September 26, 2013

How Fun!

I was featured!

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 


September 24, 2013

OK Fine, Fall is here. I guess I will accept the fact.


Isn't this guy a cutie? This is Max (sadly not OUR dog) laughing and asking
 "Are you gonna throw the ball for me now?"

We miss you Max!

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For Today

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Outside our window...


Noah, in his rain boots, swinging a stick in the air and walking around the yard. He was sent outside to play because sisters were being "harassed." I wish he had another boy to play with! He looks bored.

I am thankful...

for the opportunity and the freedom to home school my children.

I am wearing...

Warm clothes. I hate giving up my pretty summer dresses, but I am thankful to be warm.

From the kitchen..

chicken with Parmesan/broccoli rice for dinner

and some pears with biscuits for dessert.



We received an abundance of them from a sweet neighbor down the road.



I am learning...

that we cannot truly receive love from those we want to control.

 Perhaps that is why we don't always accept what God allows in our life?
We want to tell Him what to do and how to do it.

I am creating...

  Another song! Just got a tune for 2 Timothy 4:5-8 this morning. I've been singing it all day.

I am going... 

to a Voice of the Martyr's conference this weekend.

I wonder how it will be...

I am remembering...

I need to pack lunches for tomorrow's long day away from the house...violin classes and piano practice

I am reading...

Different blogs, Facebook updates and this book by C.H. Spurgeon.

photo

Around the house...

Signs of Fall.  The candles are lit.


And Naomi is in her "Fall" uniform - a hat and a scarf at all times, even in the house.


She's already hard at work on Christmas Secrets...another sure sign of Fall.

A quote to share...

“It is supposed by some that religion makes people solemn, takes the sunshine out of their life, the joy out of their heart, the song out of their mouth. But the reverse of this is the truth. No other one in the world has such secrets of joy as has the Christian. Christ teaches his followers to rejoice. He bids them rejoice even in sorrow and trial.”

~ J.R. Miller

Some of my favorite things...

Include Lace. I love this new dress on Sophia.




Isn't it darling? Not as darling as she is!

A few plans for the rest of the month...

Enjoy the change in the season (against my will)
Bake a few loaves and batches
Hug my children more
Begin an embroidery sampler
Practice more Thankfulness

Speak less, listen more.

Some picture thoughts to share:


 of the Command Center for the Santos Children. 

The baskets are their "mailboxes" - useful for encouraging messages, little presents, or a good safety deposit box for something they don't want to lose.


They have their own personalized hanger with their chores attached.


When the job (written on the clothespin) is done, then they flip the clothespin over.


Here's a close-up of Naomi's hanger.
You can see she has four of her chores done (dusting, windows, clutter, setting the table for breakfast).

She has three separate clothespins for laundry.  That is her main job.  One for washing, one for folding, one for putting away. I do the ironing. It's about the only chore I do besides the meals. I like ironing while listening to a good sermon.

This has been a great system for our family, helping the home run smoothly.

September 23, 2013

Grumpy?

Rejoice in the Lord Always and again I say Rejoice!

Today has been a grumpy day. Nothing big. The children are easily provoked by one another, which in turn provokes me. The landlord is not addressing some necessary repairs.  I tried sending an important e-mail several times, unsuccessfully.

The rain is pouring.

But I can't stay there...In Grumpsville.  I must get out.  It is an act of the will to Rejoice always.  Things are not always pleasant and perfect. No, in fact, in my experience there is always something to poke and provoke. Yet, every day is a day of rejoicing.

Some of the things I can rejoice in...

The lush of the green grass and trees outside my windows.
The good health of my children.
A fridge full of food to prepare.
A warm house on a rainy Autumn day.
Good neighbors who deliver an abundance of Asian Pears.
A little church of believers who pray for me and my family.

But I can rejoice in so much more than this. I can Rejoice in the Lord. I like how Spurgeon put it...

Since he is WISE, that should make us glad, knowing as we do our own foolishness. Since he is MIGHTY, that should cause us to rejoice who tremble at our weakness. Since he is EVERLASTING, that should always be a theme of joy when we know that we wither as the grass. Since he is UNCHANGING, that should perpetually yield us a song, since we change every hour.
This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24



September 14, 2013

I love giving presents.

Don't you?

In the past we've given flowers and cookies and songs to our church family.

Today, it's BULBS.


Fall is the time for planting fragrant Hyacinth and Bright Tulips.


All my gift wrap supplies...bought on clearance at Target.


Colorful twine


Fun stickers


Labels


The boxes were pre-made.  
All we had to do was pop them open and fill them with Spring Promises.


Naomi and Sophia tied and decorated them.


 On each card, I hand wrote the verse 
"For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, 
we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection." Romans 6:5

and a personal message.


Soon, my hand started to get tired, so I called in the troops.
Noah pasted the labels where we wrote the names of each recipient.


And there they are!
 The "little nothings" ready to pass out at church tomorrow. 
 I hope we haven't forgotten anyone. We made a few extra, just in case.

