Oh, the prayers of a child

Sarah loves to say the prayer before we eat.  Typically she gives her standard prayer.

Thank you God for this wonderful food and thank you God for everything.  Amen

Sometimes she adds more like “help Daddy’s neck feel better” or “let the boys not fight so much”.

And then there are those days when she feels she needs to make a statement.

Thank you God for this wonderful food and let Mommy not be so mean when she has to ground me.  Amen

Followed with the eye looking in my direction to see if I was listening and if I’m going to respond.

This day she had just gotten in trouble and did not appreciate the talkin’ to she had received. I’m not sure where she got the grounding part since that had not been mentioned and she has never been grounded. Of course, her brother has seen his share of grounding and I guess she has taken notice.

But I guess all hard feelings had been dissolved by supper the next night when she thanked God for letting my knee feel better.

Living thru faith,



Songs of Praise

“Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. 

For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Praise the Lord.”

Psalm 117

We spent last week on a unexpected vacation to Louisiana, at least that is what it turned out to be.  My grandmother had to have some unexpected surgery and everything worked out for us to head on down.  And we had quite a bit to work out in order to make the 800+ trek home….

It just so happened that the kids were out of school for Fall Break, so I didn’t have to worry about them missing school.  Well, almost.  Matt has a class he takes at the local university for college/high school credit and he was going to have to miss a whole week of classes.  Matt contacted his professor and, thankfully, he was very understanding and cooperative.  Matt just had to make sure he still completed the work.

As usual, Matt had baseball games scheduled for the weekend.  In order for us to see Nan before the surgery he would have to miss all of them, including one we already knew a college coach would be attending to watch him pitch.  Baseball is very important to Matt and we try to honor that as much as we can given the large amount of time and money playing sports requires these days.  As we were discussing our different options of who goes, when we go, and how we get there, I pointed out to Matt that if he went before the surgery to see her he would miss the game on Sunday.  Without hesitation he looked at me and said in that matter-of-fact-“Are you an idiot?” teenager tone, “Well, you know there are some things that are more important.” [insert proud momma sigh] So that ended all discussions of me going down alone or with just two of the kids.

I really didn’t want to make the trip by myself this time, but that meant Brian would have to take off work and he doesn’t have a whole lot of vacation time, especially considering his yearly trip to England for his PhD work.  Added to that he is teaching a class on Monday nights this semester.  He managed to arrange for him to work on a project away from the office so he didn’t have to use up all of his vacation time and he was able to get someone to teach his class for him. Now the only thing left was to get someone to get the mail and feed the fish…

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. 

Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”

Psalm 143:8

We had a wonderful visit with Nan on Sunday and were able to visit with my parents, as well.  We all enjoyed a few hours of sharing and visiting and laughing.

Her surgery was early Monday morning and she came through it beautifully.  All the pathology reports come back clear, praise the Lord!  We are waiting word now to see if she will have to go through radiation treatments.  At first, the doctor said 7 weeks of daily (weekday) treatments.  However, now he says there is a possibility she will not have to have them all!

Either way, we are so thankful for how well things turned out and for the chance to visit with so many of our family.  The week turned out to be like a mini-family reunion is many ways!


“Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 

Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. 

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” 

Psalm 105

Living thru faith,


Summer Fun with the Cousins

I’m still working through pictures from this summer and found these from when I took the kids to Louisiana and Mississippi to see family and leave the boys with their grandparents for a few weeks.

This was the first summer I was able to go and take Sarah, too, since I had been working since we moved.   I was a little anxious about taking 3 crazy kids over 800 miles away by myself, but we all managed to survive with most of our sanity in tack.

Even though they only get to see their cousins a couple times a year, they always have such a wonderful time.

They just seem to pick up where they left off.

They spent a lot of time swimming in Mississippi and then quite a bit of time mowing in Louisiana. They were beaten up, jumped on, and sat on by Cole and Luke, they played Phase 10 and compared cannon balls in the pool with Samantha, they mowed and then mowed some more, and they ate lots of fish and ribs.  Overall, they had a blast and didn’t want to come home…as usual.

Living thru faith,






Keeneland Pics

Ok, I am catching up a little bit on some pictures so you will have to bare with me since these are from all the way back in the summer!

Brian’s parents brought the boys back home after staying a few weeks in Louisiana and while they were here we decided to take a trip to Lexington to visit Keeneland.  We are not necessarily racing fans and do not gamble, but the location itself is beautiful.  I’m told that the best time to go is their morning breakfasts sometime in the fall when you get to see the horses warming up on the track.

None of the horses were there, but it was a beautiful day to walk around and see the grounds.

And it was nice spending the time together.

Living thru faith,


Wecome to my new site!

Well, I’ve finally made the move…

from livingthrufaith.blogspot.com to livingthrufaithblog.wordpress.com

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do when I ran out of free memory with Blogger and then I got sidelined with trying to figure out the whole homeschool schedule thing (that’s a post for a different day).  I’m still trying to figure out the ins and outs of WordPress verses Blogger, but I’m getting there.

I’m even learning how to add pictures!

Sarah created a tent on our bed to lay in and watch her show.

Hopefully, I can get back in the swing of posting again on a regular basis because I really do miss sharing with you all.

Living thru faith,