Tuesday, March 31, 2009
"Some" of the clothes Melissa gave Grace. Yes, there were more. There was still a load in the dryer when I took these pictures.
Here is the sofa and loveseat when used properly by three crazy kids. Don't tell their grandma, okay?
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Our town has a lot of empty houses. The mortgage crisis has hit our town hard and many homes have been foreclosed. We came across several houses that were empty and several more that were for sale. We had visited lots of these houses and got kind of tired of going up and down driveways for nothing. We came across a home that looked deserted. No car in the driveway, overgrown yard, you know the look. Sonta and I said we should just skip that house and move on. Matthew, however, wanted none of that. He said "but someone might live there and if they do, they need to go to church so we should go to it anyway." Okay, so we felt guilty. We dutifully trudged up the empty driveway and knocked on the door. Much to our surprise, the door was opened by a woman and a little girl who was very excited to get the package of cookies and seemed really impressed that the church went to so much trouble for them. It was really sweet......and humbling. It took an eight year old to convince us to visit a home and share an invitation to church. The eight year old believed that if there was indeed someone at that house, they should have the opportunity to hear about Christ. How about you? Would you have had as much faith and determination as he did?
While we were over getting things situated, the children played outside and also ran around the empty house. They didn't seem to notice that Papa and Grandma were not actually at the house. Until Grace wanted to take off her helmet and ride her scooter and tricycle. When she was informed that she had to keep the helmet on if she wanted to ride, she searched the entire house yelling "Grandma, Grandma!" Guess she thought, if mommy says no, she should ask grandma. She must not know her grandma very well. Even if Grandma had been there, Grace would have still had to wear the helmet!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
- How can Jesus take away sins that we haven't even commited yet?
- Why does he ask us to be baptized?
- When can I call myself a Christian?
- Why do we use grape juice for the Lord's supper and some places use wine?
As you can guess, it was a very interesting conversation. The most important one in his mind was definitely the grape juice versus wine question. He finally decided that drinking a little bit of wine was not a good idea because if you drink a little bit you would want more and that could make you drunk. The Bible says not to become drunk. He also said that if you drink grape juice you might want to drink more but that would be okay because Grapes are good for you anyway. I love theological discussions with the eight year old!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Okay, maybe not. Here they are from another angle. It was packed on Friday. Not sure how I managed to get that one picture without anyone in view. There was a huge crowd but we still had a nice day. So glad that we have passes so we don't feel cheated when we don't get to do very much in one day.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Getting material to put in the machine
Got the material put in properly and snapped the needle down to start sewing
Pushing the buttons to decide what type of stitch she wanted
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
When I go to outer space, I jumped on the planet that was Mars. Then I hopped into a spaceship and then the spaceship went light speed and then it went to my house. Then it went to a castle that was far away in outer space. I looked at the stars. Then I found Ewoks which were rubber duckies! Do you know what they are? They are duckies that are Ewoks that have candy canes that are weapons which can't kill you on your neck. Second, I pushed the button and then a puzzle came out of outer space into the spaceship. Then the puzzle came to me and I fixed it. Then I pushed another button. Then do you know what happened when I pushed the green button? Fruit loops came! They were yummy and I ate them. My tummy was full and it was not hurting. I brought my spaceship back home then and gave it to my mom. The end!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Here are a couple of my latest creations. Nathanael got a lizard pillow (Matthew got a frog pillow but I haven't taken a picture of it yet) and Grace got this outfit. I was so proud of the outfit. I think it came out so cute. The bottom are actually shorts but they have the panel in front so it looks like a skirt and I came up with the idea of using two patterns and placing a strip of the alternate fabric on each piece. She joyously ran to show her daddy her new outfit and do you know what his first response was? That the shirt is too short! hrmph! So I guess I need to add another strip of material to the bottom of the shirt so her tummy won't show when she raises her arms.
Last week we celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with a Green Eggs and Ham party at my friend Allison's house. Allison read the book and the kids ate green eggs and ham. Grace ate all her ham and then at least tried her eggs (she was NOT impressed.) Jonathan refused to even try them for the longest time but finally took a little bite of eggs just so he could get down and play. So much for experiencing new things.