Showing posts from March, 2011

Life With Boys

Life with boys is always interesting,  mostly messy and involving dirt, and often times what my husband calls a "character building opportunity."  Whether I am doing dishes and find a T-Rex in the suds,  or getting in bed only to discover an army of tiny plastic soldiers poking me everywhere,  or getting a drink and nearly swallowing a lego man in my water, life with boys (mostly) makes me smile.

Most of the wounds in our home have been on the boys.  Today we are dressing a 3rd degree burn on Ben's hand from touching the wood stove and doctoring a "cold sore" on Gabe's ugly mess.  I think first aid training should be a prerequisite for having a boy.   Long ago we realized the need to have a good medical kit on hand to glue them up and send them back into battle.   We purchased a burn kit, thank heavens, which we have used several times, I highly recommend it.. especially if you have boys. The sore on Gabe's finger is healing nicely with goldenseal powder a…

Day Journal 7

Today, and every Friday, my daughters remind us to wear RED, to remember our soldiers. They actually spent hours the other day making cute outfits with red to wear on Fridays.

Yesterday Anna was making cookies to take to some friends she is visiting this weekend.  The children ate so many of the first batch of chocolate chip that she had to make another batch.  Then, when her big brother walked by, several more disappeared.

 Olivia is growing, finally.  She still weighs less than 12 lbs at 3 1/2 months, making her quite petite. She is definitely a people person...she loves to "talk" with her goos and aahhs. Every baby surprises me anew at how remarkably expressive they are at such a young age,
or how a baby will look you intently in the eye for long lengths of time.
I never cease to be amazed at how magnificently we are made, especially when watching a baby grow and learn and develop.
She rolled over for the first time today.
John put up the trampoline for the children.  They h…

Little Moments

Today was such a randomly nice day.   The sun was out most of the day melting the snow, making the little creek rushing and swollen.   I found every excuse to go outside for this or that, but still managed to spend most the day indoors.  There was bread to bake and muffins to be assembled for the "locusts," Joe sick on the couch, and puzzling to do over taxes. A bit of longing did sweep through from time to time as I watched the children gallivanting through the woods before breakfast  and after school work was done.  Soon, I hope, the driveway will be safe for my daily walks.  Currently, it looks as though the mud could swallow one up.
We got off on a bit of a rabbit trail during school this morning studying American currency,  which wasn't anywhere in the plan, but slipped in while counting change with Ben.  By lunch time all of us were involved, staring at a dollar bill,  learning all about the symbolism and what president was on what coin and so forth.  It was fun.  I do not…

Words of Life

The glorious sun is shining, shining so brightly today.   All the children are out of doors soaking up it’s warmth  and getting completely, delightfully muddy in the process.

My mom is still with us, having done more than her share of dishes  and getting up with small ones in the night.  We really should have built her a room of her own here,  for even though she only lives an hours drive away, the roads in between us are most often the worst in the county in the winter.
I’ve tried to locate myself today in a sunny window here or there, the sun feels so good!  When it first peeked out of the clouds this morning, there was actually cheering amongst us.
While doing school this morning I have been thinking about words.   Then I visited eyes of wonder, always a place of inspiration,  where I came upon this quote:

Words~~one of the most significant forces in the universe~~can be used for good or evil. Your words can change the course of a day...the course of a life". ~ Sharon Jaynes~
This r…

Friendship God's Way

We have been having some internet disturbances off and on, and it seems like when I have time to write, the connection doesn't work, but it does work when I do not have time to write,  so, herein is my apology for a lack of recent posts.  I have been thinking a great deal though, and have looked forward to this chance to journal what is on my heart.
  I've been thinking on friendship for weeks now.  As my husband and I have talked about friendship, we have studied, learned, been convicted, and are endevoring to become the kind of people who are good at friendship.  There are several kinds of friendship, so first off we need to identify what type of relationship we are in.

There are mentoring relationships, like the apostle Paul had with the Romans.   From a loving heart, two people engage in a deep and rewarding friendship where one person is training or discipling the other.  There is teaching and council given, respect and boundaries needed.  The mentee trusts and relies as they receive fr…

Thoughts on Monday

Spring is coming, and we long for it.  We wait impatiently.

The winds have been whistling through the tall pines,  breaking branches as they sway, leaving their spicy sappy scent on the air, bringing rain that pelts against the crusty snow that is piled deep still around the lodge. I mentally calculate how much the snow banks have receded overnight.  The results are not nearly what I had hoped. At this moment, on this Monday morning, I must choose whether to live in gratitude or resentment. I sway like the trees in the wind.
A whispering voice pushes me, calls to me, in this gray day: "In everything give thanks.." Today, I must will myself to choose wisely, to choose life,  a choice that will build my home rather than tear it down.   I don't feel it, but I do it anyway. The Psalmist must have wrote this on a Monday:  "But, I will hope, continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.   I will go in the strength of the Lord God, I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of t…

God Satisfies

My sweet husband brought me a cup of coffee in bed this morning, and turning on the ipod, allowed me some quite contemplation while listening to Max McClean read Psalm 107. The chapter title is, "God satisfies the longing soul."  The key verses: 8,9, "Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to children of men.   For he satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness."  
Coffee and the Psalms is the right way to begin a day, in my book. Our household is recuperated from difficult times, trials and a few horrific days of combined food poisoning and baby weaning. Gaberiel is feeling better today, after having gotten into something(???)  and paying drastic consequences with food poisoning.  But, he has himself all dressed up and is playing happily.  This mama is very thankful that is over and life can resume on a more peaceful level.  If you ever find yourself battling against the dehydration of a baby or toddler, it would …

Day Journal 6

We are enjoying the sunshine today, so cheerful and invigorating one cannot help but be glad. When the sun peeps out, we make a beeline to start some laundry.  Sunshine means solar power, which translates into doing laundry for free. The children dash out side to play in the snow berms.   It has been mostly rainy these last few days, so they have been inside a bit more than usual.   When several children come in from the wet, crusty snow banks, they are soaked to the skin, and all their snow clothes must be peeled off and dried.  Out comes the folding drying rack from Lehman's.  I just love this rack.  It is accordion style, so it folds up nicely when not in use. Set up next tot he wood stove, their clothes dry out quickly, which is a good thing, because after some cocoa and snacks, they want to go back out and enlarge their snow fort.

Meanwhile, Rose is baking in the kitchen in preparation for a bake sale to raise funds for her upcoming trip to Uganda.  Being a small rural community, there i…

My Proverbs 31 Mom

Today is my lovely Mama's birthday, and I want to take a moment to hack her blog account and tell you about this exemplary woman. :-) She is a wonderful and skillful Mother, she seizes opportunities to instruct and encourage all of her children, pointing the towards our Savior. She is my very best friend, we are sometimes so alike in our mannerisms and thinking that it is hysterical.  She is a faithful, trustworthy, virtuous wife. "Who can find a virtuouswife?
      For her worth is far above rubies.
        The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
      So he will have no lack of gain.
       She does him good and not evil
      All the days of her life." "13 She seeks wool and flax,
      And willingly works with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
      She brings her food from afar.
15 She also rises while it is yet night,
      And provides food for her household,
      And a portion for her maidservants.
16 She con…