Monday, December 17, 2012

The Walnut Acre Daily - His Calming Touch

Words to Live By

Matthew 3:3

"A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him. '"

Homeschool Fun

We didn't watch any videos this morning with our Jesse Tree readings because I couldn't find any I liked that fit. We watched the Letter F Song and Counting 1-20. The worksheets they did came from:
3 Dinosaurs - (Counting and Find the Difference Worksheets and ag word family )
Coloring Pages for Kids (F coloring page)

Austin and Amanda studied more on fractions in math today and started a unit on the body's circulatory system in Science. This evening we read pages 51-74 from No Woman So Fair by Gilbert Morris and Proverbs 12. 

Books We Enjoyed Today

I read the first four books with Michael, Lauren and Damien during morning storytime. The next two after that are the books I am reading with CJ and Michael before they go to bed at night. Then there is the book I am reading with Austin and Amanda and finally the book I am reading myself. 

In the Kitchen

Today was Amanda's day to fix lunch. She served chicken nuggets, salad and peaches. Later this evening she mixed up a batch of Homemade Biscuit Mix

Lauren brought these delicious Peanut Butter Cookies to share for snack today. 

For dinner this evening I made chicken and noodles with the chicken left over from lunch yesterday, butter beans and peaches.

Around the House

I did the morning cleanup in the kitchen this morning and five minute cleanups in four rooms and other misc. things come up every day to take up my time.

Amanda did morning cleanup in the bathroom and mudroom and also did lots of laundry and cleaned out the guinea pig cage. 

 Austin did morning cleanup in the living room, playroom and upstairs bathroom. He also cleaned the kitchen after lunch and after dinner.

Outdoor Fun

Both Austin and Amanda spent time outside today with the little ones. They are enjoying this poor old swingset with it's one swing and slide. I'll be glad when it's all fixed up but for now it's keeping them busy.


Austin worked some more today on the wooden block set he's making for the kids. It's going to be a long process but he likes to work with wood and is enjoying it.

We Are Going

I just had to take Lauren to preschool and stop by the store for milk. This evening Austin and Michael went to my sister's to practice some songs for a Christmas play they have part in. 

Just For Fun

On My Mind

There's a lot on my mind today and it's hard to even know where to start. But there's one thing that really stands out to me. Michael has always had trouble sleeping. He cries out in his sleep, and his arms and legs jerk suddenly and rapidly. He's on two medications to help him sleep at night and that has helped a lot. It helped even more when he began taking medication for seizures. But even with all that there are some nights when it's still pretty bad. Last night was one of those nights. His left leg and right arm would suddenly, simultaneously jerk upwards sharply, over and over again. As I sat there and watched, I struggled with what to do. Is this some type of seizure activity? Should I be giving him his emergency seizure medication to stop it? How could he be getting any rest at all? Maybe I should sit up each night and document each jerk so that the doctor will take it seriously when I say there's something going on while he sleeps. But then I began to realize that I was leaving out the most important step in this whole process. There's someone who loves Michael even more than I do. I began to pray that God would touch Michael, that he would bring His Presence into this situation in a special way and that he would give him rest. And within minutes Michael's restless body quieted. This is something we've been through many nights and repeatedly God reaches down and touches him. Unfortunately, it all too often takes me far too long to remember to reach out and ask for that calming touch. Why am I such a slow a learner? I'm so grateful God loves us even though we repeatedly forget to reach out and take hold of that love and care.

Today's Quote

A man with God is always in the majority. ~ John Knox

Daily Deals


  1. It's hard to imagine someone loving our kids as much as we do. Yet, there is. And this love is so much deeper and so much more unconditional. It's an amazing love.

  2. It's so our nature as moms to want to meet our children's needs. It can be scary when we realize that we can't make all the 'yuck' go away. How comforting when we remember that our God loves our children beyond our comprehension. How very precious and powerful of God to quiet Michael's restless little body... He's so good.

    I'm so glad you came by Mary @ Woman to Woman today!
    Blessings to you ~ Mary

  3. Huge hugs to you. "Why am I such a slow learner?" Me too!! Thank God for his love regardless, right?! He is always good. This, I will always treasure. Have a wonderful weekend!


  4. If you are a slow learner, you are in good company. I cannot count the number of times that I have looked everywhere for a solution, for understanding, for help, for comfort - you name it - before remembering that we know the One Who holds it all in His very capable, completely sovereign hands. Thank you for your thoughts. I pray that your little one will know the calming and healing presence of the Almighty in his nights and his days. Thank you for sharing your heart and for linking up with us at NOBH. Smiles -