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2008 May » Philoxenos

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I think we’re worth $3

31st May 2008

I think we’re worth $3

check out this post from Stuff Christians Life. It’s good.

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29th May 2008

boy in a box

I am standing at the kitchen counter, looking out over the living room, watching my son. About ten minutes ago he climbed into the plastic box that we use to hold the children’s books and he’s been flipping through the books, reading each one in turn. Ten minutes he’s been reading out loud, exclaiming over the pictures.

I am so glad that we’re developing another lover of books.

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23rd May 2008

Pictures of our new house

Our sale records at the county office this morning and then we’re home-owners! WOO HOO!!

I’m in the middle of packing up our kitchen in our apartment. Yech. But here is a picture of our new kitchen! I’ve waited to post pictures of our home until we really really owned it. But now that it’s ours, you can see it! And it will probably never be this clean again :)

our-kitchen.jpg

That is a really horrible picture because I tried to enlarge it and obviously I don’t know how to do that. But you get the idea. It’s a big honkin’ kitchen with walk-in pantry (that’s the door you see). The doorway leads to our school room, which is officially a formal dining room, but we won’t use it for that because then we have this huge space to put our table:

breakfast-nook.jpg

I realise it’s hard to get perspective, but this is a very big area, plenty big for our (new to us) dining table, which extends out to seat 10.

And then the rest of the area looks kind of like this:

living-area.jpg

Any ideas what to do with the fireplace since we won’t ever use it? And we don’t have a TV or stereo either, so what to do with those media niches? Ideas welcome.

I am so excited about our home. God has blessed us richly with a fantastic home, more than we ever dreamed of. We have prayed many times that God will use this home for his glory and I have personally prayed that people who walk into our home will feel the presence of our Almighty God. I’m already looking forward to meeting our new neighbours and sharing with them about our Saviour.

And you’re always welcome to visit :)

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20th May 2008

a letter to my mom

This post is really for my mom. Handsome is on the main computer and I want to send her an email but I need to put a bunch of links in it and this is the easiest way I know how.

So…

Hey Mom

I’ve been thinking about our new school year coming up. I think I told you that we’re going to start with our new curriculum some time in the summer, probably early July after VBS is finished. Starting over the summer gives us the advantage of being able to take our time and not stress about it.  The curriculum we’re using, Sonlight, uses lots of real books so when it arrives it will come in a very large box, probably more than one.

As I was thinking about how exciting it will be to get all the books and how excited Precious will be to look through them and start to do school with them, I was thinking about Cutie and how she’s going to want to play with the books and look at them, just like Precious. But of course, we both know what the result will be - books left out, books accidentally torn, and two little girls fighting over them.

So, I was thinking about putting together a box of ’school’ stuff for Cutie. She can open up her box just like Precious does and when Precious has her school time and gets out her school books, Cutie can get out her box and play with her things too. What do you think?

I know how much you love to buy things for the kids so I’d like to guide your summer purchases a bit and see if you’d be interested in contributing to the school box for  Cutie. Below are some of the things that I’m thinking about. Obviously you’re not limited to these things but it’s a good place to start. I want to buy some quality things that aren’t going to break easily and that are a bit more open ended (meaning they can be used in different ways).

And if any of my other blog readers happen to want to buy some school stuff for my kids, let me know! :)

Thanks, Mom. We can talk more about this later if you want.

Love

Michele

Jumbo Lacing Beads 

Girl dressing doll

Counting Bears 

Lauri ABC Puzzle

Signing Time DVD

Training scissors  (she’s having a really hard time getting the hang of cutting)

and of course things like paper, finger paints, stickers, things like that. And BOOKS! Ask me for a list if you want to buy books. :)

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20th May 2008

movie recommendations for kids

I was just brainstorming some ideas for the summer. Our local theatre does free movies for kids during the summer, special showings on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Some of them I would never let my kids see (Bratz, for example), so I’ve gone through the list and written down the ones I thought might be suitable.

But then I had an idea to put on our own movie showing. I could rent or buy a few movies the kids haven’t seen and put those on, with some popcorn and snacks, and maybe even invite our friends.

But the question is - which movie? So, I’m asking you. What movies do your kids love? Think ages 8 and under. Doesn’t have to be animated.

I would love to hear your recommendations.

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19th May 2008

We’re movin’ on up

…. to the east side!

If you have never watched the Jeffersons on TV back in the early 80s then this won’t make sense to you. But if you know the song, sing along with us as we drive our U-Haul over to the East Side!

Friday night we will be the owners of our home (which is actually on the East side of our city), along with the bank of course :) We’re moving on Saturday morning. And considering that we don’t have that much stuff after our round-the-world move we should be moved in by lunchtime.

