September 28, 2010

Gone...will be at the farm for a while.

The posts look to be few and far between for the next weeks. The Santos Clan is working at the farm 4 days a week selling pumpkins. In addition, we are also busy sewing our dolls, trying to record a CD for Christmas, and enjoying the rigors of child training (wink). This doesn't leave much time for the computer and the pleasure of blogging or reading blogs.

HOWEVER, I would love to direct you to a new (to us) blog that our family visits weekly now. It is Jo's blog. She posts an Art Wednesday every week, and we just love it. She shares a little synopsis of the artist for the week and some of their work. The children and I have learned so much and I wanted to share what a wonderful resource Jo's website is to us. Won't you go and visit her?...and leave her a happy comment?

Anyways, between the sewing, the singing and the training...I'll talk to you soon.

September 23, 2010

Tea Time

join Ruth and others for tea, HERE.

I am having...

Water. The girls and I were at a tea party today and I am just about "tea'd" out. I had Ginseng Peppermint tea (wonderful) with a slice (a HUGE slice) of caramel nut apple pie. SOOO yummy and quite a treat. I brought half of my pie home for Mr. Santos, who was only too ready to gobble it up.

I am feeling...

Full. The strap around my new dress is a little tight (how does this happen so quickly?) and maybe that is making me feel fuller than I am. It couldn't be that just one decadent piece of pie with pots and pots of tea would make my dress tighter...could it?

Also feeling a little cold. Autumn is here but we are waiting as long as possible before we start to use the heater.

On my mind...

How I am going to decorate the shed for the pumpkin patch this weekend. I think I will hang a fall quilt and put out a few pumpkin spice candles...Perhaps a bowl of candy corn and a pot of cider...some garlands of fall colored maple leaves...Oh and a welcome sign, can't forget the WELCOME sign...hmm.

A quote to share...

Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. Proverbs 14:1

Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Proverbs 24:3-4

September 21, 2010


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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Outside my window...

Sunshine, but it is cold. There are two towering sunflowers that have bloomed in the garden. They are late bloomers. Everytime I look out and smile at them I feel like they are tall and happy soldiers standing guard over the back yard.

I am thinking...

About the sermon titled "A Widow who became a channel of God's Power" by Otto Koning.

good stuff...get a copy of it if you can.

I am thankful for...

The patience of God. Can you see His long-suffering in your life? I sure see it in mine.

I am learning...

That a meek and quiet spirit is in the sight of God of great price...and no wonder. It costs a lot sometimes to be such. To be teachable, to be quiet when I would rather point a finger and instruct others in all that I "know"

Those who lose their life will find it.

From the kitchen...

Salsa. I made fresh salsa yesterday using raw ingredients. It really was very good. Today I will roast all the ingredients and see how it turns out.

I am wearing...

White eyelet skirt with a red and white polka dot tee.

I am creating...

A doll

I am going...

To the beach after this post to enjoy the sunshine on the those diamonds!

I am remembering...

I need to drop off some books at the library...good thing it is near the beach.

I am reading...

with the children two books. "Little Britches" and "Paddle to the Sea" The children found an old beat up boat abandoned on the beach this weekend. They pretended to be "paddle to the sea" all afternoon. Isn't it funny how a child's perspective is so different from an adult?

There was one moment when their boat got caught on a wave and they were "swept out to sea" as they described it. "Oh Mom! It was so scary, we were in the middle of the ocean!"

Really, they were only about two feet from shore.

I am hoping...

That Mr. Santos will get the job he interviewed for this week.

I am hearing...

the servants at work ~ aka, the dryer, the washer, the dishwasher

Around the house...

sunshine streaming through the windows

One of my favorite things...

A strong wind blowing through the trees around my house~especially in the early morning hours...sounds like waves crashing.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

A tea party and a couple birthdays. We may also open the farm up for a U-Pick. All our pumpkins are ready. Do you think it is too early for a pumpkin patch to be open?

Here is a picture thought I am sharing...

These flowers are growing in my garden...but I still haven't found my camera (it is forever lost I'm afraid) so I can't show you the real thing.

September 16, 2010

Tea Time

join Ruth and others for tea, HERE.

I am having...

Jasmine tea that my oldest daughter made for me in a very large mug. I am also enjoying a piece of toast with a fried egg and a little "fan" of avocado slices. I was taught that it is rude to eat in front of others. Even as I type that out, I feel I should offer you some breakfast too, which I would gladly do if you were here...

I am feeling...

Happy. It is a dark morning and all the lamps are on. Noah is working on the farm with Mr. Santos and the girls and I are going to work on our dolls.

These are the joys of rushing to and fro and time to get to know our children.

On my mind...

I can't teach love and kindness to my children through discipline as well as I can by example.

A quote to share...

"Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best; God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best, and man will not take it." George MacDonald

September 11, 2010

Have you been where I am now?

You never thought you would be here, but somehow you are. Perhaps it's your health. A spouse. Financial burdens. Because of "whatever," You are not able to be the mother you want to be...or the wife, or the daughter.

The "if only's" play in your mind.

Maybe it is time to consider that you are not meant to be the woman you want to be, but the woman GOD wants you to be.

September 09, 2010

Tea Time

join Ruth and others for tea, HERE.

I am having...

Hot Peppermint Tea, with a couple drops of peppermint oil dropped in. When I add the drops, I close my eyes (they will burn otherwise), cup my hands around my mug and breathe deeply the vapors of the tea. If you feel a little stuffy, this will clear your nasal passages and soothe your throat. It also rejuvenates.

I am feeling...

Overwhelmed...But Jesus says, "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. "

On my mind:How the wicked and the foolish spread themselves they laugh and sneer at purity and goodness then point their fingers to condemn the righteous.

