Friday, March 30, 2012

I've got to brag on my brother, Tyler!

My brother is simply amazing!  He has grown up into such a great man.  Last night, our family attended the 1st Annual Banquet for the Southern Appalachian Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA).  Now, I don't know much about deer or controlling them, but I do know that my brother has a heart for conservation and "managing God's creation" (as was said during the invocation delivered by my Dad, Dave Dupree).  Tyler has a passion for working in creation.  He also has the goal to involve more people in awareness of what's going on in nature.
Me and Tyler
The QDMA has been around for 25 years (if I remember correctly), but they have never had representation in this area.  In January, Tyler started working to create the Southern Appalachian Branch.  That is no small undertaking.  Working together with others, Tyler planned and executed an awesome banquet!  There were tables of donated items for silent auction.  There were some pretty big raffle items (guns, bow, other deer stuff).  The banquet was at the Asheville Firemen's Training Camp (shout out to Mark Nix for letting that happen).  It was beautiful.  The building sits right on the French Broad River, surrounded by trees, and all of God's splendor!
The YUMMY cake...way to go, Sam's Club!
The food at the banquet was perfection!  Good ol' Carolina BBQ with all of the fixins'.  If ever you are in the need for some good food, please check out Wally's Backwoods BBQ!  Everyone enjoyed the food and Wally himself is a great guy!
Hello, BBQ!  GREAT JOB, Wally's Backwoods BBQ!
I am so proud of Tyler!  He has found something he cares about and understands and is working hard to include other people.  The QDMA is all about research, education, advocacy, certification, and hunting heritage (REACH...clever, eh?).  Even if you're not a hunter, the QDMA is an organization worth checking into.  Check out their Google Profile and/or their Facebook Page.
Britney and Tyler Ross

Wouldn't you listen to this guy?

My silent auction winnings...Whitetail Whiskey Goody Box, whiskey not included, so don't judge or worry!

Titus, Aunt Britney, and Cecely...Britney did a lot of work to help Tyler out.

Mama and Dad

He's so important, he has to take calls during a banquet!

Spiritual Gifts and Conviction

God has blessed each one of us with at least one spiritual gift.  I have taken many spiritual gift inventories over the years.  And, God has given me different gifts during different seasons of my life.  For example, when I was younger, I definitely had the gift of leadership.  As I've grown older, God has shifted that gift from leading to supporting.  I've become a supporting-role person instead of a leader, because God has taken away one gift and made it into another...He knows what He is doing.  In this part of my life, I am working on a Master's Degree, planning and teaching for homeschool, and trying to actively serve in our church.  With all of these time-consuming things on my plate, God has changed my gift to be supportive rather than a leader I believe, to keep me from burning out or becoming overwhelmed.
Another gift I have is the gift of hospitality.  He has allowed Mark and me to both have this gift.  Wherever we have lived, our home has always been open to anyone and everyone.  We strive to make the place we live comfortable for every person who walks through the door.  Being hospitable has given us both the opportunity to share God's love, enjoy Christian fellowship, and to provide a safe place for people who are hurting.  Through our marriage, we have had different people live with us for a variety of reasons and for various lengths of time.  Because God granted Mark and me the gift of hospitality, we have been blessed beyond measure to have developed relationships with so many wonderful people!

