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Thursday, March 31, 2011

stop acting like hyenas

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A storm must be brewing... big time!  {this post was written on Wednesday- late evening}

Repeating what my mother used to always say, in the most exasperated of voices,  "Children. Stop acting like hyenas".

I found myself thinking that very phrase, a lot, about my own two precious darlings ALL DAY LONG today.  They were an absolute mess, regardless of the fact that we all still don't feel well, it was unbelievable, and I was getting rather ruffled.

Even my husband agreed... when he got home, later this evening.  I didn't have to say much until he clued in to how my day was, when, rolling his eyes, he said, "boy!{it} better hit hard and be a good one". 

I guess the Northeastern States are expecting to get quite the snowstorm, over the next couple of days, while we here (in our neck of the woods) are due heavy rain/mixed with snow from now till Saturday... according to the local weather forecast.  Yes!  I read & wrote the "s" word...

All of these thoughts got me to thinking of how we as Christians can get sometimes.  We act like hyenas, too.  We laugh and goof off - getting ourselves into all sorts of malarkey; sticky situations - like its a joke.  Then when a real true-to-life storm does come our way - we're totally and completely unprepared - due to our lack of paying attention. 

We wonder, then, if He's truly in the midst of our storm.  All of a sudden, we get real busy crying out to Him in prayer, don't we?... begging and pleading for his protection, grace and mercy in the desperate time of need and the dire strait we find ourselves in.

that blessed quietness; holy quietness; blest assurance, in my soul... on the stormy sea, Jesus speaks to me...
and the billows cease to roll. 
Just the refrain of an old church hymn floating through my head, as I type.  

Seriously.  He's been there in our midst all of the time.  Steady and Sure.  If we just only would "settle down and pay attention" - repeating what I say so often to my own kids.

As a mother, I just wish I could be the quiet, calm and settled one... in my home... more then I am.  Maybe I'm the one that needs to be paying more attention (myself), in those calm moments before the storm... preparing my heart, before the next wave of a stormy forecast- hits.

Update as of 10:00 pm: By the way, it's raining now... and the littles just fell off to sleep into sweet dreamy slumber - let's hope, they stay that way for the night!

And... just to clarify.  I have no idea where my mother got that phrase, "stop acting like hyenas" - nor why she choose to coin that one on us.  We were always good little girls and boys.  ALWAYS!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Where I've been...

Good Morning!!

I'm alive....here and accounted for.  Thanks for missing me... ;)  I know I missed you all- that's for sure.

I received a couple of emails - friends checking in - and a comment here and there from friends, just to say "hello", so thank you - so much... which of course I didn't get until this morning.  What a nice thing to wake up to.   I feel so blessed.

As Scott alluded to yesterday with his quick update (from work) - we were without a land line (phone/Internet) for a couple of days.  Since Sunday afternoon, as a matter of fact.  It's been tough... 

Thank God for cellphones!!  Amen?

On top of it all.  I've been so sick with a migraine headache - all last week and very much so on Saturday which then led into a sinus infection/both ears achin'... my throat sore from coughing up all the draining - going on.  I felt yucky.  I'm still not 100%... but definitely better, this morning.  Caleb had it, too.  ;(

I'm very grateful for:
~ tissues
~ Vicks vapor rub
~ a couch to lay on during the day
~ extra-strength Tylenol
~ hot cups of tea and honey
~ hubby's strong hands for a head and shoulder massage - ahhh!
~ hot showers
~ a comfy bed to crawl into at night.

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This is where I've been.  Again, thanks for your thoughts and prayers.  All greatly appreciated - for sure!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This is Scott writing.  We are without phone and internet, at home. I am giving this info from work. Bev will be back online ASAP.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Old Time Sunday Hymn Sing | Rock of Ages

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~ Rock of Ages~
A. M. Toplady / Dr. Thomas Hastings

Rock of Ages cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in thee,
Let the water and the blood,
From thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure; Cleanse me from its guilt and pow'r.

Not the labor of my hands,
Can fulfill the law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone, Thou must save, and thou alone.

