Monday, December 24, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
|I am thankful for the inspired Word of God. An unchanging God, who is still our |
all in all and our everything we need in this our modern day...for our salvation,
and the promise of heaven someday...
|...that my little boys have a daddy in their life story...|
|...for life in the country..|
|...family camping trips or other outdoor excursions...|
|...Christmas stories around the campfire on chilly nights...|
|...all my handymen in the household...|
|...that our boys love and dare to be boys...|
|...raising our boys to be men of courage...|
|...the smile of kids...|
|...the awesome sweetness of opportunity to raise our daughter to appreciate true |
feminine beauty as God planned...
|...big brothers who are protectors of their siblings...|
|...that God gave us a gift of each other...|
|...our wrestling boys...|
|...the laughter of a child...|
|...the warmth of home, of music...|
|...a basket of flowers...|
|...our daily bread...|
|...crisp mornings in God's outdoor sanctuary...|
|...hot chocolate chip cookies, spiced candles...|
|...Christmas! Jesus' Birthday celebration and celebrating our love for each |
|...Thanksgiving~a special day to express our gratefulness...|
|...kid's sharing a story...|
|...the gift of "Love"...and to be able to share God's love with you...|
...and many, many more blessings!...
Friday, November 16, 2012
- Recently God blessed us thro' the preaching of His Word on how to live the impossible Christian life. It was explained that there are 6 arenas to a man's life (the message was geared to men, but as women we can apply it very easy to our lives as well.) 1. His God. 2. His wife. 3. His family. 4. His job(the bread winning arena). 5.His friends. 6. His ministry. Well it was explained that we cannot humanly live successfully in all 6 arenas, but with Christ we can. And since it's only possible to live 2.5 of these areas successfully on our own, I am desiring to focus even more deeply in my relationship with God so, as the Pastor brought out, God can extend His fingers to all the other arenas in my life. So this morning as I prepared to get that "extra" prayer time in, I fixed a cup of hot chocolate and snuggled myself in a comfy blanket with Mike's Bible and my journal within reach and as I sat "relaxing " in the warm cozy atmosphere of our home I....well...really felt myself relaxing to my surroundings. And since having a deep relationship to God means more to me than anything else (Spiritually at least) I knew I had to make a phy. effort to do something about this "falling asleep feeling". So...I began to journal for awhile and then yes, I braved the early morning cold and sat on the back porch! Now fully awake I had some precious time communing with my King Jesus!! Praise God! I sadly thought of all the comfortable and relaxing situations in my life ( could be Church, private life or the friends we surround ourselves with) and how instead of forcing me to live a spent out life for Christ they cater toward relaxation. Well God's work isn't meant to be relaxing. The Bible bids us to train up our kids in the way they should go so that when they are old they will not depart from it. Well to me that can be anything but relaxing!! Although I enjoy verrry much my role as mommy, it takes a lot of "living outside self" to raise spiritually healthy kids. And I was saddened to contemplate how this life is sometimes nothing more that an over sized playground or self pampering spa. God's teaching Mike and I more and more that we are called to His service in this earthly life and living outside of our self so that we may fulfill all He's called us to. And number 1 on that list, aside from growing in the Lord, is the call to invest much into the lives of our children. Now isn't our time to relax. Now is our time to work. Now is our time to train. Now is our time to build relationship in the hearts of our precious kids. It's so easy to justify turning on a movie and just chillin, but now is our time to live outside of our own comfort and to give our kids 100% of what they need. I write, not as having it figured out. I write this because its truth and I badly want it and hope you do too.
