Thursday, March 24, 2011

Full Nest Blessings

Last week we were blessed
to be able to have a full nest...
all of our children were once again home.
It was a blessing to have our eldest here...
and an additional blessing to host her friend,
who's parents are missionaries in Germany
and was unable to go home for spring break.
The more the merrier. :-D

There were many things we did...
and many we did not...
but whatever it was that we did or did not do,
we enjoyed the moments of being together...
even if it wasn't in the same room
but just in the same house.

The details of the week
may be a little vague in my mind,
but the memory and the joy in my heart
will remain.

I didn't plan to share our whole week,
but wanted to share some snapshots
from one of our days together
as we enjoyed a day around the city...

Thank you, Father, for the time we had together.
Thank you for your many blessings and tendermercies.

"{YHVH} The LORD is good to all:
and His tender mercies are over all His works."
Psalm 145:9

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Haven at Home Happenings: March Beginnings

A new month has already begun...
and, once again, I am reminded
of how fast time goes by.

We've been enjoying signs of the new season
and the warmer temps!

The children spent much time outdoors last week,
soaking in the sunshine.
They've enjoyed being able
to ride their bikes and scooters,
playing ball and tag,
watching the lizards and the birds,
and this past week they enjoyed
creating outdoor art...

{Carolynne - age 7}

{Beth - age 8}

{Will - age 12}

Though much of their time was spent outside,
we, also, continued in our studies at home.
{I STILL, after 13 years,
love homeschooling, by the way!!}

Manuscript and Scripture copywork

Language Lessons, copywork

Language and character study

Reading our Torah portions together...

Worksheets and copywork
to go along with our reading...

It continues to be such a blessing
to learn so much of YHVH's Word together!

We closed the week, entering into Shabbat,
and were blessed with such a beautiful sunset
over the Pacific Ocean...

YHVH is good!
And His blessings are so numerous every day!
May we purpose to see them
and take time to praise and thank Him.

"Many, O {YHVH} LORD my {Elohim} God,
are Thy wonderful works which Thou hast done,
and Thy thoughts which are to us-ward:
they cannot be reckoned up in order unto Thee:
if I would declare and speak of them,
they are more than can be numbered."
Psalm 40:5

Season of Life

Another season is upon us
and we have been blessed with
the many signs of springtime recently...

Blossoms opening...
birds singing...
breezes filled with the smell
of new beginnings...

Though I love each season,
there is something special about spring.
Where the things of creation that have been sleeping
are awakened and produce new life.

It makes me ponder the many ways
that the seasons of creation
parallel the seasons of life.

And just as in creation,
the season of winter in my life
is never void of beauty...
but it can sometimes seem
long, cold, barren, and lonely.

And that is when the next season
is anticipated with a greater longing.

I look forward to spring...
the beauty... the cheer...
the fresh breath of life
and all things new.

Thank you, Abba,
for the seasons of your creation...
for the seasons of life.

Thank you for the life You give
and for making all things new.

"Therefore if any man be in {Messiah} Christ,
he is a new creature:
old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new."
2 Corinthians 5:17

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Capturing California... Mountains and Skies

One thing I was quick to realize
when we first moved to California
is that it, in no way, lacks in beauty!
We are surrounded
by constant, visual reminders
of our Creator's glory!

And when we travel to visit our eldest,
I always return home with a camera
full of snapshots from our trip...
and that's exactly what happened
when we surprised our eldest
a little over a week ago.

Miles and miles of YHVH's
beautiful handiwork!
And snapshots to share...

"The heavens declare his righteousness,
and all the people see his glory."
Psalm 97:6

His bow in the sky...
a reminder of His promises

As we drove, the children
noticed the clouds atop the mountains
and thought of what we've been
reading in Scripture lately...

"And mount Sinai
was altogether on a smoke,
because {YHVH} the LORD
descended upon it in fire:
and the smoke thereof ascended
as the smoke of a furnace,
and the whole mount quaked greatly."
Exodus 19:18

... The desert and mountains meet...

Joshua trees

Many of the mountains had beautiful
blankets of snow...

And here is where we enjoyed playing in the snow

"The works of {YHVH} the LORD are great,
sought out of all them that have pleasure therein."
Psalm 111:2

"...stand still, and consider
the wondrous works of {Elohim} God.
Job 37:14


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