Thursday, September 27, 2007
Update, October 2: Many thanks to those of you who prayed and those who continued praying. Papa had a partial hip replacement last Friday and is still rather out of it, but stable. He may remain like that at his level of dementia and Alzheimer's, or he may pull out of it and back to his previous mental capacity. Physically, however, it was recommended that he bypass the hospital's physical therapy program to be placed in a nursing home with a physical therapy program. It has been very difficult for some of our friends to find empty beds in our area when they were needed, so it is a huge answer to prayer that a place has been found for him! It is perfect. He will have a newly renovated room. It is about 10 minutes from Brian's mom in the direction of Papa and Grandma's church (about 25-30 minutes), on Brian's way home from work, and on their pastor's way home from university classes that he takes twice a week! He may move in as early as tomorrow. Do continue to pray as I'm sure many more difficult decisions will be made in the next couple of weeks.
My husband's grandfather has just fallen and probably broken his femur. He is already struggling with Alzheimer's. Please pray for him right now as the ambulance is coming and my husband and his parents are racing to assist his grandma from two different directions.
Update 8PM: Brian's heading home. Grandpa's being admitted and will need surgery for the break that is right at the hip joint. Obviously at his age this is kind of serious. Brian's planning to be there.
Two more shots of the Gulf Fritillary
unidentified swallowtail with a torn wing
Two beautiful Roses
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
The harvest moon is the first full moon after the autumnal equinox. (I just learned about that from one of the fall books I was reading to my kids!) This year's harvest moon is on Wednesday. I'm going to see if my camera has the capacity to take pictures like this - I bet yours does, Rachel! Now to think of a good way to celebrate the harvest moon...
For more information on the harvest moon try Earth and Sky. To find out all of the 2007 moon names go to SPACE.com. And to find out what a blue moon is, check out Wikipedia - it might not be what you've heard.
Learning about the Jewish education system in Bible times and what it meant to be a disciple was a huge challenge to me. (If you haven't read about that yet, go here.) You can read or listen to more at Follow the Rabbi. Mr. Vander Laan shared in one message how we're so used to reading things in our King's English sometimes we miss the impact of what it sounded like in common Greek. Behold, the Lamb of God - "Look - God's Lamb for the world's sin!"
Today Brian shared another piece of history with me about the day Jesus died, and Bible.org added some info:
"Passover lambs were slain between noon and 3 p.m. on Nisan 14 (recall that there were three hours of darkness, from approximately noon to 3 p.m., when Jesus was on the cross [Mark 15:33]. When Jesus died, the temple curtain was torn in two, from top to bottom [Mark 15:38]—right when the last of the lambs would be on the altar in front of the sanctuary!). In A. D. 70, the last year that the temple was still standing, 270,000 lambs were slain. " Jesus died on Passover; and at 3PM, when he died, Brian says that the shofar was blowing and echoing across Jerusalem that the Passover lamb had been slain. He also pointed out that although the temple curtain ripping does indeed illustrate our direct access to the Father, we shouldn't forget that rending a garment at the death of a loved one was (and still is) a Jewish custom.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
1. Pray for healing and protection over Ashley's life.
2. Pray for her bowel. Our hope and prayer is that she suffers no more incidence of rejection and that it will begin to function again.
3. Pray for her respiratory status to remain stable.
4. Pray for this infection. We all know she is sick, but no one knows why. She will get worse before she gets better is what I am told, but I also believe God can remove it and turn her around if He so chooses.
5. Pray for our children. They do not yet know that I will not be coming home with Ashley. I don't know what to say to them.
6. Pray for our business. Unfortunately financial responsibilities do not cease when your children become ill. They tend to increase.
7. Pray for my husband. He is torn. He needs to be home for Blake and Allison's sake. He needs to be home to earn an income. He needs to be home to meet the needs of his patients and he does not take that responsibility lightly. He is in turmoil and that breaks my heart.Your prayers are more than appreciated and your support continues
Go to Ashley's Journal for more updates.
- Butterfly number book.
- Tracing worksheets for #s 1-5 Frogs, Kittens, or Ladybugs.
- Purchase a dry erase book or board with numbers and write them there. The markers are easier than a pencil.
- For that matter, use fat Crayola markers in a workbook. Preschool workbooks tend to give you larger numbers.
