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Great Commission Matthew 28:18-20

18And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying,

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

19“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,

baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;

and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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Watching my husband be our children’s father.  He leads them in the way of humility and repentance.  He values them knowing the scriptures.  He motivates them with excitement.  He takes the time to show hard things with patience and grace.  He sets an example of hard work and a good attitude every day.  He gives our children the freedom to fail and try again without badgering or belittling.  He lets them put their hand to the plow (or the lawn mower in this case) and inspires them to be useful and helpful to the family.  He teaches in both word and deed.   What good he does for us both in seen and unseen ways.  He truly is a joy and blessing to watch and follow.

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Cleaning Helpers

I love my helpers.

Kitchen Helper

Window Helper

Vacuum Helper

Watch Boy Helper

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Psalm 23

1The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

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Kitchen Helpers

Making grilled cheese

I love teaching new things to my children.  We have rotation of helpers for the kitchen, laundry, window washing and bathroom.  The kids love being the kitchen helper.  Hopefully it’s because they like being with me.  My kitchen helper really means just that.. being helpful.  They get veggies and condiments out of the fridge, help mix things, set the table and even serve.  Well my girl has taken it to the next level. She wanted to do everything.  So the other day, I taught Gabi how to make grilled cheese.  She listened attentively.  The next day, I let her try it on her own. She followed all my directions to the letter.

Finished Grilled Cheese

She even managed to incorporate her sister in the process.  Gabi buttered the bread, Juliana opened the cheese and place on the bread.  Gabi did all the cooking and flipping.  The grilled cheese turned out great!  Both of the girls were so excited that they made lunch from start to finish.  I was so impressed and excited to teach more about cooking.

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Psalm 1

1How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
4The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.

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What if..

We posed this question to the kids.  What if we were at the playground and some kid was hitting your little brother.  What would you do?

They said, “Run to get mom.”

Steve said, “No.  First, defend your brother. Tell the kid to stop and if he doesn’t get off, push him, hit him if you have to.  You defend your brother or your sister.  Don’t let them continue to be hurt.”

Steve gave them another example.  He explained, “What if someone were trying to hurt Mommy?  Should I just sit back and watch them?  Should I go run and get the police?  No!  I am to protect and defend my family.  I will yell at the person, push or even punch the person, so that Mommy won’t be in danger.”

My little Sam grew about an inch right before my eyes.  His shoulders were getting bigger. You could see in his eyes that he was eager for that responsibility of defending his brother and sisters.

Their responses were precious.  They understood that their family is important.  And that it is their family responsibility to be looking after each other.  Whether some kid is making fun of Juliana because she is scared and crying at the top of the jungle gym or if someone is throwing rocks at Gabriela, it is their job to help, protect and defend.

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