Thursday, December 29, 2011

while my children are little

i rest while i can . .
but i try not to live for this rest. it is often far off
and if i am wishing for it. . i miss the still wonderful things that can happen despite the tiredness. :)

. . another quote by Rachel Jankovic
who wrote the sweet little book above. . .

" while your children are little, cultivate an attitude of sacrifice. Sacrifice your peace for their fun, sacrifice your clean kitchen floor for their help cracking eggs, your quiet moment for their long retelling of a dream they had . . . Prioritize your children far and away above the other work you need to get done. They are the only part of your work that really matters. "

thankful to be learning to L O V E in all it's fullness the little ones in my life. Daily Lessons from the Good Shepherd .


Friday, December 23, 2011

White. . white. . and a little bit of red

today was white and grey . . .
and it snowed off and on
sweet charlie brown snow that falls slow and steady on,
but dances a little on it's way down. . as if to music.

sweet little charlie brown snow day.

and snug inside we made marshmallows. . .

or rather finished them up after having set all night long.
i make martha Stewart's recipe because i can't imagine they could come out any better.

they are SOOOOOOO delicious.

the cutting of the mallows is my favorite part.
it's so. .. cool.
it's just one of those recipes that seems more like magic then most. taking hot sugar and whipping it into a fluff that sets beautiful and perfect.

the winter has finally come . . to the winter berries.

and tomorrow. . is Christmas Eve.

. .. Merry Christmas my friends.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

today i love , , ,

the woodbox full of wood. .
and birch bark for starting fires.
happiness when there is a piece that needs peeling.
i think it could turn into a sickness. :)

. . . my little sis. . who is moving home!

my bestie
Joy unconfined.

my little guys. . .
who get this momma up in the morning

you make my life Rich with L o v e


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

oooooooooooh. . . twiggys

this morning
i just couldn't stop myself
from popping outside
and snapping a few pictures

of the little things
about the house
that i love so well.
the air was so crisp and cold
and the sun so sweet.

everything looked peaceful and happy

also . . .
sweater sleeves make very nice leg warmers. . once a giant stain lands on the front of your sweater that you just can't get out. :)

hello little pinecone. how are you today.


Monday, December 19, 2011

Humbled by Cranberry Bread and Other's who've gone before

i just loved this.. . because. . it's true.

so. . today was one of those days
that when you look back was not
nearly as bad as it was in the many moments
when you thought for sure your hair was not
only going to turn white from the stress . . but just plain
fall OUT.
.. . but. . .
also. .
that looking back revealed
to me how much i am in NEED of
God's continual Help and Salvation
for my poor wretched Soul.

i am a mess when i wake up with
any agenda OTHER than my boys.
i am not a good multitasker. i need
copious amounts of time and rest and SPACE
in order to feel able to complete the things
i need to do to the best i am able. . and as a mom
. . that almost NEVER happens!
. . consequently leaving me to make
daily choices between sitting down on the floor
with my baby or trying to prop him up in the bumbo
. again. . . and bake bread. . always risky.

today i chose the later. . after a dose of the former mind you
but still figured i could fit in at least assembling what i needed
before baby would need NEED momma. .
and for the most part this was true.
i bake often with my little's around me and
am used to the chaos whilst struggling to complete something
we hope to eat.
but today was just soooooo against me!
after nap time sneaking up on baby and then being cut
FAR short by big brother followed by momma
kinda losing it. . followed by somanyotherthingsican'trememberbutmostdefinitelydidhappen
. . . i just felt sooooo defeated.
so. .
so. .
. . . and anyway. . it is of course now a matter of me trying to keep calm and
little getting more googly and littlest still happy as a clam. .
but me still unraveling.

later i read a chapter in a book
about dealing rightly with all the little
things that happen in the course of a normal day
with Children.. . that we have to deal with OUR frustrations
responsibly and with forethought or else we take it out
on our little ones in the moments when they are
annoying us or did actually do something wrong. . but not
something so deserving of the type of berating we
just dished out.

our children are not situations. . they are

they don't deserve to be the dumping grounds
for our frustrations.

all this seems more jumbled then i wanted it to be but it's the best i got
at this late hour.

my boys are my love. . and although there are many
things i wish i could accomplish in addition to
having wee little ones. . most often those things
get put back back back on the shelf of dreams
. . and that's where they belong. .
for now.

in the mean time i shall try harder to lean on Christ's strength and
not my own.

in the end it took over three hours to make this cranberry bread

but it DID get made :)


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmastime is here. . .

making muffins with my boys

is one of my favorite things .

baking in general i find is something that always makes the house feel happier and
more at ease. the boys both find their little space beside /around me and the flour flies.

i love it. im so thankful for all those little moments with them. i hope they always love to bake with their momma.

l o v e

l o v e

l o v e
the little things

l o v e
a r o u n d