Saturday, December 29, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
When I was raising my kiddos - I overheard a tip from someone, who said Susannah had this rule. Kids are to cry quietly. Well - when reading a blog the other day - I found this list. Apparently - crying quietly didn't make this list. That's funny... I wonder if I made that rule up. LOL Anyway - it works... I've taught my children to cry quietly. It's very helpful - no screaming, or wailing...it cuts down on the manipulating crying and whining. BUT - if there is a reason for wailing... then you know it's serious. No screaming if there is no blood, flood, or fire. That's my rule, whether it's Susannah's or not.
16 House Rules by Susannah Wesley (John Wesley's Mom)
1. Eating between meals not allowed.
2. As children they are to be in bed by 8 p.m.
3. They are required to take medicine without complaining.
4. Subdue self- will in a child, and those working together with God to save the child's soul.
5. To teach a child to pray as soon as he can speak.
6. Require all to be still during Family Worship.
7. Give them nothing that they cry for, and only that when asked for politely.
8. To prevent lying, punish no fault which is first confessed and repented of.
9. Never allow a sinful act to go unpunished.
10. Never punish a child twice for a single offense.
11. Comment and reward good behavior.
12. Any attempt to please, even if poorly performed, should be commended.
13. Preserve property rights, even in smallest matters.
14. Strictly observe all promises.
15. Require no daughter to work before she can read well.
16. Teach children to fear the rod.
When the will of a child is totally subdued, and it is
brought to revere and stand in awe of the parents, then a great many childish follies may be passed by. I insist on the conquering of the will of children betimes, because this is the only strong and rational foundation of a religious education when this is thoroughly done, then a child is capable of being governed by reason and piety.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
He came home with a manual typewriter.
An Olympia, German made, typewriter. One can still buy ribbon for it. I think I'll add that to his birthday list. He has been typing on that thing since he came home. How fun... that definitely falls into the electronic free entertainment category. Right up my alley!
Unlike the guy next to me who needs to pause the TV until we quit talking, so he can hear what is being said. So we have to sit here quietly and listen... no conversation. I really don't like watching TV as a family. Let's all pull out the type writers, and books, and board games, and chat while we are entertaining ourselves!
So - YEAH Milo!! Good buy. Two thumbs up.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Then I matured.... or something. Oh I know - I joined the military, and taking my one earring in and out was annoying... I think I lost my gold hoop.
So - for 20 years I have worn nothing... just a hole.
Yesterday I stuck an earring back in the hole. It worked.
SO - today... I got another hole. In the other earlobe. Now... I am an earring wearer again... only in a more normal fashion. I can't wait to get 2 gold hoops. :) I'm matured.
6 weeks... I'm wearing itty bitty silver balls for now... the least ugly thing available for under $20 at Walmart.
You know what's hard? Trying to explain to the walmart lady that I only want my right ear pierced - to match my left ear. Please. But we finally understood each other.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
I feel like I'm missing something. I don't think I've ever been done this early.
Oh wait - I am missing something... what should I get in in-laws?
I thought I had an idea... someone else suggested something else. I thought - Oh good plan... but I procrastinated. So... yeah... 3 more days. =/
Friday, December 21, 2012
The public schools were having a snow day - so I declared one at our house too. The kiddos were thrilled, until I showed them the list. LOL They could have free time after the list.
It wasn't bad... each kid had a project. They got them done in a hurry - ran out to play in the snow, and the wind blew them back indoors after not too long.
So they spent their "snow day" playing games and watching TV.
I got laundry folded, and caught up. Baked bread that fell, and froze some cinnamon rolls. I'm not sure what happened there... we'll see how those rolls end up. They are for Christmas morning. Dish washer was unloaded, then filled. Only to needing to be filled again before the day was over. :) Why does that job seem so endless? I mailed a box, and made some lunch. I didn't get to the den book shelves, which have been written down on lists for so long, and never gets done. Some day - I should write it down first, then STOP... so it will get done.
Today - another snow day for the public school system... but I want to end up this school week on an even note. (I don't want to start a fresh week after Christmas Vacation in the middle of a week). So we are going to finish our week today... and start vacation tomorrow!!
Tori told her dad she had her first snow day in 17 years. Dan said he'd never had a snow day. Really? Wow... I remember snow days when I was a kid. Maybe he lived in the south.
Monday, December 10, 2012
This year, Milo started the decorating process. He drug the tree and decorations up from the basement. Most of the set up and decorating was done by the 3 littles, with a bit of help from mom. I am so glad they like to help with this. Actually, I am glad I didn't pass my disdain for decorating on to them. I rejoiced with them and gave them free reign. They really like being in control.
