Permalink 07:56:00 pm, by Mary Email , 647 words
Categories: Growing Up Ivan

August Through October 2010 - Facebook posts

Due to homeschool busy, I have not been blogging. All three of the boys' blogs as well as my own, have been somewhat dormant. I have put things on Facebook now and then though, and I decided to copy and paste a lot of that into a few posts to share. So here are some of the things Ivan has done from August to September 2010:

August 2010

One more day before school starts. We'll have to do something special. Pool, Krispy-Kreme, zoo, or maybe we'll just read on the back porch.

I finally got wiggly, squiggly and squirmy to bed. Now it's my turn but I think I'll have some sugar free Jell-O and a glass of ice water first...ya know while it's quiet.

At my 20 year High School Reunion

Got home from an ice cream outing and ran the boys upstairs for potty, toothbrushes, pajamas and a bedtime story: Shadrach, Meshach and To-Bed-We-Go!

Ivan (4) prayed for Owen this morning before we dropped him off at school. "...and Lord, help Owen to get all his work done and eat all his lunch and help him not to eat his ice-pack. In Jesus name Amen." Do you think God giggles? I did.

Lots of whiny, squealy, unhappiness and contention in my boys this morning. Selfish ambition is showing it's ugly face. Time to turn on some worship music and set my own tone.

September 2010

Big morning. The weather was/is gorgeous in Middle Tennessee today. Kris and I took the boys out for doughnuts (for them not us) and then to the zoo. It was beautiful. Las Americas for papusas and tacos afterward and then home for naps. Good stuff.

Ivan (4) ran across our (dead end) street to Aron (2) yelling...don't go! He then held his hand as they crossed together and I heard him saying "Good, you didn't die."

Ordered at the drive through today for the boys (not for me) got them each a cheeseburger and "...one small fry" to share. Ivan yelled from the back of the van..."Why did you only get one small fry?" I had to explain that it's one small order of fries, not an individual fry.

I keep hearing little noises from upstairs. I can't be sure but I think either there are elves cleaning up the play room...or there is at least one little boy not napping.


My brother-in-law, Kris, and his middle son, Ivan. They were literally the very last people to cross the finish line. I thought it was pretty cool that Kris didn't take a short-cut or give up on Ivan who was taking his sweet time, but stuck it out to the end. Hopefully, that'll stick in Ivan's memory too.

October 2010

Ivan (4) just punched 9-1-1 into his calculator and had an entire (pretend) conversation with a fireman about his friend's house being on fire.

It's been a while since I took three kids to the grocery store. It will be an even longer while before I do it again.

Ivan (4) on the way to church tonight: "mom, the earth isn't a flat circle. It's a ball." After a comment of affirmation from me he continued..."If God drops it, a lot of houses will get crushed on His floor."

Oh Ivan!

"Dear God, please help aunt Jessica have a baby quick, and please help it not to hurt her. In Jesus Name Amen." Ivan (4), praying for the arrival of his newest cousin tonight.

Aron (3) narrating life: "Once there was upon a time, a special chocolate. And I ate it." Ivan (4) is singing his narration: "I threw away the paper and I sat down on the chair and I want something else."

Aron (3) seemingly out of the blue, in the van tonight said, "Some people don't have any sisters." Ivan (4) responded emphatically, "yeah, and we're one of those people."

Ivan (4): "God knows we're people, but He plays with us like we're balls."


Permalink 04:07:00 pm, by Mary Email , 498 words
Categories: Growing Up Ivan

A Future and A Hope...

Ivan still struggles in school. He will go through periods of successful work habits, but eventually he falls back into his mysterious zone of non-productivity. It's been a long school year.

I talked to him a little bit ago about home-school. He doesn't want to leave school, friends, events, and all that goes with the fun of the institution. It's a great school. He wants to stay, and when I mention home-school, he thinks of it as a punishment. I finally sat him on my lap and we talked about my intentions and his understanding. I told him that not everyone is made for a classroom. Not everyone does well in a setting designed for a group. That doesn't mean there's something wrong with him. I told him that God made him the way he is for a reason and that he should never be ashamed of the way he processes information or handles projects, it's God's design in him that makes him tick the way he ticks.

He started to cry. I mean really, cry. I waited for him to calm down, he needed to let some of the weight of these stressful months pass on. After a bit we talked some more about how different minds handle information and that God made his mind different than other minds, not to embarrass him, but because there's something God wants him to do that will require his way of thinking.

I told him to go get his Bible. I told him there was a verse that God kept showing me when I was pregnant with him and then confirmed it as special when Ivan was born on the date of the "call letters" for the verse.

I looked up Jeremiah 29:11 and told him to read it aloud. He did, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." As soon as his shaking voice said the last word he burst into heavy tears. He clung to me as if he couldn't hold himself up and just shook with loud sobs. I cried with him and just held him until it sank in deep.

How He loves. How He loves and loves and loves.

I had no idea 8 years ago, how much that tiny baby would need to see that God didn't overlook him. Today, He needed to see that he wasn't defective, broken or failing and that there's a reason for all that he's struggling with in school. Oh, how I despise the way the system fits him. He's been walking around uncomfortable and weighed down by all of it.

I still don't know why it's hard. I don't know what the process is that separates him from the rest, but I believe his heart and I know he wants to do well, something keeps him from the well worn path, and I couldn't be more proud of him.


