May 31, 2011

Daisy Dear

Once upon a time there was a happy brown seed named Daisy.  She lived with her family in a small envelope which was tucked safely in a kitchen drawer at the Santos Times.  Her life was quiet and predictable.  Except for the gentle sway when the drawer was opened, Daisy never moved. 

But one day everything changed. Mrs. Santos lifted the envelope out of the drawer.  This was a new sensation, indeed! What was happening?  Where was she going?  This was not planned!  Daisy's family tumbled about as Mrs. Santos rudely shook the envelope.  No longer happy, Daisy cried out.  Why?! How could this be?!

Full of fear, she crammed herself into the corner of the envelope and held on for dear life.  Mrs. Santos shook the seeds out into the palm of her hand.  Thankfully, Daisy was left behind. She watched as horror of horrors her entire family was pushed, one by one, into a dark hole in the ground.  Gone. Just like that. Never to be seen again.  She sighed heavily wondering what all this meant.

Mrs. Santos stapled the envelope to a stick marking the burial site of Daisy's family.  Daisy was left wedged tightly in it's corner, weeping for her loss. 

Time passed.  Daisy was safe and did not move, but she was changed.  No longer happy, she wondered what was the purpose for her life.

Then, one day she heard a voice like her sister's.  "Daisy, I see you."

Startled, Daisy replied, "What? Who's that? Where are you?"

"It's me, your sister! I see you in the envelope. Look down and you will see me!"

Daisy looked down out of the opening but all she could see were some little green shoots.  Of course the leaves were much bigger than Daisy, but they were just peeking out of the ground.

"I don't see you sister! I hear you, but I don't see you!"

"I'm here, Daisy. I'm the leaves you see poking out of the ground."

"But what happened to you? You don't look the same.  That can't be you."

"It is, my dear.  I died.  This is the beginnings of the new life I live now."

"Oh sister! I don't understand."

"Well, Mrs. Santos put us, the whole family, into the ground so that we could die. I'm sorry that you were left behind."

"But I don't want to die! I saw the whole thing! It was horrible!"

"Daisy, I confess, it was hard.  It was dark and lonely and it hurt.  But once I died, I started to live.  Something in me started to grow.  I have been growing ever since.  Now you see me here, but I am still growing.  I am so happy Daisy!  You will see how God is making me.  Every day He gives me water and sunshine.  It is wonderful.  And the ground I died in! Daisy it has nutrients! They make me strong. Without them I couldn't have pushed my way out of the ground into the light."

"Sister? Nutrients? I never heard of such a thing! The ground is so black and scary.  Where is the rest of the family?  I miss you all. I don't want to be lonely."

"Daisy, look at me. You will see that dying brings life."

Many days passed and Sister grew and grew.  Daisy watched the transformation with awe and fear.  With bitterness she realized she had nothing in common with Sister.  They didn't look alike at all. In fact, it was hard to imagine that they were from the same family.  Daisy was still her small brown self, but Sister was huge.  She towered above the stick that held Daisy's safe envelope. She was a beautiful green color and spread herself wide.  Daisy noticed several buds forming on the big plant that Sister had become.  She wondered to herself if all those buds hurt as they bulged and popped out of her leaves.

Sometimes the rain would fall on Sister and she would hang her stems low.  Daisy ached for her from the safety of the envelope.  But as soon as the rain was gone, Sister's stems would stand up tall as if she was trying to reach heaven.  She practically beamed.  On the days when the sun would shine a bit too hot, Sister looked as if she would wither and die all over again.  From the cool safety of the envelope, Daisy wondered if Sister would survive.  She did. 

It was early one morning, just after sunrise, when Daisy peeked out of the envelope to see how Sister fared.  She gasped! What was this?!  All those buds had opened.  Standing before her, regal and joyful, singing at the top of her lungs, was Sister.  The brightest and whitest daisies reaching to the sky.  How could this be?

"Look at me Daisy! Look at me! God has made me beautiful!  He has done a miraculous thing in my life!  I am what I was created to be."

Coming from Sister was the loveliest fragrance, the brightest colors, the happiest countenance. 

Daisy was confused.  It was all so wonderful and horrible at the same time.  Sister's life had purpose. But that purpose looked painful.  Daisy saw her give of herself to the bees and butterflies.  She saw the caterpillars eat a whole leaf off in one day.  Daisy couldn't imagine the pain. She even experienced the terror of watching Mrs. Santos cut off Sister's most beautiful bloom with a pair of scissors.  How DARE she! But the joy on Mrs. Santos's face...Sigh.  No one ever looked at Daisy that way.  No one ever held her little brown self to their nose to drink in fragrance and admire her beauty.  Surely she was safe in her envelope, but she was also useless.

"Sister?" Daisy ventured.

"Yes, my dear?" Sister replied.

"How can I be like you?"

"Well, you must first die little Daisy seed.  Then allow God to make you.  Take what He gives you, rain or shine, and you will grow."

"Oh Sister, I will.  I will!"

Full of faith, little Daisy prayed to her creator, "God, make me what you want me to be. Here is my life." With determination she wriggled herself out of the safety of the envelope and took the plunge into the black rich soil. 

