December 31, 2011

Good Bye 2011



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FOR TODAY

The Last Day of 2011

Outside our window...

Sunshine melting the evening frost.

Running squirrels

Pecking Chickens


I am thankful...


To know God. He is my Helper, my Friend, my Savior. 


I am learning...

That I learn so much more from my failures, from trials, from steps of faith.

From the kitchen...

Big Late breakfast this morning.

Probably just toast with pumpkin butter for lunch. Some cut veggies and fruit.

I am wearing...



make-up today - just a little blush and lipstick.  I'm hoping Mr. Santos will take me for a walk in the sunshine. I will wear my red wool coat with a matching scarf.

I am creating...


organized spaces!  Little by little been tossing out junk this past week.  It is so nice to open a cupboard and know what is in it.

I am going...

To make an effort not to fear this coming year.  For some reason I am afraid. Never been like this before. I usually look forward to the new year with great joy.  But it seems like some scary things are on the horizon.

Fear Not, for I am with you, says the Lord.

O.K.


God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
Psalm 46:1-3

I am remembering...

The sweet quiet Christmas we had.

I am reading...

The poems of Edgar A. Guest. So nice.

I am hoping...


To write four more scripture songs this year.  We have seven.  I think four more will make another CD.
Around the house...

The Christmas decorations are still up.  The children wanted them up till New Year's.  I confess, I will be sad to see it all come down.  They have slept under the tree a couple times this week.  Good memories.

One of my favorite things...

Sitting in my little green chair by the window with the afternoon sun warming my face.  Just a couple minutes of that calms my soul.

A few plans for the week:

Pop some confetti poppers for the New Year.
Go to the dentist (Sophia)
Ladies Bible Study
Violin and school lessons begin again.

Here are some pictures thoughts to share...

The Santos Children six years ago.  They all still had their baby teeth.

So long 2011 ~ Hello 2012!



December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Glory to God in the Highest
and on earth, PEACE, GOOD WILL toward men - all men.

Thank you, Lord!




O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!



Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our Friend!
He knows our need—to our weakness is no stranger.
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!



Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!
Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!

December 15, 2011

Tea Time


I am having...

A cup of Jasmine tea. I ran out for a while and was drinking Earl Grey.
 
I am feeling...

Humbled.


Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.


But Thank God, 


Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholds him with his hand.


On my mind...

Gifts.

It's that time of the year.

Some simple things to share...



A favorite winter drink:  Heat up some tomato soup, chicken broth and a bit of salsa (or taco seasoning).


Very Satisfying! Especially with a grilled cheese sandwich.  


This is the puzzle I have been working on at the Tree Farm.  You can see I am almost done.
Do you like puzzles?  They are fun to do while listening to a good sermon!





Isn't this a lovely stained glass window?  I think it would look wonderful hanging in my kitchen.

Please join my friend Ruth and others here for Tea Time

December 13, 2011

Daybook - December 13, 2011


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FOR TODAY

Tuesday Night, December 13, 2011

Outside our window...

Dark Night. Stars out. Icy Cold.

I am thankful...


For safety. For Good Health. For my family. For Warmth on a cold night.


I am learning...

That it is easy to spiritual-ize some things that are wrong.
(I feel a new blog post coming on!)

From the kitchen...

We had Tamale Pie for dinner and Mandarin Orange cake for dessert.
Oh. My. Comfort food to the extreme.

I am wearing...



A brown skirt and a denim button up shirt. I LOVE my new shirt - not only because it is flattering, but because it was brand new and cost me only $1.29

I am creating...


Hm. Am I creating anything right now? No. I don't think so.  Unless you count putting together a mini Christmas pageant with the children of my church.  But really, the children are creating that. I am just directing.

I am going...

To kiss my daughter for cleaning the kitchen without complaining.  Good girl!

I am remembering...

I forgot! I forgot to make an appointment for our family picture. Ugh. Thank you Lord for helping me to remember.

I am reading...

My Bible every morning.  That's it right now.

I am hoping...


For so many things.  That my auntie would recover from her stroke, that my sister's health would improve, that my mother would...that my Don would...that my church would...and on and on.

But really and truly,

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

Refrain

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Around the house...

