Saturday, February 25, 2012

Let it fall

I have to be honest, taking my brood on excursions is truly a gift for me to open. As much as they enjoy it, I think perhaps, I do more than the kids!?

 I connect with my kids in an indescribable way when I see them curiously exploring new terrain. I sense that in some ways it is a chance for me as a parent to watch joyfully this fascination with something new or unique unfold in front of their eyes

  I have the blessed experience of watching...

As I watched the waterfall flow in front of them, the pure joy flowed from their inner beings. No fighting between them, just exchanging heart felt laugher

they tasted God's creation, and it was good...

From this,  a verse my mom recently gave to me in a gift (my forty day journey of gifts!)
expresses perfectly the love our heavenly Father has for us,

"And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."
Romans 5:5

God has poured out his love for us and when we walk through creation I can't help but be moved by the gifts God has given us. I am so thankful that I am able to walk through life with my kids. I love watching them learn and grow and because of that, I learn and grow.

Let His love fall all over you today. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

sharing the love

he delights to give her bottle, after a hockey game he just played
he shares the love

I share the pancake made with love to my dear darling daughter on Valentine's Day
I share the love

pancakes served to my hubby a day after shoulder surgery
He enjoyed the love!!

I wrote notes today that shared love. I gave some simple gifts that shared love.
 It does not always have to be on this day in February, but it was nice to be intentional and bless others. I also recieved a gift of words from my man. He planned ahead knowing that he would be recovering from surgery and wow, his words were precious as was his thoughtful gift! Blessed and thankful.....

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fancy that, forty days...

A tradition started all because my eldest sister turned forty first! Forty ways to love someone forty days before you turn forty! (That is a lot of the number forty in that sentence) A gift a day for forty days leading to the birthday.

 We may not have done it quite the same for Charm (eldest) , slightly different but with the same meaning. A gift with forty items  to open was a part of the fun!!!
 Now, hold on, it is my turn. When I write this I truly do not believe that forty is my age. Having  precious baby number five arrive before forty still has me in awe. I have not been thinking much about this birthday. I have been navigating the waters of baby and homeschooling the other four...

I did not know that twenty two years ago (when I met my dear hubby) I would be celebrating sixteen years of marriage this summer, a fortieth birthday with five children to cut the cake at my side!!! Amazing the plans the Lord has for us when we just do not know.

So, my mom arrived with a few goodies to begin the countdown and gifts have already been opened! The tradition continues and I am looking forward to the plans God has for me in this fortieth year of life. So thanks to my sisters and my mom I am on a journey daily to open a note and gift with words of biblical wisdom and love! How cool is that! Right now I am re-learning to type with the 'fake nails' that I have on! So funny, I look as though I was just at the spa and really I was in front of my fireplace laughing at myself for trying to have the perfect french manicured nails (they say to take them off in a week, okay there were obviously not meant for moms! How can these stay on for a week? The test is on...)

Many weeks ago I sat down to reflect and what came to be is what follows...

I have a list compiled (I like lists!) broken down into four groups: Spiritual, Mental, Physical, Social
Forty Ways,
Forty Days,
To a stronger Women of God!

So here is the beginning of my journey to forty - less than a month to go....


scipture memory with Duncan
reading verses out loud to the family
reading biographies of christians that have gone before us
reading and reviewing books so that others can learn from them too
early rising for prayer and devotion
praying with whole family
praying with individuals
read New Testament
journaling prayer requests and praying alone with Hubby
have a spiritual mentor and more accountability


wise activities with children - choices of where we go and what we do to be honouring to Christ
pursue relationships with neighbours
seek out a local senior home to play piano
 love my circle of friends with prayer, more consistent contact and listening to them
remembering birthdays better and celebrating friends more
pray with friends, meet new people, contact old friends
dates, date and more dates with Duncan and talking listening and enjoying this journey of life together
Dates with kids
titus 2 - Keep my children, home and husband as number one
mentoring younger moms
embrace my sisters, mom, MIL and SIL in creative, loving ways


exercising indoors with J. Michaels
Water water water
cleaner eating
new recipes
take cooking class, and cook with friends and kids more
more salad
less white, more whole grain, less sugar
the quest for the best cookie, muffin, cake recipe (healthy if possible)
sleep - bed earlier (?) rise earlier


more reading and book reviews
writing more articles, blogging, write a book (one day?)
get published in the right places at the right time for Gods Glory
photography class
bring two blogs into one
stationary and photography dream
read to kids more and encourage submitting to magazines
Learn spanish
photographing families
young moms ministry

My theme for forty is
'Doing something bigger than me'

Here I go....

I begin by taking notice of what inspires me....

Seeing the simple, knowing it is really profound...