Thursday, June 19, 2008

Julia finished school this week. I can't believe she is finished with 1st grade already!!! I remember getting her tested for admission into this school last summer and being told that she would have to start the first half of the year in Kindergarten because she was weak in reading! I asked for her to be retested at the end of the month because I knew she was capable of the work and ready for 1st grade. We got all kinds of reading books for her and when she retested she was enrolled in 1st grade! She has grown so much this year and is reading chapter books on her own now! What a difference a year has made. It has been a great blessing sending her to this school and I know she will continue to grow and learn with the wonderful group of teachers that work there.

The last day of school she brought home all her workbooks. She said the teachers didn't give them work to do over the summer but told them if they wanted to they could finish up the workbooks. That very night I found Julia working on her grammar book! I was so proud of her. She decided to do the work all on her own :) And the next morning when she woke up I found her working on another one of her workbooks. She has also been reading some of her books and writing in her brand new Hannah Montana journal.

She also finally got a pink Nintendo DS for her birthday. Besides continually asking for a puppy, the nintendo DS was also very high on her list of things she just had to have. My parents got her the pink DS and we got her this game called Nintendogs were she could take care of a virtual puppy. We figured this was the next best thing to a real puppy, which we can't get her because we live in a very small apartment. She got the chihuahua edition because this is her favorite breed of dog. She has a webkinz and ty beanie baby chihuahua too. She loves the game and is taking very good care of her "puppy" which she named Cutie!

I'm hoping to keep her busy this summer. This is the first summer she isn't in some kind of camp or class. Since I'm not working, we figured we would try and take the kids to the park and other fun stuff around the city. I definitely want to take them to Coney Island so they can visit Astroland park before they close it. Also would love to take them to a Cyclones game and a Mets game this summer.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Walk by Faith...

Today I was reminded that I need to refocus and set my eyes back on the promises of God. With all the hectic days I've had lately and some personal issues, I lost sight of some things. I took Julia to school this morning and the boys stayed home with Hubby. I always take one of the boys with me, so this was a welcome break. After I dropped Julia off, I walked to Dunkin Donuts and got a coffee. When I left Dunkin Donuts I felt compelled to walk further down instead of crossing the street to catch the bus. The walk cleared my head of negative thoughts and in the quiet I felt God speaking to me. I felt calm and renewed in spirit so I put on my Ipod and hit the shuffle button. The songs that came on were further evidence that God was laying a message on my heart. The first song was from the Christ Tabernacle Choir, "My Heart Belongs to You" It ends with Maria Durso speaking about her testimony and it reminded me that no matter what the circumstances are I am a child of God and no one can take that from me! The 2nd song was "You are Not Forgotten" by Israel and the New Breed. The lyrics pierced my heart because I have felt lost lately. Being reminded that God does not forget us was a very powerful message and just what I needed to hear. As I listened to that song on the bus I closed my eyes and praised God. Then the next 2 songs were "walk by Faith" and "Restored" by Jeremy Camp. I am so thankful for the feeling of restoration and the reminder to walk by faith!

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