Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Beauty Of Chores

Chores.  The word can cause many different feelings or thoughts to jump into the mind... maybe you are reminded of a long list of things that need to be accomplished, an overwhelming feeling will plague you, or you just have a plain dislike for what needs to be done. 
For me though, I love finding delight in doing the chores around our home. I love knowing that in doing the chores I am serving those in my family and those that enter our home. I love the feeling of a clean home so I enjoy cleaning the bathrooms and vacuuming.  For me (and I know it is different for each person) having a clean home helps create a peaceful home.  As much as I enjoy the "cleaning" chores because of what they produce, my favorite chore is laundry.  

Yes, we have a TON of laundry. Being a family of six with four little ones just creates a lot, but I love spending the time needed to fold and put away the endless piles of laundry.  That time is such a rich, beautiful time for me.  As I am folding the laundry of my loved ones, I am beseeching the King of Kings for them, for their needs, for their lives and for my role in serving and encouraging them.   

So, what are your favorite chores and why?

"She... works with her hands in delight"  Proverbs 31:13

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Great Quotes From A Little Book

This is the thought that should be uppermost on your mind in all you do for your child. In every step you take about them, in every plan, and scheme, and arrangement that concerns them, do not leave out that mighty question, "How will this affect their   souls?"
Pg. 8

Look upon your children as Jacob did on his; he tells Esau they are "the children which God hath graciously given thy servant" (Gen. 33:5). Look on them as Joseph did on his; he told his father, "They are the sons whom God hath given me" (Gen. 48:9). Count them with the Psalmist to be "an heritage and reward from the Lord" (Ps. 127:3). And then ask the Lord, with a holy boldness, to be gracious and merciful to His own gifts. Mark how Abraham intercedes for Ishmael, because he loved him, "Oh that Ishmael might live before thee" (Gen. 17:18).
Pg. 32

This post is for you Kim.  :)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Simple Things

My boys love playing in the dirt. In fact, they love it so much that when we moved from California to Colorado late last year one of their biggest concerns was if they would have a spot of earth to enjoy.

In California they would use our vegetable garden area during the winter as their dirt paradise. They would make race tracks for their cars, lakes of water to jump in, anything their little imagination could think of.

They were a little concerned when they first saw our house after moving in because they did not see any ready dirt to play in. Thankfully Daddy quickly showed them a little area on the side of the house that they could use. They've since been building houses and swimming pools. John-John's newest thing is trying to make a house from rocks and using mud as the mortar. We've looked at books and read stories of how they use to make homes and he is now trying this out in our backyard.

I love watching them enjoy such a simple thing.

But at the same time, you should see them when they are done playing. Oh. My. Goodness. Can we say dirty? We usually have to wash all of their clothes and they usually need a bath.

The Joys of boys...

                 Benjamin took this picture. :)

And now to go talk to some little boy about throwing mud pies against the fence.  :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The beauty of where we live

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Psalm 19:1

I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. Psalm 34:1

Thank you Father for the beauty of where we live. You are so good to us and have blessed us with so much. We praise your name.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Just testing... :)
Well, I guess I am actually starting a blog. My goal is to record the daily joys of walking this journey. God has blessed us with so, so much and I don't want to forget how I am seeing His hand at work on a daily basis. I also want to record what the Lord is doing in my life beyond just putting it into my personal journal.

It will be interesting to see how often I post though! :) As you know, I am a wife, a mother to four, a homemaker, and we homeschool. I want to keep my priorities straight and this blog is not my top priority, nor should it be.

So here goes...

This is our journey.