And look - it didn't turn out so bad.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
For several years now, my sisters and I have been getting together.
First year, we gathered at the youngest sisters home. Becky then lived in KS. Oh wow! What a fun time that was. No kids, no husbands. Girls only.
The next year we all went to a family reunion.
The year after that - it was my turn. 4 sisters and my mom all traveled to Iowa.
This year - this week-end to be exact - we are at my sister Claudia's house. 3rd year, third girls house. She just moved into a new home a few weeks ago. What fun this has been. The first full day here we went to the TX state Fair. It is prettty much like the Iowa State Fair. Fun was had by all.
Today we all watched the Iowa Football game. I sure am thankful to those Iowa boys for playing a wining game. It's fun to watch a winning game with family.
Tonight - my Dad's sister, her husband, her daughter, her husband, and their son came over for dinner. Super fun time!
Tomorrow I look forward to worshiping together with them all. I thank God for my godly heritage. What a blessing.
I am really glad we all get together to do this. :)
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Milo got some dirt in his eye while riding the dirt bike this afternoon. Poor boy.
We went to the emergency room tonight. Not really an emergency - poor timing rather. Where else do you go on a Sunday evening in a rural location?
After the doctor put dye on his eye - he said, "you should take a picture of this." Cool! :)
Alls well that ends well, patched up and home again. Lesson learned - goggles AND a helmet before getting on the dirt bike.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
I needed to be reminded of this today... so glad I was. Thank You Lord. I love reading the works of Brother Lawrence.
How the habitual sense of God's Presence was found.
SINCE you desire so earnestly that I should communicate to you the method by which I arrived at that habitual sense of GOD's Presence, which our LORD, of His mercy, has been pleased to vouchsafe to me; I must tell you, that it is with great difficulty that I am prevailed on by your importunities; and now I do it only upon the terms, that you show my letter to nobody. If I knew that you would let it be seen, all the desire that I have for your advancement would not be able to determine me to it. The account I can give you is:
Having found in many books different methods of going to GOD, and divers practices of the spiritual life, I thought this would serve rather to puzzle me, than facilitate what I sought after, which was nothing but how to become wholly GOD's.
This made me resolve to give the all for the All: so after having given myself wholly to GOD, to make all the satisfaction I could for my sins, I renounced, for the love of Him, everything that was not He; and I began to live as if there was none but He and I in the world. Sometimes I considered myself before Him as a poor criminal at the feet of his judge; at other times I beheld Him in my heart as my FATHER, as my GOD: I worshipped Him the oftenest that I could, keeping my mind in His holy Presence, and recalling it as often as I found it wandered from Him. I found no small pain in this exercise, and yet I continued it, notwithstanding all the difficulties that occurred, without troubling or disquieting myself when my mind had wandered involuntarily. I made this my business, as much all the day long as at the appointed times of prayer; for at all times, every hour, every minute, even in the height of my business, I drove away from my mind everything that was capable of interrupting my thought of GOD.
Such has been my common practice ever since I entered into religion; and though I have done it very imperfectly, yet I have found great advantages by it. These, I well know, are to be imputed to the mere mercy and goodness of GOD, because we can do nothing without Him; and I still less than any. But when we are faithful to keep ourselves in His holy Presence, and set Him always before us, this not only hinders our offending Him, and doing anything that may displease Him, at least wilfully, but it also begets in us a holy freedom, and if I may so speak, a familiarity with GOD, wherewith we ask, and that successfully, the graces we stand in need of. In fine, by often repeating these acts, they become habitual, and the presence of GOD is rendered as it were natural to us. Give Him thanks, if you please, with me, for His great goodness towards me, which I can never sufficiently admire, for the many favours He has done to so miserable a sinner as I am. May all things praise Him. Amen.
Friday, June 1, 2012
My kids are going to Colorado while I'm in Punta Cana in June. We are leaving our house June 10th. Dan's birthday. * OK? We'll get there sometime that evening. I'll have my phone turned on - try to call you and give you a heads up.
I fly out Monday morning from Denver. Do you want to drive me, and then keep my Suburban - so you all can fit when you drive some where?
I'll be flying home Saturday the 16th, then we'll leave for Iowa, Sunday the 17th. Father's Day.
So - you asked about breakfast and activity ideas...
Wayne: he likes toast and cereal for breakfast.
You know that game with the poles and the colored balls with ropes on them? You throw them and try to twist them around the bar? I want to play that game with you. Oh and croquet too. Wayne might bring his frisbee, if he remembers.
Danielle: pancakes - she wants to help you make them.
