tuesday evening; rain, rainbow, tree frog!


The rain was so loud, it filled us up with joy and adrenaline.

I told Seth to go out into it…….



…he was soon dancing in the rain.  Wild and free.




Sister joined him and I stood, leaning against the porch railing, smiling at their happiness. 


I couldn’t believe my little vegetable garden, with a huge puddle in the corner.  I hope the cucumbers can survive all the rain-love.



Back inside, it was a warm afternoon for napping and folding 4 loads of laundry, and playing with kittens.

Sarah, back in dry clothes, and I watched a Veggietales show (it was the one about “vanna banana”) 

After Rich came home the rain had stopped enough to go outside for a walk.  The glow of the setting sun was gorgeous and the little ones did some puddle jumping.  I didn’t have my camera along, but when we got back home I noticed a rainbow had appeared in the sky.

Jacob was awake by then, and reading on the porch in his shameful socks.

As if the rainbow wasn’t enough, we saw another most beautiful sight, thick heavy storm clouds moving by, revealing a bright blue sky beneath.

Master, the terror is over.
The elements sweetly rest.
Earth’s sun in the calm lake is mirrored,
And heaven’s within my breast.
Linger, O blessed Redeemer!
Leave me alone no more,
And with joy I shall make the blest harbor
And rest on the blissful shore.

from the hymn “master the tempest is raging” by mary ann baker


(the pond)

The sun was going down still further, and the lighting was thin and watery, but the children were so dear and happy outdoors that I kept snapping away.

The air was filled with the sound of tree frogs, I need to record the sound someday.  It was almost like a chorus of birds.  It gave us the NEED to see one of these allusive and well-hidden frogs.

We searched and listened, heard one close enough that David spotted it, and caught one.

It looked like a little blob of tree, in a frog shape, with very sticky and thin fingers.




Yesterday was such a gorgeous, clear day that I had no time to blog.  We had friends over in the morning and then after the children came home from school, there was “nothing to eat” and I was harassed into going grocery shopping!  Grace went and sat in the car even though I said I was too tired!  For the sake of family morale, I got up and went to Costco with her and we filled a cart to the utter maximum.  She’s happy, I’m happy, we’re all happy.

But Seth threw up this morning.  He’s currently cuddled in blankets right next to me on the couch, with his bear and a kitten.  Poor baby.  He woke up at 5, so yeah, I’ve been up for over three hours already. 

I’m making beef stew for dinner tonight.  I told Jacob so in the kitchen this morning, and Ethan called from the bathroom, I was surprised he had overheard me, “I love beef stew!”  Really, the way to a man’s heart it through his stomach.  So sweet.

It’s chilly outside, and it’s going to be another couple of days of rain; makes it seem so dark and cozy in the house.  I love home-keeping.  heart



*blessings and love to anyone who comes along here today*

16 thoughts on “tuesday evening; rain, rainbow, tree frog!

  1. Rainbows are wonderful -reminders of God’s promises, and dancing in the rain is fun, as long as there’s no lightning. I’m glad you had another enjoyable family afternoonMay I mail a care package, including socks for all the kids, so that Jacob may finally let that pair go? My 15yr old doesn’t seem to care about the state of his socks either. True I think the laundry eats some of them, but some he keeps beyond their natural life. I guess it’s a boy/teen thing.

  2. I just love how you share with us the simple things in life that really matter. Having Seth and Sarah to outside and dance in the rain..such wonderful times and memories for them and you! I just love that about your blog..you share the true joys of life and God’s beauty!

  3. Your kids still have school??? We have tree frogs EVERYWHERE around here – all over the ground, sides of the house, and at night they’re on the windows – all colors of them 🙂 One of my favorite nighttime sounds is these tree frogs! It’s been hot here and some rain would feel very refreshing.I hope Seth feels better today.

  4. Sometimes I wish I lived at your house! I love it that you let your little ones dance in the rain! We always did that when we were kids, too — unless there was lightening! I miss hearing tree frogs. Growing up in rural PA., it was always wonderful to hear. Hope Seth feels much better, and that no one else catches what ever it is! Blessings!

  5. I remember running in the rain as a kid (and that was a long time ago!) — such fun for your kids to enjoy the outdoors regardless of the weather! Hope Seth feels better soon. Mmmm, beef stew sounds good on this rainy cool day.

  6. I love the view from your front porch. At the risk of sounding like a ‘wierdo’, I saved a front porch view picture you posted on your blog of the snow and had it as my desktop background through the winter season.The picture of Jacob in his socks made me smile. 🙂 I have several pairs of socks that look look just like his, and I can’t stand to throw them way. I mean, COME ON! They are finally broken in! I love hearing about your family and your day! I’m hoping and praying that Seth is feeling better today.

  7. @littlehouseintheozarks –  Jacob said to me, “MOm, look at my socks!” and I said, “Would you still call that a sock?” LOL I throw them away but I guess some of them slip through the quality control check.You aren’t a weirdo at all, feel free to enjoy the pictures! I remember the picture you’re talking about, it was a stunning view that morning!xoxo

  8. My son just asked if I could please make beef stew…he said he has a “super bad taste for it”. Haha, yes, through their stomachs you win their hearts. ;)My boys wear shameful socks too…I do not understand how on earth they can stand having all those holes on the bottom of their socks!Your pictures are beautiful.Hope Seth feels better soon.

  9. Haha, I think all mom’s of boys relate to those socks. Bob didn’t want to share socks with the boys, cuz they would manage to shred them, though they always came to him for dress socks. You are right too about the way to their hearts Love the dancing in the rain and all the frog pics. The sky and flowers are beautiful!Did I tell you about the Back to Eden Film yet? See backtoedenfilm.com and watch online. If you put the mulch over your garden it helps to regulate the water…soaks up excess, and keeps in moisture in drought. Win, win. We just got a huge load of mulch for our garden plot. The city delivered it for free!

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