Sunday, April 01, 2018

Easter 2018

We were in Vancouver, Canada last year for Easter (visiting my Uncle and Aunt).... so this year, was technically our first time celebrating Easter in our home. It felt extra sweet because the weather was on our side here in the PNW... the sun was out for most of it. We were able to retreat out to our pavilion (our outside space) on Saturday to dye eggs.. and then the skies cleared right after church on Sunday to spend time out back hiding eggs and baskets, and soaking in some of the beautiful light.

I want to remember...

how Mable sat and popped each egg open and stuffed jelly bean after jelly bean inside of her mouth, until she had no room left.... and started to spit out a rainbow of color.

how Jo was completely invested in hunting down EVERY egg... and just when you put "easy" ones out for the babies to find, she needed to find the ones that were actually hidden for the big kids.

how Finn so sneakily sat at the window and watched us hide all of the eggs... that boy just can't be surprised.

how Marley wanted to decorate each and every egg in sight... dye, stickers and all... pretty sure she created about 12 of the eggs in the tray.

how excited Charlotte still gets each year for the "hunt"... age hasn't diminished the excitement one bit.

God of creation
There at the start
Before the beginning of time

With no point of reference
You spoke to the dark
And fleshed out the wonder of light

And as You speak
A hundred billion galaxies are born
In the vapour of Your breath the planets form
If the stars were made to worship so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You’ve made
Every burning star a signal fire of grace
If creation sings Your praises so will I

God of Your promise
You don’t speak in vain
No syllable empty or void

For once You have spoken
All nature and science
Follow the sound of Your voice

And as You speak
A hundred billion creatures catch Your breath
Evolving in pursuit of what You said
If it all reveals Your nature so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You say
Every painted sky A canvas of Your grace
If creation still obeys You so will I

If the stars were made to worship so will I 
If the mountains bow in reverence so will I
If the oceans roar Your greatness so will I 
For if everything exists to lift You high so will I 
If the wind goes where You send it so will I 
If the rocks cry out in silence so will I 
If the sum of all our praises still falls shy 
Then we’ll sing again a hundred billion times

God of salvation
You chased down my heart
Through all of my failure and pride

On a hill You created
The light of the world
Abandoned in darkness to die

And as You speak
A hundred billion failures disappear
Where You lost Your life so I could find it here
If You left the grave behind You so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You’ve done
Every part designed in a work of art called love
If You gladly chose surrender so will I
I can see Your heart Eight billion different ways
Every precious one A child You died to save
If You gave Your life to love them so will I

Like You would again a hundred billion times
But what measure could amount to Your desire
You’re the One who never leaves the one behind

- So Will I (100 Billion X)- Hillsong UNITED
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

I Want To Remember part 4

The end of March is near... and these are the things I want to remember:

- The sun keeps setting a little later each and every night... with that, it rises a little earlier each and every day. I have a love/hate relationship with it... I pretty much love everything about it, except that the kids are awake WAY too early for my liking. Bring on the extra cups of coffee (which I really don't have a problem with.)

- This month, Charlotte won her first "Terrific Kid" award at her school... To be a "terrific kid", means she demonstrated a positive attitude, good character, and responsible citizenship...  the word for this month that she displayed well, was "inclusive"... "To be inclusive is to be kind and welcoming to others; to use our empathy skills to identify others that are feeling alone or left out and include them." WOW... when I heard the news, I cried tears of joy. Charlotte struggles academically... she gives it her all, but for some reason, it's just not her thing. But this... this is SO much more than academics. I love that her light is shining in school, and that someone noticed. This speaks volumes to my heart... proud Mom over here.

- Jo is SO ticklish on her feet... so ticklish, that when we have to put socks and shoes on, it takes 4x as long as it should take.

- We're making the most of the sunshine we've had... playing outside in all the daylight possible. We even had a day that was in the 70's. The bubbles have come out, the sidewalk chalk is out... and soon we will be busy with planting. We pull the panel mat outside to practice somersaults, create obstacle courses, and work out with the sun hitting our faces. It's been lovely... the only not so lovely part, is when the babies make a run for our street... which is ALL the time. They want to go see our neighbor's chickens or their puppy... or just galavanting... the only solution I have for now, is to park in a way in which they can't escape. Usually the natural forest is a barrier, but the driveway leads out... to stop them, I park the van in a very intentional way (see picture.)

- Marley has always been able to use her "big girl" scooter... but, she's finally learning tricks on it (taught to her by Charlotte, of course) and it's so awesome to watch her delight in all that she can do.

- Mable is talking more and more lately... even more than Jo... She's usually the quietest little thing, but it seems as though she's found her voice.

- Jo's love for her blanket that her Oma knit, runs DEEP. She takes it everywhere... when she's upset, all you have to do is give her the blanket, and she's back to normal. All of my kids have loved their blankets, but this one, she takes that love to a whole new level.

- We've started building a rock wall to contain our huge flower bed in the front yard... It slopes down, so the wall should help hold the mulch in it a little better and of course makes it look super pretty. I'm really excited to get it done and start planting in it some more.

- My current jams come from a guy named Roo Panes. I'm adoring his songs "Land of the Living" and "Open Road"... the folky sound of his music, makes it super fun to listen to while I edit photos, sew, clean up... or just unwind from the day.

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