top.
Also last minute, I remembered that we had this Dance! Dance! Veggie Tales game that I had put in the attic because the kids didn't seem quite old enough to figure it out. The kids all lined up and gave it their best shot. And it saved me from having to lead some type of party game (if you haven't noticed, parties aren't my thing).

After craft and games we had pizza, cake and then opening presents. All in all I think it was a great success...and most importantly, Livvy had tons of fun with all of her friends.
Ben really enjoyed the strawberry cake.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The First Thanksgiving Day Play

Thanks to Kelly Phillips, another homeschooling mom, the kids got to be a part of a Thanksgiving play. Kelly wrote and "directed" the short production for the 16 kids from seven homeschooling families on Friday night - thanks Kelly! All of the kids did very well considering the varying ages and temperments. It was a very fun time of watching the kids say their lines (plus some ad-lib ones from Livvy) and "act"; and then enjoy some treats and hot chocolate afterwards. What a great way to kick-off the holiday season.

Here are my little pilgrim mommy and Indian boy.
"Here is a turkey with his tail spread wide..."
"Our harvest is full."
"God Cares For His People"

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Elisabeth Elliot

Through my mother's influence I've become a bigger and bigger fan of Elisabeth Elliot. After listening to a recorded talk of hers that my mom gave us, I've a new appreciation for her straight forward, honest, from-the-Bible approach to life. She truly strives to interrupt life through a Biblical lens and nothing matter how difficult or out-of-character it might seem to us.

In this set of five cd's, she talks on the simpler life. Totally and completely surrendering to God is the only way to have that simple, peaceful life... If you truly believed that the God of the universe was walking by your side every day, that He cared for you, knew all things that were and that were going to be, how would your life be different? Extremely! A life of faith is opposite of a life of fear. Even the most trying of times couldn't knock us from our safe and solid ground, Jesus Christ our rock and saviour!

Here are a couple of poems that Ellisabeth quotes that gave my heart a new prayer:

Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes
All my own desires and hopes
And accept Thy will for my life.
I give myself, my life, my all
Utterly to Thee to be Thine forever.
Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit
Use me as Thou wilt, send me where Thou wilt
And work out Thy whole will in my life at any cost now and forever.
Betty Scott Stam

Do the Next Thing
At an old English parsonage down by the sea,
there came in the twilight a message to me.
Its quaint Saxon legend deeply engraven
that, as it seems to me, teaching from heaven.
And all through the hours the quiet words ring,
like a low inspiration, 'Do the next thing.'

Many a questioning, many a fear,
many a doubt hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from heaven,
time, opportunity, guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrow, child of the King,
trust that with Jesus, do the next thing.

Do it immediately, do it with prayer,
do it reliantly, casting all care.
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand,
who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on omnipotence, safe 'neath His wing,
leave all resultings, do the next thing.

Looking to Jesus, ever serener,
working or suffering be thy demeanor,
in His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
the light of His countenance, be thy psalm.
Do the next thing.
author unknown

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween Fun

So now you know, my sweet mild-mannered (like you would believe that) husband is really Superman...he's always been to me anyway. He had fun saving the world one home-bound patient at a time. Isn't he so studly!?!
On Friday night we got to work carving our four pumpkins. Livvy wanted a happy face with a shooting star. Sammy wanted a monster truck. We didn't ask Ben what he wanted. The big kids had fun scrapping the guts out of their pumpkins, while Ben enjoyed flinging pumpkin seeds around with a large metal spoon.

Here they are, the princess, her knight and the terrible dragon. They were told to stand still, smile and look at the camera...maybe they thought there were "or's" instead of "and's" in those commands, since obviously there was some form of miscommunication.

After trick-or-treating, we told the kids that now we could give candy out to other kids. They thought that that sounded like a great fun. As the waiting went from 5min to 15min, we decided to give the boys their bath. Livvy stayed glued to the window, watching for trick-or-treaters. I joined her in her sad vigil, we hummed a little made-up tune. Finally three little glow-sticks, beacons of hope, appeared to be coming across our front yard. It was trick-or-treaters! Livvy got so excited she could hardly contain herself. She looked at me with the biggest of smiles, "Mommy, I prayed for someone to come!" Livvy thought giving out candy was way better than trick-or-treating.
Here's Livvy and Sammy lining up all the candy to give out...hoping, hoping some more kids would come.