The Great Get-A-Way

For the last few years a couple of special friends and I and all our kids get away! We have fun, relax, read, make memories, and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation! This year was no different – check out the slide show! This year… We rode the waves hard, Learned how to manage “chaffing” a bit better, Refereed kids “considering others”, Celebrated the b-day of the first teenager among us, Chocolate dumplings (yes – chocolate!), Girls cooking the big, birthday breakfast, Beach runs to the pier and back, Kite flying, putting together puzzles and guitar playin’, Waited, and waited, and waited for a magical sea turtle hatch, Laughed until we cried, Hebrew/Genesis experiences, Flashlight walks on the beach, Mark Daniel enjoying the beach (fully!), Swapped recipes and cooking tips, Shared home schooling, mothering and life tips and stories, and much, much more! Favorite beach quote: Rachel “My hair is a wreck!” Thank you Erin and Sheila – these are special...

Welcome to Essentials Excavations!

Welcome 2008/2009 Essentials parents! This is a special thread of postings for the local Essentials program that I tutor. This label is called Essentials Excavations. I will be posting information regarding the EEL portion of Essentials including parent-teacher encouragement and high-level class notes. I hope to have a new post every Monday (at least for the first semester!) Why have I labeled these postings Essentials Excavations? Well of course, this is the Essentials program, which contains language and arithmetic essentials, but I have also chosen this post label for the following reasons: Essentials… because we will be learning the essential pieces of language construction and special keys that will help us unlock and understand the embedded structure code within all romance languages. Excavations… because WE (that’s right you, me and the students) will be mining valuable language gems and discovering foundational language structures that date back to beginning of the romance languages. Cool!! What we unearth will greatly benefit your current written and oral language skills, as well as your future language studies! As with any educational endeavor parents involvement and leadership is key! May the Lord bless you in this coming year as we learn more about language this coming year! So let’s start...

Past, Present and Future

I have been sanctified…I am being sanctified…I will be sanctified… Did you know all three tenses of sanctified are used in scripture? Very interesting, isn’t it? So there is a work that has been done; a work that is being done; and eventually a work that will be done. When talking with my kids, my sister sojourners, other parents… this principle consistently comes up… We are a work in progress -some things complete, other parts are in progress, and still other transformations yet to come. So journey on! Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.Phil 3:12...

Responsibility – Merge Ahead

On the highway of life there are responsibility entrance ramps and exit ramps. I have recently taken a responsibility exit ramp … the “brushing the teeth of my youngest” exit ramp, or at least a frontage road. That’s right… the torch, I mean the toothbrush, has been firmly placed in my nine year olds capable hands. Of course, I still remind my youngest to brush his teeth quite often. Recently, upon inspection, it was revealed that the tooth burshing responsibility was in the slow lane with speed descreasing at a decaying rate! This responsiblity merge was a bit stalled. What is a responsible parent to do? Well… if my son was much younger or incapable of brushing his teeth, then of course I would take back the responsibility and do it myself. But alas that is not the root issue, is it? Rather this is an issue of personal responsibility and maybe even something more. Assuming the best and offering the “benefit of the doubt”, I spoke to my son with unusual mercy, “I know it is hard to remember, but when I do remind you, you need to follow through.” With piercingly honest eyes, he replies, “Mom, actually, I have been kind of blowing off what you say when you remind me. I don’t stop and do it then. I just say ‘Yes, mam’ and don’t really do it. (Sound like a familiar parable?) I didn’t want you to think it was because I didn’t remember; I really need to do better at listening to what you say. I’m sorry mom, will you forgive me? I want to...

Sanctified Woman… Who me?

Yes you! I am not THE sanctified woman, merely A sanctified woman. I am only one of many sanctified women out there. What do I mean by a “sanctified woman”? Perhaps clarity is needed. The word sanctified simply means “set apart”. In the context of my life and my understanding of His word, this has come to mean “set apart” from the world’s ways and learning His ways… (when I speak at Parent Practicums, I often say His ways are often the “inverse operation” of the world’s ways – mathematically speaking) That I may live a life that allows me to hear the words “Well done my good and faithful servant.” on the day that I will see Him and give an account for my life, my choices, the things and people I have been a steward of… My hope is to live more and more with “eternity stamped on my eyes”… Check out my Sister Soujourners links to meet other ladies making their choices to be set apart, living more and more according to His priorities and purposes for their lives. For this is the will of God, your sanctification I Thes...