The Googegs - Strangers in the World

The Googegs - Strangers in the World

Friday, April 30, 2010

I want to be this kind of parent.....

I read this on the Desiring God Blog:

The Best Way to Punish Your Kids

April 30, 2010
By: Tyler Kenney
Category: Recommendations

In his autobiography, John Paton, Scottish missionary to the New Hebrides, reflects on how his father so effectively responded his children's disobedience:

If anything really serious required to be punished, he retired first to his "closet" for prayer, ....

I highly recommend that you click here and read the rest of this article. What an impact it had on his ELEVEN children. Now that's the kind of parent I want to be.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


"There's great freedom in not having a plan."  I hope so ....

"What? No, Mom's eccentric, he is just weird!"  Well, I guess I haven't crossed the weird line on my kids radar...

"It's the end of the world, and I'm standing in the middle of the road!"  I found out later that this is a quote from Adventures in Odyssey -- what a hoot when shouted from the backseat of the car.

"She's playing soccer like Dad ... she keeps laying down to catch her breath!"  hmmmm

"My Mom can frown real good!"  Ouch

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Family that Works Together

Spring is here and much work has begun in earnest.

Jerome created a makeshift greenhouse to start our plants in.

He even got the garden tilled.

In our family we believe that working together makes us stronger. We have family devotions together, homeschool together and we work. I had to leave the other day and the girls cleaned up the house and managed the laundry -- hanging it on the line. The boys know how to mow -- riding mowers and push mowers. Even little Wokelle can push a wheel barrow (not too full) and empty the smaller trash cans in the house.

These young men were up at 5:30am to help Jerome pull carpet out of someone's basement that could be used in our rental house. Then they took off for a load of mulch and worked the yard.

We don't "use" our children for work -- they join us in the work of the family. It gives them purpose and teaches them valuable life skills. It makes them feel that they are an essential part of the team and indeed they are!

I was thinking of this as an analogy to our spiritual lives. Jesus came and did the work of our salvation. Something we could never do on our own. However, he didn't just give us a lazy boy and tell us to wait for heaven. He sent us to go about the work of the Kingdom as long as we can. John 9:4 "As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me."  Work is essential to our lives and we must teach our children to be about it.

Of course life has balance. Almost every day there is a rousing soccer game:

Or basketball.

The family that works together, schools together, serves together and plays together; ultimately Loves together.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter Weekend

Our Easter Weekend was a lot of fun. Our whole family was in some stage of sickness the entire weekend and we still have not entirely recovered, but that did not stop us from enjoying people we care about and remembering and celebrating our Lord.

We started on Saturday afternoon with a gathering of friends and family for a good meal and an egg hunt.

Little Josiah's first Easter!

Gathering for the big Egg Hunt. We had so many stuffed eggs prepared we didn't even give the kids a number. However, the wind was really whippin' -- we may find some of these eggs next year!

The door is open and they are off!

Wokelle headed in a different direction and hit a gold mine.

The cutest things was watching Corey shake every egg -- they were all full.

Way to go Joanne.

On Sunday morning we rose VERY early. The kids were in the car by 5:30am. Jerome leads the Young Adult group and we were signed up to cook breakfast for those attending the sunrise service.

All willing hands were put to work -- even to crack eggs.

Many hands make the work light.

Riane was scheduled to play during the church service and during communion. She was practicing while we were cooking and it really made the cooking work more enjoyable.

After the breakfast we helped with the children's easter party that took place during the service. At the end of the day all turned out well and we headed home tired.

We still had baskets to hand out. I told the kids it would be small and practical this year. They received new flip-flops and goggles. Even so, they all seemed pretty pleased with their gifts.

As they tried on their new shoes I had only two thoughts in my head. If they "don't stand for something they will fall for anything." And how I hope they use their shoes to walk in service to their Lord.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Prep

In our family we don't color eggs anymore, we stuff them. Other buying the candy, I leave the job to my children. It takes awhile, but they do get to sneak a few pieces of candy along the way.

Here we are, ready for Saturday's party.