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Our Prayer

Build Your kingdom, Lord Through our children, Lord May this generation know You more

Raise up men of God Who stand upon Your Word Filled with integrity, whose hearts are pure

Draw our daughters to A life of trusting You Servanthearted, wholesome, devoted and true

Give us Wisdom, we pray As we train them each day With the vision of leaving a legacy of Your ways

Emmerse us deeply in You So that it's You that shines through And by Your grace we will see Our children's children praise Thee.

Day Journal 8

Today began just the way I  like best,  my dear husband bringing me a cup of coffee to wake me up.   Soon, the majority of the family was off to church with Daddy, so Olivia and I enjoyed our quiet time on the porch in the sunshine.   I gave myself until 9 am to be still; time to think, pray, and read the Scriptures.
Then we set off to do a bit of housework.

After the first 8 children,
our original backpack baby carrier gave up the ghost.   I am glad to now have an Ergo baby carrier.  It is quite comfortable.
An Ergo can be worn front style as well as backpack.  Olivia likes it.  She is one of those people- persons, and would prefer to be doing something with you than on the floor by herself- an extravert at almost 7 months old.

After the initial housework and laundry, it is time to make granola.  I have already posted this recipe, but will do again anyway.  I have tried several different recipes and this one is simple,  takes less weird ingredients, and I like the results better.  I…

Psalm 63

"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee;   my soul thirsts for thee, in a dry and weary land  where there is no water.  To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.  Because thy lovingkindness is better than life,  my lips shall praise thee.  Thus will I bless thee while I live:  I will lift up my hands in thy name.  My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness;  and my mouth shall praise thee will joyful lips."
10 things I am thankful for today:

The sense of smell that our Creator thoughtfully bestowed upon us.

The gift of music, unexplained outside of Purposeful Design.

The Bible, ever fresh and inspiring, applicable, relevant.

God's mercy and grace poured out upon us every day.

His love and atonement generously given through the death and resurrection of His Son.

Loving family relationships that give us a glimpse of our relationship with Him.

God's faithful provision in our lives.

The friendships of dear ones far and near.


Another Rainy Weekend

Another rainy weekend.  We must wait for summer patiently, as we did for spring.   It will come, but for now, we need to remain content  with another day of 50 some degree weather and rain.  I do love rain, and bad weather in general.   However, as the first day of summer draws near,  we are all expecting that it might warm up and look like summer soon. Keeping the troops engaged happily indoors day after day when they are longing to be outside can be tricky,  but in general they are good little troops,  and if I keep my attitude in good order, they are more apt to also keep theirs. When I exemplify this before my children,  when I live it, then I have earned the ability to teach them that boredom is a form of grumbling,  so they need to amuse themselves cheerfully, for it is training their heart to be satisfied with what is. A new set of WASHABLE markers for Gabe keeps him deterred from more destructive 2 year old antics.  This idea came  after he painted his whole self with red fi…

22 Reasons

Today we celebrate 22 years of a covenant that has gotten stronger, deeper and sweeter through it's length.  Today, I am giving my husband 22 reasons that I love him more today than I did on our wedding day in 1989.

1.  He loves the Lord more than he loves anything else.
2.  He is humble and teachable.
3.  He displays his priorities of God, wife, children, job, others consistantly.
4.  He protects me.
5.  He is a loving, fun and discipling father.
6.  He likes pretty things.
7.  He is romantic.
8.  He strives to understand his complex wife.
9.  He doesn't take me to the hardware store.
10.  He gets up at 5 am with the baby.
11.  I can trust him.

12.  He still pursues me.
13.  He leads.
14.  He falls asleep reading bedtime stories.  :-)
15.  He is thoughtful.
16.  He is a servant leader.
17.  He has a big heart.
18.  He has a beautiful singing voice and a heart of worship.
19.  He makes the BEST coffee.
20.  He is my best friend.
21.  He is ruggedly hansome.
22.  He is the rea…

Little Touches

It is often the little touches of beauty  that add grace and an air of a special occasion to every day life that I enjoy the very most.  Having no landscape here at Providence Lodge yet,  I sent my daughters out to scavenge lilacs from obliging neighbors.  We now have bouquets all over the house, filling the air with their sweet aroma.  Each handfull sits humbly in a quart jar,  proving that nothing expensive need be purchased to make your abode a special, beautiful haven, just some thoughtful and creative touches here and there.... a pat of butter served in a heart shape on your sweetheart's pancake,   a few yards of fabric ironed and laid on the table for a luncheon cloth, a handful of picked wildflowers, or a candle from the dollar store.  

