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…just holding grace today.

Captured this magical moment this week… it is one of my favorite pictures and I just want to show it off, yes I am proud mother… so in love.

A boy is a magical creature–you can lock him out of your workshop, but you can’t lock him out of your heart. ~ Allan Beck

Boys are magical in deed… I have three of them and I can attest to it, but little girls hold their own kind of magic, both have stolen my heart.

and  then, she {snapped}

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“Seek God, not joy.” Elizabeth Prentiss

She says, this wise woman from the past, a woman who was said to have breathed sanctified air as a child. An old soul lost in the years. Her words are on my wall, a constant reminder that it is Him that I seek and there that true joy is found. A mysterious joy of the believer.

And so counting itself takes faith.

After each number I find a little more of Him, a counting not only into joy but into faith. We are told to “Count it all joy, when we meet trials of various kinds” in James.

Count it all joy?

Only faith can count it all joy in the midst of trials, see grace among the chaos, and find joy. Ann is daring the world to count God’s gifts right into JOY, and making it a habit, a new way of life.

It’s a dare to see God, a dare to believe God, that He is who He says He is… Emmanual, God with us. That even when our hearts are so full of worry, fear, grief, and pain we can have that joy that James talks about because we are loved. Counting the joy even in the midst of trials, those trials that dare us to ask the question, “is God enough?”

A dare that can change our lives forever.

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I will be starting over, again, for a fresh start in 2012. 1000 gifts in a year, 3 gifts or more a day. I really like her JOY Dare calendar and will try to capture the gifts she suggests as well as others that introduce themselves to me through out the days.

So here is what I have captured so far…

 The passions given to me to love my family… reading… and writing. {3 things about myself I am grateful for}

  Tom-cat our adopted outside cat… Spice our soft furry white angel, a companion to us all… dirt and leaves left out in the grass from boyhood experiments. {a gift outside, inside, on a plate}

“She was beautiful” of the girl all dressed in white, the bride of the day… Kai speaking of bubbles, “they are like little friends, but they die… because they pop.”… “Amaris you are beautiful”, Eli spoken sweetly to his little sister. {3 lines I overheard that were graces}

Peace and Joy, my two Willow Tree angels that stand on my kitchen window sill from my sweet and lovely husband during a time of need… two sweet little fabric birds that match my bedding bought by a friend… the cross neclace around my neck with the little blue gemstone that I have worn for years. {one gift old, new, & blue}

Reading James with my husband in the evening… a future… his breathing heavy in sleep, sweet rest for a weary, tired soul. {something you’re reading, you’re making, you’re seeing}

M&M’s spilled all over the bottom of my purse, colors of love and chocolate… sour cream a close friend of ours… love. {one thing in your bag, your fridge, your heart}

Daily big wet juicy kisses given with no expectations from Josai… an I love you Momma note… a message of encouragement from a friend. {3 graces from people you love}

The sun going down as we drive over the bridge into town…  a cats reflection in the window in the darkness… kitchen chairs on the hardwood floor. {light that caught you, a reflection that surprised you, a shadow that fell lovely}

A book, read aloud before naptime to a tired little boy… laundry clean and ready to fold… my oldest son on the kitchen counter while we did math together. {a gift in your hand, a gift you walked by, a gift you sat with}

27 gifts captured

and also…

a last minute afternoon walk by the lake.

a beautiful smile, a pause in our walk

brave boys on bikes going down steps

a wild soul, always a wild soul pedaling fast through life

a boy and his pink car, love

the rocks that sit quietly in the water, a reminder to be still

a pause for a sunset full of geese

34 in all

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A year ago today we were given a gift, a gift of breath, of life, of joy and of pain… all wrapped up in a bundle of baby. Our precious Josai was given to us. Joy through pain. Isn’t that how it usually is? Joy and pain are connected, brother and sister joined at the hip? That is where all of our children, His children came from, they were born out of pain mixed in love and into joy… a neverending joy to be spent a living praise to their Author and Creator. My heart is overwhelmed as I sit here this morning and just marvel at this little life, this little person, this little character in the divine Story of the world. I wonder… does he know? How much he is loved? How small he is in the vast sea of His love, His ocean-anic grace and mercy? (do any of us really?)

