Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
My dad loved a certain blooming vine in their yard called the Cherokee Rose. He was always excited when it started blooming and was sure to let us know so we could enjoy it, too. It started blooming during his last week after he was too weak to get to the window to take a look. I told him the vine was in bloom and how beautiful it was. He smiled. Last Sunday, on the second anniversary of Dad's death, the Cherokee Rose started to bloom. Mom had taken notice of it the day before and it was not yet blooming. So last Sunday evening after we left and my aunt left, Mom looked over at it and saw a bloom. We see it as anything but coincidence. A sign from someone or somewhere offering hope and beauty. And the realization that there is joy even in sadness.
I was a little curious about the name of the vine (since I have a bit of Cherokee in me) and this is what I found...
The Legend of the Cherokee Rose
No better symbol exists of the pain and suffering of the Trail Where They Cried ("Nunna daul Tsuny") than the Cherokee Rose. The mothers of the Cherokee grieved so much that the chiefs prayed for a sign to lift the mother's spirits and give them strength to care for their children. From that day forward, a beautiful new flower, a rose, grew wherever a mother's tear fell to the ground. The rose is white, for the mother's tears. It has a gold center, for the gold taken from the Cherokee lands, and seven leaves on each stem that represent the seven Cherokee clans that made the journey. To this day, the Cherokee Rose prospers along the route of the "Trail of Tears". The Cherokee Rose is now the official flower of the State of Georgia.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.
We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.
and you shall see that in truth
you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
For my birthday, Anita gave me this picture. It is my dad holding my daughter. She created this image by using a picture she had taken of Dad holding Miles as a baby and one of Ella's newborn pictures. I am so grateful for this gift, because otherwise I never could have been able to see this. When she gave it to me, I had an overwhelming feeling that Dad really did cradle Ella at some point, somehow. One day I will see him with my boys again and with Ella for the first time.
How I long to be in his arms again, feeling small and safe...
And the long process of giving my dad back to God? It continues...
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The Son looked into the stars as he heard the answer. "Then, let it be done." Slowly the words that would kill the Son began to come from the lips of the Father. "Hour of death, moment of sacrifice, it is your moment. Rehearsed a million times on false altars with false lambs; the moment of truth has come...
"Oh, my Son, my Child. Look up into the heavens and see my face before I turn it. Hear my voice before I silence it. Would that I could save you and them. But they don't see and they don't hear.
"The living must die so that the dying can live. The time has come to kill the Lamb."...God must have wept as he performed his task. Every lie, every lure, every act done in shadows was in that cup. Slowly, hideously they were absorbed into the body of the Son. The final act of incarnation...
The throne room is dark and cavernous. The eyes of the King are closed. He is resting. In his dream he is again in the Garden. The cool of the evening floats across the river as the three walk. They speak of the Garden, of how it is, of how it will be.
"Father..." the Son begins. The King replays the word again. Father. Father. The word was a flower, petal-delicate, yet so easily crushed. Oh, how he longed for his children to call him Father again.
A noise snaps him from his dream. He opens his eyes and sees a transcendent figure gleaming in the doorway. "It is finished, Father . I have come home."
from Six Hours One Friday by Max Lucado
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
You're A Lot Like Me
- Baby I'm afraid your a lot like me
- You can't help feeling everything
- I can see you trying to hold it in
- I see your eyes and your trembling chin
- And for you and myself I will pray
- let our weakness become our strength
- baby there are some holes you just can't fill
- you try and try but you never will
- baby I believe a God who can
- he loves the boy and he'll love the man
- And for you and myself I will pray
- let our weakness become our strength
"The King is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your Lord." Psalm 45:11
He is enthralled by me. Stop and think about that, because he's also enthralled by you. I am to honor him with my life because he is my Lord. During a time in my life when I don't feel so beautiful anymore (which I lovingly, somewhat jokingly blame on Ella but mainly on hitting 30), this verse has really struck a chord within me. But it does not speak merely to physical beauty. I mean, I'm sure God sees all of his children are beautiful just as we all think our children are. He can especially see us in this way because, thanks to the sacrifice of the Lamb, when God looks at those who believe he sees Jesus. What kind of beauty does God desire his daughter to have? "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment...it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." 1 Peter 3: 3-4 My prayer will be that this is the type of beauty I will concern myself with and that God's good work in me continues just as he promised.
Friday, March 14, 2008
So, here is the little homemade goodness the winner will be receiving. Thanks to Jessica over at how about orange for the free downloadable template for these sweet little button note cards. That's right, a free download. Go check it out, make your own, and you can be a winner, too! Her blog has several great free downloads and lots of neat ideas. I go there often.
