Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What We Did in 2008-2009

All three kids
- Bible study/Prayer Time: Bible, Firm Foundations: Creation to Christ, Remembering God’s Awesome Acts, The Greenleaf Guide to Old Testament History, and Bible Atlas
- Science Experiments: Various books, Robert Krampft, the Happy Scientist
- Some of our Read-Alouds: Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House, Noah Webster’s Advice to the Young, 365 Manners Kids Should Know, Boyhood and Beyond (just to the boys), etc.

My daughter (15 then): Grade 10
- Bible: The Kingdom of God: A Guide for Old Testament Study
- Math: Saxon Algebra II
- Science:  Apologia Biology, Genetics class (at George Fox University)
- Literature: ABeka Backgrounds to World Literature plus a variety of books
- History: Streams of Civilization Volume I (CLP)
- P.E.: hiking, jogging 
- Writing: articles for Growing in Grace Magazine, short stories, novels
- Fine Arts: Drawing, filmmaking (she made her first short film, How Would You Feel?), homemaking skills including knitting, cross-stitching, cooking, baking, etc.
- Music: piano
- Language: Thai

My 10 yo son
- Math: Modern Curriculum Press Mathematics F
- Science: ABeka Observing God’s World
- Health: ABeka Choosing Good Health
- History and Geography: ABeka New World History and Geography, Mystery of History I
- Language Arts/Grammar: Learning Language Arts through Literature-The Tan Book, Daily Grams
- Spelling: ABeka Spelling, Vocabulary, Poetry 6
- Reading: ABeka Of America 2, Voyage of Discovery, Calls to Courage (Christian Light Education) Houghton Mifflin English, various books including Little House in the Big Woods, books on birds, etc.
- Reading Comprehension: ABeka
- Cursive Handwriting: Writing with Power (CLP)
- Writing: Easy Writing, ABeka Creative Writing, Basic Writing Skills workbook 
- P.E.: basketball, soccer, hiking, baseball
- Music: piano
- Typing: Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing CDrom
- Art: drawing using various books

My 7 yo son
- Bible: Studying God’s Word Book B (Christian Liberty Press)
- Math: Singapore Math 2A, 2B, Primary Mathematics Challenging Word Problems, Saxon Math 3 (Part Two)
- Phonics plus writing: The Writing Road to Reading
- Reading: ABeka readers including Growing Up Where Jesus Lived, Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book 2, More New Friends (Pathway Publishers), BJU Reading 2, various books
- Spelling: Building Spelling Skills Book 2 (Christian Liberty Press)
- Language Arts/Grammar: Learning Language Arts through Literature–The Red Book, Daily Grams
- Vocabulary: Explode the Code 8
- Penmanship: ABeka Writing with Phonics
- Science: God’s Wonderful Works (CLP), Rod & Staff Patterns of Nature 2
- Health: ABeka Health, Safety, Manners 2
- History: Our Nation Under God (CLP), Mystery of History I
- Art: drawing using various books
- Music: piano
- P.E.: soccer, basketball, baseball, hiking

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sweet Sixteen

Last Thursday, my daughter, Alyssa, turned 16.  The night before, I hijacked her blog, Life of Faith :) .  I made some changes to her blog’s template (Doesn’t her blog look sweet?), wrote a birthday post on her blog listing 16 reasons why I think she is such a sweet and special daughter, and asked relatives and friends to leave comments for her.  She was very pleasantly surprised!
On Friday, Alyssa’s close friends came to have a sleepover at our home.  My sister in law (Alyssa’s aunt) also stayed overnight with us.  We watched Pride and Prejudice (the short version).  We laughed so much…you would think it’s a comedy, not a drama :) .
On Saturday, more relatives came to attend her Sweet Sixteen Party.  Games we played included: Sweet Target (shooting a target using a potato gun (shoots out potato pellets)…aiming for #16 or a combination of numbers added up to 16 within 3 attempts), Sweet Soak (relay game…the first person of each team walked to fill up a cup with water and walked back with a cup on his/her head…then dumped the water on the next person in line and gave the cup to that person…then this person repeated the same thing)Photobucket, Sweet Verses (Each team had to put together puzzles which are 16 pieces of paper into 3 correct Bible verses containing the word "sweet" or "honey" (ex: Psalm 119:103, Ecclesiastes 5:12, Proverbs 13:19, 16:24, 24:14, 25:27), and Sweet Present (we usually called it, "Hot Present" but I changed it to "Sweet Present" for this party :) …I played the song, Sweeter Than Honey (Psalm 19:8-10) while the kids passed around the present that was wrapped in multi-layers.  Each time I paused the music, the person who had the present read aloud a quote (containing the word "sweet") that I attached to the wrapper and ripped open that wrapper.  When it got to the last wrapper, the person got to keep the present (which was sweet…chocolate)).  After the games, we sang Happy Birthday to Alyssa and after my hubby gave thanks to the Lord for the blessed 16 years we’ve had with her, we all enjoyed the yummy Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake, the blueberry pie, the marionberry coffeecake, ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream sundae cones, snickerdoodle cookies, grapes, honey roasted peanuts, BBQ chips, Cheetos Puff, crackers and cheese.  Then it was time to open presents.Photobucket  Alyssa received many thoughtful gifts such as cash (she’s saving up to buy a laptop), colorful matching blanket and pillow, towel, lap desk, mug and notepad set.  Her 10 year old brother gave her a rock with his writing, "Alyssa, You Rock".  Her 7 year old brother gave her a button that on one side, he colored the picture of a frog (F.R.O.G. = Fully Rely On God) and has a mirror on the other side.  My husband and I gave her a purity ring (I wrote her a poem to go with it), a book, A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George, Sweet 16 plaque (I arranged her favorite chocolate into the number 16), and some cash (to go toward the laptop).  After the "official" party time, all the boys and my husband played basketball.  Then we played Heart Attack (card game) and Whoonu.  We gave out the goodie bags which were filled with 16 goodies.  We had such a sweet time celebrating our Sweetie‘s Sweet Sixteen!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Growing Stage

