Sunday, November 25, 2007

Joshua Daniel's Baptism

Today was a very special day for our church as well as our family. Our friends had their son baptized this morning and we were asked to be his godparents. It is such an honor and privilege to be a part of JD's spiritual growth and his walk in faith. Not only was it special as JD's godparents but also because it was our first baby to be baptized in our church!

As part of the service, Josh (JD's dad) wrote him a letter that he read aloud after the baptism and Susie (his mom) took Psalm 139 and paraphrased it especially for JD. Chris also invited all the kids in the congregation to sit in the front row so they could see. I love doing that because I always remember that as a kid I could never see when a baby was baptized and I always felt like I was left out.

It was a very special service and we pray that God would bless JD and his family as he becomes part of the family of God.

As you can see, poor JD was in need of a nap and was tired of the whole picture thing a LONG time ago. :o)

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. " Matthew 28: 19-20a

"Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Mark 10:14b

Friday, November 23, 2007

Decorating Day

The day after Thanksgiving (usually the 2 days after) we decorate for Christmas. This year we got it all done in one day thanks to all the help from the boys. Zack already had the lights outside done. They put up the trees, set up the Christmas village and did a lot of decorating and moving boxes.

When it's all done, we turn off all the lights (except the tree lights), light all the candles and read the Christmas story from Luke. Afterwards we get to eat a few of the Christmas cookies and drink some hot cocoa. It is a great way to start the Christmas season!

Here are some pictures of our day...

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

What are we thankful for this Thanksgiving? Lots of stuff. God has so richly blessed us that I could type all night and not list all of the things we are thankful for. But today we are specifically thankful for the fun day that we got to spend with family and for all the wonderful food!

Charlie and Uncle Chris
playing the Tea Party game

playing My Little Pony wedding

playing puzzles

scooting on the kitchen floor

Yes, this year we got to spend Thanksgiving with my sister and her family. It was so much fun! Zack had fun entertaining Charlie and I got to play all kinds of girl stuff with Maggie and my sister Theresa. After dessert we went over to my parents and looked at the progress on their new boat (which is SO cute and I can't wait to go out on it) and have dessert again. Yum!

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever." Psalm 136: 1-3, 26

As we spend time reflecting on what we are thankful for, let's not forget the One we are thankful to.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


The boys have been saving, and dreaming and planning for almost a year for just this moment. So when I was at the pet store yesterday and they had exactly what they had been looking for, we jumped on it.

At 9 o'clock this morning we went back and brought Saphira home . She is a beautiful 3-year-old bearded dragon. We chose the name Saphira after the name of the dragon from Eragon. She is about 18" long and is quite the stealthy hunter. Those crickets don't stand a chance! (she can eat 12 a day)
Bearded dragons are native to Australia, but I think she'll like it here anyway. She already likes to climb around on the boys and perks up whenever we walk in the room. She is a pretty cool pet!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Presentation Night

Tonight was our co-op's Presentation Night. It is so fun to get to see what they did in all the other classes!

One of my science class students. He is so cute!

Will by his space class display

We won a prize. Now we can see which of us is smarter than our 5th grader.

Will learned a dance in his Civil War class.

A Weekend at the Lazy F

Zack and Andy were gone this weekend at the annual PNW Fall Youth Retreat. This year they were in Ellensburg at the Lazy F. It was a nice place (much better than The Dunes) and they had a fun time.

Their favorite part was the snow...

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Ladies Missions Brunch

Today our church hosted a brunch to give the missions' presentation from our Women's Retreat. It was so powerful that we decided we had to share it with those women who were not at our retreat. Hearing excerpts from the missionary wives' letters was just as moving the second time.

Afterwards we all made Christmas cards to send to all of our LB missionary wives. It was fun and the ladies made some very cute cards. Even William came out of hiding to have some brunch and make a card.

Will hanging out during our brunch

Remember to pray for our missionaries overseas. Here is a list of prayer requests specifically for the wives.

Praying for our missionary wives

1. Their relationship with God
-that their times with God would be sweet with His presence
-that they would trust God with all that is happening each day
-that they would hear God’s gentle voice assuring them of His love, His presence, and His joy for and in them

2. Their relationships with family members and co-workers
-that they would have grace and love for one another
-that their would be no discord, but unity in the Holy Spirit in all of their interactions, thoughts and deeds
-for their children
-for homeschooling moms: patience, creativity and discipline
-that they would carve out time to be with their spouses and children

3. Their relationships with the people they are serving
-for a continued passion to reach the lost
-good friendships with people in their community
-opportunities to speak God’s love and truth into their hearts
-that the hearts of the people would be open to the love of God for them
-for the names of people mentioned in their prayer letters

This list was composed by Kathy Wile who, along with her husband, has a mission to support those who are bringing God’s Word to the lost around the world.

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. 2 Thessalonians 1:11

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Homeschool Girl

This is a really old song but we still like it alot. It is by a Christian group called B.O.B. (Bunch of Believers). My sister used it for her slideshow presentation at her graduation. The whole disc is full of great songs like Mission Trip to Mexico and Goodwill Day (yes, like the store)!

