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Spiritual Sunday: Cast all your cares on the Lord



 

My Week In Review

This is a quick run down of my past week (as if you really give a care...but here it is anyway) because I have been slacking on my blogging and am running out of clever ideas. So this will have to do, Dear Reader.

This week Levi was here on Friday night and then gone by Monday morning.
Like these animals...



HOSTILITY WARNING: No, I don't know where he is or when he will be home again. Let's just pretend he works for the FBI or somethings so maybe people will STOP asking. If you want to know where he is- friend him on Facebook. Because people he literally TRAVELS for a living... as in he is driving all day and can be in 3 states or more in one day and does not stay anywhere except for sleeping then he wakes up and TRAVELS some more. So you should ask something like...Where did Levi wake-up this morning? Every time I speak to him he is somewhere new, so it is really hard to remember where he is at any given time. All I really care about is if he is on his way home anyway. So there!

Saturday we spent a fun day with Levi's parents eating and playing games. It was so much fun!!
“It is in games that many men discover their paradise.” 
Robert Lynd

On Sunday, I survived teaching the 4 Year old in Sunday School,with my husband looking on in amusement. Then we went to Uncle Bills in Ontario for a Father's day dinner.

Monday I worked on Levi's parents yard and it is looking AMAZING! The rest of the day was an allergy filled haze. Well, really this whole week. I mostly just hate the foggy head feeling. It's like my sinuses are blocking my brain power.
Unfortunately the fog in my head is not this pretty.

Tuesday I could really feel how we have slipped into full blown lazy summer mode. I slept in and read a whole book in one setting. Two rare luxuries in my life..but I paid for my moment of peace with some financial stress for the rest of the week. I also got my Visiting Teaching done. Did I meantion how much I love this website for VTing helps?

Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Girl Reading


Wednesday is a bit of a blur, but I think I cleaned the house, did a mountain of laundry, and took Josef to Scouts. I also adopted two Freecycled house plants. They were not it too bad shape, just needed re-potted and a little TLC. They will go a long way to cleaner air in our home and a lovely peaceful natural environment. 


Thursday I took the boys to the Reptile Day at the Nampa library. They love reptiles and wanted to have one of everything to take home as a pet.  I don't not love them, I just don't see why you would want one as a pet. It was fun but really packed, I felt a bit claustrophobic in that basement. Nampa library I am sorry but you are in desperate need of a remodel. Even if you just moved things around a bit, it would be so much nicer- some Fung Shui or something. I would be happy to be a volunteer consultant...just saying. I could even donate my two new plants.



We had our cousin Chris and Kylie over to swim, which the boys never grow tired of. They are getting to be talented swimmers. It's strange how long they are entertained by throwing things on the bottom of the pool and diving for them. I sure enjoy my pool side time to read though, so it is a win-win situation.

Then I ran off to our church book group, which I am growing to love. It's kind of tough sometimes because I am youngish and the ladies are all 'not old' but much more mature than I. I made the mistake of saying the author of the book we were reading was an 'older lady'. Boy, did those heads turn and I had some explaining to do about exactly what I meant by 'older'.

First you are young; then you are middle-aged; then you are old; then you are wonderful.
- Lady Diana Cooper

Friday I worked on some projects around the house, wrote a little, and did some online things...like working on this post.



On Saturday we headed back over to work on the garden at Levi's parents house. I had the boys help pull some grass out of the flower beds. They found this large jumping spider on a tree. He was a big one at about an inch in diameter. He got pretty agitated about us observing him. He was plain comical as he kept running up and down the trunk, trying to figure out what he should do about us.


 Phidippus audax

Then I worked on cleaning Levi's parent house. They have hired me to clean their house once or twice a month and it works out nice for us all. They get a sparkly home without any of the hard work and I get a little extra cash. Which we can always use.

All this brings us back to Sunday...today!
We went to church, napped, ate, and read. I managed to get Josef to work on his Duty to God. I need to be better at getting him motivated to work on these sorts of things and get them scheduled in. Just one more thing on the ever growing To Do list. The other boys just played, mostly quietly. Oliver built a lovely Playmobile village today.  Kaleb and Ian built unique Lego creations and a huge mess, which we all know is essential to the creative process.

Now I am off to get a few things organized for our first trip to Roaring Springs tomorrow. The boys earned some free passes through the Roaring Readers program, otherwise it would cost me almost $200 to take us all there for the day. It's as much as going to Disney land for the day. Crazy! Free is nicer though and I just have to pay the $27 dollars for me. The boys are excited and have been talking about all the rides they will go on. I am sure I'll post all about it. 

