Tuesday, October 26, 2010


My kids being silly...

and then being sweet...

I love these kids! :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010


The kids and I went to Reed Gold Mine in Midland, NC today. Th just finished up a unit on the westward expansion, including the discovery of gold in California in 1849. I thought this field trip would be a fun way to end the unit. We looked at the exhibits, toured the mine, and panned for gold. It was so much fun, and a great learning experience! He was excited to find gold but as he shared with TJ, we "can't sell our house to become gold miners." I'd say he learned first-hand how labor intensive mining truly is, especially for such little pay-off. =)
The mine entrance:
Just inside the entrance:
50 feet underground, looking up a shaft:
The mine shaft from the outside:
T.G. watching the mill in operation. It was loud, but the noise didn't seem to bother her!
Th panning for gold:
T.G. panning for gold:
This verse ties in nicely to today's field trip and is a good reminder for us all: "but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal." ~Matthew 6:20.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mt. FrankandDot

That is the name we gave to the mountain where TJ's grandfather, Frank, and his wife, Dot, live. It is in northern Pennsylvania, only about 10 or so miles south of the New York state line. It was beautiful during our visit; the autumn colors were almost to their full glory!

We had a busy week with them.

TJ walked the cemetary where his grandmother is buried and shared fond memories with us of time spent with her.

We went to the playground:

We went to Ross Park and zoo (Binghamton, NY):

We picked apples at Russell Farm and Orchard:

We celebrated Teagan's 2nd birthday:

We learned about the longest concrete train bridge, which was built in 1915:

We celebrated Th's 8th birthday:

But best of all, we enjoyed sweet fellowship with dear loved ones! The kids enjoyed putting on their "Patch the Pirate" performance each evening after supper, and the grandparents enjoyed watching it! These are precious memories that we will always have, and I am so thankful we took the time to go visit. As Th remarked on our last night with Great-grandpa Frank and Great-grandma Dot, this was "probably the last time we're gonna be here because you're kinda old." Thankfully they had a great sense of humor and were not at all offended, but it did sadden us all to think about the truth in his words. Kids sure do have a way of saying things! :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

I Need You!

I was thinking about (reflecting on, really) Th's eye injury when something occurred to me: the night that it happened, he just wanted me. He wanted me to hold his hand, draw his bath water for him, sit with him, basically be close to him and not leave his side. The next day, when he went to the eye doctor, he wanted me to take him and not TJ. But, now that he's feeling better and his life has mostly returned to normal, he doesn't "need" me as much. I miss being needed and knowing that only I was able to soothe him.

Unfortunately, the above scenario describes how I've been with God. During the difficult times in my life, as I struggle to make sense of the hurt and pain I'm experiencing, I seek the Lord and cling tightly to His promises. However, once the storm passes and the fog lifts, I catch myself moving away from the Lord and not seeking Him so diligently. I can only surmise that He, like myself, misses the fellowship that comes with drawing close to Him. This week in particular, my prayer is that I will seek and cling and hold fast to the promises given by my heavenly Father, and that I would remind my children to do so, as well.

*"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." ~James 4:8

Monday, October 11, 2010

Never a Dull Moment!

As a mom to 5 kids, it's never a dull moment in our house. It seems like someone is always sick or hurt. This weekend it was Th's turn to visit the doctor. Here's why:

It's a long story but thankfully he'll be okay. The Lord's protection is evident as literally 1cm to the left and Th could have been blinded or more seriously wounded. Although it's gross to look at, he can see fine and is in only minor pain.

Thanks for the prayers for his quick recovery!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King's horses,
and all the King's men,
couldn't put Humpty together again.
~Mother Goose

Mother Goose came to visit Ta's class for a tea party today. In preparation for her arrival, the kids practiced reciting their favorite nursery rhymes and were encouraged to dress up as their favorite character. I think he looks adorable, if I do say so myself! =)