Nothing in my hands I bring,
Simply to the cross I cling;
Naked, come to thee for dress;
Helpless, look to thee for grace,
Foul, I too the fountian fly, Wash me, Saviour, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When my heart-strings break in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See thee on thy judgement throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in thee.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Simply Saturday | Coming Clean

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If it wasn't for this dear treasure in my home... I don't know...this home would be a  sincere disaster. 

Just kidding. 

But... once again, I'm just being honest coming clean when I say I really don't LOVE to clean. 

This bissel sweeper has been a super duper blessing to me and our family.  I use it nearly every. single. day.  Sometimes twice a day.

If you would like to read a couple of previous posts that I've done on this subject see HERE (minus the giveaway- sorry!) and HERE.  Enjoy.


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Linking up today with Jenn, from A Country Girl's Ramblings.

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.  It's cold here today.  A good day to stay in and clean.  Ha!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday's Finds | An Honest Confession

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{Welcome to Friday's Finds! For those of you who are new to this blog and/or just poppin' in - Hello! and welcome. On Friday's I like to try and feature "a find" of no particular value or sentiment, no reason or rhyme and yet, exactly for all of those reasons I just mentioned.}


Today's Friday's Finds - finds me, literally booted out of my dishpan.





I hate to admit this.  I blame it on pregnancy hormones.  But, I was feeling the "inconvenience" of not getting my work done - at that precise moment-  when they simply wanted to help wash dishes. 

I resorted to a couple of hot tears.  ((seriously))

Quickly - bucked up. 
Grabbed the camera and said to myself. 
Fine!  Let's just take a few pictures of this just to show them, their unique and combined interest, in washing dishes, in about five years from now.

 : : This is one of those areas where I really struggle to teach my kids how to "help" to learn...
they are only two and three - but getting bigger and there are things that they like to do and can do well; they do help to set the table, clear the table, pick up their toys, etc.
Quite honestly, dishes is an area where I would "rather" do it myself to - get er done - more quickly and effiecently.  I know that will only bite me later in life... I know, I know.  
Oh, the things you find out about me. : :


An honest confession is good for the soul.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Chicken Gumbo ~ Bevy Style

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If you thought yesterday's post, of Hot Toffee, was going to be a recipe - I apologize.  I thought about it, that it might sound that way.  Nonetheless... it was just simply Swiss Miss - very diluted.

But, today I thought I would oblige.  Here is a *new* to me recipe... one that was check marked as good! by my sister who loves to do that in cookbooks of mine if she has the same cookbook.  Plus, this is the sister that is the head cook at a Wilderness Boys Camp, up in Mill Hall, PA.  I completely and utterly trust her judgement. 

I could go on and on about my sister Gladys, she's just cute that way... but I won't fluster her anymore. :)

Oh.  And I am sorry that I don't have a picture of this.  I tried to take one... but it came out looking awful which is NOT a good representation for the taste.  It's a casserole and photos of casseroles are nearly impossible to take good photos of.  They look like one goopy mess, don't they.

Don't you just wish your photos could also capture the taste and smells of something (better) just to bring it on!!!!!!!!  I sure do.

anyway.

Here is the recipe for Chicken Gumbo.
I'll give you the recipe as it is out of the book and I'll mark it with an asterisk where I made modifications (Bevy style) and then tell you about those changes.

4 cups. cooked chicken*
1/4 cup melted butter
9 slices of bread*
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 beaten eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup chicken broth
9 slices of cheese*
2 cans of cream of chicken, mushroom or celery soup*
2 cups Ritz cracker crumbs*
1/2 cup melted butter

Layer bread in a 10 x 15-inch pan.  Add chicken and pour 1/4 cup melted butter over the top.  Mix mayonnaise, beaten eggs, milk and broth and pour over the top of chicken. Layer your cheese slices, then add the soup.  Top with buttered cracker crumbs.  Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until done*.

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I used my 9 x13 stone baker from Pampered Chef.  So, I planned on it taking a bit longer to bake - like an hour and 20 minutes, or so.