Hope you, Dear Reader, also had a great week and are looking forward to July, because June is almost gone. 



 

Minding your own beeswax....


Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons. 

Deuteronomy 4: 9


How do people make it through life without a sister? ~Sara Corpening

I found this poem years ago on Of Worth .com it is very representative of the change of attitude and affection you can feel for others when you let go of your preconceived notions and judgments and just love them. It is often easier said then done. Impressions and judgment can be very powerful-we often think we know people, when all we really know is the surface. We are quick to cast our judgments and often condemn others in our minds for their choices, it is so much easier than actually learning to loving them and get to know them, and understand them.  

In a previous ward we did an activity where 10 sisters were chosen to interview and get to know 10 other sisters. We were asked to prepare posters on our sisters including photographs. I was asked to visit an older(60 yrs or so) sister in our ward. Someone who I wouldn't otherwise know or even befriend. On the surface she seemed like she had had a nice cushy life-she looked happy, she had a lovely home with photos of family, and she looked healthy- I wondered what I could possible learn from someone who had probably lived a perfect life.  I had no idea who she really was. After chatting with her and asking her story, I gained a new perspective of her. I learned she had left the church several times, struggled with her testimony, survived a bad abusive marriage, a husbands suicide and raised 2 sons all alone. Her testimony of the gospel was amazing and her faith grew stronger as she aged.  I felt so privileged to know her story and to listen to her, and from then on we were friends.
by Claire Helmers (c)1997 all rights reserved
I wonder, sometimes, if you know how much I need your love.
How much I crave a compliment, how much I want a hug.
I wonder if you share my fear of always falling short
Of thinking I'm the only one with faults and sins and warts.

Do you like me, put on a face that says your life is swell,
But shake and tremble deep inside that fragile outer shell?
Please don't be fooled by my facade, I've worn it now for years
But often, just below my smile, my throat is full of tears.

Are you convinced that others here are worthier than you?
They know the gospel, pay their tithes, and shine in Sunday School
Their kids don't fight, their house is clean, they never raise their voice.
You'd gladly trade your life for theirs, if you just had a choice.

Well, please remember, sisters dear, that life's not all it seems.
The lives that other women live are only in your dreams
They worry, struggle, cry and pray, and never have enough
Of love from women like yourself, of gentle female stuff.

I need your love like you need mine;  I need forgiveness too
For falling short of my ideals, and wishing I was you
So if you like me, tell me so, just tell me to my face
I need to hear that , oh so much: I need your warm embrace.

Do you like my dress, my hair, my smile, the lesson I just gave?
Well, tell me every Sunday, please;  I'd love it if you rave.
You see, I'm not as smart or strong or good as you may think;
Life gets me down; you'd be surprised how low my moods can sink.

Well, who am I? I'm everyone--I'm every woman here
Who needs a friend, a confidante, a non-judgmental ear,
Who wants to feel important and to know somebody cares,
Who needs to feel she's up to all the burdens that she bears.

So please don't be afraid of me; draw near to me instead,
Pour out your heart and soul to me and get inside my head.
Let's be a whole fraternity of inter linking hearts.
That's how the Savior planned it,  if we each just do our part.

Real Men

  photo from this blog: http://ajnrileysmommy.blogspot.com

" Kaleb! You need to clip your toe nails!" Ian protested.
" No, men are supposed to keep their toe nails long. " Kaleb reasoned.
" No, everyone is supposed to clip their toe nails." Ian argued.
" Well Dad has long toe nails." Kaleb declared and the argument was ended.

Father and Son



"Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later... that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life."
~Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities

June 2010 Cub Scout Day Camp-Ian

Ian had a blast at this years cub scout day camp. The theme was Cub Scout World Tour. The boys went from country to country doing activities and getting their passports stamped. Take a look at these fun photos:


June 2010 Cub Scout Day Camp Ian

May 2010 Wagons Ho- Ian

Ian participated in Wagon Ho this year. It is a great program designed for 3-4th graders in Idaho.
Held in Veteran’s Park, the Wagon Master, Cal Clevenger, and his wife Marla, provide an authentic round of experiences from the old west designed to entertain and teach the children.

• Pump water into a bucket, then haul it across the back forty to wash clothes in a wash tub with lye soap and a
• Try to catch a spark with a flint and a rope coated in “bear grease”
• Use an eight foot crosscut saw and a bow saw to cut logs for our fire
• Shake fresh cream until it becomes butter
• Cut the carrots and potatoes with sharp knives to make our campfire stew
• Lasso a calf
• Use a hot branding iron to brand our property
• Stamp a leather “Concho”
• Wash dishes in pots of water heated over the campfire
• Sit in an old-fashioned school desk with an inkwell and write a journal entry

View the entire photo album here:
May 2010 Wagons Ho Ian

Troubled waters?


