Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
He died for you and me to enjoy eternal life. He died for our sins, no matter how great or small. Please, don't let another moment pass.....I definitely want to "see you later!"
Posted by Serena Abdelaziz at 8:42 AM
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
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Monday, November 22, 2010
I am so thankful for SLEEP. SLEEP is an amazing gift. Most of the time I don't struggle at all to sleep, and I have found that the times I do--it's something SO much deeper.
"I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches." Psalm 63:6
"At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee be cause of thy righteous judgments." Psalm 119:62
"My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises." Psalm 119:148
"Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep." Psalm 127:1-2
"He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you — the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and for evermore." Psalm 121:4-8
"When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet." Psalm 74:16
"The sleep of a labourer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep." Proverbs 3:24
So often we hear those prayers of old times that when our eyes are closed in sleep, that we ask God for extra protection. It is the prayer that God may dwell with us and in us even when we are unconscious of his presence, that he may keep our hearts pure and holy in spite of all the cares and temptations of the night, to make our hearts ever alert to his call and, like the boy Samuel, answer him even in the night with: Even in sleep God can perform his wonders upon us or evil bring us to destruction. May my heart be right in day or night, that my sleep may be sweet.
When our eyes with sleep are girt, Be our hearts to thee alert; Shield us, Lord, with thy right arm, Save us from sin’s dreadful harm. (Martin Luther)
I think back over the time when Josh was gone, and I slept.....oh, I battled during the day, and SOMETIMES I awoke in the night. BUT....the fruitfulness of labor allows for sweet sleep. Last night I slept AMAZINGLY, I am energized and ready to take on the fight. Satan wants to steal your sleep, because then you will be too tired to fight.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Okay, well, it COULD be a thankful post....since I just REALLY, REALLY like coffee. BUT we will call it an interruption. Grab your friends and head to your local Starbucks, from 2-5 PM, where you Buy 1 Holiday Drink and Get 1 Free. The promotion runs from November 18th-November 21st. You’ll be able to choose from Caramel Brulee Latte, Peppermint Mocha, Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha, Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Gingerbread Latte, Eggnog Latte, Caramel Brulee Frappuccino blended beverage, Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino blended beverage. Oh, Yumm!!
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Posted by Serena Abdelaziz at 10:39 AM
I get to homeschool, and I am so thankful for it. I learn with my children, and I learn more each day. In the beginning, when you give birth and begin educating your children you forget that you are really homeschooling them. You teach them to crawl, to walk, and to say “please and thank you.” You take the child in your lap and read to them, sing to them, and play with them. They grow in wisdom and stature. Then comes more children, at least for me! I am educating them as well. BUT THEN....."that" time came.
I had to really homeschool now. My thoughts on homeschooling have evolved over the last few years. I just knew that I could not fail. Of course, I would NEED to have a house with an extra room. I NEED special desks. And by the way, I was just given desks, that have to be refurbished, and I have a big white board for the wall. I still need to get that set of bookshelves that every homeschooler is supposed to have. I have an amazing closet that houses all the textbooks. I put posters on the walls. It's official; I am a "real homeschooler" now. I NOW will NOT be a failure. THOSE were my thoughts, at first.
My dream for that special school room: Each day the children would march into the little room at the end of the house. It's going to have chalkboard paint, maybe some dry eraser paint. The children would begin with prayer. Then they would say the Pledge of Allegiance. The mommy even purchased a nice denim jumper with cute appliqués. Oh, wait...... Haha....no, I do not have a jumper. But you get the picture, I have this idea in my head of how it should be.
Over the years, only the past three, actually......I began reading more books on child training. Obviously my children weren’t trained well enough. I even considered starting them on a strict diet of discipline and proper nutrition. Still something seemed amiss. I remember the year I was pregnant with Shallah, I was not feeling well. I was exhausted and sometimes nauseated. Unable to perform all of my schoolmarm duties.
The children weren't bothered by it as much as I was bothered. In fact, they enjoyed the time spent curled up on the couch, reading a story. (maybe a flashback) As we took a break from the regular school lessons I noticed more of a peace. Naturally the home-school mom perks up a bit. After a while, Levi was asleep, Abishai and Ezekeiel are playing with Legos in the corner of the room. And Jael is drawing now?
Or how about the year living with my in-laws (thank you), that year provided it's own share of difficulties. And again, the kids were only bothered a bit.