She would love to go swimming with you grandma.
Milo: cereal - and he likes grandpa's fried eggs.
Ride bikes.. he really wants to bring his bike - I'm not sure if we have room. He's just remembering riding bikes on your road, and would be happy with that! :)
Mansel: (I keep forgetting to ask Tori and Mansel)
I'm only sending these to you because you asked - not because they expect these things. Remember my moto, "This is NOT a restaurant". :) If you want - they know how to take naps too. I'm a big time napper. LOL They would watch TV 24 hours a day, if you let them.
Grandpa - you should make them weed a row in your garden for every day they are there. We aren't doing any gardening this summer... so they need to be reminded how to work hard.
Aunt Karen - they are looking forward to seeing you too!! I almost wish I could stay in CO instead of flying off to never never land. Almost. :)
I have noticed that when I'm talking with my children about "what to do" they common theme is to BE with YOU! :) I'm so happy for that... just do what ever it is that you do, and enjoy them... and they will enjoy you.
* We are going to celebrate his birthday with our church care group on the 9th, so he won't feel neglected.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wayne Autry... my baby.
He turned 7 recently.
I was on bed rest several days before he was born. Gestational Diabetes and Pregnancy Induced Hypertension were my companions through his pregnancy... I was on meds for PIH at 11 weeks. If he were conceived 100 years ago, we would not have made it, except by the grace of God. How we have made wonderful medical progress in these last years. Praise God.
He's a wonderful boy. He is currently entertaining himself pretending to be Hans or Franz... reading to "pump you up". Lifting the couch pillows above his head. His heart is still very tender and he loves to Lord, and tries to please Jesus. I pray he never loses this childlike love of the Lord.
He loves to play soccer with his brothers and sisters. Swim. Ride bikes. All things active and joyfully. Reading on the other hand... not so active, and not so joyfully.
He loves his friends... talks of them often, makes them easily. Pee Wee Patch club at church is one of his favorite activities with his friends.
Some day I pray he grows into a mighty man of God! That is my prayer.
I LOVE it!!
I have been promoted to an Independent Scentsy Director. That's so cool - only got there by the wonderful women who are in my down line. That was TOTALLY there doing!!
I set up an informational booth at the Knoxville Farmers' Market. This will be my 3rd summer doing this. I have a booth with 1 of each thing available through the catalog. I can take orders. I will deliver, or mail to you if you are not local. I will book parties. I will definitely talk to you about the Scentsy opportunity, if you want to listen. :)
Scentsy had an incentive last fall - and I WON! I am headed to Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic, in June 2012. SO very excited. I can't believe I won such a prize. Very cool.
It's the best "part time" job I've ever had. It allows me to home school my children - flexible schedule. I have really used that money to do some wonderful things.
If you ever need any help with your Scentsy needs - be sure to call or text me. 641.820.1168. I'll try my BEST to make you happy.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Our church is reading the bible together. For a while we got off track. Today - we are officially caught back up. This summer we are going to have a loose schedule so we stay on track. I am thrilled with the results so far!
When we are done, after 2 years of reading, we will have gone through the old testament once, and the new testamemt twice.
I love being challenged by our church.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
In stead of camping, or tenting, we went sleep out on the Trampoline.
First time - me and the girls.
GREAT nights sleep. It was warm - no bugs. I feel asleep - woke up EARLY morning - it was still dark... started to feel a little damp - so I covered up and went back asleep. Wonderful nights sleep.
Second time - me and two boys.
Wow - what a difference. Wayne, Milo and Me. Milo didn't want Wayne touching him, so he would scooch over by me, facing Wayne... so if Wayne scooted toward him, he'd push him away, and get closer to me. It was a funny dance... I started moving up instead of over - so I would be pushed off the trampoline.
Then I must have taken too long of a nap on Sunday afternoon - because I didn't sleep well at all. But I did hear some interesting noises. It sounded like something splashed in the pool. I wonder if the cat fell in... I haven't looked yet... hopefully it was getting OUT when I heard it and not falling in.
I hear some rustling in the timber - and so did Otis - the dog. He growled... the rusting stopped.
I heard an owl - several times....
THEn I saw lightening... that was the last straw. I woke the boys up and we walked back inside. one good thing about Trampolining... if you wet the bed - there are no sheets to change... just let it rain. And it did - so I was glad for the lightening alarm clock. :)
We finished off the night here in the living room. I drew the short straw and got to sleep on the short chair with the foot stool pushed up against it. But that's ok - today is a holiday, I'll just take another nap.
Trampolining - it can be a fun thing. Have you tried it?