December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas Daybook

FOR TODAY

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

Outside my window...

Roads with other people driving on them...yeah!!

It is such a delight NOT to drive every day. (Christmas Break)
One person asked me why I became a School Bus Driver if I don't like driving...for the people, for the kids.

I am thankful...

For life lessons.
Learning that patience is evidence of thankfulness.

 Don't you agree?
What else in our lives is evidence of thankfulness?

In the kitchen...

Abundant yummies for the holidays.

But, I seem to be drawn to one thing only...chips and guacamole.

I am wearing...

My favorite lavender lotion


I am hearing...

The quiet of a rainy afternoon at home.

I am going...

to begin preparing for a Ladies Retreat early next year.

I hope you come.

On my mind...

Secrets...

both good and evil secrets.

Tell me. do you think secrets and mysteries are the same thing?

I am reading...

"Ourselves" by Charlotte Mason 
and
"How to be your own selfish pig: And other ways you've been brainwashed" by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

These are a couple of Sophia's school books...interesting reading.

I am hoping...

To get some photos printed to mail out to relatives. 

Soon, people, soon. 


Around the house...


The final result.
(Soaking wet hair and clothes, muddy boots from tramping through the tree farm, and an hour of brainstorming to figure out how to make it stand straight)

I wasn't really involved, except for the driving.
Well...I did help with the brainstorming, however,
if it was up to me, we would do without the tree and clutter.

Majority ruled, kids won.


New additions to the tree this year.




A Josh Groban album playing in the background

One Three of my favorite things...

Nephews!





A few plans for the rest of the month:


Try not to eat too much,
Give thanks,
Rest,
Pray,
Worship,
Ice Skating,
Write,
...and more...

God bless you from the Santos Family...


For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


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November 29, 2014

Glimpses VII


Thanksgiving at Livingstone Lodge...


The two "kids" tables


Sophia helping with the gravy and learning from the best.

 

What a beautiful meal and table!!

One to be savored and eaten slowly...twice.


Songs and stories after dinner...



Mr. French and all his sons singing...the others are sitting...the log walls offering the BEST acoustics.
Wonderful voices and fun!


Grey and wet day for my birthday...but the Santos kids always provide me with sunshine.


The next day, the Lord provided the snow!!


That was my spot...


This was theirs...


Kissable rosy cheeks...


Ammunition ready...

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

November 25, 2014

Thankful Tea


 I'm Having...

My usual: Jasmine tea with a slice of sourdough toast. What are you having?
Can I get you anything else? I always have a chocolate stash...

I'm feeling...

Sustained, my new normal.  I look with confidence to the day when Life will overflow again. Who's to say my bare sustenance is not abundance to another person anyway? We don't always see how rich we really are. Besides, it is the poor and needy remnant that puts their trust in God. Have you ever considered that being poor and needy is a gift and not a curse?

I'm Thankful for...

My children. Yes, I know, every mother is thankful for their children...but these aren't just my children. They are my friends, my fellow laborers, they share my dreams, fears and struggles. 

We fight, laugh, cry and build together. I am so, so thankful for them!

I'm wondering...

How are you? What are you most thankful for?
Do you celebrate Thanksgiving where you live?
How? We will have dinner with good friends and hopefully share
our testimonies of God's goodness.

It's amazing to me how little people consider that God and his angels, and Satan and his fellows live among us. We ignore that reality and live only in the tangible...but we are SOULS. Life is spiritual. Physical circumstances are temporary, but life is eternal. Giving Thanks should include more than the touch and feel stuff...

It should include Love...

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

I pray I can love more...


November 12, 2014

November days

FOR TODAY

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Outside my window...

Sunshine!!

COLD Sunshine...but lovely still.

The roads are littered with fallen branches from the windstorm yesterday, but the clean air makes both the Olympics and the Cascades well defined against an icy blue sky.

I am thankful...

For Truth and Light.

So many people live lies and walk in darkness.
It doesn't have to be that way, if they would only know Jesus.

In the kitchen...

White chicken chili soup
and pumpkin pie.

'Tis the season for all things pumpkin!

I am wearing...

Black

and lots of layers. 

That's my excuse for looking plump today...layers...no it's not the pumpkin pie, and no it's not all the candy I ate last month...it's the layers.

I am hearing...

The sounds of violins coming through the library wall.
Santos kids are having their lessons next door.

I am going...

To figure out how to get my car out of the garage when the power goes out.

We were stranded yesterday!!

I enjoy being at home anyway...

On my mind...

Our young people.

As a school bus driver I see so many kids from all walks of life. 
My heart breaks for them!!

Enticed by tempting empty things, they wander about seeking 
satisfaction,
purpose
direction.

Most of them end up wandering around in circles for years.