My winner will receive 8 of these cards and matching envelopes. So, ready to find out who won? It's Janice, who happened to be the very first to make a comment on my party post. I promise, it was very random, but I guess the early bird really does get the worm sometimes. I've really enjoyed this blog party - from hopping around to other blogs, to finding out who enjoyed mine, to checking out their blogs. I've found several that I'll be keeping up with.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
My Child …
You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1…I know when you sit down and when you rise up…Psalm 139:2…I am familiar with all your ways…Psalm 139:3…Even the very hairs on your head are numbered…Matthew 10: 29-31…
For you were made in My image …Genesis 1:27…in Me you live and move and have your being…Acts 17:28…you are My offspring…Acts 17:28…I knew you even before you were conceived…Jeremiah 1:4-5…I chose you when I planned creation… Ephesians 1:11-12…you were not a mistake, all your days are written in My book…Psalm 129:14...I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live...Acts 17:26… You are fearfully and wonderfully made…Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother’s womb…Psalm 139:13…and brought you forth on the day you were born… Psalm 71:6…I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know Me…John 8:41-44…I am not distant and angry, but the complete expression of love…1 John 4:16…And it is My desire to lavish My love on you…
1 John 3:1...Simply because you are My child and I am your Father… 1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could…Matthew 7:11…For I am the perfect Father…Matthew 5:48…Every good gift that you receive comes from My hand…James 1:17…I am your provider and I meet all your needs…Matthew 6:31-33…My plan for your future has always been filled with hope…Jeremiah 29:11…because I love you with an everlasting love…Jeremiah 31:3…My thoughts towards you are as countless as the sand on the shore…Psalm 139:17-18…And I rejoice over you with singing… Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you…Jeremiah 32:40…you are My treasured possession...Exodus 19:5…I desire to establish you with all My heart and all My soul…Jeremiah 32:41…And I want to show you great and marvelous things… Jeremiah 33:3…
If you seek Me with all your heart you will find Me…Deuteronomy 4: 9…Delight in Me and I will give you the desires of your heart…Psalm 37:4…for it is I who gave you those desires…Philippians 2:13…
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine…Ephesians 3:20…I am your greatest encourager…2 Thessalonian 2:16-17…I am the Father who comforts you in all your troubles…2 Corinthians 1:3-4…
When you are broken hearted I am close to you…Psalm 34:18…As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart…Isaiah 40: 11…One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes…Revelation 21:3-4…and I will take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth…Revelation 21:3-4…
I am your Father and I love you even as I love My son Jesus… John 7:23…For in Jesus My love for you is revealed…John 17:26…He is the exact representation of My being…Hebrews 1:3…He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you…Romans 8:31…And to tell you that I am not counting your sins…2 Corinthians 5:18-19…
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled…2 Corinthians 5: 18-19…His death was the ultimate expression of My love for you…1 John 4: 10
I gave up everything that I loved that I might gain your love…Romans 8:31-32…If you receive the gift of My son Jesus you receive me…1 John 2: 23…and nothing will ever separate you from My love again…Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen…Luke 15: 7…I have been and will always be your Father…Ephesians 3: 14-15…
My question is – will you be My child? … John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you… Luke 15:11-32
Your Dad, Almighty GodI found this on a sweet little blog called Pink Paper Peppermints.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
I found this sweet little post while I was party hopping other blogs at the Ultimate Blog Party (see last post). I found this so sweet, I had to share it. Children are so profound at times, and as I've said before, are obviously prompted by the Holy Spirit with ways to comfort others. Enjoy what the results of a survey asking 4 - 8 year olds "what is love?"...
- 'When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.' Rebecca- age 8
- 'When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.' Billy - age 4
- 'Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.' Karl - age 5
- 'Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.' Chrissy - age 6
- 'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.' Terri - age 4
- 'Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.' Danny - age 7
- 'Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss' Emily - age 8
- 'Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.' Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)
- 'If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,' Nikka - age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)
- 'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.' Noelle - age 7
- 'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.' Tommy - age 6
- 'During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.' Cindy - age 8
- 'My mommy loves me more than anybody You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.' Clare - age 6
- 'Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.' Elaine-age 5
- 'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.' Chris - age 7
- 'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.' Mary Ann - age 4
- 'I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.' Lauren - age 4
- 'When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.' (what an image) Karen - age 7
- this one 'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross.' Mark - age 6
- 'You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.' Jessica - age 8
- And the final one The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, 'Nothing, I just helped him cry'
Friday, March 7, 2008
And this is my middle little love, Miles. He will be 3 in June. His hobbies include sabotaging many efforts of his baby sissy, antagonizing his big brother, and warming hearts with his sneaky, yet sweet ways.
I love to sew and try to be crafty. I also love being a wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. Speaking of being crafty, leave me a comment and I'll do a random drawing from those names. The lucky winner will receive some cute, little handmade something made by yours truly. I'll post the winner on March 14th.
Finally, a good southern girl must always offer her guests a special little treat to eat, so here is a recipe that I love. I served these at Ella's first birthday party and they made everyone happy!