Also.  I had this loaf of crusty french bread (that was given to us already as a day-old loaf) and by the time I thought about what to do with it - it had turned into a baseball bat.  Seriously.  It was that hard.  I knew this would be the perfect recipe to try; to give it a chance at redemption. ;)  So, I broke it up (warning: crumbs everywhere) and I put big bite size chunks in the bottom of the pan. I only covered the bottom of the pan, in a single layer.  I didn't use the whole loaf.  I didn't grease the pan either - but that might have been a good idea.

Then for my chicken - the recipe called for four cups.  I think you know that I like to cook and pick my chicken roasters for putting cooked chicken in the freezer (for recipes, such as these).  So, I don't think I had quite four cups.  It was more like 2-3 cups but in large pieces of moist, tender chicken meat.  A mixture of white and dark meat.

For the 9 cheese slices.  I had slices of Monteray Jack on hand, so I used that.  The recipe doesn't specify what kind to use.  But that kind of cheese does go well with chicken recipes and I was glad I had it available.  I only used 6 slices - due to the smaller pan size.  Yumm.

For the 2 cans of soup.  I said no way, I'm only using one can of Cream of Chicken.  One, because I am running low in my pantry and Two... it can get too salty.  I did happen to have a 15.2oz. can vs. the regular size of 10.5oz. can of soup.  Which gave it a bit more... it was plenty and delicious.

For the cracker crumbs I didn't have Ritz.  So, I used what I had in my cupboard and I think they were Club crackers - whole wheat or whole grain.  Because they were a heavier cracker I used only about a half of the one pack of crackers.  So, there is no way it was quite two cups.  I just eyeballed it here.  Same amount of butter. (of course!)

My family loved this dish.  I will say - it turned out much more tastier then I expected.  At first (while making it) I thought this dish might need some sauteed onion and celery... but I'm glad I didn't do that.  It was just right.  I served green beans on the side... but a nice salad would do the trick, too, to round out this dish.

I think it would make a great pot-luck dish; or for a meal to give away...  Enjoy!!!

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There you have it. Chicken Gumbo ~ Bevy Style.  I love taking the liberty, at times, to see how something will turn out - by using simple alterations or additions.

: :  I know not everyone feels brave enough to make changes to a recipe - especially on one they've never made or even tasted before.  Like I said - I trusted my sister. 

But, what about you?  Are you a brave recipe re-creator??

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

hot toffee

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It was one of those days.  The little ones were getting rammy indoors, but it was pretty cold outdoors.  I decided to get them out of the house, anyway.

By the time we came back indoors, even I was cold and craving a mug of hot chocolate.  Except that, this would (honestly) be a first for my kiddo's.  Yup. I've never given them hot chocolate before.  ((I paid for it later.  They were even more hyper after this.))  Sigh.

But, they drank it like they've never had anything like it!  Which was the truth.  They were too funny.  So careful and so fancy-like..sipping it just so off their spoons.

 Allow me to fill in their voiced expressions...



"Mmmm, so g-oo-d".
 (Man, if you could only hear how Aubrey says that.)

"Mom.  Is this hot choc-o-late?"
(Yes Caleb. Yes it is!)


"It's my toffee".
(oh, really!?!)


I thoroughly enjoyed mine as well.  Of course, I added a few extra marshmallows on mine. 
I gulped down their last swallows or two, left at the bottoms of their mugs, as both of the kiddo's had already taken off - chasing each other around the house over who knows what now. 
I told you... I paid for it dearly, later. 

But the memories stirred up are as warm and delicious
as any can be.

There is nothing, really, like hot toffee in your cup.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Vessel of Honor

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As water reflects a face; so a man's heart reflects the man.
 ~ Proverbs 27: 19


This was the verse that came to mind - after this photo was taken several weeks ago.   I thought about how beautifully the water puddle - lying low- reflected the sunset, settling - high above.

As I reflected on this verse... I began to become more and more aware of how much my face really does reflect my heart.  Just like this water puddle reflecting the glorious sunset... it - in this case - is a beautiful thing.  But, that isn't always the way, is it?

You know - you really can't see your own face unless your looking into a mirror, right?  So, others around us are the ones that get the distinct privilege of seeing our faces on a regular basis. 

