Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cute pictures for a good cause!

You may remember our post about LIGHTHOUSE the Russian orphans that came this summer.... well good friends of our have been called to adopt a sibling group, a 14 year old boy and a 13 year old girl. If you live nearby, join in this unique fundraiser to help a local family bring 2 children from Russia HOME! We did something similar 2 years ago and it was so neat! The kids had a blast! and I LOVE the pictures! BONUS you get a wonderful photograph for just $10!!! (additional photos can be purchased as well but don't have to be) A neat way to remember how you were a part of bringing children to their forever family.

**If you would like more information on how God has brought this all to be, you can contact us or Stacy and if you live out of town and want to support the Q's in their adoption journey the address for donations is:
First Assembly of God- Rolla
1608 N Oak St
Rolla, MO 65401
Please note ** Quittschreiber adoption fund** in the memo portion.

Please pray for these 2 children and the family that is waiting for them to come home and that the last 60% of funds needed will be raised quickly.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A beautiful day outside

A couple of days ago my sister got me all dressed up for a photo shoot...
We went out in to the field, thankfully we did not get covered in burs or ticks!
Though I did get some chigger bites :(

Posing by a post, we took LOTS of pictures it was very fun!

I picked a purple bunch of flowers, they were so pretty.
Here I am with some of the little flowers

I don't really read books in trees,
but the photographer wanted me to pose this way, so I did!

Go out and enjoy God's nature TODAY!
Hope you have a wonderful day

~by a 10 year old~

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

a VERY busy day (by a 12 yr old)

Today was a VERY busy day. :)
First of all I had to do my chores (we all know just how fun that is) chickens, cat, trash (pewwee) then breakfast, school, lunch, piano and violin lessons, recess (that was fun) then I had to dust and got a little rest then up on my feet again and off to volleyball as soon as that was done it was off again to drop a friend off at her house and to pick the 3 little kids from Dad. It ended up that us 4 little kids got to stay and watch some of Dads 12 Angry Men play practice (he did pretty good from what I saw) while mom picked my older brother up from soccer but my day doesn't end there its 7:30 P.M. and I was HUNGRY yes I had a apple, cheese stick and a granola bar but that was at 4:00P.M. so you can understand why I was so hungry. Had dinner and it feels good to just sit down and relax. Need to take a shower and get in bed. Tomorrow will be here all too fast! (i wanted to put pictures in but the day was too busy and we didn't get any -- maybe next time!)

All in a day as the oldest daughter in the Quak Flock!!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Come watch the drama....

(This is copied from the Nisbetts blog... just sharing the info!
We'd love for you to come see it!!!)

This classic jury room drama is amazingly fun to watch. Alex G was at the last rehearsal and afterwards said, "I thought watching 12 men argue for three acts would be dull, but it WASN'T!" Join us for one of the performances.

Starring Jurors:

#1 Steve Skelton
#2 Steve Quakkelaar
#3 Paul Hammacher
#4 Kevin Edwards
#5 Nathan Hickle
#6 Joe Davidson
#7 Joel Nisbett
#8 Dan Goff
#9 Keith Nisbett
#10 Bruce Wade
#11 Scott Alford
#12 Adam Nisbett

Justin Mosher Guard
Judge Bill Hickle as the Judge


. . . all those voting not guilty . . .

. . .guilty. . .

. . .this is the angry part. . .

I love Scott's costume.
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Monday, September 14, 2009

get off your chair and STAND UP!!!

