Monday, May 31, 2010

{living a dream}

i was reading that devotional last night, with touched our hearts, again.

so i thought i'd share some sections of it...with you.

nothing fancy. just honesty unveiled:
Parenting is a lot of very hard and very tiring work. In the midst of the grind, we can forget the song of the barren couple that opens up for us entirely new horizons of insight and thanksgiving.

In reality, we're living a dream.

Kids are a tremendous blessing - flesh-covered miracles of God's gracious favour. But sometimes, when we get too close to the work, when we lose so much sleep, we become blind to children as blessings and see the only as burdens.

But where we see dirty diapers, the barren couple sees a living, breathing baby they get to clean.

Where our culture views as a "prisoner" a parent who quits her job to stay at home, the barren couple sees a home filled with laughter and the delight of their precious child's presence.

May we never lose sight of the true miracle: God has place a living, breathing human being in
our care!

The last thing I want to do is offend singles, but I stand behind what I said: there really is no joy like a family's joy. Certainly, singles can still have a rich, meaningful, and fulfilled life. They may well experience certain edges are carefree happiness married people will never know. But they will never experience the singular phenomenon of laughing with your child on the long journey we call parenting. When that laughter is born out of living together twenty-four hours a day, caring for them and sacrificing for them and delighting in them and disciplining them and getting angry at them and having them break your heart, melt your heart, and enlarge your heart - well, there really is nothing else like it.

There just isn't.

There is nowhere else on earth I would rather be than right here. There is no one else I'd rather be with than these children. For this one moment everything is just as it should be. It's perfect, and I'm content.

We are truly blessed.

No, we don't have perfect children. Sometimes, we don't even have pleasant children! But whenever we are tempted to complain, let's consider the ache of the childless couple.

i'm sure i'm not the only one who loses sight of the blessings i have...

those blessing who are refusing to eat what's in front of them, slamming doors, peeing on floors, asking for cuddles, and say "i wuv you"...

it's not all sunshine and lollipops in this home, but i love the times when it is. and during those times when my blessings aren't so pleasant, i try to remember the anguish we endured while trying to conceive them. the barren woman is oh so close to my heart...i ached with her for the years we tried...and i ache for her now, as i search for a quiet corner of my home to compose my thoughts.

i think i'll just sit here where i am...listening to their rendition of "you are my sunshine" fitting!

peace and blessings to you...

Friday, May 28, 2010


if you've been with me for a may remember this post...well, the time has come, yet again, for me to prepare my deep-freeze.

the first number in my title is reference to the pounds of beef we are about to purchase!

yup...that's HALF of one of these guys!!

then the butcher does his thing...

and we get to load all this into our truck...and take it home!

i'm still trying to picture what 350 lbs of beef will look like, and whether it will even fit in our truck...along with us and the girls...and a trip to costco! eeek....

in attempts to have a catchy title...the second number simply references which post this is for Oh The Places You'll Go...i never thought I'd stick with this blog for long enough to reach such a number...but I have! And unless my lone reader checks back here a couple dozen times a day...then my counter tells me I have reader(S)!! *blush* I feel honoured that you feel compelled to catch up with my "goings-on!" And...I hope you'll stay...

because life is changing and we're looking forward to what it has in store for us...the last number on my title is reference to me...taking one day at a time. savouring the moments i am in... trusting in His plan for us...and feeling Blessed...

peace to you...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

{spa...chez moi}

in the recent sunshiney weather, that has since gone completely m.i.a, we'd been looking for ways to spend as.much.time outside as possible!

what better way - when all other ideas have been achieved - than to....


right here...

on our own deck...

with good company...
{MAN...i love this kid!}

and mr. sun!

colours chosen by her...and patterned by her!

little chubby toe-toes

and...just cuz she's so darn cute!

~please, mr. sun, grace us with your presence once again...SOON!

Monday, May 24, 2010

[ j.p. duty]

the other day we were blessed to be entrusted with the duty of watching little mr. j.p...while his parents got a chance to treat themselves to a dinner out.

we enjoyed the opportunity to dig out some of the remaining "baby stuff" we have in the basement

{beanie is on 'gentle pushing' duty}

{little mr. himself}

{the 'big' girls...on watching duty}

{j.p. appeasing my attempts at encouraging him to enjoy a soother;)}

{ her element}

thanks guys for the chance to spend some time with your little man...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

{legitimate procrastination}'s allowed, and not really even able to be classified as procrastination anymore! i'm just being "crafty"!

what a relief!

here you go...have a peak...

{simple shoulder bag}

{west coast grey}

{driftwood welcome}

{garden decor}

{door stop}

now you're the one who's been caught procrastinating! :o)

{our current dilemma}

nope, not the resident 2 year old...per say...but, rather, the short thick digit of her hand, next to the index finger and opposable to each of the other four digits.

granted, it may be because of me that she may have gotten started on this habit. i may have disregarded hubby's requests to pull her short digit out of her mouth because she may have been too cute and tiny to enforce such strict rules. but, who's ever to know?!

now, although she may still be too cute...and enforcing strict rules is a tad complicated in this situation...we are faced with a dilemma: weaning a two year old from her opposable digit!

they're so cute and stout...but under that Dora band-aid
is a big ol' callous...ewww!

any tips...suggestions...words of advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

{mission accomplished...goal achieved...finito...done}

yes, my current contract is finally complete! i am done!

