Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Collett Family Pictures are up

Hey all, I know it's been awhile. I feel like all this is lately is a place to say "I got new pictures posted on my other blog!" But, that's all I've had time for lately, honestly. I just had a photo shoot on Saturday for a great family. We had alot of fun-it was very laid back, just how I like it! :)

Other than pictures, we are continuing to homeschool, which is going well this year. We are continuing our study of early American history with Winter Promise. Both girls are still doing Singapore math, which I plan to continue with until it's over my head...which might be next year! :) (math is not my strongest subject) :) And, we're enjoying our art program that I added this year. We're using "Discovering Great Artists". Each week, the goal is to study one artist and then do an art project in their style. We have done Matisse and Cezanne the last few weeks, since I've had the book. I took pictures of our pictures, and hope to post them, when I have time to edit my own pictures! :) I just started working on some of my own from May. That's how far behind my life is! :) ha!

Last Saturday, our friends from Michigan called and said their vacation plans had changed, and asked if they could come stay with us. And, so, the next evening, the six of them entered our domain and we all shared it for a week-all ELEVEN of us in our 1600 square foot house! It was great! :) They are so much like family to us that it wasn't even a question of "if" they could come. Although, it does seem awfully quiet around here this week! :) It was a joy to have spent a week with them. We'll probably head up there in January!

Some other dear friends, the Thomas'-from Virginia, were supposed to come in for the night tonight with their four kids (I'm seeing a trend here, are you? I would say God is preparing us for four more kids, but my husband might call me "unsaved" at that point!) :) . However, they called about an hour before they were to arrive and said they were in the ER with one of their little ones who was complaining of a bad stomach ache in the car, so they are still there and we are mourning not seeing them, but praying for Lydia. We pray we are able to go see them soon.

Other than that, I have a wedding on Saturday and five more photo shoots this month. It's gonna be crazy! But, I'm thankful I'm so popular! ha! :) We've just gotta get all these pictures in before the weather changes. So, I will be posting alot this month.

Alrighty, it's time for bed. Yes, I am older now, and I have to get up early to school my children! :) I need my sleep. Hope all of you in blog-land are doing well. Hopefully I can continue posting about life, but it might be November before I get to again! :) So, happy October for now!

Monday, September 22, 2008

The last of the Rucker Pictures are up!

Okay, this is the last installments of the Rucker wedding pictures to go up on my photo blog.

We're all well here. We were blessed by the arrival of our friends, Jare and Elizabth and kids, from Michigan on Sunday evening. They called late Saturday night and said their vacation plans fell through and asked if they could come see us. We've known them for ten years and they are like family, so of course we said YES! So, this week there are 11 of us in our 1,600 square foot home! It's a house full of blessings this week! :) I'll have to catch up more later. :)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

More Rucker Pictures are up

I've been working like a mad-woman on these wedding pictures and have now posted some random shots and some dancing pictures on my photo blog. Make sure to check them out! :) I will be posting shortly about our life, when I get a minute. That will probably be in about 16 years, as it stands now! :) ha!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Rucker Wedding Pics are up

Well, finally, I am getting the Rucker wedding pics posted to my photo blog. It's been a while in coming, but it's been a long month! They have been ever-so-patient with me. I will post more of their pics in the next few days. Right now I have their "couple" pictures up. Enjoy! :)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Is Jesus Your Friend?

You wouldn't want Jesus as your friend, after this one!

Monday, September 08, 2008

A song to bless you today

Wow. There's really not a lot to say about this video. It speaks for itself. It was sent to me by my worship leader today. He said he's looking for the sheet music and choreography to it. I'm just not sure our worship team is good enough to pull it off, however. :) Enjoy a good laugh! :)

Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Happy Home

Happy home! O, bright and cheerful hearth!

Look round with me, my lover, friend, and wife,

On these fair faces we have lit with life,

And in the perfect blessing of their birth,

Help me to live out thanks for so much heaven on earth.

-Martin P. Tupper (p.28,Daughters of Destiny)
*photo copyright 2008 Kari McGrath Photography

There Once Was A Queen

If you have a little bit of time, please go here and read this darling story that made me smile and brought a few tears to my eyes. It's a bit long, but a very good read. We sometimes get so busy doing, that we can overlook what blesses our husbands and families the most. It's an old story (1926), but it's so relevant to us today.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

God, Our Exceeding Joy

"...Authentic joy in God will overflow with praises. In fact, as C. S. Lewis says in his book on the Psalms, “we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.”1 It’s not wrong to say, “We were made for God.” It’s not wrong to say, “We were made for joy.” It’s not wrong to say, “We were made to praise.” But it is more fully true to say, “We were made to enjoy God with overflowing praise.” This is the ultimate goal of life.

Now mark this: we have been describing the prayer of a divided heart. The psalmist would like to know a constant uninterrupted experience of God as his exceeding joy. But in reality there are times when he feels forsaken. He knows in his head that God has not forsaken him. But it feels like he has. So his deepest strategy to escape this most dangerous condition is to pray, “Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.”

-To read the whole article from John Piper, click here