April 26, 2012

Naomi Baloney


Mr. Santos asked her, "What did you do today?"

"Oh, Daddy, just the regular stuff. Plus, I had to go to the *Choir practor* today. She popped me all over!"

~oOo~

One afternoon, I sat in my rocking chair soaking up the sun while nearby, Naomi stared up at the clouds. "Mom, look at those clouds near the sun."

"I can't my lovey. The sun is too bright for me"

She lifted her hand to shield the sun from her own face and said, 
"There Mom, now you can. I'm shading it for you."





This girl. This difficult, hard headed, sweet and bubbly, (did I say hard headed?), happy, strong willed, generous girl. 

She has been writing letters to God every morning and putting them in a little mailbox.

She signs every one

Love, Naomi

P.S. Please reply

April 24, 2012

It is not in vain

I have three jobs, three very difficult jobs. At least for me they are difficult. While my jobs have brought me joy and satisfaction, I have struggled,

STRUGGLED I tell you!

My jobs: Wife, Mother, Homemaker.

Part of my struggle, I think, comes in not having been trained.  Growing up, for me, was survival rather than preparing.  But God, in His Mercy is always preparing.  Through the years, He has given me a vision.  Working all things together for good, He has allowed me to see a bigger picture.

As the homemaker, I set the "temperature" of my home.

As the wife, I help Mr. Santos to accomplish all that God wants him to do and be.

As the mother, I create and shape future generations.

There it is before me. Instead of just the pebbles at my feet, I can see the great grand mountains.

But rather than rejoice in the magnificence of it all, I cower in fear.  I can't do it! It is too high and lofty. Pride and selfishness rush in. I would rather be a carefree single person, doing and going wherever I pleased.  Mountain climbing is hard, and tiring and these mountains, especially, seem impossible to climb.

google image of Yosemite


What an impossibility to set the temperature in my home for kindness or patience or joy when the children are bickering and ungrateful.

It's a treacherous hike uphill to help Mr. Santos when he wants to lead the family where I don't want to go.

Narrow and steep is the path of being a mother, when lessons have to be repeated a zillion times and it seems like nothing I do or say is being heard.

Self sits on the throne of my life and starts issuing decrees.

"We don't have time for all this nonsense! This mess is too big, I don't have time to deal with it! If we do that, then we won't have any time to do this!"

Is Time my problem?

No. The throne of my life.

That is where the real struggle is. Whose life is this anyway?

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20

Thank God for His Word, His voice that comes and says, "Self, get off the throne. Let me sit there and tell you the Truth. I am the Truth."

"Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12:2

"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." 2 Cor 4:17-18

God is the one who has called me. "For (I am) his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that (I) should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;" Colossians 3:23


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But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 2 Thess 3:13

April 20, 2012

Being Ready

Last week we had a survival class in our back yard.

The children learned several ways to find and purify water
start a fire and build a shelter.
It was great fun for them. 
We put together survival packs for each, which included all of the essentials.


Above, Sophia is learning how to use a Katadyn water purifier. 

It is an awesome tool.  Maybe someday we will get one. 
For now, we will use the old fashioned methods.



Here, the children talk over with the instructor different "disaster scenarios."


This is the survival kit we have in our car at all times.  
All the items fit snugly in a plastic tub.


tent
tarp
rope
firestarters, waterproof matches, hotties (hand warmers)
flashlights
batteries
multipurpose tool/knife
ponchos
emergency blanket
first aid kit
one change of clothes for each of us
toiletries
water and purifying tablets


a bag of various teas and protein bars


And Body Balance - OF COURSE!



I have also decided to include my herbs and essential oils with our toiletries.

Here, Naomi is playing nurse to Sophia who got her foot banged up.
Every half hour she rubs her foot with a comfrey/aloe mixture and then some arnica oil.


She is a good little nurse learning how to care for others and Sophia, poor thing,
is learning to receive graciously.

Other things that we have done to prepare for "hard times" is to set several gallons of water aside, stock our pantry (which I had never done before), and keep propane and charcoal handy for outdoor cooking.

~oOo~


It is always easy to forget that God is Sovereign.

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here's my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.

Sometimes in my desire to be prepared for "whatever" I forget that it is God who provides for us.  It is God who has sustained us in the past and it is He who will sustain us in the future.

