February 25, 2009

One of those days

It's been one of those days. Back talk from the children - calmly, by God's Grace, I discipline. Begging and not accepting 'No' for an answer - gently, by God's Grace, I stand firm. Bickering - I find a quiet voice somehow, by God's Grace, we come to solutions and peace. Phone calls from well meaning friends. "Laura, I just wanted to point out that you need to work on this fault I have noticed in you. Okay, love you, bye." By God's Grace I listen and say "thank you." These are the less painful events of the day. The rest are too personal to share.

It's been one of those days.

But Thank God for His Love for me. His love that is not wishy washy or just a feeling - His love that is powerful!

1 John 4:9-11
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Romans 8:37-39
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

My Jesus is alive, He is Victorious, He intercedes on my behalf, He sits at the right hand of the throne of God. He despised the shame of the cross - yet endured it. The love of God is in HIM. The love of God died for me.

And so, I wait for Him and tuck my children into bed, and listen to well meaning and sometimes not-so-well meaning criticisms, knowing that if My Great Jesus could endure the cross, I can, through Christ, endure "one of those days."

Homemaking Happiness

It is so much better to focus on what we want to BECOME rather than what we want to AVOID Becoming. Instead of trying not to be lazy or angry or ungrateful, just BE thankful and diligent and beautiful. You'll get along much better and make a lot more progress.

But it should be understood that for every wife the first duty is the
making and keeping of her own home. Her first and best work should be done
there, and till it is well done she has no right to go outside to take up other
duties. She is to be a “worker at home.” She must look upon her home as the one
spot on earth for which she alone is responsible, and which she must cultivate
well for God if she never does anything outside. For her the Father’s business
is not attending Dorcas societies, and missionary meetings, and mother’s
meetings, and temperance conventions, or even teaching a Sunday school class,
until she has made her own home all that her wisest thought and best skill can
make it. There have been wives who in their zeal for Christ’ work outside have
neglected Christ’s work inside their own doors. They have had eyes and hearts
for human need and human sorrow in the broad fields lying far out, but neither
eye nor heart for the work of live close about their own feet. The result has
been that while they were doing angelic work in the lanes and streets, the
angels were mourning over their neglected duties within the hallowed walls of
their own homes. While they were winning a place in the hearts of the poor or
the sick or the orphan, they were losing their rightful place in the hearts of
their own household. Let it be remembered that Christ’s work in the home is the
first that he gives to every wife, and that no amount of consecrated activities
in other spheres will atone in this world or the next for neglect or failure
there ~ Homemaking by J.R. Miller

Me in my work dress. I like working in this dress because it has pockets, easy to move around in, stain/wrinkle resistant, and if I have to run out to the store or the library I look presentable.

My best friend. I love you friend. Friend, what would I do without you? Have I told you lately how much I love you? You are my best friend.

We lived for about 3 months without a washing machine (3 years ago). During that time I was toting the children and the laundry to the laundromat in the rain or the night (we only had one car-so had to be when the Mr. came home). What a blessing and a convenience we often take for granted.

My in-laws still prefer cooking with fire (more familiar) even though they now have electricity in their part of the country. I am thankful that all I have to do is turn a knob and not go gather kindling for cooking. Do you know that much (if not most) of the world does not have the conveniene of a stove/oven for cooking their food?

This little friend and helper keeps me sane when I get overwhelmed. It's the neverending dishes that sometimes get to me - but Daisy the dishwasher is always there to say - "Just pass 'em to me and I'll get em clean and dry."

My little indulgence. Dusting wouldn't get done around here without these babies.

And of course, everything is more fun with three happy munchkins around to pitch-in.
I would like to thank Lady Lydia for another great post on homemaking and reminding us about being thankful and diligent in our work. Also, the J.R. Miller book is a GREAT read for you Christian wives and mothers. I am loving it.

