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Day at the Museum February 20, 2010

Filed under: The Ferguson Family — Michelle Ferguson @ 3:57 pm

Last week, my children and I met my sister and my nephew, Anderson, and my niece, Madison, at the SC State Museum.  Their special exhibit featured dinosaurs, and we knew the boys would love it!  The dinosaurs were robotic in nature and moved and roared as we passed them on display.  At first, three-year-old Madison was afraid, but when we turned a corner and found a puppet theater where she could put on a show, she relaxed!  The children also enjoyed being paleontologists and digging up dinosaur eggs and bones with paint brushes.

Other displays we enjoyed were mini movies, trains, planes, old-timey cars, old electrical appliances, including a neck tie press and a triangular doughnut maker.  I found an old tree trunk labeled “Petrified Wood.”  I got excited because my kids and I are studying Greek root words this year and our most recent one was “petros” which means rock or stone.  I was able to show them the Greek root in the word “petrified” and show them an example of a tree hardened to rock.

We also saw the decomposition of a mouse, a Mastodon, an old one-room school house, a replica of the Hunley submarine, a piece of moon rock, and a room set up like an old cotton mill.  It was a little bit of everything!  The displays were kid-friendly and there were lots of hands-on activities.  The SC State Museum is so large that it was impossible to see everything in one visit.  What a great excuse to meet back!    Home schoolers get in free!

 

Olympic Dreams

Filed under: 1 — Michelle Ferguson @ 3:25 pm

I have enjoyed watching some of the Olympic winter games this week.  My 9- and 7- year old children have also enjoyed watching with us.  I admire those athletes who spend years in training, while putting the rest of their lives on hold.  Great physical training and mental training go into preparation for the biggest games in the world.

As I watched the women’s and men’s alpine skiing the last couple of nights, I literally sat on the edge of my sofa with sweaty palms.  They have to navigate quickly around turns, skiing incredibly fast, up to 70 mph!  On some highways, that’s more than the speed limit in a car!  This girl would never dream of getting on a pair of skis and trying to make is across a finish line, unless we’re talking the bunny hill!

Some of the athletes made it safely across the finish line still standing and one finished in a slide after he fell and knocked his skis off just before the finish line.  Still others never made it to the finish line because of a crash.  Oh how I want to run out onto the ice and snow at such times and give those fallen athletes a hug and say to them “It’s okay…I’m proud of you because you tried!.”  Somehow I think that would not be such a comforting line to those whose Olympic dreams have just been dashed!

I think it is an honor for those athletes to participate in the Olympics!  To be considered at the top of your sport to represent your country is awesome!  To me, they are all worthy of a gold medal!  Good thing I’m not a judge!

 

Get Lost

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 2:41 pm

As I attempted to bathe my three-year-old last night, it was obvious that he wanted nothing more than to just play in the tub.  I grabbed a leg and ran the washcloth quickly over it.  Then I tried to turn him around on his back so I could wash his belly.  He kept pulling, twisting, and tugging away from me.  Finally, he looked at me in all seriousness and asked, “Could you go do some laundry or something, or put your pajamas on?”  I wondered “Had my son just told me to ‘Get lost’ in his own little way?”

Typically, our night time routine is rushed, and I try to get Luke in and out of the tub as quickly as possible.  When Brad does the bathing, his motto is “I’m all business.”  However, last night, Luke reminded me of the importance of play.  There is going to be a day when he will not even want to be in the tub and it will be more of a chore to him.

So I did allow Luke to play last night until the water chilled and he started to shiver!  He did get clean and he did enjoy his play time!  My children are growing up too fast, and I want them to enjoy their childhood to the fullest.  It is the most wonderful and carefree time of life!  So play, Luke, play!

 

“Be of Good Courage” February 15, 2010

Filed under: Devotions — Michelle Ferguson @ 12:20 pm

“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart,                                                    all you who hope in the Lord.”  Psalm 31:24

I am taking part in Rachel Olsen’s Devotional Carnival today on LOVE.  Rachel is the editor of Proverbs 31 Ministries’ online devotional called “Encouragement for Today.”    Please check out Rachel’s blog and enjoy getting to know her!

Every person needs and desires to be loved, and one way to show love is through encouragement.  We live in a very discouraging world.  News headlines are proof of that!  However, there is nothing like a word spoken at just the right time to lift and refresh one’s spirit, especially when it’s to or from someone with whom we are the closest.

