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Friday, September 19, 2014

Bible School



Robbie's First Day of Bible School 
 Bible Study Fellowship

September 17, 2014
Preschool Study of Moses
Three Year Old Class

Over the past couple of days, there has been quite a lot of wonderful happenings in our home!
On Wednesday, Robbie started the Preschool class at Bible Study Fellowship. This is the children's program which is a part of The Women's Bible Study Fellowship that I belong to. The class meets every Wednesday morning for a few hours while the mommy's attend the Women's Bible Study.

 This was the first time my little guy has ever been away from me while in the care of someone other than Mommy, Daddy or Gigi. So naturally, I was concerned about how Robbie would do. In fact, I found myself wandering down to the children's department to check on him through the glass window more than a few times in the two hour time span that we were apart. Well of course, Robbie just loved everything about Bible school! Robbie left me with a smile as I dropped him off and when I picked him up he was grinning from ear to ear with an even bigger smile on that beautiful little face! I was so happy to hear that he enjoyed his; " Bible School, as he calls it. Robbie's Bible School teacher, Miss Linda, told me he was well behaved and that he had a wonderful first day! We have chosen to homeschool our little ones. I truly believe that giving our children one or two days a week of Bible study and social time with other like minded children and their families is extremely valuable.



My heart just absolutely melted and I was filled with such joy on our car ride home from BSF as I listened to Robbie tell me the story of baby Moses in the river. There is nothing quite as heart warming as listening to a child tell a Bible story in his own words. :)








This past week in our study of Moses, we have been looking at the story of Moses' birth. For those of you that aren't familiar, or need a little refresher to jog your memory here is the basic story;


Then Pharaoh gave an order to all of his people. He said, “You must throw every baby boy into the Nile River. But let every baby girl live.”


A man and a woman from the tribe of Levi got married. She became pregnant and had a son by him. She saw that her baby was a fine child. So she hid him for three months. After that, she couldn’t hide him any longer. So she got a basket that was made out of the stems of tall grass. She coated it with tar. Then she placed the child in it. She put the basket in the tall grass that grew along the bank of the Nile River.


The child’s sister wasn’t very far away. She wanted to see what would happen to him.


Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile River to take a bath. Her attendants were walking along the bank of the river. She saw the basket in the tall grass. So she sent her female slave to get it.

When she opened it, she saw the baby. He was crying. She felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.


Then his sister spoke to Pharaoh’s daughter. She asked, “Do you want me to go and get one of the Hebrew women? She could nurse the baby for you.”


“Yes. Go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother.

Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby. Nurse him for me. I’ll pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him.


When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter. And he became her son. She named him Moses. She said, “I pulled him out of the water.”

Moses, the baby in the basket, was placed in a river by his mother. The Pharaoh's  daughter finds Moses, takes him home and raises him as her own and then has Moses' own birth mother  tend to Moses as a midwife/ wet-nurse and help raise him. I mean talk about seeing God's hand at work through the FAITH of a mother!!!


This story has been re-played in my mind so many times this week. The story of Moses' birth is one that I am well acquainted with and can remember first learning as a child myself. Something about hearing this story again as an adult mother with three children of my own makes this story come alive to me in a new and very real way!

All week long I have dwelled upon the very real and amazing faith and trust in God that Moses' mother, Jochebed had! In the many times I have read and heard and listened to sermons on this wonderful age old story of Moses' birth, I have never given much thought to this pretty cool, Godly woman named, Jochebed.



I feel that Jochebed has not been explored enough. As Christian women and mothers who aim to be more like the Proverbs 31 woman ... godly, submissive, faithful and true to our Lord, I feel that we can learn so much from this woman of faith. I mean first of all, I  love saying her name! Then there is the whole Mother of Moses thing... right? Could you even imagine being the mother of the little baby who would one day grow to be a man, and not just any man mind you, the man who would become a prince of Egypt. A man who would later bring the children of Israel out of Egypt. A man who then later would meet with God and bring down the ten commandments from Mount Sinai!!!!


 Pretty powerful stuff here friends!  I happened upon another blogger who brought up the fact that not only was Jochebed Moses mother, but she was also the mother of two other pretty interesting children as well, Aaron and Miriam. Aaron was chosen as the high priest and to be Moses' helper and spokesperson. Then there was Miriam, a prophetess!

