Saturday, February 19, 2011

Little Red Wagon

We first purchased our red wagon when Annagrace was little. She LOVED it! Then Abbie Joy came along and has taken great delight in it as well. I can't believe we did not have a wagon until child number three. It has been one of the greatest things ever! Well, just a couple days ago Lilly Faith took her first ride, and she also really took to it. I love these pictures of my three stair step little girls all riding together in the pajamas. They did not get dressed that day due to us having the flu. I just love these photos.

Look Who Is Baking

Lauren is almost ten and really blossoming in her home making skills. This past week she made french bread from scratch. The loaves turned out beautiful! I told her that I have never done that in my life, and she has learned at nine. It is fun to have a little helper with the domestic responsibilities and to see her trying new things.

Things I am Thankful For:

Over the past four weeks we have had a bad virus, poison ivy, and drum roll please, the flu! Our family has been very sick. It has been a tremendous blessing to us to see how friends and church family have rallied around us to meet felt needs. We have had a fun care package dropped off on our porch, some lotion for the poison ivy delivered to our door, popsicles for the children brought over, meals night after night.......... We are deeply humbled at how people have loved our family through this illness. It was a great opportunity for us to remind the children that this is what the Body of Christ looks like loving and caring for each other. I've posted some pictures below of my sick little ones and of some of the blessings we received.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I find it funny when people ask me at what age I start homeschooling. The reason is because Adams Homeschool literally starts in the womb. Our method of schooling involves tons and tons of reading good literature. Stories that inspire, bring hope, establish a foundation of truth, and point to a christian world view are priceless. So, my little pupils hear hours of reading while in the womb and then hear hours of reading once they are born. As you can see, in the picture below, we have lots of hands on activities to keep little hands occupied while we read, I cook, help older children etc.

Although we do start early, I do not think we are ready for this yet. :) The children found their Daddy's graduation cap and could not resist the temptation. :) Thus the life of the fifth baby.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's from our very under the weather family. We have been battling illness for about three weeks. We are currently on round two which has hit everyone much harder. It appears to be viral and not the flu, but it is a nasty sickness whatever it is. Our Valentine's day was not as we planned, but we tried to make the best of it anyway. In the pictures below you can see the medicine I prepared for Matt to help with his fever and also the trail of hearts he prepared to lead me to a huge display of roses. What a sweet husband I have. We also bought heart shaped pizzas from Papa John's. That was something different and fun. We would appreciate prayers for healing in our family. It is a challenge when both Mama and Daddy are running fever and most of the children are sick. Lauren is thankfully finally on the mend. The rest of us are not so good. Even so we are thankful for the love of our Savior and for our family. I am thankful Matt was able to stay home with me today.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Biblical Womanhood

