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Life’s Moments

One of my favorite sayings is, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away!”.    This weekend we took the kids to see “Wildlights”.    Wildlights is a display of over 3 million twinkling Christmas lights at the Columbus Zoo.   When you walk through the front gates, and see all the beautiful lights around the pond, it takes your breath away!   Through out the zoo, they had set up fire pits to warm up beside, and concession stands selling hot chocolate.   It was a wonderful way to spend the evening with family – the only thing that would have made it better was to have snow coming down!  🙂   In the busyness of this holiday season, don’t forget to count the moments that take your breath away! 

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Brrrrrr, it was cold outside!!!!    But the lights were so pretty!

 

Landon staning in front of a beautiful tree!

Landon staning in front of a beautiful tree!

For those of you who are counting, Byron has now lost tooth # 4.   At this rate, the Tooth Fairy will soon be bankrupt!!!

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Byron has had a loose tooth for about 2 months now, the new one came in behind the old one, and the tooth needed to come out!    The kids would be playing outside and they’d all come running in screaming, “Byron lost a tooth!”.   My first question would be, “Is it the one that needs to come out?”   Noooo.   He lost two other ones – I didn’t even know they were that loose (that’s what happens when you play football in the back yard).    Finally after a lot of wiggling and pushing/pulling, that stubborn tooth came out!   So within one week, Byron lost 3 teeth!!!    Scott says Byron looks like a real hockey player now!  🙂

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Byron’s just glad that it’s not corn-on-the-cob season!  🙂

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BSF Fellowship

I have the privilege (and it truly is a privilege) of attending Bible Study Fellowship (www.bsfinternational.org) every Tuesday morning.   This is my 4th year of the 7 year course.   This study has been such a blessing in my life!    This year we are studying the Life of Moses – one of my favorite Bible characters!    One of the things I like about BSF is that every month or so, our group meets together after class, in the home of one of the ladies, to have “Fellowship”.   We eat lunch together and are able to share in a more detailed way what God is teaching us through the lessons.   Yesterday was my day to host!   What a blessing it was to have 8 other sisters-in-Christ sit around the table and tell how God is working in their lives, share prayer request, and also hear answers to prayer.    One thing that encourages me while reading of the Exodus of Israel, is the provision of God.   Over and over God provided for their needs – not too early and not too late – but right on time.   God is still the same God today, and He knows our needs too!!!   It reminds me of the hymn, “Jesus, Jesus how I trust Him!   How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er.   Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!  Oh for grace to trust Him more!”  

decorations on the kitchen window

decorations on the kitchen window

 

This was our Nov/Dec Fellowship, so my mother-in-law came over and helped me set some Christmas decorations out.   The wind chill was in the 20’s and the snow was just a blowing – kind of set the mood for Christmas!  🙂

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For those of you who are firm believers that the Christmas tree should not be put up until after Thanksgiving – my apologies!   Christmas is my favorite time of year, and I am blessed with a family who let’s me put the tree up early!  🙂

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Last evening we attended the Fall Concert for the Alton Darby Elementary, the school that our boys attend.   We were entertained with such songs as Purple People Eater, Chim Chim Chere, Don Gato, and many more fun songs.   On the front of the program was The Musician’s Creed, “The most important thing in music is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not only the achievement but what you learn and share along the way”.  

All the 2nd and 3rd graders

All the 2nd and 3rd graders

 

Can you find Landon?

Can you find Landon?

 

The 4th & 5th graders singing "Life is Highway" from the movie Cars.

All the 4th & 5th graders

 

The 4th and 5th graders singing “Life is a Highway'” from the movie Cars.

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Ezekiel Bread

Today was a cool and cloudy fall day – a perfect day to stay home and bake bread. Baking bread really isn’t hard work, you just have to set aside a window of t-i-m-e to do it (lots of steps). I usually use my Mother’s bread recipe (it’s delicious!), but I found a new bread recipe in the Oct/Nov Taste of Home Magazine that I wanted to try today. It’s called Ezekiel Bread, and it turned out so yummy! I love it when the house smells of fresh baked goods when the kids get off the bus, and Scott gets home from work. Wish you could stop by for a warm slice of fresh bread with apple butter on top. 🙂

 

start of process

Start of process

Oops - punch it down!

Oops - punch it down!

 

Final product - delicious!

Finished product - delicious!

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Home: More than Just a Word

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives we can lose sight of the purpose of our home. This week I’ve been reminded by several programs, devotionals, and people, just what the purpose of our home should be. I opened an email to discover another one of those forwards we all get from time to time. I almost hit “delete” but my eye landed on the acronym for the word “Home” :

Honor the Lord
Obey His Word
Minister to one another
Establish walls of truth

Honor the Lord: To seek to honor Him behind the closed doors of our homes. Sometimes we can honor God with our lips, but our hearts can be far from Him. The people who live with us will be the first to know!

Obey His Word: Not always easy! The Bible tells us to be submissive to our husbands, love others more than we love ourselves, and to pick up our cross (as we pick up after our little ones). As we do these things with humility, those we most want to impact will notice.

Minister to one another: Do we go out and give the best of what we have to offer to others, then give our leftovers to the people we profess to love the most? I want to minister to those in my own home first! Try to “out serve” your husband sometime and see what the response is. 🙂

Establish walls of truth: By building walls of truth – God’s truth, we guard our hearts and give our family a safe place to retreat and to rest. These walls of truth make our homes a fortress – a place to run to when our daily battles wear us down.

These are not things we can just do once and move on. They are daily requirements, regular sacrifices, and even personal struggles at times. My prayer, my mission is to make our home a place where there’s holiness and happiness – not perfection! So ladies, with God’s help, we can keep working to make H.O.M.E. mean so much more then freshly vacuumed carpet, clean bathrooms, and a full fridge. It can be a place where lives are impacted for God’s kingdom and relationships are strengthened – all for the glory of God!

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Antique Table

This weekend Scott’s parents brought over a table for us that is an Amish heirloom.   The table belonged to Scott’s great-grandfather, Sam C. Beachy.   We were talking about this at the dinner table tonight, and Landon said, “When I get my house, I call dibs on it.  I want my kids to say it’s was from their great, great, great-grandfather“.   🙂  It’s special to have a little piece of history in the house.   If that little table could talk, I would love to hear the stories it could tell!

 

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