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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Blueberry Adventure

Today we went to a blueberry farm to pick blueberries with our small group. We were all daddy-less today but, that is okay :o). It was so hot BUT so fun! Enjoy!


It was really sunny and I think that is why Hailee is making the face she is making here.


It is still really sunny...


Brooke and Heidi were all about these 2 little bunnies.


Heidi was trying to hard to get to this bunny and touch it and then she finally got a finger tip to touch one :o)


Hailee and Mason getting busy with the pickin'.

At first this was how Heidi was picking her blueberries. I would pick them and then she would take them out of my hand and put them in her bucket. She was good at that.

Good job!

Searching...

She is so pretty!

Mason and Hailee pickin' away.

I really wish I new what they were talking about :o)... it looks interesting.

Now... we have found some lower in her eye sight and now I am trying to tell her to just pick the blue ones :o).


Brooke and Heidi on a mission.


This was one of the families we went with... this is Hannah and Brooke. Aren't they pretty girls?
See that man in the background of the picture... he was a sweet man and saw we had crying babies and that we were going to have to leave (later in the morning) and he gave us some of his blueberries from his box. He also gave our friend, Amber a little helpful information for her wasp sting. He was so nice.

Cute kids.

Heidi was beginning to get miserable...



Heidi was seeing all her little friends starting to get their drinks and I left ours in the car. She thought I had water in my little camera bag.

Ms. Hannah had water in her bag and shared it with Heidi. Heidi ended up hogging it all and spilling it all over herself :o)

She just wanted the water bottle and that was it. We had to leave shortly after this picture. It was so very hot today!
We ended up getting over 2 lbs. of blueberries which was 7 cups. I made blueberry muffins and a blueberry pie, which I am about to have a piece of :o). I hope you enjoyed our little adventure.

Friday, June 25, 2010

1st REAL school year

I thought I would share what our curriculum would be for this upcoming school year...

1. We will be doing Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. Hailee should do really well with handwriting because that is all the girl does around the house.

2. We will be doing Reading Made Easy curriculum. I really think Hailee is yearning to learn more and to learn to read. She sits on the couch with a book looking at it. I know she so wants to read the words and make sense of them.

4.We will be doing Horizons Math curriculum. This I think will be exciting and a little new for her, but I believe she will do very well.

3. We will also be doing Five in a Row curriculum. I am super excited about this one! I can't wait to open the world to Hailee with this curriculum and I can't wait to learn more about the world as I teach her.

I can see it in Hailee's eyes that she is ready to start school and ready to learn... so we are going to be starting school on Monday. We won't be doing much because we don't have much right now. We will begin handwriting and math on Monday :o).

It may seem like we have a lot on our plate (once I get it all), but with HS you don't have to do everything everyday. The Reading Made Easy curriculum has handwriting in it so she can work with handwriting while she learns to read... and her handwriting book can help her with neat and clean handwriting (Thanks to my HS buddy for giving me this great idea). Something like that. The Five in a Row curriculum will be everyday and the subject changes everyday... so that will be fun! This is a little of what will be going on for Kindergarten in the Greene house.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

God's Love

Man... I am so overwhelmed by God's love. Not just for me but, EVERYONE! He loves those who we consider not so pretty... He made them for His very own perfect plan. He loves those who are pretty but, also for those who hurt deep down. He is so forgiving and loves those who do unthinkable things.

Why is it so hard for us to understand His love?

I can't wrap my head around it all either but, by God's grace He is opening my eyes to lots of things. He is allowing me to see things that hurt Him and I feel Him moving around me all the time. He opens my eyes at times I don't want my eyes open or He makes me feel things I don't want to bother with or think about. I know that saddens His heart but, I know He is growing me in what He wants me to be.

Just a few thoughts as I go through this chaos going on inside of me. :o)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Homeschooling

It is official! I am going to be homeschooling Hailee for the upcoming school year. I can't get over what God has and is still doing inside of me. One minute I was so not going to homeschool Hailee and looked forward to freedom... and then the next minute I was hearing God and the conviction to homeschool her and then being consumed by His peace. I can't even tell you the amount of peace I feel about homeschooling. All I can say is God is all-knowing and all-powerful and I am falling more and more in love with Him.