A Challenge to Women

  1. That all of your life—in whatever calling—be devoted to the glory of God.
  2. That the promises of Christ be trusted so fully that peace and joy and strength fill your soul to overflowing.
  3. That this fullness of God overflow in daily acts of love so that people might see your good deeds and give glory to your Father in heaven.
  4. That you be women of the Book, who love and study and obey the Bible in every area of its teaching. That meditation on Biblical truth be the source of hope and faith. And that you continue to grow in understanding through all the chapters of your life, never thinking that study and growth are only for others.
  5. That you be women of prayer, so that the Word of God would open to you; and the power of faith and holiness would descend upon you; and your spiritual influence would increase at home and at church and in the world.
  6. That you be women who have a deep grasp of the sovereign grace of God undergirding all these spiritual processes, that you be deep thinkers about the doctrines of grace, and even deeper lovers and believers of these things.
  7. That you be totally committed to ministry, whatever your specific role, that you not fritter your time away on soaps or ladies magazines or aimless hobbies, any more than men should fritter theirs away on excessive sports or aimless diddling in the garage. That you redeem the time for Christ and his Kingdom.
  8. That, if you are single, you exploit your singleness to the full in devotion to Christ and not be paralyzed by the desire to be married.
  9. That, if you are married, you creatively and intelligently and sincerely support the leadership of your husband as deeply as obedience to Christ will allow; that you encourage him in his God-appointed role as head; that you influence him spiritually primarily through your fearless tranquility and holiness and prayer.
  10. That, if you have children, you accept responsibility with your husband (or alone if necessary) to raise up children who hope in the triumph of God, sharing with him the teaching and discipline of the children, and giving to the children that special nurturing touch and care that you are uniquely fitted to give.
  11. That you not assume that secular employment is a greater challenge or a better use of your life than the countless opportunities of service and witness in the home the neighborhood, the community, the church, and the world. That you not only pose the question: Career vs. full time mom? But that you ask as seriously: Full time career vs. freedom for ministry? That you ask: Which would be greater for the Kingdom— to be in the employ of someone telling you what to do to make his business prosper, or to be God's free agent dreaming your own dream about how your time and your home and your creativity could make God's business prosper? And that in all this you make your choices not on the basis of secular trends or yuppie lifestyle expectations, but on the basis of what will strengthen the family and advance the cause of Christ.
  12. That you step back and (with your husband, if you are married) plan the various forms of your life's ministry in chapters. Chapters are divided by various things—age, strength, singleness, marriage, employment choices, children at home, children in college, grandchildren, retirement, etc. No chapter has all the joys. Finite life is a series of tradeoffs. Finding God's will, and living for the glory of Christ to the full in every chapter is what makes it a success, not whether it reads like somebody else's chapter or whether it has in it what chapter five will have.
  13. That you develop a wartime mentality and lifestyle; that you never forget that life is short, that billions of people hang in the balance of heaven and hell every day, that the love of money is spiritual suicide, that the goals of upward mobility (nicer clothes, cars, houses, vacations, food, hobbies) are a poor and dangerous substitute for the goals of living for Christ with all your might, and maximizing your joy in ministry to people's needs.
  14. That in all your relationships with men you seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in applying the Biblical vision of manhood and womanhood; that you develop a style and demeanor that does justice to the unique role God has given to man to feel responsible for gracious leadership in relation to women—a leadership which involves elements of protection and care and initiative. That you think creatively and with cultural sensitivity (just as he must do) in shaping the style and setting the tone of your interaction with men.
  15. That you see Biblical guidelines for what is appropriate and inappropriate for men and women in relation to each other not as arbitrary constraints on freedom but as wise and gracious prescriptions for how to discover the true freedom of God's ideal of complementarity. That you not measure your potential by the few roles withheld but by the countless roles offered. That you turn off the TV and Radio and think about...

The awesome significance of motherhood

Complementing a man's life as his wife

Ministries to the handicapped

  • hearing impaired
  • blind
  • lame
  • retarded

Ministries to the sick:

  • nursing
  • physician
  • hospice care—cancer, AIDS, etc.
  • community health

Ministries to the socially estranged:

  • emotionally impaired
  • recovering alcoholics
  • recovering drug users
  • escaping prostitutes
  • abused children, women
  • runaways, problem children
  • orphans

Prison ministries:

  • women's prisons!
  • families of prisoners
  • rehabilitation to society

Ministries to youth:

  • teaching
  • sponsoring
  • open houses and recreation
  • outings and trips
  • counseling
  • academic assistance

Sports ministries:

  • neighborhood teams
  • church teams

Therapeutic counseling:

  • independent
  • church based
  • institutional

Audio visual ministries:

  • composition
  • design
  • production
  • distribution

Writing ministries:

  • free lance
  • curriculum development
  • fiction
  • non-fiction
  • editing
  • institutional communications
  • journalistic skills for publications

Teaching ministries:

  • Sunday school: children, youth, students, women
  • grade school
  • high school
  • college

Music ministries:

  • composition
  • training
  • performance
  • voice
  • choir
  • instrumentalist

Evangelistic ministries:

  • personal witnessing
  • Inter Varsity
  • Campus Crusade
  • Navigators
  • Home Bible Studies
  • outreach to children
  • Visitation teams
  • Counseling at meetings
  • Billy Graham phone bank

Radio and TV ministries:

  • technical assistance
  • writing
  • announcing
  • producing

Theater and drama ministries:

  • acting
  • directing
  • writing
  • scheduling

Social ministries:

  • literacy
  • pro-life
  • pro-decency
  • housing
  • safety
  • beautification

Pastoral care assistance:

  • visitation
  • newcomer welcoming and assistance
  • hospitality
  • food and clothing and transportation

Prayer ministries:

  • praying!!!
  • mobilizing for major Concerts of Prayer
  • helping with small groups of prayer
  • coordinating prayer chains
  • promoting prayer days and weeks and vigils


  • all of the above across cultures

Support ministries:

  • countless jobs that undergird major ministries

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