Saturday, November 22, 2008

Christmas Banquet




The end of the semester is here.  We celebrated with the students at the Christmas Banquet.  It was beautifully decorated with delicious food.  It was fun to see the students laughing and having a good time together - there is such a difference from when they first arrive on campus all shy and reserved to this night when they act like family. It has been a wonderful semester.  We have witnessed lives completely changed, attitudes altered, and hearts receptive to the things of God.  We always pray for the students as they leave this place and go back into hard environments, difficult situations.... their "old" lives.  This break allows them to really discover what has happened in their lives so far... many fail and come back with a deeper desire to seek God - so it won't happen when they leave again.   We love working here (have I mentioned that before?).

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Christmas Already?


It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around our campus -  There is now a Christmas tree in the dining hall decked with lights, homemade ornaments, and a chain of popcorn.  Snowflakes are hanging in all the windows and Christmas music is floating in the air.  Seems early?  It is!  But we celebrate Christmas a little bit early around here - so that we can celebrate with all the students before they head home for Thanksgiving. We have a longer break at this school - due to the distances the students have to travel and it is not practical for them to come back after Thanksgiving - so we just give them a long break.  That long break is essential to our program.  It gives them time to see what has been built in them over the past semester and what hasn't been.  They usually "fail" - but come back HUNGRY and with a real desire to grow and learn - it is good!  So... for us... it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Thrift Store Deal

I have been looking for second hand shoes, boots, anything that would work as shoes... for Ethan.  I have found that there is not much of a selection in Montana... unless you want to pay ridiculous prices for brand new shoes.  After weeks and months of shopping every single thrift store in Great Falls...I finally found a pair of winter boots (kinda hard to see in the picture) for only $3.  I was amazed.. and very happy.  I know that since Ethan is such an outdoor boy... they will be used extensively this winter.  So now we can say we are almost set for snow... almost!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

All In a Day

Today, Ethan and I had a fun day.  After the large dinner last night, I had piles of dishes to put away... so Ethan helped... I had to laugh.. he removed the bottom rack of the dishwasher so that he could CLIMB into the dishwasher and spin the twirly thing - he makes my chores fun.

Then after his nap we 
built a rad fort.  We had fun hiding from each other and Ethan just loved peeking out from underneath.  When I would smile at him he would just laugh and run away.  It was a good day for staying inside because all day long snow swirled from the sky and at times it was a complete white-out.  This evening on the way to dinner we let Ethan run around in the snow.  He loved it.  

It is amazing how full and rich are days are... especially when I just sit and reflect back on them.  I am thankful for each day.

Ps.. I think I can officially say that Ethan's first words beyond Mamma and Dadda... is fire and hot.  Every morning - the first thing Ethan wants to do is build a fire... So he and I do.  He brings me the wood and the paper and then he puts his hand straight up in the air and goes hummmm (that means... hey Mom the matches are up there... let's use um).  Then I light the fire and he blows on it and goes hot, hot.  Not sure if I am the wisest person for teaching him how to build a fire, but it is good bonding time!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The End of a Long Day

Tonight we hosted our bi-annual Bible Study dinner... our last Bible study of the semester!  Time has gone quickly..... It was a busy day getting ready for the dinner - cooking for around 20 people takes planning and thinking ahead... just a little bit. We had a turkey and all the trimmings... with a scope of apple crisp and vanilla ice cream to wash it down...  There was enough food... with some to spare and it was a great time.  Lots of laughs, lots of noise, lots of lots!  I had several of my Bible Study girls come up to help cook the meal and they were a complete delight... so helpful!  They even took the time to wash all the dishes.  Ethan had a delightful time and is sleeping peacefully as I type... completely worn out from all his showing off... believe me he is learning how to work a crowd!  Just look at the picture below... a total ham... a friend once said... "God will not call you to a ministry and not call your children..." Ethan has definitely been called... he is a blessing and just a whole lot of fun... too!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Who Does Ethan Look Like?

Here is a picture of Micah as a baby.

Christa...

Ethan Cade.... (So Diane... what do you think?)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Time Marches On...




There are only a couple more weeks of school... and then the Christmas Vacation!  Micah and I are looking forward to that!  We had our one weekend off of the month this weekend and so we have all been enjoying each other and being outside... Ethan is convinced that he should be allowed to live outside... I try to convince him that it is cold, but he is not sure about that!

Here are some fun pictures of Ethan that Micah took today.  I think he is such a handsome boy!  I love him!  Hard to believe he is already 14 months... he is so fun to be around.  No words yet (besides Mama and Dada), but he signs for just about everything and it is fun to watch him pick up new signs everyday.  I am sure the words will come before we know it! 
So time marches on... and I am just thankful for life and freedom... today!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The View out my Window... and my Daily Reminder!


I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from?  My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot slip - He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.  The LORD watches over you - the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.  The LORD will keep you from all harm - He will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (Ps 121)

Getting to Be Mom


Working full-time, but getting to be mom full-time can make for a very busy life!  I am thankful for my job... thankful I can work from home... thankful I can spend my days watching my little boy grow up - I truly would not want to do it any other way!  I am thankful... but I do get tired... like all moms... I am sure.  I have been trying to schedule all my one-on-ones and meetings in one week so that the next week will be lighter... so I can be JUST mom!  I can tell sometimes that he gets jealous of the computer or of my divided attention!  So this week - I am his!  It has been fun (so far and it is only Tuesday).   

When he wakes up from his morning nap, we are headed to the doctors - to check out his ear.  I am pretty sure it is not infected, but the "helpful" nurse told me there was NOTHING I could do at home, but I HAD to bring him in.  What happened to the good ole days where there was NO doctor... hum.  Seems kinda weird that there is NOTHING I can do to prevent my son from getting an ear infection, but you know... nurses know all.. I guess.  We will make it a fun day together.. the park? lunch out? and just some little shopping... I love my son and it will be fun!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Harvest Party....





Last night we joined the student body for a rip-roaring Harvest party...  They all came dressed hill-billy/redneck - it was too funny!  I will post some pics of the students next time (I don't have very good pics of them, but I am sure Micah does).  We dressed Ethan up (and Micah dressed up too... take note of the cute pic of him) - Ethan was having a hard time walking in his too large cowboy boots ... hence the sad face (I just had to include it!).  For dinner we had roasted pig, cold slaw,  creamed corn, baked beans and pie.. yum! We had crazy  games, an egg toss, pumpkin carving, and bobbing for apples.  We carved a pig.. in honor of Lula-Belle... the pig who ... well.. you know.  Lots of laughs and good times!  Happy Fall time!