Friday, August 31, 2007
Although I think I may have done this one before, I felt like we could all use a little reminder that God is here to provide strength and nourishment daily and He will give us just what we need for that day!
Day by Day
by: Sue Monk Kidd
VERSE FOR THE DAY:
Then the Lord said to Moses, "I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whethere they will follow my instructions."
PASSAGE FOR THE DAY:
Last summer while I was taking drawing lessons, my friend Betty learned she had cancer. The day before she went to the hospital for surgery, her spirit seemed nearly depleted. "What am I going to do?" she said, thinking about the demanding weeks ahead of her. "How will I find strength?"
That evening I found myself doodling on my drawing board, thinking of Betty. Soon I was sketching a loaf of bread. A simple, homemade loaf. Then I put it aside and went to bed. But during that night I had the most curious dream. Betty was sitting at a table before the loaf of bread, eating a single piece.
The next morning when I came upon my drawing, an idea began to stir in my thoughts. I reached for my Bible and found the verse, "I will rain down bread from heaven" (Exodus 16:4), remembering how day by day God sent nourishment from heaven while his people wandered in the winderness. There was always enough for each day. They simply had to trust him for tomorrow's.
I penciled the verse beneath the sketch of bread and carried it to Betty's hospital room. It was to remind us both... when we walk in difficult places, God sends the strength and nourishment to face what comes our way, not all at once, but day by day.
Additional Scripture Readings:
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Andy Apple would like to play
With his animal friends today.
First he'll teach them letter A.
Andy Apple draws A this way!
(tune: "Skip to My Lou")
It is cute. She also had a wind sock she had made at school. She wrote the letter A several times on it! I am so excited that she is doing so well as school already this year and she loves going! That is the main thing. She loves going.... Hopefully we will be able to keep her in this habit.
Yesterday, she brought home a couple of things... One was the New Washington Newsletter.
It basically says that Open House is comming... PTO is starting... and some of the sports are getting started. Right now, we are not putting Kenzie into any sports because they are mostly for the older kids.
In other news, in form of another newsletter, EARLY CHILDHOOD PARENTS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!
The topics were:
Help your preschooler become responsible for personal care
*Cleanliness-- Encourage your preschooler to practice good hygeine.
*Dressing-- Allow your preschooler to help pick out her school clothes and dress herself.
*Outerwear and belongings-- teach to hang up coat and backpack.
The best way to teach respect is to show respect.
*Don't speak harshly
*Offer to help
*Give child full attention
*Be calm and fair
Follow a few simple guidelines when you discipline...
* Be battle wise
Teach your preschooler to be mindful of the feelings of others
*Teach to look at facial expressions.
*Help your child notice the accomplishments of others
*Discourage your child from commenting on the appearance of others.
(taken from September 2007 issue of Parents make the difference!)
Other than that, I think that will do it for now... I will post again if anything should arise...
Monday, August 27, 2007
"I like books" and so I thought it was a cute time to get pics of her!
And here, she is reading to me! It was so cute. Yes Carol, that is the book you sent her for her birthday.... It plays the birthday song! So cute to see her finally interacting with it!
"Look Mommy, My Book!" She decided she would try and share the book with me. She is growing up so fast! And I can't believe that she is already 15 months old! She is such a big girl now. And we go to the doctors on Sept. 6 for her 15 month appointment. "Mommy, this is how you read a book" and so she teaches me also!
I have decided to start teaching her baby sign language. I will keep you updated on how this goes. I have to send out a big thank you to Beth for the link she sent me for teaching baby signlanguage. I sure do hope she catches on like Isabella has!
Other than that, not much going on. I will post again when we have somthing more to say!
Ryan, Dawn, Kenzie, Maddie and Angel
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I pledge to myself on this day,
To try to be kind in every way.
To every person, big and small,
I will help them if they fall.
When I love myself and others too,
That is the best that I can do.
Tune: Oh My Darlin'
What's the weather like
What's the weather like
What's the weather like outside
Is it sunny
Is it cloudy
Is it windy outside
Is it rainy
Is it snowy
Is it partly cloudy
What's the weather like
What's the weather like
What's the weather like outside?
I thought they were really cute. The other things they are doing this week are...
The theme for the week is Welcome to School
*The letter A
*Days of the week
*Sorting by different attributes
*Learning new songs.
I am so glad that she is back in school. She loves it so much and Maddie is enjoying her "Mommy" time. Ryan has been doing good at work. Dustin and Candice have been staying with Tammy, they are acting suspicious, so I think they won't be back. But I think it is for the better. They were getting too comfortable having someone provide for them. I told them it wasn't going to continue and that is when they moved. I have been getting ideas for some of the home improvements that we need to do. I will keep you updated on the developments. I guess that does it for now. Talk to you soon!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Mommy, I love waiting for the bus, but I wish it would come on already...
