Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
My family was in town for Thanksgiving last week. There were ten of us total. My Grams and my sister-in-law Becky had not been to NYC before, so we gave them a whirlwind tour on Friday. Among other activities, we took the Staten Island Ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island, and back again. It was sunset, and the view was spectacular!
As we watched the sun set and the sky turn deep shades of colors, I was reminded of this verse written by King David: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” (Psalm 19:1)
David had the privilege of watching the sun set over the Promised Land. I guess we got to see one of the next best things when we watched the sun slip away over a free America and her symbol of liberty. It’s a close rival to a sunset over the Colorado Rocky Mountains!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
We sang this song at our Thanksgiving Praise service last night. It’s been a while since I have sung it and I really enjoyed the words. I wanted to share them with you on this Thanksgiving Day.
Thanks to God for My Redeemer
words by August Ludwig Storm (Swedish)
translated by Carl E. Backstrom
Thanks to God for my Redeemer,
Thanks for all Thou dost provide!
Thanks for times now but a mem’ry,
Thanks for Jesus by my side!
Thanks for pleasant, cheerful springtime,
Thanks for summer, winter, fall!
Thanks for tears by now forgotten,
Thanks for peace within my soul!
Thanks for prayers that Thou hast answered,
Thanks for what Thou dost deny!
Thanks for storms that I have weathered,
Thanks for all Thou dost supply!
Thanks for pain, and thanks for pleasure,
Thanks for comfort in despair!
Thanks for grace that none can measure,
Thanks for love beyond compare!
Thanks for roses by the wayside,
Thanks for thorns their stems contain!
Thanks for homes and thanks for fireside,
Thanks for hope, that sweet refrain!
Thanks for joy and thanks for sorrow,
Thanks for heav’nly peace with Thee!
Thanks for hope in the tomorrow,
Thanks thro’ all eternity!
I really like the second stanza. It just seems to sum things up for me right now. As with many people, the economic difficulties facing our country are also facing our family. Things have been difficult. But God is faithful, and He has faithfully provided all of our needs and more. Here is just a little taste of what God has done for us…Recently we didn’t have the money to make our rent payment. Ben had lost several days of work because there isn’t much work at the shop right now. We saw God provide our rent money in one weekend.
God has also been there for me emotionally. I feel like I have had a hard adjustment to being a mommy of two kids. There have been up days, and many down days. It’s one of those storms that I have weathered. I’m so thankful that when I wanted to give up, God never gave up on me. He never left me or forsook me. He was by my side, bringing me through. Sometimes I had to choose to speak the truth to my heart, even when I didn’t think I wanted to hear it. Psalm 46:7 has been precious to me: “The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.”
This year I feel so overwhelmed when I consider everything for which I have to be thankful. Elaine is learning some short memory verses. One of them seems very fitting to close this post:
Truly God is good.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Elaine is afraid of the vacuum. So anytime I get it out, she runs for the couch. It is her safe zone. The other day when I was vacuuming I gave her the task of entertaining Nolan. This is how they were when I finished my work – each smiling, each with a book in hand!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Last week we went to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum with some friends. Elaine, Havilah, and Adelei had a fabulous time! There is a Tot area for kids under 5. They have a water area, craft time, music makers, a sandbox, dress-ups, and other fun things to play with. We spend the time before lunch exploring this area.
After lunch we headed into the main part of the museum. They have a nature center where the kids can learn to plan a garden, walk through and explore wildlife & birds, and learn about sea life.
In the sea area there was a play mat by an aquarium. There were sea animal puppets and seaweed hanging from the ceiling. Nolan enjoyed getting out of the stroller to roll around. Elaine took the opportunity to nab his pacifier!
The next section of the museum includes multi-cultural hands-on fun. There is a pizza parlor where the kids can take orders and then create and bake pizzas (all of the crusts were bean bags, and the toppings were felt). There was a grocery store where they could load up their shopping baskets with food and put it down the conveyor belt. There was a Mexican bakery and a Chinese card shop. But the biggest hit was the MTA city bus. The driver’s seat was in high demand!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
…that make me smile. Here are a few from my birthday through today.
I used some money that Ben’s Grandma sent for my birthday to get new magnetic spice canisters that will hang on my wall rather than sit on my counter! And I had no clue that I used this many spices until I started cleaning and organizing!
We gave Nolan his first taste of “real food” last night. Elaine enjoyed helping, but I don’t think Nolan enjoyed being gagged by the spoon that she shoved in his mouth!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
This year Ben and I headed up the annual Harvest Party at church. The theme we chose was “The First Thanksgiving.” The kids usually come in costume for the theme, so I made Elaine and Nolan little Indian shirts.
Well it was fun, but I’m glad it’s done! I’ll take a quick breath before I have to start planning Thanksgiving dinner…
Friday, November 11, 2011
For the last couple of nights Elaine has been almost hysterical when we left the room and closed her door for the night. One night we ended up leaving the door open and the hall light on so that she would calm down. Last night as I was turning off the light I realized that it was really dark in her room. I looked down at the outlet where the two nightlights live, and they were not on. “That’s funny. They are new, they should still be working. That must be why Elaine is so upset,” I thought. A closer investigation revealed this:
Once I saw it, I remembered when Elaine had been trying to pull the night light out of the wall a couple of days ago. I gave her a sharp “No! Don’t touch!” I think that she must have dropped the penny behind the light and she was trying to get it out. Not realizing what was going on, I firmly pushed the night light back into the wall.
I’m thankful that Elaine did not shock herself on the light, and that our house did not burn down! Needless to say, the outlet is shot, but amazingly the nightlights still work!