Monday, August 31, 2009

A whole bunch o' beans....

"He makes grass grow for the cattle,
and plants for man to cultivate—
bringing forth food from the earth."
~Psalm 104:14~

And so it begins...
When it's warm, we can pick this many beans each day...
I don't always mind the cool days :)

My favorite things about fresh beans

::the way they squeak in your teeth

::lifting up a vineful of leaves to find a hidden treasure of beans hanging beneath

::hearing the kids' bare feet thumping on the
hard-packed dirt as they run between the rows

:: A sweet little face or fingers, peeking at me
from the other side, through the thick, leafy green wall

::Gracie Jo asking me to tell Opa V, "when we get to heaven", about
what a good bean picker she is - "because he would be so proud!"

He would be, Gracie Jo. He would be.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Sparrow

Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
(Charles H. Gabriel, 1905)

Peter found this little guy laying on the ground in the barn.
He must have fallen out of his nest.
He brought him to the house to show the kids and Levi
was particularly enamored with him.

Aren't two sparrows sold for only a penny?
But your Father knows when any one of them falls to the ground.
Even the hairs on your head are counted.
~Matthew 10:29,30~

Pete was able to return the baby sparrow to his home.
Another reminder that God has our wee little babe
safely in the palm of His hand.
I wonder how many hairs (if any) will be on Baby K's head? :)

What are you worried about right now?
"Let not your heart be troubled”
"Rest on His goodness"
And although you may only see one step ahead of you at a time,
know that you are not on the journey alone.

It sounds like we are going to London this coming Tuesday
for a full day of appointments at the Fetal Development Clinic.
Thank you for covering us with your prayers.

How can we pray for you right now?

Sidenote: For those of you who are thinking that the mama bird
will reject her little darling because Peter picked him up and covered
him with human scent - it's not actually true.Just an old wives' tale.
A good one to keep your little kids from mauling young chicks
they find on the ground, but the reality is a baby bird will have
a 100% better chance of survival if picked up and returned to their nest.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

101 more reasons to keep the bathroom door closed...

It's always entertaining when Levi goes 'missing'...
The other day I found him in the sink.

I wonder what goes through that little brain of his...
"Why don't I put on this lovely straw hat,
climb up into the bathroom sink,
and enjoy a little session of chewing on everyone's toothbrushes."
Sounds like a good idea to me :)

The Sunflowers

Eagle of flowers! I see thee stand,
And on the sun's noon-glory gaze;

With eye like his, thy lids expand,

And fringe their disk with golden rays:

Though fix'd on earth, in darkness rooted there,
Light is thy element, thy dwelling air,
Thy prospect heaven.

- James Montgomery

We're back!! We've been having difficulties with our internet again and this is the first morning our connection has been good enough to load a new post for you. Hopefully we can get this figured out soon - I've missed sharing our days with you and hearing from all of you. If I have the time, and we don't lose our connection, I'll try and put up a few new posts today and get y'all caught up. Two big things we'd like to share with you. The first is that we've had further ultrasound testing done and it's official - Baby Koobs only has one kidney ('unilateral renal agenesis' is the medical term they use). We're now waiting for an appointment with a high-risk obstetrician in London, where we'll find out more about this condition and how they want to handle things. There is the possibility that they'll want us to deliver in London or Stratford, because our local hospital is a bare bones unit with no OB or pediatrician on staff. We're really hoping that this won't be the case, as they're both over an hour away, but we'll worry about that when the time comes. No sense 'borrowing trouble before it comes' as the saying goes.
It's been interesting seeing people's reactions as we share this latest news. We've heard stories of fathers who are now in their eighties, strong and healthy, who only have one kidney. Of people who didn't even realize they only had one kidney until they were well into their fifties! There are also those who respond as though we've just been given a diagnosis for a terminal disease...
at this point Peter and I are resting secure in the knowledge that our sweet little babe has one kidney that is working just fine and is growing strong and healthy. I'm really finding that as long as I keep my thoughts on the wonder and miracle of what God is knitting together inside of me, it's hard to worry. Knowing that the Maker and Creator of all things is working to form this little person JUST AS HE WANTS THEM TO BE (one kidney or two) is enough for me. I will admit, there are times when I let my thoughts travel to places of 'what if' and 'what happens when'. Those moments can become anxious and worrisome. But I'm learning to keep my gaze fixed on Him - and He's gently reminding me to keep it there. The other morning I went out to pick some sunflowers and then as I was walking through the garden later that evening I noticed how all the flowers had turned their heads to follow the sun's path through the sky that day. The way they reach out for the sun and bask in it's light and warmth is beautiful. You can't cower in darkness when your face is looking to the light. So, as we pray for our upcoming appointment and the sweet little Tummy Dweller, we will keep our eyes and minds fixed on the glorious Light.

But you are a chosen people,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people belonging to God,
that you may declare the praises of Him who
called you out of darkness into his wonderful LIGHT.
~1 Peter 2:9~

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers as we continue
to prepare for the arrival of our little one-kidneyed wonder.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Because we all love beets...

I think beets must be one of the most beautiful vegetables.
I wish I could collect their colour and splash it everywhere.

I've always liked 'putting up' the beets.
It makes a beautiful mess.
And this year, my girl was right in the thick of it with me.

We started with the biggies, and next week
we'll do a few more batches and finish them up.

A bucket full o' beets.
They did beautifully this year, and hopefully
we'll get about a half dozen of these pails full.

Slices of scarlet jewels.

So delicious!!
Nothing like the first taste of beets, fresh from the garden.

Thou art worthy, Thou art worthy
Thou art worthy, O Lord
To receive glory, glory and honour
Glory and honour and power
For Thou hast created, hast all things created
Thou hast created all things
And for Thy pleasure they are created
Thou art worthy, O Lord
- P.M.M

It may seem like a silly little thing, but I can just imagine
how pleased God was when He created these beauties.
They sure bring me great pleasure!

What is putting beauty in your life today?

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Our little (big) obsession...

Lately, Levi and I just can't get enough...

I like thinking that He can't get enough either...

You are worthy, O Lord our God,
to receive glory and honor and power.
For you created all things,
and they exist because you created what you pleased.
~Revelations 4:11~

Thursday, August 6, 2009

These are a few of my favorite things...

Homemade banana-chocolate chip muffins
with a strong cup o' coffee in the morning.

This crazy guy...who makes me laugh as much
now as when he was a rambunctious 16 year old.
Plus, our kids think he's hilarious.

Eating as much of this as possible.

Pure sweetness

Seeing this out the kitchen window in the morning.

Ponchos, ponies, and this sweet princess.

The 'Green Zebra'
First of our heirloom tomatoes

Making memories

What's bringing you joy right now?

"You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with JOY
in your presence."
~Acts 2:28~

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Hot fun in the summertime!

We got this sprinkler off the clearance rack at Zellers.
Best 8 bucks I've spent all summer!
Now, everyday includes a wee bit of wet and wild fun.

"You gave abundant showers, O God;
you refreshed your weary inheritance."
Psalm 68:9

What's keeping you refreshed these days?