The gift that I have been aware of the longest is the gift of grace.  When I was a junior in high school, I went on a retreat to Garden City, SC with the youth group of Macedonia Baptist Church.  During one of our quiet times, our devotion was to reflect on the name that God would give each of us...immediately, the name "Grace" came to my heart and mind.  The gift of grace is a tough one.  It is a gift that requires a forgiving heart, a positive attitude, and an ongoing call to "take the high road" or "be the bigger person".  Acting on grace is means being able to forgive people who have wronged or hurt you, but staying strong to not be a doormat to others.  Grace is not a sign of weakness, nor is it an invitation for people to continue to abuse.  In the past I have confused grace with letting people take advantage of me.  Thankfully, as I have studied the Word and sought Godly counsel, I know that grace is giving forgiveness but not enabling a continuous pattern of hurtful behavior.  
I have learned that having these gifts makes me accountable to USE these gifts, and not just when it is convenient.  Since God has blessed me with these specific treasures, He expects me to use the ALL OF THE TIME.  Recently, I was in a situation where I wanted to support someone I dearly love.  However, I was going to have to come face-to-face with a person who had caused several complications in other relationships, who had hurt people I care about, and who had hurt me.  My instant human preparation was to simply freeze this person out...ignore them, look like a snob, but just stay away.  I was almost instantly convicted.  God has blessed me with gifts to allows me to handle situations such as these in a positive way.  Instead of giving in to my human instincts, I prayed and God showed me what to do.  I walked in the door of the event and almost ran headlong into the person I was dreading to see.  I was armed with the gifts of support, hospitality, and grace.  I was there to support someone I love, and I was not going to be deterred from that.  I had a gift in hand to give this person, using my gift of hospitality, and through God's grace, I was able to extend grace and even have a positive dialogue with this person. 
God did not give me my gifts lightly.  He has intentionally designed me, and He knows the path I'm on.  He has blessed me with my specific gifts to do His specific work in this world.  Each one of us are blessed with specific gifts.  Look into your heart, search His Word, spend time in prayer, maybe even take a spiritual gifts inventory to better understand what gifts God has given you.  Then, USE them!  I promise you, the blessings you will receive from honoring His gifts to you will take you by surprise.  Get involved in a church where your gifts can be put to use to further His Kingdom!  Use your gifts in the ups and downs of life.  He promises to honor those who honor Him!  He's given you the gift, and you are the perfect wrapping paper for it!

Friday, March 23, 2012

When Worship and Working Out Collide...

Recently, I have been driven to take better care of myself.  I have been keeping up with my caloric intake everyday and have been using our treadmill everyday, except Sundays. I have made sure that I am putting in at least 30 minutes every day on the treadmill.  To pass the time, I typically watch something on my phone. 

I have spent a lot of time making sure I am taking care of myself physically, but I was convicted this morning that I haven't been setting aside the same time for my spiritual well-being.  I know that my spiritual condition is much more important than my physical self, but I have had my priorities out of whack.

This morning, a very simple revelation occurred to me.  I took my phone out and turned on some Christian music on low volume.  I also brought out my divided notebook.  One section of the notebook is dedicated to prayer requests and praises, one section has sermon notes, and the final section has Bible study notes.  With the music playing quietly in the background, and my notebook open in front of me, I set my treadmill on a fast-paced walking speed.  I opened the notebook to the prayer request section and prayed out loud to the Lord over every request. When I glanced down at the treadmill display, 30 minutes had passed.  I couldn't believe it.  I am thankful God wired me capable of multi-tasking...well, I'm kind of equipped to multi-task.

After I prayed, I turned up the music and sped up the treadmill.  Here's a pointer for you if you decide to worship and work out simultaneously.  Do not close your eyes and lift your hands in praise while your treadmill is set on run!  I was getting so into the lyrics of a Mark Shultz song, that I was having a serious Pentacostal moment (which isn't too typical of a Southern Baptist).  I lifted my hands, looked up to heaven, and almost splatted on the garage floor!  It was pretty funny.  So, I redirected my hand on the treadmill to hold me steady, one hand lifted to the Lord in praise, and eyes open.  Maybe I'm not a great example of multi-tasking! Beware when worship and working out collide!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

It's Time to Meet the Muppets...

If you are a fan of the Muppets, I've got to share a bargain with you!  This week at Target, The Muppets Wocka Wocka Value Pack is on sale for $24.99, regularly $34.99.  This set includes the Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital Copy, a code for the complete soundtrack, and a bonus sampler disc with 6 episodes from the original Muppet Show.  The Disney Movie Rewards program (which is free to join and a cool way to earn points for fun Disney stuff) has a $5 off coupon on the Wocka Wocka Value pack.  Essentially, you can get the set that will be $34.99 next week for $20 this week.  And, if you upload the Digital Copy through iTunes, you get additional featurettes and a blooper reel.  If you enjoyed the original Muppet Show or any of the older movies, you'll definitely get a kick out of this new movie.  My kiddos and I LOVED it.  We love singing along with the songs...and who doesn't love a dose of Kermit and Miss Piggy!

Love is...

