Sunday, April 13, 2014

Joy filled life.

Stop for just a second with me... let's rest and breathe together for just a few minutes, in this space.
I don't know about you, but this week is precious to me and at the same time I scramble to carve out time to reflect and truly enjoy it.  It's another birthday week for me (My man is turning 38.  Now he's my age!!) and we've had non-stop sickness for weeks now with every single person in this family, so I'm intentionally putting rest chunks into this week for myself.  Otherwise I won't make it to the end in one piece.  I know you get that! 

We're hosting our annual Seder Dinner (Passover meal) on Saturday night with our extended family because two of my sis-in-laws forced me to do it. (grin) I agreed, but assigned everyone else all of the food except for the dessert.  I have never in my life done that but I know my limits and I had to!  (Can't tell you how freeing it is to depend on everyone else.)

As I take things slowly today, I'm reflecting on the sweetness of our family devo this am in Jesus Calling for kids.  Adrain read, "When you go through the activities of your day side-by-side with Me, My Life becomes woven together with yours.  This means you and I are so closely connected that My own Life flows into you- and through you into the world around you.  And that is the real secret of having a joy-filled life- even on ordinary days."  

We read that twice. 

As I sat down the put together this little post, I was reflecting on that joy filled life statement.  I always forget that it's in the ordinary moments, so I decided to add some of the random ordinary photos from our ordinary days, that I took this week.

(I've been snapping one photo a day this week, for a new 365 project, and I think from now on I will just tuck each of them into what I'm posting on, rather than doing a monthly 365 post like I did a couple of years ago. FYI.)   

After we read that and finished breakfast I snapped this shot for today's picture.  My man loves me so well.  A friend of ours took his own life over the weekend and our hearts grieved the loss and prayed for his wife and children, left behind with the pieces.  Sometimes the darkness of life and tragedy out there doesn't make sense... and it's everywhere so we must hold fast to the peace that God gives us for just today.  We won't know the reasons for everything until we meet God face to face.  I am so grateful we can trust Him with the whole story and so grateful that even in the midst of sadness we can choose joy. 
Speaking of joy. These macaroons Oh my yes.  (I am perfecting the art of willpower as I speak.)  I am serving these at our Seder dinner, for dessert and found the recipe here
This was from Friday.  I got to babysit my niece all morning as her mama was in surgery and found it pure joy to be with her little self and listen to her stories and heart.  (Who says you can't bond with a four year old?  I actually told Adrain that night I can't wait to be a grandmother because if I love my nieces this much how much more will I love my grand babies someday?!)  (In a very long... long... time.) I had to drag out the camera for a few minutes of course!  (In the past, "Anne" and "Hank" (the dolls she is holding) have had a strictly professional relationship, Anne being the red-haired veterinarian and Hank being the cowboy.) (Yes my daughter named her Anne after Anne of Green Gables.)  (I think... things have progressed...because they are quite obviously kissing, as you can see here!)

I'll be back later this week to share our Seder dinner table because it will be rather simple and sweet.  And if you're looking for something to do with your kiddos, we have loved this resurrection cookie recipe for years!!  It can be found here!


  1. Thank you my friend for sharing your week with us here. ~hugs~ You always have the sweetest reminders of what our Lord is doing for us all. :-) I am sorry to hear about your friend, I will keep you all in my prayers. Have a blessed week. :-)

  2. What a great post to begin this Holy Week and being still and knowing HIM. Wishing you a wonderful week and I'll look forward to seeing pics and hearing about your Seder Dinner. Blessings!

  3. Oh how I need to rest! I need to be intentional this week as well so that He can fill me because I so desperately need it. Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus! Have a blessed week!

  4. Okay, number one: I am SO making those to-die-for macaroons for Easter now! Number two: I just introduced my 7 year old to the Anne of Green Gables books this week (my childhood favorite, along with the TV shows) and it was priceless to see her face as I read the first chapter and she proclaimed, "Mom, she's just like me!" (strong willed, never afraid to speak her mind and oh-so-talkative!) Love it! Of course, now your niece should change Hank's name to Gilbert Blythe. :)

  5. So sorry for your heartache in losing your friend. God's speed to his family.

    Happy to see that you are enjoying those sacred moments. Proud of you for delegating to others so that they can fulfill their purpose in supporting a healthy, happy you. Enjoy your holiday.

  6. i'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. one of caroline's good friends aunt took her life two weeks ago. young children left behind. so so hard to even try to understand.
    i love how adrain loves you well. you love well too my friend.
    praying you find rest this week!

  7. I am sorry for the loss of your friend and for the heartache he left behind. Making every day count and noticing the special everyday moments is so important. I also think Grandbabies will be the coolest....down the road. :-) WE have been making your Resurrection Cookies for several years now and I am anxious to do so again. It has become such a special tradition here. Happy birthday to your hubby as well.

  8. Sending up prayers for the family who lost their loved one. May God comfort them and keep them under His wing.
    Thank you for sharing.

  9. She loved hanging outnwith you also. She is a romantic, she is really into frozen right now and all the love. Thank youmso much for the food and banana bread. Both were amazing. Love ya!!!