Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Interview with Denali, age 4

Here's what you are supposed to do:

Ask your child(ren) the questions and type in their answers as they say

them. Tag other folks with older kids who might have fun with this. :)

1. What is something Mommy always says to you?
Do your chores

2. What makes Mommy happy?
hugging her

3. What makes Mommy sad?
not obeying her

4. How does your Mommy make you laugh?
she says silly things and she acts silly

5. What was your Mommy like as a child?
I don't know

6. How old is your Mommy?

7. How tall is your Mommy?
100 inches

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
do pillow fights

9. What does your Mommy do when you're not around?
watch "hot lava proof" at somebody else's house

10. If your Mommy becomes famous, what will it be for?
famous seamstress, painter, builder, cowgirl, or whatever

11. What is your Mommy really good at?

12. What is your Mommy not very good at?

13. What does your Mommy do for her job?
doing chores

14. What is your Mommy's favorite food?

15. What makes you proud of your Mommy?
letting me snuggle with her when I'm tired

16. If your Mommy were a cartoon character, who would she be?
Super Girl

17. What do you and your Mommy do together?
go to movie theaters

18. How are you and your Mommy the same?
both big, both wear glasses

19. How are you and your Mommy different?
I'm little and you're big and I don't wear glasses and you do

20. How do you know your Mommy loves you?
I love her

21. Where is your Mommy's favorite place to go?
chick fil a, austin park n' pizza, disneyworld

Interview with Emlyn, Age 6

Here's what you are supposed to do:

Ask your child(ren) the questions and type in their answers as they say

them. Tag other folks with older kids who might have fun with this. :)

1. What is something Mommy always says to you?
Take out the trash

2. What makes Mommy happy?
hugging me

3. What makes Mommy sad?
not obeying her

4. How does your Mommy make you laugh?
saying silly things

5. What was your Mommy like as a child?
I have no idea

6. How old is your Mommy?

7. How tall is your Mommy?
12 feet tall

8. What is her favorite thing to do?

9. What does your Mommy do when you're not around?
I don't know

10. If your Mommy becomes famous, what will it be for?
her sewing

11. What is your Mommy really good at?
reading and sewing

12. What is your Mommy not very good at?

13. What does your Mommy do for her job?

14. What is your Mommy's favorite food?

15. What makes you proud of your Mommy?
reading to me

16. If your Mommy were a cartoon character, who would she be?
Super Sewing Mommy

17. What do you and your Mommy do together?
read and walk to school

18. How are you and your Mommy the same?
Our hair

19. How are you and your Mommy different?
I don't wear glasses

20. How do you know your Mommy loves you?
because she's my mommy

21. Where is your Mommy's favorite place to go?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Strep and Plants

The kids and I all have Strep. It's crummy.

We are on drugs. So that's good.

Today I planted 12 seeds of each of the following:
Ultra Cool Watermelon
Yellow Straightneck Squash
Bonnie Best Tomato
Yellow Pear Tomato
Spacemaster Cucumber

It's all very exciting!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Roll to the Middle part 2

Extending the topic of yesterday, I think it's interesting to take that a step further and explore our relationship with God; when it's good it's so good that we don't even realize it. But when we're apart from God our souls long for Him. Our souls cry out, and nothing can meet that need except God. The last few days I've been very immersed in the world but there's been a hole. There's been something missing, and it doesn't seem to matter what I do. If I'm not connecting with God I feel completely empty.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Roll to the Middle

I returned home today to a wonderful husband and a new dress. I want to share something I wrote on this trip when I was missing Joel.

Sara Groves sings a song “Roll to the Middle” where she talks about fighting with her husband and making up again. I love the power of the song. I think there is strength and honor in admitting weakness, and yet I don't talk about fighting with Joel very often. Mostly because it doesn't happen very often, but also because it's a taboo topic. People usually don't publicly admit they fight.

One of the lines says “[when fighting is] when I see the power of our love because it's not there.” That is so true. I take Joel's love for granted. I take the wonder of our blessed relationship as just status quo, and until it's not present, either because we're fighting or because I'm away from him, I don't realize how good it is.

Here are the lyrics to the song:
We just had a World War III here in our kitchen
We both thought the meanest things
And then we both said them
We shot at each other till we lost ammunition

This is how I know our love
This is when I feel it’s power
Here in the absence of it
This is my darkest hour
When both of us are hunkered down
And waiting for the truce

All the complicated wars
They end pretty simple
Here when the lights go down
We roll to the middle

No matter how my pride resists
No matter how this wall feels true
No matter how I can’t be sure
That you’re gonna roll in too
No matter what, no matter what
I’m going to reach for you
from lyricsmania.com

Monday, March 16, 2009


Imagine my surprise when after an excruciating day of packing and cleaning, errands and tire pressure checking, driving and Denali wheezing, traffic jam finding and iPod malfunctioning, I was able to pull in to a lovely inn in McAlester OK. I had asked Joel to research and find me a place once I knew I would not make it all the way to Fayetteville, and I have to say he did a perfect job. I initially balked at the $116 pricetag but it was worth every penny. EVERY penny I tell you. Thank you Joel and thank you AmericInn. You are the AlamoDrafthouse of hotel chains.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

How Much is a Book Worth?

