Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Van Crash Details

I realize I may not have given the details of what was happening inside the van. The post I wrote Monday night was from my perspective. So here are the details from the perspective of the children. (unedited)

Mom: "Tell me what happened yesterday with the van incident?"
Mary: "We were just playing in the van and Jacob had gotten out from the drivers seat to go do something, I'm not sure what. Abram was in the drivers seat banging on everything. Chloe was in the passengers seat when somehow the van got into neutral without Abram having the keys in it or pushing on the brake at all. Abigail was on the roof and I was on the back of the van and it started to roll down the hill. Abi and I quick jumped off the van because we didn't want to get run over or slip and fall and get hurt. We started to try to pull the van back by the side door, which was open but it was too late. It had already gained too much momentum and it crashed into the neighbors arborvitae (I got that from mom - the arborvitae part, otherwise I would just call it the evergreens)."

Mom: "Tell me what happened yesterday with the van incident?"
Jacob: "I ran to get something from the van. I found Mary playing driver and everyone else playing 'Spirit of Adventure'. I said, 'can I be driver?' And Mary said, 'sure'. Then Abram said, 'can I be driver?' so I let him be driver. Then I sat back in one of the back seats and he started banging on the controls. Before I knew what was happening the van was going backwards. I jumped out and started pushing and for a split second I was keeping it back but then it got going and I could not hold it any longer. Then it started going faster and Mama came out with a panicked look on her face and started chasing the van but it was too late. CRASH! The van smashed down a tree but I am thankful the tree caught it before it hit the garage. Next a lady called the police and soon a cop came. Meanwhile, the lady next door, opened her shades wondering if it would be a sunny day. Then she saw a van tearing down the hill with kids attempting to push it back up. Then that's basically it."

Mom: "Tell me what happened yesterday with the van incident?"
Abi: "I went out to the van to get a fan that I had out there. Jacob came out to get something else, I'm not sure what. So I got my fan and was going to go back in when Mary came out. I don't know what she was doing. Mary had Chloe and Jacob said, "let's pretend this is the fun bus." And he sat in the drivers seat and I was in the passengers seat. Mary said, 'I want to go on the roof.' I said, 'good idea I want to go on too." I climbed out and onto the roof. Then I could hear Jacob climb out of the drivers seat and Abram climbed in. Somehow Chloe ended up in the passenger seat. Well all of a sudden the van started to move. And right when I felt the van move I jumped off the roof and Mary jumped off the back. I started to grab onto the van and I heard Abram and Chloe laughing. The van just tore down and mom came racing out. I grabbed the side and mom came out and we all grabbed the side and tried to stop it but it was no use. Then Mrs. R. came out. Then Mr. R. came out and then I started to cry because the van banged into a bush of the neighbors. Then another neighbor came by and called the police and a few minutes later then police came and asked the lady around the corner her name and us our names. He asked who was in the van when it happened and I said Chloe and mom said Abram. Then daddy came home and I saw the back of the van was bashed up and the window broke out and the police said that it would be a lot of money, like $2,000 worth of damage. Then Jacob said, 'do you think the police man would like to play basketball?' and we went inside and Jacob wondered if policemen like quarters because maybe he could give him a quarter if he played basketball with him. Jacob asked me if I wanted to play Monopoly or Sorry and I said, 'no way.' Then that was it - so the end"

Mom: "Tell me what happened yesterday with the van incident?"
Baruch: "Well we were just playing and saying it was the fun bus and then Abram was pushing the bars beside the steering wheel. And the van just started to roll because that's what puts it into neutral so it just started to roll and Abram said he couldn't jump out because he was too afraid and Chloe just stayed in the front seat, just sat there. So it rolled with Abram and Chloe it in. I jumped out when I saw Abi jump. You know, I didn't know what to do, so I just did what Abi did. Then it rolled right into the trees behind. It was neat to watch the van just crunch into the tree. It was neat to see the tree just crunch to pieces."

