Monday, April 25, 2016

October Review

The month of October was a very full but exciting one!!:) We kept busy with homeschooling, house cleaning, church activities and preparation for the coming baby!!:D
 Mom decided that it would be a good experience to have the younger children try growing tomatoes in their own little gardens. So after a trip to the store, some baby plants, soil, and wood planks were bought, we began to work!

 Joshua leveling out the soil in his box....
 Setting up a border for the garden boxes....
 Handling the plants gently....
 Digging a hole for Evie's tomato plant.....
Now for some water, and then patience...;)
Back in August, the Lord had led our family to attend a new church, in Newport Beach, Liberty Baptist. The doors were wide open and we were able to be a part of the church for seven months. During that time, we really enjoyed being very involved and the Lord gave us so many opportunities to serve along side the people there! We made made new friends and were very blessed by the people there!  In October, our family really enjoyed attending their missions conference! It was a fun and challenging week of fellowship, encouragement, and becoming better informed about the missionaries' fields and getting acquainted with them as people! It was also a very busy week as a new little Sebo arrived!:)
 Pastor Thompson, interviewing the couples on Saturday evening, the first night of the conference!
 Visiting the missionary tables....:) There was much to see and learn about!:) This table belonged to a young lady, Susanna, who was getting ready to go to Indonesia and she had some Indonesian instruments she let the kids try out!
 Susannna and Caytlin.:) We girls really enjoyed visiting and hearing her testimony of how the Lord led her to pursue missions. Over the course of the week we enjoyed lots of conversations, and discovered that Susanna had recently come from visiting churches in Alaska and had stayed in the home of some mutual friends of ours, the Englands! It is funny how small the Christian circle really is!
 The children were encouraged to have missionaries as heroes, rather than worldly champions or super heros. The church gave out booklets for all children to get signed by the missionaries. Evie especially enjoyed this and was getting one from a missionary names Abram Thomas-church planter in LA.
 The conference started Saturday afternoon and continued Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. We were able to have dinner with the missionaries during the week nights and fellowship more on a personal level.:)
                             Turning her completed booklet in to Mr. Cyprian for a prize 
                                                         A squishy toy!
                                 Visitng with the Kellers (police chaplain's for Pomona PD )
                                                 The Boscos, missionaries to Sri Lanka......
It was really neat to see missionary families of all sizes!:) The Jarvis family are serving in Honduras and working with an orphanage that is greatly understaffed.
Johnny Esposito, a veteran missionary to several different countries in the 10/40 window and currently working to take a team to China.
                                              Trying out the drums with Susanna....
We really enjoyed meeting the Boscos! They had been on deputation and were heading to Alaska as one of their last places to share in churches before heading to the field. Mr. Bosco was excited to be visiting Alaska and said he was hoping to get to go ice fishing.:)
Good fellowship...:) Mommy was very ready to have her baby here!!!:)
Tuesday evening, amidst the hustle and bustle of the conference, little Hannah Elizabeth Sebo was born!! She was a healthy 6lbs, 7 oz. and measured 19 inches!:)  While the guys stayed home with the kiddos, Caytlin and I were both able to be present at the birth with Daddy, which was very special!

Praise the Lord for a safe and healthy delivery!:)
 Caytlin's first time witnessing a birth.......she also got to cut the cord, which was a neat experience for her!
Waiting to meet the new little sister.......the expressions show how hard it was to do so.;)

                                                                        Meeting Hannah....
 Evie was SO very happy with her new little sister!:D She had waited eagerly for months for this day and now it was finally here. After many conversations about it all, she finally got to meet "her baby"-it was love at first sight.:D
                                                       A precious moment...:)

Hannah had 9 eager siblings wanting to hold her and multiple cameras and devices recording the special visit!!:)
Squeezing the whole family in for a picture!!:D How blessed we are!!
 Hannah getting her first bath early the next morning....:)
 I was able to stay the night with Mommy and Hannah in the hospital. Here she and I were hanging out together while Mommy freshened up.
                      Our first visitor for the day, was our assistant Pastor Mr. McMains
                                                                Oma and Aunt Drana.....
                            And of course the siblings were back to see their new little sister.;)

