Friday, December 25, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Making a Joyful Noise!

An Experience to Remember...

Have you ever been in the car/van with your kids and everyone is tired (esp you) and everyone is getting on everyone else's nerves and you think that maybe this is the 30 minute drive that will definitely make you lose your mind...for good?

That was me tonight...driving home from Lakeland about 7 pm and the bickering/groaning/nagging began the second the doors closed and the engine started. As we drove and I tried different techniques to quiet them/bring peace... every single thing backfired. The quiet game was ruined by someone sneezing... the non-sneezer said "she's out" and you know the ping pong of words that followed suit. SO... no one won the quiet game. Just plain threatening had no 'fangs' cause those who were to recieve the 'discipline' upon arrival home, just whined about the upcoming ''tactile demonstration of thier disobedience'.

I was about this close (hold your fingers about a centimeter apart) to really losing it...suddenly I started singing a snappy tune called Making Melodies - of course, the kids groaned. I said we will keep singing it until everyone sings with took three rounds. As the last note ended, I started up again with This is the Day. Suddenly I had three quite grumpy children turn into three happily singing children. We each took turns singing different songs with the only criteria be they were songs about God/Christ. The range of artist was from Steven Curtis Chapman, Brandon Heath, Chris Rice, Veggie Tales plus a ton that are just great Sunday Morning Sing a long songs - My God is so Big, Joy Down in My Heart, Lord Prepare Me, ...

I think I know how the extreme makeover occured...each of us were focusing on me, me, me, me, me, me, me. What we needed to make us happy, what we needed when we got home, What we didn't get when we were visiting the cousins etc. Actually we needed the Lord to inhabit us and fill us with His love! I know there is a scripture that says... "the Lord inhabits the praises of his people" - but the reference eludes me. I do know that scripture is true because I saw and felt the extreme makeover myself.

So... next time you are in one of those places...start singing songs that the Lord puts on your hearts, sing out to Him... He is always listening.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Teachers Little Helper - Genesis 2

Ignore this post.... if you are not Dana or Tara

Also, I know its redundant, but I’ve been told, and believe the kids should write their full name on every paper they do and the date (sometimes abbreviated, sometimes spelled out).

Genesis 2:18 The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."

In the appendix you will find:

1. Genesis 2

2. Spelling: accent marks, syllables, definitions, etymology (etymology is shaded in grey)

3. Nouns from scripture:

4. Vocabulary study – strongs

5. Scientific Method

6. Poetry Specifics



Genesis 2

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Adam and Eve

4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.
When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens- 5 and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground- 7 the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."

18 The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."

19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,
"This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called 'woman, '
for she was taken out of man."

24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.


Spelling – alone, helper, suitable

· Alone: Pronunciation: \ə-ˈlōn\

· Function: adjective

· Adjective: separated from others

A 16 – on etymology website – letter A page 16

alone Look up alone at

c.1300 contraction of O.E. all ana "all by oneself," from all "all, wholly" + an "one" (see one). Similar compounds found in Ger. (allein) and Du. (alleen).

· Main Entry: help·er

· Pronunciation: \ˈhel-pər\

· Function: noun

· Date: 13th century

: one that helps; especially : a relatively unskilled worker who assists a skilled worker usually by manual labor

In the KJV, the bible uses the word help meet

Etymology: helpmeet: letter h page 6

helpmate Look up helpmate at

"companion," 1715, a ghost word, altered from helpmeet, from the Biblical translation of L. adjutorium simile sibi [Gen. ii.18] as "an help meet (i.e. fit) for him" (Heb.'ezer keneghdo), which was already by 1673 being printed as help-meet and mistaken for one word.

Main Entry: suit·able

· Pronunciation: \ˈsü-tə-bəl\

· Function: adjective

· Date: 1581

1 obsolete : similar, matching
2 a : adapted to a use or purpose <suitable for kitchen use> b : satisfying propriety : proper <suitable dress> c : able,qualified suitable candidate for the job>

fit (n.1) Look up fit at

1823, "the fitting of one thing to another," later (1831) "the way something fits." Origin obscure, possibly from O.E. fitt "a conflict, a struggle" (see fit (n.2)).



Lord - proper

God - proper

man - common

helper - common


Vocabulary Study

Original Word

Word Origin


causatively from (02331)

Transliterated Word

TDNT Entry



Phonetic Spelling

Parts of Speech


Proper Name Feminine


Eve = "life" or "living"

1. the first woman, wife of Adam

King James Word Usage - Total: 2

Eve 2

The KJV Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon

Strong's Number: 05828

Browse Lexicon

Original Word

Word Origin


from (05826)

Transliterated Word

TDNT Entry


TWOT - 1598a

Phonetic Spelling

Parts of Speech


Noun Masculine


1. help, succour

a. help, succour

b. one who helps

King James Word Usage - Total: 21

help 19, help meet 2


A great example of the scientific method for an experiment (dont do it – just talk about it):

A poster that explains scientific method

There’s a sheet in our book to use – not sure it’s the best for our type of experiment…

Jen, my sis, and science teacher extraordinaire is looking for something for us… I’ll email it when she sends it


Day 1. Read

Day 2. Write first stanza, locate and underline words that rhyme and fill out blanks (poetry sheet)

Day 3. Count syllables in each line and write the syllables next to line – this is called rhythm of the poem

Day 4. Look up word/s you do not know in the dictionary. Write the words phonetic spelling and definition (own paper)

Day 5. (own paper) What is the lesson to be learned or topic of this poem?

Answer questions: Who, what, when, where, how, and why?

Write the lines from the poem, that summarizes main subject

Write a scripture and its sentence for a concluding sentence.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day, Steve!

Katy and Kirsten were inspired last night while wrapping Steve's gifts and used their imagination and quite of bit of tissue paper, glue, and gems to make their daddy King for a day.
Steve arrived home about 6:45, welcomed by this sign taped across the door, and I promptly woke the kids to present thier presents to him.
Everyone was a great sport and I think Steve felt honored.

First Steve was given a Golden Medallion that said he was the Best Dad in the World!

Then Sammy gave him a crown and he was given the title of "Papito, King of All Daddies"

Finally he was given a sceptor that named him "Ruler of our Home!"

Happy Dad with realllly happy kids!

I love you Steven - thanks for being a wonderful daddy and a loving husband!

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hope for Honduras...

We are OFF!

to Honduras!

Hope for Honduras is a team of 13 people (6 kids, 7 adults) who will minister to children and families.

We are a little nervous and very, very excited.

We will post lots of pictures etc.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Brennan being baptized by Mr. Elliot and Morgan by Pastor Billy!

Jennifer by Mr. Elliot and Shannon by Pastor Billy.

Today was a super exciting day! A wonderful family from church hosts an Easter Celebration which includes a baptism.
My sister and her kids followed Christs' example in baptism!
It was such a awesome experience to watch!
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