Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Consignment Clarification

Hey All! I realize I have caused some confusion as to the location of the KidsShareNC consignment sale this weekend. It is at the DIXIE CLASSIC fairgrounds, not the county fairgrounds. So here is the correct info this time,

Kid Share NC @ the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds
Friday, February 26, 2010 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 27, 2010 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 28, 2010 (50% off day!*) 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm

Hope you get some good deals and if you know of any other good sales, please let me know!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Who Knew Tiramisu

Who knew tiramisu would have this effect on a child?


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As we learned last night, Caleb + cake soaked in coffee = whirling dervish fun

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tis the Season

For Consignment sales!

I am such a huge fan of consignment sales. Seriously, if you walked through the boys rooms/closets, asking where I got this or that, 90% would be from a consignment sale or yard sale.

Who doesn't enjoy getting a good deal on kid stuff? Not to mention it is good for the environment. (Buying used is a form of recycling, right?)

For those in the area you might check out this sale next weekend:

Kid Share NC @ the D. C. Fairgrounds
Friday, February 26, 2010 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 27, 2010 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 28, 2010 (50% off day!*) 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm

I hope to see you there, but only after I get my good deals!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Warning

I had plans to blog today about what God has been teaching me the last couple of days about the cost of following Him, but that will have to wait for another day. I simply cannot pass up the chance to think on and respond to one of the comments left on the last post.

"It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others....."

A little bit cryptic, but oh so much fun to ponder...

What if it is true?

Should I warn you about the reading of books with dogs and exploding hearts?

Should I warn you about the octopus of doom?

Should I warn you about attacking raccoons?

or

Should I warn you that God is madly in love with you?

and

Should I warn you that He has a plan for your life?

and

Should I warn you that His grace is always enough?

or

Should I warn you that my sole purpose in life is not to warn anyone, but my purpose in life is to love God and to love others with all that I am?

Thanks for the cryptic comment and for reminding me of this purpose! I guess we are all now duly warned.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

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My dear children, let's not just talk about love; let's practice real love. This is the only way we'll know we're living truly, living in God's reality.
1 John 3:18 The Message
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Friday, February 12, 2010

Disappointment

This week I have had a couple of disappointments occur. Nothing life shaking, but disappointments nonetheless. You see, I had planned/wanted/expected things to happen one way and they simply did not happen that way at all. Admittedly, these disappointments were not life shaking and in the grand scheme of things, are not that big of a deal.

Still, they left my heart aching and my mind wondering...

"Why God? Why can't it be the way I planned? It was a good plan and I thought for awhile it was even Your plan. What do I do now? How do I work through this hurting, disappointed heartache?"

You see, I can give you all the church answers to my questions, as I have said them many times to many others in this very boat...

"Everything happens for a reason. God has a perfect plan and His timing is perfect. His ways are higher than our ways. He is in control..."

But my heart still aches and the tears still come...

I know this is really not that BIG of a deal, but I believe that God meant it when He said that those who are faithful with a little, will be faithful with much and I want to be faithful with this small disappointment so I can be faithful with the big ones that I know will come.

So I have come to God asking for more than cliches or platitudes, no matter how true the cliches may be...

I have sat before the throne of grace, palms wide open, confessing I don't know what to do with this disappointment and with the resulting heartache.

And in that moment, all I know is...

That this heartache is bigger than me, but not bigger than the one who holds my heart.

That my hope has been shattered, but that hope in Him never disappoints.

That when cliches are not enough, God is.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

15 Months

15 months of fun...

15 months of joy...


15 Months of learning...

15 months of exploring...

I have loved these past 15 months with my Nathan. He is my serious guy, who lives deeply even though he is so young. He is incredibly laid back, but takes everything around him in. He has the most solemn expression at times, but often laughs with such gusto I wonder where it all comes from in his small body. His mwahs and hugs are abundant for all who are dear to him including the dog (not to mention the serious love this kid has for his lion.)

I can not thank God enough for having this little man in our home.

