Monday, February 28, 2011

Much to Count

The past two weeks we have dealt with unwelcome bacteria and virus.  Chica was first hit, and spent several days with 102+ degree fevers that kept me close by, even sleeping on the sofa while she slept on the love seat.  Strep

We just haven't had that much experience with fevers in our home. 

When I picked Chica up from her enrichment class that Wednesday she greeted me tearfully that her head hurt and she was having a hard time catching her breath.  I looked her over, felt her head and asked if the breathing was because she was holding in a cry?

As the afternoon wore on Chica developed the fever and the head ache continued.  Of course by this time it was 5:10 pm, after office hours.  But when I called the Doctor's Office, they had an immediate opening.  A Gift. The strep test was a quick positive, so off to the pharmacy to pick up the antiboitics that were, of course, in stock.  And paid for by insurance. A Gift. Another Gift.

The next day, while Chica laid on the love seat that is just on the other side of my desk, she listened to a story while the rest of us worked.  IMG_0002On her Red Apple/Shuffle.  A Gift. The House on Pooh Corner, close to us, while the rest of us worked on Math, Science, spelling, Reading. Gift

And just above Chica, on the edge of my desk, beside the pictures, was a bottle of cool water, sometimes flavored with fruit, always refreshed.  Clean water

  And at this moment, my breath caught...every 6 hours there is motrin to alternate with Tylenol for the head ache and fever.  Whenever the water bottle is empty, there is fresh cool water to refill it.  And the face of a child 2000 miles south reminds me of the mothers who hold feverish children, with no clean water, no antibiotics, no comforting chicken soup...

and the gratitude swells,
and my heart aches for those mothers, those children, as I hold my feverish child close.

seeing the gifts, #382 - 417

Doctors available after 5
Cool cloths for rising fever
Cold water
Fever Broke


Friday, February 25, 2011

This Moment ~

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  Joining Amanda.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

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Blueberry Orange Oatmeal

Soak 2 Cups Oat Grouts in Water overnight

In the morning,

drain the water
measure in 2 C orange juice (or 1C oj 1C water)
and bring to a slow boil. 

While waiting for the oat groats to boil, grate 1 orange, then slice and eat the orange, yum!

After the oat grouts have become soft, add about a cup of frozen blueberries ( or more if you really like them!) and the orange zest.

Let bubble a bit more for a minute or two til the liquid begins to look creamy, then serve.

This serves 4, with plenty for tomorrow!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Just counting...

374. Watching God change my covetness for a trinket to a desire for Him instead.

375. The tenderness of my children

376. Warm sunshine through the window.

377. Playing tag with a laughing dog.

378. Another dog playing the part of mother hen, gently herding cats away from the chicks.

379. FUNNY card love from my Beloved.

380. Seeing my sweet girl, curly hair bouncing in the wind, as she swings high.

381. Sleepy girl, snuggled in, listening to Mary Poppins.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

All's Grace

All's Grace from Shaun Groves on Vimeo.

All’s Grace

Words & Music by Shaun Groves
(C)2011 Simplicity Street/ASCAP

You have loved us
You have loved us all
You have loved us all so
We love all

You have blessed us
You have blessed us all
You have blessed us all so
We bless all

Thank you for Christ and cross
Through us tell the wand’ring
Thank you for making peace
Through us love our enemies

You have loved us
You have loved us all
You have loved us all so
We love all

You have given
You have given all
You have given all so
We give all

Thank you for daily bread
Through us fill the empty
Thank you for bodies whole
Through us mend the breaking

All’s grace
All’s grace
All’s grace and grace enough, o
All’s grace
All’s grace

All’s grace and grace enough
For all of us
For all of us

You have loved us
You have loved us all
You have loved us all so
We love all

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Just Guide Gently ~ Words I Need to Meditate on this Day

This Moment, February 19

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

feeling a bit better

other sweet here.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Compassion's Special Olympic Athlete!

Emilda is an 18 year-old Compassion International sponsored child living in a squatter community in the Philippines.  She has the mental capacity of a three year-old. 
And she's fast!

Emilda competed in the Philippine Special Olympics in 2009 and did well enough to qualify for the World Special Olympics this summer, in Athens, Greece.

Emilda and her family

There's a problem though.  Neither Emilda's parents, nor the Philippine Government has the funds to send Emilda to Athens this summer.  And we would like to help Compassion International to raise the funds to her get there!

emilda-and-medals  The need is $19,857.  It's a huge sum of money, but with many working together, poverty will have to release it's hold and this precious girl can have the adventure of a lifetime!

Donations can be made  here.

and you can read more about Emilda and the Philippine Compassion Project she is a part of here.

Will you join us?

