First off, I want to say I like you guys!
I'm so thankful for my online friends!
I went Bible study this morning. We discussed Jesus' first miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding feast. His wine was far better than was served at the beginning of the feast. Jesus was no kill-joy, He provided what was needed for a joyful celebration. He will provide what we need, too. He cares about what happens in the home and in our communities. Hospitality at home is a sacred calling. It is my sacred calling to treat my children, and especially my husband, with hospitality and respect. (that's the lesson, in a nutty nutshell). I met the most encouraging group of ladies. They all nod their heads in understanding as they listen to each other speak. And they were so sweet to me! (my first class there). I loved it.
I also started going to an evening Bible study at our church, where we are studying the book of Phillippians. I'm so thankful to get to know my sisters in Christ. It is such an encouragment and like a shot of joy in the arm.
It's a rainy day here.
I had a new coffee today on my way to Bible study. I ordered a caramel coffee at Dunkin' Donuts, with cream (no sugar). It was DELICIOUS.
I had to go to Costco after the study. Seth and Sarah were so good. I gave them a hot dog to share and we got through the store just fine. I'm making their stuffed salmon for dinner tonight.
Everything is put away now, I had a cup of soup for lunch and here I am, popping in to say HELLO and to share some current pictures of the kids.
First off, Sarah in the leaves. I have a little pair of boots that were Sethie's that she's been wearing outside lately. Too cute.
Jacob and his sister, watching TV. He was holding her in his lap but told me that "her hair smelled like the chicken coop". I gave her a bath right away.
I think I told you that the older boys are running cross country. They are both doing very well in their first school sport ever! Rich is especially proud of them. This is a sweet picture of him and Ethan, talking through E's race that he just completed.
And this is Jacob. Look at that interesting man in the background with the red plaid beanie and the curling mustache. Love it.
He was running with over 300 boys!
So, they were running at a big park and as we waited for the boys Rich and I walked through the gardens and I saw this bush.......
Does anyone know what it is? I love the berries. I have never seen berries this color.
Rich pushed Seth on the swings at the park. Later on, I was pushing him and he fell off. I was pushing Sarah on the swing next to him and she fell off her's at the same time. It was a first for me, losing both children at the same time like that. Thank goodness they were okay.
David decided to teach Seth to do the monkey bars (at our place)....
He was doing so well. David clapped for him.
But as I got near, I could see the distress in his eyes.
But he kept trying.
He and David decided to try again when he's four.
Eating outside. They were all in the dirt in no time.
David (green shirt) Sarah, Seth, and Caleb (red shirt)
Jacob, my firstborn
Jacob, photo bombing his sister (photo bombing is when you ruin someone else's picture, but doing it all innocent-like, like it was an "accident")
Grace quote of the day, "I want to find someone that I can't annoy by talking too much."
This was taken yesterday when we were playing in the woods. I read the first chapter of The Bad Beginning out loud to Caleb and Grace out there. By the way, Lemony Snicket is at it again, working on a new series called "All the Wrong Questions". The first book is Who Could that be at This Hour? You can read the first chapter here. I read it to the kids yesterday and now we are looking forward to it coming out at the end of the month.
Grace took this one.
These muffins were a big hit with the ladies this morning:
Delightful Apple Spice Muffins (adapted from allrecipes.com)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup applesauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degree F
- In a large bowl, cream together the oil and sugar. Add eggs, and beat until smooth. Blend in cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and baking soda. Alternately add in a half cup of applesauce, one cup of flour, remaining applesauce, and remaining flour. Stir until just blended together. Pour batter into muffin cups 2/3's of the way full.
- Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 17 minutes.
I used a mini muffin tin (greased), and when they were done, I dipped the tops in melted butter, then in cinnamon sugar. They were soft and delicious, sort of like donut holes. (good with that afternoon cup of coffee). Makes 12 regular sized muffins
Have a wonderful day, friends!