"Common Ground": my little corner of the blogosphere where I talk (a lot-wink) about the things that matter most to me: My relationship with my Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, homeschooling, adoption, homemaking, parenting, "spousing." (yeah, yeah....I know that's not a word.....I made it up-it’s my blog-I can do things like that! Ha!)

Since my life isn’t all that different from yours, hopefully we can find some COMMON GROUND & learn from each other. Please share your thoughts!

Through the Lords’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.

They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness!
Lam. 3: 22 & 23

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Never a Dull Moment!

Ana fell & broke her wrist yesterday morning.....here is the update I just posted to our church prayer chain:

"Just wanted to update all of you who have been praying for us the last few days.

Ana did get an appointment w/ the orthopaedic (sp?) dr. today. He is about 90% sure her scaphoid bone is broken, but he said that particular bone is hard to get a good x-ray of-especially right after the injury. So, he had a splint placed on it for two weeks, at which time, we will have another x-ray done, & probably she will be casted for 4-6 weeks at that point.
He confirmed to me that that particular bone is one of the hardest to heal, & that it does need to be casted long enough to make sure it heals correctly.

She is sleeping in her own bed tonight, & is already much more comfortable than last night, which I think is due mostly to the splint.

(heading off to the Dr's this afternoon)
Thanks so much for your prayers, each & every one of you!"

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

This is my baby......

While on vacation this summer, we had an opportunity to spend some gift money.  The two "littles" quickly chose stuffed animals......& Ana wandered around the store w/ a frustrated look on her face for over an hour. 

After watching her peruse the same isles at least ten times each, I finally took the time to talk w/ her as she looked....& looked......& looked.

Finally, as she picked up yet another stuffed animal, she confessed, "Mom, I just am not sure I want to spend my $ on a stuffed animal.  I mean, they are so cute here in the store, but I already have a lot, & I'm not sure if I'm getting too big to keep getting them."

I asked, "Are you sad that you think you might be out-growing stuffed animals a bit?"

She replied in the affimative, & there were tears in her eyes.....poor girl.  :(

And I got rather choked up, too.

I mean, isn't it kinda sad that they have to grow up?  Especially if they don't really want to yet? 

She is growing up-in body, & as this little snippit of her life shows-just a bit, in spirit, as well.

But, back to our tale.

I asked her if she would rather have a souvenir that she could use every day (emphasizing that as she gets older, her ideas of what is fun to buy will start to change-& that's ok)  & she decided on this beautiful mug.
(And a beautiful model's holding the mug here....) 

And, I'm super thankful that quite frequently, still, her "little girl" shines bright! 

But, oh, I need godly wisdom to navigate the waters ahead!  There are so many more important things for her to learn than how to shop-although everything's important, I know!

P.S.  Can I just say-I was so sad for her-seeing her sorrow over knowing she was too big to ever enjoy stuffed animals in the same way......uggg.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Yes, this "Homeschooling Family" just dropped one of their kids off at public school.....

I guess that means we really do subscribe to the idea that each child needs to be evaluated each year to decide what's best for them......& this year, Ruthie is going to kindergarten.

I was pretty proud of myself-NO TEARS for me!  I am just glad she was excited to go-& wanted several hugs & besos (kisses) before I said goodbye!

(It bothers me more the past few days that ANA is growing up so fast.....but maybe that's a story for later this week).

Busy, Busy Days!

Sorry I have been such a bad blogger lately.  We have just finished the busiest 2 & 1/2 months of my life!

We are moved in & begining to unwind from our 3 week trip-which we left on 10 days after taking possesion of our new house.....

From now on, I will be able to keep up on my blog a bit better-I hope!  Stay tuned!

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