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Backyard Chickens Adventure Begins Again!

post office delivery
The call came in right before Math...and we did finish math, and music theory and piano practice...
Because I knew...that after these little cheepers made it home, today's schooling will be mostly all about day old chicks!

taking them home

chicks 3

Petal Rose & chickie

mae and chickMae & a Turken

Oh What Manner of Love, The Father Has Lavished on Us.

continuing to count the multitude of gifts the Father gives so freely.

366. He has returned to work in the north, arriving safely.
367. Tax files submitted, whew.  So thankful for the company that will now complete the files, 2 countries, 2 states, too much for me!
368. A very warm home.
369. Safety while driving on the icy roads, and not only that, but peace too!
370. Repentant hearts, evidence of His Spirit at work
371. A good book that is challenging my thoughts on poverty, inspiring me to tell my own story and fanning other desires in my heart
372. Working together, this month’s “deep clean”, cheerfully, with songs and smiles.
373. Mountain Chickadees visiting the feeders, flitting about the tree.  Causes me to look UP and thank the Provider.

Friday, February 11, 2011

This Moment ~

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.


Inspired by SouleMama

Reading Goal for 2011, January Book, Fix It and Forget It Cookbook

Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: Great Slow Cooker Recipes  by Phyllis Pellman Good

I picked this book up from the library a couple of weeks ago and have enjoyed browsing through it before I turn out the light each night.  Usually, I am too tired to focus on the other book I am currently reading, Age of Opportunity, but flipping over pages of recipes and crock pot tips was a fun wind down.

While there are many  recipes with ingredients that don't fit the way our family tries to eat, I did find some basic soup  recipes that I am excited to add to my menu list.  Tonight we put a whole chicken in, "Chicken in a Pot", to cook for soup & casseroles over the next week.  One time, quite awhile back, I tried cooking a whole chicken in the crockpot and none of us enjoyed the aroma or the taste when it was finished.  So I am happy to try again, using the dried herbs recommended. 

If you like to keep your crockpot working on dinner, while you work on all else that you have to do, I recommend the Fix It and Forget It Cookbooks for some fresh ideas for your menu plan!

Over the next couple of weeks I plan to follow the instructions for Chicken Rice Soup, Bean Soup and Heart Happy Tomato Soup. 

It is fun and good for our menu planning to have these new ideas added in and this book is full of different variations for common recipes.  Crockpot meals are a real blessing to me, for on those busy mornings when lessons are hard and I am tired, it's nice to have something tasty bubbling away, ready for lunchtime or on those evenings when we have kids going in different directions, overlapping at home between for just awhile, it is great to set down my keys and serve up some warm goodness from "Pattie".

By the way, do you name your maids?

Some of my favorite maids/appliances have names...Pattie, Zoi, Millie...

Proverbs 31:15  She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens (maids).

This is my first post discussing all the lovely reads I have planned for this year.  Other books I am currently reading and looking forward to discussing are:

One Thousand Gifts: A dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp

Age of Opportunity by Paul David Tripp
Too Small to Ignore by Wes Stafford

Joining in the bookclub discussion over at Life As Mom.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Do You Believe?

That Archimedes is doing the lessons? 

Rather than distracting a pretty lady from getting her seat work completed?

Neither did I!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Do You, or Someone You Love, Live with a Chronic Illness? The Spoon Theory

On one of the homeschooling forums I visit from time to time I found a link to this article, written to help people understand the limitations & struggles of living with a chronic illness like Lupus, Depression, etc

Maybe it will be an encouragemen to you, if you are one with walking this life.

Maybe it will help you gain better understanding  if someone you know and love walks this life.

The Spoon Theory

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

What you can't see is how those trees are dancing!

Very little snow for all this cold

Let us back in!

Please, keep me in, I'll be good today

The sofa is looking very cozy today

Yes, Builder, they've forgotten all about playing outside all day, up North!

Sketch Tuesday ~ Ships Ahoy

Anchors Away by Chica, Feb 3 2011


To join in on the fun go to Harmony Art Mom.

Monday, February 7, 2011

One Thousand Gifts


318. Tea time with my girls

319. Expressive eyes telling me the story

320. One more hug

321. Another one’s one more hug

322. Electric blue, Marme, not bright blue

323. Freezer meals prepared

324. Another life to celebrate

325. Brisk walk with the dog.

326. The joy of sunshine & warmth, in January

327. Birds have found the feeders!

328. The sound of children playing in the sunshine, instead of reading history.

329. There is more time for history.

330. “I get it!” After watching the math lesson, again.

