August 25, 2008

My Daybook

FOR TODAY, August 25, 2008

Outside My Window...

It is dark. It is a cold and early morning (4:30 a.m.) Mr. Santos has left for work and I am blogging when it won't distract from my day.

I am thinking...

of two things. First, my mind and heart are full of people I want to pray for. Do you ever wake up in the morning with people on your mind? or wake from a dream and feel like you spent lots of time with certain friends or family that maybe you haven't seen for a while? I makes me want to pray for them. The other thing I keep thinking of is two words to a verse I read in Proverbs yesterday...Buy Truth. I know the Lord wants to teach me something about this.

I am thankful for...

My husband. No matter what our differences or struggles may be, he is faithful to get up and leave the warmth of this house in the dark early morning to go out and provide for us.

From the kitchen...

Hot and fresh blueberry muffins (planned) for breakfast...when I am done with this post. I want the smell to wake the kids.

I am wearing...
purple pajamas and my hair looks like Medusa.

I am creating...
sachets for our drawers with the lavender we brought home last weekend.

I am going...
to the chiropractor this morning and to pick up more boxes for moving.

I am reading...
decorating magazines from the library on how to deal with small spaces. Our new home is a wee little place, but these mags are getting me excited.

I am hoping...
everything I want to bring to our new home will fit.

I am hearing...
nothing...except the still small voice to pray for those people on my mind.

Around the house...
a mess from leftover forts and sachet projects. Monday morning! No more rest, time to work!

One of my favorite things...
A restful weekend, which I had. Thank you Lord.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
Packing, cleaning, packing, packing, cleaning, packing and cleaning, oh and packing.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...
just a pic from my computer - don't have the credits, even though it is still dark and grey outside this is what the morning feels like to me.

August 22, 2008

Does Love Multi-task?

I love to multi-task. I think it is wonderful that I can wash a load of clothes, and a load of dishes at the same time. Dinner is simmering in the crock pot and I can iron or make beds while I talk to my sister long distance. I can do five things at once. The kids come in with a question and with the wave of my hand or a quick scribble written on a note I have done six things at once. Wow. No wonder I get so much done. Life is great!

Yeah, right.

So, why at the end of the day do I feel like I have been so busy? So exhausted? Shouldn't all this multi-tasking give me more free time?

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." Mark 12:29-31

And so what is Love? How are we to love the Lord and our neighbor (which of course includes our husband and children)?

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Cor 13:4-7

Love suffers long: Holding a sick or tired child until he is comforted. Pulling the knot out of her sewing project for the umteenth time - with a smile. Listening to his plans for that broken down tractor with all his talk about pneumatics and hydraulics and electronics etc.

And is kind: Teaching good manners by example rather than a bark "Stop talking with your mouth full!" "Do you need help with your bed?" Rather than "Clean your room!"

Love does not envy: Being thankful for the house or the car and the family you have.

Love does not parade itself: I don't have to strive to be "perfect."

Is not puffed up: I can offer compassion to my children when they sin or fail. My expectation of others will not be so high.

Does not behave rudely: I use my words and facial expressions to show love and not disgust.

Is not provoked: Taking time to train or discipline instead of getting frustrated because of interruptions or conflict. Walking away from rudeness instead of retaliating with the same.

Thinks no evil: Not participating in gossip. Being careful what I watch and allow my children to watch. Making plans for love rather than revenge.

Does not rejoice in iniquity: Caring for those who are wronged - even if I believe they "deserved" it.

Rejoices in the truth: Happy and bold about the truth - taking time to share it with others.

Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things: How can I even come close to doing this when I am trying to "kill five to six birds with one stone?"

Who has time for Love when there is so much to do? Maybe instead of planning more love into my day, I should plan my day around love. Every thing may take a bit longer...but maybe there will be less complaining that way. Maybe at the end of the day I will have good stories to share and remember and not just a checked-off list. Maybe my children will listen when I say something instead of tuning me out (as I so often do to them). It seems to me that to be able to love one must FOCUS. I have to put my energy and even HOPE into what I do and say each day. This is love.

No. Love does not multi-task. Love does the next thing at a time.

August 19, 2008

Homeschool in the Northwest

These are some delightful books we have read about berry picking. But you can't just read about berry picking...especially here in the Northwest.

'plink, plink' went the blueberries into Naomi's bucket
Mr. Santos could not be pulled away from those bushes :)
Can I make a pie now Mom?
The clan right before a thunderstorm rolled in. Time to stop picking! AAAAWWW Mom!
We brought home some sweet smelling lavender too!

August 13, 2008

Agenda 21

Kelly over at Generation Cedar has been doing a great series on "America - What is Happening to us?"

Here is a video clip that she included. It is very informative. Remember that this is nothing new. But we must be aware and not lazy in our Christianity. God bless you good today.

Mrs. Santos


Mom : "Hey girls where is your brother?"

Girls in unison: "I don't know"

Mom: "Nooooaaaah! Come and eat breeeeeakfast!"

There was no answer. Mom started to wonder...Noah never misses a meal and he always Runs...we're talking herd of elephants RUNS to breakfast. The girls started calling out. "Nooooaaah!" and looking around. Little Naomi - our mother hen - started to worry. "Where is he?!" Upstairs, downstairs, under the sign of him.

I walked to the laundry room. Hmmm. The door to the basement is unlocked. I open the door and see the door to the back yard is cracked open. Cold air is coming in the house. Oh my gosh. It is only 6:45 in the morning...did anyone go out?, I didn't go out...Dear Lord

My mind instantly races...did someone get in and take my baby?

Morning adventures..."I was just going to get a bear, mom."

August 12, 2008

My Daybook

FOR TODAY Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Outside My Window...

It is a grey overcast day and one bright pink gladiola has bloomed

I am thinking...

I don't know what to make for dinner and I have two loads of laundry to fold.

I am thankful for...

My husband and my children and their good health

From the kitchen...

We ate cream cheese sandwiches with homemade blackberry "jam". We picked the blackberries on our walk yesterday.

I am wearing...

Navy blue capris with a lime green tee shirt

I am creating...

a huge pile of stuff to sell at this weekend in a yard sale

I am going...

to finish folding clothes when I am done posting here

I am reading...

The freedom series by R. Lagerquist and my Bible

I am hoping...

to figure out what to make for dinner soon

I am hearing...

the kids playing nicely without bickering (at last)

Around the house...

A quick mopping up to do in the kitchen, laundry to be folded and children are playing.

One of my favorite things...

A cup of tea with toast and a copy of Victoria Magazine

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:

A visit with friends, follow-up on a couple BB customers, pick up new bunk beds, sand and prep picnic table for a new stain.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

These kids don't need much to have fun...what blessings.

August 08, 2008

Summertime at Home Sweet Home

So, how has your Summer been so far? Has it been as restful as ours? Normally, we spend most of our Summer at the beach or the lake or the river or SOMEWHERE. But with the latest belt tightening days in the Santos family we have chosen to stay home. Little did we know that a couple of months into the Summer we would be so relaxed and enjoying our time together. Staying home really is such a pleasure.

Endless Rock Painting to line the garden boxes.

Sprinkler fun on a hot day.

Making Bread and other treats.

Dress up and play acting with buddies. Noah was a sharp-shooting fireman. Go figure.

Thrift Shopping! My new juicer for $4.00 (only juices carrots well, but that's o.k. for now - until I get my Champion juicer)

Picking and enjoying the fresh fruits of the season - YUMMY Rainier Cherries in our nephews back yard.

Swinging in the hammock

Hope you are also having a restful Summer enjoying each new day for what it has to offer. Every good and perfect gift is from the Lord.


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