Many changes have occurred in our family over the past year/year and a half. Last Fall (2014), Seth started attending Boise Bible College. He's pursuing a couple of different ministry options, but is leaning toward youth ministry. He absolutely loves living on campus, and he's doing great academically. My husband also joined BBC at the same time as Seth. Over the last couple years, Justin has felt God calling him into the ministry as a preacher, to be a light of compassion and truth to a hurting world. This also means God is calling me to be a preacher's wife. I've had many mixed feelings in this regard. But it's been obvious to me that this is what God is orchestrating in our lives. God has also been impressing the plight of refugees upon my heart in the last year or more, and I am wide open and ready to do what Jesus would have me do in helping those who are suffering, although I don't know exactly what this will look like. Also, we're moving out of the home we've lived in for fourteen years, as a sort of leap of faith, which I will eventually elaborate on. There has been a lot of "faith-leaping" lately, so I'll save it all for another blog post (or two or three). I may even let my husband, the preacher man himself, weigh in from time to time as a guest writer. I plan to invite Seth, as well, to talk about what it's like going to college with his Dad. As if that is not every kid's dream college experience. It's pretty handy to have one's clean underpants and socks hand-delivered by one's father, at school, while one is hanging out with cute girls. But for now, here is the belated father-son back to school picture from last fall. The rest are the younger boys' back to school pictures from the beginning of homeschool this year....jamies, blankies, puppies, and all.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
This has been a busy and momentous year for our family thus far. Justin and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary on the 3rd of this month. We were able, thanks to some wonderful sisters-in-law, to get away for the night. I am so incredibly thankful that I am still married to my best friend, and my lover. We can hardly believe it has been 20 years already. Sometimes, we still act like a couple of teenagers in love. Just ask our kids, who are grossed out by our affection for each other on a daily basis. This is not to say we get along perfectly, or that things have always been easy. But we still like each other a lot, and for that we are thankful!
|THEN: On our wedding day.|
|NOW: On our 20 year anniversary.|
|Senior Picture 2014|
The next day, our oldest son, Seth (who will turn 18 in August), graduated from the Idaho Virtual Academy, surrounded by many supportive friends and family. His father and I are incredibly proud of the godly young man he has become. He has a passion for youth ministry, and will be attending Boise Bible College this fall.
|The high school graduate and his very proud father.|
Jarod, who turned 14 in April, just completed middle school and promotes to high school level in the fall. Micah turned 12 in May, and will be promoting to the 7th grade. Gideon turned 9 in January and is going into the 4th grade. Titus will turn 8 in August, and will be going into the 3rd grade. Isaac, who just turned 5 years old in February, has already been doing Kindergarten level activities, as he enjoys being a "big boy" and doing school time with his brothers. He will continue with this in the fall. We are still homeschooling. The older boys school through the Idaho Virtual Academy, and the younger boys work with miscellaneous curriculum.
What we're up to:
Justin and I are currently having semi-regular Bible Study in our house (co-leading with another couple) on Tuesday nights, and are volunteering in the high school youth group on Monday nights. Justin is mentoring a couple of young men in the youth group, and I have found myself very attached to the girls in my care group. I am no longer playing keyboard or singing with the "SweetTarts". I am now playing worship (& occasionally singing) in the Celebrate Recovery Band at our church on Friday nights, which is a blast. I am also co-leader in the Life-Support group (dealing with relationships, and other emotional issues), and will be starting to co-lead a 12-step class in a couple weeks on Sunday nights. Justin is on the hunt for a new job, and excited to see where God will lead him. We both are growing closer and closer to Jesus, and can't wait to see what he has in store for our lives.
I'm somewhat sorry to admit that, even with all these boys, we really are not involved in sports. The boys are not on any teams, and we do not really watch sports very often. I realize that is completely un-American, but that just hasn't been a priority, which is OK because we can't afford it for 6 boys anyway. However, we do TONS of camping every Summer. There is daily tree-climbing, scooter-riding, tree-swinging, and other such adventures in the back yard. I don't think our boys are too ruined. ;) They have also all discovered a deep love of reading. Seth enjoys history pod-casts, and audio books. Jarod and Micah have recently discovered the genre of fantasy, and all things dragon-related. Gideon is enjoying The Hardy Boys. They all love music. Seth is a classic rock buff, and plays a mighty mean bass guitar, as well as acoustic guitar, and electric. Jarod and Micah both can play a few songs on ukulele, as well as guitar. Gideon has a drum set and loves to practice when he remembers to do so. Isaac and Titus do a great job shaking their shakers....sort of to the right beat. ;)
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Such a civilized bunch are we....
....as well as graceful.
....while the others watched 'The Hobbit'.
Justin has been faithfully leading our family in nightly bed time prayers, and each night we usually pray for a different country. We ended up praying for Turkey three nights in a row this week. We're following a prayer plan that we get via email. I don't know if the prayer-plan-writers thought praying for Turkey would be funny during Thanksgiving week or what, but those three nights our conversation with Isaac (our youngest, who is 4 yrs old) went something like this:
Isaac: "Daddy, what country are we praying for tonight?"
Justin: "We're praying for Turkey tonight."
Isaac: "Turkey??? We're praying for Turkey???"
Justin: "Yes, we're playing for Turkey."
Isaac: "Hee-hee-hee!!!! We're praying for Turkey!!! Hee-hee-hee!!! (Literally says, "hee-hee" when he giggles.)
Three nights in a row. Same conversation.
