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Today was a Big Day! February 17, 2011

Filed under: Anderson,Books,Family,Firsts,God,homeschool,Madelyn,Mommy-ing,Selah — adayinthelifeofaross @ 12:53 am

Item #1: A.J. found the perfect slingshot stick today at the museum walking paths.  We have been researching how to make the perfect sling shot with daddy.  We’ll keep you posted 🙂

Item #2: Selah is so stinkin’ cute. Okay, I guess that’s not really “Big Day” material because she always has been, but I didn’t want her feeling left out.

Item #3: Maddie read a sentence for the first time! (The real purpose of this post 😉 )Actually, it was a title to a book she brought over to me today.  She wanted to know what it was called.  We hadn’t read this book in a really long time, but I wanted to see if maybe she could figure out some of the words by sounding them out.  And she did!  It took quite a bit of time and I realized I never explained what it meant to “blend” sounds together, so I had to quickly try to explain it to her, and she got it!  It was quite a moment of success for both Mommy and Maddie! So very proud of my little girly!  Tonight again before bedtime A.J. asked if we could read the book together (he was proud of Maddie but I think also feeling a bit left-out) and I told Maddie to chime in whenever she wanted to sound out a word.  She did a great job!  By the end she recognized/read  “Jack” ,”Jill”, “and”, “big”, “dog”, “up”, and “Bill”! And not to be outdone, A.J. chimed in too, though I think he just has a great memory and wasn’t really reading. 😉

It felt like such a privilege to witness this “first” with my girly!  At times I don’t take advantage of those “ordinary” moments with my kids as I would like to, so I’m grateful God helped me to slow down and spend that “teachable moment” with my little girl.  And I think it made both of us even more excited for what’s to come!!

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November 25, 2008

Filed under: Books,Hubby,Mommy-ing — adayinthelifeofaross @ 5:42 pm

Book Recommendation
I have a few things I want to post about in the next few weeks but before I do, I wanted to write a short book recommendation.
I had never been huge on commentaries, (books that are written to give insight on books of the bible) mostly because I had trouble understanding them! The past commentaries I had tried to read seemed so heavy and intellectual that I was discouraged pretty quickly from trying any more! So, Ben became my commentary 🙂 And actually, even still, he is such a blessing and resource to me as I seek to better understand Scripture. But, about a year or so ago Ben caught wind of a commentary series that he thought I might like. Its called the Reformed Expository Commentary series and I am totally in love! What I love about this series is that each book contains historically and theologically rich insight, but it is written by men who have pastoral hearts and help you to apply the text to your Christian life. I’ve had the chance to read through a few so far and each one not only has broadened my understanding of God’s word, but they have increased my gratefulness and love for the Savior!

Currently I am reading through the commentary of Hebrews. I’ve so enjoyed reading this along with the book of Hebrews! Here is a recent quote from the author of the commentary, Richard D. Phillips, commenting on Hebrew 7:11-19.

“This is Christ’s goal and desire, the end of his labor–not only to see us justified and forgiven of our sins, but actually lead into relationship with God through the Holy Spirit, who gives us power to stop being law-breakers and instead to be law-keepers through faith in Christ. This leads to very practical questions: Do you live in fellowship with God? Through God’s Spirit, do you know and relate to him? Do you talk with God in prayer? Does His voice speak to your mind and your heart as you receive his Word in the Scriptures? Are you living in new obedience by his power, with evidence of His fruit growing in your life? This is the true Christian life, and everything short of it is a counterfeit. The Christian life is life in the Spirit of God, obeying and drawing near to God in spirit and truth. This is not mysticism. It is not irrational, nor does it depend on emotions. Rather, it is the life of spiritual communion with God himself as he takes the Word he has given and writes it on our hearts and minds, on the tablets of our very souls, through the Holy Spirit as we trust in Christ as our Savior and Lord.”