Friday, October 31, 2008

Fall Loveliness...





After our winter-like weather, I was nervous that fall had come and gone... and I have not even gotten to enjoy it's beauty!  But the last few days have satisfied my fall love... Ethan and I have spent every waking hour outside... throwing rocks, playing in the creek, jumping on crisp leaves, and eating anything (well... Ethan is eating anything... I am constantly pulling out the REALLY gross objects... ie.. deer poop) I am amazed how he can chew up a deer poop pellet... as though it is the most amazing substance he has ever come across - yet he spits out his cheerios as though they were poison!  Not sure about that boy???  

Tonight we have a huge harvest party with the school... it should be fun... the theme is redneck... not sure how to dress up for that one - but maybe I will find some inspiration in the next few hours?  The venture students stayed up all last night watching the pig cook in the spit... making sure that the fire was hot enough and that a bear or mountain lion did not come by to enjoy a few nibbles... it should be amazing (plus I saw at least 12 pies... who can pass up a piece of pie?)  

I just LOVE this time of year... everything about it... the smells, the sounds, the cool evening air, the beautiful sunsets, the big full harvest moon (earlier this month)., etc!  I think when we get to heaven it will be fall all year round..... at least in my corner of heaven ;o)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Favorite Pic of the Day

Here Comes the "Son"



I promised myself I would not write about politics, but it feels like a burning fire in my chest and lately it has been consuming my mind... maybe why I have not been blogging much lately!  I think that in most generations since Jesus walked the earth - Christians have looked eagerly towards Jesus' return - thinking... "He is coming soon!... Just look at the times!"  I can't help but do the same!

Luke 12:54-56 says "He (Jesus) said to the crowd; "When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, 'It's going to rain,' and it does.  And when the sound wind blows, you say, 'It's going to be hot,' and it is.  Hypocrites!  You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky.  How is it that you don't know how to interpret this present time."

The Bible speaks so much of what will happen before Jesus' return... we just need to be ready and watching... alert!  Have you noticed that huge things are happing????  Maybe take some time to read Matthew 24, 2 Thessalonians, 2 Peter 3, Daniel, Revelations!!!!

Right now we stand on the edge of world wide economic failure and the new election of a US President... Interesting candidates - In my mind it is not a difficult decision... seems very cut and dry to me.  I could never vote for a man who promises change - without being specific about WHAT EXACTLY CHANGE WILL LOOK LIKE... a man who promises higher taxes, more government control (a.k.a.... socialism), an unashamed platform of NOT protecting the unborn - but making statements, that deciding when a baby is given constitutional right is "above his pay grade" or that he would never want one of his daughter to be "punished with a baby".   I could not vote for a man that will not put his hand over his heart when the pledge of allegiance is said or the flag is risen. Etc... etc.  Just stop and look around... this nation... the world is embracing this man.  They love him!!!! Have you asked why?????  I see many of my friends embracing this man - while many of my other friends are responding with another response, "We need to pray... we need to prepare for what is ahead."  I see a strength rising... the preparation of the "remnant"???? And on the other hand I see a blindness, ignorance... we long for CHANGE - a HOPE for change, but really we are too fat and lazy to work at change - to live within our budget (not feeling entitled to bigger homes, grander cars, new clothes).  Change that is needed in this country will take sacrifice.. and are we willing for it to hurt a little bit - or are we so quick to look to a MAN to fulfill that need? I am not saying that the "lawless one" is here, but I now have no doubts how the lawless one will establish himself in the last days... I am watching it happen.
I leave you with this to think about....

"The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.  They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  For this reason God sends them a POWERFUL DELUSION so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believe the truth but have delighted in wickedness. (2 Thess 2:9-11)"

Pray for our nation... pray for who will be elected president and GET OUT AND VOTE next Tuesday!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Former Students Come for a Visit...



The last couple days our house has been filled with former students... back for a visit.  Micah and I just delight in sitting and talking with them (Last night we were up until midnight... so today was a little bit fuzzy...)!  It is so great to hear how God has been working in their hearts... how they are still walking with Him.  It is a gift.  Reminds us that what we are doing is important - and eventually we will see the fruit of seed that we planted - and God has grown up!  It is fun for them to see Ethan and to be able to enjoy him - and to watch him enjoy them!  Relationships are important... so important!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Ethan Got A Package...



Okay... I told you it has been a week of little blessing... this weekend has been a weekend of huge blessings!  Lyndsay Nishioka (www.lyndsayNishioka.blogspot.com) our dear friend and favorite cook at MWSB, who came down with leukemia last year during the week of graduation, sent Ethan a HUGE box of presents!!!  She is SUPPOSE to be resting, recovering from her bone marrow transplant, and RECEIVING packages.. not sending them! 

