Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Anyway, back to Sparky. So he had a tough day...people were petting him all morning...he had hit his head getting into the trailer and he was NOT happy about that...it was just a long morning for him. Then we went to dad's for hamburgers and hotdogs. He wasn't very thrilled to be tied to a tree...and he let the tree know he wasn't thrilled. Once he seemed to settle down and almost seemingly take a nap, dad saddled him so the kids could ride. He wasn't having that though, he broke the lead and ran off into the culdesac. Woops! Dad caught him but quickly took him back to his stables. Clearly Sparky had been "spurred" on enough for the day! I can just see mom shaking her head up there saying to her best friend Coralee..."Look at what that man is doing? Can you believe it?" :-) I only laugh out loud right now because I can ABSOLUTELY hear those words coming out of her mouth!!
Anyway, my aha moment had NOTHING to do with Sparky...but he was part of the day that I had my AHA moment in...so thought I would share!
For those of you who may be wondering...no he is no longer wearing his glasses. He has contacts now. He is a bit young for contacts, but the doctor thought he was mature enough and with hockey it is just SO much easier. Poor kid...his glasses would always fog up under his "lid"...now he won't have that problem! PLUS...I THINK...THINK...he is trying to impress a girl. Not sure...I just THINK! I have heard him and his friend talking...and he has been talking to me in some sort of weird code language that 10 year olds have. I THINK it has to do with a girl...not sure though! :-)
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
As you all have heard if you are reading my ealier posts, my dad bought a horse around the same time that we bought Peanut....in May about...I think. Anyway...ours are miniatures, but dad's horse is a full sized Quarter Horse named Sparks are Hot! Sparks for short! Dad has taken all of his grandkids out at seperate times to ride Sparks. Well...it was finally the youngest grandkids turn...MaKenna and Major...so I got them all cowboy tricked out, and went out to where dad is boarding Sparks. Here is a picture of MaKenna and Major ready for the day!Now, you have all seen MaKenna riding Peanut and Blondie...but this horse was a lot bigger than our horses..and this weekend she did get thrown off of Peanut...so she was a little bit gun shy. Papa first got on the horse to show her it was okay. Then I put her up on the horse with him.Next, it was my turn...just to show her that it really was okay. It has been several years since I was horseback riding though. Then we put her on the back of me.....Then she was ready to try it herself. Papa changed the saddles...he has a kid sized saddle too...and up she went...She did SO good! She could back Sparks up and everything! She was a pro!
He couldn't get through the gate...so he decided to go another way....
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I didn't feel like we did a lot this summer...but looking at this list, I know that we did, and that makes my mommy guilt feel much better!!!
WAY TO GO FILLEMAN FAMILY!!!!! What a GREAT summer we had!!!!!!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
a fool or simpleton.
Origin: 1670–80; orig. uncert.
Just found it funny when Cam called Jake this the other day.
We used to use this word when I was young...but I thought it was a made up word by my family...I know...I am silly...I honestly didn't know it was IN THE DICTIONARY!!! AND from the 1600's no less!!!
Here were the rules for mom enforced by Cam and Jake. Pictures at home...not on the way to school or at the school. Hugs and kisses would be given a block before the school grounds. I was fine with these rules...as long as I got my pictures and got my hugs and kisses!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The Summit was great, and if you ever have the chance to go, whether you consider yourself a leader or not, you REALLY need to go. It is phenomonal! This years line up was great with speakers...but my top two speakers were Bono from U2 believe it or not, and Tony blair! I really enjoyed what they had to say. MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE speaker though was Harvey Carey. If you ever have a chance to Google him, do so...and if he has sermons out there, LISTEN TO THEM. He was absolutely amazing! He had us rolling a majority of the time! I learned a lot though, and that is the important thing. I learned things that I can apply as a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, as a coordinator for childcare at our church, as a spanish teacher, as a piano teacher and as a Youth of Ukraine director. There are things for EVERYBODY at the Leaderhship Summit, and once again, I was blessed to be able to attend! LEAD WHERE YOU ARE!!!
The Friends We Keep/40 Minute Bible Studies
by Sarah Zacharias Davis/Kay Arthur
The Friends We Keep
Author: Sarah Zacharias Davis
Summary for The Friends We Keep
During a particularly painful time in her life, Sarah Zacharias Davis learned how delightful–and wounding–women can be in friendship. She saw how some friendships end badly, others die slow deaths, and how a chance acquaintance can become that enduring friend you need.The Friends We Keep is Sarah’s thoughtful account of her own story and the stories of other women about navigating friendship. Her revealing discoveries tackle the questions every woman asks:• Why do we long so for women friends? • Do we need friends like we need air or food or water?• What causes cattiness, competition, and co-dependency in too many friendships?• Why do some friendships last forever and others only a season?• How do I foster friendship?• When is it time to let a friend go, and how do I do so? With heartfelt, intelligent writing, Sarah explores these questions and more with personal stories, cultural references and history, faith, and grace. In the process, she delivers wisdom for navigating the challenges, mysteries, and delights of friendship: why we need friendships with other women, what it means to be safe in relationship, and how to embrace what a friend has to offer, whether meager or generous.
