This and that.

Thank you, Benjamin Franklin, for creating the lending library!
I remember a veteran homeschooler saying, "All you need to educate your children is a Bible, a great math book, and a library card." And she was RIGHT!
We check out hundreds of books each year - for FREE - and when we are able, we purchase our favorites to add to our own personal library.
Our library card is worn down from constant use and our librarians know us by name.
Bibliophiles! UNITE! 📚

~~~ Dennis and four of his colleagues from Biola University are currently serving in Cambodia. They have created a strong relationship with a ministry called Asian Hope and the team looks forward to reuniting with the men and women of this ministry each year. Dennis and his peers spend each day training teachers and then spend their nights preparing presentations, lectures, and activities for the following day. They generally spend 12 hours teaching, prepping, and serving and then they are treated to delicious dinners by different hosts. One of D's favorite parts of the trip is when they are invited to someone's home because they are able to get a glimpse of Cambodian family life and culture. The hosts are incredibly gracious, sharing their personal stories of God's goodness and how He is working within the region. Dennis always leaves these families encouraged - and with increased faith. Someday we hope we can join him!

Anyone who knows me well knows that I prefer calm over chaos and cleanliness over messes. Order and efficiency bring me peace.
My children, however, are the opposite. They love to create, play, and destroy! And I have learned that I must let them.
A few days ago I walked into the family room to find this fort, which filled the entire room. I could see no one but could hear laughter through the linens.
Josiah, Isaiah, and Ellie played in their fort for hours! They made special snacks, read books, played games, and talked and laughed as if they have never disagreed on anything. I enjoyed listening to their frivolity, and the Lord used their joy to remind me that while 'order' is good and profitable (our God is a God of order, after all!), there is also a time to just BE - and ENJOY. Thank You, Lord, for such reminders!

When you have a loose tooth - a FRONT tooth - you usually wiggle it in an effort to make it fall out.
Ellie tried that very plan but found an easier and much quicker method.
While playing a game of Hide & Seek with her teenage brother, she hid behind a door, jumped out to scare him when he came seeking her, and in his surprise, he chucked the hardback book he was holding in his hand which landed squarely on her face and knocked her tooth out in one fell swoop. And yet - she smiles! #sisteroffivebrothers

~~~ In the past week, the Lord allowed me to spend time with two sisters in Christ, each of whom filled me up, encouraged me, and "stirred me up to love and good deeds." There are few things better than sweet fellowship within the body of Christ! One of my favorite things is that there is always something to learn from others. Age, background, race, education, personality, experiences ... all of these look different for every believer, and because they do, we have countless opportunities to glean wisdom and insight from them. We may be in different seasons of life, but we are never too old to learn - or mature!

~~~ Here is a wonderful quote to think on as you move into the weekend.
Jesus knows the worst about you. Nonetheless, He is the one who loves you most. - A. W. Tozer
I pray you believe this truth.
He created you.
He loves you.
He sent His Son to die for you.
You are "fearfully and wonderfully made," and His thoughts toward you outnumber the grains of sand scattered in the oceans.
He SEES you.
He KNOWS you.
And He WANTS you. ❤

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