Saturday, May 19, 2018

Papa Time

 We were thrilled to have Papa here for 2 weeks! He came to teach a counseling class at the seminary here. So by day he did home school and life with us and by night he taught! It was a pretty good deal. Thanks Mimi for the beautiful matching dresses!!
 Reading time!
Reading Spurgeon :)
 Time for night class! The girls loved walking the teacher to his classroom!
 I was spoiled this Mother's Day! Jesse and the kids made crepes and planned a whole special meal for me! They set the table beautifully and even bought me flowers. It was special to have my dad here, too. We missed you, Mom!
 Papa was able to come to the Spring Concert at co-op!
 He watched soccer.
And read more.
Thanks for being so flexible and fun to be around, Dad! I love talking with you- your love for the Lord and for us is so evident.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Update Time

 The last few weeks have been filled with visits from friends and family coming from out of town, home school, AWANA awards, book clubs, welcoming new babies, saying goodbye to good friends, soccer, and many other adventures. Through all these events, God has proven Himself faithful, His mercies are new every morning, and nothing is done without His perfect care. I see Him giving me strength. My favorite part of the day is early, before the house is awake when I get to meet with Jesus. I'm reading through the Bible this year. It's been a joy to give the Lord each day, praying for my family and I see Him at work. Only by God's grace do I see my need for Him greater and greater. I love walking with Him all day. 
 We had a great visit with the Davis' when they came in town. 
 We had an outing to the National Cathedral and flower mart. 
 Slumber parties, dress up, school, play time, creek adventuring, Bible study, and movie nights made for a memorable visit!

 We were so thankful for the Spring weather, so we walked to Green Springs Park and had an afternoon enjoying God's beautiful creation while reading.
 This one is catching on pretty quickly!
 My precious Maddie girl. I'm so thankful God has given me these girls.
 Creek exploring!
Sisters are the best!
Cooking lessons with Miss Penny are full of learning techniques and yummy treats!
 We were sad to say good bye to the Voctures as they moved away. 
We are excited for their new opportunities, but they will be missed.

My little readers.
Maddie sometimes gets to be a mother's helper, and wanted to welcome this little one to the family!
 More creek time.

 Geneva finished her Puggles book this year.
 Savannah completed her Sparks book.
 And Maddie finished her T&T book. 
It's exciting to hear the girls quote Scripture and know God's Word by heart. I've seen the girls grow in their ability to study and understand the Bible this year.
 Maddie got braces!!
We had a wonderful visit with dear friends from Cali!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

White House Easter Egg Roll

Thanks to a good friend, we were given tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll! Being a Cali girl, I didn't know this has been a big tradition since 1878. Thousands of people put in for a lottery to win tickets to this event. It was fun to participate this year! 
 Here we are waiting in line to get in- it took over an hour to get in for our time slot. Everyone had fun chatting in line.
 On the South Lawn. I vote for this guy...good looks, smart, and most importantly he has a biblical worldview because he loves Jesus. 


 The egg roll.

 The Surgeon General read the Giving Tree and Oh, the Places You'll Go to the kids- what fun! 

 Family photo.


 As we left, the girls each received a package of goodies from the Egg Roll- each were filled with Peeps, Skittles, an egg dye kit, recipes for eggs, coloring book, and the 2018 White House Egg. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Happy Resurrection Day!

 This is definitely the most wonderful day to celebrate! I was telling the girls that it's better than Christmas because Jesus is victorious over sin and death, which is even better coming as a baby. The fact that He took the payment of the world's sin, suffered and died, and then rose victoriously gives us every reason to live. Without the hope of forgiveness and a future with Him, we are eternally lost. What joy this time of year brings as we focus on His power and love. As Jesse preached on Sunday, it motivates us to worship and tell others this good news. 
So Happy Resurrection Day!
 I love how these girls are each growing in their understanding of their own sin and need for a Savior.  What a responsibility it is to teach them, train them, and show them how to humbly ask for forgiveness when I fail. It's truly a beautiful part of our relationship- once we sin against one another, we can ask for forgiveness, and easily receive forgiveness because of how much we've been forgiven by God.
 We enjoyed celebrating with the Leaches. We had a lovely dinner and time at the park.
We are so thankful for Uncle David and Auntie "L". 
This year has been quite the year for them concerning some health conditions. We have been blessed to see God answer all the requests and have Auntie "L" fully recovered. They were such a testimony to all of trusting in God's plan throughout their stay in the hospital.