- Trace them online.
- Choose from several themes at learningpage.com, including ocean life and dinosaur number tracing pages. Just sign up - membership is free.
- Ocean theme worksheets at Kidzone.
- Pretty water bottles - both disposable and reusable. I'm sick of rubbermaid and sports bottles. I use my lovely starbucks coffee travel cup for water. And what would it hurt to have pretty fall or Christmas patterns on water bottles - works on paper towels - and kids would love that too - aren't we supposed to be getting kids to drink more water, anyway?
Friday, September 21, 2007
Please keep praying for baby Ashley. She has been violently throwing up since Sunday, and had to be airlifted from Texas back to her transplant team in Omaha and she had to have a central line placed again because all of her veins were collapsing in their attempts to draw blood and place an IV. She is Rosie's age - and it just breaks my heart.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
This family has been through a lot, apparently heart trouble runs in their family. They also have over one million dollars in debt from his brother's heart transplant that is not covered by insurance. There is a possibility that the hospital will write it off as a charitable donation. Please pray that they do. I will keep you updated. Thank you.
Okay there are a few things you really ought to check out here.
- First go read Brian's article "Student or Disciple?" at Growing Vertical. It's exactly what I wanted to post...but he types a lot faster than I do. This is a really neat look at what a disciple was in Jesus' time and culture and it ends with a serious challenge.
- Then pop over to The Sparrow's Nest and read "Raising our Ebenezers." Just go over and look at the pictures of this lovely idea for family prayer. The president of Child Evangelism Fellowship spoke on prayer this weekend at our church. So these two links are a headstart on sharing what I don't have time to write about what God is doing in my heart this week.
- And finally, won't you pray for sweet little Ashley Kate? She's been doing so much better the past few months, but she's very sick again.
I really want to use Mrs.Wilt's idea for Ebenezer stones - gotta find the right basket. I'm really going to try to read through the Gospels this week. The kids and I are going to embark on a mission to memorize the Gospel of John. We'll begin by reviewing the chunks of chapters 1 and 3 that we learned last year, then add other large chunks from other chapters, then eventually learn the book as a whole, gluing the pieces back together. That's the plan - now off to sleep I go - because I'm gonna have a lot of work to do! :^)
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Don't you just love the first morning when you walk outside and it feels crisp?! I absolutely adore autumn. Spring used to be my favorite season - I love spring flowers - but autumn has won me over. And Brian has had a good weekend, especially today. I'm so grateful. After lunch on Saturday, we drove into the mountains for our annual pilgrimage to the apple orchard. The big Easter frost killed a good portion of the crop, so there were no apples left to be picked, but we took a wagon ride and pictures in the orchard and bought the already -picked apples. They still had that freshly-picked taste.
Why do I love autumn?
- apple cider
- freshly picked apples
- caramel apples
- apple picking at the orchard - and the pictures (notice a trend yet?)
- getting to dig out my comfy sweaters and jeans
- the beautiful fall colors
- gingersnaps and pumpkin dip
- picking and carving the perfect pumpkin
- pumpkin cake
- pumpkin pie (notice another trend?)
- Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin
- bonfires and hayrides
- autumn leaves falling down during rain showers and sparkling in puddles
- sugar maples - my favorite fall trees
- the smell of burning leaves
- dressing up and getting chocolate (that is what it's all about!)
- our church's anniversary service in November
- my favorite holiday -- THANKSGIVING!
What do you love about autumn?
Thursday, September 13, 2007
- We've been studying Ancient Egypt and it's really been a hit. Just don't show Ethan any pictures of the mummies inside the coffins; he finds them disgusting.
- My sister, husband , and best friend finally convinced me to get on Facebook. It is so much more fun than I expected. Totally different than blogging, but much more suited to keeping up with all of my real-life friends - and some of you guys too. :^)
- I'm catching up on the first season of HEROES and I love it!! The only problem is that it will be on at the same time as Prison Break again. I'm thinking that I'll just have to catch up on Prison Break some other time.
-BTW, I find it very odd that whatever show I get hooked on, Brian eventually does too and vice versa. There are few exceptions to this rule. That is how we tick though.
-Have I ever mentioned that I have the sweetest husband in the world?
