Saturday, January 30, 2016

puddles

So, Ila and I have just wrapped gifts, decorated the table, hung banners, and watched Jamie hang streamers and twirlys. In about half an hour Meredith and I will sneak upstairs to decorate Samuel's doorway ( a long standing JQMSI tradition). I have a cache of birthday cutlery and dinnerware, the cake is done, the menu for the day is set, and we have at least four versions of birthday songs at the ready...

And I am in puddles. My little man will be 10 tomorrow. Such joy mixed with a renewed sense of how quickly time is passing. Looking so forward to celebrating, though I am certain it will be a laughter through tears kind of day in this mommy heart of mine ♥

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

the task

"The task of parents is to show by love and by the way they live that they belong to another Kingdom and another Master, and thus to turn their children's thoughts toward that Kingdom and that Master."

Just a "little" something from my EE today ♥

Monday, January 25, 2016

life royal

Cutest sweetling moment of the day...

My littlest sweetling fully decked out in her Elsa gear from tiara to heels (including a gown with cape and sparkling jewelry absolutely everywhere) steps outside to "be the real thing out in the snow"... and then comes back in for a sweater... and then comes back in for gloves... and then comes back in for a toboggan.

So now Ila~Elsa is fully decked out for reality with her tiara on the top of her toboggan ^_^

Royal reality rocks ♥

Friday, January 22, 2016

snow!

What fun! A snow day ♥

Late last night at the first tap-tap-tapping of sleet on the windows I began walking the window route, and by the time I went to bed the snow was falling beautifully! There is just something about "snow quiet" that is unique and so precious.

I was so excited that it took me just forever to go to sleep! So, around three this morning I spent some time thanking the Father for the snow and asking that my sweetlings be blessed to wake up to a blanket of white.

And guess what? They did! O, my heart!
The wintry goodness is still coming down! I am so thankful ♥

We have plans for lots of playtime outside, Jamie's special breakfast (pancakes, livermush and eggs), some games, a movie, some wonderful books, more outside time ^_^, snow cream, hot chocolate and Mom's Chili.

And hopefully more of the same tomorrow!
Happy Snow Days, Everyone ♥


Thursday, January 21, 2016

our children

Reading yesterday and today EE's thoughts on raising our children. It is some of the best, most forthright and true advice I have ever read. If you are searching for the heart of the Father on the subjects of teaching your children to obey and of teaching them about their view of becoming when they grow up, here is how to find these chapters:

Book: Keep a Quiet Heart
Author: Elisabeth Elliot
Chapter "A Child's Obedience" p236
Chapter "Teaching Children" p239

Closing today with just a small portion of her notes from "Teaching Children"...

"If a young person has been taught from childhood that he ought to "be something" without at the same time being shown that nothing is better than being God's servant, he may be preoccupied with ambitions and ideals he has gotten solely from the world.

If his conception of "where it's at" has nothing to do with the Kingdom of God, he is in trouble for when it comes time to discern the Will of God. He will be setting limits to his obedience, defining the terms of his service."

May the Father bless us all as we continue to grow our sweetlings in Him ♥

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

nothing so royal

True worth is in being, not seeming;
In doing each day that goes by
Some little good; not in the dreaming
Of great things to do by and by.

For whatever we do in our blindness,
And in spite of the fancies of youth,
There's nothing so kingly as kindness
and nothing so royal as truth.
~A Cary

Just love this ♥

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

happy 100 day

It's our 100th day of school, and how quickly it has come this year! The sweetlings and I have had a super fun day in every way, so we thought we would share our adventures...

