Sunday, December 26, 2010

Behind The Scenes of Agent Stinky's Christmas Special

I was very sick with almost no voice, but I had to explain...

All comments are tax-deductible :)

Agent Stinky McGuire Christmas Special

Abby's Christmas Special... please watch the behind the scenes video too-- I can explain, really!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Agent Stinky McGuire Christmas Special and Secrets Revealed!!

Abby has a detailed post with the new Agent Stinky video.  You can check it out here:

 And here is a little video about Charlotte's little secret...

Thank You for Your blessings Lord...

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Post That Begged To Be Written

It is Christmas Eve.

I shouldn't be blogging.

I hadn't intended on blogging.


we were all sitting at the kitchen table talking and taking some pictures.

We even used the self-timer function and a tripod.

Impressive? Okay, maybe not.

After our last shot, Elijah ran up to the camera to make sure the shot had, indeed, taken.

Because no one in our family can ever do anything even remotely normal,
he started singing, dancing, and beatboxing,

"Oh yeah, oh yeah.. it took it, it took it.  It took the picture!!

{dance, dance, wiggle, shimmy, prrrtttt, prrrrttt, bam}

It was a sight to behold.

Karl's mom, I call her 'Inang,' knowing that Elijah wants to fly airplanes on a carrier when he is older,
said to him,

"They'll never believe you're a Captain on a carrier."

To which Elijah strongly replied,

"Did you just call me a...


Under Construction!

I was looking through some old posts because I want to make some hard copy "Best of Mishmash"books to have in case Blogger ever goes belly-up.

Anyway, while digging around on here, I noticed that all the videos that I used to store on Tangle have all disappeared.

I know I still have the Midnight Chats-- if I'm missing one, I can download it from iTunes.

But, I don't think I have our original Video Introduction with the classic telephone call from the doctor's office in the middle of it :(

We dumped a bunch of stuff when making Pirates in the Suburbs.

I may have to make a new one... :)

Anyhoo, I'm sure everyone is busy with Christmas stuff, but I wanted to pop-in to say I am uploading things to my new storage place and will try to get all the old, missing videos re-embedded.

If you ever discover things are missing or out of whack around here, please let me know!

I do try to keep links current, etc...

If I don't pop-in away before Saturday---

Merry Christmas!

p.s. The December series will be finishing up on Sat over at Pause and Ponder.  So glad I ran that series again... it's been keeping me still before my Maker during this busy season.

Per request, I enabled both Mishmash Maggie and Pause and Ponder to be subscribed to via email.  I had no idea how cool that was!!!

With Pause and Ponder, each new episode is delivered to your email inbox and you can listen directly from there!  I had no idea this technology existed... I'm so behind ;)

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Simple Woman's Daybook December 22, 2010

FOR TODAY, December 22nd, 2010

Outside my window...
it is cold and probably very busy.
I, however, am snug as a bug here at home.

I am thinking... 
about last minute menu ideas and last minute gifts.

I'm also thinking that the tone of our words is as important as the actual words themselves.

I am thankful for...
for Karl's parents to be here with us this Christmas.
They are such a blessing!!

From the learning rooms...
We are on break!

From the kitchen...
Lots of treats from lots of generous people!

I am wearing...
Jammie bottoms and a green sweatshirt-y top.
I really need to go shower...

I am creating...
a deep impression in the couch cushions??

I am reading...
The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee

It is so mind-blowing awesome!

I am praying...
for wisdom... for healing... for a soft, pliable heart...

I am hearing...
the click of keys as my hubby finishes up some work... 
it's very quiet here right now. 
Oh, Charlotte just started playing the keyboard 
and now I hear Mr. Darren playing with his toys.

Around the house...
the manger is up, the lights are strung, and
it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

One of my favorite things...

Having family nearby at Christmas time...

A few plans for the rest of the week

Various church events and outings

My Picture Thought...

Away in a manger...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Our Christmas Letter, 2010

Most of our Christmas letters have been sent via snail mail.

Since my hubby puts some much into our letter each year, I wanted to share it with all of you.

May Christmas fill your hearts everyday, as we watch and wait for His appearing...

