Saturday, January 12, 2013

Developing into a Fine Young Man...

        Kimba has decided he needs to improve his cooking skills. For an unknown reason, he is talking and thinking of his "future wife," and has made it his goal to develop himself now so that he will not be a burden to her! (Could it be that his Mother complained a bit too much about his Father's lack of housekeeping skills??)  
Well, the Lord has decided to use it for good, even if the deceiver meant it for evil and discouragement! He has been focused on breakfast and dessert items, but with the spring coming on, he wants to cook more dinners, and "by himself."   

        Well, get in here I say!   He found a recipe out of one of his kid magazines:  First up, a healthy version of "chicken nuggets."    (So simple, just chicken tenderloins dipped in buttermilk and then into bread crumbs seasoned with a bit of Salt &Pepper).    I think next time I will suggest adding a bit of cayenne-- because he did put the hot sauce on the table last night for dipping.  Yummy!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Treasured Memories

"O praise the One who paid my debt and raised this life up from dead... Jesus!
♥ If God is for us who can be against us?"
 Romans 8:31

They can never be destroyed or taken from us!  Creating meaningful memories for my family is one of my priorities in life.  “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal;
 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  (Matthew 6:20-21)

Time is the commodity needed to make good memories, not money.   Am I glad for that! 
 Today is January 6th, “Epiphany” for many believers.  This is the day that many churches celebrate the coming of the Wise Men.  For the Blue Willow household, Epiphany is a special day, the last day of Christmas.  We never take our decorations down until after midnight of this day.  And then there are “Three Small and Precious gifts”  for all.  We read and talk about the Nativity Story one more time, reflecting on the belief that Jesus was probably about 2 and a half years old when the Magi arrived.  We discuss the words Jesus  might have spoken, HIS favorite games and foods, and how HE responded to the camels and Royal Men.  There are ALWAYS 3 candles on our dinner table this night, and we eat with no other electric lights on. 
 One year, we read about an old tradition of leaving 3 candles in the window to tell the Wise Men that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were waiting up for the Famous Caravan bearing gifts.  And so now we, too,  place 3 electric candles in our front window to shine out all night as a tradition on this date.  It is my hope that all of this will be treasured up in Kimba's heart and pondered later during the year, and in future years. 
It is late now as I write this, and I am thankful to the LORD for the things in my life that can never be taken or destroyed:  Salvation, my love for my family, and my memories. 
Father God:
Please help me to continue to create meaningful memories for Papa and Kimba,
memories which keep us focused on the True meaning of Epiphany and Christmas!
In Your SON’s Name,

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Kids in the Kitchen: Saturday Baking Class with Grandma

Kimba and Cousin B put on aprons and
gather with Grandma in the
Kitchen to Bake a Marble Cake

Question and answer session was funny to listen to...

Everyone had a job to do...

two happy campers the next morning

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Precious Girl






      Last week I had the wonderful priviledge of becoming friends with one of the LORD's dearest children on Earth.

      We read some of my favorite books together, did Skippy Jon Jones Puzzles, and

      Made many marvelous sculptures with the Play Doh Factory

      I Praise God for this" Fearfully and Wonderfully Made" Friend!
      May we have many more times together.
      I love you, "R" and "H"

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      Natalie Anne Acri Even when you don't have time, you make the time. hat a beautiful sister you are , an example to all of us to do more.