Friday, November 29, 2013

A Well Watered Garden...

 
I don't like to rush into December too quickly without saying a proper farewell to November.








I do love Christmas, but Autumn is one of my favorite seasons, so I let my Harvest Decor linger a bit longer than most people,

 allowing the rush of reds and greens of the Winter Holiday to wait a few days.

Tonight we have special out of town guests coming for dinner.




  I set my table last night and most of the food is done ahead,
 or in the Crockpot because I wanted to be able to visit with them, and not feel the slightest bit stressed about serving a nice, healthy and flavorful meal.




Here is a promise to ponder tonight:

"If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other people's sins,
 If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness,
Your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight.

I will always show you where to go. I'll give you a full life in the emptiest of places—
firm muscles, strong bones.

You'll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry.

You'll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past.

You'll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again." 

Isaiah 58: 9-12 The Message

Monday, November 18, 2013

What a day... now on to the priorities... Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows!

 

 
 

Raquel Nwokeji ---Krisselle says she misses her best friend
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    Blue BerryCottage--- awwwwwwwwwwwww. We miss you, too Krisselle! And all of you. Tomorrow will be exactly a Year to the day since we arrived here in our new home.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Job Description of a Mother







This morning, I was reflecting on my role as a Mother. 
This wonderful job requires the skills of a teacher, counselor, maid, short-order cook, nurse, party planner, financial analyst, and chauffer!   Unfortunately, the society we live in today has downplayed the importance of my role as a mom. 
  
 I was reminded of this in church, of all places!  A comment was made like, “Oh, you only work part time?  How many hours?”  Sometimes I just want to scream, “You are kidding, right?” 





 Comments like that hurt me to

 the bone.  And I only have one kid! 

Think of a stay at home mom who has several children,

who chooses to raise her children full-time and not work outside

the home. 

She works harder than anyone could ever imagine!  

 
If I want to define my role the

way God defines it, I must turn

to the only standard that really

 counts:  The Bible. 

 When those blues of

discouragement start

clouding my thoughts, I

am choosing to

that my God holds me

in the highest esteem-

 if you don’t believe

me, read Proverbs

chapter 31.  

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Last of my kale

 

 



 
Yummy breakfast burritos for supper, using up the last of my garden Kale.
Thank goodness for the Farmer's Market.