- And speaking of Brian, will you all please continue to keep him in your prayers? This hasn't been a good year for him physically. The fibromyalgia is hitting hard. He's just had a couple of pretty good days after more than a week of serious pain and misery. We need wisdom to know what to try next. I have about six books on fibromyalgia out of the library right now.
- And finally, will you pray with me for my friend Monica? She's a lovely violinist, mother of three, previously a homeschooler, speaks great French...and was suddenly diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer several months ago. God has worked much in her body and really surprised the doctors with her progress, but modern medicine cannot heal her. We know that God can. Pray that God will receive much glory and Monica will be given much grace.
- Oh, and P.S. - thanks for being my friends.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
As the fireman finished explaining his gear to the kids, a fire call came in, setting off the inside sirens. The other truck had gone out on a call before we got there, so we scooped up our kids and scooted out the back door as the firemen got suited up. Then we both got out of there. I found the ending quite suitable (and hope it was a false alarm).
Monday, September 10, 2007
Maybe some of you will join us in our tradition. It just made sense to me to thank the people that would just as willingly risk their lives for my family if such a thing had happened here. Oh, and don't forget to fly your flag.
Resources - not all of these are intended for children:
- Presidential proclamation of September 11 as Patriot Day
- "We Remember" writing paper
- "Remember" pencil flag and window flag
- A ribbon to color yellow, cut out, and hang
- Remembering September 11th-Activities and Crafts For The Classroom
- More Links and activities at Raising Our Kids
- Last year's Presidential Prayer Team for Kids newsletter
- National Geographic Kids multimedia "We Survived September 11" - the fourth grade class from the school four blocks from the WTC.
- National Museum of American History's September 11 collection
- September 11 digital archive
What do you do to remember?
Saturday, September 08, 2007
We studied cowboys and the American West the week before we went to Tweetsie Railroad - just to make sure they'd fully appreciate the experience. Here's a run down of the best resources I could find at my library and online:
- A cowboys and Indians playset. Ours included tepees, a covered wagon, cactus, and...palm tree?
- Interactive journey Go West Across America With Lewis and Clark at National Geographic Kids.
- Sacajawea (All Aboard Reading)
- Lewis and Clark coloring pages
- Crayola covered wagon and horse crafts
- Cowboy Math
- Learn to draw an armadillo
- Pecos Bill
- John Henry
- Riding the Rails
- A Picture Book of Davy Crockett
- Davy Crockett Saves the World
- Davy Crockett (the movie with Fess Parker)
- Last year we also read Davy Crockett: Young Rifleman (Childhood of Famous Americans Series.)
- Tall Tales DVD
- ABEKA's 2nd grade Our America 's section on pioneers and the West.
It worked out very well that the library decided to have a Western hoedown activity day that Tuesday and Davy Crockett's birthday was that Saturday. Our resources were geared toward a K5-2nd grade level. Here are some more that we didn't get to.
- A Marshall "M" alphabet buddy
- Oregon Trail coloring pages
- Cowboy/Rodeo unit
- Westward Ho! Cyberhunt
- Draw yourself in the back of the covered wagon printable.
- Attack in the Rye Grass: Marcus and Narcissa Whitman (Trailblazer Books #11)
- PBS Go!'s Day in the Life history game
- Printable Color Tracks train board game. Look under file folder games.
- PBS Kids' Gold Rush
And some for older kids:
- The Oregon Trail online adventure
- Lewis and Clark Lapbook
- Oregon Trail worksheets, including math
- Whitman mission national historic site
- Christian History Institute's article on the Whitmans
- Trailblazers - I was fascinated by this website. It gave information of the many Western trailblazers. Lewis and Clark were not the first non-Indians to see the Pacific!
- The Gold Rush
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
1. Cut out initials with cookie cutters. They were a big hit at my house.
2. Make Watermelon Pop Stars. They're one of my kids favorite summer treats - and I don't mind them asking for two or three of these "popsicles". We started playing with the shapes too, using any cookie cutter that doesn't have small shapes. Bears, hearts, and a butterfly worked for us.
The stars are fantastic treats for patriotic holiday get togethers too.
And as a bonus, the leftover watermelon pieces are a great snack for grownups or a headstart on a fruit salad, slushies, or ices.