Quiet and common notions...shared here...with you! Of life ~ our hearts and our home.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Say What!?!?!!

"Hello! this is Caleb speaking...

Sir, what did you just say? a job? Oh really... are you serious?!

You have a job?! and you want to hire my Dad?!

(We have been praying and waiting for this call for a long time. Thank you, Lord!)

I'm so glad I took this call..."

In reality, this is not the case.

Here is our story; I'm finally filling you in with basic details - from which I've left you all hanging with.

For that, I do apologize.

We had really hoped and prayed that we would receive the call that a job, for Scott, had in deed come through - in NC. But obviously, the Lord has other things in mind and we're trusting that we heard the Lord clearly the first time around - maybe it is just a step of faith... and perhaps two years down the road the desire to move south will still be there and turn
into a confirmed reality.
We have decided to stay in the general local area for approximately two more years and that maybe by then the economic situation will have up-righted itself and we can then make a major move- out of state- with no doubts or questions.

We have found a large farmhouse apartment, here in PA
-that if everything continues to go as planned - we should be able to move into by the end of April.

We really consider this the kindness of God. It is much more of a house then we anticipated, and with many more amenities than we could have ever dreamed of. Lots of space for flowers, for the kids to run around -inside & out-, lots of room for Hospitality to take place and well, the list is large, I could go on and on...

: : Thank you, Lord for answering our prayers, although we do not always understand the outcome or the answer. Our hearts are sad.... we still have alot of Why's and SAY WHAT's?! going on in our hearts and minds... but we want to trust you in this, because you are good.
And, you are Sovereign.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday's Finds ~ Caleb's `tar

Last week, one day,
I found "Creativity"
- that I knew it was in me somewhere...

What more... is that I have a 22 month old who thought Mom was the "bomb-diggity"...

~`tar ~

I had literally 1 hour and 45 minutes, straight,
of pure entertainment.
(Not sure if that was meant for me, or my son)

Until, one evening, Daddy brought out the real thing...
You should've seen his face!

He just might be a natural...what do you think?

: : What other types of "simple pleasures" can you relate with? How have you gotten creative with your little ones, that might be an inspiration to me?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

This is fun!!

Update on Aubrey. She has her two bottom teeth now, can sit up by herself (loves it!) and is learning to wrestle her big brother,
with Daddy's help. Uhmmmm!

~hog tie!~

~"go get `im"
: : A fun, family (never Mom) occurance of wrestling around on the living room floor.

There are many evenings when I'm arms deep into the kitchen sink and I have to smile, as I overhear the shreiks, shrills and unstoppable laughter coming from the living room... while there is romping, rolling and true silliness running wild...as in the "HOG-TIE"!

I do count myself blessed to have a hubby who desires and finds time to "play" with the kids and who encourages their imaginations, so to speak, on a regular basis. It is really fun!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The History of Aprons!

Did you realize that there was such a thing??

One of my dear friends, Nancy, gave me this story-piece; "The History of Aprons", thinking I would like it. She was right!

So, much so, that I want to share it with you...

I'm sure this has been seen before either as an email or in other blog postings. I just really enjoyed reading its sentiments and felt I could imagine it quite well...because, if I stop to think about it, both of my grandmothers and my mother could often be found wearing one of their favorite aprons, pretty much all day...

This is actually one of my own. One that I don't wear often enough. I got it as a Christmas gift last year - actually I begged for it to made for me. My sweet friend Amiee had no problem "whipping this one up" - in no time, except that I had to wait for it to show up as one of my Christmas presents. But every time I do wear it - It makes me think of Amiee and she will be in my thoughts and prayers as I busy myself in and around the kitchen.

The History of Aprons

"I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons then dresses, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears and on occasion it was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished warming in the oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow while bent over the hot wood stove... chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron, too.

From the garden it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew that it was time to come in from the fields for dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace the 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool ... nowadays the granddaughter's set theirs on the window sill to thaw... going crazy in trying to figure out just how many germs were on that old apron of Grandma's.

I doubt anyone ever caught anything from an apron... but LOVE!!"

: : photo taken of my Mother in her favorite apron.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Boxes, Boxes & more Boxes!!

This is what we've been doing around here, of late. Packing up the house!

Obviously, packing up the "best for last" is yet to come! This "box" is just a trial run, I think the padding will be plenty.
I don't know if we can get a lid on it though...

What do you think?

In case your wondering where too, for the move?
We'll save that for another post... It shouldn't be too long of a wait. We'll let you know, soon!!

There is more where these came from... trust me!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday's Finds

"Once upon a time...

there were two toy baskets, in our house. One was Mommy's special Longaberger Basket and the other... well, just a very random basket with a rather broken handle. They were both too small and quite overflowing.

