Friday, November 17, 2017

Thankful for... our Homeschool coop...

For almost twenty years, our Fridays have been spent as a family at our homeschool coop, and before that on a smaller scale, on various schedules, in the homes of fellow homeschooling families. God has brought some amazing people our way, and has enriched our family through it.  This year the coop has finally and formally become a ministry of our church, which has been hosting it for many years. We are thankful for the many lessons learned, relationships developed, and lives affected by this group, which presents a valid Christian worldview to every subject matter.

Deuteronomy 6:5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thankful for... Jim & the CBA family...

I am very grateful for the long friendship and co-worker relationship I have had with Jim Leary. We have journeyed together, and he has often served as a mentor/friend/co-leader. He is representative of many other brothers and churches in covenant community with one another in the Conservative Baptist family, where I have been blessed by grace and truth.  We have many special times to look back on, and a great future together in glory. I will be glad to spend time with him and other brothers in Christ once again today. 
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near
(Hebrews 10)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Thankful for our... Carefree Caed

What a face full of expressions!  What a boy full of talents!  Sometimes he seems so full of energy and motion, while others he seems so laid back.  Nate and Alle's second son Caedmon is full of life, creativity and surprises.  We are looking forward to seeing the where, what, and how of what God does in his life, and going along for the ride.
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
II Timothy 1

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thankful for our Authentic Augustine...

Alle takes so many great pics of the boys, it's hard to choose just 1 to represent the fullness of Auggie's character!  His eyes tell it well: he is a deeply insightful young man. He explores the world of people, God's creations, music, soccer, and a whole host of other disciplines.  He is being trained to sing, to serve, to seek after God and enjoy life, and live up to the name of  a great saint.

II Timothy 3:14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Thankful for... our Alle!

When we first met Nate's wife Alle, we immediately realized she was extremely musically talented. But over the years we have found her to me so much more! She is also very creative when it comes to establishing her own business, decorating, and creating a unique and interesting education for her sons.  We keep discovering so many ways that she is a blessing to our son, their sons, our family, and many other people in their community.  We love getting pictures of her latest adventures.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
    she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
    and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
    and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
(Proverbs 31)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thankful for... our Different Drummer

Our fourth child, Nate has always been unique.  In some ways, he is more "McCloskey" that the others, even looking more like me (sorry, Nate).  He is bright, witty, perceptive, and can express himself both verbally and in writing extremely well.  He plays percussion with a touch like no other, fulfilling a dream I had that my parents never promoted.  He also wins the prize for most emergency room visits.  It is a joy to watch him grow as a husband, father, musician, leader in the workplace, and as a godly man.  Looking forward to seeing him and his family soon.
15 My son, if your heart is wise,
    my heart too will be glad.
16 My inmost being will exult
    when your lips speak what is right.
17 Let not your heart envy sinners,
    but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.
18 Surely there is a future,
    and your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 23

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thankful for... our newborn Sadie Lyn!

Hot off the presses!  Fresh out of the oven! Born yesterday at 3:16 p.m., weighing in at 9 lb. 12 oz., measuring 21 1/2 inches, is Joel & Katie's new little girl.  I have not met her yet, but I know that God is watching over her, and that she has two great parents who have long awaited her arrival to love her. Though she took her good ole time waiting to come, when she did, she did not waste any time. What that mean for when she's a teen? We can't wait to see!

Unless the Lord builds the house,

    those who build it labor in vain.

Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
    and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
    for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,

    the fruit of the womb a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
    are the children of one's youth.