Tuesday, August 27, 2013

This was Summer 2013....

clowning around with my family in the backyard...

 Feeling loved on my 35th birthday with my BFF and lots of others!...

filling up this pool again and again and....

celebrating the 4th with yummy food and great friends in Seal Beach...

fireworks and scaring the bejeezus out of the girls....

having the W. cousins visit from Alaska and taking the chance for a photo shoot....

Idaho reuniting these cousins and making memories....

my husband growing an epic beard and then shaving it off...

watching Nathan's brother Adam get married to Whitney, and Carys being a flower girl...

first camping trip with the girls, and definitely not the last!...

loving God's creation and feeling blessed!!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

This Little Piggy...

I love these bookends for the kitchen to put cookbooks between. After all, when I look at  a cute little pig, I think only one thing...bacon! Haha well they are pretty cute, sorry little piggies. Why is bacon so good....

Like this one, delicious no-fail, although mostly belly building recipes

or this one, be an easy breezy entertainer like Ina, parfaits anyone?

I don't have this book yet, but it looks fabulous. And hello again little piggy!

Monday, August 12, 2013

I Love Rifle

No not rifles! Though that would make my husband very happy...I mean Rifle Paper Co. which has the most beautiful vintage style cards, stationery, and other goodies.

Rifle Paper Co

1) Hmm, well looky here, I needed a new one of these anyway! - Iphone case, $32  
2) This poster is so adorable, especially for a boys room I think - Animal Alphabet Chart, $50 
3) Loving all the images in this fun calendar...would also be great just to frame the prints - 2014 Travel America Calendar, $26 
4) Very true...and I am so obsessed with this card and I already ordered it to frame and add to our gallery wall Greeting Card, $4.50

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Back to School

The last couple weeks my mind has been filled with homeschool business. I've been planning to do it for some time now, and I can't believe Carys is really going to start kindergarten at the end of the month!

I can honestly say that I know the Lord has called me to homeschool, and He has confirmed it in so many ways. This is probably the first time I can say without any doubt that He is calling me to do something specific, something big. It is a very cool feeling actually, because I know that however it goes, that God will be in our midst. There is so much comfort in that.

We will be doing a classical Christian program called Classical Conversations, and I am also enrolling with a public charter school to keep me accountable and have additional curriculum. I am planning to keep God as the center of my children's education, knowing that He is the center of everything and that He can be and is revealed in every subject. We shouldn't be afraid of science or philosophy, in fact we should be pursuing them as they can deepen our faith in Him. In fact, the Bible encourages us to reason with one another. 
My main goal for kindergarten this year is to establish the habit of schooling with her and of course teaching her how to read would be nice too. There will still be lots of playing and exploring and having fun, it is still just kindergarten after all!

I already know that our homeschool journey is not going to be perfect. It is going to have roadblocks and frustrations and freak outs, but I also expect it to be filled with joy, growing in our faith, growing closer as a family, and encouraging a love for learning. I am also writing this so I can come back and read it when I am frustrated, and remember that this is why I am doing it, and it is all going to be worth it in the end!

"Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus"
Philippians 1:6

Me and my favorite 5 year old

And of course this sweet girl will be along for the ride too!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Let the Darkness Fear

Christian radio tends to overplay a lot of the same songs around these parts. Well this one I wouldn't mind hearing all the time! It's a bit, dare I say it, Mumford meets on fire for Jesus.
This song puts a smile on my heart, I hope it does for you too.

Build Your kingdom here
Let the darkness fear
Show Your mighty hand
Heal our streets and land
Set Your church on fire
Win this nation back
Change the atmosphere
Build Your kingdom here
We pray

Unleash Your kingdom's power
Reaching the near and far
No force of hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts
You made us for much more than this
Awake the kingdom seed in us
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ
We are Your church
We are the hope 
On Earth