I do truly wish you could smell the lovely lilacs just now.  Such a small improvement, but huge in influence.  Even so, I think it is the small acts of grace that have the most profound impact on our loved ones.. a caring note in a lunch,  a goodn…

The Family Portrait

It may seem simple enough, but gathering the large family for a portrait is no easy feat.  First, you must choose a time when everyone is home.   Second, I desired that we were all in fairly good shape, no black eyes, large scrapes on our faces, etc.   This is harder than you might think, especially when one has 5 boys.   Third, everyone's clothes must all be clean at the same time.  Fourth, and hardest, all eyes should be on the camera,  which is virtually impossible, as seen here.  After countless shots, you are finally reduced to just hoping everyone has their eyes open.  Getting a good smile is not as difficult, as daddy is known for making random comments that easily produce smiles and grins.   One and a half hours later, an acceptable photo is produced, and everyone sighs in relief.   They were all good sports, and it was a fairly painless experience this time.
It was all done in the nick of time,  as John was shipped off to fight fires in New Mexico the next day.   He could be gone …

Tea Time

I love, love, love, to have friends over for tea.   The whole act of tea time.... taking extra special measures to exude grace, beauty and the best of linens, china dishes,  flowers, candles, and the most delectable foods, with a steaming cup of tea.... along with the non hurried afternoon to visit extensively...  joins the essence of fellowship  and the beauty of hospitality in harmonious communion  to create the sublime.

 The new Taste of Home's 100 best recipes magazine was more than I could withstand,  I just had to have it, and began trying new recipes right away.  Caramel Praline Torte, Chicken Bacon Cresents, Pesto Cheesecake with homemade crackers,  and strawberries, which are outstanding this year,  finished off the menu.  I served our favorite herbal tea, Preacher's Passion, along with the standard English breakfast.

Whether it is one special friend, or a group of six,  the aspect of nurturing a special time to share together is one of my delights in this earthly life.   Although…

J.R, Miller

Sometimes, we get swallowed up in the day to day activities and events of life  and therefore lose sight of the beauty that God intended for us to enjoy within family life.  Piles of laundry, a sick baby, a hectic schedule  can blind us to the joy of the Lord and the beauty around us,  then we find ourselves empty of joy and questioning,  complaining,  or irritable.  
Sometimes we listen to the world, begging for our attention,  which then grabs us and convinces us that a distraction from real priorities is actually good for you.   There are so many options to tear your heart away from home.  Nowadays, with the internet,   you don't even have to leave home to be distracted  away from home.
I asked a friend for a description of her mother,  here is part of the startling reply:   "My mother was always fully present with us.   I could bring her a big pile of books and she would always read the whole stack to me.   If I went to get more, she would read those too.  She always had time for us."

Life at our House Today

Life at Providence Lodge is usually a peaceful, relaxing, happy place.
Once in a while, life happens;  accidents, relationship problems, etc. and in such cases,  we tend to huddle.
We've been in that huddling state since Sunday,  when Ben burned his arm and leg badly. We are now tending him and his burns,  keeping him quiet and entertained,  and thanking the Lord it wasn't any worse. 
We are also thankful to have had the influence of my dear friend,  Enola Gay,  who over the past several years has prompted us to purchase a burn kit with lidacaine to use in just such accidents.  This we did, and mercifully, it saved Ben a  trip to the ER, and gave him faster relief from the pain. 
He is a good little patient and, thanks to many prayers, coping with it quite well. Still, a mama's heart breaks for her little one when they are hurting, and all must be done to ensure he is loved and nurtured and happily distracted. Thus, it feels like life is a little slower. Everyone is keenly aware of helping Be…