Friday, June 28, 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Family according to Sari

Sari ( home just a year) has the sweetest spirit.  Several times a week I find notes from her that express the love she has ...the love that is deep and special to her for her family...It just makes me smile inside to hear her laugh, and to know she feels loved. She made this picture and wrote this note...then she taped it to our entrance hall wall for all to see. Just warms my heart.

Briggs family is here. Playing a game outside. They like to have fun together and do many things. They like to play sport and go strawberry, blueberry and cherry picking. They also like to do BIBLE together and family time. They enjoy watching tv and playing electronics. They have fun playing outside with each other and exploring new things. Each of the kids are different, but love spending time with each other and do the best to be a great family.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Our Rock Devotions - Encouraging Our Family Towards a Deeper Relationship with Jesus

Sunday nite I gave each child a rock to paint. This rock then lived with them for 24 hrs.. They had to feed it, care for it and nurture it. Each rock had their own name too...Interesting tonite when we gathered for Bible to go over what some of our rocks experienced : Some were lost for some part of the day. Some were dropped by accident many times because they had no pockets or special place to carry their rock, some were hidden in a blanket and the parent of that rock had a hard time finding him. One rock even went thru the washing machine by accident. Someone else took a rock that was not theirs. Someone gave their rock to someone else. Some fell where they should not have been. One rock reminded someone of their past. Some took naps with their parents and some played with others. Some even joked about their rocks...they thought it was funny. All of the rocks taught us some things.....

First we read from the Bible diff. expressions of the Rock in the Bible, like Peter being called the rock and Jesus was referred to as the rock. We also listened to some songs with the reference to a rock...then my reason for this whole exercise was to equate a message about our relationship with Jesus with the way we treated our rocks. When we have a real relationship with Jesus Christ we treat him many diff. ways like we pretended to our rocks....Actually all the kids, even some of my adult ones found it easy to take care of their rocks...It was a novelty and fun to do. I encouraged them to nurture their relationship with carry Him always, to not hide Him under anything so others can see Him, to always place Him in your heart pocket , to share with others your faith and His love, to protect your relationship by walking where you should and not into places of sin, and always take your relationship seriously...It is never a joking matter. Our faith requires us to nurture and to spend time in the Word and with others who encourage us towards Him. It was a fun exercise and we all learned some interesting things about our relationship with Jesus and how we treat that relationship. This devotion was appealing to our wide age span in our family so maybe it would helpful to yours since we have from adults down to 2 yrs old..

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Happy 14th- day of your birth- Josiah

Celebrated with steak and chicken on the grill, mac and cheese, salad and watermelon...followed by chocolate cake and ice what he wanted and what he got.

We were watching MK and Keith's kids Friday nite and Milo who has had some eating struggles finished his dinner in no time and ate a piece of cake and ice cream in 5 minutes....He has never liked sweets. Everyone was so excited for him.

Hanging with Josiah as he open his gifts. Happy Birthday Josiah !

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bubbles Bubbles Everywhere - at least for some

We had a bubble gum blowing contest on Fathers Day...Sari was pretty good at it to.

Mya kept at it as well

Selah had one of the biggest bubbles of the day.

Ava had these little squirts with her tries :) 

Judah ate his and was content to drive his car...

Jesse enjoyed chewing and occasionally blowing the whole gum out of his mouth onto the ground.

Milo enjoyed chewing and chewing....

Mady tried and tried...

Kloe was just mad...because we did not give her a piece but she got over it quickly.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Supermen- Our Men of Steel

Getting gifted on Fathers Day

Abby was sick all day but, I caught Anna reading to these kids and how they love each other.

I am not sure who this gift was for : )

At the end of our day even Andrew wanted to snuggle in Daddy's arm...I love ........