The Alburn Family

bunches of bananas: love, kids, & life with christ

   Apr 17

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

   Jun 30


I’ve been reading an incredible book called The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson.  My e-mail accountability group is reading this together as part of the “Good Morning Girls” ministry.  Tonight as I read Chapters 9 & 10, I was struck hard by a few paragraphs and wanted to share.

from pg. 105

“As I seek to teach my children all the biblical truths they will need to be equipped for life and also try to model for them a life of faith, eternal truth must always be the foundation of their understanding.  If they can keep eternity before their eyes, they will be able to live in hope no matter what happens to them in this life.”

“And rest assured, something always happens!  Happiness, after all, is elusive in this life.  It is a sure thing that all the people our children love will die.  All the material things they own will disintegrate.  All the status they achieve will pass away.”

from pg. 113

“God has never taken all of my difficulties away.  As a matter of fact, the more committed to him I have become, the more stress I seem to have. He has reminded me in Hebrews that “He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share in His holiness” (12:10).  He is concerned that I, his daughter, should have a strong, shining character, and such character requires training and discipline.  As I walk through my circumstances and learn to shed some of my selfish attitudes and to work harder and to wait more patiently, the end result will be that I will be more like God.”


My parents were excellent models of living out peace and hope in difficult circumstances.   I think this is a quality that carries over well into teaching middle school students… many times I am told that I am able to keep extraordinarily calm when students are testing my patience.  As a mom, it is SO hard though.  Those moments of whining and neediness that compound into temper tantrums… I am really learning to rely on God’s help to get through days filled with training and correction.  Thank goodness for this book!

   Jun 27

Fun with Paint

We used:

  • driveway
  • paints & paint brushes
  • assorted rocks
  • paper plate
  • paper towels

After going on a “rock hunt” we wiped the dirt off with a rag.  It was fun mixing colors and creating a new look for these gems!

   Jun 18


Psalm 18:28

You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;

my God turns my darkness into light.

   Sep 06

Back to School

I’m back in the crazy fun workforce tomorrow… probably won’t be seeing a whole lot of me on here!  Happy September!

   Sep 02


Proverbs 16:9

In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

   Aug 19

So true…

Babies Don’t Keep
By Ruth Hulbert Hamilton

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due,
Lullabye, rockaby, lullabye loo.
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo,
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo,
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs;
Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

   Aug 12


Today has been one of those, “I’ve had enough of the craziness, I could use a little break” kind of days.  Both girls took really short naps.  Ugh.  Then I thought we should get some fresh air and go for a walk, but didn’t realize it’s a bazillion degrees outside.  Thank goodness for beautiful sunny summer days.  And thank goodness for A/C, though it can deceive us into thinking it’s just a simple lovely afternoon and then WHAM the heat is pouring down and we’ve walked a few blocks with no sunscreen.

A few more hours ’til bedtime.  :)

   Aug 10

Bringing up Girls

I am glad I got my hands on this book!  It is intense, packed with sobering truth about the future our little girls face.  Very challenging but encouraging for parents in this culture.  The chapter about father/daughter relationships is excellent and lots of Q&A with the oh-so-wise Dr. Dobson.