Joel took the kiddos sledding and then I took Sam to the craft store to stock up on craft supplies for the week. Now we are off to read and then bed and then maybe I'll get to do a bit of wrapping tonight! Not counting on it. zzzzzzzz. Love to you! Jen
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Though church is challenging right now with an often sleepy, restless baby and a two year old who is not ready to sit quietly but not wanting or willing to stay in nursery, it is still such an encouragement when we go. Today's message about Christ's birth was that He came not only for the weak and vulnerable, but also for the powerful, like Americans. Like us. What do we do with our resources, our life of choices? Challenging.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Snow, snow, snow! My goodness it is cold and snowy.
Friday, December 06, 2013
Happy St. Nicholas Day! The kids were so excited to spend the afternoon with our friends, exchanging gifts and eating lunch and gingerbread together to celebrate. The gifts were so very thoughtful and are treasured for sure!
That's all for today...my pillow is calling!:) Jen
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Boy, am I really going to post every day of Advent?! We shall see:)
Today's scripture was about Jesus calling us His friends. It's interesting, because I don't really act on that. I believe it in my head, but I don't often talk to Him as a friend when I'm lonely ( and being a stay at home, homeschooling mama can be a lonely business, even for the introverts!:). In fact, just reading the word friendship made me miss some of my faraway friends, and then after chatting with one dear one (hi Anne:), it made me even miss her more. Goodness, it was like one of those times reading the kids a scripture or story and they take from it exactly opposite from what I intended! But, honestly, I have been BLESSED ( and I don't use that word often) with the most precious friends over the years. Pictures of what true friendship is, of what God intended it to be. Anyway, besides making me miss friends and think of how thankful I am for the ones in my everyday, it does make me long for that friendship relationship with the Lord, and the joy that could bring. You know? Like instead of instagramming a picture of my kiddos and a precious moment, just talking to their MAKER for a sec and saying, " would you look at that?! Thank you." Or when I'm doing dishes for the fortieth time in two days and feeling like I just can't do another one, asking Him to put a song in my heart, give me fresh perspective. I know He's faithful.
So, there ya go, the thoughts on my heart.:)
Today was a play date with new homeschool friends. He's a furniture maker and artist, she's a writer, crafter, mama...lovely home, lovely people. Amelia was so taken by all the homemade Christmas decor. She SO appreciates hand made goodness and always has. Thankfully she has a Mammy and Grandma who knit and embroider for her and my friend Emily who sews and who is a pro with a hot glue gun and general craftiness (which Amelia needs quite often in projects).Sigh, wish I was better at handcrafts so I could teach her.
Anyway, then home for a short lesson time, rest, clean up and play, and suddenly it was time for Joel to be home!
Here are some pictures from the day:
Love to you! Jen
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
You know, I love the Scriptures. Why don't I dig into them more? Today's verse on the advent calendar was Matthew 11:28-30, " Come to me...and I will give you rest. My yoke is easy and my burden is light." What an encouragement. Exchanging our burdens for His peace. Yes!
Today was a pretty simple home day. Our little neighbor Jack came over and we had a fun time getting a little table set up so they could play kitchen. Boy, they went to town!:) The big kids played and played outside. They are so big! Sigh. I mean, yay, but boo.
We were supposed to go to the nature center today to a animal tracking program. I didn't want to drive in the weather, so we went on a tracking adventure of our own. To CVS pharmacy:) Along the we saw people tracks, dog tracks, cat tracks, stroller tracks and an unidentified vehicle (snow blower?) track. It was a pretty long walk and super, duper cold and so when we reached our exciting destination to get printer ink, I let the kids ride on one of those little coin gobbling truck rides outside the store. They could not stop giggling. It was so funny! I say they are so big, but it's times like that that remind me that they really are still little. Thank goodness:) We also switched our nature table/festivity stand over to winter and made a winter bird mobile. That was fun.
And that's all folks. My energy surge from our walk has come to a screeching halt and I need to start the bedtime train rollin. Love to you! Jen
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
The advent Christmas book reveal (their excitement worth the crazy amount of time it took to wrap those things!) in the morning, and an advent Sparkle story with peppermint Jo-jos and Legos in the evening before story time and bed.
The anticipation has begun...the magical season of celebration is here. How I hope to turn my eyes and heart to the Lord during this season!
I don't have a lot planned, just our our advent readings, this new Sparkle story tradition, we'll decorate soon and make cinnamon ornaments and a few other holiday crafts. We will celebrate Saint Nicolas Day and Saint Lucia day with friends...and of course, read lots of winter and Christmas books and drink lots of hot chocolate. We will be road tripping to Texas this Christmas and just the need to get all of those logistics planned makes my need for simplicity during the season even greater! Yikes!
I hope you are well. I hope you feel more thankful than overwhelmed. It's what I'm striving for this year. Love to you, Jen
Snow, and lots of it! The big kids played outside for over an hour this morning after breakfast and then came in for hot chocolate and lesson time. The Cox fam came over for lunch, more snow play, and then Emily helped them make snow cream! Yum! Next up was making "advent treats" (as Aviana called them) for our bird friends. Peanut butter and birdseed pinecones and popcorn and cranberry strings to hang in the cherry tree. We sure love birds around here. I always wish my grandma were here to watch birds with us and marvel at how lovely and entertaining they are.
Anyway, a lovely and cozy day. So cozy that I fell asleep this late afternoon while the kids watched a Charlie Brown Christmas show. So they helped themselves to a couple more. Oops!:)