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Follower of Christ. Wife to Adam. Mama to Joshua (9), Abigail (8), Esther (7), Hannah (6), Noah (5), Joseph (3), Peter (2), James (9 months), and Blessing #9 due late August. Soli Deo Gloria!
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Adam and Laura

Adam and Laura

Joshua Addison

Joshua Addison

Abigail Lauren

Abigail Lauren

Esther Rebecca

Esther Rebecca

Hannah Ralene

Hannah Ralene

Noah Evans

Noah Evans

Joseph Patrick

Joseph Patrick

Peter Edwin

Peter Edwin

James Emil Robert

James Emil Robert

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Curriculum for Sale

I am selling some curriculum that we don't plan to use anymore. If you are interested in anything, please leave your email address in the comments section or email me at adam and laura @ bellsouth . net (without spaces, of course!). All prices include shipping within the US.

Shurley English Level 1 This is a Grammar program that has very good reviews and seems to be well liked. I am selling it because we have chosen a different program that seems to work better with our children. I have the teacher's manual, 2 student workbooks, 2 practice booklets, and the CD. The students workbooks have a few markings in them, but are mostly unused. The other books are in like-new condition, as is the CD. You can read about the program here. All of this would cost $98 new from Veritas Press (where I purchased it), and I'm selling it for $65.

Legends and Leagues This is Veritas Press's geography curriculum for 1st grade. This is a colorful and eye-catching book that the children enjoyed. The only reason I am getting rid of it is because it pretty much repeated what we had covered in general conversation and by watching education DVDs. I also have 2 of the workbooks that go with it. They have some markings in them, so I will throw them in for free if you would like to purchase it. $7

Drawing With Children This is another book that has good reviews. Art is not one of our priorities right now, so I decided to go with another option that is more basic and less in-depth. I have only flipped through this book, so it is practically brand new. $10

Saxon Math 1 This is Saxon's kindergarten level math. We love Saxon, but I have found that Level 1 is a bit unnecessary since I have our younger children within earshot when I am doing math with the older ones. I have discovered that they end up picking up the concepts in this book from listening to their older siblings do math and from me spending a little one-on-one time with them. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is wanting a structured math curriculum to do with their kindergartner! I have the teacher's manual, the meeting book (which has a some markings in it), and both of the workbooks (unopened). $40

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Peter Goes to the Big City

Adam, Peter and I were in Atlanta for three days at a dental conference last week. Adam spent most of his time taking continuing education classes, so Peter and I took the opportunity to explore the big city. We went to Macy's for breakfast and early shopping one morning (which was offered for spouses as part of the conference). We mostly did window shopping, but I was excited to find several nightgowns on clearance for the girls at $5-$6 each! I also found a couple of long skirts that I loved, but they were $60 apiece! I wasn't about to pay that much for a skirt, so we just admired them.

Peter was less than impressed with Macy's. :)

After we left Macy's we walked the rest of the mall looking for bargains. Peter didn't bother to open his eyes, so I was on my own and was entirely unsuccessful. :)

We picked Adam up and had lunch at the Varsity.

Once again, Peter was unimpressed. I think I see a pattern emerging. :)

The food really isn't that great, but the experience is kind of fun. The Frosted Orange is worth going for...and so are the hats!

Peter and I walked a few blocks to do some more (mostly) window shopping at the Mart. It was an interesting and odd place. I think that it is usually only open to people with a business license or something like that, but I was able to get in as part of the conference.

Peter enjoyed the walk downtown, although he didn't realize it!

Here is the view from our 9th floor hotel room.

He's awake!!!

Peter enjoyed telling Papa about his exciting day in the big city.

And now he would like to tell you all about his trip!

Big cities are not for us, although it was very relaxing to get away for a few days. Our other children had a wonderful time with Miss Susannah and our pastor's wife, Karen. Here are a few pictures of the adventures that they had while we were away.

They went to visit some local Indian mounds, and Joshua appears to have really gotten into it. :)

Six little Indians

Joshua even did his version of a wild Indian dance!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Giveaway

Christine is giving away a copy of the DVD Children Are a Blessing. I am not familiar with the family that produced this, but it looks wonderful! Click here for more information and to find out how to enter.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy Birthday, Abigail!

Today is Abigail's 7th birthday! I honestly don't know what I would do without her. She's such a huge help to me! She's constantly asking me what she can do to help, and she is capable of and willing to do everything that I ask of her. She loves to cook and is getting some kitchen gadgets of her own today. She also loves to help with the younger children. She changed Peter's diaper and clothes all on her own yesterday while I made breakfast. Abigail is a great at reading/writing/spelling, and she enjoys almost everything that she puts her hand to. Well, except for math. :) Happy Birthday, Abigail!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Two Months!