Last week, as I prayed for my husband Brad, I asked that God would encourage him specifically through a note, a phone call, or a kind word from someone.  It was one of those weeks where the bad seemed to outweigh the good, and I knew my man needed an encouraging word, so I prayed.

The next morning as I was about to begin home school lessons with my children, I was unexpectedly sidetracked and drawn to my Bible.  I usually read my Bible at another time of day, but I opened my Bible to Psalm 31 and read it through.  The last verse struck me like a lightening bolt on a sunny day!  It was along the lines of what I had prayed “someone” would share with my husband.  “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”  God impressed upon my heart to share that verse with my husband, so I composed the following e-mail to him, typing the verse out first:

“Be encouraged, God has great plans!  Cling to Him because He’s all we’ve got!”

I hit the send button and then ran upstairs to start school with my patiently waiting children.  At lunch I checked my e-mail, and received a reply from my husband.  It said this in part:

“That’s exactly what I needed this morning.  I got misty-eyed.”

I believe I was the one encouraged!  I had been praying for “someone” to encourage my husband, but it was me the Lord was using to do the job through the power of His Word!  He knew Brad needed that word at that moment.  God reminded me that part of my job as Brad’s wife is to encourage him.  Wives have an extra special influence on their husbands.  Our words can build them up or tear them down.  The world does enough beating down, so let’s make sure when our husbands come home, we are pouring life, love, and God’s Word into them.  Encouragement is one ingredient of love, and that makes for a happy marriage!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day! February 14, 2010

Filed under: 1 — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:16 pm

Valentine’s Day conjures up images in our minds of red roses, pretty chocolate boxes wrapped in bows, jewelry (especially of the sparkly persuasion!), dinner reservations, and marriage proposals.  It is a day to celebrate love!  It is a day to celebrate the one you love!

My parents were married on Valentine’s Day, and I have always thought that was so romantic!  I used to wish my husband had waited four weeks later than he did to propose to me, so we could celebrate our engagement on Valentine’s Day.  Instead, he chose January 15th, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday to propose!  Oblivious to MLK, his reason for that date, “I just couldn’t wait!  I was so excited!”  Now that’s romantic!

We don’t typically think of suffering, bleeding, or dying on Valentine’s Day.  However, Jesus suffered, bled, and died on the cross for us, and that’s the ultimate sacrifice of love.     He died to give anyone who calls on His name real life.  John 3:16 tells us “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  Jesus, out of obedience and love, left his Heavenly home to come to earth and die for our sinfulness.  There is no other way to a holy, perfect God except through Jesus who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).”  His blood cleanses us and provides the way to Heaven.

This Valentine’s Day don’t forget to celebrate the One you love!  Show God how much you love Him by spending time with Him and thanking Him for all of your blessings, including your husband and children!  Flowers fade, chocolates disappear (and reappear on the hips), and jewelry gets lost.  However, the love of Christ is a gift that lasts forever and can be celebrated any day of the year!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Pictures From A Snowy Morning

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:08 pm

 

A Snowy Morning February 13, 2010

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 7:25 pm

We woke up this morning to nearly 4 inches of powdery snow!  Now that’s a big deal in South Carolina!  My husband has a standing breakfast date each Saturday with one of our three children.  This morning was Logan’s turn to go to breakfast with his Daddy, and they were determined not to let the snowy roads stop them!  Besides, Logan had written a special letter to his Daddy that he was saving to give him at breakfast.  As I fixed sour dough french toast for Lindsay, Luke, and myself, Brad and Logan piled on the snow gear and headed out to Chick-fil-A, our all time favorite eats spot!

I was able to get outside before my children trampled the snow to take pictures of our yard with my new camera.  Pictures to come later.  Our yard looked like a winter wonderland.  Fences, tree limbs, benches, bird feeders, and bushes were all covered in white frosting.  I spied bird tracks  around the ground under our feeder.  I found an icicle forming out of our gutter’s downspout.  Our indoor cat even felt adventurous enough to go outside for a few minutes.  She crept through the snow and shook off each leg as she lifted it out of the snow!

After breakfast, Lindsay and Luke bundled up and ventured out into the snow.  They quickly discovered that this was not sledding-kind-of-snow!  Just as quickly, they figured out that this powdery snow was great for snowball fights and building snowmen!