Sarah Zacharias Davis is a senior advancement officer at Pepperdine University, having joined the university after working as vice president of marketing and development for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and in strategic marketing for CNN. The daughter of best-selling writer Ravi Zacharias, Davis is the author of the critically-acclaimed Confessions from an Honest Wife and Transparent: Getting Honest About Who We are and Who We Want to Be. She graduated from Covenant College with a degree in education and lives in Los Angeles, California.
As someone who has always needed to be surrounded my friends, I found this book interesting to see WHY I feel like I must need friends at all times. I enjoyed reading about differences within friendships and how to handle those differences and why they happen. One point I found humorous was about men and their "friends". "They have work friends, friends for playing weekly pickup basketball games, golfing friends, and friends forced on them by a significant other. Seldom do they see these friends outside their category of identity, yet they would call them friends." Women on the other hand..."go beyond the circumstances that brought them together and meander into their lives through both the valleys and the peaks, eventually ending up in the women's souls, where they can both restore and destruct." She also mentions, "What becomes so clear is how much we need one another, not in a codependent way but rather to bring to light what we cannot see or perhaps do not want to see. And when we finally recognize our own reflection, we are greater for having done so." Finally, I have realized that "Service to one another does not only look like washing the bare feet of those who have given up their footwear. It also looks like a frozen casserole dish, a late-night phone call, a last-minute errand, and ultimately sacrifice for another." I think of all of my friends both past and present. Some are only here for a season, but for that season we needed eachother, and God knew that. I think of growing up...I had Kristy, then Beverly and Michelle, Dawn, Ann, Carrie (Tator Tot), Nicole, Caroline, another Michelle, Susie, Gina, Christina, Gloria, Jane, Tammy, Emily, Deana and Allyson. Lots of best friendships, but like I said, God knows WHO we need and WHEN we need them. Thank you God for all of my wonderful friends both past and present! Now the book itself, does have a lot of insight, but it is a bit wordy and long for the simple subject of friendship. However, if you are a good skimmer (which I am not), then you won't have any problem with this book!
If you would like your own copy of this book, please say so in the comments. I will draw a winner at the end of the week!!!
Summary for 40 Minute Bible Studies
The 40 Minute Bible Study series from beloved Bible teacher Kay Arthur and the teaching staff of Precept Ministries tackles important issues in brief, easy-to-grasp lessons you can use personally or for small-group discussion. Each book in the series includes six 40-minute studies designed to draw you into God’s Word through basic inductive Bible study. There are 16 titles in the series, with topics ranging from fasting and forgiveness to prayer and worship. With no homework required, everyone in the group can work through the lesson together at the same time. Let these respected Bible teachers lead you in a study that will transform your thinking—and your life.
Kay Arthur, executive vice president and cofounder of Precept Ministries International has worked with her teaching staff to create the powerful 40-Minute Bible Studies series. Kay is known around the world as a Bible teacher, author, conference speaker, and host of national radio and television programs.
•The Essentials of Effective Prayer •Being a Disciple: Counting the Cost
•Building a Marriage That Really Works •Discovering What the Future Holds
•Forgiveness: Breaking the Power of the Past •Having a Real Relationship with God
•How Do You Walk the Walk You Talk? •Living a Life of Real Worship
•How to Make Choices You Won’t Regret •Living Victoriously in Difficult Times
•Money & Possessions: The Quest for Contentment •Rising to the Call of Leadership
•How Do You Know God’s Your Father? •Key Principles of Biblical Fasting
•A Man’s Strategy for Conquering Temptation •What Does the Bible Say About Sex?
The bible studies they sent me are the ones in bold above. I haven't done the walk one yet, but I am in the middle of the Building a Marriage that Really Works. It is an AWESOME study. Very easy and very knowledable. It is teaching me a lot, that I am then able to turn toward Jeff and teach him. It has been helpful in our marriage thus far, and I am the only one taking it. I would highly suggest these studies. They seem to be really great!
On our walk back to the truck, they have these statues of the Lewis and Clark Landing. I thought they were great...and a wonderful learning opportunity...so I put on my homeschooling hat of old and explained who they were and what they did...of course...Cam...smarty as he is had to correct me on a few things. Hey...its been awhile since I was in school!