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I am happily married to an amazing military man who spent 9 years enlisted and is now an Officer in the US Army. We have two amazing boys who are not so little any more! They still infuse every moment of every day with creativity and energy, and make my life an adventure.  I was educated at home, and am now teaching our children - second generation homeschoolers! I try every day to become more like Jesus Christ, and to love like HE does. If you want you can try and catch me at bethylovesandy@yahoo.com

My Blog Title Verse

"For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 NKJV 
The Message translation puts it this way "God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding."

Verse of the day

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Where we've been - part 1 Valdosta

The backyard-
A pouty princess
 who just wanted a push on the swing.

 Silly boys in the hammock,
 and in a castle.

A windy afternoon at the park-

 Adorable shoes...

Smiling faces

Serious faces too

 Little bit was curious 
 Would those pokey round things taste good? 
 After mommy stepped in...
he pulled out his hidden stash for a second time of "exploration"...

Steak and Shake-
Are words needed?

 Some for you?

All done! 
(for now)


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Travel time

We have been on the road now since Wednesday morning. Five very full days of playing, driving, shoping, biking, unpacking, hanging pictures, taking pictures.... and not enough sleep. And we're not home quite yet.
 But it is so worth it!
 It seems that not much of the world is on the same schedule that we are. Letting little ones stay up til 9 and then sleep until 8 or 9, just because we can - well, not many others can. We have been trying to get to bed earlier while we have been staying with friends. We have definitely been getting up earlier.
 Perhaps other children simply need less sleep then mine? I just know that poor Zion has been showing the signs of not getting his 12 hours!

 I have been trying to capture moments, frozen in time with my camera. When I have access to my own computer, rather than a borrowed one, I will upload some and give you a taste of some of the beauty all around us. Remember to appreciate it, even when you are rushing around, with day to day life overwhelming you. "Beauty all around you". Never let it go unnoticed.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The cast party

 First things first -
 My Mom and Dad leave for India tomorrow. Dad goes every year, so sending him off, while still a prayer request because it is a long journey, isn't quite so traumatic. But Mom, Mom doesn't go as often. Now that she has been struggling with so much pain, and balance and has her cane - traveling across the world is a little more stressful.
 But, Dad has hope in a therapy there in India. Along with his usual support of the ministry he has always been involved with, visiting the people they love and bringing supplies that are needed, he is bringing Mom to see a specialist for a bit of homeopathic medicine.
 Please, pray for safety while traveling. Pray for comfort in the plane, since Mom hurts all the time anyway - I can promise you that sitting in a plane for 13  hours isn't the best thought! Most of all, pray that a different doctor looking at her MRI will see something new, and let God work through his therapy to heal her completely.

 Now, on to a recap of a very fun afternoon.
 The cast party for Anne of Green Gables. Act 1 is made up of youth, mostly 12-20. Younger siblings are often invited to participate, and some of the older students who have "graduated" still come back and make a guest appearance. But the majority of the cast are usually teens. Ah, teenagers.
 Pizza -

 Loud music -

I purposely took a picture of the proud mom taking a picture of her son.
Someday, that will probably be me. 
 Dancing -

What more could you want? 
 The musicians were actually playing their first "gig". Adam, the guitarist, was in the play. 
He was jamming, and the kids were playing around. Canaan was joining in, very enthusiastically. 

 Flips, Sliding across the floor on his knees (no wonder I can't keep a pair of jeans without holes!) playing the air guitar. 

Canaan and his friend True were having a blast!
For the closing song they played the theme song to Pirates of the Caribbean. 
Canaan came up to me, his heart pounding, his eyes tearing up. 
I thought he must have sprained his ankle doing some crazy dance move - 
Instead, I hear, "Mom, this is just the coolest thing EVER!!!". 
Cool enough to bring him to tears. 
And he is only 7 (and a half, as I am often reminded).
I don't want to think about how much he is going to love music when he is 15.
 Or how loud he is going to play it. 

 At least I have Andy to prepare me now!              Blessings,

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Anne of Green Gables

Just a peek back stage, where I have been the last few days....

 Stage crew, prepping the sets. 
Last minute fixing of a curtain before it complemented the stage. 
 Posing for their picture in the paper - 
"Rachel Lynde" and "Marilla Cuthburt"
(and, I've been "published" - the picture I took was in the paper! 
How exciting is that? hehe)
 Anne's hair, 
braided hair
and yet more hair "fixin".
Think we have a theme here? 
What a mess! 
 Are those not the most adorable crooked socks you have ever seen? 
I wish I could dress Canaan like that all the time! 

Old fashioned clothing. Still 21st Century toys. 
Thank goodness for Gameboy DS between scenes! 
My son, admiring  himself in the mirror? No, surely not!
Aren't they a good looking cast?
 Beautiful members of the audience 
It wouldn't be a show without them!