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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

It's getting closer to Turkey Day!

One more day left..well not even that. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I could make a huge list of what I'm thankful for, but that'd take you all day to read. So, I'll just start with today. My little Jon woke up early this morning so I scooped him out of his room and plopped him on my bed and turned on a movie. He looked at Matt's digital alarm and said...

"oh, it's 6:09"

By golly, he was right! That was a really cool moment. They are right when they say that the younger children learn so much from the older. By the way, who is they anyway?

Back to the subject at hand. Lyshie got up at that point and we all had breakfast together. Yummy raw oatmeal. Then back to bed it was for me. I ended up sleeping till 11 am! Yikes!!!! As I got up and started walking downstairs with a dirty diaper in my hand, Lyshie ran up to me, took the diaper away to pitch and gave me a huge hug. How could I not love a morning like this, even if I did get up late. Her heart is softening so much and it's lovely to see. She is also in a new point of understanding - I think part of it is age. And then little Jon, he's such an encourager. Everything we do is "good job _______". He doesn't always remember to say please but he always says thank you or thanks. Despite the politeness, he's such a little man.

Ok another rant, since when did society as a whole start seeing men that were polite as girly?

Ok back to the subject again. My husband goes to work every day and never complains. That, I love. God is so good that he still has his job and we're being more than adequately taken care of. OF course we'd have a lot more to work with if we didn't have credit debt, but that's our fault. We're working at it to play it off and are being very frugal. No big purchases or unnecessary purchases for awhile. We've even stopped going out to eat for the most part. That's helped a ton. They say you get used to overtime and boy we sure did while he was working it from March to Sept. My grocery budget more than doubled, we got some fun things and ate out a lot since he was gone all the time. Well, those times are over and I'll be the first to say, I'm glad. I don't care about the money, I like my honey home with us. He's tending to me again and doing things at random to make me feel special, he's taken over math for school and he plays with the kids much more. It's such a blessing!

Most of all, this is almost 10 years exactly that I gave my life fully over to Christ. I gave up all the crap I was into and came into a new life. The road has not always been easy, but he never said it would be. He only said we'd never be alone - and I never have been. He has blessed me more than I could have ever imagined. God is so good! To deny Him is so very sad for the person that does it. For they will live an unfulfilled, unhappy life till they surrender. That is truly sad:(

Monday, November 24, 2008

Our first big snowfall

The snowflakes this afternoon were at least the size of quarters - they were huge! I couldn't get any pix at all that captured it. Here's a few I did take though. The one of Jon is looking out at the snow.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Counting the Blessings

Do you ever have days where you're exhausted and can't seem to get anything done. I'm sure we all do. Well, that is my day today. Things aren't getting done and I started to feel useless. While talking with my husband on the phone and telling him I felt like I could just go lay down and sleep, he said "then do it, your body needs it". How many times does our body give us warning signs of being over exerted, getting close to being sick, etc... and we do not follow that call? Ok, enough about health issues.

The reason I got on to blog before I go up to my bed to pop in a movie with the kids is this.....

I am amazed that the Lord, in his sovereignty, chose me to be the mother of Jonathan and Allysha.. He chose me to be the wife of Matthew. I am blessed more than I can put into words. As I am typing I'm hearing my daughter give our little guy a bath and gently telling him to keep the soap out of his eyes so he wont' get hurt. She's learning how to take care of her little brother in a gentle way. He looks up to her like the big sister she is and is always in awe of what she can do. The love for our two children is tremendous and amazing. More than I ever thought possible. I am sitting here with tears in my eyes amazed at God's goodness to our family. I really, truly could not imagine being more blessed than I am today.

I encourage you to take some extra time today and cuddle with your children and husband. You never know what tomorrow will bring.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Map Outlines

The Education Place is a great site for finding maps. This is now my new favorite map site:)

Monday, November 17, 2008

In case I rub you the wrong way...

I've had several people say to me lately, how could they love me so much when sometimes I really grind them. How does one take something like this. My first reaction is - yep, I'm very opinionated. lol. I just took a survey and here's what it said. Maybe this will shed some light on why I'm the way I am. This pegged me to a 't'.