Mom: "Tell me what happened yesterday when you were playing in the van."
Abram: "Um Chloe was in the passengers seat and I was in the drivers seat and you know those sticks sticking out of the driver's license thing. I was moving those sticks up and down. I don't know what happened to the van, it just started rolling. So that's really the end of it. Oh and You drove it back up the hill.

M: "Was that really the end of it?"
A: "Actually no, When it was rolling down the hill all the kids were trying to get it back up the hill." pause, I could really see him thinking. "How do you think it got from the left side of the street to the right side of the street."
M: "That is just the way it rolled."

M: "So were the kids succesful?
A: "No and a police officer came and he just took care of us."

M: "How did he take care of us?"
A: "He helped by the van and took pictures of the back of the van. He wrote down my name and the driver's license. He wrote down me and Chloe's names and then he went and talked to Mrs. R. Then he left for a little bit, then he came back, then he left and that is really the end of it. Can I be dismissed mama because nothing else really happened so can I go play mama?"

Mom: "Do you have anything to be thankful for?"
Mary: "Yeah, nobody got run over or anything. And I'm thankful the doors were locked up front so that Abram and Chloe didn't fall out.

Mom: "Do you have anything to be thankful for?"
Jacob: "That nobody got hurt, and nobody got crushed. And that the tree didn't hit the garage."

Mom: "Do you have anything to be thankful for?"
Abi: "That I'm not hurt."

Mom: "Do you have anything to be thankful for?"
Baruch: "That nobody died, got hurt, broke a leg, got long term damage or brain damage."

Mom: "Do you have anything to be thankful for?"
Abram: "That the doors were locked so me and Chloe didn't fall out and that all the trees didn't break, and that the whole van didn't break."

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Baruch's Big Catch

Jacob is not my only son with cat like reflexes! Yesterday was a big day for Baruch! He caught this house sparrow coming out of a nesting box we have in the back yard. Yep! bare handed. He was disappointed he couldn't keep it in captivity longer. Charley (the bird) was not disappointed in the least!

Oh yes and why catch a bird and not let it get loose in the house :-)

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Protective Hand of God

It was a nice morning. The air crisp and fresh. Jacob ran an errand out to the van to retrieve a water jug. Abram joined him and from the kitchen window I could see them playing "bus" or "traveler" in the van. Before long all the children were playing together. I finished journaling my breakfast and was heading to the dining room when the atmosphere changed. Screams from outside sent me into a panic and I rushed out the back door. The van was rolling backward, picking up speed as it went. Children were screaming and running. Abram and Chloe were like a little married couple in the front seats of the van laughing away. Weeeee a fun ride for them! I sprinted after them - to do what I don't know. By the time I caught up with the van it was about to cross an intersection (of sorts, a T in the road). I found the doors locked. I thought I might be able to jump in, bionic woman fashion, and press the brakes. Looking back I am thankful the doors were locked, otherwise Chloe may have fallen out in my effort to get in. SMACK! the van crashed into an arborvitae, knocking it down completely. I crumpled on the spot, knees knocking, frog in my throat. Even now as I type I thank the Lord for each child. Amazingly no one was hurt.

In the picture below look way behind the van for the row of arborvitae

Imagine the van rolling closer to those tall treelike bushes.

Amazingly no cars were coming from the right

or the left of this fairly busy street

The van skipped up the curb and came to an abrupt stop here.

notice the branch - it went straight through the bumper

Thank you Father God for showing mercy on me and my children. Thank you, no other vehicle was involved in this accident. Thank you my God and my refuge!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Perpetual Motion

The days are still blurring together. Perpetual motion is the best description for life here! Below are some photos - a small sampling of what we have been up to.

Chloe - going nowhere fast!

Baruch and Chloe listen to Winne the Pooh by A. A. Milne on playaway. We found this at the library. It is an entire book on a little MP3 player. You provide battery and earphones.

Mary practicing for May's recital

Baruch, Pa and Jacob

Bed time story

Rocking Time

A visit from the Great Grandma. Jacob said "I really like having great grandma here. It's like having a living proverb around. I mean you know, she's 92 and so wise. Like when she told us what she learned about not taking some things lightly and making a joke of them."