Happy 15 months Nathan!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

2 of 2520

We did it! We took the big step this week and jumped head first into the realm of homeschooling. We are on day 2 of approximately 2520 and so far my fears have been for naught. Caleb has not run screaming from me when I tell him it is school time and I have not completely lost my patience/mind/head...but then again it is only day 2 and this is only preschool.

I have learned much though over the last few days...

1. Preparation is key. If I am not prepared and ready, we will not do it.

2. Consistency is going to be hard. We have an activity on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which makes it difficult to get school done those days. Somehow, I am going to have to work this one out. My hope is that a routine will develop as we keep on keeping on.

3. Direction is great. I am not a fly by the seat of your pants kind of person. If I do not have direction, I will easily not follow through even if I have the best of intentions. I am thrilled to have some concrete direction as to what needs to be done each day. The Sonlight P4/5 is just enough to give me direction while allowing me freedom to add my own thing and to keep it at the pace Caleb needs it.

4. My excitement is echoed. When I am excited about getting the school books out, Caleb is quickly excited and ready to jump in. When I am not so excited, he is not nearly as eager. I think teaching what I love and teaching in ways that I enjoy it will be very important as we continue this fun adventure.

5. The big picture overwhelms me. I have started investigating what programs/curriculum I would like to pursue for the next year and then for Kindergarten. Can I tell you I am totally overwhelmed and a little scared by the insane number of choices that exist? I think I will try to focus back on the now and just take one day and one year at a time.

Wow! If I learned all that in just two days, I can only imagine what great things days 3 through 2520 will teach me!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Diaper Deal

I get all kinds of excited when I come across a good deal and even MORE excited when it is a diaper deal!

If you have never used diapers.com, now is the time to do so!

Here is what you need to do to get in this good diaper deal:
  • Head over to Diapers.com and register for a new account.
  • Buy at least $49 in items to qualify for FREE shipping. I chose the Luvs Extra Large case because it was the cheapest PER diaper in the size we use. I added some wipes to bring the cart up to $49.
  • Head to checkout, and enter promo code WEND6996 for $10.00 off your order. This is a personal referral code, so thank you if you do use it!
  • Then print and submit this form for a $14.97 rebate (read instructions carefully).
In the end I get 150 diapers and 500+ wipes for about $40. That is a great deal! (I could have gone cheaper on the wipes, but I needed wipes and am a little bit of a wipe snob, but that is another post for another day.)

Hope you get a great deal out of this too!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Interesting Debate

I thought you might like to know that Ronel and his dad made it home safely last night. After sleeping in the American Embassy for a week, I am sure it was a blessing and a relief for the entire family. I can only imagine how many more children in Haiti are waiting for their parents to come and rescue them as Ronel's adopted father did for him.

This story and the many like it have been fascinating to me recently. I think there are two main reasons why my heart has been captured by the orphans of Haiti. One, orphans and adoption are close to God's heart and He alone is pressing the need to pray for them and learn about them deeper into my own heart. He is the Father to the fatherless and sets the lonely in families. He loves these children deeply and desires for His children to love and care for them as deeply.

The second reason my heart has been captured by the orphans of Haiti has been in learning about the debate over foreign adoptions. This debate is truly fascinating to my foreign policy geared brain and you will have to forgive me as I switch into international politics nerd for a few moments.

Is it better for a child to be raised in an institution within his/her original culture or to be raised by a caring family of some other culture?


(This is assuming that the child is truly orphaned or abandoned. I agree that all efforts must be taken to reunite a child if at all possible.)

Those that answer yes to this question would argue that a child taken from his/her own culture is missing out an a true part of their identity. Furthermore, by adopting children abroad, we are robbing countries of one of their greatest natural resources- their children. Still, I think this begs the question, can an institution, even whene run by loving caregivers, truly teach a child about his/her culture?

Isn't culture itself predicated upon the family? Culture is the mix of history, language and traditions passed from one generation to the next. This passing down of information is generally done through the family unit, grandparent and parent to child. I do not think the generational transmission of culture can adequately occur in an institutional setting.

