Thursday, January 31, 2013

Her Eyes


Her name means 'pure heart'.
Her life verse is Matthew 5:8,
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."
Every time I look at her I can't help but think that those huge peepers were just made to soak in His goodness.
 " Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
 Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!"
~Psalm 34:8~

Carrot + Apple Loaf Cake


Gracie and Jude are diehard bakers. I think they should open a shop together when they grow up. Also, I didn't get any pictures of us eating this because I think we all inhaled it in under 27.3 seconds. Or something like that. Rainy day baking with my boefies is always the best.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Exuberant with Applause

So you’ll go out in joy, you’ll be led into a 
whole and complete life. The mountains 
and hills will lead the parade, bursting with song.
All the trees of the forest will join the procession,
exuberant with applause.
No more thistles, but giant sequoias, no 
more thornbushes, but stately pines—These 
events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name,
living and lasting evidence of God.
~Isaiah 55:12,13~

Decked out in the most delicate and intricate of finery, I can only imagine the praise that rose from these branches this morning. The whole earth declares His glory! Did you see it?? Praying you are seeing living and lasting evidence of His love all around you today. xo

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Bits & Pieces of December

//playing with her favorite monkey

     //painting in the morning, and in the afternoon, painting in the evening and underneath the moon
                       //welcoming guests

                      //sharing sweet moments with the most beautiful bride

//foreseeing room for many more friends in our kitchen :)

//looking, unsuccessfully, for fish. Jeff says they're all in B.C. 

//squeezing in one more picture before church because these littles are growing up too quickly for me

//presenting our 2012 Advent Tree (an ornament each day, kid-drawn, for each Old Testament story that points us  forward to the birth of Christ. Levi's leperous Naaman was my favorite!)

//pondering the gifts they bring for their baby King

//making simple reminders for the season

                      //creating gifts to give

                      //anticipating the arrival of our Saviour

                      //lovin' it

//singing a birthday song for the newborn King on Christmas morning

              //enjoying her first Christmas morning

//gathering with family

//finding a quiet spot to unwind

//December was full to the brim. Christmas plays, home renos, a wedding, school, and half a dozen different family gatherings. So much goodness. Sometimes it felt like too much goodness...but that's a good problem to have, I think. We were definitely partied out by the end of the month (mostly just this homebody of a mama) but there were so many blessings that kept our eyes and hearts in the right place this year. Because of all the renos (and the inch of dust and plaster that covered everything in our house) not a single Christmas decoration came out of the attic this year. Our only adornment was a children's advent calendar and a Christmas tree drawn on the wall. But they were the perfect trimmings for us to celebrate with. Our time with family was extra special this year and as we ate, laughed, talked and played together the reason for our gathering was so evident in the love that filled our hearts and homes.

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
~2 Corinthians 9:15~

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Grateful for 2012

 One photo per month. Some months had over 600 pictures. Choosing was so hard, sometimes there were almost a dozen that I was trying to decide between. But, ultimately, it wasn't necessarily the best picture, the biggest event we celebrated or the most important thing that happened that month. Just the picture that made my heart stir with joy as the sweet memories poured across the screen. Here's my favorite from 2012:

January// A little date getaway with Farmer Husband. Watching him giddy in the aisles at Bass Pro Shop. Too much fun. Grateful for grandparents who love our kids while we're away, siblings who graciously host us and a husband who is my bestest friend.

 February// The kids come along to my appointment at the midwives' clinic and, with us all packed into the tiny room, are included in all parts of little Baby K's checkup. The joy continues at home with Jude just checking in on 'his baby'. Grateful for the amazing care we're receiving from our midwives, a healthy pregnancy and kids who can.not.wait. for their newest sibling to arrive.

 March// A visit from our brother and sister-in-law and the most adorable nephew ever. The cousin love in this house is seriously over the top! Grateful for the bonds and love we share with our family.

 April// The arrival of a beautiful and precious little girl, Katie Shalom. We are overwhelmed with the blessing she has immediately been to our family. Grateful for the gracious gift we have been given in her new life.

 May//This little crew. This adorable picture. Melts my heart completely. Grateful for each one of these crazy kids and the blessing of being their mama.

 June// Celebrating Dad's birthday with the best water balloon fight ever. Grateful for amazing 'tantes' who bring so much love and joy into their nieces and nephews lives.

 July// A trip out West so Katie could meet her Calgarian aunt and uncle. Going without Peter and leaving the other kiddos behind was really hard for me but, even with that, the time I spent with Will and Katie (and my own little Katie) was so precious. Definitely a highlight of my year. Grateful for a husband whose heart is always for family and who knows, even better than I do, exactly what I need. Grateful for my amazing siblings, who took time off work and showed this country mouse (and tired mama) the best.time.ever.! Thanks for loving us so much.

 August// Camp Shalom. What can I say about this most wonderful place? We dropped Gracie Jo off for her first stint as a Munchkin (she LOVED it) and the timing (right before our 10th anniversary) made the visit extra special. Grateful for a day filled with dear friends, super excited kiddos, sweet memories and the overwhelming feeling of His presence, always, in this place.

 September// A tromp through the back bush with the crew. Such a beauty full evening. Grateful for the fullness of these late fall days - an abundant harvest, being in constant awe of His beautiful creation and enjoying it with my favorite Littles.

 October// Celebrating Grandma V.K.'s birthday with the DeBoer clan. Grateful for the joy and delight our grandparents take in our family and these precious times we can share together.

 November// We had so much fun this year shopping for and packing up our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Grateful for these opportunities to teach the kids how much more joy can be found in giving than receiving. To watch the transformations in their hearts as they discover the delight of blessing others is one of my greatest treasures as a parent.

December// Pete's grandparents came over for lunch to celebrate Grandma's 80th birthday together. And what a celebration it was...Pete and I were pretty tired after having friends over the night before - they headed home just before midnight (way past this mama's bedtime) - and we were both in need of a serious nap. Sometime during the morning the filter on our geothermal furnace got plugged up and, when he was fixing it, Pete accidentally broke it. Oops. Zip to town for a replacement part - only to have the whole furnace shut down. By this time, Grandma and Grandpa arrive to our chilly house and are greeted by five exuberant great-grandchildren, their tired mama and a significantly grumpy grandson. Within the first half hour our oven set on fire and the stinkiest smoke ever filled the kitchen. *Insert tense argument between Pete and I about just packing up and going out for pizza.* In the end we cranked open the windows (letting the last of the heat out of the house) and transferred lunch to the barbeque and sat down to lunch, only 5 minutes late.  The cold, fresh air in the kitchen made lunch taste even better and, as we laughed about the morning's disasters together, my heart filled up with gratefulness for grandparents who love us in all our craziness and delight in being part of our lives. We are so blessed! Grateful for broken furnaces, fires in the oven, a husband who shares kitchen calamities with me, kids who love nothing more than a good birthday party and grandparents who love us just.the.way.we.are.

The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy.
~Psalm 126:3~

2012 was an amazing year. We are so grateful for what the Lord has done.