Friday, April 25, 2014

The "Saturday" 7 - Advance Edition!

Today you are getting the advance version of the Saturday 7 because I am off for girls' weekend as of 4:30 this afternoon!! Two nights away at a hotel with good friends! Of course I'm already feeling anxious about leaving my girls, but I'm also really excited to get away. Haha. Paradox. 

1. We had such a nice Easter with family. My girls looked adorable in their dresses, although they weren't thrilled with posing for a picture.

2. One of the best things I put in Lucy's Easter basket was a pack of raffle tickets I found for a dollar at Dollar Tree. She loves those things. We've been playing train and carnival a lot this week. :-) I also got her a book of mazes that she zipped through in 2 days!

3. Thanks to splurging on Easter goodies, I gained a pound this week. It made me really mad and I've been slacking as a result. How's that for counter-intuitive?

4. I'm sure you've seen on facebook that I reread Redeeming Love this week. If you haven't read this book, you need to. It is such a powerful expression of God's relentless love based on the story of Hosea in the Bible. I was surprised by how sexual it is, though. I haven't read it in years and was caught a little off guard! I read some of the reviews on Amazon when I looked up the link. It has mostly 5 star ratings, but I read a few of the one star reviews to see what people disliked about it - everyone said it was way too graphic. It's certainly no 50 Shades of Grey (although I haven't read that, so I don't really know . . .) but it's a little more explicit than my usual Christian fiction.

5. Lucy and I learned a little bit about Elijah this week. On Tuesday, we made a raven out of a black lunch bag. I hot glued clothespins to his feet, because I arranged for a raven of our own to drop some food off to us. (God sent a raven to feed Elijah in the Bible.) My awesome sister, Niki, picked up McDonald's for us, drove it out to our house, attached the raven to it, put it on our doorstep, and left. 

At first, Lucy was totally unimpressed. But later on when Luke asked her where the McDonald's came from, she responded, "A raven brought it to us! I don't know how that happened!" Haha. We had some good talks about how God provides for his children, and I was able to tell her about a couple times when we were low on funds and had people bring us food. Our verse for the week is "My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory." (Philippians 4:19) We're learning the King James version because I wanted to use this song from my childhood:

6. I read Psalm 89 in my devotions this week. Another one of those passages that I don't remember reading but already have underlined in my Bible! Haha. I loved verses 30-34. He's talking about David and the Israelites, but it applies today as well.

"If his [David's] sons forsake my law and do not follow my statutes, if they violate my decrees and fail to keep my commands, I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging; but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness. I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered." 

I'm still not sure where I stand on the issue of eternal security, but these verses sure make me lean toward it. So comforting.

7. We had small group on Saturday and got into a discussion about private vs. public schooling. It's so interesting to see how some of the public school kids were for private, some were against. Some of us Algoma kids were for private, some were against. For the record, I'm pretty pro-Christian school and have every intention of sending my kids to Algoma . . . if we can afford it. We're already broke. I don't know how we're going to add in the expense of Christian school! I might be opening a can of worms here, but Christian friends - what do you think? Public or private? And why?


  1. I went to public school all my life, including a very large secular university, and turned out alright. :) I think it really depends on the school and on the kid. Each district, each building, each classroom can be different, just like kids' personalities obviously can too. While I did just fine, my mom ended up pulling my younger brother out and homeschooling him from 2nd-8th grades.

    We will be sending our kids to NorthPointe, and a lot of that has to do with money in the opposite end of most people -- with Rocky being a teacher we get a very... ahem... VERY good discount. We'll even be sending Abby there for preschool next year, even though it's 40 minutes away and there's a great preschool program at our church.

  2. Homeschool! ;) I went to public school, my husband went to public, trade school, and homeschool, and most of my close friends went to private school. I don't have anything strongly against any of them... But I'm pretty sure homeschooling is the best for my family :)

    When I saw your Easter pic on Facebook it made me laugh!! Haha... Kids are so delightful.

    Your raven bringing McDonald's was so cute! Send one to my house!


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