Thursday, June 15, 2017

the marvel

In my reading this morning, Uncle Oswald was discussing the necessity of our forming habits based on the new life God has put into us. We do so many things intentionally, choosing to bear down to make something in particular happen. The same is so very true in our walk with Him. Habits are not born in us, but they are made as we do moment to moment, day after day whatever it is we would become.

Alongside that, there is a gentle reminder...
"We are not meant to be illuminated versions, but the common stuff of ordinary life exhibiting the marvel of the grace of God."

A little light, a little salt, and a little pepper ;)
Walking, walking ♥

quote from Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest

Monday, June 12, 2017

hellooo pro-fessah

So this may be the last couple of days I will ever have an eight year old, and that may be breaking my heart even though I am thankful beyond telling that she is healthy and well and growing like crazy. And I may be sitting here at my desk with joy flowing right out of my eyes, down my cheeks and dripping onto my perpetual navy tee - grinning and giggling to myself over her latest adventure, and thanking the Father for her life.

In addition to that, I may just be creating a gift with my hands for that precious crafty sweetling. A box of bits and jars and droppers-full of fun things and a tiny little mortar and pestle, and all manner of herbs and oils, sprinkles, glitters, stones and feathers. There's a gorgeous little journal for her recipes, a wee pair of scissors, and there are extra bottles and jars to stopper her creations.

So I am tipping my hat eve-of-birthday style to wonderful memories of the chem labs I have loved, as well as a certain super hero in disguise potions professor, and saying a prayer for my littlest one as I look forward to all that she will discover in this little laboratory of her very own. Oh, friends, the years are taking care of themselves ♥

Sunday, June 11, 2017

these three words

From my reading this morning, staying with me through the afternoon...

"Jesus Christ makes Himself the test to determine your genuineness. Look how He used the word come. At the most unexpected moments in your life there is this whisper of the Lord— “Come to Me,” and you are immediately drawn to Him.

Personal contact with Jesus changes everything.

Be “foolish” enough to come and commit yourself to what He says. The attitude necessary for you to come to Him is one where your will has made the determination to let go of everything and deliberately commit it all to Him.

“…and I will give you rest”— that is, “I will sustain you, causing you to stand firm.” He is not saying, “I will put you to bed, hold your hand, and sing you to sleep.” But, in essence, He is saying, “I will get you out of bed— out of your listlessness and exhaustion, and out of your condition of being half dead while you are still alive. I will give you the spirit of life, and you will be sustained by the perfection of vital activity.” Yet we become so weak and pitiful and talk about “suffering” the will of the Lord! Where is the majestic vitality and the power of the Son of God in that?"

Where, indeed? Everything has changed. Live that.
Whoo! Writing here with a heart full of longing and seriously squished toes ♥

quote from Oswald Chambers, "My Utmost for His Highest"

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

in the swing

Sweetest sweetling moments of the day so far...

...all three of them piling into bed with me early this morning for cuddles and to talk over the books we're reading.

...Ila coming to take me by the hand to lead me to the front porch. She wanted to be the one to introduce me to this beautiful day! It is absolutely gorgeous out there. We talked over plans for her birthday coming up next week, laughed about how joyful the birds seem to be today, and wondered over the lovely breeze and relief from humidity.

...listening to them playing together up in Samuel's room right now. They talk and talk, burst into laughter, and I am quite sure they they are building something wonderful (looking forward to being invited to "come and see" here in a few minutes).

Getting into the swing of summer here. What joy ♥

Monday, June 5, 2017

finding freedom

Spending some time working with this today...

"God sent Christ in the fullness and power of His Spirit to bring the heart under the freeing authority of God's Word.  We will find freedom to the degree our hearts accept, rely, and respond to the truth of God's Word."

 Challenged. Asking. Thankful ♥

quote from Beth Moore Breaking Free

Sunday, June 4, 2017

praise & treasure

My day began with this...

"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations."

And then wrapped up with this...

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay... "

Perfect for this keeping-heart day ♥

Psalm 100 & 2 Corinthians 4:7-18

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

the only forever thing

Sitting at my desk tonight with the remnants of the day... A gorgeous day, it was spent as most of mine are, priceless, with Jamie and my sweetlings and the sweet blessings of friends. The little ones are tucked into bed, the eldest enjoying her almost-summertime later hours, and Jamie and I are working away across the room from one another (but close enough for winks and smiles through the glass of the sun room doors).

