This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Sleeping Tiger
This photo, while over 25 years old is still one of my favorite pictures I have ever taken.

Works for Me Wednesday--Remember the Water

Summer’s almost over. Time to think of apple cider and hot chocolate, right?

But wait!! I don’t know about you, but we have hotter weather now than we’ve had all year. Don’t be fooled by the back to school sales and all the sweaters and the clearances on barbeques. It’s still summer.

My WFMW tip—don’t forget the water, for you or for the children.

Water is more important than food. It is just less important than the air we breathe. Dehydration causes headaches, fatigue and joint pain. Many people think they are hungry when, in fact, they are really thirsty. Water is good for your skin, dry skin, eczema many skin ailments can be improved with hydration from the inside as well as the outside. Water is good for weight loss!!

Don’t forget the water.

Also, don’t forget to visit Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer. You can’t believe how many good ideas are found there.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Children's Book for Monday

Horatio’s Bed by Camilla Ashforth

Beautiful watercolor illustrations and soft gentle prose make this an ideal book for young children. Horatio, a stuffed bunny can’t sleep. And his tenderhearted, but very particular teddy bear friend, James is trying to help him.

Somehow Ashforth manages to squeeze humor and sweet friendship into the few pages of this book. Her illustrations beg to be framed and her words are well chosen.

This book teaches about friendship, but it also quietly includes a lesson about giving someone what we think they need, our perception, versus what they really want and need.

Horatio’s Bed is and ideal picture book for young children.

What books are you recommending?

Last Chance Book & CD Giveaway

I will be closing the entries to the book and CD giveaways around supper time, my time and will announce winners then.


Edited to add the winner's names.

The winner of the CD, New Life is Dapoppins!!

The winner of the book, Crime & Clutter is Paige, at Yes, I would really like to be thin.

If you both can e-mail me your addresses, I will get those off this week!

Thanks to everyone who played and thanks to Overwhelmed With Joy for hostessing the Pay It Forward Book Exchange and for the book I won, The Road, by Cormac McCarthy.

Grains of Gratitude with an Award

Just over five months ago I found Grains of Gratitude and Christine at Brady’s Bunch. In my first post I wrote that I was grateful for "For the friends the LORD has put in my life, I am grateful. There are friends who have been around for years and there are new people who have been willing to come alongside and listen and share their journeys and give me encouragement that I have so desperately needed, especially these last weeks.” And I want to repeat that thought today. And the first person who fits that description is Christine, herself.

Reading Christine’s blog has blessed me. The joy that she shares when talking about her children just shines through the computer. She is a mom and a wife to be reckoned with. She loves the family the LORD has given her and you can just tell.

All of her children are beautiful, but I have to admit that I am quite enamored with that handsome and precious Brady. When she shares about him, when I look at her beautiful photos, I am hooked. Christine’s blog is one I go to when I want to refocus. Imagine my surprise the other day when I went and found she gave me The Blogger Reflection Award. And the people she included me with. Wow. I was really surprised and blessed. Thanks Christine! You are one of those people who I would really like to meet someday. I am grateful for what I know of you already.

The Blogger Reflection Award rules say this: Here are the rules for passing this award on: The reason for the title is because this award should make you reflect on five bloggers who have been an encouragement, a source of love, impacted you in some way, and have been a Godly example to you. Five Bloggers who when you reflect on them you get a sense of pride and joy... of knowing them and being blessed by them.
1. Copy this post.

2. Reflect on five bloggers and write a least a paragraph about each one.

3. Make sure you link this post so others can read it and the rules.

4. Go leave your chosen bloggers a comment and let them know they've been given the award.

5. Put the award icon on your site

So the five bloggers I am passing this on to are

Kathleen—so grateful to be Mormon. Kathleen is one of the most exuberant, enthusiastic bloggers I have “met.” She seems to take seriously the charge to “love one another.” If Kathleen is blogging there will be gold at the end of the rainbow, a silver lining on the clouds, and a “priceless” piece of perfection in her post. She doesn’t sound like she is stretching to be cheerful when she does this. She just practices finding good things. Kathleen has encouraged me so often.

Jenny—Home Is Where You Start From. Her blog name says it all. Her love for family, her commitment to raise her children following her convictions, her comfortable style of writing and wisdom while homeschooling her children have made me think and given me a boost in my homeschooling efforts.

Liza—Liza’s Eye View. Can you get more beautiful that Hawaii?? Well yes, you can get Liza. She is one of the first bloggers who I felt welcomed by when I first started blogging. She left lovely comments and from the comments and her blog I came to see how much we have in common in our children and our lives in general. Except she gets to look out at Hawaii & I get to look out at…well Sonic. Liza’s gift of sharing her joy in the LORD has blessed more than me.

Jennifer—Scraps and Snippets. Jennifer is one of those people who comes in quietly an make a difference when you “watch” how she lives out her faith. “Watching” via reading her blog has blessed me. Her strength and love for the LORD and for her sweet family is evident in each post.

Amy—Amy’s Random Thoughts. Amy was another one of the welcoming faces when I moved into blogging. She is about being real, loving people, especially her husband and the daughter that they are going to adopt. Reading Amy’s blog is like walking out your back door and stepping over at to the neighbors and poking your head in and yelling, “Hey!! Where’s the coffee?” Because Amy will be there to chat with you and share what’s on her mind & ask what is on yours.

For these bloggers I am grateful.

For all my friends, old and new, I am grateful.

What are you grateful for today?

My prayer request update for my mother is here. I am also grateful for all the prayers and sweet words.

Prayer Request Update--For My Mom

Many thanks to all who’ve offered prayers for my mother.

The information I have seems incomplete and part of that is because I didn’t go there as planned. While to someone outside my family that sounds very strange, it seemed the right thing to do because my father has said I should just stay here and he will keep my posted. And right now I feel the need do what he feels best. My sister has also worked hard to keep me in the loop and while she had a chance to speak directly with the doctors yesterday there still seems to be many unanswered questions.

Mom remains in the hospital and was unable to receive the experimental chemo that they had hoped she would. She still remains very weak, but a few of her “tubes” have been removed and she was pleased about that. They have found an infection that I am sure is contributing to her overall situation. She actually called me herself last night and was able to talk for about five minutes before she got too tired.

Next week is an annual trip we always make there, so that visit is still going to happen.

Again many thanks for the prayers and good wishes. They mean so much.