Friday, July 31, 2009

Where Have I Been????

Making a movie!


I know! Tell me about it... (sigh of exhaustion)

***slight grin of satisfaction***

So long story short, a little girl on the next block wanted to make a pirate movie and cooked up the idea with the about-to-enter-high school boy that lives across the street.

We heard about the idea, ya know, that they were making a pirate movie and then nothing seemed to come of it.

Well... Leisl asked them if they needed any help and they said yes.
Sooooo, she offered to write the script.

Thirty-seven pages later. Yes that would be a 3 and a 7,
37 pages later, we have ourselves a screenplay.

You know what happens next right?

Of course you do.

Leisl is now director and guess who is now an impromptu executive producer.

Yes, that would be yours truly. (rolling eyes here)

We are in waaaayyyyyy over our heads BUT we are having the time of our lives and yes indeedy, we are, in fact, making a movie.

So that's where I've been all week.

Cast call is at 8 am (yes, in the morning!) every day except tomorrow.

Cast call is at (gulp) 7:30 am.

Why so early?

Well it's the last day to get all the actual pirate footage because our two pirates are going on vacation next week and by the time they get back we will have returned their costumes to the theatrical costume shop.


The good news is we already have a lot of footage and I hope to have a trailer soon.

(Tap, tap Leisl, talking to you babes!)

Until then, pray for us crazy people over here :)

It's a good screenplay--sweet, funny and glorifying to God.

It's everything we wish we would see more of in films.
Except, you know, done by amateurs, on bare bones equipment, with virtually no budget.

Off to sleep... "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up!"


Saturday, July 25, 2009

What We're Doing 2009-2010

I can't believe I haven't posted this yet. Wait, yes I can... we've been so busy :)

But here it is... our 2009-2010 school year.

We are in the third year of the five year cycle with My Father's World. Continuing in our chronological study through history using the bible as the spine and integrating world history, we are studying from Rome to the Reformation.


Some of our read alouds:

Music (in addition to their usual violin lessons/music theory):


Science (for the younger two--grades 3 & 5):

Science for our 7th grader:

Last year we did Greek root words. This year we will learn Latin roots with:

Brigitta will be in Singapore Math levels 4A and 4A. Kurt will be in 2A and 2B.
This year Leisl makes the switch from Singapore to Saxon with Math 8/7 complete with a daily lesson plan put together by MFW and the DIVE CD which teaches the lessons.

Most of our language arts are built into the program but Brigitta will continue with and Kurt will start Spelling Power as well as continuing to work through Intermediate and Primary Language Lessons, respectively, as well as Writing Strands.

I t looks like a full year and I can't wait to get started!

*** Welcome all Life with 3 Boybarian visitors!***



Major Goodwill Score!

I was at Goodwill looking for props for Leisl's movie (more on that later) and happened to be in the book section.

I wasn't even looking for books for us (home school) but these two caught my eye.
They are in excellent condition and have been on my "to get" list for a little while.

This one was $4.99...

And this book, which is an excellent way to introduce Shakespeare to children because the authors have written out the plays in story format, I picked up for $2.99!

If you have books on your "to get" list don't forget about checking your local Goodwill. You never know what you'll find!


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Time for Nana-isms!

Nana is getting pretty good at catching herself these days. She's been slowing down before speaking (a very good reminder and model for all of us I'm sure) and really thinking through her words.

She says she is second guessing how she talks now because I've made her conscious.


But, apparently she wasn't very self-conscious while I was out of town. Probably because she thought I couldn't blog about it (hee hee).

So Papa, being oh so helpful to me, jotted down a few of his favorites and emailed them to me.

(insert feigned innocence here)

I also recorded a few of my own that I was saving to share. Now seems a good a time as any.

Here we go...

I called Nana up and asked her what she was doing.

She said she was cleaning up her house, paying bills and taking care of
"odds and pieces."

