Thursday, August 27, 2009
This is my picture of JOY! Children dancing and worshipping God! These girls pictured were participants in last years Signs and Wonders Camp hosted by OHOP's Children's Equipping Center. That's Cecelia (then 7) in the front, right - red shirt, pony-tail flying, big smile.
I am so thankful that my 3 oldest kids got to go to this camp last year. I am trying to gather funds for 3 of them to go again in just over a week. It is an amazing time of worship, prayer, and equipping for the boys and girls.
I am giving thanks for God's provision and the Joy He gives everyday. His faithfulness overwhelms me.
Verse for the Day:
"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." 3 John 1:4
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I think it's the funniest picture I have of her. I laugh every time I see it. I just took it a few weeks ago while we were on vacation, visiting Tarpon Springs for the day. She and her brother Luca (3) were playing on this HOT day in the little barrel fountain in front of a souvenir store. I was trying to get a picture of her so I could see her amazing blue eyes, and she likes to squint and say "cheese" every time a camera is pointed at her. So, I kept pestering her and taking pictures and then she turned to me and did this! I laughed and snapped it. Good Enough! You sure can see those baby blues, can'tcha?
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The other day, as I was folding laundry...again, I was thanking God for the miraculous modern washing machine and dryer. How much time was spent by my foremothers on laundry alone? Then, think about how long they toiled over cooking, washing dishes, sewing clothing, cleaning floors! How blessed are we to have microwaves/modern ranges, dishwashers, sewing machines/discount clothing stores, and vacuums! I started to get overwhelmed by the notion of being a homemaking mother just 100 years ago. When I get that AMAZED feeling, I turn to God for answers.
What's up, Lord? What's the difference between now and then? God has allowed His precious children to grow astoundingly in the past century. Why do we have all these "time-saving conveniences"?
Time is short. He wants us to spend all that time we've saved WITH HIM!
What do you do with the time you've saved? I think most of America spends it on entertainment. We've filled that time with television shows, movies, video games, computer stuff, endless hobbies and pursuits of fun.
I've examined the use of my time. It's true, I'm crazy busy, but what about that hour I stole to watch a show on T.V.? Or, the book I read for fun, but probably shouldn't have wasted my time on? It's time to reset my priorities and keep my mind on what's important. Please, God, help me stay focused on keeping my lamp filled and lit.
Bible Verse for the Day: "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
Sunday, August 23, 2009
After an hour of wading in the Atlantic waves, chasing sandpipers, and digging, Luca (here at 19 months) was ready for a snack. He got his own apple out of the sack, and took about 3 big bites before dropping it. He didn't skip a beat, picked it right back up and kept eating. He didn't seem to mind the sand, I think the main problem for him was getting his little mouth around that big apple! We all tried not to be too grossed out.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I am thankful for all the time and patience and love they pour into my children. My mom will read a bedtime story to each one. My dad will put bait on every hook, and take hooks out of every fish (if he must.) They gave Nick and I a much needed anniversary alone while they took care of all 7 AND cleaned out the vacation rental. They are the best Papa and Granny I know!
I am thankful that, despite our separation by half the country, my children hold their grandparents dear to their hearts. Those good-bye hugs are sad, but so, so sweet.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Rocky turned 10 on Aug. 9th; it was a busy week. My parents celebrated with him a little early since they had to head home on Friday, but we had a fun time on his actual birthday. He got to pick out the birthday dinner: lasagna, rolls and salad, followed up with Rocky Road ice cream and a Swimmer cake. (Notice the snorkeler mask on the face of the cake.) It's been a little hard for me to come to terms with the fact that I now have 2 kids in double digits. I can't be that old, can I? Rocky's number 1 gift request was Legos - of which he already has millions, I think - so he was so happy when he ended up with 3 new sets! I was just happy we were able to get him a gift at all. Funds have been tight, but my kids' happiness comes first. What is childhood without birthdays?
My favorite part of all our birthdays is when Nick prays over the special person of the day. We thank you, Lord, for the amazing things you have for Carlo and Rocky! They are truly blessings in my life, and many others' lives. May they grow in knowledge of God and grow in relationship with Jesus! (On a slightly less spiritual note: Did you notice how Luca managed to make it into most of the birthday pictures? You've got to admire the little party animal.)
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
We took a whole week for vacation on the Gulf Coast with my parents. The house they rented was right on a canal that led quickly to the Gulf of Mexico; it had a floating dock and a boat dock that we used to fish. Now, even though we live in the middle of Florida and are close to about 5 good lakes, we never go fishing. Nick is not the outdoorsy sportsman, no matter how much the kids want him to be. I used to fish and camp with my family for every vacation and got a little spoiled and rotten in my adolescence and haven't really done either for a long time! My Daddy was in 7th Heaven - rolling out of bed and taking his coffee to the dock. Rods and reels, tackle and bait littered the back porch.
Nick with the "big one" and Rocky
All the kids (except Sabina, although she was fascinated by the fish) got to experience the joy of catching and releasing. Most of the fish were small, none of them made it to our plates. But, Nick caught a big one - and he caught the fishing bug. I caught a couple "weed bass" and lost some bait to nibblers. Oh, well.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
I was thrilled to see my 4 oldest, tan and tall and wearing new clothes. Bags, backpacks, shoes and toys were strewn from the doorway, through the dining area, and into the living room. Their little brothers and sister were greeted with hugs, kisses and gifts. I managed to squeeze them all in between the chaos.
The next day, even before lunch, we loaded up both minivans and Nick's car and headed for a rental house on the Gulf coast for the week. What a fun adventure we had! Who knew 11 people (and a big puppy) could be so comfortable in a 3 bedroom, 1 bath house with approximately 1500 sq. ft.? I will post pics and details later this week. Today, I have other priorities...
it's Rocky's 10th birthday! So, there is cake making, present wrapping, wii playing, movie watching, and joy having to be done!
Blessings to all of you!