Monday, October 16, 2017

Sage and all the Winduebs were playing in the backyard and making shelter houses for themselves and Sage tells me about hers in 3-year-old-speak.
"This is my home. It's a broken home. I have to swing alone."

Broken referring to the tree limb. Funny but sad. I'm thankful that none of that is actually true for my kids.


We had co-op today. It delights all of us each Monday.  Sage loves "preschool". Marley enjoys self improvement in any way. Solo gets to gym-class (that's a verb right?). I get to talk to other parents and see my kids have a good time... and eat lunch. I love lunch so much.

Today Marley and Aimee made cakes for Mystery of History class and frosted them and labeled them to look like ancient Egypt.  Full sized sheet cakes by the way. Boy was that good news at lunch.

Also today we introduced Toby to the first Harry Potter movie. Important rites of passage.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Nothing rhymes with Ish-bosheth.

David inquires and then the Lord speaks.

In the course of time, David inquired of the Lord . “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked. The Lord said, “Go up.” David asked, “Where shall I go?” “To Hebron,” the Lord answered.
2 Samuel 2:1 NIV

...and David inquired of the Lord , “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”
1 Samuel 30:8 NIV

he inquired of the Lord , saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” The Lord answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.”
1 Samuel 23:2 NIV

Once again David inquired of the Lord , and the Lord answered him, “Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.”
1 Samuel 23:4 NIV

so David inquired of the Lord , “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?” The Lord answered him, “Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.”  Once more the Philistines came up and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim; so David inquired of the Lord , and he answered, “Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the poplar trees.
2 Samuel 5:19‭, ‬22‭-‬23 NIV

Friday, October 6, 2017

When humans judge other humans it tends to go badly.

Nabal answered David’s servants, “Who is this David? Who is this son of Jesse? Many servants are breaking away from their masters these days. Why should I take my bread and water, and the meat I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men coming from who knows where?”
1 Samuel 25:10-11

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


I catch myself worrying what some people will think of me.

But it's foolish to think of another human as being an authority on truth, joy, faith.

The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day,  and the idols will totally disappear.  People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.  In that day people will throw away to the moles and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship.  Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?
Isaiah 2:17‭-‬20‭, ‬22 NIV

Monday, October 2, 2017

Pitter patter of tiny posts

Home-school co-op picture day is where you can see a lot of kids in dress shirts and gym shorts.

"I can't believe it's the first day of October!"
"It's the second day of October..."


We went camping at Mammoth Cave and I LOVED it. Great rangers, great programs about light pollution and about female cavers through history at Mammoth cave, the caves... wow. My favorite moments were walking with the family talking about Mammoth Cave-themed ice cream flavors. Mammoth marshmallow, Cave Cricket Crunch, Stalactite Strawberry...
Solo ever wants to lead the charge into adventure. A little frightening when you're surrounded by edges, darkness, and the unknown. He's brave though. Like Marley who will take the dogs outside in the dark by herself (I won't).

Trying to remember to enjoy all these amazing children around me for an many moments as I can.
Actually enjoying the puppy stage of dog-ownership. Roy is a smart boy. Reminds me of what  dumb, dumb boys Murphy and his brother were. :)

Every day is a mashup of school, chores, food, pets, play, work, Bible. Some days we throw in neighborhood friends, co-op, violin, driving, home-group, church. 

I can never do enough to earn mercy. You can't earn mercy or it isn't mercy. But I can do more to show my gratitude. 

I am SO excited for my sister's baby shower. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017


God chooses a coward to be a warrior.

The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”  “Pardon me, my Lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”  The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
Judges 6:11‭-‬14 niv

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pet life shuffle

The last few weeks has been a lot of pet happenings and decisions. We kept going back and forth about whether we should keep Juniper or find her a new place. She was so nervous all the time just being around our everyday lives. But she made it so much better the day we had to bury Gorbash, who died last week. Her antics made the heart feel lighter. Though it also made it very difficult to dig a hole.

Ultimately it came down to the fear she would bite a kid (she kept making attempts and actually grabbed Harper by the pants) and that she wouldn't warm up to Bob. Making him feel awkward because she wouldnt come near him or be still while he was around. It was nerve wracking. So I put out 2 ads and the inquiries poured in. I vetted a lot of people, most of them were highly unsuitable. But she found a place with 2 people who have 2 other dogs and no little kids.

We gave Marley Juniper because of Marley's excellent and responsible behavior for her 9th birthday. She didn't want to give up on Junie. We overrode her but we didn't want to punish her or renege on the gift. We let her choose from other dog ads we found on rescue sites and CL. But this time, no adults and no large breeds. My preference is to adopt adults, because it seems easier and better for homeless animals in general. Larger bladders, less adoptable, etc.

She chose a black and white puppy, supposedly a Jack Russell and maltese mix. He is very cute and his scruffy looks remind me of my darling Lulu.

It's been going well. Puppy care isn't as bad as I remembered. Of course I remembered it as being terrible and last time I did it, I had a full time job also.

So Gorbash the calm dude is gone. Juniper the Greyhound Enigma is rehomed. Little Lord Fauntleroy is here.

Also I've been sick for 5 days and it makes all events feel hazy.

Also there have been massive hurricanes all over the south and Brenyn and Plamen had to evacuate and they brought Tink the Maine Coon to my parents along with Svetlana and Anna.

The Bengals suck.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sage in September

Checking on Sage as she slept before going to bed. Her blissful abandon in sleep. Me making sure she is warm enough on this brisk evening,  I am struck by how few of these days of have left.