I am so very thankful for my homeschooling friends, Ely and Christi. They took the time out of their busy lives (both are going on vacation this week) to help me wrap my mind around homeschooling and gave me TONS of information. I came home with so much information I don't know what to do with it all but, I do know what our plan is for next year. I also know the curriculum we are going to use for Kindergarten and I am so excited!

I was reading Crazy love a little while ago and came across this verse from Jeremiah...

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations."
Then I said:
"Ah, Lord GOD!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am youth."
But the LORD said to me:
"Do not say, 'I am youth',
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you," says the LORD.
Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched
my mouth, and the LORD said to me:
"Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
See, I have this day set you over the nations
and over the kingdoms,
To root out and pull up,
To destroy and to throw down,
To build and to plant."
Jeremiah 1:5-10
This verse is so true. He knew me before I was even a twinkle in my Mama's eye. He knew and knows my strengths and the beautiful purpose for me. He knows my fears. He gives me the strength, words, knowledge, and wisdom I need to fulfill His purpose. He wants me to spread is light and share my testimony to turn others to Him. It is all about giving Him His glory and being pleasing in His sight.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

His Work Inside Me

I am going to share one of the many things the Lord is revealing to me... or maybe telling me to do :o). Homeschooling... let me share with you my story...

I have friends who homeschool and friend's who talk about possibly homeschooling there kids. I have always... I MEAN ALWAYS... thought they were crazy! I always was supportive and thought if this is what they want to do... then great! But, I was never going to homeschool! I have been looking forward to having time by myself one day... I have been looking forward to having one child all day long again... I have been looking forward to Hailee being off at school learning and getting worn out... I have been looking forward to her making friends and memories like I had. There was no way I was going to homeschool. The Lord has put teachers into schools to teach our children for a reason and why should I remove her from something that has been around for forever?

I would have to say in the last month I have been having the thought of homeschooling but, as soon as that thought came into my head I immediately removed it and went on with whatever.

Then this last week it was really on my heart. It felt like everyone I would talk to (well not everyone but you know what I mean) would be a homeschooler. For some odd reason homeschooling became something I would consider. Then I was talking to my friend about this and what I was feeling... it became so clear and obvious. Was I going to homeschool? After I talked with her I talked to a few other friends and it seemed so very clear. I kept talking to God about this and trying to talk myself out of it. It became more and more appealing. And now I know... I know this is not me... this is not a fluke... this is God. He wants me to homeschool Hailee. He has spoken to me again and I have heard Him. I am so humbled by this and His direction He wants us to go in.

I still need to pray about this because still have negative thoughts... such as I am not smart enough, and I have no patience to be with them both all day everyday, and I just can not do this! Bob needs prayer too because, he still isn't sure. I have been praying that the Lord would make it very obvious and straight forward for Bob and I am praying Bob will hear Him.

God is so good and He is so good all the time!!! I know He hasn't just put this on my heart for no good reason. If you wouldn't mind lifting us up in your prayers about all of this I would really appreciate it. Prayer is so very important and powerful and I know He hears it all.

Much love my friend.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Vacation Bible School 2010

Well VBS is now over for Kingsland Baptist Church for the year 2010 and it was so awesome! I have no clue why it is called vacation, but it is totally not a vacation! It is tiring and crazy busy... I am so drained and exhausted... BUT it was all totally worth it! I helped teach music to babies-entering Kindergarten kids and it was the most amazing experience. I love seeing the little ones lift their hands to the Lord and praise Him with wonderful words. I also love how the words to the songs were so true even to us adults.

He has this wonderful marvelous plan for our lives and when we obey and go with Him and don't fight it... it is the most amazing feeling in the entire world!

The Lord's light was shown to so many kids this year and a seed was planted in their little hearts. This experience will forever be with them and I got to be a part of it... no matter how big or small my influence was.

It was so great! I will be doing Preschool Music again!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Missed

Sorry I haven't been blogging lately. Life has been crazy over here in Katy, TX. I thought since it was summer and Hailee wasn't in school and there wouldn't be much running around that it would be peaceful and calm. I was totally WRONG! I have been preparing for VBS (vacation bible school), getting pictures taken of the girls (Heidi's 2nd birthday is coming up), and just all kinds of other stuff. I can't even remember it all :o).