Christmas 2010 
by Karl Magsarili

My children have taught me the preciousness of time

It can slip away quickly without reason or rhyme

They were once little infants dependent on me

But as they have grown they are being set free

I blinked and my Elijah, who once crawled on the floor

Is dribbling a soccer ball, trying to score

His coach notes his humble height sets him apart

But what impresses him most is he plays from his heart

I turned and my Charlotte, as an infant so small

Would climb on the furniture to try to get tall

She’s now doing pirouettes on the ballet stage

And to see her on pointe means she’s coming of age

My ear was distracted from hearing Abby’s first word

Then I realized a tap, tap, tap fills the air like a bird

She is blogging about her life, as a young teen

Or writing a novel about castles and queens

I was eight by a pool in the San Diego sun

Beside me she was nine and my heart leapt a ton

After 16 years of marriage, Lainie still makes me melt

A blessed gift from God, my wife, I was dealt

Homeschooling is still how the kids learn creation

Violin the girls do to make a music sensation

Elijah’s still drumming to give us a beat

Mr. Darren, our ferret, still loves to sleep

These things we all do, gives us a part

Of life and its living, what pleases our heart

But what brings me most joy in the car late at night

Is my kids singing praises to the God of Light

I grew up with Christmas meaning Christ at the center

A gift from God, so Heaven we may enter

For whatever good I do, falls short of His glory

We all have failed at one time, that’s all of our stories

But grace is His gift, and it didn’t come cheap.

Like a Lamb to the slaughter, He uttered not a peep.

Except to say, “It is finished!” His work it was done.

We are now brought to the Father by the work of the Son.


From all of us to all of you...

Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ballet Toes, some cool links, and a prayer request

Tomorrow is Dress Rehearsal for Nutcracker.  My little ballerinas (who are both recovering from being sick) have a long, busy weekend ahead of them.

Thankfully, the love it and would miss it incredibly if they weren't dancing.

Today was a day of errands... new leotards, tights, theater make-up, and a few Christmas gifts.

Tech rehearsal was tonight and went smoothly.  We will be watching on their very last (6th) show on Monday night.  Prayers for energy, strength, and cheerful countenances are greatly appreciated ;)


There is a cool video floating around Facebook and I had to share.  It is pretty cool--

It's called a, Social Network Christmas, put out by Igniter Media.

I checked out a couple other videos and the kids really liked this one, Retooning The Nativity.



I'm sure most of you have heard about the tragedy of fellow homeschool mom and blogger over at Roscommon Acres.

I love this post by Heart of the Matter online that reminds us to know and remember his life.

My prayer request is, of course, of the Hanley Family... but this heartbreaking story is also hard on those families that have already walked (and continue to walk) through the heartache of losing a child.  I can't imagine what kind of emotions this story has stirred up in their own hearts, especially so close to Christmas.  Please pray for those hurting so profoundly this Christmas... pray the joy of the Lord to be their strength.  Especially our sweet friend Marsha... she, with great grace and dignity, clings to faith in Jesus and points others to Him in the midst of her own hurts and longing.

Thank you and Lord bless you guys...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Simple Woman's Daybook December 13, 2010

FOR TODAY, December 13th, 2010

Outside my window...
The neighborhood is filled with Christmas lights.
The lights reflected in the rain puddles are pretty... 

I am thinking... 
about the verse for this week's Pause and Ponder.
The depth of God's Word never ceases to amaze me. 

I am thankful for...
my hubby.  He has been "Mr. Christmas" with great joy.
I just haven't had the energy this year. 

From the learning rooms...
We are on break!

From the kitchen...
Should I just start laughing?

We have tech & dress rehearsals and 6 performances for Nutcracker this week.

I'll be happy just to eat...

I am wearing...
Jammie bottoms and, apparently, Charlotte's sweatshirt.

I am creating...
the invite for our January Women's Event at church.

I am reading...
The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee

It is so mind-blowing awesome!

I am praying...
for a dear friend having to make some very, very hard decisions about her family.

I am hearing...
the dishwasher, Elijah talking to Nana, and my husband breathing.

Around the house...
the manger is up, the lights are strung, and
it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

One of my favorite things...
Celestial Seasonings Gingerbread Spice tea!!  Thank you, Kim for the introduction.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Tuesday- clean
Wednesday- Meet with the accountant, hopefully go to Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Thursday- Tech rehearsal for Nutcracker
Friday- Full Cast Dress Rehearsal 
Sat, Sun, and Mon-- Matinee and Evening Shows

Next Tuesday I plan on passing out :)

My Picture Thought...

(If you are viewing through a reader this little video won't show up.
You'll have to come visit here in person.)

It leaves you rather speechless, doesn't it??

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Checking In

I just have to say...

you guys are pretty wonderful *sniff*

I've had some great, encouraging, informative, and supportive emails.

Thank you... thank you so much for being here and taking time out to say, "Hi" and that you care.

It means a whole lot to me.


We saw Tangled on Tuesday!  It was perfect timing.