The littles are playing "secret item" trying to get their room cleaned before the timer goes off.  Whoever puts the "secret item" away properly wins a prize.  I can hear them getting distracted with fun and games and bickering.  Children! Little images of us.  How often I am distracted from what I am supposed to do with fun and games and bickering!

One of my favorite things...

Waking up on a cold winter morning under heavy warm quilts.  Bliss.

(but it does make it hard to get out of bed)

A few plans for the week:

Shopping. Visit with friends. Sell Christmas Trees at the farm.

Here are some pictures thoughts to share...

 Biscuit has begun laying eggs!


 Naomi holding Biscuit at the farm. 
We bring her with us and she helps us sell trees. The customers LOVE her.


 This is Biscuit's laying basket. Whenever she wants to lay an egg, she "tells" us, 
we then put her in the basket and she does her job.



December 07, 2011

The god they call Santa Claus

Santa Schmanta.

But I was thinking.  Today, as we were reviewing some of the wonderful names of the God of the Bible, we came across this one: "Desire of All Nations." (Haggai 2:7)

Isn't that a wonderful name?  Only one Person could have that name.  Only one Person is truly the Desire of All Nations.

Santa, of course is NOT that person.  He is a sort of counterfeit.  A nice fatherly type who wants to give us gifts, who wants to reward us for good behavior.  A kind person who can make things turn out alright and metes out justice too.  After all, the naughty kids don't get gifts, right? He can be everywhere at once.  He can do everything "instantly."

Jesus is the Real Deal.  

Jesus wants to give us gifts.  Only, we don't have to be good to receive them. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus works it out. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Jesus is everywhere. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.


But He is so much more than this.  He is the one "In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.   Jesus is the one in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead, bodily.


As Christians, we should avoid anything having to do with Santa.  All the touting "Believe" and the warm fuzzy Santa movies distract from the Real Deal.  It distracts from the truth.  Christmas is to celebrate GOD with us, not Santa with us.  God with us has eternal implications. Santa with us is only about materialism.  Any arguments otherwise are just counterfeit hopes.  


The world around us is searching. They are searching for peace and joy and meaning in life.  At this time of the year, let us not be ashamed of the baby in the manger.  For he shall be called Emmanuel, which, being interpreted is God with us. 




December 05, 2011

December Plans

Sell Christmas Trees three days a week.
Hot apple cider and frosted cookies. Stoke the wood stove to keep warm. Put together a puzzle.  Struggle with trees in the field and on top of cars.  Pass out cutting saws and directions. Wish Merry Christmas to visitors. Pray for each customer that comes to our lot.

Enjoy all the Living Nativities around town.
Sit in the van waiting in long lines. Eat popcorn. Watch the Christmas story be acted out. Blast the heater with the windows rolled down.  Lean out of the car windows as we roll slowly through the "Town of Bethlehem."  Inhale all the exhaust from the hundreds of other cars visiting. Recognize and wave frantically at all our friends.

Sing a Christmas carol before we eat breakfast or lunch.
Today, Silent Night and O Come all ye Faithful

Participate in the Christmas Pageant at church.
Noah is a shepherd. Sophia will be the narrator.  Naomi is part of the Heavenly Host.

Make a list and counting it twice for what we can GIVE this year.
Strict (very strict) rule to not say or hint at what we want for a gift.  We may only speak about what we will give.  We give gifts in honor of our God who gave us the gift of His Son Jesus.

Pray daily for the gospel message to change the lives of our friends and family.
Pull a name from one basket for family. One basket for friends. One basket for missionaries.

Bake Cookies.
Molasses, Chocolate Chip, Almond Cookies, Snickerdoodles

Watch our favorite holiday films:
 It's a wonderful life, Charlie Brown Christmas, Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol."

Read through the list of Names of our God.
Today was Alpha and Omega (Revelation1:8)
Bread of Life (John 8:35)
Fir Tree (Hosea 14:8)

Go to Secret Sister Revealing Party.
Food, laughter, women enjoying each other's company. Reveal who I have been praying for and giving secret gifts to all year.  Draw another name for a new Secret Sister for 2012.


What are you doing this Merry Christmas Season?

December 02, 2011

Poison

Are you bitter? Put it aside.  Throw it out.  Get rid of it.  How?  Forgive.

