Monthly Archives: January 2008

Passing along the award :)

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I got home late this evening and had to check my ‘Bloglines’ listings before hitting the hay. Well guess what I found over at Buffaloes & Butterfly Wings?!?! She awarded me with this:

I was shocked… and then very excited to see my name in her list of excellent blogs. Thank you very much Amy!

And now I get to pass on this Excellent blog award to 10 more people. Love it. So here we go on 10 blogs of my choice, and the first one will be thrown right back at Amy. I’ve been keeping updated on her family’s journey with her brave little boy. I forget how I found her blog, but I’ve checked it daily ever since. :)

  • Buffaloes & Butterfly Wings
  • and now for some others I really enjoy:

  • Amy’s Humble Musings
  • Seven Meadows
  • There is no place like home
  • Peculiar People
  • Preschoolers and Peace
  • The Rebelution
  • Smockity Frocks
  • The Sparrow’s Nest
  • Token Sister
  • So, if you were awarded this Excellence award by moi then you get to pass it on.
    and here are the rules for passing it on…

    By accepting this Excellent Blog Award, you have to award it to 10 more people who’s blogs you find Excellent Award worthy. You can give it to as many people as you want but please award at least 10.

    Now, I really must go find a pillow somewhere. Tomorrow is just minutes away! :(

    Book Review Friday: Acts 1-7

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    First things first, we’re moving on to Acts chapters 8-15 for next Friday’s review. (No pouting! We can do it, it’s NOT too much!) :) :) :)

    There were a lot of little things that stood out to me as I read this week. Nothing really big or ground breaking, but it’s all good. I didn’t realize how many cool little things there were until I sat and started skimming through the pages again to write this.

    I remember when we read in Corinthians (or was it Ephesians?) about the gift of tongues. There was a little bit of confusion about it. Someone mentioned about tongues not being just jibber-jabber, but an actual language. Well, it answered it for us here in chapter 2 pretty good don’t ya think?! It’s the part where all those different men are gathered with a ton of different languages and suddenly when the Holy Spirit filled them they could understand each other when they couldn’t before. Very cool and not as creepy as I always imagined a bunch of people chanting wierd babble. I like what scripture says about it much more. :)

    When I came to 2:25-28 it was highlighted in my Bible. I remember a particularly icky time of my life that this verse was a branch that held me out of the icy waters enough to give me hope. Gotta love those kinds of verses. God’s Word is powerful! And just in case you would like to read it again here you go….

    “I foresaw the Lord always before my face, For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Hades, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.”

    One of my favourite verses is Acts 2:46 ” So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”  Is there anyone who can say they live in a world like this? The church, our fellowship as believers, is so far off the mark. I can sit and daydream about life really being like it was for these people. They were living in a time when ‘Christianity’ was definitely looked down on but they still had joy and could be found living the simple life. More concerned for their brethren than for themselves and praising God as they went about their business. Not sure how I can do my part to change the present situation and make it more like that, but I’ll try.

    Okay, now for the lame man being healed. Can’t imagine what it would be like to be 40 years old and never to have walked or ran or anything. Completely helpless there on the side of the road begging for other people’s money. I’d be in my ‘no fair, not fun’ mood if it was me. But then totally unexpectedly Peter and John walk by and decide to help the guy out. He was just going about his daily business, waiting for another dollar and then all of a sudden he’s given a whole new life. I don’t doubt he was singing God’s praises for a good while after his meeting up with Peter. Then at prayer meeting last night it pared up with another thought. The speaker mentioned about the fact that before we are saved we are dead. A dead man can’t do anything, think anything, he’s just dead. But then if the Lord chooses He gives him life and from that point on the man is completely dependant on his Life-giver, Christ. So when we are saved, given life, we should be praising God too, AND dependant on our Life-Giver. The thing is that I am not dependant like I should. As the speaker last night said, “You can judge what kind of a Christian you are by your prayer life.” Mister man, if you are graded by your fellowship with your Lord I am sadly lacking!!!

    Another one of my favourite verses from this week was 4:13, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”  Those words uneducated & untrained give a person like me hope. I’m the one that embarrases herself with lack of understanding and all those horrible spelling errors, and totally horrible report cards to prove just how unlearned I am. But if I’m with Jesus I will be able to live a powerful life in Christ. His Spirit is able to work around all my failings and then people will marvel at how Christ works through anyone, even me.

    That is all I have time to write now. It’s late, hubby is home and I have already written half a book. :) Now I’ll look forward to seeing a link or two here on Mr. Linky, so link away. :)

    Edited to add: I finally figured out how to switch the comments to the moderation setting. Just warning you that if you leave a comment it isn’t going to show up right away. Phew! I feel safer already. :)

    Book Review Friday: Acts 22-28

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    First things first, we’ll be moving over to the book of Ezra for a little bit. I’m really REALLY excited about this one! :) So we’ll start reading Ezra chapters….. well hey, why not do the whole thing! :) So read up on the whole book as much as you can this week and we’ll all meet back here and see what we learned (or didn’t understand) next Friday

    Dreams of summer.

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    It’s freezing today. It took me a few hours to warm my hands this morning. They aren’t completely purple anymore. Ah, the joys of older homes. :)

    Anyway, I’ve been dreaming of summer and thought I’d share a few of my favourite summer photos with you. If you want to take part in dreaming of summer, post some pic’s of your own and leave a comment so we can all dream together. :)

    Can’t wait!

    Book Review Friday: Leviticus 6-10

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    First things first, If you have no idea what Book Review Friday is all about please see my sidebar and you’ll learn really fast and want to join in! :) This week we’ll be reading Leviticus 11-15. Keep faithful in your reading. It’s those Leviticus type books that we often want to skip, but we’re all going to stick with it anyway and give it our best shot. God has stuff in there for us! :) I noticed one of the titles in the upcoming chapters this week is ‘The Law Concerning Bodily Discharges’. Hmmmm, sounds……. ewwwww.

