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“And one called to another and said, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!” Isaiah 6:3
It was such a beautiful evening. The sky was dark with heavy clouds in the east and a bright sun going down in the west, behind the house. My heart was praising God as I took my camera out to the porch to take some pictures in some sprinkling raindrops. He has created such a beautiful world for us to enjoy and admire. Almost every day I see something of delight, today it was the bright red ball of berries from the Jack in the Pulpit flower of spring. No longer a flower, but berries on a short stalk between it’s two big green leaves. The stream is low but still trickling along, I like to close my eyes and listen to it. I rested my cheek against a pine tree and could smell the pitch. The sky is clear and bright blue today and smells so sweet.
The sunflower at the front steps inspires me. Though it was damaged twice, it continued to recover and bloom. Three blossoms instead of the one. Incredible.
The leaves here are just starting to change color, and when they are at peek what a stunning view it will be. The children will collect fallen leaves and dark brown acorns off the ground and show them to us. We will go apple picking and to the pumpkin patch. I am slowly collecting costumes for Halloween. I just drank a glass of cold cider, we put on jackets this morning, and the goldenrod is in full bloom.
I’m thankful for this time of year.
A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.
A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
inspired by soulemama
“Everyone who has any talent at all in sketching, painting, sculpturing or carving, should have the opportunity to use that talent. The expression is important for the person, and can tremendously enrich the lives of other people. What can you do?” Edith Shaeffer
I spent a sort of lazy Saturday (but how can anyone be lazy with a large family?) and one of the things I did for a treat was to pick out some books from my shelves to nourish my soul.
Edith Shaeffer reminded me to put meaning and purpose into homemaking, with good meals and staying creative in an artistic way, because we have an artist God.
Reading Nourishing Traditions inspired me to make some small changes in my diet, and in our family meals. Good food=good health
Mary Jane Butters’ books are lovely and interesting for the women who enjoy making their country lives adventurous and beautiful.
I read with fascination, these old favorites of mine, and jotted down some notes in my journal.
“Eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They provide protein of the highest quality and all known vitamins and minerals (except vitamin C)” ~Nourishing Traditions
(what a blessing to have our own flock of chickens for fresh eggs. I’ve been frying myself 3 eggs for breakfast each morning, no toast, just eggs–so satisfying!)
A current favorite verse that “jumped” off the pages of my Bible this weekend::
TO SET THE MIND ON THE SPIRIT
IS LIFE AND PEACE
Caleb, our 7-almost-8 year old, brought home his art journal from school on Friday.
He is in 2nd grade.
I had tears in my eyes the whole time we looked through his book together.
His teacher gave all the students a notebook and every Friday she had a quote, or a question, or an assigned drawing for them to add to it.
By the end of the year, the notebook was full and a precious treasure for Caleb to keep.
Every page was an inspiration and I feel I simply must write to Mrs. Art Teacher to tell her so!
This was my very favorite page, the tears rolled down as I lovingly laughed over his precious writing:
I am so busy that I honestly don’t “do art” in a proper or impressive way. However, adding words and pictures to pages, sitting down to color with the children, watching a soul-inspiring movie, picking and arranging flowers, gardening, putting pretty little touches in the rooms of my home, even lighting a candle or placing cookies on a plate “just so”, does just enough for that creative part of my soul to satisfy! And I think my husband and children appreciate it, too, even if they don’t exactly know it!
Other very small “artful” ideas to beautify life:
a ribbon in Sarah’s pony tail
pretty painted toenails
a necklace and earrings
a vase of flowers in the chicken coop
filling a portfolio notebook with the children’s artwork
blogging and photography
a homemade card, with stickers and (maybe even) glitter
journaling EVERYTHING: gardens, books, daily life, quotes
homemade baked goods and satisfying dinners
collecting the dishes that YOU love (I collect fiestware, my sister loves Spode)
sincerely appreciating art from the children, and displaying it on walls, fridge, etc…..encouraging any creativity from them
small sewing projects
pressing flowers in the dictionary
Sending love and care to each of you on this day. Isn’t it amazing that God loves us all so very much, more than any we can even fathom. He has given each of us our own set of gifts and passions to develop and enjoy for His glory. You are you, and that is a gift to everyone you come in contact with. I am so thankful for each person that I have met here in blogland. This world is full of beautiful people and we need one another to uplift, encourage, and pray.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. I Peter 4:8
B E F O R E
Sarah Joy’s bedroom needed a little tender loving care. My goal for the weekend was to whip it back into order and cleanliness and to take the crib down.
This was somewhat of a milestone for Rich and I; it was the first time we took down a crib in over 16 years without another baby on the way to need it soon.
We were both a little sad. I guess we’ve been putting it off, since Sarah is 3 years old now and perfectly capable of sleeping in her big girl bed. It was high time.
A F T E R
Now that the crib is out, we gained all that floor space. (see the kitten in Sarah’s arms-so cute!)
She has a little kitchen, a dollhouse, and a crib for her baby dolls. I put some extra dolls and clothes in her closet, out of sight– to be played with some other time.
Her big girl bed has bedding from Shabby Chic (Target), pillow and pillowcase from thrifting and antiquing, and (the best part) a homemade quilt by Hannah.
The paper turtle was something she made in Sunday School and it has a verse on it.
The black and white is a photo I took when she turned 6 months old. I had it printed on canvas.
The heart picture over her bed was from a thrift store, as was the Princess rug.
The little girl-blue vintage poster (on dresser) was mine when I was a teenager–I bought it myself at an antique shop for a quarter.
This bookcase used to be at the end of her bed (in first picture) and we moved it across the room.
Grace helped me line the books up on the shelves.
I know my book loving friends will enjoy these next few pictures…they represent hours of reading and so many favorites.
Books are of extreme importance to me and I’ve had such fun over the years, adding good stories to our collections.
I buy and find them everywhere, thrift stores, library book sales, bookstores, amazon.com.
As soon as a child can hold a book I put them in their small hands. Seth and Sarah, and their siblings, are given books at bedtime, always, beginning in babyhood.
The picture on the wall is from the book Blueberries for Sal. Our copy was torn up so I saved my favorite illustration from it for wall-art….I love it!
I have a little box of junk jewelry that Sarah uses for dress up. The lid of buttons probably will not stay there, I had to pick up so many buttons off the floor and that’s where I was putting them. (They got into my button box a few weeks ago)…..also
a wooden picture book
a vintage song-box
a piggy change purse (she loves little purses)
and a bookmark with a Bible verse on it.
The blue mason jar has shells in it, and a sprig of artificial flowers.
Her room is painted a sage green from years ago when it was an office/homeschool room, but I’ve always thought green and pink were a pretty color combination.
We had fun working on it, and she has been playing so nicely now that her toys are all in the right spots. I love to see her play quietly and sweetly in her own clean room.
Now, if that was a little too much girliness for ya, here is a “before and after” of the three little boys::
B E F O R E
A F T E R
Haircuts! I just cannot.stand.the.cuteness.
On Jekyll island, April 2013
Happy Father’s day!