Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sarah's Completed Project :0)



I had posted earlier that we were going to do a project on the days of Creation.  I had posted an idea that I saw on Pinterest.  I showed the idea to Sarah, and we came up with a book.  We did our activity a little differently than the one I had seen.  She and I talked about the days. I wrote down what she said, and she copied it.  She drew the numbers above the sentences.  We looked together through magazines for pictures that would go with what was created on that day.  Sarah then took her pictures and made kind of like a collage on the number.

It was fun and not too hard - except for the extra help from our 3 year-old!  LOL!  I would love to do something like that again.  It was a good first experience with notebooking.  I think I will even try this with my older daughter with some of her studies!

As usual I try to find a little song to go along with the post.  This is a cute little song that I came across that would be fun to learn if you are studying the days of Creation. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV9ZP8ZTPnM

Hope you enjoy looking at the pictures and hope you have a blessed rest 
of the day!

Love, Blessings, and {{hugs}}!!
:0)Chandra and Sarah

  

  


  

  

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Our Memorable 2015 Valentine's Day



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  A typical Valentine's for most is to go out for dinner, a movie and have some flowers and candy.  Ours had the dinner and candy, but after that we went to our friends' house and practiced for a singing that we would have at our church.  It was late when we got home.  As we went up our hill, we came upon a bunch of emergency vehicles, fire and smoke.
  The first thing I thought was, "Oh Lord!  Our home is on fire!  Bear is in the bathroom!  Our things are gone!"  When we got over the hill, we were so glad to see that we were not losing our home.  Due to the high winds that had been blowing that day, a power line had come down and caused a brush fire.  That fire burned 6 acres! 
  We safely got into the house and began to find candles and flashlights.  We had to settle everyone in as best as we could - remember we have 5 children and that night had a friend spending the night :0).  We were too excited to get to sleep.  We took pictures and video of the firefighters and the fire.  It got really exciting when they started setting another fire to put out that fire.  The wind picked up and embers flew over into our yard.  At one point the firemen came over looking into our yard.  I was so glad that we didn't have to leave - it meant that we were safe.
  Everyone went on to bed, but I couldn't.  I wanted to stay awake and watch - I wanted to make sure the fire went out and that those men were safely on their way home or to the fire station.  I was amazed at how the fire got so big and then in no time went out, as if there had never been a fire at all.
  I wanted to take time to publicly thank our firefighters in Long Creek and also others who responded and the neighbor who called!  To think of what a loss our family and our neighbors could have suffered - it is too much!  The Lord is so good to our family and took care of everyone that night!!  I am SO glad that we have the blessing of these people!  I came across a song that honors firefighters from around the country. I am playing this on the "blog" to honor those men who were there that night for us.  I also came across this poem, "So God Made a Fireman."  I  got teared-up with both. These people do so much!  I hope that my words honor them.Firefighters Tribute: So God made a Fireman - YouTube   The Firefighter Song - Paul Cummings (Original Version 2009) - YouTube


Blessings, {{hugs}} and LOVE!!!
:0)Chandra

 p.s.  I am putting some pictures on here of that night - keep in mind this is across the street from inside our house.  They are really neat and scary at the same time.  I am so glad the Lord has called some to serve as firefighters!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Love Love Love!

  Well, another Valentine's Day is approaching.  Some people see it as a conspiracy of the candy, card, flower industries.  I never have looked into what the history is behind this special day.  All I know is that from the moment I realized that I got candy and cards, I LOVED that day.
  I just read a little on the subject.  The pagan side of it is just gross - I definitely don't like the information there!  The saint side of it is interesting.  There were two thoughts on this - one that the person was trying to free Christians.  This story also mentioned that the Saint Valentine may have fallen in love with one of the people he rescued.  The second story was one where the Saint helped people get married even though Emperor Claudius II said that young men were not to marry - made it a law!  Very interesting!
  I didn't know about the ideas behind Valentine's Day.  My thoughts on it are ones of love toward my family and friends.  I can see how some who are in the Catholic Church and have deep feelings toward the tradition can be very involved with this holiday.  My personal feelings about the pagan side is, well, it is just unnecessary!  And as usual, the American culture of "Let's Blow Everything Out Of Proportion" has its place.
  I must admit that I love getting and giving something from and to my sweetheart and children on this day.  It is sweet to be remembered -- LOVE that song!  I have to be careful, though, and not let my expectations get out of control.  I have enjoyed the handmade cards, little box of chocolates, and maybe a little rose.
  My husband works very hard.  He loves me, and I know this full well. Benson is so good to us, and I know that we are blessed.  I am thankful for my husband, my best friend.  He knows my good side and my bad side. He encourages me to be my best - sometimes that is hard to hear when we aren't being our best!  I know that the Lord made him just for me.  I look forward to our coffee time in the morning and our tea time in the evening.  One of my favorite things that he does for me - holds my hand in church.  Ok, and another is that he holds me tightly when I am falling apart.
  Some of my friends have not found their bookend.  These holidays are hard for them.  I have been there and remember the sad feeling in my heart.  I pray for them and ask the Lord to help them while they wait.  I pray for them that the Lord will prepare and send them the right helpmeet for their life!
  Having a sweetheart during this time of year is fun, oh yes!  But, I am SO glad that I have my First Love -- Jesus.  He is my friend, my faithful minister.  I have been through many things with Him.  I am thankful that I have this perfect love from Him - Thank the Lord that Benson is likeminded and we can serve Jesus together.
  This Valentine's Day as you buy gifts for your loved ones as well as receive, please think about our Love from Jesus - thank Him extra for what He did for us.  Such Love, Such Wondrous Love!  Such Love!  Such Wondrous Love!  That God would love a sinner such as I!  How wonderful is love like this!!

  While I would love to end with this precious hymn, I love this song "'Tis Sweet to be Remembered."  Flatt & Scruggs, 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered - YouTube
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!! and may you feel loved!

Blessings, Love, and {{Hugs}},
:0)Chandra