Friday, February 26, 2010

How My Week is Shaping Up!

Sunday was the Lord's day.The message was on 1 Corinthians chapter 4 (Stewards of the mysteries of God).
1 Cor. 4:16: “Therefor we do not loose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, Yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”
Monday: We spent a little time on school work but mostly we were preparing for and cooking.
We tried something new... chocolate filigree. It was fun but I need more practice. My mom did most of them but let me do some too.

Then Monday evening, we had a high school choir practice. Only two weeks until our concert! The ride to and from was hilarious with my cousins (who are some of my best friends).
Tuesday: We had company all day. It was a family that is coming to our Homeschool co-op this year and we've become good friends with them. I am playing an arrangement of Be Thou My Vision on the piano with my sister playing her violin. One of the boys in this family, close to my age did the arrangement. My sister and I hope to play it at the co-op's end-of the year event . We might also play it in church for special music. We've only been working on it for two weeks now but I look forward to when I can play it well. It helped hearing him play it. Anyway, that was a really fun day.
Wednesday is usually a very busy day for us but this one, we were home the entire day. The morning was spent doing schoolwork. My speech for our next co-op day is done. Now I just have to practice it. After school work was done, I had the privilege of playing with my youngest sister. She is only 3 and she is a lot of fun to play with. I would never miss out on this by saying oh I am too old to play with her. We always have fun. At one point she handed me one of her baby dolls and started showing me how I should take care of it. It was very cute. It made me think that someday the roles might be reversed and real. I might be already a mother and handing her a baby (either mine or hers) and showing her something.
This reminded me how I need to be a role model for my little sister(s).

Thursday: My sister and I babysat at our church for the Woman's Bible study. This was a lot of fun, too. Little children are just adorable. They are so cute and say the FUNNIEST things.
After the Bible study we got to go shopping for a little while. It's always fun when it is just my mom, my sisters and I. My brothers just don't like shopping ...which somehow always make us not like shopping. :-) We were looking for white shirts for our choral concert which we didn't find but I got a really nice brown full skirt that I really like and it was on clearance. Once home… it was schoolwork until suppertime.
Friday: (today) has mostlybeen filled with schoolwork. We did more of the pieces for our modesty lapbooks.
I am doing ARTistic Pursuits Curriculum which I really like and I did a lesson in that. I am also working on a big presidents notebook. Today I did Lyndon Baines Johnson.
I am studying the American Revolution. I am reading Kate and the Spies -The American Revolution, A Sisters in Time book. We hope to start an American Revolution lapbook soon. Science recently changed. Mom got a different curriculum. It is called Evolution vs. Creation. Then of course I'll be practicing piano.
We are also still reading The Divine Dance. This is really a good book!
The weekend should be fun. We don’t have any set plans. My dad has the whole weekend off so we will probably have a lot of family fun. I might even be able to get together with one of my cousins (who is a one of my best friends) or another friend.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

You can have JOY!

The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. ~ Psalm 19:8

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. ~ Psalm 28:7

But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. ~Psalm 68:3

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. ~ Romans 12:12

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control… ~ Galatians 5:22-23

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! ~ Philippians 4:4
Be joyful always! ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16

This one is a good reminder …especially for those of us who are children living at home:
Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. ~ Hebrews 13:17

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart!" ~Psalm 37 :4

~ “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”~ Abraham Lincoln

Every day may not be good, but there’s good in every day!

Do you have a favorite verse or quote about JOY?

Monday, February 22, 2010

More...One Thousand Gifts

holy experience

This is my on-going list of things I am thankful for. The list is in random order.

100. Roses
101. Daffodils
102. Lavender
103. Black-eye Susans (flowers)
104. Daisies
105. (actually) liking Shakespeare
106. Encouragement from others
107. Encouraging others
108. Root bear
109. Iced tea
110. This week
111. This day
112. Dishwasher
113. Microwave
114. Washer
115. Dryer
116. Stove
117. CD players
118. MP3 players
119. Music
120. Musical Instruments

Monday, February 15, 2010

One Thousand Gifts

holy experience

90. God’s glory
91. God’s grace
92. God’s Word
93. God’s plan for my life
94. God’s Son
95. God’s creation
96. God’s love
97. God’s protection
98. God’s mercy
99. That God is always there
100. God's blessings given
101. God's comfort
102. having peace through God
103. being able to do all things through Him (Philippians 4:13)
104. Each new day

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Cherry Puddles Cake

We tried this recipe last night and it is a new favorite. We all loved it!! If you like cherries, I bet you will really like this cake too! We plan to make another for our family's Valentine supper. You could add it to your Valentine's day menu, too!

Cherry Puddles Cake
½ c. margarine, softened
1 c. sugar
½ cup buttermilk
4 eggs (or substitute equal to 4 eggs)
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 can (20 oz.) light cherry pie filling
Confectioner’s sugar, optional

In a mixing bowl, cream margarine and sugar. Beat in buttermilk, egg, lemon juice, and vanilla. Combine flour & baking soda; add to the creamed mixture. Pour into a 13x9x2” pan coated with cooking spray. Spoon small amounts of filling into the batter at equal intervals. (We decided to swirl the top using a knife). Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Dust with confectioner’s sugar, if desired. Makes 24 servings.
One serving: 134 calories, 21g carbohydrates, 3 g protein, 4 g fat.
* If you don't have buttermilk, you can simply make it. For the 1/2 cup needed for this recipe, just pour 1/2 cup regular milk into a cup and add 1/2 Tbsp. vinegar. Let sit for 15 minutes on counter. Then stir it and use it in your recipe!*

Let me know if you try it ... and if you like it!