Raspberry Almond Bars
In saucepan, melt butter. remove from heat; add 1 cup white chocolate chips (don't stir!). In a small bowl beat eggs until foamy; gradually add sugar. Stir in chip mixture and almond extract.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 package white chips(10-12 ounces), divided
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
Combine flour and salt; add to egg mixture just until combined. Spread 1/2 the batter into a greased 9 x 9" pan. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
In small saucepan over low heat melt jam; spread over warm crust. Stir remaining chips into remaining batter; drop by teaspoonfuls over jam layer. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Yield: about 2 dozen bars. Yummy!
The prize list for the Ultimate Blog Party giveaway is great. If I could choose for myself my top picks would be (in no particular order):
- 1 Rocking Horse Provided by: A Rocking Horse To Love
- 7 — Bead Dangle Photo Tile Necklace Provided by: Elemental Memories
- 11 — $40 gift certificate to Good For The Kids Provided by: Good For The Kids
- 15 — $50 gift certificate to Kids Magical Wonder Provided by: Kids Magical Wonder
- 20 — $50 gift certificate to Paperlicious Provided by: Paperlicious.com - Hip Invites & Notes
- 28 — Uncommonly Cute tees Provided by: Uncommonly Cute
- 34 — Custom Tutu Provided by: Live~Love~Dance Boutique
- 78 — 50 Custom Photo Cards for Any Occasion Provided by: Polka Dot Bumblebee -Custom Photo Cards & Personalized Stationery
- 80 — Scripture Doll Provided by: Jill
- 103 — 7 Pink Brick Box Play Sets Provided by: LEGO
- 119 — Personalized Lunch Box Provided by: Girl, That’s Cute
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
A.The rules of the game are posted at the beginning.
B. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
C. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
What I was doing 10 years ago: I was busy as an Auburn student (War Eagle!) and getting ready for our wedding. We will celebrate our tenth anniversary in June. And we are going SOMEWHERE! I don't even care where it is, but somewhere without our little ones.
5 Things on my To Do List today: It's soon going to be bedtime, but if I weren't doing this I'd need to be cleaning the kitchen and doing some laundry. Tomorrow has fun on the to do list: Anita will come over and we will make some iron on patches while the kiddos play. Or while they scream. Or both. Then tomorrow night a bunch of us will be having ladies' night after a bible study!
Snacks I Enjoy: How much time do you have? The short list of favorites includes Cheez-Its, peanuts, natural cheese puffs (natural means good for you, right?), and cookies. I snack way less these days than before I had Ella. Some of that pregnancy seems to want to stick around. I wish I could say I like the green grass drink that Christine (my sister-in-law) and Anita feed their kids. But, I'd rather have no snack than a green grass snack.
Things I would do if I were a Billionaire: I agree with Mama Mia on this one. I have no desire to have that much money. If I had it, I'd give much of it away - to our missions ministry at church, to the Malawi orphanage our church is involved in, to pancreatic cancer research, and Helping Hearts Hospice. When much is given, much is required. Hopefully, I would give much if much was given to me.
3 of my Bad Habits: A recent and super bad habit that I have broken is ebay. Continuing habits are staying up too late to blog, popping my knuckles, drinking too many coke zeros. I know, it's coke ZERO, but I should be drinking water.
5 places I have lived: Only two places - both in Sweet Home Alabama.
5 Jobs I have had:Parisian sales associate, retail sales at a local baby boutique, university speech and hearing clinic student assistant, speech language pathologist in a public school district, and stay at home momma. The last one is my favorite.
So there you go. More about me than you wanted to know, but isn't it fun? I tag Crazy Mama, Mom of Two, Our Golden Pond, The Joys of My Life, and Betsy and the Boys (because where in the world is Betsy in the blogosphere?).
Saturday, March 1, 2008
This was the scripture that our wedding ceremony was based on, and is still one of our favorites. It reminds us that our marriage is a three way partnership with God. Jonathan gave me a book for Christmas called Each for the Other based on a quote that says, "Home...where each lives for the other and all live for God." What a precious idea and goal to have for a family. This is how we strive to live and teach Elijah, Miles and Ella to live this way also. Only with God filling up a home can it thrive and grow and love.
It also now makes me think of our three little ones. Of how strong the bond between the three of them will always be. "Poor" Miles in the middle fights with Elijah but loves him terribly and really misses him when he's not around. Elijah picks and picks on Miles, but no one else should or else. Miles loves Ella even though he doesn't quite like her yet. Elijah loves Ella and is her protector. I wonder what their love for each other will look like as they grow up together. What a sweet, amazing experience it is to grow up side by side by side. I pray they will have a huge, huge love for each other.
And finally, it also makes me think of Mom, Kevin and me. Caring for and losing Dad changed us. Challenged us. Strengthened us. Broke us. Hurt us. Made everything different. Dealing daily with his loss still does all of these things to us. We are still broken and hurting. But we are stronger and different. And we are strongest when we are together. It's almost as if when the three of us are together Dad is a little bit closer.