"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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Friday, October 28, 2011

When Mom is Sick.....

My kitchen, the way it looks after a week of feeling "under the weather"
(& in all honesty, the rest of the house ain't much better!):




But, after several good night's sleep (& LOTS of Vitamin C!!), this morning, I finally had the energy to make a dent in this mess!




P. S.  Sorry I haven't been a very good blog poster this week!  I'll do better next week!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A First.....& this kids LOVES "firsts!" (is that a word?)

He often informs all who will listen, "I never had/did this before." (this said about the Mac 'n Cheese we had for lunch on Sunday.  Right.  Never had it.  A staple of this, & most American households) 

When he's corrected, he usually ammends his statement to: "We never had/did this in our NEW house before."

But, this event WAS a first for him:

His first trip to the dentist, & he was THRILLED!!  (everyone in the office loved him-of course!)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Straight From Guatemala (our favorite country-aside from the good old US of A!!!)

The kids have new clothes from Guatemala!  I LOVE this! 

If anyone has some tips for me on how to keep the clothing together & ON them (especially the girls), that would be great!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Trying to capture Ruthie's personality......& pictures simply aren't enough!

Pictures do not do this child justice.....she lights up a room w/ her grin & exuberance-(& I'm not biased!  Watch the video & see for yourself!  )

video


Psalm 150:4


"Praise Him with the tambourine and dancing;"


(I think it's safe to say that Ruth is praising the Lord w/ her tap shoes, don't you think?)




Finally Furniture!!!

Ok....goofy Blogger loaded this graceful balerina first-
but I'm sure you don't mind! 

We FINALLY (yesterday) received a long-awaited shipment of furniture from Dave's dad.
Makes our house seem just a bit more homey. 

One thing I've discovered in this wait-it's not the "stuff" that makes a house a home.....it's the people.

BUT, thankfully, now, if *you* come to our house, you will have a place to sit & visit!

Philippians 3:20

  "For our citizenship is in heaven,
from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior,
the Lord Jesus Christ."

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Growing Up!! Another Milestone Achieved!

She is growing up.....& changing in so many ways.
I don't like it.  I want her to stay little for just a while longer....

I am thankful, in the midst of change,
my Father in heaven......NEVER changes.


Psalm 102:26


"They will perish, but You will endure;
Yes, they will all grow old like a garment;
Like a cloak You will change them,
And they will be changed."

Monday, October 17, 2011

"So Teach us to Number Our Days...."

Here is one thing I love about homeschooling.....the girls are both working on the same project-inspite of their big age gap. 

Ruthie (in true little sister style) is coloring each person the exact same color as Ana.  & Ana, bless her heart is helping Ruth pick just the right colors.


Nat is shooting "bad guys" w/ his Nerf gun in the other corner of the room.

Ah, the joys of homeschooling!



Psalm 90:12
"So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom."


Friday, October 14, 2011

More From Our Day Out.....





Isaiah 45:6

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

"That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
That there is no one besides Me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other,"

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Still Here.....Just a *bit* going on......

School, still moving in, broken wrists (yeah, even that!)


In the interest of saving money (a new passion of mine-ha!  ha!) we took our own "school pics" this year.  Granddad took a few & I took a few.    What do you think?



Psalm 113:3

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

3 From the rising of the sun to its setting
The name of the LORD is to be praised.

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