But, what do they see?

I mean just this morning, I got caught in my own thoughts, regarding this.  I was sitting here trying to type out these very words when my three year old began his begging and pleading to play his computer 'game' (which is really a preschool learning tool, but he calls it his game).  Basically, I had to keep my heart in check and not reflect the frustration (mounting) that I felt about getting "pushed" off the computer.  I had to literally choose to be gracious in that moment and walk away - reflecting Jesus in that moment.  A moment of grace, gentleness and forbearance.
It was hard.  Obviously, it wasn't in my heart to be putting my son first - I had an agenda; a me moment.
Granted Caleb needs to learn patience as well, but it was an opportunity, for me, to just take a deeper look at myself.

Another thought I had was...

May the whole earth be filled with his glory. (Ps. 72:19)

Just like the low lying areas of this earth become as vessels to hold rain drops that fell from heaven... our souls (hearts, lives) are to be as earthen vessels holding (all of) God's glory.  We can only be filled - by his Spirit falling on us...and we receiving.

Without the true light of Christ shining down on us, or we taking that and receiving it... we are darkness.  Our faces (our lives) reflect that.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness", made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. ~ 2 Corinthians 4: 6-7

I just thank the Lord for his specific care to refine us; transform us; grow us... for us to be an increasing reflection of his glory to all who look on us.  I know I need him, every single day, and his all-surpassing grace in my life to be what he has called me to be:
a Vessel of Honor.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Naming the Thanks

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One Thousand Gifts... is the book I've been reading ever so slowly and I'm still trying to make sense of the why and how far I've drifted from housing gratitude in my life.

I told you that I've been feeling the need to "get back".  To grow in this grace of gratitude, for my life.  It's hard.  I don't like that I've succumbed to thoughts of "ohhh,  I need to quick come up with something - just to fill this post"... those thoughts have come, and I cringe. 

Then the part in her book (p. 52-54) where she (Ann) and her husband are talking about "the naming" has stuck with me.  Just to name it... makes all the difference...for understanding.  For peace.  For knowing.

I would like to add: it's the practicing of naming the thanks... no matter how big or how small.  To do something - over and over, like to "practice makes perfect"... where it eventually becomes first nature, and not just second.

I would like that. A lot.

17. the first sightings of Mr. and Mrs. Robin
18. fresh clean sheets brought in off the line of line upon line of laundry... and returned to the bed for a sweet smelling night of sleep
19. that my friends surgery went well and she is on the mend
20. bare toes
21. a good Dr. visit - the baby in the womb growing; doing well, especially at being a lil stinker - already
22. for meat in the freezer
23. the smile and look in my hubby's eye from across the room
24. 'rejoicing with those who rejoice' - sharing in friends pregnancy news and swapping stories with them over a lunch invitation
25. when my little ones actually agree - and play nicely together - using their manners.
26. well water
27. that I can enjoy the smell of a cup of coffee again.  I had lost that for a couple of weeks...it's back ;)
28. every single window in the house - sparkling clean
29. for my "wing-man" - you know who you are - thank you!


: :  Are you naming your thanks?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Old Time Sunday Hymn Sing | Trust and Obey

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~ Trust and Obey~
John H. Sammis/ Daniel B. Towner
When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.


Not a burden we bear,
Not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss,
Not a frown or a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.


(Refrain)

But we never can prove
The delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows,
For the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

(Refrain)

Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we'll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do,
Where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.

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I just want to share a quick (cute) memory of my younger brother, Justin.

When he was little, maybe 4 or 5 yrs old, and whenever we would sing this song at our church on Sunday mornings, he would start to cry.
When we asked him about it, he told us that he didn't like when we sang that song. 
When asked, why?, his response was that he didn't like everybody singing "Justin Obey".

I should ask him if he still remembers this...

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Simply Saturday | fresh new coat

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What to do?

I love this handmade bench.  It was a piece of furniture that I designed, probably close to 14 years ago. I had asked the husband, of a dear friend of mine, to build it for me based on the picture I drew and rough measurements I gave him.  It has a bench seat and so underneath the vintage down-feathered feed sack pillow is where I store all of my Princess House Chinaware.  I know I should get it out and use the china more then I do.  But, it's safe - at least for now.

