Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ryan has returned home, Praise God!

Please continue to lift his family up in prayer.

We are just now returned from our church's annual campout. God has been kind and merciful to us, his people, this weekend. I can't wait to tell ya'll about our adventures, one of them I hope never to experience again!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Update on Ryan

Ryan has contacted his family to let them know that he is alive and that he is receiving counsel from a godly minister. Please continue to pray for repentance and a return home. Thanks

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

I just wanted to call attention to Carmon's Top Ten List of Ways to Be Productive at Home, it's exellent as well as the new addition to the Prairie Muffin Manifesto. Read, and be encouraged (or convicted).

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Urgent Prayer Request

Please pray for this:
Please pray for an elder in a sister church of ours. He has been missing for a couple of days. He went to work sick and never came home. He is married and has two little daughters. Please pray for Ryan and for his wife, Judith and family. Thanks

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

All of the Windows are Open!

I love, love this time of year! It gives me so much energy!

I have had two good days in a row, and today looks pretty good as well. I try and try to not let my circumstances rule my attitude, but when I get an encouragement like this, I realize how much I failed when discouraged.
Heavenly Father, please help me to be more faithful to you when discouraged and to show that I trust in you. Give me a sweetness of disposition in trial that your own son demonstrated at the cross. Help me to continue to strive to be more like Jesus. Amen!

Yesterday the kids got right down to chores and schoolwork because I had promised to take Shayna out to shop for dress shoes and for Isaac to be able to hang out with Steven in the afternoon if they were done. On Mondays, they have tons of reading assignments and they did really well with not daydreaming and getting side tracked.

Shayna and I found some cute Mary Janes at Kohl's...I'm so glad that they are in style right now for women- her feet are growing so much! Then we spent about an hour and a half in the thrift store and as is often the case, God went before me there. As I often do, I waited to go until we were desperate for clothes for Shayna, I hate breaking up the routine at home to go out! So, we finally went to the thrift store, praying for atleast a black skirt and a couple more pairs of shoes as all of hers are too small. We found 5 skirts, 7 tops and two pairs of name brand, new, shoes. For holiday presents, I found 5 sets of Little Bear Wheeler's Historical Devotional tapes and a G.A.Henty book on tape! I kept thinking about the homeschooler who must have dejunked and gotten rid of things her boys have outgrown... (well, that's my scenario!). So, the trip was a success and we left just as I was feeling I really had to go home.

Conrad took us all out to dinner at Chili's to celebrate his and Gaelan's birthday, as well as Isaac's placement day. They all fall within nine days of each other. It was nice, it has been a very long time since we went to a restaurant, since my birthday in February. We all said that we were glad that it occurs so seldom because it was such a treat!

Today is another school and chores day, as well as LAUNDRY!! Yes, we attack Mt. Never-Rest today! Tomorrow I go to see the Dr. for my final exam. Please pray that I get the all clear to get back to normal life and that my iron levels are back to normal.

What's for dinner?: chilly day soup, buttermilk (keifer) cheesebread and salad. (Conrad won't be home for supper as he is working late and then going right on to the Crisis Pregnancy Center board meeting.) Isaac also has soccer practice soon after dinner.

Things I'm thankful for: All of the new families at church. We have outgrown the building we are renting, but it is such a joy to meet so many new families! For this wonderful weather. For God's faithful provision in meeting our every need.

Things we are looking forward to: The church campout! Woohoo! Our Reformation Celebration. My favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.

Praying for my family: Getting back to the routine of this...Just going to pray Psalm 15 for everyone!
Concentrating in prayer today for: Micah and his family as well as the Murnion family.

We are using Tapestry of Grace this year and we are in week two. We are studying Exodus.
Have a blessed day, everyone!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

My Alternate Name Meme

From Mrs. Wilt My favorite is 4.
If you wish, consider yourself tagged.
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car),Cortez Mercury
2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie),Chocolate Shortbread
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name),M-Dos
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal),Red Heron (Now THAT'S funny!)
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born),Jean Annapolis
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first),Dos-ma
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink),The Green Coffee
8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers),John James
9. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ),Elizabeth Eugene
10. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter),Koester Kalamazoo
11. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower).Autumn Rose
12. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)Strawberry Jumpery
13. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree),Cereal Magnolia
14. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”),The Embroidery Sunshine Tour