Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

We are forever grateful for all who have served our country,
and those who gave their lives for our freedom.

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.
Psalm 31:24

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

1, 2, 3................20!!!

March 1, Elizabeth turned 20!!!!

Elizabeth ask for a low key birthday at home, an adult birthday. We respected her wishes for an adult birthday, with no real theme...even though it was hard. We didn't hang balloons or streamers, yet, we could resist making things pretty with a few of Elizabeth's favorite things :)

The birthday tree...was decorated in flowers with a butterfly as the topper. From the time Elizabeth was very young she enjoyed the beauty of butterflies. She would often tell people her favorite animal was a butterfly. We would correct her that a butterfly wasn't an animal, it was so cute! Butterflies remain her favorite animal ;)

The table was simple daisy napkins, yellow utensils, and purple cups and plates. I know that someone cannot from birth have a favorite color, but if they could Elizabeth's would have been purple. When she began to talk and recognize colors she would always choose purple. Over the years she has branched out in the world of colors, but purple continues to be #1.

we had 3 types of cheesecake, purchased from an organic bakery made with natural sugars.

*Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
*Plain Cheesecake with Strawberries
*Chocolate Cheesecake

Dinner Menu:

*Lima Beans
*Squash Casserole
*Baked Sweet Potatoes
*Strawberry/Grape Salad
*Cheese Bread

Elizabeth and her "Mini Me"...truly Ruth Ella is completely like Elizabeth. Arthur and I often remark that Elizabeth could never had a child of her own that is any more like her than Ruth Ella. They share a precious bond.

Time to make a wish...who needs a wish when your a follower of Jesus Christ?!? For we have ALL been given the ultimate gift, Jesus!

Happy Birthday Elizabeth!!!!

How easy it was to celebrate you! You were our first born blessing, and you continue to bless us to this day. You are a wonderful example to your siblings, a helper to your father, and my right hand. It has been a joy to watch you grow in body and spirit. You have such a zeal for Christ, His word, your family, and serving others. Your love for the Lord is evident with no words spoken. We pray for you daily, and look forward to seeing where the Lord takes you in the years ahead.

We You~
Mama & Daddy

Serve the lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.
Psalm 100:2

Memories & Quilts

Quilts, we are a family who admires quilts. We don't just admire them we use them on our beds, quilts are great all year round. My grandmother has stitched together some beautiful quilts, as did my mother. Each quilt seems to have a story behind it, from the special design or often times the scraps that were once leftovers from a garment that was made. As a little girl I remember my grandmother talking about her quilts, and pointing out a particular fabric that would bring back a memory of a loved one and their outfit.

I'm not so sure quilts of today are put together in the same fashion, but there are just as beautiful and unique. My friend Deb, makes some amazing quilts, you can see some of her work on her blog HERE.

The weekend before Elizabeth's 20th birthday we had a girls Saturday out, thanks to Arthur and the boys for running the store and caring for 2 little girls. One of the main stops on Elizabeth's list for the day was the quilt shop.

The shop made us all dream of what style of quilt we would make. We walked around looking and touching fabrics, it was such a treat to browse this little shop. One day Lord willing, we Munck ladies are going to make a quilt or two...with Rebekah guiding us, since she is the head seamstress. Until then we'll enjoy the remarkable work and talent that goes into each quilt we see.

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
1Peter 4:10

Friday, May 18, 2012

Boys and rocks, fun mixed with a lesson....

We gave our boys a load of rock and a task.....

They learned team work....


A sense of accomplishment...

And self worth.
Arthur came along side them as they worked and was teaching them to use all of these things for Christ and His kingdom...Seeking to serve Him all the days of their lives.

The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. Proverbs 13:4

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fellowship with friends....

Saturday our family loaded up in the van for a trip across the Georgia line to visit our friends the Hartel Family. I have known Victoria from the blog world for about 2 years, and last May Arthur and I had the pleasure of meeting her and her family in person at the GHEA homeschool conference. From that time on we have kept in contact, in March we saw each other in Spartanburg, SC while at the Teach Them Diligently conference. We planned right then and there to get together, soon! Well, Victoria went right home and came up with a few dates for us to come down to their home for a visit and dinner. We set a date, and I'm so thankful we did. We had a wonderful time of fellowship and encouragement.

