Disappointed, But Remaining Hopeful

In my life this week…
    I've been enjoying "falling back" with the end of Daylight Savings Time. It has helped me to wake up "earlier" and be a bit more productive in the mornings. My baby boy hasn't been too thrilled about it though; he's still adjusting. :)
    I'm still a bit perturbed by the election results, particularly in my state. My husband and I voted against a referendum that would legalize same-sex marriage. However, as of January 1, 2013 my state will pass a law that "redefines marriage," allowing same-sex couples to marry. I was in tears the next morning and felt completely broken-hearted for the children. Not just mine, but for the children in general. This type of legislation is an attack on the home, the family, and the God-ordained institution of marriage. It literally brings me to tears to think of the things children will now begin to entertain at an early age because adults have made sin "legal."
    My comfort lies in this hope: My God still reigns and prayer changes things.
In our homeschool this week…
     Lot's of work going on. We did a few fun pages about the election process in our country, and watched Schoolhouse Rock. I've been prayerful about how to present other world religions during the course of our history lessons, while still being sure to emphasize that JESUS is the only Way. 
I am inspired by…
    . . . Christians who stand firm in the faith. . . . and by my children's imaginations!
    He says he's a Pharaoh, but one that says
    "yes" to God instead of "no."
    (Some one's been paying attention during Bible history!)
    She says she's a lady named Diamond and
    that she likes to design clothing out of her blankets.
    (I call it her "Mary" look!)
     Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
 Here's a sweet little story:
We went to the library this week to pick a few weeks worth of history reading materials. After running another errand and finally arriving to the library, I realized that I left my list of books to check out at home. I thought, "There is no way I want to go all the way back home to grab the list and come all the way back to the library. So I thought, "Maybe I can just try really hard to remember them." While we were on the elevator going up to the children's section, my oldest daughter said, "Mommy, I said a prayer to God for you, that He will help you remember what books to get." I was so grateful, because in that little moment of distress, my daughter thought to pray for me. I thanked her, and I agreed with her in faith, that God would do just that.
And let me tell you friends, He did. I remembered that our library has copies of The Story of the World (our history spine book) and the accompanying activity book. The activity book lists the various books to read to coincide with each lesson. I grabbed the book off of the shelf, got my older 3 settled with books to read, while the baby and I went around the shelves collecting the exact books we needed. God is good and He answers prayers. I thanked my girl for remembering to pray for me.
Here are a couple of pictures of the kids after voting.

The kids showing off their voting stickers. . .

. . .but it took an hour and the boys had had enough!
(Look at how they both are completely uninterested in another picture!)
My favorite thing this week was…
     Going grocery shopping. We had a longer stretch between grocery trips this month and the shelves were starting to get bare. I'm thankful to be able to buy food. 
Questions/thoughts I have…
     I'm looking for ways to be sure I balance the learning with the fun. I'm not the most creative person and I don't want to bore the kids. Any suggestions?
Things I’m working on…
     Planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I hope to share ideas with you soon!
I’m reading…
     I'm re-reading The Secret Garden with my daughter. (The last time I read it was in the 6th grade and I've forgotten much of it!) I'm looking for some good reads for me, though. What are you reading? 
I’m grateful for…
     God's Word that never fails me or ever changes.
I’m praying for…
    . . .my parents and my brother, our country and its leaders. 
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  1. How cute they are on their creative costumes! Isn't it amazing sometimes what they can come up with with only a few every day props?

    And how perfect about your library visit!

  2. Our Side. . .,

    Yep, kids have to most amazing imaginations.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Precious story about the prayer!

    I am disappointed about the way aspects of the election turned out too. I join you in praying for the state of our nation. I'm praying for revival and that the hearts of the people will turn back to Him!

  4. Hi Jennifer,

    Thank you; wasn't that story sweet?

    I agree: prayer is key. We need a country willing to stand for God.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Love the costumes...
    As for the learning and fun...combine them. No need to balance. I hope you'll consider adding this to my weekly feature, "Its a Wrap." It closes tonight and I will feature my favorites next Friday.

  6. Hi Savannah,

    My kids are always coming up with something! Great suggestion. Also, thank you for inviting me to your link-up!

    Take care.:)

  7. You have the cutest kids! Such a precious family! :)
    I finished readying What's So Amazing About Grace by Phillip Yancy and now I'm reading two books. . .is that legal;) Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst and Souls in the Hands of a Tender God by Craig Rennebohm.

    Have a good week!

  8. Kristin,

    Awww! Thanks. :)

    It is totally legal!! I do it all the time LOL! Thanks for the book suggestions. I've heard of the one by Lisa TerKeurst, but I never read it. I'll have to check it out.

    Take care, lady!

  9. Stacie,
    It is always a joy to peek into your precious home and see how your family is honoring the Lord! :)

  10. Hi, Anne!

    It always is a joy to see you drop by. I pray all is going well with you and your family.

    Take care and happy Thanksgiving!


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