331. Colossians 1:1-3 is in my head

332. Household cleaners delivered to my door.

333. Herb garden in our living and learning room

334. Sisters reading together

335. Bookshelves, overflowing

336. Invitation for a short park visit with friends

337. Girls noticing notes to myself, and taking the challenge themselves

338. One by one, they ask me to pray

339. For Daddy to come home safe

340. For grandfathers to know Jesus

341. For a friend’s family’s house to sale, so they can move closer that which they need

342. He is home safe

343. Birthday celebrations with dearest friends

344. Puppy and kitten eating from the same bowl.

345. Remembering grace

346. School closure…the home school classes are cancelled too…giving us a puttering day at home. Such a gift.

347. Builder is home, and helping me with school. Chasing away the anxiety and “doneness” of this Marme.

348. Slower morning, time for a back rub.

349. Houseful of dog, puppy, kittens, cats, all playing and rolling around our feet.

350. Children getting an bit more snuggly sleep on this extremely cold morning.

351. Concern for the homeless on this extremely cold morning, and remembering, there is something I can do. Pray.

352. Very cold fruit & minerals smoothie, made with extra love because he made it

353. Hot showers on these very cold mornings

354. Builder’s gentle critique of our schooling routine. Kind words to spur me on to better use of our time.

355. Compassion International.

356. Sponsored kids, more kids to love and pray for.  Lesbia Herlinda

Bryan Marcello

357. Art & craft projects all over the place. Messy, but so beautiful.

358. Builder holding my hand as I let go of some of my to do list

359. A very productive, but less stressful week

360. Lavender soap

361. Dinner by Mae, from start to finish, with Builder and me doing the dishes after

362. Knitting needles & wool, while Builder reads North or Be Eaten

363. Delightful Date Night with my Beloved

364. Good books

365. Saturday, a day for rest and joyful pursuits

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Groupon ~ $20 Barnes & Noble for $10

Have you taken at look at yet?  I've been blessed to get discounted vouchers for Cold Stone Creamery, Papa Murphy Pizza and NOW Barnes & Noble Bookstores!

Each of those particular vouchers were for places we do frequent for Friday Pizza/Movie night (when the week's worn me out and I don't want to make the pizza), for Parent/Daughter dates and of course....BOOKS.  But there are many other deals daily that might bless your budget :)

Poetry and Nature, Buffleheads


by Lee Evans
Bath, Maine

I love to see them on the waves,
Along the beach, or in their trees.
I love to watch them fly away,
Without a running start, from me!

My father used to lurk behind
Four plywood walls that stood on stilts
Above the river nailed with pine,
His rifle ready at a tilt
Toward the vast and open sky,

Where ducks and geese would spread their wings
In Freedom, for which all must die--
All human and non-human things.

But I wear no such grim disguise
As I meander on the beach
In plain sight of the earth and sky,
Determined to let Nature teach.

These clouds, the seashells, shifting sands,
The wind, the cold, the winter sun,
The whistling swans: from these a man
Can claim more trophies than with gun.


Buffleheads photographed by Michelle, at the Mill Pond, Jackfish Lake area, British Columbia

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Best Mail

Five Minute Friday: What’s the best mail you got recently – email, text, or snail mail? Take five minutes and illustrate with words how you felt opening it, reading it, or digesting it. Help us read it through your eyes...

The best mail I've received the mail I've missed.  The mail that is delivered to a Daddy who is home 1 week out of the month, and is great at living in the present.  All those paintings, handmade cards, bookmarks that are generated each week, day, hour...are lovingly laid on a pillow (his), the dresser (his side) and our bedroom doorknob (with To Daddy) and I feel a little slighted and start to think.

How do I wipe off the LOOK of "what do I do with one more piece of paper or woven piece of yarn" and exchange it with sincere gratitude in the moment of heart giving from those delightful young hearts in my home?

Today I'll create a space to display those pieces of art love, and allow the admiration to flow...right into the hearts of those precious people given to me.

Of course, I'll have to employ that wonderful Daddy to help me in this project...I'm not allowed to swing a hammer against any walls, as he has had the look of "one more piece of wall to patch" on his face a time or two.

joining in on Five Minute Friday over at Gypsy Mama.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sketch Tuesday

Barb at Harmony Art Mom hosts a weekly opportunity to participate in a online sketch community.  The kids get to send in their sketch "assignments" and on the following Tuesday, watch a slideshow of all the entries.  My lovely sketchers enjoy participating most weeks.

This week was "Something you Study in Science."

To see this week's slideshow and/or join in for next week, click here.

Chica Jan 25 2011

Rose Jan 25 2011

And they came...

I was working at my desk yesterday after lunch, facing the west window and, beyond, the tree where we hung the bird feeders.  What a delight!  There were many little birds flitting all around the suet feeder!

How we enjoy having nature right outside our door, window.