February 27, 2010

Turn on the light

When you walk into a dark room you don't try to get rid of the darkness BEFORE you turn on the light. That's impossible and a waste of time.
All you need is light. Open the blinds, turn on the lamp, light the candle and the darkness is gone.

So it is with your heart. Do you have a wicked and dark heart?

You'll know by the way you talk.

"out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." Matt 12:34

You'll know by the way you look.

"A glad heart makes a cheerful face" Prov 15:13

Don't try and get rid of the wickedness and darkness before you turn on the light. It is impossible. Like me, you cannot be kind, or thankful, or forgiving all on your own. You need to turn on the light.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

February 25, 2010

The children were sorting and counting the money jar this morning. Naomi (age 6) exclaimed, "Oh my Gosh! This penny was made in the 1900's!"
I think I feel a little old, today. (lol)

February 24, 2010


"Katy," Helen inquired, "do you always submit to God's will?"

"In great things I do," I said. "What grieves me is that I am
constantly forgetting to recognize God's hand in the little everyday trials of
life, and instead of receiving them as from Him, find fault with the
instruments by which He sends them. I can give up my child, my only
brother, my darling mother without a word; but to receive every tiresome visitor
as sent expressly and directly to weary me by the Master Himself; to meet every
negligence on the part of the servants as His choice for me at the moment; to be
satisfied and patient when Ernest gets particularly absorbed in his books,
because my Father sees that little discipline suitable for me at the time; all
this I have not fully learned."

from Stepping Heavenward

The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. Psalm 16:5

February 17, 2010

Today for Tomorrow

It's such a beautiful day!

The sun is shining and the grass is a gleaming emerald green. All this golden warm glow is making our yard - even the muddy driveway - look so happy and alive. The children could not be held in. They are outside running and prancing about like puppies.

The tulips are two inches high and there is much promise for Spring. I'm thinking of putting a flower box under the window with some sort of hanging flower (perhaps clematis or simple morning glories) to add more dimension to the tulip bed.

Mr. Santos will be home soon for lunch. I have a warm vegetable soup ready for him with corn tortillas and chunks of sharp El Salvadorean cheese. The jalapenos have been roasted and the coffee pot is ready.

Join me in Giving Thanks to God for these simple things. Big changes are on the horizon. We don't know what tomorrow will bring, but for each day, sunny or not, there is something to be thankful for.

Last night, I was thinking on my oldest daughter. She will only be a little girl for another year or so, maybe two. Then, changes will come as she miraculously turns into a woman. Why not let her giggle a little more? Why not let her creations be a little crooked? or let her wear those silly clothes that don't match? She thinks it's the most divine outfit in the world. There is plenty of time for her to be "grown-up." Is it really my job to point out flaws? No, I will love my girl a little more. Time is so short.

Mr. Santos, my Mr. Political, is the resident professor of Current Events and World History. It is customary in our house to listen to Professor Santos lecture on the state of our times or what sort of impact Chavez, or Obama, or whoever is having on our world. Well, even if Mr. Santos wasn't so up on the times, it's pretty hard not to see that life in the United States is changing. There is a possibility that the few freedoms we have today will be gone tomorrow. It's already against the law in many places to even EAT what we want. But what can I do? What am I supposed to do?

That they (Older women) may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:4-5

Well, I can make my home a pleasant place to be. I can make good nutritious food and open the door to beautiful art for my children. We can be hospitable while we have the opportunity ~ especially to fellow believers. I can smile and then smile some more. I can flood the minds and hearts of my children with scripture. What I do today will have an impact on tomorrow.

I look back to yesterday. Was it a day full of rebukes and frowns and irritability? Was I fearful and angry? Yesterday? Nope. It was nice. But that is not always my answer. Just this morning, my Naomi was too wiggly at the breakfast table and fell off her chair. She landed on her head and her feet were up in the air where her head should have been. For a brief second, we all stared at her green striped socks bending over her bowl of oatmeal.

Would I laugh or scold? The children looked at me and I smiled as I shook my head. Daddy laughed and the whole table was full of giggles. "Sit straight, Naomi." and it was over.