Furthermore, while the culture of the adoptive family might be incredibly different from the child's, it does not necessitate that the child will never experience aspects of their original culture. That totally depends on the adoptive family and how much they are willing to adopt the child's culture, history, traditions into their own family's life. When welcoming a child of a different culture into a family, hopefully you are welcoming that culture as well.

I am in no way an expert on this subject. I have not adopted internationally, nor truly studied this subject fully. It is still a subject of great interest as we wait and see how the international community and the people of God will react to the needs of Haitian orphans.

Who will end up shaping the next generation of Haitian orphans, institutions or families?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Fever Busters

never know how much i love you
never know how much i care
about just getting out of the house
Staying at home gives me fever that's so hard to bare

you give me fever
when when we are stuck inside
fever when quarters are all so tight
fever
In the morning
fever all through the night
(My take on Peggy Lee's famous song You Give Me Fever)

Cabin fever got you down? Try some of these fever busters!

1. Feed the fever- Make something yummy to snack on. We made apple muffins earlier this week, but might I suggest the easiest cookie recipe EVER?

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
Mix 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (no vanilla, no worries, I usually forget it anyways.) Shape into small balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with fork. Bake 12-15 minutes or until nice and golden brown.

Use up some of the milk you bought before the storm to wash them down! YUM!

2. Give it the shakes- Turn up some music and dance like crazy. Get out all the wiggles and giggles that you can. Make up dances as you go- Who can dance the fastest? The slowest? The craziest? Who can dance like a chicken? An alligator? A tomato? Check out www.veggietales.com for FREE veggie music. Just click on Radio.

3. Take the fever to the dump- It seems like Caleb and Nathan both love to play in the recycling bin (forbidden fruit always tastes sweetest), so save some cereal boxes, clean yogurt containers and whatever other not so yucky trash containers and let the kiddos build, create, play to their heart's content.

4. Bring the outdoors in- Can't go outside to play in the wet snow? Bring it inside! (This idea originated with my good friend Jessica.) Fill your kitchen sink with snow, put on some mittens, add some measuring cups and other fun accoutrement, and voila, the fever cools down a bit.

These are just my few ideas at fever busting. What have you done this week to combat cabin fever?

** UPDATE to the story of RONEL- While they were told earlier today they were cleared and could find a flight out of Haiti, it seems they were misinformed. Things appear to be very tense at the embassy. Read here for details. Please pray that Ronel, his dad and the other 60 people waiting get home NOW. **

Monday, February 1, 2010

Catch up

Ahhh...another snowy day...a perfect day to play bloggy catch up....Click on the first part of each sentence for the original story...

1. Caleb's speech evaluation went well. The speech therapist said that he is transposing his /k/ and /t/ sound and sometimes his /g/ and /d/ sounds. He has them down pat at the end and middle of words, but is having problems at the beginning of words. Since we learn sounds from the end of words to the beginning (learned something new today, didn't ya?), his transposing is probably developmental. She said it was up to us whether to start a speech program or to wait. My instinct said to wait, so we will see in September if things are better or if he needs to be reevaluated. I am also going to work on some things at home with him. He has not been the most cooperative little man so far, so this might prove harder than I thought it would be.

2. I was hoping to start with Caleb's new preschool stuff today, but some of the key books have not yet arrived. I am blaming the snow. I hope they get here soon. Caleb really enjoys looking through his school books and I hope he stays this excited about it as we are actually trying to learn from them. I am sure you will here more about this in the future.

3. Nathan's transition to 1 nap was short lived. Since his cold, he is back to two naps and is sleeping much better all around. I am in no hurry to enter the nap transitional waste land, so I will just wait it out a little longer.

4. Ronel and his adoptive father (who is really cool and totally did what God would have done in going to rescue his son who was left behind in Haiti) are still sleeping on the floor of the American Embassy. They thought they had the all clear yesterday, but the US Govt. did something and messed up the fingerprints needed for the second time. Hopefully, third time is the charm. Please keep praying for the leaders of Haiti to make wise choices, for there to be clarity for pending adoptions, protection for the orphans left behind and for God to be glorified in all this

and

pray for Ronel to come home SOON.
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