Monday, November 03, 2014

Pondering 2 Chronicles 10 and Child-Rearing

   I was reading The Word in 2 Chronicles chapter 10 to the kids in school this morning about when Jeroboam and the children of Israel summoned the newly kinged Rehoboam following Solomon's death and it compelled me to ponder how this story could relate to training our own children. You can read it here...

“Your father made our yoke hard; now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.” He said to them, “Return to me again in three days.” So the people departed.
Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had [a]served his father Solomon while he was still alive, saying, “How do you counsel me to answer this people?” They spoke to him, saying, “If you will be kind to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.” But he forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given him, and consulted with the young men who grew up with him [b]and served him. So he said to them, “What counsel do you give that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, ‘Lighten the yoke which your father put on us’?” 10 The young men who grew up with him spoke to him, saying, “Thus you shall say to the people who spoke to you, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter for us.’ Thus you shall say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s loins! 11 Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.’”
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day as the king had [c]directed, saying, “Return to me on the third day.” 13 The king answered them harshly, and King Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the elders. 14 He spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, “[d]My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline youwith scorpions.” 15 So the king did not listen to the people, for it was a turn of events from God that theLord might establish His word, which He spoke through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16 When all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them the people answered the king, saying,
What portion do we have in David?
We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse.
Every man to your tents, O Israel;
Now look after your own house, David.”
So all Israel departed to their tents. 17 But as for the sons of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them. 18 Then King Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was over the forced labor, and the sons of Israel stoned him [e]to death. And King Rehoboam made haste to mount his chariot to flee to Jerusalem. 19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.
        How often do we succumb to the advice of Rehoboam's inexperienced advisors and deal too harshly with our own kids? What if we heeded the advice of Solomon's elder advisors? 
 “If you will be kind to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.” 
Would it help bring about the desired outcome for our own kids? We are not training them up to be our servants but we certainly don't want them in rebellion against our house and the things we stand for, especially God's word. We desire their relationships with us to point them to their true Father.  Isn't it amazing how many stories from the the word we can relate to child rearing?! 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Her Pre-school Years are over...

On May 29th, 2014, our 4th child, Mercy graduated from her beloved Cedarwood Pre-school after a fun-filled 2 years there. She will start Kindergarten this Fall and join her older siblings at Rich Academy:-). I love this little girl! Mercy is so mature, precious and sweet these days. She is still as petite as she can be and it is hard not to want to grab her when she runs by and flashes her little smile. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

What is up with the house?

I am hearing this question a lot lately! Yes I agree, time for a long overdue update! I will say that building a house is much harder than we ever thought it would be. Daniel was recently promoted to regional manager by his company and has been out of town alot. No doubt this has greatly slowed our progress but we still hope to be in by the end of May. Right now the focus is on finishing up the electrical and they are getting close. I am so thrilled that it has warmed up and that we can now spend a lot of time out at the land together as a family. Our favorite thing to do is to eat dinner together in our future dining room! This has been a very slow but exciting process. I am so proud of my Hubby for working so hard to build us this wonderful place to raise our family. I love you with all my heart! You are amazing!
We are to place now that the kids and I are able to find plenty of work to do to keep busy. We have been doing lots of sweeping and picking up scraps. Here is my Grace cleaning up her bedroom. She is so excited!
Sweet Isaac cleaning up his room:-)

I have been totally impressed with how well my little 4 year old Mercy can sweep! We have a broom that is just the perfect size for her and she is meticulous:-).

James is also an awesome sweeper!
These boys are keeping their bedroom spic and span!

We now have both gable ends sided and the attic windows put in. I was so excited the first time I drove up and saw this!
Back of house:-). Loving all the windows!
 View of house from our woods.
  Another view of house from our woods taken a little closer in:-).
Kimmy working hard on the electrical! So thankful for such a smart friend!
 Steve and Ian hard at work!
 Daniel and Joe hard at work! The Bears have some very smart boys! How fun it has been to have them helping wire our house!
 View of upstairs from great room. I have to completely credit the design of this to Ron McCall for making it look so cool. I certainly would have never thought of a small arched balcony. Love it! Yes there will be railing going across the arched section to keep us from falling!
 Attic stairs have been placed!
 Archway buit by my hubby leading from foyer into great room. He did such a great job!
We are getting there slowly but surely! I am so impressed at all  the progress my hubby has made all while performing so well at his full-time job. We can't wait to live here!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

How can 7 years pass so quickly?

Grace, 7 years ago we welcomed you (our first daughter) into this world! I can't tell you how thrilled I was to be having a princess. I was so delighted I could hardly speak after your ultrasound and smiling from ear to ear in complete bliss. You far exceeded my dreams of birthing a princess by being born already having enough hair for hairbows! 
 Your big brothers, Isaac age 2 yrs and 10 months and James age 1 1/2 were delighted with you!
 Your  Daddy couldn't get enough kisses from you!
Today you are 7 years old and I have no idea where the time went!
 What will you remember from your childhood?
 How will you remember your time with me?
 I tell you, when you have a baby of your own. Don't blink, try not to become exasperated and see the beauty in your time with him/her. This time doesn't last. It passes in the blink of an eye.