One day, Grandma M. came to the rescue..."

In all actuality, I had been out shopping one afternoon at our local thrift store and saw this very whimsical, antique-looking toy box. I really liked it - except for the price. I had told my Mom about it... and that was that.
One day, she called me and said; "You know that toy box you had mentioned the other day? Well, I think it's still here- if this is the one you were talking about- and, anyway, it's half price today!! Would you like me to get it for you?" "Sure!", was my answer. No questions asked.
"And that is how we got our new toy box... the End!!"
: : Does anyone know - just by looking at the picture- what year this might have come from? Like the 50's 0r 60's- is my guess? It's actually a metal frame with a heavy cardboard of sorts for it's sides and has 4 wheels, which makes it really fun for Caleb to push his toys around in.
It's been a real fun find!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

get growin'...by trowel and error

On Monday, of this week, I was able to enjoy a trip to Lancaster Co. with the two little ones, my Mother (for her birthday) and my Mother-in-law, who was up from Virginia. We really had a fun day.

As usual, I love going out there, and especially on really nice days. Even though the temperature was cool, it was still quite beautiful. I don't think we ever saw so much wash hanging out on the lines, like we did.

One thing that I personally took notice of was the field after field (or garden) of freshly plowed ground. Obviously, because it's time to... get growin'.

I had to stop and think about a time, several years ago, while having a quiet moment with the Lord when he gave me a picture (because I asked Him too) of what it really meant to grow in His grace. This is what I got, that day...

Our lives are like a garden - starting with a plot of freshly plowed ground. Sometimes we don't understand why there is this uprooting or pruning, that takes place, at times...or, why there are "worms & bugs"-things that feel like a nuisance or ugly to deal with...or rain, rain, and more rain- that simply won't go away.... and even the sun get seem quite warm, like the "heat" of seemingly unending trials (or whatever) that often causes our faith to wilt and even wither away.

Yet, the Lord reminded me that if the "worms or bugs" aren't in our lives to work up the soil (which is what their purpose in life is to do) then the soil of our hearts isn't going to be softened or prepared to receive the "raining" down of his grace in our lives. The sun - though warm- needs to be plentiful in order to cause all things to grow. If we're to get growin' - as a garden - in His grace.... then these facets are all important, and vitally necessary for a hearty, healthy crop. A beautiful garden takes work... "Heart Work"!

It's a shame we have to learn things like this, in life, through trowel and error. Or, is it? Do you ask God on a regular basis to soften your heart? Do you notice growth happening?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A simple red bird

So, this is not a very clear picture... but it's very clear to me.
I see this red cardinal, almost, every day outside my kitchen window and I'm grateful
because I need this reminder on a regular basis.
It's very clear that Christ's shed blood,
his redemption plan,
is a very necessary plan.
Thank you Lord for this gentle reminder...
In the midst, of the brambles, of life, there is nothing more real then his life blood to stand out in the thick of my sin and shame.
When all is a tangled mess... this is all that matters...

What can wash away my sin?
"...Nothing but the blood, Nothing but the blood of Jesus..."
Thank you Lord, for this gift of a visual reminder - a simple red bird to gently remind me on a regular basis - of your Grace!!

: : photo taken of cardinal out of my kitchen window.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday's Finds

Looks like the "funny-face culprit's" got egg on his face now...


: : How is this for a first mug shot?
(hopefully only)
Keep watch for Friday's Finds. I'll try to post, every Friday, on fun, interesting "find's" - things found along the way that are a few of my favorites.
Should be fun!!! Today, was my son's funny face...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Let my faith be marked by these three things...

So you are all probably wondering what is going on with the "move"? In reality, we are wondering too. Yeah, I know! It's to take place in 2 1/2 weeks or so.

It's been an interesting road (certainly not boring) so far. The journey continues.

The little ones and I were reading the Bible this morning - reading from Hebrews 11, known as the Faith Chapter. And I found it quite interesting that, by faith, Noah built the ark, out of (holy) fear, in order to prepare for the unknown. Abraham, with total faith and obedience, determined to go without knowing - where to? - to a place he later would receive as his inheritance. And smack-dab in the middle of the chapter is this verse...

v. 6 "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who
comes to him must believe that he exists and that
he rewards those who earnestly seek him".
As Scott and I were talking last evening, and then later praying together before going to bed...
we were talking about what to do, if this or that should happen ...
and we decided to continue to seek God earnestly, to continue to do our part of searching for a job in NC, and rest in the fact that if we have to stay here in PA (because a job didn't work out) then we would probably stay here in this house for one more month until the "potential" house for us to rent would be available come late April. That in itself is a tangled web, as well...

The truth is there is a job (potentially) in the works, as of this week, and that if this does come through, it would be an obvious doing of God's hand and provision. Needless to say, in the eleventh hour is better then in no hour.