so, what better time to update you on my methods of procrastination - which got me through these last few weeks of work...

i get my craft on...

in a serious way...

yup, when i'm met with specific obligations that must be fulfilled and i have no control over it...i get my projects out and start sewing, painting, gluing, cutting.

until such a time arrives when i can no longer negate that which is expected of me...which is when the rubber meets the road and i put overdrive...and we "survive" through the days when "Mummy's working."

so no, it's not all buttercups and daisies, but we got through it. and some homemade gifts were created in the, i mean process!

and now...we look forward, with great anticipation, to what the days ahead will bring.

i am done...and we are blessed!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

{still standing} attempts to further procrastinate preparing for my 2 sessions tonight (2 of the last 5 I ever have to do!!), I blog!

and drink too much coffee...and bake...and prepare dinner in the crock-pot...and think of new and exciting projects I could get started on! but then reality hits and I remember "I have to teach ALL THIS STUFF in a very little while...GET TO IT!!!"

so this is all I got for ya! a little smackerel of what's to come...when life stops being so darned demanding, or at least when this contract is done!

{our a nutshell}
we've been spending tons of time outside...and the royal "we" has been making our yard beautiful! you can thank him for this most recent weather system...he just seeded our lawn:)

{my babies - on Mother's Day}
here they sat, all three, waiting patiently for me to finish getting ready...
i am blessed...

stay tuned!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

{matters of the heart}

so as the light at the end of this tunnel grows brighter, particular aspects of how our life is going to change has been weighing heavy (in a good way) on my heart.

jim has finally returned (YAY!) from his oh-so-long (for us) venture away for home for work...and so we've been spending these past few days just soaking up time with our family of four. yesterday, as we made our "saturday morning trip" to timmies, i thought i'd bring along a devotional we've been reading and if time allowed we'd start up where we'd left off.

i just find it so neat that God continually meets us where we're at if we afford Him the recognition. so many times i've been feeling like i just needed "something" to know that He is there and that the way things are is okay and the way that we're thinking about life is "right"...and so many times i've been met where i'm at with a particular verse...or a comment from a friend...or a devotional reading...and i am encouraged.

yesterday as i opened up this particular devotional, that we hadn't picked up in a few months (let's be honest here), we were met where we're at...and it was encouraging.

i thought i'd take this time to share with you some of the encouragment...


"By faith, Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born, because...they were not afraid of the king's edict." ~ Hebrews 11:23

By faith Moses' parents hid him from the wrath of Pharaoh. Normally, we think of hiding as cowardly, as an act of fear. But when it comes to our children, hiding them can be a tremendous act of brave faith.

The Bible tells us there is one who seeks our childrens' downfall every bit as Pharaoh sought the death of Moses: the devil, Satan (1 Peter 5:8). As spiritually attuned parents, it is our calling, our duty, and our responsibility to "hide" our children from this nemesis....While some go overboard and focus on Satan too much, most of us moderns probably fall into the other extreme - failing to recognize his schemes or even acknowledge his existence...

The future of God's work on this earth depends on believing children who will speak up with courage, faith and integrity...

And yet, how often do we throw our children into Satan's path unprepared? We assume they'll absorb biblical teaching without any explicit effort on our part to ensure solid theological grounding. We give more thought to how they'll get to school than who is teaching them and what they're being taught. Since we don't guard their associations, we allow them to get together with whomever, wherever, whenever.

In fact, some would say that to even think about hiding our children is to give way to fear and to be overprotective - but when Moses' parents hid him, the biblical writer recounts it as an act of great faith, not fear. Perhaps we've gone too far in the other direction, so fearful of oversheltering our children that we neglect the very real danger that full, unhindered exposure to this world can cause.

We hide our children in spiritually healthy ways by praying for them, by monitoring what and whom they see, and by warning them. The "hiding level" changes, of course, as they mature, but even when they get placed in harm's way, we must give them all they need to confront the enemy of their souls.

Hiding isn't based in fear; it's based in faith

We Christians are blessed with a hiding place refuge that is as beautiful and wonderous as it is secure: the shelter of the Most High, the shadow of the Almighty. We needn't live by fear; on the contrary, because of God's provision we live with the steady confidence that when we do our part, God will do his. For the time will surely come when we can no longer hide our children, when it's no longer appropriate to shelter them, when our children must face the world head-on, with all its temptations and traps.

There is nothing shameful in taking your time to do this unleashing. Andrew Murray encourages parents with this word of advice:

Hide your children in the quietness of home life away from the excitements of the world. In that hiding place where the enemy cannot intrude, we have one of faith's highest duties. When that time comes when your child has to come into contact with the world, you can still entrust her to the One who is the keeper of Israel. Do not fear the sayings of others who proclaim that the children cannot be kept separate from the world, they must go with the stream. Instead, let your faith be strong.

Parents, be vigilent. The world is not a safe place where children can wander unprotected and unwatched...But also be encouraged. When we hide our children in the shelter of the Most High, in the shadows of the Almighty, we need not be afraid.
~Gary Thomas

if you have stuck with me this far, i hope that you've also been encouraged, as i was. knowing the changes that are to come with the dawning of the light at the end of our tunnel, we take courage in this reading.

i encourage you to take some time to think on this...discuss it with your friends...and i welcome any discussion you may have regarding this post.