The summer heat may be upon us, but that doesn't mean the needles and wool go away. Quite the opposite! I've been very busy click-clacking away making gifts, completed in record time, just in time:
15 hr drive to see family? No problem, knit the 1 yr old's birthday sweater on the road. He was very obliging to wear a wool sweater in June.
Came back from the above trip and realized I had a week to make another baby sweater. Gulp! OK, this one took 2 weeks, but I DID manage to finish it before the baby was born! Whew!
The NEXT DAY this purse was started for a friend moving away. I had 24 hrs before it had to be delivered, so bulky yarn and chunky cables fit the bill. This one was knit entirely at a wedding rehearsal!
Extra touch: lined with a fun tea pot fabric, but hand sewn through many tears. I hope it doesn't fall apart. I miss you SK!!
All the summer gifts are made, and now it's time to think about Christmas. Really. It's almost August! Get your orders in soon...there's lots of bright orange bulky wool left! Hunting hats?? :)
What should we learn from John Calvin?
You'll need high-speed connection, or patience, for this, but it's a series of good summaries of Biblical Christianity.
Matthew 7:6 - "Do not give what is holy to the dogs..."
The 2nd century Didache says of this verse: "But let no one eat or drink of your eucharist [Lord's Supper] except those who have been batpized in the Lord's name. For concerning this also did the Lord say, 'Do not give what is holy to the dogs.'"
Happy Birthday little man!
I started teaching an intro to drawing course this summer. This is my 5th round as teacher to homeschoolers in the area, totalling to about 50 students over the past 2 yrs. I really enjoy it, but it is quite challenging to put into clear, concrete words a method that just sort of comes naturally to me. Add to that the complexity of different learning styles, personalities, and natural abilities... whew! My desire is not to have students be able to realistically draw an object at the end of the course. My goal is to help them learn to SEE and understand what they're seeing, and feel confident in the procedures of drawing to be able to strike out on their own and develop their own style. My students range in age from 8yrs old to nearly a great-grandma (sorry NT! Do you think of yourself as that yet??), but they're all kids at heart. I love getting to know each of them (you can tell so much about a person just by looking at their drawings!)
And I think they're learning that the "pastor's wife" is much more than just that. :)
From the mouths of babes
My 2 yr old has been coming up with some great one-liners lately:
"Mom! Rain has water in it!"
"I just saw a squirrel picking his nose!"
Rockets, to God's glory
This is the kind of stuff people at my church do for a living.
Check out the link...
School schedule update
We're on day 3 of our new homeschooling schedule. The children are learning.
But the schedule flunked. It worked for one day only, and not even technically that long! Day #2 was sabotaged by being out for 4 hours to teach drawing, but we managed to get (nearly) everything else done in the afternoon and evening. Day #3 (today) I woke up 2 hours into my schedule. Oops! I'm laughing at it all, really. I'm figuring out how to work 9 - or is it 10? - distinct lessons for 3 distinct children into one day, plus serve up 3 meals for 6 people on a regular basis. Sounds like a bad math problem.
We're out of sliced bread, there are 4 eggs in the fridge, the spelling list is AWOL, and little ditties about nouns and verbs are going through my head. And yet, it all works out at the end of each day by God's grace. The 7 yr old is conjugating Latin verbs while building Lego spaceships, the 6 yr old wanted to do a weeks worth of Lit in one day (and did), the 5 yr old submitted to Mom's way of coloring in squares, and the 2 yr old was jumping with joy while screaming out numbers I pointed to.
This is all really quite fun if you have a strange sense of humor, a VO specialty. :)
Buried with Him in baptism?
"We were buried with Him through baptism into death" - Romans 6:4
What does this mean??
The following are notes mostly from James Boice's commentary:
Bapto = dip or immerse for a second.
Baptizo = dip or immerse with result of permanent change of identity
In 1 Cor 10:1-2 - Israel was baptized into Moses, as they went through the sea. But they weren't immersed. The water would have been sprinkled on them from above, more likely :) (See also Ps 77:16-19 and this link)
In Gal 3:27 baptize also means change of identity, referencing our water baptism, which symbolizes that change
Baptism is about our union with Christ, our changed relation to sin and death, not necessarily about immersion/burial acting that out.
School of Faith
I'm getting things ready for our homeschool year to start again next week. I've been going through curriculum books, buying binders, sorting through lists, visiting Kinkos, and then buying more office supplies. I was voted "Most Organized" in high school ("Cutest Dimples" too, but that's another topic). It's one thing to keep oneself organized, but keeping a family of 6 pulled together is a challenge. My goal this year is NOT to have piles of papers as permanent countertop decorations. So I'm devising systems, color coding everything, labelling dividers, and generally over-doing it. Last year my organization lasted about 2 weeks according to my weekly planner (which I haven't seen in months). I know I will fail again this year, but the education will not fail.
I attempt and fail at organizing and creating no-fail systems, but there remains FAITH.
There is faith that somehow despite my personal failures, lost tempers, lack of initiative, and general sinfulness, God will work through my hands to bless our children. They will learn to read, they will conquer division, they will get "b" and "d" figured out. But most of all, I have faith that we will come closer to God as a family. Let me be honest; somedays it is very difficult to have faith, especially when our home looks like a tornado blew through, the fridge is empty, and we seem to be stuck on the Exodus forever!
Faith is different from HOPE. They're cousins, to be sure, but faith is concrete. It's not a feeling, a big spiritual deep breath, or anything like that. It is my bedrock that remains when all else is stripped away. It cannot be removed, not by circumstances, nothing. It is a precious gift from God!
I feel disorganized and overwhelmed by the looming demands over the next months, but I have faith that God will work it all out. And we'll get through it with joy.