Monday, May 30, 2011

Life Is Good

I couldn't resist the flip flops when they went on sale at Fred Meyers. I had to get a picture of the girls' together. This is Lily's first pair.
Daddy snuggling with Lily Pie.

I don't know why I didn't do this when I was going through the Beth Moore's "Believing God" study. Beth asked us to tie a blue bracelet around our wrists to remind us to believe God. My sister is doing this Bible study with her friends. I have decided to wear it not only to remember to believe God for them, but for some stuff I'm going through.

I am going to believe God for my children's future.

I'm going to believe that they will become men and women of integrity and truthfullness (we've been having a lying problem with five of them. I know, YIKES!)

 I am believing God that all of my efforts to raise these children for Him will not be in vain.

I know it's a tall order, but my God can do what He says He can do!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Feminine

This hat just screams feminine! I just love it.

Even when she is fussin', she is still adorable.

She is such a character. She loves her little flip flops. She is a shoe girl like her mama.


I hope she always embraces her femininity.

Still can't comment on anyone's blog where I have to sign in. Pop up boxes have been no problem, but where it shows the comments directly under the posts, I have no luck. Half the blogs I follow seem to have those. You might want to check your settings and switch it to a pop up window. "Ponderings", "Quotes for Mother", "Lady Rose", "Homestead Living", "Chelle" and several others are blogs that don't have pop up windows. I can't believe how long it is taking to fix this it. I am not ignoring you, I promise!
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Is God Picking on Me?

Lately, I have been feeling sort of picked on my God. I was kind of having a pity party about it, when the Lord had me do my devotions. Hmmmph, guess what it was on? I think I'll share it with you.

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If you are a true follower of Jesus Christ, you may feel as if God is picking on you. Have you ever exclaimed in exasperation, "God never lets me get away with anything"? Have you ever noticed that God seems particularly jealous with you? That He refuses to allow you mindless and meaningless activities that He seems to tolerate in other believers? He does so because you have proved to be a cooperative, fruit-bearing child. He knows that you are His prime branch through whom He can be glorified.

God desires for those who bear fruit to bear more fruit and for those who bear more fruit to bear much fruit! As nervous as the thought may make us, God can be trusted with a pair of shears.

Satan does not want us to bear much fruit. he will do everything he can to discourage, accuse, and condemn us. Even the most steadfast among God's servants make mistakes and foolish decisions along the way. We will always give Satan plenty of ammunition to discourage us.

 Taken from Beth Moore's "Beloved Disciple" Bible study.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Around the Table

First of all, I want to let you know that I am having trouble with Blogger. I can't leave comments on other people's blogs. They say they are aware of the problem, but it has been a couple of days and it still isn't fixed. I'm not ignoring you! I promise...

At least I can still post.

Written in 2006

Dear Mothers,

Since we have moved into our new house, we were blessed with a bigger kitchen table. Oh, the joy of a HUGE table! As I wipe it down each day I am reminded of the awesome responsibility that I have as a Christian to practice hospitality. The Bible says, “He loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing.” Deuteronomy 10:18. Our tables should not be only blessing strangers and guests, but also our own family. Are you practicing hospitality to your own husband and children, or is the meal, hurried and tense, and perhaps a place to argue and condemn? Is the table a “safe” place to come to?

“The table is more than a place to accumulate books and junk. It is more than a place to eat a hurried meal on the run. The table is a feeding place. It is where we nurture the physical bodies of our family. It is a place where we also feed their souls and their spirits.”-Nancy Campbell

Dear mother, cooking for and feeding your family is a very important part of your mothering career. This is one of the ways to nurture your husband and children. The family meal time should be a place of warmth and have a loving and accepting atmosphere.

Yes, it can be hard at times when you are trying to teach your children table manners, or trying to get your toddler to stop throwing food at the child next to him, but it can still be handled in a peaceful but firm way. A great example of this is the first time we all sat down around our nice large table it felt like a free-for-all. Steve and I simultaneously realized that we had never taught the children to pass things (we had always had to serve buffet-style because there wasn’t enough room for the food to actually be on the table). Instead of getting worked up about it, we tried to make it fun! They were so cute because they were so proud of themselves as they learned something new!

Most Christians pray before meals. How about praying after the meal as well? You could go around and ask each other for prayer requests and at the end of the meal you can lift each other up to the Lord. (We need to do this more). What a blessing! But don’t spoil the mood by clearing the table too quickly. I realized that in my efficiency, I had been losing opportunities to enjoy more of the meal time. What a great excuse for a busy mom to sit down and relax!

“The family meal table is a sanctuary. It should be a secret place from the daily world of strife. Our husband and grown children may spend their day out in the work place. More often than not they are surrounded by filthy talk, jesting, immodesty and humanistic reasoning. If they come home and turn on the TV, this contamination of the world will only sink deeper into their spirits. But if they arrive home to a waiting table- a table that welcomes them with good food, love and fellowship, the filth of the day washes away. As you communicate and talk about the things of the Lord, their souls and spirits are washed clean.” –Nancy Campbell (taken from The Family Meal Table and Hospitality)

When you make dinner tonight, make not only a meal, but a memory!

From One Mom to Another,

Monday, May 23, 2011

Silliness

You know, sometimes moms just need to lighten up. The other day, the older children were sleeping in so I thought I would treat the earlier risers to a cup of hot chocolate. I know, it was unhealthy, but it was wonderful to see their faces light up with delight when they watched Mom bend the rules a bit.

