“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Monday, March 1, 2021
It has been a while since we had several family members gathered together! We enjoyed the time and it was so fun watching Sebastian play. We always enjoy visits from everybody! Donato and Erika always entertain us. :)
Monday, February 22, 2021
I have been experimenting with recipes again. This time I came up with a really good cookie that is sweetened with pure maple syrup. I've made Peanut Butter and also an Oatmeal variety. They are also gluten free and dairy free. With the Peanut Butter cookies I did criss cross them on top with a little sugar, but that isn't necessary.
I have these Toy Story Toys sitting on top of the computer desk. Mike pulled the desk out not realizing some of them were resting against the wall. And a few things fell. This is how they landed. It cracked me up because it reminded me of the movie when somebody comes into the room. :)
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
This has been a historic storm here in Texas, and now we are facing a power grid system that is antiquated and not at all able to handle below freezing temperatures. It appears our precious State of Texas was caught off guard by Mother Nature! So, some are without power all together, which means many homes are without heat in temps that have been as low as 1 degree with sub zero wind chills. There has been ice and now there is snow, and along with the cold and the low temperatures comes a simple and perfect beauty that one can only see on the other side of such hardships! My mind has been all over the place today as we seem to have been pretty well prepared with oil lamps, a wood stove, wood for the fire and cast iron cooking ware we could use on the wood stove if needed. But MANY are suffering because they are dependent upon electricity for heat and cooking. Texas is famous for all electric homes. In fact, OUR home is all electric, but we have a wood stove and have never used any other heat source than the stove. This weather has made me think of those less fortunate in other countries also who are experiencing unpresedented cold weather! And it makes me think of the girls who lived in a much colder climate and many times were cold. I'm so thankful they are all here! And now they are cold here. LOL Here are some photos of our day.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
And inside! "The weather outside is freezing, and the fire is so relieving! Since we've no place to go, let it snow let it snow let it snow!" :) Not to make light of the situation here in Texas, we are record cold temperatures. I remember 30 years ago when it got down to 6º. Today it got down to 1º. ONE! DEGREE!
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Sebastian is doing so well. He is such a content and happy little guy. Albina is a good mama and is teaching him all kinds of words. He can talk quite well! He is also understanding "Your nose" and "Mama's nose" I love it when she sends little clips like this to me! :)
Monday, February 8, 2021
Since the girls have moved to their new apartment, I have been busy creating a library. I have had So.Many.Books that have been waiting to come out and visit from the attic! Things are not quite finished yet, as I have a lot of organizing to do, but I'm really liking the new room that is a combined library/computer room. I need to put in an area rug, (until we get wood floors in) and arrange the top shelves and get things dusted! As a homeschooling mom since 1992, books become old friends. You just don't want to let them go! So here are some photos of the not quite finished library/computer room. :)