Tomorrow we're leaving for a trip to Arkansas to see a new baby and an old friend and aunts and uncles and cousins.

Tonight as a little break from the frantic packing and cleaning I will be a little philosophical.

How much is a book worth?

I am cleaning our bookshelf dedicated to chapter books. Books for children ages 8-16. Which I don't have any of yet.

The bookcase is overflowing and part of my personal organizing philosophy states that you dedicate a certain amount of real estate to something, and then you stick to that space. So too many books.

I glance through the books. Some of them I have read over and over and over. Some of them were gifts from special people. Some of them I bought at bookfair prices (read: overpriced). Some of them I purchased for a quick read and thought they were worth keeping.

But how much is a book worth? Is it the price of the real estate it takes up on my bookshelf? Do I need to listen to my hoarder heart telling me "this is a classic. what if the apocalypse comes and there are no more libraries and you want some good material to read?"

Did I enjoy reading it? Is the story so vivid I can tell it to you?

Did I keep it because it was by a favorite author but maybe not as good as others by that author?

Did I keep it because it's a multicultural book and if I ever teach 7th grade I will need multicultural books on hand?

Does it have good morals?

Do I regret spending so much on a book that was so stupid and that's why I keep it?

Is this a treasure?

Is it a book my children will love?

How much is a book worth?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Finished Quilt + Cute Denali

Last night I finished the batik quilt; all it needs is the dedication square on the back. We slept under it last night and it was perfect. The blanket we have been using is pretty small and last night the new quilt closed all of the gaps. It was lovely.

When Denali woke up I realized it was time for haircuts for the kids...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Making Over Emlyn's Dress

Emlyn had a dress that her grandma made and then it needed mending. It stayed in the mend pile for 2 years. Today I took it out and mended the areas that needed it, and then I added 7 inches to the bottom so she could wear it. I think it turned out well. I wish she would look this cute for school pictures.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Lesson on Fasting

My lesson today went well. The ladies seemed very interested to discuss a topic that for some reason people don't talk about very much. One question we came up with is this:
Is fasting for spiritual reasons just something we do from food, or can we fast from other things? If we fast from other things, is it just self-discipline and self-control? What do you think?

My opinion is that if you are giving something else and turning that time towards God, then it's fasting.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

New quilt started

Today Joel's mom and I started a new quilt. A local fabric store is hosting a "Block of the Month Club." The first month we paid $5 and got the material and directions for the first block. We show our completed block later in March and receive the material and directions for block #2 for free! We continue with this until we have made a whole quilt for $5! It's a good deal.

I was a little unhappy with the directions and the seam allowance, but here's the completed block #1. This block took us each about 4 hours from start to finish. That's quite a long time. We'll hope that the future blocks will go faster.

All I Need: Fasting Part 2

Here's the handout for my lesson. You might want to read the below post before this one.

All I Need: Fasting
Sarah Schopp
March 4, 2009

Matthew 6:16-18 (New International Version)

Psalm 35:13 (New International Version)

Zechariah 7:4-6 (New International Version)

Matthew 12:43-45 (New International Version)

Colossians 2:16-23 (New International Version)