Jacob is really becoming a ham.

I can barely get a picture where he isn't being an absolute goofball!

See what I mean? LOL! Oh, I love this kid. He is such a crack up and so far very easy to discipline. Hopefully, that won't change.

Be silly today with your kids. Do something unexpected and fun!
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Friday, May 20, 2011

Jessica's Birthday Tea

I gave Jessica a choice this year to either have a bunch of friends come over for a party, or to invite a friend to the tea parlor. I was thrilled that she chose the tea parlor! It was way more relaxing and special. She chose her friend Callysa (sp?), from church. I spoiled them with a variety of delightful foods, including Bev's famous Pavlova dessert.


Can I just say YUM?!?

What a sweet time we had!
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Flower Children and a Prayer

 I take the kids every year to get pictures of the lupine and balsam root. They are so pretty!
 My sweet girls!
 The hills are a hazy yellow. There are just so many flowers!
 Jessica took this picture!
 I love that manly look Jacob is giving me. He would be more convincing, but for those baby cheeks!!!
 Andrew wanted to play "I Spy" in the bushes.
 Jess took this one too.
Lily kept stopping to take her boots off because grass was getting in them.

From my journal this morning:

Lord, I want to be sitting pretty for a fresh revelation when God deems it so. Prepare me, Lord. Prepare me for what lies ahead. Till the soil of my heart. Pull out the offensive weeds. Sow seeds of love and forgiveness. Let there be a GREAT harvest! Carry me, Lord! Give me rest on all sides. Help me to have a peaceful and quiet season, free from the drama of life and high emotions. Carry me like a lamb on your shoulders. You are my Shepherd, my love, my life. Breathe your life back into these dry bones so that I can stand before the world and proclaim your goodness to all.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Happy Birthday, Jess!

Dear Jessica,

You are growing into quite the young lady. You are so much reserved that I ever was. You are one of the toughest girls I know. We call it your "game face". You are excelling in so many things. We are so proud of the accomplishments you have made in Tae Kwon Do. Your first tournament went so well!

Since communicating is more of a challenge for you, I find it interesting that texting suits you. You are always asking to text your grandmas. You know more about my phone then I ever could. I love it when you teach me a new feature that I didn't know about.

You have taken off in your reading this year! It is so exciting to see you reading on your own now. I love it! You are very easy to homeschool and it can be so pleasant. Your attitude has been so much better this year.

You are making new friends and coming out of your shell more. I pray that this year would be filled with fun, friendship and new experiences. I pray more than anything that your relationship with the Lord would deepen and that you would make your faith your own.

I love you, Girl! And always remember, "A girl's just gotta have her chocolate"!

Love,

Your Mommy
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

My Musings

 Jessica is working hard on her homeschooling. I have been keeping track of their grades and it has helped me be way more consistent about correcting their papers. They also are enjoying seeing what kind of GPA they are getting.
 Miss Lily Pie, sleeping away.
 We have had a couple rats move in by the goat pen. When Josh found this one it was already pretty ripe! We were impressed at how big it was. They are getting fat on all our grain.
 Snickers killed this one! Yeah, Snickers!!!! Haven't seen anymore, so hopefully we got them all.

 Mother's Day was full of sweet little gifts from some of my children. Jess gave me these silk flowers and bought the sack to go with it. She was very excited!
 Jacob's new passion is to water my flowers. I like that he uses a can instead of a hose. I don't think there would be anything left of my beds if I did let him use a hose!

 Lily decided to dunk the top of her head in a mud puddle. I love the look she is giving me.
 Yeah, you are too cute and you know it! How can you get mad at that?
 I love the fringed look on these purple tulips.
I thought this was kind of a fun picture.
Here is a bale of straw waiting to be spread in between my beds. I love lasangna gardening! Just layer and let it sit. I pull maybe 5-10 weeds a year in my garden using this method. It is awsome for a busy mom. I've got some sugar snap peas, onions, lettuce and a few potatoes coming up. The strawberries on the left are looking great! There are tons of blooms this year. It is going to be tough to keep the kids from eating them all, so that I can make jam. I LOVE strawberry jam!

Nothing real new or exciting. Just snippets of what is going on in our lives. Lots of sunshine, wind, and rain. Kind of a strange spring.

Today is Jessica's 8th birthday. I will do my birthday letter to her soon.

Have a blessed Sabbath!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Love the Little Boy in my Little Boy

I took the kids to the Klickitats to get some pictures of the wildflowers. Andrew found this rock that chunks of shale (sp?) were coming off.

If you know my Andrew, you would know that tearing something apart is sheer bliss for him. Look at that pile that he managed to loosen!

Well, Lily Pie was not about to be left out. She got right in there and was having as much fun as he was.

I love to watch little boys work on a project like this. I grew up with a sister, so I never really got to experience the whole "boy" thing. They are so mission-minded!

Wow, what was up with Blogger? I lost my scheduled posts :( I also lost all my comments on my last post.

Have a wonderful weekend!
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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Cherry Blossoms

I've been playing with the different settings on my camera. I'm no novice, but I am having fun. That is what is important, right?

Here it singles out a color. It picked out all the green and left everything else black and white.

This is vivid color. It is so bright and cheery.


This leaves a blur around the edges of your subject. I am not used to having things blurry, so it is taking me a bit to get used to. I am still pleased with  my new camera. It just isn't quite as easy as my other one to use. You really have to think about what you are shooting, to get the best photo. If any of you are wondering I bought a Canon SX30
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