 But this package was incredible.  Little dishes (that are PUUUURFECT... for Ethan - thank you IKEA), a whole new wardrobe for the winter... probably late February-ish, and a xylophone (which I absolutely love... I can almost play Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, and Mary Had a Little Lamb - although Micah is not too fond of my playing... hum wonder why???).  

THANK YOU, LYNDSAY!  Can you please hurry up and get better so you can come back... Micah misses your cooking (or at least all the SPECIAL cooking you did for him), I miss your smile and our great talks, and Ethan misses you playing with him!!!


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Girl's Night... On the Town....



Yesterday I took my Bible Study to the giant, thrilling town of GREAT FALLS!  Let me tell you it is a thriving metropolis.....  We had a blast.... we hit the thrift stores (all 3 of them) and even a couple 50% sales and just tried things on and laughed and shopped and talked and laughed and talked... and ate Taco Bell.... (I missed you Lyns! - don't worry I got plenty of sauce packs to go!!!) We had to go to Taco Bell.. there really wasn't an option, because one of my girls, Amy has been going through serious Taco Bell withdrawals... she is hilarious.... I have NEVER seen someone savor and enjoy Taco Bell as much as she did.  Each bite was taken in pure delight... and each swallow with appreciation as though it was precious material.  Another one of my girls, Phaedra bought a Backstreet Boys CD (at the thrift store) and I popped it in and they jammed out to the music.. hum... interesting!  I love getting moments to laugh with those who I come to love so dearly through out the year!  This year they are a pure delight - I look forward to the months ahead!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Little Blessings

In the past few weeks... my life has been flooded with small blessings that have been HUGE to me! I love how God has a way of filling up my life with things that just make me fill very loved.  A week ago I got a present in the mail from my sister-in-law... it is my birthday present several months early.  It is this beautiful, pottery cup and saucer.  I am enjoying having my morning tea in this cup...



Another blessing came this week and it was in a package form (as well).  It was from one of the student's mom... just thanking me for all that I am doing and encouraging me that I am making a difference... Ah... I can't even tell you how much I felt encouraged and loved.  The package was incredible... full of all sorts of fun things (here is a picture of a few of the items).

Another way I have been so blessed is from a new friendship with a person you would less expect, the wife of one of my MOST special friend from high school.  We have been emailing back and forth every day (to several times a day).  It has been such an amazing encouragement.  We both have boys and so it is easy to share life together - even though there are miles between us.  Spiritually it has been refreshing and encouraging... I am so thankful!

Ethan is another little blessing that just makes me laugh and smile - like nothing else!  Just watching him grow and learn is a miracle!  The other night he found Micah's underwear and processed to hang it around his neck.  Micah found him and just let out the loudest laugh... when I came in to find out what was going on - I just could not stop laughing.  He was so proud of himself... underwear and all...

I hope I am always aware or have eyes to see the little blessings God puts in my life everyday!


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Best Job... EVER!






From time to time I have to really remind myself that Micah and I have the best jobs ever!  The students this year are so much fun.  It is so great to be able to interact with them - get to know their stories - and let them get to know us and Ethan.  Yesterday, at lunch a student took Ethan outside to play and I watched them run around the lawn for over 15 minutes.  If we are around campus I never have to worry about Ethan because the students that really love kids always have him.  They tell him stories, explore things with him and feed him SUGAR (oh, yes, that is their favorite hobby... no wonder Ethan loves the students... and another reason why he won't eat his veggies anymore!!!!).

Working at MWSB is always exciting. You take 60 students from all over the country - put them in the mountains where cell phones don't work, where the internet is limited, where there are no malls or movie theaters and challenge them to love God - THEY GO CRAZY!  Crazy with fun, crazy with creativity, and crazy with a desire to know and follow God.  It is a blessing to be apart of this ministry.  I remind myself of that truth.... often!

(the pictures: 1. Super Saturday... super soccer game... Ethan's wanted to play but the teams could not stop fighting over which team got him.. so I just told him it would be best to watch.  2.  Super Saturday.... super hero dress up for dinner... hum... interesting right?  3. Paige and Ethan are buds.  Just chill'in together doing crafts.  4. Micah's crazy Bible study.  5. My crazy Bible study... (plus a guest).)  

If you want to check out more of what we do see our webpage at www.mwsb.org.

 

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Need Advice....


