Friday, December 19, 2014

"Give me the Love that leads the way...

...The Faith that nothing can dismay
The Hope no disappointments tire
The Passion that'll burn like fire
Let me not sink to be a clod
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God"

~ Amy Carmichael

When my heart is heavy and I feel quite dismayed...along with Scripture and prayer, I find words of encouragement from Amy Carmichael to be quite comforting. Among the different books I am reading (it's quite impossible for me to just stay in one) is Candles in the Dark by Amy Carmichael.

"He hath never failed thee yet.
Never will His love forget.
O fret not thyself nor let
Thy heart be troubled,
Neither let it be afraid."

~ Amy Carmichael

Candles lit around my home, in the quiet of the evening, give me a sense of peace and comfort as well. During this busy deer season, Chris and the children are often helping at the meat market in the evenings. This leaves me a bit of quiet time to myself to work on my knitting. :)

Although we don't put up a tree or anything, if you were here, you *would* hear plenty of Christmas carols being played throughout our home...

The other day, the children worked all morning on making a Lego movie. It was a cute little film...they saved it to their computer but now can't find it..? I'm hoping they can find it so we can upload it to share with others. They put a lot of work into it.

In our co-op, Xavier is in a class that is called "Movie-Making". They love their teacher and have learned a lot! My three loved making their own movie picture-by-picture! Homeschooling is not all about books and learning facts. It's putting to use the skills and things you learn! :)

We've been keeping busy here in Western PA. Thankfully, not a lot of snow to report. Currently the ground is covered with a thin layer of the white stuff...but you can still see the grass popping through. It's as though it doesn't know whether to snow or rain out there. This can make for some icy road conditions. I fully intend on staying home today. We took the day off from schooling and have focused on some housework, gift wrapping and knitting (and playing for the kiddos). I am looking forward to getting some more knitting done and maybe a *nap*! Yippee!

Thanks for stopping by! I always appreciate it!
With Warmth and Kindness,

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Music to my Ears

Madelyn and Jaxson had a little recital at our local Manor. They did a wonderful job. I took pictures of Jaxson (I forgot to take video) but then I only got a couple photos of Madelyn because I *did* take a video of her playing (it is linked to below).

You can hear Madelyn play HERE.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"A happy life must be..." a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live."

~ Bertrand Russell

"Kind words, kind looks, kind acts and warm handshakes, these are means of grace when men in trouble are fighting their unseen battles."

~ John Hall

“Faith is the realization that God’s pleasure in you will never

 be based upon your performance for him. Instead, God’s 

pleasure in you will always be based upon Christ’s 

performance for you.” 

Days are busy in our neck of the woods (I'm sure they are in yours too!). We're busy with schoolwork, reading, instrument practice/recitals, helping at the meat market (during deer processing time ~ the kids are such great helpers!), knitting, babysitting and Christmas gift buying. It's been zany, I tell ya!

I am quite happy though that I have most of my Christmas shopping done. That is such a blessing! I love to bless people with gifts, but don't enjoy feeling rushed to pick out gifts. I must admit that I enjoy online shopping the most. You can peruse sales, compare prices and visit different store sites all from home! Often I will find something I would like to purchase and then go to other sites that might offer the same product and compare prices/shipping/sales etc. That way I am spending money well. I also like using Ebates to get money back from any purchase you make! If you would like to join, I would love if you use my referral link HERE.

Madelyn and I have both been working on many knitting projects...making gifts for loved ones...

Today, I made homemade caramels for the guys down at the meat market. They all spend all day working at their jobs and then their evenings down at the meat market processing deer that come in. (Deer season is such an exhausting time for everyone!). A few years back, I made caramels and all the guys *loved* them. They are the melt-in-your-mouth perfect sort of caramel. I decided to make them for them again this year to take down to them as a surprise!

You can find the recipe for them HERE. I must warn you though...if you are watching your waistline ~ don't eat too many!!! ;)

One nice thing about the darkness setting in earlier is that the candles have a beautiful glow about them in our home that makes this evenings feel so cozy against the dark backdrop of the early nights. Often, if you find  yourself visiting me in the evenings, you will find a candle (or two or three) lit in my home.

And....before I go, I just had to share with you this sweet know X left me. He spelled "couple" wrong...but oh the love he shares here for me makes me swoon. You know, everytime that boy passes me, he stops by and plants a kiss on my cheek. Often, I am in the middle of doing something and shoo him away...but I know I need to realize how much of a sweet blessing that is and that it won't happen forever. I need to relish in it while I can!

I leave you with a good, deep quote for you to chew on in your day...

“The modern-day gospel says, 'God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. Therefore, follow these steps, and you can be saved.' Meanwhile, the biblical gospel says, 'You are an enemy of God, dead in your sin, & in your present state of rebellion, you are not even able to see that you need life, much less to cause yourself to come to life. Therefore, you are radically dependent on God to do something in your life that you could never do.” 

I hope your December is going well...thanks, so much, for stopping by to share in mine!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Duet

My boys' music teachers had them play a duet of Jingle Bells together last night. They were having a bit of a recital at our town's Victorian Christmas celebration. It was held in the courtroom of the courthouse in the middle of town.

We were lucky to find a parking space not too far from the courthouse. It was quite rainy. I was surprised at how busy town was despite the weather!

Christmas trees lines the halls of the courthouse...

The boys are all ready to go in and play...

Getting ready...

Then they played! I videoed it too! If you would like to watch you can see it HERE.

They did such a great job! This mama was quite proud!

Madelyn and Great-Aunt Jo (aren't their smiles just beautiful!?)...

My boys...


Thursday, December 4, 2014

When the Baby Turns Nine....

...this mama tries to embrace the reality of the fact that her children are quite grown up! It's incredibly bittersweet to watch them grow. On the one hand, your *babies* aren't babies anymore (and I miss that) and on the other hand, it is *such* a blessing to be with them and watch them grow and mature!

Madelyn made chocolate chip pancakes...specially in honor of Jaxson's birthday...

Her lovely apron is courtesy of Roxy from Living from Glory to Glory!

A couple gifts to open...

The pancakes Madelyn made...

Cupcakes I made for Jaxson's small family birthday party...

My boy loves Star Wars...

Mama and Jaxson (photobombed by Madelyn)...

Jaxson got some gifts from loved ones...

My Sci-Fi fan loves Tolkien books/movies too! Aunt Nen knew that! :)

He had an enjoyable birthday, I think. When I asked him what his favorite part of his birthday was, he said "All of it!". :) That makes this mama's heart glad. It was a simple day....nothing over-the-top...and he appreciated and loved all of it!

Thanks for taking the time to drop by and share in our celebration with us!