Personal Encouragement

Passover Blessings

In every generation let each man look on himself as if he came forth out of Egypt.

As it is said: "And you shall tell your son in that day, saying: It is because of that which Yahweh did for me when I came forth out of Egypt" (Exodus 13:8).

It was not only our fathers that the Holy One, blessed be He, redeemed, but us as well did He redeem along with them.

As it is said: "And He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land which He swore to our fathers" (Deuteronomy 6:23).

Therefore, we are bound to thank, praise, laud, glorify, exalt, honor, bless, extol, and adore Him Who performed all these miracles for our fathers and for us. He has brought us forth from slavery to freedom, from sorrow to joy, from mourning to celebration, from darkness to great light, and from bondage to redemption.

From a Haggadah provided by Beit Hallel

May our Heavenly Father grant you a blessed Passover as we remember Yeshua's sacrifice, atonement, and deliverance!

To love one another

February comes, and the stores start trying to market things which they say will show our loved ones that we care about them. Be it flowers or candy, spending money is supposed to prove our love.

But love isn't meant to be shown one day or even one month out of the year. As the second greatest commandment, "Love one another", thoughts of love should be on our minds daily.

Love is a choice, and it's easy to choose to love our spouse when they're being, well, lovable. But true love denies ones self and stays steady even when the easier path isn't one of love.

If I'm going to love my husband, I need to know how God defines love. On my wedding day, I vowed obey my husband, because obedience is a sign of love. We obey our heavenly Father out of love (John 14:21 "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me."). 

The frequently cited passage about love from the New Testament comes from 1 Corinthians 13. When we got married, a friend of mine gave us this passage, framed, for hanging on our wall. It hangs there, year after year, and I've spent many hours reading the words and pondering my actions in light of them. And you know what? It works for me.

Love suffers long and is kind... Patience. Kindness. So many times I don't feel like having patience, yet this passage attacks that problem right away.  

...love does not envy... Jealousy. A woman can think of a hundred things to be envious of, but envy will breed bitterness. My best solution? Get busy and keep loving!

Love does not parade itself, is not puffed up... Oh, how many times I want to say, "See?! I was right." Love doesn't care about "right", it cares about kindness and patience and selflessness. Pride is self-love, and it will battle truly loving your spouse. 

...does not behave rudely, does not seek its own... Gentleness rather than jesting, something I had to practice remembering. When I jokingly laugh at or belittle someone else, especially my husband, it forms a "rough" demeanor rather than conveying gentleness.

...is not provoked, thinks no evil... Ah, yes. The ever-tempting "I'm sure he meant..." or "How could he NOT notice?!" Think good thoughts. Think the best of your husband. You'll surprise him, and you'll probably surprise yourself, too.

...does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth... Do not be glad when your husband fails, even when you're tempted to start getting "puffed up" because of it. Rejoice in the truth in all situations and DON'T gossip, even to your husband. 

...bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Hopes all things? Bears all things? Endures all things? Believes all things? "My husband surely isn't worthy of perfect love like that," you say. Why should we?? Because God first loved us.  

For practical, down-to-earth advice on making your marriage a blissful one, I recommend this book.

Getting it all "done"

Recently, Court asked me, "How do you honestly do it all?!" As happens in blog-world from time to time, we read the chronicles of someone's life (the tiny snippet placed in their blog!) and get it into our heads that they are perfect in everything they do, which leads (usually) to either jealousy and dislike, or unbalanced amazement and awe. Tammy and Eliyahu

Crystal at Biblical Womanhood shared this post about "getting things done" (or, not!) and guess what! I've been there too! ;) My face still gets a little red when I get an unexpected guest and have to invite them in to a house littered with toys, laundry, and dirty dishes.

One guest spotted the pan of (cold) pizza left on the kitchen table and said, "Oh! Did I interrupt your meal?"

"Ummm, no. Actually, we ate lunch a few hours ago. I just never got the leftovers put away. Yet..."

But I have stopped apologizing for having a house that looks a little... lived in... when people stop over. Do I try to have a dirty, messy house? No. :)

But I truly hope that none of my readers think that my house is always clean, our meals are always full-blown (ha!), and that I run around "doing it all"!

For starters, go back to this post, and look at the living room photos. Imagine the bottom two bookshelves completely empty, and toys all over the floor. And the cushion on the piano bench lying crumpled on the floor somewhere. That cute little race car rug gets moved and rolled up and played with, too.