"I caught you taking pics of me Mom!"
I couldn't resist this pic!
My big girl standing in front of the tree again. She was such a great waiter!
To win a battle over the devil gives one a good feeling inside,
When he's temted you with your weakeness and you've been able to push him aside,
When you've said "Get thee behind me satan you'll not use me like a toy,
for greater is He that is in me and you're not gonna steal my joy!"
I loved it and she told me who it was that wrote it. I want to say her name was Catherine Puckett. She has since passed on to a better life with Christ by her side. I just felt compelled to share this poem with you all.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I took this picture the other day when Kenzie decided that she would dress herself. And asked Candice to do her hair. Then instantly she decided her name was "Sassyfrass" it was so cute.
So, Maddie was ok for a few minutes. I had put her shoes on her. She was doing ok. Dimples and all, but not for long. I call this one "NO SHOES MOMMY!" She was so upset. She hated the idea of me putting the shoes on her. She continued to take them off and Kenzie kept putting them back on her. It was hillarious. I took more pics, but chose to only post a few. Hope you enjoyed seeing my baby upset with me.
"Mommy, thank you for letting me take my shoes off." She was so much happier after the shoes were off. And just to let you know, Maddie is such a smart baby. She saw Kenzie turning on a light, and when she did this, I said, "Light" Maddie looked at me while pointing to the switch and said "MaMa, light" it sounded more like "lie" but she tried.
Anyway, that was our update for today. Hope you enjoyed it and I will be letting you know if we find my cell phone since I am lost without it.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Then she saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow that was addressed to "Mom" With the worst premonition she opened the envelope with trembling hands and read the letter.
It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with Dad and you. I have been finding real passion with Stacy and she is so nice. But I knew you would not approve of her because of all her piercings, tattoos, tight motorcycle clothes and the fact that she is much older than I am. But it's not only the passion...Mom she's pregnant. Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a trailer in the woods and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. We share a dream of having many more children.
Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn't really hurt anyone.We'll be growing it for ourselves and trading it with the other people that live nearby for cocaine and ecstasy. In the meantime we will pray that science will find a cure for AIDS so Stacy can get better. She deserves it. Don't worry Mom. I'm 15 and I know how to take care of myself. Someday I'm sure that we will be back to visit so that you can get to know your grandchildren.
Love,Your Son Jon
P.S. Mom, none of the above is true. I'm over at Tommy's house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than the report card that's in my center desk drawer.
I love you.Call me when it's safe to come home.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The girls have been kids today. Kenzie wanted to play with Maddie, but Maddie didn't want to play, so she bit her sister! Kenzie cried, I looked at it and within seconds, she had bruised and I could see where Maddie had penetrated her sister's skin. Not a good thing. Other than that not much going on here. Ryan and I are looking forward to working on the house some, so that is about it.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Now for some of the other stuff. Kenzie is getting even more excited about going to school next week. We are going around putting together outfits for her to wear to school for the first week. It is so cute. She is really doing a great job being a big sister to Maddie. Angel is doing ok(the dog that is). After I made that cake, Tammy has yet to pick it up. It is starting to upset me about that. I put all that time into the making of that cake. I also had my oven go out. So, I have a call out to Ilean who's daughter is going to check prices on a scratch and dent gas stove for me. I would like to update it rather than just fix the one in there because it is so old, it is probably needing to be replaced. Also by doing it that way, I won't need to replace it before I sell the house. We are looking at some options there. Mom wanted me to fix the house and resell so that I can get the gift of equity in cash. That would be nice. I will keep you all updated and take pics as I do things in the house.
I will update more later.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
* They will be sending a bus out startng 8/20/2007 for Kenzie to go to Preschool at New Washington Elementary School.
*Kenzie qualifies for Speech Therapy. She will recieve this while at school. They will provide 180 minutes per week.
*There will be like mentor kids to help Kenzie progress.
*She will be going Monday thru Thursday.
*She will be re evaluated by 6/1/2008 to see what they need to do for her for the year of Kindergarten.
*They will do a test in the beginning of the school year and the end to see how she has progressed. It is called i.s.t.a.r. It is the preschool version of the ISTEP test that all other grades take. Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting.
I have a brochure on it and if you want more information on it e mail me and I will type it in for you.
*These are the basic sounds that Kenzie needs to master... k, g, f, th. These are the sounds that typical 4.5 year olds make, but Kenzie doesn't quite get them.
