Happy Spring 2015

Happy Spring!

 

It’s the beginning of April! Wasn’t it just January?? I’m so sad to see winter go. Since we barely got any winter this year. Spring has sprung and now it is time to Celebrate!

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Sunday, Aril 5, 2015 was a very special day for our family. We got to celebrate our Little Caballero’s birthday and celebrate our Lord and Savior Jesus. He is the one who came to set us free from the bondage of our sin.

I am praying that you know and have a life in Him.  If you do not have a life in Him, yet. He is only a prayer away.

Tell Him with all your heart and soul that you want to be forgiven of your sins and then ask Him

 to come into your heart as the Lord and Savior of your life. And receive forgiveness, the gift of salvation, and the gift of eternal life in heaven.  It is the best decision you can ever make. Once you make this decision, it is yours forever!

Next, get connected with a bible teaching church and get plugged in and
rejoice in the most amazing, and precious, love that you will ever know in Him.

 “The Lord your God, in your midst the mighty one, will save, He will rejoice over you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

 

Thank you Lord for loving us so much!

It was so much fun and a blessing celebrating and remembering our risen Lord and our son’s birthday all in one day. It was a bright and beautiful day. The weather was just lovely. The food was yummy, and everyone enjoyed each other’s company.

I pray you and your family had a beautiful day with your loved ones.

May the Lord richly bless you!

In His Amazing Love,

Rachel

Happy 4th of July 2014

Happy 4th of July!

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Remembering our country’s Independence and Thankful to all those brave men and women that serve

and have served in the military to protect our country.

Have a wonderful, safe and fun time celebrating with your loved ones!

Here are a couple of things that our family does for the Fourth of July: 

Everyday until the week of the Fourth of July and there after.

The children and I recite the “Pledge of Allegiance”,  by Francis Bellamy.

Then there are some books I read, 

“The Pledge of Allegiance” by Scholastic, that has beautiful pictures of our country and the other is

“The Star-Spangled Banner” by: Francis Scott Key, then we sing it out loud.

We also sing, “America the Beautiful” by Katharine Lee Bates. Then I read the book,

“America the Beautiful” by Scholastic”.

To celebrate our Family will be going to a firework show the night before the fourth,

which has been a family tradition now for about 3yrs. 

Then on the day of the Fourth we like to have a picnic or BBQ at home or go to Grandma and Grandpa’s.

 

What are some things you and your family do for the Fourth of July?

 

In His Love,

Rachel

Our Summer Fun To Do List 2014

 

 Summer Fun !

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Wow, Summer has officially started. Where has the time gone? I can’t believe that I haven’t posted anything for a while. Since my last post my “little Caballero” just turned 5 years old in April. And then my “little Pajarito” turned 3 years old in June. Our darling little girl is already 9months old. And my “Sheriff” officially finished his First Grade school year. So needless to say it has been pretty busy over here.

Now then I thought I would share a little fun tradition that we have started in our home a year ago. This is what we do.

We talk about all of the fun things that we would like to do for the summer and then put them on a big

“Summer To Do List”, a sort of summer “bucket list”, so to speak.  Here is what I used to make it.

 

I wrote it out with different colored markers on pieces of white construction paper that are 12 x 18.

 

After I make the list all bright and colorful. Then I tape the pieces of paper together, to make a long banner.

Here is a picture of the way it turned out this year:

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I took pictures of it in clips so you can see the wording easily. 

This year we came up with 36 things to do. Of course we might not get to do everything on the list, but it’s a fun way to see on paper the many options that we can do to have fun and bless others.

Here is the list typed up, due to the poor quality in the picture of my list above. I did not have the best camera when I took them. 