Look at the bedroom photos, and forget about the beds being neatly made up. That happens like once a month. (Or, whenever I plan to take photos!) ;) And the cloth diapers that are all folded? Usually they're sitting in a laundry basket on the floor, and they definitely don't get folded before the next use.

Do I want to always have a tidy house? Yes! But I just don't invest the time and effort (all day nagging and fretting) to have a perfect house all the time. I try to keep the house clean, but remember that when Joshua says he could eat off my kitchen floor, that's only because he doesn't know what gets spilled on there. ;)

And as for meals, well, we've had taco salad twice this week, and the only side I served with it was a cooked vegetable. Joshua gets a packed lunch every day, and we usually just have granola for breakfast unless it's a weekend.

Do I try to make nice meals? Yes. I try to make sure we have a source of protein, some carbs, and some veggies at each meal. Do I make elaborate meals every day? No. We eat leftovers sometimes. I honestly can't spend all day cooking. I have gotten faster over the years, and I have my own little shortcuts. I don't spend 2 hours making dinner each day.

When we have guests, I make bigger meals. I make 4-6 different foods (usually) and it's all really nice stuff. This is partly because when we have guests, I'm cooking for 8+ people rather than 2-3. I love cooking and we love having company over. But it can take me the good part of a day to make all the food, and I just can't do that every single day.

I do have two little children, and they do require care. I do spend a good amount of time just doing things like changing diapers, giving baths, and nursing!

But in other ways, I have it really easy. Yehoshua still takes an afternoon nap. Eliyahu naps in the afternoon, too, and I get the option of either working on this website or taking a nap myself! And I know keeping a house clean for a family of 4 is much easier than when there's 6, or 8, or even more!

The children are old enough to play together some now, and they also help with the work. Yehoshua absolutely loves helping with laundry, mopping, or baking. Eliyahu loves doing dishes with me. We try to have a combination of play time (building with blocks, reading stories, playing "monster", etc.) and time spent working together.

Do I always acheive the perfect balance? Definitely not. But we're learning as we go along, what's most important and what works for us. 
 

My husband and children are far more important than a clean house or hot meal. But on the other hand, the house doesn't clean itself, and meals don't just magically come out of my oven!

There has to be a balance of work (to acheive meals, clean clothing, etc.) and time just spent enjoying each other.

 

I'll be the first to admit that I set high goals for myself. I have plans and dreams and ideas, and I never get close to actually doing everything I'd like to do.

While I have mental schedules and plans, I also realise that it's just a guide. I don't feel like I have to get everything done. Things get pushed to the next day or the day after. Believe it or not, a lot of days I don't have a huge long list of must-dos! And at other times in my life (like when I was pregnant or had a newborn baby) I set my "goals" for the day really, really low.*

Here are some of my thoughts on scheduling and getting things "done".

Some things can wait. Vacuuming can usually wait a few extra days, unless there's an urgent mess or guests are coming. Cleaning the bathroom is another thing that can wait sometimes, with no lasting effects. In my mind, dusting the furniture can wait for... a very long time.  Laundry may or may not be one of those things. Dishes, at least for me, usually can't be put off.

Some things shouldn't wait. There are things that take just moments to do, and I try to not let myself put those things off. For example, paying bills, starting dinner, putting away leftovers after a meal, or putting something back after using it. I find it's best to do the little, 5-minute things without delay. Then my mind is free to think about other things.

Here's my other little secret: Work hard. Seriously! When I really get a lot of "things" done, it's almost always because I put a lot of effort into it and didn't work slowly.

Have guides, not rigid schedules, and set boundaries. One if my "boundaries" is concerning my computer time. I only use the computer when the children are napping or asleep for the night. (Now, I just need to do better about getting to bed earlier myself!)

An example of a "guide" rather than a rigid schedule, would be that I try to get Joshua's lunch packed in the morning, any time before noon. I don't pack his lunch every morning from 8-8:30 am. (Some mornings, I'm not even out of bed yet then!) I just fit it into my morning.

Setting a time for some things is great. Most of us do have to live bits of our lives by the clock, like when we need to be somewhere at a certain time. And I've found that leaving only a 30-minute window for meal times is helpful (say, 5:00-5:30 pm for having dinner ready each night), rather than eating dinner at 4:30 pm one evening and 6:45 pm the next, because there's no set time frame.