In my reading this evening, I discovered a treasure: love's the only forever thing. Gracious, it strikes me still! Of all of the things, the time, the dreams I hold so very dear, it's only love I get to keep. I look through the moment to the faces of so many precious family and friends in my mind's eye --and I am awash in grateful thanks for love that never ends. It's forever because, like me, they know Christ Jesus.

And sweet friends, I have to be sure that you know, too. It is God's love, the hope and the love that we have in Christ, that endures. He loves us; He chose us and died for us, and all we have to do is choose Him back.

Make no mistake. There is nothing, absolutely nothing that this world can promise you that will last. Nothing. But if we know Christ, we know love. The only forever thing ♥

Friday, May 26, 2017

snapshot

It was a tough school morning. Do you know those? You're a little off kilter because you are already thinking past the current moments into the rest of the day, and that sets the sweetlings' moods, and then yuck! So we backed up, took a little time to hug and reset our attitudes, and worked it out.

In addition to the mom-created messy, it was a challenging day in MSI's subjects, too. Each one had to re-do several things, which stretched the school day out. Not anywhere close to the light Friday we are spoiled to - lol!

We made it, and I am sitting here listening to Ila hammer away on the piano, creating her own brand of symphony with several instruments beside her on the piano bench. Samuel is running his soccer ball around the yard, and Meredith is lunging her horse. And these points of perspective come to mind...

• we are all one week closer to completing another school year

• my sweetlings and I have exercised together every day this week

• there is a three-day weekend to celebrate ► extra time with Jamie

• Samuel and I had a beautiful discussion today about dreams and planning for the future with an eye to longing for the Father's will

• it's an absolutely lovely day outside

• my devotions this week have been speaking directly to some of the things closest to my heart

• there are answered prayers all around in our life and in the lives of those around us

• I have seen a miracle this week, God's protection for a precious friend

• what a joy to have the privilege of praying with and for our family and friends --and for those we don't even know yet

These are just a few of the things tumbling, showering down as I continue to sit and to see. So, happy Friday, friends! Happy weekend ♥

Thursday, May 25, 2017

love them

Here at the end of a lovely day, I am spending some time with my journals. Not writing tonight, as you might expect, but reading. What a joy to find treasures like this one from July 2007...

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Today, I took a quiet moment to read the following exhortation from a lovely lady named Jewels, a new friend, written from her mama-heart. It is for all of us who have in our acquaintance the precious gift of a child.

"Live slowly and simply, so that you have the time and space to love deeply and well.

Hold your children close, as often as possible.

Look deeply into their eyes, speak words of life, love and acceptance - into, and over them.

Make it your single aim to be their very best friend (on earth).

Read to them, draw with them, make play dough, take walks, have picnics, make ice cream, tousle their hair, rub their backs, sit beside them, kiss them, kiss them, as you hold them tenderly, close--throughout every single day.

Love them."
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A perfect reminder at the very busy ending of the school year, yes? As I look toward planning for our summer together, I am taking another (better, closer) look at the minutes and the hours. The years are taking care of themselves ♥

Thursday, May 18, 2017

if you...


“I am still confident of this: 
I will see the goodness of the LORD 
in the land of the living. 
Wait for the LORD; 
be strong and take heart 
and wait for the LORD."
                                                                     Pslam 27: 13-14

My sweet friend, Lee Ann wrote about this Scripture just yesterday. What a joy to know that verses that have come to mean so very much to me mean so very much to precious friends, too. I know only the tiniest portion of the place from which she writes, shares, holds onto this Scripture --and yet, when God takes hold of these promises for her in my heart, too, we are warriors together. And it is a blessing, and it is hard, but it is also life and rest and even joy --in the Master's hands.

As I celebrated my mom over the weekend, so much love and so many prayers for friends whose loved ones have left for heaven this year filled my heart and mind. So, if you are one among them, know that you have someone warrior-ing with you, and that you are so very, very loved ♥

Monday, May 8, 2017

just how

Sweetest moment of the day so far...

Sitting at the dining room table having lunch with my sweetlings, the conversation loud, playful, and often wonderfully silly, and my son stops still, mid-sentence and asks, "Mom, just how do you know when God is speaking to you? How does he call you? How do you know for sure it's Him?"

With those three questions, we find that the conversation changes in the altogether. No longer loud, we are gentle and quiet, hopeful and earnest. No longer playful, we are quite serious and filled to bursting with joy and wonder. No longer silly, we are amazed and just so very, very thankful.

We talked over their stories and mine --of God's faithfulness. What a gift not always to be the one telling, but to be told!

