Friday, July 15, 2016


This summer, a friend of mine invited me to a Bible Study with a group of women from her home church.  I had been tossing around the idea of getting together with some ladies for the summer anyway, so I said sure (and asked my sister-in-law if she wanted to attend as well). 
I was not quite sure what I was getting into, but figured I'd go and see what it was all about.  I knew a couple of the other women from other activities and what not.
I had never heard of the author of the book they were studying and don't necessarily agree with everything that their church teaches--however!
I must say, it has been a wonderful experience.  These are truly sisters-in-Christ and it was such a nice study.  I love how open they all are about sharing things and how very real their faith is, something that in my circles, is not so forth-coming.

This is the book we finished up last week.
I would recommend it as a group or personal study.
It goes through the Lord's Prayer.

I just wanted to say, that sometimes stepping out of the comfort zone can lead to huge blessings.
Just like this Bible Study.  I am so glad that I was led to it and I am sure I will miss it when summer draws to a close.  We started a new book this week, but unfortunately, we have been sick and I missed this week. Studying and discussing with these dynamic ladies has been a blessing and as someone near and dear has said and I heartily concur--it makes me realize how truly blessed I have been to be raised in a Christian home and in the Reformed faith.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


This guy just celebrated 10 years!


It hasn't been the best week, with a stomach virus making the rounds, but we still did his requested meals and opened presents when Dad got home.
Unfortunately, our other plans had to be cancelled.

His new compound bow.
This is just the same as what he shoots with at 4-H.
Shipped all the way from Idaho!

Happy 10th Birthday!
We love you.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


I got a kick out of this, so I just thought I would share.
This author took classics and shrunk them down to a page or two of verse.
It is pretty clever.
 Shakespeare, Jane Eyre, Don Quixote, Moby Dick and more are included in this book.

Sorry for such a lousy picture--it is called Shrunken Treasures.
Check it out!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Mid-June were Karate Promotions.
It was extra special because Sensei's Sensei 
(sorry, I know there is a term for that, but I have no clue what it is)
traveled up from Florida to visit the class.

They did some demonstrations and also explained a lot about this type of martial arts.

Both girls got a promotion this time around.

Did you know only about .01 percent of people (or some ridiculously small percentage) go on to get a black belt?

Way to go girls!  
I'd love to see them stick with it, but time will tell.

Saturday, June 25, 2016


On our very last co-op day, one of the moms brought face paint!

Have I told you how much we really enjoyed our co-op this past year?
As much as I was hesitant about it, it has been really nice.  The year round activities for not only kids, but moms as well--and the ability to schedule your classes to tailor your schedule.  The kids all enjoyed it and looked forward to it and it is a really, really great group of moms (and a couple dads).  We are moving to a larger facility for the next school year, bonus is that it is a few minutes closer!  Bummer is that there is no playground at the new place.  Anyway, we are looking forward to our next year's co-op.

Friday, June 24, 2016


Another fun, end of the year activity was Field Day!
All the kids were broken up into teams and it was the Reds vs. the Greens.
Well, actually it was Marvel vs. D.C.

Marvel won.

The boys.

The teams were then broken down by age/grade and there were six or seven stations that each team rotated through.  I was leading around the little guys, so I didn't get many pictures.

Bubba vs. Boogie

This was Bean and her friend.

MJ with his group.

After all the stations were rotated through, Mr.G decided to play in the sand before lunch.

Water balloons, obstacle course, bean bag toss, hula hoop tic tac toe and more--another great day with 

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Sometimes there are deals that you just CANNOT pass up.
Like the end of the year co-op trip to the local amusement/water park that is discounted more than 50%.
So, we went!
It was such a nice day!  The park was not open to the public yet and so it was only schools and such there.  The weather was beautiful and after a few of the kids got over their initial rejection of the rides--everyone (of the proper height) went on the rides!

These next two pictures I can take no credit for.


I was able to take G on one or two rides, but he wasn't a fan.  
Maybe if we go next year.

After all the rides we could do in the "dry" side before lunch, we headed to the water side.
There, I took no pictures.

EVERYONE had a blast though.
Even though the water was pretty VERY chilly.
The big kids did all the water slides and lazy river and the little kids hung out in the wading pool and hit up the kiddie slides.
We had some tired kids at the end of the day!

Overall, I'd say the day was a success.