Friday, February 26, 2010

This is for you, Sister!



My best friend and dear sister Facebooked this message:
Have to re-test on IM injections on Tuesday :( I was prepared but get too frazzled. Passed on ID and SQ injections though!

Then she commented:
Looking for a really encouraging song to get me through the next two weeks...T~ you should be able to find one for me, right?

Ugh, pressure. Do you think I could have come up with anything? I thought and thought. Then suggested Natalie Grant's "Perfect People" and Steven Curtis Chapman's "Dive".

That's what I came up with.

Well this morning, I woke at 5:25, looked out the window, then got in the shower. There wasn't much snow at all. Ten minutes later the school recording was on the machine. We called Wee Care. CLOSED. Oh well, I'm up!

Because I am not doing my regular routine, I am listening to K-Love. I am NEVER on the computer at this time. And if I am, I am not listening to K-Love. So today, when I needed to hear the song that Jeannette needs to hear, I knew it was God (of course).

He always provides the answers if we have the eyes to see and the ears to hear. On Sunday, we were talking about when Jesus was on the cross and he was calling out. The people thought he was saying Elijah (Eli Eli). But he was calling for God (Eloi Eloi.) They heard but were not listening.

But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. Matthew 13:16

Britt Nicole was on K-Love's morning show yesterday. "If you missed it, here is her new song". The moment I heard it, I knew. I knew that was the inspirational song that I was to share with JeannieHopes.

Wait until you hear it! (click here) Sorry, it's only 30 seconds. But here are the lyrics:


You look around and staring back at you
Another wave of doubt
Will it pull you under
You wonder
What if i'm overtaken
What if i never make it
What if no one's there
Will you hear my prayer?
When you take that first step
Into the unknown
You know that he won't let you go

So what are you waiting for
What do you have to lose
Your insecurities
They try to hold to you
But you know you're made for more
So don't be afraid to move
Your faith is all it takes
And you can walk on the water too

So get out and let your fear fall to the ground
No time to waste, don't wait
And don't you turn around, and miss out on
Everything you were made for
Gotta be, I know you're not sure, more
So you play it safe, you try to run away
If you take that first step
Into the unknown
He won't let you go

So what are you waiting for
What do you have to lose
Your insecurities
They try to hold to you
But you know you're made for more
So don't be afraid to move
Your faith is all it takes
And you can walk on the water too

Step out, even when it's storming
Step out, even when you're broken
Step out, even when your heart is telling you,
telling you to give up
Step out, when your hope is stolen
Step out, you can't see where you're going
You don't have to be afraid
So what are waiting, what are you waiting for

So what are you waiting for
What do you have to lose
Your insecurities
They try to hold to you
But you know you're made for more
So don't be afraid to move
Your faith is all it takes
And you can walk on the water,
walk on the water too


But here is a commentary by Britt herself about why she wrote the song. She is such a good role model for our young girls!


If you look, you will see God in all we do...the big AND the little things. All the Glory to God.


If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 4:11

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

NOT Words of Wisdom

...but funny words from my seven-year-old.

If you haven't heard, Daniel made a profession of faith Monday night. I was just so happy for him. I was looking at his sweet face yesterday morning. He seemed different.

I said, "You are so cute. I could just eat you up."

His response, "You'd have to eat my butt".

I laughed and responded, "I love your little face!"

So there!

Monday, February 22, 2010

OHM OMG...and some other stuff

"To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life." Romans 2:7


I was hesitant to get on the scale this morning but I was drawn to do so. When I did, I couldn't believe my eyes, ONE FOURTEEN POINT SEVEN (114.7). Thank you Jesus. What a gift. It's a gift!

I don't feel like I have been eating well at all lately. But then I started thinking about it. All the Glory to God. I have been eating the ice-cream out of the Pampered Chef Prep Bowls. When I finish the bowl, I immediately have the urge to fill it again. But the last two times, I sat the bowl on the counter and waited. I waited or I prayed. (I believe the first time, I just waited.) The feeling passed. The temptation passed.

"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." 1 Corinthian 10:13


What is God teaching me? To trust Him, of course. Sometimes we get what we deserve. And sometimes God gives us mercy. I received mercy.

In my time, He whispers.

Everything around me points to patience...and persistence. Today's desk calendar says "Persistence is a wonderful character quality. Make children finish what they start and help them to hang in there when things are tough."

