Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Day After...

This time of year our country celebrates its independence with parades, fireworks and a very large consumption of hot dogs.  (You know you ate one, or two:)  Our family was like no other.  We got together with family and had a marvelous fourth.  We arrived home around 11pm and waited till 1am for the loud booming to subside.

 The day after the merriment is a very special day for me.  It is every year.  This year, as well as others in the past, my request for the day was to get out into nature and hike in the woods.  So my sleepy kids and husband obliged me.  Our eldest daughter is off at the Bible Quizzing International competition.  We missed her on our hike, but we know she is having a marvelous time in Canada.
 We went on a hike that took us past the Greenwater river and up to the Greenwater Lakes.  It was beautiful.  There were many of these log bridges to cross.  This one had rails on both sides.  Many of them only had one rail.  Just a bit of stress on a lovely day for this momma.  We made it across each bridge safely and continued on our hike.  On this trail, dogs and horses are allowed.  I would love to see a horse cross one of the bridges.

 We made it to our destination and enjoyed our lunch beside this beautiful lake.  The kids pondered what made it green.  What do you think?
I grew up camping and hiking in the woods.  I am always happy and at peace when I am here.  We live in such a beautiful place.  God clearly enjoys beauty.  He created so many wonderful things on this earth for us to enjoy.

How long has it been since you packed up the kids and went for a hike in the woods?  May I encourage you to go outside and play!  So much fun!

Sweet Momma

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Our First Graduate!!!

After seventeen years of parenting and schooling, our daughter Elsie has graduated from High School.  Over the past two years she attended a community college in our area and has also earned her Associate of Arts degree.

We are so proud of her and the woman she has become.  God is truly guiding her to do 
His will and we are praising Him for the work He exhibits daily in her life.
 Our Homeschool Co-op puts on a wonderful graduation ceremony.  Elsie graduated with twelve other students.  They were able to play a slide show of their lives with a song of their choice.  There was a time of worship, led by the students, where Elsie had the opportunity to sign as we sang.
 At the end of the ceremony the parents were the ones to present the diplomas to the students.  It has been a privilege and an honor to teach my daughter.  Homeschooling provides such an excellent environment to foster deep relationships with my children.
 Elsie is beautiful on the inside and out.   I can't wait to see what God does in her life next.
 I had the privilege of taking her Senior pictures last Fall.  I don't think I ever put any on this blog.  
Here are a couple that I like.  She was very easy to photograph.
Her plans are to continue to pursue her goal of becoming an American Sign Language Interpreter.  She will be staying home to complete an online program through the University of Northern Colorado.  The program is online during the school year and she will also take classes on campus for a month each summer.  We are currently praying that God will open up more opportunities for her to minister to the deaf community in our area.

Congratulations Elsie!!!
May God guide, protect and bless each step that you take in the future!

Sweet Momma

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Give Me Jesus


Our daughter Elsie is a senior in high school and has been studying American Sign Language since she was nine years old.  She knew after the first class that she took at our church that ASL was what she wanted to pursue as a career.  We waited and watched as she continued in her studies.
She has shown a passion for this language and for the 
Deaf Community that has been inspiring to watch.

Recently she was given the opportunity to begin signing for worship at our church.  The first time she got up on stage and began signing to praise songs I became overwhelmed by God's goodness.

When our children are little we hope and pray that they will grow up to be who God has designed them to be.  I was standing in church watching my daughter step into the role that God had designed her for. It was beautiful and it brought tears to see her doing exactly what she loves.

Please watch as she signs to a song of special music called 
"Give Me Jesus."

Sweet Momma


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Hairy:)

If you are a mom to a bunch of kids, or maybe just one or two, you might notice the "kid things" taking over the house from time to time.  It might be the never ending science project, the lego project where the whole universe is being recreated or just an art project that won't dry.

I happen to LOVE all these kids and all of the "things" that come with them.  I know there will come a day when my house is cleaner than it is at the moment, but that will invariably mean that there aren't as many feet pounding down my stairs and I will miss this time.

My kitchen window sill seems to be the collector of many things.  Over the past week it has become home to my new friend "Hairy."

My little Sunshine is in a class at our homeschool co-op called "Upcycling."  She has the most creative teacher in the world.  They take left over things and make them new again.  A couple of weeks ago she brought home my new friend and we have enjoyed watching him grow...



Go Seahawks!!!

Sweet Momma

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Thirteen

At our house the children keep growing and having birthdays.  There have been several birthdays that I have not documented here.  I am hoping that those kiddos will forgive me.  I suppose the most important thing is that they were each loved and celebrated on their day.:)

Thirteen years old is a big deal at our house!  I wanted to share with you what our family does to celebrate this milestone.  Historically, the age of thirteen would be a mile marker toward adulthood.  Many famous men and women in history were doing remarkable things in their teen years.

Our society today has trained parents to believe that the teen years are a time to be fearful of.  We are led to believe that we should expect these precious little ones that we gave birth to will turn into rebellious young adults who lack self control and disrespect authority.

In our home we look at the teen years in a very different way. We celebrate this step toward adulthood with a different kind of birthday party.

A month or so before my child's birthday I ask them to make a list of women (or men, depending on the child's gender) that they believe has been influential in their life and in their relationship with Christ.  These are the people that are invited to this very special birthday party.

 Last weekend our Sweet Pea turned thirteen and we had a wonderful time with a houseful of women and their daughters.  Sweet Pea wanted a Tea Party that included those cute little tea sandwiches and scones with devonshire cream.  Yum!

There are no presents at this party.  Well, not the kind of presents that a girl of thirteen would typically receive.  Each women that was invited was asked to write out a letter filled with thoughts, encouragement, scripture and words that might help Sweet Pea as she moves toward womanhood.

 After tea and sandwiches, we all gathered in the living room as Sweet Pea sat and listened to words of love and wisdom from her mom, dad, aunts, sisters, grandmothers, teachers and friends.  I was in awe of the amazing ladies who have been a part of her life so far.  What a privilege to hear all that God had shared with them about Sweet Pea.  I am so thankful that she has such a godly community of women to share her life with.

After cake and more tea we had a time of prayer for the future of our daughter.  She had such a lovely time and was overwhelmed at the thoughtfulness of each friend who came.

She is already such a beautiful young woman.  I am so thankful for the relationship I have with her.  I know as she grows that there will challenges and changes, but I don't fear the years to come.

My next step is to take these beautiful words of wisdom and the pictures taken that day and create a memory book that she will have to look back on as she goes through the years ahead.

Happy Birthday Sweet Pea!!  I love you so!

Sweet Momma

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas from our Family to Yours!

May God bless you and yours this Christmas!

Sweet Momma

Tuesday, July 16, 2013