I've noticed something different about this blog the past several months. Maybe a few of you consistent readers have noticed it too. It is that, for the most part, I've not written much about our day to day life, but have tended to only supply pictures, mixed with encouraging verses from God's Word...
For you readers who do enjoy more personal blog posts here you have it: a rare glimpse of a few recent everyday happenings...
A few weeks ago, William was sick with the flu, so Alanna and Andrew so sweetly entertained him. At our house when someone gets sick, it's typical for them to receive many pictures and (especially) if they're a little one get an abundance of extra love and books read to them. It's precious to see the love between the siblings...
The last week of April, Dad and Mom were due for a couple treasured days "away", so we children went over to our grandparents and enjoyed time with them while Dad and Mom had a staycation at home. [smile] Grandaddy delighted the middle ones when he helped them set up the train track, which kept them busy for hours, and Alanna and William fascinated.
Lots of love. These two are way too adorable together...they love one another to pieces, which is such a blessing. How precious it is to hear even William say "I'm sorry" when he knows he done wrong! It's been exciting to see how he already learned much from my parents reminders and the examples around him of confessing when you sin!
Scrabble. A Harding tradition-- that is now something Grandaddy and Grandma play with their grandchildren on late evenings too. Ivan was more than thrilled to beat the rest of us this time!
Reading with Grandaddy. This is something all the young grandchildren absolutely love, and something we older grandchildren recall: sitting on Grandaddy's lap having story after story read to us. Yes, we are richly blessed!
An egg hunt. To celebrate finishing school for the year, (!!!!!!!!!) an egg hunt was in order, especially for the younger ones. Thrilled that all of us finished school would be an understatement! We've been off for a few crazy busy weeks now! Now our dear Mom aka teacher has her work cut out getting the report cards, etc. done...but we're done until July so, Lord willing, there will be a time soon when school related items are completely off the to do list!
Sewing projects. I have an endless stream of these between sewing for the girls in the family, gifts for others, weddings and so on...plenty of opportunities to be resourceful and creative, and at times, learn to at least somewhat except the necessary use of the very unlikeable seam ripper! [grin]
But, projects were put on hold when my sewing machine had mechanical issues and had to go to the shop, and then be sent to the dealer. This resulted in the company refunding us since they couldn't fix the problem. We all began praying God would provide an affordable, quality new one. Guess what?! He did it again!...For a margin of the retail cost, a local business blessed us with a computerized sewing machine, along with some free gadgets...God does care about the little things!...I witness it regularly.
Cooking and baking. It's fun to see the little siblings (even William does now!) clamor over to the counter to see what's cookin' and find out what they can do to "help". Recently while making chocolate ice cream, William was eagerly "stirring" the sugar and cornstarch before it went on the burner and Andrew was measuring ingredients...they love to help and make "work" so much more enjoyable!
Garden harvest. Alanna loved cutting broccoli off the stems with a butter knife until the broccoli's growth slowed down and we had to pull the plants up, replacing them with squash seeds!
God blessed us (yet again!) with free manure for our beds. The number of garden beds went up to six this season (yay!)...it's incredible to plant the seeds and watch them grow. And just a few days ago, we ate our first garden fresh green beans for the season!
What a blessing it is to have a teenage (it still seems strange to say that) brother who is willing to help me out! One afternoon as I planted flower seeds, Ivan and I were noticing how crooked the divider between the grass and landscaping beds had become. Soon, he was graciously digging the divider up. After a little while, we had it in place correctly! Those little details that complete a task...[smile]
And this concludes my random assortment of recent happenings...now you've seen more of what's been transpiring in our daily lives and how God is working! He has showered us with blessings. I'm so thankful for what He is doing and want Him to receive all the praise for anything good in the lives of me and my family!...
"But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth:
for in these things I delight, saith the Lord."