Henderson Happenings

Henderson Happenings

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Random October Pictures

Anna's solar smore oven.  First put in the gram crackers and marshmallows.  Bake in the sun.The reflection from the foil, toasts the marshmallows.  Last add the chocolate.

Amy wanted me to take a picture of her and her Wendy's kids meal prize.  She loves prizes of any kind.

The left overs from our Saturday morning breakfast... fresh milled whole wheat, vanilla whey protein, apple cinnamon, buttermilk, pancakes.  They freeze really well and Amy loves to eat one of these for breakfast almost every day.

Made a stop at $5 and below store for some new play balls to use outside while the weather is nice. 

Raided my attic to find some of my old dresses from days gone by! Bridesmaids and prom dresses.  Is special that Anna can wear one now!   Anna is going to wear the pink one on the left for Halloween as she is dressing up as a snow princess.  She will use the silver cape I made her last year.  Amy is going to be Belle and will wear one of Anna's old costumes plus the silver cape I made her also.  We all had fun trying on dresses and costumes.  

I also found these two old friends of mine in the attic.   

Last weeks Bible verse

Got us some rocking chairs for the front porch.  After all that raiding the attic, and thinking about the good ole days, and feeling how fast time goes by........these are just what we are gonna need.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amy Sings

She sings about everything.  Sometimes it feels like we are living in an opera as she sings her sentences or  her made up songs throughout our day.  The overflowing of her happy heart.   And does she ever feel the beat whenever there is upbeat music playing.  She bounces, shakes, or shimmies to the rhythm.
I remember back to our time with Amy in China.  On one particularly difficult day, Amy started singing in the bathroom, a little Chinese song. Made us both smile as I was helping her at the time. It was truly music to my ears.  I remember thinking:  if this broken hearted child can sing under these traumatic circumstances,  she is going to eventually be alright.   Things will one day be well with her.
 It was a gift....... as I believe the Lord knew we all needed a little encouragement.
I began to sing to her while in China especially when things were upsetting to her.  It worked in getting her to brush her teeth and wash her hands, or take a bath ( things she was not accustomed to doing)  as we tried to make it fun.
We had taken her a little music ipod filled with children's songs to China with us. When at our hotel,  she would sometimes put the ear phones on, go into the closet, shut the bifold doors and stay there for a few minutes at a time. Come out and check on us then go back in.   It may have been her "refuge" as she tried to cope with everything that was happening to her as best as she could.

 I remember twinkle twinkle little star was one of her first songs she learned in English.
It would often be in her version of Chinglish.  English and part Chinese combined.
Then when we got home she sang:  "Bah Bah Black sheep, Hammy Hammy wool."
                                                        " Old McDonny haddy farm.  E.I.E.I.O!"
                                                          "Jesa lova me a dis I know"
                                                           " Little bunny fooa foo hoppa trough a forra"
I wish I could have this all on video.  The only one I have is her version of twinkle little star that I posted in the past.  I miss her Chinglish as she is speaking all English now and she has pretty much lost her accents. She is such a smart girl as she continues to learn so many new words every day.
I have a cd with Bible verses put to music and she loves it. We do a verse per week and play/sing the song several times a day.   Planting God's word in her heart. It has been good for Anna too as it has refreshed her memory of these from when we did them years ago.  We are also listening to a children's cd with simple choruses and hymns.
I sing with her throughout our day and she loves it.

One of her favorites that she often sings now........ warms my soul every single time I hear her sing it:
"Everything's alright in my Father's house,
In my Father's house,
In my Father's house.
Everything's alright, in my Father's house,
where theres JOY, JOY, JOY!"

And let me tell you.  She sings it from a deep place.... as she endured but still remembers,  a place where.......... things were not alright.
But now they are. 
 And we are thankful every single day to have our singing, happy, thankful girl here with us where we can keep her safe, meet her needs physically, spiritually and emotionally while we love her unconditionally and pray for her to know ...way down deep.... that yes indeed this family is forever, and things will be alright for her......from now on.

Psalm 5:11
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September and School

Hard to believe September is almost over.  We are rolling right along with our homeschooling.  Anna is in 5th grade this year and doing really well. She can do a lot of her assignments independently while I work with Amy.  I give Amy some workbook pages when I need to work with Anna.  Anna and I later go over all of her lessons together when Amy is doing some school work on the computer.  The girls have learned how to share Mom and work quietly most of the time.  Amy is progressing quickly and because we schooled through the summer, she will be ready to bump up to 1st grade work much sooner than I anticipated.  I am happy to say I had to ship a boxful of kindergarten curriculum back to the bookstore as it would be too easy for her.  She is so proud of being able to read words all my herself! She and I often go to another room to work on phonics and reading out loud. Both girls have their own math dvd lessons to watch, then practice in their workbooks.
Two smart girls. We are blessed! They love being able to homeschool. We can go at their own pace.  We are learning so much and reading so many good books. We are learning some hymns and patriotic songs as we have music time.  We all agree though, one of our favorite times of our day is our Bible time.  When the weather is nice, we often go out on the porch for this.  We are also keeping individual Thankful notebooks.  This keeps each of us a running list of things we are thankful for on any given day.  Small things and big things. We are learning that we have so many little things to be thankful for and we often take them for granted.  Lots of small things add up to a big thing!  Amy is so very happy for us girls to have so much time together.  About once a week, Amy wants me to write in her notebook:  "I'm thankful for my mama because in China, I did not have one!"
Amy doing math at her work table.

