Winter fun…

A few weeks ago we got more than six inches of snow, so the girls enjoyed playing in the snow for a while.

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The girls ready to go outside and play… Kenzie wasn’t sure if she was supposed to smile…

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Smile, Kenzie!

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Fiona enjoyed putting snow in her pail.

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Kenzie had fun walking in the deep snow and falling down in it!

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“Cheese!”

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~Snow fun~

And just for fun I thought I’d put in a picture of our newest baker, Kenzie!

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Kenzie loves helping in the kitchen and here she is helping me make muffins! Fiona was napping at the time so it was easy to include her in my baking efforts.

Warm Houses on Cold Days…

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Reading in the “house” with Daddy~

Here in Ohio it has been very cold lately. The girls have been sick and we haven’t been able to play outside much. So Samson made the girls a “house” or “tent” today in the living room. Then he read some books to the girls in the house! This afternoon after naps I told Fiona we could make a bed for her to sleep in while they play. She is really looking forward to playing in her house! 🙂 Samson is such a great daddy!!

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“Riding on Daddy’s back is super fun!!”

Four Years Ago Today…

…I married the man who has become my very best friend! He has shown me true love and tenderness. He has cried with me in the tough times and laughed with me in the good. Through his unconditional love for me he has shown me how Christ loves His bride, the church. I am most honored to be married to this wonderful man!

Gazing into each other's eyes...

Gazing into each other’s eyes…

Celebrating 4 wonderful years of marriage...

Celebrating 4 wonderful years of marriage…

A New Year’s Resolution by Matthew Henry

A New Year’s Resolution

(Matthew Henry)

“My times are in Your hand!” Psalm 31:15

Firmly believing that my times are in God’s hand, I here submit myself and all my affairs for the ensuing year, to the wise and gracious disposal of God’s divine providence. Whether God appoints for me . . . .
health or sickness,
peace or trouble,
comforts or crosses,
life or death–
may His holy will be done!

All my time, strength, and service, I devote to the honor of the Lord Jesus–and even my common actions. It is my earnest expectation, hope, and desire, my constant aim and endeavor–that Jesus Christ may be magnified in me.

In everything I have to do–my entire dependence is upon Jesus Christ for strength. And whatever I do in word or deed, I desire to do all in His name, to make Him my Alpha and Omega. I have all from Him–and I would use all for Him.

If this should prove a year of affliction, a sorrowful year to me–I will fetch all my supports and comforts from the Lord Jesus and stay myself upon Him, His everlasting consolations, and the good hope I have in Him through grace.

And if it should be my dying year–then my times are in the hand of the Lord Jesus. And with a humble reliance upon His mediation, I would venture into the eternal world looking for the blessed hope. Dying as well as living–Jesus Christ will, I trust, be gain and advantage to me.

Oh, that the grace of God may be sufficient for me, to keep me always a humble sense of my own unworthiness, weakness, folly, and infirmity–together with a humble dependence upon the Lord Jesus Christ for both righteousness and strength.

 

(May this be my resolution as well, as 2014 draws near…)

The past couple of months in pictures…

On October 1 we went to the same place Samson proposed to me four years ago... a beautiful bed and breakfast~ and I said yes all over again!!

On October 1 we went to the same place Samson proposed to me four years ago… a beautiful bed and breakfast~ and I said yes all over again!!

~The delicious breakfast~

~The delicious breakfast~

Kenzie came along with us on our overnight... here she is enjoying standing in the shower!

Kenzie came along with us on our overnight… here she is enjoying standing in the shower!

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A new hiding/play place!

A new hiding/play place!

Both girls love getting inside the cupboard!

Both girls love getting inside the cupboard!

~My kitchen helpers~

~My kitchen helpers~

On a trip in October my sister, Rachel, snapped this picture.

On a trip in October my sister, Rachel, snapped this picture.

Kenzie had a few bumps on the head during this trip...

Kenzie had a few bumps on the head during this trip…

Loving the slide!

Loving the slide!

~Fiona and Kenzie~

~Fiona and Kenzie~

A picture I took of Fiona before her 3rd birthday~ such a sweetie!

A picture I took of Fiona before her 3rd birthday~ such a sweetie!

Birthday girl with her cupcake!

Birthday girl with her cupcake!

Funny faces!!

Funny faces!!

My helper in training... :)

My helper in training… 🙂

Kenzie helping with the laundry...

Kenzie helping with the laundry…

Carving a pumpkin with Daddy on a "Daddy/Daughters Date!"

Carving a pumpkin with Daddy on a “Daddy/Daughter Date!”

Hard at work...

Hard at work…

The finished product!

The finished product!

Fiona took this picture... I love the angle!

Fiona took this picture… I love the angle!

Story-time with Daddy!

Story-time with Daddy!

~Daddy and his Fiona-girl~

~Daddy and his “Noni”-girl~

A Good Reminder for Me…

The Countless Lowly Ministries of the Every-days

(by J.R.Miller, “Help for the Day”)

“She has done what she could!”

Mark 14:8

It is in the everyday of life, that nearly all the world’s

best work is done.

The tall mountain-peaks lift their glittering crests into

the clouds, and win attention and admiration. But it is in the great

valleys and broad plains, that the harvests grow and the

fruits ripen, on which the millions of earth feed their hunger.

In the same way, it is not from the few great and conspicuous

deeds of life that the blessings chiefly come which make the world

better, sweeter, holier–but from the

countless lowly ministries of the every-days, the little

faithfulnesses that fill long years.

“Well done, good servant, because you have

 been faithful in a very little thing”

Luke 19:17

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~Tea Party~

For those of you who don’t know me very well, I really like tea parties! When I was a girl they weren’t very fancy, but as I grew older my Mom started reading about what to serve at a tea party and the delicacies and finery grew! 🙂 This afternoon the girls and I enjoyed a tea party with some girls and their mother from church. We’ve been planning on this event for a few months and as we had to cancel once before we were so excited it finally happened today!! I kept the spread somewhat simple since we had several younger ladies, but it tasted wonderful nonetheless. The girls enjoyed putting on hats and scarves before the tea and played together so nicely after the tea was done. We can’t wait to have them over again, or to invite more of our lady friends for tea!

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