Michael has been gone for five weeks training for the National Guard. He got home last Friday and the kids were so excited that Josiah made a "Welcome Home, Dad!" sign. So cute.
He put it on our door, but no matter what angle I took this picture, it looked washed out. Still, you can see how excited the kids are to have their daddy home. We spent a pretty relaxing weekend just catching up on yard work and hanging out together.
The weekend before was scrapbook camp at my mom's house. I met my sister there, too. It was soooo good to hang out with her. Her family is going through an very hard situation right now and I'm privileged to be able walk through it with her. She is an amazing woman of God and I'm learning so much from her. It is so hard to see my other half hurting so.
It was the first time I've ever had to bring the kids to scrapbook camp with me, but they did pretty good and I managed to get 57 pages done that weekend. So happy! Didn't get through my entire stack, but pretty close. One more scrapbook came and I'll be caught up. Here a couple of my favorite pages. The first is our family Easter picture from last year.
The second is of our Passover "Seder Meal" pictures from last year. Speaking of Passover, I'm gearing up for it this year. I found this great book:
I'm hoping my kids will enjoy it better if it is only 30 minutes instead of 2 hours. I also bought a Passover cookbook and 5 skull caps for men, so our guests will feel part of the traditions as well. I made some things that I know I can improve on from last year, so looking forward to giving the food another try.
We also love to celebrate St. Patrick's Day around here, too, being Irish-Scots. I bought this book for the kids and can hardly wait to give it to them. The best deal I could find on this book was at Voice of the Martyrs where you can get the holiday collection. We also bought a few more accessories for the children's Scottish outfits and I'm going to give them another volume of the Jonathan Park audio CD series and the newest Torchlighter DVD about William Booth. I can hardly stand to wait until Saturday to give these things to them! I love faith-building material so much. We are going to the St. Patrick's Day celebration in Heppner this year. Never been before and hope it'll be fun. I know my kids will fit in great with their red hair.
I've got a busy week ahead, but I'm excited because I've taken a few more things off my plate and I'm feeling more relaxed now. I'm praying if there is anything else that I need to give up or say "no" to, that I will recognize it and then obey! Once again, I'm learning the importance of being totally submitted to Christ and His will for my life. Where would I be without Him? He is truly my All and All.
Have a great week everybody!