Monday, November 30, 2009

Smile please.

My little 2 year old artist is drawing a picture, she is so into it, that at first she doesnt even notice me taking her picture. She is concentrating so hard, holding her markers with both hands.

'Mommy what are you doing?', she asked me...

A surprised look, 'You are taking my pictue?'

'Oh Ok, then... Let me smile at you'
How precious is the smile of a little child... innocent and sweet.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Everliving garden.

The past spring was the first time I had a big enough yard to start my first ever garden... I loved the experience. Now I cant wait for spring to arrive again, so I can have a bigger, better garden than this past spring. This year I had about 15 bushes of tomatoes, some took so well that they grew up taller then me, while others didn’t grow much and looked kind of crippled and sick... I had a long row of organic cucumbers, which were going very well, and then at the end of the season, they got some kind of mites that attached themselves to the plant and dried the whole row. Here are still some of our tomatoes left, but I wonder if I need to pick them now, before the frost gets to them.

I still have a nice bush of mint growing.

Do you know what this is?

Its the seeds of basil... which had a wonderful smell when the leaves were green.

The parsley didn’t really want to grow, only now its pushing out its green petals, but still looks a bit brown around the edges. Also, I have a lot of weeds growing all over my yard. Next spring I hope for a more plentiful garden, with lots of tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, parsley, dill, basil, and lots of other herbs and vegetables. Nothing really brings such pleasure as eating a home grown salad. Yum, Yum....

Saturday, November 28, 2009

In having a child.

With having three little girls, I get a constant stream of questions from everyone to find out if we are going to try for a boy? Its almost funny to see people's reactions when I tell them that, "Yes I will have another baby when the Lord deems appropriate for us." Usually everyone think I am a bit crazy for wanting to 'try' for a boy, when we already have 3 girls. While we can 'try' all we want, but only God knows who we will have as our 4th child. How can anyone even know for sure? For my next child God may bless me with another girl again, which is just fine with me, since I love having girls, and they bring such sweetness to my family. Why do people think that we will 'try' for a boy next time anyway? I mean is there a special way of 'trying'?? Is there like some kind of rule to follow? Its almost funny to talk about this. When only God will know the gender of my 4th child. I also told everyone that when I do get pregnant with my 4th child, I will not find out the gender until delivery... so Ha!! No one will know until baby arrives.

Then another funny thing is, how I even can think about having another child, when I have a 10 month old baby girl. I wonder too sometimes, why do I even think about being pregnant, or going into labor, or having another child, when its was just recently that I had a little one... I think I am getting addicted to being pregnant, and having a little newborn to hold on to.... Because it is very precious indeed. Don’t you think so?

Friday, November 27, 2009

A thankful heart is a sacrifice.

I love thanksgiving , I love the family getting together, the turkey and all the trimmings that go with that. Not to mention the pie, and the caramelized apples… this year was no exception. The family members all came late to the dinner celebration, the turkey burned a little bit, the food was delicious and plentiful.. I was so full, but still had to have desserts. The kids were loud and ate too many sweets. But everything turned out just lovely and I am very thankful for another yummy Thanksgiving.

Grateful, thankful, appreciative.... are the words we use at Thanksgiving. Its good to be thankful, and we teach our children to do the same... but how do we know if it is really from the heart? I know that God does want thankfulness that is from the heart not just from our lips. There are so many things that I am thankful for each day, which means that everyday I should thank God for everything that He provides me with, not just on a Thanksgiving holiday. Here are some reminders for us from the scriptures…

I thank my God every time I remember you. {Philippians 1:3}

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
{Psalm 100:4}

..always giving thanks to God the Father for everything.. {Ephesians 5:20}

I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord. {Psalm 116:17}

So if thanksgiving is a sacrifice.... well that sure makes a clear picture doesn’t it? In the old testament they used to bring animals, or birds as a sacrifice to the Lord, now God doesn’t want that from us, now He wants a different type of sacrifice. A sacrifice of thanksgiving. An offering of our selves as a living sacrifice to God.

Even the angels will bring thanksgiving to the Lord as it is written in Revelations 7:11... all the angels stood round about the throne, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying Amen; Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever... Amen.

Monday, November 23, 2009

November is coming to an end... but fall is still here.

Beautiful color is knocking on my window... softly, that its easy to miss it, but when you do look up and see it, it knocks you down with the magnificent beauty of it. Our God is such an amazing Creator.

I love the beautiful gray limbs, stretching out in which direction, covered with an orange-yellow lace dress.

Thank you my Lord for such generous colorful beauty that surrounds us every autumn day... such amazing gift. The smell, the fresh crisp days are filled with You every where I look.

I am looking for You my Lord.... every where I turn I am surrounded by your love.... I cherish Your embraces. I worship you with a thankful heart, my soul sings You praises.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Grass is green and laundry smells fresh...

Its cloudy and gray today, but that didn't stop me from hanging my bed sheets outside to dry...:)

Ariana my oldest child was helping me a little....:) mostly by posing for my camera.