 I am trying to be intentional about our time together, I don't want to have any regrets. I want you to remember that you were a delight to my heart, that I was intentional with the time that we had, that I didn't ruin it by complaining about the work you entailed, that I showed you the love of Jesus...
None of us are guaranteed tomorrow. I treasure each day I have with you. You are a delight to my heart and I want you to know that. I love you so much it hurts!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday Happenings and House Update...

We had a great Sunday, hope that you did too! Church was great this morning, we heard a message about letting the Lord turn the most difficult of life circumstances into beauty and seeing the beauty of the Lord in the mundane. It really spoke to me as I struggle to understand pain and suffering. My hearts breaks for people who have to go through losing someone they love or losing their health. It is hard for me to the see the beauty of the Lord in these situations. I feel challenged now to really look for beauty and believe Romans 8:28 with all my heart. "For all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to us purpose". 

I took these sweet pictures of Susanna before church today because she just looked like a doll! She is growing up so fast. I can't believe that she is 15 months old now!

This pic is so Susie, this girl will not wear shoes for anything, the minute you put them on her, she tries as hard as she can to get them off. This is why in the cold, she must wear sleepers, footed pants or tights to avoid ending up barefooted!

Now for the house update... The Bears family is helping us wire our house! We could not be more grateful. Steve and Kimmy are both electrical engineers and have wired a few houses in the past. They are using this opportunity to teach the oldest two out of their brood of five boys about electrical work.

Little Chris Bears, age 4 took this pic of Kimmy and I with his pudgy
little, shaky hands, he is so adorable! 

It was fun to see our house and land covered in snow for the first time! It was so beautiful and peaceful. The sunset in the mountains behind the house was breathtaking! As the sun went down, it cast a beautiful pink glow out over the snow. Talk about seeing the beauty of the Lord! These pics just don't do it justice.

The boys had so much fun playing in the snow on the land for the first time. The Bears boys' even brought sleds, what fun!

Thank you Lord for creating beauty in all things!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentines Day 2014

The day before Valentines day, we made and decorated cookies to deliver to a couple of elderly widows that we know on Valentines Day, so thankful for a 4-wheel drive suburban or this wouldn't have been possible! This really blessed the kids. The Lord has been laying it on my heart lately to train our children to delight in elderly people. Like small children, they are often viewed as an inconvenience as they turn the circle of life, slow down and many take on childlike characteristics again. My best childhood memories are of helping and visiting with my elderly grandparents who lived on a small farm a few miles down from the farm I grew up on. I still think about them everyday and miss them.
We read 1st Corinthians 13 and talked about what love is. It is not
an emotion,  it is 1 corinthians 13! 

Night before, James and Grace helped me make a banner to decorate
the apartment. 

They did great! We used yarn and a yarn needle to thread all of
this together. 

A  happy brother and sister!

The next day after school we gave the kids their gift.
A 6ft castle for them to color and decorate as they please!
I know.... perfect year to get something
like this living in a tiny apartment, HA! By the way,
this has to be one of my favorite pics of all time!
I love these 5 kids so much my heart hurts! 

All 5 of them inside the castle! Each kid got to decorate one wall of it
however they pleased, then I had each child write someting on
each of their sibling's walls that they love about that sibling.

This entertained them all for hours!

After dark we had the boys babysit all the kids in their bedroom and
watch a movie on the laptop so we could talk and enjoy the steak
dinner prepared by my hubby. I tell you, this man is a keeper! I am
so blessed! 

Isn't he the sweetest? Amid 5 pregnancies that
left his wife bedridden, he became quite the cook!
I was most impressed by his delicious heart shaped
buttermilk biscuits. 
I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines Day! I also want to shout out a Happy Anniversary to my parents who got married on Valentines Day 38 years ago! I also want to say Happy 28th birthday to my little sister and mother of 3 who was born on my parents 10th wedding anniversary. Pretty special huh?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Blizzard of 2014

We started out the afternoon by picking up Mercy at Pre-school
 and going toMercy's homeschool swim lessons. It
started snowing very hard during her lesson! 

As soon as lessons were over and I got all the kids out of the
pool and dry, we made a mad dash to Kroger. We
were out of so many things. Praise God we made it home
before it got too nasty! Daniel was already home
waiting for us and was concerned. 

Mercy's Pre-school decided to have their valentine party a day early,
She was so cute going through her valentine bag. She wanted me
to read her each valentine and even shared her candy with me!
She is such a sweetie who melts my heart non-stop:-).

It snowed and snowed and snowed, We woke up the next morning
to well over a foot and it just kept on snowing, 21 inches to be exact!
James was a little too eager to go out in it as you can see:-). 

I didn't have proper snow gear here in the apartment for
everyone due to the amount of space all that stuff takes up but the kids
made do. James had to wear my snow pants rolled up about 3 times with
belt. Mercy wore Susie's snow suit, literally!

This snow was so deep that Daddy had to be out with them to insure
their safety from deep drifts and creepy neighbors here at the
apartment complex. 

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I love this picture of the kids in the back of Daddy's NXL truck! 
They dug some awesome snow tunnels! This is Isaac.

The kids were ecstatic, they don't normally get this much
snow to play in! 

Silly kids, don't worry, they were being well watched while
doing this! 

Beautiful Eskimo Grace. 

Determined James:-).

My husband is the sweetest:-). He was celebrating the fact that we
got engaged 12 years ago today!