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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Vital to life...

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This was one of those times when I wondered if I shouldn't do this more often. Because.... Apologies are vital to life.  I know that now.  I knew it before... they're just hard to humbly apply to life, aren't they?  Still, vital they are.

It was a rough evening, last night. Partially.  It was mostly me.  I lost it.  I tried really, really hard not to to yell.  But I did.  And it was ugly.

My poor kids.

Later.

After a few more minutes of really trying to keep it all together and now, here comes the part where I plant kisses and pray prayers with my littles as they are snuggled into bed.

I knew I HAD to apologize.  And rightly so.  With tear-stained and quavering voice.  I ask for their forgiveness and explain just how ugly that was of Mommy, to be!!

This is the muffled responses I hear - from blankets pulled too close to chin.

"Mom, we still love you." (whispered my five year old, Aubrey)

My six year old son, Caleb, rolls over to the edge of his bunk bed and says...
"Mom, down in your heart... God still loves you! and You're still beautiful".

((tears....pouring as hard the rain outside!))
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Exit stage...
STILL SOBBING,

Let's just say - as of this morning!! Quite honestly... while it was still raining to beat the band... I swear I saw the SON shining full and bright.  Life is good!  Renewed and afresh!!

The mercies of the Lord.... they are new every morning!  Hallelujah!!

In fact.  For a further glimpse into just how so?  This morning: we were pushing for time just a bit ... the kids needed to brush their teeth and quite frankly we needed to HURRY!! (in order to get my son on the bus on time)... and I hear them upstairs all sing-songy and I'm feeling the "pressure" - as I mount the top steps, keeping my mouth shut... I really hear what they're saying and then, actually see them...

All three of my children are sitting on the side of the bed, arm-in-arm, swaying back and forth in unison as they sing...


So, I joined them!! 

And, guess what? We actually made it to school on time... (at least, the bus!!)

Now, I'm off to making a big batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies for upon their arrival home from school. :)  

Because after all...

Aren't cookies also vital to life?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

This Moment...

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I don't blame them.  After the long winter, like we just had... I'd run too, if I was kept "so cooped up" in a small inner coral and only the barn as compared to the wide open spaces of a green grassy meadow as large as large can be.

What's fun to observe is that for every Spring since we have lived here on this farm we've gotten to see the farmer-landlord let his cows out; for the first time, that season.  And, boy!! Do they ever run and skip and jump around.  These cows; they chase and play - tag! is what it looks like. :)  Their tails held high and an arch in their back like their foot-loose and fancy free and there ain't no stoppin' them now...

This is what happened yesterday.

The cows; they were set free!

I only wish I had an exact picture of this moment.  Truth is.  If you don't have your camera in hand - at that precise time - you miss it!  One, because you're so caught up in the moment of their joy that you forget to leave your post to go find it.  It's a moment of pleasure to take in and SMILE over.  It's just so fun to watch...
and take it in.  It totally makes you giggle..

This moment.

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I think of an old Sunday School song I sing with my children. Count it as an analogy to the "story" I share above.  An analogy that maybe will mean something to your heart as well... if you know it's truth!  Here is just a part of the song...

Once I was B-O-U-N-D by the chains of S-I-N.
Now V-I-C-T-O-R-Y for Jesus reigns within.

We can be so like those cows.  Bound. And reigned in by sin.  So much so, that it has become our identity. We don't know no different anymore.  We are enslaved...to this!  Until, by the help of his Spirit, we're made aware of our NEED...

Until ... we're set FREE!!

Oh glorious day!!  Is it not?

This (same sort of) moment!

I like these several verses found in Psalm 107...

(13.-16.) Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains.Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.

Oh, what reason to rejoice; with dancing and singing...
experiencing truly the FREEDOM that only comes in and through Christ Jesus, our LORD!

Do you know this FREEDOM?
If so, can you think of any other Scriptures that lend to this thought... I've been searching and could hardly settle on just one.  I would love to hear what you come up with..

Monday, April 28, 2014

Gift to Myself

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A couple of weeks ago, now, when my husband had some time off of work - in a "use it or lose it" sort of situation... I was granted a wish of mine; to go off to a local boutique, in our small town, and have a look-see!


