My precious boys spent the day shopping with me. That's a huge gift of love since they all despise shopping. :) We didn't find anything we were looking for except I did get to try on a watch I was looking for. We drove all the way to Tulsa and the only other store I wanted to shop was closed when we got there. Yes, I cried. But, then we got to eat dinner at P.F.Changs - yum! That was the first time the boys had eaten there and they all loved it. I got to spend the whole day with my family - John and the boys - and I just adore being with all of them. I am truly blessed.
And John surprised me tonight with a birthday cake. (chocolate fudge - oh ya!) We didn't have one on my actual birthday and he wanted me to have candles to blow out. I love that guy!!
On Sunday night, sometime past midnight, Josiah gave his life to the Lord!
It was "officially" my birthday, August 29th, and I have never had a more awesome gift.
For years we have talked, listened, prayed, begged God, taught about the Lord and HOPED... and finally just simply asked for God's mercy to draw Josiah to salvation. It has been quite a journey. We struggled to understand his resistance through the years and yet we continued trusting, praying, hoping... knowing that if he did choose to make a commitment to the Lord it would be total, complete, well thought through, serious and with great understanding. That's who Josiah is.
He came to John to talk one night. Then he came the next night. The Holy Spirit was calling him. He struggled with big questions. Real questions. The Lord gave me some specific verses that very morning to share with Josiah and the Lord gave John and I new insight and wisdom in our discussions with Josiah.
Josiah prayed to the Lord with his own words and thoughts... one of the most humble, sincere prayers I have ever heard. With the understanding and strength of a man, he gave his life to the Lord!
And he is a NEW man! The old is gone... Josiah is walking with the Lord now. He hungers to talk with us about the Lord and His ways. He searches scripture for more understanding. He says he can't explain it, but he knows he's different, changed. And we are blown away to see the transformation that the Lord has made in his life. Wow. Thank you, Lord!
What I love about our homeschool curriculum is that we get to experience what we learn and it's not just facts on a page. This year we began a four year journey through history and we started at the very beginning - creation. After six days of creating everything, God rested on the 7th day and established the Sabbath. So, we celebrated Sabbath (Jewish style). We've never done that before, but it was really neat and we learned a whole lot! The symbolism is awesome. I also love the memories we were able to create together as a family. I took some pictures...
This is the challah (bread) covering that Josiah made for us. He's quite an artist!
Here's all the boys as we sat down to begin the celebration. John grilled some lamb chops for us for dinner - DELISH!! (We recently bought a sheep and had it butchered. We are totally hooked on lamb meat now!)
John then gave each son a blessing. What a special time!
And then he read some of Proverbs 31 to me and greatly encouraged me with the boys watching. I teared up... it was such a blessing to me.
Next was the washing of hands...
We read several blessings and praises to the Lord. We took special care to "tear" our bread and not to cut it. Our knives were covered with napkins as a symbol of peace. Our candles representing creation and redemption were lit. We picked fresh flowers from our yard to decorate our table for the speical meal. And we ate at dusk just as the Sabbath day would begin. We enjoyed it!
To end Sabbath, we had a lamb roast meal the next evning just before dusk after spending a relaxing day together. This was a casual meal. As we finished eating, Shepard passed around the spice box that we made so that everyone could savor the aroma of Sabbath before it was gone and as a savory memory until we could celebrate it again.
Now we all headed outside to watch the sky to see who could be the first one to find the first three stars of the night. When the first three stars are visible, then Sabbath is over. John won! He has the best eyes of all of us. Then John and I sat on the porch and watched the boys play in the fading light. Wonderful.
We're getting pretty fond of singing the Green Acres theme song around here... today was no exception! Come on, can't you just picture that Green Acres guy bouncing along on his tractor in his suit? Slight difference... John doesn't own any suits. :) But, he has never driven a tractor before and it just really makes us smile to have real farm equipment.
You know how it goes... Green Acres we are here! Pum, Pum!
Do you see that smile? That is a happy man! (I love it when my man is happy!)
We got this picture of all the "Wasson" cousins when they came for Will's party. I love it! They are getting ready to raise money for Living Water International at the sale and this picture shows them wearing the armbands they will be selling. Praying the Lord blesses their efforts and grows their hearts in ministry!
Will sure did enjoy his birthday. Turning 4 is big stuff. He's all grins about it. And we enjoyed celebrating with him. Fireman style! We had a big party Saturday night that was lots of fun.
Oh, those tricky sparkler candles! :) Will is such a good sport... he just kept blowing them out until they finally quit lighting again.
As soon as the cookie cake and ice cream was served, Will positioned himself next to all the packages and waited. He held this package with the Star Wars paper and could hardly wait to get it open. Shake, shake shake!
He looks like a real fireman!
Happy Birthday Will David!
Here he is on his actual birthday enjoying some of the new toys!
I loved John's prayer for Will at his party...
he reminded us that Will adds so much spunk to our family and we are grateful again that the Lord spared his life on the day he was born. It's exciting to get to celebrate theses 4 years!
Will Wasson, you are a JOY! A precious gift from the Lord!