It's not fair. I want justice!

You are right. It's not fair. It's not fair that God would forgive us and not give us justice.

The wages of sin is death. That's justice. You work, you get paid.  You earn wages by what you do.  But the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus. Gifts are not earned.  They are free.

Who are we that God would forgive us?

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing. Romans 7:18


But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; Isaiah 64:6


I once heard bitterness described in this way:  A glass of poison that we drink ourselves while we wish the other person dead.


Not only does it destroy us.  It destroys MANY.


Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Hebrews 12:15


How I need to hear and practice this daily. 


Sometimes I become bitter against my own children.  They disobey.  They fight.  They don't share their toys or do their chores and I get frustrated.  That frustration can turn to anger.  Then it can turn to bitterness.


It doesn't have to be that way.  Knowing the grace of God, I can give grace.


I don't give grace because they deserve it.  I give grace because I have received it.  Freely you have received. Freely give. Matthew 10:8


To your children, to your husband, to your co-workers, to the people in your church fellowship, even to your enemies. 

December 01, 2011

Tea Time


I am having...

A bowl of oatmeal with some pumpkin butter stirred in.  Drinking a cup of Earl Grey Tea.  What a warm and cozy breakfast.
 
I am feeling...

Thankful.
It is so easy to get distracted and busy this time of year.  However, the Lord would have us be at the Christmas Tree farm three days a week.  There, I am forced to slow down.  There are no distractions.  If it wasn't for yielding to the Lord's will on this (I would rather stay home and do all my activities  - baking, shopping, crafting, cleaning and decorating) I would never take time out to be still.

I even prayed that we would NOT sell trees this year because of all the other things I wanted to do.

He always knows what is best.

On my mind...

I have a doctor's appointment today.  It has been many years since I have seen a doctor.  Just a check-up over minor concerns.  She is a naturopathic doctor.  Wonder how it will go?

A Quote to share...

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: Colossians 1:16


Who's the HIM?  JESUS!

Please join my friend Ruth and others here for Tea Time

November 30, 2011

So does this mean I'm a Superhero?

When I was little I used to watch a show about these superheroes that were twins.  I liked the show because I was a twin.  The superheroes would fight the "bad guys" using their super powers.  In order to activate them they would say, "Wonder Twins Activate!" as they touched each other fist to fist.  One twin took on the form of water and the other twin took on the form of an animal.  Oh my goodness.  My twin sister and I would play at this for hours, pretending that we had super powers too.

That was a long time ago.It was a verse in the Bible that reminded me of that show.  John 1:12.  What a wonderful verse about the Power that God has given us.  Read it.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

How amazing! God has given us POWER. Power for what? To become an animal? No. To become the sons (and daughters) of God. So much better.

Do you know what this means?  I was so excited as I thought about it.

A son is an heir.  What belongs to the Father, belongs to the son.  The privileges, the stuff, the history, the future of the Father will be for the son.

A son has access to the Father.  Nothing stands in the way.  They can come and go freely in their father's house.  They can ask anything of the Father because of the closeness of that relationship.

A son looks like his father.  "Oh, you must be so-and-so's son, you look just like him!"  The more we obey the Father and do as He does, the more we begin to look like him.

I grew up without a father.  This fact has kept me from enjoying the great freedom and true Happiness in being his child.  I know there are some who hear the word "Father" and instantly feel fear, or hate, or disappointment.  But this Father, God the Father, is far above any human experience, even if you had the best dad in the world.  Getting to know him, really seeking him and knowing him personally (not just ABOUT him) has opened up a wonderful newness of life for me.

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

I am so thankful that I have this power.  Where does the power come from?  It does not come from me.  I don't decide to become a child of God.  God gives me the power to become a child of his.  It is a gift.  It is Him who decides.

and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 1 Cr 12:3


It is written...

which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:13

He gave this power to them that believe on his name.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16


Have you noticed that the superhero never dies? 

November 28, 2011

Happy Birthday to ME!

The Lord has been so good to me! My cup runneth over! Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

Today is my birthday.  I am so thankful to have another year with my children, with my husband, with good health.  God has met all of my needs.  It has been a difficult year with lots of learning.  The most fruitful lessons come from failing or falling.  But, I have been able to get up and the Lord, himself, has helped to dust me off and send me on again to learn and grow.

