Saturday, June 2, 2012

My Baptism Story

Steve and I found Anchor several years ago, when we literally had nowhere else to turn. I was a stay-at-home-mom, and he had lost his job. We had run out of our savings and couldn’t put food on the table. We started calling churches for a voucher to the food bank. Anchor was the only church that was willing to give us a voucher and ask for nothing prior to giving it, nor after us receiving it; that piqued our interest…so the following Sunday, we found ourselves at Anchor. That was just the beginning of our journey…
          I have come to realize that Jesus is a driving force in my life, and that I want to live my life for him, by doing right by him. I want to be stronger in my convictions and show others the path to Salvation.
           Getting baptized is an overt symbol of me, giving my life over to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Being baptized symbolizes a new beginning; the death of the old me, and the birth of the new and improved me. I am shedding my old ways of trying to control where my life is going and how I’m getting there. I am putting it all in His hands. I will follow Christ wherever and however he leads me. I know He will get me to where I need to be when I need to be there.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Somehow, I never pictured....

...myself as a homeschooling mom, yet here I am. The shocker? I'm LOVING it!! I am really sad about the circumstances that necessitated this step, but I'm totally enjoying it. The girls have a renewed sense of learning and look forward to doing their work each day. I know this may get old for them, but I sure hope not! 

One thing I have noticed about myself? That the patience I lost long ago has since returned. I get energized at the thought of sitting down with the girls and doing an "all-together" lesson. I love the one-on-one time I am getting with each girl, and I know they are loving it too.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Eve 2011 Will Be Different This Year...

We've decided to try something different for Christmas eve this year. First of all, we're going to make our cookies starting at about 12:30 Saturday, instead of doing them beforehand. Our gift opening is going to be vastly different from any other year, too. Here's how that's going to work:
  1. I am going to take everyone's cell phone and set an alarm on each one for a random time. 
  2. At Noon, I will chose a gift for each of the 5 kiddos to open. They will all take turns opening their gift.
  3. From then on, when a kiddo's alarm goes off, they will chose one gift for themselves, and one gift for each other child to open.
  4. This will happen 4 more times, and each kiddo will have one turn to do the gift choosing.
  5. After all of the alarms have gone off, Steve will choose one last gift for each kiddo to open. 
We are hoping that this method will make their Christmas joy last a bit longer. The last alarm will go off by 4 P.M.; that way we have a break before we sit down together at 6 to begin opening all of the gifts that are not from Santa.

Food for the day is going to be a bunch of everyone's favorite snacky things and breakfast will be Cinnamon Rolls. I'm sure I will blog again about how well this did or did not work :)
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