Thursday, May 28, 2015

Princess Bride Movie Night

Tonight the kids have the final book club of the year.  The kids bring snacks, discuss the book and have fun. In honor of this month’s book, William Goldman’s Princess Bride, my kids are taking True Love’s Kisses, As You Wish (Peanut) Buttercups, and Miracle Max’s Magic Pills! And for good measure I prepared a few Bottles of Wits, Iocane free of course, or are they? I was going to work on laundry today, but this was a lot more fun!

Love never fails. I Corinthians 13:8


Monday, May 25, 2015

Friendship and Heartache

This is my church, homeschool, Bible bowl, Metro Relief volunteering friend Ms. Stacy’s house. Last week Stacy & Todd and their five kiddos were on vacation in Florida when lightning struck their home in Allen, TX. Jon and the kids I spent today with many other friends trying to salvage what we could. The house is a total loss, but my sweet friend, her hubby and the kiddos are safe!
One of the most inspiring moments was as Todd was talking about one of the older kids asking, 'why our house,' Todd explained, 'out of all the houses in the neighborhood it hit the one house with no family inside.'
With that mind set I know the family will be ok.  It certainly puts everything in perspective.  The family was surrounded today by friends who will be with them through the coming months to get them back on their feet! 
But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.  Hebrews 3:6

Sunday, May 24, 2015

25 Years and Counting

Tomorrow Jon and I will celebrate 25 years of marriage.  That doesn't even seem possible!  The older I get the more I'm reminded of how quickly life passes by. 
Twenty-five years ago in the church where Jon grew up and was baptized my Uncle David married us on the Friday night before Memorial Day.  It was a hot Oklahoma summer evening and the air conditioner had gone out in the part of the building where the reception was being held.  A sweet four year old Frankie walked down the aisle as our flower girl, who wasn't at all happy when Jon kissed her 'Ms. Lisa.' 
So many fun memories of that day, and it's almost surreal that it was twenty five years ago.  I'm still crazy about this guy and feel so unbelievably blessed for the life we've shared!  Here's to another twenty-five years!

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  James 4:14

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Senior Sunday

This was our Senior Sunday at church, a time to honor and recognize the 20 high school graduates.  In the morning services each senior was presented with a Bible by our eldership. 
In the evening a special banquet was hosted in their honor.  The youth were presented with blessings from their parents.  The evening concluded with a fun slide show of the youth as they grew up.  Gotta' love those embarrassing baby bath tub photos! 

The congregation also set up gift tables for the seniors and the kids have been showered with gift cards, laundry baskets, extension cords and other thoughtful gifts!

He prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their homes.
2 Kings 6:23

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Fond Farewell

Great friends for a long time gathered this evening to say good bye to a sweet family who have been a part of our homeschool group for almost a decade.  The sisters have been with my kids through speech, drama club, book club, so many wonderful memories. 
The kids got together for an impromptu farewell party.  The family will be about an hour away and I'm sure the kids will get together.  So many things are changing, but I'm so grateful to the wonderful friendships and loving families who have been such a big part of the kids lives!

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.  2 Corinthians 13:11

Monday, May 11, 2015

Doctor Who Shoes

The girls were needing new shoes so we ran up to the local dollar store and picked up some simple shoes to decorate.  Next we looked at Pinterest, where all great craft ideas come from, for ideas!  Abigail selected Doctor Who themed shoes, so with a little masking tape and paint we had a fun pair of shoes. 
Next will be Captain America shoes for Sissy!  On a side note, even if you buy cheap shoes, make sure you get a decent inserts!

Your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  Ephesians 6:15

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Southern Force Softball

The rain has made softball season almost non-existent!  The girls have spent a lot of time practicing indoors at the batting cages but there is nothing like a real ball game.  Due to rain, the tournament we were going to play in this weekend was cancelled, however, the girls were able to get in a scrimmage.    I'm not sure it was their best game, but everyone of the girls on both teams were ecstatic to be out on the field!

The grass withers and the flowers fall,    but the word of our God endures forever.
Isaiah 40:8

Friday, May 8, 2015

Hawaiian Falls Water Park

Caleb is already back to work at his summer job at Hawaiian Falls Water Park.  His friend Richard will be joining him this summer.  Right now the two of them are filling in where ever they are needed because the staffing is still light until school gets out.  We'll see in a few weeks what departments they end up working for the summer. 
I think this week they have worked everything from retail, food, food runners and few other odd jobs.    The park officially opens up on Memorial Day weekend, right now they are working private parties like end of the year school events.

As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.
Genesis 8:22

Thursday, May 7, 2015

JFK Living History with Max Holland

Tonight's Living History for the Sixth Floor Museum featured journalist Max Holland.  Caleb and other members of the museum's Youth Advisory Committee served as docents for the program tracing the history of the Zapruder film.
Mr.  Holland is a journalist and author and tonight he walked through the tangled history of the most famous yet misunderstood piece of evidence from the assassination: the 26.5-second long film made by Dallas businessman Abraham Zapruder.
As a journalist, he has studied and written about various aspects of the assassination for more than two decades, with articles appearing in a variety of publications ranging from Newsweek, The Atlantic and The New York Times, to scholarly journals like Studies in Intelligence. His assassination-related book was The Kennedy Assassination Tapes.  In 2011, Mr. Holland was the lead consultant for a National Geographic Television documentary about the Kennedy assassination that premiered in November 2011, entitled JFK: The Lost Bullet
One of the fun portions of the Living History program is the question and answer segment.  Caleb said there was a lot of lively conspiracy theory conversation in tonight's program. 

His officials conspired against him and assassinated him at Beth Millo, on the road down to Silla.
2 Kings 12:20

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cinco de Mayo Fun

I found these pictures on my phone and had to laugh.  On Cinco de Mayo I had several boring errands to run and I tried to talk the girls into going with me.  Frankie did not want to go, so everywhere we stopped Abigail and I took pictures of our celebration and texted Frankie! 

Notice the finger cymbals at the gym; DVD shopping at Wal-Mart with a pinata, and   who doesn't stop for slushies at Sonic without their favorite maracas?  And, a little more celebrating at Big Lots! 

I'll bet Frankie rethinks her response about hanging out with us next Cinco de Mayo! 

the women sang to one another as they celebrated
1 Samuel 18:7

Friday, May 1, 2015

Avengers - Age of Ultron

We met up with our home schooled friends today to see the latest Avengers movie.  One of the perks of homeschooling includes seeing new movies the day they are released in the middle of the day while everyone else is at work or school. 
We met up with about 40 friends and had a great time. I forgot to get a group shot but we did take a couple of pics to out front when Jon texted asking how our day was going!
And I must say any day when you can have buttered popcorn and Junior Mints for breakfast is a good day!
The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
Genesis 6:4