2011 – 2012 School Year

You might remember my post New Job *Hopefully* back in March. Well, on Saturday I was offered the job of Study Hall/Carpool Specialist! That means that for the 2011-2012 school year I will be working 1 1/2 hours M-F. And that John will be headed off to Kindergarten in the fall. I’m excited about this opportunity and I really love the school he’ll be attending. At the same time my heart saddens a little every time I think of my precious little boy heading off to school. It’s only 1/2 a day this year, but that won’t be the case next year.

I think it’ll be good because I’ll have a schedule. It’ll get me out of the house everyday and I HAVE to buy new clothes. I only have a stay-at-home mommy wardrobe, which is nothing close to anything that could be considered professional looking. (I’m not complaining about this issue. ūüėČ )¬†On the other hand, it means having to find childcare for Lydia, a lot of time and effort with very little monetary pay, and more difficulty in scheduling my well-paying ¬†banquet serving job. However, I think in the end it will be worth it.

Aaron and I are also entering into this education decision with an open hand. Part of the reason for sending John to Kindergarten and not homeschooling is that after a year, if we decide it’s not best for our family, we can pull John out of school and begin homeschooling. With this particular school, it’s not an option the other way around; we can’t try homeschooling and if it doesn’t work for our family put him into school.

So, I will be officially a school mom and I feel like I’m fitting more and more into the term “Soccer Mom” with each passing year!


A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownly

A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley is about a young woman Lucy who is pioneering the photography field. As she seeks out the best photographs trouble simply follows her. Along the way she meets David, half white and half Indian and 100% rejected by both societies.

This book is fun. I loved the little bit of history the story gave of early photography. And I could easily connect with clumsy Lucy, as I’ve found myself in some less than desirable situations, none as exciting as hers, however. If you’re looking for pure entertainment to pass the weekend, a vacation, or a raining evening, I believe this book will provide.

*The book was given to me for free through BookSneeze.com for my honest review.


I review for BookSneeze¬ģ

Scripture Memory

Years ago, before we moved to Utah, I remember Aaron having 100 verses that James White recommends memorizing. And he recommends memorizing by reading/writing the verse multiple times a day for at least 10 days, and then once it’s memorized it’s reviewed once a week or once a month, depending on how well you know the verse.

That’s all well and good, but I’m not much of an organizer. I could barely organize my food cabinet let alone a list of 100 memory verses. And so scripture memory never happened.

Then I ran across this Charlotte Mason link. (At the time I had no clue who Charlotte Mason was or what it meant, but after my homeschooling research, I’m a little more clued in!) I loved the premise. You say a verse every day until it’s memorized, then every other day, and then once a week, and then once a month. The website shows how to organize an index card box so that this is an easy way to memorize verses. It also emphasizes that the speed at which you (and/or your children) memorize the verses is not the issue. If your oldest memorizes a verse in two days, but it takes your youngest 2 weeks, you simply wait for the youngest to move onto your next verse. I loved that idea, and it stayed in my head (at the time I didn’t even have talkers let alone memorizers!) for years.

But I wanted to memorize scripture, so I made myself and the women in my Bible study a box. Unfortunately the box and system isn’t helpful if you never open it. For 2 1/2 years my box sat on my bookshelf, my kitchen counter, and my bedside table, moving around in hopes that I would remember to open it and try to start my memory. It was mostly rushed over and forgotten however, and the few times I did open it doesn’t help, since you need to do it every day. (I don’t know if the other ladies used it or not.)

Back in February, with my children fighting with each other, I decided I wanted to have them start memorizing scripture so that I could implement it better into my disciplining. I also remembered how memorizing the first few shorter Westminster Catechism helped me with my theology growing up.

Our scripture memory calendar.

So, I wanted to incorporate that too, and found catechisms for small children and young children… much more age-appropriate for my kiddos! And John loved calendars and marking days off and counting down to special events. So, I decided to integrate the two into a big wall memorization calendar.

So, here’s how it works. You have a verse/catechism that you work on every day. The only commitment is that you say the verse once a day. Of course, once I have it memorized, I have started working on it in the car with the kids and we do more repetitive stuff so they can

Our daily verse/catechism

memorize it faster, especially for Lydia. ¬†As you can see, our daily verse is huge. I can’t miss it. I walk by it a million times a day. I can see if from the dinner table and the living room and so can work on it immediately whenever I think about it. I also think¬†subconsciously¬†it gets memorized for me. I mean it’s just there and I read it and see it without even realizing it. I can usually memorize the verse within a day or two.

Our every other day verses

Once a verse is memorized, it goes to the every other day category. To distinguish every-other-day, you assign it to even or odd. On even days you recite the even verse, on odd days, you recite the odd verse.

As you continue to memorize verses the older ones move on. So, it moves like this:

Verse 1: Daily until memorized.

Verse 1 moves to even.

Verse 2: Daily until memorized.

Verse 2 moves to odd. Verse 1 stays at even.

Verse 3: Daily until memorized.

Verse 3 moves to even. Verse 2 stays at odd. Verse 1 moves to Monday. (So you’re saying it once a week.)

Verse 4: Daily until memorized.