Children? How about us grown-ups? Pastor Paul talked about final words yesterday. He talked about Jesus saying "It is finished." Then he talked about a society that never finishes anything...marriage, diets, home improvements. Oh, the list went on.

"I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13

That doesn't mean I am strong. I am never strong. I can do it because Christ makes me strong. No, He can do it because He lives in me.

My day started with the weigh-in. But then before the children and I even left the house, the conversation turned to Heaven and Hell. Daniel said on more than one occasion, "I hope I go to Heaven." I would ask him if he knew how you get there and he would say, "accept Jesus as your Savior". Today I asked him another question that never occurred to me. I asked him if he had done that. He said, "not really".

We prayed together but his heart was not there. He was acting like I was asking him to make his bed. We finally just left. When we got to Wee Care, I had no idea how emotional I was until another child disrespected me. I spoke to Daniel and gave him a hug. I then went in to the bathroom in tears (which actually isn't anything new) I prayed, pulled myself together, thanked God and knew that He was going to get all the glory anyway...IN HIS TIME.

We have since come home, had dinner, did homework (currently working on showers) and facebooking along with blogging. Daniel came in to show me his balloon. I asked him the two questions again. His answers were the same. I asked him if he wanted to pray with someone, maybe his AWANA leader. He said, no you! So we kneeled and he said "you pray". I told him that I couldn't. He said, "I don't know what to say". I told him to just say, "Jesus, I'm a sinner. Come in to my heart". So that's what he said in the sweetest little voice (total sincerity). He then bounced out of the room with his balloon.



WOW, what a Marvelous Monday it has been (and it's only 6:20).

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

W.O.W

"When you are honest with yourself, you are then able to give of yourself. And have human compassion for your fellow man and woman."
Harry Kalas, from the book "Remembering Harry Kalas

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Teaching God to little ones Part 2

Ok, so today I had the most awesome experience at work. The power went out!

Well it just so happens that the topic for February is "Light and Dark". I found a verse that corresponds with the topic.

"You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light." 2 Samuel 22:29

I happened to be in the bathroom with five of my six Plums. Miss Michelle who teaches in the Coconut room (4 year olds) was also having bathroom time. She started singing "This Little Light of Mine". Great tie-in.

When we went back to the room, the other 12 Plums were sitting with Miss Denise and Miss Tina had a flashlight. I read the verse to everyone. Then I remembered a Keys for Kids devotional that I had done with Amanda and Daniel. The devotional talked about keeping your flashlight on the path so you didn't stumble over the roots. I talked about keeping the light on the path so we didn't stumble over all of the toys on the floor. I said Jesus is the Light and we need to stay on His path. All of a sudden the power came back on and I shouted "It's Jesus". All of the children cheered. It was awesome.

A little while later, I was reading the same verse with my group. Everyone had their "pointy finger" and I moved the bible around the group so each could touch the words on the page. I sang the B-I-B-L-E. I said we pray to talk to God and God talks to us through this book called the Bible.

A little later, I had Miss Denise's group at the table for Bible study. One of my little girls came over and I said "No, honey. You already had a turn". Then I realized I was discouraging the Bible from her. I realized that that's like saying "no, you can't have more broccoli!". So she had a second turn with her pointy finger.

It was a Terrific Tuesday in the Plum room. I am just so excited to do it all again. I love that I love my job!

Love this song

Click here to listen.

Forgiven - Sanctus Real

Well the past is playing with my head And failure knocks me down again
I’m reminded of the wrong
That I have said and done
And that devil just wont let me forget

In this life
I know what I’ve been
But here in your arms
I know what I am

I’m forgiven
I’m forgiven
And I don’t have to carry
The weight of who I’ve been
Cause I’m forgiven

My mistakes are running through my mind
And I’ll relive my days, in the middle of the night
When I wrestle with my pain, struggle with my pride
Sometimes I feel alone, and I cry

When I don't think and I don’t feel like I belong anywhere
When I don’t measure up to much in this life
Oh, I’m a treasure in the arms of Christ ‘cause

Monday, February 15, 2010

Teaching the Bible to the very young

Pastor Paul taught hand motions to John 3:16 in service a few weeks ago. He's not taking credit for it. It's been around for a while, I've been told. But I thought that it would be a great intro. at meal times for the Patient Plums. When we get to the end, our hands are already clasped. Then we say our prayer:

To the tune of "Where is Thumbkin"

Lord, we thank you (twice)
For our "insert meal name"...breakfast, snack, lunch (twice)
And our many blessings (twice)
Amen (twice)

I have started this and after the second meal, a few little ones where already doing trying to do the hand motions. The Patient Plums are between 25 months and 37 months.


