Nov 242012

30 Days of Thankfulness

(This meme serves as a reminder to do what we are commanded to do in Scripture.)

November 24th, 2012.
Days 21-24. (Yeah, I’m behind again)

21. I am thankful for all the wonderful ministries out there, and those that serve in them.

My calling isn’t to go spread the love of Christ to children in Sri Lanka – but through World Vision I can help. My calling isn’t to share the love of Christ and the story of his birth with children all over the world, but through Operation Christmas Child I can help. The list goes on and on. Thankfully!

22. I am thankful for good food!

God could have made one kind of bland, nutritious substance that would keep us alive and healthy. Isn’t it a blessing that He created such an amazing bounty, instead?

23. I am thankful for DVDs and Netflix.

We don’t have TV service, but we sure do enjoy watching our choice of family-friendly commercial-free entertainment together!

24. I am thankful for photographs.

I have a house full of framed photos, and many, many albums. I enjoy having the “triggers” there to keep all the wonderful memories alive and close at hand.

We have such fun with our annual family photographs! This year we did a Disney theme, with local photographer Haley Zak, and had a great time!

Nov 202012

30 Days of Thankfulness

(A handy reminder for me to do what we are commanded to do in Scripture.)

November 20th, 2012.
Day 20.

I am thankful for God’s miraculous provision.

Every time we have a need come up, there has been a miraculous answer – and God is so gracious that he even includes the “want” kind of “needs”, like a vacation.

It’s a different shape each time. Sometimes it’s an overdue payment from somewhere, or an unexpected gift, or a blessing from a church. Recently, to our amazement, it was some office furniture that we “inherited” because a closed business was going to throw it away, which we were able to sell to fill out our Disney budget!

Thank you, Lord!

Nov 202012

We are so excited to be doing an Advent devotional again this year!

Last year I purchased the inexpensive eBook Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands after reading a friend’s recommendation on Facebook.

The book has an easily broken-down shopping list of supplies – most of which are things you’re likely to have around the house anyway (or you can easily substitute for such things).

Each day has a Scripture reading, tagged to a “clue” that the kids find in their Advent Calendar (several options for how to do that).

Then there’s a fun craft project for the kids to do, along with some other discussion ideas for you to use (or not, or as you see fit).

The projects are set up to be done as a series of Christmas Tree ornaments, but for a variety of reasons, we decided not to go that route.

I basically “flattened” everything, and mounted each artwork on a sheet of paper. Then each of the kids is assembled their projects into an Advent Book (in a 3-ring binder, to give it some protection), with the idea that it can be stored away in their memory box, or enjoyed again next year, or whatever other use we can think up!

The photo is the Littles at work on Day 1 – a candle, for Jesus, the Light of the World.

We got behind and didn’t finish our books last year, so we’re looking forward to picking up where we left off.

If you’d like a copy, the book is only $7.99. And this year she’s also created a set of printable ornaments, available for $3.99.

Use these on days you’re too busy to do a big craft, for toddlers, while you’re at Grandma’s or if you just want to save a little money on supplies!

And there’s even a Black Friday Sale!

Purchase the book ( CLICK HERE ) on Friday, November 23rd, and you will receive the ornaments as a FREE BONUS!

If you take advantage of that, note the following guidelines:
1. You not have to add the ornaments to your shopping cart. If they do, you will pay for them, and there will be no refunds.
2. Within the initial “thank you” email you will receive a link to the free printable ornaments.
3. Coupon codes will be disabled on this day only. They will be reinstated bright and early Friday morn’. {eastern time}
4. Detailed instructions can be found on the book sales page ( HERE ).

The book and ornaments are, of course, available all the time, but the special sale is one day only.

I’d like to think we’ll finish this up this year… But with a trip to Disney, and our out-of-state family coming to visit, it may keep dragging on until 2013!

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Nov 192012

30 Days of Thankfulness

(A handy reminder for me to do what we are commanded to do in Scripture.)

November 19th, 2012.
Day 19.

I am thankful for the Bible, and those who made it possible.

I confess, today’s entry was inspired by my friend Tamara’s Facebook post this morning:

I am grateful for history’s reformers, without whom, I would not have had the privildge this morning of holding and reading my bible! The Apostles, Christian martyrs, Luther, Calvin, Knox, Zwingli, Tyndale, Wycliffe, Cromwell, the Pilgrims, the Puritan Fathers. So thankful for their sacrifices and work for God’s glory and Word! Now, to lay aside every weight of sin and live a life worthy or The Author.

Nov 182012

30 Days of Thankfulness

(A good reminder to do what we are commanded in Scripture.)

November 18th, 2012. Days 12 – 18.

I’ve fallen behind, so rather than give you a flood of posts today, I’m going to catch up.

12. I am thankful for the seasons.

I wouldn’t like it to be cold all the time… But it sure feels wonderful when a really chilly cold snap comes along after a long, hot summer!

13. I am thankful for the Internet, and my online friends.

We haven’t been able to find a church group locally where we are really plugged in, and my migraines keep me from being able to interact with my homeschool group as much as I’d like. I’m so very thankful for places like Facebook, where I can “chat” with women across the country (and even overseas) who share my interests and convictions!