Verse 4 moves to odd. Verse 3 stays at even. Verse 2 moves to Tuesday. Verse 1 stays at Monday.

Once you get to like 9 verses, Verse 1 would move to 1 (saying it once a month) and verse 6 would move to Monday. So as you memorize a new verse it shifts the other

Weekly scripture verse

verses around. (You can use Saturday and Sunday too, I just didn’t have enough squares) Eventually on Wednesday, June 8. I would recite my daily verse, my even verse (because 8 is an even number), my Wednesday verse (because it’s Wednesday) and my 8 verse (because it’s the 8th of the month.)

I hope that makes sense. It can be a little hard to understand. But it works like a CHARM! Since February, both my kids and I have memorized three verses and three catechisms. We’ll be starting our 4th verse, as soon as I print it out. John could fly through these much faster, but I’m trying to get Lydia to memorize them as well. She doesn’t retain them as well as John either, but usually with a word prompting here or there she’s got it down.

It has also been amazingly beneficial to MY spiritual walk. Our last verse was Philippians 2:14 “Do everything without grumbling or arguing.” Even though I picked it so that I could hopefully make the kids more mindful of grumbling and arguing, I can’t tell you how many times I have started to grumble about something only to have the verse pop in my head. I ask God to forgive me and to help me remember that what I am doing, I am doing for his glory and to help me to do my job in a way and with an attitude that glorifies Him. I look forward to continuing this. And for my family… the big HUGE calendar on my wall is what did the trick! ūüôā

As a side note, I’ve mostly used the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) since it’s easy for the kids to understand, but I pick whichever version is easiest¬†for them understand for each particular verse. (What good is a four-year-old who memorizes verses, if he doesn’t understand what he’s saying?) Second, I alternate between verses and catechisms. The catechisms are easier and are a nice break. Third, I have come up with songs for each verse, and I think that has really help speed the process along, as well as the recall.

John’s Preschool Graduation

I know I know, this post is long overdue… almost a month late, but it’s been a busy couple of months for us. Anyhow, on May 16th John had his preschool graduation ceremony. I was SOOOOOOOO proud of him. I talked to him for weeks about how mommy wanted him to be big boy and sit up front and sing the songs for Mommy and Daddy and that Omi and Papa would be there

In his cap and gown.

too. And he did GREAT! He did all the hand motions (including the 3-2-1 count down his teacher was doing) and sang all the songs. Below is his picture and a video of the ceremony. Also, the director of the school writes a poem about each of the kids and the following is John’s:

God has created each of us so that

He could come into relationship with us.

We praise Him for bringing John to us

and establishing just that.

Miss Carla is John’s buddy,¬†and he

Loves to always sit by her. John also loves

to play trains with Jasmine,

he’s grown up a lot this year.

While sitting on the rug one day,

John told Miss Robin that his house needs

another baby sister.

John is even hoping Jesus will answer his prayer.

John has grown by leaps and bounds

he’s working hard at learning all he needs to know.

But more important is John knowing and believing

that God is always with him, wherever he may go.

So, I didn’t know about the whole baby sister thing, and I was just about in tears. Ok, I may have cried a few anyway. ūüôā

I can’t believe what a big boy he’s getting to be. He’ll soon turn five and I just can’t believe it!

The Church is Like… A Hotel?

Before you throw stones at me and deem me a¬†heretic hear me out. ūüôā

In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul talks about followers of Christ belonging together as a body. A body that has many members that each have their own “jobs” or gifts. I love that analogy. Some people act as the brain, or mouth, ears, heart, hands, knees, or feet. We each have different personalities, gifts, passions, backgrounds and even baggage that leads us to be molded into a hand rather than a foot or a brain rather than an ear.

When I first started working at my hotel, I remember thinking that, in a sense, it runs like a well-oiled machine… (or body, if you will.) Each person was hired to do an individual job, and their job helps others do their jobs. I was hired to be a banquet server. I wasn’t hired to do dishes, but I’m grateful to the person who is, because that makes it possible for me to do my job… to do my part in running the hotel.

Well, a few weeks ago we had a huge conference come in for two full weeks. The banquet people were basically serving about 150 – 200 people, depending on the day. Since I don’t work often, my first day was a couple days into the event. I was surprised to find one of our front desk employees in the kitchen chopping vegetables and washing dishes. He explained that he was just working in the kitchen because they needed him to.

Throughout the next two weeks as I watched our accountant help clean tables, or front desk people chop veggies, or the General Manager help with the food prep I was struck by how much the body of Christ is like a hotel. Not only are each of us hired for a specific job, but if someone else needs help, we help, regardless of our job description. Why? Because we have one goal: To make our hotel stand out to our customers and give them a good experience, so that they will return, bringing us continued revenue (and jobs!)

So, as a member of the body of Christ, if I’m an ear, I’m no less important then a foot, nor is a hand less important than a brain. We each have been given “jobs” to do. But at the same time sometimes there’s a need, the foot is getting extra busy so the brain comes to help, or the body needs more than two hands for a time and the ears jump in to help. Why? Because we all have a common goal: To glorify God and to be the body¬†(the arms that hug, the feet that bring food, the mouth that speaks) of Christ on earth.