Sunday, February 24, 2013

Committment

 and re-committment.  
 
10 years seemed just the right time to do it.

 

Today I want you to know that I want to spend more time with you, talking and listening.
I know this will help me understand your needs,
as I learn how to better meet your needs.
 
I want us to spend more time together,
to establish mutual goals.

I know that God is with us, just as He brought us to this day, He will lead us in our home, in all we face.I want our relationship to radiate a passion for life and love and service to our Lord for a lifetime.


**I had arranged this as a surprise to Paulo, in celebration of 10 wonderful years together.  One of my goals was to get through my wedding vows without sobbing....oh well, maybe next time!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

About a boy

Well, we may be "stuck inside" these cold winter months, but that does not keep a busy boy down.  He has such an wild, beautiful, exploding imagination...I just love it. Here is a smattering of what keeps him busy these days days.

ART CENTER
 
He's had his table here all along, but the mess was driving me nuts...so while this set up works for his stuff, it was really a gift to me (the organizing Queen OCD organizing freak!)  This kid draws and writes more than the average child I think.  We go through stacks of paper each week.  He's constantly needing to draw a picture of what he's thinking, or he wants to write letters to people...maybe you've received one?

LEGO TABLE
Well, he's officially a big boy in my mind.  Because big boys play with legos, and Thomas is whole hog into legos now.  (thank goodness Nana had the forethought to stockpile while she could.  She worked for Lego nearly 10 years before there were any grandbabies on the scene!!)  This table is not actually new - just the top.  It is Thomas' former train table.  Daddy and I both shed real tears when we made the conversion, but it was the right thing to do. Now he spends hours in his room building and creating - so good for his brain!


READING CORNER
I've long wanted an actually nook for reading for him....but I've been struggling with where to put it.  This corner should have been obvious - it is right in front of the book case (duh!) - but I thought it would take up too much room.  We read together here often, but I find him here on his own too - reading the books he's memorized.  As I obsess encourage in him more and more a love of books and reading, I want this to be his "go to" place.  Yes he has his bedroom, but I want him to understand that books and reading is not just for before bedtime.  Its for any time.   
But I must admit that I delight when I spy him curled up in bed all on his own reading  YES!  Its working!  My emphasis on reading is working!  He actually chose the activity all on his own.

IMAGINATION
He comes up with the CRAZIEST, most brilliant ideas.

The carwash he built with Daddy


some sort of angry birds game for his nerf guns that he made out of a pizza box just lying around
And then he wanted a camp-out/camp-in. He stocked his tent full with all his camping supplies - lantern, drink, books, headlamp, and his guys.  He even slept right there for a few nights.



WINTER WALKING WITH MAMA

 


We are continuously judged asked why he is not in a formal school program.
 Photo: www.rawforbeauty.com
No one ever questioned him.