Friday, October 26, 2012
There is probably nothing more invigorating to me then waking up to a crisp quiet morning, sipping a cup of coffee and having my Bible and prayer journal nearby. The saying from our kids is, "Mommy, when it gets dark (meaning early morning when they wake up) when you have your quiet time...." I've told them how important it is to me and that it helps me be a better mommy. They seem to like that:) and it's all the explanation they need.:) Right now there is a 3yr old lil' miss snuggled beside me as I type...she notices and comments on the smiley faces and when she sees a parenthesis she notices the missing eyes. Gotta luv their innocent eyesight into things and their honest perspective! I was sorta thinking that's how it is in my relationship with God...I am on eye level with problematic circumstances that crop up in my life and I notice the i's God forgot to dot, the t's He forgot to cross , or the smiley faces without the eyes. But what I fail to realize in that moment is that God is actually sooo big and He can literally grasp my difficult problem in His hand. He has the power to squash it or the power to let it do a purifying work in my life. My heart says "Yes!" God has absolutely, without a doubt, been the best thing that has ever happened in Mike and my life. He turned our marriage into a blissful earthly haven and it sure makes a happy place to raise kids! Sometime I'd like to share with you our before and after picture of our love story and the life changing power of Jesus Christ that promises us a happily ever after....:)
Friday, October 12, 2012
I sit here with the wafting aroma of a pie pumpkin cooking in the oven....maybe we will actually get the pumpkin pie made and the pumpkin pie spices and homemade pie crust will send it's savory smell throughout our house also.:) We woke up to a crisp morning and the first of window opening season for us! The kids have and still are absolutely enjoying this verrrry fall day.:) They have been busy in between school studies, converting a playhouse to a mini workshop:). Life with rough and tumble boys have added such dimensions to my outlook and have definitely stretched me beyond my comfort zone at times. The boys are quick to remind me to let them be boys and that is definitely my hearts desire to cater to that masculine restless stirring toward ambitious leadership that is hinted at in their risky boy mentality.:) In my journal last week I recorded as follows: ".....I've enjoyed immensely the joy of being mama to so many rambunctious boys, future leaders.:) I've been blessed to experience the joy of gracing this family with a gentle beautiful bundle of future lovely femininity-our Alaythia." So...we get to enjoy the best of both worlds~that of little boys and little girls!:) That of, "Snakes and snails (literally) and puppy dog tails! Sugar and spice and all that's nice!" Except that miniature bundle of femininity likes many of the same things as her brothers such as trucks and camo stuff except she wants hers pink!! Lol! Such a joy our kids are! But I am always very humbled at the real reason we experience this deep joy and peace that passeth all understanding and it is the Lord Jesus Christ. He has been our all in all. The very Solid Rock we stand on and rely upon, as sometimes life's circumstances causes us to walk a life on the edge. We accept by faith that God is already in every tomorrow and already knows and has conquered that path for us. This past year holds some verrry precious milestones. Our two oldest sons have both asked Jesus to personally live within their hearts. They are as Jesus describes in John chapter 3 as being born again. There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus. He was confused by that statement and questioned Jesus about it...Jesus answered him in verse 5, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God....." So we are really excited to have witnessed their physical birth as our babies and now their Spiritual birth in Jesus Christ.:) A special family tradition we began is their Spiritual birthday party!! So each boy was given the honor of choosing a restaurant of their choice. :) That went over very well with them! So Bartholomew chose "Red Lobster" and Cameron on his turn tho't he might like "Crab Lobster" too! But later chose "Bob Evans".:) So life has been interesting:).... A couple years back Daddy dear came home one day with a " Uniquely special red plate". He explained to our lil family that we will honor each other by having each one eat off this awesome plate on milestone occasions. Well needless to say, that is one popular plate! They have never tired whenever their turn has come around. We've had it for birthday's, achievement testing days, Father's day, Mother's day, baby shower dinners, just because we love you, and now for Spiritual birthday dinners etc.....Well, now we have two plates.....because we sadly forgot our special plate when we arrived at Bob Evans for Cameron. It wasn't till he came over as we were waiting for a table and whispered in my ear that we didn't bring the "Red plate". Can you imagine the heart brokenness we experienced as our minds scrambled for what to do? We live way too far to have went back home sooo.....? I mentioned the Belles in the same plaza and wondered if they might have a "red plate"....I checked in the store...praying nearly the whole time for a special red plate! I wasn't having any success till~there on the clearance shelf was a stack of handsome "red plates" that would do perfectly:). So Jesus not only provided us with a red plate but at an awesome price!:) :) So now we have two red plates and Cameron is tickled cause his and mommy's birthdays are on the exact same day and we always had to share by turns "The red plate":).
|A kind ole gent from a nearby table graciously took this picture of our family|
celebrating Bartholomew's new birth in Jesus Christ.
(You can barely make out lil Branson's baby carrier between daddy and me,
but he's there with us:).
|Bud wanted to try crab legs so Red Lobster was the choice |
restaurant. What a celebration! February 24,2012
is the awesome date!
|Our two "Royal Red" Plates. The first one,|
the one daddy brought home a few years ago, is the one on the left.