• Ila read our traditional 100 day poem
• We sang a new 100 day song to the tune of Yankee Doodle Dandy
• Each sweetling filled up a hollow 100 with 100  of his/her fingerprints
• We each wrote down five things we've learned in the first 100 days of this school year
• All of us wrote cards with three things we wish we had 100 of
and three things we would NOT want 100 of

• Game time! 100 chart dice game - How many rolls to 100?
• Word game! How many words can we make from the letters in "one hundred"

• M, S, and I drew portraits of themselves at 100 years old
and wrote about what they thought their lives would be like at 100 years old

• Each sweetling graphed the colors of 100 M&M's
• We worked on "If I had 100 ______________" sheets
• M, S and I flipped pennies 100 times and made charts to record the results
• We colored name charts with 100 block grids

• Our snack this afternoon was 100 piece trail mix (ten each of the following):
corn chex, kix, peanuts, raisins, goldfish, pretzels,
marshmallows, M&Ms, chocolate morsels, butterscotch morsels

• As a family, we made a list of 100 things for which we are thankful
• We mapped cities and towns that are 100 miles from our home

To add to the day, Dad and Norma were here for part of the fun and to have lunch with us, and Jamie came home in time to join in this afternoon. What fun!

Praising the Father this afternoon for this wonderful day, for the 100 day mark in our year, and for the days to come. We are so blessed ♥

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School notes ♪ ♫ ♪ If you are interested in any of the materials we used or instructions for the games, please give a shout and I will be glad to share : )

Monday, January 18, 2016

a day at home

Waking not so early to gentle quiet and warm hugs.
Jamie is home!

The sweetlings begin to chirp and chatter joyfully
now that we are awake.

School is fun --shiny with sparkles-- with Jamie here
to join in the fun.

Peaceful "just being" occupies the rest of our afternoon:
playing, reading, enjoying one another.

Dipping outside, shivering and laughing,
hurrying back inside to warm.

Afternoon waning, evening will come
and there's more time for us.

More time! Maybe a movie all five together,
or maybe a project or game?

Cuddles and sleepy time hugs, pillows and blankets and prayers...
and then sweet stealth preparations for another day.

What better gift than a day at home, all together?
Just so thankful to be in this place ♥



Sunday, January 17, 2016

overjoyed

Snow fell for us this morning!
We were awake when it began,
and we watched as it snowed for an hour.

The sweetlings danced, delighted.
Overjoyed here.
An answer to prayer. So thankful!

Stopping by my journal to bear witness
to His great care ♥

Saturday, January 16, 2016

wings & sails

What wings are to a bird,
and sails to a ship,
so is prayer to the soul.
~ CT Boom

Just perfect for this day ♥

Friday, January 15, 2016

never even thought

Something astounding occurred to me this morning. So many of us have been touched by actors, musicians, athletes... people we feel we come to know because of the way they share their gifts with us. People that we may never have the opportunity to meet in person, and if we do, there is almost never time to truly talk or begin relationship. Still, they come to mean so very much to us. They are the faces, voices, music, pictures, stories of some of our dearest adventures.

Do we pray for them? As we anticipate the game, the concert, the show, the movie?
It's the single most powerful, loving thing we can do.

Yesterday and earlier in the week, I found myself wishing with tears that I had known that Mr Rickman and Mr Bowie were sick so I could have lifted them up. My sweetlings saw my tears and asked what was wrong. When I explained, the first question --the first question-- they asked was, "Did he know Jesus?" And, with great sadness, I could only shake my head and say, "I don't know. I don't know."

Two things.

First, I didn't have to know that they were sick to pray for them.

Second, though I never had a chance to share Christ with them, I could have been praying that the Father would make Himself known to them.

I am so sorry that I never even thought to thank God for the gifts He gave them, to ask Him to help them come to know Him and to grow them in Him every day. Oh, how I hope that they did know Him ♥

Thursday, January 14, 2016

making your way

My thoughts returning again and again today to a precious mom and her 11 year old daughter. Sonia is a new friend I met just before Christmas, and her sweetling is Claire who is in choir with MSI. Claire has a multitude of intricate and complicated medical issues, and they have come to crisis over the last few days. I have been praying along with a host of others, following Sonia's posts with my mommy's heart breaking -- and rejoicing as the Father steps in again and again.

