Worthy of Our Calling

Living out Ephesians 4:1-3

Corrie Ten Boom!

This month is Corrie Ten Boom and Samuel Zwemer’s birthday month, both heroes of our faith!  I have loved the story of Corrie Ten Boom for years, and found her book, The Hiding Place, recently at our local used book store.  I can’t wait to dive in and then read it with Cara when she’s a little older.  Our family adores the YWAM Christian Heroes books.

We try to read at least one a semester, but if we can find a great deal on an audio book, we listen every time we’re in the car. I think we finished Hudson Taylor in less than a week!  “Mommy, don’t turn the van off yet, let’s finish this chapter!” is a great thing to hear from little ears.

We’ve read about death and disease that plagued these missionaries, and as scary as that can be, my kids are getting more and more about this BIG FAITH that they had.  That they had to trust our BIG GOD with everything!  Money?  Food?  Medical care?  Lodging?  God provided it all and many have come to know the name of Jesus through these heroes faithfulness.

Corrie ten Boom — Born: April 15, 1892
Samuel Zwemer — Born: April 12, 1867
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Amazon Fire HD7 – $60 off today only!

Do you have an Amazon Fire?  The only tablets our family owns are 2 iPad 2s.  I received mine free as a part of a former part-time job I had and my husband got one from Christmas 3.5 years ago from our moms and myself.  My screen is busted, and though I don’t mind using it, when my kids need to do some of their reading for their Ambleside year, I fear they might cut themselves.  We love to have most of the books on hand, but some of them are out of print or ‘vintage’ (aka, expensive) so we read on a screen (for free I might add!).

I happened on amazon looking up a bio I’m using in a post for tomorrow, and this was on the home screen.

An Amazon Fire HD7 for only $79!  That’s cheaper than I can replace my iPad screen for.  So I wanted to ask my readers, what do you have?  What do you like as far as tablets?  Do you have experience with a Fire?

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5 Things a Newly Adoptive Family Needs

We have been home 4 1/2 months now and you would THINK we would be settled onto a great new schedule, new routine, new fun!

The answer is we are not.  And I’m OK with that. And that last sentence took me 2 months to be able to type.  Because I wanted things to be back to normal.  Just as with labor, I forget how bad parts of our 12 weeks in country were.  And how much they changed who we are and how we live.  We had ABSOLUTELY AMAZING times, but we had really hard times too, with lots of crying, both me and Judah :).   And, towards the end, when things felt like they were going well, I knew that it would change, because his WHOLE WORLD was about to change.  We were happy to go back home; he didn’t know what ‘home’ was.

So, I braced myself for that.  For back to square one with a little bonding under our belt. Happy to have my community around me, stepping in and filling the gaps.  Letting me cry and grieve for him and with him through the pain.  But that didn’t happen either.  (**This was not because our friends and family weren’t there for us, or that they didn’t try.  It was more because we weren’t ready for them and didn’t know what we needed yet.**)

We got home in what the rest of the world probably calls American chaos, or in other words, the Christmas season.  There are plays and holiday parties and family gatherings on every side of the branched out family imaginable and end of semester events and the list goes on.

And I missed everyone so much that I semi-jumped back in.

We got to see friends.  But we didn’t get to have conversations.

We had people over for dinner.  But we hadn’t yet had time to think and process and grieve our time in country, so we were a little uninspired to hang out with.

We have four kids now.  And as hard as that was in a foreign country, it’s even harder when you’re not living out of a few suitcases and there are now hundreds of books and toys to fight over and big feelings and jet lag.

We have four kids whose entire lives have changed once and now back twice again.  And there parents weren’t doing that great either.

And now?  Now we facilitate between Stage 2 and Stage 3.  And though we’ve tried to be a voice of adoption in our circle, there is a much bigger circle who might need to hear this.  Especially those who are still in the weeds and need to know they’re not alone.  Or, especially those that thought we’d be done talking about bonding and self-care and loving touch and kind words by now.  Because, believe me, I’m tired of explaining it over and over.  But, I am extremely thankful for those friends that have gone before and who have helped me and answered late night texts and prayed over our family.

There is so much more to share and now that I feel like my voice is coming back and God can use my words, I can’t wait to make time to do it!  So here is a quick start of ways you can bless someone in your life who has just completed an adoption.  I’d say any adoption, but I can speak to foreign adoptions, well, because, that’s been our experience.

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Shakespeare – the Elementary Years

So, do you read Shakespeare to your 6-8 year olds?  No, Really?  Me neither.  Until this year.  We started using Ambleside Online for our core curriculum.  I have always loved the Charlotte Mason approach and going into this school year, I knew we needed something we could load lots of books on to the iPad and hit the road….er….air….to Uganda.  So we jumped in full force and have loved every second.  Except those few seconds when mommy doesn’t feel like she knows what she’s doing and I head to the blogosphere in search of “why the heck and I reading Romeo and Juliet to a young child.”  I got through the Two Gentlemen of Verona.  Then we quit R&J about halfway through.  I knew what was coming and even though we were reading a paraphrase (this book, checked out from our library), I wasn’t sure I wanted them to know all the ins and outs.  So I set it aside and started reading about WHY I should introduce it to them.

In the meantime, I found some great Ambleside groups on Facebook, one even in my exact area!  I went to a meet up last month and was so excited that I did!  I met a woman a few years ahead of me and we have a common friend.  She told me to send her a list of all the books I didn’t yet have for year 1, and a week later, they were brought to me by the mutual friend!  Here is a brief view of our Year 1, Term 1 shelf for my 6 year old boy, thanks largely in part to her generosity!

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So back to this Shakespeare thing.  I have been scouring the internet and have found a ‘I fit here’ feeling for Amongst Lovely Things and the author, Sarah MacKenzie.  I have a review of her book, Teaching from Rest coming soon (hint I LOVED IT!) :).  I have joined as a member of her Read Aloud Revival and she even did a podcast with Ken Ludwig!

So, I kept finding Ken Ludwig’s book mentioned everywhere, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.  I put it on my wish list and thought that when the next play we were supposed to read popped up, I’d grab it.  Now, I know for sure I want the paperback version, because from what I’ve read everyone says they are flipping between the chapters and the appendix to best utilize his tips, but I wanted my great readers to know that for today it is $1.99 on Kindle!  You can grab it at any link or picture you see here.

I already purchased mine and can’t wait to dive in.  Our next scheduled play is in 4 weeks,William Shakespeare’s a Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Need to get busy!

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