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Friday, May 29, 2015

Happy 8th Birthday, Caleb!! (updated with photos) :: Five Minute Friday:: Blue

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It's at the end of the day.
It's been a packed one and yet a normal day!
Still a school day.  Running errands... and preparing (both mentally and physically) for an event which will be held tomorrow evening.
I'm super-duper tired and one busy mama. :)

The thing so unique and special about this day
is that this here young man has a birthday today!

Caleb is now 8 years of age.

We plan to celebrate his birthday a bit differently than normal.  Usually, it's only family!  Which can become quite the gathering - with just my side of the family.

This year he got to choose - up to 10 friends (though not all are able to come!) and we'll hold it at our home with a lot of backyard fun and games.  Part of the plan includes remote control vehicle races...
flying remote controlled helicopters and camping overnight in tents.  This of course requires popcorn and snacks and a movie projected off the side of the barn.

A hot dog bar and Baked Mac and Cheese, for dinner, as well as a Breakfast buffet in the morning - of all of Caleb's favorite foods
He's requested a chocolate cake - a certain one that has roots from the south! (friends of ours introduced us...to this one!) with Ice Cream cones, to boot!
In fact, this morning.
I dropped off 24 cupcakes to his school for his birthday treat.  He wanted baseballs.
No photo - because they looked terrible (in all honesty, I forgot!) because I do not have a steady hand in cake decorating.   I told him the squiggly looking lines of red - which were to represent the seams/stitches of a baseball - could be imagined as a fastball pitch coming in down the pike!

He liked that idea.

No wonder.  He's all about baseball right now.
To close out our day, today - we pretty much just came home from one of his games!  Soon to be one of the last of the season!!
He played great tonight!  Pitched a few innings. And, even got a few 2-base hits.

He's really having fun!
Essentially, the coach has said that Caleb has become the "most-improved player" of the team. And - to top it off - was also picked to play on the All-Star team... for one game!  That was exciting...
Here are some photos of that particular game!

And, because tonight it was his birthday - and, of course, for several specific plays... he was awarded a second game ball - in his first year (so far!) of playing ball.

Do you see his shirt?  Do you wonder why - when he got to pick his number - he happened to pick #8?
He has been waiting and waiting and waiting for this big birthday to come up!  
Well - here it is!!
Anyone want to guess what my son's favorite color is?  You guessed it right!!  Blue... is his all time favorite color!  And - the name of their team?  The Blue Sharks!!

((linking up with Kate and the Five Minute Friday group of writers who all write on a one-word prompt. Today's word was BLUE.  This week probably shouldn't have counted for me to join in... but, I just had to!))
We're so proud of you, son!
Happy Birthday!!
You are loved and you keep our life so, so interesting and full of fun and surprise!
We thank God for you - every day! And, pray that you will continue to seek hard after God!
That you will be a young man known for integrity, kindness and humility!
Bold and brave is the meaning of your name!  Be that ... for the Lord!
UPDATED TO ADD: with only some photos from the birthday celebration.
 Believe it or not.  We weren't able to capture everything!  We even missed getting one of the cake.  Oh well.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The bloom will come!

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I {Paul} planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. ~ 1 Corinthians 3:6

After a challenging evening... (ahem!)...in mothering/parenting, and not being able to attend big brother's baseball game, the girls and I headed outdoors to enjoy the evening and the cooling of temperatures.  If you wanted to call it that?  Wow - do we ever desperately need a good soaking rain!

While outdoors, from my vantage point, sitting on the back stoop... I snapped a few photos, some really good ones, too... that by all accounts do not even say the half of what happened just minutes earlier...around the dinner table. ((sigh!))  It wasn't pretty.

If you're a mom - I know you can relate, to this.  To the battle of wills; the need to keep "your word"; to live out grace, extend forgiveness and move on.

I found a quote from Sally Clarkson - one I read, just last evening (after the kiddos were in bed), that I want to soak up and ponder on a little longer.  Maybe it was this morning...I read this.  Anyway.

Hopefully, you can join me in prayer over this.  On our knees!!

 Here it is.

The most important gift you can give your child is to help them begin a walk of faith with the God of the universe.  From the moment your children arrive in your home, you are teaching them how to see this world, what to consider important, what to seek, what to love.  As a mother, you have the opportunity to form your home and family life in such a way that God's reality comes alive to your children each day.  ~ Sally Clarkson, 10 Gifts of Wisdom

Enjoy the photos... there are quite a few.

Grandma Susie - joined us for a few moments, too!
Meet Freckles one of the "newest" to the farm!!
Aubrey making friends..

As evening settled in... I wanted to check in on the peonies to see how they're coming along.  As I was hunched down to take this closer photo. Ants and all.  My knee gave out, cracking sideways and I feel over in a heap.  Feeling more embarrassed than hurt.  Although, my knee is tight and swelling - still today!  I'm okay and walking on it...

My girls ... were right there!  Willing to dial 911 -if needed.  LOL! "No!... I said, let me stay a little longer - humbled and "down and out".  I wondered if this wasn't yet another way the LORD chose to keep me here...on my knees!

With time, in circumstance, and even a few ant-noyances... the bloom will come!!  Amen?

For more on this thought, read HERE!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Five Minute Friday :: rise

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This photo doesn't really go with today's post - but for Memorial Day on Monday!
When I first thought intently on this one word - rise - not much came to mind except this one thing.  There is a letter "I" in the middle of the word.  Not too profound, but is it?
The word rise indicates an action happening in the moment.

"In the moment" - I don't always... and you can fill in the blank.  For yourself.

You see, if anything is going to happen, make a difference, evoke a change...whatever.... I have to rise up.  I have to be part; take part... not in part but in whole.  I have to be in the middle of this action and have an influence.
To rise doesn't just happen.  At least, not on its own.
We know that in the baking process... the use of yeast, baking soda and/or baking powder are all agents used in order to get a good rise.  They don't do anything on their own.  They can't.
But combined with other ingredients they become quite powerful in what action they are needed in to perform.

I need an agent to rise.
Not by my own strength.. but through HIM!

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.  ~ Romans 8:11

Enjoy this weekend with your family and friends...
Remember!  Happy Memorial Day!
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