My birthday was at the beginning of the month and my husband and kids surprised me with an iPad2! I should have known something was up when my kids kept begging me to open my gift from them I love figuring out how to use this technology in my life, for both fun and for productivity! I keep researching best ways to use it and my kids keep stealing it away to take pics, videos, play games and make music in GarageBand.
Our church is currently in a series of sermons that have memory verses included, one for each week. As a family we have been working to memorize these verses. I decided to video the kids saying them and have fun on iMovie putting together the different clips.
The other day, I found Isabelle watching the video clip of her and her siblings saying their verses. I then saw her begin to tape herself re-saying them and including the “good job” comment I added at the end. This got my mind to thinking!!
Isabelle currently is not able to count higher than 13, she always messes up when we get to 14. I have been thinking we would work on this during the summer as well as other things.
The two thoughts came together for me!
I decided to video myself counting objects up to 20. I thought maybe she will watch it over and over and actually count with it! When I made the first video I did not even get it finished before she and Owen showed up wanting to watch it over and over. The second video I spontaneously captured on our driveway after we wrote out numbers 1-20 with sidewalk chalk.
I am looking forward to see what will come of this little experiment! I already found her watching one and counting along! I will let you know how it goes Numbers 14-20 may just be in her vocabulary sometime soon!
My love for my iPad2 grows.
A new year calls for new and renewed goals. If you are not purposeful in life, you will get swept up in whatever is around you and before you know it years will have passed by, patterns will be set, and unwanted results will be occurring. We find this can be true in our lives so we are challenged to be purposeful and want to challenge others to do the same.
As a family we have purposed to step up to the challenge of learning to love one another better in 2010. Now, that would be a nice traditional resolution, but to make it effective, we have given it more specifics. (read fellow blogger, Michael Hyatt, about making resolutions “stick”)
So we have chosen 1 Peter 4.8-9 to guide us through this year.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
In a family of 6, love, hospitality, and not grumbling are great necessities for a well functioning team. So our goals all carry this focus with them.
We will memorize 1 Peter 4.8-9 as a family, and use it as a springboard for prayer throughout the year. Mandy will be dedicating time throughout the year studying the ways God loves.
Brian will increase daddy-dates with each child to happen 1 time per month on the date of their birthday. So Emma, who has a birthday on November 5th, rejoiced that she gets to be the first one under the new goal…she is already making plans for what we will do on Tuesday, January 5th. (Owen doesn’t start yet because we start them on their 3rd birthday)
All the family will each read at least 20 books this year (Isabelle and Owen will have to be read to). Our blog readers will for sure be kept up to date on what books we are reading and how this goal is progressing through the year
Mandy and Brian will run a half-marathon this year (Kuddos to Greg & Allison for the marathon/half-marathon they will be running in a few weeks!)
Brian will submit 3 articles this year to a magazine for publication consideration
As we listen to the direction of God and walk with him through this year of loving, there will be more goals that we commit to and ways that we will change what we have set out to do. We look forward to how this year will unfold as we strive to live out this journey of faith, family, and ministry. May the Lord bless you and your goals in the year 2010…share your goals in the comments!!
Today is the last day of 2009 and with that comes the desire to take a moment to reflect back on the treasured events of this past year. We are thankful for the Lord’s many blessings! He is always so faithful to provide for our needs and bless us with delights along the way. Even the difficult times are a blessing from Him, since they cause us to draw even closer to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here are a few of our memory highlights of 2009:
- Bed & Breakfast weekend getaway gift given to Mandy and I from students in the ministry
- Summer vacationing in the Adirondacks for the first time…being blessed with an incredible campsite
- Speaking the full message from 2 Peter for the Calvary Church main service the day after my birthday
- 24 hour Junior & Senior guys wilderness retreat this past November. The outdoors is a great place for getting to know others and growing deeper with God.
- Getting a bow and arrows, something that I have wanted to get for years…now to keep practicing and learn hunting to get my first deer (hopefully a 2010 highlight!)
- Watching Addie play soccer! That girl just headed the ball GOAL!!!
- Hearing Emma tell all about her day at school. She is so animated in her stories and just loves her teacher Mr. Gillis who is SOOOO funny
- LISTENING to Isabelle bloom! This last year has brought more and more words from our sweet Isabelle. It has been a delight to hear her sing her first songs and begin to make jokes and tease. She is changing so much right before our eyes. As the Lord gives her the gift of speech we are getting to see more of her personality and the special way God has made her.