(not sure why this one came up so small)

Meusli for dessert!
Baruch, Drew and Abram

Saturday, April 24, 2010

New Blog - Go Weigh Down

I am starting a new blog to help me maintain a healthy weight. Click HERE to to join me in the journey.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Legacy of the Brave

One of my good friends, Deborah, from years gone by just finished authoring a historical fiction book set in World War II.  I just ordered the book and wanted to pass on order information. !

Monday, April 19, 2010

So Sad

This is what happens when someone says "no" to Chloe.  I know it is hard to believe we tell her "no", but we do want a nicely fermented child, no spoiling if you get the connection :-)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bathroom Update #5

Don't let the title of this post throw you.  Spring is in the air and the chickens stink.  Literally stink.  The free range cage we currently have is difficult to pull up to the garage each night where their coon proof coop is.  Drew opted to use the frame of their old free range cage, modify it, add to it, and come up with an improved free range cage.  He got a lot of ideas from My Pet Chicken's site.  He ended up not purchasing plans from them as he wanted to utilize the frame of the old cage.  The new one will have a coon proof roosting area built in so we don't have to wheel it up to the garage each night.  I am so thankful he enjoys building.  I think he is an amazing carpenter!

Stay tuned for finished free range project photo's in Bathroom Update #6 ;)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Abram and Chloe

Last weekend we took a short walk.  Well I was walking.  Some of the kids were riding a variety of wheeled items.  Anyway Abram hurt his two so ended up riding with Chloe in the stroller.  It was so precious to see Chloe's sympathy.

Chloe pointing to where the ouchie would have been, had it been on her foot.
Both Abram and Chloe lean over to examine the cut.
Chloe offers a sympathetic hug.
Abram reciprocates!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Midnight Madness

It is the middle of the night.  The air is still.  I haven't been sleeping intermittently.  I heard some commotion in the girls room.  Upon investigation I found Mary curled up inside Chloe's bed with her!  Poor little Chloe barely had room with Mary's big body in there.  I got her into her bed and then thought I better take her potty.  When I asked her why she had been in Chloe's play pen she responded, "I was tired."  "Yes Mary, but why did you go in the playpen?"  I asked.  "It seemed a nicer place than up there," she said very seriously.  I am still cracking up.  I put a fan in our window before coming downstairs.  Maybe it's cooled down enough to sleep.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Blurring Together

The days are running together in a big blur.

Bike Rides with Friends

Planning a fire escape route at the city expo

Visit from Pa and Grandma

Important phone calls

Bed Time Stories

Yard Work

Friday, April 09, 2010

Happy Harmonica Playing

Whoops,  I meant to put a picture with yesterdays post.  

One of the lessons informed Cob if a song was going to be performed it should be practiced 50 times.  He has several ready for performance!  If I can upload a video of one I will do it.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Free Harmonica Lessons

We are on a trial run for wireless internet and loving it.  Such a huge blessing to be able to get a phone call and have the email up.  Cob has been wanting to do on line harmonica lessons for some time.  He was afforded the opportunity yesterday.  He finished the lessons on Jack Mearl's site today!  We tried a lot of other sites but this one seemed to work best for him.  He read through the lesson, practiced the songs and in my opinion is experiencing immediate improvements!  

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The Ultimate Meaning of True Womanhood

If you are interested in listening to this message here is the link for the audio download.  Isn't it wonderful that John Piper gives free access to all his sermons!  I found this article very encouraging. 

The Ultimate Meaning of True Womanhood

2008 True Woman Conference

Chicago, IL

By John PiperOctober 9, 2008


My aim in this message is to clarify from God’s word the ultimate meaning of true womanhood, and to motivate you, by God’s grace, to embrace it as your highest calling. What I will say is foundational to the “True Woman Manifesto” which I regard as a faithful, clear, true, and wise document.

The Opposite of a Wimpy Woman

I would like to begin by stating one huge assumption that I bring to this task tonight. I mention it partly because it may give you an emotional sense of what I hope you become because of this conference. And I mention it partly because it explains why I minister the way I do and why this message sounds the way it does.

