I used to have a vvvvveeeerrrryyyyy long prayer list while I was in college. I prayed for everyone on it almost every day. Then I got busy and gave up. I just prayed randomly - praying for family, close friends, difficult times, etc. Until this year. Yes, it was for that long. This year I was given the idea that I don't have to just have one prayer list to pray every day (Okay, I could have thought of it myself, but for some reason didn't.) So now I have two sheets up paper that I did up on the computer. Each is divided in half, so I have 8 separate prayer lists. On each one I have Tim and the girls and our immediate families. Then on the others I have different things: extended family members, friends, people who aren't saved or who are away from the Lord, the Christians here in Hermosillo, some back in Canada, people we know from outreach works, people who are sick, other missionaries, etc. Now I feel it's not so overwhelming, AND I can pray for so many people, adding names as I go. Mika liked my prayer list, so I made one with our immediate families and her special close friends on it too.
Something else we use as a family to help us pray for others are prayer sticks:
Continuing on the 'prayer' theme, we have had several chuckles recently over the girls praying. The other day, Vivian had the hiccups when she started praying. She mentioned two names, then made an airplane out of her stick and was "Vrrooom, Vrrooom"-ing in the middle of her prayer. Well that, combined with the hiccups, made it very hard not to have a severe case of the giggles (even though Tim tried very hard to keep her on track). I admit I had to leave the table a couple times I was laughing so hard! She's also classic for saying, "Kyla (or whoever)! Eyes!!" If someone isn't closing their eyes!
The other day, Kyla prayed: "I pray for Auntie Jeff and Uncle Marianne, and that they would obey their children..." =)
I would just ask you to pray for missionaries in the Ukraine right now. Here and here are two families who have, or have had to leave the country because the laws there have changed regarding visas, and they no longer know whether they are allowed to stay or not.
We are about to begin our 9th week of school tomorrow. Hard to believe this much time has passed already! The beginning of the year was very disorganized, and I really struggled getting it together each day. We are now finally into a fairly good routine, and things are flowing better. We finished memorizing Jonah chapter one the middle of September, and are now more than half way through chapter two. Even Vivian knows several of the words as we say the verses. Mika is learning division, if you can believe it!?! I don't remember learning division in 3rd grade, but maybe I just don't remember. She enjoys typing, science and language especially. Spelling is going well, but she really doesn't like penmanship (not that I blame her!), but she is definitely progressing - if only in a better attitude about having to do it. Shaelyn has taken off in reading - and is really getting the hang of it. Her printing is also getting better, and she's still quite enjoying school. Kyla also enjoys her schooling for 2-3 days a week. Her letters - although she doesn't always recognize them - are being printed quite clearly, and she can do most sounds. Still having trouble putting two letters together though, so we are working on that each day. Vivian is quite happy not being a student, and plays most morning quite well - either by herself, or with Kyla. Alisa continues to be a sweet, adorable and practically edible little girl, with her sweet smiles, chubby arms and legs, and pixie ears! Here are a few recently pictures of her:
problem with rats - yuck! The other day I went outside to put clothes in the drier, and when I turned it on, a rat ran out from behind, and straight towards our open door! It must have smelled the cats or something, because it ran past the door, and into the garage. The next morning, one of the cats had killed it, and left it as an "offering" at the front gate. I've never been so proud! =) I feel like they've at least somewhat redeemed themselves!
Some other funnies from the girls:
Kyla - "Maybe we can have leftovers from tomorrow."
The other day we were talking about setting the table, and I said,
"When we set the table, we put the knife and spoon on the..."
Shaelyn - "Right side of the plate."
Me - "Good! And the fork goes on the..."
Shaelyn - "Wrong side!"
Eva was over the other evening, and the girls were playing doctor. They were quite pleased when Alisa was able to join them so they could have a "real baby"!
Okay, here are some random pictures!
|Here is a recent picture of a tea party!|
|The lady who helps us clean occasionally gave Vivian this little broom as Vivi always likes to help!|
|Isn't this what you do with raspberries? =) Kyla|
|Here is a picture Marika drew on the white board - I love it!|