Permalink 05:31:00 pm, by Mary Email , 669 words
Categories: Growing Up Ivan

100 Days

Tomorrow is Ivan's 100th day of 1st Grade. To celebrate, each student is supposed to wear 100 of something. 100 buttons, stickers, hair bows, etc.

I bought a 100 pack of post it notes and will be scribbling down 100 words of affirmation for Ivan to wear tomorrow. I started looking for lists on the internet and found a few I could borrow from, but most of them were very humanistic and left out the fact that we humans are flawed and need grace. I did find some Scriptures that worked well, and though this isn't exhaustive of all that God has for Ivan...here is his list:

1. I cast my cares on Him.
2. I am fearfully and wonderfully made
3. I care about others
4. I am good at math
5. I am a good reader
6. I am a fast learner
7. I am smart
8. I am full of good ideas
9. I am very creative
10. I am unique
11. I am excelling in karate
12. I am a good helper
13. I ask good questions
14. I can do anything God asks me to do
15. God has a plan for my life
16. I am a good brother
17. My mommy loves me
18. My daddy loves me
19. Aron loves me
20. Owen loves me
21. I am loved by God
22. I can find the bright side.
23. I can start over because Jesus died for me
24. I am created for a purpose
25. God listens to my prayers
26. I am blessed
27. I am truthful
28. I know the Way, the Truth, and the Life
29. I am forgiving
30. I can give thanks in everything
31. I can rejoice in any circumstance
32. The joy of the Lord is my strength
33. The Lord is my shepherd
34. I shall not want
35. He leads me beside still waters
36. He restores my soul
37. I am redeemed
38. I have a hope and a future
39. I am secure
40. I am protected
41. God has put His angels around me
42. I am a child of God
43. God works all things for my good because I love Him
44. I can cast all my cares on God
45. My God shall supply ALL my needs
46. God’s grace is sufficient
47. My joyful heart is like good medicine
48. I am transformed by the renewing of my mind
49. I WAS crucified with Christ
50. I am on my way to heaven
51. I am a good friend
52. I am a good listener
53. I express myself well
54. I make friends easily
55. I have lots of friends who love me
56. I play well with others
57. I am healthy
58. I am strong
59. I am in great shape
60. I treat my body well
61. I am the temple of the Holy Spirit
62. I can know the will of God
63. I am forgiven
64. I can give a soft answer
65. I bear the fruit of love
66. I bear the fruit of joy
67. I bear the fruit of peace
68. I bear the fruit of patience
69. I bear the fruit of kindness
70. I bear the fruit of goodness
71. I bear the fruit of faithfulness
72. I bear the fruit of gentleness
73. I bear the fruit of self-control
74. I know how to be full
75. I know how to lack
76. I am content
77. I love Jesus
78. I have nothing to fear
79. I can take every thought captive
80. I am known by my fruit
81. My heart is not troubled
82. I am cleansed from all unrighteousness
83. I can bless those who curse me
84. I am pressing on toward the goal
85. I know the Word of God
86. I am drawing near to God
87. I am justified
88. I am glorified
89. God is for me
90. No one can be against me
91. Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world
92. I look toward the things that are unseen
93. I wear the helmet of salvation
94. I wear the breastplate of righteousness
95. I wear the belt of truth
96. I carry the sword of the Spirit
97. I carry the shield of faith
98. I walk in the shoes of peace
99. I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living
100. I die daily, that I might live in Christ


Permalink 09:34:00 pm, by Mary Email , 29 words
Categories: Growing Up Ivan


Ivan prayed for his day this morning in the van.

"and God, I pray that I would be able to finish my work before I even get my paper."


Permalink 02:09:00 pm, by Mary Email , 367 words
Categories: Growing Up Ivan

Kindergarten Christmas Party

Ivan's Kindergarten Christmas party was a lot of fun. His teacher makes sure there is something for everyone to do and see and keeps the kids involved and in order the whole time. It's impressive.

I took the camera along and was able to get a few shots of Ivan enjoying himself. Aron and I were going back and forth between Owen's party and Ivan's party, so we missed a few things but they both had a great time and didn't miss us much.

I watched Ivan in full focus as he cut out the hands for his angel project.

They had traced their own hands and then attached the cut out version onto a strip of tissue paper attached to a plate with a face on it. He loved it, flimsy as it was he took it outside to play with it when we got home.

After the craft, it was time to eat:

The food everyone brought was so pretty and colorful. Ivan filled his plate on his own because I was in Owen's room and I got there just as he was finishing at the buffet. He cleaned his plate too. He was so happy with himself. The pictures above show his satisfaction.

This picture was taken just five minutes after the others. He looked at me and said, "mom, I think I ate too much." Later in the afternoon when lunch was eminent, he said, "nothing sweet for me!"

All the kids were asked to buy a book for someone in their class of the same gender. They were asked to wrap the books and then a game was used to exchange the books to a random classmate. The girls went first and then the small group of four boys. Ivan was giddy. He loved the game and when he opened a Sponge Bob book, he squealed and got up and ran across the room to show it to me. The funny thing was I wasn't across the room, I was standing about four feet away from him taking his picture.

He had a great time. So grateful for the school, teachers and parents who work so hard to make those days happen.

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