There are two verses in Isaiah 43 that have been our bedrock. Verses 18 & 19. Two verses that we keep coming back to again and again. A friend of ours once prayed for us, during our small group meeting with church, quoting this part of the verse by praying, "Lord would you ... 'make a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland' for Scott and Bevy."

And in this economy it honestly feels like "a desert and a wasteland" - especially with the job market, in the way its been going. But God can call the flood waters... and where is water to go on a parched land? No Where, and nothing, but overwhelming. In a way, Scott has been like Noah - building a boat for the unknown. Preparing to better provide for his family, by studying tirelessly, night after night for over 3 months... and then to come through with passing grades. Four exams are now passed and behind us. We give thanksgiving and praise to God for his faithfulness. And I honestly believe that God will reward Scott for his humble efforts, in some way or another. We ask for a breakthrough in the job market in NC. Although we are already gainfully employed here in PA... it just seems like God is moving us forward, even still.

I want to wrap up this post... so I can get back to packing. Even among the boxes, boxes and more boxes,I want this to be said of me: That Bevy's faith is marked by these three things.
  1. A quiet Spirit (No questions asked)
  2. A gentle Spirit (No details needed)
  3. A sweet submissiveness (No struggling against the unknowns)
Oh I wish these words could be said of me - as of today. But by God's grace, I'm growing in this -too. Whatever happens, whatever comes of this job potential in NC, or even of this housing potential if we need to stay in PA - God is good!! I want to rest in that!!

: : Would you continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers, as the month of March continues to close in, coming to an end... that God's Will be accomplished? That our faith not waver, but that it would remain SURE of what we hope for, certain of what we do not see!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

She's 6 months old...today!

: : I am having a hard time believing this, myself, actually.

~(usually) always content~
~such a silly little goof, sometimes~

What a precious blessing Aubrey has been to our family...
and she continues to remind me, to remind us,
That God is good!!!
Children are such a wonderful blessing & gift from the Lord.
Even when I'm still...
  • Getting up with her once, or so, through the night to nurse her
  • Constantly changing clothes out of her drawers from the already packed boxes; because she's growing so fast
  • cleaning poopy clothes because of an "oops", while changing her diapers
  • at a loss, because she's decided she doesn't need her nuk anymore... & still won't be happy unless she's being held or entertained by someone - namely Caleb, Mommy or Dad!

At least she loves her peas and will often fall asleep on her own

and that right there is a major blessing in itself.

Monday, March 9, 2009

"Wherever you are, be all there"

On the heels of one of my previous posts, of sharing on Hospitality, ...I must say, Wow-zers! I cannot believe myself sometimes. This past weekend was a real opportunity to shine (if you will) in this area, this "gift", of hospitality and, once again, I realize what a long way I have to grow.
You know. It's easy to read books and quickly assess that "you've arrived". If not at the top, at least somewhere in the middle is deemed "do-able". Let me at least share a little of my heart...
The weekend plans were plenty packed. We were invited, on Friday evening, to our elderly neighbors for dinner. She made dinner, I took dessert. Great!! The little ones did phenomenal. I couldn't have been more pleased. It felt good to just be...
Saturday, began quite early with a "work day" at our house which meant; cleaning up the yard and emptying out the attic. Both equally "yucky" and exhausting. Of course, I have family around here who often get included in days like these. Thanks everybody!!!
I was teasing one of my brothers, by saying, "If we move to NC... just
think, you'll never have to do this again". "Yeah right!", was his response.
But, at the end of the day, I overheard my hubby ask my sister and bro-in-law to come to our house for lunch, after Church, the next day. They attend a different church then the one we go too. And it is right around the corner from our house, and they needed to come by anyway to pick up some more stuff that couldn't fit on the truck from the first load. (different things we were getting rid of). So it made sense for them to come for lunch... yet all I could think about is; How will we feel comfortable hosting them amidst boxes, boxes and more boxes?

I know hospitality, can come and go in seasons... and this could be one of those for me. But I don't want it to.
Well, (I know my sister reads this blog) Scott and I love my sister and bro-in-law to death. Their hearts are bigger then anyones knows or gives them credit for. Maybe even bigger then they realize themselves. They next thing out of their mouths was; "We're bringing lunch along, and well, why don't you just come to our church in the morning"? gulp...

Chapter two of this book has been one that I'll find myself reading again and again. In it, the author, Karen Ehman, challenges the reader to have a welcome heart, to "Offer Hospitality... without grumbling". That's actually a verse found in Scripture - 1Peter 4:9.

