Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dinner Party Rules

I have a rule when we have company over.  To not be a Martha when guests are in my home!  (Luke 10:39-42)

We had friends over for dinner one Friday evening.  There were a total of 16 of us!!!!  We've done it before.  But we don't do it nearly as often as we should. 

One thing is for sure though.  

The time sitting around visiting and playing games and listening to the (10!!!) kids play is far more important than doing the dishes while they are all here.

My awesome husband told me to come to bed after they had all left.  I was a little uncomfortable with this as I was leaving in the morning with some kids from church to attend a kids conference.  (working on not being as much of a Martha with my family!) But I went to bed and then left the mess and came home that afternoon to it all cleaned up.  Bonus!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

As we wait with much anticipation of warmer weather, we can't wait to get outside and enjoy life here in the Yellow House on the's a little chilly still, but we've managed to get a preview of the fun that spring and summer surely will bring.

Fun with Daddy

I wonder how much longer they will be able to do this? 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Treasure Chest

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."  Matthew 6:19-21

 The Boy just recently finished a book on the Holocaust in his Language Arts class. They had to come up with a PowerPoint what they would put in a "treasure chest" that would create change in the world.  They needed graphic images and a description on each point. Then they had to write an essay taking what they had on their PowerPoint and making some connections to the story they had just read. I have the privilege of being his editor. Other than some minor technical errors, I have to say, this mama's heart was so proud of the work he did that I don't think I would have minded   what grade he got. 

My treasure chest for change has five items they are a twenty sided die (d20), a lantern, salt, hands, and a compass.

My first item is a d20. I would have a d20 because there are so many ways it could land. You never know where life is going to take you. In the Holocaust, the Jews were treated unfairly. Their die did not roll in their favor.

My second item is a lantern. When times are bad and dark you need to be the light of the world for others and show them the right path to follow. The Jews in the Holocaust definitely needed a light for there world and many didn’t survive.

My third item is salt. If salt has lost its flavor it becomes useless. Salt is to remind me to not live life just going through the motions. Life can become boring and loose flavor. If you change it up and step out of the crowd, you can be different. For the sufferers of the Holocaust when their family member died or got sent to a work or concentration camp they would morn and lose there taste and they just went through the motions of life.

The next item in my treasure chest is a pair of hands. We can use our hands for many things such as serving others and helping other people in need. We as humans have the capability to do greatness. The sad thing is we don’t. We sit at home and play video games and text our friends all day. We need to get active and give a helping hand to those in need. In the time of World War II people suffered all across the world but were in better shape than the Jews. The United States needed t o help with the war sooner than we did.

Finally I have a compass. We need to follow a compass. Not the one everyone else follows, but the one that less and less people follow each day. You might think the benefits of the crowd are good and rewarding, but they aren’t. It will lead you to a place you don’t want to be. So that’s why you need to follow the compass I follow. Some people were not following the right compass such as the Nazis who killed innocent people who supposedly were to blame for Germany losing WII.

What I learned is how others don’t do as they should. They feel they are better than others because of hair color, eye color, how tall you are, and religion. We should follow the golden rule first spoken over two thousand years ago, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” Luke 6:31.

In case you were wondering, he got a 100% and a nice compliment from his teacher.

Saturday, March 05, 2011


I can't believe that I forgot about Valentines Day!!!!!

The pictures have been living in my camera.  OOPS!

We celebrated on Sunday the 13th because the 14th The Boy had High School orientation and I didn't want to be rushed. 
We had our traditional candle light dinner of chocolate fondue with lots of yummy dippers.

Little Dude had been sleeping.  We didn't want him to miss out so we woke him up.  Sort of.

I think this is one of their favorite meals of the entire year.  

It's a sweet way to celebrate with the loves of my life. 

Photo Op

It melts my heart when I walk into the living room and see BuhBuh snuggled up on the couch reading a story to Little Dude. 

It was a really sweet moment that I wanted to capture.

But I just wasn't sneaky enough.....

Friday, March 04, 2011

Lots O Mommies!!!

While in the check out lane at Target, Little Dude was sitting in the cart shaking his head back and forth really fast.....

Little Dude:  WHOA!!!!!  I SEE LOTS O MOMMIES!!!!!!!!!!

Who Loves You???

Little Dude:  God loves me.

Me:  You're right!  God does love you.  Who else loves you?

Little Dude:  You.

Me:  You're right!  Who else loves you?

Little Dude:  UNDERWEAR!!!!!!!!  ***an eruption of 3-year old giggles***