I came across this piece...and instantly fell in love!  I just had to bring it home!

I love the quote.
I love the artwork; mixed media, that it is.
I love it hanging in my laundry room!

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I appreciate how it reminds me that what I do, in mothering, can be and should be kept as memorable and not resort towards the mundane.  Which is what and where I'm so tempted to go - far too often.

**The gal who handcrafted this art piece - can be found HERE!  Stay tuned for more of this fabulous crafter in the near future.  Ooohhh, I can't wait.  I'm so excited.  Can you tell?

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So, I'm curious!  How was your weekend?

I signed up for the {in}RL online conference (planning to watch at home!) and I would be lying to say I wasn't "sorely" disappointed that I had to miss the whole thing.  Yes! I was sad I missed it, but I STILL had a fabulous weekend.
Instead, I was LIVING OUT community {in real life} with the fact that we hosted pretty much my WHOLE entire family (22 of us) here for Sunday Dinner. All but one sister could come!  It basically was our Easter get-together.  While some siblings left early (due to other obligations)- others came later and stayed around for a Stromboli supper.  We were so grateful that the weather was "nice enough" (a little cool, at times) to play outdoor games and visit on and around the front porch.
So, why did I miss the conference?  You can guess.  Prepping food - all Saturday (though I didn't make all of it...we all participated in making/bringing something to contribute) and also attending a Pizza Social, Saturday night, with our church small group.

Very nice!

So, today, I hang more laundry.
And, I relish in the goodness and grace of God ...
For family and friends...
of memories made
and moments alone.

I take these gifts and pin them to the line of my heart.
 Treasures that I do hold oh so dear.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday's Finds :: a lovely bunch of curls

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Purples and pinks.
Greens and bright blues.
Yellows and curls.
and as the day fades away..
So do I.

A walk around the yard will do that to you - when a certain little one chooses to not sleep well, through the night, the night before, I fade fast.  I can hardly hold my head up, today!  Still dealing with those allergies...
I guess.

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Friday's Finds :: What a walk around the yard will find!


Thanks for coming by here today.

Hey!  How did you like that curly wild garlic?
Here it is again, for your viewing pleasure...

Isn't that something? You never expected this for a lovely bunch of curls, now did you?
 Love this photo...and all it's bits of the farm tucked into one.

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Blessings on your weekend!
May it be overwhelmingly full in the abundance of GOD's GRACE.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Deep-Dish Taco Squares

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Here you are!  The recipe for Deep Dish Taco Squares.  You've all waited so patiently... thank you!!


Deep Dish Taco Squares
Crust:
2 cup. Bisquick
1/2 cup water

Mix crust ingredients and spread on bottom (and up sides, partially) of either a lightly greased 9x13" pan or 7x11".  I use the second sized pan.  The dough...I just press into place by hand.

Brown and drain 1lb. hamburger.  Add 1 pkg (1T.) taco seasoning. (Want to know how to make your own Taco Seasoning?) Mix well and while still in the frying pan...add two (2) medium chopped tomatoes (I chop up whole tomatoes taken out of the freezer..) as well as 1/2 cup chopped green peppers.  (I keep chopped peppers in the freezer, too!  So handy, this way.)

Spread this meat mixture over crust.  The veggies don't really need to be cooked - as they bake up nicely.

Topping or Sauce:
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (or a Mexican blend..)
2 T. finely chopped onions.
(I like to use my fresh green onions or chives...in place of onions)

Spread sauce on top and bake at 325* for 25-30 minutes.  Serve with taco toppings such as shredded lettuce, salsa, sour cream, etc.  Yield: 4-6 servings.

I like to serve oven-baked rice, black beans or a nice dish of garden sweet corn to any mexican dish I might serve.  Sometimes, as you can see by the photo, it's plain ole broccoli. ;)
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So what is on your dinner menu for this evening?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Daybook in April

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FOR TODAY ~  before the month of April slips away - I thought I would try to capture this day getting a post on the books, so to speak.