Everywhere you look right now, God is showing His creativity and His love for His creation.  I see the blooms on the flowers and trees and translate these miracles as a love letter from God.  He is reminding me that He is everywhere and in everything!
The transformations of spring also remind me of the opportunity I have to change.  Just a few weeks ago, the ground was brown, and now it's bursting with color.  There are seasons of my life (small pun intended) where I feel dry and ordinary.  The renewal of trees and flowers in spring inspire me to allow my unique gifts from God to burst forth! 
When I think about God's reminders of love, and His grace which allows me to change, the Scripture passage of 1 Corinthians 13 comes to mind.  1 Corinthians 13:4-8a says, "Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails".
A wise lady at the Bible study I attend on Wednesday night pointed out a wonderful way to read this passage.  She said to insert the name of God in where the word love is used.  Then, the passage reflects on many of the amazing attributes of Him.  God is patient, God is kind.  God is not envious, He does not boast, He is not proud.  God is not rude, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs.  God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  God always protects, He always trusts, He always hopes, He always perseveres.  God never fails.  We know that God is love; therefore, He is all these other amazing things.
Another wise lady in a different Bible study offered this passage as a challenge.  She directed the class to insert our names where the term love is used.  The challenge is to see how we measure up to God and love.  This exercise is not meant to discourage, but to encourage each of us to rise to the standard to be more like our Lord.  Reading this passage with my name inserted is very convicting.  I have strengths in some areas, but I have so many weaknesses.
  • Amber is patient--I have selective moments of patience.
  • Amber is kind--I think so.
  • Amber does not envy--thankfully, envy has never been a vice of mine.
  • Amber does not boast--I do brag on my children, but not in my abilities.  My gifts are from the Lord...who am I to boast?
  • Amber is not proud--I am not proud in my self, but I am proud of accomplishments of my children.
  • Amber is not rude--I interpret this as being sarcastic...something I have constantly been trying to tame.
  • Amber is not self-seeking--God wired me to be a support person.  I have the gift of encouragement and that helps keep me from being self-seeking.
  • Amber is not easily angered--ouch!  Somehow there are certain people that instantly anger me.  I must remember GRACE, GRACE, GRACE!
  • Amber keeps no record of wrongs--um, that's a struggle for me.  I say I forgive, but my heart has a hard time letting go of hurt.  This is definitely an area I have to work on.
  • Amber does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth--I flee from evil and celebrate in God's truths.
  • Amber always protects--I do!
  • Amber always trusts--conviction alert...I struggle to trust many people, and often times I lack trust in God.
  • Amber always hopes--sometimes my cynical nature outweighs my ability to hope.  Absolutely something to be aware of and to work on.
  • Amber always perseveres--I do my best to stay the course.  I can get waylaid, but I definitely try to never give up.
  • Amber never fails--oh, I do.  I fail constantly throughout the day!
My challenge to you, dear reader, and myself is to participate in these exercises.  Remember all the wonderful things God is.  Let this time of spring revive your soul and renew your walk with Him!

Walmart Proofreader?

I wonder if there is a position available at Walmart for a sign proofreader?  One of my peeves in life is when people use signage, but they don't check it for spelling when it is going to be seen by hundreds of people.  Last night, we walked into Walmart, and I saw this sign...check out the date...maybe a future job for me???  Walmart sign proofreader???

Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Patrick's Day, 2012

Here's something I love: random holidays that land on a Saturday.  In my head that means: THEME PARTY!!!  Heck, yeah!  Last week in school, the kids and I explored the life of St. Patrick as well as learning about Ireland.  We read fictional stories about leprechauns and watched documentaries on the beautiful landscapes of Ireland.  The most fun day was listening to Irish music and watching some videos of Irish dancing.  Titus LOVED dancing his jig!  All of this lead up to a St. Patrick's Day party at our house.  We invited friends and family over to share a meal, follow Seamus the Leprechaun's treasure clues, and to make tie-dye t-shirts (tie-dye because of rainbow colors, rainbow colors because of the rainbow, rainbow because that's where leprechaun's hide their gold).  The following are some pictures from that FUN day!

"Rainbow" drinks

Seamus' pot o' gold

Note from our leprechaun

We love hats!

On the treasure hunt...


My favorite wee one, baby Nolan!

My Kids Are Growing Up...And I DON'T Like It!!!

Last weekend, the kids and I decided we would tackle the rubbermaid totes full of spring and summer clothes.  We have been having some warm temperatures around here, and it was time to break out the shorts and t-shirts.  I had 2 HUGE totes filled with clothes.  We laid everything out on the floor and sorted it all by size and item.  Then, it came time for the runway portion of the day.  My kids are in no way like me in this sense...they love to try on clothes.  I hate it...always have...but these kiddos have the grandest time going through outfits.  The outcome: Titus scored about 10 gray shirts and 3 pairs of shorts, and Cecely scored...NOTHING.  She had completely outgrown everything.

