Wednesday, July 30, 2008
"A lady was calling upon a friend whose two children were brought in during the call. As they talked together the caller said eagerly, and yet with evidently no thought of the meaning of her words, "Oh! I'd give my life to have two such children." And the mother replied, with a subdued earnestness whose quiet told of the depth of experience out of which her words came, "That's exactly what it costs!"
"Yet there was a gleam of light in her eye, and a smoothing in her manner, that told more plainly than words that though she had given much, she had gotten more, both in the possession of the children, and in the rare enrichment of her spirit."
This little story so caught my attention when I read it last night. I have been struggling with the sacrifice that motherhood requires lately. Training four children is no walk in the park, especially when one's own flesh is so alive with impatience, self-centeredness, intolerance, ignorance, and the such! Since Noah was little tiny, I recognized that children in general, but MY children specifically, were God's mighty refiner's fire for me. I have been really feeling the heat lately! Raising children, training and teaching children, unselfishly loving and caring for children really does cost nothing short of my very life. It does certainly require a sacrifice to the point of death for it is indeed my flesh that must die, so that I might live. It must die so that I might live and love those whom the Lord has blessed me with.
But how does that play out in every day life? An every day life full of laundry and dishes, sibling spats and unkind words, scraped knees and runny noses, selfish hearts and bruised feelings? I mean, dying to one's self sounds lovely, perhaps even a bit romantic, in theory. But Jesus is not impressed with theory. Nor is He glorified in romantic notions. He is waiting there, where the rubber meets the road called Motherhood. He is waiting to see if I will die to MY expectations, MY timelines, MY to-do lists, MY selfish intentions, MY lofty ideals, MY hopes and dreams. Raising these children WILL cost me! I am a fool to think it won't. But I am yet a bigger fool to think for one moment that the privilege of mothering is not worth the price I must pay.
"....though she had given much, she had gotten more, both in the possession of the children, and the rare enrichment of her spirit."
Mothers, "let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" (Gal. 6:9). Oh, how I need to be reminded of that!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Yesterday we spent a delightful day visiting my sister in law, nephew and niece at a KOA campground near Astoria, where she and my brother are staying while he does a job in that neck of the woods. The kids had so much fun together playing at the park, swimming and jumping on this huge "Air Pillow". The weather was beautiful and the fellowship sweet. Sadly, I forgot to dig out my camera so my words are all you get! Today, I have tired kids and lots of laundry... always a good sign of enjoying life.
As a bit of a P.S. or side note, I am on the hunt for a stainless steel tea kettle. Let me clarify: I am on the hunt for an ALL stainless steel tea kettle. I had ordered a Kitchenaid that was said to be stainless steel but upon receiving it today, realized that perhaps the core of it is stainless steel but there is still a coating of some sort on the inside. This is rather unfortunate because not only are we in need of one, but this one is such an inviting shade of yellow that I'm a bit sad to have to send it back. So....do YOU have a stainless steel tea kettle that does not have any sort of coating on the inside? If so, where did you find it?
Well, such a rambling post but it's that kind of day here! Hope your day is rich with the Lord's heart-changing presence!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Every birthday for every child calls for a cake decorated exclusively by Daddy! It's such a special thing for each child and they anticipate seeing their cake so much. We've had Lego cakes and turtle cakes, semi-truck cakes and monster truck cakes, Nerds candy cakes and racetrack cakes. But both little girls received a sweet tiny cake on their first birthdays. Sarah's nickname is Goose, thus the little goose on her cake.
Digging in for the first time required the comfort of Mama's arms! (Of course, this could have something to do with the fact that this child actually grabbed for the candle so quickly and neither Craig nor I could respond in time! Thank fully, she wasn't hurt but it did scare the dickens out of her. Definitely a 'feel-like-the-worst-parent-in-the-world' moment!!!)
Enjoying that cake!
All tuckered out in Mama's arms. Happy birthday, sweet girl!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Thanks for letting me share about my newest love! And thanks, again, Mom, for my clothespin apron! Perhaps I need to make one for little Hannah now....
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I am surprised at myself that this is something I struggle with. I compare myself to the teenager who LOVED to babysit, who soaked up any opportunity to be with children, and who never, ever felt tired, exhausted, irritable, impatient, etc. at the sweet little ones that I watched over. What in the world happened?!?!?!?!
Some days it is a constant battle to reign in my tongue. Sometimes I win the battle, by the grace of God, and sometimes I lose and must come to my children and apologize for speaking to them with the same attitude that I often chastise them for!
I am considering purchasing the book, "Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit" by Teri Maxwell. Have any of you read it? I was blessed to hear her speak on this topic at a homeschool conference and found her to be humble and honest about her struggle with this very issue. I think her book would be pretty appropriate!
I want to tackle this weakness in my life! I want the stranger dropping by at any given moment in my night or day to see through my behavior that I recognize that my husband and children are treasured gifts from the Lord. I want my husband and children to know my love and respect for them simply by the way I speak to them. But most of all, I want to honor the Lord with 'the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart' at ALL times, even in moments of exhaustion, irritability, frustration, etc. Jesus absolutely faced times of exhaustion, irritability, frustration and host of others much worse than I will ever experience in my life and yet an unkind word never escaped His mouth! I must not be happy with anything less in my own life.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Happy Birthday, Sarah Grace! I cannot imagine life without you. You are evidence to me of God's perfect grace and love, a delightful display of His kindness to us! May you know always how loved you are by us and the One who sent you!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
The above Slip and Slide surpasses all! It is about 40 ft. long and 6ft. wide and the kids had an absolute blast running up the hill and sliding back down on the 4th of July! We had a few tired kids on our hands that evening!!! Good and tired...
Friday, July 4, 2008
John 8:36 says, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed" .
Romans 8:2 says, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."
Galatians 5:1 says, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."
What a reason we have to rejoice!!!!!!! Praise the Lord that today and every day we may celebrate our freedom!!!!!!!!
Have a blessed 4th of July...
Thursday, July 3, 2008
3/4 c. evaporated cane juice
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 c. milk (soy or rice work just fine)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 c. grape seed oil or coconut oil, melted (butter, margarine or canola oil may be substituted)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
*We love to add dried cranberries to this. Other fresh/dried fruits are delicious as well. You can also add coconut, flax seed, pumpkin seeds, etc. The sky's the limit!!!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together oats, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Beat in milk, eggs, oil and vanilla extract. Stir in your yummy additions. Spread into a 9x13 in. baking dish. Bake in oven for 40 minutes. Present with cream to hungry husbands and children and enjoy!!!!
I would love to hear of some of your favorite breakfast menus. Would you mind sharing, pretty please?