 

1. Summer Photo Shoot

2. Make tie die shirts

3. Do sidewalk chalk

4. Mail a letter to 10 people

5. Living room campout

6. Read Books Under a Tree

7. Beach Day/Build Sand Castles

8. Go Swimming 1 x a week

9. Park Day BBQ with Friends

10. Go on a Nature Walk 

11. BBQ at Home

12. Go to the Fair 

13. Park Day Pic Nic 

13. Make cookies and give some to the neighbors.

14. Go on a night hike and look for stars. 

15. Ice Cream Party/Invite Friends 

16. Fly kites at the beach/park 

17. Visit a Splash Garden 

18. Water play and water balloons

19. Movie/Pajama Night

20. Go to the Library 1 x a week

21. Watch the sunset at the Beach

22. Go to the mountains

23. Take a bike ride

24. Play hide and go seek

25. Hand out bubbles at the park/beach

26. Make ice cream in a bag 

27. Handprints/footprints keepsake

28. Hand out balloons at the park/beach

29. Visit with friends and family

30. Sort through toys, clothes, and books to donate. 

31. Read books at the beach 

32. Make cookies for a Police or Fire Station

33. Pick up trash at the park or beach

34. Read books and drink hot cocoa

35. Make blessing bags to hand out. 

36. Make bookmarks to leave in library books

 

I am giving you my “Summer Fun To Do List”, to download, which includes 20 more fun choices for free!

 

Download it here:

Summer Fun Things To Do List

 

What are some of your family’s summer traditions? I’m sure there are some that I may not have on our list. We would love to hear all about them. 

Don’t forget to share this fun activity with your friends and family.  

What a wonderful way to have so many fun activities to choose from that cost little or nothing.

I absolutely love that!

I’m all about saving $$$!! 

 

  

Happy Summer!

In His Love,

Rachel

 

 

 

Our Read Aloud Booklist for the Month of March 2014

 

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“Books, books, books, I love books, hundreds of books, thousands of books,

millions, and billions, and trillions of books.”

                     by: “El Sheriff”

This month is National Reading Month, so I thought I would share a list of the many books we are currently reading for the month of March.

 

For our little ones ages 2 and under:

(although my older boys still love hearing these)

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?   By: Eric Carle

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear?   By: Eric Carle

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What do you see?  By: Eric Carle

I’ll Teach My Dog a Lot of Words    By: Micheal Frith

Eloise Wilkin’s Poems to read to the very young      Selected by: Josette Frank

The Berenstain Bears Old Hat New Hat   By: Stan and Jan Berenstain

Eating the Alphabet   By: Lois Ehlert

Harry the Dirty Dog   By: Gene Zion

 

For Our Kindergartener and First Grader:

(although our little ones listen in too)

Bible:  Psalm 1 a day

           Proverb 1 a day

           Exodus  1 chapter a day

           Matthew  1 chapter a day

Little House in The Big Woods    By:  Laura Ingalls Wilder

Animals Animals   By: Eric Carle

A Little Golden Book Collection Eloise Wilkins Stories

The Children’s Book of Virtues   By: William J Bennett

The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter

Great Musicians Series, Sebastian Bach The Boy from Turinga  By: Opal Wheeler and Sybil Deucher

Leading Little Ones to God  By: Marian M. Schoolland

 There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world.

Love of books is best of all.”

Jacqueline Kennedy (more…)

A Piece of Country in the City

 

 

“Children not only need a diet of truth to thrive,

but they also need to be surrounded by beauty, it feeds the soul.”

             by Linda Johnson

It was a beautiful sunny day. My family and I decided to go on a little field trip to enjoy being out of doors.

We headed out to the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary in Modjeska Canyon. As we were driving down the road to get there I saw wild long green grass swaying in the cool breeze. Everything was so green and full of life. While I looked at the grass, I was remembering where I grew up, and how the grass would grow like this in my back yard. This must be what it looks like in the country. There has been so much development since I was little, that it is a rare sight indeed to see grass growing wild. When we arrived I got out of the car, it was so quiet that I could hear the leaves in the trees rustling in the wind, and the many lovely melodies of  the birds chirping and twittering in the trees and bushes. We walked along the tree, bush lined dirt trail throughout the sanctuary.

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Immediately I could feel my stress level and my body start to feel relaxed and at peace. The sun was shining and bees were buzzing while they gathered pollen from the flowers. Our time here made me realize what we are missing out on amongst our busy lives in the city.  As I was thinking about this, a bible verse came to mind, “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”  Isaiah 26:3 (more…)

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