|Cameron chose Bob Evans as his place to celebrate!|
|Cameron's awesome date celebrating his new life in Christ is|
|Daddy took the picture of all of us at Bob Evans:).|
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
October already! My, how time flies! The other day we bought our first lil" pumpkin with pumpkin pie in mind. Our sweet lil guy Cameron gave us this intriguing mouthwatering idea!! So for our first autumn treat, we owe a big "Thank you " to Cameron!!:) We notice fall in a few subtle changes...the slant of the sun and sometimes it's like you can even just "smell" fall :). Another treat is, some days carry a bit of coolness even tho' it's still hot. Guess you gotta be a southerner to notice it!!:) Our lil Branson is really taking off on his toddling. So sweet....:) Today I took him out to the porches and we walked back and forth...back and forth... As I matched my steps to his and just slowed my whole pace down it gave me Spiritual eye opening contemplation. So like my Heavenly Papa. He gently holds my hand, not too tight. Just lightly enough to give me a sense of freedom that I'm on my own. But His great Hand holding mine doesn't let me stray. After our excursion of walking back and forth I decided it would be nice to let the lil' guy experience the tickling feel of walking barefoot on the grass...Now our porch is up 3 steps. I could have lifted him up and place him safely on the ground, but the tho't occurred to me that since he will be walking more and more on his own, he needs to learn how to get off the porch safely on his own...So I led him to the steps and helped him back around and crawl down the proper way ( for a baby that is.:) We really enjoyed our mini stroll...after a bit I gave him the lead with his hand still safely tucked in mind... I was surprised to noticed we only walked in small circles...Wow~ I do that in my Spiritual walk sometimes...Just stay within the realm of what I comfortingly know. Never choosing to stretch myself to involve more. I gently encouraged lil Branson to walk outside his little 3x3 comfort zone..So like the Father, as He takes me further on my Spiritual journey. The same way I was on the lookout for ants or anything poky that might hurt my lil one; I know God has me covered too. Yes, sometimes the terrain is uneven and I stumble, but God's comforting Hand is always in reach of mine..And He already sees what's ahead. .It's only if "I" stubbornly push Him away that I really hurt myself. Even then I believe He's still there..watching ...and ready to warmly grasp my small hand in His.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Wow it's been too long since I last blogged but this mommy has been very busy since school is now up and going! It's extra work yes~but I love the more structured schedule and knowing what to expect next.:) The kids have adapted so well to the new schedule and chore list and most everyday the house is beautifully tidy by the time school starts and beings lil Branson takes a long morning nap and the two middle sweet peas have joined the two older ones in class~the house stays nice! I am enjoying that!:) With this time of year comes an undercurrent of excitement. Like everyday is anticipating something and it's the coming cool weather I think!! The time of year for pumpkins! Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spiced candles, and of course the list could go on about the unlimited pumpkin desserts. I don't especially favor the pumpkin sweets so much, but the coffee and candles....that's another story!! The kids are still adjusting to life back in the books. Even tho' we are a homeschooling family and we try to encourage them that all of life is about learning, they still like to draw the line between school and no school ( which we tell them its still a time of learning things!!) This is one of those days that I can feel fall in the air and with the bread fresh out of the oven cooling and some of the kids playing (and messing up the livingroom) and some of the kids enjoying an afternoon movie treat well....let's just say " I LOVE BEING A MOMMY"!!! It really gives me alot of joy and pleasure.:) Sometimes as I watch the children I have this longing inside to somehow forever capture it all, and with that I have this sad sweet melancholy feeling cause I know I will never remember everything. So instead I will live to enjoy the most of every moment to it's fullest.:)
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Probably not a good idea as a homeschooling mom that I purposefully misspelled my title! I just couldn't resist! Spices it up a bit don't you think?! As a bit of introduction....We have three in school this year. We began our journey of home educating with our firstborn starting 1st grade. He went to kindergarten at a private school where my baby sister taught. And I jokingly said that I wasn't gonna compete with her! She had quite the great reputation of being a verrry wonderful teacher! (uh oh...my words are very genuine and I only just now realized she will more in likely read this post! Sorta like when someone walks up when you're in a conversation with someone else and they respond with, "Oh we were just talking about you!" (and you're sure hoping it was something good being said!:) ) So we are excited entering our 7th year of school at home! Where did the years go?! I really love teaching the kids and experiencing the thrills of their learning right along side them.:) I will be posting pictures of our school room and KIT (Kids In Training!:) So be sure to check back! May God bless~
