What is Christmas?
by Hannah and Luke Ross
Giving hope to people
Celebrating Jesus' birth
A cup of hot cocoa
All wrapped up in snow
Freshly baked cookies
A big family reunion
Fun of new gifts
A sweet candy cane
Singing Christmas carols
The train going around the tree
Putting ornaments on the tree
The smiles of children
The love of God
Thursday, December 20, 2012
What is Christmas?
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Friday, November 9, 2012
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Friday, September 7, 2012
Well, most parents cry when their little ones go off to school, especially if it is for the first time. I cry every year when my kids go back to school, cause I am the teacher. (Just kidding, homeschooling humor there).
I have to say that this year school caught me totally by surprise. Summer was very different than what we thought it might be and so I could not handle even the thought of school, or September, fall and cool weather either. So today we put our noses to the grind stone and got physically ready for school.
Oh, wait, this was supposed to be about school, and our life and such. Okay so we got everything ready physically and we are getting ready mentally (I have been warning the children for a week now that school would be starting). What are we doing spiritually to be ready though?
I have thought a bit about some scripture I want us all to memorize during our school year. And I have landed on 2 different ones. The Lord's Prayer and the Beatitudes. The Lords' Prayer is a classic and something I think everyone should know, but I pray we can dive deeper into the meanings of the phrases, the meat of Jesus' instructions to us on how to pray. We take it too lightly and it is our example for every prayer, it has food for our souls.
The Beatitudes, or Sermon on the Mount, is like God's little instruction book for a Christian's life. Consider this quote from Martyn Lloyd-Jones: If only all of us were living the Sermon on the Mount, men would know that there is dynamic in the Christian gospel; they would know that this is a live thing; they would not go looking for anything else.
The word of God is living, it is active, it is sustaining, it is instruction and comfort and hope and help and healing and changing and life; real life. If my children learn nothing else this year, I would pray that they learn this; God is enough, he is everything, he wants all of us, he spoke truth in the Bible, he is the only way to be ready for real life.
Here we go!
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Monday, January 2, 2012
Okay, Christmas is long over and we have all settled into the long, yet weird, winter blues. Looking back brings me some sweet memories and some profound thoughts.
We took a lot of time, two days almost, to sweeten up for Christmas. You know, sweet goes down much easier than sour.
It would be long lines, and high prices and extended family gatherings (think Chevy Chase) and whining children.
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Sunday, February 13, 2011
The winter this year has seemed especially cold and long. The cabin fever has caused a bit of craziness to happen around our house.
Luke's hair has gone completely out of control.
We have a 'pet' squirrel eating our suet.
And the bitter cold has even caused the hardiest superhero to faint.
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HJ and LA got for Christmas were their Super costumes. They wear them often and have made up an entire superhero land with characters and wonderful happenings. Of course, I think that my children are always super and they are learning about the power they have. You see, as children of God we all have super natural power. It is the power of Christ living inside us. We can overcome any obstacles within ourselves and in the world if we call on Jesus. The Bible says, "Greater is HE (Jesus) that is in me, than he (Satan) that is in the world." 1 John 4:4 Now, we have to live that way!
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Luke has been taking Karate lessons this year. There is nothing more fierce than eight 4 year old boys learning how to karate chop someone. Anyway, he is having a great time and learning discipline and useful life skills. The fierceness of Karate has not taken away his ability to ham it up as you can see in these pictures. Be afraid, be very afraid.
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Thursday, November 4, 2010
Our family vacation came in September this year and we all had a wonderful time. The cooler temperatures and less crowded attractions really made the trip more enjoyable. We spent a lot of time hiking, observing nature, playing and relaxing.
John made sure the week wasn't wasted and taught the kids everything he could about plants, animals, trees, stars and rocks. We even captured 2 catapillars in hopes the would turn to butterflies, but they did not. I truly count it a blessing to have the ability to get away for a while and enjoy the beauty God created without interuptions. We are so busy and so 'plugged in' all of the time that the simple things of life slip by. My children have grown so fast and so quickly that I find myself forgetting what they were like when they were little.
Life is a gift, one to be treasured and celebrated.
Posted by Andrea at 10:22 PM
On vacation this fall Hannah and Luke learned to fish. With their Papa at their side, they learn all the FUNdamentals and had a good time.
Too bad they didn't catch anything. Luke was pretty sad about that.
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