How much his father loves him and much more his heavenly Father?

How with every smile and glee of joy he is praising God?

 

He is playing with plastic plates and drinking juice water from his plastic sippy cup… and I just wonder if he knows how much, how much he is loved. The greatest Love came down and gave him life, eternal life… life everlasting, he is immortal. Does he know that? One day he will… one day. Until then, we will show him and speak to him of this eternal Love that came down and we will pray, and we will pray, until he knows.

I am encouraged by Nancy Wilson’s words from an article she wrote in Credenda/Agenda titled Your Baby Has a Soul, here is a piece of what she said… wisdom words from a woman wise with years and experience: “Mothering is not just about childbirth options or schedule feeding. The wise woman understands that children are a source of joy and blessing entrusted to her by God, and she is to be a good steward of them, seeing that she takes care to dedicate her children to God and train them up as God’s own. When a new baby is in his mother’s arms, we don’t understand what God is doing to nurture the baby’s soul. It is a mystery. But He uses every loving word, every silly song, every kiss and playful hug to nurture and nourish the souls of our children. This is a work of faith, and we trust God to do it through us. Laying aside our own plans in order to rock a baby or comfort a child is a soul-prospering work, not an annoying interruption.” (taken from building her house, Nancy Wilson)

We need as always a holy vision of mothering, eyes of faith in this spiritual love journey of ours… because they like ourselves have souls. Eternal souls.

This morning I am making a birth-day list of a soul that I have been entrusted with… giving thanks for this precious little boy soul.

his smile that can melt my icy heart

his Pooh Bear thinking gesture that he does when you say “think, think, think”

his all fours, Gollum crawl

his frowny face and whine when he wants sympathy

Patty Cake, Patty Cake his favorite song and how he tries to do all the motions

rocking him almost to sleep, even though he resists sometimes

when he learns something new and he knows it

his passion for food

his little laugh

his duck tail or baby mullet as we call it

his brown eyes always filled with life

his little hand pats on the back when you pick him up

There is more, of course. I could go on with a neverending list but my time is unfortunetly not so gracious this morning… and we have some celebrating to do.

Counting with Ann this morning, praising Him for His neverending gifts!

JOYfully in Him,

Kelli

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These are in no specific order, just as wordpress would upload them. Here is what we have been up to in a few short photos…

A special evening with daddy, poetry and tea around the coffee table

First car seat adventures

Bugs found in Target parking lot, can’t pass up a little nature observation.

First bath time, which he didn’t enjoy very much

A little time spent drawing our backyard to send to Olupot our Compassion sponsored child.

Our new nature shelves to encourage observation and exploration!

Our “School Room” I love it!

Jumping for JOY!

Broken noses 😦

Homemade “moses basket” a safer way to sleep in the living room.

A Daddy and Josai bonding moment

To pacify or not to pacify… we haven’t decided just yet.

Looking forward to a new month and the begining of Autumn!

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It is so humbleling to realize how fast time goes… and how quickly we allow the moments to slip through our fingers into the past never to be experienced again… I long for each day to be a lovely path to remember not a dark valley.  The Lord has been very good to us the last 2 weeks, guiding us and providing for us in energy and in love.  Superman really enjoyed our file crate work box system as well as T-Rex…. Butterfly saw there excitement each day and wondered where her fun crate filled with things to do was… working on that this weekend :).

This week Superman enjoyed another week of history with daddy, yay! We also had fun, we enjoyed our grammar poetry appreciation with Rober Frost…

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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, what a joy it has been to bath in this poem for a week… being blessed by it’s presence everywhere, so lovely.

