Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. psalm 37:4
My Mom and Dad were here on Saturday. We celebrated Seth’s birthday and Christmas, because my family was sick for the majority of December, and January was too full of other things. How fun to be still Christmasing! Jacob was given new gloves, Ethan a new shirt. Grace a journal and a bookmark, David got stacking cups, Caleb got pretend snakes and a book about snakes, Seth received trains and a train carrier, and Sarah was happy with her Princess dishes and trains, too. Rich and I had a bag of goodies to share and that is what we gave to my parents, too. It’s fun to just fill a gift bag up with little things you know that person will enjoy.
For his birthday, dear Seth received a new game from his grandma and grandpa. It’s so cute. It’s called “Where is the Sock Monkey”. It came with a little sock monkey that one person hides somewhere in the house, and a game board with cards that give hints about where it could be hiding. There is a timer to flip over when it’s time to “Go Look”. Seth loved it, but could not let anyone find the monkey when it was his turn to hide it. He gave it away every time, in his great excitement.
One of the things the boys really wanted to do with Grandpa was play basketball, so even though it was quite cold outside, Dad went out to shoot some hoops.
He also spent a lot of time with Jacob, outside in the garage, drumming. It is an interest they both share and it was good for Jacob to have personal “Gramps Time.”
I baked Seth’s birthday cake and Mom did the frosting and decorating entirely herself. It turned out marvelously.
Mom and I took Grace downtown to visit some shops, which was a lot of fun. So we girls also had some time to enjoy each other’s company.
They had to leave Sunday morning. (They live about 3 and a half hours away) We hope to get together again soon.
Sarah has been sick with a fever and very, very cranky and needy. I took her to the Doctor’s on Friday and her ears were fine (always check those, right?) but had a scratchy throat and post nasal drip (but oddly enough, I never had to actually wipe her nose) so Doc said it was a cold-thing (my translation). The fever took days to break and today has been the first day she hasn’t had it. But still, so very grumpy at times. She is also cutting molars. (ugh) I do enjoy the snuggling, but at times when I cannot hold her she is left on her own and gets rapidly more and more demanding and weepy. She needed this. She needed that. Today’s traumatic experience was THE WASHING OF THE BLANKIE. Even Seth knows she isn’t the same without it. They were playing together earlier, and he came to me to ask, “MOM, Sarah’s CRYING….is her BLANKIE DONE YET?” (so sweet)
It is easiest to deal with the little ones if they are given undivided attention, so I sat on the floor upstairs and we read and sang together for a long time.
It’s the dearest little song book from the 1950’s with music notes for each song’s melody. How thankful I am for my “sight-singing” training I received in High School chorus.
“Our home is such a happy place, we’re busy all the day,
There’s so much work for us to do, so many games to play.
Our house is such a happy place, the nicest place I know,
We work together every day, to help to make it so.”
Some of our favorites:
Yesterday, Seth found a Bible story book for children and asked, “Is this the Nothing but the Blood of Jesus book?”
(Nothing but the Blood of Jesus is his favorite song right now, is that just too much or what?!)
It wasn’t, it was a book about Kings. So then he asked, “Is the Lord’s army in it?”
I made my daily morning trek to the chicken coop, with a bowl of kitchen scraps.
They all seemed to enjoy the old cantaloupe/milk/breakfast cereal/old bread combination this morning.
It’s funny to watch them. Some get all possessive of their piece of food and run off with it to hide and eat it alone. Several hens raced by me to get away from the others.
Here is Miss Tender and Delicate, who prefers only Mama, and adores me so. I also adore her and am thankful for a little one who loves to be in my lap. Or in my bed. Or in my bathroom watching me put on make up, or in the kitchen perched on the counter watching me bake. (yes, she is where I am and goeth where I goeth).
I recently discovered that she and Seth call this shirt her “Jesus Shirt”. I am not sure why, as when I ask I am only answered with complete SILENCE. (Like, “It’s too obvious, do you really need to ask?”)
She asked to wear her Jesus Shirt today.
I am working on a new journal page in my Daybook. See the magazine snippet with the words, “the art of delight”? I found a perfect verse to put in that blank spot next to them.
“But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.” Psalm 37:11 (can’t wait for that day)
I wrote on myself today, as a reminder. “Quietly” definitely does have spiritual meaning to me personally, but it also reminds me to keep my voice low (my throat hurts).
Not always an easy thing to do around here.
Isn’t it a wonderful thing that Jesus understands us? I find that so comforting. I have been working on my Bible Study lesson and this verse stood out: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses.” Hebrew 4:15
it reminded me of this other favorite:
“For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.” Psalm 103:14
These are verses that comfort me when I fall short of what I so truly want to be, as His child.
HE UNDERSTANDS! and forgives.
Have a wonderful Tuesday, my friends!
((you are loved))