Our garden is looking pretty good.  The corn, zucchini, and green beans are thriving.  Only two tomato plants have survived (from seeds); we added one more tomato plant (not from seeds) so now we have 3.  We were disappointed when we discovered that deer had eaten our green grape tomatoes.  My husband then put up a wire fence around our garden to protect it.  We also see 4 cucumber plants and a few pepper plants.  We’ve recently added a Thai Dragon Pepper plant which is doing quite well (we can’t wait to try it :) ).  We are looking forward to the "harvest stage" :) .  On a sad note, we have not seen any watermelon that we planted (seeds).  This past weekend, we dumped out all the leftover seeds (watermelons, green beans, zucchini) here and there (outside our garden area)…they will most likely not grow…but you never know, right? :)
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be glory both now and forever!  Amen." 2 Peter 3:18
"Learn and grow all you can; serve and befriend all you can; enrich and inspire all you can." William Arthur Ward

P.S. This post is part of a gardening challenge hosted by Kathy Brodock at Teaching Good Things.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

World's Best Dad = My Husband :)!

 The Conservative Homeschooler is hosting the World’s Best Dad contest from June 19th to June 24th.

Why do I think my husband is the world’s best dad (my children think so, too)?

"He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge." Proverbs 14:26   My husband always puts God first and family second.  My husband is our hero of faith and integrity!  His love for God is real.  His desire to please and honor God is real.  His passion to reach the lost for God’s kingdom is real.  His personal relationship with Jesus is real.  His reverence for our Holy God is real.  His obedience to God is real.  His pursuit of memorizing, studying, and understanding God’s Word is real.   His zeal for Godliness is real.  His compassion for others is real.  He breathes and lives what he preaches (he’s not a preacher by profession, but he loves to talk about God and the Bible).  "But as for me, it is good to be near God.  I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all Your deeds." Psalm 73:28–That’s my hubby. 

In addition to being a superb daddy, my husband is a prayer warrior, a cheerful giver, a humble servant of Christ, a loving & faithful husband, a Godly leader, a hard-working provider, a strong & capable protector, a kind & trustworthy gentleman, and an extremely honest man.  He has instilled in our children the love for God & His Word and the passion for the Great Commission.  He is the definition of a "family man."  He enjoys spending time with our children and me.  He is such a joy to be around.  He has a great sense of humor.  He is also the most giving/generous man I’ve ever known.  He has a servant’s heart, always ready to lend a hand.  He helps teach math and piano in our homeschool.  He is also a handy man who seems to be able to fix almost anything.  He is our Bible teacher and worship leader during our family devotions time.  Our children love to play with Daddy and learn from Daddy.  Besides Jesus, my husband is the best role model our children could ever have.

"The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him." Proverbs 20:7

Happy Father’s Day to my beloved husband, the best…the coolest… the greatest daddy in the world (to us)!!!!!!!  He is truly a man after God’s own heart and his (our) children are exceedingly blessed.  I wish I had a dad like him :) .