We remembered the days He called each one of us personally to come and be a part of His family. We shared the ways we know He speaks and makes Himself known in our lives. We reminded one another that He has promised to be found if we seek Him with all our hearts.

The sweetlings helped me tell my own stories, so familiar now to them, of God's great grace and of His sharing with me the callings on my life. They remembered the foot lamp times that I had told them about when the Father shared His heart for days to come with me when I asked.

And I reminded them of so many things, some they could recall and others not, that God has done in answer to their prayers. So much He has done already in their lives!

Oh, the joy of those sweet moments, this day ♥

Sunday, May 7, 2017

eleven eleven

For years and years now, my sister and I have had a clock prayer pact. It makes me laugh to write that, because I can't even remember how this started. I'm pretty sure that's a perk of life-long love, and maybe that's the best part of this story...

Anyway, wherever I am and wherever she is, when we look at a clock and the time reads all the same digits, we stop and pray for one another. Time zones don't matter, and neither do points on the map. Thank God for that because we are so rarely anywhere in close proximity these days (except by heart).

Most of the time - the time catches me by surprise. I walk by a clock, and it will read 4:44, and Paige pops to mind and I am praying. Joy! What a lovely comfort to know that she is out there lifting me up, too, when time catches her by surprise. Oh, it makes me smile, and I am so grateful for a sister who takes time to pray just for me.

At the time of this writing, it is allllmost 11:11 where I am. I can't recall a time I have sat by and watched for the matching numbers to roll up, so this is a first. But I am watching them tonight, MPBT, right now. Love you ♥

Sunday, April 30, 2017

answers

My sweet pastor as he was praying this morning...

"Father, thank You for every answer to prayer that we have seen,
and thank You for every answer to prayer You haven't shown us."

Loving-kindness, mercy and grace are there, yes? Just so much more than I can imagine! The Father takes care to take care as He answers. And He meets our needs - every one ♥

Monday, April 24, 2017

hello, beautiful morning!

Sweetest sweetling related epiphany of the day so far...

It is possible that they will never realize all of the ways God uses them to bless this mommy heart of mine every day. Waking this morning, I realized yet another one. They greet the day so very joyfully --every single day! They have all done that since they were tiny. What a gift for them and for me!

As I opened my eyes this morning (no matter how I set my clock, I never can seem to be awake before they are - lol), I heard their gentle voices as they talked together. One of them would say something and they all burst into sweet giggles and then outright laughter, and it was just so beautiful. And it reminded me to take a moment to consider how I greet the day.

If I am not careful, all of the to-do lists, all of the busy-ness, all of the challenges begin to pour into my thoughts, and I forget the immeasurable blessing of simply, joyfully beginning a new day ♥

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ready? go! (no need to "set")

"Readiness for God means that we are ready to do the tiniest little thing or the great big thing, it makes no difference. When any duty presents itself we hear God's voice as our Lord heard His Father's voice, and we are ready for it with all the alertness of our love for Him.

A ready person never needs to get ready."

From my reading yesterday, this gentle, gorgeous challenge still resonating ♥

quote from Uncle Oswald

Saturday, April 15, 2017

indeed!

This all I seem to be able to sing and say...

"The power that raised Him from the grave
Now works in us to powerfully save.
He frees our hearts to live His grace;
Go tell of His goodness.
Christ is risen, He is risen indeed!"

Happy Most Important Day Of All Time ♥

Lyric from "Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed"  Getty Music
Listen to the song here...

 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

that I have a cup at all

Sitting here at my desk listening to my sweetlings playing outside under my window. Somehow, they always seem to migrate to a place nearby. And that brings to mind a gorgeous piece that precious Ann wrote years and years and years ago. She wrote that many times when we view a situation, our lives, a cup, we consider the question, "Half empty or half full?" When perhaps we should be focusing on the fact that the Father has given a cup at all.

And so, from that place today, sheltered in His right hand, listing...

• a Savior
• a life
• a home
• a family
• friends
• food
• shelter
• clean water
• clothing
• rest
• love
• peace
• joy

...so much. Just so much.

And then the much more overflowing from just the few hours in this one day...