February 24, 2009

The Daily Grind - more fun with kids

Here's a clip of my Noah (4 years old) doing the laundry. If you don't understand what he is saying at the end, it is "Watch out the ship is exploding!" I was going to include a clip of Naomi unloading the dishwasher, but that would have been a very very very very long video. LOL :) Truly though, the kids are such a blessing especially when I see them doing and ENJOYING their work.

February 23, 2009

Some of our favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad

One of my favorite movies! So beautiful to watch - the clothes, the scenery, the Glad Game.

A new favorite treat. All I can say is that this is the kind of yumminess you can make an event out of. MMMMmmm good.

I just bought a box of 60 avocados for $25.00 - what a savings. Can you believe I usually pay $1.79 each!? So we will have avocados with our eggs in the morning, avocados with red bean soup in the afternoon, avocados with feta cheese and salsa in the evening. Thank you Lord for creating avocados.

What are some of your favorite things?

February 21, 2009

Nobody is perfect - Not even those perfect people over there

Do you ever get discouraged with your life when you see "Them" and what "they" are doing? I know I do. There are so many creative people and funny people and Godly people that have so much to offer. Sometimes I feel like such a lump of mud compared to them - but that would be wrong. We are not to compare ourselves to our neighbors...but to "look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith."

Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. James 5:17

1 Corinthians 12:17-26 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

Here is an excerpt of a great article by the sweet Mrs. MacDonald:

Instead of wishing you could have a “really godly family” like that
spit-and-polished family at church, consider the great gift of your own family
and pray together that God would use you to serve one another, and others, to
the glory of God. Each family has its own flavor or scent, spiritually speaking;
and your family is no exception.

to read the whole article click here

February 18, 2009

We have read and loved this book for a long time...since my oldest was a baby. It seems to be more relevant to us lately - what the Santos Times has been struggling through. It seems we've been passing out a lot of grey dots - so much so it is becoming a bad habit. Now we are trying to keep track of this by calling it what it is.

Every time one of the kids or I say a negative thing about someone or something, we call out "Grey Dot!" and we become aware of how we are using our words.

For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: ~ 1Peter 3:10

Charity...beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:7

Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. ~ Proverbs 10:12

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. ~ 1Peter 4:8

He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.
~Benjamin Franklin

Movie Marathon

The following are some trailers to some films that have contributed to my desire to find out the truth about nutrition. I hope to see "The Beautiful Truth" soon. Even so, I have found the information this movie is promoting to be true in my research. I show the film "Food Matters" to whoever will watch it with me...awesome. The movie "King Corn" will make you look at everything you eat - EVERYTHING - in a new way. Also, I have not yet seen "Generation Rx" but stand in full agreement that drugs for behavioral problems is not the answer for anyone, let alone children.

I apologize for any bad language you may hear in the clips. I still think they are worth watching. We don't have to live tired, sick, and suffering lives. This is the TRUTH...and the TRUTH shall set you free.

Food Matters Official Trailer from foodmatters on Vimeo.

Body Balance Again

I was part of another two great Body Balance events yesterday. It was SO fun. I just LOOOVE attending these events and talking nutrition. It's so great when someone asks,

"Well, I have these allergies - you think Body Balance would help?"

I get goosebumps all over! I have seen people with allergies, acne, arthritis, autism and adhd experience relief and healing just by adding whole food nutrition to their life. And those are just some of the "A's" - not to mention the rest of the alphabet! If we give our bodies what it needs, it WILL (as it was designed to do) heal itself. So what does our body need? It all depends on the body and how depleted it is.

Like a car that needs gas to run, our bodies need nutrients to run. It is only a matter of time before we need to be refueled. If we run our car on fumes for too long it starts to break down. If you put the wrong kind of gas in, it starts to break down. If you don't change the oil regularly, it starts to break down.

So where are you at? Do you have a full tank? Do you have reserves for an emergency? Are you on empty, or do you consistently fill your tank up with a couple gallons just to have to stop again and again for refueling? Is your car constantly in the shop for repairs?

