Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friday Favorites...on Saturday

Still trying to keep cool.
I'm not sure which is awesomer, little boys running around in their broekies or in their bare bums. Either way, so cute!!

We gave Gracie Jo her first Bible on her birthday.
Now, most mornings, this is how I find her.
She's such an example to me.

Still hot.
Still trying to stay cool.
Strawberry/banana/blueberry popsicles help for a little bit!

The 'Sweet Millions' are just starting to ripen.
Seriously, nothing is better than tomatoes fresh out
of the garden. Yum!!!

This young man turned 5 today.
Good thing he's still so sweet, I don't
feel like I'm losing one of my babies...yet.

We visited Michelle at Camp Shalom today.
It was amazing watching her in action - she is
such an incredible counsellor! Her campers will
be truly blessed this summer.

We couldn't resist taking a self-portrait out on the
basketball court...back where it all began when we
were just DID's in grade 10! I think Camp will forever
be one of my most favorite places in the whole world :)


Gracie Jo went to Uncle Simon's with Grandma today
to pick black currants. She might not be a master picker
yet but we heard she was good company for everyone involved :)
I looked through Oma V.'s old recipe book and sure enough found,
in her own handwriting, the recipe for her 'bessensap'.

I've never made it before, so I wasn't quite sure
how it would turn out. Wanna know a little secret though?
I may or may not have gotten a little watery-eyed
when I tasted my first spoonful :)
I can honestly close my eyes and remember the cool, darkness of Oma's fruit cellar. I even remember the musty smell and the way we would swing our arm up around our head in the dark to try and find the string from the pull-chain that hung down from the light bulb, always keeping our other hand on the door frame so we didn't get lost in the pitch blackness of the room. Love how the smell and taste of the black currant syrup immediately brought back memories of sitting with our cousins at the small wooden 'kids' table, each with our own sweating, glass cup filled with ice cubes, 7-Up and Oma's 'bessensap'. It was such a treat! I so look forward to making these memories with our own family and friends. Thanks so much, Uncle Simon and Nancy, for sharing those berries and bring us so much joy!!

Hope you're having a 'berry' wonderful summer (HA!)
and finding the time to make special moments and memories
with your own friends and families. Be blessed!
The Koobs Klan

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Let it Rain

We've been praying for rain here for a few weeks now.
Pete and I have been talking about the 'theology' behind praying for rain vs. trusting that God will provide for our needs regardless. I think we've settled on both approaches being okay :) So, when we noticed dark clouds and sheets of rain hanging over a neighbouring town we immediately gathered the kids together and began to pray. We watched as a thick sheet of rain, so heavy it clouded the bush across the road, moved across the wheat field...and stopped.
We went back into the house, pretty disappointed, and Pete went out to the barn to treat a cow with milk fever. I quickly flipped through my MP3 player and put on the song 'Let it Rain' and before long the kids joined me in the kitchen. While my head was resting in the assurance of knowing that God was in control and would take care of us, even if our crops didn't get the rain they so desperately needed, my heart ached at how close we had been to that life-giving wall of water that just fell. As I watched the kids dance around the kitchen I thought about these verses...

...and thought, 'Why not?'. We have a Heavenly Father whose desire is to bless us when we come to Him in obedience. Who has good gifts stored up for us if we would just humble ourselves and ask.
I brought our speakers out to the front porch
and this is what happened:

There really wasn't enough rain for our crops...
but our faith sure grew last night.

Don't bargain with God.
Be direct. Ask for what you need.
This isn't a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we're in.
If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust?
If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate?
As bad as you are, you wouldn't think of such a thing.
You're at least decent to your own children.
So don't you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?
~Matthew 7:7-11

Praying that as you come before our Father this week
He will fill up your dry places
and His goodness will overwhelm you
as His mercy and grace rain down upon your lives.

Love and blessings,
The Koobs Klan