School Now In Session

Corbin is now onto his second week of home school and we happened to have received our first Geo package from Georgia. We opened up the box this morning to discover what was inside. There was a shirt that had been dyed with real Georgia dirt, homemade hot sauce, tons of awesome brochures about the state, a cannon collectors pin, some stickers and activity sheets. Amazing! Corbin loved it all! We decided to make a fun collage using the pictures and information we found inside the brochures and magazines. Looking at everything really gave us a chance to talk about geography, topography, maps, civil war, native animals and plants and much more. If all packages are like this one we are going to have a blast learning about the great country we live in. Big thanks to Ashley Davis and family. 1275806_10201903694933144_2131124820_o1277436_10201904111583560_1538771963_o14136_10201904098783240_2048329710_n

School Photos

I remember when my mom would take a photo of my brother and I on our first day of school and I wanted to do the same for my boys. Before we started our first day of kindergarten I took them outside to take a few photos to remember the day. These are precious memories in the making!
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Sulpher Nature Center

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The boys and I enjoyed a fun day out. We went to the Sulpher Nature Center (free admission) and looked at some animals and walked a trail, stopped at San Felipe park to check it out before heading over to the Hayward library and couldn’t resist stopping at Casper’s hotdogs for lunch.

Sweet Like Honey or Sharp Like a Knife

Not sure about you, but conviction hurts. You know when you feel it in your gut. Today as I went out with the boys to do a few errands I found myself using very aggressive and pessimistic words to my boys and found my aggravation growing during our visit to the store. I couldn’t get the boys to stop poking each other and inevitably someone would get hurt. I used threats of leaving the store for discipline “a spank” if they could not have self control and keep their hands to themselves. That would last for a short time before someone would poke the other and another round of threats would come from my mouth sucking the energy right out of me. I couldn’t wait to leave! I knew I should handle the situation differently, but I didn’t. After getting home I came across a blog, Raising Godly Children, where I read “50 Things You Can Say to Make Your Child Feel Great” and “Helping Our Children Confess” and the conviction hit.

We can make it difficult for our children to confess their sins, or we can make it less challenging.
We can demand immediate repentance, or we can give the Holy Spirit time to work in their hearts.
We can self-righteously attack, or we can humbly come alongside.
We can turn their sin into a personal vendetta, or we can help them remember that they have sinned against God.
We can rant and rave about our inconvenience, or we can make God’s glory the issue.
We can belittle and berate and inspire fear and bitterness, or we can quietly appeal to their consciences, gently leading them to humble restoration.
We can leave them without hope or peace, or we can point them to the finished work of Christ.
We can treat them like God treats us, or we can play the accuser – like Satan.
Lord, help us, like Joshua, to be a picture of God’s grace in the lives of our children.

Do I want to inspire fear and bitterness or gently lead my boys to humble restoration? God, help me to take these words in and change my heart so that I can love as you love, speak as you do, encourage like you do…let me be wise and not foolish and help me to guide my children to love you.

Proverbs 16:24 “Kind words are like honey — sweet to the soul and healthy for the body”
Proverbs 15:4 “A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit”
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”
Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever”
1 John 1:8-10 “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

Corbin Starts Kindergarten

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Corbin starts kindergarten on Monday, August 19th. I have seen this day coming and now it’s here. I have the privilege of homeschooling him and can’t be more excited for us as a family to start this learning adventure together. Target, Dollar Tree and Walmart are just a few great resources I’ve taken advantage of for inexpensive school items. I found all this loot and mostly paid a dollar for each. Target has reusable 8 1/2 x 11 write and wipe plastic pockets that are awesome. I can slide a math sheet and have Corbin use a dry erase marker for the exercise and the paper can be reused later. Lakeshore Learning charges $2.49 each and Target has them for $1. Score! IMG_6147 (1024x683)

We chose to use Heart of Dakota for our christian curriculum and will be using Little Hearts for His Glory, ages 5-7. Friends of ours have used it for years and raved about how their boys have enjoyed it, that it’s God centered, the curriculum has everything you need to get started and is a fantastic value. After some research I realized that indeed Heart of Dakota was a gem and would be a great way to start Corbin’s first year of school.
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I have also been busy trying to get our family room converted into a school zone. It is the brightest room in the house and will be a fun environment for us all to learn, interact and play. I also wanted a place for Benjamin to be in where he didn’t feel left out and alone. Here is a photo of our family room in progress. I’m sure it will change often as we go along, but it’s a start. IMG_6142 (1024x568)

Coffee Cozy

Back in January my father in law took me to a local coffee shop and showed me they had handmade coffee cozies and told me I should start making them. I put it in my memory bank until last night. I finally made my first coffee cozy! This cozy is sporting a bright superhero fabric. IMG_6119 (683x1024)

Items In Action – Shabby Chic Birthday Set

A new friend from church is a photographer and wanted to try her hand at a cake smash session and asked if I could help her create the perfect look. She wanted a shabby chic/vintage look. Here are the items I created for her – Sweet floral birthday hat, double sided banner (other side is for a boy) and adorable bloomers with ruffle and bow details.
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Here are a few of the images Angie Ochoa Photography captured. Simply Lovely!
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