Wednesday, August 12, 2015

AiOH Season 2 Episode 1 Accepting Criticism

AiOH Season 2 Episode 1 Accepting Criticism
Welcome back for Season 2!  We appreciate the encouragement & support you have given us as we try to help & uplift other families who are striving for Heaven.  At the beginning of this episode we have some EXCITING news about Polishing the Pulpit. We are looking forward to meeting those of you who will be there.

  • It seems like no matter what we do, we will always receive some criticism or correction for the decisions we make as parents. The most important thing we can do is to receive it in a Christlike way. This episode was a listener requested topic.  We hope it will be an encouragement to you as you strive to make the best choices for your family!  

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Micaiah Update

Here's Micaiah's Update:

Common Micaiah sayings:
  • Thankyoufoodiscuse (Thank you for my food, may I be excused?)
  • Du-dozer (bulldozers,'s going to be a sad day when he stops calling them this!)
  • Johnny tractor
  • It's delicious!
  • After I ....., then I'll.....
  • But I might wike it (like)
  • You could hide! Then I'll count!
  • I want to wove on you (He would want to sit in my lap facing me & lay his head on my chest--sweetest thing ever!)
  • S'race (Sarah Grace)
  • I just a boy! (If we would say he was silly or a cowboy or anything like that)
  • It's too scary! (LOTS of things: the dark, loud noises....)
  • So I just did it (If we ask him why he did something)
  • A-B-A-S that says Ma-Caiah!
  • A-B-SUS that says Ma-Caiah!
  • Don't hush me! 
  • Don't say, "We'll see! Say YES!"
Some things Micaiah does not love: loud noises, going to sleep (ever since we got rid of his paci a month or so ago), obeying...., being "hushed," if we say "we'll see."

Some things Micaiah LOVES: cheese & crackers, milk (he drinks it all day long), playing outside, working outside with Daddy or Papa, playing with Sarah Grace, singing Trust & Obey or Standing on the Promises, reading books, Thomas the Train, riding the tractor, riding "my new tractor" (he's had it for several months but still calls it this), going to Bible class, singing songs even when he's playing, coloring, "writing," riding on the Ranger, checking cows, feeding the chickens, catching chickens, swinging on the swing set, going to Nana & Papa's house, playing with the big boys at church (Eli, Cody, & Ryder), jumping, jumping off of the steps at the church building.  

He likes to eat crackers, cheese, applesauce, anything in a pouch, bread, Papa's cinnamon rolls every Sunday, mac & cheese, biscuits, Cracker Barrel.  He is pretty much fully potty trained for during the day. He really likes to potty outside!  YIKES!

He is a VERY active & wild, at times, little boy.  We are blessed to be his parents!  


This jacket & bow tie was Wesley's, made by Nana

Mother's Day

This suit was Wesley's, made by Nana

Hannah Kate Update

I've had a running list on my phone for months of things to blog/journal about for each child. I am having a hard time keeping up!