Hee hee :)

And then there was the day she was remarking on someone's resemblance to their uncle.
"Oh, Lain, you should see him! He is the split image of his uncle. Looks just like him!"

Ma, do you mean to say spittin' image?

"Yeah, that's what I said, "split image."


On the way to the airport, Kurt asked her for a sip of water from her water bottle.
She handed him the bottle but added a little reminder.
" Now make sure you don't back-spit, no, no that's not it... back-drop? Nooo, oh yeah, back-wash!"

We all cheered.

And I wish I had been there for this last one. I don't know the context of the conversation exactly but she must have been talking about different styles of cars.

According to Nana, cars without a trunk are called,


I laughed so hard, I couldn't breathe.


Monday, July 20, 2009

A Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, Monday July 20th, 2009...

Outside my window... are friends I have yet to meet.

I am thinking... about how funny the Lord is! I love that He is faithful to keep things and activities from becoming idols. And I love that just when you lay down a desire or a dream and delight in being content, He fulfills an even greater desire or bigger dream... above and beyond what I could ask or think.

From the learning rooms... there is cleaning and purging and organizing. I am so excited for the new school year. :D

I am thankful for... the promise of the Lord's return and that He is coming back soon. I am thankful for good churches that teach from God's Word and aren't being distracted from teaching Scripture.

I am wearing...a muumuu and an apron. Yes, I'm quite a sight right now. Hee hee

I am reading... Footsteps of the Flock at night, a variety of home school material during the day, and half-finished projects that I discovered when I was cleaning off my desktop on the computer. At church, we are currently in the Book of Luke on Sundays and Leviticus on Thursdays.

I am hoping... that Nana has a safe trip down to San Diego on Wednesday. I am hoping that Nana, Auntie Cindy, Andrea and her mom all have a blessed time at the retreat.

I am creating... room in my brain! Ha ha-- seriously though, I may have another wedding invitation order. I really thought I retired from design stuff. I guess not! I'll know more tonight. I am meeting with the happy couple this evening. If it's too big of an order I may just help design and have them printed some where else. Anything over 175 is just too much and not very cost effective.

I am praying... for Jesus to come quickly, the peace of Jerusalem and for a heart and will to abide, moment by moment, with my Lord, my God.

Around the house... I don't know what happened. Oh wait, I know... we came home from vacation! Definitely some cleaning to do this week. And since Nana will be gone for two weeks I better start thinking about cooking again. Did I mention how much I loved our vacation and not cooking or washing dishes for a week? Okay, just checking.

One of my favorite things... acts of service. Seriously, it's my main "love language" both in how I express love and how I feel loved. I think it's part of the reason Karl and I get along so well. He is an acts of service person too. Soooo, imagine my surprise when we got home from the airport and discovered that our friend Tita had planted flowers in my yard! So excited!!

Katie-kins also surprised me this week with fun pigs (metal not real) for the garden too! I'll put up a picture once we get them installed. Papa is putting a couple coats of clear enamel to protect them from the weather (which we get a lot of 'round here). Papa is an acts of service guy too, can you tell? :D

A few plans for the rest of the week... are the usual ballet/violin lessons, Monday-- meeting to possibly do some wedding invites, Tuesday-- errands, Wednesday-- Nana leaves, Thursday-- yay, Church!!! , and Friday-- Ben and Abby's wedding.
I hope we're all well. I'm bummed that I missed Aaron and Katie's wedding this last Saturday. But glad that Karl, Nana, Papa and Leisl were able to make it.

Here are some picture thoughts I am sharing with you...

Papa took pictures of Tita working hard on my surprise.



Saturday, July 18, 2009

Pennies For Heaven

Brigitta decided to start collecting pennies.

Her goal?

One million pennies.

She has a pretty good start...

Here she is with more than five thousand.

"What is she going to do with a million pennies?"

That's what I asked her.

Her reply:

"I'm going to donate it."

She plans on donating the money, $10,000.00, to
God's Word for the Nations
to help fund bible translation.