The grass makes a nice green background, doesn't it?

My sleeping Beauty is waiting for her prince to come and kiss her...

Isn't she just adorable...?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I love Saturdays.

I love my Saturdays; the quiet, the enjoyment of playing with my girls, watching them sleep, eat breakfast, going to church, enjoying quiet time with the Lord, reading my bible, watching the wind playing with the leaves outside my patio door. It got much colder after the storm we had yesterday, now it feels like fall, almost winter.

I love that I don’t have to do anything on a Saturday, I don’t cook, clean, or do laundry... all we do is enjoy each other, play games, read, eat, worship, and sing songs. There is no hurry, no rush, no things we have to do or accomplish.

I love drinking my tea, as I ponder some truth from the bible.... eating chocolate is always a nice treat. Thank you Lord for the peace and quiet of this day, for the beautiful weather we are having, and for amazing truths we find in your Word.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Happy childhood.

What brings a smile to a childs face? What makes them happy? Having parents that love them and a swingset /park to play in...

What makes parents happy? Having happy children who can entartain themselves in the park, so mother can take pictures... and a lovely view to look at.

If only I could stay here forever?

A play area with a view, is the best scenario there is, for parents and kids.

Childhood is precious... and children grow up so fast... only memories will remain.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Every day is a new beginning.

Every day I have a new day, a new dawn, a new sun, a new sky, a new beginning. Every day is a new leaf in my life's story book. When I die, my book will be shown to me, page by page from beginning to end, what will I see? Happy days, productive days, full of fruit or just time spend in pursuit of my own pleasure or wasted time that was lost in the busyness of every day. I do hope when I stand before the altar of God I will not feel shame for wasted, useless time, but happiness in having brought forth the goodness of mankind.

So why is it that it is so hard to choose to do good, instead of evil. Its easier to be selfish than kind. Much more simpler to go through life choosing only what I enjoy and what brings me pleasure. Of course I don’t say we should not be happy or have enjoyment, oh no, not at all, its just that we should be looking out for others more, then for ourselves. Its so easy to only think of ourselves, and not care of other people. We are afraid to look someone in the eyes, to smile, to shake their hand, to give them a compliment, to offer our help, or to walk that extra mile in their shoes.... How often it happens, huh? So, that’s why I wonder why is it so hard to spread love....??

Every day I look back at all the things I did, and try to remember if I brought even a little smile to another’s face, if I spread even a little sunshine, happiness to someone else. If I made someone else's life easier or gave someone a bit of warmth and love. It could be as simple as smiling at someone or helping a neighbor. It could be hugging my husband instead of pushing him away when he hurt my feelings. It could be saying a nice word to a stranger, which will make their life a bit brighter and they will spread it to another.... then I lived a good day... a day that will have a flower or a fruit on the page of my life book, instead of thorns, or just dry leaves.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The life of a child...

Oh, how wonderful it is to be a child.. carefree, free spirited, with no worries or problems to think off.

If only we could go back into the carefree days, and know that everything is being taken care of. That someone else will make sure we have everything we really need in our everyday life. So we can be carefree and run around just enjoying each day.

To love and be loved, to smile, to laugh and enjoy life. To climb a tree. (well maybe not) :)

To look for treasures in the everyday, like a piece of stick or a rock...:)

Being adults we forget that God takes care of us just like we are his little children. If only we could let Him take care of everything for us, and trust in his ever powerful strength and wisdom. He knows best and letting him help us today, and trust him to help us tomorrow, we can live in peace. I often worry too much and forget that God will help me if only I will ask him to do so...

Help me Lord to trust you and know that you will take care of me, and will take care of all my tomorrows.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Did I tell you I love fall?

I read somewhere that a lot of people love fall, so I guess I am not the only one...;) But seriously, what not to love. The crisp days, sunshine, rain, the beauty of the changing leaves, pumpkins, hot chocolate, fireplaces, long walks through the leaves, apples, and thanksgiving.... Yep, it sure is my favorite season.

My girls love fall as well, they can run around and not get too hot. Also they don't have to wear the hats and bulky jackets just yet.

Apples are delicious at this time of the year, especially from an apple orchard.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Take a nature walk.

I took a walk with my girls down our street on this beautiful, crisp fall day. Every time we take a walk we get to see something new and exciting. I love it. Today we noticed a pomegranate tree.

Then in the little field that is to our right side we saw some wild turkeys grazing on the green, fresh grass.

The girls love it when we take walks. Ariana rides her bike, Odelia pushes her dolly in her baby stroller, and I push Leona in her stroller, as she gazes all around and claps her hands. Here are some orange berries that I thought looked interesting.

And here are all the treasures the girls brought back home.

Its funny how I can hide the fact that we live in a large city... can you tell?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Leona is 10 months old now....

My little one is 10 months now... the months sure flew by so fast. She is so precious and sweet. I love her dearly. Children are a blessing from the Lord, for with each child there is a chance that they will praise God and bring glory to his name.

Leona turned 10 months, and her 1st tooth came out... Wow. God bless you my dear child.