I rejoice in my weakness because HIS Strength is made perfect in weakness.

Yesterday, Mr. Santos took me and the children along with some friends from out of town out for lunch.  It was very generous of him and I had a wonderful time visiting.  

Then today...look at what fun I had!



Isn't this the most beautiful cake you have ever seen?  Sophia had her first cooking class today with a friend,  and this was their project. Gorgeous!



My favorite red roses delivered personally by some good friends.


A yummy meal from another wonderful family.  Beef enchiladas, a fresh salad and homemade ranch dressing.


My favorite people to eat dinner with!


The cake was DEEElicious.  Chocolate cake with crunchy peanut butter filling.  Good Job, Sophia!

Overflowing with love notes from my children.

That is a "Golden" Ticket...good for a whole day with my lovey doing whatever fun thing I choose.  
Isn't that a sweet gift?

Mr. Santos helped the children to get me this CD.  I love it! and listen to it while I clean the house.
Here is one of my favorite tracks.


My piano top (and my facebook page) full of birthday greetings.


A hat my Naomi crocheted with the help of a friend.  In my favorite color too!  I can't wait to wear it.

November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Daybook




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FOR TODAY

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Outside our window...

A pesky squirrel.  He keeps stealing our chicken's oats.

I am thankful...


Very thankful.  That I am alive. That I learn something new every day.


I am learning...

That God truly is involved in the details of my life.  Nothing is by chance, there is a purpose for everything.  It is always always for my good...no matter how evil it may seem.  I can trust My Great God.

From the kitchen...

Well, for tomorrow, I will contribute to the feast my ham and cheese bread, garlic mashed potatoes,  a fruit platter, and a pumpkin cake.  I don't do pies.  Crusts are too intimidating.

I am wearing...



A black sweater with a grey/black plaid skirt.  Silver hoop earrings.

I am creating...


Table decorations for our church Soup Supper on Sunday.  It has to be a Fall/Scripture Theme.

So here is a bit of the inspiration...


 



We are putting "Thankful" Scripture verses on the back of numbered construction-paper-leaves for a game.  If you can find the reference for each verse then you can win a loaf of my pumpkin bread. Wanna play?

I am going...

To the Department of Licensing today.  My birthday is next week and so I have to renew my driver's license. Must take an eye exam and a new picture.  I wish I could just keep the same picture.  But, no...

I am remembering...

It will be my twin sister's birthday too.  Better send out her card today if she will get it in time.

I am reading...

Ivanhoe with the children. They love it.  We just finished Bud and Me.  That is a wonderful and true story and really opens up the history of the early 1900's.

I am hoping...


That I can get  some paperwork done today.  I don't want to deal with it this weekend.  Today is the DAY!  Pray for me.  I hate paperwork.


Around the house...

The lamps are on for another grey day.  Thank you Lord for lamps! and electricity!

One of my favorite things...

The smell of simmering hot apple cider

A few plans for the week:

Enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast.  Really.  I saw the menu and it is going to be a FEAST.  I almost feel guilty about it, knowing of all the starving people in the world.  But, we have been invited and so we will gladly accept and be thankful.  We will also open the farm this weekend for Christmas tree sales.  This will be our third year.

I'm not looking forward to it...the cold and my own agenda make the Tree Farm seem like a burden.

But, this is not MY life anymore, but Christ who lives in me.  He wants me at the farm and so that is where I will go.  In the end, I know that everyday I will learn something new and meet new people.  I pray that our family can be a light to all who visit us there.

Maybe I should make some cookies to pass out?  Yeah, that sounds nice.

Here is a picture thought to share...


God bless you! Thank you, Lord, for your kindness to me!

November 21, 2011

Renewed Parenting



What things did you grow up hearing day in and day out from your parents?  Do you say the same things to your own children now?

Does it sound anything like: "You kids are always...(fighting, arguing, clumsy), You girls are so...(mean, selfish, lazy)?"

Criticism is such an easy habit to form.  It is meant to control others.  I hate it in myself, this tendency to criticize.  What does it really accomplish anyway?  It just puts me on top of whoever I am looking down upon - the children, my husband, the neighbors, whoever!  A high and lofty throne of ugly pride.