I had a telephone appointment with my primary doctor that was... interesting.

Anyway, I talked to her while standing outside the movie theater (cell phones still amaze me) and I was able to go from *bleck* to laughing out loud funny, funny, funny pretty quickly.

Abby did a review of the movie on her blog (there are spoilers).

You can check it if you'd like.


Lastly, there is a new Pause and Ponder up :)

There are so many things I'd like to share, but first-- Christmas cards!

I hope you're all doing well and filled with peace...

TTFN! :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

From The Inbox: How Am I Feeling, Anyway?

A handful of readers have been kind enough to reach out and ask about my health.

Trying to find the balance between transparency and too much information is a challenge for me.

I am very open and willing to share anything about my life when asked.  But, I don't presume that my health issues are... interesting reading ( for lack of a better phrase) for those that take the time to visit here.

But in the last two weeks, I've had several inquiries by readers so I thought a little "get ya up to date" post might be helpful.

A litte history... I've never been a "sturdy" person.

As a child I've had issues with asthma which were made worse by a spontaneous pneumothorax (a hole in the lung). There is some scarring on my lungs and a few years ago my asthma (which had been quiet) flared up, so I take medication every day as maintenance.  Breathing is a good thing!

In middle school I started having migraine headaches.  There is a strong family history of migraines.  Thankfully it appears only one of my children has problems with these types of headaches.  Of course, I wish none of my children suffered with these, but I am grateful they don't affect all three.

In addition to three C-sections, I've had two other abdominal surgeries.  I still have "tummy" trouble, but I manage the best I can.

My recent issues, which I refer to as "twitching," are... a mystery.

About a year and a half ago I started having involuntary movement.  The episodes were months apart and I could usually pinpoint the start of one to accidentally bumping my head or having some other physical strain to my head and neck.

I thought it had something to do with bulging discs in my neck since I also had nerve pain, etc...

Ah, but it appears we are dealing with something else.

My flare ups have become more frequent and more intense.

When I am "twitching" it means that...

• I have difficulty walking, standing, or sitting without involuntary movement/jerking of my torso and limbs.  Recently I have even started to twitch while lying down.

• I have difficulty speaking and sometimes swallowing.

• I have involuntary facial grimaces.

• I have severe muscle cramps and a twisting feeling especially in my legs.

• Simple things like feeding myself are exhausting and require a lot of concentration.

We don't have a "label" for it yet.  We know I seem to have an absorption issue... meaning I don't do a great job of getting vitamins, minerals, and especially electrolytes from food into my bloodstream.

It might be a metabolic disorder... could be MS... it could be something else entirely.
Only time will tell.

The only thing I do know is that God has used this season of affliction to draw me even closer to Him and I have great peace.

I don't ask people to pray for healing... as I'm fond of saying,
"Why waste a perfectly good affliction by praying for healing?!"

I pray thanksgiving for His promised strength, sanctification, and endless supply of grace.

I pray praise for His Sovereignty, His Sufficiency, and for being Yahweh Shalom- the God of Peace.

I am grateful for a loving family, flexible/understanding children, and great caring friends.

I appreciate my goods days and try not to take them for granted.

But, am I excited about getting a new heavenly "body?"  You betcha!

My "tent" has been through it's share of storms, but I know there are so many others that suffer so much more than I could ever imagine.

I hope this helps clarify some things.

Here is to hope...

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Every Day in December

Last December I wrote a post every day until Christmas.

The "catch" to it -- the chosen verse correlated to the date on the calendar.

It was a challenge praying and writing through verses I wouldn't naturally pick.

But I guess that is part of the point... to practice living supernaturally, instead of naturally.

I was thinking about doing another series like that this year, but after praying about it decided not to.

I was going to re-post that series here, and again, I didn't have peace about it.

Since they were originally labeled as, "Pause and Ponder," it dawned on me to post them on the Pause and Ponder site.

Ah... finally it made sense.

I just wanted to let all the "Mishmash"-ers know that the series is up.

To read the series from most recent to oldest, click here.

Or to read by day:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Is the blogosphere kinda quiet?  I think everyone is watching football or Christmas shopping...

I hope you are all having a lovely December :)


Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Most Random Post Ever

Be prepared... I'm having a flare-up this morning and starting to twitch (don't ask me why I feel compelled to post).  This should be an interesting post, albeit very random.

• First things first... new Pause and Ponder up over here covering Proverbs 3:5
 Thank you to those that listen in each week and have subscribed on iTunes.  Abby has been waiting for the number of Feed Hits to pass 10,000 so she could celebrate with pizza :D.  It zoomed past 10,000 this week and now she is a very happy, pizza-filled girl!