I was reminded the other day of Elijah.  In the middle of a "sore famine" God led him to a cave near a brook. He commanded the ravens to bring him bread and meat twice a day.  Then, when the brook dried up, He led him to an obedient widow who's oil and flour never ran out.  God is so good to His children.

April 16, 2012

April Daybook



(click on the picture above for more daybook fun)
I don't have a link to who created this photo. Found it via google images a couple years ago.

FOR TODAY

Monday, April 16, 2012

Outside our window...

rain, clouds, sunshine, dandelions popping out of the grass, A lonely chicken roosting on a branch.

I am thankful...


for God's Word and friends who share it boldly.

Like a strong arm to save me from slipping headlong

I am wearing...

The sleeves on my denim shirt rolled to the elbows since I have been working, working, working today.

From the kitchen...

Lots of raw snacks - carrots, tomatoes, cashews, almonds, apples, etc.

Tacos for dinner tonight, our Number one go to meal.

Salsa always pleases.

I am learning...


there are things I want to do and there are things that others want me to do, but what is best is what God wants me to do.

Sometimes he wants me to do impossible things.  I protest with "I can't"  He corrects me with "Yes, but I can."  If I only did what I was capable of doing, why would I need such a GREAT and MIGHTY God?

A quote to share...


"The most important things in your home are people."
~ Amish Proverb

from my friend Mara's blog.

I am creating...


A KILLER!

I tried this Killer out today.  It worked!

 Today, the enemy had attached itself to a slouchy, grouchy, grumpy, slumpy, seven year old boy.

We faced off and circled one another, our eyes locking.  I pulled my hands out of my pockets and pointed them like guns to the bad attitude.  I wiggled my fingers and said,

"Noah, George the Killer is about to attack that bad attitude of yours.  It's either Him or George. Only one can win.  If George wins, we all win.  If your bad attitude wins then He's going to take your favorite toy for the day and put you on your bed as a prisoner.  He may even get your mother to spank you.  We can't let him win.  Help George! Kill the bad attitude."

I begin shooting! Then tickling! Then shouting above the giggles "Kill! Noah! Kill! Kill that Bad attitude!"

In the end we sigh heavily from all the laughing and giggles.  Bad Attitude is long gone, and we live happily ever after.  (until sister snatched his cracker away from him)

I am going...

to organize my pots and pans for the six millionth time.  I need another cupboard.  Actually, I don't NEED another cupboard. I have been surviving fine without it for a few years now.  It would be nice, though.

I am remembering...

It is my niece's birthday today.

Happy Birthday Sweet Sarah!

I am reading...

my Bible and some "Natural Living" magazines for fun.


I am praying...


Mr. Santos and I can become more like-minded in some things.

Do you know one definition for "Meet"?  To come together from opposite directions.

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; 
I will make him an help meet for him.
Genesis 2:18

Around the house...

daffodils in several vases.  How lovely and fragrant and pleasant.

One of my favorite things...

Quiet.

A few plans for the week:

Remember that God is in control.

Take time to pray and be still.

Cooking class, Violin class, Track and Field practice, Orchestra practice. It's not as busy as it sounds, but it does mean that I have to use my time wisely and productively.


Here are some picture thoughts to share...


Sophia snapped some pictures of us after a "family" date night.
Even though they are a bit fuzzy, they bring back fun memories.





April 11, 2012

Root Canal?

I have a little health story that may be of help to a reader of the Times.

Several months ago I was feeling sick.  I couldn't put my finger on any symptoms. I just felt like I was getting weaker and weaker and that soon I would die.  I remember picking strawberries in the summer and feeling so TIRED. I was eating right. I was getting good nutrition in the form of supplements. I was not working too hard.  But in my soul (and I told no one about this - not even Mr. Santos) I felt like I was dying.  I knew there was something wrong, but I didn't know what.

I prayed about it daily.

Then one day I went to the dentist because of pain in my mouth. It had been some time since I had been to the dentist.  Several years without insurance and unemployment made visiting the dentist a low priority.

It turned out that a root canal I had many many years before was infected.  The dentist said that it had probably been infected for several years as the tooth looked like mush under the surface.  We made an appointment to have the whole tooth removed.

A gentle assurance came over me that this was the source of my weakening state.  My heart and liver was failing because of this ongoing infection.  This confidence came through prayer and was later confirmed through research.

The surgery to remove the tooth was very difficult for me.  My body was weak and vulnerable.  I remember the pulling and tugging.  The surgeon seeing my free flowing tears as he yanked and cut away impatiently said, "You need to toughen up.  This is not that bad.  You're going to be fine."