But when it comes to parenting, my criticism may be right on.  The children really ARE being selfish. Now what?  How do I train them so that instead of cutting  someone down I am building them up?

I thank my God, that He who began a good work in me is faithful to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil 1:6)

He doesn't give up on me.  He doesn't give up on changing me to be more conformed to the image of His Son.

The strategy at the Times so far has been parents vs.children, or mommy vs. daughter, or daddy vs. son, or sisters vs. brothers .

CONFLICT. Contention. Fighting.

Do you know what the definition of Contention is?


1. The act or an instance of striving in controversy or debate. 
2. A striving to win in competition; rivalry: The teams met in fierce contention for first place.


This is a perfect picture of my family.  Not all the time.  Just during the "your way or my way" times.

I have had to adopt new phrases to retrain myself, and in turn, train my children to submit to authority and to one another.

~oOo~
One of my new phrases?

We are on the same team! 

I love saying it. I love living it.  I love learning all about it.  What a breakthrough for me!  Thank you, Lord.

We are on the same team!  The Bible says that "If God is for you? Who can be against you?"

How do I apply it? The children begin fussing about their chores.  I say, "We are on the same team!"  We keep our house clean because we are thankful for what God has provided.  We want our home to be a welcoming place.  We want to glorify God in all that we do.  That is the Santos way.  Our way.  Let's work together to accomplish our goal.

Another new parenting phrase?

You are in charge of your body.  Your body is not in charge of you.

You decided to use your hands to throw rocks. Nobody forced you to stomp your feet. That is your face. If you want, you can make it smile or frown. Which do you choose?

This has been a great and handy phrase for those times when a child wants to blame another (even the mother) for all the angst and sin.

Perhaps this is all second nature to you.  Not for me.  I am learning every day how to be a mom and how to be a wife.

Little by little, precept upon precept, line upon line. (Isaiah 28:10)

November 16, 2011

Wake up. Time for School!

a typical Monday through Friday at the Santos Times

Wake up.  

I know this may seem lazy to some, but we wake up when we wake up. Sometimes this is early, sometimes it is late.  We use the alarm clock when we have appointments or on music lesson days.  Also, Biscuit, our pet chicken, will wake us with her clucking if we are too late.  We wake up earlier on Saturdays and Sundays because those are the days I make a big breakfast for the family. But we don't do school on the weekends so forget that. I think this is one of the great privileges of homeschooling.  I never envy the mother's who must drop their children off at school early in the morning or the poor children shivering at the bus stop eating a pop tart.

Get ready and Clean the house.

The rule is to be clean and neat and ready for the day before we eat breakfast.  This includes a spotless house, made beds and brushed hair and teeth.

Eat Breakfast.

Our usual weekday breakfast is oatmeal with cinnamon and chopped apples (no sugar) and tea.  Boring, I know. Occasionally there will be toast or another fruit.

Bible Time.

Currently, we are reading through the books of Samuel.  It has been exciting! 

Memory Verses.

We review the Bible verses we know by memory.  We sing the ones we have set to music and we may memorize another or put another verse to a tune.  

Math.

Everyone does at least 4 pages in their books.  We use Horizon Math and LOVE it. This is a high priority for Mr. Santos, that his children be proficient in mathematics.  We rarely skip this lesson.

Copy Work

What the children copy varies.  Sometimes, the children will do their grammar assignments or some mind bender puzzles.  Other times they will copy a passage of scripture or a poem.  They may be required to write out lists: thankful lists, prayer lists, ways to serve lists. The point of the lesson is perfect penmanship.  But I think other skills are gained along the way.  

Laps

That says Laps not naps. LOL.  Once upon a time we took naps.  On a nice day (no rain or snow) the children do 10 laps around the property on their bike or  by running.  This is mostly for Noah, full of that boy energy, but the girls sometimes enjoy this activity too.

Lunch.

Leftovers.  Chopped veggies and cheese.  Sandwiches.  Treats.  


Clean Kitchen, Do Laundry, Practice Violin

We usually do these chores to a timer.  Our Santos work motto is "Fast and Thorough." 

SO...By now it is noon, or one or two or three in the afternoon...depending on when we woke up and when we finished our chores.  Finally, the children are free.  It is time for...

