Friday, September 28, 2012

Waiting

Be still and know that I am God. Ps. 46:10

Why are you cast down, oh my soul? 
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.  42:5
And now Lord, what do I wait for?
My hope is in You. 39:7

Wait on the Lord,
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord! 27:14

I waited patiently for the Lord; 
And he inclined to me,
And he heard my cry. 40:1
Trust in the Lord, and do good:
Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart. 
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass. 37:3-5

When people ask about the adoption, it is tempting to reply cheerfully, 
"We are to the 'just-waiting' stage!"
But there is absolutely no "just" about waiting.
Waiting is a very active 
difficult 
task.
It takes daily, moment-by-moment focus
on the trustworthiness of the Lord.
(pictures are from the anniversary trip to Barnsley Gardens)

I am praying for all of you who are waiting today.




Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall Food

If you've been keeping up with Of Such is the Kingdom the last few weeks, you might have begun to wonder--is this lady still feeding her family? During the summer it seemed that all I did was post about food (we must eat more in the summer or something) but these days it's just homeschool and prayer. : ) School lunches were the last food post, and I'm not sure that can even be counted as a recipe!
Well, to answer your unspoken question, yes, we are still eating around here, but the meals have become a bit less planned and a lot more scramble.
So I need some inspiration and organization in the food department, and where else but pinterest would I go to look for those? Here are some of my recent pins that I've either made already or will make soon:
I don't know if the fam will go for this one, but cabbage + olive oil, lemon juice and bacon bits sounds wonderful to me!

I'm very interested in making this "rise in the fridge" artisan bread.

Yes! to Cheesy Calzones! (but I would use homemade bread dough...)

I just made these cinnamon apples with some apples my dad picked up for me from a local market. Yum! This is a great way to welcome fall!

Using avocado for sauce is brilliant. 
I can't wait to try this!

I'm still looking for a quinoa recipe that the whole family loves...
this one might be it!

I used this dough recipe the other night for our pizza. It was great except for the salt. Go easy on the salt (maybe half of what the recipe calls for)

Here's another recipe I'm excited about--easy and it gives me a way to present butternut squash to the other four members of my fam in a way they might just appreciate!
I guess cooler weather makes me want to bake...
This morning's muffin was a whole wheat--Greek yogurt mix something like this recipe. I did a bit of tweaking and here's what I came out with:

Whole Wheat Muffins
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flax seed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 12 cup muffin tin, or line with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top springs back when lightly touched. Cool in the muffin pan on a wire rack.

Enjoy!




Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Mother's Prayer

Father of All,
I am so very thankful that, though my little life is important to You,
it is not the whole picture--
it is not the entirety of the Kingdom work--
There is more here than what I see
And I thank you that you do see All.
Thank you that in You there is abundance.
And when I am weary and thirsty and hungry,
I come to Your waters and I am renewed.
Oh, Lord, forgive me for not seeking You in my daily life.
I may call on You in the morning and then it's off to my to-do list.
Please forgive me.
I know that I can do nothing without You,
but I forget to live it.
Have mercy on me,
and help me, Holy Spirit, to forsake my ways
And turn to my Father in every minute, every second of every day.
Whether I am teaching or cooking or hiking or swimming or talking or reading or cleaning or playing...
Help me to be running to You. 
Lord, I am so thankful for Your Word.
Thank you that every word that comes from Your mouth is like the 
rain that waters the earth
And makes everything bring forth and bud.
Every one of Your Words prospers and succeeds.
Thank you that though I am weak and sinful and un-able,
You are strong and perfect and marvelously able.
Able to watch over my children
Able to strengthen my marriage
Able to grow my relationships
Able to repair what is broken
Able bring home what is lost
And finish what You have begun.
I am thankful.
Amen.
{All pictures are from yesterday's hike to see a nearby waterfall swollen with the weekend's rain.}


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Party Time

September is a kind of crazy month for our family. The hubby's birthday is one week and the boy's birthday is the next. Plus there is the little event of our anniversary (#11) to be celebrated as well. 
And we love to celebrate.
(Oh, and btw, the Back to School Picnic from a couple of weeks ago was great. We moved it inside because of rain and in all the hubbub I didn't take a single picture. I know, that's a huge no-no for a blogger. But there it is. Sorry about that. You'll just have to take my word for it that it looked great and that all 60 people stuffed into our house had a great time.)
 So back to the hubby. For him, we chose his favorite college team and decorated the dining room in their colors.
I learned something about crepe paper. It can be anything. Do you need orange stripes on your glasses? A small strip and a piece of tape and you're done. Do you need napkin rings? Two small strips in the team color folded over and taped and there you go.
We had the hubby's favorite meal (taco salad) and ended with an AU cake.

And of course we all made him cards. : ) The boy's card said "Happy Birthday Dabby!" I didn't have the heart to tell him because the card was so cute and he'd have felt like he had to do it over again.

The boy chose Phineas and Ferb for his party this year. We focused it on the fact that P and F are super builders.
The boys themselves joined us for the party...

For the goody bags, I gave each boy a measuring tape, bungee cords and duck tape along with a Phineas and Ferb pad of paper and P & F candy.
For activities for the party we ate cake and snacks, watched an episode of P & F, opened presents and then I sent the boys outside with lots of duct tape, pvc pipe and large boxes to CREATE. They came up with some fun buildings and had a ton of fun making weapons out of sticks and duck tape. 
Both parties were a hit.
(And boy am I glad September only comes once a year!)
Happy Partying!


