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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! Part 1

It's a little late in coming, but here are the highlights...

The family came and the fun began.

This Thanksgiving was wonderful.  My brother, his wife, and their three girls drove 20 some hours from PA to be with my family.  My sister, her husband and their dog also drove 22 some hours from Nevada to be with us for Thanksgiving.

The Buchko Games

The first day they were here we decided to have a day at the park.  The kids played and ran around.  The weather was perfect.

In true Buchko Form, we had to have some sort of competition, so we decided to have the "Buchko Games,"  as you can see, it turned into a family affair.  We found a big rubber tire in the park from the Nazarene College. We used this as our object in the games.

Of course Aunt Rachel had to see if she could still keep up with Auxanna in gymnastics, so  naturally we had to do a back bend dual. I think Auxanna won.

There Will Be FOUR

About 3 years ago, I was in a thrift store and came across a little pair of boy booties.  I looked at the shoes and decided that I was going to buy them.  Knowing God gives us the desires of our hearts, He knew Mike and I's wish to have a son one day.  It really wasn't in the forefronts of our minds until we found out that Maddie was going to be a girl.  I had this idea in my mind that we were going to have 2 girls and 2 boys.  So far that wasn't the plan.  We actively began praying for a son.  Lizzie and Bella were enlisted as well...along with my Mother-in-law.

Well God saw fit to answer our prayers! 

You know, it is a blessing to see God answer the prayers of little children, I know the girls were praying very hard for their Mom to have a baby brother.

The fourth Ruiz II, child and first son will arrive on September 20th!

We got an ultra-sound to make sure about my dates. So I packed up Bella and Maddie and headed over to the doctors office where I was going to meet Mike.  Lizzie was in school.  So there we are in the room, and there we see our precious little one inside my belly (as Bella likes to point out). The ultra-sound Tech asked me if I was sure about my dates and I told here that I could be off, well she said that I was further along and that she could go ahead and tell us what we are having.  At that point she measured me to be at 15 weeks, 5 days.  Technically they don't tell the sex of the child until 16 to 20 weeks.  So as she said, with 80% certainty, we were going to have a boy!!  I'll take it.  She's always been very right with all of our girls.  Mike and I could totally see it when she pointed to it-That it was a boy.  Unless, like a friend pointed out, she was sleeping on her hand!! Oh well, we are going to have another ultra-sound in about 2 weeks, so I guess it will be "confirmed" then.  All I care about is that he/she is healthy, formed and happy!!

In celebration of this upcoming joyous event, Mike took my maternity photos.  He did pretty well I'd have to say!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Birthday Highlights

A recap of my birthday.  All made special by my lovely family and friends.

My students surprised me at school today with cake, balloons, and a very large card hand-made one of our very talented students.  Instead of having class, we had a party!!

This group of girls really knows how to make a lady feel special.  I'm so thankful for the opportunity to be their teacher.

I'm in the process of revamping my home office space.  So for my present, I ordered some custom glass for the top of my newly painted desk.  I was driving downtown to pick up the glass,  I glanced down at my phone to see that Bro. Ross was calling me.  So I pulled the truck over and had a very uplifting chat with the former Vice President of the College I graduated from. 

My day just keeps getting better.

We had church tonight.  I was about to go in to the auditorium to give my boss some papers for his upcoming trip before heading up to the nursery. My friend, Mom-Deana came into the hall and offered to take my nursery duty so I could sit in on the preaching,  she's so sweet!! 

And finally, at home, my husband greeted me with yet another cake!!  

You know, I woke up this morning wanting a cake for my birthday, I ended up getting two! 

Mike even decorated it for me!!

I'm not 33, I'm 29+4...

Another present: this awesome coffee cup!! Ha! And yes, I quite possibly could drink the whole cup of coffee with no problem.

So here's to the ending of a perfectly delightful day- coffee, cake and ice cream- this is the good life!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

One and the Same??

I'm weary; weary in hearing that Islam is the same as Christianity.

Usually, this statement is made by a person who has taken the surface of both religions and made their shallow comparisons based on clich├ęs that they have seen or heard.  Loosely applying their skewed version of history to the events of recent days. They are a fallen away "religious" critic who is unstudied on both accounts.