Peter turned two months old back on the 2nd of March. So I guess he's closer to 2 1/2 months now. I just took him to the doctor this week and he weighs 11lb 12oz. Our pediatrician is not real big on the growth chart, so I have no idea where he falls there. That's fine with me though! He eats well and is growing well. He's not exactly chubby, but our babies usually aren't until they start eating solids, and he's got a nice double chin. I'm not worried about him. :)

Peter is a healthy little guy, which we're very thankful for. There is no trace of the heart murmur that he had when he was born. He does have a fairly large cherry hemangioma on his shoulder, but that is completely normal and the doctor said that they almost always go away by the age of 2.

Peter is a great sleeper! He takes a few 2-hour naps during the day and usually sleeps between 5 and 7 hours straight at night. He nurses and then goes back to sleep for several more hours. He rolled over for the first time last week (front to back). I've tried several times since then to catch it on video, but he hasn't cooperated. :) I've had a hard time getting a smile on cameral as well, but he's been doing plenty of that lately!

Here is an almost-smile!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Giveaway Winner

Random.org selected Brandi Hein as the winner of the book giveaway. Congratulations, Brandi!! Just email your address to me at adamandlaura @ bellsouth . net and I'll get it in the mail. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Friday, March 09, 2012

Mama Time

A few weeks ago on a Saturday afternoon Adam took the big three to a local science museum. That left me with the younger four, and three of them were going to be napping. Hannah was quite excited about the idea of having some "Mama Time". We had a wonderful couple of hours together! Every time I asked her to do something she said, "You asked me that because it's my Mama Time!" :) We read some books, tickled, did a little cleaning, and took care of our babies.

Adam had just completed a class and passed a test that he had been studying for, so we made him a special dinner complete with Frozen Chocolate Pie.

We wrapped our afternoon up by watching Shirley Temple.

I love my little 4 year-old Hannah!!

Please Pray

Many of you know that my mother was diagnosed with cancer 4 1/2 years ago, just a few days before Hannah's birth. She has recently found out that the cancer has spread and the prognosis is not good. We would sincerely appreciate your prayers for her. We know that God can heal her, and our prayer is that He would and ultimately that His will would be done and that He would be glorified. Thank you for your prayers!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Whate're My God Ordains is Right

Whate'er my God ordains is right:
Holy his will abideth;
I will be still whate'er he doth;
And follow where he guideth:
He is my God: though dark my road,
He holds me that I shall not fall:
Wherefore to him I leave it all.

Whate'er my God ordains is right:
He never will deceive me;
He leads me by the proper path;
I know he will not leave me:
I take, content, what he hath sent;
His hand can turn my griefs away,
And patiently I wait his day.

Whate'er my God ordains is right:
Though now this cup, in drinking,
May bitter seem to my faint heart,
I take it, all unshrinking:
My God is true; each morn anew
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart,
And pain and sorrow shall depart.

Whate'er my God ordains is right:
Here shall my stand be taken;
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine,
Yet am I not forsaken;
My Father's care is round me there;
He holds me that I shall not fall:
And so to him I leave it all.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Book Giveaway

I don't know about you, but sometimes I assume that my children understand things that they really don't. I constantly have to remind myself that just because something seems simple or obvious to me doesn't mean that it is simple and obvious to them. For example, the other day I asked Abigail to write a 3-digit number. I started to get frustrated with her because it seemed that she was just not paying attention and was wasting time. After a little probing, I discovered that she did not understand (or had forgotten) what a digit is. My brief explanation made all the difference in the world!

My good friends Jennifer and Kayla Kimbrell (mother and daughter) have recently published a great book! What is a Savior? is a very well-written (thanks to Jennifer!) and beautifully illustrated (thanks to Kayla!) work that explains in easy-to-understand terms what a savior is and why we need our Savior. It tells the stories of several Biblical characters who were saved from great danger by God's grace and mercy and it very plainly explains the great danger that we, as sinners, are in. Most importantly, it shares how we can be rescued by our gracious and merciful Savior! This is a great book for parents to read to their children or for older siblings to read to younger siblings.

I am happy to be able to give away one copy of this book! I like to keep giveaways very simple. If you would like to enter, simply leave a comment on this post. If you would like a second entry, blog about this giveaway or share about it on Facebook and leave another comment below letting me know that you have done so. Entries will be accepted through Thursday, March 8 and a winner will be chosen on Saturday, March 9.