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Monday, November 26, 2012


One of my favorite blogs is Doorposts.  It is a great Christian website.  They are currently having a giveaway for various ways to display scripture in your home.  I knew I wanted to participate in this event.  So I started to wander around our house to take pictures of various scripture displayed that I could enter.
We actually have a few around the house!  I love scripture around me.  Maybe this is why I could spent all of Dave's hard-earned money at the local Christian store.  Reading favorite verses throughout the day, the right verse in the right place, keeps me focused on Jesus.  It encourages me.  It changes my mood (always to the better).  It reminds me of the bigger picture when I want to badly focus on the small things that go wrong.  Scripture is truly living and active (Hebrews 4:12).
Here are some of the pictures I took for the giveaway.  It is also neat to note them for my children, so they can remember.  Maybe even use some of these ideas for their own homes.  Wayyyyyy in the future of course. They stay little forever, right???

This is my newest scripture in the house and one of my favorites. I love that verse.  It is written on the back of our front door, to remind everyone leaving whom they belong to and why they are here.  Don't you love how our door has a cross on the back of it?  Just noticed that looking at the picture.

This is my second favorite.  The idea was inspired by Pinterest.  Nathan and Abigail's hand prints made to look like fish with Isabelle's foot print as a jelly fish.  Isabelle wasn't going to give me a good hand print at 10 months of age, so there had to be a different idea for her.  It is framed with the quote of Matthew 4:19 and hangs in a spot I pass multiple times a day.  It is to remind me of my mission at home, the "fish" in my own pond.

Some of our Christmas decorations.  This is a beautiful angel Dave bought me, reminding of Ephesians.

Another one of Dave's great gifts.  Quote from Luke.

This set of angels tells a part of Luke.  It tells of the night of the Savior's birth.  Each angel has another verse.

Of course, there is always scripture on the fridge.  The kitchen is after all where I am most of the time. 2 Corinthians 12:9 ("But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.")and Psalm 27:14 ("Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.").

Again, Matthew 4:19.  This is a beautiful piece David also gave me as a gift.  I love his gifts.  I do, I do, I really do!  :-)

And again, gift from my husband.  :-)  I'm spoiled.  This is "The Lord is my shepherd"  (Psalm 23) in our guest bathroom. It hangs there in the hope that guests will read it as they are in the restroom and have a quiet moment to themselves.  There is also a prayer from Franz of Assisi and another glass-etched decoration with a verse from Joshua. 

"Whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive..." Matthew 21:22.  On the door to the laundry room because I do ask and believe that one day there will be no more laundry...  :-)

Each one of the kids has a bible verse in their room that was chosen for them.  These are often read to them as they get ready for bed.

I found the picture on Pinterest.  "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."  Proverbs 3:5
Seems to work well for a confident 6-year old.  Nathan should know this verse when he is a teenager and goes out into the world.  Hopefully he will have learned to trust God, even if he doesn't always understand.  

We also save Sunday School crafts or crafts we did at home and let the kids decorate their rooms with them.  This craft is from the Abeka Kindergarten craft book. 

"For unto you is born this day....a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11

Here is Abigail's verse in her room.  Next to it is Psalm 100:4 decorated by her from Vacation Bible Camp.  Abby's verse is also from Pinterest.

"The Lord your God is with you,
    he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
    he will quiet you with his love,
    he will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17
I chose this because Abigail, more than any other of my children, needs to know she is loved and rejoiced over.  Interesting, since her name means "My father  rejoices."  

Isabelle's verse over her crib.  I think she is a firm believer in the verse.  For her, nothing is impossible.  Where there is a will, there is a way.  Watch out, world!  This is from Pinterest as well.

Christmas ornaments in our house tell the story of Jesus birth often.  This one comes with a verse as well.  James 1:17

Here is the "When my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the Rock that is higher than I."  It is by my bathroom sink, where I get ready in the morning.  Should I be overtired in the morning and struggle, seeing this focuses me on Jesus and not on myself.  This is on Pinterest and I printed it in black & white, rather than the pretty turquoise.

Also on my bathroom mirror to focus me on being the "light of the world". Matthew 5:14-16  I want my light to shine for Jesus.  

Last but not least, bookmarks!  They are a great way to memorize scripture.  Love them.

There you have it.  And now you know what to get me for Christmas and my birthday, right?  :-)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Last of the Summer Fun

Although it is almost December......I'm still catching up with the summer posts....
Here is what we did on our last few days of summer bliss.  It is bliss because we had everyone home and that was just wonderful.  

This is a yearly nearby event we go to every year.  It is completely free!  Is there still anything free???  The only cost you may have is the food you purchase if you choose to do so.  In previous years, there was even free ice cream handed out to the kids.  They usually also have free concerts where they hand out free hot dogs and free rootbeer floats.  Amazing.
On the picture above, both kids are strapped to an elastic band that pulls them backwards.  The goal is to go as far as you can and place your velcro bar further than your opponent.  Abigail rarely plays to win.  She is in it for the fun.  What a great attitude!  Nathan, being almost six, is very competitive.  

Yep, pure fun!  Is that really my baby boy?  He is soooo big now.  The kids love bouncy houses.  I remember being little and going to a Holiday Park in Germany.  One of the attractions was a round bouncy house (like the one further down) and it is one of the only things I remember from that monumental trip.

Dada and his girl.  This one is a daddy's girl.  Abby is definitely more attached to mom, but Isabelle just loves her dad.  She automatically gets the biggest smile on her face when she hears the office door open.  And in his honor, just about every man is now "dada".  Even Nathan has to obey the new name.

Nathan trying his first bull-riding.  Abigail could not ride as she could not climb on herself.

Never fear!  Abigail found other ways to entertain herself.  While Nathan was bull-riding, she went down the slide a few times.

The round bouncy house I mentioned above.  She thoroughly enjoyed it.  She's my girl, what can I say?

The kids each got a tube and got to pick different flavors of a powder candy.  They were pretty excited about that.

Bow and arrow shooting lessons.  This event is just awesome.  Nathan liked this and would have probably stayed all day if they had let him.  

Then again, so would mom....

Ah, the joy.  Isabelle for a long time hated swings.  But dada is pushing her here.  He is the funniest man alive.  Just look at the pictures.  That face can't lie.

Sister helping little sister.  The playground gave us a nice rest time from all the excitement.  In the background was a live band playing.

Abigail, always being different, likes to lay underneath the playground structures and examine things unseen by others.  

Sibling love.  Both Nathan and Abigail are amazing with Isabelle.  They are gentle and kind with her and very loving.

Although late this year, every summer has to have a slip-and-slide.  This year was no exception.  

Money well spent....

Isabelle reminded me so much of Nathan in her blue swim diaper.  She looked so much like him.  We have pictures of Nathan in his first kiddy pool with those kind of diapers and they look so much alike.

Slip-and-slide racing.

Told you, dada is the funniest man alive.  Even if he hoses you down with cold water.  She just adores her dad.  May it ever stay that way.

And finally, that is the end of summer!