• this gorgeous, perfect spring day
• the Carolina blue sky
• the wonderful, cool temperatures
• a lovely, productive and fun school day
• dreaming & decorating for spring with Ila
• folding clean clothes
• peppermint, lemon, and lavender in the diffuser
• the re-emerging of healthy blooms on the crab apple tree
• sidewalk art - allll the way around to Poppy's house
• Jamie coming in looking happy and rested
• sweet memories in sparkling vases
• time
• the joy and privilege of praying with/for friends old & new
• music that not only sounds but speaks
• understanding (if only a little)
• hugs
• wonderful stories to share
• ex-po-titions (even just out into the back yard and under a bush)
• realizing that I am all-there in the moments of this day
• so many reasons to say, "thanks"

Happy Thursday afternoon, Friends! With so much love ♥

quote :"that I have a cup at all" via a blog post from long, long ago written by Ann V

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

stayed hearts

Working, working, working today! Jamie is off with the sweetlings for a Dad-night and to celebrate the loss of three teeth for Samuel (it's a sensational reason to go out for ice cream, btw).

Listening while I work to Chris Rice playing one of my very favorites on the piano and thought the words might bless you, too ♥

Like a river glorious is God's perfect peace,
Over all victorious in its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day;
Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way.
 
Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry --touch the Spirit there.

Every joy or trial falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial by the Son of Love;
We may trust Him fully all for us to do;
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest--
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

"Like a River Glorious" text FR Havergal

Saturday, March 18, 2017

littlest farmer

Cutest moment of the day so far...

When you look out into the pasture and your littlest sweetling has an old coffee tub in one hand and is leading one of the sheep on a piece of rope with the other hand.

Ila has decided to be a "friend of the sheep" and is currently working on a project with them to be "led and taught things." As I understand it, she and "Annabeth" made a lovely beginning today, and Ila has plans for all six sheep!

There's lotsa love to go 'round when you're living it farm-style ♥

Thursday, March 16, 2017

walk now & hope

From waking, it has been a tough day. Here, among the much more and the life abundant, I am struggling. And it makes me sad, and it makes me angry. God has done so much! Why can't I just glorify, praise, see?

So, I am teary as I grin full-face at my sweetlings when they buzz around me joyfully like three little honeybees. They dance the much more, and I can see that (and am so thankful) - but the burden remains.

Until I realize. The Father has been reminding me all day that He knows, and that the burden -with Him- is light. Light!

Like this...

First thing this morning with Uncle Oswald... "walk now in the light of the holiest you know."

And then through precious friends...

"He will quiet you with His love."

"This One Thing: Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing: The Lord's unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise. The Lord is all I have, and so in Him I put my hope."

"A window into any part of your day is a wonderful thought."

"Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day."

So for you and for me today, right now...He knows, so walk now & hope ♥

quote 1 - Oswald Chambers
quote 2 - from Zephaniah 3 via Rachel ♥
quote 3 - from Lamentations 3 via Brietta ♥
quote 4 - Paige ♥
quote 5 - H. Nouwen via Marie ♥

Sunday, March 5, 2017

maybe, baby

Those moments when...

...your 8 year old is listening to her pastor teaching on John 17:1-5. For the first time in her memory she learns that when Jesus called God, "Abba," He was calling Him, "Daddy."  She then leans over and whispers in your ear, "Maybe that's why a baby's first word is 'Da-Da!'"

And you really just want to jump right out of the pew and shout a little...

...and when your 11 year old (also listening to the teaching above) is writing words that describe Jesus for every letter in the word, "righteous." At letter e, he writes, "enough."

And then you really just want to dance...

... and when a prayer that you have been praying for your precious husband is being answered right before your eyes, in such a way that it could be nothing but God saying, "See, sweet? In my time, everything is just so beautiful."

And all you can do is grin and cry and try to sing...

...you realize that this morning is the morning you have been waiting for all week --to be there watching and listening when these moments arrive ♥

Friday, March 3, 2017

parties, plans, & the im-possibilities

Favorite moments of the day so far...

• Jumping out of bed as soon as I was sure Jamie was in the shower to call the sweetlings downstairs (they had set their clocks for 6am and were awake and ready as planned), so we could make a surprise birthday breakfast.

• Beginning the day all together

• Celebrating Jamie

• The sweetlings singing "Found a Peanut" at the most atrocious hour (LOL! Thanks so much, Michelle ;)

• Listening to Meredith play the piano as the sun rises

• Planning, planning, planning for more celebrating later today

• And this from Uncle Oswald, "It is impossible to weary God's love, and it is impossible to weary that love in me if it springs from Him."

Happy Birthday, Jamie ♥
Happy Friday, friends ♥

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

overwhelms & overjoys

Ending a truly beautiful day here with a tiny portion of a prayer a precious friend prayed this morning...

(Father), "...it overwhelms me and over-joys me to know how much You love me..."

