i want to remember.

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I want to remember these past couple months of Bible study with John and Jarrod as we delved into the book of Daniel and resolved to learn. We studied with Beth Moore and her Bible study Daniel. We each had our own workbook and I downloaded the 12 video sessions from Beth.

I want to remember listening to the boys recite their Bible verses...the first Chapter of Daniel. Last year in their Bible class with Jes Light, John and Jarrod memorized among other scriptures, the Sermon on the Mount. Once I knew they could memorize tons of scripture I was excited to have them memorize from the book of Daniel. While Chapter 2, Daniel's prayer is usually the typical memorization scripture for Daniel I liked how Chapter 1 was so applicable for my 17-year old boys.

I want to remember how much they enjoyed listening to Beth Moore's message, digging her style and humor. Beth has a great sense of humor and the boys, on more than one occasion, laughed out loud. It was a joy to hear and I want to remember these times.

I want to remember them repeating the introduction, "We are going to have the ride of our lives..." at the beginning of each video session.

I want to remember our commitment to our lessons and that we let nothing get in our way of our Bible time together each Monday morning for review and the next video session.

I want to remember John and Jarrod's responses to my questions from our lessons, so thought-provoking and aware, and the realization that they 'get-it'. I was encouraged by their answers, some with the intelligence far beyond their years. I realized that this time was not only precious to me but to our Lord.

I want to remember when their Grandma joined us for our last video session of Daniel since moving in with us a week ago. And excited that Mom will be joining us for our next Bible study, by Beth Moore also, the book of James.

I really want to remember when John and Jarrod, shared the book of Daniel with Mom, chapter by chapter without opening their Bibles because they were well-versed with intricate details of each chapter. They took turns on the chapters and I just sat there in the most amazing, giddy, awe at the results of John and Jarrod's resolve to learn. Beth provided a little jiddy, jingle, rhyme made up of catchy Chapter titles to jar the memory about what takes place in each chapter. I used those to 'jar' their memories and they shared their plethora of knowledge about each chapter of the book of Daniel. It was amazing!

I want to remember how excited John and Jarrod got at the prospect of another Bible study - by Beth Moore, of course. James, Mercy Triumphs is our next Bible study that will take us to the middle of December. If we do anything over Christmas break it will be Bible study so I'm considering Jesus, the One and Only after our James study. To be honest, I can't wait!


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I want to remember Ian coming into my scrap studio asking me ‘what’s my name’ and when I say Susan he says, “You’re not Susan your Grammy.”

I want to remember Ian and Wyatt coming into my scrap studio, scooting by my chair and curling themselves up into the curtains.

I want to remember Ian putting my face in both his hands and giving me a kiss.

I want to remember two pairs of legs dangling on the bench at the dining room table

I want to remember Ian repeating movie lines, really, really fast, and me not understanding a word he says; but, Ashley can and she repeats what he says and we all laugh.

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I want to remember Ian taking my seat so I can’t sit down; but, giggling when I ‘pretend’ sit on him

I want to remember Ian and Wyatt repeating over and over the entire time we are picking blackberries, “Black not red.” Because we made sure to tell them to just pick the blackberries not the berries that were still red.

I want to remember that this visit the both went to bed very good with little trouble.

I want to remember Ian getting more and more comfortable with me, over time, and him choosing to give me hugs, or just hang on.

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I want to remember Ian, at first closing his eyes in front of the camera but as we spent more time together, he now makes sure his eyes are open. And he’s adorable for the camera.

I want to remember Ian and Wyatt running by my chair trying not to be scooped up into my arms; but, giggling when I catch them.

I want to remember Ian repeating our ‘crazy’ game; at least part of it. Every time someone says the word crazy everyone chimes in, “Crazy. I was crazy once. They locked me in a padded room to die. Die. I don’t want to die. Worms eat you when you die. Worms. Worms are crazy...and so on.

I want to remember Ian and Wyatt watching the Land Before Time every single day (just like their mother and aunt Elizabeth did when they were little).


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i want to remember that jarrod and john dressed alike their first day of homeschool co-op, purposefully, in order to stump the teachers.

i want to remember I was nervous my for my first class, with new laboratory exercises but all went well and I heard from a parent their student in my class said, ‘man, she loves meteorology.’

i want to remember that while the boys struggle with their school work they love all the assignments

i want to remember that jarrod and john’s first day of high school was without all the anxieties normally associated with high school because we homeschool

i want to remember that the boys carried my bags to the van and into co-op without me asking. thank you, boys.

i want to remember the awesome impression the boys make with their teachers. they are so well-liked by adults

i want to remember that john told a girl he liked her (he knew her from last year) and she spurned him. but, he is fine about it: “we’ll just be friends, then.” oh my, he is special!

i want to remember that all my hard work regarding the geography curriculum paid off – the boys love it! and they are learning so much.

I want to remember homeschooling john and jarrod is the best thing we could have done.

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journaling prompts such as i want to remember (which ali posted recently) are a great way to get alot of memorable information down and an awesome way to scrapbook. other prompts are things like sometimes...i love...i wish...i see...i'm thankful for...for today...i choose...because...

so many ideas.