September 28, 2009

Monday Morning Daybook


September 28, 2009

Outside my window...

Looks like another clear and beautiful Fall day. The sky is a pale blue and the tip tops of the trees are bright yellow with the rising sun.
I am thinking...

There are going to be some big changes around here - and it starts with me.
I am thankful for...

God's mercies that are NEW every morning.

From the kitchen...

Oatmeal for Breakfast, Raw food for lunch, Chicken Enchiladas for dinner. I am making up taco meat and meatballs for the freezer.
I am wearing...

My pajamas - everyone is still asleep.
I am creating...

A menu - I have been so disorganized with our meals lately.
I am going...

to the park today to play games with my children. Last night we played "tic-tac-toe" and "hangman" and had a blast. Why don't I play with them more?
I am reading...

The book of Acts and
"cook it and freeze it" type recipe books
From the school room...

We are starting a unit study on eagles and making "reward cards" for keeping track of our scripture memory.

I am hoping...

To buy my grain mill tomorrow. Fresh ground wheat and homemade bread - here I come.

I am hearing...

the stirrings of the children getting up.

Around the house...

two loads of laundry to fold and put away before breakfast and lots of meat defrosting in the fridge.

One of my favorite things...

Sophia's smile. She has such beautiful dark eyelashes

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:

Test out and choose my grain mill, a visit with friends, lots of busywork to tie up for the Mr.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing…

A little gift I bought for myself.
( if you want to join in on this Monday meme click on the icon above)

September 24, 2009

I love Nutrition!

Recently, my blog was featured on because I am a stay-at-home mom with a business. So, I thought I would share with you some of my work. Mostly, I drink Body Balance. I give Body Balance to my family every day. I tell all my friends and family about what a wonderful product Body Balance is, and I go to retreats for family fun. There you have it. This is how I make money. If you want to know more about what I do or about the products The Santos Times take, you can browse my sidebar.

This picture is a little dark - sorry about that. Mr. Santos and I, along with my parents, are listening to the inspiring instruction and nutritional wisdom from the owner of Life Force, International. We were at the lovely Peniel Ranch ,which sits right on the Columbia River near Omak, Washington.

This is me getting a little "recognition award" for my work with Life Force. Standing next to me, in the blue and white, is my friend, Mrs. Streza. She has such a wonderful testimony of how nutrition changed her life. You would never imagine, knowing her now, that she used to wear a neck brace, use a walker, and endure constant pain. She is well into her seventies, but now, I think she runs circles around me!

Here are most of the attendees of the retreat. As you can see, we work for a family friendly company. Can you find the Santos Clan? We are a bit scattered. Mr. Santos is in the back row, the children are all together and I am somewhere in the middle wearing light blue.

Good food, good friends, good times at the Wellness Retreat.

Our team with our "speed boat" made out of empty Body Balance Bottles and duck tape. Now to get down to the Columbia River to see if our boat can win a race!

Here, you can see the heads of my three munchkins jealously watching the racers take off.

There they go! The smart girl kicking her feet hard, propelled their Body Balance boat to first place. (we lost :()
Are you aware that more than 80% of the most prevalent diseases are linked to diet and nutrition?

September 23, 2009

Go to the Library

Just wanted to recommend this story to all you Santos Times readers. My children and I had a very lengthy discussion after reading it...SOOO many questions they had. We read the words first and then we read the pictures and I explained to them what was happening "behind the words". The illustrations were unique and colorful and sparked some interest into adding ink to their water color paintings.
But most of all, it was a great time for my three small children to talk about and learn how God made man (all of mankind - male and female) in HIS image.

September 21, 2009

September Fun

We've had some "End of the summer fun" over here at the Santos Times this past month. It has kept us busy and happy.

Mr. Santos and his son spend some time together on a Father/Son Retreat.

A beautiful reward after a 3 mile hike - way to go guys!

Holding up a cave. I think you can click on the pic for a close-up.

The Santos Men. Aren't they strong and handsome?

Don't leave me brother! I will miss you so much! (you'd never know from this picture how these two best friends can fight)


Another "Spontaneous Santos Expedition". These little adventures usually wear me out. First, because they are completely 'out of the blue', and I am not able to prepare the way I would like. Second, it most likely requires some sort of "roughing it." Ah, but the kids love these things and it puts such a spark in Mr. Santos to just get up and go. Besides, how else can we enjoy banana milkshakes on the road, a cozy night camping in a tent, and a night sky full of innumerable stars?

The view from a bridge over "Crooked River"

Walking on the moon. Actually, it is the lava flow from a volcano that erupted in Oregon. We drove to the top and had quite a view.

