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Today I spent some time at Martha’s working with a couple of her young horses in the round pen. I am trying to learn as much as I can by reading books, watching videos, and attending clinics. It is a lot different to read something and watch someone else do it and then try to do it yourself. It is a lot of new information and when I get in the pen I find that only a very small portion of the info makes it with me. Read the rest of this entry »

School is going very well this year. I am very pleased. Samantha just brought home a 100% on a math test which is a great accomplishment for her. She didn’t have any backwards numbers on it either. She is really trying. Her teacher this year is a bit more laid back which seems to suit her better this year. She is working hard but is enjoying school.

Cristofer’s teacher is more laid back than last years also and he seems to be doing well with her. We will be starting some social stories with him at home and possibly in the classroom to see if we can help him with a few things he seems stuck on, such as keeping his hands to himself, especially while in a line. Looking forward to seeing how these work with him.

Aria is beginning to learn to read and she is so excited! She brought home a little book called I Can that she had colored herself. She used her finger to follow the words on each page and read it to me twice. It is so fun to see them figuring things out and making these steps.

Nicholas loves school too. He and I wish he could go more than the two couple of hour days. He gets very bored at home. We have run around some doing errands and such, but he would rather be at school with other kids. He is slowly and a bit tearfully learning to hold a pencil and write his name and color in a picture. He is a little perfectionist and gets frustrated that he can’t do things that look just right.

I have been volunteering at the school on Wednesdays and I love it! I am getting to know the teachers and I get to spend time with another volunteer mom who I met this summer at the library program. I mostly do cutting, stapling and copy work, but I really enjoy it and it really helps out the teachers. They are very appreciative.

Here are pics of the first day of school, waiting for the bus. Aren’t they cute?!

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I finally got back in the saddle this week. After taking a long summer break I am ready to get back to some horse related activities. Yesterday I rode a quarter horse mare named Molly. She belongs to a very nice lady who has been wanting someone to ride with her. She is 74 years old and rides a nice gaited mare and is training a young filly who is also gaited. Arlene (the lady) is the mother of Bobby, the lady who was giving me lessons last winter. We used Bobby’s indoor arena to warm up and for me to get aquainted with Molly. She hadn’t been ridden in a while but she did just fine. It was fun. Arlene and I are going to try to ride together on Mondays while Nick is at preschool. Read the rest of this entry »

A quote from Steve Brown’s A Scandalous Freedom The Radical Nature of the Gospel. This is from a chapter called The Perfection We Desire…and the Forgiveness That Sets Us Free:

When Paul talks about the abolition of the law in the book of Romans, he gives us a powerful way to get better, because he knew that getting better wasn’t the point. Our relationship with God is the point, and that is the place where we ought to get obsessive. When I am obsessed with being better instead of being consumed with God’s love and grace, I become prideful if I can pull it off and self-centered if I can’t.

I have really enjoyed Stephen Brown’s book No More Mr. Nice Guy! Saying Goodbye to “Doormat” Christianity. At the end of the book he suggests that a declaration of independence be written by the reader something like this:

When, in the course of my life, it becomes necessary for me to dissolve the bonds that have bound me to people and things other than God, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle me, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that I should declare the causes that have impelled me to the separation.

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that I was created equal to all other men and women and I have been endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable rights. Among these rights are my right to be different, to stand for my convictions, to bow my head before none other than God, and to be Christ’s faithful disciple to my life’s end.

Others have told me what only God can tell me.
Others have created systems that bind me to the rules and regulations of men.
Others have tried to make me feel guilty.
Others have threatened me with rejection. They have told me that they would withhold their love from me if I was not like them.
Others have manipulated me and have made a mockery of God’s special creation in me, and have thereby prevented me from acting freely and boldly in Christ’s name.

I, therefore, a representative of the King, appealing to Him, do, in His name and by His authority, declare that I am free and independent of all except Him and those to whom He has bound me. To this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, I do pledge my life, my fortune, and my sacred honor.

It has been simply amazing to realize how bound I was and to begin to live in a new freedom. Such lifting of weights. A lightness. Now, If I can only remain in His freedom. I must constantly return to Him, lest I forget and fall back into bondage. Thank you, Lord, for such grace and mercy.