The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me. ~ Psalm 16:6 nasb

Saturday, October 16, 2010

WWU--First Pure, Then Peaceable

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It's time to reflect back on my week, to store up memories in my heart,
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Home Life

What a week.  I have felt a calmness that can come only from the Lord.  I'm amazed that I feel this way, simply because our days are busy, in my opinion.  I've crossed off three or four items from my to-do list, only to write down five or six more.  I think, like my friend Shani, that I need to just buckle down and schedule some of these to-do items, so they actually get done.  Some of them require me to actually go out and do something, or get something--such as Joseph's handicapped state i.d. card (free, but we have to go to the driver's license facility with proper paperwork and identification).  The rest require simply my time.  Time?  What's that?!

Jacob and Danny turned in writing assignments again this week.  I think Danny is getting over his fear of talking in class, and talking to the professor!  He even emailed her to get an "okay" on which historical references he could use in his paper, after she told him that his example of Corrie ten Boom was not well-known enough to be cited in the assigned essay.  I must have read The Hiding Place dozens of times growing up, so I was somewhat taken aback that someone hadn't heard of Corrie.

Danny completed a few chemistry experiments.  The sales rep at the hardware store lectured Danny for several minutes about the dangers of working with lye.  Needless to say, I was nervous as he worked through the experiment.  But everything went without a hitch.

Also this week, I cut everyone's hair.  And I took pictures!  I keep telling my boys to stop looking so handsome, but they don't listen.  Jacob is still full of hair in the photo below, but he still looks good!

Future police officer/detective

My Kitchen and Garden

I'm still picking--my vegetables, that is!  We've enjoyed almost two glorious weeks of summer-like weather, and my tomatoes and green beans have gone crazy.  Plus, all the little green peppers on my plants are getting bigger.  Even though they're not supermarket-sized, they will work for salads, chili, soup...

I also have canning on my radar.  In fact, it's blipping away loudly as I prepare this wrap-up of my week!  Today is canning day--apples, spaghetti sauce, jalapeƱos, pepperoncinis... (I won't get it all done!)

My Project Desk

Sadly, I haven't completed any projects this week.  Up in my bedroom, my desk sits empty, waiting for me to work on something.  But Fernando says homeschool is priority, and I'm trying to rest in that.

Behind the Lens

This week, I took the plunge and created business cards for christine anne photography.  I wanted a photo to be imprinted on the cards, so I had to experiment.  Most of the photos I've taken aren't suited for writing to be imprinted on them.  I ended up outside for several different shots.  After creating six different cards, Fernando and I both decided on one--yes, the same one!  Here is a photo that didn't work well for a business card, but it's pretty enough for my portfolio.

Heart Thoughts

We've been reading through and studying James during our dinner hour (more like dinner hour-and-a-half!).  Fernando has gone into depth with word studies, which is one of my favorite things to do.  Here is a passage we studied this past week, with word definitions added.

James 3:17 nasb
But the wisdom from above is first
  • pure -- characterized by spiritual integrity
  • then peaceable -- peace-loving, peace-promoting
  • gentle -- characterized by a sweet reasonableness
  • reasonable -- showing obedience to God's standards
  • full of mercy and good fruits -- quick to forgive, having a concern for others
  • unwavering,
  • without hypocrisy --consistent and unwavering, undivided in commitment and conviction, doesn't make unfair distinctions

What a list.  It shows me that I have so far to go in seeking the Lord's wisdom instead of instantly using my own frail human wisdom.  God's foolishness is wiser than my greatest wisdom, and most times I can't grasp even His foolishness!  I read verses like these with a hunger to continue to seek after His wisdom, and with a humility that acknowledges that without Him, I am nothing.

Back to life,

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captured by Christine Anne