Wednesday, August 24, 2011

First Day

 We made it!!  The first day of Kinder for my spunky little one was a success!  Loved her teacher, loved her friends, loved PE, loved seeing Caroline in the halls, and loves that she doesn't have to go back again until Monday!
 2nd did this happen??
The highlight of her day was her dance elective.  We are in for a LOT of performances in the living room!

Preston and I enjoyed just being together with Drew.  I didn't realize how much he talks!!  Now that the girls were out of the house, I thought it was going to be quieter (they have QUITE a bit to say)
   Holy Smokes, he didn't take a breath ALL day.  
He also kept stealing my steak knives to "saw" things, like sticks and dirt, the house columns etc...  Any ideas how to steer this in a better direction?  My friend, Kristin's husband bought the boys a tool box with small "real" tools in it, hammer, saw, nails, screws...   That seems brilliant to me.
I love Preston's little voice when he asks "MOM, will you come saw wood with me?"
"of course, sweetheart, let me grab a knife first."

Monday, July 25, 2011


Every summer growing up we made the 4 day drive or long flight up to New England where my parents are from.  My grandparents lived in a big old family home right on the beach in Maine.  
Not bad digs!  My parents now have the home so we can still go.
We have brought the children now 4 times. It is a blast to see them have fun on the same beach where I grew up.   Caroline is our beach bunny so far.  I was SOOO nervous treking everyone up, we haven't been doing very well with any travel as a family lately, but they did beautifully!!  Drew seemed to get over his teething-crisis just in time to be the little show stopper for the week and actually slept!!  We really needed this as a family and it was a great time of bonding for all of us.

Drew LOVED the beach!

Climbing the rocks on the Breakwater was a HUGE hit!  
The kids thought they were climbing Everest.

My parents and grandmother.  We had such a fun time just with them.

Welcome to Maine, Drew-man!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Motherhood as Mission

We are having a great summer, nothing much planned, but trying to be in the water as much as possible. We are gelling as a family very well, and Andy's work has been much lighter this summer!! Yeah!
That being said, the phrase "the days are long, but the years short" comes to mind. These summer days are VERY long. Drew is getting about 4 teeth at one time, so for the past 2 weeks, he has really just cried. most of the day. I'm trying to get on top of the pain with tylenol every 4, but he won't have anything to do with cold things to chew on to help. The other 3 are needing a lot of direction and "working out the kinks" of being together all the time. In short, at the end of many days I am afraid I am "crazy in the head" as I tell Andy. I am trying to be more planned and organized, and sometimes it works! Going a bit nuts though, feeling discouraged with disobedience, sassy talk, arguing and needing me constantly, and... the crying. I think if I can help Drew get his teeth and stop crying all day, I can focus better on the other 3 and not be so testy myself. Feeling weary and exhausted will pass, I know. Tis the season, right?

This article has encouraged me almost every day the past 2 weeks, I found it on the Desiring God site. I struggle with pretty much everything it talks about.   

Motherhood as a Mission Field

There is a good old saying, perhaps only said by my Grandfather, that distance adds intrigue. It is certainly true — just think back to anything that has ever been distant from you that is now near. Your driver’s license. Marriage. Children. Things that used to seem so fascinating, but as they draw near become less mystical and more, well, real.
This same principle certainly applies to mission fields too. The closer you get to home, the less intriguing the work of sacrifice seems. As someone once said, “Everyone wants to save the world, but no one wants to help Mom with the dishes.” When you are a mother at home with your children, the church is not clamoring for monthly ministry updates. When you talk to other believers, there is not any kind of awe about what you are sacrificing for the gospel. People are not pressing you for needs you might have, how they can pray for you. It does not feel intriguing, or glamorous. Your work is normal, because it is as close to home as you can possibly be. You have actually gone so far as to become home.

Home: The Headwaters of Mission

If you are a Christian woman who loves the Lord, the gospel is important to you. It is easy to become discouraged, thinking that the work you are doing does not matter much. If you were really doing something for Christ you would be out there, somewhere else, doing it. Even if you have a great perspective on your role in the kingdom, it is easy to lose sight of it in the mismatched socks, in the morning sickness, in the dirty dishes. It is easy to confuse intrigue with value, and begin viewing yourself as the least valuable part of the Church.
There are a number of ways in which mothers need to study their own roles, and begin to see them, not as boring and inconsequential, but as home, the headwaters of missions.
At the very heart of the gospel is sacrifice, and there is perhaps no occupation in the world so intrinsically sacrificial as motherhood. Motherhood is a wonderful opportunity to live the gospel. Jim Elliot famously said, “He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Motherhood provides you with an opportunity to lay down the things that you cannot keep on behalf of the people that you cannot lose. They are eternal souls, they are your children, they are your mission field.

