Saturday, October 29, 2016

variations on a theme

I am so glad it is Saturday! The sweetlings, Jamie, and I are absolutely ambling around the house and yard (lovely pace, ambling, yes?) from project to project. Stopping occasionally to talk something over, like the very serious business of pumpkin carving designs or what to do with the leftover melted beeswax, we then head to the kitchen for a snack or a cup of coffee and then back to projects.

It has been a gorgeous week - so busy, though! I keep saying things like, "When our schedule evens out..." or "When we settle into our routine..." but that doesn't seem likely to happen this fall at all. So many variations on a theme with our daily days, and what a challenge and a great blessing to be able to live them and to share them.

Just popping in here to record the joy of this gentle day. What fun to simply hang out with these guys, all five of us together in this place that we love.  And I've settled here at my desk for a little while to do some of my favorite things: write a little, create plans and more plans, catch up with my favorite journals. So many ideas are swirling around in my head!

Oh! I almost forgot to say that I tried a new recipe yesterday, one that I was so hoping to come here and share. Well, it turned out beautifully but just plain old lacked flavor! Bah! It makes me grumpy to waste ingredients (chocolate!! real maple syrup!!). If I could frame those muffin wanna-be cakes, we'd at least have the pleasure of looking at them for a while. I suppose I'll tuck away the joy of having made something new, along with the memory of the fun Ila, Jamie and I had baking together. And perhaps one day soon we'll bring out another new recipe to try.

OK, well, this is becoming a bit of a ramble, so I'll hush ♥

Pssst... Happy Saturday!

Friday, October 28, 2016

pour & give

From my reading this morning...

"Is not God calling all whose ears are open to Him to recognize the wounds of the world and pour forth His love...?

Whose will be the strong shoulder of sympathy ready to bear another's burdens?--not with the tepid sentimentality which only weakens, but with the burning love which gives hope and cheer and strength?"

Life by life, soul by soul, doing small things with great love, we live. Not perfect, not without mistakes and blunders, but knowing deep in our hearts and bones just what Christ did for us, we pour and we give ♥

quote from EE
phrase "do small things with great love" from Mother Teresa

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

invitation answered :)

We just tucked in two fall-funned-out, tuckered out littles. What a fun day! The sweetlings awoke to the very serious business of finding those invitations Jamie and I told them would be delivered after they were asleep last night.

They discovered them quickly and set out to follow the enclosed instructions about how to prepare for the day: including clothing directions, the necessity of an adventure hat, choosing a basket for the day, preparing water bottles for everyone, and doing their first fives.

We set out after a yummy breakfast of their favorites (Jamie's pancakes with eggs and livermush), stopping along the way for coffee and white chocolate cocoa at the Lily Bean. We spent the morning on the river, nature walking, discovering trails of our own, watching the water, and making some fall projects. Each of us brought a basket along, so we spent quite a bit of time collecting beautiful fallen treasures from the woods to add to our baskets.

We used our treasures in a stick-and-twine loom we made for our nature weaving project. This is the first time we tried this one, and it was so much fun! The end result is beautiful and very "us." We also made leaf and bark rubbing murals with my favorite stash of wax crayon colors.

After a picnic with some of Poppy's honey wheat bread, nuts and clementines, we played some more, read a story or two, and then spent some time on the play area (complete with slides and a fort).

Next we set off for the pumpkin patch to choose some carving pumpkins, and then headed home for a snack. There we pulled out the crock pot to make a soup for supper, had a little down time, and then it was back outside for some more adventuring.

We spent the late afternoon alternating leaf hunting, watching the pot of melting beeswax, and enjoying the absolutely stunning sunset. Inside again after sunset for our soup supper, the sweetlings turned their sights on preserving all of the pretty leaves we found. They dipped and dipped and dipped and are looking very much forward to doing some more of that tomorrow, along with creating garlands by stringing the waxed leaves.

That wrapped our day, and they were delighted to find that we will continue the fun later this week with pumpkin carving, fall decorating, and preparing for Fall Festival.

