Six!

Our twins are six! There was a request for a snowflake cake. There was a request for a rainbow cake. There was a request for a “…rectangle cake, Mommy. Not a small cake. A rectangle cake for each of us.” Grin. We had fun decorating these beauties. I found rainbow decorations at Target. Perfection.

Twins Dinner
Hot dogs (pigs in a blanket), carrots, special sauce, chicken nuggets, french fries
“Snowflake Cake”
Chocolate cake with white snowflake icing
“Rainbow Cake”
Chocolate cake with strawberry icing and rainbows and strawberries

James 1:17 NASB

17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or [a]shifting shadow.

 

Sixteen!

Nathanael turned 16 on July 3rd, while at Scout Camp. We celebrated together the weekend afterward.  This is the second year in a row for a birthday at camp for him.

We have honored this milestone birthday with some special plans and gifts suited just for him. 🙂

Birthday Dinner:

Roast, Potato Wedges, Corn on the Cob, Watermelon, Iced Tea, Sprite

Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Icing; Vanilla So- Delicious

 

Nathanael is delightful and an incredible blessing and help.

1 Timothy 4: 12 NASB

12 Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example [a]of those who believe.

Note: As an aside- I had a major issue with my cell phone during this time and am adjusting to the different camera on the new one. My summer photos reflect this.

 

Judges 7; Acts 11; Jeremiah 20; Mark 6

Sometimes the Lord allows circumstances so difficult and sparse, that life can feel desperate. These desperate times, when forced beyond myself and my own resources, allow me to see that it is the Lord’s Hand that has saved and still saves me. Through His Mighty Power and Outstretched Arm, the victory; the overcoming; the provision; are obtained. Life is more than dust and flesh. It is more than food and clothes for the body. And sometimes, it takes a desolate place to draw my heart to His.

Read more here!

I am at 66books today!

-Rebecca

 

Endless Gifts

 

A birthday trip in to celebrate

A night in my childhood home with the kids and Todd in July

Us all gathered round on chairs; a panoramic photo

best chocolate cake with chocolate icing

Enchiladas and Salad; Fruit Salad and Veggies; plans for blueberry crumble

The blessing of being able to pick up and go; the hope of future memories

Roses on her table

A late night chat around the table and laughing

Foley Camp to look forward to

The Summer of Camps for our kids- maybe more on that later. Maybe.

Timbernook

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An Erg in my bedroom

100 Days

Blueberry picking and a double rainbow

Visits at brothers’ homes

A sleepover at Andrea’s

night chats with best friends

Coffee with Ali

A little girl who is eating more and is not as anxious

Swimming

Books

Coffee

An old playlist revived and it is us 18 years ago and onward and we sing our hearts out

A friend to help with art camp (Thank you, Courtney)

Baby ducklings at Art Camp

Hair colors called Truffle and Almond Rocca. Grin.

Summer

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Bounty

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…Endless Gifts…

 

 

Mentoring Mondays: Mission of Motherhood Chapter 2 Part 2

Chapter 2 Part 2 of Mission to Motherhood: Beautiful by Design

Here is a link to Part 1 from this Chapter- Mission of Motherhood Chapter 2 Part 1

From Waterbrook Press: 2003

For Thought and Reflection:

These are the four Scripture selections from the Reflection Portion of Chapter 2:

Genesis 3:20English Standard Version (ESV)

20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.[a]

Genesis 1:26-28English Standard Version (ESV)

26 Then God said, “Let us make man[a] in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Colossians 2:8English Standard Version (ESV)

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits[a] of the world, and not according to Christ.

Romans 8:1English Standard Version (ESV)

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.[a]

 

Colossians 2:8English Standard Version (ESV)

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits[a] of the world, and not according to Christ.

Once again, I am going to respond to the third verse offered in this section. Without going into specific, concrete detail that might cause alarm, hurt, or undue judgment and/or condemnation- I would like to state – and this explicitly- that this verse illuminates a very real and very powerful struggle for today’s woman and family. It is a difficult walk, at times, to discern what is a correct, responsible life choice versus a worldly, vain pursuit. I have been buffeted by this for more than two decades, now, and to not acknowledge it is to not be authentic and real. I truly believe that it is the orientation of the heart and the walk of faith that matters. There is no one size fits all. There are only our own faith choices before the throne, before the cross and God’s Hand upon us and Him in the midst of us. In response to one of Sally’s questions: “In what ways have you been influenced by cultural expectations that conflict with God’s design? What impact has this had on your family ?” (38)

I will just respond and say that cultural expectations have had a profound impact upon my family and there is always an undercurrent of influence. There are ways to minimize the awareness of expectation and the influence. The minimizers do help. This area and issue is a real thing and it is okay to face it head on, acknowledge it, and try to process through it. I also suggest that counter- cultural families and women can be particularly vulnerable and it is good to be aware of that as well. Renewing the mind in the powerful truth of God’s Word and putting on all of the armor (Ephesisans 6) is an important way to stand strong against the pressing waves of culture and the world. Seek to value what the Lord values. Seek to prize what He prizes. Seek to acknowledge, convey and live that what is precious to Him is precious to you (me). And children! Children are precious to Him.