Friday, May 22, 2009

Budding Stage

It is always exciting to see little stems and leaves poke through the ground where we planted seeds.  However, because of our inexperience, we cannot tell very well which ones are the vegetables/fruits we planted and which ones are weeds :) .  Some are obvious but some are not.  We can see zucchini and green beans growing but we are not sure about the rest.  Last weekend, we planted corn seeds.  The weather here in Oregon has been pretty nice…some rain…some sunshine.
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By the way, this post is part of a gardening challenge hosted by Kathy Brodock at Teaching Good Things.

If you like to do crafts, you can get a free Garden Crafts eBook here.

"For knowledge to become wisdom, and for the soul to grow, the soul must be rooted in God."  William Mountford

Monday, May 4, 2009

Motivate Me Monday!–Defend the Defenseless

This is my first time participating in the Motivate Me Monday meme hosted by Sarah Mae at likeawarmcupofcoffee.  Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.  Welcome!
I desire to live for God. I desire to use my time, talents, and treasure for His glory and according to His will.  "He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."  Micah 6:8 
There are many injustices in the world today.  One of them that truly grieves me is "abortion", merciless killing of the innocent human-beings.  Those unborn babies never get a chance to "redeem their time".  For those who have experienced abortion, please know that the Lord loves you very much and He is willing to heal you and forgive you.  Sarah Mae graciously shared her abortion story here (part 1) and here (part 2).  It’s a beautiful & powerful testimony to the Lord’s grace, mercy, compassion, and restoration.
I would like to encourage you to do all you can to defend the defenseless.  Please pray that the women facing unplanned pregnancies will choose either to keep their babies or to give their babies up for adoption.  Choose life!  Please also pray that they will surrender their lives to Jesus, the Life Giver!

Emily Dickinson said, "If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain."   I say…if I can stop one heart from stopping, I shall not live in vain.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Treasure Life Giveaway

As Mother’s Day is approaching, you are probably looking forward to showing appreciation to your mom once again and trying to make her day special.  Have you ever thought what would happen if your mom chose abortion when she was pregnant with you?  Well, the answer is simple; you would not be here today.  Abortions destroy approximately 4,000 defenseless human beings a day in the U.S. and 130,000 a day worldwide.  Those innocent lives have never got a chance to give their mom a hug, or a chance to live or do anything for that matter.  Life is precious; it’s a gift from God!!!  Celebrate life.  Treasure life.  Choose life.  Your mother did!

My 15 year old daughter is very passionate about saving the unborn (okay, our whole family, not just she :) ).  She has been participating in Steps for Life (fund-raising event for the Pregnancy Resource Centers) since she was 5.  Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRC) help 8,000 women (and pre-born babies) annually through 5 Centers, providing free pregnancy tests, counseling, free Ultrasound (given by RNs), practical help, referrals and real hope (Gospel message) to those facing unplanned pregnancies. 

We are offering a giveaway while giving you an opportunity to help this great cause.  All (except us parents and relatives) who donate to PRC through Alyssa Liljequist will get their names entered in a drawing to win a brand-new Steps for Life 2008 sweatshirt.  The color is yellowish orange and the size is medium.  On the back of the sweatshirt is Matthew 6:21, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."  Please click here to visit her webpage and make an online donation.  If you would like to give but do not want to do it online, please contact me by leaving a comment here or sending me a private message.  Any amount is greatly appreciated.  The deadline is May 12th.  My daughter will draw a winner sometime that week. 
Please give those unborn babies a chance by helping their mothers make the right choice!!!  Then they will be able to celebrate Mother’s Day like you and me in the years to come.  Would you like to donate in honor of your mom (you can enter your mom’s name, instead of yours)?  You can let your mom know that you are thanking her for choosing life by heping others to choose life as well.
UPDATE: The winner (randomly chosen by Alyssa) is Gail Harris.  Congratulations!  Big thanks to all who have helped PRC help save the unborn!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Our Mini-Vacation

Last week, our family had a mini-vacation.  My husband was scheduled to attend the Developing Leader Conference in Bend from Tuesday to Friday; therefore, he wanted us to be close by (isn’t he so sweet?).  We drove to Sunriver on Saturday and stayed in a condo there for a week.  He spent the first three days and as much time as possible on the last four days with us.  We had fun sledding and cross-country skiing at the Wanoga Sno Park. 
We hiked at the Smith Rock State Park.  The view there was breathtaking.  The pictures don’t do it justice. 
We visited Boyd Cave; we discovered that our 10 year old son had claustrophobia so we did not go too far into the cave.  We also went to Tumalo Falls but we did not get to hike to the falls because it was snowing hard and the trail was all covered with deep snow.  We decided to just hike up a snowy hill nearby instead.  We had a great time feeding two Canadian geese at the Tumalo State Park.  We also hiked at LaPine State Park to see the biggest ponderosa pine in the world, "Big Red" (about 500 years old).  In the evenings at the condo, we enjoyed playing Sequence and Rummikub.  It was a nice, relaxing break for all of us.  We are glad to be back home though…until our next vacation :) .

