Saturday, May 14, 2011

Random Glimpses

(BEFORE I begin, I am sure that you will want to know that the dog just threw up twice on the carpet)
That post that I wanted to do is still in the works, so I thought it would be fun to see some of the randomness that is quite normal here.  I WILL not show pictures of the dog throw-up because, I AM not going to look at it.  I called my beloved oldest daughter up here and asked her to clean up the mess.  Yes, she’s a DOLL!!
The weather has been snowy and cold this week, so Steve was not able to get the plastic on Caresse’s green house.  You know, plants can cost a pretty penny, and I wasn’t going to leave them in the garage to freeze, so we brought them inside last night to keep them warm till the greenhouse is ready.  Now, to just keep the children away from them...  As I am typing, Steve is outside putting the plastic on.  He is wonderful.  
We have been using lots of pain medicine and herbal teas this week to help the darlin’s who are sick with aches and fevers.  And the black beans were soaked all night and were ready to cook for supper. 

These are three of four boys that have been really sick this week...poor darlin’s.  Aiden is the middle picture.  It was so weird to see him just laying there...HE NEVER just lays any where unless he is asleep.  

The children that were feeling well enough were inspired by our art lesson from ARTistic Pursuits this week.  They have been creating some really fun art.  This curriculum is a little expensive, but I have had mine for years and I still love it!!
And that last picture is why I love my big sink.  Boy, can it hold a lot.  You know what else I love?  The children do an amazing job of cleaning the kitchen.  Sorry, no picture of that.  I was probably sleeping with a few sick babies.  

I have read Psalm 50 a few times this week, and read it one morning to the children on a very hard day.  I want to encourage us all with verse 23 - “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies Me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”  
I asked the children on this hard day to tell me 10 things that we could be thankful for and then we were going to “offer our thanksgiving sacrifice” to the LORD in prayer.  It can be hard to “be thankful” when things are hard, but I want to glorify the LORD all of my days!  And I want to teach this to my children.  We, as mothers and fathers, must intentionally teach our children these Truths from the Bible and lead the way WITH them.  The children came up with some wonderful things to be thankful for on this morning.  One little darling said “I’m glad we aren’t in an orphanage where there is no medicine when we are sick.”  Another little darlin’ said “Good food to eat and healthy water to drink.”  
I am so thankful for their precious little hearts that want to learn God’s Truths.  May the LORD fill us with His wisdom as we minister and serve those that He has placed in our care!   
For His Glory!!!


  1. Thanks for the little glimpses into your life. And thanks for the reminder that there are always so many things to be thankful for!

  2. Shonni, thank you for sharing! I love these kinds of posts as they make me feel like I have been invited over :-). Hope your sweet babies are feeling better soon. Being sick is no fun. But what a great reminder that we can offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving even when things are hard. Also, I wanted to say that I *REALLY* got a lot out of your posts about attachment and empower to connect. We are waiting for our little one from China (our first adoption, although I have 3 already that call me "Mama") and it was very helpful! God bless you today! Chenning

  3. I always LOVE your posts and your words of encouragement! I am watching closely how "you do it"- You give me hope that I can "do it" too!!

    Not to mention tons of ideas on things for us to talk about with the kids, projects to do, chores to do and schooling to do!!

    Thank you for sharing your days with us! Prayin your babes are feeling better soon!

  4. I love your sacrifice of thanksgiving! What precious thoughts from precious children!


  5. What a lovely greenhouse!! Cant wait to see it full of plants.
    What a shame so many of your boys are ill. I will pray for quick healing.
    Must get some parenting teens advice from you.
    Love and hugs

  6. Aaahhhh.....poor lovies lying there on the sofa. I do hope they feel better really soon! When boys lie on the sofa you KNOW they're just not feeling good. It's hard to keep a boy down.

    Poor honey's.

    Love and hugs to you, my friend.

  7. Oh your poor little guys.... I pray they are well soon!

    You are such an amazing mommy!

    Love and blessings,

  8. Love the randomness....such a true glimpse of reality!

    Love the lesson of thankfulness for ALL things for ALL days. :)

  9. Prayers that everyone feels better soon.

    Love the greenhouse going in. We're still learning how to grow things in the climate we moved to after living just north of Denver most of my life...big difference here and much longer growing season....but I could use a greenhouse to keep out the driving rain that occurs often!!

    It's days like yours that I'm glad we are currently without a dog. However, I miss the "vaccum" under the table that would make day to day life right now much easier on me!! :)

    Thanks for sharing the tip about the art...I've bought most curriculum for this coming year, but still on the hunt for art of the girls favorite things to do :)

    Blessings, Jennifer


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