This bench needs fresh paint job.  Badly.

I love the white look to it.  But, against this wall it can tend to get lost.  I thought about a very pale mustard yellow of sorts - but it needs to be just the right aged pale yellow, or something. 
Maybe a sage grey would be nice...or a celery green...
or, is antique white - just right?

I'm asking for thoughts, here, and suggestions. 
The only thing is... it won't get done today, tomorrow or even this coming week. Do you have any idea how long I've been (already) thinking about doing this project?
  I'll have to wait until someone (like my hubby or one of my brothers) can help to haul it outside, so I can give it's fresh new coat. 
And, then to keep the little hands out of the paint would be part of the job, too. :)

I'm turning this Simple Saturday into a quandary...aren't I?

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Linking up, today, with Jenn from A Country Girl's Ramblings for her Simply Saturday link up.  You can too! Grab your camera and join in on the fun.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday's Finds | A bare find

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Yesterday, and today, is nothing but bare toes beggin to come out... the weather couldn't be more beautiful, in these parts. 

Don't show my kiddo's this picture, because they would be begging to take their shoes off in a heartbeat.

And, I betcha didn't expect to see a photo of such hideous beautiful feet looking back at you, today, did you?   How is that for a rare bare Friday's Finds?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wintered-over Geraniums

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I love hanging plants with vinca vines and geraniums.  Geraniums feel like such an old flower.  Homey.  Simplistic. This was our front porch - two years ago.

When you bring the plants in over the winter, you can keep them "alive" - with a bit of water here and there, add some natural light, pinch off the dead dried up leaves, etc....and, geraniums will do wonders for you. 
Year after year.

A bit of nostalgia here.  I can remember my Mother doing this.  The plants would be in our dining room on the window sill and EVERY TIME one of us would accidentally bump up against them or we would have to dust around them... the smell they would give off was "unbelievably putrid" in my humble opinion.  Now, I love it.  Again, it's just a nostalgic memory for me.

Speaking of my Mom.  Today is her birthday.  I'll be seeing her later, for dinner, this evening.
I'll have to share this memory with her.


So, this is one of those same hanging plants from off of our front porch.  I took the vinca vines out and I'll add a new one later this spring.  We're just blessed to have little hooks in most of our windows, on the one side of our house.  I'd venture to guess I'm not the first woman of the house to keep her plants going.... year after year.

Now.  Do I do well with maintaining other regular houseplants?  No, I haven't. It's been a struggle.  This has been the first home where the placement of the windows and the sun work well together.  I sure do hope to do more indoor plants - soon.  Especially herbs for the kitchen sill. 

I know it's good for both the soul and body, having plants indoors- both with the giving off of oxygen, into and filtering the air for us to breathe, as well as fulfilling that need to nurture that green thumb. 

Plus, it's also pleasant to the eyes.  Especially, if you can keep your littles from playing in the dirt... that's an even greater plus.

: : What sort of green houseplants do you keep in the house? 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sneak Peek - Garden Party

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Just so you know - this Overnight Bag is NOT for Sale - yet!

This post is for all my local friends (the rest of you can read, too!) and is really just a sneak peek into an "available-for-purchase" on Saturday, March 26th at Grace Christian School's Spring AuctionI believe it will on the Silent Auction there.


~ Garden Party -Overnight Bag~
(donation to GCS)

The Overnight Style bag features several different things then just the Large Bag (with the over-the-shoulder handles).  It's made from upholstery fabric. It features two deep pockets on the front side.  A grosgrain ribbon tie to help keep the bag closed.  Three large pockets on the inside that are roomy enough for items you'll need on your overnight stay. The lining is a mauve shirting material.
You'll note my three-button signature on the front side.  There is hand embroidered french knots along the top of the front side pockets.  The "B" tag/logo is also hand embroidered.
This bags hangs nice and long over the shoulder.  Very roomy, very durable for that one night away.