I don't think we should live today like there is no tomorrow. Maybe we should be living today for tomorrow.

February 15, 2010

Daybook, Feb 2010

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Presidents Day, 2010

Outside my window...

Lime colored moss in the dark green grass giving the illusion of dappled sunshine...But it is just moss and it is still grey, we can pretend.

I am thinking...

My Sophia Lou is such a bugaboo. She is on a writing spree...poems pouring out of her like water. "I have a leaf and some beef. I put my leaf in my collection of perfection and the beef to simmer for my dinner."

I am thankful for...

Friends, and tea, and sleep, and chocolate, and warm socks

From the learning rooms...

space travel - isn't it amazing how the earth sits in such utter darkness when you look at it from outer space? It is so bright...but only because of the sun shining on it.

I am pondering...

"...Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough... It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again," to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again," to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike: it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy..."

GK Chesterton.

From the kitchen...

Kefir. A friend brought over some grains that I am soaking...it will be ready in a day or two for making smoothies. Can you make Kefir with Coconut milk? I wonder...

I am wearing...

Black - and my glasses - which I seem to need more and more lately.

I am creating...

A schedule...still. It keeps being put off by unscheduled events. Hmm.

I am going...

to do some reading and listen to my favorite hymn "Great is thy Faithfulness" a few times...it always makes me relax and feel contented.

I am remembering...

The cute Valentine's Tea Party my girls hosted this past weekend and the fun they had opening their Valentine's from Mr. Santos and me. They each got a "golden ticket" good for one special date alone with Mom or Dad.

I am reading...

"For the children's sake" - again - and still - as well as doing my Bible study based on the novel "Stepping Heavenward."

I am hoping...

for a little sunshine tomorrow. We are meeting another family for a walk.

I am hearing...

my son playing with a new toy he received as a gift...it talks. "Manny and his Motorcycle"

I keep hearing "let's hit the road, Vamanos!"

Around the house...

Mr. Santos. He doesn't have class today. It's amazing how he fills up this little place.

One of my favorite things...

A quiet rest holding my munchkins and listening to hymns.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

A walk with friends, lots of reading in school, A Wellness Event for Body Balance, watching my tulips and daffodils peep through the dirt. Those flowers think it is Spring already.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Naomi, my middle skittle has a dream to own a dog.

February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1John 4:10

February 08, 2010

Daybook - Special Edition

Special Edition!

This daybook includes the answers from the Santos Times Littles.
Noah - 5 years old
Naomi - 6 years old
Sophia - 8 years old.

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Monday February 8, 2010

Outside my window...

Mom: My "friend," a very tall fir tree. He is always there when I look out my bedroom window ...when I am sad, when I am happy, when I first get up and when I am just looking out with many thoughts on my mind.
Noah: trees and grass
Naomi: trees without leaves
Sophia: a grey sky and a picnic table

I am thinking...

Mom: Life is hard, and good and amazing and hard.
Noah: about chickadees

Naomi: about donuts and cookies
Sophia: what is the next question going to be

I am thankful for...

Mom: my children and my husband even though sometimes I just want to run away.
Noah: that we ate French bread for breakfast
Naomi: "Fasty", my horse. (FYI, it's a toy)
Sophia: my family

From the learning rooms...

Mom: less teaching and lecturing, more guiding
Noah: I don't know
Naomi: Rats in El Salvador have big teeth. Daddy told me.
Sophia: Math

From the kitchen...

Mom: The smell of burnt french toast.
Noah: Body Balance and lemon medicine.
Naomi: A cookie jar full of yummy cookies. Can I have a cookie, Mom?
Sophia: An oven, a fridge, a dishwasher, a sink, etc.

I am wearing...

Mom: A cream colored cardigan with lavender and pale blue hydrangeas all over it...this with a denim dress. This outfit is not quite my style, but almost everything I have is brown or black and I was in the mood for some color. I tried to fix my hair in a trendy way and put some hoop earrings on to offset the old-fashioned look.
Noah: pants and a shirt
Naomi: my favorite outfit - my blue pants, with my pink tee-shirt and my brown sweatshirt with the pink butterflies all over it.(from Mom: it's her "uniform", she has to be coaxed to wear anything else)
Sophia: white skirt, white shirt, and a short sleeve black bolero style sweater.

