Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Ordering food over the internet?

This past week we tried "matsmart.se" to buy discount food.  Interesting idea, and here are the pros and cons. 

Pros:  
Food to your door at a good price

Kids think it is awesome to get a package and open everything

They actually sell some things that I haven't seen in local stores

 Cons: 
Some things were so "cheap" because they were actually the smaller size of what we normally buy at the store....like that mini-box of cereal and the almost empty bag of dried cherries. 

They call things a discount, but they are based on the high end stores' normal price, so a bit of sensibility is needed to realize if it is truly a discount. 

Some of the food is almost expired, thus the lower price.  Some things are not bothered by their expiration date, others go a bit weird...

I realize afterwards that I tended to buy things that looked tasty, compared to buying at a store based on a shopping list....like that chocolate, cookies, etc...

Will I do it again, absolutely! 



Monday, 19 February 2018

Three new "accomplishments" that are all still works in progress:
1. Sourdough bread....mmmm
 2.  Croissants, a lot of work!
 3.  Homemade mozzarella and queso fresco, also a lot of work, but fun!

Saturday, 3 February 2018

What's so special about Swedish cuisine? 

Well, Blueberry soup, to start with.  How do you even drink this? Warm?  With whipped cream on top?  I dont know, but a cold glass of the stuff is quite all right with us.  The kids want to try making ice cream out of it, we'll see how that goes! 

Vem skulle gissa att blåbärs soppa är så gott? 

Friday, 2 February 2018

One of my favorite baby shirts...
"Breastmilk....100% organic" 
"No artificial flavors, color, or preservatives..." 

and the best, 
"satisfied customers worldwide." 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Kulturskolan

Our daughter LOVES kulturskolan... or in English, "Culture school." 

This program is in our part of town and focuses on helping kids get into music instead of growing up on the streets. 

Imagine, what a joy it must be to see a kid learn to play an instrument and read music and be in a little orchestra instead of learning to assault and throw stones at the local bus or metro coming by...

A kid who realizes that they CAN achieve at something, even something like hiphop dancing, singing, playing a drum, whatever....it goes a long way for kids!

So yes, our daughter loves kulturskolan, and soon our son will be joining the fun too. 

In a year's time, Lydia has gone from playing two little notes on a trumpet to being able to read music and play (within a certain range) many basic songs, including her two christmas favorites, "Nu tandas tusen juleljus" and Jingle Bells. 


If you are ever over for a visit, we have an eager trumpet player here!


Saturday, 27 January 2018

This child..... certainly gets more than his fair share of attention and love...and that might be why he sleeps so well at night...he finally gets a few hours of peace and quiet away from all those noisy but fun siblings!
 We have to keep an eye on little miss "mamma" who would happily wrap our baby up with her other babies and drive him around in her toy stroller.
 This brother is just waiting for a wrestling partner...
And the most helpful big 8 year old who adores her brother!

Monday, 22 January 2018

This tea towel (and several others) has happily kept our kids busy for the past month. 

 also....a big winner also when the kids have a friend over and want something to do together. 

A bunch of sharpies, a blank tea towel, a lot of imagination, a little bit of drooling over their favorite things, and there you go, a fun project. 


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

You know that feeling when you turn on some kids music and you think, this is just too bouncy or silly, it is gonna drive me crazy!  But not this CD, this is some smoooooth jazz that we dig.

I never  thought my kids would be able to happily memorize the following verses, but music is truly a golden key to learning stuff!  We have listened and listened and not gotten tired of listening to "Sing the Bible, Christmas edition," by a fun band called Slugs and Bugs.

So if you have kiddos, grandkids, really at any age, this is a great CD.....it makes the Bible verse easy and fun to listen to and always quotes where the verse stands.

http://www.slugsandbugs.com/sing-the-bible-family-christmas/

Image result for slugs and bugs sing the bible christmas



Monday, 15 January 2018

This sums up two of the biggest joys of this Christmas break; 
a sweet Samuel and my parents visiting!

Samuel is just three months, yet he seems older....this kiddo has been sleeping through the night for more than a month (i.e. 8 hours a night).  He just gave us a real hearty laugh tonight, and will give a big toothless smile to most people that engage him.  

His siblings squabble for the right to hold him, entertain him, run and put in his pacifier, etc, so he is pretty spoiled in that category. 

My mom was daily stimulating the kids through playing games, doing crafts, and chatting with them, and my dad was great to go out to the playground with the kids, sing several rounds of Abiyoyo and the marvelous little toy, and hold and be drooled on by Samuel for hours on end...