“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

The right hand represents God. The left hand represents us.

For God so loved the world (right hand in the air and wave hand/wrist, point to the left hand)

The napkin in the left hand represents sin. Sin is all the “junk” in our lives; not listening ears, rough hands, angry voices, jealousy, gossip, inappropriateness.

God sent Jesus to take away our sin and make a way to heaven because he knew that we couldn’t do it on our own.

That He gave His one and only Son (take the napkin out of the left hand and place it on your lap).

“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10

That whoever believes in Him (left hand pointing at right hand)

When we place our trust in God and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we are saved by grace. We are given a new heart.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”. Ephesians 2:8

Shall not perish (clasp hands) but have eternal life.

God holds us in His hand and Jesus delivers us to God.

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:28

“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.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mom






Mom actually doesn't turn 66 until Tuesday the 16th but we celebrated with her today. I made a lasagna. We had garlic bread and snow peas. We had cupcakes, bakery cake, Amanda's fondant cake (which wasn't even touched) and Irish potatoes. I am not eating another thing until tomorrow morning!

Here are some pictures of my favorite ladies.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

More snow on the way







It snowed twice in December, once in January and once (so far) in February. We have received a record amount of snow. Don't ask me how much. The children had two snow days last week and a two-hour delay on the third day. We are expecting more snow Monday night. Am I bothered by it? Not really. I am amazed at God's wonder. It is just awesome!

Let's Go Flyers



Daniel is hugging a hockey stick that Daddy bought him.

Future Pastry Chef

Today was Amanda's first attempt at using fondant.

So how did she do? This is Mom Mom's surprise for tomorrows birthday party.










Friday, February 12, 2010

Alone and Lonely

The Muncks are one of the few blogs that I make time for. I use to read a bunch of blogs but as life gets busier and busier, I have less time to be on the computer.

Tonight after not having internet for two days, I am back on. I am alone. The children are at AWANA and my love went out with the guys. I am alone. Alone time? I am actually lonely.

I am listening to K-love, talking to my aunt on Facebook and making a cup of tea. I bought a magazine but I just miss my little ones (actually, they aren't so little are they?)

I haven't seen Daniel since 7:15 this morning. He went to his friend's house after school. Amanda and I went to the craft stores and she bought fondant and a couple of other things to make my mom a special birthday cake. I told Amanda she could get whatever she wanted (within reason) because she got an 80% on her math test. MY GIRL GOT A "B" ON HER MATH TEST!

But, getting back to the Muncks. The spin-off blog by the Munck sisters is called 3 Sisters Soaking Up the Son. Please check them out and leave a comment. They are having a Valentine give-away, so hurry up and get over there!

Well I could continue my rambling and babbling but I think I will end here and go enjoy my tea before it's time for me to pick up the children.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

W.O.W

I don't know if this is wisdom, but I liked it and thought I'd share.


A FISHERMANS PRAYER
God, grant that I may live to fish until my dying day---
and when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray---
when in the Lord's safe landing net and I'm peacefully asleep---
that in His mercy I be judged big enough to keep.
-St. Gregory Church-
-Northeast, PA-

OHM

The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.
Psalm 6:9



God's Mercy...116.6

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Morning Prayer Time

Good morning, Father, Good Morning Jesus. Good morning Holy Spirit.

Thank you for giving me another day on this earth to glorify your name. I am satisfied with the life that You have given me. There are so many people who are unhappy but I know true joy because of You. My life is far from perfect. I have many struggles with patience and kindness and love. But you have given me the two most beautiful children to strengthen those qualities in me. My marriage is far from perfect. But we are at a happy point. I have learned so much in the last year and a half about love and what marriage is really about. Thank you for each speed bump in my life. Thank you for the pot holes. Help me be an example of Your perfect love.

In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.


How long do you pray each day? Right before naptime, I pray with the Plums for about 90 seconds. I just prayed for about 5 minutes. In the shower, I prayed for maybe 5 more minutes. As I layed in bed at 4:30 am (my love was leaving for work)I prayed for about...5 minutes, before falling back to sleep for another hour.

How long do you pray each day?

OK, so that is a total of 16 and a half minutes. Wow! I warm my car up for longer than that each morning.

