Sure Is Sweet…

This morning, I have the sweetest view. I’m watching and listening while my daughter Sarah reads to her little brother, Kerry. Kerry’s had a cold the last couple of days–been coughing, nose stopped up, etc. Little fellow hasn’t felt too good, but he sure has been enjoying the extra attention from his big sister. Sarah has him “tucked-in” on the sofa, and she’s reading Horton Hatches The Egg, by Dr. Seuss.

Sure is sweet, I tell ya, sure is sweet…

Keep on the Sunny Side

Keep on the Sunny Side

(A. P. Carter)

There’s a dark and a troubled side of life
But there’s a bright and a sunny side too
Though we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view

Chorus:
Keep on the sunny side always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day it will brighten all the way
If we keep on the sunny side of life

Oh the storm and its fury broke today
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear
The clouds and storm will in time pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear

Keep on the sunny side always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day it will brighten all the way
If we keep on the sunny side of life

Let us greet with a song of hope each day
Though the moment be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Saviour always
To keep us every one in His care

Keep on the sunny side always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day it will brighten all the way
If we keep on the sunny side of life

Keep on the sunny side always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day it will brighten all theway
If we keep on the sunny side of life
If we keep on the sunny side of life

Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

(Lyrics-Hoffman/Music-Showalter)

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms…

A-h-h-h, Isn’t That Sweet?

A-h-h-h, isn’t this sweet? How’s this for a doting big sister?

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Everywhere I Go

Below is a peppy, Gospel/Bluegrass song that keeps coming to me today. It’s “an oldie, but a goodie,” don’t ya think?

EVERYWHERE I GO

(author–unknown)

 


CHORUS: Everywhere I go the Lord is always with me
Everywhere I go He’s right there by my side.
He is constantly cheering me, pressing toward the victory,
He is always leading me, everywhere I go.

 

1. Here I am a climber, I’m climbing up the mountain.
I’m searching for that city fair that I can call my home.
Even though the hills are steep, even though the valleys deep,
I have a friend to hold my hand, and I’ll not climb alone.

 

CHORUS:

 

2.It’s been a long, hard journey, while trudging through the darkness,
But my sights are set on heaven’s door, and I’ll get there, I know.
Though I may be weary and the outlook may be dreary,
But the uplook points to victory and Jesus said it’s so.

 

CHORUS: twice

 


I really like the words of this song–especially the last two lines of the 2nd verse. I put “unknown author,” because I haven’t been able to find the writer. If anyone sees this and knows the writer of the lyrics, please leave me a comment and let me know.

“There’s No Place Like Home…”

“There’s No Place Like Home–
A Sleepover Gone Slightly Awry”

Several months back, Kerry made his first attempt at attending a sleepover. He was staying with his cousins overnight. We thought “all was well,” until about 9:00 p.m., when we get a phone call from his aunt. Lisa explains to us that we may want to come get Kerry. Lisa had thought everything was fine too. That is, until her cute little nephew pleadingly says, “Aunt Lisa, are you ‘done with me‘ yet?…’cause I want to go home.”

Needless to say, by 9:30 p.m., Kerry was home in his own bed…

Sarah’s Science Lesson

“God gave me really good eyes. I can see very good,” says Sarah the other morning. She continues with, “But I can’t hear everything–like I can’t hear a leaf fall off a tree. …But elephants can! Did you know that? I guess it’s ’cause they have humongous ears!”

After telling me many other facts, Sarah then shows me in her science book about elephants. She had quoted most of the information, “word for word,” from memory! Sarah then says, “See, I told you!” Then, on her own, she decides to read half the science book to little Kerry and I. …O.K., well, not half, but 30 pages!

While reading about the elephants, she stops and asks, “What happens if the baby elephant gets separated from her mommy?” After discussing different possibilities, we all agreed that it is best for the baby elephant to stay very close to Mommy. Of course, I took this opportunity to reiterate the fact that Sarah and Kerry need to stay very close to Mommy when we’re at the grocery store, the museum, the library, etc.