In the next few days, I plan to share more specific cleaning tips or guidelines I try to go by. I also have photos of my de-cluttered kitchen to share. If you can glean anything helpful from my thoughts and ideas, then yay! But please don't think I "do it all, all the time"... because I don't! :)

*My best advice for having a new baby can be found here. I am not an expert! I only have two children. But with planning (working hard ahead of time!) and support, you can relax more while doing "nothing" (i.e. nursing, changing diapers, nursing, changing diapers, etc...)!

I blog about things besides food. Like TV.

I'm posting such a variety of blog entries this past week! I've really been having a blast blogging about whatever's on my mind and taking a week's break from my normal postings of menus, Works-for-me Wednesday tips, and Frugal Fridays at biblical Womanhood.

I love blogging about cooking and kitchen-related topics, but sometimes those things crowd out the everyday stuff that's really on my mind! Because no, I don't just think about cooking, recipes, and food all day! Wink

And what I'm thinking about right now, is television.

You can blame it on this post, where Barbara Curtis writes about her thoughts on television

 

I've never owned a television, so the closest I've come to living with one has been when I've stayed at other people's houses. I don't think television "is evil". We choose not to have one for many reasons. Here are just a few, and in no particular order!

1. Our home is quiet. One thing I've noticed about a lot of homes with TVs is that there is constantly a background noise. The children aren't accustomed to quietness. Toys, games, and other entertainment (like TV) is loud and electronic. Maybe some people can think deep thoughts with such constant noise. I sure couldn't.

We often have classical music playing in the kitchen, but it actually lends to a creative, thoughtful environment rather than a noise-overload. And we're not afraid to turn off the music. We won't miss anything, because our CDs or the library CDs will still be here tomorrow.

2. We fill "TV time" with more creative activities. Whether I used a TV as a "babysitter" (instead of the children playing together, building things, or helping me with my work) or as a planned activity (like story time), it would be using valuable time that we presently spend together. Because...

3. Looking at a screen isn't really spending time together. Television, movies, video games -- none of these things seem to spark the conversation or interaction of activities like board games or outdoor games. I want my children to have creative hands-on experiences in a variety of things and to learn to interact with each other, as well as with friends.

4. People tend to rely on TV as a vital part of their everyday lives. I've never lived with a television, so I don't miss having one. I don't have trouble thinking of activities for my children. I never have difficulty filling the hours of the day. I never have to see immodest commercials. I never have to hear foul language. But I would if I watched television, because...

5. Television is full of sin, immodesty, and wickedness. I know, people say, "Well, the things I watch are only good things." I'm not saying that there is nothing good on TV. But from what I have seen and heard first-hand, the bad outweighs the good. We even find many of the commercials to be offensive. We don't want that in our home, and we have a choice, so we decided no TV! :)

6. Television takes time. When people find out we don't own a TV, they ask things like, "What do you do all day?!" or (Joshua's favorite), "How do you know what to think?!" to which he replies, "Well, I can read, you know..."

7. Television can have harmful effects (not just morally!) on people, especially children. Barbara linked to this article from the American Academy of Pediatrics about the effects of television on families. I think TV has been a contributing factor to the population's decreasing attention span. Viewers also tend to accept streaming information without the careful thought, scrutiny, and criticism given to the written word.

I'm sure there are more reasons not to have a television. I'm sure there are also reasons to have a TV. These are just some of the reasons I'm glad we don't own one. ;)

The beauty of the Sabbath

"'And there was evening, and there was morning, the sixth day.'

"So ends the work of creation; and with nightfall, a new world is about to begin. A world of holiness and tranquility. A world within a day, the seventh day. For on the seventh day, God rested, and God blessed the seventh day, and God sanctified it."

-Yarda Hashabbat (the Sabbath descends)

"My teacher used to say that all that's beautiful in this world was beautiful because it had limits, not in spite them. We see the beauty of the rainbow because we sense its disappearance. We see the beauty of the rose because tomorrow it will wilt and lose its petals. All beauty has an end in our eyes.

"Now, in the eyes of God, beauty is eternal. It has no end and no beginning; but for us this would not be possible. So God, with great compassion, sets light facing darkness, the ocean facing dry land, the earth facing the moon; and all is made beautiful by this setting, because all is made meaningful by it.

"The darkness lets go of endless secrets because the light shines through it, and the ocean finally reaches its shore because the earth is waiting there for it. All this exists within God's world, and comes and goes in God.