Thank You ♥

quote from AJ who would not want me to point to her at all, but to the Father who made her and saved her and loves her so
and who is giving this heart and mind a bit of perspective, gorgeous, glorious, so very reach-able and much needed - a brand new view ♥ 


Thursday, February 23, 2017

M and J moments

That moment when you look out in the pasture and your eldest sweetling is teaching her dad to lead a horse. Jamie has never done that before, not being very fond of finding or putting himself in close proximity to large animals. And yet, he walked out there to the barn and asked her to show him how.

I am sitting here amazed, and all I can think is, "What won't love do?"  If ever that sweet girl has a moment when she wonders about her dad's love for her, she could look back to this moment and know for sure.

Love makes a way to make sure that we know, doesn't it?
Thanking God for that beautiful fact ♥

Saturday, February 18, 2017

tethered

I say it over and over again, but there are just so many things...

• sweet, sweet Saturday

• friends to love

• the privilege of prayer

• time with Jamie

• the sweetlings playing together, their laughter

• learning new things

• talking and laughing with my sister on the phone for more than an hour

• wonderful things to read

• seeing the Father at work again and again and again

• adding the third color to the blanket I am making for Jamie


• adding lovely things to my encouragement wall

• this precious place in time

• wonderful winter with the promise of spring

• beautiful paper and a great pen

• mama-hearts to hear and to share and to know and to love

• this from my reading this week: "the peace of our souls is tethered to all that God is"

• much more

• making valentines

• celebrating every single thing

• sharing a new adventure

Oh, what a joy to realize that I could just go on and on every time I come here to list for a while. Such a full heart today. So many, many thankful things ♥

quote from Uninvited by L TerKeurst

Saturday, February 4, 2017

in, with & by

From my reading this morning, upon the subject of living loved and making sure that I take time with Him daily...

"We run at a breakneck pace to try and achieve what God simply wants us to slow down enough to receive. He really does have it all worked out. The gaps are filled. The heartache is eased. The provision is ready. The needs are met. The questions answered. The problems are solved.

Fully.
Completely.
Perfectly.
In Him. With Him. By Him.

We just have to turn to Him. And sit with Him. No matter what. Even if our toes are bloody from the constant wear and tear of desperately running to Him. Get to Him daily."

Oh, to faithfully remember that He is I AM and that all things --all things-- are to Him and through Him. The LION and the LAMB, the BEGINNING and the END. Oh, to faithfully be there morning after morning after morning working out my faith, my life in His precious heart's words with Him. Pray. Read. Study. Listen. Pray. Practice. Repeat. Until the muscle memory of my heart and soul cannot do anything but recall His power, grace, mercy and love, and the hope that lives and breathes there with Him spills right out and all over everywhere around this one life as I simply abide. And He is glorified. And His Name is proclaimed. And life in Him defeats death again and again ♥

quote from Uninvited by LTerKeurst

Thursday, February 2, 2017

all the things ^_^

A few posts ago I wrote that I was hoping for a day soon to begin to share about the lovely things that have been happening here since the Christmas season. Perhaps a list would be the best way to approach recording the joy and challenge of these new days? Well, let's see...

• I am writing and developing our home school curriculum. The Father began working in my heart toward this end in earnest around Thanksgiving, and by Christmas-time Jamie and I were sure how to proceed. It is enormous, and it is fun, and it is serious work... and we are all enjoying it so much! We are continuing with a few of the basics from our former plan, the maths and some of the language arts basics, but other than that, it's new.

• Our family is learning fiber arts. The sweetlings and I attended our first knitting/crochet club meeting in January, and we now have one knitter and four crochet-ers here. There is so much to learn, and there are so many things to make and to dream. Our short-term goals are even stitches (lol) and fun, and our long-term goals include learning to spin and work yarn from the wool of our own sheep.

• The sweetlings (and the parents - lol) continue to try to adapt and learn to care for ten fur creatures. Over the past two months, we welcomed a rescue kitten (Pumpkin), a horse (Mystery), and a puppy (Rolo) --in addition to our beloved lab and six adopted sheep. Things are beginning to even out as we relax into it a bit and now that the littlest fur babies have grown some. I guess that about the time we're all in a routine it will be time to bring over the bee hives!

• Meredith is once again taking part in Mrs B's drama class at our co-op, and has received a part that she is delighted to work out.  The rest of the winter and early spring will be filled with rehearsals and planning and creative work-shopping and productions. Samuel is taking his first martial arts class, which is something very new for all of us. He is particularly excited about the athletics involved and how this might enhance his soccer skills. We shall see! Ila is having a super time in her American Girls class. She is learning history through games, stories and fun, and there is a tea party during class every week!