So if you see her and her button--

please know she would love to lighten the load in your purse or pockets.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Que pasa?

I think an order through started it.

I say that because shortly after I ordered a DVD from them, I started getting ads from Wal-mart--

in Spanish.

Apparently, when you see my full name written,

Generosa Magsarili,

it conjures up images of South America, olive skin, and spicy food.

If it was just Wal-mart I wouldn't think too much about it. But a few months ago Verizon jumped on my "Latin American" bandwagon.

All my Verizon advertisements look like this:

Again, I haven't thought too much about it. I throw it all into the recycle bin and move on.


But today, it's just too much.

This was my mail today:

I now have my very first copy of Hispanic Magazine.

I didn't even know there was an Hispanic Magazine.

But don't miss it...

It's the Latinas Issue!!

People. People. People. Wal-mart, Verizon and now Hispanic--

Hear me now,




Can we say "Filipino" boys and girls?


Very good.

And to make sure there are no doubts, here is a list of Top 10 Reasons why I am a Filipina:

#10-- I buy rice in 25 pound bags and soy sauce in gallon jugs.

#9-- I always offer food to visitors.

#8-- I was raised to believe every Filipino adult was either an Aunt or an Uncle.

#7-- I take my shoes off when coming into a home.

#6-- I regularly have dried rice stuck to my clothing.

#5-- I flush a public toilet with my foot.

#4-- I eat food like adobo, pancit, and lumpia.

#3-- I can point with my lips.

#2-- I smile for no reason.

and the #1 proof I am Filipino... (drum roll)

I can pick things up off the floor with my toes.


Now if you'll excuse me... "Hey has anyone seen my copy of Mabuhay Times?"


Monday, July 13, 2009

Footsteps of the Flock: 2 Chronicles 34:12

I should be in bed seeing that I have jury duty at 8:00 am tomorrow but when I read tonight's devotional I just had to share.

It was a good reminder for me especially since tomorrow has the potential to be a loonngg day.

The following is from Jon Courson's devotional "Footsteps of the Flock" for:

July 13th

And the men did work faithfully:
and the overseers of them were
Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of the Merari;
and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to set it forward;
and the other of the Levites, all that could skill of instruments of musick.

2 Chronicles 34:12

As the Temple was restored, musicians were playing. Music has a powerful impact and effect upon our spiritual lives...

As he waited on the Lord for a word from Him, Elisha called for a minstrel. And as the minstrel began to play, the Holy Spirit spoke to Elisha (2 Kings 3:15).

How often have you begun to worship the Lord in song - when suddenly He begins to speak to you?

How often have you found yourself encouraged as you've listened to praise music?

Saul was haunted and hounded by a demonic spirit. He called for David to come and play his harp. As songs were played and worship ascended, Saul experienced relief (1 Samuel 16:23).

If you're discouraged, depressed, or defeated, if you want your temple restored, play music.
It will build you up and cause your spirit to soar.

In Job 38, God says that as the foundations of the earth were being laid, the angels were singing songs.

In other words, He does His best work with background music. These guys created an atmosphere that was right spiritually.

The Lord inhabits the praise of His people (Psalm 22:3).

The demons are confused by praise. That is why Jehoshaphat sent a choir before he sent an army to do battle (2 Chronicles 20).

Be a person of praise. Sing in your car. Sing in your shower. Sing when you're depressed.

As Isaiah said, "Sing, O barren one" (see 54:1).

If you'll develop this practice, you'll tap into a spiritual dynamic that will aid and assist you in the days of spiritual warfare.

A Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, Monday July 13th, 2009...

Outside my window... is our neighborhood. We had a great time but we're glad to be home.

I am thinking... about contentment and how much I love being right where I am and doing what I'm called to do.

From the learning rooms... I have been reading the Teacher's Manual for this fall. We will be studying the period of the time from Rome to the Reformation. Today I spent a good chunk of time writing down goals for this year. I also wrote down things that worked last year and things that didn't so we can make adjustments for this year.

