Monday, November 26, 2007

A Wonderful Afternoon

I've been working on this journal entry since the 17th, but have been so busy that I've not gotten it completed. Finally, here it is!

One Friday Leah and I watched three children for their mother. The mother is expecting their fourth little one and we wanted to give her a bit of a break in order to rest and relax. We certainly enjoyed our time with the children. Though, don't we always!?


Leah helping the littlest one wash her hands for lunch.


Walking down the driveway to get a bit of exercise and to check the mail.

The children love my collie, Lassie, and always ask for me to take her out so they can pet her. She in turn loves the attention!

Girls Group

Having godly speech was the topic of our study with the verses we focused on being Ephesians 4:29-32 "Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification..." We also made roll-out cookies which was enjoyable!


Leah making a worksheet for our five year old. She cannot read nor write yet, so we make
a 'connect-the-dot' sheet of portions of our lessons each week so that she can trace around
the letters while the other girls write in their journals.

Me and the girls making roll-out cookies.

Leah with the second cutting crew. We rotated the girls between cutting cookies and decorating them so that we would have enough room. Our kitchen is a bit small to fit 15 of us in there at one time! So the kitchen was for cutting and our dining room table for decorating.

Following along as a Scripture verse is read.

Me teaching about having godly speech.

Some of the girls surprised us with juice and
homemade cake and muffins (using girl's group recipes) to share with the
girls. We all enjoyed this special treat! How it blesses my heart to see these
young ladies implementing the skills they have learned and then sharing
the "fruit of [their] hands" with others.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

A Blessing

As part of my Dad's home based business, we sell wildlife reference videos that he filmed and made back in the early 90's. The videos featuring whitetail deer, waterfowl, and a select few perching birds are designed to aid the wildlife artist. A couple of taxidermy companies carry his videos and we also sell privately. Well, the other night Dad pulled out one of the waterfowl videos to refresh his memory on what color to paint the feet of a Pintail Drake (which he was in the process of mounting). He played the video and we were shocked to see that the colors were almost completely washed out. The video looked more white and black as opposed to in color. We have a company copy the videos for us and Dad had just gotten a new batch and this video was taken from those. We automatically assumed that the master video was ruined thus leading to the degraded copies. But Dad wisely called the company just to make sure. After a few days, the company got back to us and the master is fine! They had made a mistake when copying the videos. What a great blessing that is to us! We were thinking that Dad was going to need to remake/reedit new videos from all the previously shot high 8 tapes - a lengthy and somewhat difficult process. Now that will not be necessary and we are so grateful to the Lord for this!

A few of the video covers

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Happenings

Every year our family, along with many other families, puts together a wheat, grain, etc. order from Wheat Montana. Last week the order arrived on Monday morning, so I canceled my sewing lessons for that morning and Dad, Leah, and I went to help unload. Once the semi arrived, Dad helped direct the driver in backing into the driveway of the home where the wheat was to be unloaded. Then several of the men climbed up into the trailer and carried the bags/pails down to the end of the trailer where they handed them to those waiting below (including Leah and I). We then carried the wheat to the designated areas in the garage. Those who had coordinated the order had hung signs up to let us know where each specific product should be placed which was very helpful. We unloaded the 7500 lbs. off of the semi and then many of us helped to load the vehicles of those who had come to pick up their order. While items were being loaded, I helped keep track of whom should get what, how many of an item they should get, etc. We were only gone for a few hours (though it seemed longer), and we made it back in time for my afternoon sewing lesson. We had such a fun time and it was a blessing to be able to visit with the others that were there.

This past Saturday was opening day for rifle season for deer. Ryan and I went out to his place Sunday evening to hunt. He didn't get any, but we were able to see three does venture into his food plot right at dusk. Deer are such beautiful creatures! We greatly enjoyed our time together and I'd like to be able to go with him again this season. He plans to go out again this weekend and we hope that he'll be able to get a few deer. If I have time, I'll be defrosting our freezer this Friday to make more room in case he does happen to get some.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

An Afternoon at Ryan's Land

A beautiful afternoon with temperatures in the 60's and a gentle breeze simply begs to be enjoyed. That is exactly what my family and I did this past Sunday afternoon. We needed to put up some purple paint (meaning no trespassing) on the roadside frontage of my brother's land before deer hunting season begins this Saturday. (We'll take the signs down afterwards), so what better time to do it! We greatly enjoyed ourselves and I even was able to get a family photo - once again utilizing Ryan's tractor and my camera's self-timer. But I am getting a bit ahead of myself . . .