• We are busy working to sell our yellow house. Please pray with us as we look toward wrapping up this season. It was a very special home to all of us; so many gorgeous memories were born there. And pray that it will be a wonderful place of joy and years for the new family that comes to live in it.

• In the last couple of weeks I have decided to expand and share my love of essential oils. I have been researching them and experimenting with them for the past year and have been blown away by their usefulness and effectiveness in keeping our family healthy. In the past twelve months, we have set aside the over-the-counter products we were using for everything --from headaches to colds and allergies to first-aid-- in favor of natural solutions with oils. I have a lab book and journals full of notes and ideas and am so excited to begin to share what I am learning! Please pray with us as I move forward with this and let me know if you have ever wondered and would like to know more about oils.

• We have a fledgling driver in the family! Miss M earned her permit in January, so we have a new family chauffeur. I call her "Granny Jeeves" (which makes her roll her eyes quite strenuously), a nod to her tendency to slow nearly to a stop just after she starts off! She is doing well and having a great time --and is already looking very much forward to her license.

• Our whole family is participating in the new choir at church - what a joy to sing together! And the sweetlings and I are part of the new interpretive movement team as well. It has been a long time since IMFC at EBC, and it is so much fun to be in motion again ^_~

Wow, that is a lot when all written down together, and I didn't mention the eldest sweetlings' birthdays, the new book I started reading yesterday, the blessings jar, or my haircut - lol! What a joy to live these days ♥

Friday, January 27, 2017

pumpkin of joy

Warning!
Possible cuteness overload!
May in fact be so sweet that your teeth begin to ache ^_~

Cutest sweetling moment of the day so far...

Discovering Ila in the garage, dancing with the kitten and singing at the top of her voice: "Pumpkin of joy! Oh, my Pumpkin of joy! Oh, my little sweet cutie baby Pumpkin of joy... Pumpkin of joy! Oh, my Pumpkin of joy! Oh, my teensy little orange and white tiger of joy!"

I warned you! Hee, hee! ♥

Monday, January 23, 2017

concentrated keeping

Working with this from my reading this morning...

"The golden rule for your life and mine is the concentrated keeping of the life open towards God. Let everything else--work, clothes, food, everything on earth--go by the way saving that one thing.

The rush of other things always tends to obscure this concentration on God. We must maintain ourselves in the place of beholding, becoming...

Let other things come and go as they may, let other people criticize as they will, but never let anything obscure the life that is hid with Christ in God."

And this...

"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."

Happy Monday to you, friends ♥

first quote from Uncle Oswald, second quote from Paul, 2 Corinthians 3:18

Thursday, January 19, 2017

ladybugs, math, and cornbread chili casserole

Sweetest sweetling moments of the morning so far...

• Ila shouting for all of us to clear the way from the sun room to the kitchen door, so that she could rescue a tiny little ladybug and get it safely to a big pot of dirt on the back deck --where it would certainly be much happier than it was trying to fly around inside, bumping into walls or riding on the piece of paper she used for transporting it to safety.

• Meredith and Samuel sitting on the couch in the living room looking over a math question that had him completely perplexed. She was in full teacher-mode, except for the fact that she had forgotten how to do the particular kind of problem, much less explain it! So he had to leave the room while she talked aloud to herself and worked it out. It took her several (loud and exasperated) tries, by which time he had already begun work on a different assignment and so said he couldn't possibly stop for more math in the middle of writing a dialog between parts of the body.

• Working together to prepare food for the family of our precious Mrs. Virginia. What a joy to work alongside them, tasting, baking, making sure that things are as yummy as we can make them for special friends. Remembering together what a gift friends are, and sharing how thankful we are for forever with them in Christ ♥

Friday, January 6, 2017

o this year

Happy New Year, Friends ♥ Oh, I hope it has begun in the loveliest ways for you all. There is so much happening here that I can hardly keep up (already!! and we are only three days back into daily days!!), and I cannot wait to share it all. Hopefully there will be a little time and space in which to think soon, so I can begin to record the joy here.

I was reminded over the holiday season that Mr Franklin said, "Well done is better than well said," but I have to say that I will have both if at all possible. A pen and ink girl in absolute love with words, I cannot conceive of a higher form of expression of the praise that wells up and proceeds to splash all around.

Anyway... I wanted so to say hello and send my love here in the shiny brand new days of the new year ♥