27 April 2010

Multitude Monday (but now it's Tuesday)

As usual on a Monday (or sometimes a Tuesday if I don't get around to posting on a Monday, heh heh), the list continues. The notebook on the kitchen table has somehow become the notebook under a pile of school papers and books...funny how that happens.
It's time to dust it off and catch up on recording all the ways we are blessed.

479 gumdrops
480 school decision for Walter done
481 new CDs that John bought just for me!
482 laughing with friends
483 book on prayer that is changing me A Praying Life by Paul Miller
484 the Lord's comfort
485 our house that we rent. As much as I dream about owning someday, I'm grateful to not be financially strapped by a house
486 the apostle Peter and his letters
487 our community group
488 blooming trees all around!
489 first year to watch the Boston Marathon -- what a thrill!
490 dogwoods -- remind me of our years in Atlanta
491 vacation week and break from routine
492 funny emails from family

493 the lilacs are coming!
494 new, yummy recipes I've been trying
495 looking forward already to next school year




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25 April 2010

And now, a poem.

Lawn chairs neatly line
Right field.
Caps pulled low,
Chins tucked into top of fleece zippers
As chilled April breeze blows at their backs.
Sun sinks behind the neighboring houses;
Blanket-wrapped legs;
Hushed chatter, no raucous calls.
Stoic,
Waiting to see what the season will hold:
Pitching problems? Ball handling?
Waiting and watching.
Little League Opening Day.

18 April 2010

Sunday Dinner



Yumminess beyond measure tonight. We picked up two bags of mussels at Whole Paycheck (I mean, Whole Foods Market) this afternoon and John cooked them up in some white wine sauce. I prepared a scrumptious baguette drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper, broiled and then topped with Parmesan shavings...same one we had at Easter. Cold beer, salad, being all together at the end of the day in our cozy kitchen. Delish.


16 April 2010

What She Said

Go here, especially if you are a mama. Be blessed.

09 April 2010

Singing

This is all I have this morning. I can never think of or sing this song without remembering Walter's best friend, Benjamin Barnes, singing this as a little, loud two-year-old, arms over his head to make a big "O".

Ooohhhhhhhhhhhh!
The Lord is good to me,
and so I thank the Lord
for giving me the things I need,
the sun and the rain and the appleseed!
The Lord is good to me!
Thank you, Jesus! Amen!

05 April 2010

Easter Monday

Easter sunrise from my kitchen window

Christ is rise
n! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

A lovely weekend of waiting and celebration was had at our house.

Saturday, the boys and I took an hour at the Holy Week prayer vigil at Covenant Church. I found it a wonderful way to remember that Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is a day of waiting, a day of vigil. We spent an hour in the special prayer space set up for Holy Week, listening to quiet hymns on CD, the boys painted, we read, we prayed. It was such a quiet, peaceful time and I am glad for it, a well as the time with my boys.
Then Saturday night Uncle Clay and Robin came, which is always cause for great celebration.

We had a delicious supper of chick pea and leek soup and baguettes drizzled with olive oil, topped with Parmesan cheese and roasted garlic. We watched the Final Four together and cheered for Butler, of course.

Then Sunday came!

John and the boys headed off to the sunrise service, as is their tradition, while I let the others sleep and I made preparations.


We went to church in order to praise with the congregation, and proclaim, loudly and together, "He is risen indeed!"
We came home and took some photos. John is missing because he was still at church.

We ate a wonderful Easter meal of ham, new potatoes, roasted asparagus, salad and THIS Meyer Lemon Crepe Cake. Thanks, Martha. That recipe is a keeper!

We also made guys out of play dough. Well, actually only Uncle Clay did, at Theo's request. His name is Tocci.
And now for the continuation of the list, eternal praise rising up to the Father, all creation singing that He is Lord and He reigns, in Him all things hold together, in Him is perfection and perfect peace!

0454 how soft my sheets are
0455 Walter's giggle
0456 seeing the boys playing basketball really hard
0457 sweaty boys
0458 church people, our family
0459 water, clean from the faucet
0460 my clear bubble umbrella
0461 dusty house
0462 cleaning
0463 restoring order, doing God's work
0464 getting warm in bed
0465 naps with Lucy
0466 working with committee people at church; thankful for their gifts
0467 Good Friday service, ending in awful darkness and silence
0468 prayer vigil at Covenant Church
0469 breathing deeply, from the diaphragm
0470 Easter bread! Easter demands a yeast bread, no matter how late you might have to go to bed because of it!
0471 sweeping up crumbs
0472 boys in matching Easter shirts
0472 one new thing to wear to remind us of our new life in Christ (this year I had a new bracelet)
0472 sunshine in my kitchen
0473 Clay and Robin's visit and the privilege of loving on them
0474 tiny Lucy wearing my purple high heels
0475 my husband appreciates me - so thankful!
0476 litte girl and her Daddy (she's the only one in the family who calls him that)
0477 Red Sox home opener (beating the Yankees was a bonus!)
0478 the Resurrection...Mary searching for her Lord...Him saying her name! He found her...He has found me.


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02 April 2010

The sun stops shining




One of my favorite books is The Jesus Storybook Bible. As the tag line says, "every story whispers His name".

Not only have I given this book as a gift for children and babies, I've also given it to adult friends. One friend to whom we gave it confessed that she would read it on the T (subway) in the morning with tears streaming down her face as the depth of the Father's love for her came to life.

The story for Good Friday is called "The sun stops shining". Here are a few of the images from the story to help us as we contemplate the days leading up to history's most important event.


Waiting with you for Easter...