Cute Condor Couple Moves In

One of the perks of living in Idaho is the amazing bird watching opportunities and the fact that we are the home to a large population of birds of prey. If you have never seen a hawk soar and scream or seen a peregrine falcon perched along the road, you are truly missing out. Idaho is home to the World Center for Birds of Prey (it is on the south end of Cole Rd in Boise and well worth the drive).






This past weekend they hosted a Grand opening for the new Condor Habitat. I am a Condor fan, I think they get a bad rap because of their humble looks. Condors are very interesting birds. They are extremely helpful in eliminating waste from carrion ( think about how you love to see road kill on the side of the road..eww.Thanks for taking care of it Condors!!). They are also huge! They have the largest wingspan of any bird of prey-at 9 feet. They are larger that the bald eagle and way smarter! The most important fact is they are a endangered species so the work at the Center is very important.

The two birds now housed at the center will be used to bred new Condors to release into the wild. It is all very exciting!







If you'd like to learn more about Condors or other birds of prey check out the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, ID. Admission is only $7 General and $5 for kids. It is a great family outing or homeschool fieldtrip. They also have some great educational programs you can schedule for school, homeschool, or scout trips.

Also check out the educational resources provided on their website.

Below is our FAVORITE Condor book, the illustrations are incredible.

Cute Condor Couple Moves In

One of the perks of living in Idaho is the amazing bird watching opportunities and the fact that we are the home to a large population of birds of prey. If you have never seen a hawk soar and scream or seen a peregrine falcon perched along the road, you are truly missing out. Idaho is home to the World Center for Birds of Prey (it is on the south end of Cole Rd in Boise and well worth the drive).


This past weekend they hosted a Grand opening for the new Condor Habitat. I am a Condor fan, I think they get a bad rap because of their humble looks. They are very interesting birds. They are extremely helpful in eliminating waste from carrion ( think about how you love to see road kill on the side of the road..eww.Thanks for taking care of it Condors). The are also huge! They have the largest wingspan of any bird of prey-at 9 feet. They are larger that the bald eagle and way smarter! The most important fact is they are a endangered species so the work at the Center is very important.

The two birds now housed at the center will be used to bred new Condors to release into the wild. It is all very exciting!



If you'd like to learn more about Condors or other birds of prey check out the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, ID. Admission is only $7 General and $5 for kids. It is a great family outing or homeschool fieldtrip. They also have some great educational programs you can schedule for school, homeschool, or scout trips.

Also check out the educational resources provided on their website.

Below is our FAVORITE Condor book, the illustrations are incredible.

Education is an Atmosphere: Parent and Child

 art work by Mary_Anne Feely,


The atmosphere in which a child gathers his unconscious ideas of right living emanates from his parents. Every look of gentleness and tone of reverence, every word of kindness and act of help, passes into the thought-environment, the very atmosphere which the child breathes; he does not think of these things, may never think of them, but all his life long excite that vague appetency...toward things sordid or things lovely, things earthly or divine. 

-Charlotte Mason, Parents and Children (Union Maine: Charlotte Mason Research and Supply Co., 1993) 32-33.

CM Podcast: Catherine Levison

Over at Blog Talk radio there is an archived WATCHtalk episode of an interview with Catherine Levison. There are some great ideas for narration in the episode. It is great to hear someone so passionate about CM homeschooling talk about how it has worked in their family.

A Charlotte Mason Homeschool- Join Diana as she interviews Catherine Levison, long-time homeschooling mother and author of, "A Charlotte Mason Education." Catherine will share practical ideas as well as concepts that you can put to use immediately, regardless of your style of  teaching. Don't miss it!

Blog-cation

  Wish I had been here...but I wasn't. 

I haven't been blogging much. Perhaps, I was taking an unplanned blog-cation.  I have not had a ton to share,  because not much has really been going on, at least nothing exciting. I have mostly organizing, cleaning, getting our house in order. Oh, and also those random things that come up in my life like baby sitting, dog sitting, helping a friend clean, organize, and hold a fund raiser yard sale, and sewing Indian costumes on the fly. All while waiting for summer to arrive. Is it here yet??

Sunday Citar: So far...



Always when judging
Who people are,
Remember to footnote
The words "So far."
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com


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