I am creating...

Mom: a schedule. I am tired of 'winging it'
Noah: uh, trying to fix my wooden boat.
Naomi: a wagon
Sophia: stuff for decorating my dollhouse

I am going...

Mom: to allow God to defend me instead of working so hard to defend myself.
Noah: Home
Naomi: to see my "Fasty"
Sophia: to take out the trash

I am reading...
Mom: For the Children's Sake - again. Very good book.
Noah: A book
Naomi: The Bible
Sophia: Pollyanna and Swiss Family Robinson

I am remembering...

Mom: That Jesus is coming again and if he comes back while I am still here I will meet Him in the clouds. YEAH!
Noah: When I had my Civil War Pistol
Naomi: When we lived at our old house, 'cause in the spring I would know when it was my birthday 'cause my tree would have flowers on it. I miss my tree.
Sophia: last summer - the teepees, and the sprinklers and going to VBS

I am hearing...

Mom: The children at the table doing "busywork"
Noah: wind blowing
Naomi: tea pouring
Sophia: people talking

Around the house...

Mom: chores to be done. I love cleaning.
Noah: a couch
Naomi: Fasty, my horse
Sophia: a radio to play our favorite song

I am hoping...

Mom: to listen more than I talk this week.
Noah: to get another civil war pistol
Naomi: that I will get a "real" horse someday.
Sophia: to go to the library today.

One of my favorite things...

Mom: Country Living or Victoria Magazine
Noah: guns
Naomi: 'Fasty'
Sophia: reading

A few plans for the rest of the week:

Mom: Cleaning and organizing and prepare some extra meals for a couple families dealing with lots of sickness - Oh - It's my grandmother's birthday this week. I will send her a small package too.
Noah: that I'll get my sisters something for Valentines Day.
Naomi: Play with Fasty and hook her to my wagon.
Sophia: play, go to the library and get ready for our Valentines Tea Party on Friday.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Noah, throwing rocks in a mountaintop lake last summer.

February 05, 2010

Kid Quotes

Noah: Mom, can I have a shuffle?

Mom: What?

Noah: A shuffle. Can I have a shuffle?

Mom: What's a shuffle?

Noah: You know! These are shuffles! (pointing to the dark chocolate mounds in the crystal candy dish)

Mom: OOOhhh - Truffles!


At a recent potluck we enjoyed Hot Chocolate:

Naomi and Noah pulled on my skirt beckoning me to bend down to their level. "What is it?" I asked. "Momma," they whispered, "Can we have some mushrooms in our hot chocolate?"

"You mean marshmallows?"


The things we know that we take for granted our children know:

Sophia, age 8, was answering a little survey from her cousin. One of the questions was "Do you wear contacts?" She had to ask, "What are contacts, Mom?"

"They're glasses that you wear right on your eyeball instead of your nose."

"Oh my gosh! WOW! Really? I definitely don't wear contacts! But Mom, do you know anyone who does?"


Noah counting during school:

"twenty-six, twenty-seven, twenty-eight, twenty-NINE, NINETY!"

Mom: "I don't think so, punkin."

February 04, 2010

A Valentine's Day Gift


All my munchkins will get this for Valentine's day, 2010. In their room is a low bookshelf with a lamp on top. It is the perfect space for three little mailboxes. I picked up some cute canisters at the thrift store - each one different. Won't it be fun to use their canister all year to share love notes? I love this idea. What are you doing for your family this Valentine's day?

February 03, 2010

Feed my Sheep

I heard this story last night - at least a version of it...

A man was visiting a family with two young children. The children looked gaunt
and sickly - like they were starving. The man said to the children "Oh my, you
look hungry."

The older child replied, "We are sir, so hungry."

"Here, let me give you some money to buy food."

"Oh, we don't
need money, sir. We have plenty of money."

"Well, then why are you

"My mom is just busy. She has to clean the house, and she has
Bible study that she teaches on Tuesday nights that she has to study for. And
then she has to drive us to piano lessons and soccer practice. Daddy gets home
and needs her attention and sometimes we have company and we have to do our
school work. She needs time to herself, too...for crafts and blogging. Mom just
doesn't have time to feed us."