Not very pleasant thoughts, huh? Sorry.

However, I do have a beautiful patch of zinnias in the yard that have been in bloom for over a month now. Every time I look out the window, they make me smile. They truly are a gift to me during these difficult days. I wish you could see them. I lost my camera so I cannot share a photo of the whole patch...too bad...but they are pink and yellow and orange...and as tall as a nine year old child. Sophia took a picture of a bloom (before I lost the camera) for her collection.

A quote to share:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 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. Romans 8:35-39

Have you ever wondered how Paul could write...almost in the same sentence...killed all the sheep for the slaughter...nay we are more than conquerors? Guess, I'll go finish my tea.

September 07, 2010

The Pharisee in me

One day I found within my heart
someone who’d been there from the start.
A prudish person—self appointed,
self sufficient—self anointed.

Though I, a true disciple be
I’ve met the Pharisee in me!

Blessed are the poor in spirit

Oh, Lord, I pray hard on my way
I try to do it every day
A publican to be I try
and beat my breast and sigh and cry
I’m hoping others round will see—
oops—there’s the Pharisee in me!

Blessed are those who mourn

He sees not why his heart should bow.
Instead he’s holier than thou.
He casts the mote out of your eye,
while beam in his obscures the why
a tear be shed because of sin
or why he should begin again

Forgive me, Lord, the sin you see,
I’ve met the Pharisee in me!

Blessed are the meek

He’s there as I start out my week
advising me that meek is weak.
he’s up before me every day,
to figure out a better way
than following Him submissively.
I’ve met the Pharisee in me!

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness

He tells me, “Oh, you know enough
just keep on with the same old stuff—
you’ve books galore and tapes to lend,
No need to learn theology - ”
I’ve met the Pharisee in me!

Blessed are the merciful

He passes people every day
Who’ve lost their innocence some way
He says a prayer for those poor fools,
for breaking his religious rules
“No time for mercy now,” says he,
“at Bible study I must be.”

Blessed are the pure in heart

He laughs when told of a pure heart,
And wants no parcel or no part
of looking in and seeing sin
When such a perfect man he’s been.
He spends his life in holy work
and never quits and never shirks.
He shines the outside of his cup,
and knows not that he’ll finish up
in dungeon deep, in hell’s abyss—
cause God condemns a man like this!

Blessed are the peacemakers

The father reasons with the son
that mercy and forgiveness won
the offending brother be restored
that retribution be outlawed,
that loving welcome be extended,
instead the Pharisee’s offended.
He wants the boy to crawl, you see,
I’ve met the Pharisee in me.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness

The Pharisee reviles the one
who tries to follow God’s dear son.
He persecutes the witness who
confesses Christ his whole life through.
He murders life when e’er he finds
disciples who with peace of mind,
refuse to cower or bow the knee,
to him –the Pharisee in me.

I know the Lord rebukes my guest
in scathing words, at God’s behest.
He tells me ”heed his words of strife
and realize he saps your life.”

He hates to share my heart, you see,
with him, the Pharisee in me.

And why should He the God of grace
be forced to live here face to face
with him who hung Him up to die
against an angry, anguished sky—
who pierced His feet and crowned His head,
who laughed, and left Him very dead?

Forgive me, Lord, I beg of Thee,
deal with the Pharisee in me!

Oh Lord, we pray for eyes to see
a judge who’s fair, a Trinity
who’d have us lay our bias down
and quit the prejudicial frown.

When we’re in heaven and take our place
and look for some familiar face
and realize He’s longaccepted
the people who we’ve long rejected

Then help us not to make a fuss
When we see they’re not
Expecting us!


Poem by Jill Briscoe

September 06, 2010

Learning and Making

It has been a rough summer, but seasons come and seasons go...and thank God for that!

While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Genesis 8:22

So here Autumn has nearly begun and so has a more consistent school routine. We are looking forward to filling our days with learning.

Here is one project my friend Ana turned me onto. The instructions are easy and the project is beautiful.

And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 1 Thess 4:11

September 04, 2010

OK...we admit it.

We are John Denver fans.

These are our favorites.

For you and your sweetie.

The children sing this at the top of their lungs.

And for those of you praying for me in my "light affliction" Thank you so much. I feel your prayers and covet them.

September 02, 2010

Tea Time - Who's in charge of this mess anyway?

I'm having: Water with lemon and a handful of M&M's - want some?

I'm feeling: troubled on every side, yet not distressed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.

On my mind: It's not so much about the suffering, it's about the sovereignty of God...

A quote to share:
The care that is filling your mind at this moment, or but waiting till you lay the book aside to consume you - that need which is no real need, is a demon sucking at the spring of your life.

Do you object, saying "But NO! you do not understand. The thing I am worrying about is a reasonable anxiety - an unavoidable care."

"Does it involve something you have to do at this very moment?" I ask.


"Then you are allowing it to usurp the place of something that is required of you at this moment, the greatest thing that can ever be required of any man or woman."

"And what is that?"

"To trust in the Living God."

"What if God does not want me to have what I need at this moment?"

"If he does not want you to have something you value, it is to give you instead something He values."

"And if I do not want what he has to give me?"

"If you are not willing that God should have his way with you, then, in the name of God, be miserable-until your misery drive you to the arms of the Father."

"Oh, but this is only about some financial concern. I do trust him in spiritual matters."

"Everything is an affair of the spirit. If God has a way of dealing with you in your life, it is the only way. Every little thing in which you would have your own way has a mission for your redemption. And he will treat you as a willful little child until you take your Father's way for your own."

George MacDonald ~ Knowing the heart of God

Head on over to Ruth's to join us for Tea Talk


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