I am still losing weight but, had a bit of a set back a few weeks ago and gained the 2 lbs I lost the prior week back. I was so frustrated! I worked so hard that week and in 2 days I gained it back. The weekend I gained it back was full of parties and get togethers with yummy food. I tried to control it and I thought I did a good job but, it was all the desserts fault. :o)

I will update my weight loss this weekend after I weigh in.

Also, God is doing something inside of me, but I am not sure what. I feel so passionately about a few things, but have a fear of stepping out and a fear of bringing it up to Bob. I don't think Bob gets it, but that is a whole different story. I will update on this more when I figure it out. I feel the Lord stirring something up, but can't quite put my finger on it.

God has this perfect plan and I am so ready to be on board and follow Him.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Grateful

Sunday afternoon we went over to some friend's house and had a cookout at CHUBB Club :o). CHUBB club (did I spell that right?) is a house that is totally kid-safe. They could do nothing in this house that would hurt it or them... well maybe they could but for a normal kid... no :o).

Thank the Lord, he sent us a thunderstorm with some nice rain. It also came with really loud thunder and lightening. Well to the best of our knowledge the below pictures were caused by lightening.


A house a cross the road and a little farther away caught on fire. It looked like it started from the roof and then spread like 'fire' through the house.

You can now see the reflection off the bricks of the fire in the front of the house.


Words can not even explain...


The fire practically ate the house.


You can now see the firemen at work with the water hose.


Finally the end of the fire and burning, but not the end of the sorrow and sadness. Even though we know all it is is just STUFF... we grow attached.

I am so grateful for the roof over our head and so grateful for knowing the Lord and knowing He is Lord over it all. I pray these people know Him and I pray that they know He is in control and He has a perfect plan for them no matter if they like it or not.

And then you see these pictures....

God made these animals. He made those clouds, those trees, and those rain drops that are an their way :o).


And He made that little girl (Ella) so very perfect and so unique. He gave her to 2 of the best parents.


Here the kids are trying to give the bison's a treat, but they want nothing to do with the food or the kids.


The bison really just want to be cool and for it to rain in them ASAP! The kids get bored and move to the sand hill. LOL! Silly kids!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Some of the funniest...

These are some of the funniest pictures (I think)! Okay... so here is the story... Heidi always wants Hailee's goggles when we are out swimming. Last night we were at Academy and I saw these starfish goggles of .99. I couldn't pass that up. Heidi was super excited and wanted to wear them right away! When we got home I put them on her and took these pictures. LOL!


They were so tight! We loosened them and they were still really tight. I think Heidi inherited my big head :o). Sorry Heidi... hats will never fit your head.


You can see how tight they are.


Heidi had to try them out in the water :o).


She also loves some stylin' sunglasses... even if they are upside down :o).


She was trying to put the pink sunglasses on the gorilla, but when the camera comes out she freezes. At least she is smiling in this picture.


The other day we tie dyed T-shirts. They all came out super cute! The only thing is it calls for 100% fabric (like 100% cotton). Heidi's T-shirt was 100% cotton and Hailee's was 50% polyester and 50% cotton. I didn't think it would make a difference. Can you tell the difference? Heidi's shirt is very bright and Hailee's is a bit faded. Note to self always use 100% fabric.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Week 4 is OVER!

This week with losing weight has been tough! I have been feeling like my body was trying to get sick and I haven't been going to bed when I should, so in result to these 2 things I haven't been pushing myself during my workouts. Also, instead of working out 6 days in week 4... I only worked out 5. I know not to bad, but knew I should have pushed through but I let myself down.

I like to weigh myself on Friday, but really should put my patient hat on and wait until Sunday. When I weighed myself Friday I had lost 2 lbs, but when I weighed myself Sunday I had lost 3 lbs. So, my total weight loss in 4 weeks is 14 lbs!!!!

I am starting to notice the change. My pants are getting loose and I am having to tug on them to keep them up. I feel great! I have more energy and am happier over all.

I praise the Lord for this energy, because I know it isn't from me and the only way I am still going is because of Him. He is my source!