*just some slowly meditative pen scratchings in red ink of a beautiful Tozer quote
*just some slowly meditative pen scratchings in red ink of a beautiful Tozer quote
snowflake on a spiderweb
In the fading late afternoon, a light snow is falling. Caleb is giving Sarah a helping hand down to the pond because she’s teetering on ice skates.
She’s going to skate back and forth along the edge while he watches to make sure she’s safe.
snowflakes on dry leaves
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on Your wondrous works,
I will meditate. Psalm 145:5
snowflakes on ice
snowflakes on Ethan’s truck
and on a pine tree branch
Oh the loveliness of snowflakes!! So silent, so gentle.
The moments that I feel the most imbued with a sense of awe are always the moments when I am outdoors. I can’t help but feel a certain sense of wonder – I become almost filled with it. ~ Kathi Appelt
recommended podcast episode that goes along with this post: 3 Ways to Feel Less Busy
(the first way is to “give yourself a shot of awe”)
I look like such a big head in this photo but that’s selfie photography for you! Poor Sarah didn’t make it into the photo.
After all the planning and organizing and hosting of Thanksgiving, we were all ready to get out of the house on Black Friday and it was absolutely the best day because we were all together, Rich and I **without even one child missing**.
The line at Starbucks was a little long so I got silly with my camera and my mama-joy.
Rich and I both felt deep down meaningful gratitude over spending time with them, our biggest blessings of all. Each so different and yet, together, a special group of siblings. That’s how all families feel about their children, and rightfully so.
God is so good to us.
At the mall! I like to do things fairly so I said to Rich, “The girls go with me and the boys go with you!” (I’m sure the boys were utterly relieved)
Sarah insisted on getting this blanket for “someone” on our Christmas list!
I’m thinking if it were a fluffy sweater in Sarah’s size she would look dashing!
(Note to Self: Sarah looks good in mauve.)
She found her perfect dream dress. And thank goodness I liked it, too. It’s plain and simple but with the best twirling skirt ever.
AND THE DAUGHTERS
So. I had a secret mission for this mall outing. I wanted more than anything to get updated portraits taken of Jacob and Ethan. They are both Juniors in college this year and it’s been since High School that I had a nice professional portrait of them. Grace’s senior photo is still on the wall looking fabulous, along with the other school-age children who just brought home their updated school portraits.
I had five 8 by 10s hanging up in the livingroom, but was very much missing the two eldest boys.
I wasn’t sure if we could just walk into the portrait studio without appointments but we tried it and had SUCCESS! All I wanted was one 8 by 10 of each of them and we were in and out of the studio in no time at all, pictures in hand.
They turned out so nice!!!!! Here’s Jacob’s portrait. He will be turning 22 next month.
And here’s Ethan’s portrait! He’s 20 years old.
I love how they go together yet they aren’t matchy-matchy.
I find myself staring at their faces quite often. 🙂
This is exactly where I am right now, sitting in the chair draped by a white and blue blanket that Aunt Colleen crocheted for me in our local school colors so I could take it to cold outdoor games. In the mug I have hot spiced apple cider, and to the left of my laptop you can see the jar candle, and then my phone propped up, which is playing my friend’s video to me this morning. What a great way to start the day, with photos, conversation, laundry, and blogging.
To be honest, I have also been to the vet to drop off poor Walter. Today our kitty has to have his special operation that will help him grow up to be a nice, tame, good-smelling male cat who can’t make babies. We’ll go pick him up again later. 🙂
Also, Seth is home for the second day in a row. He’s feeling better but had a fever yesterday so has to be home one more day. I have to admit I really really like having him home with me.
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
BE BLESSED TODAY, FRIENDS
YOU ARE LOVED.
My brain woke up before the rest of me. I was so tired it took me a few minutes to reach for my phone to see if school was cancelled this morning. Nope, just a two-hour delay.
As soon as Sarah got up she went outside.
She couldn’t wait to go sledding.
It was 7 o’clock in the morning.
Our house sits on a hill so it’s been fun for the children all these years. They can just sled from the porch steps all the way down……beginning with the oldest Jacob and ending with the youngest, Sarah.
Alas, no one else wanted to sled with Sarah this morning. Seth got half ready and then changed his mind. “The snow isn’t good.” “It’s too cold out.”
I watched Sarah through the window. And then I went out on the cold wet porch in my socks.
I was charmed to see her attempt something her big sister Grace would have also done at age 8; she decided to scoop up kitty Walter and take him for a sled ride. After all, this is Walter’s first winter. He has a lot to learn.
He learned it really fast.
Sledding wasn’t for him.
Back inside, Caleb made himself bacon, cheese, and eggs. A nice proper breakfast, served on a white fiestaware plate, with a periwinkle mug of ice-cold juice on the side.
They can’t cook at the same time without squabbling (G, right?) so after his big brother was done, Seth made himself bacon and eggs, too.
Snowy outside, cozy inside. Look at Parker begging. LOLOLOLOLOL
PS, the first photo is of my garden gnome. He can’t see right now.
“Sarah, Sarah come back!” I cried.
But it was too late.