May 25, 2011

Tea Time for Mother's

Please join my friend Ruth and others for Tea Time

I am having...

 Peppermint Tea before I go to bed.
I am feeling...

Tired and happy.  I made some progress with my middle skittle in school today and I am so thankful to the Lord.  We have struggled together in this homeschool journey.  Getting her to do work or learn anything new has been like pulling teeth ~ painful for both of us.  But Today ~ YES ~ we made some real progress and I am so happy.

On my mind...

The many many people I know with health challenges.  How vulnerable even the strongest and richest people are when they are sick or in pain.  Yet, God is our helper in time of trouble.

Some photos to share...
I recently hosted a Mother's Tea Party.  It was a very special day for me as I really wanted to minister to the mothers and share my life with them.  God provided for every detail, even giving us sunshine in the midst of a grey Spring.

We listened to an edifying message by Janice McBride called "Healing Jesus' Body".  It was based on 1 Corinthians 12 and mainly "That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.  And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular." vs 25-27

The message was followed by a yummy fresh lunch.  What a special treat. Even though I was the hostess, so many people contributed to the day.  The tea was held at a friends house, My dear Mrs. F., and the food (most of it) was provided by my generous husband.  And way far away (too far to attend) my thoughtful mother sent contributions so that I could make sure the Tea was extra special for each mother there.
 The table where at least 10 ladies sat. If you click on the photo you may see me in the background putting the finishing touches on some of the dishes.

 The dessert table. Chocolates, banana cakes, apple strudel, fruit tart, cream puffs

 This is the tea and coffee sideboard.  We drank Empress Tea from Victoria, Canada.

 Some of the food...fresh veggies, meats, cheeses, fruit, sandwiches
 Missing from this picture are the warm scones, hot meatballs, delicious ham and cheese bread, and spicy jalapeno poppers.

 We took a great group photo on that stair case.

A view from the stairs.  Through those wonderful glass doors we could see the diamonds on the water and watch the ferry float by.
I thank the Lord for such a wonderful time to share with some very special women.  I only wish you could have been there too.

May 23, 2011


Have you read the book of Revelation lately? What a wonderful and mysterious book!  Before it is a prophecy of the end of the world, it is first a revelation of Jesus Christ.  I counted 28 characteristics about Jesus in chapter one.  I'll give you the first 19 and encourage you to read the chapter to find the other 9. 

1) He is, He was, and is to come.
2) He is the faithful witness
3) First begotten of the dead
4) Prince of the kings of the earth.
5) Loved us
6) Washed us from our sins in his own blood
7) He cometh with clouds
8) Every eye shall see him
9) All the kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him
10) Alpha and Omega
11) The beginning
12) The ending
13) The Almighty
14) The first and last
15) Son of man
16) Clothed with a garment down to the foot and girt about with a golden girdle
17) His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow
18) His eyes were a flame of fire
19) His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace 

I counted 9 more characteristics in chapter one alone.  Chapter 2 and 3 are even more revealing.

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophesy, and keep those things which are written therein for the time is at hand. Revelation 1:3 

May 21, 2011

At the Movies

Sometimes it is hard to find entertaining movies for the family.  Just thought we would share a few of our family favorites with you. 

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:
Psalm 101:3

 There is an episode in Lark Rise where the villagers have a seance and call somebody back from the dead. I beg you to skip that episode.  There are still a few episodes we have not seen yet, but all in all, it has been a favorite and the catalyst for many good and deep conversations.
 An intense adventure!
 One of our favorite books turned into a film. 

 This is a great movie. I like it even better than the Earth episodes because all the glory is given to God. We also use this movie as a jump start for our science curriculum.
Anyone interested in Nutrition should watch this.  I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Have a great weekend!

May 19, 2011

Tea Time Again!

Please join my friend Ruth and others here for Tea Time

I am having...

A cup of jasmine tea, as always.
I am feeling...
Many things. Glad that it is a warm and sunshiny day.  Convicted by some things the Lord has been showing me lately.  Willing to obey my God. Conflicted because it means giving up my own desires.
On my mind...

Is how easy it is to put my trust in things other than GOD.  I think my good choices will bring change.  I think the miracles of God will bring change.  I put my hope in this.  But this is wrong...especially when my hope is in myself.  I cringe and shake my head at how easy it is for me to put myself on a pedestal.
Besides all that, Pharoah saw the works of God, the pharisees saw the miracles of Jesus,  yet they hardened their heart. They would not believe.

"My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus Christ, his righteousness."

On a lighter note...

A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to "honor thy father and thy mother," she asked "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?"
 Without missing a beat one little boy answered, "Thou shall not kill."

A little fairy house Naomi built with a moat and bridge.  She is hopeful for a renter to come soon.  Perhaps a small mouse...

My favorite tree at the farm.  It dances in the breeze and sparkles in the light.

The children built forts this morning.

But they still prefer being together in one fort.

May 10, 2011


I have many packages of flower seeds to plant.  If I don't plant them, I will always have my seeds.  But I will never have any flowers.  What do I want more? Seeds or flowers? 

