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I love it when things connect!  This week…God connected the dots for me once more.

My word for 2011 was enjoy.  My word for 2012 is believe.

As I was finishing my first read of “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp, the dots started to connect a little deeper.  (I say “first read” because I plan to continue reading it over and over again for the rest of my life…slowly chewing it and savoring each bite.  It’s my favorite book I’ve ever read…deep to the core a beautiful invitation to dance with our maker.)  Here’s what I’ve gathered in thought…

-Joy comes through union (being one) with God…letting God be in me and me wanting to be in God.  (I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.  -John 14:20)

-Thankfulness is great; it opens a door for joy.  Yet blessing God and giving him a gift of my praise is an entirely different thing.  I can bless God and be one with him in the space of thanks.  Our hearts intertwine and love is made.  His love can fill my empty spaces.

-I am called to do more than believe in God; I’m called to live in God and be one with Him.  As I seek to be one with Him…I will believe with not only my mind but my heart as well.

-As I am faithful in blessing God with my thanks, I will enjoy Him.  And as I enjoy Him, I will be filled with a satisfying joy that no other could provide.

And the questions remain…How BADLY do I want the deep communion?  How receptive to God do I REALLY want to be?  Can I LET GO of the things I’ve been letting fill my broken heart and CHOOSE Him instead?  WILL I?

As I lift my hands above in praise, joy meets me. His joy. Thank you God for my daughter who reminds me of this truth constantly. What a gift you have given me! I praise you with hands wide open and lifted high!


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I’ve decided it’s time to start sharing more of the joy in life!  Since I like to share and encourage others and since writing encourages me and helps me hold on to beauty, I’m going to be sharing nuggets of our homeschooling experience & the fun things we do here.  I want to cling to the good things a little deeper in the process!

We are finishing up school this week and as we do so I am getting geared up for some summer fun!  This year I’m going to try and be a little more intentional.  Summers are a time when kids lose so much of what they learned.  I’m a firm believer of continuing the learning process throughout the summer because I’ve seen students lose it all and as a public school teacher, I’d spend the first 4-8 weeks reteaching everything from the year prior before I could teach new skills.  So, we will be doing a Summer Bridge Book every day.  It’s one workbook page (front and back) for 50 days.  It has a combination of skills to review and maintain!  It’s independent and easy to implement!  Kylie will also practice piano and read for 20 mins (at least) every day and practice +/- facts every day, too!  We will do a fun intentional learning activity together a couple days a week (art, crafts, physical activity, educational games, spanish practice, outdoor games, investigations & journaling, science experiments, baking, serve others, lemonade stands, etc).  I’ve written a bunch of things down on index cards that would be fun to do together.  So I have something to pick from!  It took a few hours to sort through sites online and come up with ideas, but I know it will be worth being intentional to make memories with my kiddo!  (P.S. I’m going to let her add some ideas, too!)  All in all, she should be done in less than an hour each day!  Some days it might be 30 mins…some days a little more, but a system will help me to be intentional and to make sure we don’t get too lazy!

I’ve also decided to create an “I’m Bored!” jar with a bunch of fun things she can do independently or with a little help from me.  Yay to trying new things!!


Here’s some links to fun activities to do this summer!  Enjoy!!!

15 Science Experiments: http://www.momto2poshlildivas.com/search/label/Mad%20Science%20Theme

75 Kid Activities: http://cuegly.blogspot.com/2011/09/75-kid-activities.html

Water Balloon Games: http://ministry-to-children.com/water-games-for-kids/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Ministry-To-Children+%28Ministry-To-Children%29

Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint: http://www.theidearoom.net/2010/07/sidewalk-chalk-paint.html

Sidewalk Chalk Math & Reading Activities: http://momitforward.com/math-reading-sidewalk-chalk-activities

40 Activities with Blocks/Legos: http://handsonaswegrow.com/2012/03/lots-of-blocks-activities.html

And the grand finale…a gazillion things to do: http://itswrittenonthewalls.blogspot.com/2012/04/gotta-see-fun-summer-activities-to-keep.html

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Good morning!  I’ve been working a project for my church making photos that represent the scripture of the Easter story!  Check out my work of heart on my Raindancer Studios blog.  I’m so honored to be a part of this project.  It’s been such a gift to me this easter.  Tomorrow the resurrection photo will be posted on the blog.  Check back at http://www.blog.raindancerstudios.com.

Here’s a direct link to the blog post for Good Friday:


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