Saturday, November 06, 2010

Today is a Day that the Lord hath made

I must rejoice and be glad in it. It can be hard at times to make yourself to be a humble and joyous person when you really want to scream out injustice. Well, injustice would be an over statement... it wasn't really that bad. We had a beautiful day here on the farm, and I could have spent it getting things done but instead I went over 100 miles to drive to a photoshoot with Invierno.

We left messages before leaving to inform the customer that we were coming and after 1 1/2 hours of waiting for the person and leaving messages for her, she finally texted. She found out that she had to work, and that she would be done at 7pm. Obviously there is NO light at 7pm, and we surely were not waiting in a far off land for 4 hours when the shoot was scheduled at 3pm. Seriously, can't people cancel ahead of time? Even if she called 5 minutes before we left, we could have spared this gorgeous day of now waste.

We wasted not only the day but gas money and food money by needing to eat before our trek back home. When we ate, I prayed. Please Lord, make me humble and when things like this happen, make me like you and forgiving. Not just forgiving but also loving when all I really feel humanly is to vent at the persons.

God gave me the answer..... blogspot - - - now on to being loving.

An Undivided Heart

We become more like Christ on the inside…when we want God to be glorified in every aspect of our lives, instead of compartmentalizing our faith.

Multimedia Collage by Gillian Ross

An Undivided Heart

Whatever our lives look like from the outside, God looks on our hearts. Herein is determined our purity - or lack of it! So the 'heart' (in the painting) represents our hearts - our mind, will, emotions - the very 'fabric' of our lives, in all its multi-layered, multi-textured compartments. It is this heart that God longs to make pure, clean, undivided. This happens first through the 'washing by the blood' of Christ, signified here by the deep red, washing through every area of life, and continues throughout our lives as Christians as we are sanctified. As we allow God into each area of our lives, the compartments become less distinct, and our hearts become more unified. The gold signifies the purification process, which is God's work… impurities are purged through the Refiner's fire. As our hearts are transformed like this we can draw closer to Him: One day we will see Him as he is, and we do see Him now at work in our lives. The natural result of 'seeing God' is to worship Him - hence the figure in white in a posture of praise to God.

"Teach me your ways O Lord,
And I will walk in your path.
Give me an undivided heart,
And I will fear your name.
I will praise you,
O Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
Psalm 86:11-1

Gillian Ross

Friday, October 29, 2010

It's been too long!

I have come to realize that I need to blog more. I finally logged into my account and found that it is has been over a full year of not blogging. Once I started Facebook I thought that my posts and picture sharing would serve for me to print the memories or comments but my printing habits didn't do justice to my reasoning. I will now go back to my blogging habit to share about our daily (maybe monthly) lives. ha
Maybe this can also double as my homeschool portfolio if I can keep up with our progress via the wonderful web world.
So, what is new in the Big C household? Dan still works as the manager of a Ford dealership and also is taking college classes in business just to keep up with the trends in his industry and his position. I homeschool the six children who are left at home, and I also take classes in psychology.

My oldest 2 are out on their own and learning more about life. Yes, they are doing quite well at that learning. I am thankful that God's hand is in their lives now that I cannot help God (ha) in their directions. We must....

"Let go and let God have His wonderful way,
Let go and let God have His way!
He'll fill with His Spirit and keep day by day.
Let go and let God have His way!"

Adam is now in Menominee working and his girlfriend Amanda, while working part time went back to school. If you are wondering if 2011 is the year for them to tie the knot.... we will all see. Our friends and family might not be surprised if they are invited to a wedding with a month's notice. I will let you know when I get my months notice.

Chey Baby is doing just that and is letting God have His way. She is working at YWAM Northwoods and though it might not be her desirable work plan, it is God's work plan for the time. She now has a Luke in her life. He is a great guy who loves His Lord before himself or Chey and always puts others needs and wants before his own. Dan happens to get another Viking fan in the family other than Uncle J. That is OK because Dan is happy to have someone to come over each week to watch football with him. Dan has no prejudiced to those men who wear purple. We Clarks are open minded in some areas you know.

Invierno (ha), is now heavy into her photography business. Check out her work at her website or on Facebook. For being this young she has learned more than most people in the later twenty's or more. She is being taught that a sixteen year old CAN pay IN taxes! lol

Jo loves her homework and ALL of it. Strange child, I know. She is exactly like her father and can understand anything about science. She also loves math and is now in my dreaded Algebra subject. Ewww, thankfully I have a very nice math teacher on disk.

Gabs is still into anything that is of pink color. She will never give up her alliance to that, ever! She is doing very well in school as well and her favorite subject is math. She might think this but that is what mom can see is her favorite because she is doing so well at it. Alright, I just asked her, and she did say math. I guess she knows where her giftings are ;)

Yes, I know... I need to add pics of J & G but this computer is not willing to produce any for me at this time. Another computer however will be much more willing.

JDog, he is the boy that gives us adventure each day. This kid never ceases to amaze me, and he is also exactly like his father, even the
weird quirks that make me roll my eyes. While I roll my eyes his father hides his chuckle. Men, hump-ft

E&J just turned 5! I sometimes sit and stare at them wondering if there was a way that I could keep each year of their life bottled up to save for my memories. Isn't there always something new to invent? Be watching for posts with their art work, videos of song & dance and maybe their sometimes backwards spelling.

Til we meet again my trusty blogsite ;) You are so faithful to remain here waiting for me.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Can you say, bad blogger?

Yes, that is me. The bad blogger. I have passed by the posting of holidays, family events, turmoil and defeats. This blog was dead and now needs to be resurrected.

Hallelujah! We are alive. Speaking of alive.....

I have no fear of falling dead from a pig virus. I stopped eating pork long ago. We also spray Thieves Oil, a little up the nostrils and some behind the ears will prevent a virus' catching on. I wash our hands with it daily. Thieves oil was the antidote that the thieves used to steal from people, alive or dead, when they had the bubonic plague. I trust their recipe, since we didn't come down with the strep throat that was being passed around in the past few months.

We endured!

Other than that we survived a trip to mall of America again. This time with another family with seven plus one kids. That added up to 15 kids! That was a fun time! :::: eyes roll :::: or was I just in a stupor after riding that roller coaster?

We have also outlived another year of homeschooling. Though I don't ever stop schooling because we still have math, science, reading and spelling in the summer. I am not a stickler about the summer studying, I merely want them to do a little each day to keep the reinforcement of what they had previously learned. I don't have to force the kids read. They do that on their own! Each of my oldest girls picks up books from the library every two days. I am trying to reduce that because it is a lot of running.
Wynter reads a book a day! I can't keep up with that, so she needs to start requesting 14 books at one time. Oh...... the book "Roots" did take her more than a day to read!

I will end with showing some goodies we have ordered for the 2009-2010 school year.

We ordered all of our curriculum through our public virtual school program. They gave us a whopping $9500.00 this year to spend on materials! I spent that fast. That was fun! Can we say $ Discount School Supplies? That is one of my favorite places to shop. We love art!

Here are more of my latest order spots .....

Thursday, November 06, 2008