A few weeks ago we got more than six inches of snow, so the girls enjoyed playing in the snow for a while.
And just for fun I thought I’d put in a picture of our newest baker, Kenzie!
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!!
…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!
A New Year’s Resolution
“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 Countless Lowly Ministries of the Every-days
(by J.R.Miller, “Help for the Day”)
“She has done what she could!”
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”
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!