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Just the other day (of course in my extended family that could mean months ago!) as I sat on our back porch waiting for the sun to rise over our horizon, I was surprised how chilly it actually was! I reflected how once the sun made it's grand appearance the chill would be chased away and it's warmth would permeate everything. Just like my life in Christ. Without God there's a chill and coldness of heart but with the rising of the "Son" comes warmth and blessing filling the whole soul. For my life I desire to spread that warmth and understanding to others around me. I get really excited! "Oh, God, please fill me with all these good things!!" As I sat there caught up in the moment of expectation in my outdoor sanctuary, I sooo desired to be ALL that God planned for me to be-as a sweetheart wife for my Mike, as a mommy school teacher~mommy counsellor~mommy doctor~mommy lawyer to our kids,and a ministering daughter of Jesus Christ as I help meet the Spiritual needs alongside my Mike in the lives of our kids. I was reminded of the song about helping light others' candles in this life....Wow..My prayer, "Oh, God, fill me with Yourself! Light my candle to a luscious glow and not a flickering waning flame." I wanna freely give as I have been freely given to of Jesus Christ! Can I allow God to touch me with the pain and hurt of others?! That staggered me.....to gaze on them with tears blurring my vision? And yet somehow spiritually I have clearer vision even amidst the tears when I allow Christ to use my eyes. "Will I give You everything, God? Or will I only give You part of myself?" In earthly relationships it doesn't go well if I keep part of myself selfishly. Whether it's in my relationship with my Mike or with our kiddos. Unless I selflessly spend my self meeting their needs and they meeting mine-well there's just awesome beauty in sacrificial love. One of the 6 graces~agape love. "Oh, God, fill my heart with agape love." God gently prodded me that early morning that I could only love so much but that HIS love could fill me! It's the kind of love that will reach out to "the least of these" and with Him looking out thro' my eyes I will see others as He sees them and they will become precious to me. Agape love- YES!! I want it! Oh that us mamas would love our kids with agape love....I can't think of a better combination than pure unselfish mama love blended with agape love~ that's actually how I become absorbed with pure unselfish mama love! I love our kids but unless I let agape love filtrate every fiber of my being I can only love to a limited capacity with my sweet mama love. Jesus completes the recipe. and a beautiful aroma spreads thro' our home. Mmmm I love a strong scented candle burning...filling our house...seeping into every room...Oh that my love and life would be as that home sweet home and cinnamon scone Yankee candle....I don't consider myself a gourmet cook and possibly that isn't where my highest interest is, although I enjoy watching my family enjoy a good meal.... But if I can allow God to add all the necessary ingredients to my life in order to bring to fruition His love AGAPE LOVE....Oh now that adds some serious gourmet flavor! And this stirs me and gets me excited!! :):)
Friday, August 10, 2012
The sun now over the horizon....a cup of coffee cooling beside me....the sounds of nature tickling my ears....and the quietness. Ahhh.....quiet.. except for the gentle sounds of nature and the Father who created it. The open Word before me. I am faced with a choice. Jesus, ah, my precious advocate is here...Jesus gives me the picture of a beggar daughter being offered the royalty of a princess daughter.There before me a garment of pure white is laid...I am verrry aware of my tattered beggar clothes. I somehow cling to them with a false sense of security...afraid to let go. God reminds me this morning that I can't put new garments on over the old ones. The old garments must be rid of and along with the spiritual bathing that is taking place inside me I need the fresh, crisp, and of the highest quality, of the new garment. Ahhh, my back porch becomes an alter~so precious. I realize keenly that that piece of my heart that needs healing takes from the other parts in its gasp for survival and now it is free to be filled with something new, something precious, something that I could now use from to give to my kids. Something that will give me strength instead of zapping my strength from me. A big difference! The song, "Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down, here I am to say that 'You're my God!!' You're altogether lovely, altogether worthy, altogether wonderful to me...."rings from my outdoor sanctuary! And now I can be altogether lovely, altogether worthy...in Christ alone!! I am reinvigorated! Will I need an alter experience again? Probably so but for now I am enjoying that "freshly washed and dressed for the day" experience!:):) God has been a faithful Papa always! You know, He's always ready to let me exchange my "rags" for riches. Sometimes it's very hard cause even tho' I'm not out looking for trouble it creeps up unaware. Like for me, sometimes it's dealing with an unjust accusation or an attack on our family and we are left to decide what to do about it. Satan is ready on site to justify me of my fleshly desire to hold a grudge or dislike that person. But then I am reminded that hate is murder in God's eyes and my dislike is probabaly hate in God's eyes. Wow...then I need a "beggar become princess" experience! And God faithfully sends one! Awesome Jehovah! Oh to love as Christ loves! And to see EVERYTHING as HE sees it! :)
|"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.|
To Him be glory both now and for ever." II Peter3:18
Friday, August 3, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
|First it just started out, "Can we dig a hole for a pool?" "Sure why not."|
|Uh...then the next question, "Can we play in the mud?" "Sure why not."|
Now we are parents of little muddy buddies!!
|The limbs from daddy trimming our oak trees. Makes a nice hideout.:)|
|We had several different tree forts:)!|
|Little gal going into the fort:).|
Friday, July 27, 2012
Ahh...the verse "You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence." (Acts 2:28 NKJV) How awesome! It is in His (Jesus) Holy Presence I am outfitted for this sweet and honorable calling on my life ~sweetheart for my Mike, mommy to 5 beautiful kids, and homemaker. I am excited to share stories with you that keep this journey we are on~called life~interesting! Like just now my little gal, Alaythia comes in from outside to interrupt my writing and haves me close my eyes...."Don't peek, don't peek...open!" ~flowers!! I find myself smiling at all these gifts of heaven we experience thro' our children:).