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To see a couple of other bags, available for immediate purchase - go to my Etsy Shop, HERE!

Thanks for looking!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Capture that Thanks

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I've been reading long and slow, this book called One Thousand Gifts.  After reading it so intently - it makes me want to write like Ann. :)

I'm only just through chapter four... and I had to chuckle when I read the part about her camera (to practice thanks; to hammer thanks) being used to capture the plate of curling cheese; getting caught by her husband and he liking what he saw.  Her being "crazy" to capture a photo of shredded up mozzarella and cheddar cheese, or so she thought... but no, he like what he saw - with her being thankful in the little things and capturing that thanks into a photograph.

I sighed.


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Some people don't quite understand the my use of a camera.  I *FEAR* getting caught - looking all silly.  What are "they" going to think of me?  And, so... I choose whether to show thanks with the camera - or not.

I found this quote in a Dove candy wrapper, yesterday, that as I was thinking about "capturing that thanks" - it could not have come at a more timely moment.  It reads.

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

Here are a few of my photo thank-offerings:

5. for sweet treats of ice cream and pretzels -  a perfectly, ideal combination

6. for my sweet friend and her contagious laughter - that I miss so much

7. when my little ones (eventually will) take a nap - one way or another


9. for the wide-eyed look of wonder and the excited smile as my girl anticipates the "pop" of the Jack-in-the-box
10. for the suggestion of "out to dinner" on Saturday evening
11. for clean laundry
12. for two wash baskets that give pure, boat-like entertainment to both little ones
13. for Grandma initiating and being willing to babysit - on a whim
14. that this past week (a long one) is over
15. a husband who cares enough to listen
16. a piece of chocolate candy - every now and again


 to be continued...

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Old Time Sunday Hymn Sing | All That Thrills My Soul Is Jesus

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~All That Thrills My Soul Is Jesus~
Thoro Harris

Who can cheer the heart like Jesus,
By His presence all divine?
True and tender, pure and precious,
O how blest to call Him mine!

Refrain:

All that thrills my soul is Jesus;
He is more than life to me;
And the fairest of ten thousand
In my blessed Lord I see.

Love of Christ so freely given,
Grace of God beyond degree,
Mercy higher than the heaven,
Deeper than the deepest sea!


What a wonderful redemption!
Never can a mortal know
How my sin, tho' red like crimson,
Can be whiter than the snow.
Ev'ry need His hand supplying,
Ev'ry good in Him I see;
On His strength divine relying,
He is all in all to me.
By the crystal flowing river
With the ransomed I will sing,
And forever and forever
Praise and glorify the King.













Saturday, March 12, 2011

Simply Saturday | The Creepy Crawly Restaurant

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This is what we're hearing and seeing out our dining room bay window - this morning.

This morning and every morning here of late. 
Canadian Geese enjoying their breakfast, lunch and supper... all day long... at the
 Creepy Crawly Restaurant!
This Restaurant specializes in all kinds of bugs, crawling critters and worms, serving the best of grass seeds, in town .  It's a fine dining experience, for all.  In fact, there's always room for one more.

Disclaimer:  Findings of this Restaurant are not of personal experience.

Even the cows agree.
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It's Simply Saturday. I'm linking up today with Jenn from





: : Photos taken from last fall.  But, the field is full of geese, even this morning.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday's Finds | A whole bunch of nothin' with a whole lot of ~ Giveaway!

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Today, I present to you another ramble.  Like I said a whole bunch of nothing - yet a whole lot of everything.

Plus, there's a giveaway!

So stick around, bear with me and my ramblings. You'll be glad you did.

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Shew!  I'm tired...

The donut making went well, yesterday.  Well, sort of .  The first batch I made - I killed the yeast.  My water was too hot and I think that's what happened.  Those cute little sweet circles didn't want to rise.  The next batch worked out great.  We my Brother-in-law, was home, and ended up frying everything anyway.  He was in his glory!  So, some are hard and crunchy and the good ones - well, they are in the freezer for another rainy day.  I sent the bag of real crunchy donuts with Scott to work today.  They'll be gone in no time flat.  Especially, if their is coffee to go with them.

