What did I….
Offer thanks for?
My dear sweet Elisha turned 4 today! He’s a smart little whippersnapper that talks like a miniature adult, but still likes to cuddle up in a chair with the blanket I knit for him while I was pregnant and two fingers in his mouth. Love you Elisha!
We have been cleaning the garage to turn it into living space. I’ve been focusing on meal planning to get us better meals, particularly for breakfast and lunch. I’m trying to establish a cleaning routine, getting there. Overall, I’m trying to manage the house better. 🙂
Yesterday our dog died. Molly was here before me and lived till almost 17 years old. She had been slowly failing for some time and we tried to make her as comfortable as we could. Now that she is gone, we are without a dog for the first time in our entire married life. I jokingly asked Doug, “Can we be married without a dog?” He chuckled and responded, “I don’t know!” Dogs have definitely been an integral part of our life, from Molly scaring off a potential intruder, to the comfort of a dog curled up in front of the woodstove. We are excited to see who the next dog in our life will be.
Teach my children?
I printed off and laminated some letter tiles to help Holly and Sadie with their reading skills. They enjoy spelling out each word and sounding it out. I’m hoping that trying a new activity will give them the boost they need.
Study and learn?
I try to keep my kindle full of nonfiction books, most of which I grab free off of Amazon. I enjoy being self taught in many different topics. Right now, I am reading about healthy meal planning. I have learned to not regret having no college degree, because my mind is active. I need information and I go find it. I can hold my own in a discussion. Don’t ever feel bad about the amount of official education you have. Educate yourself now! It’s far better. 🙂
It’s easy to find something to laugh about in a full house! I love having a husband I can joke with. I love having witty children. And I enjoy the occasional funny picture on facebook lol. Laughter is the best medicine, after all.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have felt a real need to spend some time in repentance. There is one thing I still struggle with, though. People like Daniel prayed and asked forgiveness for the sins of a nation. That’s a hard thing to do, to ask forgiveness for a sin I did not commit and have always been opposed to. I am asking YHVH to change my heart to what it needs to be.
What is this week’s Torah portion and what did I learn from it?
We have been using My First Torah on Shabbat to give the younger children a good overview of each Torah portion. (By the way, when you make any orders from our store in the month of November, you get a free printed copy of ‘Jonathon’s Story,’ an eight day child friendly retelling of the Maccabees.) This last Shabbat, we talked a lot about Jacob and Esau. So many people try to make Jacob the deceiving bad guy, when he was the one who cared about the God of his fathers. He chose to follow YHVH. He was chosen in the womb to be the greater of the two. And throughout history, we can see the perpetual struggle between Jacob and Esau. I believe this epic struggle will only conclude in the Great Tribulation. Wow! It’s a huge concept, but tends to make a lot of things make sense.
This is Elisha at his first Sukkot 3 years ago. Yep, we like dirt around here lol. Happy Birthday Elisha!
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