26 Moments That Restored Our Faith In Humanity This Year -Sometimes you need a reminder that people can do wonderful things.
#1 in 2012: 3 things Zig Ziglar told me at lunch | Jon Acuff’s Blog – (It’s fitting that this was the most popular post this year, because this year we lost a legend.) A few weeks ago I had the chance to eat lunch with Zig Ziglar and his amazing family. At the end of the lunch though, when we were getting ready to leave, Zig leaned forward on the table, pointed his finger at me, as if to say, “If you only hear 3 things today young man, hear these,” and then said this:
4 Functions of Sound Doctrine | Blogging Theologically – If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.
Noah’s Ark full-scale replica opens in Netherlands – Arts & Entertainment – CBC … -A full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark has opened to the public in the Netherlands.
The Self-Righteous Wife – The Gospel Coalition Blog -I’ve spoken to newly married girlfriends who have shared their frustrations with their new spouse. There is generally some area that the women wish their husbands would improve on, and they are growing weary waiting. We generally come to the same conclusion—their husbands may need to grow, but perhaps the wives are struggling with being judgmental and self-righteous. We can look at our men, see sin, and be too quick and eager to point it out.
How to Disarm an Angry Person-It is the most difficult of maneuvers. There are no guarantees of success. And the stakes are high. But we have no choice: we must learn how to do it.
Clever Phrase Here: Critical Thinker or Critical Spirit?-But critical thinking, while good in its pure form, can become ugly. Those of us who tend to be analytical can slowly warp into Mr. Grumpy Grumps. As I thought it over, here are a few things I think are signs that my critical thinking has turned into a critical spirit.
Letters of Note: Nothing good gets away- In November of 1958, John Steinbeck — the renowned author of, most notably, The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Of Mice and Men — received a letter from his eldest son, Thom, who was attending boarding school. In it, the teenager spoke of Susan, a young girl with whom he believed he had fallen in love. Steinbeck replied the same day. His beautiful letter of advice can be enjoyed…
Raising Kids the World Will Hate > The Village Church – I realized that if God answers my prayer for my son to be a follower of Christ, people will hate him. People will absolutely, unquestionably be repulsed by my son.
AlbertMohler.com – How Did This Happen? The Family Crisis as a Theological Crisi…-The first thing to understand about the present crisis of the family is that it did not materialize overnight.” Indeed, it did not. The current crisis of the family must be traced to economic, political, social, and ideological causes. But there is another cause as well. The family crisis is a theological crisis, and this must be the church’s first concern.
My goal is not to raise children who conform to my hopes, wishes, dreams, or standards; my goal is to raise children who walk in the “discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). Hence, my reproof must always be geared toward leading them Christward. ~ Voddie Baucham
Kim W. ~littlesanctuary.com
This past summer would have looked different only a few years ago. With the oldest married, the second born going away to college and two of the children being in high school this year it brings many changes around our home.
The first half of our summer was spent preparing for a wedding. The month leading up to the wedding we pretty much ate, and slept wedding details. At this point, I was wondering why the Lord saw fit to give me six girls and only two boys. I think I would much rather be on the boy planning side of a wedding.
I also became weary of having to utter the words, “Wait until after the wedding” to my other children who wanted to do things besides plan a wedding. Then after the wedding, we spent the next week recovering and getting things back in order from the event. I still have things sitting around I don’t know what to do with.
On a side note, it was a wonderful day filled with lots of happiness and beautiful memories.
Now that the oldest is married and we had an extra bedroom in the house, the other children were eyeing to make good use of this new room. So, the painting and room swapping began. We had six children in the upstairs of our house all sharing one bathroom. This was not too terrible when the kids were little, but as they have gotten older, the two boys have not been a big fan of sharing the bathroom with four girls, two of which were in middle school.
So, I have spent a week moving the two middle girls downstairs into their now-married sister’s room. I moved the two little girls into the middle girls’ old room and my younger boy into the little girls’ room. I then brought the married daughter’s stuff upstairs to the younger boy’s old room. The younger boy’s bedroom was actually a bonus room, so it does not have a closet. He has been sharing a closet with his brother across the hall his whole life. He was quite excited to place his clothes in his very own closet. Who would have known someone could get so excited over a closet. Now his old room is our guest bedroom, which works out very nicely.
During this time, I have been getting ready to make the transition for six of my children to attend a small private school, and me taking on a resource teacher position. That means I was able to spend three days driving across Atlanta for a training workshop and many other days consignment shopping trying to find school uniforms for the kids. Six kids equal many uniforms.
The next few weeks hold lots of back-to-school shopping, cheerleading practice, football practice, a six-hour trip to see my oldest and her husband in their new home. It also involves dropping the second born off at her college that is six hours away in a different direction, and driving two hours to pick my older son up from a Summit Ministries camp.
Then the school year begins…and that I am sure will be a completely new world for us. Many changes around our house.
Well, that is about it for a summer in the life of a mom whose oldest just got married.
~ Written by littlesanctuary
When the children turn twelve the much-anticipated trip with dad becomes a reality. The four oldest have already enjoyed their special trips.The oldest who is now twenty-one went skiing in Colorado the second and fourth born children chose a trip to Disney World. Preacher daddy saves frequent flyer miles to help make these special times happen. To find out about p daddy and our oldest son’s trip you can click on over to his blog and read about how it works and resources we use to help make this trip a special time in their lives. Kim~littlesanctuary
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Kim A.’s girls found this resource for modesty, purity and being lady-like! Leslie Ludy’s Online Living Room: setapartgirl.com
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I love spring, but it brings many activities around our house: soccer, baseball, drama practice, a college graduation, and five birthdays within six weeks. On top of these this June, my oldest daughter is getting married.
With all this, I have not had much time to write a new post for Habits, so I thought that I would link up some of the homeschooling posts from my blog. Some are recent and some are several years old.
As I went back and looked over some of these posts, I realize how I really miss the days when my house was full of preschoolers. For the 2012-2013 school year, my youngest will be kindergarten age. It will be the first time in 21 years that I do not have a pre-schooler. Somewhat sad, but there are seasons for all things.