This past weekend, we had a coupon for Kohl's so we decided we would get the kids some spring/summer clothes.  Mark and I picked out at least 15 items for Cecely to try the size we thought she would wear, a 7/8 or medium.  Newsflash, my 8 1/2 year old needed size 10/12 at Kohl's!  Cecely is not at all chubby.  She is lean and tall and built exactly like my beautiful sister, Andrea.  However, going back to the racks and getting the bigger size KILLED me.  Not only that, but Cecely has started to "develop" a bit.  I have been having her wear camisoles under her tops everyday, then I moved on to camisoles with the extra liner.  Now, we have moved to beginner bras...however, thankfully because of some wonderful person in the advertising/labeling part of the business, these items are called "crop tops", which somehow made it a little easier to buy.  Mark and I both struggled in the dressing room of Kohl's.  Our sweet little girl is turning into a sweet little lady.

This past Friday, I had a different reminder of how my kids are growing up.  We attend church at Biltmore Baptist.  We are a part of the East Campus extension church which meets every Sunday on the campus of Asheville Christian Academy in Swannanoa.  Our family pastor has asked for volunteers to help serve lunch to the staff of ACA as a "thank you" for allowing us to use their awesome facility to reach out to the community.  I let our family pastor know that I would be happy to help as long as the kids could come with me.  He was excited about all of us serving together.  When we arrived at the campus, Cecely and Titus jumped in to help unload food from the caterers truck.  Cecely helped set out tables and food.  She helped fill cups with ice.  She quickly bonded with the wonderful staff member who was helping us put things together.  While the staff were eating, Titus came to me and asked what he could do to help, so we started cleaning up a little.  I looked up, and Cecely was walking around to the people offering refills on their water cups.  In that moment, I was struck with such a sense of pride as to what amazing, helpful, kindhearted people my children are growing into!

A Little Bit About Titus...

Titus, March 2012

Titus is my other miracle.  He is a delightful gift from the Lord.  When I learned that I was expecting again, I was elated!  Cecely had been such an easy pregnancy, but a scary delivery, and I was hoping that baby number 2 would be easy on all accounts.  I have Chron's Disease, and when it is active and a person becomes pregnant, the disease will stay active.  With Cecely, I was fortunate to have been in remission.  When Titus was conceived, my Chron's was full-blown.  I was losing incredible amounts of blood.  I was continually sick. 

Early in the pregnancy, we learned I was carrying twins.  Again, I was through-the-roof excited!  I was going to doctors on a weekly basis for the babies and for my illness.  The gastro doctor I went to in the small town of Kingsland, GA was horrible!  He was negative from the get-go.  He told me that my health was too poor to carry one child, let alone twins.  I would go from appointment to appointment feeling full of desperation. 

A few months into my second pregnancy, my wonderful friend, Kelley, took me to a doctor's appointment because Mark was still in the Navy and was stationed an hour away in Mayport, FL.  He wasn't able to make all of my appointments.  I remember sitting on the examining table preparing to listen to the heartbeats of my babies.  Instead, I was told that the latest ultrasound showed I had lost one twin.  Some people say it was so early in the pregnancy, that it wasn't a big deal.  As a Christian, I believe at life at conception...SO, I believed I had 2 living beings in me.  Losing one baby was devastating, but I had an amazing support system to keep me sane.  I was immediately placed on bed rest.  Mark and Kelley were simply marvelous.  Together, with Kelley and her hubby, Shane, Mark and I led the College and Careers Group for our church.  I remember having several Bible studies and game nights at our home, so that I could still participate and remain on bed rest.  I am BEYOND thankful for those sweet memories!

When my water broke with baby number 2 (whom we had named Ayden), I figured it would be the same as with Cecely...her labor was a LONG one.  I got up and got in the shower.  Big mistake.  My contractions were coming so fast, that I spent my shower doubled over!  Mark rushed me to the hospital, Kelley and some other friends met us there.  Kelley, Mark, and another friend, Joy, were with me in the delivery room.  My doctor couldn't get there in time, because this baby was ready to move.  The P.A. delivered him...this delivery was wonderful and easy.

