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Still counting by faith and into joy, filling up 2012 with hopedoubling wonder by thanks!

a successful week back to school

planning the future of great minds

letting go, of fear

holding on, to grace

making memories with pastel joy

making messes

death and ressurection in everyday life

a boy and his favorite book

chocolate chip muffins, her favorite

magical dinosaurs

an afternoon running by the lake with my husband

a running faith

walking in his shadow

surviving the first week of public school

becoming a teachers wife

a basketball game with the family

the untouchable gospel

doubts that lead to more faith

learning to live more simply

an afternoon of footballs and good conversation with friends

early mornings with my husband before work

Making JOY a habit that I wear with Ann and a multitude of other obsessed counters…

holy experience

Sometimes we have dreams and they don’t come true and sometimes we have dreams we never knew we had until they come true… life is that dream.

I had a dream I never knew I had, until now… good morning life.

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“Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?”

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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 …eternity lives in the little things and a simple life means living holistically with your life’s purpose…

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You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. ~G.K. Chesterton

The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!  ~Henry Ward Beecher

This week has been busy with life and with grace… crazy grace! We received news of hope and a future this last Thursday and are on a path completely foreign to us, each step is being taken in His strength and mercy.

I have so much to be thankful for, more than what I can catch with my pen…

new beginings

fresh joy

wonder doubled by thanks

an undeserved job teaching English

yellow mercies found glowing through out the day

sounds of laughter, pure joy

of chirping crickets to bring in the new day and fresh mercy

the privilege of being a teacher to my children, growing minds of wisdom

for a reluctant reader, teaching me patience and grace

boys and sticks

an afternoon of 4 leaf clover hunting

life behind the lens

a father daughter game of dance tag

finding the beauty in a blurry background

new curriculum for a new year

a glittery ditch, a magical wonderland for a boy in love with water

a paper winter wonderland above my head

Counting by faith and into joy with a community of world changers.

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“Saturate me with the oil of Thy Spirit, that I may be aflame. Make me Thy fuel O flame of God.”

Jim Elliot

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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.

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Today was our third day back to school in this HOPE-filled 2012. Since we were suppose to be in Costa Rica right now, I had other plans for our little homeschool. I had to re-evaluate our “plans” and make some quick decisions. I am very pleased with how these last three days have gone, very peaceful… not perfect but peaceful, as it should be.

I thought I would share some pictures of our school days and a few commentaries behind the moments captured…
Our days have been full of color and coloring, on paper and on hearts. I am trying a new schedule and a new perspective, it is working well so far. I have made 9-3 my intentional daily school hours… 6 hours of my undivided attention, hours of Momma at your service. I am really striving to live in the story with my characters, to be apart of the learning and the playing, to learn how to live life well and make a mess with out worrying about the clean up part.

Oh, toys, toys, toys… strewn across the home, a path made in joy by the little one year old who finds learning where ever he goes. A mess of joy, this is the life.

 Math is fun around here, crazy I know! Amaris loves her Horizon’s K math worksheets almost as much as she loves the color pink, can you tell? I love her love for learning, she just might pass her less enthusiastic big brother up if he is not careful.

Which leads me to a question… what do you do with a reluctant reader? A fear of words? How can that be, it is inconceivable considering his parents passion for all things word-y and book-ish. Any suggestions? We just moved from 100 Easy Lessons (which wasn’t so EASY with this child) into BOB books because it was just to painful to continue on.

I realized yesterday when I looked over at the chair where Eli and Amaris were doing reading lessons that I am not the only teacher around here. Don’t tell him that though 😉 I also realized that we do school on top of laundry? Whatever works, right?

That is my skirt getting all wrinkled under those reading lessons, wrinkles worth ironing later.

Baby Einstein anyone? I did the unthinkable and let Josai watch a “movie” while I did math and phonics with his brother and sister, gasp! Well, he loved it and we will probably make it a once a week blessing… I can only allow myself once a week though.

Josai and all his cuteness, as I find him often about the day. Soaking in the life in life. He brightens my day!

I know this is the last picture but it was really the first picture from the day… last shall be first and the first shall be last, right? Well, this is a picture of our morning bible reading. We are just simply reading a proverb to the date and then discussing it. It has been very fruitful. I love the interaction and the daily gems we find from each morning’s reading.

Homeschooling these 4 wild souls is an adventure, one that I am grateful to be on. They are my life.

A little reminder to end on… “We learn not for school, but for life.” Seneca

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