She was gone……..out the door and down the steps to celebrate the weather.
Seth wanted to know if there would be a snow day.
“NO” we said.
It was just the first snow and it was only in the air, with no accumulation on the ground.
Off to school they went, and off to run errands I went.
…….. back home with enough time to do housework, build a fire, and read.
P L A N T S
“We need, above all things, to slow down and get ourselves to amble through life instead of to rush through it.” ― Alan Watts
“A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.” — Einstein
“…..happiness and comfort do not depend on the wealth of this world. The things of the world will not satisfy the desires of a soul.” Matthew Henry
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive; to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” — Marcus Aurelius
A L I T T L E M U S I C
M O R E T H A N O N E C A T
O N E G O O D B O O K
C R A C K L E S & O W L S
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
I had to take Caleb to a doctor’s appointment 40 minutes away yesterday and when I came home a few hours later, I found these two making slime, unattended! As soon as I walked in the door they told me they needed shaving cream! They were sitting on the couch in the livingroom with all sorts of liquids!
I found the delinquent babysitters downstairs. David said, “I told them not to, but they wouldn’t listen.” Michael said, “I didn’t know!” To which I replied to both of them, “It’s a babysitter’s job to make children listen and to know what they’re doing at all times!”
I took the Rinse Aid away from Seth and Sarah and told them to make a list of things they needed and to put their shoes on. Michael was going to take them to the Dollar Store. Wasn’t that nice of him “to offer”?
They came back cheerfully supplied with multiple cans of shaving cream, dish soap, and more glue.
Then they made slime for the next 5 hours straight. They made lots and lots of slime.
David was highly annoyed as he walked through the room to the pantry. “SARAH, stop making slime! Mom, we have way too much slime, they need to stop.”
“They’ll run out of ingredients eventually,” I cooed from the couch with my book.
“They have a box of Borax and two gallons of glue! They won’t run out until slime is everywhere!”
In case you’re wondering about the paper fence taped to the table, that was Seth’s creation. He put it there so they could play ping-pong. This truly is the house of children.
Did I clean up this mess? Absolutely NOT! But I did re-wash the table this morning.
There were many times when I thought they were done, but no, they had to keep adding a squirt of this and a squirt of that. Seth’s wasn’t coming together properly so Sarah gave him advice on how to make it work. Caleb became the designated slime-finisher, the person who knead and squeezes the slime to make it come together smoothly. Basically, he was a Kitchen-Aid mixer. He would get done with Seth’s and then Sarah would approach and say, “Can you do mine now, Caleb?” Sadly, no matter how much he asked, they wouldn’t GIVE him any to keep.
Sarah was highly protective of her slime, and so was Seth. They rarely let each other touch their slimes. And of course each believed their own was the best.
Seth had so much in his bowl that he divided his into two manageable batches. When one half was “done”, he had to go back and work on the second half.
In order to make slime you have to use your mom’s beloved laptop to look up videos on YouTube.
You also have to use every bowl, spoon, scraper, and containers with lids in the house.
Sometimes your mom will let you use food coloring to make colorful slime but sometimes that is where she will draw the line and finally say, “no”.
When making slime, it is customary to invite your mom “to feel it” every time you see her walk by. Sometimes the thought will cross your mind that all her praise and obligatory enthusiastic handling of slime is just a big act, to make you feel good about your creation. But most of the time you believe her…….. your slime IS AWESOME.
Don’t know what to do with odds and ends of slime? Simply throw them into the kitchen sink and forget about it!
With ingredients like Borax, glue, soap, and shaving cream, at least it SMELLS clean! Maybe TOO clean?
Fluffy, cloudy slime. They made it themselves!
I found myself standing in the kitchen, scrubbing some of it off my shirt with a wet dishcloth. I also found lumps of it on every handle and knob in the house.
Eventually they had to change their clothes, too.
BUT IT WAS ALL WORTH IT.
It kept them constructively busy for hours.
Plus, for some reason, and I have to credit the slime-making all around me, I got the urge to make bread.
So while Walter and I mixed up bread dough……….
……….Sarah made her 35th batch of slime.
From what I understand, David and the rest of the mission’s team are keeping busy this week in Jamaica; preaching, teaching, doing VBS, talking to school children, and helping out with any work that needs to be done. I am sure that they’re doing even more, too.
Somehow, David is also catching lizards and crabs.
Staying up half the night goofing around with Michael.
Catching naps in odd places when he can.
And trying hard to climb to the tops of the coconut trees.
At first he could only get this high.
He spoke to small and large groups.
He sang songs with Ethan S and his Dad on top of a stone platform.
He took naps with a drum, a soccer ball, and in the crack of a bed against the wall, so long his feet hung off the end.
He finally made it to the top, and has marks on his arms to remember it.
Where’s David? In Jamaica.
Where’s David? I think he’s over there in that tree.
Where’s David? Catching a gecko.
Where’s David? Putting a crab in the sink.
Where’s David? Sleeping with a drum.
Where’s David? Up in the sky, at the top of a tree.
Where’s David? Over there, enjoying life to the fullest.
When’s he coming home? Tomorrow.