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September 12, 2013

Autumn Paths ~ I wonder what's next?


Oh! I hate to see the Summer end!

It has been such a beautiful one and I am thankful...for the sunshine, the warmth,  and all the fun of the season...

and for the Peace.

Our Summer has been a time of Peace, the kind that passes understanding.

The good brother of Peace is Confidence.  Does one lead the other? I don't know, but surely they walk together.  And, of course, Confidence follows after Trust in Jesus... Jesus, who is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. HE is truly the Leader. He leadeth me beside the still waters.

~oOo~

Our Summer began with a separation.

A marriage separation.

It was a long time coming.

We have been married for over 15 years, but there are some things that we could not work out in all that time. 
 It's as if we speak two different languages. 
This is true for every married couple. After all, one speaks "woman" and the other speaks "man."  
But for us, throw in "American" and "El Salvadorean" 
and also "Christian" and "Non-Christian."

He doesn't understand me.
I don't understand him.

After months of separation, THANK GOD, we will finally meet with a marriage counselor.

It will be a "counseling retreat".

Maybe.

We will meet with him, her, them (I don't know) for three hours a day ~ for a whole week.

Doesn't really sound like a retreat, does it?

More like boot camp.

But maybe...maybe that is what we need.

Maybe I will hear.

Maybe HE will hear.

Maybe we will understand a little bit more and be able to work some things out.

~oOo~

Summer Memories


Visiting Sophia at "Fiddle Camp"


There she is playing at one of the many concerts given.


Naomi riding her favorite horse, Epic, at "Horse Camp"



Mr. Santos came to her "finale"


She has favorite shoes boots too.


Noah turned NINE this Summer


This was the day we took him kayaking.



Blueberry picking. (I wore my "blueberry" dress)  


Warm, lavender scented walks


~oOo~

This Summer I felt like a precious daughter of a king, so safe, loved and provided for.

It's amazing how one can walk through something as heart wrenching and ugly as a marriage separation, yet have such joy and peace.  I told you! It was Peace that passes understanding.

I don't know what the future holds.

But there is a change in the air.

Things are changing.

Summer is coming to an end and I don't know where this Autumn path will lead.

But I do know Who is leading.

I will follow after Him.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, 
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: 
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness 
for his name's sake.
Psalm 23: 2-3

Pray for me as I pray for you.

September 10, 2013

Jewels from my Father


Topaz Dreams.


Turquoise paths.


Golden crowns.


Diamond Pools.


On the other side of the bridge we filled up on Sapphire seas, 




Gentle breezes and the last warm and happy days of the Summer.

"... and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD." Jeremiah 31:14b


"For how great is His goodness and how great is His beauty!" Zechariah 9:17


September 09, 2013

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For Today

Monday, September 9, 2013

Outside our window...

A potted chrysanthemum ready to reach full bloom.



I am thankful...

that I am not alone.  It looks like I am alone. It feels like I am alone.  But, I am not, and I am thankful.

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Heb 13:5

I am wearing...

A blue dress with a pink sweater and my mother's beautiful cameo necklace. I'm also wearing thick and warm (albeit ugly) socks. There is a Fall chill in the air.

From the kitchen..

Peaches. We have been eating them with walnuts and cinnamon, with oatmeal, with breakfast, with lunch, with dinner. Peaches.

I am learning...

To trust GOD and not my circumstances.

What an adventure!

I will be practicing this always as circumstances are always changing.

I am creating...

  Presents to pass out to friends in a week.  They are just little "nothings," but I hope the recipients feel loved.

I will show you a picture after I have passed them out.

The children and I are also creating a new scripture CD.

Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.  Psalm 119:11

I am going... 

to persevere in training my children.  Sometimes, (nearly every day) I want to give up.  I want to just let them be and do whatever they want...but I can't.  We press on seeking the Lord, turning away from our sin, putting off the old and putting on the new.

For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Gal 6:8-9


I am remembering...

The testimony of a missionary to Turkmenistan.  How confident in the Lord he was!

I am also remembering...

the way a resident shouted "Hallelujah!" from her wheelchair after the children and I sang at a local Rest home.  The woman even sang a short solo.  It was very touching and sweet.
Music truly does speak to the soul.

I am reading...

Various devotional classics...Spurgeon, Chambers, Tozer;
Dobson's book on strong-willed children, and my Bible.

Around the house...

Sophia doing her math,
Naomi and Noah acting like wild indians,
a bowl of chocolate coconut almonds tempting me.

A quote to share...

"Train up a child in the way he should go - but be sure to go that way yourself."
~ Charles Spurgeon

Some of my favorite things...

The scent of lavender

Roses

Kayaking

and Sophia's chocolate chip cookies...


or maybe her coconut cake is my favorite...




A few plans for the month:

Taxi all to Piano and Violin lessons

Enjoy a professional MASSAGE! (Thank you, Lord)

Perhaps begin a new part-time job. I haven't heard yet if I've been hired.

Continue waiting, waiting, waiting on the Lord.

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint. 

Some picture thoughts to share:





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