Strange the way she thinks up ways to get pizza from me...

• Speaking of pizza... having pizza this week was in celebration of two things... Abby also completed her 50K word and completed the National Novel Writing Month.  You can read about it here.

• Elijah shared a devotional with the family last night.

Keep in mind, he is nine.

The verse was, "Even a child is know by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right."

He was thinking up examples of "actions" and decided to use Charlotte as the example.

He said, "Charlotte is funny.  We know by how she acts, that she is funny.

Oh, and she has...

a firm grip."


We laughed so hard...

• My brother is having surgery today :(  Please keep him in your prayers.  He is having a repair of a retinal detachment.

(He called me back as I was typing this and he sounds so good!  Very peaceful and strong in his faith.  I'm so grateful.)

• This week will be our last official week of school in 2010.
I am so looking forward to having time finish some projects.

• We watched, "The Nativity Story," this week and now it finally feels like Christmas is near.

• My eggs are getting cold.  I should go eat them.
(This would be the very random part.)

Thanks for tuning in... how are you guys doing??  It seems everyone (but us) is busy with Christmas things and doing Ann Voskamp's  Advent devotional.  If you're doing it, how is it going?

Well, that's all for now.  I'll try to get a school update posted soon.  We are in Week 11...


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nana Gets A Job

Did I forget to tell you that Nana got a job?


Nana is working at a big outlet mall near here at the Cole Haan store.

She is giddy because there is a nice discount at that store and the Nike outlet.
Goooo, Nana :)

Anyway, she just got home from work and was doing her nightly "telling" of her day.

Since it is a retail store, they do not hire a cleaning service to clean the store. The employees are expected to do that.

The employees are required to do everything from sweeping to cleaning the bathrooms.

Sooooo, have I mentioned that Nana is a wee bit OCD?

We never realized what it was when I was a kid.  But, I do remember the day she called me (when I was living in Minnesota).  The conversation went something like this:

**ring, ring**


"Lain!  I'm watching this special on the News.  You know, on the T.V..  He's talking about this thing called C.O.D."

"C.O.D.?  Collect on delivery?"

"No, no, no, no, no, no, no,  not C.O.D.  This, this Obessing Compulsion Disease."

"Ma.  You mean O.C.D.? Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?"

"Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!  Anyway, I was looking at the symptoms.  I think I have it!"

(long silent pause)

"Um, yeah Ma, you think?"

"What?!  You knew I had it?  How come you didn't tell me?!"


Aw yes, I remember it well.

Growing up meant getting out of the way when she wiped the counters for the 14th time, checking locks repeatedly when leaving, and lots of phone calls to me while she was at work asking if the iron was off, stove was off, etc...

And lots and lots of cleaning.

Nana's house is very, very c.l.e.a.n.

You could eat off the floors and she is very particular about bathrooms.

Enter into today's story...

"Oh Lain, I went into the bathroom today.  Aye yi yay! 
There was all this *bleck* down, down on the bottom. 
Oh, I cleaned it! 

I scrubbed behind the toilet,
in the toilet,
on top the toilet.

I cleaned the shelves, the sink.

And then, and then, I arranged all the cleaners so they are neat and in a row!

I told the girls (other employees) after I was done...

"You should see the toilet!

It's Smiling!!"

It's so clean it sparkles}

p.s. I let her read this post before I posted it and she laughed so hard she was crying.

Now she's telling me more stories about work :)  I'll talk to you later...

This post has been sanitized by Nana :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Devo from Jon

Hey all,

I know it's been very quiet around these parts. Things have been good here... I guess I've just been quiet.

You're right, that is strange!

I'll try to remedy that soon.

I am popping in tonight because I felt compelled to share tonight's entry from my before- I-go- to-bed devotional.

This year I am doing A Day's Journey ( I use one of the three Jon Courson devos before bed and rotate each year).

The follow is the devo for November 26th... Take it away Jon...

November 26,2010
(From A Day's Journey)

He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
1 John 2:9-11

The new commandment of which John speaks is the greatest commandment of all: to love.

"What is the greatest commandment?" the young lawyer asked the Master.
And Jesus said, "How do you read it?

"Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart  and soul and mind and strength," the lawyer answered.

"That's it," Jesus said. "And the second is like unto it: Love thy neighbor as thyself."
(Matthew 22:36-39)

The fresh word for you and me is that we are to love, for if we say we're walking in the Lord and are close to the Lord but have hatred in our hearts towards our brother, then something is not right.