My assumption is that wimpy theology makes wimpy women. And I don’t like wimpy women. I didn’t marry a wimpy woman. And with Noël, I am trying to raise my daughter Talitha, who turns 13 on Saturday, not to be a wimpy woman.

Marie Durant

The opposite of a wimpy woman is not a brash, pushy, loud, controlling, sassy, uppity, arrogant Amazon. The opposite of a wimpy woman is 14-year-old Marie Durant, a French Christian in the 17th century who was arrested for being a Protestant and told she could be released if she said one phrase: “I abjure.” Instead, wrote on the wall of her cell, “Resist,” and stayed there 38 years until she died, doing just that (Karl Olsson, Passion,  [New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1963], 116-117).

Gladys and Esther Staines

The opposite of a wimpy woman is Gladys Staines who in 1999, after serving with her husband Graham in India for three decades learned that he and their two sons, Phillip (10) and Timothy (6), had been set on fire and burned alive by the very people they had served for 34 years, said, “I have only one message for the people of India. I’m not bitter. Neither am I angry. Let us burn hatred and spread the flame of Christ’s love.”

The opposite of a wimpy woman is her 13-year-old daughter Esther (rightly named!) who said, when asked how she felt about her father’s murder, “I praise the Lord that He found my father worthy to die for Him.”

Krista and Vicki

The opposite of a wimpy woman is Krista and Vicki who between them have had over 65 surgeries because of so-called birth defects, Apert Syndrome and Hypertelorism, and who testify today through huge challenges, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well”; and this: “Even though my life has been difficult, I know that God loves me and created me just the way I am. He has taught me to persevere and to trust Him more than anything.”

Joni Eareckson Tada

The opposite of a wimpy woman is Joni Eareckson Tada who has spent the last 41 years in a wheel chair, and prays, “Oh, thank you, thank you for this wheel chair! By tasting hell in this life, I’ve been driven to think seriously about what faces me in the next. This paralysis is my greatest mercy” (Christianity Today, January, 2004, 50).


The opposite of a wimpy woman is Suzie who lost her husband four years ago at age 59, found breast cancer three months later, then lost her mom and writes, “Now I see that I have been crying for the wrong kind of help. I now see, that my worst suffering is my sin—my sin of self-centeredness and self-pity. . . . I know that with His grace, his lovingkindess, and his merciful help, my thoughts can be reformed and my life conformed to be more like His Son.”

Wimpy Theology Makes Wimpy Women

Wimpy theology makes wimpy women. That’s my assumption that I bring to this evening. Wimpy theology simply does not give a woman a God that is big enough, strong enough, wise enough, and good enough to handle the realities of life in away that magnifies the infinite worth of Jesus Christ. Wimpy theology is plagued by woman-centeredness and man-centeredness. Wimpy theology doesn’t have the granite foundation of God’s sovereignty or the solid steel structure of a great God-centered purpose for all things.

The Ultimate Purpose for the Universe

So I turn to my to my main point, the ultimate meaning of true womanhood, and start by stating this great God-centered purpose of all things: God’s ultimate purpose for the universe and for all of history and for your life is to display the glory of Christ in its highest expression, namely, in his dying to make a rebellious people his everlasting and supremely happy bride. To say it another way, God’s ultimate purpose in creating the world and choosing to let it become the sin-wracked world that it is, is so that the greatness of the glory of Christ could be put on display at Calvary where he bought his rebellious bride at the cost of his life.

I base this statement of God’s ultimate purpose on several texts. For example, Revelation 13:8 where John refers to God’s writing names “before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.” So in God’s mind Christ was already slain before the creation of the world. This was his plan from the beginning. Why?

Because in being slain “to make a wretch his treasure”—to make a rebel his bride—the glory of his grace would shine most brightly, and that was his ultimate purpose according toEphesians 1:4-6, “In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ . . . to the praise of the glory of his grace.

