Saturday, February 28, 2015

Imitators of God

Tradegy seems to be all around us.  Car crashes, natural disasters and shooting rampages.  Our finite minds try to gain understanding to what is going on around us.
My friend's nephew was recently killed in car crash. They honored Lucas this past Thursday at a basketball game.  I am amazed at Lucas' mom and her stamina.  At half time she gave a short speech of how Lucas strived to live like Jesus. Melissa told a public school gym full of teenagers that high school is not always a happy place. She encouraged teenagers to see out those who are struggling, to smile at new faces walking the halls.  

Through her grief Melissa was able to give her son's testimony and spurred others to spread Jesus love. "In his fifteen short years, Lucas taught us more about life than many learn in a hundred.  Lucas' heart and his gift of loving other encompassed everything he did. His compassion was evident in his service in Guatemala, through his loving on his little brother and sister, and standing up for those being bullied at school.  He cared more about others than himself."  Every day he sought to bring a smile to the face of those who were hurting. He overcame his own medical struggles with courage and dignity. We can be a light in a dark world."   

Her current verse to remember Lucas is:

Ephesians 5:1-2: Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.  

Come soon Lord Jesus!

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Fear has been in my heart lately.  Anxiety has been in my heart too.  This is a picture of my oldest child when he was 20 months old. We just brought his little sister home from the hospital. He fully embraced each moment to the fullest. He would hug and kiss her, point to her nose and eyes and continued to march on sharing his parents devotion.  His dad is in the background giving him a send off into the world of toddler hood.  May I be more like my 20 month old.  Determined and ready to face any challenge.  

God doesn't want us to have fear or anxiety. Life is hard, even crazy difficult, but God walks along each step of the way. I need to give each fear, each anxiety to my Creator and he will carry me. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Speech Apraxia Resources

As a homeschool mom you want the best for your kids but you want to minimize the outside influences on your household.  My 3 year old has some speech difficulties. I was a nanny for a girl with speech difficulties and I find that my knowledge of ASL has helped as well.  Instead of bringing in a speech therapist we decided to look for our own resources.  I continue to pray that I will run into another homeschool mom who is a speech therapist or knows of specific resources for me to use.

Youtube has some great resources.

Ipad also has some resources for speech apaxia.

Articulation Station has also been helpful for us.

Sunday, February 1, 2015


This weekend I tried to be impulsive. I made a couple plans with friends and intended to go out to eat while the hubby was away. However, it just didn't happen.  Friday afternoon I was able to hang out with a friend and her two kids. I went to Meijer also with 2 kids. Wow, is Meijer overstimulating for me now. Its hard for me to focus.

I also thought being impulsive and "Free" would bring me happiness. It doesn't. So thankful my hubby keeps me grounded. I desire to continue to live the simple life and continue to simplify my life.

My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;  All other ground is sinking sand,  All other ground is sinking sand.