Baby Boy Fore was placed in my arms.  When Mark and I looked at his little face, we knew "Ayden" wasn't the name for him.  After several hours of deliberation, we named him Titus John-Mark...Titus (book of the Bible and sounds similar to my brother, Tyler), John (after my other brother, John Timothy, as well as my surrogate grandfather), and Mark (after his daddy, my hubby, Mark).  Let me tell you, Titus is definitely a Titus.  No other name would fit this little boy.

Titus is an extremely intelligent young man.  He loves to learn, ask questions, and explore.  He has a sense of humor that rivals many adults'.  He has a kind heart and cares deeply about others.  He and Cecely make a great team...I am so thankful for the miracles God has blessed me with!

A Little Bit About Cecely...

If you don't know my little girl, Cecely, let me tell you her story.  The following is a letter I have written to give to people who work with my little lady:

Cecely, March 10, 2012

Cecely was born 6 weeks premature.  At birth, she was not breathing.  The small hospital she was born in was not equipped to deal with her problem, and she was about to be airlifted to a major hospital.  Thankfully, she began to breathe and spent a limited time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  As Cecely grew up, she was late to crawl, late to walk, but not late to talk.  With this being my husband and my first child, we weren’t too concerned.  At her doctor appointments, she was always under weight, but she was feisty and bright.  At the age of 4, we placed Cecely in a wonderful Pre-Kindergarten program.  There, she had an amazing teacher who was a former special education educator.  She suggested that Cecely be evaluated for developmental delay.  The pediatrician did not agree with the teacher, but having an educational background, I tend to side with a teacher over a doctor. 
 My husband and I took Cecely to a pediatric neurologist.  There, we learned a wealth of information!  We learned that Cecely had sustained a stroke in-utero, and that was what triggered her early arrival into the world.  Because of her stroke, and her loss of oxygen at birth, Cecely has developed a mild form of cerebral palsy.  The cerebral palsy had caused developmental delay that caused difficulty in the classroom.  Reading and writing were not easy for Cecely from the beginning.  Cecely also draws in her left arm, her left foot turns in, and she has tremors in her limbs.  As she has grown, she has learned to compensate for her physical disabilities.  While compensating can be a good thing, it had caused Cecely to not learn the best or right way to complete tasks.  While in the public school system, Cecely received occupational therapy, physical therapy, and resource classes.  The occupational therapist worked diligently to find ways to help Cecely be successful in the classroom.  The physical therapist compared Cecely to other children, and didn’t see the need to work very much with her.  The resource teachers worked with Cecely in the traditional classroom and pulled her out for small groups. 
 The public school program worked hard for Cecely, but even with all that help, Cecely had “plateaued” in the classroom.  She had stopped making progress in reading, writing, and math.  The IEP team had determined the next step was to label Cecely at risk, followed by a move to special education.  As a former special education assistant, I knew Cecely would become passed over in that program.  She was definitely NOT a candidate for special education.  My husband and I decided the best course of action for Cecely was to homeschool her in an attempt to get her back on grade level.  We also decided to repeat 2nd grade with Cecely.  I have stayed in contact with the resource teachers and occupational therapist, and they have helped me adapt to teaching Cecely at home.  I am happy and proud to say that Cecely has made great improvements in all of her subjects.
 Working with Cecely is challenging.  Her tremors are not consistent, which makes it hard to know how to help.  Currently, the assistive devices I use at home are a weighted pencil or a fat pencil to write with.  Being a 2nd grader, Cecely doesn’t like the concept of using the big pencils, but thankfully, I have found some that have sparkles and bright colors which she likes to use.  By far, the most helpful assistive technology has been the computer.  While Cecely writes every day, we have started an online journal for her.  She enjoys typing poetry and stories on the computer.  Thankfully, we live in a world that is technologically centered.  The reality is that if Cecely can work her way around a computer, she will be able to succeed.
Having a child with developmental delay can be a challenge.  It is also a blessing and a joy, especially when she learns a new concept or completes a difficult task.  My goal is to learn more assistive devices to help Cecely.  I want to get her on grade level and allow her to go back into the traditional classroom.  I am thankful for every obstacle we overcome, and so thankful for such a sweet daughter!  Aside from her academic performance, Cecely is one of the most compassionate, caring, and comical children I have ever worked with.  She sincerely cares about all people.  She is always reaching out to the child with no friends, the smaller child who needs help, and to any adult who might need a smile.  I am so very proud of Cecely, and I know that God has BIG PLANS for her!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Not to toot my own horn, but...TOOT!