Oh, and you know what else we made? We made Apple Fritters. 

You take the scraps of dough from the cutting out of the donut circles.  And you just mix, by hand, by pressing into the dough - lots of brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins (opt.) and finely chopped apples.  You just need to roll out the dough very thin (so that it will cook evenly through), and cut into funky squares or triangles and let rise.  Fry as usual.

Speaking of a rainy day.  We sure had a heavy deluge, again yesterday, didn't we?  Our yard looked like a miniature swimming hole till it was all said and done. 

That is one of my fondest memories of growing up.  Playing in all the large yard puddles.   


Summer of '09
I'm so looking forward to more of this later this summer.  I'm getting giddy just thinking about it.


I just want to say - where I went to make donuts yesterday was at my sister and brother-in-laws place.  They live about 45 minutes away, and if that wasn't the most white-knuckled, bucket holding, green faced ride I took in a long while, then I don't know what was.
They laugh at me- with grace - because they understand.  I can get car-sick going up there anyway but with being pregnant, it sure magnifies the mess.  Thankfully, there really was no mess.  Just the looming potential.  They live up over a (small) mountian and with the uphill, winding and bumpy roads (sheesh!) ... I was glad at least I was the one driving.  It would have been ten times worse had I been just a passenger.

On to nicer and prettier things.

I'm curious.  What do you think of the *new* blog font I choose to use for my posts, here?

And, do you like the first photo, I posted here today? 

Those are silk flowers used at our wedding - almost six years ago.  I didn't just want to keep them stashed in a box, out of sight, out of mind.  It seemed right to have them beautify our room just a bit and so on the wide-window sill they sit.

It's taken Scott a bit to "enjoy" the idea.  He's coming around to Mamma's way of thinking in that regard. :)
I snicker as I say that, because something is sure to come out of this on one of Scott's Second Sayings, the next time he gets around to posting again.

And, here is the best part of this rambling post. 

My friend Jenn's birthday was yesterday.  And, so to celebrate, she is doing a wonderful GIVEAWAY, on her blog, in correlation with her Etsy shop - Sycamore Lane.  You'll have to check out her beautiful photography pieces.  Seriously, she is an amazing photographer.

 Like now! 

This giveaway ends - Sunday, the 13th of March.

Hope you have a wonderful Friday. 
 God bless your day!



Thursday, March 10, 2011

Servant Heart

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"The best way to test your servant heart ( or servant spirit) is to notice how you react when you are treated like a servant".  ~ Colleen Townsend Evans

{ OUCH! }
I read that...and knew immediately that I have a long way to go in that servant heart attitude and mindset.
When we say we want to have a servant heart - what does that look like, for us, on the inside?  

You know, what is on the inside will ultimately show up on the outside.  And, we all know at least one person who truly has that servant spirit about them. 
 
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Listen, I'm off to go make some donuts today... with that Sweet Circle - called sisters, but, I would love to hear your thoughts on this. 

Do you, like me, "resemble" that quote up there?



By the way.  This is a photo of my mother - who to me truly has a servant heart. ;)  A true inspiration, for sure.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"Without Hearts There is no Home." ~ Lord Byron

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It was a rather R*A*I*N*Y day - in case you couldn't tell.




Looking for ways to entertain, I pulled out the homemade Pumpkin Spice Playdough.

 


We cut out shapes of stars and hearts and fish...

And, then.

They wanted Mommy to make a house!



So, I rolled out lots of "Lincoln Logs" and built that house.

While in the middle of making this -little house- the thought came to me to turn this into an object lesson.
I asked for the cut-out heart.



I placed the heart inside the house, and talked about hearts being a symbol of love and that "just like we're putting this heart inside our little house here, (because this little house is like our big house where we live) we can have love in our home - for each other."


We put the roof on... and talked some more about the "heart/love" inside our house... how important it is to have the Love of Jesus in our hearts first and that, that will make the love we have for each other even "bigger"/greater.

