Hello, dear friends, today has dawned bright and nippy cold. I am glad to be inside, tucked under blankets by the window, with sunshine pouring through and Little Bear the movie playing on the tv. Seth and Sarah are still in their warm pajamas, Seth with a Bionicle in his hands, and Sarah with her beloved blankie.
Wednesdays are a very full day for us, with a dash out the door (after lunches, baths, and helter-scelter) to drive to Community Bible Study, where there are children’s classes for Seth and Sarah, and a continuing study in Deuteronomy for myself. I facilitate a small group, and then the classes go to the auditorium for a fabulous teaching time with Annie. I have come to love Wednesdays because of the time I can spend with other believers, with so many other women of all walks of life.
After CBS was over (at 2:30), we went to Costco to stock up on lunch supplies. I put Sarah Joy in the cart and proceeded to shop and keep track of adventurous Seth at the same time. We ended with a cart as full as it could possibly be. I caught myself complaining that I had to do a Costco trip to my friends at Bible Study, and my heart was convicted, how dare I complain when I should be praying thankgiving to God for my husband’s job, and the fact that I CAN EVEN GO TO COSTCO in the first place………….
When I got home, Grace and Caleb unloaded the groceries and helped put them away. I poured meatballs and sauce into the crockpot and set it to “high” and then enjoyed the children. We watched an old episode of “Reading Rainbow” on amazon prime, and before I knew it, it was time to get Jacob and Ethan from school. Ethan had stayed after for a test, and Jacob had football practice.
We had dinner, Rich had to work late, and when he came home he found me on the couch with Dave, Caleb, Seth and Sarah cuddled up next to me. I was reading aloud, and trying to stay awake. 🙂
Quotes from books (titles at the end of post) do you recognize them?
“This is a long tall mountain. And you are the last car on the train.”
“One day Granny Annie made a pancake so light and fluffy it floated right off the skillet.”
“Billy was a little boy who loved horses more than anything else in the world.”
“On the fourth day, the squirrels brought six fat, black beetles for Mr. Brown. They had wrapped each beetle in a leaf fastened with a pin made from a pine needle.”
“When the crowd saw that Harry was a dog, they gasped. They could hardly believe their eyes. All at once Harry began to jump higher than ever.”
Our cat Sherlock was so funny the other day, I had never had a cat sleep on my lap like this.
Seth has been difficult lately, just a very busy and not-really-meaning-it but very mischievous little boy. So much so that we couldn’t leave him home with the others on date night, he had to come along so we could keep an eye on him. He sat by me at dinner and when I asked Rich to take our picture, Seth turned to me with a smile, got ever closer, put his tiny arm around me……oh, and my heart melted, all was forgiven in his honest love.
Ethan came home from school on Monday and made mousse, yes mousse, completely from scratch.
Our overflowing with food-blessings, cart at Costco yesterday. Can you spy, with your little eye, a silly Sarah hiding?
So, on Sunday, we felt some guilt because we stayed home from church. Rich had rented a log splitter for the weekend and he needed to get his full use out of it so it was a family work weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday were spent trying to catch up on things around the house.
Seth, washing windows
We made a list of things that had to get done. Rich hung up curtains, and Ethan’s shelf that he made at school finally got hung. It was a proud moment for E and he promptly put his dirty sneakers on it.
They stayed for the day and then were removed and I put a picture of Ethan there, instead of the shoes.
David washing windows.
Caleb used the granite cleaner; he was thrilled to discover we have granite countertops, as he is learning about rocks and minerals at school. He loved making the counters shine (wearing a cape from Halloween).
David and Caleb trying to get my sympathy.
I think he is so handsome; a quick little love story: the other day, I don’t know why but I asked him as we cuddled on the couch, “Rich, what made you fall in love with me and know for sure you wanted to spend your whole life with me?” He said, “Well, at first it was your long black hair, beautiful legs, and gorgeous body. Then……………it was your long black hair, beautiful legs, and gorgeous body.” He was laughing, and I laughed too, knowing that he was only half-teasing. MEN!
Ethan with the axe.
And Jacob with the log splitter run by motor; this was so amazing to watch…the log, put in place by Jake, gets “pinched” with a wedge-end and it cracks down the length. Most logs were so big that he had to run the same log’s pieces through it several times to get the right size for the fireplace. It hums along, loud but not too loud, and I found myself standing and staring, it was soothing in a way, and I think Jacob enjoyed it, too.
He wore out his gloves.
and drank mountain dew.
Ethan getting ready for another swing.
Oh yeah that’s what I’m talking about!
Time for a snack of Mom’s homemade bread!
He did end up stealing the end of the loaf from the picnic table. So mad.
Rich thought I was funny perched importantly on my log and took the camera from me.
Yes, even Grace was put to work.
After they had a bucket full, Rich and Ethan drove it to the back of the garage to stack.
Rich wanted to get it all split, but at 3:30 I went outside to
beg order him to please stop. Ethan was relieved, but Jacob had a hard time stopping, too. It was a very productive weekend.
The Little Red Caboose, by Marian Potter
The Jolly Pancake, by Donald Charles
Billy and Blaze, by C.W. Anderson
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (an adaption) by Beatrix Potter
Harry by the Sea, by Gene Zion
Thank you for stopping by the old blog and I hope each of you has a wonderful day. My older children have a half day at school so it will be nice to see them earlier for a change. I’ve been convicted about COMPLAINING and “bragging” about HOW BUSY I am, so if you would be so kind as to keep me in your prayers for these attitude adjustments? Thank you, dears.
God bless any and all who read this today.
You are loved.