Fort Rock, Oregon. Thousands and thousands of empty acres in the Oregon Outback.

Mount Hood. Most of the trip was in the car. We drove six hours to get "there" camped out and then drove back. So that road you see there was included for a reason.
Nothing puts a smile on the face of Mr. Santos like the expression "On the road again!"


A SHORT but WONDERFUL visit from my sister and her beautiful family. They arrived on Sunday afternoon and left this morning. What a blessing it was to visit with them. How is it that family can fill up so many places in your heart and leave them so empty at the same time?

The men.

The Ladies

My dear sister Cheri and me.

The Santos clan with cousin Mo.

Eating up my favorite nephew. Come back Mo!

September 10, 2009

Morning Dew and a Boy in his boots

He's a morning person. His routine is to run around the house five or six times right when he gets up...unless he wants to go out with his bow and arrow. The air is crisp and the sunlight shines through all the spiders webs in the trees.

The grass is bright with the morning sun shimmering off the dew. Do you see the dark trail blazed through by the little boy in his boots?

He's so cute out there in the yard - so independent and yummy - I could just eat him up.

A dewy, shadowy, morning shot of my Noah - unbrushed teeth, still in his pajamas, happy to be out in the morning.
~ Our favorite "Noah-isms" ~
Mom! I just SOLL the best car!
I did not eat the last cookie. I did not.
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus sake. 2 Corinthians 4:5

Been thinking on this verse for some time and today it WAMMED me in the chest hard.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for your goodness to us, for saving us. Lord, I pray that I would share YOU with my family. That it would be YOU that they see in my life and not just all my ideas and beliefs and religion. I pray that when I preach myself - I would be preaching a servant...Help me to serve my husband and children today for your sake. Show me Lord if there is anyone else I can serve. Thank you for your grace and strength. You are so good to me. Amen.

September 09, 2009

Being Feminine

This painting is called "Summer Love". Did you ever play outside in a dress? When I was young I wore "play clothes" which was always a pair of jeans or shorts. My girls and I have been attempting to dress more "feminine". We rarely wear pants anymore - just personal style. I am more comfortable in a dress or skirt and I feel more apt to "act like a lady" when I am dressed like one.

Our own "Summer Love"

Two little Ladies - (Naomi's face looks a little painful, huh?) Probably because she was waiting for me to take the picture so that she and her sister could swing like monkeys on this adorable park swing and NOT act like ladies. They are wearing their new dresses that Grandma made for them. We call them their "Sound of Music" dresses because they are made out of the material from my old curtains. :)

I don't think I can go too overboard indoctrinating my girls on how to act like a lady. Every time I turn around they are climbing up a tree or playing cowboys or spy games with their brother, Noah. "Maid Marion" shooting her arrows.

Playing at the beach in a feminine little skirt and tee.
What is the quote? Life imitates art? or is it Art imitates life?
Whatever the case, this painting "Evening Promenade" was the inspiration for the photo below.

" Promenade on the beach"

More feminine inspiration (smiles)

Sophia lou

Ha ha :) - Sophia took this picture of me.

September 06, 2009

We're Home!

The sky is grey and the rain has been coming down here and there all day, sometimes in torrents and sometimes in sprinkles. The sound of the wind blowing through the birch trees and maples comforts me like the presence of a good friend.

A big pot of ham and beans simmers on the stove and a strawberry-peach pie bakes in the oven.

All that is left to do is to put a clean cloth on the table and set out all the pretty blue and white china plates my mother gave me.

Soon three dark eyed beautiful children and a tired man will come tramping in the house - leaving their shoes and dirt at the door for a little comfort of their own. It doesn't seem to matter to them that the shoe shelf is right by the door - shoes still get strewn all over the place. That's O.K. It means everyone is home and safe.

Today, in church, our pastor talked about how we are "called." He used the example of a family being called to dinner as an illustration. The mother can call out "dinner's ready!" Or she could send one of the children to tell each person individually. We could be called to dinner because of the smells coming from the kitchen. Maybe we are called to dinner because of the rumbling in our stomach.

In what way have you been called? Have you heard the call? or do you feel it in the pit of your stomach? You gonna answer and come and eat?

Taste and see that the Lord is good...Psalm 34:8

September 04, 2009

It's not US, it's HIM

The more we know God, the more our life changes. We start to look and act different from the rest of the world. Sometimes we can get caught up in these differences. But let us not forget that it is the work of JESUS CHRIST that is getting us into heaven.

True, Faith without works is dead. True, a modest and temperate lifestyle pleases the Lord. But the Bible is clear that our righteousness is as filthy rags to the Lord.


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