It's a wonderful thing to be able to say, "To the best of my knowledge, I'm not bitter towards anyone, mad at anyone, or angry with anyone because I know what a sinner I am.

I know how much I've failed. I know how gracious God has been to me."

When that's our heart, we know things are right.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pause and Ponder: A Pilgrim's Promise (Link Fixed-- sorry!)

It's Thanksgiving week... thoughts of turkey and cranberries?  Perhaps tomorrow... for today,
pondering life as a pilgrim.

To listen, pop on over to Pause and Ponder -- I'd love for you to join me...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Simple Woman's Daybook November 22, 2010

FOR TODAY, November 22nd, 2010

Outside my window...
we are expecting snow!
** Brrrr **

I am thinking... 
about biblical womanhood, Thanksgiving, school, projects... yup, the brain is full!

I am thankful for...
an amazing church family, the God of our amazing church family, and
for the prayers and blessings given to us by our brothers & sisters of faith.

From the learning rooms...
We are entering Week 10
and the Georgia Colony.

We are to make a Peach Cobbler this week-- perhaps I'll finally take some pictures
and get a homeschool post up...

From the kitchen...
Meatloaf tonight, Pumpkin cookies soon, and Thanksgiving foods on Thursday :D

I am wearing...
a black tank with a purple dress thrown over, a long black sweater thrown over that,
and long Ugg boots.

I am creating...
a very fun and funky scarf.
Our Christmas cards.

I am reading...
not much of anything besides the usual Scripture/devotional reading.
My brain cannot do heavy reading right now ;P

I am praying...

I am hearing...
A very animated Abby telling Charlotte something,
Charlotte eating soup--it must be hot, she is blowing on it,
and Elijah rustling through the silverware drawer to get a spoon.

Around the house...
I can breathe and think again.
The countertop in the familyroom is cleaned off.
It is nothing short of a miracle.

In the living room, the manger is up but is not decorated yet.
(Thanks David!)

One of my favorite things...
hot water.
Seriously, I thank God at least once a day for hot water.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
School for the next three days, Thanksgiving with friends,
and more school :)

My Picture Thought...
This is last year's manger set-up.
Lesson learned the hard way-- we will NOT put an entire bale of straw in the house this year.
Wow-- I so could not breathe by the time Christmas day came!
A little sprinkle of straw in the actual manger will be just fine...


Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

ECC- India poem

I was cleaning out some paperwork and found a poem that Charlotte wrote when we were doing ECC (Exploring Countries and Cultures).

I thought I'd share... mainly because I am afraid I will lose it so there will at least be a record here ;)

by Charlotte M.

India is a precious jewel,
No longer under British rule.
Under golden, yellow skies,
It's a delight to taste and eyes.

In India there are mangoes, bananas, meat and rice.
And lots and lots and lots of spice.
Red, orange, green, and blue.
Exotic colors, gorgeous hue.

Watch the cobra do it's dance,
While the charmer plays it's trance.
The Sloth Bear is big, black, and white,
And loves to eat the tiny termite.

India is a precious jewel,
Reflected in the Taj's pool.
Under the moonlit, inky skies,
Now it's time to say, "Goodbye."

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Captain and...not Tennille

Unless he is helping out on Science, The Captain doesn't seem to get much coverage here on Mishmash.

I wanted to remedy that.

Since you guys can't all come over (even though you are welcomed to!) I thought I would give you a sneak peek at what you will often find me and the hubs doing in the evening.

We play duets on the piano.

Now keep in mind, I didn't say we play them well.

We just play them because playing together has become one of our favorite things to do together.

I just love the picture of marriage--

each playing his/her part and those two parts making one beautiful song.

Yes, sometimes a wrong note is hit.

Or, timing is off and out of sync.

But, we keep playing... and practicing... and playing some more.

By the time we know it, we've reached the end of the song... and finished well hopefully.

I posted a new duet on Facebook, but this one is Blessed Assurance and one of my favorites that we do.

To all the married couples, keep practicing and playing your song.
It's beautiful to all who hear it-- missed notes and all.

By drawing near to our Blessed Assurance--Jesus, we will finish well.

(It was very cold the night we recorded this... it is our squeaky pedal you hear early on :)
((I didn't want you to think we were stepping on the ferret!))

