Thursday, December 31, 2009


"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man." -
Benjamin Franklin

Last year, our family focused on simplicity and how our lives could be blessed by the joy that comes from the simple things.
I will say that the biggest lesson learned was that there is true freedom in simplicity.

In the year to come, I think that SERVICE will be our family's priority as we strive to serve God by serving others instead of ourselves.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:10 (New Living Translation)

May 2010 bring a renewed sense of purpose in your life.
Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Look what happens...

when your 5 year old sneaks around with the camera!!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Any man can sing in the day. When the cup is full, man draws inspiration from it. When wealth rolls in abundance around him, any man can praise the God who gives a plenteous harvest… The difficulty is for music to swell forth when no wind is stirring. It is easy to sing when we can read the notes by daylight; but he is skillful who sings when there is not a ray of light to read by -- who sings from the heart… Lay me upon the bed of languishing, and how shall I then chant God's high praises, unless He Himself give me the song? No, it is not in man's power to sing when all is adverse, unless an altar-coal shall touch his lip… Then, since our Maker gives 'songs in the night' (Job 35:10), let us wait upon Him for the music."
Charles Spurgeon

Monday, December 28, 2009

Twas 3 days after Christmas

What a happy girl Sophie is this morning!!!
Today will be a day full of putting new things away and getting rid of things we don't use!!
What are your plans for today?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there

Are you ready?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!!

May our hope and joy be forever found in Him!!!

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, [a] Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
(Charles Dickens)

We were blessed to be able to spend the weekend with some dear friends in Georgia!
We saw thousands and thousands of Christmas lights, ate yummy food and decorated cookies.
Do you think the children enjoyed the cookies?
Thanks Jennifer!!!
Unwrapping this weekend with Emily at Chatting at the Sky!

Monday, December 14, 2009

He's Coming Soon!

You better watch out,
You better not cry,
Better not pout,
I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is coming to town.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Can you guess what study we just completed?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

WOW! What a DEAL!!!

Go here to check out an awesome give away!! You have to see it to believe it!!! (McMama is offering a chance to win an incredible touch screen computer!!!)

Breath of Heaven

Simply Beautiful!!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Matthew 11:28-30 (New Living Translation)

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Are you carrying a heavy burden today?

Let's learn to rest in Him!

Unwrapping this truth with Emily at Chatting at the Sky!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Jumping for JOY!!

Only 10 more days...
and we're out of school for Christmas vacation!
Can you tell we're ready for a break?

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Romans 8:38-39 (New International Version)

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Friday, December 4, 2009


It is so sweet when sisters play together!!

A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life.
-- Isadora James

Thursday, December 3, 2009


What can kids possibly find to do on a cold and rainy day?
Why count all the crayons, of course!!
They even learned a few things about patterns and skip counting!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Not One of Those Days Again

Anyone can carry their burden, however hard, until nightfall.
Anyone can do their work, however hard, for one day.

Robert Louis Stevenson

This is left over work from yesterday.
Thank goodness for today to hopefully get ahead!
Do you have lots of unfinished things to complete today?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Enjoying the wonder and excitement of the season.

I would love to know the thoughts that are going through her mind!!!

Thanks to Emily at Chatting at the Sky for encouraging us to unwrap the simple things in life and savor each one!!!