Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Christmas poem...


We see the baby laying there a meek and humble lamb

But that baby didn’t stay there

He grew up and became a man

From the stable to the cross was the reason He came to be

Not to remain a baby 

But to set the captives free

So tiny and so helpless as he lay in his mother’s arms

That baby grew up and conquered

The enemy he disarmed

Jesus left that little stable and he walked throughout the land

With a heart full of compassion

And healing in His hands

 The stable couldn’t hold him and neither could the grave

His mission was to come

To seek out and to save

So as we celebrate Christmas may we always understand 

Jesus is no longer a baby
He grew up and became a man
                                                                       Copyright  2013 Verlyn Tarlton

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The home school dad

This post was inspired by my very good friend of over thirty years, R.D. She posted pictures of her husband doing a science lesson with their children, they home school also. So, I decided to follow in her footsteps. Since I always take pictures for record keeping purposes I decided to post some as well.

The current culture does not always paint dads in a good light, especially the media. So this post is a positive one to spread a message that there are plenty of dads doing great things!

You may recall my post about my husbands accident on the job as well as he is home in the healing process. And I mean he is home all of the time... whew! Well one of the perks of him being home is his willingness to help home school/educate the children.

Here are a few pictures of a good father in action. For this I am truly thankful.

Even though his hand is injured he is teaching his son how to hold his pencil.

Whether we educate in the morning or the evening, it's always better when dad is involved. Please hear me, both of us being home all the time does present it's own set of challenges but the good far outweighs the bad.

Kudos's to all the dads who take time for their children. Your presence means everything!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Adopt a tree project

As most of you know our family loves "projects". Homeschool means lots of them all the time. Due to the fact that my computer has been away in repair I have not been able to write about the latest ones. I am happy to be able to post this one. Adopt a tree to decorate.

We went to the library to adopt a tree to decorate. This is how this project works. First you pick up the tree and then take it home to decorate it. On the appointed date the tree will be taken back to the library and judged and whoever has the most decorative tree will win a prize. After the judging all the decorated trees will be taken to the chosen senior center and given away to the elderly who live there. This will brighten their Christmas and remind them that others are thinking about them. This fits right into the theme of compassion for others and the true meaning of Christmas.

My children did all of the decorating without any help whatsoever and they were very proud to do so. I explained what the ultimate goal was, which was to decorate trees to give away and they were happy about that. They did however pray to God that they would win the contest... Oh well!

Enjoy the pictures as we listened to Christmas music while they worked on the tree.

The end result, a beautiful Christmas tree decorated and ready to give away. I wish I could say that this was a perfect and peaceful project but it wasn't without a little conflict, after all they are still children...but they did have fun!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

I'm thankful for...

Thanksgiving came and left so soon. I have lots to be thankful for this year, God has been good to us. First off, I have my computer back, even though it's on it's last leg and soon I'll have to get another but for now it works and all of my documents and pictures are saved! Yipee!

Next, the boys are doing better. They have been battling colds and pneumonia while running back and forth to the doctor's office. Thank God they are now sleeping soundly at night and so am I.

Waiting to be seen at the doctor's office...They look pretty happy don't they?

Now they are singing while we wait!!

I am also thankful that my husband still has his fingers after his accident on the table saw at work.

The boys were actually under the weather still when their birthday arrived and we had to cancel the party we set up for them but we did a little something for them at home which they enjoyed. They got to eat ice cream and cake for cool is that?

Happy Birthday boys!!

Had to party at home until they got better...

Cake and ice cream for breakfast???  Yes, it's true.

My first born had her baby shower and it was a great success. Things were lovely, the food was good and I got to see lots of old friends and church family. She was blessed with many gifts for the grandbaby. It's getting close to that time.

My first born. I love her so much! Beautiful inside and out!

What a great Thanksgiving, things may not be perfect but all in all we have lots to be thankful for. Now we must start thanks "giving" which will turn into thanks"living"... Many blessings to all as we prepare for Advent.