Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
A "Food Storm" cake.....
And - oil, water, and salt faux "lava lamps"....
We couldn't have done it without the dads!
Happy Birthday to the best girl ever!
We loosely based it on "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" - thus necessitating lab coats and science/invention type activities! Lab coats was Angel's idea, and it was up to me to achieve it - thank God for Thrift Town! And God sent me on the day that there men's shirts were on sale for half price! Yay! - lab coats were button down white men's dress shirts with the cuffs cut off the sleeves (and re-sewn to be the approximate appropriate length for tweeners) with an Angel-designed beaker and gooey lime green fluid emblem sewn above the pocket. Oh, and don't forget the name badge pinned over the heart!
Activities included the infamous Iowa State University "egg drop"...
The incredibly famous "Mentos in the diet cola 2-liter bottle" reaction...
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Here are two pictures for thought I am sharing...the trumpet vine display was the best ever this year!
April 27, 2010...
Outside my window...morning is rising!
I am thinking...that I need to get serious about exercise and eating right.
I am thankful for...the rhythm of the seasons!
From the learning rooms...doubling up on lessons in an attempt to get done with 3rd grade a little bit early.
From the kitchen...leftover birthday cake from the party on Sunday - mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm,Red Velvet (Angel's favorite).
I am wearing...jeans, a lime green shirt, and a denim shirt jacket over that as it is a bit cool this morning.
I am creating...a cleaner house at the moment (smiles).
I am going...to our home school group's curriculum overview tonight.
I am reading...Family Fun magazine for activity ideas as well as the CBD website for curriculum prices.
I am hoping...for the evidence of growing spiritual maturity in my children.
I am hearing...I can hear a bird calling. Her song sounds like she is saying "secret; secret; secret; secret!" I wonder if her eggs are just about to hatch and she is announcing her "secret" to the world!
Around the house...the comfortableness of quietness.
One of my favorite things...watching the flowers in the gardens take off and grow! I have always admired the "Bleeding Heart" perennials, and this year I planted some and they are doing wonderfully!
A few plans for the rest of the week: a day off from school tomorrow for Angel's 9th birthday and a trip or two to the museum before the CSI exhibit leaves (Angel's favorite)!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
This recipe is so common up North, but really no one south of the Mason Dixon line seems to have heard of it...it is so common in the MidWest that you can buy the mix in any grocery store! Here in Texas, we must grind the pork and ham in our own kitchens... (Sorry, no picture available!)
2 ½ lbs. ground ham
2 lbs ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
2 cups graham crackers (crushed)
2 cups milk
Mix and form into balls.
Makes 2 - 9” by 13” pans.
Sauce to put over top of balls:
2 cans tomato soup
2 tsp. dry mustard
1 C. brown sugar
¾ C. vinegar
Mix together and pour over ham balls.
Bake at 350˚F. for 1 ½ hours.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Here is a picture for thought I am sharing...what I have been working on over the Easter weekend (Check out the etsy shop later today to see the full picture.)
April 6, 2010...
Outside my window...the grass is finally green!
I am thinking...about how to greater influence my daughter to "love and good works".
I am thankful for...fresh air!
From the learning rooms...long vowel recognition.
From the kitchen...leftover ham balls from Easter (will be posting the recipe soon).
I am wearing...capris and a 3/4 sleeve black knit top.
I am creating...trees and angels...all being inspired by "sanctuary, home, rest, protection" still.
I am going...to a concert later in the week - Rebecca St. James.
I am reading...John 15:1-5.
I am hoping...still for that secret prayer request to be granted.
I am hearing...the comforting rhythm of the washing machine.
Around the house...focus on constructive activity.
One of my favorite things...bluebonnets in the spring!
A few plans for the rest of the week: a field trip, more sewing, more cooking, more art!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Painting by Gwen Meharg: The Exchange
This step of making an ancient covenant could be very disturbing to our modern sensibilities; yet this particular step highlights the solemn nature of what a covenant truly is...and in grasping the depth and seriousness of covenant, we can embrace anew the incredible, indescribable gift that has been given to us through Jesus coming to earth in "the form of man" (Philippians 2:7).
Now, on to the graphic details...
The covenant is “cut” by taking an animal and splitting it right down the middle. Each half is laid to the side and the covenant partners stand between the two bloody halves of flesh, with their backs to one another. Then they walk right through the bloody halves, making a figure eight, and come back to stop, facing each other.
Their walk through the sacrificed animal is saying two things:
First, that they are dying to themselves, giving up the rights to their own life and beginning a new walk with the covenant partner unto death. (Each half of the dead animal represents the covenant partners).
Second, as the covenant partners walk, they point to each half of the animal, in effect saying “God do so to me and more if I ever try to break this covenant.”
As we think about this step of covenant, fear and anxiety might overcome us as the overwhelming truth strikes to the center of our being; the truth that we each are a covenant breaker! We are under the penalty of death for having broken the covenant! This gives an even deeper understanding to my heart of why Romans 6:23 declares "the wages of sin is death"! BUT, the verse goes on to remind us that the covenant is restored through Jesus. In fact, Jesus is both covenant partners...He is God, making the Berith journey, and He is man, making the Berith journey. Being man, and a sinless man - was always His plan in restoring our covenant standing before God! Are you grasping this? It is so powerful! So full of incredible truth! And when we really comprehend this reality, we never need to be ashamed of our failures in our Christian walk again...He knew we would fail, but He had a plan to cover this terrible paradox of being a spirit being that still can cave in to the flesh nature! A foreshadowing of Christ fulfilling both sides of this covenant is found in Genesis 15, where God makes a covenant with Abram and his descendents, and takes two separate forms to walk through the sacrificed animals.
As a sinless man, Jesus walked the covenant journey in our place and as a covenant partner with God, He paid the penalty of death of our covenant breaking in His own body. Now, when we receive Him as Lord and Savior, we are entering into covenant with both parties of a covenant already cut...we are joining with Christ in proclaiming that we are entering into a death and are journeying into a new life. He and we are declaring that we each are dying to living for our self-interests alone and passing through death to a new relationship of union with each other!
May this truth deeply penetrate your hearts and spirit this Passover and First Fruits season!
Thursday, April 1, 2010