Saturday, September 8, 2012

History Update

We are using Simply Charlotte Mason's Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation for our family history this year. This is basically just a schedule for reading about men of these ages.
It's going really well so far. I have loved the fact that the daddy man is very involved, reading out of


I have added coloring sheets, graphic organizers, clips from video re-enactments and activities for each lesson.

Day 1
Alaric the Visigoth
coloring and using glitter glue on the "treasures of Rome."
To review the chapter, we asked questions and then filled out his Story Map graphic organizer.


Day 2
Attila the Hun
For this day, the hubby read about Attila and then asked questions about what he read.
We then reviewed a few things that Attila might have said through his lifetime and then made a quote box on our picture with sticky notes filling in something he might have said during battle.
We also watched a bit about Attila on the History Channel Decisive Battles Attila the Hun Part 1.

Day 3
Gaiseric the Vandal
This was the lesson where I got a bit creative and exercised our homeschooling status by doing something that could never (never) be done in a classroom.
While the hubby was reading about Gaiseric, the kiddos colored beautiful ships.
At the end of the chapter, when Gaiseric snuck up on the Roman ships and burned the whole fleet,
we took their beautiful ships out on the patio
and burned them.

The kids mourned their ships, but loved the excitement of watching them burned. We imagined what it would have been like to be a Roman soldier watching the night lit up with the entire fleet burning.
I don't know if they'll always remember Gaiseric's name, but I doubt they'll ever forget that "some guy burned the entire fleet of Roman ships." : )
We also made stick puppets of the Gaiseric, the Empress, Aetius and Boniface so the we could act out the interchange where Aetius tries to get Boniface in trouble and Boniface gets nervous and calls in Gaiseric's help. I acted it out (greatly paraphrasing the situation of course) for the kids and then handed out the puppets so that they could act it out for us. That went well, and I think I'll use that strategy again whenever it will work well into the chapter.
So there you have it. Week 1 of history in it's entirety.
What are your kids learning for history this year? Did you enjoy history classes as a child?



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Ideal Day

Prompted by an interesting post on a friend's site, I asked my hubby the other night what his ideal day would look like. His answer was extremely interesting and sparked a good, long conversation. Really the question isn't THE ideal day, it's just AN ideal day, so there's no huge pressure. We both ended up by saying with eyes wide with wonder, "We are pretty much living it, right now!" And that's an exciting place to be. It's really what I'm about here on Of Such is the Kingdom--the fact that parenting and growing by tiny sanctification steps is exactly the adventure God has for me right now--this is where the Kingdom work is, and I'm glad to be here.

So, back to that ideal day idea. What would yours look like? How would it start? Where would it end?
Here's a stab at one for me:

I wake up at 6 after 8 hours of sleep, and after a quick freshen-up and prayer with the hubby, I'm off for a morning run. Maybe seeing something like this along the way...
The sky slowly becomes beautiful blue, my phone is playing Bible.is an then maybe a little Collective Soul and I don't see very many cars. Once home, I pull muffins, ready made out of the freezer and fry up a bit of eggs and sausage. This is a breakfast that makes everyone happy as they drag out of bed to meet the new day.
Whether we are schooling, running errands, cleaning house or meeting with friends, everything goes smoothly during the day. We aren't running late wherever we go, and we have prepared and packed all that we need for each lesson or activity. This smoothness adds to our cheerfulness with each other. And we glorify God in all that we do.
Whatever we're doing or wherever we're going we're home by around 2 o'clock so that everyone (including momma) can have some down time in their room. I read some fiction--preferably something with fantastical animals, magic and adventure (right now we're reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). After reading, everyone entertains themselves quietly for about an hour while I blog and read and try not to leave the couch at all. 
After rest time, everyone is eager and excited to play outside with neighbors and friends. I pull myself off the couch, with only a bit of regret, and get dinner started--something easy, like baked pork chops, seasoned rice and green beans.
Around 5 o'clock the hubby comes home and we get to chat and catch up while I finish up with dinner. He then goes outside to play a quick game of soccer in the yard with the kiddos until I call them all in for dinner. Dinner, showers, and bedtime go without a hitch and by 8 o'clock all three beautiful and clean children have been prayed with, sung to and are happily tucked in their beds, plenty tired enough to fall right asleep. 
The hubby and I are able to find the movie we've been wanting to see on Amazon and start it right away so that we're in bed plenty early--so that the next day can be much the same.
The only thing I would insert for an IDEAL ideal day would be this:
Around 3 o'clock the phone rings. It's Bethany Christian Services and a birthmom has just chosen us to be her baby's forever family! She's giving birth in a few weeks and would like to meet us soon. I hardly know how to answer but I'm shaking as I say "Thank you!" and hang up the phone. I quickly call the hubby and inform him and we prayerfully begin the next stage of this adoption adventure.

So what did I learn from thinking about my ideal day? Nothing can make a day ideal that can be purchased. Sure, a free trip to Disney World would make a great ideal day, but really the ideal-ness comes with the closeness we feel to God and others throughout the day.

Linking up with shareyouridealday.com.

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