Outside my window... the skies are a blanket of grey, scattered clouds.  The sun is peeping through here and there but it is "chilly"..

I am thinking... I am glad I finished the laundry on Monday...there was lots of sunshine that day.

I am thankful... the opportunity came, yesterday, to watch three little ones for my friend Abby & her husband - who are here, State-side, for a few weeks.

In the kitchen... homemade bread, turned toast.  With a drizzle of wildflower honey and cinnamon.  Coffee, too! of course.  That was breakfast.  Next it'll be lunch with the same bread:  grilled cheese sandwiches.

I am wearing... a long blue-jean skirt and an orange-ish colored T-shirt with three-quartered length sleeves..

I am creating... a classic, medium size tote bag (which will soon be posted in my shop) with a matching Pocket Pouch...to be listed/sold as a set.

I am going... in a few minutes to pick Aubrey up from her preschool.. (that was at 11am)

I am wondering...Who else is tired of picking up strands of Easter (basket) grass from all over the house? Yes, I'm complaining..
I am also wondering, How many of you enjoyed your Easter Weekend?  I did.  We did.  Wonderfully so.  We got to go visit Grandma Susie (my MIL) and an Aunt & Uncle who live in NY.  We got to take my Mom along for the ride. :)

I am reading...nothing new! Bookwise.  Sad, to say...

I am hoping... for a chance to put in a garden.  A small, small garden.  I just received permission, yesterday, from our landlords, to put in a removable, raised bed...and so we'll see if and where we can get our hands on my cheap lumber/boards to do so.  I can hardly breathe, I'm so excited..

I am looking forward to... actually, Aubrey is!  Looking forward to another playdate, today, with another little friend from church.
As well.  Looking forward to hosting my family (12 of them, plus Scott, the kids and I) here for Sunday lunch.

I am learning...how to work my *new* (cell) phone... It's smarter than me! We're finally getting modern around here. :)

Around the house... ( I can hear!) My near three year old singing... it's fun to watch and listen to her grow into her own person.  Every day there is more & more...

I am pondering (still)... in light of Easter last weekend... I have been pondering the significance of Saturday.  The time between the actual crucifixion of Christ and his Resurrection!  What a day of rolling emotion and intensity.  For both those that believed in Jesus; being his followers and of those who didn't.

A favorite quote for today... something to think about...as principles for life.
If you want to be rich -- give.
If you want to be poor -- grasp.
If you want abundance -- scatter.
If you want to be needy -- hoard.

One of my favorite things...
for today, this week??  TISSUES!!  oh, they're so handy.  Not liken' the reason I need them though...

A few plans for the rest of the week:  As mentioned.  Sunday Lunch - here!
Caleb has a birthday party to go to on Saturday...and possibly something with Dad in regards to Scouts!
Playdates and food prep will obviously be part of this week..
Maybe working in the flowerbeds a bit, as well.  Prepping them for seeds and starter plants..

A peek into my day...
Like I said... tissues!

Praying to have allergies (??) soon be a passing thing!

And, here's to...

Welcome to...Lunch and Tea Party with little friend...after school.
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Following along with Peggy from The Simple Woman's Daybook

Monday, April 21, 2014

May My Heart Remember

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Tis the season & age, for picking flowers,
Of varying sizes and lengths. 
 Little hands.
Big hands.

What difference does it make?
As long as it brings a smile to the face.

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Enjoy, this beautiful day!!
Fisftul of flowers and all..

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday's Finds :: a Miracle...indeed.

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On Monday of this week, Aubrey brought home a little craft  which they made in school.  Cute!!
You've all heard the expression, the question;

What are you doing; watching the grass grow?
 
That is literally what we were doing this week.  Though, there was nothing boring about it... at all!  We actually really enjoyed watching the grass grow.  Sometimes I honestly thought I saw it happening right before my very eyes and then I'd turn around and still more blades would burst "alive" in green!
This was life... happening... right in front of our very eyes.
 
 
This was Monday's photo, taken the day Aubrey brought this home from Preschool.
 

~Wednesday AM~

 
And then, finally, today! With a little bit of water and sunshine, this is what it looked like by Friday!
 