To all my blogging friends.... I know a lot of you are moms.... You have been there - done that!  Well... I am wondering what to do with a little someone...  All he wants to eat is milk.  He eats like a bird, but drinks like a camel!  I figured out on a daily basis he is drinking around 50 ounces of milk.  We have try MANY things.. from water to juice - to offering food every time he signs for milk.  I have tried starving him of milk (meaning cutting his intake to 1/2 - which is WHAT he considers starving), making him sit in his high chair with yummy food in front of him - but then the nights are rough - because we wakes up crying all hours of the night... (which is not normal)...  But if he has his 50 oz of milk a day he is happy as a lark... is this normal...? is this okay?  His dad probably drinks that much milk a day and would probably drink more - if I would let him... so is it probably genetic?  I am wondering if he will grow out of it - or if he really needs that much milk at 13 months of age... does anyone have any advice?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Yumminess of Fall...

Fall is all about rich colors, smells and tastes.  As the leaves fall I cannot fight of the urge to have a large pot of homemade soup on the stove and warm fresh bread in the oven or warm pumpkin muffins or spicy apple pie (you get what I mean, right?).  For some reason, my senses are so much more aware during the autumn season.  I was excited when I found some yummy recipes in my Simple and Delicious magazine for this month.  I thought I would share them... so you too can enjoy them!

Chai tea:
2 tea bags
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup water
1 cup milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons french vanilla nondairy creamer

1. Place tea bags and spices in the coffee fi
lter of a drip coffee maker.  Add water; brew according to directions. (I don't have a coffee maker so I just put all these things in another pot and brought it to a boil and let the tea brew for a while).
2. Meanwhile in a small saucepan, combine the milk, brown sugar and creamer.  Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through and the sugar is dissolved.  Pour milk mixture into mugs and stir in tea (top with whip cream and sprinkles if desired).

Pumpkin
 Oat Muffins: 
I found this recipe in the same magazine and I just could not resist whipping up a batch for breakfast this morning!

1 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup raisins (which I left out because Micah does not like cooked raisins)

topping:
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon cold butter

1. In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients.  Combine the liquid ingredients and add to the dry ingredients.  Stir until moistened and then add the oats and raisins.
2.  Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full.  Mix topping and sprinkle topping equally over the muffins.  Bake 375 for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Hope you enjoy these yummy recipes... Micah, Ethan and I sure did!

Friday, October 17, 2008

A Date with My Boys...

Friday... Team Forsythe's day off!  WOOOT... WOOT!  We decided to go to town for a few supplies and to just be able to spend the day away from our "work".  It is interesting when you work where you live - sometimes the only way to get away from work is to go away from home!  Micah and I were hoping to go on a date, but it is difficult and complicated to find a babysitter for "all day" - which is how long it takes to go to town, shop, and come home.  Funny how different our life is because we do not live in the city.  
This morning on the way into town we were over-whelmed with the sky!  The clouds were incredible and so we stopped and took a bunch of pictures.  I can't help wonder what the sky will look like when Jesus returns... won't that be incredible?!!
In town we ran errands (yes, even work related errands... sigh!).. had pizza at Sam's club, and played for a while at an amazing toy store that I never knew existed!  It was fun - Ethan loved having millions of toys around him.  Seeing him look in wonder at all the bright colored toys, the huge stuffed animals, and things with lots of buttons made him so excited.  He just wandered around looking, pulling things off the shelf and carrying them with him as he explored.  It was fun to watch him!
Now I know all mom's think this, but my son seriously is the smartest boy I know!  He loves to figure out things - and so when I took him out to the car and unlocked the door he wanted to try.  We stood there for a long time as he tried to put the key in the lock.  He is so smart!  I love watching him try to figure out the world!
In the car on the way to town Micah and I talked about life, Jesus coming back, living a radical life, and adoption.  It is always so nice to have time to talk - and process what we have been thinking.

So all in all it was a great day with my boys... and it is not over - we are going to eat some Queso and chips and watch a movie.  I love days off!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Baking with Ethan


Baking with Ethan is just plain fun... he makes life so interesting and teaches me how life is not about a finished product but the process.  It is so fun to watch him imitate me.  I got the flour out of the bucket - and then he wanted to - and so he was so thrilled when he found a measuring cup so he could scoop out the flour... when I put the flour away I found all sorts of objects and toys mixed in the flour... I just had to smile! He is a quick one!  


He did not want to have anything to do with the cookie dough, but was fascinated by the whirling of the mixer - had to really watch those little fingers!  He changed his mind about the dough when he licked a little off his finger - then he wanted to eat it all!  (Don't worry - I prayed over the raw egg in the dough... so no worries!)

