Saturday, June 27, 2009

Layin' Around

I was sorting through my digital photos when I came upon this one. Clearly, taken when daddy was watching Johnny P. Guess the little ones will watch whatever we feed 'em...

Coffee Cup Verse Revisited

It's time to dust off the Fighter Verse booklet and get back to memorizing scripture with the kids... so I'll be posting the verse we will be working on each week, and if you'd like to join us, print it off, tape it to your coffee pot, and hide God's Word in your heart. We'll have fun together... and we pray that in the process, the Spirit will speak to us through God's Word.

While you're at it, pour yourself a cup of coffee, in a nice pink mug, if you've got one :)

Friday, June 12, 2009

Breakfast For Tomorrow

Carolyn Mahaney of Girltalk inspired me to try a "make-ahead" recipe for breakfast tomorrow. Since I have day-old french bread and Granny Smith apples, we'll see how it goes. It should mean I could sleep in a little, which would be a treat if baby wakes again this night with teething pain, as of late. It should also mean a special breakfast for the boys. We'll let you know how it goes.

Do you have any "make-ahead" breakfast recipes?

Over at Holy Experience, I came across an interesting idea for family devotions. Since we are planning to move in the next month, I think I'll have to put the idea on the back burner for now. But I am definintely intrigued to try journalling as a family in the fall, possibly.

I've never really journalled, other than a diary I kept during my single years of university. Donald Whitney encourages journalling. Not sure if that will help convince hubby to try :)

Let me know if you've ever attempted such a venture - either alone or as a family. I'd love to hear your experiences.... particularly those that have become holy experiences.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

To Be Like Jesus

There's a new children's album out by Sovereign Grace Music... and if it's anything like their previous album, Awesome God, it's sure to be a great way to teach, praise, and raise our children. It's called To Be Like Jesus and samples can be heard here.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Eco-Friendly Laundry Equipment

Over a year ago, after much saving up, we purchased a terrific washer and dryer set from Miele. I had been using a set for the previous 14 years which I had inherited from my Oma, that I thought was getting my clothes clean, but have since discovered, was probably just getting them wet.

This new set is touted as being the latest in energy-efficiency and clean-technology. In my experience with cloth diapers, grass stains, and blueberry jam on Sunday-suit jackets, it has proven to be quite effective in tackling even the toughest stains with minimal effort.

About a month ago, however, my dryer passed out for the second time. The high tech heat sensor was shutting down the heat in the unit. The technicians came out twice and confirmed it was the ducting we were sold by the appliance company. "Simply not appropriate for such a powerful machine."

Today I was doing laundry, while waiting for the repair man to arrive, and was once again drying the clothes outside. I have come to love the fresh smell of laundry from the outdoors, and have developed a "smooth" system to deal with it over the past 2 months. This afternoon, while I was hanging up the clothes in the beautiful sunshine, I paused to be thankful for my drying rack.

When I was shopping for a drying rack around 4 years ago, (my old wooden rack from Wal-Mart had disintigrated due to poor materials and poor manufacturing), I was determined to find something a little "sturdier", larger, and more attractive. After scouring Zellers, Sears, and 3 or 4 other stores, with nothing better to offer than the Wal-Mart unit, I grew discouraged and faint in hope of finding what I was looking for. At that point, I came upon a nice rack one day, while grocery shopping at Superstore. Expandable. Collapsible. Attractive. Only $24.99. It seemed a good fit for my requirements. I took it home, but was a little learie whether it would last since it was from Superstore.

Today, I was reflecting on that hunt and subsequent purchase, so glad that God provided such equipment for me. And that I might use His fresh air to dry the clothing He has granted us to cover our nakedness. What a terrific piece of eco-friendly laundry equipment!

Reviving the Keyboard

It's been quite a while since I sat down to type a post, but lately I've been thinking about ways to stay connected with friends after we move. (Post on this to come later this week). As a result, it is my goal to post on this blog, and allow dialogue to continue via blogger. I hope you'll keep commenting and that we will be able to grow in this way.