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He finished all of his delighted learning for the week and enjoyed each of his file folders, he exclaimed to me on Tuesday that he really liked the file folders I made, they were so much fun. Yay!! 10 points for mom ;).

Want to see them? If you are like me… I know you do!! I love seeing what works for other homeschool moms.

T-Rex and Superman's file crates and their Done box

T-Rex and Superman's file crates and their Done box

Right now I have Superman and T-Rex’s file crates on the floor (for lack of a better place) along with their done box. When they finish something from their crate they put it in the done box where I go through it later and either dispose or file.

Superman's Crate

Superman's Crate

Here is Superman’s crate… right now we only do 10 file folders, that is plenty for us. I throw in some fun activities as well to keep him motivated moving from folder to folder :). For instance I put in a Take 10 card, a Computer Game card or a Outside Play card and I also always put in a bag of snack at some point. In the back I have a little box with all his supplies in it, notebooks for his subject notebooking (a new thing for us) and his clipboard (not shown) for copywork. Every he need is in there. Here is a close up of what I put in the folders for one day…

 

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This weekend I am going to be making laminated cards to stick in the file folders for things that either can’t fit or is not something that can go in the folder such as a Nature Walk. I don’t know if I am going to make the cards that they hold to velcroe the cards of the things they have done like the original workboxes, they may like that more.

T-Rex and Butterfly had a blast in their 2nd week of the letter A and they both have successfully learned it’s sound and are able to recognize it… yay! Here are some pictures of them enjoying themselves…

Making an Apple Tree

Making an Apple Tree

T-Rex gluing tissue paper on an apple

T-Rex gluing tissue paper on an apple

Getting the ant to the apple maze

Getting the ant to the apple maze

Playing bears with the Apple Trees

Playing bears with the Apple Trees

Playing a fun Aa game

Playing a fun Aa game

Making a lil Aa Book

Making a lil Aa Book

Paint stenciling Animals

Paint stenciling Animals

 Tonight we are finishing up the week making Apple Dumplings and watching the Apple Dumpling Gang II… super fun family night.

Next week we journey through the letter B and number 2, explore birds, enjoy poetry with Robert Louis Stevenson and cocoa, listen to the story of Tchaikovshy and admire Audubons work.

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Our first week of school was inspiring and a fun filled experience… I am excited about a new week ahead of us.  We were orignally going to have school today, but after such a long day yesterday decided to call if off.  This last week went very smooth,  I really enjoyed teaching my little ones as well this year.
Amaris about to paint

Amaris about to paint

They had so much fun learning and playing. T-Rex continues to be a challenge in any formal learning but that is okay… taking it slow.             

Kai Beading

Kai Beading

His nelace

His nelace

Magnet Play

Magnet Play

Transformer Robots

Transformer Robots

Eli says his favorite thing about school is doing History with daddy 🙂

Eli and Daddy learning about the Minoans

Eli and Daddy learning about the Minoans

Eli working on his worksheet

Eli working on his worksheet

We went on a little expedition in our backyard, chased butterfly’s, examined the dark hole in the old stump (what could be in there?), saw mushrooms (of course), listened for birds, marveled at the ugly beauty of neon colored spiders and a vine wrapped around a tree.

Mushroom

Mushroom

A Vine

A Vine

Nature Journals
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Eli and Kai's Journal Pages

Eli and Kai's Journal Pages

Kai's Journal Page (mushrooms, sun, flowers and treehouses?)

Kai's Journal Page (mushrooms, sun, flowers and treehouses?)

Eli's Vine

Eli's Vine

Eli's Mushroom

Eli's Mushroom

What a blessed week we had! I am now working on making a few tweeking changes because there is always room for improvement. I feel like these things called workboxes would be a great addition to our daily adventures… I don’t have the money to invest in he workboxes themselves but found another idea that I can do for now… so this week hopefully we will be doing this.

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We were blessed with a wonderful first day of school. Here is a peek into our Learning Room today…

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