We didn't make this video but someone did a pretty good job, so we thought we would share it with you.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Operation Christmas Child

This morning was our 2nd Annual Operation Christmas Child party. During the Sunday School everyone brings boxes and gifts for the boxes and we fill as many as we can. We had so much stuff on the two tables that it was like being at a store while choosing items to go in your boxes. Some ladies even made hats to put in the shoeboxes.

Will made a tower of the extra pencils

If you have never seen a promo video for OCC you should check them out at Over 7 million boxes are sent out to children around the world who may never get a gift for Christmas because they have never heard of the One who we celebrate at Christmas. With OCC they not only get a box full of fun gifts but they hear the message of the Gospel in their own language. And that is the best gift they could ever receive.

Our 35 boxes are only a drop in a very large bucket but they represent 35 kids who will get to hear of God's incredible love and His gift of grace. What a privilege that we get to be a part of something that is so much bigger than we could ever accomplish on our own! We pray that God would use each gift to accomplish His purpose in the lives of those who receive them.

How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" Romans 10:14-15

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Maggie is 4!

Today was our neice's 4th birthday party so we went down to help her celebrate. Amy made a really great robot cake and had all kinds of vintage robot decorations. The dining room looked so cute!

Maggie's robot cake

Maggie got all kinds of great "pink" presents. (That's what we call girl toys around our house) It was fun watching her and her cousins running around playing princess fairies.

It was also fun because we got to meet my cousin Mitzi's youngest daughter Quincy for the first time, too. Their girls are so cute!

Have fun being four! After all, being 3 wasn't as bad as you thought it would be. She was sad last year because she was afraid being 3 wasn't going to be as fun as being 2. She always says the sweetest things!

Happy birthday Maggie! We love you!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Medieval Feast

My favorite part of my Medieval History class is the family Medieval Feast. We have an entire lesson on food during class and that evening the students and their families come to our church for a 3-course feast. The families are our guests and the students are the serfs. They sit off at the "servants' table" and bring out new dishes and clear out the empty ones. I serve as the head cook (even though I'm a woman) and Chris is the scullion (medieval dishwasher), and there are lots of dishes to wash.
The serfs' table

Thankfully I don't have to do all the cooking because the families bring some of the dishes on the menu. There was tons of great food tonight and no one went home hungry.

Our guests

apple butter
grape juice
white rice
dates, figs and nuts
custard with fresh raspberries
hard boiled eggs
assorted cheeses
gingered bread
fruit-stuffed trout
fresh apples and pears
pickled herring
sweet rolls with peach preserves

I explained the list of similarities and differences between eating then vs. now. Basically, besides the fact that we both eat food there are many similarities. For instance, we all had our own plate and cup, we didn't heavily spice the food to disguise the fact that the meat had gone bad about 2 days ago, I didn't stuff my turkey full of smaller birds or leave the feathers on, we didn't guild any of the food with gold, we ate meat even though it was a Friday, we didn't dump all the leftovers into a big pot to make pottage, and we didn't release a small flock of live birds from a large pie as a grand finale.

But despite the fact that we weren't exactly authentic, everybody had lots of fun. The kids' favorite part was eating at the "leftovers buffet" from all the serving plates that came off the tables. (Don't worry the food was still good)

Even clearing tables is fun!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Men's Weekend - Growing up but not gone yet!

Most cultures have rites of passage to mark the various stages of life. Camp Driver's licenses and High School graduation are a couple of examples from American culture. For the Leingang family there is a rite of passage that occurs during the fall following their 12th birthday.

This rite is a weekend away with Dad. It is a great opportunity to talk about the changes that they are experiencing and will be experiencing as they transition from child to teen to adult. The weekend is intended to be the beginning of an ongoing conversation that will last the rest of our lives together. Hard at Work

Because men are the way they are we always pair "the talk" with a weekend campout and firewood expedition. Firewood

Men always talk better when they are swinging axes or hammers or something that makes them feel "Manly" A good friend (THANKS DON!) has some land he lets us have access to whenever we want so when Andy and I saw the weather was going to be good this past weekend we packed the car and headed out of town.

This particular trip ended with Carrie, Zack and Will joining us so we could bring all the great firewood home. (Thanks Carrie for bringing the van and trailer). When Carrie, Zack and Will arrived we put them to work too.

As you can see, we filled the trailer to the top. It was a great family project, especially the splitting and stacking when we got home.
Will holds down the load

Andy and I sure worked hard. Of course, if I had remembered my Bar-Chain-Oil for the chainsaw we would have had even more wood cut. We wouldn't have had room to bring it home, but we would have had fun cutting it!

Andy, thanks for a great weekend! I thank God for the priviledge of calling you my son and look forward to watching you develop into the man he is calling you to be.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.
Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD
your God will be with you wherever you go."
(Joshua 1:9)

Saturday, November 3, 2007

More Fort Work

Since we enjoyed another beautiful Saturday, Grandpa and Grandma came up again to work on the fort. They stablized the braces, framed the walls, put on the roof and installed 2 windows. I was surprised at how big it was when I got home from my quiting day at church.

It's looking great boys! Keep up the good work.