Do you tickle the ivories??
(For you readers too young to know who Captain and Tennille are, they actually have their own website here.  I can't believe they're still playing.  I grew-up listening to them.
She still looks beautiful!
Anyway,  but don't tell me you're too young because I feel old enough as it is! :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Teach me...and Unite my heart

Hello all :)

There is a *New* Pause and Ponder up exploring Psalm 86:11-- teachability... uniting hearts... me being cold from drinking a glass of milk!  Hahaha

Seriously, if you haven't checked them out before... grab a cuppa, cuppa and come for a visit.
To those pleading broken speakers I say-- Headphones!!

It'd be nice to see your pretty faces over there-- just sayin' :)

Podcasting from underneath my electric blankie!

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Simple Woman's Daybook November 15, 2010

FOR TODAY, November 15th, 2010

Outside my window...
it's not raining :)
The wind is blowing and the leaves are whirling...

I am thinking... 
about the word "modesty" and what that means and looks like in
2011 in Portland, Oregon

I am thankful for...
being able to swallow yesterday.  
There was so much  yummy food at home groups!

From the learning rooms...
We are in Week 9 and I feel the fog of "November" lifting.
We are purposefully interrupting our day to combat
"Homeschool House" and make our home reflect our hearts.

Fractions! For Charlotte :)

From the kitchen...
One thing at time...
I hope to be feeling strong enough to do more than just basic survival in the kitchen.

I am wearing...
Tan slacks, a black, thin turtleneck under a black, cabled 3/4 sleeve sweater.
Ugg boots :)

I am creating...
hmmm... not sure yet.  I finished the gray cowl for Kristen.

I'll take pics today.

I am reading...
Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose

I am praying...
for revival in Portland
and protection for so many young girls being...
ensnared in the heartbreaking world of human trafficking.

I am hearing...
the scribble of pencils writing down our memory verses.

Around the house...
we are hopeful that it will look much better at the end of the day :)

One of my favorite things...
hearing my husband teach.
He's such a good teacher :)

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Meeting with the ladies from church, 
a therapeutic massage on Wed (hopefully),
a date with the hubs???

My Picture Thought...

Papa made us a test tube rack!
How cool is that??

Have a blessed week!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Heart to Understand: Part Two- Organizing My Thoughts

( I am having one of my "episodes" of twitching, etc... Words are difficult to "catch" when I'm like this so please excuse typos, poor grammar, and disjointed thoughts.  Not that you'll notice a difference from my usual blogging ;) haha)

A Heart to Understand is my journey of understanding God's perfect will in regards to biblical womanhood for me and my daughters, whom the Lord has given me.  Part One is here.)

I have a little "exercise" that I do with myself (I talk to myself a lot) when I am either:

a) Facing a temptation/trial

and/or b) the Lord is "pruning" my life

and/or c) generally stressed out about something

So what I do is ask myself,

"What Do I Know To Be True?"

And by that I mean what do I know to be true about God (His character) and about myself (being created by Him and hidden in Him) and about the relationship between us as found in Scripture.

So, after my little chat with Abby, I took some time to ask myself that question.

Off the top of my head, I came up with these:

• God desires relationship.

• Jesus is the means to my having a relationship with God.

• God has given us free will.

• God established boundaries for my relationship with Him.

• God has given me His Holy Spirit to teach me and equip me to live within the boundary He has established.

• God created woman for a purpose.

• God is very protective of women.

• God reveals Himself to women.

• God's ways are higher than my ways and His thoughts higher than my thoughts.

• God is Faithful to lead and to guide; to correct and to discipline.

• God will complete the work that He has started in my and my daughters lives.

• God is good.

• God is love.

• God will not withhold any good thing from me.

Of course there is more, but for the moment this is enough to put my mind in proper perspective.

Now I start to think about the Bible and the information in the Bible.

I remind myself that there are specific time periods in the Bible which affect the context of the passages I read.

There is pre-Fall-- God's original plan/purpose for woman 

There is post- Fall/ but pre-Jesus/The Church period-- Here there is Narrative (what happened) stories and then there is the Law (God's "marriage vows" as He entered into covenant with Israel)

For these I need to recognize there are things written that apply to me in Letter and in Spirit, but some things that apply to me in Spirit only (having been fulfilled in the Letter).

"In Spirit only" things become clear in the post-Birth of Christ/Crucifixion/Resurrection/Sending of the Holy Spirit time period that make up the Epistles/Parables of the New Testament as Jesus and other NT writers comment or expound OT Law.

Whew... so where does that leave me tonight?

I know that Christ in me (and my girls) will always lead us. I know that it Jesus' work to finish this process of sanctification and being made like Him.

I know that the Spirit of God directs us.  BUT, I also know that the Spirit of God, whose job it is to point to and glorify Jesus, will not contradict Scripture.