 
A miracle indeed.
 
Friend.  So, is the Death and Resurrection of our LORD & KING.
The cross stands empty.

So does the tomb.
 
HE LIVES!
 
Can our hearts get any fuller - with joy? His presence? His peace?
Yes! there is always room for more of this.  And that, too, is a miracle indeed.
 
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Friday's Finds :: a Miracle...indeed.

Have you Easter plans?  We're planning to spend most of our Resurrection Sunday with Scott's Mom who lives out-of-state.  We'll be taking my Mom along for the ride..
We're looking forward to a wonderful time together.

The angel said to the woman, "Do not be afraid, for I know
that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not
here; he has risen, just as he said.  Come and see the place
where he lay."  ~ Matthew 28:5-6

Thank you for reading here!
And may your weekend be filled to the fullest of the GOOD NEWS!  Pass it on!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

He Lives {within my heart}

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Happy Resurrection Day!
She beat me to it - as I was about to wish her a "Happy Easter!"  I gulped, surprised maybe to hear this from her, and smiled, waved and instead said, "Yes! same to you!"
How cliché...of me, I chided myself.
I waved to my son, and blew kisses, as the bus rolled away.  Tears filled my eyes.
Happy Resurrection Day!
Something about the way the bus driver, said that phrase...that way...deepened the meaning of what really this weekend, this Sunday, this Easter is all about.  I wasn't expecting it, maybe.  From her?  But, Hallelujah...
I asked myself, as I turned to walk back to the house.  The tears still brimming my eyes.. the birds all singing... the sun all shining.  Lovely morning!
Why didn't I add to the quick exchange with more?  More of ... HE IS RISEN!.... HE LIVES!  He lives within my heart...? to affirm my heart is with hers in this celebration.
It's true. I believe it is true.  I KNOW it's true..  So, why didn't that roll off my tongue..?  Ironically, the coffee mug, I held in my hand, bears the phrase... ALL BY GRACE!  ahh, I needed this fresh reminder.  I took a long sip..
 ((a mug recently won via a GIVEAWAY, through the (in)courage blog..  That was a fun day!))

Lord Jesus, I pray, help me to feel your grace in this moment...
It seemed as if this truth, HIS GRACE, just needed a bit of resurrecting in my own heart, this morning.  That too, is grace.
Immediately, while walking into the house,  the hymn, HE LIVES, came to mind and now it's on my heart and mind.   I'm singing! - as I'm going about my day.  Will you care to join me?
I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today;
I know that He is living whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He's always near.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And tho' my heart grows weary I never will despair;
I know that He is leading thro' all the stormy blast,
The day of His appearing will come at last.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

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May you, too, be encouraged this day!  Looking forward to Resurrection Sunday here, are you?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

From My Kitchen :: Cherry Cheese Salad

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Are you a fan of Cottage Cheese, like I am?  Well, if so, and even if you're not... here just might be the perfect way to give it a (another) try!   This is one of those side salads that if you've ever wanted to serve a side -fruity- salad, but you didn't want it oh-so-sweet... then this might be one to go for. This recipe is very similar to another ONE I make - but, in my humble opinion, it is way better. 
And yes!  This one is a Bevy Original.

Bevy's Cherry Cheese Salad

12- 16 oz. container of small curd cottage cheese (lite works nice!)
8 oz. container of cool whip
1 can of Cherry Pie Filling (or try, Blueberry!)
2 cups of miniature marshmallows
1-2 tsp. lemon juice

Mix all together and let it firm up.  It will be ready to serve, right away or at best in an hour or two, after it has been chilled through!

An easy-peasy recipe for you!  You can thank me later...

Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Over the picket fence:: With more of the same..

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Oh! Hello..

You caught me again, glancing over the picket fence. (smile!) I was looking to see if you were looking back at me. Ha!    I just felt like keeping this conversation going...and so I thank you for hanging around. 


In fact, it's after lunch and I've just finished hanging yet another load of laundry.  It's all in between intermittent rain-threatening clouds.  The sun does keep on shining through, and so... I hang clothes.