This year for school we are learning hymns each week. This week it's Stand Up Stand Up for Jesus here is a little about how it came to be and the words:

‘Stand Up for Jesus’ was the dy­ing mes­sage of the Rev­er­end Dud­ley A. Tyng to the Young Men’s Christ­ian As­so­ci­a­tion…The Sab­bath be­fore his death he preached in the im­mense ed­i­fice known as Jaynes’ Hall, one of the most suc­cess­ful ser­mons of mo­dern times. Of the five thou­sand men there as­sem­bled, at least one thou­sand, it was be­lieved were ‘the slain of the Lord’…The fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day, leav­ing his stu­dy for a mo­ment, he went to the barn floor, where a mule was at work on a horse-pow­er, shell­ing corn. Pat­ting him on the neck, the sleeve of his silk stu­dy gown caught in the cogs of the wheel, and his arm was torn out the roots! His death oc­curred in a few hours…The au­thor of the hymn preached from Eph. 6:14, 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,and the…verses were writ­ten simp­ly as the con­clud­ing ex­hor­ta­tion. The su­per­in­tend­ent of the Sab­bath school had a fly-leaf print­ed for the child­ren—a stray co­py found its way into a Bap­tist news­pa­per, from that pa­per it has gone…all over the world.

George Duffield, Jr.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the solemn watchword hear;
If while ye sleep He suffers, away with shame and fear;
Where’er ye meet with evil, within you or without,
Charge for the God of battles, and put the foe to rout.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer;
Where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, each soldier to his post,
Close up the broken column, and shout through all the host:
Make good the loss so heavy, in those that still remain,
And prove to all around you that death itself is gain.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song.
To those who vanquish evil a crown of life shall be;
They with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

We love a party!

Turning 17 is worthy of a party :)

with a cake.... and candles....HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU... MAKE A WISH!
Alida we wish you a VERY happy birthday!
thanks for letting us celebrate with you :)
You are a wonderful young lady --Your willingness to help out where ever there is a need, quietly serving and helping out in many little ways does not go unnoticed. May God bless you with many more wonderful years to serve Him where he calls you!!

(song courtesy of the Alvaro's :)!!!)
Love from all the Quaks!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Big Steps Little Feet

15 years ago, I joined a wonderful homeschool family in their new business venture, opening a child care center. I was 19 and still in school working on my Early Childhood Degree. Rob Young, the owner, (either in amazing confidence or complete ignorance) hired me to be the director of the whole thing! WOW what an experience that was!

Our desire was to provide the best Christian care for those who couldn't (or chose not to) be home with their children. We were entrusted to help raise these precious gifts from the Lord and what a blessing that was. I have so many fond memories of those years. And feel like I owe many parents apologies for all my parenting advice -- you shouldn't be allowed to give advice UNLESS you are a parent yourself! It doesn't matter what kind of degrees you have!!!
(Some pictures of our fun days at Big Steps....)

A few highlights from my BSLF years --
* Making sure the staffing ratios are meet -- try scheduling 20+staff and over 100 children and making it all work out!
*Making meals that are healthy, well balanced, and kid friendly x 130! (I should be better at that by now -- still not my strong suit!)
*Getting to be a kid again and PLAY, read stories, and wonderful nap time :)
*Being able to work with so many friends what a wonderful treat.
*Enjoying pajama day with all the children -- then having a cute guy come and propose to me right in the middle of our preschool! (yeah, Rob was in on that too and convinced me not to change out of my pj's- however I insisted when he pulled out a camera!!!)
*Making wonderful friends with lots of families and watching their blessings grow up.
*Getting to send them all home every night! That was a shocker when I had my own 24/7
*Being able to have my children in the room right next to my office so I could see their first rolls, crawls and steps.
* Getting to know a blessed homeschool family who taught me that following God's call is most important -- Sorry I always gave you such a hard time about homeschooling, look where it got me! -- I have learned not to say NEVER
Getting to work at 8am with 2 under 2 was a challenge!
Yes that is me with Maggie and Gabe

I am thankful God has called me to be home, but that season was used by Him to grow me in so many ways. Thanks Rob and Annette for all your love and encouragement.
(and reminding me its been 15 years!)
May God continue to guide you as you help those little ones take
And best wishes to Kathy who has grown and improved it as director since I "retired" and to Jana (their oldest) as she opens her own BSLF this fall!!!

FYI the name came from a song by Mary Rice Hopkins
Chorus: "I may be small but HE lives in me I've got Big Steps and Little Feet"