Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Today we finished up a couple of lessons we have been working on. Monday we started our first Character quality... CHEERFULNESS! We discussed ways to be cheerful even when we didn't want to, we memorized bible verses pertaining to Cheerfulness and we made mini-books for our lapbooks which the girls assembled today. Every week we will study another character quality and create a lapbook to reference back on.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Ok, I might be exaggerating on the title but for those of you that have painted and have been confused about colors can relate to my obsessions. This past weekend Dear hubby and I decided to make our house more of a home by adding some color. A million dollars later, 2 heart attacks, one panic attack, a plea prayer and some tears,... I settled on a color and figured out how to incorporate it into my open floor plan. These pictures are not the finished product. Trim still needed to be done and one strip of wall to the left of the fridge needed to be painted but you get the picture. I love how it turned out!!! Now this makes the rest of the downstairs look so unfinished! Off to Lowes we go this week to get some more paint and make our living room shine!!! I can't wait to get it all done. In true Gap Girl fashion I will second guess my choices, hate the color for about 10 minutes and then realize its the best little red house in the world. If only I could come to that conclusion BEFORE I hyperventilate in my brown bag. Sigh....
Friday, October 17, 2008
Last week I gathered the kids around the table and handed them some small turkeys and maple leaves made out of construction paper. I asked them to think of the word Thanksgiving and write down some of the first things that come to mind. Here are some of the results. Now my back door is covered in "gobble gobbles" and I have a constant reminder of what makes this season so special for my kids.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Today my "Disco Diva" and "Medicated Mommy" came over for coffee and treats!!! Coffee cake, warm fruit bars and Harvesty pumpkin bead were served over fun conversation and "real" thoughts. It is always nice to know there are girls out there that think the same as you. Most won't admit it or even think about talking about it openly but not these ladies. We giggled and confessed and had fun. Our kids played together and we ate some more.
1. The Bible will still have all the answers.
2. Prayer will still work.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still guide His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise to God.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you.
10. Jesus will still save the lost when they come to Him.
ISN'T IT GREAT TO KNOW WHO IS REALLY IN CONTROL
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
“An harvest of the best, what needs ye more?” -Anne Bradstreet
Most hunters recognize there are more reasons to go hunting than the meat. Retreat into the mountains is therapeutic, an escape from the sterility and monotony of business-as-usual. The Jeubs treat hunting as a family event. Three of my children came this year (Cynthia, Lydia and Isaiah) and my dad traveled from Minnesota for his first-ever elk hunt. While Grandma stayed at home with Wendy and the rest of the children, we five huddled close together in our outfitters tent for the 3-day hunt.
Lydia and I shot the elk, the only elk any of us had a shot at all weekend. I sensed Cynthia feeling the pressure (the older sister thing) to get herself an elk, but the exhaustion was getting to her. All hunters struggle against impatience and disappointment, but she was feeling like she was disappointing me. Sensing this as we sat under an aspen tree waiting for elk to walk out in front of us, I said, “You know how much of our hunt has to do with elk? None. One-hundred percent of this has to do with us being together.”
I brought a signed copy of Wild at Heart by John Eldredge and read some of the chapters to my dad and kids for evening devotions. The opening of the book starts with a pursuit of a bull elk that is quite exciting, but never ends with the typical “shoot ‘em up” conclusion you’d think of a hunting story. Eldredge surprises the reader by saying…
“My hunt, you see, actually has little to do with elk. I knew that before I came. There is something else I am after, out here in the wild. I am searching for an even more elusive prey…something that can only be found through the help of wilderness. I am looking for my heart.”
The heart of the Jeub hunt is family. Huddling around the campfire to stay warm at night, playing cards in the tent, the simple conversations in the woods, working together to cook up Sunday morning breakfast…these are memories that were discovered as they happened. Sure, watching Lydia stalk her elk was wildly exciting, but you know my favorite time of the weekend? The giddy laughter in the tent as Grandpa kicked all our tails at a spunky game of Thirteen.
Our harvest is now wrapped up in our freezer and ready to eat this winter. God is good in granting us a bountiful harvest of elk steaks, roasts, sausage and burger. But the best harvest was experiencing the wild together as a family. Can’t wait till next year.
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Monday, October 13, 2008
I was looking through my iphoto's today and came across these funny pictures taken by my kids this past summer. Hannah has an obsession with my camera..(I wonder where she gets that from hmm?) whenever I go to download some pictures, I usually have an over abundance of funny candid shot taken by her. I Thought you would enjoy these as well. I remember this day very clearly. It was close to evening, a storm was rumbling in the distance. They were jumping off any surface they could climb onto. I have to admit... these are good pictures. How fast the time goes. Feels like only yesterday I heard the thumps and screams of their fall.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Yesterday I made the most delicious home-made apple fritters. They were so yummy. Just like funnel cake but with pieces of sweet apples in them!!! They were quick and easy and FUN!!! I am also starting to decorate outside with fall decor. I have a long way to go but Im hoping to be done by next week. ~Apple Fritters~
2 cups self rising flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs well beaten
1 cup milk
2 cups tart apples, chopped
Sift together dry ingredients. Gradually add beaten eggs and milk combined. Refrigerate batter for about 2 hours. Stir in the apples. Drop by tablespoon into hot oil and fry until golden brown. Roll in powdered sugar or a sugar/cinnamon combination.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Today was quite an interesting day at our house. Who am I kidding... all days are interesting. With 5 kids we can never know whats going to happen next. It all started around the dinner table. We started chatting about Halloween over our delicious chicken pot pie. Molly was not shy about telling everyone she wanted to be a fire ant for halloween. Her obsession with "hurting" people just keeps growing. Jason and I tried to explain to her that we can't get her a costume that even resembles a red ant, so she quickly thought of something else. "FINE! I want to be a bumble Bee so I can sting people..." she was quite pleased with herself for coming up with a possible character. I told her if she finished all her dinner we would go try on one bumble bee suit we had in my bedroom. Dinner was quickly scarfed down and off we went for the fitting.