...and Happy Valentine's Day, too!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

My Snowman

I'm in Deep...

Here I am standing upright in the (unshoveled) snow.

Here is my little snowman! Isn't he cute?

~Snowmen fall from Heaven, unassembled.~ (Author Unknown)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Above The Clouds

I took this picture from the airplane window on vacation. I thought it was neat to be above the clouds!

More Divine Dance

More of my notes from...

The Divine Dance By: Shannon Kubiak Primicerio

"Romans 12:1-2 tells us to not be conformed (shaped, molded) into the image of this world but to renew our minds so that we can find God's perfect will."

"You are to worship God so boldly that the whole world will want to worship God. It's not about high jumps. It's not about self glory. It's not even about you. It's not about the dancer; it's about the dance. It's about the story that God has written so the world might know Him.

Mathew 16:26 says " What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?"- The answer is none.

Something I also read recently in my devotional book, had something interesting about this verse: "Over 200 years ago, the tomb of great conqueror, Charlamagne, was opened. There was his body in a sitting position, clothed in the most elaborate of kingly garments, with a scepter in his bony hand. On his knee there lay a New Testament, with a cold lifeless finger pointing to Mark 8:36: "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"

"The woman who dances only for God will be different. She will be unlike anything the world has ever seen. She will be bold and daring, gentle, and caring-all at the same time. She will be you, but she will be more than you. She will be God in you - for the entire world to see. Enjoy the quiet time alone in the studio with God as you meditate on His Word and memorize His steps."

Psalm 100:3 "Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, we are His people, the sheep of His pasture." ~You can neither write your own story nor control how God writes it, but you can count on the fact that the end of the story will make all of the other chapters worth it. "

Elisabeth Elliot once said: "The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman." (Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman)

These notes come from the book shown above, The Divine Dance, which I highly recommend. The one quote (in red) is from God's Devotional Book for Teens.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Snow Pictures

Here are some fun pictures from outside in the snow.

What do you think is happening in the picture above? It looks like the tree has smoke coming out of it, right?.... but it's not, that is a jet stream in the sky!

Monday, February 8, 2010

One Thousand Gifts

holy experience

This is my on-going list of things I am thankful for. The list is in random order.

63. Sledding
64. Making snowmen
65. Making snow angels
66. Real angels
67. My wonderful and fun Dad
69. My wonderful and helpful Mom
70. Each of my siblings
71. My relatives
72. Flowers
73. Paint
74. Love Comes Softly Books/Movies
75. Movie: Come What May
76. Movie: RobinHood, PRINCESS of Thieves
77. Snow Boots
78. Fuzzy, soft socks
79. Scarves
80. Hats
81. Coats
82. Warm soup
83. fruited jell-o, a definite favorite!
84. baking a new recipe that becomes a favorite food
85. watching the fire burn in the fireplace
86. the oil painting I’m working on
87. when school is fun
88. scrap paper
89. glue sticks

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Winter Storm

Today I woke up to a Winter Wonderland all around:
Our side porch:

A Table-full
Today I had a lot of fun playing in the snow with my siblings, after helping dad shovel! :)

Monday, February 1, 2010

One Thousand Gifts

holy experience

This is my on-going list of things I am thankful for. The list is in random order.
46. Walt Disney World in Florida
47. Epcot Center in Florida
48. Safe travels
49. being back to good health after being sick
50. America's Christian foundation
51. learning/studying subjects by making lapbooks and creative notebooks
52. the weekend pizza deal.. yum!
53. my blog
54. photography
55. parents that care for me
56. the plan the Lord has for me (Jeremiah 29:11)
57. the book, The Divine Dance
58. the seasons
59. the months
60. warm soft pretzels
61. the new pieces pieces of music I'm learning
62. our harspichord

Dad's object lesson

Last evening at church, my dad had the children's chats. Children's chats are short object lessons for the younger children at our church.

Here is what his lesson was:

My dad had three children come up with him that volenteered. He had the first one crack an egg into a clear bowl showing the egg whites and yolk. The next child cracked his egg too but his was hard boiled and just fell into the bowl. The last child was asked to hammer her egg. My dad backed up and had paper towels ready. However, this egg we had blown the insides out so it was hollow and when she hammered, it was empty.

Three eggs- all look alike on the outside, but the insides all very different. Just by looking, we can't tell what is on the inside, can we? This is kind of how we are as people. We all look very much the same on the outside (in that we all have arms, legs, eyes, nose, etc.) but we don't really know what someone is like on the inside. But God does.
Hebrews 4:13: "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before His eyes of him to whom we must give account ."

That means that God knows everything about us. We can do a lot of good things and go to church and obey our paents, but God knows what is in our hearts.

1 Samuel 16:7b: "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

So how do we prepare our hearts so that we can live in heaven? The answer is simple.

Romans 10:9 says, "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."

Mom and I were talking then more about the three different eggs and and I wanted to remember this too.
The first egg was in its natural state. It can be made into whatever dish you wanted it to be. Just like we as Christian should be ready for whatever the Lord has for us to do.
The second egg was hard boiled. It is firm and wouldn't change. Thats kind of like when people are stuburn and wont listen to the Lord. It's like having a hardened heart!
The last egg was hollow and empty. We can't let our hearts and minds be empty either. As a Christian we should always be trying to learn more about Jesus and fill our hearts and minds with His word and His love and be willing to share it with everyone we meet.