Saturday, March 28, 2009

I Heart Saturday AND .......a lego a day


Oscar got up today and decided to put on a happy face
Check out this photographer/legolover's site.
It is his quest for a lego a day for one year.
He is on day 300
They are really great
Rennick's heart legos!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

a day at the aquarium of the pacific

I love Long Beach! It was such a beautiful day. Just a lot of pictures showing off the cute kids and some favorite underwater creatures. It was great for the kids to see all the different underwater life that they have been studying this year in science. So much to touch...and you gotta feed those birds and get pictures of them on the kids - they loved it!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I Heart Saturday and daughter

Brian and Bria - Spring 2003

Thursday, March 19, 2009

what I liked about oregon

downtown trees

downtown food court

powell's bookstore
bridges, bridges, bridges

so cold I got to wear my new gloves


that turned into snowy tress

more snow

and then I reached the coast

and seaside houses on lewis and clark street

driving pacific coast highway

finding the coastal town manzanita, known as the carmel of oregon, and this cute little inn

a quick tour of the tillamook cheese factory and their sample table
but happy to be home

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I Heart Saturday AND....homeschool bloopers

We are studying Roman history. After a stunning lecture of the story of Julius Caesar's highs and lows and and his triumphant cry "Vini, Vedi, Vici" ( I came, I saw, I conquered).....

We played a game where the kids could earn chocolate if they answered correctly.

Mom: "Who can tell me what Caesar's famous phrase "Vini, Vedi, Vici" means in English?"

Both kids stand up excitedly and Mom calls on Matt...

Matthew: "I came, I saw, I vanished!"

Monday, March 9, 2009

this is your life - are you who you want to be?

When Brian and I first met, we talked of dreams and plans and what God might have in store for our lives together. Brian was a Christian music artist. He had been since he was 16. Leading worship, writing songs about Jesus and sharing his love for Him was all he knew. We met while he was leading worship at a youth conference center. I was a political science major on my way to Bible school in Europe and was praying and thinking God was leading me to be a teacher to missionary kids in some other country (yes, I was just a little confused)
I came home six months after meeting Brian and we began to date. We were both still in college and I was also in a real estate finance program related to the appraisal firm I was working for part time. Brian was studying psychology (only due to his love for helping people - though he could not stand the worldliness of the psych world and changed his mind) and in full-time music ministry.
While Brian has always worked full or part-time in music realted ministry work, he has also been a graphic artist, web designer and print production manager for several magazines. He has poured many hours into learning and growing in the field God has put him. But, a web/production guy is not what he wanted to be.
I have had my real estate appraisal certification for 15 years. While I have always been able to work from home and I am thankful, a real estate appraiser is not what I wanted to be. I never became a teacher to missionary kids, or in politics, but I do find so much joy being at home and teaching my kids.
This week Bria (2nd grade) had a grammar assignment. She had to write sentences about jobs her relatives have. Regarding Brian and I she wrote:

My father writes music about Jesus.

My mother is a teacher.

I smiled. Maybe we are who we wanted to be after all.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

simply put

Tuesday, March 3, 2009