Let me further clarify.

The true Church of Christ has been persecuted since the time Christ walked the earth. This true line had even been persecuted by its "own", i.e., the dark ages or the inquisitions, and crusades. At one point the "Christian" Church was a state religion, which made this a false Church in comparing it to it's true line of believers, who were persecuted from the enemy within. In the Old Testament, the Jews had their theocracy, which goes against the mandates of the New Testament Church as given by the Savior Himself.

Love is the motivation that produces pure religion: religion is not the reason Christians are, love is. The Love of a G-d, Who sent His only Son as a sacrifice, Who offers a free gift, in exchange for nothing but your love. "...But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace." (Hebrews 3:17,18)

Now by faith are we saved, not of works, where we may be puffed up in pride, but show me your faith by your works.  A believer contends with the flesh, the world and the devil to produce good works: visiting the widows, the homeless, the fatherless, showing kindness, mercy, fighting our own sinfulness, etc...all acts of love.

Now let me hasten, I have studied "Islam," it says it is a religion of peace... What does that really mean to a layman's terms it means there will be no victory until all those who will be converted will be and those who will not, will be killed.

"Peace" comes when Islam conquers.

Say good-bye to civil rights, freedom of the press, religion and so on.

Their religion does not produce love, but terror. Terror in its believers- which then begins to spread and fester like a disease.

Followers of Islam are motivated by more acts if terror.

They are told to die for their god.

The G-d of the Christian dies for them.

They are then told to LIVE for Him.

When have you ever heard of a modern day Christian beheading a person if they choose not to accept Jesus's free gift?

Most people think we Christians are a nuisance because we hand them a pamphlet that gives Bible verses on it. We believe faith comes by hearing and hearing by Word of God, the Bible.  And if that action of our faith is the the extent of the offense, I'd rather that be than what the intent of the State of Islam wants- conversion or death.

The contrast comes and the difference made is that the true definition of peace is presented.

A Christian lovingly and peacefully, pleads with the person, and then goes on his way. Leaving the choice to him.

Islam affords you no choice.  Convert or die.

Who sows true peace? The answer comes from that.

Monday, September 8, 2014

New Bunk Beds and Comforters, Sort Of

Two Christmases ago, my Boss got the girls a bedspread set for their queen size bed.  Since then, this past weekend actually, we got the girls new bunk beds and a trundle for Maddie (it's not pictured, it's on backorder and will be delivered later).  I took the queen sized comforter and made twin sized bedspreads out of them.  It looks great!!  Here's what I did.

Here is the comforter all laid out.

I cut down the center making two twin sized bedspreads...

I then sewed the seam together.

Bella posing with the new beds and spreads...

Lizzie is on top.

Bella is very comfy now.

Maddie and Bella looking ornery. 

Dear Bella,

At three years of age, you are fascinated with fury creatures.  You enjoy "reading" books about all kinds of animals, you are always telling me that you want to go to the zoo. Curious George is your favorite cartoon.  You have  some how picked up some of his bad habits when I caught you crossing your arms and giving a pouty face like him....we'll have to watch out for that cartoon!!

Dogs in particular are your favorite. You like to crawl around the house on all fours, barking and licking.  You tell me, "Momma say, doggie don't bark," or to give you some such command.  You have an English Setter stuffed animal that you like to sleep with.  You tie belts and ribbons around his neck and make your own collars for him.  This morning,  you were sitting at the breakfast counter and I noticed that with the help of your hand, you had your your leg up at your face with your foot and toe rubbing your cheek.  I asked you what you were doing and you told me, " Momma, this is how doggies scratch..."

My crazy, wonderful, little Bella! You bring smiles to this momma's face. I love you!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Bell Rings

The halls echo with voices.  Excited, nervous; anticipating what will come.  The smell of new carpet fills the air.  "Welcome Students" written on chalkboards greets the children as they enter the classroom.  See her cheery smile, she directs tiny feet to short desks decorated with their name.  The doors are open once again for another year.  Life is again abundant in this small corner the world.  
The bell rings.  
Class begins.

Lizzie, 1st Day of Kindergarden

The Lord's School...we'll keep going as long as He lets us. Thank you Lord-for letting my child have a place to learn about You.