"What?! That's ridiculous! What about
your father?"

"Oh, well, my father is a deacon at church. He works
everyday and then when he comes home he watches a little T.V. to relax. Plus, he
is busy at the church almost every night of the week. He has Bible study and
then the church soccer league. They practice and have games. You know, a lot of
people come to him for counseling and that takes up his time. When he is not
busy with all of that, he likes to play video games. So, we just don't get fed."

"What do you eat?"

"Sometimes my Sunday School teacher gives us
food. But it is only a snack and doesn't really fill us up. I wish we could eat
every day. Mom says that we will eat more when we get older and learn to feed

Aghast, the man shook his head. He gave the children a
little food. Oh, it made them so happy and they enjoyed the taste so much. They
wanted more, but the man was only visiting. He left them and the children didn't
know when, or if they would ever eat again.

Isn't that a horrible story? The possibility of anyone starving their children - especially when it is in the power of parents to feed their little ones is beyond us. Capable and Rich, these parents neglected the feeding of their children.

It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matt 4:4

Aren't we doing the same thing when we neglect to feed our children's souls with God's Word? Our responsibility as parents is to TEACH our children God's Word.

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:7-9

The opportunity - the chance to do this is short.

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. Amos 8:11-12

I was stopped in my tracks with this story. What am I feeding my children? What appetites am I satisfying for them...because they are hungry for more than just food. I feed them entertainment. I feed them academics and art. I feed them nature and their competitive desires. I feed them relationships and skills. Good stuff. We glory in all of this. It's good and beautiful.

What does God say about it all?

And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. Luke 16:15

All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the LORD endures forever. 1Peter 1:25

While we have a chance - let's feed our kids the stuff that will last...God's Word.

February 01, 2010

It's Monday Again - Whacha doin this week?

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Monday February 1, 2010

Outside my window...

Another grey day. No rain - just grey. The van looks dirty in the driveway. I bet a drive through the car wash would make it feel more like Spring.

I am thinking...

About chores. You know what is so neat about 'em? They become so routine and mindless that you are freed up to pray. I love wiping the counters and washing the dishes and vacuuming. I don't have to think about my work and so I can spend that time thinking and praying.

"Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work." Oswald Chambers.

I am thankful for...


From the learning rooms...

Workbooks today - plus a little poetry with our history.

From the kitchen...

If it wasn't for this daybook, I might not ever think what should come out of the kitchen. My ultimate dream in life is to have my own cook - a plump little old lady who loves the Lord and can cook Salvadorean food.

I guess we'll have soup for lunch and fish tacos for dinner. I'll soak some beans for tomorrow. We can have fried ham and beans. OK...that's done and figured out. (smile)

I am wearing...

Jean skirt and brown sweater and warm fuzzy slippers.

I am creating...

a prayer list.

I am going...

to the car wash

I am reading...

the book of Revelation.

I am remembering...

A message I heard by Jeff Pollard this weekend. It was on hospitality. Revelation 3:20 Jesus says "I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."

God loves hospitality. He says "And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 1 Peter 4:8-9

We show love to brothers and sisters in Christ through Hospitality. Had anyone over lately? Last time we had anyone over was Christmas Eve. I invited someone over this week but we may end up going to her house instead...she has goats that the children want to visit. Guess I better make up some cookie batter for that visit. (more stuff out of the kitchen! - where are you sweet little cook?)

No, cooking does not count as housework - too much thinking required.

I am hearing...

Sophia reading "Where the sidewalk ends" to the children.

Around the house...

Breakfast dishes to wash and floors to be vacuumed. A chance to pray.

I am hoping...

To receive my new Bible study in the mail - Stepping Heavenward. I can't wait.

One of my favorite things...

A sunny day.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

A visit with friends, and create a menu (ha ha).

Here is picture thought I am sharing...
My little Naomi when she was only 1 year old...Oh they grow up so fast...Look at those chubby toes and I think that dress would fit her teddy bear. She will be seven years old next month!


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