Thursday, February 26, 2015

One month


Elijah Seth.  Today you are one month old. In your one month of life....
They thought you might have a heart murmur, and you had to have an echo done. Everything was normal!!!! (Praise Jesus!)

Daddy and I celebrated 15 years of marriage....
And many other things (the "week of teeth").....this has been a very eventful month.
But in this month you have turned our whole house upside down with LOVE. We are all over the moon, giddy, absolutely in love with you. Every prayer includes thanking God for you. You are such a special gift to our family.
You are so strong. You love to hold your head up. When you are awake, you are very ALERT. 
Oh Elijah. Truly, you were appointed by God, and we love you!!!!!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Happy guy...

This is Evelyn playing peek-a-boo for Elijah. :-)
It's pretty safe to say we are all in love with this sweet little guy.....



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Elijah Seth Hester

Welcome to the world, Elijah Seth Hester.
Elijah means "my God is Yahweh"
Seth means "appointed".
Oh baby boy. You were certainly appointed by Yahweh, and we pray earnestly that your heart will forever belong to the King and His kingdom!
Born at home on Jan. 26th, 2015 at 9:34pm.
8lbs., 4oz.
Loved and adored by all his brothers and sisters.....
We are in awe of God's handiwork, and so thankful to welcome him!!!!



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

First test!!

Judah finished his first Sing, Spell book and test!!! Yay!!!��������

Friday, December 26, 2014

Things that take work....

"Hobbit Stew" served atop mashed po-Tay-toes
Lembas Bread (you know....the bread of the elves)

I gotta tell you....this took a lot of work. But isn't it *interesting* how most things of value do take work?
Making memories....that's what I hope it was all about. When my kids look back at some of these stories that have shaped them, and our family....maybe they will remember with a smile their crazy, pregnant mother buzzing about in the kitchen just to put the finishing touches on the Lembas bread. They have been talking about Hobbit Feast Day ever since I told them about it. And I planned so much food that it wouldn't fit in one day, and will have to carry over to tomorrow.

It is a lot of work. But it is worth it. I don't think any of us Hesters will ever think of The Lord of the Rings in quite the same way again. ;-)

And, here is this evening's movie clip:
Samwise Gamgee:....there were plenty of opportunities for those folk to turn back, but they didn't....because they were holding onto something.
Frodo: What are we holding on to, Sam?
Samwise: They believed that there was good in this world, and that it's worth fighting for!

For the True King! And for the Kingdom!
"May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10 NLT)



"Hobbit Feast Day"

Shire French toast
Shire berries
Bilbo's roast beast (aka Ham)
The Golden Ring


Caleb started it all by deciding to re-read The Lord of the Rings. Then Noah decided to read (and finish!) The Hobbit.  I thought we were sort of out of that phase, having read the Hobbit as a read aloud last year. But, as I was meal planning for the week and the holidays, I couldn't resist planning for a Hobbit Feast Day, seeing as how the interest has been renewed. 
So. Here is our first meal on Hobbit Day, here in the Hester house. Only Emma and Caleb have seen the first two Lord of the Rings movies, but in honor of our feast day, we played the following clip for our breakfast meal.

Frodo and Gandalf are talking...
Frodo: It's a pity Bilbo didn't kill him (Gollum) when he had the chance.
Gandalf: Pity! Yes, it was pity that kept Bilbo from killing him. There are those who deserve death, but receive life, and those who deserve life but receive death. Can you give it???

And then:
Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me.  I wish none of this had ever happened.
Gandalf: Yes, as does all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide.  All we can decide is how to use the time that we've been given.


Well. Off to work on Hobbit Stew!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Word Up!!!


Okay, so the makers of Visual Latin, a high school Latin curriculum, have outdone themselves with this fun approach to learning Latin and Greek roots.
My big two love Visual Latin, and Caleb has almost finished his first "year", along with reading Lingua Latina.

Anyhow. Noah had finished his current Latin work, and was so excited to move on to something new. I really didn't feel that Visual Latin was the right "next step" for him, despite all the fun his brother and sister were having with it.

Enter: Word Up! The Vocabulary Show!!! A fun little video introduces 10 new words with the Latin root and 10 new words with the Greek root.  This is such a fun way to bridge the gap, and increase Noah's vocabulary, without being too rigorous academically. After the video, there are FREE online activities including flashcards, games, and tests.

Right now, it's only $10!! And with the online content, each group of words can easily last a week (or two!!).

The first root was the word for water: Aqua in Latin and Hydra in Greek.
They learn all about aqueduct, aqueous, aqualung, aquatint....hydrate, hydrant....well. You get the point.

Today, Judah (age 3) informed me:
"Mom, Ezra and I are going to jump on the trampoline. But if it starts raining aqua....then we will come inside."



Monday, November 10, 2014

Can barely contain my excitement...

If you know me, you know that I research things. I have a joke with my husband where I tell him, "I know things." Usually, this is because he is surprised that I know something that seems fairly random for a...ahem...middle-aged mother of (soon-to-be) seven.

I have known for some time that I wanted to use this curriculum. I just wasn't sure when or how.
Summit ministries offers some fantastic resources, both by way of curriculum, and conferences, as well as a "semester" for high school graduates before going on to college. Their focus and heart is worldview.

As I prayed over Emma and Caleb for this year, the one thing I was most burdened for them was: worldview.  But there was still the issues of finances, timing, and how to fit this in with all the other stuff!!!!

Needless to say, the day has come. Today is their first day of the Lightbearers curriculum. It is intense. (They say an hour a day for 180 days). I don't know how accurate that is, because I'm just starting out.  But I am so excited to see how God will use this tool to grow our thinking and evaluating of what is around us.  I love thinking deeply about my God....and I am excited to see what the next 180 days will hold for us.��

PS-they have to do a pre-test today, where they answer yes or no to questions like, "If I obey God, things will pretty much go well for me."
Yikes. I'm so glad they get to start thinking about this stuff now!!