Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father ... James 1:17

Monday, June 8, 2009

Ready for Summer


Emily is ready for summer with her cute new haircut. Isn't she CUTE?!
Now I can add beautician to my resumé

Thursday, June 4, 2009




Last night was a big night for Luke. He moved up to a green belt. I know this was very exciting for Luke, but now that I look back, it was a meaningful night for mama too. We were getting ready to leave for his test and he was concerned that his uniform was not as presentable as it should be. What? Is this coming from the same boy that will wear the same clothes day in and day out unless he is TOLD to put on clean clothes? Is this the same boy that would live in a swimsuit if we let him? I was thrilled that he noticed and cared. So his loving father pulled out the ironing board and ironed his uniform. When we got to Arlington School of Self-Defense, Luke walked in and immediately it was serious business. He stretched and punched and since he was the highest belt testing he led the other students in forms, one-steps, and palgwe one. I was so proud to see his instructor draw him out as a role model and to see Luke take it seriously but remain humble. Finally, he was ask what the rules of obedience are ... of course he answered perfectly. He KNOWS - he KNOWS how to be obedient. Finally, the test was topped off with breaking a board. This is a BIG DEAL and the boys were all ecstatic!! And finally, when all was said and done Luke earned his green belt and is ready to start sparring ... I am sure I'll have plenty to share as that unfolds.

Congratulations Green Belt Luke!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Mistletoe Farms

Matthew 9:37-38
Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

Mistletoe Farms Day 1 - April 4, 2009
We were so proud

Mistletoe Farms Day 59 - June 2, 2009
Now that's a garden!

God has blessed us with the opportunity to plant a garden with some homeschooling and neighborhood friends. It is currently located on part of a lot we have under contract. It is our prayer that we will, someday, have a house next to this beautiful garden. In the meantime, we are having a blast gardening several times a week with friends. It is hard to believe that in less than 2 months our garden has flourished to a point of reaping tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini and strawberries. We have eggplant, peppers and corn on the way --- not to mention the watermelon, peanuts, green beans, potatoes, jalapenos, black eyed peas, lettuce, cantaloupe, rhubarb, and honeydew ... I am sure I forgot something. We will soon have more yellow squash than we know what to do with and the tomato plants are looking really full. The chocolate mint, peppermint, and pineapple mint smell divine!! The kids are totally into the gardening thing. After our first harvest of squash and zucchini they were trying to decide who got to sleep with the vegetables - no kidding!