Our PE program this fall has pretty much consisted of family Biggest Loser sessions using the Wii. I love it. :)
Funny dialogue from this morning:
Jillian Michaels (Biggest Loser Trainer): Now is the time to give me everything you have!
Amos: No! Because then we wouldn't have that stuff anymore!
|Judah’s reaction when he found out we wouldn’t be able to enjoy Thursday Night Football, because we don’t subscribe to the NFL Network.|
When I was 20, I spent 2 months in Kenya on a Teen Mania missions trip.
I had some major issues with Teen Mania. And, I felt all alone for the entire summer...I struggled through with just my Bible and my journal...working out some pretty major stuff....stuff that I'd been needing to work out for quite some time, and that summer was the point when God forced me to study His Word and get to the Truth of many matters.
I watched the documentary last night, and I think it paints Teen Mania in a truthful light. One thing I take issue with is that MSNBC likely DID approach Ron Luce under false pretenses. And, I feel bad for Ron....because he seemed so upbeat about sharing information with the network, and I'm sure he felt betrayed when he saw the show aired last weekend.
There's so much I could say and share about my experience and how I saw the same problems that the girls expressed in their recovery meeting. But, rather than do that, I just want to reflect on the reality that my experience with Teen Mania had overall good results.
God used an organization run by confused people, guided by false doctrine, and corrupted by greed and power to further my relationship with Himself. The following areas were challenged and developed in a way that no other experience could have been the catalyst to do:
- My faith in Scripture ALONE as the foundation for all truth.
- My confidence in Christ as the only One whom I am to be pleasing.
- An assurance that God sent me to Kenya for the sole purpose of being the object of His blessings.
I am heartbroken that so many, according to the documentary, did not leave their Teen Mania experience with anything more than heartbreak, anxiety, and a seeming assurance of Christian hypocrisy.
So...I'm praying for them.
And I'm proud of them for going public.
I uploaded and edited photos tonight.
Now, I'm uploading them to Flickr....this takes a while, and I need to go to bed, so I shall wait to post any new pictures to the blog.
I had a nice Saturday. We spent the whole day together as a family...sometimes doing nothing, sometimes doing "stuff". It was energizing for me... I feel "up".
I blog in my head often.... I do not blog on my blog nearly as often.
Part of the reason for my procrastination is that I want to include relevant, edited photos in every post. It turns out, I'm not so much in the season of life which allows for a lot of photo editing.
So...no photos in this post. Stepping outside my comfort zone.
Our new baby is due to arrive 4 weeks from today. I've been feeling less than super great for the last couple of weeks. It's hard to tell if I'm ill or if I'm displaying the symptoms expected when there is a quickly growing bundle of joy in my belly. I'm anxious to meet him/her....
I will share more later. I do have some pretty great pictures to upload, edit, and post. Pictures of all of our farm animals, of the kids, of the beautiful autumn we've had here in Wyoming, and the nearly finished mini-barn that my handy husband has invested the last several months in. I have some exciting updates and some personal thoughts and ponderings as well.
Things are going well though...
Will post again soon.
Birthdays are fun. I'm sad that he's not 4 anymore, but I'm proud of the 5 year old that he has become!
I mentioned a couple months ago that I would post some information about our homeschool curriculum.
I have finally fulfilled this promise. :)
I provided a complete list (with photos) that can be accessed by clicking on the tab labeled "Our Homeschool Curriculum" at the top of the page.
Check it out if you'd like. :)
My mother-in-law, who lives in North Central Nebraska (i.e. "a place where it rains"), has a wonderful garden every summer. We might covet it... She also has a cute, antique gate leading into her gorgeous garden. Here is a picture of it from 2 winters ago when we got snowed in for Christmas.
So, a couple weekends ago, Hubby and I set out on our respective ways. I headed out to garage sales, and he went to the local farm supply store ("the cowboy store" according to the kids) to get the remaining materials for the chicken run.
After I had exhausted the money in my "Garage Sales" envelope, I headed to a second-hand store that I love to drop into occasionally. In the front of the store, leaning up against a tree, was A GATE! An old, antique garden gate.
I called Morgan right away, but it went to voicemail. So, I took a picture with my phone and headed home. We both arrived home around the same time, and he told me the story of the gate he ended up being forced to buy...the one that wasn't exactly what he wanted and cost more than he wanted to spend.
I told him my story, showed him the picture of the gate that was exactly what we wanted for less than 1/2 the price, and we were ecstatic!
We managed to get back to the second hand store before someone else snatched it up, and the new, expensive gate was promptly returned.
And HERE....is the new "old" gate!
I love summer...but I get easily fatigued in the sun.
It's easier to stay in the air conditioning, but air conditioning doesn't build childhood memories. :)
SO....this summer, I set out to create memories. I wanted the kids to remember this as "the summer we spent at the beach".
trees :) ). I have edited this photo in a number of ways. They are all on my Flickr, and if you click on my Flickr link in the sidebar, you can view them. I'd really appreciate feedback on the edits.
- 1/3 Creativity/Vision-Having an "eye" for a good picture. I'm not so great at this. My little sister is awesome!
- 1/3 Quality-This involves having a decent camera and knowing how to properly use it. I'm working on this. :) And, this probably is less than a third. I've seen some really awesome pictures taken with phone cameras! :)
- 1/3 Editing- This involves knowledge of software and an element of personal creativity (like the first 1/3).