* Now for the specifics of the meeting, we reviewed Psychological test results, speech/language test results, academic test results, and parent information. It was determined that Kenzie doesn't need any special classes meaning that she can attend in the regular class. In this category, the student recieves education programs in a regular classroom for eighty to one hundred percent of the school day. Of course, the program level is preschool. I of course agreed to the recommendations for her. We went over the present levels of educational performance which was just more in detail than the report itself was. Decided that we will have a progress note sent home every nine weeks. In addition to a daily log of the things that are going on with her at school. I can also send notes back to the teacher/speech therapist on questions or comments that I have for either of them.
*Academic Skills-- they will be working on improving her cognitive matching skills and cognitive counting skills.
*Communication Skills-- basically, working with speech therapy to correct fronthing and other speech issues they noticed with Kenzie.
*Motor Skills- they will be working on bringing her motor skills up to snuff with the other kids her age.
*Mackenzie will increase her fine motor skills from 39 months to 54 months with in one year (this is the goal).
*Mackenzie will increase her cognitive skills from 30 months to 42 months in one year (another goal).
*Mackenzie will increase her gross motor skills from 45 months to 54 months in one year (goal).
*Mackenzie will reduce the interference of velar fronting from 42% to 10% or less at all levels within one year (goal).
*Mackenzie will increase her listening comprehension skills from 42 months to 60 months in one year (goal).
*Mackenzie will combine words using age appropriate syntax and another word i can't remember... (goal).
*Fine/Gross Motor Skills, Cognition-- Peer Models, Direct instruction and praise will be used as ways to teach Kenzie
*Articulation/Language-- Small Groups, cues, hand signals, phrase attempts are all ways we are using to teach Kenzie in this category.
*Mackenzie will be working on her speech in a quiet setting. I decided for them to do this with her because I wanted her to be able to work on the speech the most. I felt like with too many distractions, she wouldn't be able to get all out of the session that would be possible in a quiet place. She will have 6 sessions per month, so I think this will help a lot.
Hope that helps with the evaluation that was done... Well, I will talk to you all later!
So, on to other things, I am baking a cake today! The first one in a while. It is a monkey! I will post a pic as soon as I get it done. I can't wait to see how it comes out. It is for Jenny's best friend's birthday! It is so cool! Hopefully it will come out nicely. I also plan on doing more pics of the girls soon.
Other things that have happened lately, I sent Ryan to Once Upon a Child for some clothes for Kenzie for school. He did great! He got a never been worn, tags still on Old Navy t shirt, a pair of Levi Strauss blue jean shorts, a pair of Mossimo Jeans and another pair of jeans with flowers on them all for only $27. I was so happy. He did awesome and Kenzie loved them.
So I guess the last thing is that I have a meeting to go to, so I will post more later!
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
|You Are an Excellent Cook|
You're a top cook, but you weren't born that way. It's taken a lot of practice, a lot of experimenting, and a lot of learning.
It's likely that you have what it takes to be a top chef, should you have the desire...
We can only have one mother,
Patient, kind, and true.
No other friend in all this world
Will be so true to you;
For all her loving kindness
She asks nothing in return;
If all the world deserts you
To other you can turn.
Many tears you’ve caused her
When you were sad or ill,
Maybe many sleepless nights,
Though grown, you cause her still.
So every time you leave her,
Or when’er you come or go,
Give her a kind word and a kiss,
‘Tis what she craves, I know.
We can only have one mother,
None else can take her place;
You can’t tell how you’ll need her
Till you miss her loving face.
Be careful how you answer her,
Choose every word you say,
Remember, she’s your mother
Now and every day.
We can only have one mother,
Oh, take her to your heart;
You cannot tell how soon the time
When you and she must part.
Let her know you love her dearly,
Cheer and comfort her each day,
You can never get another,
When she has passed away.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Onto other things. Nothing new here really.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
I FIXED THE COMPUTER THAT ROY GAVE US WITH NO HELP! I am so proud of myself. I was able to take numerous viruses and other troubles off of here. And I have to give it to God! I was at my witts end last night and just started praying about it. Today, He gave me the wisdom to do a few things I hadn't thought of. I started taking programs off of the computer that we no longer use when I remembered that someone told me about irfanview. As soon as I put it on the computer is when I began having the troubles with it. When I uninstalled it, the computer crashed. I waited a few minutes before booting back up and then my antivirus stuff went to work and took 3 back door trojans off of the puter. I haven't had anymore trouble with it since. I thank God for that! My mother-in-law now thinks maybe I should take up a career in computers! I don't know about that.
The bad news, the car is sputtering again, but we think we have it figured out this time... We think it is the gas tank is full of dirt because the new fuel filter was ruined after just a couple of months of use. So we put a new one in and changed the spark plugs too. We will keep our eye on this situation and let all of you know how it goes as we have new developments.
Now for the reason of the title of this blog... Kenzie and I sang that song yesterday. I think it was God trying to tell me that if I ask, he will help me! I have had a Happy Day today! She repeated every part of the song like you are supposed to! It was so funny!