Wow Jochebed !  I don't think there was ever a mother who raised such important children. We aren't talking important by the world's standards, like doctors and lawyers and architects oh my! No, we are talking about important by God's standards... the only standards that matter!


In Hebrews 11, Jochebed is listed among, " The Heroes of Faith". It had been said that Jochebed was a woman who had a faith that was much stronger than her fears. I love that, don't you?


Jochbed was not afraid when she placed her precious little baby boy in that basket and then gently lowered the basket into the crocodile infested river. Something that my momma heart cringes at the thought of, but not Jochebed, she new that her God would somehow take care of her sweet little baby boy! Jochebed has character qualities that I so do admire. She is the kind of mother and woman whom I would like to be. A woman that never lets fear get the best of her faith! A faith in the same, never changing God that we pray to, love and serve today. In the past, I have been a worrier, always entertaining the fear and anxiety of the unknown, the "What If ? ". I am sure so many of you ladies, especially mothers can relate to.




Today, I invite you to join me in laying all of our anxiety, fears, stressors and problematic thoughts at the foot of the cross.  We have an amazing Savior who already paid the price and willingly accepts all of our troubles, burdens and fears. Jesus is constantly there, next to us, willing to take a load off of our back and comfort us with His grace and understanding ways. Isn't that exciting?! So ladies, I leave you tonight hopeful and energetic, but above all, with my faith in Him...the creator of the universe.


So as I tuck my three little men in bed tonight, I am not fearful and worried about the what ifs??. What will they become? Who will they marry? Oh no! Instead, I am full of excitement and joy, because I was entrusted by the Lord to raise these three baby boys to become men and warriors of the King.
I will do my part so He can do His!

I leave you with the lyrics from a song that has been playing in my mind as I am writing this post. In fact, I am embarrassed to say, I wasn't even sure who wrote the song or what it's actual name was. I looked it up and so here it is ...







"Put Your Hand In The Hand"

Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the waters
Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself and you can look at the others differently
By puttin' your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee

Every time I look into the Holy Book I wanna tremble
When I read about the part where a carpenter cleared the temple
For the buyers and the sellers were no different fellers than what I confess to be
And it causes me shame to know I'm not the gal that I should be
Put your hand in the hand...

Mama taught me how to pray before I reached the age of seven
And when I'm down on my knees that's when I'm close to heaven
Daddy lived his life for eight kids and wife you do what you must do
But he showed me enough of what it takes to get you through
Put your hand in the hand...
Put your hand in the hand...
Put your hand in the hand...


Blessings,

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lessons In Homeschool


We are well into our second week of homeschool/preschool curriculum. Last week was our first week of preschool at home.
 I am combining several different preschool curriculum this year for Mr. Robert.
 One of the curriculum is called; "God's Little Explorers".






This week in Bible, we are learning all about Creation. We read and explored the Bible story of Creation, along with Adam and Eve.




Our letter for the week is; "G", as in Garden. To go along with the theme of creation, we are doing a few garden activities. We are exploring the outdoors through nature hikes, as well as seed and plant exploration.
 Our Bible memory verse this week is;
 " In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth." Genesis 1:1.

We are learning about God's animals and later in the week we have a field trip planned to the local County Fair to look at all of the farm animals! I am loving homeschool this year! I will admit, I was a little nervous about balancing homeschool lessons with a three year old and tending to two little babies. It can be done and we are all learning and growing as we go!


 
We have been having fun filled mornings with our new kids praise Cd. After the Bible story for the day has been read, Robbie, the  babies and I dance and sing to the Bible song of the week from this cd...
 
To go along with the creation theme, this week our Bible song is;
"He's Got The Whole World In His Hands."
 

Here are a few examples of how we practice Bible memory at our house.
   
  • say it in different voices… like a teeny mouse, like a giant, like a queen or king, whisper, etc.
  • echo Mom or Mom echoes children
  • make up hand motions
  • say it while stomping, clapping, etc.
  • say it around the table, each person saying the next word
  • say it as a “ticket” to your meal or before going outside
  • learn some of the sign language for the verse


  • My basic objectives for the week :

  • Theme:  ”G” is for Garden
  • Bible Story:  Creation & Adam and Eve in the garden
  • Bible Verse:  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  Genesis 1:1
  • Letter:  G
  • Shape:  Square



  • Today we took out our magnifying glass and went on an adventure searching for different types of seeds in the backyard.

     Here is my little explorer investigating the flowers and the dirt with his magnifier.
     

