November 28, 2012

It's my birthday! YEAH!

~ A Prayer of Thanks ~
Dear Lord,
Thank you so much for giving me forty years on this earth.
Thank you for giving me a husband and three BEEEEutiful children. Thank you for the good health and the bad health, for the ecstatic moments and the heavy sad moments. 
Thank you for the full pocket days and the empty bank account days.
 Thank you for the births and for the deaths.
Through them all, you have become so Real to me and I have gotten to know you better.
Thank you for saving me from my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life in heaven with You.
I pray that I can spend every day knowing You more and serving You better.
Love, Laura


My birthday cake!  Sophia decorated it!
The top layer is banana cake with coconut filling.
The second layer is chocolate cake with peanut butter filling.
Oh My! Can't wait to eat it. Want a piece?

She knows that I love birds! This was a little Christmas ornament she put on top.

The children made a Wonderful paper chain to decorate the house. Each chain is decorated with different designs. How special!  Do you see the picture of the sun on the window? It rained all day today, but the children said,
"Mom! We made sure you had sunshine on your birthday!"

The girls above.
And Me below wearing my "Queen Mom" crown and drinking tea out of
a new birthday cup.

Now, THAT sounds wonderful!

We spent the afternoon at the Clay cafe painting platters.  Mr. Santos took the children shopping and bought me some candy, flowers and beautiful red pajamas.
Aren't they Great?

November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from the Santos Family!
We have so much to be thankful for. 
~ First and foremost for so great a salvation we have through the Lord Jesus Christ. We are thankful for the work He is doing in our lives.  Though we are weak, He is strong!
~ We are thankful for all our physical capabilities.  We are able to see and hear, walk and talk, eat and sleep.  It is amazing how more and more people we know are losing these that we take for granted.
~ We are thankful for a WARM home without any leaks.  It has been raining cats and dogs the last few days.  We have heat and running water, indoor plumbing, electricity and so much food.  Thank you, Lord.
~ We are thankful for a good running car.  Lately, as we've been running errands in the rain, we have noticed several people with their hoods wrapped tightly around their necks and their heads bent low into the wind, walking to get where they need to go. 
~ We are thankful for good friends.  With family far away, and especially with this being my first holiday season without Mom, I am so thankful for loving friends that have opened up their homes and hearts to us.
~ Thank you Lord for music and good books and crafts and embroidered pillowcases and all the other things that make life so beautiful and pleasant.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

November 20, 2012

No Thankfulness without Forgiveness

Our human relationships are the actual conditions in which the ideal life of God is to be exhibited.
~ Oswald Chambers
Do not wait for some ideal situation, some romantic difficulty, some far away emergency; but rise to meet the actual conditions which the providence of God has placed around you today....Down in your secret soul unseen and unknown by any but Jesus, there is a little trial that you would not dare to mention, that is harder for you to bear than martyrdom.
~ Selected (Streams in the Desert)
That second quote reminds me of the times when I have said, "I'd rather die than do that!"  Is God calling you to obey Him in something hard?  Is your response to God, "I'd rather die!"
Perhaps, like me, He is asking you to forgive someone.
Perhaps, like me, He is asking you to be quiet when you have a lot to say.
Perhaps, like me, He is asking you to give it ALL, not part, but ALL.
Just think. Faith without works is dead.  Jesus said, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments."
Do I really believe that "It is no longer I who live, but Christ in me?"  How do I prove that?
This is Thanksgiving Week. What a beautiful time!  At church on Sunday we were talking about what gets in the way of our Thankfulness.  So many things.  But what gets in the way of being thankful for the people in your life?  Unforgiveness.
Can I, with Paul say, "I thank my God upon EVERY remembrance of you?"  Not if I need to forgive.
Join me in making sure you have forgiven the people God has brought into your life.
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
~ Mark 11:25-26

November 14, 2012


Isn't this picture beautiful? I found it under fall landscapes on google.

(click on the picture above for more daybook fun)


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Outside our window...

Biscuit is wildly pacing, wondering when we will bring her in for the night.

Yes, we bring our chicken in for the cold nights! LOL. She sleeps in a pet carrier that is lined with paper and hay. Spoiled rotten is that little chicken.
I am thankful...

for glimpses of sunshine today and the Lords work (painful though it is) to change me.

I am wearing...

A comfy black sweater and plaid skirt.  I love this sweater so much I even take time to wash it in cold water and lay flat to dry...HA!

From the kitchen..

A salad for dinner. Some of the leftover grilled fish from yesterday's fish tacos over some greens.  What would YOU do with leftover fish?

I am learning...

That God's blessings are not the same as what "the world" counts as blessings.

 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Matthew 5:1-12

I am creating...

Holiday cards and pictures to send out soon.
I am going...

to be 40 this month!

I am remembering...

When I turned 30! What a FULL ten years it has been!
I am reading...

not much...just my Bible along with my favorite daily devotional books:

My Utmost for His Highest and
Streams in the Dessert
Around the house...

The children are watching a movie. The dishwasher is on.  Mr. Santos is working late so his dinner is staying warm in the oven.
Some of my favorite things...

Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce

A few plans for the month:

Celebrate my birthday with my family.  I am hoping that they will take me to the local Java and Clay cafe.  There, I can enjoy some Jasmine tea and paint a platter for my kitchen wall.
Give thanks.  Sometimes it's hard to see past all my struggles this year and be thankful.  But God says "Rejoice and be exceeding glad!" I just pray that I would struggle for
His sake and not because of my own bad attitude or poor choices.  Lord, help me.
A picture thought to share:
There was a dragonfly! Can you see it?
This picture was taken by my good friend and photographer, Charlene Cary.

November 05, 2012

Some Fall Delights

The last of the summer flowers. This bouquet lasted a month!

Some of our garden produce.
Carrots anyone? We also have onions!

There they go - walking to the meadow to fly a kite. Sophia took the pictures.
I stayed home that day.

There goes Noah...

And Naomi with the "eagle" flying high behind them.
 It's raining, it's pouring, but no one is snoring!
Kindly keep your muddy boots outside


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