"But we can see the beauty of it only because there is a differentiation. Havdallah. And now the Sabbath is departed, and we are sad. And the Sabbath is made even holier because we are sad. And may the sadness we feel today illuminate our joy in the week to come."

-Havdallah (the "separation" between
the Sabbath and the rest of the week)

We've been enjoying Songs for the Sabbath as we rest and reflect on our heavenly Father's goodness to us. I just wanted to share the beginning and ending quotes from the CD.

Why we don't celebrate Christmas

It probably seems odd that we believe Yeshua (Jesus) is the Son of God and yet we don't celebrate Christmas. Below are some of the reasons why we choose not to observe Christmas in our home.

1. Yeshua (Jesus) was not born on December 25th. While the information on this topic is scant, no primary evidence or early sources point to December 25th. To the contrary, a number of points from the Gospels themselves make a December date extremely unlikely. Winters in Israel are very cold, so much so that shepherds would have had their flocks in shelters at night. Yet the Gospels record the shepherds living in the fields at night tending their flocks (Luke 2:8). Likewise the census (Luke 2:1-7) would have likely occurred after harvest time (September-October) when "revenue" was the highest and the weather and road conditions were still good. December would have been a highly unpopular time for a census. Finally, the priestly courses of Zecharias indicate Yeshua was likely born in either the spring or fall, not winter. John's Gospel possibly narrows the timeframe more when he wrote, "And the Word became flesh, and did tabernacle among us" (John 1:14, YLT). This may be a hint that he was possibly born during the Feast of Tabernacles, which occurs in the fall.

Conjecture aside, we cannot say with absolute certainty when he was born, but we can safely say no substantial evidence points toward December, let alone December 25th. The birth of the Son of God is a significant prophetic event (e.g. Isa 7:14, 9:6f; Micah 5:1ff; Gen 3:15; etc), yet the authors of the inspired Scriptures thought it best not only to gloss over "when" he was born, but likewise to make no indication that his birth was to be remembered and celebrated as an annual event. This seems to be in contrast to Pentecost, Passover/The Lord's Supper, and so forth. Which leads us to...

2. The Bible contains a number of celebrations, festivals, and fasts to commemorate the saving graces--past, present and future--of Yahweh. These include Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost (Feast of Weeks), the Day of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), the Feast of Tabernacles, and Purim.

The festivals begin in the spring and proceed throughout the year, revealing a beautiful picture of salvation and the constant provision Yahweh has given to his people. The commanded festivals were so important that the sun and moon were set in motion to mark the festivals ("seasons"; Gen 1:14). There is much to be learned, and reminded of, in the annual festival cycle.

For example, we see how Israel was redeemed from Egypt at Passover and brought into freedom from the bondage of slavery; yet we see how Yahweh used Passover again as a means to free from slavery, but this time from the bondage of sin through the blood of the Lamb of God.

Similarly, in Biblical times the fall festival of Tabernacles was when his people came up to his holy mountain and dwelled in temporary dwellings as a reminder of when Yahweh dwelled among Israel in the wilderness. This language is re-used when Yeshua "tabernacled among us" during his lifetime; and more importantly, the day will come when Yahweh tabernacles (dwells) with his people for eternity. This is all in fulfillment of the promise to Noah and Shem when Yahweh said, "...and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem" (Gen 9:27). The feast of Tabernacles is a reminder of the fulfillment of the good promises Yahweh has given his people.

These are just scant examples of how the festival cycle has many lessons to teach us about God's plan, both past and present, for not only for his people but for us as individuals. Christmas, in our meager experience, is "out of place" in our home.

3. Many of the events, practices, and subtleties of the modern Christmas tradition were absorbed from or influenced by non-Biblical religions.

4. Christmas, in America, is extremely commercial and secular. The November-to-December retailer blitz has no redeeming purpose other than to get consumer money into their coffers. What do Christmas trees, stockings, Santa Claus, Yule logs, mistletoe, and the 12 Days of Christmas have to do with... Christ's birth?

While not all Christians are guilty of over indulging in the season, there is no question that the season itself is very commercialized and that the traditions Christians have invested into Christmas are drowned by mainstream commercialism and secularism. Christmas is commercialism at its best/worst.

5. We are very frank and honest with our children, which conflicts with the myth of Santa Claus. Saint Nick is not seen, is all knowing, and brings rewards and punishments accordingly. Many children are led to believe this myth, only to discover many years later that Santa was a hoax -- sprung upon them by their loving parents. This can cause innocent young children to question the integrity of their parents.

