I will begin with just a few that I have finished and partially as well!
Age of Opportunity by Paul Tripp
I am close to the middle and I keep going back to points he has made at the beginning to remind myself of the warnings and encouragement. Warnings may seem a harsh word, but what that makes me do is ACT. Do not become angry. Don't shut them out. Don't give up and walk away. Talk, but more importantly listen. Love unconditionally, spend time in simple ways. Ask questions that create answers other than just yes and no! Be prepared to stop what you are doing and live the moment for them. But remind them that every moment is God's moment. "There is never a moment in which God is absent or inactive. There is never a situation, location, or relationship that he does not rule." (p.56)
My blog title is our moments, our days. So for me this quote was a reminder as to why I am blogging our moments. Really, it is a way to look back and reflect on the simple moments and that God is right there in that moment.
Paul Tripp has written such a meaningful perscription almost for enabling me to see this new season upon our home as an opportunity, God's way, not mine.
Keep you posted! Half way there....
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Hard not to have a jungle theme with a young man that just wants a monkey for a pet!
Who knows, maybe he will!!!?
Spending time with friends and cousins proves to be a fantastic way to celebrate birthdays!
Today, my Jack turned 12. I am so proud of the many ways he chooses to serve others, create an atmosphere of fun-loving play, display and attitude of gratitude, laugh and make others laugh too, adore his family and pitch in (even when it is his birthday!)
Snow, burgers, cake, healthy goodies too all add to the fun of the day. Who needs a plan for the kids. All 17 knew exactly what to do....play and come when you are called for food and loot! The boys played a wild game of nerf guns, girls made earrings played games, little ones wandered and joined in where they wanted to, toddlers toddled and attempted naps and all went outside to enjoy yet another snowy day
To top it off, we surprised him with a night out! His big bro, a very good friend and Daddio. Off to a game in Toronto. Leafs vs Canadiens. Well Daddy came home with a very big smile! Nice win! He was so surprised and just had FUN!
I am so thankful we can celebrate life with family and friends.
Jack, you are a young man on his way toward and adventure that only God can map out. We pray for you diligently. We adore you, we love you and we are so thankful that God gave us such a precious gift to love, raise and pray for. May you see the hand of God on your life. Give him your moments, your days my son.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Wonders of snow!
take a peek
wrestle a best friend
take your camera outside
get close enough....
but far enough away to catch a moment
(they are watching a fox walk across frozen stream)
enjoy the noise so the rink is cleared
thoughtful moments of rest from play
Even a dangling weed looks unique
Friday, February 8, 2013
creating 3-D puzzles of the CN Tower and the Parliament buidings! Hours of almost sculpting mini replicas! Wow, what a wonderful thing to watch unfold over time!
Early morning sun and snow
Sewing time with friends
Amazing sewing teachers and role models for my girlies!
He woke early to accomplish this task alone! The CN tower was his project!
Aaah the cutting of the golden hair! She asked for ages to give her hair away to little girls with cancer. She grew it long and then....
It was given as a gift! She was thrilled!!
I will always rememeber her desire to serve!
Katie waited patiently while the hair was trimmed!
Again, waking to the glo of a gorgious morning....Narnia!?
More of our days!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
When I sense that I am going to unravel (perhaps in the parkling lot today Annie and Heath!) I look back and ask myself when did I last pray, soak in a moment to hear what the Lord wants me to hear and ACT on it. I can plow ahead on my own strength for just so long until I being to fray, the bits of me fall apart! What good am I to anyone like that?
Nellie Germaine, my grandma, my mom's mom. What a praying treasure. She passed away while I was in my university days. Seems so long ago. But what is not lost and I hope will not be over the years and generations to come is the picture of what life is all about. Commiting our lives to Him. Fully trusting, praying without ceasing.
That is a legacy I hold on to right now when I feel weak and unable to pick up the bits and pieces that fall from me!
Nellie - Gloria - Charmaine - Paula - Sandee and the daughters we have been blessed with will carry this legacy too!