Friday, May 22, 2015

Hospital

Elinroe has recently started talking about how Ruth came from the hospital.  She recounts how she went to the hospital to see Ruth and hold Ruth and mommy was there and daddy was there and grandma was there.  She talks about how she went to the hospital and Ruth came home with her.  It's so sweet, and sometimes I'm surprised how much of it she remembers! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

9 Year Well Checks

Caden and Caleb had their 9 year old well checks at the doctor's office this morning. 

Caleb weighed in at 52 pounds and 54 inches.  For the weight/height combined percentiles, he's dropped off the charts.  He's tall and skinny for sure.  Doc said he wasn't really concerned about it, just make sure we feed him well and they'll check again next year. 

Caden weighed in at 62 pounds and 55 inches.  He's in the top quarter percentile for his height. 

Ironically their temerature came in at excactly the same.  Twins share things sometimes!

They're well though and no shots needed, so they were happy!

I treated them to Burger King breakfast aftewards on the way back to school.  They were only 20 mintues late for school too, so win! 

I had fun being out with just them even if it was a short time for a doctor's visit! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Numbers

Last week I finally finished reading Numbers. 

Here are my notes from the book.
  • The Lord directed Moses and Aaron to count the poeple with help from those named by God; they were the 12 leaders of Israel, one from each tribe.
  • They counted the tribes, but the Levites were not counted; they were to keep the Holy Tent.  Those age 20+ were counted for Israel's army. 
  • The Lord directed locations for each tribe to set camp with their banners; they were all around the Levites.
  • The Levites were to help Aaron and sons, the priests.
  • Of the Levites, the first borns were given to God. 
    • This was a little confusing on exactly what that meant to me.
  • The Levites were counted by family groups. Each family was responsible for a part of the Holy Tent.
  • Each part of the Kohath Levite Family group carriers part of the Holy Tent as assigned.
  • Those unclean were senta way from the camp.
  • Doing wrong to others was sin to the Lord and must be paid for.
  • Husbands who know or suspect their wives of unfaithfulness must bring them to the priest with a jealousy offering.  A process with bitter water will curse the unfainthful women or prove her faithfulness to her husband. 
  • Nazirites belong to the Lord in a special way by a promise they made to God.
  • Nazarite rules:
    • No grapes in any form
    • No cutting your hair
    • Not near dead bodies
      • If it occurs suddently and you're near them you must follow the rules to become clean again.
  • When Nazaritie time is over, offerings are made. 
  • Each tribe gave offerings for the Holy Tent.
  • They celebrated Passover.
  • Israelites moved as the Lord directed through a cloud that looked like fire over the Holy Tent.
  • Silver trumpets used by the priest to direct Israelites for moving and gathering.
  • They complaind; God send fire; Moses prayed; fire stopped.
  • The people complained for meat; God gave quail for a month, much more than they wanted and started to turn against God.  They were complaining they had meat in slavery in Egypt.
  • Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses.  The Lord then speaks to them and tells them they should be afraid.  Miriam is given a skin disease and sent outside of camp for 7 days.
  • Moses sent spies to survey Canaan.  They found fertile land, big people and walled cities.
  • Israelites complained about their current life; God is angry; He is powerful.
  • Those who complained won't see the promised land and will wander the desert for 40 years.
  • The Lord punishes guilty people.
  • There are rules for offerings once the Israelites arrive in the new land for themselves and foreigners. 
  • A man working on the Sabbath was stoned to death.  (This is convicting.)
  • A group came against Moses and Aaron; God had the ground open and swallow their leaders and families and killed their men.
  • The Israelites complained again and God killed.  Aaron made sacrifices and saved the remaining people.
  • Aaron's walking stick buds; 12 leaders sticks were with Aaron's for God to show/prove who is choosen so the people wouldn't compalin. 
  • The Levites are responsible for the Holy place and 1/10th of the Israelites earnings will be theirs and 1/10th of that is Gods. 
  • A cleansing offering is described.
  • The Israelies compalin again for water and Moses disobeys God and hits a rock instead of speaking.
  • Edom didn't let them pass through their land in their traveling.
  • Aaron dies as God said and his clothes went to his son Eleazar.
  • They won't enter the promised land because they disobeyed with the rock and water. 
  • Israelies were attacked but God let them defeat their enemy and destroy their cities.
  • The Israeliets complained again and God sent snakes poisoning them. 
  • They asked Moses to pray for them; God directed Moses to build a bronze snake for them to look at when bitten to be saved.
  • The Amorites wouldn't let them pass.  They put up a fight and the Israelites defeted them.
  • Moab was afraid of the Israelites and asked Balaam's to curse them so they could be defeated. 
  • Balaams refused at God's direction. Then Balaam went away with his doney.
  • Three times the donkey stopped for an angel and Balaam hit the donkey before the Lord reveleaed himself to him through the speaking donkey.
  • Balaam went on with them doing only as the Lord guided and blessed those Mab wanted cursed three times.
  • Balaam then told them Israel will be victorious!
  • The Israelites started sinning and worshipping Baal with the Midianites. 
  • Phinehas saw a man come with Midianites woman and killed them; sickness left Israelite then.
  • Midianites became their enemies.
  • Israwlies were counted again, none from the fire countere were left; they died in the desert.
  • Moses brought a daughters concern to the Lord who said daughters should receive the farther's estate if no brothers. 
  • Joshua becomes their new leadder; Lord tells Moses he will see promised land from a hilltop and die.
  • There were descriptions of the offerings:
    • daily
    • Sabbath
    • monthly
    • Passover
    • Feast of Weeks
    • Feast of Trumpets
    • Day of Cleansing
    • Feast of Shelter
As I read through the offerings and the required number of livestock to sacrifice I thought about how much they were asked to provide.  It seems like a lot.  We asked asked of much, but they were asked of much of thier livelihood too.
  •  Men must keep their promises.
  • Women must keep their promises unless their father or husband won't allow it.  Then the promise is cancelled.  The Lord frees her of her promise.
  • Israel attachs the Midianites, killedm en, capture women and children, but they were supposed to kill all.  THey had to then kill the boys and the non-virgin women.
  • Goods from the Midianites were split up.
  • The tribes went after more land and shared it by tribes.
  • There was a summary of the travel journey through Egypt by location.
  • The borders of Canaan were established.
  • The towns were given to the Levites.
  • There were cities of safety established.  Murders may go for fair trail in a city of safety.  Victims family must kill the murderer when they meet. 
  • A murder not done in hate must be evaluated.
  • Do not accept bribes.
  • The murder is a punshiable offense only if there is a witness to it.
  • Women who inherit land must marry within their own tribe so the tribe doesn't loose their land. 

Sense of Humor

Caden likes to be funny.  One method he tries is to turn the number on the toaster all the way up to 9.  He wants to burn someone's toast apparently.  So far, the only person who's made unedible toast though, is him!  I've caught it a few times and changed it before I used the toaster!

Sunday, May 17, 2015