Trees and aspen art

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My co-op today was a collage of aspen trees with a side of learning about trees. We started off by painting the background so that the dots of leaves would stand out. While that was drying we read Tell me, Tree; it’s a nice picture book about how trees grow, types of trees, what trees do for us, how to spot different tees y their shape and leaves and more. My kids were the oldest ones there, so the book worked well for the majority of the kids (under 7.) Now that our backgrounds were dry we started dotting the picture with leaves. I had brushes, cotton balls and some small balloons which made for perfect dots. While that was drying we read The Giving Tree. Next came the collage part, we tore strips of paper and glued them onto the background, the last step was adding the black marks on the aspen. That was a fun project and we met three new families.

Hike {North Table Mt.}

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I had hoped for the air temp to be a bit cooler for our hike, but that’s why we started in the morning. N. Table Mt. is a short hike up, but a hard incline. It works up a sweat as you pound the path up. It’s one of those hikes where it’s just as hard going down as it is going up, either you are working to over come gravity or you are working to not run down the hill as it pulls you.

Made it to the top!

When we got back down we shopped around in Golden, then headed to the park to eat lunch. We ended up doing school at the library, then heading home to facilitate Bethany doing school and make dinner. I spiced some chicken with – turmeric, salt, pepper, cumin, nutmeg, garlic cloves and paprika and soaked it in cashew milk while I baked some sweet potatoes. I baked the chicken and it tasted like chicken korma, James was surprised that I didn’t have some sauce packet that I used. Now if I can just remember the amounts of everything I put in…..

Monday

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Finally! There are 8 women in my worship dance class. After missing out on a year from my shoulder surgery, then missing out due to low numbers (you have to have at least 3 people to make a class) – I’m dancing again! Our devotionals are based on the A.W. Tozer book The Pursuit of God. We started with – how well do I know God, do I have a hunger and thirst for Him? How much time do I spend sitting and listening to God? Do I feel like I have to accomplish anything when I have time with Him? Do I know what it feels like to hunger for God? Am I hungry right now? In the dry seasons He is training our spiritual muscles so that when we push through the pain we are able to claim the victory. Every season is different, there is no model or checklist for seeing God in each season. We will seek and find Him when we search for Him, are we willing to search?

I know You and You know me.

You wipe away my tears

when I speak my innermost fears.

You wash away my sin

when I open my soul and let You in.

To the very end

You are with me

my heart will mend

when I see

that You

know

me.

-Liese

Frisco Fall Fun

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So, after church we drove up to Frisco. I wanted to hike the Rainbow lake trail and see the colors up there before the cold weather sends all of the aspen leaves to the ground. It was a nice drive up and there were a few powered sugar snow covered mountains on the way.

The hike.

The lake.

Back down.

We walked around in town, got a coffee, went to some stores and ate Nepalese for dinner.

The week – dance!, hike, art co-op, youth groups, Nederland girls outing, water co-op.

Understanding women

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This is a compliment to last weeks message (Understanding men, which I have not been able to get a copy of yet – it seems everyone wants to understand men!) This was a very concise message, with some generalities about women, but the most important things to take away are –

*Women do not need to be fixed, we are made in the image of God, made for a purpose and a reason.

*Running to others to fill your needs, emotions, relationships and need for communication will leave you distraught, emotional and confused. Yes, we need these things, but put God in the void first, then fill with people. People will let you down, God will not.

A women needs connection, she wants to have friends, to talk to them. She wants to plan, to take pictures, make memories. She has a desire for relationships and wants to be connected to others. She can feel distraught when connections fail, when others don’t respond, when she puts her trust in human connections above all else. First, she needs to make a God connection, then connections with others will thrive because she is not demanding that her needs be met by every relationship and connection. Woman was made to complete man, she is his helper; this does not mean she is just a secretary, running errands, making dinner, cleaning the house. She is the ‘ezer’ like Eben-Ezer, the helper that completes, uplifts, strengthens, is a part of a whole, supports and fights for those that she is in relation with. An example is that Eve was made to be Adam’s ‘ezer’, his helper. Another example of a woman wanting that connection and filling it with Jesus is the woman who poured perfume on Jesus before His last days. She desired a connection with Him and Jesus said of her, ‘She did a beautiful thing.’

A woman needs communication, a response. She desires for others to talk and respond to her. She needs to have a response, to know that things are okay, to fill a need in others. She wants to be involved, to give out her gift of empathy and respond in a loving manner. Again, she needs to be in communication with God and His word so that this need can be filled, then she can give the gift of love, joy and peace when others need it. An example is the women that followed Jesus to the cross, they were there to give others support in their time of need. For the women at the tomb who saw an empty grave, an angel and then Jesus risen from the dead, their response was praise and worship. They looked to Jesus to fill their need and they responded.

A woman needs security, not just financial, but emotional and spiritual. She needs to know that things are okay in a relationship, that she doesn’t need to worry. This need for security needs to be met at a basic level by trust in God. When she trusts that God can provide for her, give her the support she needs, the spiritual food that she desires, then she can trust others in a relationship. She can give the gift of providing for the emotions of others and giving out her wisdom and love to those she touches. An example is the widow who gave up her financial security, her last bit to live on, in exchange for the emotional and spiritual security that Jesus offered to her. She knew that she was receiving so much more in the end.

Women are the compliment to men. We are unique, mysterious and yes, confusing. We are the helper, the support, the one who will fight for our relationships when storms come. We want to plan, to dream, to make memories. We want to touch, cry, praise, sing, dance and yell when our relationships are tested. When the winds of life howl and strain to drown out our prayers, we cry out from our souls to the God who made us and ask for wisdom. We want to talk and speak our hurts and dreams and respond to others while making connections. We need to have time with God, a relationship with Him that involves communication – from reading His word and praying, form worship and praise – so that we can rely on Him first. We need to trust Him with our security in order to give that security to others. We need to fill up so that we can give our gifts – wisdom, peace, love, joy, patience, kindness, gentleness, empathy, time, talent and treasures to others.

In order to be the woman that God created, we need to lean on Him first, then take the unique ways He made us and transfer His love to those around us.

{Festival} Giant pumpkin weigh off

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James and I had a nice walk this morning, it was cool and sunny. We walked to the eye doc and picked up his new glasses, then walked to Starbucks for a coffee. When we got home the girls were ready for lunch, then we went to get Grandma and take her to the giant pumpkin fest. The winning pumpkin set a new record – 1,680 pounds! So, enjoy the pumpkins, gourds, Fall pics, find the store cat and more.

Fun Friday {Living History days}

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It was 1775, Virginia, Patrick Henry was admonishing the King for ignoring the Olive Branch petition and basically calling us to war. We don’t want war, but….if those in America need to choose between liberty and slavery to an overseas monarch who provides no representation to his subjects in America – then to war we march!

Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable²and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace²but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

I wore the hat we got a few years back because Hannah didn’t want to wear it.

The girls dipped candles, then I helped Hannah make a wooden holder for it.

We pressed apples to make cider and it was very good.

Random pics.

We had lunch at Red Rocks and we saw the coolest thing – bees made a home upside down in a rock crevice.

We did school at a library, then headed home. Grace made some art for school, Bethany did some school when she got home an since all we had for dinner has leftovers, we went out to eat.