Thursday, February 26, 2015

the "this moments"

Oh my heart! This from my reading today...

"Let my mind park there. Let my heart relish there.
Let my mouth dare to whisper what a joy this is.
I love you. I love us. I love this moment..."
~L Terkeurst

Oh, Father, thank You for the "this moments."

Thank you for eyes to see and wisdom to understand and heart to appreciate them. I do not want to miss them anywhere. Thank you for the precious ones from all my life to love and for the "this moments" that have been and for those yet to come. Oh! How I thank You ♥

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mom's Chili Con Carne

The sweetlings are fairly pinging off the walls at the idea of another snowfall! Needless to say we could probably power the county if need be and maybe even the whole state ^_^ As we watch the sky and the afternoon moves on, we hope and hope and hope and plan. Another of the grand "JJQP" snow day traditions is Mom's chili. It's simple and quick, and it is the flavor of winter weather adventures.

Mom's Chili Con Carne

2 lbs ground beef
2 cans (29 oz) pinto beans
1 large onion, chopped
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
1 can (15 oz) stewed tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano
salt & pepper to taste

Brown meat and onion, drain.
Add tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, salt and pepper.
Cover and cook on low for about 30 minutes.
Add pintos, mix well and simmer for at least 45 minutes.

Notes: The above is the quickest version of the recipe, made up of things that are usually on hand in the pantry. One change that I make is to use small tomato dices instead of the large stewed tomatoes (the sweetlings do not care for "huge, red globs" in their chili - lol). I also add my own mixture of the basil, garlic, and oregano.

We serve this with warm cornbread and a fruit cup. Enjoy ♥

Thursday, February 19, 2015

tipping my hat to Miss Austen

Cutest sweetling moment of the day...

Meredith is watching "Sense and Sensibility" while Samuel plays around her and listens to the story. He's bopping in and out of the room keeping me updated on the action (in his play and in the movie), so I asked him if he was enjoying the story. His answer? "Quite!"

LoL - my darling boy's horizons are expanding by the second ♥

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

the window route

What a blessing to be gifted with snow days! We, of course, love the actual snow and then there is the joy of being together all five, of different days, of celebrating. Also there's lots of playtime outside and inside, hot chocolate making, and running the window route ^_^ You know, catching the view out of each and every window repeatedly so as not to miss a single breath-taking, snowy perspective.

Running the window route is a part of a family legacy, you see. It's a priceless inheritance to me, and I am working at passing it along to the sweetlings. I have the loveliest memories of my mom when it snowed. She loved it! She celebrated it! And she carried us right along with her for the fun.

When the first flakes began to fall, we clapped and danced and laughed. The window route was begun just as soon as the first round of dancing ended ^_^ And we walked it often and joyfully all day as the flakes fell, calling out to one another to "come and see the snow from this window" --and even popping out of bed to check the view through the night.

The sweetlings are already catching the fever, and I plan on keeping it growing as long as the Father keeps on sending snow each year. And one day if there is snow in eternity Jamie, the sweetlings and I, Dad, Paige and her crew will dance and dance and dance again with Mom to the prettiest snow there ever was.

Meanwhile and looking forward, I walk the route with such a thankful heart. For a Creator who would even imagine up snow in the first place, for a Heavenly Father who keeps sending it in answer to the prayers of my sweetlings, for the marvelous blessing of memories of days in the snow ♥

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Why cannot I?

If a bird can cling
To a spray aswing
In a mad May wind,
And sing and sing
As if he'd burst for joy;

Why cannot I
Contented lie
In His strong arms
Beneath His sky
Unmoved by earth's annoy?
~ Author Unknown

Ah, well, that's the question, isn't it? The picture in my mind of that precious bird makes me laugh, stirs my heart, and challenges me so. And oh how gorgeous the thought of hanging out in His arms under the sky He made --content. Whatevah the weather ♥

Friday, February 13, 2015

for my sweetling-tines

oh my little valentines
seeing you with one another
sets this mommy-heart of mine
all in fits and flutters

your play so creative
your laughter a delight
nothing could be more welcome
in this mommy's sight

your faces all in wonder,
beautiful in joy and even sorrow
so thankful for this time with you
so hopeful for tomorrow

every day I wake to you
is a gift beyond all measure
my hearts, my little valentines
my precious God-sent treasure

~a little something for Meredith, Samuel, Ila
Happy EveryValenDayTine ♥

Thursday, February 12, 2015

the every day

In my reading today, I was challenged to "see the something more in the everyday." I needed the reminder. One of the desperate cries of my heart is truly seeing, not missing the Father anywhere as I walk daily. God has not placed me in what the world would define as "the grand moment" -- but from His heart and in His eyes every moment is the grand moment. Here in this place He has made for me for now (and maybe for always) He breathes life into the moments, He adds the grand to the every day. How I want to be so present in it that I do not miss a thing!