Maybe this is a clearer picture for you. Like a house needs a firm foundation to withstand the weather, our bodies need a firm foundation to get through all that life throws at us (toxins, germs, stress). The problem is, most of us live in run down, neglected shacks. It may have a nice paint job, perhaps even a good roof, which CAN do good for protecting a house. But a flood, or an earthquake, or heavy winds can send a house without a firm foundation to the ground. We live life thinking those things will never happen. It is not so much what good nutrition does for us now - at this moment - but also what it prevents in the next five or ten years.

That foundation is built with the following:

Trace elements
amino acids
essential fatty acids

There is no way folks to get these things without a good whole food nutritional supplement and there is nothing on the planet like Body Balance.

February 14, 2009


Who'da thought? I stepped out. Laid it all down and the next thing I know I am walking on water. What Peace - What Joy. I only took one step...The long road I thought I would have to walk instantly shortened.

Christian, obey the Lord. Christian, hide God's Word in your heart. Christian, Pray and humble thyself in the sight of the Lord.

I'm doing it - the war is over - the sun is shining - the bombs cannot reach me. God's grace is great and mighty. I don't deserve this...this goodness from God.

February 13, 2009

Unseen Suffering

Been in constant struggles over here at the Santos Times. Nothing tangible - no surgeries, no car accidents, no sickness, no financial stresses (even with dealing with unemployment - God provides our daily needs), no death, no emergencies. Yet there are constant struggles over here at the Santos Times.
Lightning strikes. Thunder booms. Torrential Rains. Bombs explode. Buildings and bridges collapse. But it is all unseen. We suffer through it. There are sleepless nights and tears and fear and what are we really suffering from?
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. Ephesians 6:12
Sometimes the lightning strikes with unkind words shouted in pride. Thunder booms with constant criticism. Torrential rains fall with complaining and ungrateful attitudes. Mud and floods and mess left in the wake. The bombs explode when bitterness is passed from one person to the next. All that was built up - all the bridges built with the fun we had the moment before collapsing with the harshness, or the pettiness, or the prideful unthankful attitudes.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Somebody has to be willing to fight this battle with the right weapons. Somebody. Who? Well, him of course. Or her. Definitely them. It's all their fault didn't you know?
In the middle of the night there is a still small voice. There is a pull.
But it is not fair Lord! Why me? Why am I always the one to have to lay it all down? I don't like your weapons...I like mine. I like my words and my facial expressions. I like the way I can retaliate with my body language or my quick tongue.
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Proverbs 8:13
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, [and] hating one another. Titus 3:3
Sure the weapons feed my flesh, but I don't like the emptiness it leaves me with. The heartburn. I want the peace, the joy.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Cor 5:17
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22
This war WILL end. Let me take up your weapons, thank you for providing them. Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee. Help us. Help me. Thank you that we can come to you to find grace in our time of need.

February 05, 2009

Fun in the neighborhood

Just around the corner from our house is a place called Banner Woods. We went there to enjoy a walk and a little adventure. You can see Noah - our little man - leading the way and cutting a trail with his sword.

Below, the girls get a little timid as the woods get thicker and darker - remembrances of Hansel and Gretel coming to mind.

There were countless forks along the trail.

I let them decide which way we would go. "Just remember how to get outta here - o.k.?" They were so cute as they would try and find markings on trees and on the trail. "Mom, this tree has moss on it...we'll remember that!" "Hm - o.k." (I secretly thought - don't all these trees have moss on them? I'm starting to feel claustrophobic. Oh my gosh are we gonna make it outta these woods?)

Yeah - let's go to the water where I can breathe. So just a few minutes on the other side of our street we went to the pier - across the street from the library.

Look to the left and see a view of Seattle in the background and the Bremerton Ferry.

Look to the right and see our snow covered Mount Rainier.

Don't we live in a beautiful neighborhood? We grabbed some more books from the library and went home to finish up those German chocolate brownies. A great day!

