|Last week we went on a field trip to the Stony Hill Fire Department. I am so glad that we did this. The hardworking men of this fire department were warm, welcoming, and did a fantastic job talking to the children! We toured the facility and one of the men put all of his fire gear on to acquaint the children with the equipment and what they would look like if they ever needed to enter the home and rescue one of them.|
|You might imagine that this field trip was especially exciting for Jonathan! He was absolutely enthralled with every bit of it.|
|I had never considered how scary a fireman could look with all their gear on to a child. It's important for children to see them this way, so that if he/she needs to be saved she won't run away from him!|
|The children were carefully watching him suit up ... he even put on his oxygen mask and tank.|
|Rosalie was watching intently. Once all of his gear was on, he wanted each of the children to shake his hand. Rosalie was completely afraid of him and wouldn't go near him. (even after seeing him put it all on right in front of her) We've had several talks about it since and keep telling her she doesn't have to be afraid of the fireman ... he helps people!|
|Rosalie and Samantha on the back of the firetruck.|
After he put all of his gear on, they let the children get into the firetruck and climb on the back of it.
|Nathan and Jonathan|
|Rosalie loved getting in the firetruck ... so much that she threw a fit when it was time to get out.|
|Aaron's turn in the firetruck!|
|Jonathan was in heaven!! He LOVES trucks ... especially firetrucks!|
|They gave each of the children fire hats!|
|Oh so cute!|
|Just before leaving we got a group shot next to the rescue boat. It was a super fun field trip and I'm glad we did it!|
Now ... off to develop a fire rescue plan for our home! :)
|Last week, tacos were on the menu, so I set out to make some whole wheat flour tortillas.|
Aaron absolutely loves to help me in the kitchen, so I put him to work pressing out the tortillas.
He worked hard using the tortilla press!
|He told me that it was more fun than playing video games! Now that is something that this Mom likes to hear!|
|He would do the first pressing, and then I would roll them out even more with a rolling pin ... and then I put them in the skillet to cook for a few seconds. They were the best tortillas ever! I love how much he loves to help me. I never have to be lonely in the kitchen when Aaron's around!|
Rosalie weighs 35 pounds,(90th percentile) and is 36 inches tall(40th percentile).
Jonathan weighs 42 3/4 pounds (59th percentile) and he is 42 3/4 inches tall.(45th percentile)
Favorite Subject in School: Math
Favorite Color: orange
Favorite thing to do in my free time: Play outside
Favorite Show: Superhero Squad
Favorite Food: Chicken, Rice and Broccoli stir fry
Favorite Dessert: Ice Cream
Favorite Book: Animal Book
Favorite Cookie: Chocolate Chip with toasted coconut
Favorite Vacation Spot: Disney World
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 1 (the entire chapter!)
Favorite Restaurant: Mexican
Favorite Activity: Awana - especially games!
Favorite thing to wear: pajamas
My Hobby: Legos
What I want to be when I grow up: The boss of the builders
Jonathan is an intense little boy. I have described him that way since he was a tiny baby. More than anything, he wants to be in charge ... which is not very easy for him, since he was not only born 3rd in the family ... he is the third boy. He tries to be in charge of everyone ... when that doesn't work ... he tries to be in charge of Rosalie. That usually doesn't work either because that little girl has a mind of her own! This leaves my poor Jonathan very frustrated. I am convinced, however, that one day he will be in charge of something ... and he will be the very best at it! He is extraordinarily strong willed. My biggest challenge is trying to figure out how to channel his strong will into something that will flourish and be honoring to God. It's a daily struggle for me and can be exhausting. He is truly all boy. He would spend entire days outside if I would let him. He is rough and tumble - the knees in his jeans don't have a chance! He has been known to fall asleep most anywhere if he sits down long enough. He plays hard and sleep hards.
I am enormously grateful for this boy. He does everything with all of his heart ... if he's writing letters, numbers, reading, or playing with sticks he is going to do it to the very best of his ability. (yes, he's a perfectionist ... which often leads to melting down if he doesn't get it perfectly on the first time ... we are working on that!)
My prayer for Jonathan:
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
Martin is 9 1/2 years old. He is 50.75 inches tall.(11th percentile) He weighs 63 pounds(36th percentile) He is in the 4th grade.
Favorite Subject in School: Independent History Study, which includes Draw and Write Through History as well as several History reading books.
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite thing to do in my free time: Play Video Games on the Wii
Favorite Movie: Cars 2
Favorite Food: Fettucine Alfredo
Favorite Dessert: Sweet Potato Pie with whipped cream
Favorite Book: Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Favorite Cookie: chocolate chip
Favorite Vacation Spot: Disney World
Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life."
Favorite Restaurant: Olive Garden
Favorite thing to wear: Jeans
My Hobby: Building Legos and hunting with Daddy
What I want to be when I grow up: Not sure yet
Notes from Mom:I am so thankful for Martin! We had an incredibly tough start to his 4th grade school year. He and I were struggling to figure out a good routine that would work for both of us. He was obstinate and unwilling to be flexible. We cried, we fought, we struggled, and we persevered. The results of those several weeks of struggle - and perhaps a little refining fire - have been worth the struggle! Martin is producing outstanding work each day - and his attitude about it is outstanding. I couldn't ask for anything better than what he is giving me. Martin's attitude tends to trickle down to the rest of the children, so I am thankful that he has consistently maintained an excellent attitude. He has always been an excellent helper to me and continues to be that for me. His biggest weakness is his temper. He has a quick and hot temper. One of his strengths, though, is that he quickly recognizes when he loses self control. Martin is an introvert. He is not comfortable in large groups of people. He is excellent one on one, however. He is tenderhearted and loving. I don't know what Martin will do when he grows up, but my prayer has always been and continues to be that he will love the Lord with all if his heart, soul, and mind - and love others as himself.
|Last week when Ryan and Nicole spent a couple of days with us, I took the girls out for a tea party! It was so much fun for all of us and a very special treat!|
|Rosalie LOVED putting the sugar cube in the tea!|
|She also loved stirring her tea!|
|It a very special afternoon of fun, food, and yummy tea!|
|Here are the special girls in front of the tea room! I love tea parties!|
|Last weekend our family came for a weekend visit! Since they came during hunting season, Rich took Ryan, (nephew) hunting. They had a fantastic time and it resulted in Ryan getting his first deer. They were both so excited ... we all were! We are all so happy that Ryan and Rich were able to go hunting together!|
|All of the children were super excited to see the Ryan's deer when they came home that night!|
|We went to my friend, Angela's house to play. Her children and mine ran and played the entire afternoon. I went home and made smoothies and popcorn for us to eat ... a few minutes into our family show ... we looked down and saw that Rosalie was fast asleep!|