    " Look Mommy, I found a seed!!"
     
     
    We also found an ant in the rose!
     
     
    Look at the little seed pod .
     
     
     
     
    Now we are off to the kitchen to cut open an apple and a red pepper and look at their seeds!
     
     
    Here we are placing the seeds we found in a wet paper towel and then into a baggie. We will place the baggie with the seeds in a dark cupboard for 4 or 5 days and we hope our seeds will sprout!
    We found apple seeds, red pepper seeds, sweet pea seeds, an acorn and .
    Now we wait! :)
     
     
     We had a good day filled with excitement and learning!
    Blessings,
     

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    Getting Back To Normal

    When it starts to get cool enough to sleep with the window open....
    Happy Sunday morning friends! I hope this post finds you all well and in good spirits. Earlier this week, sickness came upon Camelot!


    All three of my little monkeys have been battling a cold/ upper respiratory infection and Robbie has been getting over an ear infection this week. So, my week has been met with the demands of three little sickies and many sleepless nights. Things are beginning to look up though... we are on the downfall of the infection. A huge praise! Also, Rich and I never caught the bug floating around our house and managed to remain well. I thought I would share this fun little tip I found on Pinterest.

    Next time anyone in your family is on medication, grab a Sharpie marker and keep track of doses right on the bottle! With three little guys taking three different meds and antibiotics, it can be hard to remember and keep track of who took what and when. This is a  nice  way to simplify life! :)
    Keep track of kid's medicine




    We have also started the homeschool year and curriculum with Robbie this week for the 2014/ 2015 school year. I have combined several different curriculum this year for my little guys, both from Preschool and Kindergarten standards ( more on that later this week). This week Robbie's lessons were all structured around the letter (X). The theme for the week has been God's word is a treasure, which happens to be Robbie's Bible verse for the week as well! This is such a true concept, what a privilege and treasure it is to be able to freely study God's word... our treasure!






     I started Bible Study Fellowship again this week and this year our study is on the life of Moses! I  just can't wait!

     Robbie was suppose to start the Wednesday morning Preschool BSF program while I am at the adult program. He has been dreaming of starting this program all summer and was so disappointed that he was unable to go this past week because of his sick bug. :( We are all hoping he will start, "Bible School", ( as he calls it) this Wednesday. I have a story to share with you all today. It has been a long time since I have posted one of my mom's stories from her book, " At Least A Thousand", so here we go with today's story!




    Butterscotch George
    By: Robin Sieverling
    At Least A Thousand

    I didn't like Kindergarten, and I was frightened of it. I remember working myself into a tizzy of stomachaches, and sometimes even creating a fever because of school anxiety. In retrospect, I think the reason was because I was too young and immature to be attending elementary school. I was the youngest in my class, and I had not attend pre-school.

    I remember endless morning filled with tears, pleading with my mother to, "take me home!" My mother told me to ask God to send my guardian angel to watch over me while we were apart, so I did! I think my guardian angel was Butterscotch George!

    We weren't allowed many sweet treats while growing up, because our mother was a Diabetic. She didn't want us to become Diabetic therefore; she was extremely strict concerning our sugar intake. We were allowed ice cream on Saturday evenings, while watching "The Lawrence Welk Show." We were also allowed sweets on our birthdays and on holidays.

    My guardian angel was unaware of our "sweets" rule. Butterscotch George would slip me a piece of butterscotch  candy wrapped in golden cellophane. Oh, how that wrapper glistened in the sunlight, with the morning's bright sun rays shining on it!

    When George would see me at the crosswalk, which was almost every day, he would tip his hat and whistle some pretty little tune that always made me feel better.

    George seemed really old, almost ancient to me. He was very tall and he had gray-hair, a gray mustache, and very bushy eyebrows. He wore all white clothing and a white hat, which reminded me of a sea captain's hat. He was very neat! His shoes were always shiny-black and they squeaked with a quenching, leathery sound when he walked. I loved George because he was kind to me, and because his butterscotch comforted my little heart!

    Looking back, I don't recommend accepting candy from strangers. However, George was no stranger. He had been the crossing guard at that corner for many years. The whole town knew him. I was too young to know if George was a God-fearing man or not. I do know that he lived God's word.

    Matthew 10:22 comes to mind when remembering George. "And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."
     
    I thought this was a nice back to school story and a good reminder to us all that we never know just who's heart we might touch during the day. We must be kind to those around us. I hope you all have a beautiful Sunday!