Yes, I was going to be fine.  In fact it was only two or three days later and my body felt completely different.  It was as if my batteries were charged again.  I started to increase my nutrition intake and especially different herbs and tinctures for cleansing the blood.  My health has started to improve.  Just a little research revealed the dangers and devastating effects root canal's have on the body.  It is almost a guarantee you will have health problems after this procedure.  The only thing that will slow the degeneration of your health is a strong immune system.

Confirmation of these facts came again with our Sophia.  She had been looking quite bad for a couple weeks with red bags under her eyes almost every day, itchy skin, difficulty breathing and occasional chest pains.  These are symptoms she has had off and on her whole life. They are the symptoms of Allergies and Asthma. When we started taking Body Balance, a nutritional supplement, these were all but eliminated.  They would reappear only if there was a virus circulating.  

But, here she was, suffering.  The symptoms were back with a vengeance.  We decided to make an appointment with the Naturopathic Doctor.

Two days before our appointment, Sophia came and said, "Mom, that loose tooth I have feels yucky underneath."  One of her baby molar's was loose and ready to fall out.  Apparently, under the pretty white surface it was rotten and infected! Flashbacks of my root canal came back.  "Let's get that tooth out NOW!"  We wiggled and yanked and out it came that night.

Her symptoms began to subside without any other changes.  Since then we have seen the Naturopath and learned  more about teeth and infections and allergies.  Sophia is also taking specific nutrients to boost her immune system to restore good health.

It is my hope that our story will encourage you to do research before having a root canal done.  I would also like to encourage you to consider that many health problems could be the result of existing root canals or tooth decay.  Good nutrition and boosting your immune system is essential.

April 08, 2012

Amazing Love

Swinging with her doll on Easter Sunday

And can it be that I should gain

I said "Don't throw Rocks!"

 an interest in the Savior's blood!

Taking the picnic basket to the farm - but there is no lunch in it.
Died he for me? who caused his pain!
only our pet chicken, Biscuit.

For me? who him to death pursued?
Picking Daffodils to share at Easter
 Amazing love!
 How can it be 
sweet bouquet from my yummy Boy
that thou, my God,
Running to the car after I honked the horn - "Time to go!"
 shouldst die for me?
One of those Pacific Northwest Views we take for granted
 Amazing love!
This guy was as big as a dog on the beach - WOW!
How can it be

All the flowers bundled for gifts for our friends at church.
that thou, my God,

A simple yet abundant Easter meal -
The ham was deeeee-licious with garlic mashed potatoes


shouldst die for me? 

Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!

April 05, 2012

Tea Time


I am having...

Peppermint Tea

I am feeling...

Defeated. Not one single thing has gone well or as planned today.  On the other hand, I am curious. I believe that God is in control of every detail of my life.  Is He trying to get my attention?  He has it.

On my mind...

Nothing except the question "What next?"

A video to share...
Here are the words to this song:

Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
E'en though it be a cross that raiseth me;
Still all my song would be nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee! 

Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone;
Yet in my dreams I'd be nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee! 

There let the way appear steps unto heav'n;
All that Thou sendest me in mercy giv'n;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee! 

The with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs Bethel I'll raise;
So by my woes to be nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee! 

Or if on joyful wing, cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upwards I fly,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee! 








Please join my friend Ruth and others here for Tea Time

April 02, 2012

Another Birthday! and glimpses of Spring


Did you know that if you have a daughter, and then
you blink that eleven whole years will go by?


Wasn't she a cute 3 year old?


Her gifts and cards



The Santos men writing their birthday messages on the chalkboard.



Birthday Breakfast. Sophia's request "egg, ham, and pepper jack cheese croissants"

Do you see Naomi holding her head? I told her "It's called sunshine!"


Sister and Brother


Naomi's solution to get through the day.  Notice she is indoors. LOL!


Gift from brother - lifesavers.


Gift from sister - gum



Gift from Mom and Dad - cake decorating supplies.
 Noah has his sunglasses on now!


Working on some secret messages from her birthday cards.


Birthday Board.


Cheese cake and tea later in the afternoon.


~oOo~

Spring has sprung!


Our sweet Biscuit hiding in the tree.



Beautiful views from near our home.


My little camera can't capture the crispness of the Cascade Mountains


Santos' trying not to blink - the children because of the sun, the mother because of the children.

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