- Learning what a backhoe is and how cool trash trucks are! Having a two year old boy is wonderful!
- Teaching at Study & Share, the woman’s Bible Study @ Calvary Church, in the spring. Leading a Bible study in my home with four other mom’s.
- Family vacation in the Adirondacks! Bike riding and Kayaking
- Going to High Point Summer Camp
- Starting fourth grade!
- Playing U10 girls soccer and winning 2nd place trophy.
- Nancy Drew Mystery Books
- Playing softball for the first time & pitching
- Going to Woodcrest Summer Camp
- Fishing on vacation
- Having Uncle Mike and Aunt Kristi here for Thanksgiving
- Starting the second grade!
- Fancy Nancy books and horses!
- Being in Mrs. Long and Mrs. Hiatt’s five day preschool class.
- Watching fire works on the Fourth @ Long’s Park
- Riding with Daddy and Andy in the Trash Truck!
- making friends! Morgyn, Judd, Jake, Thomas…
You can check out our 2009 photo highlights in our gallery. (click here to go straight to the slide show)
We look forward to the new year and all the wonderful blessing the Lord will bring along the way! In a few days we will be writing about what God has directed us to focus on in 2010 and what some of our goals are.
What happened with the Moore’s in 2007?Â Check out our new Page, 2007 Year in review! And our Photo MemoriesÂ of 2007 Slideshow.
…Good old Golden Rule Days!
Life has been very crazy here in the Moore family…but sometimes crazy is good. I have described it to several friends as the “perfect storm” of life coming together all at once…nothing of a tragic nature though, so we can be thankful for that!
One of the exciting things is that Addie returned to school to 2nd grade and Emma went to school for the first time in Kindergarten! It has been a great transition back to school schedule and seeing the excitement of the girls. Addie is well adjusted to a full day of school after making that step last year to 1st grade. Part of the excitement is that Emma gets to ride the bus home with Addie. Also, Emma is taking off in reading skills already.
Isabelle is not without her new things as she is back in pre-school twice a week and now is doing her speech therapy once a week and learning very quickly. She is saying many more words, and beginning to use some without being asked. Someone passed her in church on Sunday and said “Hi Isabelle” and she responded back “Hi” with a little wave! That hasn’t really happened before like that. A big help in our communication with her is that she is using “yes” and “no” very well. Sometimes she may be confused by the question and the default response is “yes”. One day when she wasn’t obeying in something continually, I asked her “do you need to have a spanking?” and she looked at me with bright eyes and said “yes”! I just laughed with her! She says “eease” more (which is Please) and other new words.
Below is a picture of her friend Sawyer taking her on another car date! Last year Sawyer had trouble getting her in the car, this time it appears that he’s having a tough time with the conversation! Click here for her last date last year.
And lastly, I have started another round of classes at Biblical Seminary. This trimester I have decided to try two classes. I am taking Missional Theology on campus and Greek 1 online. I commute once a week to the Philadelphia area and am able to carpool with another student from our area. I chose to do the online greek because I have taken 2 years of greek in my undergraduate work and have a familiarity with the material. Even with that familiarity it is a lot of work!
Despite the craziness and the loads of work, I am really enjoying the challenge of studies at Biblical Seminary. I chose this seminary because of their unique pursuit of training ministry leaders very practically to minister in the culture in which we live. In fact their mission is:
“To prepare missional leaders who incarnate the story of Jesus with humility and authenticity and who communicate the story with fidelity to Scripture, appreciation of the Christian tradition, and sensitivity to the needs and aspirations of postmodern culture.”
The school is taking much criticism these days from some alumni and others that have been afraid of the direction of the emerging church movement that the seminary is involved with. I find it very stimulating to study there even when things are said that I am uncomfortable with, it causes me to think more deeply about what I think and believe and why. The professor of my Missional Theology class, John Franke, has been one of the people that the critics are most critical of…all I know right now is that I have a lot of reading to get done before I see him in class today at 1:30!!! Better GO!
We celebrated Isabelle’s Birthday on Monday with a small backyard party. It was a great day that she really enjoyed! You can go to our gallery to see photos from the day. ENJOY!