14. I am thankful for my Mom.

We’ve been though a lot of challenges in my painful growing-up process, but today I count my mom as a dear friend and a wonderful source of support. I’m so thankful that she’s always there to listen to me, even if we don’t live as close as we’d like.

15. I am thankful for Ms. Cheryl.

Jewel’s ballet teacher is wonderful! Ms. Cheryl is an excellent ballet teacher, but also so devoted to the kids she teaches. I also appreciate her Christian faith, and the modesty of movements and costumes displayed at all times.

16. I am thankful for the amazing animals God created for us.

We’ve recently been to the lovely Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, as well as taking the kids to see the Budweiser Clydesdales at an event on base.

What fun to see the huge variety of animals that exist – some of which are stranger, more amazing, or just plain BIGGER than we can easily imagine until we see them “up close and personal”.

17. I am thankful for Sonlight (and other such people and programs).

I have been an admirer of Sonlight ever since we discovered them, many “miles” ago on our homeschooling journey. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that.

But with my current migraine situation, I simply would not be able to manage homeschooling without their amazing Instuctor’s Guides – all the lessons planned out and integrated, and even ideas for extra projects to do. Whew!

18. I am thankful for my Amy Knapp planner book.

(No, totally NOT a sponsored post). I’ve been though a lot of systems and planners over the years, but nothing has worked as well for me at the Christian Family Planner that I use now (I like the 7 hole punched version, so I can keep a manageable sized chunk in my binder).

Again, my current health situation brings it into focus – without some way to keep track of things to do, shopping lists, online passwords, and many other details, I’d be completely at a loss.

Nov 132012

30 Days of Thankfulness

(A handy reminder for me to do what we are commanded in Scripture.)

November 11th, 2012. Day 11.

I am thankful for Veterans.

This is a recap of my Veteran’s Day post from last year. I’m taking Veterans Day as a family day with our personal Vet, so I’m not going to try and write something fresh, when this was written from my heart and is all still true.

I don’t have anything deep and profound to share with you today, but I didn’t feel that that excused me from posting my heartfelt thanks.

Freedom, indeed, is not free.

Our men and women in uniform are brave, selfless people. They have made a choice to stand for what is right.

Even when I disagree with political things that are happening in our country. Even if the cause for which our troops are sent out to fight is misguided or poorly managed.

Even then.

What is a Veteran?
A “Veteran” – whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve – is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to and including my life.”

(Saw that on Facebook – no attribution)

My father served. My father-in-law served, and his two brothers who also served were both killed in action. My husband served active duty time, and continues in the Reserves. A sweet young man who was a family friend served, and gave his life in 2010 in Afghanistan with the Dark Horse Marines. The list goes on.

I am proud, so proud, to be associated with people who will stand in harm’s way to protect my family, my freedoms, and my way of life — and yours.

My gratitude goes out to all the men and women of our armed services – past, present, and future.

And I also especially wish to thank all the military families. Mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, and children of service members.

Thank you for letting them go, knowing that they may be called upon to make that ultimate sacrifice.

Thank you for supporting them, encouraging them, praying for them, and “keeping the home fires burning.”

You have sacrificed, too. And it is appreciated.

(The beautiful photo is from Free Republic)

Nov 102012

30 Days of Thankfulness

(A reminder to do as we are commanded in Scripture.)

November 10th, 2012. Day 10.

I am thankful for Garage Sales!

Yes, we’re having a Garage Sale. Ack!

I don’t typically do them. Two major parts of the benefit are (1) getting the items to someone who needs them, and (2) reducing waste and landfill usage by keeping things that still have life in them in circulation. So usually we donate them, lately choosing the Airmen’s Attic as our preferred recipient.

Today, though, I’m thankful that those two things are still happening, but also that we’re raising some extra cash for our Disney trip!

Nov 092012

30 Days of Thankfulness

(A handy reminder for me to do what we are commanded in Scripture.)

November 9th, 2012. Day 9.

I am thankful for Wolf’s job(s).

We’ve struggled though many years of being self-employed (and a failed business), unemployed, and under-employed – so I am profoundly appreciative of Wolf’s paycheck from his regular job, which allows me to be home with the children, as well as the Air Force Reserves salary that’s enabling us to save for a previously-unimaginable trip to Disney.

Nov 082012

30 Days of Thankfulness

(This meme is a handy reminder for me to do what we are commanded in Scripture.)

November 8th, 2012. Day 8.

I am thankful for health insurance.

Having lived a lot of my life without it, I fully appreciate the savings I am enjoying now, as my kids are fighting a nasty antibiotic-resistant strep infection, and I am taking some horrifically expensive medication for a wicked migraine.

Although this encompasses a lot of things – for hubby’s job that offers the benefit, etc. – I am singling out the health insurance today, and will allow the others to have their own time in the spotlight as the month goes on.

Nov 072012

30 Days of Thankfulness

(A reminder for me to do what we are commanded in Scripture.)

November 7th, 2012. Day 7.

I am thankful for Grace.

Grace makes it okay that I don’t always post each day’s thankfulness item in a timely fashion, among many things every day – from the silly and trivial, to the deep and profound.

What an amazing, loving Heavenly Father I have!