by the numbers

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We’re back! We recently went on a road trip from Atlanta to Pittsburgh, to Massachusetts, back to Atlanta. It was fun and long. I’ll write more about it later, but first…

Number of miles traveled: 2,820
Number of hours in the car: 54.5 (not including day trips)
Number of hours I drove (versus Paul): 46
Number of days away from our house: 11
Number of days driving: 4
Number of states visited: 12
Number of interstates traveled: 14 (not including day trips)
Number of state routes traveled: 6 (not including day trips)
Number of toll booths: 5
Number of toll booths we were surprised by because the GPS didn’t warn us: 2
Number of toll booths the person behind us had to pay because we didn’t have enough exact change: 1
Lowest gas price spotted: $3.11 (South Carolina)
Highest gas price spotted: $4.07 (can’t remember the state – Connecticut?)
Number of pictures taken: 776
Number of games of Dominion played: 4
Number of times I pulled out my laptop: 2


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When we moved into our house 4 years ago, the inspector told us that because of the way it was constructed and vented, we should always expect to have high humidity levels in our hours. No worries, we thought. That was something that doesn’t bother us as much. However, this summer it’s been getting almost unbearable. It has rained sooo much this summer – we’re on track for having one of the wettest years on record. Needless to say, we’re feeling the effects of that in the humidity level in our house.

So, I started researching dehumidifiers. I tried to get one off Craigslist but was unsuccessful. There just weren’t many listed, and the ones I did contact never got back to me. I price-shopped online and went to several discount appliance stores only to find they weren’t in stock, and finally just ended up getting it at Home Depot. I went with a 50-pint size, which seemed to be the best size for our room. (I found this article really helpful for figuring out what size was best.) We got it Saturday night and set it up in the den. When we woke up Sunday morning (about 11 hours later), the unit had automatically shut off because the tray was full of water. It ran all day and shut off about 12 hours later. Wow! It has run continuously for almost 3 days now and I’m already noticing a difference. The thermometer up in the dining room says the interior humidity level is around 40%. (Normally it’s around 60%.) Our house feels so dry, but not uncomfortably so. I just didn’t realize how humid it was.

The den especially feels more comfortable. That room has so much potential but looking back I’ve realized that the humidity in the room was really affecting how much time I wanted to spend there. I’m glad it’s becoming a nicer place, because I have been busy fixing it up! I’m almost done – just need to finish organizing the toys, and I’ll be sure to post some pictures.

36 Bible memory verses

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This year for Pre-K, we’re doing the Sonlight P4/5 curriculum. I really like it, but I wasn’t a big fan of the verses they chose for memorizing each week. I decided to go through my Bible and write down the verses that have meant something to me. My goal was for us to memorize some foundational verses for understanding who God and Jesus are, what the Bible is, and what it means to be a Christian. I also aimed to get verses that were fairly short and easy for a 4 year old to understand and memorize. I came up with 80 verses, and after a LOT of trouble I shortened it to 36 (one for each week of our school year). I thought I’d share here in case anyone is interested.

(NOTE: I chose verses that have been important in my life, so your list might look different. I had to cut some really awesome verses to get the total down to 36, also, but I kept my original list for when we finish these. :-) All of them are from the NIV 1984 translation of the Bible.)

  1. “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good…” Genesis 1:31
  2. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5
  3. “…Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
  4. “…The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
  5. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Psalm 19:1
  6. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.” Psalm 23:1
  7. “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” Psalm 24:1
  8. “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.” Psalm 34:13
  9. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him…” Psalm 37:7
  10. “When I am afraid, I will trust in You.” Psalm 56:3
  11. “Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done.” Psalm 105:1
  12. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
  13. “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
  14. “…The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made.” Psalm 145:13
  15. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
  16. “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” Proverbs 10:4
  17. “Every word of God is flawless…” Proverbs 30:5
  18. “…Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” Mark 16:15
  19. “For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
  20. “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31
  21. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
  22. “…Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
  23. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.” Acts 16:31
  24. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
  25. “…God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
  26. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works…” Ephesians 2:10
  27. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
  28. “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5
  29. “Do everything without complaining or arguing.” Philippians 2:14
  30. “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
  31. “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2
  32. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” Colossians 3:17
  33. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
  34. “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances…” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  35. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
  36. “For Christ died for sins once for all… to bring you to God.” 1 Peter 3:18

If you’d like to download a PDF that you can print to hang on the wall, you can do so here.