Something So Big

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

One Big Frat Party

The Sigma Alpha Sorority at UW-P hosted Grant County Family Fun Night on Monday over at the fairgrounds. There were make & take activities, games, food, and a Christmas store...all free for area families! I thought it would be fun to check it out, and sure enough there were plenty of booths (sponsored by various fraternities and sororities) where the kids could make Thanksgiving crafts and Christmas ornaments...

...but to my surprise, there were also a few very educational booths! The Pre-Med Club had a bunch of microscopes set up with slides of various human tissue cells. Paige took a special interest in identifying nerve, bone, muscle, and lung cells; she cut and paste them to a full-color hand-out they provided. I was very impressed!!

Here we see Shae making a Christmas ornament...uh wait, no that's not quite it. The Biology Club provided owl pellets for dissection. Partially digested mouse remains found in owl stomachs!!! Shae is actually locating various mouse bone parts such as the femur, clavicle, etc. Intriguing and gross all at the same time!!!

The children received a ticket for every booth they visited, then visited the "store" behind the curtain to buy various items with their tickets. Cy bought me a very nice Joshua 24:15 plaque for my birthday! The food was delicious, there were tons of door prizes, and for me the best part was just seeing all of those college kids interacting with the children. No beer pong or self-centered 20-year-olds present this night.
Now that's MY kind of frat party!
Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.--Philippians 2:4 New Living Translation

Monday, November 22, 2010

39 Years Later...

...I'm still feeling a little overwhelmed!!

The LORD bless you
and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.--Numbers 6:24-26

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wiffle Ball Wonderland

Anybody who's into sports would thoroughly enjoy Rookies between Black Earth and Mazomanie. My sister Marla took us there for her birthday in May, and I just knew that Mark and the kids would love it, too!

Last week on our way home from the Dells, we were lucky enough to have a beautiful day and the field was open!

Now hitting a wiffle ball isn't as easy as you would think...

...but once you make contact, it's time to fly around the bases!

Wynne needed a little help with her stance and swing,

but she was so proud when she got a hit and made it to first! (See the "turf" on the infield?)

We didn't keep score, but it seems that someone always needs a "time-out" for some reason or another.

Oh well, back to the game!

What a great way to pass the time while waiting for your lunch. (And a delicious lunch at that!)

Such a treat!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thursday Night Thriller

Shae decided to celebrate Veteran's Day by incurring a war wound of her own.
To record for posterity...she was trying to play catch (football) with Ally and Cy, when Cy's throw hit her in the face/near the eye. Shae cried and started running into the house (we were at Grandma and Grandpa E.'s, visiting my mother who, ironically, was recovering from a head wound of her own!)...tripped and fell on a small rock or something...and got a nice little gouge in her forehead.

Four hours later, after 2 butterfly bandages, I couldn't get the cut to stop bleeding, and we didn't want a big scar Paige and I accompanied her to Urgent Care. Upon hearing the word "stitches" Shae started freaking out, but we calmed her down, held her hands, and after the shot to numb it, she was a real trooper. Thank you to the kind nurses and doctor who soothed my little girl and gave her (and her twin sister) new storybooks as parting gifts. Thanks to their mother for buying them Dilly Bars as a bribe for calming down. Thanks to twin sister for saying "You're really brave" and lending emotional support (when she wasn't in the bathroom crying her eyes out in sympathy)!!
O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.--Psalm 30:2

Weekend Getaway

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
--Philippians 4:6 ESV

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Cute Things They Say, Fall 2010 Edition

"I would like something white, cold, and it comes in a cone." --Wynne, age 4, when asked what she would like to eat for lunch. Forget the main dish and go straight to dessert!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Glimpse

The season ended on Saturday.

Apparently we weren't meant to enter the Promised Land just yet, but we did get a glimpse of it!

We'll keep this entry focused on the highlights!

We stopped the machine one yard short of the goal line here.

So close at halftime...

This team was fun to watch all season!

The second half had fewer highlights, but there were a few. And we never gave up!

This crowd was positive and loud. I'm so proud of our team and our town!! Dang near everyone drove 3 hours to support the kids.

Conference champs. State quarter-finals. Eleven and one.


Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.--Psalm 31:24

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Give Me the Mountain!!

Even though we are part of a public school, there is always room for God there. I was looking for an object lesson for my Sunday School lesson planning and stumbled across a youth sermon that ties in PERFECTLY with what my husband's football team is experiencing this week. Funny how God's Word can come up and surprise you like that!!
I need to give credit to Ken Sapp, creator of, for his work titled "Mustard Seed Faith". Ken starts out with, "We all know that twelve spies were sent into Canaan to spy out the land. Can you name the twelve? Most people can name Joshua and Caleb, but the remaining ten are forgotten. Eventually, God raises Joshua and Caleb to become the real giants in the land. By faith they stood on the promises of God. Their faith was bigger than the giants. And God was bigger than their faith. Someone has said it's not the size of your faith that makes the difference, but the size of God that we put our faith in."

