September 30, 2008

"You cannot make your own heart beat."

We watched these two videos and afterwards Sophia (age 7) asked "I wonder how I can make God smile?" What a great question!



September 29, 2008

My Daybook




FOR TODAY Monday, September 29, 2008
Outside My Window...


It is a sunny day. The children have finished school and are riding their bikes around. Earlier they were having a picnic in one of their many hideouts. It's nice to see them safe and 'free'


I am thinking...


It is a beautiful day, and wondering what you (my friends) are doing now.

I am thankful for...


Body Balance. Luis got sick this weekend so we doubled him and the kids up on nutrition and garlic. It is so nice to know what to do when it comes to illness in the family. Give your body what it needs and it will heal itself.

From the kitchen...


Yummy warm smells. We picked some apples from the side of the road so there is a big pot cooking for applesauce. The rest we will juice.

I am wearing...


jeans, striped tee, slipper socks, hair rolled up in a bun.

I am creating...


an updated resume for Luigi (aka Mr. Santos)

I am going...


for a walk with the kids after this post. One of the joys of being a homeschooling mom.

I am reading...


Bonny's Big Day by James Herriot to the kids and Chicken Tractor by Andy Lee for me


I am hoping...


Luigi is feeling O.K. He had a sore throat and fever all day Sunday.

I am hearing...


The occassional banging, and tapping out of tunes from the piano. Thanks to some generous friends, we finally got the piano home.

Around the house...


steamy windows from the applesauce and rays of sunshine. I love this little place.

One of my favorite things...


Mr. Santos laughing at an old episode of Andy Griffith. You should see how he cracks up...it just makes you smile.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:


Another dentist appointment, library run, school, school, and school.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing…



The kids enjoying the view out at Seabeck.

September 22, 2008

My Daybook


FOR TODAY Monday, September 22, 2008
Outside My Window...

Are cedars and hemlocks, maples and spruces...trees trees trees. I love it. I love the sound they make when the wind blows and the fluttering of the birds flying from branch to branch.

I am thinking...

of my Grandma Betty. She used to brush my hair so hard and pull it back in such a tight pony tail that my eyes would slant. "Mom, your hurting me!" my Naomi shouts when I brush her hair. I tell her, "Have I ever told you what it was like when your great grandma would brush my hair?...the tangles are forgotten and she rushes to the mirror to see if her eyes are slanted too...I miss my Grandma Betty.

I am thankful for...

a new day. God's mercies are new every morning...how wonderful. The sin and mistakes of yesterday are in the past...a chance to start fresh. Praise the Lord.

From the kitchen...

is the smell of fish. Mr. Santos bar-b-qued a whole fish yesterday (head, tail and all - that's his favorite way) He and the kids had a late night snack of that fish...licking their lips and sucking the bones...yuck. But all of them loved it...and the plate of scales and bones were left in the kitchen for me to clean up...the smell lingers.

I am wearing...

the same clothes I wore yesterday...he he...a black skirt, a multi-colored striped sweater and black flats.

I am creating...

Nothing...I know what I will do...I will write a letter to my Grandma Betty.

I am going...

to take the kids to visit some new puppies this week.

I am reading...

The Psalms

I am hoping...

that the kids and I will memorize two new Bible verses this week. We like to make up songs with them...so I am hoping we come up with a good tune.

I am hearing...

the silence of living in the woods...no more morning sirens, traffic and garbage trucks. Wow.

Around the house...

are the patterns of the vacuum cleaner. We are constantly vacuuming around here...we are wood floor kinda people...so we are ever and always staying on top of the dust and stains of the carpeting.

One of my favorite things...

Noah marching through the house singing in his 'manly' voice..."Three boys, strong boys, trusted God, made a choice!" (a song about Shadrach, Meshach and Abedneggo in the fiery furnace) When he sings that song, I always have to scoop him up and kiss his neck.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:

Puppies, letters, make a bulletin board, and plan out our first lap books for the year.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing...



My funny Sophia cracking herself up. She has lost a few teeth and I am so thankful. It makes her look younger. I am always telling her that no one in this house is allowed to grow older than seven years old...last year I said six and the year before I said five. Sometimes I wish my babies would stay babies.

September 08, 2008

My Daybook


FOR TODAY , Monday, September 8, 2008
Outside My Window...

Ripening tomatoes! The season started late here and it looks like it may end late too...if the sunshine holds out for a few more days I may have a big basket of red ripe tomatoes. Our first harvest!

I am thinking...

Of a movie Mr. Santos and I watched last night...the first half of Les Miserables. We ended right in the middle - after he turned himself in as a convict...and I keep thinking, 'the consequences for doing what is right are sometimes severe.' How much evil is done in the name of justice!

I am thankful for...

Our time at church yesterday. What a good message about the Glory of God in our lives.

From the kitchen...

Chocolate peanut butter balls (using raw cacao, coconut and chopped walnuts), Pineapple spears, grapes, tomatoes with shitake/sesame vinagarette and cayenne pepper, strawberry/banana/spinach smoothies. Easy 'on the go' foods for a day of hard work. We will be taking a couple more loads to our new home.

I am wearing...

A white dress with my old red and white button-up shirt over - sleeves rolled to the elbow. Red slip-on flats. Hair in a french braid.

I am creating...

A list of names for people who need our new address and phone number.

I am going...

To a couple carpet stores today. There is carpeting in the dining room (ridiculous idea) so I need a good 'hide all' carpet to put under the table.

I am reading...

Teacher guides and reading lists to get ready for school to start. We are late with all the moving and Santos Times events.

I am hoping...

To get some help moving our Washer and piano soon. Mr. Santos said we could bring the piano if I could figure out how to help him move it...so I am hoping...

I am hearing...

The sound of the dishwasher. Maybe I will go turn on Fernando Ortega...it's the only CD I have left here. Everything else is at the new house.

Around the house...

It is big and empty. Most of the furniture has been moved or sold. The kids run around in all the space. Moving from 2700 sq feet to 900 sq feet...this place seems like a mansion.

One of my favorite things...

Naomi's laugh. It is so contagious.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:

Loads to the thrift store, dentist appt. for the kids, Final MFTH Bible study this week, final loads to the new house. We plan on being there 'for real' this week.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...



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