You know, this thought brings me to a whole other lesson… It often seems so frustrating to me to have the kids right with me all the time–but oh, what a blessing! I know when I get frustrated about it, I’m losing sight of the “big picture.” I realize many people think of home schooling as being too sheltering. However, don’t our children still need some protection? Are they already equipped with everything they need to make good decisions, steer clear of danger and pitfalls, etc.? Don’t they still need loving guidance, discipline, and nurturing, and who is better to provide that than their own parents? Even the animals of the wild are aware of the dangers and know to keep their young close to them. Can the animals God has created teach us all something?

Aunt Teresa’s A Fighter…

…and most importantly, she’s got the Ultimate Champion on her side, helping her fight. I know Teresa depends on our Lord Jesus every day to withstand this battle. The following is the latest message from my cousin Tiffany:

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This update is short and to the point…

Just wanted you to know that mom decided to try another round of Chemo. Please pray hard! Let’s pray that this will shrink the cancer!!!! Please continue to pray for mom’s health in that she will be strong enough to handle the chemo in her body. Please pray her Immune system will stay strong to fight off virus’s that can attack her so easily. Pray also for all of us who come in contact with her regularly can stay healthy too.

Please keep the prayers coming, we see them answered everyday!!!

Much love,
Tiff

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Please continue to pray for Teresa and her family, as she forges ahead in battle, with our Saviour by her side. Please pray for spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional strength for Teresa and each member of her family.

Devotional Updates…

If you visit the DEVOTIONALS page, you will see that it has been updated. To simplify and make things easier, I have made this page a links page with a list of several devotionals that you may visit.

See DEVOTIONALS

The Youngins’ Yardsale

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Yard-sale, Yard-sale, Here, Get Your Yard-sale!,” I hear the kids shouting. Sarah had organized the whole event and gotten her brother to help with the set-up.  Then, Sarah wrote out her own invitation which said:

Hey. We are having a yard-sale. The stuff is for babies. If you have one or two, you can come “hear.” It is for baby girls and baby boys.

Sarah set up a box and labeled it “Yard-Sale for Baby.” She also put together a “baby girl” bin, containing various items, complete with price tags.  Then,  Sarah had little Kerry collect some of his boy items in a separate bin, and she also tagged his items. The set-up was complete once they each had a chair. Look at my little entrepreneurs—aren’t they just darling?

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In the middle, on top of the box, you’ll see a red cow-girl hat. Noticing it was not priced, I say to Sarah, “You’re not giving your hat away, are you?” Sarah says, “Oh no, Mommy!! This is what the people will put their money in!”

You see the bins on either side of them? Sarah had a book in her collection that she had priced at $15.11 !! Little pricey, if you ask me, but it wasn’t my yard-sale!!

The best part, however, was what I discovered about the boy bin. There was a major difference in prices between the two bins…

You see this Barney, below? Can you make out what the price-tag says? Yep, that’s right–FREE! barney.jpgYou see, most of little Kerry’s stuff was labeled “Free,” while most of Sarah’s stuff had prices like $15.11!! Interesting tactic of Sarah’s, huh?

They kept waiting for all the customers to show up, while I looked on affectionately, snapping photos, and holding in giggles. Then, I began to hear them start complaining about people not stopping…

draft.jpg Kerry was starting to get bored, so he grabbed “the money hat,” put it on, and ran around; trying to get Sarah to chase him.

You’re ruining everything!!” Sarah dramatically exclaims. The drama continues with, “I want everything to be perfect!! Anyone could come at any second!!Sarah finally concludes her speech with, “I am not giving up on this yard-sale, if I have to do it by myself!”

Her words must have impressed Kerry, because before long, he had returned to his post. Later, Sarah even got her cousin Rachel involved, and all three were out there; anxious to make a sale. To my surprise, someone finally stopped, and the kids made their first and only $1.00! The lady who stopped just made the kids’ day. Before leaving, she said, “I just had to stop! I’m so impressed with these little entrepreneurs!!”

Truth is, so am I, ma’am, so am I…

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