(I took tons of pictures during our vacation.  However, the new memory stick that we bought during the vacation does not work with our computer.  I cannot upload the pictures.  Here I can only share some pictures that were taken earlier with the old memory stick.)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Northwest Creation Conference 2009

Yesterday, my daughter and I attended the Northwest Creation Conference at the Columbia Conference Center in Portland.  We enjoyed it tremendously and learned a lot.  We attended the following sessions (from around 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.):- The Dangers of Evolution, Fossil Evidence of Creation and the Flood, The Lies in Your Textbooks Part 1, Hi-Tech Pharaohs & Ancient Technology, Stones & Bones-Claws & Jaws, The Lies in Your Textbooks Part 2, and Unlocking the Mysteries of Civilization.  The speakers included Eric Hovind, Paul Veit, Dr. Dennis Swift, and Dennis Petersen.  The conference was packed with fact-filled presentation, tons of scientific evidence, display of fossils and artifacts, Biblical references, Gospel message, laughter, and assortment of wonderful creation-related materials (available for sale).  The more I learn and know about science, the more amazed I am at the love, mercy, & grace of God, the Creator, and the beauty & complexity of His creation.  Evolution is so illogical; evolutionists are totally deceived by satan. 
"Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.  For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."  Proverbs 1:29-33
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Sunday, January 18, 2009

25 Random Facts About Me

Miiko Gibson tagged me with "25 Random Things About Me" on Facebook.  I thought it would be fun to post it here, too, in case some bloggers would like to do it :) .

The rule of this tag: "Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you (that would be me).  If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you."

I guess I will skip all the obvious things about me (hopefully, it’s obvious that I love the Lord, that I live for Him, and that I desire to live by the Book/the Bible :) ).

1. My parents are Chinese; I was born and raised in Thailand.
2. I came to the U.S. on September 14, 1989 (to study for my master’s degree).
3. I am extremely blessed to be married to Eric L., a man after God’s own heart. One of the most Godly, most gentlemanly, most gifted, and funniest men on earth!
4. I am also blessed to have 3 delightful kids who love the Lord and desire to please Him (sometimes fail…but always trying).  No greater joy! (3 John 4)
5. I take the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) seriously and hope all other Christians do, too.
6. I am passionate about reaching the unreached with the Gospel (Romans 15:20) and about saving the unborn.
7. I desire to memorize more and more of God’s Word. Psalm 119:11
8. I wish I could adopt all the orphans in the world.
9. I knew/studied 5 languages (French, Japanese, Chinese, English, and Thai). "Knew" is the key word :) . Now I only speak the last two.
10. My Thai first name "Urailak" means golden appearance.
11. My nickname is "A" and my brother’s nickname is "B." Wish my parents had all the way to "Z" :) !
12. I don’t wear make-up.
13. I am allergic to hazelnuts. My allergic reaction includes rashes and swelling. Once my swelling got so bad that my husband had to saw (using a little saw) a gold ring off my finger. Thankfully, he left my finger intact…mission accomplished :) .
14. I don’t mind going to the dentist (except the bill). I like sitting in a comfy, reclining chair doing nothing except opening my mouth wide. I spend that time to pray and relax.
15. I love spicy food and I can have spicy food at any meal, including breakfast. To me, rice with curry is better than a bowl of cereal for sure :) !
16. I love to sing…especially singing praises to the Lord.
17. I marvel at God’s creation and enjoy taking pictures. My photo blog is http://wondersbeyondwords.blogspot.com/ .
18. I smile and laugh A LOT! (often to the point of "too much" ) Seriously, this is no laughing matter! I have to consciously force myself to leave giggles out of my speech (especially on the phone).
19. I also cry easily (touching songs and movies usually make me cry).
20. I’ve always enjoyed reading aloud to my kids (no matter how old they get).
21. In Thailand, I was a contestant in a TV game show similar to Wipeout.  I got through to the last challenge and lost.
22. In Thailand, I appeared in two different music videos.
23. I first met my husband on my campus in Thailand.  He went on a short-term mission trip with Campus Crusade for Christ during the summer of 1988 and 1989.
24. I used to translate American movies (videos) from English into Thai for a cable TV company in Thailand.
25. I love seafood, especially crab, lobsters, shrimp, and salmon cheeks.

If you are reading this, please consider yourself tagged (well, only if you would like to do it).  Please let me know if you decide to do this tag.  Thanks!