Monday, May 24, 2010

Pickin'

Strawberries that is...

Well, at least strawberries for most of us...

And to think we almost had a fairly good family picture...

Nathan really enjoyed pulling the berries off the plants...

Even if I could not get him to smile...


He also showed his normal penchant for climbing anything that is over a foot tall and is still for more than one minute...


Caleb enjoyed feeding the animals (and really enjoyed having his Dad show up!)

Here's some brotherly love for ya...


And a little more brotherly..err..love...

3 pints of jelly and 1 yummy pie later, I have to say Strawberry pickin' was a huge success!

Friday, May 21, 2010

And the Winners Are...

And the winners are...(with the help of random.org):

200 meals (donated to Feed My Starving Children)- The Beaver Bunch

200 ways to be challenged (Radical by David Platt)- Cathy Hudler

200 calories (Zucchini bread and Jam)- Beth

Thanks for playing along and wishing me a happy 200th post!

You guys are the best and here is to another 200 posts!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Big 2-0-0 Giveaway

Well, this is it. My 200th post. I have been thinking of ways to celebrate this post ever since I saw that I was on post 195 a few days ago...

What better way to celebrate than with a little giveaway!

(In my best announcer's voice): Wendi, tell them what they can win....

200 meals for my 200th post! Well, not really 200 meals for you, but 200 meals for some really hungry and deserving kids. I will donate 200 meals in one lucky blog reader's name to Feed My Starving Children. Feed My Starving Children is an organization my church worked with earlier this spring, packaging food for the children of Haiti. I was unable to volunteer because my boys are a little too young, but this is a way we all can help!

200 ways to ways to be challenged! Well, not really 200 ways, but one really big way, a copy of the book Radical by David Platt. I have not read this book yet, but it comes highly suggested and since I am ordering myself a copy, I thought I would order one for one of you too!

200 calories for you and your family! Well, not really 200 calories~ It may be more or less, but for one lucky reader I will be giving away a yummy loaf of homemade zucchini bread and a jar of homemade strawberry jelly. I am sure this is more than 200 calories, but oh so worth it.

(Again, in my best announcer's voice): Wow, Wendi, what do they need to do to win one of these great prizes?

Well, that is simple~ Leave a comment telling me how much you love me, how great I am, how you really like my blog congrats for my 200th post.

On Friday evening, I will randomly pick the winners and assign the prizes.

Wait there is more!

If you have never left me a comment before, I will give you a double entry! Yes, that is two entries for the price of one comment. What a deal!

Happy 200th post from Richly Supplied!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Family Picnic (aka Picture Overload)

This Saturday we had the great chance to spend some time with my extended family. I grew up really close with my cousins and hate that I do not get to see them nearly as often now that we all have families of our own.

We had a wonderfully fun day and can't wait to do it again in the fall!

My Aunt holding the newest member of the family. He is 9 months old and already wearing clothes bigger than Nathan!



The proud parents of the cute baby.


My cousin and her hubby looking fabulous as always.

My brother being silly.


My niece...guess she takes after her dad in the silliness department.


Caleb had great fun with the bubbles!


So did Bree!


Nathan loved the playground (He looks a LOT like his big brother in this picture!)


My nephew, another big guy, he is 4 months older than Nathan and two full clothing sizes bigger.
Such a sweetheart and a sweet smile!

Even the big kids had some fun...


Thanks for all those who made it out and for all those who missed it, we missed you! We hope to do it again in the fall and hope to see you then!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Hopefully Expecting



...red and green peppers...


...corn and sunflowers...


...blueberries...


...black and red raspberries...



...apples...


...grapes...



...tomatoes (ours get a little wild hence the cages)...



...not to mention the peaches, cherries, watermelon, cucumbers, beans, squash, zucchini and potatoes...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Failure

I have been really hard on myself lately. Thoughts like, "Failure. Pathetic. What did you do all day?" assail my brain as I try to sleep each night. I keep a running list of things left undone, of tasks unfinished and of tasks done that were not quite up to my expectations.

Sometimes, I feel like all I can do is huddle down emotionally, covering my head as I hurl these negative thoughts upon myself.

I am tired of treating myself this way and tired of cowering under the hurt and frustration. Praying yesterday, I think I might have reached a turning point as God revealed something rather huge.

I base my self-worth on my works.

This is easy to do. As a stay-at-home-mom, my house and family are what I see and experience daily. If my house is dirty, I feel less productive, less successful. If my children are unruly, I feel like I am somehow failing as a parent. My works soon define me, thus making my self-worth dependent on how well I accomplish the work.

As long as I measure myself by my works, I will fail.

Instead, I must measure myself as God measures me- by grace. "For it is by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one can boast." Romans 2:8 I need to give myself the same grace that God gives me. Instead of seeing myself as a failure, I must remember that I am a child of the Creator of the Universe and as His child, I am precious and loved and cherished.

My works can not define me and will not determine my self-worth as long as I remember I am worth much to Him.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Homeschool Update

In the midst of a hard day parenting, I will chose to focus on something more positive. Instead of complaining about Nathan being a crankosaur and Caleb's new penchant for arguing about EVERYTHING (Me: The sky is blue. Him: No it isn't.), I will give you an update on our schooling progress.

We are on week 11 of Caleb's preschool and trucking along. We took one week off of the schedule recently, but kept reading the books.

What I have recently learned:

1. My boys THRIVE on routine. After I am done with the morning chores and say time to get your school books, both boys run to the shelf that holds these books, eager to see what we will read for the day. On the days when we are out or the reading doesn't get done, the boys are often cranky and out of sorts.

2. I am looking forward to schooling year around. While many kids are looking for an extended break this summer, I am looking forward to the free time giving us a little more time for schooling. I feel that our weeks are currently rushed with CBS on Tuesdays and Thursday and am actually looking forward to being at home a little more and being able to spend time with on our school work a little more.

3. I am not a crafty person. (This is not something new for me to learn, but it has been greatly reinforced.) I am in awe of some of the preschool moms out there in bloggy-world that do all kinds of crafts and activities for their little ones. That is simply not me. I really hope Caleb is not missing out and sometimes worry that he is. We glued beans to the letter B last week and that counts as something, right?

4, I will no longer be a conference newbie after the end of the month. I signed up for the big homeschooling conference! I am very excited, but also a little anxious about going. I am a little bummed because I just realized I will have to miss the last day of it for my niece's and nephew's birthday party. Such is life. Any hints or suggestions for a conference newbie are GREATLY appreciated and if anyone is interested in carpooling, let me know!

So that is where we are and what we are doing. I see Caleb (and Nathan) learning more each day and am glad that we have chosen to persevere this course of action....even on days of hard parenting.

I guess I can now return back to my regularly scheduled day of crankosauriness and practicing for the debate team.
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