Exodus 35:30-35

Bezalel and Oholiab

30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills 32 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 33 to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. 34 And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. 35 He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.

 Isn't this the coolest?!  I love how it says that the LORD has done these things.  

He has given His Spirit.  He has given Wisdom.  He has given understanding and knowledge.

He has given His people skills.  All kinds of skills!

 This is exciting stuff!  God has a purpose and direction for each of our lives.

How can we use our skills to glorify God today?

How can we help our children discover what gifts God has given them?  And then, how can we give them opportunities to use those skills in this beautiful life?

 Excited about the possibilities,



Out of Chaos....A Necessity


I used to think that these kinds of schedules were awesome...for someone else.

I have tried numerous "schedules" and "routines" over the years, but nothing clicked.

This Baby.

My, oh my, is he a cutie!

And, it was because of him (and his five siblings) that I felt the need to be a tad bit more organized.


This guy.

My, oh my, is he a babe!

He's really good with schedules and organization too.

He called to check in on how things were going the first day of our homeschool.
That about summed it up.
 He told me to stop schooling for the day and wait until he got home that night to come up with a plan.


That evening we made up the "Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday Schedule."  (He had already helped me come up with the cleaning/chore schedules previously.)
I can't say that I was super excited about the color coordinated schedule while we were making it up.  In fact, I had a headache, I was grumpy, and I just wanted to get in bed.  I may have even told him how it probably wouldn't work because...it just wouldn't.  So there.

The next morning I woke up with my alarm and got the day started...and we've been on schedule (mostly) ever since.  It's been a month and the kids and I are liking this schedule.  
Everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing, and we all know that school will be done around the same time each day.  Woo Hoo!
I'm not completely fanatical about the schedule.  It doesn't rule me.  For example, this morning, I woke up with (another) raging headache (typical for me while nursing) with ringing ears and dizziness, so I took a nap while our oldest babysat the little ones and the boys watched shows.  Some days you have to do what you have to do to survive.  :)


That's what we've been up to.

That, and...

Go get 'em #35!

Nice tackle, Jonny!
Enjoying Fall,


First Day of School Pictures - 2015

Baby Gerrit

These are my students.  

They look like trouble this year.  ;)



End of Summer Picture Post

Summer 2015 is winding down.

Jonny is trying out football this year.  He's enjoying it!


Lost another tooth.  He's so adorable without any front teeth.  I think, when I look back at him as a child, I'll remember him like this.  Freckly and toothless with a huge grin.  :)

Diaper rash cream should never have been invented.  But since it was invented, I'm glad that Dawn Dish soap has also been invented to assist mothers of 2 year olds.

Lydia fell asleep on Daddy while on a pontoon we rented while camping.

The girls

Snuggles while camping

This little pirate girl...she's a hoot!

And our oldest.  6th grade this year!  She's growing up fast!

We are enjoying the last days of Summer, but also looking forward to starting up another homeschool year.  We will start our lessons at home on Tuesday, and Classical Conversations starts on Thursday! 

Bring it on!

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