June 29, 2009

Just a regular day

This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

After a morning full of chores and a bit of school, we ate our lunch in the back yard. It's a sunny day with a gentle breeze blowing - not too hot, not too cold.

A simple meal is always so much tastier when served with love and attention. We ate our favorite ham and cheese appetizer served on a crystal platter. Instead of the Tupperware bowl, I put some fresh fruit on a pink floral plate and served it with a silver spoon. We drank glasses of cold raspberry-lemonade and enjoyed a beautiful basket of flowers from a secret friend.

Sophia's picture of a friendly bumblebee.
Another picture she took of the hatched eggs. The eggs do belong to a Thrush and not a Robin as we previously thought. Every morning will find Sophia visiting the birds and trying to communicate with the mother. She sits still and sings a song or gives a few quiet whistles. What fun to be a little girl! She has started her own special "nature journal."

She wants a better camera - I don't blame her. Her father says that three months of work will earn her $100.00 towards her own camera. "That's forEVER!" However, she is a little excited over the challenge. Her new job will be to iron...since I sure never do it. I don't even have an ironing board. We will pick one up for her this week. Yesterday she ironed everyone's clothes for church. What a treat for me. She was all smiles doing her work - dollar signs shining in her eyes.

Speaking of Sophia: She was outside doing some gardening - pulling weeds and moving the sprinkler around. Seeing that her brother and sister were inside reading books, she came through the house and declared, "You guys need to come out and help me. I'm not the only guardian around here!" LOL.

Quizzing Dad before a big test.

Trying to figure out a problem in Mr. Santos' Technical drawing class.

Our days are filled with school again - helping Mr. Santos to study, being the sounding board for ideas and proof reading all the papers he has to write. He has a very full load this quarter. In fact, three days out of the week he is in classes more than twelve hours without a break! He has been able to maintain a 4.0 so far - we are hoping and praying he will be able to continue that. Either way, Mr. Santos always does his best. It has been so nice to see how God has knit our family together during this 'season' of the Santos Times.

Oh, and I was given an award today! It's the True Heart Award. Judy, at A Thankful Woman's Book of Blessings gave it to me. Between the beautiful flowers from my secret sister, the freshly mowed lawn from my hardworking man and the blog award, I'm just bouncing around full of thankfulness. God is so good to me! I keep humming "Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise him all creatures here below. Praise him above ye heavenly host. Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost.

Be sure to visit Judy and the other winners. How fun!


  1. sophia, you are really good with the camera! You got some great shots.

    Looks like a great day, family. Thanks for sharing. It is nice to REALLY enjoy our meals and times together. Love you guys and miss you.

    Auntie cheri

  2. Hi Auntie Cheri: somtimes it takes a lot of shots just to get one good picture. Bye

  3. Wow! A 4.0 is tremendous. Way to go Luis. That's really terrific. And the Heart award Laura! How exciting. And to hear about Sophia working towards her goals. I really appreciate how all of you do things 100%. What a great testimony.

    I like the picture of you helping Luis and the one of Sophia with her pretty headband. The one of the hatched birds was cool too, but since when are bumblebees friendly?

    Miss you everyday. Love you.

  4. To Lisa I love this blog when you guys think I look cool! Keep-up

  5. to Luis - we ALWAYS think you look cool! :-) Hope to see you soon. Come to CA and bake with us. By bake - i'm referring to the 110 degree weather....hm....maybe we should go there? Lol.


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