I believe in the "more there" - I am certain that mundane and blah never ever have anything to do with life in Christ. Likewise, I am sure that walking daily where I am, content, with an eye to forever has everything to do with life in Christ.

Oh, to gather in the wisdom, the joy, the peace, the life
of seeing the something more in the every day ♥

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

waiting & peace

"Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands. "Peace I leave with you; I do not give to you as the world gives" (John 14:27). What sort of peace has He to give us? A peace which was constant in the midst of ceaseless work (with few visible results), frequent interruptions, impatient demands, few physical comforts; a peace which was not destroyed by the arguments, the faithlessness, and hatred of the people. Jesus had perfect confidence in His Father, whose will He had come to accomplish. Nothing touched Him without His Father's permission. Nothing touches me without my Father's permission. Can I not then wait patiently? He will show the way."  --EElliot

In the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly -- o my heart ♥

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

o little lion heart

Oh, the moment when your littlest one looks at you with eyes bright and flashing and cheeks nearly cracking from joy and says, "I can do it! Just you wait, Mom, I can do it ALL --all by myself." And she bursts away and off with pounding feet and singing to do the task she has set before herself...

My littlest sweetling has the heart of a lion. She runs to challenge and exuberantly, emphatically is all-in before the thing is even begun. I love that failure and so many other crushing things never even occur to her. How I long to be like her in so many ways!

I know that time will temper her approach, but I trust that it will never change completely, because I see the Father in it in her. That boldly going. I look so forward to the ways He will make her more like Himself in this.

Too, I am trusting Him for gentle learning for her that "all by myself" was never His plan. Thank God! To know Him more and understand Him more as she realizes that asking for help is good, that we need Him and each other. That "together" and "light burdens" and what they translate to (love) were ideas born in His heart for our hearts as we meet the moments of our days ♥

Thursday, February 5, 2015

the upchuck blues

sweetlings feelin' sick-ish
not just one, but two
tummies all a-rumblin'
what's a mom to do?

holdin' up hair
cold cloths in hand
runnin' for the potty
now isn't that grand?

all night long
all mornin', too
don't you know
we've got the up chuck blues

oh honey don't come near us
we got the low down up chuck blues

but there's a silver linin'
as in all things blue
i am thankful to be in it
rather than be without you

so, so glad to be your mommy
blue's a lovely hue, too

oh yeah, my sweet loves
i wouldn't trade bein' blue with you

OK, well, you can tell what we have been up to for the last few days ^_~ It was write and sing or sit down and cry - lol! Hopefully today will bring well tummies and sweetling smiles and no repeat performances...♥

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

the one anothers

Spending a little time this week with the words "one another" and the ways the Father would have us behave in our relationships together...

love one another
encourage one another

show mercy and compassion to one another
wash one another's feet

be devoted to one another
honor one another above yourselves
live in harmony with one another

stop passing judgement on one another
accept one another
instruct one another
greet one another with a holy kiss
agree with one another
serve one another humbly and with love
bear with one another in love

be kind and compassionate to one another
speak to one another with praise for God
submit to one another

teach and admonish one another with wisdom
spur one another to love and good deeds
do not slander one another
do not grumble against one another

offer hospitality to one another
clothe yourselves with humility toward one another

have the same attitude as Christ Jesus in your relationships with one another

A gorgeous, challenging, grand and quite all-encompassing list, yes? The over-riding theme, the most often expressed "one another"? Love one another. Love one another. Love one another ♥

Monday, February 2, 2015

Stone Fox

The sweetlings and I finished reading a wonderful adventure last week! They fell in love with Little Willy, the main character, right away and so wanted to help him save the farm. They were impressed by his willingness to help Grandfather. They marveled at how hard Willy worked and all that he accomplished on the farm by himself. They were so upset that Grandfather was sick. They were in awe of the Stone Fox.

Their favorite character, though, was Searchlight, Willy's dog. Every time she was mentioned, they were delighted! They wove their own tales about all of the fun Willy and Searchlight must have had, thinking all the time about our dog, Licorice, and wondering whether or not she could pull a sled ^_^

We won't spoil the story for you, but we will highly recommend it. Our heart strings were tugged, and there were tears - so parents, you may want to pre-read.

Stone Fox
by John Reynolds Gardiner

Here's to children with the hearts of lions, grownups who encourage, quiet unexpected heroes who stand up for others, and gorgeous pets who bring such joy ♥