Thursday, July 15, 2010
A swingin’ good time:
We REALLY enjoy an evening on the front porch, riding bikes, looking up at the starts, and watching sunsets like these:
It wasn’t until afterwards I found a setting on my camera just for sunsets!
A glimpse of Heaven:
In Aug 2008:
Coming to a sky near you!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Half the summer is over, and I’ve not had the chance to write what we’ve been up to! Here’s the fastest summary:
We started the summer with a vacation to Florida, which was such a blast. There are too many good pics to post, so here’s a few…
When we got home, it was the week of VBS – Catholic Day Camp. I helped Jamie in the Preschool room! (That old corn crib in the pic). It was such a fun and inspiring week for everyone.
Stanley had his 6th Birthday party – the big one with all his friends – and he chose a Toy Story theme. I had a lot of fun with that! There is so much online and in stores for this. Even the decorations were in 3D with some special glasses. [PS- The movie was awesome]
Later, I took on a bunch of big projects. Refinishing furniture, organizing 7000 slides for Camp Courage, making a barbie doll house, finding desks and cabinets for the office and garage or to sell, making benches and beds…
(this dresser is for sale with a headboard)
and decorating cakes is just one of my new hobbies…
I have so much left to do, including creating our home school group’s yearbook, I don’t know where to start. … So we took a few breaks.
Independence Day: My Grandma Doris and Great Aunt Lorraine are still so youthful in their eighties. My Grandpa Orlin played horseshoes, and my Dad joined in the games of softball and horseshoes. My mom was right in the middle of it all playing with the kids and keeping the conversations going. Our family had a blast, and are excited for next year!
Jonathan is still my little guy, but he turns ONE tomorrow! I can’t believe it. He’s a terrific crawler, pulling up an everyone and anything. He’ll be walking soon enough. He loves playing in the water, the sandbox or in his play yard. He often falls asleep in the swing or Daddy’s arms. And he loves to babble, especially saying What’s That? but it sounds like “put-tat” with his little finger pointing. It melts Mommy’s heart.
Happy Birthday Jonathan!
And of course one of the most exciting things for our family is the engagement of my sister, Annaleah, to her best friend, Bobby. We are simply thrilled for them. They are so much in love, and have been a couple for over 3 years. We feel Bobby is already a part of our family, and he’s certainly a keeper!
Congrats Annie & Bobby!
Homegrown Catholics - Our homeschooling experience
As a child, I wore a mustard seed with a bible verse [Mark 30-32]around my neck. I pondered the fragility and potential of that little seed. What amazing potential did I have, and now what of the potential of our children!? In high school, my favorite quote was: "When you take the time to do the things you have to do when you have to do them; the time will come when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them!" - Zig Zigler
So we're taking the time to enrich our childrens' lives, so that they can someday be sent into the world not just as educated citizens - but more so messengers of God. It often takes all my energy and will power to get out of bed each day and have everyone at home depending upon me to entertain with lessons and activities. But I know the end result will be our confidence in knowing we did everything we could to give our children the best Catholic Education WE could provide.
I don't know that I'll ever retire from being a teacher to my family, and I don't want to wait until my husband retires and our children are all grown before we really live our life. Homeschooling allows us to live now, love better now, and give praise and thanks to God now for all that we currently enjoy.
Homegrown Catholics blog is a place for us to share this journey with you. Let it be a resource of renewal and inspiration!
Melissa & Tom
and our growing family
*Visit my other blog for more straight forward journaling about my life Growing in Grace, my Catholic Journey, and my take on world issues. My personal journey to evangelize despite opposition.
*To view samples of what I sew and craft for homework and sale, go to Modest Mommies.