Those who plant in tears will harvest SHOUTS OF JOY. They weep as they plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the HARVEST.

Psalm 126:5-6

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Praising Him

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram's horn- shout for joy before the Lord,
the King. Psalm 98:4-6

Just a quick little Praise to the Lord. Our oldest daughter Emily has been taking guitar for about a year now and has really blessed the family by playing praise and worship for us during our devotions. With the new semester beginning I knew that we would have to take a break due to unexpected vehicle expenses over the summer. I fought in my mind about it but knew that the lord wanted us to be good stewards with our money and this was an area that we needed to let go. I talked with Emily and she was very mature and said she understood. I told her that if she continued to work at home then next semester we could put her back in. Well she went to guitar and told her teacher she would not coming for the next semester. She told him that she would return in the winter. I am sure he knew it was for financial reasons. He gave her a letter and told her to fill it out and bring it back. This letter was for a scholarship that they give to help with tuition. I was a little reluctant at first. We filled out the paper work and expressed to them that either way we would be back next semester. I had just told her today that I had not heard any news and to not be disappointed. She said, " Mom I know I will be alright." Well later today we got an e-mail that stated she would be receiving the scholarship. PRAISE THE LORD! I never see excitement in Emily and when I told her the news today she couldn't contain herself. I love how the Lord has blessed this faithful servant of His. This was a blessing for Emily not for Momma. Thank you Lord for showing me how much you care about my children. ( Well really YOUR children)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Back to School

It is back to school for the Jensen household. We officially started back to school yesterday. The girls were excited and stayed focused most of the time. Mommy did o.k. too. I always forget how much work it is to teach a little one how to read. I enjoy seeing them sound out their first words and see how excited they are when they read their first book but until they get to that point there is a lot of patience that is required. I am beginning to teach the five year old her vowels right now and she is learning very quickly but she thinks she should be able to read right now. Patience and perseverance that is what the Lord is showing me right now. Well today is another beautiful day and I pray we have as good of a day today as we did yesterday. I am off now to school the children.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Wise Words

O.k. it is official I am getting older. Today while I was in the bathroom combing my hair guess what I found? Yep you guessed it a big ugly GREY hair. I couldn't believe it. I stood there for about five minutes with my face jammed in the mirror to make sure I wasn't just seeing a glare because of the lighting. nope there was no glare there was just one lone grey hair sticking out of my head.

So on my way to the grocery store I called my husband to tell him what I had found. He didn't have much to say as i don't think it affects men the way it does us women. My oldest daughter was with me and she just simply said, " Just remember what you always tell me it is just your next season in life." Such WISE words Emily.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

End of Summer

I can't believe how long it has been since I last posted. I try to keep my children busy at home and with each other and not a mom who is always running from here to there. Well these last two weeks I have been the mom that is running all the time. I really am only doing one activity but with three children involved it seems to take up a big part of my day. This activity that we are doing is swim lessons which all of my children are enjoying because this means they get to be at the pool everyday. We have two days left and I am burnt out. I am also trying to get all of my schooling figured out for this year. I am doing a new History this year called Truth Quest History. I love it and am really enjoying doing the research on what books the kids will be reading. So far I have all my books for early exploration through Columbus this I will be doing with the younger children. The older children will be studying Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. I have only gotten through the life of the Ancient Egyptians and mummies and pyramids so far. This is very interesting material that the girls will be studying this year. We are all really excited. The main focus the girls will be looking for is "Who is God? " and "Who, then, is mankind?" They will then look at the Egyptians life style and belief and try to figure out how the Egyptians would have answered these two main questions. This will help them as they study History how different civilizations viewed these two important questions in life. I think it will be a pretty interesting and thought provoking school year for all of us.