Then there is the challenging example of the two sisters, Mary and Martha. I WANT to be Mary but SO OFTEN, I am Martha. I like how the author relates that so often we can say "good sister, bad sister" but that Jesus didn't say that about them. Planning and prep-work are both good and honorable things in the realm needed for hospitality. Yet, Martha's efforts we're out of sync. She was concerned, frazzled, distracted, and preoccupied. In fact, her attention was riveted on the trivial rather then on the important. Though she thought she was "doing well".

The author goes on to share a quote of the late missionary, Jim Elliot, that says;
    "Wherever you are, be all there".

That gets me every time I read it. Because I often am "not all there". I, too, like Martha, can be concerned, frazzled, distracted and preoccupied. I want to "just BE"... in peoples lives -wherever I am.

So, Sunday Morning we found ourselves visiting their Church (although we've been there several other times) and yet I wasn't there - in my heart. I was, needless to say, displaying a grumbling heart. And I knew it.

My poor husband, bless his heart, has to really put up with me sometimes...and while we were talking together later that evening, I apologized for being such a "sinner"...he assured me that he forgave me a long time ago - meaning much earlier in the day. For that I am grateful. To have a man in my life, who loves me, and takes me as I am, is such a wonderful, "undeserved" gift from God.

The time together over lunch, the afternoon and into the evening spent with my sister and her family was indeed a special time. I just wish I could have embraced the opportunity to be hospitable - without grumbling. And to really just be - all there! Will you forgive me, Rach?

It's tempting to play the blame game of: " I was just down right exhausted from Saturday's huge work day", or "My attitude was affected because I just got my period", or because, "We're moving - there's a lot of changes going on in our lives right now" perhaps, because of the time change. Although those may be (or really are) legit reasons... it's not enough to excuse the calling that God does bring to us... and that is to
"Offer Hospitality without grumbling". ~ 1 Peter 4:9

Friday, March 6, 2009

His Artwork!

I absolutely love nature... and especially, if I can find a way to bring it indoors. I have no idea where I got this inspiration to display these bird nests as an art-form in my home - different folks say different things, about this, as to whether they like it or not.

But to me, God gave this piece of artwork to admire. Have you ever stopped and looked really close at the intricacy of a single bird nest?? It is rather amazing. So simple yet so complicated.

Well, I have two of them... placed, as you can see on these sconces, on either side of this framed piece of art. I can forget about them sometimes, but when I do stop to think about them, I'm reminded that even the birds have homes. A creative instinct to "construct" homes, such as these, is something only their Creator can do. It's a natural thing to "nest" and to build homes for a safe dwelling place. Oh, by the way... they can be dirty & dusty, too!! Just like ours get sometimes...

Scripture says He even knows when a sparrow has fallen out of it's nest. Think of all the different kinds of birds there are - let alone how many! Yet He Cares for each one of them.

: : Hint on how to prepare them for coming indoors. You will want to stick it into a zip-lock bag and spray (carefully) with either Lysol or an Ant/Roach spray (or something of the sort) to get rid of any bugs that may have also nested.

But, Stop! Take the time and enjoy God's creation. Find an abandoned nest - after Spring nesting season has passed, there will sure to be a few around- and marval at the so simple, yet so complicated form of His Artwork!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It was Snow Fun!!

Caleb's new favorite word right now is; NO!
Well, Monday was a wonderful, beautiful day with plenty of Snow (about 8"-10"). Scott was home from work and so of course he took the opportunity to take Caleb outside to enjoy it.

Later in the day, my brother called, and of course Caleb had to talk on the phone.
All we hear from Caleb is: NO!
Apparently Uncle Justin was asking things like...
  • Did you go outside with Daddy today? NO!
  • Do you like the snow? NO!
  • Was it cold outside? NO!
  • Did you have fun playing in the snow? NO!
  • Did you help Daddy shovel, and clean off the car? NO!

Obviously when he (Caleb) didn't want to come inside after

- maybe a half hour of being outdoors-

it's pretty safe to say that Caleb had (by the look on his face) alot of


: : Too bad, he gets to cold so soon! I was enjoying the warm, quiet indoors...
How did you enjoy the Snow day??

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Cup of Talk

We were at some friends for dinner on Friday night, and I
keep thinking about something she mentioned in regards to her family.
She said that, when they had their dairy farm, that... this obviously had to happen around
the cows schedule, but that
happened at 10:30am, and again at...

4:30pm in the afternoon.

That's what they did. They would all sit down, around the table
and have a cup of coffee... and talk. Now, that they don't have the farm (like that anymore)
it's a habit that has remained.

I love that!!
Quality time, talking together, over a good ole cup of hot coffee.
It just might be a good habit to start.

When have you had a good old cup of 'talk', lately??

: : photo's taken of my favorite mugs (Longaberger) and of course, black coffee...there is nothing better, then of course if it is shared with my hubby or some other dear friend.
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