Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spring photo dump

 Good morning my sweet friends!  I am rushing to get carrot cake cupcakes in the oven so they can be cooling while I decorate for Joe's birthday celebration tomorrow!  I am doing EVERYTHING last minute right now.  I normally decorate a few days before hand so they feel really special... but we had our family Seder dinner last night so I decided to wait until that was out of the way. 

It was so special.  It always is.  In spite of the fact that we had one very crazy-hyped up boy bouncing in his seat almost the entire time, making a stream of constant noise.  Spring time is always a difficult transition for him for some reason.  We end up having to implement various Sensory techniques and calming exercises into his daily routine (ones that he has mostly outgrown a need for) and it feels like his meds don't help much with impulsivity etc.  Bah!  So our evenings have been spent dealing with various behaviors, and such (I won't get into it).  Then Adrain and I collapse in exhaustion every.single. night, once the kids are in bed. It feels like being on a hamster wheel while road-tripping with a potty training toddler.  Kinda. 

Anyway, enough about that. Ha!

We decorated eggs- something we seldom do.  Not sure why.  Ava had a ball with it.  (I think Adrain was "coaching" the other child over on the couch during this entire time because the excitement had gotten the best of him and his good-choice making.)

I photographed a few pre-Seder scenes because they were pretty and I have to put them somewhere.  (That's the nice thing about having a blog.)  I am super grateful for the loan of my girl Betsy's camera that took all these photos! 


 I am working on not rushing to the next event emotionally.  I have to get going on birthday stuff physically... but I want to be present and enjoy each moment of this week, and this season of life, and this day.  In spite of hiccups and unexpected issues, relationship dramas or financial struggles or job upheavals or kid frustrations.  Isn't that our challenge?

I know for each of us, there are things happening, things possibly happening, things we hope will happen, things we fear will happen, and things we plan on happening if all goes well... but we are meant to live in this moment in true gratefulness for the breath in our lungs, knowing our every need has already been met. That is the great challenge, is it not?  No matter our circumstances... always being thankful for right now, and trusting for our tomorrow.

Matthew 6:25-34
 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."  


  1. Your pictures always have a 'peace' and beauty about them Thank you so much for sharing a bit of your world with us.

  2. Thanks for the reminder to live in the now! What a cute kitchen helper you have :)

  3. I can so relate to the issues Joe's excitement have brought to your own week. My own little (who is 20 now) would be in trouble every year during his birthday week. I regret the ways we handled it ... Shoulda woulda coulda ... The excitement is just more than their brains can compute. I'm keeping you in prayer this week. It's an emotional week anyway and I'm sure this just heightened it!
    Stay calm and carry on!!

  4. I am focusing on the here & now, too. I have always been one, it seems, to want to hurry up & be to the moment that's on the horizon - whether it's good or bad. And now that my boys are 10 & 8, I realize that my time with them at home is short. I do not wish away my days (or events, or seasons) anymore. You worded this perfectly!! :-)

    The Seder dinner setting is beautiful! And what a beautiful celebration. xo

  5. You sure know how to set a pretty table. :-) We need to dye Easter eggs this weekend. I just saw a really cool marker instructional. Might try that. Happy carrot cake ingredients shopping... it sounds good!

  6. i could look at your house pictures all day long. i live vicariously through them. although! DRUMROLL... kelly painted our kitchen and family room a very very light gray. no more earthtone brown and avocado green. AMEN!

    1. Can't wait to see! I definitely love the earth tones, but the grays and even whites have totally been catching my eye lately!

  7. Beautiful table setting. I didn't realize your family was part jewish!

  8. Love these scenes!!! So much fun and cheer...Even in the midst of Joe's issues! :) Speaking of that...Did I miss the post from him going from JJ to Joe? I feel like he just grew up over night and I missed it. Or maybe, you just started calling him that here and I didn't miss anything?!?!

  9. what a beautiful biblical quote....have a wonderful Easter season.

  10. Beautiful Easter Eggs. Love the blues on the table. I'm doing blue on the table for Easter this year :) Sorry to hear you are going through so many struggles- Still praying for you :) And the bible verse- my favorite! So beautifully written.

  11. Praying for you! Sensory issues can be so challenging I know! Seriously what is it about the seasons?? Your table looks beautiful!

  12. How do you celebrate Christian and Jewish holiday's?

  13. My heart goes out to all of you with these issues Joe has. I know it's difficult. I absolutely love the scripture ~ one of my favorites! Your table looks beautiful and you have a wonderful kitchen helper. :)


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  15. that is the challenge you are right..this looms large every. single. day.
    for me
    oh how deeply grateful i am for His love and forgiveness for this old sack of dust..
    and your table is absolutely gorgeous! i love the calmness of it. you might be jumping all over inside but you sure put the calm and peace on the outside girl:) have a beautiful weekend
    i'm sending you a hug...xo

  16. never get tired of looking at your pretty table settings....
    truly gifted.

    appreciating each and every moment is a struggle for all of us....I know I'm there today. It's spring break this week, and I'm trying to enjoy the extra time with all the kids...trying my best to keep those boys off their video games. {loooong sigh}

    very much enjoying the week with no school...we so needed a break.

    hoping this week is good for you...hoping you're recovering from the week of birthday parties and cupcake making and table setting and Easter meal preparing......

    love you, friend.