I am thankful for... for a wonderful vacation, safe travel there and back. But I'm mostly thankful that I got to meet my friend Tammi in person. We only know each other from the My Father's World message board and email. It was the highlight of our trip!

I am wearing...a sundress my Inang bought me in Hawai'i (even though it's raining and cold here right now!)

I am reading... the TM for this year and a variety of bible passages.

I am hoping... that I don't really have to report for jury duty on Tuesday and that I'll be able to fly to San Diego and be supportive of some hurting family.

I am creating... more and more patches of clean and order. It feels so good. I'm also trying to create some gifts.

I am praying... prayers of thanksgiving because He has given me a heart of contentment that I had been praying for for quite some time. My "itchy" feeling has been replaced with pure and simple joy in the small things.

Around the house... we are looking good! We did our laundry at the hotel and unpacked clean clothes into the drawers so we are in great shape coming into this week. Ann stayed here while we were gone so the floors are vacuumed and we can actually walk into the loft. Thank you Ann!

One of my favorite things... is playing duets with my husband on the piano. It's such a wonderful picture of marriage and also of the body of Christ. When we are each doing our individual parts and not concerning ourselves with the other person's part, it sounds beautiful.

A few plans for the rest of the week... Busy! Violin ensemble for the girls in addition to regular lessons for all three, ballet, and a jury summons for me on Tuesday. Oh, I almost forgot--picking up Abby's new glasses, exchanging violins, etc... it just goes on :)

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

Tammi and I at the restaurant in the Hale Koa hotel. Not only did her and her family drive all the way from the other side of the island to meet us but they brought us gifts! Snacks, necklaces (that the kids wore home), photo albums, notebooks, and even plaster so we could make a mold of our footprints on the beach!

We are so excited about our new friends and can't wait to see them again.

Hi Tammi! {{{{waving}}}


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Your Choice

Here are a few favorites since I couldn't decide...

If you're looking for funny (or at least mildly amusing) try this post about Killing Spiders

Need something a bit more... educational perhaps? How about Froggy Lessons Learned

Sometimes you just need a good cry. I posted this over at Miscel (Lainie) ous and it just might do the trick. It's a post about my baptism titled, A New Season.

While you're over there, you might want to check out "What It Means To Take Up Your Cross."
I "borrowed" most of it from our pastor, Jim Courson. Good stuff.

But by all means, don't pass up a re-visit to some of Nana's best Nana-isms. I have #3 available as Flair for those of you who Facebook :)


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Will of God

Liesl and I were sitting here at breakfast listening to David Jeremiah teach on Judges Chapters 6 & 7.

The title of his teachings are "How not to find out the will of God."

He pointed out that in the story of Gideon, Gideon preludes his fleece laying with these words in Judges 6:36 & 37, "And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said [emphasis mine], Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said [emphasis mine].

Gideon already knew the will of God. Gideon wasn't looking for the will of God so much as he was looking for the courage to obey the will of God.

Aren't we the same way? We know what the Lord has laid on our heart. We know that it is in line with what scripture teaches yet we have not decided we will obey.

John 7:17 says, [Jesus speaking] "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether, I speak of God." Translation: If you make up your mind to do the will of God FIRST, you'll know that you know that you know that you are operating in His will and you will not be discouraged when it's hard.

I call it "dropping anchor."

If I know that I have received direction from the Lord and my husband and I are in perfect agreement and it lines up with the Word of God, I make up my mind that I will do it.

I have found that when I do this, when it gets hard to obey, and the testing of my resolve and desire to do the will of God is challenging, it passes quickly and God grows my faith in the process.

But when my heart and mind haven't decide to follow God no matter what, when it gets difficult, I end up feeling like a small boat in a large, stormy sea. I feel beaten and battered.

Thankfully His grace covers me and He is quick to strengthen me when I call out in repentance.
So where does that leave us for today?