    Okay, now for my review on chapters 6-10. Again, I didn’t get much to share but I have a verse starred and circled. :)

    “By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.” 10:3

    Mister man, what a verse! A shake in your boots and get down to business, kind of verse. Love it. God will be glorified whether it is through your life or by taking your life. He means business and we don’t get it. We do not take time to consider who the God we serve really is each day. Yes, God loves me, and yes He cares about me and my family, I’m thankful. But I forget that we are here to glorify Him, not be blessed by Him. His ultimate goal is to be glorified, and if that means he must devour someone with holy fire for disobeying, even my own child, then so be it. I just don’t want to be on the receiving end of that judgement.

    The story of Nadab and Abihu is only a few verses long but they pack a might punch. Two brothers who had just been told exactly what they were supposed to in worshiping God as priests and immediately revert to doing what they want instead and are killed for it.

    I can stand on the sidelines with my many different feelings in the situation. I can be horrified at the whole affair for the parents sake. Imagine watching your children burn to death because they profaned the name of the Lord, and then be told you are not allowed to mourn. That’s horrible. But then I can totally be on God’s side and say “They deserved it! How dare they directly disobey God’s clear commands!” (Don’t judge me here folks, I know everyone does that sometimes!). But that self-righteous feeling doesn’t stay too long because I know myself too well to dwell too long on others faults. That’s when my feelings of pity and self-righteousness turn to fear. Oh my, we don’t fear God anymore. We down-right don’t care much of the time. If the truth were known, deep down in our hearts we would much rather enjoy some ‘strange fire’ than do exactly what God wants us to do. Before long we are so mixed up in our own made up acts of spirituality we don’t remember what pure, unadulterated, God-centered living is like. In fact, we don’t even have a clue that we’re mixed up. One major reason why I’m loving BRF with all of you is that it’s getting us back to the basics. We’re learning the Bible, just the Bible. We read, God works. It’s awesome. He even uses Leviticus to teach me amazing things.

    So from Leviticus I’m taking away one major theme: Do not mess with God! He made us, He saves us, He expects us to live by His rules. And He has every right to deal with those doing their own thing in whatever way He chooses, even me. Yikes!

    Well, that’s all I have time for right now. We’ve had a busy but very good day here at Watchthesky and this mommy needs some sleep. I’ll be checking Mr.Linky out one last time before bed to see if anyone else was able to complete a review though. If you would like to post a review from the reading this week and do not have a blog please email it to me and I’d love to post it for you.:) But of course, if you do have a blog, here is Mr.Linky. Link away. :)

    Links you’ll love

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    My hubby and eldest son are in the woods this morning snaring rabbits. We made this a reason to take a break from school and get a few extra things done around the house. I thought I would be able to have things taken care of and sit down with a cup of tea mid-morning and blog away. My, things take a long time. It’s now almost time to get lunch started and many things still need to be done but I’m posting anyway, today will be busy and there won’t be another chance… and I just have to post! :)

    I have a few links I’d like to pass along. The first and foremost is one I need desperately! I was reminded last night as I did a bit of a grammar test online. I thought I was doing well and pretty proud that I knew what I did. The results actually told me, “You should be embarrassed!”. That said, I remembered about a site that explains all I need to know. I’ll be looking up some things later on. If you don’t need to look because you actually learned it all in school when you were younger I’m jealous of you! :) But if you would like to improve read this site:

  • Grammar Girl
  • I also love the LAF website. I do not have much time to read all the great articles they link to but take time every now and then to catch up. Here is the Ladies Against Feminism website:

  • LAF
  • And here is one of the latest I’ve read from there and I would encourage any other moms out there to do the same (without tomatoes in your hand please!) :

  • The Me Time Myth
  • Now for those interested in learning a bit more about our Canadian geography and reinforcing all the info with your children check out this site. It’s fun and can be easy or challenging for them (and you maybe). It also has a link to print a blank map of Canada and also more links to printable map pages.

  • Sheppard Software
  • Now for the jackpot. :) I have fallen in love with the Donna Young site. She is the fairy god mother for the homeschooling family. I was just using her cursive sheets but Seven told me to look around at all the other cool stuff Donna had on the site. Woo Hoo! There are some great things there and so I pass them on to you. Here is the homepage and a few of my new favourite links:

  • Donna Young’s Homeschool printables & resources
  • Donna Young’s printable Calendars
  • I have my 6 year old doing these penmanship sheets each day. I also started my older two doing them simply to learn the rules. It just so happens that it also makes their writing much neater along the way. :)

  • George Washington’s rules of civility
  • And my absolute favourite these days is the little link for the math drill sheets. What a great resource for the homeschooling mom! I print myself the answer key and then some drills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, etc.. After just one week we’ve seen much improvement. It is meant to get all the basic math facts memorized so that thought isn’t even needed. They just know that 9×12 is… um…. well, maybe I should do a couple of those sheets too. :{ Here’s the link:

  • Math drill sheets
  • That’s not all she has of course. There are even resources to help you organize your home and stuff. She’s awesome. :)

    Well, that’s all I have time to pass on. I started 25 minutes ago and now it’s time for lunch and I better have a quick plan. Tell me it was worth it. Tell me you looked at every link and totally loved them. Tell me Donna Young is awesome and you didn’t throw any tomatoes at the third link. Just tell me so I don’t feel guilty for updating my blog.

    Okay it’s now been 27 minutes and I’m very glad there are some leftovers we can scrape together. :)