Sunday, October 25, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
... so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Romans 8:35, 37-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Who loves Mary Poppins?
Unlike this mama, who has a Mount Vesuvius of laundry erupting in her living room--clean, *whew*--and an ottoman that evidently is in need of a good scrubbing, and what's going on with the glass pane in my cupboard? Yikes! But my kids are healthy and happy, not to mention their delightful imaginations, and that's gotta count for something, right?
Thursday, June 18, 2009
While Maggie was away at VBS this evening, Lucy was more than happy to kitty-sit Maggie's early birthday present, a darling sweetie named Clementine.
In the mail, today, from a dear, sweet sister-in-Christ, I recieved a gift for our new baby-in-waiting:
Sweet toile (covered in BUNNIES!), satin-y ribbon, snuggly chenille. In a classic sage-y green, just in case--I assume--our expected baby girl turns out to be a bouncing boy! Does it get any more precious than this?
This will be our eighth baby, and let me tell you, if you're not acquainted with many large families, the baby showers ended (understandably) a few babies back, so a gift like this is truly a wonderful surprise!
My dear friend, you have touched my heart today, and encouraged me to once again "Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things." (Colossians 3:2 NIV) Can a gift of "earthly things" do that? Yes, it can. Because it reminds me of how much my Father cares for even the smallest of my needs--no, not only needs, but wishes too--and causes me to desire nothing more than to rest in His presence, trusting Him for the Big Things as well as the small.
Dear Sister, may the blessings of the Lord be outpoured on you and your family, abundantly more than you could ever ask or imagine. Thank you.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
We invited them to join us at the park and we had a wonderful time eating cold hot dogs, warm potato salad, and very melty chocolate chip cookies. I was glad we had remembered to bring our camera, and although a few of our kids seemed to be either grouchy or distracted by the time we finally broke out the camera, we did get good pics of Jason and Tammy, and that's what counts. ;)
We were so glad to get to spend some time with them, they are just lovely people, and we hope to be able to see them again before too long.
This is Jason, Stan's "little" brother, who's not so little any more! He's 17, and going to be a junior in high school this year. He likes football, is active in his local AWANA program, and is planning on joining the National Guard after graduation. He was really great with our little ones, and seems to be a very neat young man.
This is Tammy, Jason's mom. She was warm and friendly, very easy to visit with, and has the most beautiful ginger-colored hair.
We were so glad to be able to spend some time with our "new" family members. :)