The Psychiatrist

You take the problems of others with you wherever you go. In your spare time you try to think of some way to resolve the dilemmas of your friends. You have an attraction to those who are in need and you feel that you always have to contribute in some way to make those around you like you. The respect of others is important to you.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Candy Canes, Hugs and Kisses

Oh boy, these kids are so hard to try to get pix from them. lol! If one is smiling ,the other isn't. This is the best I could get tonight. I think I'll have to try next on the stairway and when we get our tree up. I do though think part of the problem is I need a camera that will take the picture faster. I've missed so many good shots waiting for it to take the picture. Arg!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

PIes and CupKaakes..

Last night we received a call from Matt's brother saying he wanted to send us on a scavenger hunt. He told us to go to Grand Traverse Pie company to pick something up from him. When Matthew arrived there, he picked up the pie along with a note that read something along the lines of since he couldn't get cupcakes here, he'd have to settle for a pie. Well, since our last name is Kaake, we refer to cupcakes as little Kaake's. We were so excited and called him right away to see if his lovely wife Sarah was pregnant. Sure enough, SHE IS! Congrats to Ted and Sarah for this lovely blessing. We're excited beyond belief that God has chosen them to become parents of this little joy.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Waste basket liners

I always used walmart type plastic bags from grocery shopping. However, I try to use reusable bags for the most part now which meant I had no waste basket liners. I finally got up the nerve to try to throw something together and am pleased with the results. I can't wait to get more fabric that will match the other bathrooms. Yeah! The coolest part is, this is washable and biodegrades!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

More goodwill finds

This has to be one of my most favorite goodwill finds within the month. It's a gorgeous - almost old fashioned, looking nightgown for my daughter. How lovely! I paid $3.99 for this which is more than I usually spend, but it looked brand new and was Laura Ashley.

Here are some of my other finds:)

NIP ornament hooks .19
#3 candle nip for my sons birthday .39
2 like new shirts for my daughter .50 each
NIP stationary .99
NIP bike helmet for child around 4-5 $2.99

Monday, November 10, 2008

Human Anatomy

I was frustrated that my daughter's 4th grade science book did not cover anatomy this year. She learned some different things about it in the years past but I feel this age/grade has much more understanding. So, here's some links I've found useful. We drew her body on a large piece of paper and will soon be adding organs to it. I have a feeling this is going to take a month to really hit hard on the point of it - but I'm ok with that:) Below are the links I found to be most helpful as well as a list of books I have on hand here at home that are going to prove to be helpful.

Here's the Proof! It Couldn't Just Happen by Lawrence Richards
Christian Liberty Nature Reader #5
Easy Science Activity Journals by Scholastic
God's Creation Series - God's Wonderful Works - The Creation in Six Days by Eric D. Bristley and Edward J. Shewan
Uncover The Human Body by Luann Colombo

Living Water blogger has a list of resources she has used for her children. Check out the link below. I hope to compile the information together that I feel is the best and make it into one lesson plan. However, I have no idea how long that will take. Just take these lovely links for now:)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

He didn't want to smile

My funny little guy did not want to smile at all this morning. These are the best I got of him - the rest he was really scowling.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Lovely Thanksgiving Links

There are many I've found that are lovely. My two most loved links will be the top two. Enjoy!

The Plimoth Plantation is an actual place in Massachusetts. I hope to someday be able to take my children there. Regardless if you are able to travel there or not, there is lots of lovely information on the site.

The First Thanksgiving - You Are The Historian - this is a fun and interactive site that children of all ages can enjoy. They become the detectives searching for truth about what really may have happened on the very first Thanksgiving Day.

Here is a link to a Thanksgiving Timeline.

The Great Thanksgiving Hoax - Decide for yourself whether or not this article is accurate. Gather your own information and writings of Bradford. This is a very interesting read:)

Caleb Johnsons Mayflower History page is packed with information. It even gives a list of those that sailed on the Mayflower! This is totally worth checking out.