Archive for December, 2012

Jax Zoo

Our last field trip with our homeschooling co-op was to the Jacksonville Zoo.  The weather was unexpectedly chilly and gray, but the kids and I had a great time.  We ended up staying the whole day!

Connor on the zoo train with our co-op friends

Tyler loved the train ride!

The kids liked feeding the giraffes. They have really long black tongues.

Tyler’s 3rd birthday

We had a low-key family celebration of Tyler’s 3rd birthday.  After breakfast, he opened presents from us and the grandparents, then enjoyed cupcakes at lunch with friends.  We sang to him after supper and he got to blow out candles on his second cupcake of the day.  He really enjoyed the day, and I enjoyed freedom from fuss.  His favorite presents were a remote control truck and a new t-ball set.

Opening presents

Cupcake at lunch

Candle-blowing after supper

Memory work

Our church is currently memorizing Hebrews 12:18-29 together.  It’s quite a challenging passage to memorize, but the children are doing a great job.  Here’s a video of Tyler reciting the passage through vs. 21: “For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. 20 For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”

It’s hard to be faithful to practice our memory work throughout the week with so many other things constantly distracting us, but it is so encouraging to hear our children reciting God’s Word.  We pray that the Holy Spirit will bring about regeneration through the Word hidden in their young hearts, that they might come to the knowledge of Christ and His salvation.

This morning

I am seriously backlogged on my posts, but while I have 2 minutes…

I am so thankful to the Lord for my family.  Probably everyone who reads this blog feels the same way about her own family, but I so often forget to really reflect on God’s amazing blessings.  During this morning’s schooling break, I went to get myself ready for the day (shower, get dressed, etc.).  Yes, many mornings we do school in our pajamas…When I walked into the kitchen, I had one of those warm, thankful moments because through the window I saw my children happily playing together in the backyard.  Connor was throwing whiffle balls up into the air and batting them across the yard.  Tyler was using his new tee to hit whiffle balls.  And Lucy was running between them giving hugs and yelling, “Three cheers for Connor!  Three cheers for Tyler!”

It’s not always like this, of course.  In fact, Lucy just interrupted the writing of this post to inform me that she was singing to Connor and that his annoyed reaction to this was to “hit her in the bottom with his bat.”  But we were both smiling at the end of this tale.

And yesterday I am grieved to confess that I completely lost my temper with the children because the state of their room can only be described as a disastrous mess.  After I whirled about the house like an angry tornado, alternating between tidying up and unleashing my hot displeasure on the kids :(, I sat down with them and explained that God is not pleased when we don’t take care of what He has given us AND  God is not pleased when Mommy does not exercise self-control over her emotions.

All that to say, life with my three beans (four in just a few months) is far from perfect, calm, and contented all the time.  But God is faithful, and He is sanctifying me bit by bit, and I am truly thankful for this life and the joyous role of wife and mother that I have.

PS Did I mention that Tyler James turned 3 yesterday?  So big…pictures to accompany that sometime in the future I hope 🙂

Mini-man and Mommy at Disney over Thanksgiving