How long am I on Facebook? How long do I blog? How long does it take me to check email? How long to I talk on the phone to my mother? How about you? Do you watch all of those reality shows? Not me! (oh well, if they are on Food Network, I do). What is keeping you busy? B.U.S.Y.

Being Under Satan's Yoke

Yoke - restrictive burden: something that is felt to be oppressive and restrictive

I'm convicted. So it's time for me to get off of this blog and spend some time with my best friend. Have a Terrific Tuesday.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Results




Click here to listen to a song that I heard Thursday night. I know this song. I love Third Day. But I needed to hear this song just at that moment. God eased my anxiety for Friday morning's meeting.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105

What can I say but God is good, all the time.

Our first meeting was with the guidance counselor and the team. Since there was a two hour delay on Wednesday, the eightH graders couldn't go to the high school for orientation. It was rescheduled for Friday, which meant the principal would sit in on the meeting in place of the guidance counselor.

God is good, all the time.

This was our first time meeting Principal K. She was great. My love started describing what we have been going through, which was nothing new to the teachers. I handed them the description of what homework is like for an ADHD child. Also on that page were possible modifications to add to the 504 plan. I also gave the request to have Amanda evaluated again.

The principal said that if the 504 Plan was specific she wouldn't need the IEP, which she probably didn't qualify for because she is "capable" of doing the work. My friend just received approval for her second grader. He has ADHD but he is a straight A student. I don't know why one child gets approved and another doesn't. But God does. I just need to trust that fact.

One thing that was suggested to me by one of my co-worker friends is that Amanda put all of her homework in a folder and turn it in first thing in the morning. I forgot to add that to the list. BUT...one of the teachers suggested that. The team all agreed on this, so we will have that put in the 504 Plan. As far as I know, if it is in the 504 Plan, then it will carry on as she moves to a new grade each year.

We will still need to have meetings each year. The principal suggested having another one in April.

The math teacher said that if there are five problems of a certain concept and she does two correctly, then that's fine. She should not be spending more than 30 minutes on math homework.

God is good, all the time.

The teachers all see an effort. The science teacher said that Amanda had a 55% but her effort was more than that number. I think the best part of the meeting was seeing how willing they are to help our child.

Understanding where we are coming from and what an ADHD child is like, is so important. They only see our child for about 50 minutes each day. I told them that if Amanda was left to herself, she would just be lost in her thoughts. I will walk past the bathroom door and I can see that she is just sitting on the potty. I'll say, "You ok?". Then I hear, "yeah", a flush and the water running. Daniel can go upstairs, get dressed and come down. Amanda will go upstairs and after 30 minutes, I will have to go up to prompt her.

Not many people understand the disconnect. I have been blessed with a co-worker who has ADHD...actually ADD like Amanda, (I love her so). That's another thing people don't understand. They automatically think the person has to be hyper. My co-worker teachs me something new each day. It takes much patience. People get frustrated because they think the child is just being defiant. Just because they are capable doesn't mean that they can follow through. People don't understand the lying part either, which is also new to me. But God knows what He is doing.

So we left feeling, well one word...satisfied. It's a good feeling! SIX YEARS we have been doing this. And SIX MORE are ahead of us. But I have the best people on my side. I have prayer warriors. I have incredible administrators. I am blessed. Our mess is going to be a wonderful message of the Glory of God. And we are blazing the trail for others who will one day walk down this road.

All I have to say is, God is good...ALL THE TIME.

Report cards came out yesterday:
A -Gym
B - Tech ED (woodshop)
B - Art
C - Health
D- Social Studies
D - English
F - Science
F - Math

We celebrated with Chinese food last night!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Round Two

Tomorrow we are meeting with the team again. I had requested a conference with the math teacher. In return I recieved a phone call saying that the team could meet on Friday morning, at 9 am. Great. Convenient for who? I have to be at work at 7:30 am, then leave for the meeting, then jet back to the class when the meeting is over. Let's just add stress to my already stressed neck.

If I had time, I'd see my chiropractor. But who can find time to do that?

In addition, I have contacted someone at the top. He has advised me that I should request another evaluation now that Amanda is in a new school. Here's what I've been working on:

This letter is to request a formal evaluation of our daughter, Amanda. Currently, Amanda attends the sixth grade at Carl Sandburg. Amanda has struggled academically since the second grade. Amanda has ADHD, which we recently were made aware, is covered under the IDEA act. The effects of ADHD has had an adverse effect on her educational performance, including grades and achievement test scores as well as impaired her work skills. We are re-evaluating the 504 Plan however we are wondering if Amanda is entitled to more under the IDEA act.