Psalm 118 "O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because His mercy endureth for ever.(1)

I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place (5)

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? (6)

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.(8)

We never have to be sure of ourselves (putting confidence in man, or woman in this case) because we can confidently be sure of Him.

Bottom line:

We can trust God because He is good, He loves us and He desires only good for us.

This post originally appeared June 24th, 2008.


Sunday, July 5, 2009

The 5th of July

All week I have asked and been asked, "What are you doing for the 4th of July?"

Amidst the preparation for a national holiday, I'm trying to remember that we aren't celebrating a "date."

There is nothing about the fourth day in the month of July that is special in and of itself.
We, as a nation, celebrate this day as an anniversary of freedom. We celebrate independence from a monarchy, the rule of a nation by an earthly king.

I am very grateful that I live here and am able to raise my children in these United States of America. We are far from being a perfect nation but I would not choose to live anywhere else.

I am grateful for the people who took a giant leap of faith and traveled across the ocean to start the country I now call home.

I am grateful for the men and women who have lost limb and life defending our freedom. I don't think lightly of the privilege to vote. I am grateful that I am given a voice in the direction this country turns.

But there was something about remembering that it was "Independence Day" and not just the 4th of July that tugged at my heart.

I think it is good to be free and independent from an earthly king but I think that it is only half of the answer. Being submitted to and dependent on a heavenly King is the other half.

God's heart has always been to govern His people. You would think that we would be eager to be governed by God who describes Himself as,

"The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth," (Exodus 34:6).

Yet we, both as a nation and individually, have cried out like the children of Israel did in 1 Samuel 8:5-7:

"And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.  But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us.

And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.

And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them."

Are we listening to God's heart as He says this?

"They aren't rejecting you Samuel, they are rejecting Me, God Creator over heaven and earth, God giver of Life. God that faithfully loves them. They don't want me to rule over them."

Very often I am the same way. I seek out an earthly king too.

I place my own faulty, fleshly self on the throne of my life and ask God to step back. I declare my independence from Him and attempt to fight battles I've no business in and govern a life I've no rightful claim to.

When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior I declared that I was giving up the rights to my life and handing my life over to the nail-scarred hands of Jesus.

How quickly I forget. I don't want to forget though.

Yes, I want to remember that I live in this free country. But more so, I want to remember that I am truly free.

John 8:36 declares, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."

Am I free to do what I want, when I want, with whom I want?"


I am free from sin (my earthly king) and am able to be ruled by my Righteous King.

"But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in {further} lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:17-23

Yes, our country has had much blood shed for it, to protect it. But not more blood than what was shed by Jesus on the cross of Calvary to free us from the bonds of sin.

Tomorrow, July 4th, celebrate wholeheartedly the gift of living in a free, independent country.

But let us not forget to re-commit ourselves on the 5th of July to being governed by a great and gracious God.

This post originally appeared July 3rd, 2008.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Instead of Packing...

I'm mentally preparing to leave while pondering deeply profound things.

For example,

why did I get my haircut before my vacation--

when I will look like this the entire time I'm there...

I also seemed to be more concerned with the bringing of snacks than anything else.

Nana bought several... okay, ten, containers of garlic fried peanuts from the little Filipino market. I ran them through the Seal-A-Meal so I could bring them with us.

I do plan on sharing but yes, I am definitely on a little "kick" right now.

And so you don't think I'm the only one with a lack of, let's say, urgency to get ready, here is some video footage of The Captain having some pre-4th of the July celebration with the kids this evening.

Our little man thought this was a fine opportunity to practice his firefighting skills.
Be warned, the footage is quite exciting and will keep you on the edge of your seats I'm sure.
Eh hem...

All this to say, I shall miss all of you immensely. But, I have been in near-desperate need of a vacation for quite some time. Thankfully the opportunity presented itself and we jumped at it!
We'll be back in a week... and while away, I have a few "classic" posts scheduled so it's not too lonely 'round here.

Until then, Aloha...


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