Monday, July 6, 2015

the music of flip flops

"Come on, John, lets go hunt dragons."
"Ok, Bryn"

 I smiled at Drago as we watched the kids circle around the house.  Singing a goofy little song and waving their plastic coat hangers in search of dragons.  Normally he follows the kids to each corner of the yard.  For right now he was content settling down and just watching.  
 Suddenly John turned and laughed like he really saw one.
The kids and I spent a lazy day.  We organized a couple closets and I baked a chocolate pie from Grandma Hutchen's recipe....because I love my honey.  And apparently being in a kitchen that is 400 degrees is a new weight loss plan.  As long as I don't eat the pie.

"Mom, I love flip flops.
  They make such a beautiful sound when you walk in them." Eden, 7

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

marching around Jericho

I LOVE teaching Sunday school and junior church.
Maybe its the child inside me that gets excited imagining Goliath,
the grapes of Canaan, or the trembling walls of Jericho.  Whatever it is fun.

This week I told the story of Joshua and the walls of Jericho falling down.  Can you see the big concrete wall behind the kids?  Well.. that was our Jericho.  The kids and I marched and shouted and you know what?   Those big concrete walls didn't move!  But long ago in Jericho God brought down walls that were much bigger and much stronger then these walls.  Seeing the story played out really brought it home to the kids.

Our memory verse for the month is Joshua 3:10a   "And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you..."  I always do the memory verse many times during the class and let the kids take turns teaching it.

I brought large building blocks and we did relay races with boys against girls.  The team who built the biggest tower got to try and take turns knocking it down with a baseball.  I won't say which team was the best builders....but those girls really had good throwing arms.  

I used the blocks and talked about how we have things in our lives like selfishness, laziness, greed, etc...  Just like that baseball knocked down the tower we can ask God's help in destroying the sins in our lives.  
I'm trying to make a series of lessons that go around the theme "Living God" like in Joshua 3:10.   Our God is awesome.  Last week it was Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  Wonder who will visit Sunday School this week?

Saturday, June 6, 2015

the smiling chicken

We arrived back in Jamaica a few days ago.  There has been the usually fun for mom cleaning and getting the house back in order.  The first 3 days there was no water.  That makes it interesting but I love a good challenge.  The kids are thrilled to be back home.  The pets are happy to see them.

Have you ever seen a chicken smiling? 
Now you have!
She is perfectly content being held and carried around and hugged on.
She missed her people.

Monday, May 25, 2015

the pregnant green bean

I love the way children view the world.
  It's plain.
 It's simple.
  It's hilarious.
Today's adventure started on a nice hot balmy May day.
We are finishing our last few days in Baton Rouge before heading back to the Island.
Alexis was helping me pick green beans.
Nice wholesome back breaking job.
Call it what you want, my kids like chores that get them outside and a little dirty...
just like their mama.
We had fun screaming at the spiders and slugs hiding in the leaves.  I shared with Alexis the story of a snake who was hiding around a green bean plant when I was a little girl.  I had reached to pull some weeds and picked up the snake.  Pretty sure my voice carried over the whole county.  I don't enjoy snakes.  
"Hey, Mom, look at this!  It's a pregnant green bean." Alexis thought she was hilarious.  But it really did look like one. 
Life is fun looking through a child's eyes.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Real Chickens

cousin Emi came to play today!
In the house I suggested going to check on memaw's chickens.
John Truman said, "I love to eat chicken."
Emi laughed hard and said, "I don't eat chicken."  
I asked her if she eats chicken legs to which she replied with a large smile {like it was joke},
"yeah, but I don't eat REAL chickens!"

The 3 little chicken farmers went outside to round up the flock.
They decided to try and catch some to hold.
That was a pretty hard task but they were up for the job.
They ran around......
and around....
and around... 
 and around...
 get the picture?
 finally....score!  the chicken got tired before the kids and just stopped running.
 the lucky chicken was very loved on
 and passed around and loved on
 and loved on some more.
 Aunt Christine came to play with the chickens with us.
 John wanted him on his shoulder
 but his shoulders are so tiny the chick didn't have much room.
no words only chicken love
 The cousins and their live baby dolls
 "what you looking at?  willy worm?"
  and there you have it.
John Truman 28m.

Life is good.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

perfect "splash in a puddle" weather

"But, Mom, today is perfect "splash-in-a-puddle" weather", Eden Grace
yes, I gave in.

Our day off of school started early with tip toes down the hall earlier then I wanted.  Thankfully Eden is my quiet child and carefully fixed her own breakfast and tiptoed back down the hall.  She crept in the bedroom again just to poke her sisters and tell them they get to sleep in this morning.  Her older sisters were not excited about being woke up from their dreams.  She then preceded to sneak in and lay her head on my pillow to watch me "sleep".  She quickly left when I whispered she could turn the tv on.

Moriah and Alexis went out visiting with Papa Tot so the little ones spent the morning playing in the puddles.  
My babies John Truman, 2, Brynlee, 4, Eden, 7 
Nothing bonds siblings like a little mud between their toes.

Monday, March 16, 2015

the potential of an arrow

Just a little thought today.
  Prince Charming has been shooting his bow lately.
  The girls love to watch and cheer for him.
  He even fixed up an old bow for them to practice with and they are enjoying that.
 When I was reading my Bible last week, this verse jumped out at me.

"As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth." 
Psalms 127:4

A man with a quiver full of arrows has so much potential.  It takes a lot of hours of hard work and practice pulling back that string and building those muscles to hold it steady.  He couldn't hit the bulleye the first time he drew back.  The first time the rough string scraped his tender arm he probably was ready to quit.  But he didn't.  In the end there was the reward

A mama with a yard full of kids has so much potential.  God gave her all these little ones for a reason.  With a little practice she can raise them to honor the Lord....and honor her and her husband with their actions and lifestyle.  It's not easy.  It takes a lot of sleepless nights and correcting them over...and over...and over.  There is pain in raising children to be decent honorable citizens.  There are times when you I want to throw my hands up and quit.  "Just let them turn out like the heathens!"  (I apologize to any heathen reading this.)  But in the end there is reward for enduring.
So today, look past the spills and whines and remember there is a reason and a purpose for their little lives.
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