I love how he wants to be apart of everything I am doing - it is not enough for him to be down on the floor by my legs - he has to be in the action.  The cookies were each signed by him... with a little finger print!  I thought that little touch made the whole cookie!


 (by the way the cookies are chocolate cookie dough with a peanut butter center... delicious!). 

***  Thanks Nana Rose for donating the Red shirt to make this post picture perfect.... ;o)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Fun Pics of Ethan


I caught Ethan reading his books in the big chair... it just made me smile. He is getting to be such a big boy!

Ethan with his daddy's hat on.  I just love looking at Ethan's eyes.. they are so big and each day they are a different color!


Ethan and I were building towers with all our "fancy tupperware"... it was fun times!

The Great Hunting Adventure!



Micah has returned!  
The hunt was unsuccessful, but the time well worth every second!  He went out into the wilderness with John, Kevin, and Adam... all the men staff on campus.  They were gone for 5 days.  From what I hear they hiked a lot, ate a lot and had some good conversation.

They did not see many Elk - and the ones they did see they could not get close enough to shoot them with their bows.  I guess bow hunting is a lot more tricky that rifle hunting!  

I was super nervous for them when it started to snow .... at home we got over 20 inches, but they only got 2 max.  I was thinking they were going to battle for their lives, but really they were just kicking back enjoying the cool weather.... I am thankful God answered my prayers and brought him safely home!

I loved all the pictures Micah took - so I thought I would share them with you.  I think he looks mighty handsome in his hunting garb! (he is just going to shake his head when he reads this)  But it is TRUE... he is HOT!

I had to include the biscuits Micah made... don't they look tasty... if you had any doubts... between the two of us - we eat well around this place.  

Well... I am sure he will go out hunting again for a day or two, but for now I am enjoying having him home!  And so does Ethan


Friday, October 10, 2008

Fun in the Fall Snow!

Last night as I went to bed - it was snowing.  The snow fell softly during the night and in the morning we had about 6 inches or so I thought, there is actually over a foot of snow!!  

I brought in a little bit of snow this morning so that Ethan and I could enjoy it while being in the warm house.  It was fun.  Ethan ate a lot of it, put his feet in it, and beat it with plastic lids out of the tupperwear cupboard.  It was fun!

After lunch we bundled up in the warmest layers I could find.  We don't have a snow suit, boots or gloves so we got creative!  My hat fit him perfectly and his socks made nice gloves!  

At first he was not too sure about the snow, but then he got into it and was a lot of fun to watch him pick it up, throw it, and eat it!  I am so thankful I get to be Ethan's mom!  He makes life so much funner (yes, that is a word!) and it motivates me to get out and do things which makes it even more fun!  

I am not sure I am too thrilled about this snow!  Micah is way back in the mountains so I am sure he got more snow than a foot!  I am praying that he is safe, dry and warm!  I will be happy when he returns safely!  Well, Snow.. thanks for the fun memories, but you can go away now... and let us continue to enjoy our wonderful fall weather... PLEASE!



Christians Need a Wake up Call...

I usually don't write about things like this, but it is on my mind.  The elections are coming up, the world as we know it seems to be falling apart and so it is probably a subject on all our minds!  Everywhere I turn I see posters, advertisements (promises of change), and get MANY phone calls from the Obama campaign; I hear the media bashing McCain and Palin; what else is new?  I would not consider myself a republican or a democrat...  I am a child of God renting space and time until I get to go home - and I long for my REAL home.   I tend to lean more towards the republican party because I am for life (whether is it the unborn or fighting for those who are being wiped out... now that is a whole other can of worms.. so we won't even go there) and appreciate and value LESS government control.  I have had many conversations with people about the issues that are close to God's heart widow, orphans, and people in distress and from the outside it APEARS that those are the main issues of the democratic parties view - but when I stop and think about it - I can't help but wonder.... IS THAT THE GOVERNMENTS RESPONSIBILITY?  I attended a government run foster care program last Saturday and was overwhelmed by the humanistic philosophies, by the importance of therapy (which I am not discounting), and the HUGE absence of God.  Can true healing come outside of a relationship with God?  And so this is what I am getting at... 

is it the governments responsibility to do what God has commanded THE CHURCH to do?