Here are some common sayings from Hannah Kate over the past few months:
  • "conscusting" = disgusting....mainly diapers!
  • Why I cause......
  • "There is a Habi-Nation" is one of her favorite songs (There is a Habitation)
  • What can I even smell?!  (She has one of the most distinctive sense of smells around! She takes after her mama!)
  • Sure is!
  • Yummy yummy
  • I want to eat some chicken, bawk bawk
  • Scratching = itching
  • "Trach-tor" (tractor) & the big, cab John Deeres is "Johnny Trach-tor"
  • "Can I put on shoes so my feet can be fancy like I'm going to town?!"
  • day nap & night nap or dark nap (any sleeping times)
We sure do love this girl! Some things she really loves lately are coloring, making "projects" (any kind of art thing), going to Bible class, playing with her toy fairies & blocks, reading books, playing dress up, dressing up her stuffed animals & dolls, holding Sarah Grace's hand & rubbing her soft skin, playing hide & seek with Micaiah & Daddy, playing with friends, singing songs from the movie Frozen, playing at Nana & Papa's, eating sweets, going to the library for story time, snuggling with Mommy, climbing in our bed when she wakes up in the morning or after nap, watching Strawberry Shortcake, Daniel Tiger, Dora, or Frozen, asking, "Is it time for PTP yet?!," playing outside-sidewalk chalk, hopscotch, catching chickens, riding the toy tractor, playing on the swing set.  Her best friends are: Micaiah, Sarah Grace, Maggie, Mollie, Nola, Ryder, Addison, Matthew & Miles, Talya, Chi, Emery. She also asks often to go see Melanie, Ella, Kelsey, & Gracie or Brody & Karlee.  She is begging to "go to school & ride the bus," so we have decided to do a homeschool co-op this year even though she will only be in preschool.  She is disappointed that she won't be riding a bus, though!  She loves to do "school" at home including her Bible lesson "on paper," any kind of school work pages I choose, writing & coloring.  She can write H & something that she says is K for her name.  She can also write some other letters by herself (L, O, A, I, T, maybe others but I haven't kept a list).  She's doing great with Bible memorization work & loves to make up Bible songs for us to sing at Bible time.  Usually the song goes something similar to this, "God made everything, we love God, Our God is precious, He loves us, we obey Him, Our God, Oh God....," or similar phrases over & over.  It's pretty sweet.  She is going to be in at least two weddings over the next year & is convinced that when you get married, you become a Christian (because we pray for her to grow up to be a strong & faithful Christian & marry a strong & faithful Christian).  She also decided that she will just go ahead & get married herself at the first wedding.  She has told us that she is going to marry Ryder since he will be a Christian too.  She has told him that, but I told her she should probably keep that to herself for a few more years!  She is a great helper at home & can do a lot of things around the house independently as well.  

We are unbelievably blessed to be this sweet girl's parents.  So thankful for this opportunity.


Mother's Day


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hiding God's Word in Our Children's Hearts-AiOH S1E16

Hiding God's Word in Our Children's Hearts

We are excited to talk to Jeremy & Kerri Epling about how we can hide God's Word in our children's hearts. They discuss some great tips for memorizing Scripture, motivating our children, & retaining their memory verses. 

The order form for the CD Kerri mentioned in this episode is below.
Here are a couple of games that the Eplings mentioned as well
Write words on paper & have them jump to each word as they say the verse

Make a verse puzzle out of paper or poster board!
If a kid won't quote, neither should he (or she!) eat! Here's a blog post Kerri wrote about their family works Bible facts into their everyday routine.  (Their blog has some awesome ideas, so check it out while you are there!)

Monday, July 6, 2015

No more paci

When we got rid of hks paci, she screamed & cried for one or maybe two nights. 
M has been paci free since Friday night. He still asks for it every time he goes to bed, says, "I not a big boy. I want my paci," then he whines & disobeys for 30 minutes to an hour. �� Wesley said, "I think I'd rather have a night of screaming than this!"

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Arrows in Our Hand S1E15 "Child Training"

S1E15 "Child Training"

Wesley & Denise discuss some helpful tips on training our children.  We are either training our children to obey or disobey our instructions.  It's important for us to teach them to obey us, so that they will later learn to obey God.  

Polishing the Pulpit info:


Arrows in Our Hand Pinterest board 
Music: Summertime Happy Ukulele Background Track--Find more music by Nicolai Heidlas at
Artwork Provided by Shane Read Creative-contact Shane by email

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

AiOH S1E14: Leadership Training

Ben & Hannah Giselbach join Wesley & Denise on this episode to discuss the benefits of using Lads to Leaders in your family & congregation.  They discuss what activities are available for each age as well as some statistics that show the retention rate of individuals in the church who have participated in Lads to Leaders. 

After we recorded this episode, we saw this great article by Ben on A Legacy of Faith.  Check it out for great information too! How Lads to Leaders Can Help Families by Ben Giselbach on A Legacy of Faith 

Lads to Leaders
Ben Giselbach's Website
Ben's email
Hannah Giselbach's Website
Hannah's email