The Glory of Christ at the Cross

From the very beginning, God’s design in creating the universe and governing it the way he does has been to put the glory of his grace on display in the death of his Son for the sake of his bride. “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her . . . . that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27). The ultimate purpose of creation and redemption is to put the glory of Christ on display in purchasing and purifying his bride, the church.

True Womanhood: At the Center of God’s Purpose

Now where does this take us in regard to the ultimate meaning of true womanhood? It does not take us to wimpy theology or wimpy women. It is not wimpy to say that God created the universe and governs all things to magnify his own grace in the death of his Son for the salvation of his bride. That’s not wimpy. And it doesn’t lead to wimpy womanhood.

But it does lead to womanhood. True womanhood. In fact, it leads to the mind-boggling truth that womanhood and manhood—masculinity and femininity—belong at the center of God’s ultimate purpose. Womanhood and manhood were not an afterthought or a peripheral thought in God’s plan. God designed them precisely so that they would serve to display the glory of his Son dying to have his happy, admiring bride.

Created to Display Jesus’ Glory

Genesis 1:27 says, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking God created us this way, and then later when Christ came to do his saving work, God looked around and said, “Well, that’s a good analogy, man and woman. I’ll describe my Son’s salvation with that. I’ll say it’s like a husband dying to save his bride.”

It didn’t happen like that. God did not look around and findmanhood and womanhood to be a helpful comparison to his Son’s relation to the church. He created us as male and female precisely so that we could display the glory of his Son. Our sexuality is designed for the glory of the Son of God—especially the glory of his dying to have his admiring bride.

In Ephesians 5:31, Paul quotes Genesis 2:24, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” And then he adds this, “This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” In other words, from the beginning, manhood and womanhood were designed to display the glory of Christ in his relationship to the church, his bride.

A Distinctive Calling to Display the Glory of Christ

In other words, the ultimate meaning of true womanhood is this: It is a distinctive calling of God to display the glory of his Son in ways that would not be displayed if there were no womanhood. If there were only generic persons and not male and female, the glory of Christ would be diminished in the world. When God described the glorious work of his Son as the sacrifice of a husband for his bride, he was telling us why he made us male and female. He made us this way so that our maleness and femaleness would display more fully the glory of his Son in relation to his blood-bought bride.

This means that if you try to reduce womanhood to physical features and biological functions, and then determine your role in the world merely on the basis of competencies, you don’t just miss the point of womanhood, you diminish the glory of Christ in your own life. True womanhood is indispensable in God’s purpose to display the fullness of the glory of his Son. Your distinctive female personhood is not incidental. It exists because of its God-designed relationship to the central event of history, the death of the Son of God.

So let me say a word about what that looks like if you are married and if you are single.

A Word to the Married

First, a word to the married. Paul says in Ephesians 5:22-24, “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.”

The point here is that marriage is meant to display the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church. And the way it does this is by men being men and women being women in marriage. These are no more interchangeable than Christ is interchangeable with the church. Men take their cues from Christ as the head, and women take their cues from what the church is called to be in her allegiance to Christ. This is described by Paul in terms of headship and submission. Here are my definitions of headship and submission based on this text:

  • Headship is the divine calling of a husband to take primary responsibility for Christ-like, servant leadership, protection, and provision in the home.
  • Submission is the divine calling of a wife to honor and affirm her husband’s leadership and help carry it through according to her gifts.

The point here is not to go into detail about how this gets worked out from marriage to marriage. The point is that these two, headship and submission, are different. They correspond to true manhood and true womanhood, which are different. And these differences are absolutely essential by God’s design, so that marriage will display, as in a mirror dimly, something of the glory of the sacrificial love of Christ for his bride and the lavish reverence and admiration of the bride for her husband.

I know this leaves a hundred questions unanswered—about unbelieving husbands, and believing husbands who don’t take spiritual leadership, and wives who resist their husbands’ leadership, and those who receive it but don’t affirm it. But if you—you married women—embrace the truth that your womanhood, true womanhood, is uniquely and indispensably created by God to display the glory of his Son in the way you relate to your husband, you will have calling of infinite significance.