Faith Makes the Small Offering Great

If you are like me, then you may be thinking “What did I ever give up for them? A desk job? Time at the gym? Extra spending money? My twenty- year- old figure? Some sleep?” Doesn’t seem like much when you put it next to the work of some of the great missionaries, people who gave their lives for the gospel.
Think about the feeding of the five thousand when the disciples went out and rounded up the food that was available. It wasn’t much. Some loaves. Some fish. Think of some woman pulling her fish out and handing it to one of the disciples. That had to have felt like a small offering. But the important thing about those loaves and those fishes was not how big they were when they were given, it was about whose hands they were given into. In the hands of the Lord, that offering was sufficient. It was more than sufficient. There were leftovers. Given in faith, even a small offering becomes great.
Look at your children in faith, and see how many people will be ministered to by your ministering to them. How many people will your children know in their lives? How many grandchildren are represented in the faces around your table now?

Gain What You Cannot Lose in Them

So, if mothers are strategically situated to impact missions so greatly, why do we see so little coming from it?  I think the answer to this is quite simple: sin. Discontent, pettiness, selfishness, resentment. Christians often feel like the right thing to do is to be ashamed about what we have. We hear that quote of Jim Elliot’s and think that we ought to sell our homes and move to some place where they need the gospel.
But I’d like to challenge you to look at it differently. Giving up what you cannot keep does not mean giving up your home, or your job so you can go serve somewhere else. It is giving up yourself. Lay yourself down. Sacrifice yourself here, now. Cheerfully wipe the nose for the fiftieth time today. Make dinner again for the people who don’t like the green beans. Laugh when your plans are thwarted by a vomiting child. Lay yourself down for the people here with you, the people who annoy you, the people who get in your way, the people who take up so much of your time that you can’t read anymore. Rejoice in them. Sacrifice for them. Gain that which you cannot lose in them.
It is easy to think you have a heart for orphans on the other side of the world, but if you spend your time at home resenting the imposition your children are on you, you do not. You cannot have a heart for the gospel and a fussiness about your life at the same time. You will never make any difference there if you cannot be at peace here. You cannot have a heart for missions, but not for the people around you. A true love of the gospel overflows and overpowers. It will be in everything you do, however drab, however simple, however repetitive.
God loves the little offerings. Given in faith, that plate of PB&J’s will feed thousands. Given in faith, those presents on Christmas morning will bring delight to more children than you can count. Offered with thankfulness, your work at home is only the beginning. Your laundry pile, selflessly tackled daily, will be used in the hands of God to clothe many. Do not think that your work does not matter. In God’s hands, it will be broken, and broken, and broken again, until all who have need of it have eaten and are satisfied. And even then, there will be leftovers.
Rachel Jankovic is a wife, homemaker, and mother. She is the author of "Loving the Little Years" and blogs at Femina. Her husband is Luke, and they have five children: Evangeline (5), Daphne (4), Chloe (2), Titus (2), and Blaire (5 months).

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Drew Moses!!

 "Lift up your eyes all around and see;
they all gather together, they come to you;
 your sons shall come from far, 
and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.

 Then you shall see and be radiant;

 your heart shall thrill and exult
because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you"
Isaiah 60:4-5

 Referral picture from Home of Hope Orphanage:
You've come a long way baby!!
"...the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; 
he has sent me to bind up the comfort all who mourn...
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified"
Isaiah 61: 3

Thank you Lord, that you have comforted our abandoned  and "placed the lonely in families",
 we are so blessed because of your works!

Drew, you have lit up our family, you have brought such joy and are changing our hearts.
 Happy one year birthday my son.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wanted: summer playlist suggestions

Not being the koolest kat on the block, I need some help putting together some music for the summer.
At the swim meet the other day, all of the kids were singing along to the songs put together by the DJ. Yes, DJ, at our swim meet.  What we lack in speed, we make up in spunk!  
I knew none of the songs, at least none from the 2000s, but they were really fun.  So, what do we need to have jamming in the Schulz home this summer??

Friday, May 20, 2011

My Lucy: Off with the Old, on with the New

With many tears I allowed my Lucy to graduate from preschool. 
 I wavered back and forth whether or not to do it. 
Sonshine School has been the perfect place for her the past 3 years to make the sweetest friends, do art, chase boys and just be the nut she is.  If we didn't have about 6 more years of Sonshine ahead of us I'd be a real mess!  She is excited that she actually goes to school less next year than she did this year.  Hey, I can relate.  I wasn't exactly known for being IN school all 5 days of the week...
  I can't tell you HOW many people have asked hesitently "so... how do you think LUCY is going to do at Veritas??"  (our school where i teach her 3 days a week at home) 
I really think she is going to LOVE it, it is right up her alley!
I also have trusty Caroline who has her on a phonogram and math program already.
Can you see her sweet face behind her hair?
Her BFF, Madren
Ms. Mary giving Lucy the award for "Confidence" after explaining how she is so "comfortable in her own skin" so true, so true :)

On with the new... Swim Team!!! 

Apparently, She is In It To Win It. 
Look at her checking out her competition, sizing her up. " i can take her, it's on".

I love that she is the only one in a black swim suit b/c she was too small for the team suit.
Holy cow!  She flew to the other end and won her heat :) Who knew?
On to the backstroke, we're really serious about this now, pulling out the swim cap and stretching.  I'd never actually seen her DO the backstroke when i signed her up for it, so, I was just hoping she could find the lane lines when she started to sink.

Check her out, she was amazing!!

"Yes, yes, I did, I won my race, on my back!!"
like I said, "in it to win it!"  I'm proud of you Little Lu!!