The fact that I have unsettled questions leads me investigate what (if anything) the Word of God declares that is part of the boundary He established and that I am to obey.

The journey continues...

This post was made with great effort with a pounding headache :)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Heart To Understand

I'm embarking on a journey to understand God's heart and perfect will for a woman in 2010 (and 2011 since 2010 is almost over).

Lainie dear, you're doing it again.  You've started mid-thought.  Please back-up and tell us what you're talking about...

Quite right... reverse gear...

So... as you know, our daughter Abby recently started a blog, Castles, Quills, and Cameras, which was nominated for Best Teen blog at HSBA.

Abby was stunned, and I would add rather confused, by the nomination (because her blog is so new).

She went online to see the other nominees.

We didn't talk about the other nominees until Thursday--
when we did some much needed "loads of laundry."

You see, I didn't "check out" the other nominees.

My daughter was nominated, so I voted for my daughter.  End of story.

I had no idea who else was nominated-- honestly, I didn't really care :)

I didn't realize that Abby, not only knew the other nominees (by visiting each blog), but that she cared more deeply than even she realized.

Apparently, all the blogs nominated belong to females except one.

All the female blogs have a similar "flavor" except one.

Abby's blog.

Now we are really throwing this thing into reverse... hold on...

I don't, what you would call, blend.

Meaning, I don't blend in... to the crowd.  And I rarely feel as though I belong or "fit" anywhere.

I, however, am used to not fitting in.  In standing out/apart, I've found my place and I've accepted it and embraced it.

It wasn't easy though.

Briefly, I am half Filipino and half "American."

My mom is a dark-haired, born in the Philippines, lived in Hawaii, accented, four-foot, ten inch brown-y, while my dad is a Wisconsin dairy farm boy, blond haired, blue-eyed white-y.

That would make me...

too brown to be white, too white to be brown.

The half-and-half term is called, "Mestiza."

I heard this term a lot as a child.

Depending on the speaker, I would hear, "Mestiza" with a tone of pity, a tone of envy, but rarely, a tone of welcome.

The only immediate acceptance a mestiza has is with, you guessed it, another mestiza.

I've always felt the "odd man out" even in my own extended family growing up-- until recently.

Now that Jesus has claimed our hearts, we are united in Him, and I feel a sense of belonging that is new and quite wonderful.

But growing up... I was a tomboy, yet not very athletic.

I wanted to be a police man or fire man!

Yet, I was... tiny... kinda scrawny.

I was alone a lot.

I have gotten used to being misunderstood and now take great delight in being unique, rather quirky, and looking for (and finding) acceptance in my Jesus, who knit me together in my mother's womb and knew me, inside and out, before the foundations of the world and unapologetically loves me.

What does this have to do with my daughter?

Well... she has "inherited" my case of "misfit-itis".

Commercial break:

Loved this song and sequence as a kid...
It was kind of my personal anthem...

Okay, where were we?  Oh yes, Abby has also experienced much angst because she doesn't "blend" very well either.

She is a whole lot of "somethin', somethin'" in a tiny little package.

Like her mother, she feels most comfortable with people significantly older or younger.
Peers?  Hmmm, not so much.

She wrestles with her lack of "fitting in" periodically.  I do my best to assure her that as she gets older  the age thing becomes less of an issue.

But she'll always be tiny and brown and tiny.  Did I mention she is tiny?
Oh, and smart.  Scary smart sometimes...

She loves to dance, but lined up in that great big ballet school mirror, the evidence is often overwhelming how much she doesn't "look" like a classic ballerina.

But I love to watch her dance... her graceful movements... the joy on her face.

These blog awards have become another "large mirror" to see her reflection in comparison to other teen girls.

This is where my journey starts... to find concrete answers for my daughter's heart.

See, she doesn't blog about modesty.

She blogs about movie-making.

Yet, she is modest.

She doesn't blog about courtship.

She blogs about cameras.

Yet, her heart is submitted to her parents and she respects our covering in her life.

She doesn't blog about growing into the woman her future husband will need.
She doesn't blog about home making... or baking... or needle crafts.

She blogs about books, about writing, about the passions she has right now and how she desires to give God glory with those passions.

Yet, she is growing, beautifully, into a godly woman who knows how to care for a home and she can cook--mainly because she loves to eat :)

She doesn't blog about how to be a godly teen.

Yet, she is a godly teen-- gracious, kind, tender-hearted, and with great integrity.

But seeing those other blogs... made her "feel" outside.

Outside of God's love, His approval, His will.

