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Visiting

Baby Noah has had some visitors!

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Aunt Diane came to hold him for a while…

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so did our friend and neighbor Dr. White.  He and Noah had a lovely conversation. :)

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The Storers are another homeschool family we know that live a few minutes away, it is always nice to have a visit with them.  Mrs. Storer held Noah for a long time…

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then he got fussy and was passed to Mr. Storer. 😉

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A visit from families with children has to include playtime….

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and a good story!

Thank the Lord for friends.

-Ashley

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Little People

I helped Abigail get dressed for playing out in the snow the other day. She looked down at herself and giggled, “I look like a Moca-mo!” she said. “You mean an Eskimo?” I asked. “Yeah,” she said, scrunching up her little nose and nodding her head, “a Moca-mo.”

Another day I was laying Abigail and Stephen down for their naps. Stephen was very upset, he didn’t want to go to sleep and kept crying, “Mommy!” Abigail laid down beside him and wiped the tears off of his cheeks. “It’s okay Stemum,” she said, “’cause I’m a wittle mommy! Can you tell me ’bout it?” To my surprise Stephen stopped crying for Mommy and laid his head on Abigail’s arm. He began to “tell her ’bout it” which consisted of babbling, sniffing, and repeatedly mentioning “Mommy”, “Tayuh” (his name for Sara and me) and “No, no, bed!” In the end, Abigail’s sweet motherly intervention resulted in a little boy much calmer and more satisfied who was asleep within the next twenty minutes.

-Ashley

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Happy Birthday Daddy!

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We celebrated Daddy’s birthday yesterday.

 

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With his favorite banana split cake!

 

 

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Is it good Jesse?

 

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Josiah thinks so!

 

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Sure, we had a present for him but the most important is the heartwarming card.

 

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Enough said.

We love you Daddy, Happy Birthday!

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Happy New Year!

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;
but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance.”
II Peter 3:9

Not long ago our oldest son, Jesse, came to me with words I will not soon forget…

“Mommy, I have something sad to tell you.” he said.

It came in a tone that caused me to immediately stop and ask, “What is it son?”

“Well, I’m not saved.” and with those words tears rolled down his 7 year old face.

It is truly amazing that the gospel is so simple it can touch the heart of a child and fill him with the understanding of the Savior and guilt of his own sin; yet the gospel can also touch the hearts of those much older.

Late one evening my mother-in-law (Judy) who is in her seventies, called us and said, “I have something to tell you. I got saved tonight.” We were surprised, yet so very happy for her. The surprise came because she had been in church most of her life and had even taught Sunday school. She told me later of how she had struggled for a long time knowing her heart wasn’t right. When I asked her why she hadn’t told anyone she said, “I didn’t want anyone to tell me I was alright because I knew in my heart that I wasn’t. This was between the Lord and me.”

Such humility must make the Lord smile!

As we begin this new year may I ask you…
Do you know the Lord?

“Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?…” John 14:8-9

I wonder if Philip was surprised by this question. He had been with the Lord for a while, and now the Lord makes a comment that he doesn’t know him. It must have been something that made him step back and reevaluate. Would God’s people be surprised if He asked us that today? Is it time for us to reevaluate? Do we, who claim to follow the Lord, know Him or do we just know about Him?

My son and my mother-in-law have both heard the gospel all of their lives. They could each tell you most Bible stories in great detail, yet they needed to know him as Saviour. Each humbled themselves before Almighty God, repenting and confessing Jesus Christ. They had each in different ways reevaluated and found themselves in great need.

We recently met a man who knew a lot about the Bible. He could quote God’s Word better than many Christians and yet he didn’t know the Lord. Just because you go to church, you grew up in a Christian home, you have read the Bible, or are an American living in the Bible Belt doesn’t make you a Christian.

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith;
prove your own selves.”
I Corinthians 13:5

Instead of starting this year making resolutions that you may never keep, spend time in God’s Word and examine yourself. Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? If so, get to know him more every day by reading and studying His word. If not, please don’t wait another day.

~Angella

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Completing the Block

Here we are!  This is the covered over window that we are about to… well, cover!

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Daddy started by painting the wood with exterior paint to seal it.

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Da, da, da, dum!  Here comes Mommy with the quilt block!

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A little to the right please.

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More measuring.

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Mommy and I held it in place while Daddy drilled the middle screw.

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A couple more screws.

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Here I am touching up the paint, last step!  Daddy was sure to place the screws so I only had to use one color.

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Yay!

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Kentucky Star

Hello everyone!  Thought you might be interested to see what we’ve been into lately.  We recently started working on a rental property as a family project.  When the house was previously updated a window was taken out and the outside was covered over with particle board.  It didn’t look too bad, but we thought it might be nice to give it a little more curb appeal.  Mommy came up with the idea of painting a quilt block over top of the old window… you know, the kind you see on the side of a barn.  It turned out pretty nice!  Here is how we did it….

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Of course, the first step was to select a block and decide what size we wanted it.  We bought a sturdy piece of plywood cut to the right measurements and set it up in the garage where it wouldn’t be disturbed.

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We picked our paint colors being sure to use a good exterior paint so it wouldn’t need to be sealed.  Stir the paint….

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Mommy rolled the background color over the entire board.  Front, back, and edges.

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Daddy used a heat gun to speed the drying process.

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Next was to map out the block.  We used a tape measure and chalk line for this step.

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Here is the grid for a Kentucky Star!

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Now for the green… I marked the pieces that were to be filled in with a line of paint so I wouldn’t get confused.

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You need a steady hand for this part!

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More heat gun.  Each color took two coats.

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Next color…

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Still filling in.  I was a little worried about the burgundy but it darkened as it dried.

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My support group… :)  Of course, Sara is the photographer here.

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Wow, getting close!  This is the next morning…

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Last color!

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The blue is my favorite, what do you think?

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Finishing up…

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Done and dry!  Isn’t it pretty?

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Time to load it in the van… along with our mountain of luggage!  We’re headed for a family trip to work on the rental property.  See you there!