Micah and I teach a money class in the spring and the main issues we address is tithing and stewardship. Did you know that if all the christians in our country tithed a minimum of 10% there would be NO NEED for welfare and Missionaries would not need to raise support?  Do you know statistically only 3% (or right around that %) of Christians tithe 10% and statistically 15% of regular attendees tithe less than 5%.  I am not writing this to be exactly accurate - you can do the research and I am probably off a little bit (it is just an average from the articles and research I have done).  This should be disturbing!  While studying church history there was a Roman governor who was an atheist who said made a statement about how the early church not only took care of their poor, but the poor and orphans of Rome.  Early Christians were on fire and it could not be stamped out.  Their relationship was lived with passion, generosity, and ACTION and that was while being under PERSECUTION!  

Maybe we don't need a political change as much as we need a SPIRITUAL change.  Are we living out our faith?  (Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  James 1:27)  In this upcoming election are we looking to the government - to one MAN to bring out change that should really be taking place in the church?  We need to wake up - get involved - and stop complaining!  

When we get to our real home will we hear our Father say "Well done, good and faithful servant (Matt 25:21)"  "Come, you who are blessed by my Father: take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." (Matt 25:34-36)  When did we do this? "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me (Matt 25:40)."

While I am praying for who will be elected president, I am focusing more of my thoughts and prayers to the Church... we (not all, but in general) need a wake up call.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I am pathetic...


When Micah is away... I am pathetic.  I start to eat things like what's in this picture!  I think it is to comfort my pathetic heart...  I miss him!  He is out hunting... and I really hope he is warm and safe because there is about 2 inches of snow on the ground and it is still falling.  He is way back in the wilderness so he probably has a lot more snow that 2 inches.  I am sure he is having a grand time.  I can always tell when he is away for several reasons:
1. I freeze at night.
2.  All the cupboards in the kitchen are left open (I have this horrible habit of NEVER closing a cupboard. I don't know why... I just do) and normally Micah is the one who closes them. 
3.  Lots of things happen in the day and I miss sharing them with him. 
4.  It is just lonely.
5. Do I really need 5 reasons?  I just miss him! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Gifts from the Father...




Last night for Bible Study I talked about our God as Father.  HUGE!  So many girls do not come from healthy family nor do they have good father figures in their lives.  This leaves a huge gap... hurt pain, insecurity - most don't even know it - it is just life as they know it. I hope it was good....some times it is hard to know what they are thinking and feeling as I teach stuff.  I think back to when I was in college - I had a hard time processing things out loud - because everything was so new and interesting.  I hope it slips into their minds and takes root in their heart.
My heavenly Father has been teaching me a TON lately and to be able to sit down and process it all - would not be appropriate for this blog... so if you want to drive to Montana I would love to make you a cup of coffee and we can chat!  But on the condensed side of things - something huge has happened in my life - something that I never imaged would happen this side of heaven (and NO I am not pregnant, again.. so don't freak out... and yes I am PRAYING to be pregnant again.. this side of heaven... wow! it is early!)  My heavenly Father has given me a good a perfect gift... I have peace after years of turmoil. I have resolution after years of questions. Vague?  Yeah.. it is okay... the point is not to share details, but merely to point out that my heavenly Father loves me!  He give me good and perfect gifts... and I just want to thank Him!
On the same subject... Micah is an amazing father.  He watches Ethan while I teach Bible study and then I have Ethan while he leads his Bible study... works well for us.  I came down stairs to see Ethan in the duffle bag... Micah was talking to him about being super quiet when they went through airport security... I just laughed my guts out!  Micah is so funny with Ethan.  Sometimes he has these pretend phone conversations with Jack Bauer (24 TV show) where Ethan is saving the world all by decisions he is making.  I have a video of it, but Micah would KILL me if I posted it.. so I won't but it is FUNNY! 

So if you need a reminder of who your Father God is... I encourage you to go to www.fathersloveletter.com and listen to the video clip.  It is amazing to know we have a Father that loves us that much!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Fall Days...





The air was thick with fall, today!  Maybe because all the windows in my house have been foggy from canning applesauce all morning, or maybe it was from all the leaves blowing in the wind,  or maybe it is just because it is my favorite time of the year and I just wanted to enjoy the day! 

Earlier this morning, Ethan and I went across campus to the "trampoline" and also to visit the campus pig... who will become our harvest party dinner (sad news).  We had a good time bouncing and then we went over to look at the pig... it growled at us!  I have been teaching him that pigs said oink, oink... and this pig growled... kinda scared me!  I guess I will have to tell him what pigs really say... growllll!  

Today is my last day of canning!  I am so glad that is it done!  Peaches, pears, pear jam, raspberry jam, choke cherry syrup, and applesauce... So until next fall... (or until Micah runs out of pear jam).... I am putting away my canning things!  

Hope you are having a happy fall day!