Wednesday, April 16, 2014

yesterday of their childhood is gone

I awoke in the {very} early morning hours to the sound of breathing close to my face.  As I squinted my eyes open there were 2 little hazel eyes silently watching me.  After recovering from the initial shock of someone watching me sleep I smiled and said,
"good morning.  What in the world are you doing?"
"I thought you might want to play a game."
"A game?!?"  I blinked my eyes to see the clock clearly.
"Any game, mommy.  I know, let's play house."

Now there's a novel idea.  Why didn't I think of that?

A few hours later finds us all in the kitchen..."playing house".  One princess was washing the dishes, one princess was drying them and putting them away, and one princess was mopping all the dishwater up in the floor that seemed to flow in a steady stream.  Another little one is rubbing the broom around the floor attempting to corral the crumbs from their morning toast.  And the crowned Prince?  Well, he's never in one place very long.  Sweet helpers.
he's only 16 months and 5 days....today
toss him up in the air to make him laugh so you can see those crooked little teeth peeking through
snuggle your nose into his neck to catch the faint baby smell...it will soon be gone
coax him to say your name
rock him to sleep… while he still wants you to

she's only 3 years, 4 months and 11 days....today
play candy land… again…and again
read her another story
braid her piggy tails

she's only 6 years,  2 months and 11 days....today
put her hair in piggie tails…anyways
hold her in your lap...soon she won't fit
memorize her smile with the missing tooth

she's 8 years, 5 months and 13 days....today
look her in the eyes when she tells you her story
laugh at her made up jokes
hold her hand

she's only 9 years and 11 months….today
brush her hair
let her cook the recipe herself and then tell her everything she did right
find things to laugh with her about


yesterday of their childhood is gone.  How will you spend today?
count your blessings
(John Truman had to have Eden's hat)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

baby palm trees

Palm Sunday
A special part in the story of the Resurrection.
Today, one of the ladies in church had a special gift for everyone.  She had planted palm tree starts specially for this day.  During the worship service a man passed out little baby palm trees.

So very special and such a sweet reminder now in my flower bed of that {special} day long ago when palms laid on the ground to honor someone very special.

(the picture was taken of 3 energetic boys during the competitive song of 
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Praise Ye the Lord)

Another wonderful Sunday at Valley Baptist Church,
 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

He is my Provider

I love Sunday School.
  I love being the teacher.
  I love acting out stories.
I love passing out sweetie (candy).
  I love teaching lessons to the kids.  


A few weeks ago, I asked all the bright little faces staring at me to say what God was in one word.  There were many different answers, but the one that stuck with me was answered by one of my little boys.  His family literally has very little.  Not {poor} in a American standards where you haven't had a new toy this week, have to wear the same shoes you bought last month, and are grumpy because you can't order take out again today.  No, this family lives very, very simply.

I was going down the bench letting every child answer "what is God?"
"love" "Creator" "happy" …etc

The little one that {in our eyes has nothing} said, "Provider."

Wow.  When we see through eyes that realize everything you have comes from God, your faith is so much more real and there is a peace of contentment.   The little one who has nothing, really has so very much.

I love the lessons {I} learn in Sunday School.


Friday, March 14, 2014

never overlook

 Lil' Princesses,
just remember that nobody….nobody sees the world quite like you do.
as you look out at life
never overlook the simple beauty around you.

the sunshine through the trees
the crimson red flower (that we don't know the name of)
that fuzzy black caterpillar you found on the back step
your favorite {soft} blue shirt
...and that is just in the last few minutes...

I love you, my darlings

Thursday, March 13, 2014

keep calm... and hug a pet

Keep Calm
and
Hug a Chicken
(Brynlee and Mary)

Keep Calm
and 
Hug a Dog.
(Eden and Sadie)

in our family the pets are family.  Yes, my chickens are considered pets. I like them way better than the angel fish.  No matter how rough life gets it will make you feel better.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I choose motherhood

I choose lullabies in a rocking chair 
peanut butter and jelly sandwiches smeared on the wall
I choose worry wrinkles and laugh lines
sticky fingers and grass stains
I choose fairytales and dress up clothes
picnic blankets and dirt
I choose sprinkles and hotdogs
tears of worry and hugs of forgiveness
I choose ABC's and broken crayons
a handful of weeds and butterfly nets
Princess Alexis (8) and John Truman (15 m.)
I choose motherhood,

Monday, March 10, 2014

Cinnamon Roll Pancake Recipe

these are {high pitched voice} suh-weet!
not only cinnamon and sugar sweet.

wait till you realize how easy they are..psst…a little closer I'll share the secret.

I use my regular old pancake mix and squeeze a cinnamony, sugary swirl of happiness in the center.  Ha.  Are you surprised?  Don't be.  I'm all about baking shortcuts…especially ones that don't taste like a shortcut.  This will give you a cinnamon roll flavor that Grandma would appreciate…or my husband (who's kinda a cinnamon roll snob).  Taste and see why this is a favorite in our home.

Cinnamon Roll Filling Recipe
4 Tablespoons butter (barely softened)
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

….yes that's all folks!
Blend them together and place in a sandwich size ziplock bag.
I learned to put mine in the fridge ahead of time to firm up, like overnight.  If the mixture is runny it will slide off the pancakes and make a sticky mess, and make a smelly burning smell.

1. Prepare your pancake mix and pour one nice sized pancake in your hot skillet, low-medium heat.  Snip off a corner of your "secret mixture".   The perfect texture is thick similar to toothpaste. Squeeze a swirl pattern on top of the pancake, just like a cinnamon roll.  Don't get too close to the edges.  Wait until it is completely cooked (golden brown) on the bottom before you turn it.  Flip it carefully. Cook another 2 or 3 minutes.
2. After each pancake I wipe the pan out carefully, very carefully with a paper towel.  The sugar in the pan will burn if you don't wipe it out.  Let the pan get back to proper heat before starting next one.

Cream Cheese Glaze Recipe
4 Tablespoons butter
2 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1. Heat the butter over medium heat.  Remove from heat and whisk in the cream cheese.  Add your powdered sugar and vanilla.  Drizzle it all over your pipping hot cinnamon roll pancake.  Drizzle a little more just for good measure.

Sit back and watch your family realize how awesome you are.
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