What about my life?  What do I want more? My rights Or the fruit of the spirit? 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.   He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.  John 12:25

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Galations 5:22-24 

This would be the view you would get from me 70 percent of the day.  Either at the stove cooking, or at the sink washing dishes.  Thank you Lord for food to eat.  Thank you Lord for indoor plumbing and soap to wash my dishes.  Thank you Lord for pretty dishes that match and for a job with great benefits.

Some of the last flowers from my front yard sitting on my picnic table in the BACK yard.

Our Spring Garden.  This year I am determined to take care of it well.  No jungle this year.  So far, onions, garlic, strawberries, raspberries, potatoes, zinnias, daisies and tomatoes.  We have room for a little more, but haven't decided what we will plant yet.

My children found these spare bulbs on the farm and the pot in the manure pile.  They planted them and miracle of miracles they bloomed ON Mother's day.  What a treat to wake up to them.

Mr. Santos always coming home to a warm welcome.

We put Psalm 23 to music and the children sang it at church on Mother's Day.  You'll have to excuse their stone robot faces.  It's not easy to sing in front of a congregation.  They did not even notice me making funny faces at them hoping for a smile.  Do you want to memorize scripture?  Try putting it to a tune.  Sometimes the song gets stuck in your head and the words really minister to your soul.

How's that for Random?

May 05, 2011

Tea Time Break

These are pictures from last year around this time - a Tea-n-Ride at our neighbors house.  Children come and dress up as princesses and knights in shining armour and enjoy some "tea" (really pink lemonade) with cookies and a ride on a horse. What fun for a little one.  I posted these pictures to remind myself that the sun does shine in this part of the world. 
the tea table
"Sunny," a very sweet horse that the children ride.
That's me putting a helmet on my Knight in Shining Armour.

I shouldn't complain. We had a lovely sunny day yesterday.  The temperature got up to the 60's and we even felt the need to have some ice cream!  Our sunny days, however,  seem to be sandwiched in between stretches of grey. 

Please join my friend Ruth and others here for Tea Time

I am having...

A cup of jasmine tea in a red mug.  So happy to take a break with you...I need a break.
I am feeling...

Tired.  SOOOOO tired.  When it rains it pours (and I'm not referring to the weather).  The Bible says...
"But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul."

The dictionary defines diligent as ~ marked by persevering, painstaking effort.

I've been working on being diligent here, but it just wipes me out.  No wonder Jesus often retreated to a solitary place.  If we had a t.v. I would go and veg out in front of it.  But no, I think I will get my Bible and go to my bed.  Y'all help keep me accountable to do what is right.  Thank you.  Plus, this warm cup of tea is helping me to unwind.
On my mind...

I am thinking that if there are things that are causing turmoil in my life, it is usually because there is something else on the throne of my life besides Jesus. 

Some favorites to share...

The Bible tells us what to think on...whatsoever things are lovely, true, pure, just, honest, of good report, virtuous, praise I thought I would just share some of my favorite things.  When I am tired, I get grumpy.  Maybe listing some of them will take the grumps away.

~ Chocolate (of course) ~ Sunshine ~ Tea Time talks with my blog friends ~ Bible study ~ George MacDonald (author) ~ Janice McBride (author, speaker) ~ Walks in the woods ~ A clean house ~ Lavender ~ Tulips ~ Spring and Summer ~ Swimming in a heated pool ~ Pearl earrings ~ An organized closet ~ Sunsets ~ Ah, I can feel the grumps leaving me. Thank you Lord. My old van that never gives up on me ~ fresh strawberries from the garden ~ the many shades of green we enjoy in the NW ~ wicker furniture ~ the color RED ~ children running ~ my husband's laugh ~ a frugal find

Guess y'all might be bored now.  Did I say Y'all twice in the same post?  I rarely say it in real life.  Well, thanks for "listening" and helping me to send the grumps on their unhappy way.  If you really want to help me, you will leave me a comment and tell me how Y'all get rid of your grumps.  Goodnight Y'all.  Y'all come back now, K?

May 03, 2011

Is it dark?

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"The glare of human joy hides from our sight ten thousand blessings which we cannot see until it grows dark about us. And it would be a dire loss to live through all our days and never see these blessings. There are hundreds of Bible words which seem pale and without meaning in the time of earthly gladness, but which come out bright and shining like stars when the darkness comes on. You have no need for divine comfort when you had no sorrow; and a great part of the Bible was as yet an unopened book to you, for a large portion of it consists of comfort for those in trouble. But when the sorrow came, the words flashed out like stars at night, unseen by day. Thus we learn the meaning of the beatitude, “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” We lose some joys, but we find others that were hidden in the light of those we lost. Where earth’s tapers burned with only flickering light, heaven’s lamps now shine. Where the human face shone in its gentle grace, the face of Christ now looks upon us in its divine yearning. Where we leaned upon a human arm, often trembling, at last broken, we find now, instead, the everlasting arm. Thus when we abide in Christ the light of his love is revealed as human joys pale. The deeper the earthly darkness, the richer are the divine comforts which are given to us, enabling us to be of good cheer whatever the tribulation."

~ J.R. Miller


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