Sunday, January 23, 2011

the magic 'e'

School is in session! I am currently hosting a series on Grammar 101 - a refresher course! You are sure to learn something...I did!

....one of my favorite lessons!

GRAMMAR 101: Lesson 4 - Magic "E"

If two vowels are close together in a word, usually the first vowel says it's name (long sound) and the second vowel is silent.  This is call the "Magic E".

For example, /m/ /a/ /d/ is mad, but add an e and it becomes made and the a turns into a long a rather than a short a.

mad : made

mat : mate

rod : rode

slim : slime

cap : cape

You say words with this rule on a daily basis, but have you ever sat down and really thought about the phonics rule it follows?  Probably not!  And no, I don't either, but it never hurts to be reminded.  If you are teaching your child to read you can share these rules with them and their reading will be that much better! 

I've had a request to do several lessons on punctuation so I'll be working on that.

Did I ever think I would be sharing grammar lessons on my blog?  No, probably not, but I was reminded why I do what I do in church this morning.  The sermon was on "fishers of men" and after the sermon our pastor held a "text-back time" where we respond to a question and text him answers that he shares with the congregation.  Today he wanted us to text him what the Lord would tell us to be based on our careers in relation to "being fishers of men".  Mine wasn't hard - "teach the people" - so I look at my grammar lessons as one of my callings - I'm teaching the people.

Although I think my lessons are geared a little more towards little people :) 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

the miracle birth

I've always been a big fan of Oprah.  Since I got my DVR I have recorded her shows daily.  Some of her shows I could really care less about and automatically delete, but others I really enjoy and there have been some great stories shared. 

One in particular really got to me this week. 

The story is about the Coble family - Chris, Lori, Kyle, Emma, and Katie.  On the day after their sons' fifth birthday, the family went to a mall that had a ferris wheel, which the son was excited to ride, and a pet store.  As nap time neared, the family got back in the van and headed home.  Lori, the mom, came upon a line of backed up traffic as she tried to exit the highway.  While stopped, she turned around to check on her children, and as she did a big rig loaded with 40,000 pounds of cargo going 55 miles an hour slammed into the back of her minivan and demolished it.  The two daughters passed away and soon later the doctor's told Chris and Lori that Kyle's brain had not been receiving any oxygen.  They recommended taking Kyle off life support.

Three months after the accident, Chris and Lori decided to have more children.  For medical reasons, they tried in vitro fertilization. On their first try they started with 10 eggs - three were succesfully fertilized - two girls and one boy.  "We were only going to put two back in, but once we found out that it was two girls and a boy, we took that as a sign from above," said Lori.

Almost exactly a year after Kyle, Emma, and Katie died, Lori gave birth to triplets - Ashley, Ellie, and Jake.  Lori says, "They'll never replace Kyle, Emma, and Katie, but the joy is back in the house.  It's back in our hearts.  They fill our lives again with love and happiness and laughter."

Isn't God so good?  Only God could take a tragedy like the Coble's and create a miracle.  Three little blonde haired miracles that have three beautiful siblings in heaven. 

Whatever your tragedy may be, just remember that God can turn that tragedy into a miracle.  He works in miraculous ways. 

The full story can be accessed at http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Coble-Family-Miracle/.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

christmas morning

On Christmas morning, the farmer and I (please excuse the double chin, awful angle)


and seeester and brother-in-law


were getting ready to open all kinds of goodies


but the life of the party was sound asleep!


But it didn't take him long to see he was missing out on all kinds of Christmas fun!


This little man had quite the time at Christmas! He managed to stay asleep during breakfast and gift opening on Christmas morning, but as soon as we were done he was wide eyed and bushy tailed and had a wild time with his new goodies! 

The farmer and I had a wonderful Christmas - way too many gifts!  Here are some of my favorites:

I fell in love with this reindeer when my MIL and I spotted it in a store.  So happy she went back and picked it up :)


Wii.  It is so much fun!  And Wii Fit, which is actually not too bad either.  Nice way to exercise when it's freezing outside and on my Couch to 5K off days.

The farmer won major brownie points.  This, my friends, is the Tano purse I have been wanting so bad, thanks to his little elf, my mother.  I am in love!  He also gave me a gift certificate for a manicure/pedicure as well as money for a spa massage...he did well.

SOLD OUT Tano Leather Bag

The farmer came home from Texas with one of these...


I'm not a coffee drinker so it doesn't excite me too well although I think I may try a few of his K-Cups to see if I can acquire the taste.  For now I'll stick to hot cocoa and apple cider :)

His big gift from me was this super roomy Eddie Bauer rolling duffle.  Please tell me that you agree that it is wrong for him to carry a extra long camoflauge duffle everywhere we go.

Product Image Eddie Bauer Rainier 27" Horizontal Drop Bottom Duffle - Brown

All the farmers other gifts were pretty much hunting related.  It's usually a very common theme with him and nothing makes him happier. 
All in all we had a very plentiful Christmas.  We seem to come home with way more than we ever need.  We are very blessed and thankful that we could spend the holidays with our Arkansas and Texas families.

Christmas came way too fast this year and left just as quick.  The new year has come just as quick too!

I'm very curious what 2011 holds for this little family.  Hoping it's a good year :)

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