Yahweh has made us role models and authorities for our children and we believe we should act and speak in integrity at all times. Willfully sowing seeds of doubt while bearing false witness to our children may cause skepticism about Yahweh, who, like Mr. Claus, is not seen, is all-knowing, and judges and rewards fairly. The truth that Yahweh lives is too important to jeopardize by tricking our children into believing fables in the name of good natured fun and seasonal festivity.

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-- think about such things" (Phil 4:8).

These are some of the major reasons why we, as a family, have decided to abstain from celebrating Christmas. I (Joshua) have not observed Christmas for over a decade and have not seen any compelling reasons why I, personally, would want to practice this tradition.

For our home we believe it is a good example for our children to abstain from Christmas and instead focus our attention to the festive gatherings found in the Bible. This allows us to focus more time, energy, and thought into the Biblical feasts which we find more edifying and wholesome for our lifestyle and faith. It has also made us mindful to give and bless others year 'round (not just once a year) and to try to find the meaning of our Savior's life and work as a matter of daily practice, not season. :)

Blessings, Part 1

A Source Of Joy Graphics

The past week or two has seemed impossibly long... and there have been so many days of just work, work, work... and no stopping for play or reflection. YHWH has been sending blessings though, and I am just amazed by His goodness, yet again! Here is some of what I'm praising Him for today!

  • Music! Yesterday, my younger brother Reuben came over and told us that he had gotten us a stereo! Our old one had become so temperamental that it would only play one certain CD and occasionally a tape (with coaxing). I am so thrilled because now we can listen to music downstairs! After over a year of not getting to listen to any of my music, I have plenty to choose from! :)
  • Clearance sales at Aldi's!
  • Visitors coming for a weekend... next weekend!
  • Tea! My supply of tea was getting surprisingly low, but today it was replenished in a huge way! My friend Lin sent me several large packages and included tea... TONS of tea! Included were two boxes of tea from a really wonderful brand, Revolution Tea. I can hardly bear the fact that I can't try every single tea at once! Be on the lookout for lots of tea reviews soon (when I find time to take pictures and all that)! And to think that today at the grocery store I could hardly pull myself away from the tea aisle, but I eventually did, empty-handed (or would that be empty-cart-ed?), all the while not knowing that there was tea and more tea in the mail for me today!
  • Free fruit! A friend gave us a grocery sack each of pears and apples! I can't wait to write about what we made with them! :)
  • My babies... who are so kissable and sweet...
  • Bedtime and a little nursling 

My daily schedule, starting September 2006

Childrens' baths: Every other day (or more often if needed!)

Laundry and diapers: Basically whenever it's sunny; I wash about 3 loads of diapers, 2 loads of work clothes, and 3 loads of other laundry per week.

Cleaning and Errand Schedule:

Sundays: Dust furniture and clean mirrors.

Mondays: Clean bathroom, vacuum, mop

Tuesdays: Grocery shopping (9:30 am until noon)

Wednesdays: Catch-up day (I'm always behind on something!)

Thursdays: Teach music lessons (8-11 am and 7-9:30 pm)

Fridays: Tidy house (more than usual) and cook ahead for Sabbath.

yawn... ;)

Daily (weekday) Schedule

Mornings: ~7:30 am to ~1:30 pm

~7:30 am Yehoshua (2.5) and Eliyahu (9 mo.) wake up. Usually whoever wakes up first, wakes up the other child, along with me. :) Sometimes they get up as early as 7, but I try to make them sleep in just a little. If it's before 7, Yehoshua has to lay down and listen to music and at least rest until 7:30. ;) Eliyahu, of course, sleeps/nurses beside me. Some days the children sleep in until as late as 8:30 am... that sure is nice! But I can't count on it. ;)

When it's time for the children to get up, I change Eliyahu's diaper (if needed) and take off Yehoshua's nighttime diaper and take him potty. Yehoshua gets dressed and then we eat breakfast together. Lately it's been chilly here, so a lot of times I start baking something right away... granola, muffins, biscuits, a cake, etc. Eliyahu plays while Yehoshua and I eat or cook.

I usually try to start my laundry early in the morning, especially now that it's colder outside. I like to hang everything out on the clothesline and it needs to get out early in order to be dry before dark! :) So, I sort and start laundry in-between cleaning up from breakfast/cooking and caring for Eliyahu and Yehoshua.