After an unbelievably difficult series of days (since Monday),
exhausted, Sonia shared this:

"This is why it really is all going to be OK.

'If you are a Christian, you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven;
you are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world.'"

We are so blessed! Please pray with me for Sonia, Claire,
their family, the doctors? Thanks, friends ♥

(quote from Vance Havner)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

signals

When the light is green you go,
When the light is red you stop.

But what do you do
When the light turns blue
With orange and lavender spots?

A favorite bit of funshine for a beautiful afternoon and Winds-day ♥

Tipping our hats to Mr Silverstein

Monday, January 11, 2016

imperial impression

That moment when your seven year old completes her school work for the day and signs off this way... done done done I am done with my work! done done done I'm all done for today!

Yes, we saw the new Star Wars flick while on vacation.
Yes, it was worth the 30+ year wait. Completely wonderful!

And, yes! The best part is seeing that my sweetlings are as utterly hooked as I am ^_~

Saturday, January 9, 2016

in the middle

I found a little note as I was going back over the sweetlings' work from yesterday. It was tucked into Samuel's Spelling notebook among the sentences he wrote for practice with some of his words...

"Being in the middle of the kids isn't the easiest."

Now that sentence may not be beautiful to you, but it is lovely in my sight. My sweet boy found a way to tell me something he thought I might need to know. I have no frame of reference for being the middle child, so I need a little help.

Honestly, it made me laugh out loud with tears, because it is an answer to prayer. I pray constantly that my children will find ways to let me know how they are thinking, feeling, dreaming. How thankful I am that the Father is honoring that request, giving them words and ways.

Joy ♥

Friday, January 8, 2016

quieted & directed

We suffer loss from entering into the business (busy-ness) of the day without seeking to have our spirits quieted and directed by the Father. So many things press upon us, this is sometimes neglected and what a shame to us that it should be so.

This is of great importance also, to watch carefully not to over fatigue ourselves, to determine to rest. Then we can contribute to the joy of others.

From the place of His mind, His heart, His rest, we are gentle and calm through our days. And there, with Him, His joy overflows in us no matter the circumstance. He is glorified and others are lifted up.

Walking His days, o my heart ♥

adapted & expanded from ET King

Thursday, January 7, 2016

at home

Working with this today, "No success in life can compensate for failure at home."

Not seeking perfection, for that is God's territory alone, but seeking to bring everything I am to the most important task I have on earth beyond my relationship with the Father. I have been given a family to love, and so have you. And no busy-ness or business, polish or posturing, plan or project will ever be more eternally crucial than the gifts I have been given in my husband and sweetlings and the making of our home.

Out of the overflow of my time with the Father and then my obedience in caring for my family and home, comes the beautiful "all these things" of being a part of God's further calling on my life. The reaching out, the loving, the sharing, the teaching... just so very many things He has given in gifts, imagination, interest, challenge.

Seeking Him first of all,
knowing that what He has for me begins with Himself and with home... ♥

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

before us

Calmly we look behind us, on joys
and sorrows past,
We know that all is mercy now,
and shall be well at last;

Calmly we look before us, --
we fear no future ill,
Enough for safety and for peace,
if Thou art with us still.
~ Jane Borthwick


Ah, well, the Father's gift a lovely bright and shiny new year!
All is grace and mercy, love and joy ♥

Saturday, January 2, 2016

home again

The sweetlings and I planned a very special Christmas gift for Jamie this year: we took him away for a week in the mountains! It was a lovely, much needed time away in a beautiful, peaceful little hideaway. We gathered in each day, each moment carefully and well. Play time, quiet time, adventures, rest... all was peace and joy. We celebrated our little family, a birthday, and a new year.

With last week tucked away in my heart and mind, I am looking forward to the days to come! As I thank the Father tonight for the precious gift of that time, I ask Him to help me carry the joy of our sweet little mountain place into my every days.

Happy New Year! May it be most blessed ♥