February Happenings

James has been reading books about World War I & II recently and created a bunker one day.  While I was reading in the same room a grenade came sailing towards me.  Never a dull moment! 

Our book club book this month, Infants of the Brush, was written by a friend of mine!  Kenny and I have known Amy for many years and it was so wonderful to catch up with her.  Last week she had dinner with us and then stayed for our book club meeting.  We so enjoyed talking with her and hearing the behind the scenes details of how she researched and wrote the book.  Fascinating.  If you’re looking for a good read, I highly recommend this one.  

Family night – Bowling! 

More snow and sledding fun

Anna has been saving her money for months to buy this little white puppy dog on a leash.  The dog walks, barks, whimpers, and wags his tail.  She was so excited and named her Chloe.  James says the dog should be called Yappie because it yaps so much.  

Jesus Always

I loved this reading from the Jesus Always devotional by Sarah Young on February 16th.  I’ve definitely experienced this before!  When I talk to the Lord beforehand about whatever I’m beginning, it seems to go smoother, faster, and is more enjoyable!  From organizing a school event, to making dinner, to cleaning toilets, to playing with the kids – God cares about it all and wants us to involve Him.  

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Before you begin a task – large or small – take time to pray about it.  By doing so, you acknowledge your need for Me and your trust that I will help you.  This enables you to go about your work in dependence on Me.  There are many benefits to this practice.  I can guide your mind as you think things out and make decisions.  Just knowing I am involved in what you’re doing gives you confidence, reducing stress.  It’s wise to thank Me often for My help and to keep asking Me to guide you along the best pathway.  

Though the Bible instructs you to pray continually, at times you ignore this teaching.  When you’re feeling rushed, you find it hard to slow down enough to seek My perspective on the work at hand.  However, diving in and forging ahead on your own is actually counterproductive.  When you request My involvement before you begin, I can point you in the right direction – saving precious time and energy.  I delight in helping you with everything, even simple tasks, because you are My beloved.

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. – Colossians 3:23 NASB

The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.  I will advise you and watch over you.” – Psalm 32:8 NLT

Pray continually. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV

I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.  He feeds his flock among the lilies. – Song of Songs 6:3 NKJV

This & That

A recent Family Night – Scrabble & ice cream!  Funniest comment from the evening: After I placed the word “nomad” on the scrabble board, Anna said, “Oh, I just love nomads!”  Such a funny statement, but she was serious!  While studying pilgrims in school, they also discussed nomads.  She was so thrilled she knew what the word was!  

I was stopped in my tracks last week by this view!  It was a cold day – just above freezing – but with the sun shining, the mountains were spectacular!  

I forgot to include this picture in my Valentine’s Day post.  Our neighbor brought over a box of chocolates for the kids, and their reaction opening it was priceless.  I don’t think they’ve ever received a big, heart box of chocolates before!  

The kids seem to be growing so fast lately!  I mentioned to Anna the other day that her robe used to come to her knees, and now it’s barely covering what it needs to!  

I stumbled on this photo of James from several years go – so cute.  Now he wears hoodies all the time and is getting so tall!