Wednesday, August 31, 2016

stop the car!

That moment when you are all, all buckled in and backing out of the parking spot and the littlest one begins to shout, "Mom!! Mom! Stop the CAR!!" And you are certain that the moment is prelude to a bee incident or a bathroom one...

You try to keep calm and find out what is happening in the back seat, and she keeps imploring you --loudly-- to puh-lease stop the car!

Because there are some police officers just getting out of their cars and crossing the parking lot and she HAS to stop and say hello.

So. you. stop. the. car.

We politely called from the van to the officers, and then hopped out to say hi and how much we appreciate what they do, and how we hope that they have a nice lunch and a good afternoon. And then the sweetlings, grins for miles, wave and say goodbye until we are out of sight.

Glancing covertly in the mirror, you see that the children are now beaming, having met some real life super heroes, and discussing their uniforms, their cars, and what they might have to do to solve a case this afternoon.

You realize as you drive away and home that encouragement is one of the lovliest gifts and commissions we have. How simple, how fun! What a joy to have been a part of what the Father was doing in Ila's heart today ♥

Monday, August 29, 2016

side by side

If you could peek into my room just now... Samuel and Ila are stretched out side by side on my bed, each one holding a side of the book he is reading to her. They stop here and there to discuss something; he pauses while she giggles at the voices he uses to make the story live and breathe. They laugh and wonder over the illustrations and talk about how they might have made the art to match the story in a different way. Sometimes they tumble right into another story right out of his or her imagination or they break into the costume box to play the characters themselves. Other times they choose another story and move on or even work together to write one of their own adventures. I wonder where their books will take them today? What fun to watch and see ♥

Monday, August 22, 2016

pah rum pah pum pum

Truly I was just dropping in here to write about our first day of school. It was a lovely day in every way, by the way ^_^

BUT I happened to glance out toward the pasture as I sat down, in perfect time to see my littlest sweetling marching down through the fence line with one hand on her hip and the other holding a shepherd's staff. I don't know whether I should say, "O, my heart!!" or "Here we go again!!"

It seems rather obvious at this moment (if we hadn't realized before) that some things are born into us and there's no escaping (even if we wanted to). Now, do I head out to buy a slingshot and find some stones or alert the Baptist State Convention --or both?!

Loving this new life under the trees with a view ♥

Friday, August 19, 2016

our direction

Tinkering around with this from my reading this morning...

"When you take the risk of obedience, you find solid rock beneath you--
and markers, evidence that someone has traveled this route before."

I see Indiana Jones in my mind, do you? Ha! That step. Just that
one step. The path is there and though he can't see it... solid rock.

God is my fortress and that includes even the path beneath my feet.
Grateful, so grateful to be traveling on a traveled road ♥

quote from EE

Saturday, August 13, 2016

teach me

Our first day of the new school year is approaching so quickly now. One more week and we will be back at it - my, how the summer has flown by! A few weeks ago the Father led me to a couple of precious verses in Psalms, and they will be the heart-song that helps us to begin our year...

"Show me Your ways, Lord, teach me Your paths.
Guide me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are God my Savior,
and all my hope is in You all day long."

Psalm 25:4-5 ♥

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

nothing but

I sat quietly and listened with tears as they recounted their past mistakes. The questioning was gentle, respectful but thorough. In order to qualify, one's present and past associations and poor decisions were laid bare and then judged for suitability for the present task.

They were truthful, humble as they shared with a room full of strangers these delicate things.

And as I wiped away the evidence of sadness from my eyes, I was reminded of the Father's own eyes, his heart. That He loves us so much that He made a way for sin to NOT win. That though we are bound and burdened by mistakes, foolishness, our own pride... so many awful things... He offers freedom. Forever. In Christ.

And, friends, that is nothing but the gorgeous, glorious truth ♥

Friday, August 5, 2016

such a simple thing

"I am blessed; I can bless.
He could make me the gift!
I could be the joy!

This is one of His miracles too -- the taking of a life and making it a blessing."

It seems such a simple thing, these sweetly placed words. This idea. But oh! It is a miracle. A miracle! That the Father could take a humble, imperfect offering from these hands, this heart. He could make it so much more than we ever could. He will. He does. That He would even think to include us in all that He is up to, the blessings raining down all around...

And I am blown away again. Grace ♥

quote from precious AnnV