Monday, January 10, 2011
I can hardly believe
I can hardly believe it's in the 50's and it's January. The girls and George are outside running around in the front yard barefoot and in short sleeve shirts. Lindsay was enjoying the tire swing, that is after she dumped out the gallons of water on the inside. We are nearing the hour to take Anne to piano lessons, but it's such a joy to see them outside and not cooped up inside. We've had our share of rain for the last few weeks and I praise God that he gives us the sun to enjoy every now and again.
I got the girls started back to school last week. It's much better being on a routine and following a schedule - the girls seem to handle things better when they know what to expect. I still receive the ocassional big brown eye look of, "can't we have the afternoon off, pleasssseee."
Charlie is growing so quickly and has fit right into this family. He loves to be inside, but lately his favorite pasttime is stalking the chickens - I think he gets a secret thrill out of trying to pounce on them. They just squawk and fly off. I'm waiting for the day he tries it to the rooster, Hawk. He might think twice about his pouncing on unsuspecting birds after that. . . .
Georgie loves to play with Charlie and chase him around the house. Charlie is a good cat to tolerate little George.
My little boy loves to help out with dishes in the morning. He doesn't do much washing, but is a great water sorter from one side of the sink to the other. He absolutely adores the funnel and watches the water pour out from the bottom. You can only imagine what is going on inside his brain as he watches the water flow out. He is very busy in the morning and this keeps his hands from being idle, or from coloring on the walls with the new crayons that Grammie got him for Christmas.
Just a parting thought for the day. With all the challenges that raising little ones bring, sometimes we just need to know that it's in our perseverance that God's work in us is done. Through faith we can realize that our children will turn out all right, the laundry will get done, the house will look normal again, our husband will be fed a decent meal and our extra projects will get finished eventually.
The spirit of godly womanhood is present in the woman who, with courage and fortitude, perseveres through the many challenges of life. She realizes that "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen," and consequently strives for the principled course of action." -Christine Russel
more counting of my One Thousand gifts. . . . .
#152 spending the day with the family
#153 another year with the man that I love and cherish
#154 giggles and squeels of delight
#155 tractors all lit up
#156 rain stopping during the parade
#157 hot cocoa after a long parade and tons of rain
#158 church family
#159 happy smiles on Christmas morn
#160 spending the evening with my parents
#161 the priceless look on Anne's face when she got her hope chest
#162 cloudy day nestled inside with the littles
#163 helping Abby fill her purse reminded me of when Anne was two years old and carried her purse everywhere we went
#164 free turkey broth
#165 quilting day spent with new friends
#166 Christmas cards from friends and family, even if they are received after the holidays