I don't know how much a two and three year old will remember - much less understand. 
But, it's a simple start.  And, having an "object lesson" like this or simply reading out of a Bible Story book or another book called "A little Boy after God's Own Heart", by Elizabeth George, (my favorite author) at breakfast time is just one way I try to help bring shaping influence into my children's hearts and minds.

I found a small quote the other day that echoes what I was trying to say here.
It simply says...

Without Hearts There is No Home.  ~ Lord Byron

** I apologize.  I do not have a recipe for the pumpkin play dough.  It was given to us from MOPS.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

That Sweet Circle

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Do you know what today is? 


Donut Day!! or Faschnut Day! or Fat Tuesday!
Which ever you want to call it.


A couple of my Sister's and I are planning to get together, on Thursday, to make donuts. Just for fun.

Today is a busy enough day - all of it's own.

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I'm leaving you with something to think about...

A person is never so empty as when
he is full of self.

If life is for you that sweet circle of all -of-the-time, in-your-face, yummied up with sprinkles of fun and all kinds of gooey sweetness...
yet, it leaves you always feeling empty and void of meaning, then the center of your life must be, and is, missing something.

There is a hole, that needs filled with Jesus - first.

Jesus First.  Yourself Last. Others in between.

There is no greater J*O*Y than that, my friend.
(even if donuts are oh-so-delicious)

Enjoy that Sweet Circle!

Monday, March 7, 2011

One Thousand Gifts

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Sorry....  I've been so engrossed in this book, this morning, that I've nothing else to say. 




I picked it up late Saturday afternoon - I haven't had a chance to start reading it until now... and honestly... {there are no words}.

I've known about this book for sometime because I greatly appreciate Ann's blog and read it - every day.  On her sidebar is a video link that talks more about the book and.... it is captivating.  Inspiring.  Thought-provoking.

My desire has been, recently, to grow in gratefulness.  I'm praying that this book will only be an encouragement to that end.  An avenue of grace in my life...





Looking forward to the read... the journey... the thanks offerings!  Let the thanks begin...

1. for sunshine after a very rainy day - yesterday
2. for local Christian Bookstores who had this book on their shelf, waiting just for me
3. for a happy little family, this morning -ish
4. for a long, sleepless night, whispers of prayer, and the grace to awake - afresh!

to be continued.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Old Time Sunday Hymn Sing | Into My Heart

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Imagine yourself in a church basement - gathered around with the other children, from the various Sunday School Classes.

The Teacher is leading out in the songs that children sing.  Hands would raise and selections were taken.  At the end of the 15-20 minutes of singing... this would be the final prayer song.

Heads would bow, hands would fold and we would pray - this song.  Nice and soft...

Into my heart. 
Into my heart.
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus.
Come into to-day.
Come into stay.
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus.
~ Amen.

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This remains a dear memory for me and to this day - my two children (ages two and three years old) beg to sing this song, every night. And now, also, at meal times, as well. 

That is...if they're not arguing as to who will get to start it - first. 


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Simply Saturday | The Dilemma

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What to make, What to Make?

We're having guests dear-to-our-heart friends, in our home, for lunch tomorrow, after Church. 

 Again. 

This family, of six, lives quite a distance from our church (they travel the distance faithfully and willingly) - so, from our inviting them,  it feels like they come over about once a month (give or take), but it's a simply a pure joy to have them in our home, at any given time.  You should hear our son Caleb - begging- for them to come over in all the in between times.  It's really cute!!! 

The dilemma lies in what to make so that it feels like I'm not feeding them the same ole thing - over and over. :)  Although, I have a feeling with some of the dishes I've made in the past - to have repeats would not be a problem - when it comes to growing, hungry little boys young men who LOVE to eat. 

Even after all of the recipe searches and mulling over the recipe books...

I think...the dilemma is solved.

I may just have to settle for THIS tried and true recipe.  I do remember I promised to make this (perhaps) the next time they came over. 

Well, tomorrow is the day!!!

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By the way, I'm linking up with Jenn, today, from
A Country Girl's Ramblings for her Simply Saturday. 

You can too!! 

Check out her blog and link-up party to see what other's are doing in and
around their home, today.








Have a wonderful weekend!!
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