Saturday, September 29, 2007
And yep, we're still cute! This pic was taken last Sunday after we got home from church in Florida (in front of my parents' new place--my Mom's pride and joy), on our anniversary. You've gotta love the little pouty look on Dani's face! That look says, "Grandma, I'm tired of pictures, enough already!" Oh, and also take note of the fact that all of the kids except Jamie have the signature Harker eyebrows!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
In two weeks' time, Dani has gone from crawling to walking all the time, she's erupted two new teeth (that makes SIX now!), Jamie has broken the family's all-time mosquito bite record and has her little body decorated with almost twenty band-aids, and the three little girls have managed to capture the attention of an entire nursing home! Jon got in about five hours driving time and is THRILLED to have "his" Nova back even if just for a little while. Kelsey has been completely overtaken by the retail bug and is newly re-addicted to shopping. Pete got the Nova registered, cleaned and organized my parents' garage, replaced light bulbs in unreachable places, transplanted plants, and realized how much he missed Lowe's! I have been able to spend precious time with my grandmother, who as I type this is still hanging on despite fears that she wouldn't make it long enough for us to even get home to see her. "Aunt" Jill was able to drive the six hours from Georgia to Florida to see "her" babies and the namesake she's never met, and we had a wonderful day toodling around Tallahassee with her while Pete, Jon, Morgan, and Jamie drove six hours in the other direction to visit his mother and also his father. Pete and I saw our 18th anniversary come and go, with us too caught up in life and the whirlwind that this visit has become to truly celebrate what God has built between us. Life has been exhausting, but it is good.
We're feeling incredibly blessed today. Tired and travel-weary, but blessed.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
This Tackle actually started a while ago. In fact, I blogged about it two weeks ago. I'm a chronic organizer, but a hopeless noodle when it comes to actually implementing the greatest of plans. I get a wonderful master schedule planned out, and get tired of looking at the starkness of it all. I've gone through probably a dozen Day Planners, and while some of them seem to 'stick' better than others, I just get tired of seeing the boredom all on paper. So I made it my own. Inspired by prayzgod's blog Keeping the Home and her amazing Home Management Binder, I set out to create one for myself, one that I'd not only be proud to call my own, but one that would reflect my own personal tastes instead of the sterile, bland blahness (is that a word?) of other planners I've had.
Then comes the final section--the one for my homeschool planning forms. Inside this, I've transplanted the schedule and dividers for nine weeks from my Sonlight Instructor Guide. I really didn't need to add much more, except I did...I added a sheet for the non-Sonlight subjects. I managed to keep lesson plans for both kids on one sheet. Very much better than the binder full of sheets I got tired of looking at in years past. The cover sheet was FUN to do too. I've been looking for something to use that silly picture of Pete in jammies and pink Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars for eons, and now I've got it! I also used little snips of the bookmarks that Sonlight sent with our books this year.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Today I'm just in awe of everything God has done in the little world around me. My daughter is home, SAFE, and the evidence of God's protection is just too great to even begin to enumerate on. So many dangerous situations, yet she is here with us, unscathed and hopefully a little wiser. Ok, hopefully a LOT wiser.
Then there is the fence full of plastic cups in view outside of my dining room window. An odd thought, except those red, white, blue, and yellow cups are arranged to form flags, yellow ribbons, and the words "WELCOME HOME 596th"! This evening, even though our soldier has been home with us the last year, we will stand with the family members we've supported over the last year as their soldiers are welcomed home. It's a surreal feeling. I've been through this five other times with my own soldier, but I've still looked forward to this day for far too long, holding my breath a little in anticipation of seeing that convoy of buses drive up and seeing the sea of camouflage descend on a crowd of tearful family members.
More than 150 soldiers in our company, and not a single combat injury. A teenager home safe and cognizant of what she took for granted. There is MUCH to be thankful for today!
The Daily Snippet today is SO timely: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.(Romans 8:28)
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
...how much it breaks our hearts to know that she would rather turn to the company of people who aren't the least bit concerned with her soul--only in her temporary happiness. She just can't know how much we want to believe she did this to "get things straight with God", but that her actions SCREAM out that above all else, she just wants her freedom from accountability and rules.
...that she has no fewer than 600 people praying for her return both to her home and to the Lord, but that the prayers offered up by me and her father have not ceased, nor did they begin only when she ran away.
...that no one else on this earth cares more for her future and loves her more than the two she wants the most to get away from.
...that, even though we have the God-given responsibility of doing everything in our power to help her LEARN from her mistakes instead of just acting like they never happened, that we above anyone else would love to move on with a clean slate.
...that our family isn't the same without her.
Kelsey, it's time to come home. Whatever it is, we can (with God's help) work through it. Nothing is too big for God, but the ones you're turning to aren't the help you need. God can't help you when you're choosing to remain in the company of the ones who led you away in the first place. That life has to be left behind--forever. No one else loves you like your father and I do, and no one else is as committed to seeing you through this. No one except God Himself. He is waiting, as are we.