Anna working on science at her table

Amy practicing her long vowel sounds.  She wrote them and marked them long.

Bible/devotion/prayer time on the porch

We do all of these together.  A little something for everyone.  

Our chalk board with the Bible verse of the week

Anna's bulletin board/ reading spot

Amy's bulletin board and reading spot

Riding bikes with PAPA

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Watery Eyes and My Daughter Who Prays

I've been having eye troubles.  Since the end of June, my eyes have been watering.  A lot.  Driving me crazy as it looks and feels like I'm crying, much of the time.  After two different opthalmology evaluations and procedures, both conclusions were that my tear ducts are stopped/closed up.  So instead of draining like they are supposed to do, my eyes just fill up and spill over.  Keeps my eyes irritated and my left hand with a tissue in it most of the time.  Not sure why this is happening but the doctors agree that I need to see an ENT to get one more evaluation and then possibly have surgery to make new tear ducts.  Upon being a little nervous for the last exam and procedure, Amy wanted to pray for me.  We were actually in Costco doing some quick shopping where I met Scott (as he was taking the girls home while I went to the doctor). Anna had been teasing me about not being nervous as she knows I do not like doctor visits of any kind.  Amy was worried about me.  I told her she could pray for me when we all left but she didn't want to wait.  Broke out into a prayer, right there in Costco, as we took each others hands.  Made me actually almost cry for real as I love my little prayer warrior.  And truth be told, I was quite nervous about the appointment and procedure to check my tear ducts again. I'm a sissy and I don't like to have my eyes messed with.  Plus I'm thinking that this little girlie's prayers just might availeth much more....... than my own.
Her prayer went like this:

"Dear Jesus,
My mama's eyes are blurry.  She needs your help, dear Jesus.  We need for her to be back to normal because she has lots of things to do. She is a super fantastic Mama. The Best.  She reads to me and Anna and she teaches us school at home. And we sing too. And do crafts. But her eyes are not right.   Her eyes, they get all blurry and that is not good, dear Jesus cause she also needs to cook us food and take care of us and buy groceries.  Will you help my mama's eyes to get all better, and help her not to be afraid?   Dear Jesus, please help her not to feel worried, because I don't want her to feel worried.  In Jesus' name.  Amen"

Then after saying goodbyes for the afternoon and  putting her in the car with Scott, , she rolled down her window to call out to me a Bible verse we learned a few weeks ago:
"Mama, just remember!  When I am afraid, I will TRUST in you, Jesus!  You can do it mama!  You know that verse and you can do it.  Just keep saying it Mama!  Don't be worried!"

It's a really good thing that my car, and my pocket book were loaded down with tissues. This girl of mine, as young as she is, and in spite of all she has been through,  knows how to get to the heart of things and has learned how to pray, any time and any place... the need arises.  Then as I drove my separate way,  boy did I smile.... while the abundance of real tears flowed.
Oh me, of little faith.

Friday, September 5, 2014

August summer days

The first days of August we enjoyed getting our schoolroom ready.  With these dog days of summer it really was not hard to start back to official homeschooling on August the 4th. It is just too hot to be outside until the evening . We have been doing school all summer, but not every subject, every day.  Now that we have more subjects to cover, we are trying to work out our schedule in a way that both girls get plenty of teaching time with me.  It took us about a week to find our footing and figure out how to get the most out of our day.  I will post more on that next time.  Until then, here are a few pictures of these last days of summer.
Sewing cupcake pillows 

The finished cupcake pillow will decorate Anna's reading spot

Amy wants to use her's also, along with some of her other reading buddies

Girls on wheels getting their exercise

Pink Lemonade Cake

Pretending we have a horse on a saddle PaPa bought at a flea market

We have a saddle now Mom, but I  really want a horse!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

We moved Will to Athens

It is official.  Will is at UGA. 
We have been getting ready for this..... Will and I had fun shopping for his apartment and getting supplies.
Moved him down on a Sunday, with lumps in our throats and me trying not to be teary eyed.
 Now he is a Georgia Bulldog.
 Go Dawgs.  Be Safe, Will. 
 Go Dawgs.  Eat healthy, Will.
  Go Dawgs. We know you will study hard and do well like you always have in the past, Will.
 We are happy for you and know this is good.  We couldn't be more pleased about your roommates (great guys) and your apartment.  What a neat time we shared as we all moved you guys in, cleaned up and had a special prayer time all together. 
 Very special.  
How bout them Dawgs!
 We miss you already, Will.
Anna sewed a loose button on Will's favorite shorts the morning Will was leaving

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Time to say goodbye to the girls, they are not happy about this

Will's bedroom.  Sharing a 4 bdrm apartment with 3 other great guys

Another hug from Mom,  but not the last one

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

July....Some Time at the Beach

We always love out time at the beach. 
Days filled with playing in the sand and swimming in the ocean
Our favorite times were on the sand bar playing in the waves, Anna and Amy diving under with their goggles on 
Big jumps and handstands in the pool
Rainbows and Sunsets
Reading some good books
And most importantly, time together