Wednesday, June 28, 2017

all day & anyway

The sweetlings have been helping Jamie with projects big time this week. He has them working in the greenhouse, the shop, and the garden from morning until late afternoon. I don't know when I have seen them so tired! LoL! But, oh! The learning that is going on is inspiring (and messy, muddy, fun, lengthy, hilarious...). Priceless to have time with him, to be enjoyed and valued, needed for their own abilities and gifts and creativity, I don't think they will ever forget these days.

The most interesting phenomenon is what happens when they come in. We have a snack, we catch up on each person's adventures of the day, and we all take a little down time (Ila likes a play bath, Samuel, his video games, and Meredith heads to the barn while Jamie and I work on projects of our own). And then? They say joyful yeses when it's time to help some more.

I love what God does with our hearts when we empty them for others. This week, our sweetlings are living a lesson before us about serving others. It is a challenge and it is so lovely ♥

Friday, June 23, 2017

of this day

Counting them one by one...

a day all five together
gentle mornings, slow to start
homemade breakfast by J
time to play
beautiful rain
the sweetlings' laughter
no particular agenda or schedule
pop-up family projects
friends to celebrate
joy-filled news
answers to prayers
fresh, cold water
the ability to stand and go and be
inspiration & just so much creativity
a new book to enjoy
the sweetlings singing along to fav radio
return to blooming of the pink roses
a party to plan
praying with & for so many precious folks
sweet fresh strawberries & peaches
blackberries and raspberries on our canes
making plans
crafting fun
notes written and others to write
a fun new movie
the quiet of this late evening
that tomorrow is a Saturday
the gift of so many someones to love
a delicious cup of coffee
sweet memories
goodnight cuddles and sweetling kisses

And looking forward to all the every days with hope ♥

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