Want to hear something funny?  I thought it was, anyway.  I talked with my Mother earlier today and you know... I asked what she was up to; what she was doing?  She said, oh! hung a few loads of laundry, did some cleaning and was planning to set out her over-wintered geraniums.  HA!  so did I - I did or was doing the same; all of the above.  We chuckled.  My geraniums were so happy to be put outdoors.  Wowzers!!

Remember those chives that came back?  I mentioned them on Friday... in fact, I shared this here same photo.


Well, tonight's dinner is going to include some of those lovely greens.  I can't wait.

I plan on making Deep Dish Taco Squares.  I don't think I have shared the recipe here before, but I know I have talked about it, before.  Oh boy, I guess I'll have to share that recipe now, too.  Be sure to remind me!!  It's that good..

Speaking of recipes.  Someone (Connie?) did request the recipe for that simple lettuce salad.  Smile!! 

This is one of those simple salad's that makes me think of my Grammy - all of the time. This was her usual green salad at any given meal. :)  It makes me miss her so much... when I think about the table spread of food she would do each and every Sunday meal.  At least, this was what she would serve whenever we would come to visit my Grandparents, etc.  This one or her coleslaw.


This one is nice to do - especially around Easter because of the excess of hard-boiled eggs you might have around.  Ahem!

I just tear freshly washed lettuce into bite sized pieces and throw into a medium to large sized bowl.  Right before serving - I'll mix up a small amount of dressing, as follows:
Mix together one huge dollop of Mayo. with a glug, glug of apple cider vinegar, a splash of milk, and a Tbsp. or two of granulated sugar.

All of that is to taste and you can adjust the amount that is needed... (sorry, that is how I roll!)
Drizzle the dressing over the top of the lettuce (again, right before serving!),
Next, slice a couple of hard boiled eggs on top.  And sprinkle generously with Paprika.

This salad is best eaten right away.  It is not great for leftovers.  But if you serve this up with a nice roast beef dinner - there won't be any leftovers.  I'm pretty sure!

So, I hope you had yourself a lovely weekend?   Here we are, it's Tuesday already...

I did.  We did. We had a lovely weekend!  Matter of fact, we had some beautiful temps over the weekend that kept us outdoors :), barefoot,  and so we spring-cleaned our vehicle... yeah!!!! and got some sun to show for it. :)

As well, we had a wonderful visit with Abby and her family, on Sunday!  What a blessing to be around.  I am so glad I have the privilege to know this gal in real life.  If you find time - go ahead and read up on her blog... she and her family are here, state-side, for a couple of short weeks before heading back to Hungary.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers..

Anyhoo...

It's time to go and start making a batch of brownies or bars or something for dessert for tonight.  We don't really need it but.. you know.  It's fun.

Oh, and, my hubby went back to work today after a week and a half off!  We had a lovely week together - really!  He didn't drive me too crazy :) but it sure is nice to be back into a normal-like routine, starting today..

May your day be blessed.  I promise - I'll keep my nose on this side of the fence for awhile.  :)

However, you're welcome to come chat anytime!!  Oops!  One more thing, if you don't mind?
I'm kind of curious... what do you think of this quote..?  I shared it the other day...

To live is so startling that it leaves little time for anything else.  ~ Emily Dickenson
It has me really pondering... how much "living" do I do?  I think that means - enjoying it, experiencing it, evaluating it.  I don't know.  What do you think?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Over the picket fence :: Let me tell you...

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 Hey!
Just wanted to say a quick hello... I didn't mean to be absent from here, like I've been, this week.

But, sometimes...
Sometimes.
To live is so startling that it leaves little time for anything else.  ~ Emily Dickenson

(I just had to share that little quote with you, tonight!  It's been burnin' a hole in my pocket, for a long time now, for sure.)
 
If I were to share, over the picket fence...
I would tell you that we have been have a fabulous week, here on the ole Homestead - enjoying the beauty of Spring!

Let the photos tell you how..

Chives that came back!

Aubrey helping to clean out the flowerbeds..

As soon as we plunked this Thyme in the garden soil, it was the happiest plant ever!!
See the hyacinth growing in the background?
 