But the third night, after normal the "hee-hee-hee-we're-praying-for-Turkey"-s:
Isaac: "Daddy, why are we praying Turkey for?" (His way of asking what the country needs prayer about.)
Titus (our 7 yr old) piped up: "CRANBERRY SAUCE!!!" *Giggle-giggle-giggle*" (Didn't literally say, "giggle". He just giggled.)
Then last night, we finally prayed for a different country, which I'd never heard of before: Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan? Really? Of course, Isaac still thought it was funny, because Turkmenistan was just a really silly name for Turkey. He and Titus still got their "hee-hee-hees" & *giggle-giggle-giggles* in. And apparently we all had Turkey on the brain, because Jarod forgot how to say, "Turkmenistan" when it was his turn to pray. Instead, quite reverently and sincerely, Jarod prayed for, "Turk-mania". Yes, he did. And so, four nights in a row, Mommy got in trouble for *chuckle-chuckle-chuckling* (didn't say, "chuckle-chuckle"; just couldn't stop shaking and choking slightly) during bedtime prayers. Tonight, I can't even remember the name of the country we prayed for. Sad, I know, because it was like five minutes ago. But I don't think it was Turkey-anything though, or I would probably remember. As I tucked the boys into bed tonight.....
Me: "Goodnight, boys. Happy Thanksgiving. I love you."
Titus: "Happy Thanksgiving, Mommy. I wish we had prayed for Turkey again tonight."
Me too, kid. Me too. But still, even though we didn't pray for Turk-o-Rama, or Turkey-Lurkey, I am SO thankful for SO many things. I'm thankful that we still have the freedom to worship as we wish, that we are not tortured for believing in Jesus. I am thankful that we have carpet on the floor of our cozy house, instead of a dirt floor (though there is usually plenty of dirt on the carpet--not the same, I know). I am thankful that we have clean, running water, instead of having to walk five miles every day to find a mud puddle to drink from. I am thankful my children can go to the doctor (and naturopath) when they are sick. I am thankful that my family gets three meals per day, instead of per week. I am thankful for a husband who is seeing needy, lost, and hurting people through Jesus' eyes, and who is teaching our sons to do the same. I'm thankful for God's patience with me. And I'm so. very. thankful. for Turkey.
From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
It's 'only' been 6 months since I updated our family blog. Thought it was time to stop neglecting it. Here are some highlights since Spring:
For starters, Jarod turned 13, and had lots of friends over for a slumber party. I survived to tell about it, though the essence of socks, armpits, and "recycled" pizza lingered in my house for a few days there-after.
This is Jarod. He is very cool now that he is 13.
|This is Micah. He turned 11 this year.|
|So happy together. Mostly.|
|Justin & I had our 19th anniversary. Still in love. Looking forward to our 20th in a few months.|
This is Micah's first day of Middle School Youth Group at church. He is now officially "cool" too, in case you were wondering.
Seth started being allowed to "group date" this year. He felt a little gypped when he realized that he had already been hanging out with "groups" of friends & that not much had changed. But, hey....he can CALL it "dating" now. That matters. He also turned 17 this year, and is now a senior in high school. He has plans to get his driver's license, and head off to Boise Bible College....all in the next few months. He has a passion for youth ministry, and for music. I am very proud of him, and know he will do awesome things with his life. The first birdie will be leaving the nest soon. No, I do not want to talk about it.
Summer Camps & lots of family camp-outs happened this past Summer. I may back-track & do a camping blog post at some point. Because you can never have too many camping pictures.
My incredible, very sexy, hard-working man has been building me some awesome stuff this year, such as this amazing home-school computer table, and two sets of these awesome bunk beds for the boys' rooms. He is also remodeling the bathroom by the boys' rooms, because the floor had water damage & the change was long over-due. I may blog about that later as well.
I had the immense privilege, this past Spring, to go to Seattle to be with my little sister, while she had her 3rd baby, her first little girl. It was an exciting adventure which I embarked upon with all six boys. We had to leave Justin at home, as he could not take the time off of work. I had a blast with my boys, but I never want to do that without my husband again. Ever. I mean it. And that's all I have to say about that.
|The cousins all had a blast together.....mostly.|
|Welcome, Adelyn!!!! I was so blessed to be allowed|
in the delivery room when she arrived. So special!
|So proud of my beautiful sister, Keri, who is such a good mama.|
|Had so much fun spending time with all my little nieces & nephews,|
whom I rarely get to see. Miss them so much now.
|This is my cousin, Regina. She is the angel who|
watched my boys for hours on end so I could
spend time with my sister & brother-in-law
at the hospital.
While in Seattle, we got to visit Nanny & Papa, as well as Cousin Sorin.
This year we also welcomed Cousin Aaron Gabriel Alexander to the family. I may elaborate on this story in a coming blog post as well. Right now, I'm sticking to highlights.
For those family members who might feel left out, fear not. For your information, and so that I won't forget, more bloggie-type-stuffs (from 2013) to come are as follows:
*Visit from My brother & sis-in-law.
*Visit from my parents.
*Things that God is doing in our family.
*More family birthdays.
*Camping pics from this past Summer.
*Random, weird boy stuff.
*How my husband took Halloween away.
*How we get to have an extra long Christmas season so that my childhood is not lost.
*Too many things to remember, so let me know if I've forgotten something very important. And please forgive me if I never get around to any of these topics before my next post (or ever), which will most likely be in another 6 months from now, give or take.