Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
since the first snow on Thanksgiving we've been ready for MORE, so we made our own snowflakes today.
We shaved red and green crayons over wax paper, then covered with a second sheet of wax paper. With an iron on a low setting, gently place over the wax paper and heat the crayon bits to melting. The design is sealed between the wax paper. Then we cut each design into uniform squares and taped to our window, covering the seams with black electrical tape.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
The first snow . . .
Josh left the shudder open for these pictures and it makes them look like little snow spirits playing in the yard.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Noah and Bronwen were so happy to see Jayme again. They were stuck to her like glue for most of her visit. We went over to Mom's on Wednesday to help prepare for Thanksgiving.
Scott sending my sister home for Thanksgiving
My precious neice Madelyn who turns 9 today - Happy Birthday Sweetheart!
My husband who works so hard for us and for me to be able to stay home
My children - the lights of my life
My parents who continue to love, support and encourage me
My dear friends with whom I share this journey of parenthood with all of it's amazing ups and downs.
Last night was just wonderful. After quite a long day of travel for her - she was up at 3AM, took the 5AM train to Logan airport, flew to JFK, changed planes, had to wait an hour on the runway until Chicago cleared them because of the heavy fog -we met Jayme about 6pm outside her old apartment in Hyde Park. It was so great to just wrap my arms around her and hold her! We just stood there in the street laughing and hugging and taking pictures and reaquainting her with Annabelle. My little punkin took to her Auntie like she had just been with her yesterday and not the five months that it has been. It was just precious.
Then we hopped the Metra to downtown where we met her friend Paula and had dinner at Grand Lux Cafe. This is one of our favorite places and Mom enjoyed it for the first time. By the time we were done eating and visiting, it was raining so we decided not to do any shopping. It was closing in on 10:30 our time anyway, so we caught the 9:20 train back to Hyde Park to pick up Jayme's luggage and pack the car and head home. Marta, Jayme and Scott's old neighbor, had picked Jayme up earlier and had let her keep her bags in the apartment so we went up to retrieve them and to change Annabelle into pajamas. (I know the details may be monotonous, but I am telling them for a good reason) When Marta opened the door, sweet little Dali jumped out, surprising us! We didn't know that Jayme was bringing her this time. But that was why it was so important for Jayme to connect with Marta (of course she wanted to visit with her too)and why we needed to pick her up (dogs are not allowed on the South Shore.) We were so happy to see that sweet little dog! And she was so excited to see us that she couldn't hold still for a long time.
We returned to my house a little after 1am, and Mom and Jayme continued on to the old homestead. Hopefully she was able to get some really good sleep last night.
To do today: Pick up crickets for Jack (salamander)
Pick up Madie from preschool
Start menu prep at mom's
Visit with Jayme
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! My prayer for you is that you will enjoy the day, with your dear ones close by, and journey's mercies for anyone on the road.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
12 -13"So you'll go out in joy, you'll be led into a whole and complete life. The mountains and hills will lead the parade, bursting with song. All the trees of the forest will join the procession, exuberant with applause. No more thistles, but giant sequoias, no more thornbushes, but stately pines— Monuments to me, to God, living and lasting evidence of God."
Sometimes Uncle Johnnie has tickets to the Notre Dame game and we live so close to campus he often borrows our bikes or parks here and we run him, Christine and just recently the girls up to the campus for tailgating and football fun. So Noah has really been wanting to go too. Josh mentioned this last week at his Saturday morning Bible study and asked the guys to pray that sometime the Lord would provide a way for him to take Noah to a game.
I cannot describe how excited Noah became when he heard how Daddy's prayer was answered, and so quickly!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
"Be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." Luke 12:40
My children, be silent before Me that I may speak to you. I will lift up My voice as the sound of a trumpet--I will speak clearly to you, for the hour is at hand. Be obedient, and raise your standards of discipline and dedication to a higher level. For My face is set toward My imminent return to earth. I await only the release from the Father's hand. I long to come and to be united with My chosen ones, but the Father holds the times in His own power.
And I say to you, though I am ready and longing to come to you, yes, I would have rejoiced to have come much sooner, I say to you, you are not yet ready. I have wooed you and I have warned you. You have spurned My entreaties, and you have fought against the restraints of the Spirit. Break through your religious curtain, and behold Me in My glory. Keep your vision filled with Me. Keep your life in tune and your worship in mutual harmony.
For I will come singing, and what will you be if you are in discord?
~ Come Away My Beloved
Dear Lord, help me to look for your return, not just watch. I want to be ready and longing for you to come. Too many times I am bogged down with the cares of this world and I forget to really pray for that glorious day. Come Lord Jesus . . .SOON, to take us home to be with You. Amen.
Monday, November 12, 2007
I borrowed this from Christine. I keep going back to listen to it on her blog, so I asked her if I can snatch it and post it on mine. Of course she was gracious to share it with me, and now I share it with you.
This daddy also has a few other songs on the menu. And finally, a little laughter . . .
Josh is back home safely. Thank you for your prayers for his safety. Every once in a while I get particularly nervous about one of his trips and this was one of those times. I am so grateful that mom and dad welcome me and my entourage (three kids, 2 dogs and lots of stuff) every time Josh goes out of town. I really don't like being alone here at the house so they are my saving grace. I know it upsets their routine a bit, but they are also genuinely happy to have us.
So now we get back to our normal schedule. Let's see . . . 5 days of school, I need to run to Hobby Lobby today, Madie comes back from Florida tonight so I need to remember to pick her up from school tomorrow after mom's group, then 4 piano lessons -or is it 5 this week?, a Christmas cookie exchange on Wednesday, a field trip to the firestation and, adventure club/church mice on Thursday. There's a haircut in there somewhere and I'm not sure what Friday looks like from here, but I'm sure its out there somewhere . . .
Next week, we are looking forward to Jayme coming home and celebrating Thanksgiving together. The Christmas decorations will start to come out and we're chopping our tree! Wow, can it be that time of year already?!
This week is looking very similar to last week. I guess my life is a whirlwind. I salute you ladies who also work outside the home and those of you who have more children than I do ;)
Here is an exerpt from one of my favorite books:
"O My child, rest in Me. Yes, quietly settle down in My care, as a bird settles in a nest. For I am watching over you, and in love I will care for you." Come Away My Beloved
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Now also we beseech you, brethren, get to know those who labor among you [recognize them for what they are, acknowledge and appreciate and respect them all]--your leaders who are over you in the Lord and those who warn and kindly reprove and exhort you.
1 Thessalonians 5:12:12
Monday, November 5, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person - having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.
~Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859
After baths, Spidey and Miss Spidey visited our home and climbed all over everything, spinning webs and saving the day. You could hear "To the rescue!" echoing through the rooms.