Tears are in my eyes because the days are full and beautiful. You are so good to me, Father, my heart is humbled and bows before You forever and ever. There is sweetness in daily life with Jesus that only a believer can understand.
Mental illness is a horrible thing. Two years ago I was afraid I was dying, I wanted to die, I didn’t want to die. I was having panic attacks. But by the grace of God His love went deeper than my darkest moments. I began taking 50mgs of antidepressant each morning to combat the depression and my friends, for the last 2 YEARS I have passed each day on the shaky edge of a cliff of exhaustion.
I want to share with you that I finally figured out the solution to that trembling exhaustion, and it is so very simple I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner; I’m taking my pill at night before bed! I’ve been doing this for over a week now and the difference in my energy is very marked.
For the first time in years, I feel like my old self, actually, I feel better than my old self.
Still, I hold this “feeling good” loosely in my hands as an offering to my Father in heaven, who has a plan and a purpose for each of His beloved daughters. Only He knows what is in store for us in this life. One thing is certain, nothing can compare to the joy awaiting us in Heaven. What a mercy that divine joy skips and laughs through our days even now.
I have 45 minutes before I have to take little Sarah Joy to the dentist and I’m still in my pajamas but I want to blog and write so very badly that here I sit, with my cold feet warming up on a corn bag, under a blanket crocheted by a mystery person (bought from the thrift store) in blue and brown.
I think you will really like these snapshots from the last few days;
There are many different varieties of pine trees and we have some that have these teeny tiny pinecones on them. I had the loveliest moment the other day, watching two cute chickadees working their beaks into these cones to eat the tasty seeds within.
Under the tree there was an old wooden raft that Ethan had made for the pond; I found bits of pinecone left behind from the birds’ feasting.
Seth was walking along singing to himself.
While Sarah Joy pretended to fish. I’m determined to get them outside as much as possible, even 15 minutes of fresh air and nature makes a big difference.
We mixed up gingerbread dough and by the time David and Caleb came home it was cold enough to work with.
I found these cookie cutters which the boys LOVED.
The box gives a recipe and cautioned: “Super-Stealthy—–they disappear as soon as you make them”
“Your hands move like a whisper, cutting dark shapes into pre-rolled dough”
(I bought them at the mall but amazon.com has them, too. BTW, they are plastic.)
I get uptight during these endeavors so it was a good thing that Sarah sincerely needed my help because then I had to ignore what the boys were doing. And of course they did JUST FINE without me breathing down their necks.
It was true that they disappeared in a very sneaky way, in just one short afternoon!
Christmas decorations from the great outdoors.
Christmas decorations from the Hallmark store; this one is so cute; it’s solar powered and moves it’s arms and legs to make a snow angel.
Scarlet and Shamrock fiesta vases
Sherlock washing his face in the sunshine.
A frosty pearl of a morning. Yesterday dawned clear and cold. We left the house early for a day of Community Bible Study.
These two got to be in the children’s Christmas program.
Seth wore a crown.
Sarah Joy (front row) wore a halo. See Seth looking at her? And she’s studying her halo.
Sarah has a performing streak, I noticed. They all did so well, & all the mamas were properly adoring and appreciative.
Sarah Joy was with me in the front row during the last song, dancing with all her heart, so Annie called her up on stage!
With my littlest love.
There is no frost this morning, we are back to chilly rain and fog. I’m taking Sarah downtown to the dentist and then home until 4:30 when I have to pick up the boys from wrestling and go to a teacher’s conference at the elementary school.
I hope to get around to visit some of your sites today. I haven’t had the extra time to read blogs lately but I look forward to doing that later, during naptime.
Grace, peace, thanksgiving, joy, and prayer to each one who passes through this page today. You are loved.
To God’s holy people……., the faithful brothers and sistersin Christ:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father…….