Monday, 22 February 2016

Next book, Tedd Tripp's "Shepherdng a Child's Heart."

*Just a reminder that this study of Shepherding a Child’s Heart, is not by any means me teaching, but rather a simple summary chapter by chapter of his book for my own enrichment.*

Preface....

We can tend to focus on the external behavior instead of the internal overflow of the heart…. We tend to worry more about the what of behavior instead of the why.

Ultimately, when we miss the heart, we miss the gospel.   Demanding appropriate behavior will not help children understand heart issues, and ultimately how a sinful heart is in need for grace.   When we miss the heart, we miss the glory of God.

“One of the most important callings God has given parents is to display the greatness, goodness, and glory of the God for whom they are made.”

Introduction.

Many kids do not look to their parents as an authority and by age 10-12 they are totally respectless.  Culture does not want Dad to be the boss and home or Mom to be submissive to dad.  Children are no longer submissive.  If the old authoritarian ways are no longer valid, what method should we use?

Experience might fail us, but the only safe guide is the Bible, absolute truth from an infinitely knowledgeable God.

We should be a kind authority, a shepherd to our children so they can understand themselves in God’s world, and keep the gospel in clear view.

1.    Authority. God is our authority and has put people in authority around us.  It is not something embarrassing to be in a place of authority for the kids, as we exercise authority as God’s agent….to lay down our own lives and selflessly raise the kids.
a.     Of course Jesus is the perfect example of this. He has all authority yet is a servant.  He allows people in their submission to live freely in the freedom of the gospel.
b.    Parents must exercise authority and expect obedience as they are called by God to obey and honor their parents.
2.    Shepherding. We are to guide the children to understand themselves, others, and God .
3.    Gospel.  God’s gospel is powerful, and meets the needs of fallen humanity.  Tripp expects God’s word to be the power of God to salvation for his children.  His desire for his children to be believers is not based on a formula but on the gospel.  If children see the what/why of their sins they will understand their need of savior.

“The gospel enables you and your children to face the worst in yourselves; your sin, your badness, and your weakness, and still find hope, because grace is powerful.”

Chapter 1.
Getting to the heart of behavior.

The heart determines behavior.  Either evil actions and speech well up from the heart, or good things that are stored up in the heart.

Behavior is not the basic issue, but rather what is going on in the heart.

Wow, Tripp says that a change in behavior that does not stem from a change of heart is NOT commendable, it is condemnable!  It is hypocrisy!

As we shepherd our children, we must always draw them back to a view of their hearts, the root of their behavior, and their need for God’s law and his salvation.



Monday, 8 February 2016

Final chapter (57) of Wayne Grudems systematic theology!

The New Heavens and the New Earth
*Just a reminder that this study of Wayne Grudem's book, Systematic Theology, is not by any means me teaching, but rather a simple summary chapter by chapter of his book for my own enrichment.*

After the final judgement, we will enter a kingdom where we will be together with God and the lamb, a new heavesn and new earth.

Some aspects of this kingdom:
·        The former things shall not be remembered (Isaiah 65)
·        A place in which righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3)
·        God will dwell with men. (Rev 21)
·        We shall eat and drink, there is a street of the city and a river, and a tree of life.  (symbolic or literal?) 
·        God’s infite greatness means we have a lot to find out! (So learning, discovering things, doing things are probably an amazing aspect if it all!)
·        Although the thought of time might be different, scripture speaks of an unending succession of moments.

Heaven is a place, not just a state of mind.  “I will go and prepare a place for you and will return and take you to myself, that where I am you may also be.” (John 14)
The day of the Lord will come like a thief and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise and the elements will be dissolved with fire and the earth and all the works that are upon it will be burned up. (1 Peter 3)
Protestants disagree whether the earth will be destroyed completely and replaced or just changed and renewed.
Our resurrection bodies will be part of the renewed creation.
Imagine, a place and activities for our resurerection bodies which will never grow old or become weak or ill.
When we think about the eternal aspect of heaven and compare it to our short life on earth, we should be motivated as Christians to store up treasures in heaven!
Scripture consistently portrays this new creation as a place of great beauty and joy.
More important than all these descriptions, it’s beauty, fellowship with believers, etc., we will be in the presence of God and enjoying unhindered fellowship with him!
Psalm 16:11, In your presence there is fullness of joy, at your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

One thing I have asked of the Lord, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. Psalm 27. 

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