Friday, October 28, 2011

Just When I Think ...

Just when I think I'm going to have a good regular week of posting and get into the swing of linky parties and blog hops, L-I-F-E happens. Most of you know we live in Honduras as missionaries. You can read more about that here.
Our House

Typical road near our home.

Santa Rosa - in the western highlands of Honduras
And you may be thinking that this blog would be about life as we live it in Santa Rosa de Copan and although I do bring up a lot and include various parts of our life here ... we write specifically about that over there. What I do at this place is share life as I see it as a wife, mom, Grammy, a crafter, an artist, a homemaker, a writer - always trying to reflect on Abundance. You see I believe we're all rich in lots of ways and we can all be about as happy as we make up our minds to be. Which brings me to 'blogging':
I'm a busy woman however, when I have a few moments I love to explore 'family friendly' blogs. I love cooking and entertaining and so I love blogs that share recipes and decorating. I try to stretch our money and live frugally and simply so I visit those places. I adore arts and crafts and so have some favorite sites that are full of lovelies! I am a Grammy and I so enjoy my grandma friends! I am a Christian and am passionate about my Lord, my marriage and family so, I have some sites I 'fellowship' with and learn from. I love photography - not that I'm that great but I have 2 kids that are amazing and thus, I have some spots that I visit every so often to just gaze and enjoy. Oh and yes, I enjoy a good read and so, I indulge in a few blogs that review good books/authors. And someday when hubby and I return Stateside, among other things, I hope we are able to live our old dreams of mini-homesteading and so man oh man, I am loving some 'homestead' blogs.
Wow - I am so wide-spread  - it's no wonder I can't focus on one group of you lovely people!!
Some people out there in the world don't 'get' blogging at all and think we're kind of strange to be spending time talking about 'ourselves' and reading about other people's lives but you know what? I think it is pretty dadgum amazing to have so many friends, topics and wonderfulness at one's fingertips. There is a lot of wisdom, advice, friendship and information being shared.  I really like the blogging community that I am connected to - and just like movies, or books - you can pick and choose, y'know, and I think I choose wisely. The world is so big and marvelous and so full of information to gather and learn from.
So I say kudos to my fellow bloggers - you are pretty amazing!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

You Do Whatcha Gotta Do

Which for our family means we are heading to:
That's whatcha gotta do when you live in a country without permanent residency. Here's a note that addressed this 'issue'. Our coming and going from here isn't a burden - I mean, yes, it's kind of inconvenient at times but for the most part, it's part of the adventures of our life. It's like ... well, a serendipity blessing!
So, see ya later in the week and you be blessed now, ya hear?


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Nothing Good Comes Easy

In my wanderings around the internet I came across a blog name that really struck home. “Nothing good comes easy”. I don't know what the blog is about, never been there to visit – just saw the name and was moved to share this …

I mentioned in an earlier note about our son going into his senior year – the dreading/anticipation of an empty nest. Some parents can't wait until this stage of life but not me! I love being 'a day to day-share your life-talk about things-do things together with your kids' Mom! I felt like this with our '3 big kids' too. I hated when they left home. I feel like this but then again, I am as pleased as punch, proud as can be that our eaglets had the wings to fly and are doing just fine out there on the winds of time. After all , our kids are just gifts from God for a little while. Now, back to our last one …

We've being doing a lot of conversing in our home and as we walk along the roads of Santa Rosa de Cop├ín. We've been talking about L-I-F-E. It's where we are right now, you know, what with Jake just turning 18 and decisions needing to made on which path he'll take after this school year. Thankfully, Jake loves a good discussion and feels good about talking with his Dad and me. Well, over and over again this theme comes up – no, maybe not in the exact words - but that life and how good you live it comes down to choices, and for the most part, living a good life doesn't come easy. Living a good life comes with hard work and dedication. It comes with making wise and well-thought decisions. It comes with seeking advice of those who've gone before you. It comes from purposed experiences that challenge you to do and be your best. It comes from reading, study, and praying hard to be guided in the right ways. It is a result of discipline.

Some of Jake's dreams and possible paths for the future are not what I ever imagined he'd choose - not that I am surprised – he's been a 'world-traveler' since he was 3 years old. He's a quiet, bold adventurer that is seeking to be a man of God. But, I know it won't come easy. Good things are a result of hard work and he's not afraid of that. So, I do what a Mom is called to do and encourage, give advice and I believe in him – with all my heart. And too, I accept the peace that God provides … knowing that Jake belongs to Him first and foremost.

Man, is life and my emotions ever going to be humdrum and still for a change?  I guess not. 
I hope not. 
It's all good.
Being a Mom ... it's the best!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

When Life Gives You Lemons

Make Lemonade!
Our Lemon Tree … l-o-a-d-e-d!!
(and its branches are covered in long, sharp thorns)
 Anyone who drops by to visit leaves with a lemon. 
Our lemons are the size of large grapefruit.
 They have a gazillion seeds!

 We have an electric juicer - hooray!
 We can get 16 oz. of pure juice from one lemon.
One cuppa sugar, 1/2 gallon pure water, a sprinkle of Tang ... 
you've got some delicious Strawberry Lemonade!
Yep, I like these lemons!
I'm going to a party this Wednesday and if you'd like to join me and share a recipe or a craft you've made yourself, well then, come along! We're bound to have a great time!!


Monday, October 3, 2011

A Cool, Rainy Monday

in Santa Rosa means ...
a perfect afternoon for baking! 
And of course,
any day and every day is a great day 
for chocolate chip cookies! 
We got these chocolate chips when we were in Tegucigalpa
a couple of weeks ago. 
I finally had all the ingredients necessary in the house at the same time...
can't think of a better way to add a little sunshine to the day!
Wish you could come visit and have some cookies and milk, 
Jake and I really enjoyed them.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

October Glory!

I love Autumn. I love October. My Dad was born this month and our youngest son, Jake, was as well and so were a few other friends and relatives ... it's just a month of celebration! For instance, not only do we celebrate the wonderful colors of fall, we also are deep into harvest-time! Apples, pumpkins, garden greens - I love it! Autumn has so many traditions, the trees all dressed in their best colors, frost-covered pumpkins, and I remember how my Dad always had piles of wood stored up against the cold of winter - it's a season filled with anticipation.
This is a collection of poems that call to our deepest lives … calling us to pause and rejoice in our abundance. Remember to take this mindset through the year … Celebrate the goodness of the earth! E. B. White, Anne Lamott, P. D. James, Julian of Norwich, May Sarton, Kimiko Hahn, are a few of the authors that you'll enjoy in this beautiful book rejoicing in autumn.
730059: Autumn: A Spiritual Biography of the Season Autumn: A Spiritual Biography of the Season 
Edited by Gary Schmidt & Susan M. Felch
Gary Schmidt, professor of literature at Calvin College, has culled a collection of thoughts and reflections to aid in clarifying the spiritual themes of the season. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore centuries of fine literature focused on fall.From Autumn: A Spiritual Biography of the Season
I have been walking in the woods, and have lain down on the ground to rest. It is the middle of October, and around me, all through the woods, the leaves are quietly sifting down. The newly fallen leaves make a dry, comfortable bed, and I lie easy, coming to rest within myself as I seem to do nowadays only when I am in the woods . We must recover the sense of the majesty of creation, and the ability to be worshipful in its presence.
– Wendell Berry