From Nave's Topical Bible: Fasting

  1. Observed on occasions of public calamities (2 Samuel 1:12)
  2. Afflictions (Psalms 35:13; Daniel 6:18)
  3. Private afflictions (2 Samuel 12:16)
  4. Approaching danger (Esther 4:16)
  5. Ordination of ministers (Acts 13:3;14:23)
  6. Accompanied by prayer (Daniel 9:3)
  7. Confession of sin (1 Samuel 7:6; Nehemiah 9:1,2)
  8. Humiliation (Deuteronomy 9:18; Nehemiah 9:1)
  9. UNCLASSIFIED SCRIPTURES RELATING TO(Ezra 8:21-23; Psalms 35:13;69:10; Isaiah 58:3-7; Jeremiah 14:)
  10. During forty days » Moses (Deuteronomy 9:9,18)
  11. During forty days » Jesus (Matthew 4:1,2; Mark 1:12,13; Luke 4:1,2)
  12. Habitual » By John's disciples (Matthew 9:14)
  13. Habitual » By Anna (Luke 2:37)
  14. Habitual » By Pharisees (Matthew 9:14; Mark 2:18; Luke 18:12)
  15. Habitual » By Cornelius (Acts 10:30)
  16. Habitual » By Paul (2 Corinthians 6:5;11:27)
  17. In times of bereavement » Of the people of Jabesh-gilead, for Saul and his sons(1 Samuel 31:13; 1 Chronicles 10:12)
  18. In times of bereavement » Of David, at the time of Saul's death (2 Samuel 1:12)
  19. In times of bereavement » Of Abner's death (2 Samuel 3:35)
  20. INSTANCES OF » In the conflict between the other tribes with the tribe of Benjamin, on account of the wrong suffered by a Levite's concubine(Judges 20:26)
  21. INSTANCES OF » When they went to Mizpeh for the ark of the covenant (1 Samuel 7:6)
  22. INSTANCES OF » Upon the death of Saul (2 Samuel 1:12)
  23. INSTANCES OF » During the sickness of the child born to him by Bath-sheba(2 Samuel 12:16-22)
  24. INSTANCES OF » While interceding in prayer for his friends (Psalms 35:13)
  25. INSTANCES OF » In his zeal for Zion (Psalms 69:10)
  26. INSTANCES OF » In prayer for himself and his adversaries (Psalms 109:4,24)
  27. INSTANCES OF » Of Ahab, when Elijah prophesied the destruction of himself and his house(1 Kings 21:27; with20:29)
  28. INSTANCES OF » Of Jehoshaphat, at the time of the invasion of the confederated armies of the Canaanites and Syrians(2 Chronicles 20:3)
  29. INSTANCES OF » Of Ezra, on account of the idolatrous marriages of the Jews(Ezra 10:6)
  30. INSTANCES OF » Of Nehemiah, on account of the desolation of Jerusalem and the temple (Nehemiah 1:4)
  31. INSTANCES OF » Of the Jews, when Jeremiah prophesied against Judea and Jerusalem(Jeremiah 36:9)
  32. INSTANCES OF » In Babylon, with prayer for divine deliverance and guidance(Ezra 8:21,23)
  33. INSTANCES OF » Of Darius, when he put Daniel in the lions' den (Daniel 6:18)
  34. INSTANCES OF » On account of the captivity of the people, with prayer for their deliverance (Daniel 9:3)
  35. INSTANCES OF » At the time of his vision (Daniel 10:1-3)
  36. INSTANCES OF » Ninevites, when Jonah preached to them (Jonah 3:5-10)
  37. INSTANCES OF » By Paul, at the time of his conversion (Acts 9:9)
  38. INSTANCES OF » Of the disciples, at the time of the consecration of Barnabas and Saul(Acts 13:2,3)
  39. INSTANCES OF » Of the consecration of the elders (Acts 14:23)
  40. Prolonged » For three weeks, by Daniel (Daniel 10:2,3)
  41. Prolonged » For forty days, by Moses (Exodus 24:18;34:28; Deuteronomy 9:9,18)
  42. Prolonged » Elijah (1 Kings 19:8)
  43. Prolonged » Jesus (Matthew 4:2)

What can you fast from?
food, drink, choice meat, wine, chocolate, starbucks, media, TV, computer, books, shopping for fun,

Songs by Sara Groves
Lyrics to All I Need :
Newly married, new apartment/ All our furniture was saved from the dump/ Yes dear maybe we can afford a trashcan next month/ All I need is my love for you and a seat for two/ New baby new life/ We will teach him to speak French/ We’ve got no money so we’ll make it all ourselves/ I’ll make the curtains and you make the shelves/ All I need is a power saw and a new sewing machine/ Honey, this house needs a little something/ That bare mantel doesn’t look so good/ Someone told me of a man/ Who makes animals from driftwood/ All I need is your monthly bonus for a wooden walrus/ Honey, the Colbaughs are coming over/ This house needs some renovations/ Just a wall or two, just a little room / And a few new decorations/ All I need is a sectional and a satellite TV/ and dark-wood cabinets that were custom built for me/ and a painting by that guy that paints with his feet.../ That’s all I need/ For now
[ All I Need Lyrics on http://www.lyricsmania.com/ ]

Lyrics to The Word :
I've done every devotional / Been every place emotional /Trying to hear a new word from God /And I think it's very odd /That while I attempt to help myself /My Bible sits upon my shelf /With every promise I could ever need /CHORUS: /And the Word was /And the Word is /And the Word will be /People are getting fit for truth /Like they're buying a new tailored suit /Does it fit across the shoulders /Does it fade when it get older /We throw ideas that aren't in style /In the Salvation Army pile /And search for something more to meet our needs /CHORUS /I think it's time I rediscover/All the ground that I have covered, /Like seek ye first what a verse /We are pressed but not crushed /Perplexed but don't despair /We are persecuted but not abandoned /We are no longer slaves /We are daughters and sons /And when we are weak we are very strong /And neither death nor life nor present /Nor future nor depth nor height /Can keep us from the love of Christ /And the Word I need is the Word that was /Who put on flesh to dwell with us /In the beginning
[ The Word Lyrics on http://www.lyricsmania.com/ ]

All I Need: Fasting Part 1

I learned a lot about myself and about God during the month of February. I'd like to share that with you, my readers. I'll also be teaching this lesson tomorrow at Westover if you would like to come hear it there.

