Friday, December 21, 2012


Copied from Jon Courson's site:

Good Day Everybody!

Well, as most of you may well know, today (December 21, 2012) was the day that the Mayan Calendar said would be The End Of The World.

And the world is, understandably, scoffing and chuckling at the whole thing.

Celebrities and wanna-be's have gone on record sharing with the world how they intended to spend this  "their last day on earth" in outrageous ways of endless partying and frolicking.  Most Interesting!

For the Enemy is using this Mayan date-setting thing to do what that classic story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf teaches us about and warns us of....

...that is, in spite of The Boy's false alarms and made up lies, the Wolf indeed did come one day, and it was too late for that joking Boy to be taken seriously in his cry for help to bring about his rescue from his "tribulation."

Peter says our Enemy is like a "roaring lion seeking whom he may devour."

And his last-days strategy is to get people mocking and scoffing and joking about End-Times prophecies.

"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, saying ,'Where is the promise of His coming ..for all things continue as they were from the beginning'" (2 Peter 3:3-4).

So, when you hear of people yukking it up and joking about "last days" prophecy, don't despair ... for in so doing they are actually fulfilling this last days prophecy, bringing His coming ever closer!!!

Jesus is truly on-the-way ... maybe today ... and wouldn't that be the Best-est Christmas Gift Ever!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

real life!

meat packing: a family affair

egg cracking lesson
(Aaron's pose means one just hit the floor)

Tessa's true feelings about eggs

look alikes?

someone dropped a chocolate on my bed...
just in time for Orion's nap!
I have just had two equal and opposite days.  The yin and the yang of days.  Yesterday was a typical day.  I woke up feeling like I hadn’t had enough sleep.  I felt achey and my back hurt before I even got out of bed.  Children also greeted me before I was even out of bed, which is never very pleasant.  I struggled to think of what to make for breakfast.  Shooing the girls upstairs to begin school took a long time.  Finding the motivation to cover all the subjects evaded me.  I took the kids to library story hour.  Aaron was disagreeable.  I got so hungry, I had to go through a drive thru to purchase lunch on the way home.  There were interruptions, accidents, screams and disputes.  Around 4 p.m. the baby went down for a nap, I finished giving Jaci her reading lesson, anticipated a much needed break, and…   the baby woke up—grumpy.  No break.  Grumpy baby=grumpy mommy.  Very, very normal.  By 5 p.m., my head was spinning with frustration.  I had accomplished some things, but only seemed to be able to focus on what wasn’t done.  I was aggravated to the bone about all the stuff that had just been dropped on the floor.  I once again imagined living by myself (just for one day) so the house would stay the same from morning ‘til evening.  At the end of my rope and the end of myself, I caved.  Unbeknownst to my kids, I seethed anger, stomped and cried.  It didn’t take long to find the root of my frustration: wrong focus.  I simply prayed, “God, I cannot control my life.  So will you please control it?!”  My husband had to be away overnight and bedtime was exhausting, but my heart was exposed and open to my Savior.  Something changed. 

All day today, I have been completely aware of God’s grace.  I woke at 5:53 with plenty of energy (everyone who knows me knows that almost never happens).  Two children got up with me, but I didn’t mind.  I got some emails written, three of us ready for the day, started laundry.  When everyone was up, I fixed the normal a la carte breakfast (all 5 of us have something different, but everyone is happy).  We went up to the school room and covered all of our subjects.  Now, typically when we breeze through the curriculum like today, I will look at the clock and it will be 2 p.m.   So that’s what I expected when I gazed, and … it was 11:53.  With no effort at all, we had finished school before lunch!  I was elated!  I knew, without a doubt, that the Lord was lifting me, carrying me, giving me joy in the journey!  I fixed a nutritious lunch.  I had free time to organize, research, check off lists.  I had time to exercise and listen to a sermon.  I fixed a hot dinner.  I took time to correct the children with a soft voice, and had time for a Christmas devotion.  I didn’t see, criticize, or mentally pine about the very same piles that were there yesterday.  It was the most picture perfect (work)day I’ve had in months.  And why?

Just because HE is GRACIOUS!!

Have you ever noticed … that God seems more interested in our heartfelt cries for help, than he is with our eloquent prayers?  Jesus warned us about public prayer, about eloquence, appearance.  I love it that such a great, omniscient, all powerful God stoops down so far to pick me up off my face, and lovingly sets my feet on a rock.  He heals my sins and re-organizes my priorities for me. 

He IS the Life!
“I am convinced God doesn’t want us to be less busy.  He wants us to take Him with us into our busyness”—Louie Giglio

Gingerbread Man decorating!

Ella was such a sweetheart when the frosting bag broke,
sending a huge blob of frosting all over hers ~
she said, "It just has more hair!"

yes, I bought a kit from Costco, because, well,
I'm a busy mama, and there were 4 of them!

Finished product!

First snowman of the season!
(complete with hot tamale lips)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

7 months

In honor of Orion's 7 month birthday today, I shall make a post!  

A spice cake to celebrate Orion's 6 month birthday
(As if 7 birthdays in this house, plus Thanksgiving and Christmas
weren't enough occasion to celebrate)
One of the great joys of turning 6 months
is that mommy FINALLY lets you begin eating
all those foods you've been grabbing
off of other people's plates for months!
Here is Orion enjoying a very garlic-y crust of bread
(Favorite foods are pears and peas,
but he has also devoured pickles and cranberry sauce without so much as a pucker)
He also laps water from a glass in a very entertaining way,
so we're all glad to give him a drink anytime!

The chomp-with-no-teeth look!

This was the day I earned the
"Bad Mommy" Award
for letting the baby fall asleep upright in his bouncer!
I always feel so sad when they fall asleep without me!

Mr Aaron.
Need I say more?
Aaron has oft seen us tape up the girls' masterpieces,
so he made one of his own...
...and taped it up himself
So nice to have a camera to remember scenes like this!

Time with Uncle Darryl!
(flashback 30 years, and that's me& my cousins sitting on his lap!)
For Tessa, November meant another missing tooth
A trip to Oregon and back with the family
EXTREME happiness over the little joys in life
EXTREME disappointment over the little bumps in life.
Yes, Tessa is our passionate girl.
Whatever she is feeling comes out in great amounts!

Ella constantly helps me with the baby.
She has such a heart of a servant; she amazes me.
Every favor and every chore, she does well.
She is a willing student, a compliant daughter,
and beautiful, besides!

And here's our Jaci bug, who often escapes the camera and the headlines due to her quiet nature.
She is a schemer
She is the ultimate button presser
Her laugh is contagious
Not one to be left behind or told she is too small,
she reads and writes to my astonishment.
What a precious little jewel!

For Adrian and I,
November meant turning 34,
2 deer in the freezer,
lots of company,
and juggling much!  

It is amazing to read about Israel in the headlines and in Bible prophecy, and know that all things are working together for good-- for the end of this earth, and the beginning of eternity.

"He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!"  --Rev 22.20