The dinner they served us was wonderful, all of our children sat together....

Except Ruth Ella and Mary Ann enjoyed sitting at the parent table. For dessert they made Eclair cake, which Ruth Ella thought was the best thing she had ever eaten! After dinner I was thrilled to sip tea with Victoria, that was truly a treat!

The Hartel Ladies & The Munck Ladies

The Hartel Men & The Munck Men

Arthur, Me (Laura), Victoria (Vicky), Mary Ann, & Greg

It seemed our fellowship ended all to quickly, as the night drew to a close our littles were getting restless. So, we loaded up the van to head back across the line into Tennessee. Thank you Hartel Family for a having us into your home.

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
1 Peter 4:10

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Budding Artist & His Teacher

Art a shared interest .....

The teacher instructing with patience, the budding artist listening with wide eyes and wonder....

More than teacher and pupil, they are....
Sister and Brother~
The art in which they are creating is far more beautiful than what the human eye can see, and fashioned by The Creator of All....Artwork of the heart, that is growing a deeper bond and love between the two!

...Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.
1 Corinthians 8:1

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mary Ann's Birthday

TURNED 1 !!!

Her birthday party was a Hippo theme.....

This was the first theme I saw for Mary Ann's birthday, and I thought it was to cute. It just reminded me of Mary Ann. I looked at several other themes and then shared them all with the family. We took a poll and it was unanimous for the Hippo theme...they too thought this hippo and theme said "Mary Ann".

Daddy carrying Mary Ann into the party....

She wasn't sure what to think of her siblings singing Happy Birthday to her and all the decorations.....

She enjoyed the balloons most of all....

Daddy walked her around to take in all the decorations, which made her babble, squeal, and point.

Mary Ann had her own little birthday cake for digging her little pudgy hands into.

Dinner Menu: for the family

Barbecued Chicken
Homemade Buns
(gluten free)
Roasted Potatoes
Tossed Salad

Mary Ann's Dinner Menu:
Homemade Bun
Sweet Potatoes

Presents & Dessert

Mary Ann's cake was not our normal birthday cake, because we are still trying to eat healthy. In January our family had a total lifestyle change with our eating, we are still eating this way and making changes as we go. We all feel so much better, we continue to see a difference in our bodies along with our health. So, Miss Mary Ann's cake was made with soy flour, making it gluten free. Now the icing....well, it was made with powdered sugar, not healthy at all!

These thumbprint cookies were completely sugar free, and they were delicious!

The birthday girl with her Daddy and Mama. could she be 1 already?!?


Baby hands, PRICELESS!

This was Mary Ann's first taste of 'real' sugar, she wasn't really sold on it. She nibbled on it, but never did dig in. In fact after this picture was taken we took the cake away, she didn't even care.

Mary Ann may not have liked the cake and icing to much, but she gobbled up the homemade chocolate ice cream....made with honey. She is wearing a little chocolate on her face, yum

This was a celebration to remember! We are so thrilled that the Lord blessed our family with Mary Ann. She brings us such joy with her silly gestures that are accompanied by her contagious smile. We look forward to watching her grow, I pray we as a family teach her the ways of the Lord.....

"You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:7

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day

Last Mother's Day, May 8, 2011.... I was given an extra special gift for Mother's Day! I was blessed to become a mother again, to Miss Mary Ann Faith Munck. Her arrival made that Mother's Day truly one I will 'never' forget.

This Mother's Day was different from last year, yet, special in it's own way.

My children made a delicious breakfast for me, gave me homemade cards, gifts, and my oldest daughters sang me a beautiful song. All of this was before church, my entire day was filled with the richness of love. A love given to this mother who is unworthy of so many blessings. I lift my hands in praise to the Lord for the gift of children, which grants me the title of mother.

This afternoon we had lunch with my extended family, to celebrate Mother's Day.

Me and my Mama....

If I had to describe my mother in one word it would be "giving". I'm am very thankful for all that my mother has given to me through the years. I wasn't the easiest child, and at times I know I was trying. She continued to love me and give of herself. I love you Mama ♥

Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways.
Psalms 128:1