    Blessings,


    


    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    Ketchup Day






    I know I have shared this story before, but here it goes again... when I was in first grade, my teacher would give us a catch-up day every once in awhile to catch-up on all of our missed work. Mrs. Robertson would let us all know it was a catch-up day because she would put a large Ketchup bottle on her desk.
    Well friends, life is busy and motherhood, babies, a hubby in law school and just life has gotten in the way. I have much to catch- up on... so here we go! I have been a really bad mama and I never posted a 4 month update for my little twins! :( The fourth month brought lots of new and exciting changes!


    So here is a 4/5 month update on my boys! Jacob started rolling from both tummy to back and from back to tummy. The boys have grown so big and tall and healthy. They are both so smiley and social and love to smile and coo at everyone we meet! About two weeks ago, just a few days after turning five months old, Joey started rolling as well. They are both due for a well baby check-up and we are in the process of looking for a new Pediatrician who is willing to accommodate our beliefs on vaccines... so I do not have weights and stats on the boys just yet.


     

    Here are my little guys at five months old. I can't believe they will be half a year old next week!!! Where oh where does the time go?? We love you so much, our little twins!


     

     



    Dear Joseph and Jacob,
    At night, Daddy and I watch you both while you are fast asleep in your crib and we are overwhelmed with the awesomeness of our God! He made you both, kept you safe in my tummy for all of those months .


    There were quite a few times throughout my pregnancy with you two that we thought we might lose you. We put you both in the hands of our great and powerful Lord. It is so amazing to me to see you both here, safe and sound. God is so good!
    I love you my little men!
     

    The picture above just cracks me up, because it so captures the personalities of these two little guys!
    Jake on the left is just angelic,  (and I know , I know... every mom thinks their child is angelic and I am sure I will be called pretentious), but Jacob really does have the sweetest, most kind and gentle personality and demeanor. Jacob is always smiling and always willing to try to smile through any tears and make the best of every situation.

    On the other hand, my dear little JoJo on the right smiles all the time, but fusses when he doesn't get his way. He can be in a bad mood and within seconds we can get him to laugh and coo like a little bird. I love that although they have totally different personalities they are both such happy babies and we couldn't ask for anything more!

    Oh and this one is for you Auntie Summer!
    We had a little intruder during our photo shoot with the twins! Sound familiar???
     


     

    And that pretty much ended the photo shoot! :) ha



    In other news, we bought this huge stroller and I LOVE IT!!!! It seats four but we use the fourth seat for the diaper bag... well for now anyway. :) Hopefully we will be able to fill that fourth seat one day!
     

     


    Okay so I'm so excited because it's Fall!

    Well, maybe not officially, but it's September and that is close enough for me! Let's bust out the cable knit chunky sweaters, cute scarves, boots, Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, Pumpkin everything from candles to bread!!! Yep... Bring it!!!

    In the spirit of the season my mom and Robbie helped me decorate around the house!
















    Love this time of year!!!!



    I'm also happy that the new season of 19 Kids and Counting is back on!
    Can I just tell you how adorable Jill and Derick are together!
    Congrats to them!



    Photo


    Robbie had his first dentist appointment this past week. I had no clue that dentists recommend taking your child to the dentist on their first birthday. Any of you out there know this?



    Well, we didn't know and so Robbie's first dentist appointment just happened this week at three years old. Robbie did so well! He didn't cry, scream, fuss or fidget. He was so grown up, calm, cool, collected and cooperative! Robbie sat through x-rays and a cleaning for a grand total of 45 min. in the chair!  Love my little man! He truly is growing up! :) So proud of you Rob!
    We talked up the dentist  to Robbie for weeks! Here are a few tips for a smooth visit to the dentist for your child's first visit.





    Start talking about the Dentist with your child.
    Explain to them what the Dentist does ( checks your teeth, counts your teeth etc...)
    Read aloud children's books to your little one about visiting the dentist.
    We read:

    We also watched


    Robbie loves Peppa Pig and was thrilled to ride up and down in the dentist's chair because,
    "That's what Peppa did!" .

    When it comes to young children, the more they know about an unfamiliar situation will help ease any anxiety or uncertainty.



    Time to check those chompers!


    Robbie loved the birds outside the window that he was able to watch during his check-up .


    I think his favorite part of the visit was playing the video games in the waiting area!


    Well friends, I'm off to bed! Goodnight! :)
    Blessings,