Another sister for Timmy to look out for...;)
Hannah's looks like our sweet Joshua!:) She's got his beautiful blue eyes!:)
 Aunt Cio and Sophia......Sophia was pretty excited to meet and hold her new cousin!:)
 , The Thomas family, surprised Mom by coming to see Hannah! They had moved some years ago out of state and we had missed them greatly! We knew they had moved back to CA recently but hadn't had an opportunity to get together with them, so this was a real treat!:)
 Savannah, Bethany and Christie Thomas......They had all grown so much since the last time we saw them!;)
Christina and Miguel were visiting when the Thomas family came so we had a bit of a reunion! The older Sebo kids and Christina have fond memories with "Brother Brian", before he got married!:)
Mom was able to go home that evening which was a real blessing.. She likes to get back home as soon as she can.;)
                                         Spending time with Daddy at home.....:)
 Daddy's company gives several days off with the arrival of a new baby to it's employees, which has been a real blessing over the years. When he got back to work, he was warmly welcome back with these streamers and a tricycle( left top corner) made of diapers, and spit up cloths!.;)
The first official visit Hannah made outside of the home, was to meet her great grandpa!:) He was so happy to meet her.:)
                  The Great Grandparents Georgia (GG) and Esubio (GGP) Sevillia

For You formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.
                                                                                                                   Psalms 139:13-16

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Isaiah's 16th Birthday Video

                                                         Happy 16th Birthday Isaiah!

September Review

September was a full month, in which Dad and Mom celebrated 23 years of marriage, we enjoyed some good family outings and Mom celebrated her 43rd  birthday!
At the beginning of the month, Dad and Mom went to see War Room (a movie on prayer) for their anniversary! They enjoyed it so much they took the whole family to see it again!:) We like to support good Christian movies in the theatre, when they have them, and this one was no disappointment! We gave it 11 thumbs up!!:D
  Another outing was a trip to the Creation &  Earth  History Museum in Santee CA, for their "Family Festival." We had been there several years ago, but ICR had since sold it to a man named Tom Cantor who is a Jewish businessman and Christian believer. He owns Scantibodies Laboratories which helps fund the museum. He remodeled it, and has a lot of really neat displays on creation, Noah's Ark, Tower of Babel, where the different ethnic groups came from, and baby growing in the womb, along with many other important body functions.
 As part of the special event, they had several Christian Creationist speakers come and share during the course of the day. Our favorite one was Dr. Jobe Martin! We had met  him and his lovely wife years ago at a conference, while visiting the fellowship where Mom was saved! When they discovered we were a homeschool family, they gave us some of their resources on science and creation as a gift to encourage and benefit us. We have been using those books and DVDs in our homeschooling curriculum since and have been very blessed by them!:)
 The younger children were very excited to meet the man from the creation videos!;) It was great to see him again and he remembered us, despite his many travels and all the people he speaks to!
 We also enjoyed getting to meet Buddy Davis, a children's song writer, and hear him sing!
 Beside the gift store, there is a presentation of the Old Testament Tabernacle that God commanded Moses and the Israelites to make. During the presentation, each of the articles in the tabernacle were looked at in light of their purpose, significance, prophetic meanings and how they all connect to the Lord Jesus and point to Him.
 We really enjoyed this part of the museum! Here is the outer court where the sacrifices were slain....
The ark of the covenant in the holiest of holies.....
Inside the museum, there are several different rooms, each with a different theme and focus. There was so much to see and read! This particular room was focused on Day 4 of Creation-
"Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;  and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also.  God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day."

After a fun day at the museum, we were able to meet up with some friends, the Spears, who live in the area! Mrs. Spears and mom finally got to meet, having talked before over the phone.:)
David Spears (who worked with us at Ironwood during the summer) and Isaiah are parkour buddies.:) They always enjoy practicing all kinds of flips together.

At the end of the month, Mom celebrated her 43rd Birthday! How grateful we all are for her! Without her, none of us kiddos would be here and Dad would be one lonely guy!:) We love you Mommy!:)

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.

                                                                                                   Psalm 100