Wow - how true is that. We are in the midst of preparing for a Level 3 playoff game at Burlington Catholic Central. The Hilltoppers are the 2-time defending state champs in our division. It's hard to believe that they are a small Division 7 school, when they are a private school in a city of over 10,000 people. They produce state championship teams in nearly all sports, and it is routine for them to mow down small town teams like ours. I could keep going, but then I would sound like the "10 other spies", right?? I could keep talking about their endless numbers of players who are 6 foot whatever, 195 pounds plus, fast, physical, etc. etc. etc. But then I would be what Ken calls a Grasshopper, not a Caleb. The ten "other spies" report back to Moses after having scoped out the Promised Land (Canaan). They focus on the negatives instead of the possibilities. They let fear overshadow their faith, and so the people of the land are giants and, as it says in Numbers 13:33, "We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

Caleb and Joshua were the only ones who saw the potential of the Promised Land and wanted to go in and take it. They knew that, with God's help, they would surely win. Numbers 13:30 says "Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, 'We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.'”

Caleb and Joshua went on to say, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” (Numbers 14: 7-9)

Caleb was 40 years old when he first spied Canaan, but because of the disbelief of all the others, he had to wait 45 more years in the wildnerness before God let him enter that land. And when he did enter the land, he was 85 years old, still full of belief and enthusiasm for the Lord, and he said "GIVE ME THE MOUNTAIN". He wanted Hebron, the toughest, hilliest part of the land, inhabited by the huge Anakites (the giants). Caleb wanted the challenge because He knew that God would help him to conquer it. And that's exactly what happened! When all of the doubting Israelites had grown older and died, Caleb and Joshua survived and took over the Promised Land.

Ken calls Caleb's faith "Mustard Seed Faith" in reference to the time (Matthew 17:20, to be exact) when Jesus told his disciples that even a LITTLE faith can do BIG things (like move mountains). Ken lists 3 tests of faith:

1. Faith focuses on the possibilities, the potential, not the problems.
We have a team that has battled through obstacles, personal adversity, and stuck together as a family. This is the first time we've ever played a state quarter-final game on the opponent's field.

2. Faith relies on God's abilities, not our own abilities.
God is a big God. If it's in His will for us to win this game, we will win it with His help. We will prepare ourselves and strategize and play our very hardest, but in the end, if we don't give Him the glory, it won't mean a hill of beans.

3. Faith is not content with the minimum, the path of least resistance, but asks for the mountain!
We are facing our toughest opponent of the season, the 2-time defending state champions. Bring 'em on....let's TOP the Hilltoppers!!!

**thanks to Tabitha Keene for the pictures!**

Now the people of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the LORD said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea about you and me. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly. So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.’
“Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”

Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance. So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the LORD, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly. (Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba after Arba, who was the greatest man among the Anakites.)

Then the land had rest from war.
> --Joshua 14:6-15

Monday, November 1, 2010

Weekend Recap

I have nothing clever to say. Just PRAISE GOD, HIDE THE CANDY, and GO CHIEFTAINS!!!!

We just had a 4-day wild and wooly weekend. I call it a 4-day weekend because the kids didn't have school on Thursday or Friday, which meant 2 extra days to sleep in, fight over the computer, and celebrate Halloween.

*Thursday & Friday morning we were busy setting up the church for Girls Night Out. Thursday afternoon we put together our treats for Trunk or Treat!

*Trunk or Treat was a new addition to the Halloween festivities in town this year. The school parent group sponsored this event where people decorate their vehicle trunks & pass out candy to parading trick-or-treaters. Ally did all of the Burb decorating herself. She did a fantastic job, rigging up lights and using the kids' school decorations!

Here we are getting ready to go trunk-or-treating!

Yes, I became one of those people who makes their dog dress up for Halloween. The pirate hat was a quarter at the thrift shop; I couldn't resist.

It was a pretty festive sight in the school parking lot that night. Too bad it was FREEZING cold and windy.

Astrid was super creative with her van!!

*Friday afternoon Dad led the pumpkin carving.

*Girls Night Out started with supper and the fashion show.

Then it was time to worship!

My girls looked so beautiful!

Paige was so excited to wear her new blouse (from Ally) and sport a new hairstyle! I just wish I would have taken a picture of my mom and Aunt Joyce, who were also there.

I led a break-out for the tweens (including Ally) on Proverbs 3. We made 4-strand necklaces (out of discarded t-shirts) for the 4 things the writer (King Solomon) advises us to wear like a necklace: loyalty, kindness, common sense, and discernment!

*Saturday afternoon we hosted Seneca for Playoff Level 2. The kids went out to join the pre-game tunnel!

Nothing like small town, small school football.

I can't take pictures during the game, watch kids, and watch the game at the same time. So this was taken post-game with Daddy after we WON!! Woo-hoo!!!!

*Sunday brought church, trick-or-treating, and the annual sorting of the candy.

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.--Isaiah 40:31