Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday Seven!

I have so many things to be thankful's hard to know where to begin! Pastor Mike preached on stewardship today, and we do certainly live a blessed life! Here are some big and little things I'm thankful for:
I'm so thankful for *sleep*! All week the boys did great sleeping in their new sleeping bags. This was a pretty risky move considering we keep them "tented" in their crib at home.

This was how we found them one night before we went to bed...Cloe had rolled into McClain's bed, pushing him on to the floor...but never fear, Carson's holding his hand!

I'm really thankful for the opportunity to watch my children as they discover the world with wide-eyed wonder and amazement. Here's McClain's first S'more:

I can't believe my mom just handed me this square of sweet gooey goodness.
This is amazing. The marshmallow just keeps stretching bigger and bigger.
Hmm...more chocolate.
The look of guilty pleasure. That was tasty!

I'm thankful that my Carson is uninhibited by what others think of him...nerdy glasses, a hot pink bike, and a whole lot of fun!
I'm really thankful God provided this little farm stand on the way home. HUGE pumpkins for $1! What fun! Everyone picked out their own pumpkin to put on the front some fun gourds and some really inexpensive fresh produce!

Sometimes it's good to stop and be thankful for the simple things:
This was just pure delight!I'm really thankful for this little girl! Before leaving for vacation, we received some tough news from her teacher that my pride said I would never share with anyone. BUT, I know that there is power in prayer, and I hope you'll pray for Cloe! She didn't pass the Dibels test for reading readiness...which in perspective of life, might seem insignificant. As a mom, it wracked me with guilt and fear that I had done something wrong or not done enough to prepare her for school. Visions of her struggling in school made me tear up and fear that she would be made fun of or have a hard time learning... However, the more we've learned about reading readiness, the more we discovered it really is an age appropriate skill that children all arrive at at different times. (now I'm extra self-conscious of my writing skills, too...) Cloe will be going to Title 1 for extra tutoring a few times a week. I'm thankful that God definitely put two encouragers in my path specifically for this area: our MOPS mentor had her daughter in this program and said it was the best thing that ever happened to her--the one-on-one help built her confidence and gave her the skills to be the best reader in her class by the next year; my mother-in-law was a Title 1 teacher for many years and knows exactly what will go one and how we can best help Cloe at home. We are reading with her like crazy and working with alphabet flash cards and games...progess is coming! I'm so thankful for her determination! I'm also thankful for her sensitivity to spiritual things--which are more important to us anyday! In the car on the way home, Cloe told us, "God speaks to us through His Word, and we speak to God through prayer." How cool that God's Word is already a tool that Cloe will learn to listen to God through and that through prayer, she will talk to God!Lastly, I'm really thankful for this *guy*! I'm thankful that God has given me a husband who is an awesome provider and leader for our family. I *love* that he wants me to be with our children at home! We listened to this sermon on the drive home. It's a good one! I really think that we have a wonderful marriage already, but this sermon encouraged us to communicate well, to pray for one another more, and to keep our marriage growing in holiness before God. A statistic is mentioned in the sermon that says years 9-36 are the happiest...I can't wait...we're just beginning!


peter marie said...

I love all those pictures! So glad you had such a great vacation!!