If you know me or have read any of my past blogs, you know I love a good deal.  Yes, sir!!!   And, love it or hate it, I find the best deals at Target.  Between coupons and waiting for things to go on sale/clearance, I can always get something great for very little.  Also, as you know, Mark and I have started a diet/exercise plan along with taking supplements.  We took a survey from Nature Made as to what kind of supplements we each needed.  After taking the survey, we registered on the Nature Made website and were able to access some great coupons.  Supplements aren't cheap!  The Nature Made coupons were for $1-$2 off.  AND, on the Target website, there were coupons for Nature Made...SOOOO, we were able to use a manufacturer's coupon and the store coupon...WOO WOO!!!  We also have a Target Debit Card...THIS IS NOT A CREDIT CARD
The Target Debit Card links to your existing account, but it gives you a 5% discount on your total.  I know that doesn't sound like a lot, but we do a lot of our snack, household, and clothing shopping at Target.  Cecely was also able to use a $5 off coupon to get Titus' birthday present!  And, what she wanted to get him was on sale.  We knew our shopping trip yesterday would be costly, because of the supplements, but the good news is we saved $30 in coupons plus $13 with the 5% discount.  TOOT TOOT!

Signs of Spring

Here's what I love...SPRING TIME!!!  I absolutely love how God brings out the sunshine, the birds, the little critters (not so much the bugs, though), the leaves on trees, and the buds of flowers.  I love being able to open the window's to house and letting the happy breeze blow in.  One of the best things about spring is spending time together outside.  We decided to take a trip to the N.C. Arboretum to look for the signs of spring on a nature walk.  While there weren't too many plants in bloom, there were plenty of opportunities to show Cecely and Titus how God was already at work in nature.  We can't wait to go back and see the blooms in a few weeks!  I hope you and yours will make a trip to the Arboretum.  There are plenty of wonderful trails from super-easy to difficult.  Every trail will show you some of the beautiful wonders of living in the amazing Blue Ridge Mountains.  It is well worth the $8 (for a car load).  Here are some pictures from our trip to the Arboretum!
Describing how a Venus Fly Trap works...those things are creepy.

Pitcher Plants trap and drown insects...yikes!

Prickly Pear Cactus

Checking out the blooms coming from bulbs.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dr. Seuss Week

This week has been lots of fun.  We've been reading Dr. Seuss books, doing activities, and watching Dr. Seuss movies.  I love Dr. Seuss.  His books are amazing.  Of course, they teach great writing skills: using creativity, descriptive words, silly words, and rhyming.  But, more than that, his stories are loaded with amazing lessons that are timeless.  And, it's not that hard to tie Dr. Seuss' lessons to those from the Bible.

One of our favorite stories is The Sneetches.  We watched the old cartoon that used to come on CBS, then we read the book.  This tale is full of real-life problems...all about prejudice and discrimination.  The kids and I talked about the "star-bellied" Sneetches and how they thought they were better than the other Sneetches because of their stars.  We talked about how the Sneetches "without stars upon thars" wanted to do what they could to be like the Sneetches.  We talked about how God made all people unique.  We all have something special, and God DID NOT make any of us superior to others. 

Another one of our favorites is The Lorax.  I know that some people have negative views of it because of the strong environmental themes.  But, I believe The Lorax can work right along with the Bible.  God has blessed us with a beautiful earth full of animals, plants, and amazing places.  The Lorax "speaks for the trees", and I believe God has given us the responsibility of taking care of the wonderful Earth He created!  We really enjoy the book, the classic movie, and the new movie!  There is a silly App for iPhones and iPads...check out the kids!

Cecely as the Lorax

Titus as the Lorax

We really have a good time reading all of Dr. Seuss' stories.  Today, we are using Green Eggs and Ham as our kick-off.  I made Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Sandwiches this morning.  We've watched the old cartoon, Cecely has read the story out loud, and in a little while we are going to talk about green food, how to use similes, and maybe even write a poem using green things.  It's going to be a wubblulous-wondermous-fantasmical week!
Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Sandwich

Thoughts before the 1st bite...

Here we go!

I'm thinking the smiles mean they like it!