I want to gather them up, to love them, to show them the ancient paths.
But all I can do is drive them to school, drive them home, smile at them

and PRAY.

Perhaps a door of opportunity might open for me, for them, for us.

I am reading...

Brokenness, the Forgotten Factor of Prayer by Mickey Bonner.

In the evenings the children are reading aloud the Little House series. We are almost done with the second book. Am I the only one that finds it difficult to get the kids off the electronics? Our nightly readings and violin practices help...but where is the LOVE?

Most nights it's, "let's get this over with so I can get back on my Kindle/Phone."

I am hoping...

That all my "old fashioned" ways will become good memories for my kids.

Around the house...

Candles and dust, or is it soot?

Seems I am constantly dusting now that we use the wood stove daily...and vacuuming!

One of my favorite things...




A few plans for the rest of the month:


Thanksgiving Celebration and
Another birthday for me...
more wrinkles, grey, and pains...
and more understanding, joy, and peace.

A picture thought to share...


Not my photo...just a favorite.

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November 8, 2014

Reformation Weekend

On October 31st, while most were celebrating Halloween, 
we were driving to a beautiful Refuge in the woods.

It was there we enjoyed a small family retreat and celebrated The Reformation.

We learned a lot and had a great time.




The entrance to the beautiful "Refuge"



The living room


One of two great libraries


Our own private sitting room


...where I slept.


...Noah happy in the Loft of our room.


John Wycliffe straight out of the 1300's.


Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms.


Martin Luther captured by bandits 


Along with the Reformation vignettes and instruction we had plenty of time for fun and relaxation.

I was ping-pong champion all weekend.

OK! OK! My main competition was under 12 years old...still.




Most of the lovely people we spent the weekend with.


Test time!!

The kids divided into teams to answer tough questions about The Reformation.


The prize?

Sweet indulgences!

October 22, 2014

Let's Dance!


Is it PMS? The weather? Life as a single parent? My job?

Color of the sky as far as I can see is coal grey. Lift my head from the pillow and then fall again. Shiver in my bones, just thinking about the weather. Quiver in my lip as if I might cry.
~ 10000 Maniacs

But no, I will not succumb. I write a letter to my mom, I shed a few tears, I make a pot of Jasmine tea and have some toast. Then I get ready to dance around the house, tossing in some laundry, stoking the fire, and setting my affections on things above.

Grab your child's hand! Kiss your husband, pet the dog and dance with me!




Remember this song is not just for you and me. It is for the person next to you also. Let us not condemn one another or look for perfection in our neighbor. Give Grace. Freely you have received, freely give.



Thank you father that all that you give you give ABUNDANTLY! We come at your invitation and we thank you! How good and kind you are to us.


October 20, 2014

Light or Darkness?

These days have been busy and troubled. I wake up and think, "This is it. I have come to the end. There is no way I can go on." But there, waiting for me, is The Manna, the grace and power I need to deal with my fears, my trials.

I am sustained!

I don't know how it happens. I don't know where it comes from, but there it is, just like the Widow's flour and oil. She despaired thinking it was her last meal, but no, every day there was enough, enough for that one day.

I walk in the light and comfort of His daily provision.

Uh oh.

There is a great cloud looming: dark, thick, churning, My Temptation. "Manna again? I want more. I don't want to be merely sustained. I want to be rich!" Arguing with the Lord, the sin of unbelief rears its ugly head. "This is it? This is all you have for me to live on?

I forget His promises. I forget His wisdom and His good will toward me, toward all men. Hating to wait, I desire this, that, and the other, not content to live day by day, not willing to stay close to the Father. I want to run where I please, to gather together all my plans, all my comforts.

But, even in my rebellion, the goodness of God leads me to repentance. The cloud thunders, the lightning flashes and there is no comfort at all in My Temptation, in my sin. It is so dark and I remember. I remember when my understanding was darkened and I was alienated from the life of God through the ignorance in me because of the blindness of my heart, before He made me see, before my first taste of the Lord.

O Taste and see that the Lord is good!

I turn back to my manna, to God's grace and peace. I can't see past this day, but I have what I need. It is enough. The darkness is gone and I walk again in the light.

We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom also we have access by faith into this grace...we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience and patience, experience; and experience, hope.


(Romans 1:21; Eph 4:18; 1 Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 34:8; Eph 2:4-7; Romans 5:2-4; Luke 2:14)

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October 12, 2014

Let's go for a walk!


Galloping Gertie collapsed in 1940 but was rebuilt by 1950.


The second bridge was built beginning in 2001 and completed in 2007. 

We are blessed to have watched the entire process, 
Having driven across it countless times we never walked it.



Let's GO!




If you click on the picture you may be able to see the people
on the beach below.



Taking this picture made my knees wobble.


The cables...it is a suspension bridge.


A large fishing boat sailing under us.