I imagine the first few days (or possibly weeks) I’ll be wandering around the house, listening to my voice echo off the walls, thinking “Wow, it’s so big!” It is by far the largest house we have ever lived in, nearly double the size of the largest place we’ve ever lived in.

A prayer request: that we will be content. That we will not feel the need to fill it up with stuff. We choose to not live on credit (except for our new mortgage, of course ;) ) and we currently have all the things that we need. Pray that we continue to remember that.

And I’ll try to post pictures of the new place after we’ve moved and uncovered the cord to attach the camera to the computer.

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15th May 2008

M-O-M-M-Y needs C-O-F-F-E-E

Since I’m thinking about Ralph’s World songs, here’s a great one. Sometimes Mommy just needs a bit of caffeine. BLH: I’m thinking that you and your daughter will like this one!

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15th May 2008

drivin’ in my car

Drivin’ in my car
Drivin’ in my car
Drivin’ in my car
Drivin’ all the way to Minneapolis in my car!

(excerpt from “Drivin’ In My Car” by Ralph’s World) (I looked for a video to link to because this is such a great song but couldn’t find one)

Although I do not usually drive all the way to Minneapolis (remember, I’m in California), sometimes I feel like I’m halfway there because of all the driving I do.

And I filled up at Costco today. Guess how much I paid? $3.85 a gallon. And that’s at Costco folks! Cheapest gas in town. Those of you in the Midwest enjoy the cheap(er) gas.

And my airconditioning just turned on. Temp is supposed to top out in the high 90s today.

I have a feeling it’s going to be an expensive summer.

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13th May 2008

CSA box Week of 13 May

Got our box o’ veges from the CSA farm today. We are really loving out weekly allotment of vegetables and because we’re paying what seems to us to be a lot of money for our veg, we’re eating a lot of vegetables so they don’t go to waste. And, on the whole, enjoying them.

Today we received the following:

English garden peas (which are still in the pods so Precious and  I shell them)

‘Buds of May’ Lettuce

Nantes Carrots (they taste like NZ carrots - very sweet!)

Mediterranean Cucumber

Red Spring Onions

Bloomsdale Spinach

French Breakfast Radishes

Albion Strawberries (AMAZING!)

Jessup’ s Ruby Grapefruit

I didn’t think that we would continue to get the box after our three months was up, but after discussing it with Handsome we decided that it was a worthwhile investment because we’re eating fantastic local vegetables, tons more than we would normally eat, and a wide variety instead of just peas and broccoli, with the occasional can of green beans thrown in.

I highly recommend you look into it. You can find info about a CSA farm near you at localharvest.org 

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13th May 2008

update on #3

this is mostly for the grandparents in New Zealand, but you others can read too :)

#3 is super sick. Fever of 38.7 or higher for the last 36 hours. Nothing is bringing it down. Doesn’t sleep well, for obvious reasons. Vomited twice on Sunday night, loose bowels continue. Not interested in eating much or drinking much, which of course is resulting in dehydration.

Took him to doc this morning. She was horrified that he hadn’t had any vaccinations since he was three months. I looked at her and said something like “we’ve got more important things to deal with at the moment!” But she made sure to remind me before we left that I needed to make sure he got his shots as soon as he’s better.

His ears are fine, throat is fine. She’s concerned about the prolonged fever. Chest is okay, from what she could hear, but she ordered a chest x-ray just to make sure. . Something about infants being difficult to determine. She thinks it might be pneumonia. Also ordered blood tests. Blood from 14 months old veins!! That was horrible. And because he’s dehydrated the blood didn’t flow very well and they had to stick him on the other side too. He was screaming and exhausted by the end.

Once the doctor said we’d have to get blood drawn and xrays, I called my mom to ask her to pick up the girls. they were doing great at the office, but I knew they wouldn’t be able to endure unknown wait times and walking all over the complex to get the tests done. That was a good move because #2 is still not 100% and by the time I got back to my mom’s place she was about to fall asleep in her chair watching Blue’s Clues.

For all of you reading, please pray for the following:

  1. that #3 will drink A LOT. We’ve been told to give him Pedialyte but he’s just not interested. If he continues to not drink by this evening I’m predicting he’ll be in the hospital to get re-hydrated.
  2. for healing. I don’t know what’s wrong with him but God does.

Will update as I’m able.

Update 9pm: It’s bronchitis. Much better than pneumonia. Prescriptions have been filled and given under his duress. Humidifier is going in his room. New prayer request: that he sleeps through the night!

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