She actually enjoys many of the new blogs she discovered on the nominee list and knows that who they are, what they blog about, and what God has called them to be is awesome.

She was just...hesitant... about herself because at first glance, she "looks" different.

We talked much on Thursday about being led by the Spirit... about the radical nature of Jesus... about His peace that promises, proooommmises to lead us.

We talked about the fruit... the evidence of the Spirit's occupation in a life.

With her ten questions, come one hundred of my own!

Am I disobeying God's will for my daughter's by encouraging her to make movies?

By letting her wear pants??

By not teaching her how to can fruit???

I want... no.... I need answers, straight from God's Word, about womanhood.

And so I am on a journey, for myself and my daughters, to learn what God's heart and will is for these two precious young women in my home and very much in my heart.

I love Matthew Henry's comment on the creation of Eve:

If man is the head, she [woman] is the crown,
a crown to her husband, the crown of the visible creation.
The man was dust refined, but the woman was double-refined,
one remove further from the earth...
The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam;
not made out of his head to rule over him,
nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him,
but out of his side to be equal with him,
under his arm to be protected,
and near his heart to be beloved.

I will leave you with this quote from Herbert Lockyer's All The Women of the Bible:

Eve, then, was Adam's second self and differed from him in sex only, not in nature.  Priority of creation gave Adam headship but not superiority.  Both man and woman were endowed for equality and for mutual interdependence.

Often woman excels man in the capacity to endure ill-treatment, sorrow, pain and separation.  Throughout history, man, through pride, ignorance, or moral perversion has treated woman as being greatly inferior, and has enslaved and degraded her accordingly.

Among many heathen tribes today, woman is a mere chattel, the burden-bearer, with no rights whatever to equality with man.

    While the ancient world was predominantly a man's world, woman enjoyed a status in Israel not generally experienced in the East.

The Jews, holding to the revelation given to Moses of woman's endowments, worth, rightful position, were outstanding among other oriental nations in holding woman in high esteem, honor, and affection.

Christianity, as we are to see, brought full emancipation to womanhood, and wherever Christ is recognized as Saviour and His truth is obeyed, woman is esteemed as man's loved companion, confidant, and, in many ways, his better half.


Do you wrestle with biblical womanhood?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Special Message From My Father's World

I received an email from the MFW office and decided to post it here.

It should be self-explanatory, but should you have any questions, 
I'm sure the MFW office would be happy to answer them :)

And now...

Dear Friends:

Thank you for all you do to share My Father's World with others. We know one of the main reasons MFW is growing is because of moms like you who talk to other moms.

Now that the school year has started many families are beginning to think about their curriculum choices for next year. Others are unhappy with their choices for this year and are desperate to make a change now. We would like these families to get a MFW catalog right away. Will you help us?

Would you consider distributing MFW catalogs to your local homeschool groups? Or sending us contact information for the leader of groups in your area? Do you host a group or blog? Please share this information with your readers.

Also, many libraries have resource tables and will accept educational catalogs from patrons. Would you be willing to take MFW catalogs to your local library and find out if they can be displayed?

We can send as many catalogs as you need. We can also send them directly to a library or contact person if you can provide us with the address. To help, please respond to this email or give me a call (573-426-4600 extension 110).

David (Dee) Phillips

My Father's World

Just for clarity... I am not compensated in any way for this post.  I posted it because this is what we use and what works for us. 

Remember... your curriculum choice should be a tool to help you accomplish your goals for your children and your family.  Your curriculum choice should never be your task master.

May we continue to heed the wisdom the Lord gives us all as we teach our children and may we be led by His peace.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Frog Dissection Day: Lots of Photos- not for the squeamish

Today was froggy day... the pictures are cool.

I have to say again how impressed we are with the specimen from Home Science Tools

The specimen was great-- flexible, not too messy, not really smelly at all, good price--
we highly recommend.

Preparing the operating room...

 Removing the specimen--

Examining the skin of the legs and...

the feet.

We determined that we had a female by the 
tympanic membrane size (the "ear") which is
almost the same size as the eye.

A male would have a much larger tympanic membrane.

 Here Charlotte is preparing to cut the hinge of the jaw
in order to open the mouth--

Say, "Ahhhh."

The kids were able to feel teeth and visualize internal nares.

Now for the main incision--

Pinning the specimen down first.  We had a layer of cardboard
underneath our styrofoam tray that came with the kit.

This gave more resistance to the pins so the specimen laid down.

It worked great.

Peeling back the skin.
Check out the blood vessels!

And finally here is a little video:

I wish the embedded video was as clear as it is for me here at home...

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