Saturday, December 22, 2007

In Their Finery

A gaudy peahen and a flapper.

Thursday, December 20, 2007


I took the kids sledding on Tuesday. I knew Fritz wasn't feeling well when after three rides down he asked to sit in the car. That night he had a racking cough and fever. Poor guy, he was sick the week before with the stomach flu.

Jane enjoyed going sledding, but if I dared to pull her up the hill on the sled she angered. Back up the hill I went with her in my arms and the string of the sled over my shoulder. Down we went effortlessly and up we came huffing and puffing. Sledding is excellent exercise. I just hope lugging her 25 pounds up a steep incline benefited my muscles as much as her mental stability.

My three-headed monster rolled up to ward off the chill.

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Daughter of the King

If you were in the presence of the Lord tonight, there would be much rejoicing. The angels are no doubt blowing their party poppers and throwing confetti. Something long prayed for has come to pass. My Emily had her spiritual birthday today. When I noticed the date it seems so fitting as now her two birthdays coincide on the 14th. She surprised me completely. I had just finished praying with the kids before giving them their goodnight kisses. Emily asked to pray which isn't all that unusual. She prays for her baby (Jane) and then tends to mumble minutes worth of gibberish. I must admit there are times I have wanted to hasten her "amen". Tonight she prayed for her baby and then said "Jesus live in our hearts. Amen." Her prayer was not prompted or worded by me. She was sincere and "our hearts" included her heart. For months I have been sharing with her what Jesus did for us and how he loves us. At times I have felt quite discouraged because she would constantly change the conversation or cut me off. Seemingly she had no interest. But the Holy Spirit was at work. After she prayed, Emily got up from her pallet on the floor to give me a big hug and Alex came over to give her a big hug. It was a moment too sweet to describe. When Daddy returns tomorrow from his conference, what news we will have for him. If he could only see the delight in my teary eyes and hear the shouts in glory, he would know his daughter is now also the daughter of a king.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Rooflines to Rot

DISCLAIMER: For those few that think the source of cavities is too much time in front of the internet, it can't hurt to brush after viewing these sugary photos.

This our first year to make graham cracker houses. While the little cherub above napped the three older children built a neighborhood.

Our supply of airline cardboard made the basic structures. Then we covered them with the wax paper liners from cereal boxes.

Yes, we could have purchased individual milk cartons, but recycling is so economical and requires no trip to the grocery store. With four additional shoppers, believe me, that is worth more than the money saved.

Since candy is not usually kept on hand, this roofline to teeth rot was a view to cherish and digitally preserve.