Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Teach me O Lord, I will walk in Your truth. Give me an undivided heart. Nations You made, will worship You; for You alone are the living God.
I will worship, Glorify Your name O Lord.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I hoed up a good chunk of the back troughs...enough to get blisters on my hands anyway. Then I mixed in the good dirt with the old-sandy-already-there dirt. It looked much healthier!
I stuck some poles in the dirt for peas and morning glories to grow on.
And I planted some flower seeds and onion sets. I'm still waiting for it to get warm enough to move my tomatoes outside, and plant beans and peppers.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Another idea I liked was this bathroom towel rack, made out of a wine rack!
I have a couple projects in mind for our house....to get things in order and de-clutter. Some of the things I'd like to work on are:
- Make a serving tray (have 2 "collections" of memoriablia that are just taking up space)
- Make cards and therefore clean out craft/scrap drawer
- Clean off fridge & find a good place for all the pictures
- Clean out display case
- Clean/de-clutter living room and sitting room, including giving away unused books and magazines.
- Clean out kitchen drawers of unused items (both food and utensils)
- Sew apron and rag doll to use up material scraps
- Clean out laundry room....I don't even know what is in there!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sometimes, when I see a towering tree in the sunlight, it makes my heart ache a little bit....just because it's so beautiful, and just because it's so tall, just because I know that Someone made it. It makes me long for knowing my Creator better, it makes me sigh for the beauty around me that some people never see, it makes me realize how little I see.
I pray everyday that God would help me in our marriage to trust Him, to let Him use it for good. There are so many hurting families out there....so many ripped apart by selfishness and mistakes....that we all make....but that end up differently. I wish that we could set a better example...one that would draw people UP to The One, and not over to "our way" of making things work. I wish that people would make marriage more than about "being in love" with each other, than "being in love" with the Holy One. I'm sure that there is more to modeling a good marriage than just affection....there is a loyalty that runs deep, a love that is bigger than I can grasp, a respect for other souls that humbles me, and a service that is shown in sincerity.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
- Close family
- Sound mind
- Growing plants
And if these are my riches... how am I using them? Do I have understanding? Do I ask God for wisdom on how to use these riches for His glory? Do I seek to know the Holy One so I can have understanding?
I have been so blessed...I just pray that I will be aware of what God HAS given me, thankful and wise, and generous enough to use them!
Have you "counted" your riches recently?
Friday, May 8, 2009
I really enjoyed her tips and practical application of obedience and her fun stories and encouragement of the example we should set to those younger and under our authority.
I hope you find some helpful wisdom here too.
- A never-been-used Bamboo Steamer (for $2)
- A bunch of piano sheet music (for 10 cents each)
- 2 metal canning funnels (for $2)
Lemon Perch and Fresh Veggies
Thursday, May 7, 2009
- Playing with paper dolls
- Having tea parties and picnics
- Making forts under trees
- Dressing up
- Playing pom-pom-pull-away
Now I want to go back and read the rest of the series!
I guess there's a lot of Betsy-Tacy stuff out there....like this website dedicated to them!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Our friend Suhyun is from Korea and was studying here for a semester. It's been really great to get to know her and her sweet temper. Her English has improved alot since being here, as well as her "slang " ("neat" and "okay-dokay" are common ones), and it's been fun playing music with her too (she plays violin).
But now it's time to go. And so we had her over to "finally" make Korean food (we've been wanting to do that all semester!). She showed us how to make Kim Pop and Beef. We had a lot of laughs and then a good meal, though we had to rush a bit.
Here we laid out sticky rice and cooked veggies, cheese, and hotdogs, on a seaweed wrap.
You're supposed to roll-and-squish....roll-and-squish. Mine fell apart, but her's were nice.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Other free food coming up that I'd like to try is the free KFC meal (coupon print valid today, coupon is good till the 19th), and also the free iced tea at Arbys. These were mentioned on Hip2Save's site.
Yes, I got stung by a wasp....for the first (and hopefully last) time.
You see, I was smart yesterday and washed a load of laundry and put it on the outside clothesline to dry...since it was sunny and breezy. In the evening, all the clothes was crisp and fresh and dry. I took it down and put it in my laundry basket. An hour later I got around to folding it up and putting it away.
This morning, I took out my pair of pants (freshly washed and dried and folded or course) and slipped them on. I yelped quickly and then slapped my leg. I'm sure Mathew thought I was crazy. I shook my leg and out tumbled a creepy crawly thing (I didn't have my glasses on yet). I jumped back and Mathew said, "A bee!"
I said, "Thank goodeness it's not a spider!" (I have a thing about spiders)
He then stomped on it and I put my glasses on to see that it was a wasp and not a bumblebee. I then found out why they call it "stinging" because it certainly continued to sting on my leg....even after I put baking soda paste on it.
But, I guess I'd be mad at being wrapped up in a pair of pants all night too.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
I decided to use the book, and flipped to the first page (about frogs). I made up a cheesy song (but she's only 3 and doesn't care) about how frogs go hop hop hop, and as I sang, she and I went "hop hop hop" on the piano keys, from bottom to top. We continued to do this for each animal throughout the book, and it really was great work for her and her age.
Deer are soft and quiet, so we practiced playing soft and quietly.
Ants crawl along the ground in single file....so we played one note at a time with one finger up and down the keyboard.
After finishing the book, here is what she learned (while not knowing anything about the piano)
- You can play LOUD and soft (we had dogs - that barked loud and deer - that slept quietly)
- There are high notes and low notes (we had birds- that twittered up high and elephants - that clumped down on the low notes)
- You can play with all fingers or one finger (we had bears that growled -with our fists, and ants that crwaled - with one finger)
- You can play smoothly or short (stacatto) (we had fish- that swam smoothly over all the keys, and we had rabbits- that went hop hop hop up and down the keyboard)
- You can play quickly or slowly (we had foxes - that ran over the keys, and turtles - that played one note at a time r-e-a-l slow)
- You can play on black or white keys (we had the dogs barking on the black keys -with our fists, and other animals on the white keys)
I really think this turned out to be a great and useful idea for teaching young beginning students about the piano. When they can't read yet, it's great to use this picture book to explore the keyboard, and enjoy music. I can see using this for teaching tempos and dynamics and hand position....and oh so many things, even before they start the "official" piano books!
Friday, May 1, 2009
Here is a stack I recently hauled over to the Post Office to mail. I don't think I've ever done so many at once, and it was quite fun setting the whole stack on the counter and getting them ready to mail!