Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sisterhood Lessons...


 Early in the morning my three sisters and mother went to run some errands, while I stayed at home with three of the littles in our family.

I relished the time today while my cute two year toddler brother stood perched, craning over my shoulder watching every move I made, babbling on observing me, ( And giving me an occasional kiss or hug) as I sat working on my school work.

Sweet sisterhood!

It was one of those moments when the house is...quiet, when your twin brothers are getting along, playing nicely and peacefully, and your handsome, dreamy, smart, big blue eyed, ball of energy, love bug, tough two year old brother is... behaving, and life seems...orderly.

Serene. Still. Calm.

Oh, and then the next moment everything seems to fall apart...

(Like the dogs start to bark at nothing, the phone rings, your brothers don't want to share, and... well you get the picture.)

But moments of quiet (and rowdy moments,too) make me so glad to be in the family God's given me. They make me never ever want to trade a day of my precious life. The one that God lovingly gave me.
Even the juice spills and the toddler feet scampering into trouble, children shrieks and boisterous giggles, the toys on the floor and the dents in the door.

 The life that teaches me patience, love, endurance, self sacrifice, joy...and some many needed lessons!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

My Mom's birthday


 Today is my Mom's birthday!
 She is very practical and doesn't make a fuss about her special day. 
 She has sacrificed so much for her children.
It was awful seeing her in so much pain when in labor with my sister and hard to watch when her uterus ruptured. Before she was rolled out for an emergency c-section I was holding her hand, she was squeezing as tight as she could. As my dad and I waited in the waiting room, I could not help but wonder if it would be last time I would see her and hold her hand.
But she made it through.



My mother is strong and determined and I am grateful to God to still have her today.  She makes wonderful meals, plants beautiful produce, cleans rigorously, and shares wisdom daily.

She a wise mentor, teacher, mother and best friend.



Happy Birthday, Mommy!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Steak Salad

Lettuce+Steak+Onions+Dressing= Pure yummy-ness on a hot day.


What did you have for lunch?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ever Wanted To Be A Poet?

Now is your chance!

Click on over here to enter my sister's poetry contest!



 
Not my photo

Here's my entry:

 Fire Fly

Flashing flicker,
Small and bright.
Eyes delight.
Splashing shine,
Radiant divine.
Glowing brilliance,
Happy shimmer.
Luminous twinkle.
Flying fast.
At night you dash,
Sending glimmers
To my eye.
Wondrous as lightning;
You make me smile.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The First Day Of Summer

                                     



How did you spend the first day of summer?...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My Daddy...


Today is a day to praise the Fathers in our lives and I wanted to take some time and brag on my Daddy.

My Daddy has the best sense of humor. He never fails to make me smile and laugh.
I didn't get many spankings when I was growing up. ( I am not saying I never made trouble! Honestly, I did!) Instead He'd sit us down and explain why what we did was bad. He gives us words of correction which have blessed me more than any other punishment.
My daddy makes me feel needed and makes sure I know that I matter.
He is supportive in my endeavors.When ever I have a question, He is more than willing to give me an answer.
He has not only been a great Father to myself and my siblings, but a strong provider for our family.

Throughout my childhood and now I’ve had heartfelt support and continued wisdom poured into my life.

The just man walketh in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.
Proverbs 20:7

Do you have a special Father in your life...?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Battle of the Swimsuits


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 I know I am not the only one out there, though oftentimes it seems like it...
I find that it's very difficult to find a decent swim suit. ( And might I say the cost is ridiculous!)
Do you have the same problem? Although I don't go swimming that often, I do find it frustrating seeing how the culture handles swimming apparel. Many prefer to swim around the pool wearing the latest colored underwear... :-P

I thought I'd share a few helpful links and ideas to dress modestly for the glory of God even at the pool.

Here are some options I've tried and discovered. Click the links to the websites. All photos are from their websites.


  They have a selection of swim suits, rash guards and swim skirts.
( Sorry the photo is so small. Click the link below for a better view.)



  They have a selection of swim suits.
I have bought a swim dress from them and it has held up very well. It's well made and comfortable.


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They have a selection of clothes as well as swim wear, swim skirts, swim shirts, and swim skorts.
Their swim skirts are about the same price as land's end's skirt, but are a  quite a bit longer with leggings sewn in.


They sell swim suits, leggings, swim suit patterns, and swim fabric.
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I bought a swim dress and leggings from here. They were well made, but the fabric hasn't been as durable as others.

 Olivia sells a very pretty, stylish swim suit pattern. I haven't used her pattern before, but it looks very nice.

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These are just a few ideas and I am sure there are other solutions, depending on how much you prefer covering. I am not judging any one for what they swim in, but I hope that we'll all consider what we wear for the glory of God.


Do you have any suggestions on where to find or make a swim suit?... :-)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Blessings



Blessings
by Laura Story
We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if the thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

This song really spoke to me and I was able to relate to the beautiful words.
 It reminds me of when my sister was born. When my mom was raced to the emergency room and my dad and I were left to sit in the waiting room.
It's was a long sleepless night; and a rainy night.
But it was a night filled with blessings. God was near, telling us to trust in His will. His blessings come in different ways and I know that things would not be the same if God hadn't intervened. We would have taken for granted the precious life of my Mom and sister. You have to have a different perspective sometimes, when defining blessings. I know my definition of the word has changed.



How do you define blessings?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Just a note to say...

 Click here for a neat giveaway that my sister's pen pal Mina is having!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Color.






Where do you find color?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Coffee Cake


  Saturday mornings would not be complete with out a yummy, filling, breakfast...
This morning my Mom and I made coffee cake. The best way to kick off a productive Saturday! 
I thought I'd share the recipe we you all:

Cake ingredients 

4 cups freshly milled flour               
2 Tbs. baking powder                       
1 tsp. salt                                            
2 eggs
2 cups milk                                                
1 cup oil
1/2 cup honey

Topping ingredients  

1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup sucanat (or white sugar)
8 Tbs. butter
3 tsp. cinnamon

 Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center. 
Add egg, milk, oil, and honey. Stir just until well mixed. Spread batter evenly in a greased 9x13 pan. Combine walnuts, sucanat, melted butter, and cinnamon; spread over batter.
Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until it comes clean with a toothpick. 
Shield with foil if getting too brown. 

Altered from The Bread Becker's recipe.




Hope your having a beautiful Saturday!
                                What did you have for breakfast?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Giveaway...

Click here for a neat giveaway!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Summer Sewing


 After buying some fabric on Memorial day I had it all planned out what I was going to sew.
So, with my free time I sewed a cheerful summer dress.


I used this pattern again...

It's made out of turquoise patterned cotton, which I bought at Joann's.

 Sewing is so much fun! :-)


{Photos taken by my Sister.}



What have you been up to this summer?...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Pins & Needles...

 I've been doing a little crafting lately. I got out my patterns, pins and needles and went to work.
 

Can you guess what I made?