Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A special time

The last five days have been a flurry of various outings and trying behaviours.  The children thrive on routine, and when there is a change, things can become difficult.  The school routine has stopped for holidays, but I think I will structure the rest of the year to continue on steadily all the way through; taking a break here and there when we need it.  I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things when term 2 starts on Monday.  We are beginning a new math program that I am excited about!

On Saturday Elijah was excited to see his picture and name in the newspaper.  He was one of the children carrying the cross during the Good Friday Prayer Walk and was in the photo the journalist took for the local newspaper.

Easter Sunday was an important and exciting day for us.  We not only celebrated the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, we also dedicated all of our children!  It was a precious time - although one of the trying times I mentioned.  I often find that Sunday mornings can be stressful.  Getting out the door to church can be one of the most frustrating times of the week.  How the devil loves to try and prevent us from fellowship!  However, Easter Sunday was different.  Everything went smoothly and we were out the door with plenty of time to spare.  Ashlee had even done an easter egg hunt with the children!  Come time for the dedications however, the children were restless and noisy.  And Mama was getting stressed.

Do you ever find that?  Does satan try and get to you via your children?  A very wise woman once stated "We must stay on the same team with our children. We have an enemy, but it is not one another. : )"  This statement has helped me on numerous occassions.  It is easy to see our children as 'the enemy' some days.  But they are precious gifts from God - given to us to train in the ways of the Lord.  It is not an easy task, but definintely a rewarding one!

"Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates" Deuteronomy 11:18-20

Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
       children a reward from him. 
Psalm 127:3

I will try and post some photos of the dedications when we receive them.  I attempted to get some photos before church, but it wasn't easy.  These are the best of the ones that were taken:

 Sibling love

With Abigail
Our church also had some visiting ministry on Easter Sunday - Wally and Diane Anchen.  So, after the dedications, we sat back and enjoyed "The Hat Parade to Heaven".  It was a fun time and the children soaked it up!

On Tuesday, Mandy arrived.  She is visiting with us until Saturday.  The children are so excited to have their big sister here!  I'm sure the excitement will increase toward the end of the week.  Their other big sister is arriving on Friday night and staying until Sunday.  Ashlee is still with us until Wednesday.  I think our house will seem empty at the end of next week!

Oh, we also finished our Easter lapbook.  I'll post about that next time.

Only by His grace,

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