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Thursday, December 11, 2014

This Week in Adraville

It's been a pretty busy week with doctor and vet appointments, but we've managed to find some time for fun too. We adopted a kitten from a local rescue. His name is Simon and he's so sweet! We're working on slowly introducing him to our resident cat, Penny. Ben and I went on a Christmas shopping date. We had several interesting science experiments this week with craft dough and yeast. Baked brie with French bread and apple butter. All is well. We're gearing up for an exciting weekend as well.

Friday, December 5, 2014

This Week in Adraville

Wow what a week! The boys had their cousin to play with all weekend. They loved every moment. We got together with family a few times. Baked a chicken. We got our firat Christmas cards in the mail and sent our out too. Made balloon animals and played with tinker toys. We had parties for stuffed kitty cats and homeschooled. We even had a short jaunt at the ER because Silas fell and smashed into my bed. Lots of "adventures." Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, November 28, 2014

This Week in Adraville

This has been a really great week for us. Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday around here. No pressure about gifts or worrying about forgetting someone's card. It's all about family. Making food and sitting around a table enjoying laughter and getting to know each other on a deeper level than the ordinary hellos and goodbyes of everyday life. I didn't take many photos...none of the huge spread we had for 2 days straight. We put up our tree this week to cheer up the kids since they'd been sick for a while. It worked...laughter and fun. We baked cookies together and I made a pineapple upside down favorite. Just some fun memories. We had our first big snow of the season. The kids have done a bunch of snowball fighting and goofing off in the snow. My brother and nephew came in from california. We have had the best of times together. I love my family.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Bringing Back the Blog

Along with my recent decision to extremely limit social media, I am bringing back the blog as a way to keep record of our weekly activities in homeschool and life in general. The plan is to post once a week with photos and videos of the life we've lived that week. Should be fun. Enjoy! :)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday Thoughts

Ephesians 4 Learning to Forbear, Forgive, and Be Free

In Ephesians 4 we're told "With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

Sometimes it is so hard to live that verse. I have failed at it many more times than I have succeeded. When someone does wrong to us and hurts us, our human nature wants to lash back at them in anger. It's indeed the normal response, isn't it? As Christians, that's not the response Christ wants us to exhibit and allow in ourselves. To forbear-not with pride (as in, "Oh well, I suppose I'll just put up with them, even though they should know better than to do that to me!"), but with meekness and longsuffering. That means-"Well, I know they hurt me, but I want to love them, and for them to see the love of Christ. I will choose to bear with them through this. I'll pray for their joy." We are supposed to endeavor to keep unity of the Spirit. It's not easy-it's for sure something we have to endeavor for--God knows this, that's why it's in the Scriptures.

Well, we know what we should do, but why should we do it? Ephesians 4 goes on to say that there is one body, one Spirit, one baptism, one God and Father of all. We are all part of His body. He has given each of us gifts for the use of edifying of one another (vs. 12). Verse 16 elaborates on that saying we are to edify in love. Since we are all one body-doesn't a body work better if it's working together and caring for itself. As Christians we are to lay aside the things that our flesh wants to take up and fight about with our brother or sister in Christ. We are to edify one another and care for one another-we are all of one body.

So how exactly do we do this? I don't know about you, but when I'm really upset about something it is very hard for me to stop and remember to forbear right away. Sometimes it seems it would be almost impossible to do with certain people who get under my skin. Well, as always, God shows us how to do the things he has asked us to do. Verse 22 says, "That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man..." So each day we are to put off that old man-that old nature that wants to take up arms at every little thing and defend itself. Verse 23, "And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;" Take a new mind about things. This comes by yielding to the Holy Spirit which is in us, and letting the Bible speak to us and show us how to live. Finally, verse 24 "And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Put on the new nature-dead to self, and alive to Christ. If we let Him live through us, then it is surely possible. We have a choice. We can react through the old nature or by His grace and Holy Spirit we can choose to react the way God wants us to react-with love and forbearance.

"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32

3 Children=More Mess and More Joy!

Our youngest just turned 1 earlier this month. We have 3 children 4 and under now. I know it's not for everyone, but it's awesome for our family. We are very happy that we had them all close together. They are growing up so happy and in turn, it makes our whole home a pretty awesome place to be.

Luli is 1 now! It's hard to believe! She's a bundle of joy, contentment, and sweetness. Her brothers dote on her, and she loves nothing more than to follow them around and join in on their playtime. 

Smiley is as smiley as ever. He's 3 and will tell you that right away when he meets you for the first time! He's a pretty smart kid-knows his alphabet and numbers, can read some words, and in general keeps us all laughing and smiling all the time. He loves fast cars, snakes, and playing outside. 

Boon is 4, tall and skinny (like his dada), and a really awesome kid. He's a hard worker, smart, and kind. He can read as many words as I can, and is already making a lot of progress learning basic mathematics. He loves trucks, lawnmowers, reptiles, swimming, and playing outside. 

We love our children and enjoy spending our time loving them and helping them be the best people they can be. They all have great promise and we hope to provide them with great opportunity to succeed!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Boon Songs

Just so I can remember these little tunes Boon invents...

The big blue truck goes DOWWWWN the road, DOWWWWN the road, DOWWWWN the road. The big blue truck goes DOWWWWN the road, All DOWWWWN the road! (Then he changes the color of the truck or the type of vehicle)

I'm so happy happy happy happy to meet Jesus. And God. In Heaven!

There are more, but I can't remember them just now. See? If I don't write them down, I forget! :(