Usually they just play during this time, and sometimes we work in a few Bible stories or fun stuff like that. Yehoshua does help stir things when I'm cooking, and both children go out to "help" me hang laundry. They love going outside! :)

Also during the morning we start lunch preparations, as lunch is the largest meal of our day. I usually try to make something pretty nice (main course, vegetable, bread, fruit/salad, dessert) and have it ready about 12:30 pm, and we all eat together.

I also pack a lunch for Joshua (for him to eat at work) and try to have that prepared and packed by noon, so it's ready in plenty of time. I have always packed his lunches (whenever he has needed to take a lunch to work) and we save a lot of money by never buying lunches. Plus, the food is better and healthier. ;)

After lunch, Joshua plays with the children and we talk about our days and various things. I usually try to clean up a little (somehow the house gets trashed throughout the course of the morning!) but often don't get things all tidied before it's time for the children to take their afternoon naps.

Mornings are just crazy around our house! Between breakfast, lunch, packing Joshua's lunch, doing laundry, and cooking, it's just crazy busy! But then things slow down a little...

Afternoons: ~1:30 pm to ~6:00 pm

~1:30 pm Yehoshua and Eliyahu go down for afternoon naps. Usually I try to coordinate the naps so they're both asleep at once. If I'm super-tired, I'll nap with Eliyahu. Otherwise, I spend time with Joshua or use the computer and type up recipes or check email or write.

~3:15 Yehoshua and Eliyahu wake from their naps. They usually sleep 1 1/4-2 hours total. When they get up, we play or do "school" (reading, counting, letters, coloring, etc.) and then eat a very light supper, usually leftovers from lunch. We bring in laundry, check the mail, or give baths.

At the end of my rope... ;)

Evenings: ~6:00 pm and later

~6:00 pm I start trying to get any cleaning done that needs to be done for the day. Sometimes that means vacuuming and mopping floors, or cleaning the bathroom, or dusting, etc. Yehoshua helps me wash the dishes (usually we have the whole day's dishes to do) and we put away the dry dishes from the day before. We get the downstairs completely tidied and everything put in its place or taken care of. This is the only time of day that my house looks spotless! :)

~7:30 or 8:00 pm Eliyahu nurses and goes to sleep. Yehoshua and I continue our cleaning or start getting him ready for bed also.

Yehoshua has to brush his teeth, get pajamas on, and have a nighttime diaper put on before bed. He always gets at least one Bible story before sleep, and he listens to music while he's going to sleep. He's usually in bed between 8:30 pm and 10:00 pm. His bedtime depends somewhat on how many chores I need to get done. (He helps me.)

~9:00 pm Both children are (hopefully) asleep, and I can take a shower and work on my website. Eliyahu usually gets up to eat again at about 11 pm. Sometimes I go to bed then, and other times I stay up even later. Eliyahu wakes about 3-4 times per night and nurses and gets his diaper changed and goes back to sleep. :)

Another Rummaged Delight: Bunny Mug

I just couldn't resist posting a photo of Yehoshua's newest treasure, compliments of today's rummage sale. This cute Bunny Mug is his very own cup from which to drink tea. He loves this mug, and always points to the Papa Bunny's black hat and says, "Hat! Mama, hat!"

It's so fun to delight my little boy with such treasures, worldly and fleeting though they be.

 Yehoshua's new Bunny Mug

How much more our Heavenly Father must joy in our delight when he sends blessings our way!

Rummaging Delights

My clothesline!

YHWH has blessed us so much. This is what my clothesline looks like right now! This morning, bright and early, my two sisters and I headed out to a rummage sale. My mom watched Yehoshua and Eliyahu while we spent over 2 hours rummaging and exclaiming with delight over our finds! At $1.00 per heaping grocery bag, things seemed practically free. I spent $3.00 today, and came home with clothing for myself, Yehoshua, and Eliyahu, childrens' books, two back packs, a few toys, and an ice cream scoop for Joshua. ;)

All day yesterday, Yehoshua ran around wearing pants with no underwear, because his underwear was all in the wash. Today I found about 20 pairs of like-new boys' underwear, sizes 2-6.

I'm just thrilled, because so many things I had desired to have, we found! I got several new shirts for myself, just as my older ones seem to be wearing out. Yehoshua got a jump rope. Eliyahu got a chew toy. ;) I even found a few really nice things to give to other people! :D

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