Friday, November 30, 2012

A Habit Put Into Words, Upset Tummies and Moments

Above are a few moments to share from the last couple weeks. 

This last week has made me thankful for washers, dryers, and tubs with warm running water.  Two kidos with tummy troubles will do that to you!  :-)  I thought they were pretty much over it... but last night and this morning they proved otherwise.  Though we've had some messes to clean up, it hasn't been super serious, which is a blessing!

Also, have to share a great quote from this week.  Clara is a thumb sucker, and like the good Daddy he is, Stephen has been trying to encourage her to stop the habit.  Well several nights back he had been telling her not to put the thumb in her mouth.  After he left the room Clara complained to me "My tummy keeps telling me to."  After repeating a couple times that her tummy keeps telling her to suck her thumb she changed it with "actually my mouth".   So there you have it.  A thumb sucking habit put into words.  :-)

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Seven cousins!  For the first time ever, this Thanksgiving, we had all seven cousins together!  What a treat it was to have Daniel and Sarah and their four precious kidos in town for the long weekend!!!  We got to spend a lot of time together over at Dad and Mom's place, chatting and eating yummy food and enjoying being together. 

The big girls!  You probably couldn't tell they were cousins.... could you?  :-)

Gigi and Grandma having a moment together.

Hilkiah and Cici

The little guys!   Bea and Ty are about 3 weeks apart.

Special times!  Thanks guys for making the trip here!  Let's get together again soon!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Couple Smiles and Blessings

Blessings of late:

Kanamak Thanksgiving Dinner

Family Retreat with our church

Sweet smiles from a THREE month old

A lunch date with my Stephen

Thanksgiving coming up this week and getting to see Daniel and Sarah and have all the M. cousins together!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Smiles and a quote...


And here is a quote to share, some of which had impacted me before, and it touched me again today! 

"What then of our attitude to Satan?  This is important, for he accuses us not only before God but in our own conscience also. 'You have sinned, and you keep on sinning.  You are weak, and God can have nothing more to do with you.'  This is his argument.  And our temptation is to look within and in self-defence to try to find in ourselves, in our feelings or our behaviour, some ground for believing that Satan is wrong.  Alternatively we are tempted to admit our helplessness and, going to the other extreme, to yield to depression and despair.  Thus accusation becomes one of the greatest and most effective of Satan's weapons.  He points to our sins and seeks to charge us with them before God, and if we accept his accusations we go down immediately.
Now the reason why we so readily accept his accusations is that we are still hoping to have some righteousness of our own.  The ground of our expectation is wrong.  Satan has succeeded in making us look in he wrong direction.  Thereby he wins his point, rendering us ineffective.  But if we have learned to put no confidence in the flesh we shall not wonder if we sin, for the very nature of the flesh is to sin.  Do you understand what I mean?  It is because we have not come to appreciate our true nature and to see how helpless we are that we still have some expectation in ourselves, with the result that, when Satan comes along and accuses us, we go down under it.
God is well able to deal with our sins; but He cannot deal with a man under accusation, because such a man is not trusting in the Blood.  The Blood speaks in his favour, but he is listening instead to Satan....

Our salvation lies in looking away to the Lord Jesus and in seeing that the Blood of the Lamb has met the whole situation created by our sins and has answered it."

~ Watchman Nee  

Thursday, November 8, 2012

So, time for some news from this home front.

This past weekend we had a very nice visit from some friends we had met several years back.  It was so good of them to stop by on their family trip.  Much had changed in both of our families since the last time we saw each other.

And there was a surprise result of their visit.  Stephen had mentioned that he had been doing some thinking about trying to start an internship program at work.  Well, the things he was describing sounded exactly like Ravi, one of sons in this family.  So after a tour of work, some talking and considering, we now have a new "addition" to the family.  Ravi is staying with us and becoming the inaugural intern! 

Our little "homestead" is coming along.  Our friends helped Stephen put finishing touches on up the chicken coop and the layers have been moved into the new yard and coop.

My kidos keep growing and changing.  Clara makes us smile with the cute things that pop out of her mouth at times.  Here's a fun line from her praying at meal time: "Bless it for our hands and help our bodies to like it."  :-)  Sometimes, when Hil is being put down for a nap, she complains "I won't have any friends."  Too precious.  She enjoys getting down next to baby and playing with him.

Hilkiah loves going to the zoo to see "Giraffe, elephant, rhino, monkeys" and he also likes the "pauk" (park).  And agree to play ball with him and you'll have a happy boy.

Our littlest guy is such a sweet dumlin'.  He's smiling and cooing.... though at this precise moment he's complaining.  :-) 

We're blessed!