But what if you aren’t married?

A Word to Singles

The apostle Paul clearly loved his singleness because of the radical freedom for ministry that it gave him (1 Corinthians 7:32-38). One of the reasons he was free to celebrate his singleness and call others to join him in it, is that, even though marriage is meant to display the glory of Christ, there are truths about Christ and his kingdom that shine more clearly through singleness than through marriage. I’ll give you three examples:

1) A life of Christ-exalting singleness bears witness that the family of God grows not by propagation through sexual intercourse, but by regeneration through faith in Christ. If you never marry, and if you embrace a lifetime of chastity and biological childlessness, and if you receive this from the Lord’s hand as a gift with contentment, and if you gather to yourself the needy and the lonely, and spend yourself for the gospel without self-pity, because Christ has met your need, then he will be mightily glorified in your life, and particularly so because you are a woman.

2) A life of Christ-exalting singleness bears witness that relationships in Christ are more permanent, and more precious, than relationships in families. The single woman who turns away from regretting the absence of her own family, and gives herself to creating God’s family in the church, will find the flowering of her womanhood in ways she never dreamed, and Christ will be uniquely honored because of it.

3) A life of Christ-exalting singleness bears witness that marriage is temporary, and finally gives way to the relationship to which it was pointing all along: Christ and the church—the way a picture is no longer needed when you see face to face. Marriage is a beautiful thing. But it is not the main thing. If it were, Jesus would not have said, “In the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven” (Matthew 22:30). Single womanhood, content to walk with Christ, is a great witness that he is a better husband than any man, and in the end, will be the only husband in the universe.

In other words, true womanhood can flourish in marriage and singleness.

True Womanhood for the Glory of Christ

I commend to you this truth: The ultimate purpose of God in history is the display of the glory of his Son in dying for his bride. God has created man as male and female because there are aspects of Christ’s glory which would not be known if they were not reflected in the complementary differences of manhood and womanhood. Therefore, true womanhood is a distinctive calling of God to display the glory of his Son in ways that would not be displayed if there were no womanhood.

Married womanhood has its unique potential for magnifying Christ that single womanhood does not have. Single womanhood has its unique potential for magnifying Christ which married womanhood does not have.

So whether you marry or remain single, do not settle for a wimpy theology. It is beneath you. God is too great. Christ is too glorious. True womanhood is too strategic. Don’t waste it. Your womanhood—your true womanhood—was made for the glory of Jesus Christ.

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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Resurrection Day Slideshow

We just got home from a fine day with Bill, Mary and family!

For the Joy Set Before Him!

The Lord is ALIVE!  My Savior LIVES!  I am so thankful for His patient work in me.  I have not been walking in these truths much the past few days.  Unfortunately I succumb to self pity far too easily.  I am so thankful that God sent Jesus; that Jesus did not succumb to self pity, but rather endured the cross!  And is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

I have been thinking a lot about Hebrews Chapter 12, the first three verses:

1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

How wonderfully amazing.  Jesus had joy set before Him.  He could see past the torture, humiliation, ridicule and death to the glory of God the Father.  This truth encourages me to set the joy of walking in the Spirit on this earth, the joy of knowing God more fully through His Word, the joy of one day being like Jesus and with the Father forever in heaven, before me.  With these kinds of promises how can I grow weary and lose heart?

Happy Resurrection Day!

Fixing my eyes on Jesus,

Friday, April 02, 2010

Flexing the Schedule

Yesterday we had such a nice "school" morning!  The schedule I made last September is Almost obsolete with Chloe's growing up.  She no longer takes a morning nap so we lost that ease of schooling time.  She has also learned to climb out of her playpen which makes her quiet time a bit shorter.  Ah!  but with the nice weather the world of the outdoors (or door to the back yard) has opened and I am taking advantage!

Here is Chloe playing on the gated front porch where she can't disturb Baruch and Abram's mat time.  She was so precious sitting on the swing "reading" her books!

As I dictated words and phrases for Abi's spelling I worked on increasing the ever short supply of sharpened pencils!

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