February 03, 2009

Self-inflicted Suffering

I've been having some hard days lately. Fear, pain, doubt. Bad things have been happening around me, but in the midst of all the turmoil I have realized that much of my suffering is because of my pride. I wish - oh how I wish - I could continue to point my finger. True, I am suffering. I have been wronged. But even in these circumstances it is possible to have Peace that passes understanding - to rejoice and be glad - unless...

Unless you are filled with pride.

I came across this poem today that reveals the true state of my suffering.

My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
I cheat you of your
God-given destiny...
because you demand your own way.
I cheat you of contentment...
because you "deserve better than this."
I cheat you of knowledge...
because you already know it all.
I cheat you of healing...
because you're too full of me to forgive.
I cheat you of holiness...
because you refuse to admit when you're wrong.
I cheat you of vision...
because you'd rather look in the mirror than out a window.
I cheat you of a genuine friendship...
because nobody's going to know the real you.
I cheat you of love...
because real romance demands sacrifice.
I cheat you of greatness in heaven...
because you refuse to wash another's feet on earth.
I cheat you of God's glory...because I convince you to seek your own.
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
You like me because you think I'm always looking
out for you. Untrue. I'm looking to make a fool of you.
God has so much for you, I admit, but don't worry...
If you stick with me You'll never know.
~Beth Moore


It has only been a couple of weeks since I cleaned out all my files and got ready for a new year. What do I find...piles, piles and more piles. I started on our taxes today (thank you Lord for TurboTax) and tried to get a little organized.
This is the pile I dislike the most.
This is the pile that costs the most.

This is the pile that will leave me at the computer with my glasses on and my brow furrowed for an eternity.

This is my favorite pile - the toss and get it outta here pile.

My cleaned out box ready for all of 2009 stuff.

Necessary fuel for any "paper and numbers day"...German Chocolate brownies! What?! Raw food just doesn't cut it in such trying circumstances. :)

February 02, 2009


This is just a random post to participate with Mrs. Parunak in a tagging game. It was kind of fun. If you would like to participate on your own blog or facebook page - just post a comment and let me know so I can read your list. The rules are to list 25 random things about yourself. Have a good day.

About Mrs. Santos:
  1. My feet are always cold.
  2. My favorite color is red.
  3. My family loves me in spite of all my faults (my sisters, my aunties, my uncles, and cousins, my grandma and my parents, my kids and my husband)- they tell me all the time and show me with phone calls and gifts and hugs and kisses. Sometimes this amazes me and fills me with a comfortable warmth.
  4. I don't like knick-knacks or clutter.
  5. We eat every meal with our fine china.
  6. The entire Santos family has bushy eyebrows - even me who married into the family.
  7. My husband and I met and married in less than two months.
  8. There was a blizzard on our wedding day.
  9. I love floral embroidery - though I can't embroider a stitch.
  10. My weirdest job involved selling steaks door to door. LOL
  11. Another strange job I had was working in a fishery in Alaska - cutting fish and pulling out worms. 16 hours a day, seven days a week. Why oh why?
  12. I didn't learn how to cook or clean until I got married.
  13. I love truth and hate deception.
  14. I enjoy painting with oils.
  15. I've been to Scotland.
  16. I dream of having my own lemon, orange and avocado trees. I think I will have to move away from Washington for that.
  17. My favorite people in the whole world are my three kids. I can't imagine a day without them. In fact I don't think I have ever had a day without them.
  18. Pride is my worst fault.
  19. I like to go for silent walks - no talking, just walking, looking at the tops of the trees.
  20. My favorite comfort food is tea and toast.
  21. I have chronic back pain.
  22. I am scared to death of roller coasters - sometimes even my husband's driving.
  23. All my favorite things and memories include flowers - I love flowers.
  24. I do not drink coffee or soft drinks.
  25. My favorite music is flamenco guitar.

Tag - you're it.


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