Happy Fall!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Taking pictures is one of my hobbies.  

With the gorgeous fall leaves for a backdrop,
I took some family photos.

Autumn's beauty....

my family....
Happy Fall, Y'all!

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School Days

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Another school year is underway!
 Each year my kids are good sports as I take their back to school pictures.

Our school year started on August 25th.  Since we have a new building that is being rented for Bible studies, English lessons, and other outreach opportunities, we decided to move school to that location as well.  It is only a 7 minute walk from our house.  Our family does well with a very structured school schedule and routine.  These first 9 weeks have been quite productive and the kids are still going strong.  We added a few fun classes to our schedule this year to keep school exciting. 

Our room is bright and cheery.  I'm thinking....hoping it will keep our spirits up during the long, dark winter days. 

I love my big desk that was already in the building when we started renting it.  It gives me lots of room to spread out as I score papers and test. 

Some days it just doesn't matter how pretty the school room is, I have to pull out my survival kit!

 Happy schooling to all you fellow home-schoolers!

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Scripture and a Song

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I've always loved listening to Christ-honoring, Scriptural music.  In fact, singing in a choir, with my sister, and other family (when we are together) is something I really miss.  When we plan a furlough to the states, one of the things I look forward to the most is the music at church. 
God uses many different things to challenge and encourage His children and for me, music does both of those things in my life.  Today while singing this song that I've heard many times, the truth of its words spoke to my heart again.  Tears filled my eyes as I carefully considered the message.  How easy it gets to complain and despair  Yes, life is hard....days seem long....trials are hard to bear, but don't give up.  Keep your eyes focused on the Lord. It will be worth it all when we see Christ.  

I Peter 1:7 (KJV)
"That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth,
though it be tried with fire,
might be found unto praise and honour and glory
at the appearing of Jesus Christ:"

When We See Christ
Oft times the day seems long, our trials hard to bear,
We're tempted to complain, to murmur and despair;
But Christ will soon appear to catch His Bride away,
All tears forever over in God's eternal day.

It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life's trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

Sometimes the sky looks dark with not a ray of light,
We're tossed and driven on , no human help in sight;
But there is one in heav'n who knows our deepest care,
Let Jesus solve your problem - just go to Him in pray'r.

It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life's trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

Life's day will soon be o'er, all storms forever past,
We'll cross the great divide, to glory, safe at last;
We'll share the joys of heav'n - a harp, a home, a crown,
The tempter will be banished, we'll lay our burden down.

It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life's trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

My fondest memory of this song is when my parents would sing it together -their blend was beautiful.  More importantly was the testimony of their life - they believed every word they sang...and still do. 

What is your favorite verse and/or song that encourages you to keep on when days are long?

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Sarah's birthday

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sarah turned 12 this year.
Following our tradition, we started the day off with the birthday girl's breakfast of choice
french toast with strawberries and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

 Another tradition in our house:
when you turn 12
mom and dad take you to dinner

The birthday cake

Sarah asked for new bedding.
I found this on line and had the boys bring it back with them.
It was perfect timing for her birthday.
She was glad to replace the bedspread she's had since she was about 3 years old.

I'm so glad God blessed our family with Sarah.

I'm enjoying this stage of her life.

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A day to celebrate

August 13, 2014 was an exciting day for our family!

Daniel and Andrew had been in the states visiting my parents since June.  Wednesday morning we made the 2 hour drive to Tallinn to pick up the boys.  
There were lots of smiles and excitement as we celebrated the boys' return and also welcomed home the birthday boy.   

When we returned to Johvi later that afternoon,  everything was ready to celebrate Daniel's 15th birthday.  Decorations, signs, balloons, dinner, cake, ice cream, and presents.

Ron and I were able to get him a couple of things off his "wish" list.
 an "eye" pad

 and an iphone

Really though, we gave him a nice card with some money for him to spend on what he wanted.

Since Daniel loves root beer and chocolate, I decided to make this Root Beer Bundt Cake.  He loved it....and so did everyone else. 
In case you are interested:
We can not get root beer here, so I used root beer concentrate.  Using this to make root beer is simple and rather tasty.


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