On Sunday, I started reading a book that has been sitting on my shelf for SEVERAL years. But on Sunday, I was drawn to read it. WOW, talk about timing. I was angry and upset at first. "Why didn't I read this when I bought it?" But I know that God has a plan for everything and that we needed to walk the road that we have been on. He has never taken his eyes off of us. He purposed the actions on Sunday and continues to do so without missing a beat. And he provided His son to walk beside me, to carry me on many days.

Here are some of the notes I've put together:

The effects of AD/HD have had an adverse effect on Amanda’s educational performance, including grades, achievement test scores and impaired her work skills.

Information taken from the book “The ADD & ADHD Answer Book”, Susan Ashley, PHD

For children with AD/HD, no technique is going to “cure” the disorder or eliminate all the symptoms. To think it is as easy as a new technique to stop the problem, would be to deny the fact that the child even has a disorder.
We need to forget how old she is or what grade she is in.

IDEA states that the child must have a disability that requires special education services. Section 504 has a lower threshold and requires only that the child need modifications and accommodations in order to take part in learning. Section 504 makes allowances, modifications, and/or accommodations to help the child with AD/HD compensate in areas where her disorder causes a significant negative impact on her educational performance.

To qualify for Section 504 a child must:
• Be determined to have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including learning and behavior
• Have a record of having such an impairment or be regarded as having such an impairment

Some examples of accommodations and modifications for the AD/HD child in the main categories of impairment include:

• Attention:
Move seat to the front of class
Allow extra time to complete projects

• Organization and Planning:
Keep second set of textbooks at home

• Academic Skills:
Allow extra time to complete tests
Decrease amount of homework


Who qualifies for special education under IDEA?

• Autism
• Mental Retardation
• Multiple disabilities
• Orthopedic impairments
• Emotional disturbance
• Specific learning disability
• Speech or language impairment
• Traumatic brain injury
• Visual impairments including blindness
• Other health impairment (includes AD/HD)


Some of the accommodations and modifications that AD/HD children may benefit from include the list below.

• Cutting the quantity of homework in half
• Setting a fixed time limit for your child to work on homework
• Allowing your child to type rather than handwrite homework
• Providing extra time to complete projects
• Allow an extra set of textbooks to remain at home
• Allow the child to correct errors for full credit
• Provide advance warning of long term projects
• Grades will not depend on neatness

Why is homework so difficult for AD/HD children?
To start, the child must hear the assignment, understand it, and write it down correctly. She must decide what items she needs to bring home and put them in her backpack, remembering to take it home. Resisting the temptation to lie about having homework, she must resign herself to do it, knowing she will miss out on fun. She has to unpack the backpack, review her assignment book, prioritize assignments, and organize the materials.
Next comes actually doing the work. She must pay attention, focus, and resist distractions. She needs to exert effort on boring and tedious tasks and make herself slow down so her work is legible. Once done, she has to pack her backpack, being sure her homework makes it in. Her final step is to turn the homework in.
Each step presents a challenge and opportunity for problems and conflict.


I am still working on it but I don't know how much I will actually get done since we have Irish Dance tonight. We don't get home until 8 pm, then bedtime routine. Before I know it, it's close to 8:30 and I am spent.

So, just pray that God helps me keep my emotions intact tomorrow. My love wasn't going to come but he has changed his mind. Praise the Lord.


"Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses." 1 Timothy 6:12 NLT

Father God,
Thank you for the life that you have given me. Thank you for Amanda, Daniel and my wonderful husband. Thank you for sending your son to die for us so that we would have a way to heaven. A way to you, Lord. I know that the last five years have been a battle. We have said a lot of things that we wish we didn't. We have done a lot of things that we wish that we didn't. But you have been my strength. Your loving arms have always been around me. I know that Amanda has always been in the palm of your hand. Please continue to encourage us. Give us the right words to say and set a guard at the door of our mouth so that we will not say regretful words. Help us to continue fighting for our daughter.
In your precious son's name, I pray these words. AMEN.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

You can take my Facebook...

but don't take my blog!

I clicked on something the other night and now I sporadically can get on FB but for the most part, I am locked out. It's God. I know it. Praise the Lord, I have my blog. And my email.

W.O.W

"No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child."
Abraham Lincoln