A little friend enjoying the day!  He blended in so well, we almost missed him!
Laundry!
 
Front porch pleasures of sweet Garden Tea and Emilie Barnes, The Spirit of Loveliness!
Along with my girls... enjoying the sunshine!
 
 
Making yummy meals and enjoying the season's finest!
Spring Salad
 I will be happy to share this simple Green Salad recipe with you!  If you ask..

Oh, and for the record.  After a few days of Spring Cleaning.. the girls and I took a day off  and went to visit with our old neighbors, Amanda & kiddos.  She says "hello!"... :) and wow! what a wonderful way to spend the day.  Chatting it up and catching up like old times..
I miss(ed) my friend!
But, our new neighbor is settled in just fine and doing well.  My kids love their Uncle J.

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Hey!  I really appreciated all the phone calls and emails checking in to make sure I was still A-Okay and doing well, this week.
You are real treasures..
And, I thank you!  To explain a bit further.  My hubby has been home all week, as well - time off of work - and he took it upon himself to get my computer updated with all the latest and finest... hence, another reason for the quietness around here.  It's all good.  I greatly appreciate it.  Immensely.

Have yourself a wonderful weekend.
I plan to.

Part of our plans include (a much more relaxed weekend! as compared to last weekend) and having some face time with this dear friend, on Sunday, who she and her family are back in the States for a couple of weeks.
Also, remembering my Dad who has passed on to Glory, way too young!  Sunday it will be 18 years...

As well, I think we're to see temps, around here, of something like in the 70's!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Super Mom

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I remind myself daily...

I may not be a Supermom.
But, I can be a Super Mom!

It's been helping.
Helping to hang in there.
Helping to keep perspective.
Helping to do better
and better, and better.
Not perfect.
It's just what I consider as progress..

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For to this you have been called... 1 Peter 2:21

This quote by Elizabeth Elliot continues to stir me, every time I read.  May it encourage your heart as well.

This job has been given to me to do. 
Therefore, it is a gift.
Therefore, it is a privilege.
Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God.
Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is to be done for Him.
Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God's Way.
In this job, not in some other, 
God looks for faithfulness. ~ E. Elliot

Monday, April 7, 2014

Blessed beyond words..

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All is well in our Heart and Home, tonight...
and yours?

To you, I say thank you!  Thank you for taking the time to come here and sit a spell.

I'm enjoying the quiet, tonight, perhaps a little too much.. and I trust you will too!   It's been good to to just sit and catch up with a few folks; soaking up all the goodness and delight they share of their little worlds and I am thankful...
for mine, as well.

I am so blessed.
There really aren't enough words..
Really.

Philippians 2:1-4 :: So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday's Finds :: Leep Balm

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It is often life's
smallest pleasures
and gentlest joys
that make the
biggest and most
lasting difference.
~ Unknown

Almost every. single. day.  I'll find this certain Little One in my purse for some "leep balm".  Oh, I wish you could hear her say it.  It's too funny.  I finally caught her in the act.
It's always one swipe across the lips and then she'll put it all back the way she found it.  Oh, and yes,  I do TRY to keep my purse outta reach (ahem!, yeah right! like it's out of her reach.)... but still.

It is kinda cute, to say the least.

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Friday's Finds :: Jayne and her Leep Balm.


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So.  What are your plans for the weekend?
We're kinda packed around here.

Schedule-packed-busy, number one!

However; Scott and Caleb are all packed up for Caleb's first official, outdoor camping trip!  
Sleeping in a tent in the backyard, which he's done before, doesn't count. That will be Friday night - Sunday Noon.  Yes! Even in the rain.  ;(

Me, the Mama will be holding down the fort. Treating the girls "out" for dinner...hitting up a grocery store or two.. and sewing!!  Sewing...after two little's are asleep.  

Our final FPU class will be on Sunday afternoon.  We're planning a Celebration/ Party - at the same time... so, I'll also be busy prepping for that.

Thank you for reading, here and helping to make my corner of the world a much balmier place. I hope you feel the same way from me!

God Bless You and your weekend!

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