Saturday, November 1, 2014

Doing Autumn

Before the snow flies, we take a few trips to the apple farm. It's not too far from our place so driving over on a whim is easy. We pick our own apples and a pumpkin, and maybe, just maybe, a caramel apple or pumpkin cookie. I stroll slowly past the eclectic assortment of jams and jellies in the shop, slide my hand across the freezer of uncooked pies. I settle on cheddar and jalapeno scones to add to the squash soup I've already made at home. My children race the wagons, climb on the rocks and swat the bees that buzz around the apple taste-testers. Then, as we pile back into the truck, we feel a little more like we've done autumn. 
 
Gratitude:
1674. for wagons and how they never outgrow them
1675. apples, a blessed variety!
1676. finding Uncle Warren working in the poly-houses and sharing our apples with him
1677. big "brothers" who pull really fast!
1678. little arms trying so hard to do what the big people do
1679. how these little things like finding the perfect pumpkin are still important to her :)
1680. the way he knows that getting her to help will make her happy
1681. enjoying another little one coming on all our adventures
1682. how she's grown so much we can laugh our hearts out at the same things till we cry
1683. the way he cares for her even without prompting
1684. his belly laugh that explodes from the simple joy of climbing on pumpkins :)
1685. how this "big" adores this "little"
 
"While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease." Genesis 8:22
 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Happily Occupied

Hello Friends :)
This little love has been keeping me happily occupied for the past several weeks. Each time I log on to catch up on my blogging, I'm pulled away. Ashanti belongs to our dear friend, Valerie, who is working hard at remaining in our beautiful country. We are helping her by caring for her daughter almost full time. Please pray for all of us. Hope you are all well as I've missed perusing the blogosphere. Happy Fall!

Monday, September 8, 2014

A New Season Creeps Up

September crept up on me and I wasn't prepared for changing leaves and school buses whizzing past our home. I found myself reluctantly scrambling to get my head into the game of books and pencil crayons, of maps and field trips. But here we are, beginning our homeschooling again and as I waken earlier than I did all summer and remind children of chores and journals, I embrace the season and thank God for His goodness in every area of our lives.   
 
Verse for the year: "Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near." Philippians 4:5
(because we need this one :)
Grade Two
 
Grade Four
 
Grade Seven
Grade Ten
Vanderkids--somewhat excited to be back at it ;)
 The teachers--praying for a diligent, God-seeking year!
 
How is it going for you?
 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Come One, Come All!

He raced toward me, face beaming red with a web pattern painted like Spiderman's. He held up his three tickets and then shoved them into his pants pocket and exclaimed that he was saving all of them for cotton candy. I laughed and reminded him the other two were for a drink and real food as he dashed off with his friend, Mark. He and the rest of the kids in our church, and the whole neighbourhood, have been waiting for this evening when our church throws the biggest outreach festival in the area. It's all for our community and we hope our message is clear that all are welcome to join the fun and the "family", if they need one.
 
And as a few more balloons floated from another chubby fist, and the cotton candy machine worked overtime, and the outdoor Veggie-Tales movie drew families and lawn chairs, we praised the Lord for the over two thousand people who joined us in celebration of summer's end. We are grateful for the opportunity to share the love of our generous God!