Fun!!!

Not that school wasn't fun...but this time the children have a choice in what they can do.  These are the typical activities you will find them doing.

Play spy, store, library, cowboys and Indians, etc.
Read books.
Crochet.
Draw or color while listening to History Cd's. (Diana Waring) 
Bake
Take pictures
Go to the library
Write letters, stories, poems
Listen to Mom read aloud
Watch a science video
Swing on the swings
Play in the fort in the woods
Visit the neighbors horses
Play with friends
Do "experiments"
Puzzles

(Notice History, Science, Art, Creative writing and Reading are on the fun list)

What am I doing during "fun" time?  

Helping to settle disputes
Fixing Dinner
Reading /Writing Blogs
Talking on the phone
Reading to the children
Organizing
Ironing
Answering all the "MOOOOOOM!" summons.
Drinking Tea and sitting around with my feet up.

Throw the entire schedule out the window when it is a "Visiting Day" or we are at the farm.  

We love home schooling!

 Fig Leaf tea.  We recently discovered the wonderful health benefits of this sweet tea.  
I sleep like a baby when I drink it.  Now, I not only want an avocado tree, a rainier cherry tree, a fuji apple tree, but NOW I want a fig tree.  Trees, trees, trees.  Thank you, Lord.
More pumpkins for processing! Will I ever get done?  Planning on making several jars of Pumpkin Butter before the week is out.  Mr. Santos enjoys eating it in cooked chunks with some cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and heavy cream poured over the top.  Well, now who wouldn't?

 The view of the path from our house to the road.  This is what it looked like yesterday when the children took the trash out to the curb for pick-up.  It was sunny, but COLD!


Little Naomi is crocheting a sweater for her bear, ON her bear.  Poor dear, I wish that I could teach her these skills.  I taught her how to make a chain, but that didn't satisfy her.  She made a bonnet recently. How? I don't know.  But it is adorable. I like to see her attempt new things even if she doesn't "know" how.  Sophia is like this with Music and Noah is like this with wood carving.  More blessings of home schooling!

November 11, 2011

Tea Time

I am a day late for Tea Time in Bangkok with Ruth, but won't you join me anyway?


I am having...

A cup of warm jasmine tea with a chicken sandwich.

~Recipe~
cooked chicken, chopped
red pepper, chopped
peperoncini, finely chopped
heaping spoonful of crumbled feta cheese
mayo and mustard to blend together
salt and pepper
spread on a soft, nutty wheat bread

Take a bite and say Yummmm!

 
I am feeling...

Glad to be home.  Today is Veteran's Day.  Thank you Veterans for your sacrifice for our country. Thank you Lord for safety, and peace, and prosperity.  We are truly blessed.  Mr. Santos has the day off from work for the holiday.

We spent the afternoon doing one of his favorite things...visiting the Sportsman's store.  Guns, knives, ammunition, survival gear.  A man's haven.


On my mind...

Time is short.  Thankful for every peaceful moment we enjoy.

A Quote to share...

"If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for." 
~ Charles H. Spurgeon 


Please join my friend Ruth and others here for Tea Time

November 09, 2011

Wondering...

Wondering Wednesday!

I wonder...

Why hot dogs are so yummy.  Should I eat another?

I wonder...

How tall Noah will be when he grows up

I wonder...

If we will have snow this winter

I wonder...

If I will ever get all these pumpkins processed

I wonder...

If my family will get tired of eating pumpkin bread

I wonder...

What happened to that sweet lady I met at the pumpkin patch.  She is on my mind so much lately, that I have been praying for her.  Do you think it is strange to pray so regularly for someone you don't even know?

I wonder...

How I found grace in the sight of God.  Why me?  Why open my eyes to see His goodness? Thank you Lord.

I wonder...

What my sisters are doing today. What are they cooking for dinner? What are they wearing? I wonder if they are wondering about me too.

I wonder...

About pride.  Pride comes before a fall. Maybe it comes before a fall because it is so blinding.  We become blind to our own faults that we easily fall into sin and mischief.

I wonder...

If we should have tacos tonight or if I should try making that pumpkin soup recipe I found. Leaning heavily towards tacos...but I have all the ingredients for the soup.

I wonder...

What you are wondering about?

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