All I Need: Fasting
Sarah Schopp
March 4, 2009

Play "All I Need" by Sara Groves

Most of us I'm sure have heard of fasting and some of us have fasted in the past. I want to share with you today some things I have learned recently about fasting. Jesus tells us to keep our fasting private and so I won't be sharing many details and won't ask you to, if you are uncomfortable with it. I will, however, be asking you to brainstorm and discuss in general terms. I will be giving you a handout later on that will have all the Scripture references.

First let's discuss why one should fast. Jesus tells us in Matthew "when you fast". Please read Matthew 6:16-18. Matthew 6:16-18(New International Version)
"When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces
to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so that it will not be
obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your
Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

He says "when you fast," so I'm taking that as an assumption that we all fast. What are some specific reasons why people fast? What occasions merit fasting? I'd like to emphasize that we're not fasting the same way a two year old holds its breath. We're not trying to prove our seriousness, but rather we are recognizing God's seriousness. Spend a few minutes in your group brainstorming reasons to fast.


Please share the reasons your group came up with. Here's some additional reasons I found in the Bible: public calamity, afflictions, public afflictions, approaching danger, ordination of minister, confession of sin, humiliation, 40 days, habitual, bereavement. Write all on board.

Next we'll discuss preparing our hearts and minds for fasting. You need to inquire from God what to fast from. Search your heart. Psalm 35:13 says when we fast we are humbling ourselves. Psalm 35:13(New International Version)
Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth
and humbled myself with fasting.
When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
A prayer you could pray at this point would be this: "Show me the truth. Examine my heart and show me truth. And then show me what to do with that truth."

When you are pinpointing what to fast from, a good way to think about it is anything you feel you can't live without; anything that makes you anxious to think about not having it. If you start to hyperventilate about not having email, that might be something to consider. In your groups brainstorm things to fast from.


Please share what you came up with. Here's my list: food, drink, choice meat, wine, chocolate, starbucks, media, TV, computer, books, shopping for fun.

A really important note is that when you fast you have to turn those desires and thoughts to God, or you will be sweeping your house clean just for more evil spirits. Please read Matthew 12:43-45 and Zechariah 7:4-6.
Zechariah 7:4-6(New International Version)
Then the word of the LORD Almighty came to me:5"Ask all the people of the land and
the priests, 'When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past
seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?6And when you were eating and
drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves?
Matthew 12:43-45(New International Version)
"When an evil[a]spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest
and does not find it.44Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it
finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45Then it goes and takes with
it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final
condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked

When I look at these things to fast from, I notice that they are indulgences; they are things my mind and body enjoy. It's going to be really hard because they are more than things that make our body function. I like these things. I really want them. And if I don't turn to God when I fast I'm going to be just like the Old Testament Jews- blindly following rules. Please read Colossians 2:16-23.
Colossians 2:16-23(New International Version)
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a
religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17These are a shadow of the
things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. 18Do not let anyone
who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such
a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs
him up with idle notions. 19He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole
body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it
to grow.
Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you
still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules:21"Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not
touch!"?22These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human
commands and teachings. 23Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom,
with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the
body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

Finally I will touch on some things I learned from fasting and that you might learn from fasting when you do it yourself.

I realized how much time I wasted daily. It was embarrassing to see how clean my house was and how much time I had for the Bible.

I realized what my priorities really are versus what I thought they were. The people say that your true priorities are reflected in how much time and energy you spend on them.

I realized some hidden bad habits I had. Turns out when I eat I eat in front of things: a computer screen, a book, the TV. When I took those things out of my life I realized that when I serve a bowl of food I look for something to do while I eat. That's not healthy.

I realized how Satan distracts me. It's hard to have a mind consumed by God when my thoughts are focused elsewhere.

I learned that the Bible can be just as interesting to read as a novel. And in better ways.

I learned that a different focus changed my attitude and outlook on my day.

I found that reading early in the morning or late at night really doesn't work for me, and that's ok. I was able to find lots of time during the day, even when the kids were around, to do Bible study.

Pass out handouts.

As we close, please discuss two to three instances of fasting from the Bible. They can be found in your handout.

What do we really need? Moses and Jesus went for 40 days and nights without food or drink. If God can sustain us through even that most basic of needs, I would contend that all we REALLY need is God and His Word.
Play "The Word" by Sara Groves.

Amy was Right

The state was Washington. Good guesses everyone...