When Brad and Logan returned home, the whole family set out to make a big snowman.  Anything my husband does is big, but this snowman beats ’em all!  He and the kids struggled to push that first gigantic snowball into place, then another on top of that, and then lifting the head into place!  Lindsay found prickly gumballs for eyes and buttons.  We added a scarf, a carrot nose, twig arms, and a play dough mold for a mouth (sometimes you just have to use whatever is handy)!  I also cut out a heart and pinned to his  chest in honor of Valentine’s Day!

This evening we will celebrate Valentine’s Day by making our traditional chocolate dipped strawberries!  The kids love this treat!  It’s been a wonderful Valentine’s weekend, and I’m so thankful it started out as a beautiful, snowy morning!

 

Roller Skating Lessons February 9, 2010

Filed under: Laughter and Lessons — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:49 pm

Yesterday I took all three of my children roller skating.  It was a brave effort on my part to be the sole one responsible for three kids (and myself!) on moving wheels!

Lindsay and Logan had been to the skating rink before, but this was three-year-old Luke’s first experience.  He was very excited and talked about how he already knew how to roller skate.  His story changed mighty quickly when he had those skates laced up and stood upright!  It was only a moment before he landed on the floor with a puzzled look on his face.  He had to be thinking “this is not quite as easy as I thought.”

As Lindsay and Logan skated circles around us, Luke and I dared to hit the floor.  Luke danced around and became quite frustrated until it climaxed into a crying fit.  When he screamed his ear piercing dissatisfaction, I lifted him over the short wall and made him sit on the bench to calm down.  I skated around the rink a couple of times to cool down myself!  After Luke composed himself and saw everyone skating and some falling down, he decided he wanted to try again.  I skated behind him holding both of his hands, and we made it from one end of the carpet to the other end where he wanted to get off the skating floor.  He crawled back to the bench to wait for his confidence to grow again.  I skated around with Logan a couple of times and then sat with Luke.  Finally Luke  decided he was ready to go again, and this time he made it all the way around the rink holding my hands.  I was so proud of him!

This event made me think of myself in the experience of life.  I like to play it safe and sit on the bench.  Trying something new does not come easy to me…I guess that’s why God gave me my adventurous husband!  Sometimes, though, God calls us to step outside our comfort zone.  If we stay within the safety of the bench, we cannot experience God’s fullness for us.  He is the One who gives us the confidence, courage, and cover for what He wants us to do for Him.  Our faith will be stretched and our trust in Him will grow.  There is no better place to be than in the center of His will.

Just as Luke gained boldness on roller skates holding my hands, take that step out of your comfort zone, and God’s hand will meet yours.  Luke told me last night, “I want to do that again.”  Hopefully, that will be what we say when we step out for God!

 

Continue On February 2, 2010

Filed under: Parenting with Purpose — Michelle Ferguson @ 10:14 pm

A friend shared the following poem by Roy Lessin with me last week.  I admit at times I have felt non-contributing.  I complained to my husband recently that I have no special talent, I cannot sing, I cannot play a musical instrument, I cannot sew, and I do not earn a paycheck.  But God has shown me that I am the only person who can take care of my husband and our three children.  I can give a hug, cover a boo boo, wipe a tear, say a word in due season, and be my children’s biggest cheerleader.  Being a wife and mother is the highest calling for a woman because she is making a difference in her little corner of the world, and one day, when her children leave home, they will impact their little corners of the world for the Lord.

“Continue On”

A woman once fretted over the usefulness of her life.  She feared she was wasting her potential being a devoted wife and mother.  She wondered if the time and energy she invested in her husband and children would make a difference.

At times she got discouraged because so much of what she did seemed to go unnoticed and unappreciated.  “Is it worth it?” she often wondered.  “Is there something better that I could be doing with my time?”

It was during one of these moments of questioning that she heard the still small voice of her heavenly Father speak to her heart.  “You are a wife and mother because that is what I have called you to be.  Much of what you do is hidden from the public eye.  But I notice.  Most of what you give is done without reward.  But, I am your reward.

Your husband cannot be the man I have called him to be without your support.  Your influence upon him is greater than you think and more powerful than you will ever know.  I bless him through your service and honor him through your love.  Your children are precious to Me.  Even more precious than they are to you.  I have entrusted them to your care to raise for Me.  What you invest in them is an offering to Me.

You may never be in the public spotlight.  But your obedience shines as a bright light before Me.  Continue on.  Remember you are My servant.  Do all to please Me.

By Roy Lessin

Wow!  How’s that for encouragement?  We moms are so special to our Heavenly Father.  Don’t ever doubt your high calling!