The first order of business upon arriving was to spray paint some pieces of aluminum sheeting,

and then tack them to the telephone poles that border the front of his property.

While the men took care of this, Mom walked a bit.

Can you see her way in the distance?

Leah and I watched Dad and Ryan work and also took the opportunity to take some photographs of Ryan's land and a few of each other also.
Leah
Me
After all the signs were tacked up, we walked down to look at the pond. Well, at least Dad, Mom and Ryan did. Leah and I ran, which allowed for this photograph. (The land with the hay bales is not Ryan's, but is across the road. I surely do appreciate it though!)

I love this photo of Ryan and Leah - they are standing at the edge of his pond.

Dad and Leah looking at an animal track

On our walk around Ryan's property and in his woods, we kept an eye out for animal sign. The many tracks of raccoon, opossum, coyote, and possibly fox and bobcat made both Dad and Leah quite excited about trapping this year! Ryan too was pleased to see all the many deer tracks, a couple of scrapes and one rub. Dear season starts this Saturday and he hopes to hunt out at his place. Mmm, I can almost taste that fresh venison!


Thus concluded a lovely afternoon together as a family. Doing one of the things we all love, being out in and enjoying God's beautiful creation together.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Girls Group

Gratefulness

"Warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful"

Yesterday during girls group we discussed this quality and how to develop it in our lives. (What follows was taken from my notes though it is written in much more detail here!) We firstly looked at Colossians 3:16 and discussed how first and foremost we are to be grateful to God.


"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God."

God has done so very much for us, yet often we take His gifts for granted. All that we are, the very air we breath are gifts from Him. Even more importantly, we discussed God's greatest gift to us, His Son Jesus Christ, the Savior through whom we receive salvation and that not of ourselves, but as a gift from God.


How often are we to show gratefulness? When we feel like it? When we get wh
at we want?

"... in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."1 Thessalonians 5:18


"always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;" Ephesians 5:20


We then read the account in Luke 17:11-19 regarding the healing of the ten lepers by Christ. Of the ten, nine continued on their way. They had received what they wanted. They were no longer outcasts from
society. They were cleansed. Those nine had received so much, yet they did not even take the time to give praise and thanks to the One who had healed them. No, it was only one man who after being healed, turned back and went alone to Christ. The attitude of his heart is clearly seen as the Scriptures say that he was "glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him." What was the difference between this one man and the other nine? All were cleansed. All heard the same words from Christ's lips. What was the difference? The one had a heart of gratefulness. A heart of faith. He recognized that he did not 'deserve' to be healed. It was not his 'right' to be cleansed. But Christ had given it to him freely. A gift from the Savior of the world.

Which of the ten men would you have been?

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We then went on to make a list of some of the blessings that we have received from God. And then similar lists for our Dad, Mom, brothers and sisters. When we were talking about what our parents have done for us, I mentioned a parent's protection of their children. The thought came to me to ask "Do we show thankfulness to our parents when they say 'no' to certain activities that we want to do because they know it isn't the best thing for us?" One girl raised her hand and shared that this had happened to her just the night before. What an opportunity to share the truth of God's Word in regards to submitting to our parent's authority! To love and honor them even more because of their protection over us. I am so thankful to God that He provided the time to be able to discuss this, and I pray that it will have an impact on all of the girl's lives.

As I mentioned in my last journal entry, we had planned to make 'thank you' cards with the girls which we did. After making our lists earlier, the girls had many ideas of who to make one for.

The sample cards

Tracing around a leaf stencil that we had made

Leah helping one of the girls with her card

Clean-up time!

(Leah and I were so surprised when several of the girls made cards for us. We were not at all expecting that and we were so blessed by their thoughtfulness!)


Thursday, November 1, 2007

This and that

Yesterday afternoon, we spent some time out at Ryan's place and had a great time!

Leah and I

After getting back from his place, Leah and I had some more preparation work to do for girls group (which is today). We had already done a basic planning on Tuesday for the month of November, but we needed to prepare a lesson and get the craft supplies ready for today.

We plan to make 'Thank You' cards with the girls as we will be learning about the quality of gratefulness. Leah and I made a few sample cards (which is what we are doing in the above photo) to give the girls some ideas.
A card in progress . . .
Last evening after dinner and dishes, I set up my sewing machine downstairs so that I could quilt and still be by the rest of the family. Leah found my camera and snapped a few pictures. After sewing for many years you'd think I'd have a bunch of photos of me sewing, but this is the very first one (that I can remember anyway!)