Even since moving into this house with my own school room I really thought it might go back to my vision of "real homeschooling!" Even though we have only been here a month, the table that was once in the schoolroom is removed and in the dining room, now. Learning takes place in various locations around the house. Learning is NOT and DOES not have to be such a stress. My lesson plans are now only done a week in advance, unlike my original YEAR IN ADVANCE. I still use a curriculum to keep me on track, but I have learned to relax. As time goes on, I am sure that I will have to relax more, as I am only homeschooling two of the five with a regular schedule. We start with breakfast, and it's all downhill from there. Some days we get done quickly, others it seems to take all day.....if we have that unexpected visit from a friend, well, we know we can catch up later.
I am so thankful to be given this responsibility. I am so thankful that I am given the right to teach my children. My main goal is to teach my children to have a deep love for learning and shout for joy when they hear Mom say, “Time to read!” If I manage to instill a love for learning, THEN I am a successful homeschooler.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I have had e-mails from a few people already today, and I feel loved. AND I know I will be missed. My Swagbucks and my Blog Posts will still come through which means you will all be thinking about me. LOVE YOU!! Thanks to my friends who make me THANKFUL for FACEBOOK!!!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thanks, Josh for "doing life" with me! I love you!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I love that my children's imagination is ALIVE and HEALTHY. I don't remember being as creative as they are? For Ezekiel's birthday Jael and Abishai really wanted to make him a present, so they thought and thought about what to give him. Jael remembered she had some little pieces of wood she had picked up at a craft fair, and they set to work. Jael and Abishai purchased the super glue with their own money (Mommy and Daddy helped a tiny bit.) since they wanted it to be from them. THIS is what they came up with!!!
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Cherish is what we do when we place the highest value on someone or something. Whatever we truly cherish, we put above everything else. Other things and people may be very important, but not as important as what we cherish. This is why women feel unloved by men who spend their time, money, thoughts and energy on other things. This also explains why giving a woman gifts moves her heart. It’s not because she is greedy and materialistic, but because a thoughtful, sacrificial gift demonstrates a man’s priorities. We think frequently of what we cherish, which is why a wife usually loves to receive unexpected notes and phone calls, (Woe to the man who does not make the expected phone call!) We protect what we cherish. We boast about what we cherish.
Did I mention that I finally have a husband who cherishes me? Have I mentioned that he DOES call me unexpectedly, that he has gone out of his way to get me a treat from the store?
I am so blessed, and I am grateful that the long road did not end with settling for less than God's best. I have an amazing husband.
Just this past weeked we had really counted on going to the Denver Zoo for a "free day", and Josh had to make the tough decision that made us all sad. BUT it is truely something he has never done before. Oh, not the make us sad part, but the part that made him think ahead to our finances. He counted the cost. AND then said, "No!" See, Josh, rarely says NO to me about things I plan that are "free!" Being that the landscape season in Colorado is over, well, that means less income. Thinking ahead means not spending the gas money set aside for this week on a trip to the zoo. We will have our fun trip to the zoo, just not now. I respect Josh for making a decision that shows he cares for our family. Having a wise husband only makes me more in love with him, even if I am a little sad that we didn't get to go.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
|Wonderful box of winter clothes for Shallah, from a friend!|
|She loves her new outfit! |
(she still carries her doll around, Titi!)
|and the hat|
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I am so thankful for good deals!!! I have been getting some amazing deals lately. Josh and I enjoy coffee most mornings, and we happen to like CoffeeMate Creamer, and in my research I found a GREAT coupon. I got creamer for 20 cents. Follow the link, and you can, too!
Abishai will be needing sneakers, soon enough, and I always like to look for deals BEFORE the emergency arises. I got some Reeboks for him.....priced at $15. This is a fantastic deal for boy's shoes, and name brand?? Well, I got a deal for signing up when I did, and I only ended up paying $5.95. Thank you, Jesus!!
The website is RueLaLa, and some things are EXTREMELY high-priced, but if you wait for a good deal, well, you can get one.
Swagbucks, too! I have made almost $35 from just doing my regular searches, and I love making money for doing what I normally do....who doesn't? Anyway, I am thinking I might just earn enough to buy the family Christmas present. We have decided that we will NOT be buying presents this year. We have decided to buy a Wii game to play on Christmas (and beyond).
Being thankful for a good deal has only seemed to bring MORE deals. BRING IT ON!!
Friday, November 5, 2010
Adoption: I am privileged to see children and parents blessed by the joys of adoption. I was blessed to read a fabulous post by a friend who is blessed by adoption.
My sister-in-law and her husband just finalized the adoption of their two children, and we could not be any more thrilled to have two such WONDERFUL children in our family. I just LOVE them to pieces. The process may seem to take a long time, but the rewards are great.
A very good friend adopted her little girl from China, and I am blessed to have been a part of that process, too!!! It touches my heart to see children and parents come together and be a family, most often coming from situations that were NOT good.