Monday, January 24, 2011

Black and white with a touch of red

The Tea Party

Some come reluctantly but usually leave happy!

Just another crazy day!

Okay, they really looked like this! True beauties.

The table

Their great grandmother's fine china.

My daddy bought it for her for Christmas one year, many years ago.
Don't you love it?

Notice the color scheme?

Menu for the day:
Raspberry Tea
Black Olives
Black Bean Dip
White Cheese Dip
White Corn Chips
Dark Chocolate Brownies with Marzipan and Whipped Cream

My 11 year old granddaughter suggested a black and white theme
for the tea party this month. That set my mind to thinking:
How could I center a devotional around black and white?

My thoughts immediately went to
1 John 2:15-16:
"Do not love the world or the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, for all that is in the world, the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the boastful pride of life, are not of the Father but of the world."

We talked about sin and how it affects every area of our lives. Sin is represented in the Scriptures as blackness and darkness. The girls listed sins that they struggle with. Even the very youngest recognize that they are innately sinful.

The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin as we trust in Him as our Lord and Savior.

The Bible tells us that as our lives are washed in the blood of Jesus Christ,
we become white as snow. What a miracle that our black, sinned stained hearts
can be washed in blood and become as white as snow!

The craft of the day was these cute hair clips
made out of red and black felt and white buttons,
again enforcing our theme of black and white with a touch of red.

What a fun time of eating, learning, and growing we have at our tea parties.
Want to join us next month?

I'm linking to:

A Stroll Thru Life

The Silken Purse

Tuesday Teatime with Lady Katherine

~ Teatime Tuesday with Sandi

~ Teacup Tuesday with Martha

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Day in the Life of.... :o)

Daily life here in our multi-generational household is full, to say the least. I cannot tell you how much fun I have just being a grandmother to 12 precious children, 4 of whom live in our home, along with their parents. Eight of us maneuver the daily routine of living together, working together,
going nuts together.
(Did I just say that?)

I thought I would chronicle a few activities in the daily life of a home schooling family. As all of my children home school their children, I should be able to do this without making some serious blunders. Here goes:
[and I must say, this is the longest series of pictures I have ever posted. Only the bold of heart will look at the entire post.

Breakfast time.
If you don't see another post from me, it's because my very fashion conscious daughter killed me for putting this out for the world to see.

This day--a rare occurrence, mind you- one of them got up early and wanted to get started on school so that she could finish early.
School before breakfast?

What a good girl fixing her sister's hair! (She really was doing that. It's not just a pose! Okay, it was a little later in the day. My next pictures spill the beans on how they often do schoolwork in their pajamas.

I planned dinner. We still haven't prepared it. Somehow "life" got in the way and we haven't cooked a big meal at home since I planned that meal a couple of days ago. So it's tonight's dinner.

Mom gets the laundry going.
Why do only 8 people make such multi-loads of laundry?
Oh, yes, there are 4 little girls!

Four year old school work.
This one is learning so fast. It's fun to watch her.

Morning nap time for littlest one.
How come it got so quiet in here?
We can hear ourselves think!

Oh, and where do the girls do their school work?

Upstairs on the sofa or coffee table.
I help with math and grammar. I live upstairs with my best friend and hubby.

On the bathroom counter?
Today she did!

On the bed................

On the hearth by the fireplace.............

At the community center for art class....

On the floor learning good work ethics..........

And they start young around here!

Time out! I think I forgot to brush my teeth this morning!

Sitting with "Colonel" at the end of a long day, but ............

Look what they woke up to today!
A great beginning for a new week.
No school today, even for these home schoolers!

Heck, we're in Arkansas. If there's even a prediction for snow, school let's out!

I'm tired!
That wore me out.
Think I'll take a nap.
Uh-oh! Someone is calling my name!

Have a blessed week!

Hopefully I posted this on:
Blue Monday

Monday, January 3, 2011

Are You Amazed?

Enjoy this beautiful song and video by Phillips, Craig and Dean.

I spent the weekend with an allergy attack, but I am not complaining, because my precious friend Angie, who is permanently (until Glory!) confined to a wheelchair and can only speak in a whisper, never, ever complains about her condition. Our church had its annual talent show on New Year's Eve, and Angie said that she was planning to go. I wrote her and encouraged her not to go since almost everyone in our small congregation had had a stomach virus. She came anyway, so wanting to be a part of the fun and fellowship. I'm just trusting God to keep her well. Angie is my role model, and I am so grateful that God put her in my life. Thank you, Lord, and thank you, Angie, for being such a special friend.

My daughter posted the most beautiful post this morning, and being the illiterate blogger that I am, I can't put her button on my blog without my granddaughter, who is at home and not here this morning. So I am going to tell you how to find her blog, but I'm not sure that you will be able to just click and go. You may have to copy and paste, because I haven't quite figured out how to do it the other way. All that being said, it's

I know she's my daughter, but it is just a delightful hodge-podge of thoughts, memories, ideas, etc. Click on there and see if you enjoy it as much as I do. It may just be a mom's enjoyment of her daughter's thoughts. On the other hand, it may be REALLY GOOD STUFF!

Have a great Monday!