A Personal Response to Beautiful by Design:

1 John 1:9English Standard Version (ESV)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Recently, I had a talk with my Mom.

And just in this moment- let me say- how grateful I am to have her. As different as we are. I love you, Mom!

We were discussing different hurts from the past and love and forgiveness. After I got off the phone, I had the most profound realization of God’s complete and utter- to the depths- love for my Mom.  Personal, Intimate, Unrelenting, and Complete. And with this realization came the understanding- though as in a glass- dimly-  of  the very real knowledge that she was and is fully known- as she is.  And I felt- a whiff- a waft… a breath- of the abandoned freedom that comes from such knowledge… and the awareness that – that love was mine, too. And, in true confession, I have no idea how to share in any kind of powerful way- the experience of that love with her… and also, in true confession, I did not allow myself to really receive the fullness of all that understanding means. God’s Love- not abstract, not distant, but real, personal, pulsing, alive.  However, in this moment, right now, I invite you, with me… to take a few quiet moments and be still. I am. The house is dark and all is quiet and there is the living silence I love so well in these deep alone times. Listening. In the inner quiet of the heart… listen to the Lord, invite Him in, and receive His love. And if you have never known what it is to trust the Lord and have your heart wiped clean and turned from stone to flesh-(Ezekial 36:26) because it is only a living, pulsing, quickened heart that can be alive to this illuminating, to the depths of you- love- well, now is the time and today is the day (2 Corinthians 6)– and that…. is the very first step. Because….He, well-

He is love. 

1 John 4:16English Standard Version (ESV)

16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

The Things The Say

My girl, M, has delighted in an adorable caterpillar/butterfly shirt from Target.  This shirt was a gift from my Mom. It has a little pocket with a caterpillar printed inside of it.  It truly is the most precious shirt and she claimed it at once. It has been her very favorite and she loves to wear it.

Today, I was at work in her room and she was reposing in her bed, soothing rumpled emotions. Tear streaked cheeks and sorrow amidst.

Suddenly, I pull this beloved caterpillar shirt out of the basket on my little girls’ dresser.

“How did this get here?!” I exclaim. I was certain sure my girl was wearing this very shirt this very day.

She jumps up from her bed with a gasp and grabs a handful of the shirt that is indeed on her body.

She cries out, “Mommy, it’s twins! It’s twins shirts!”

I laugh!

She laughs.

I never realized we had two of these precious shirts. It had been placed in the basket to keep it for special because we loved it so much and I didn’t realize the one she had been wearing was a second shirt.

She jumps up in excitement and runs with the second shirt in hand- down the stairs to her own twin. Then she puts it carefully in the bag we are packing for Ama’s house. We decide to put both shirts in the bag so the twins can wear the twin shirts at Ama’s.  We pack them both and now she is adorned in a different shirt for this day. A sparkle in the center of a rosette glimmers. She skips away happy.

The Things They Say

Pancakes- Large Family Style

It’s Scout Camp Cook day today!!!

We’ve got Piano Guys on the playlist.  Todd’s getting ready for his mid-term exam (which he will take today). The house is filled with all joyful bustle. I just shocked tall son with a liberal sprinkle of sea salt on diced potatoes whilst talking continually to another son. SPL son is helping new, young scout pack. Hamburgers are done. Chicken’s on. Pork’s on. Ground beef’s cooking. Pancake batter’s a-mixing. The joy like the dawn dish soap -rising – effervescent.

And in honor- I am posting the pancake recipe I just converted (yet again).

Pancakes

  –for my tribe-

10 large eggs

5 cups white flour

5 cups whole wheat flour

7 1/2 cups liquid (rice milk, water, orange juice, coconut milk, etc)

10 TB brown sugar or coconut sugar

1 1/4 cup oil  (we use olive)

10 TB aluminum free baking powder

*earth balance or coconut oil to grease griddle

*berries, chocolate chips, or other add-ins

Beat eggs in bottom of large(est) mixing bowl. Add the rest of ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add berries if desired.

Heat griddle until a sprinkle of water bubbles and pops.

Ladle batter in pancake sizes onto greased griddle and cook until surface lightly bubbles.

Sprinkle with chocolate chips if desired. Turn and cook other side.

Serve with Maple Syrup

Enjoy!!