A glorious time was had by everyone. Smallest to tallest there were no complaints just joy - so neat! The littles had no idea what might be coming next on our fall adventure agenda (lol), and it was such a blast watching their faces all through the day! They are already discussing and hoping for our next adventure day. Now I just need to locate the winter fairy? Or the Thanksgiving one? Or the Great Pumpkin? You just never do know ♥

Monday, October 24, 2016

oh, fall!

The littles and I are trekking out for an adventure morning tomorrow, and I am so excited! The ideas have been swirling madly over the past two days as I have pieced and patched together a bit of fall fun. How I love to plan for them!

Our sweet friend, the fall fairy, has been by to drop off their invitations to the day, and I have packed adventure bags and tucked a list in my stash of awesome books and crafty goodness. The only things left to do now are to quietly place the invitations where they will surely discover them at first light, and to try to find a way to wind down so that I can rest a little while before we are off.

It makes me laugh to consider just what shape we all may be in by the time it's time for choir tomorrow afternoon, but I am certain that the littles will be soaked in sunshine and fairly squishy with the joy of the fall season.

More tomorrow evening if there is energy left with which to type ♥

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

roars and whispers

A message for my heart today (and maybe yours, too?)...

"Courage, dear heart."

As surely as hope is the victory won, hope lives
and breathes in the moment to moment of my
trusting Him, seeking Him, walking with Him
right now, every day.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and
peace as you trust in Him, so that you may
overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

quotes from CS Lewis & Paul - Romans 15:13

Monday, October 10, 2016

tucked in

Absolute favorite moment of this day...

Sitting on the porch swing with Jamie just a moment ago, all tucked in under his arm. We smiled a lot, talked a little, and listened to the crickets. Praising the Father in our own way, just we two, for time together in this simply gorgeous fall evening. He leaned over for a kiss, and I snuggled in a little closer trying hard not to think past just the ten or so minutes we were able to spend out there. What a gift to realize that if I had my choice of all of the places, right there is where I would choose to be. So thankful ♥

Thursday, October 6, 2016

tick by tock

Making note of the thankful things again today. Just a jot here and a phrase or two there through the hours of the day add up to just so much. Just. So. Much.

• the look on Jamie's face when he comes in (even when he is so weary)
he sees me and his eyes light and he smiles and we are both home

• the view from my little writing spot (under the trees)
and all of the new views I've been gifted with lately

• the sweetlings' chatter and joy, questions and play
even their frustrations and challenges - music! joy!

• friends who pray, taking up with so much love the
cry of my heart from yesterday and sending a note to
say, yes! I will pray with you

• silly songs we sing (and can't get out of our heads)
over and over, until we laugh and someone yells won't
we please find something else to get stuck in there

• daily bread and not only just - much more

• wonder - the delight of seeing, and of fresh crisp
paper and a wonderful pen to seal the moment

• feeling well, greeting the day as a gift

• new recipes for fall, a peanut butter and honey
panini and hot spiced cider - yum & double yum!

• that breeze - oh, my heart! sweet and cool it breathes
life into summer-weary imagination and we are all set
for new adventure

• and finally this - and always this: "Yahweh your God
is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over
you with gladness. He will bring you quietness with His
love. He will delight in you with shouts and songs of joy."
from Zephaniah 3:17

The moments of this day come and go more quickly than
I can write all that there is to say ♥

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

her name

I don't know her name, but she is foremost in my thoughts ever since I saw her. I am asking, praying that the Father will send someone to reach her...

Out on errands at the end of last week, I stopped by the market for a few things. When I reached the checkout line, I said hello to the person across the counter as usual. A very quiet return greeting had me taking a closer look into her face, and the shadows in her eyes broke my heart. She was miserable, but did not say so. She was doing everything she could to stand, to work --it was so clear, though she spoke not a word of complaint.

I tried to reach out, to begin a conversation, but it was beyond her. She was not rude or sarcastic, she just needed to concentrate to do the next thing and could spare nothing for anything more.

I could not see her name tag; it was covered by the cardigan she wore. How I wished for a way to find out without calling attention, so that I could pray specifically, calling her by name. I prayed all the way home anyway.

And so I come here, asking if you will pray with me for this precious girl. Trusting with me for her heart and its care -- the Father knows her name ♥