Monday, December 20, 2010

Oh, to be 18...

Eighteen things I'm thankful for:
  1. God's amazing grace
  2. My family
  3. Books
  4. My church
  5. Music
  6. Lessons learned
  7. The Neals
  8. Cold weather
  9. Friends
  10. The Hoods
  11. Chocolate
  12. Photos
  13. Sweet memories
  14. True knowledge
  15. Paul Washer
  16. My violin teacher
  17. Dark chocolate ice cream
  18. Healthy eating and living

In Christ,

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A New House...

Here is some pictures of the progress and completion of my dollhouse! Though this is old news for my family, I thought to share it with you. Well first of all, I (or Mom) bought this at a boutique from a Russian lady that started the price at $30, and finally sold it to us for $10. Oh, and the house came with a full collection of furniture that seems to have been hand-crafted. So, in the past year or so I have slowly worked at fixing it up. So, ta da!

Painting my dollhouse from a forgotten-mustard-yellow, to a green that is the same as my room. :)

The living room.

The kitchen.

The stair-landing/ hallway.

The entire house!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Simple Joys

So, this past month I've been thinking about each "small" thing that the Lord is showing me, and I've started to record them in a small, special journal, entirely devoted to specific instances of His sweet faithfulness (I'd highly suggest this, it's so encouraging and precious to look back at His blessings and evidences of His work!). I have started to keep a regular journal again as well--hopefully I'll be more consistent with that! Mrs. Mitzi has kept quite a few these past years and she has said that it is so encouraging and refreshing to read about past struggles and prayers, not only to see how God has sanctified but also to remind what she needs to watch for now.
For myself, it's a bit shameful to read through past journals and diaries--honestly, I don't read them unless I am going through a major spring cleaning phase (in which case, I convince myself that I really ought to keep them).
I'm so grateful that I've started now, especially with this new season (with the Hoods) just beginning! I'm excited about the different ways the Lord will use for us to minister to each other and those around us.

So far, this season with the Hoods has magnified three things:

The good, the bad, and the joys of Life.

The Good
We are so blessed. God has been showing me all of the many sweet blessings in our life. We are able to live in a comfortable size home for both of our families. Our family is at an age and season where we can be quite flexible with our schedules (No nap times, feeding times, or diaper rashes for the Marques'). Many hands make light work and there are many opportunities to practice teaching an everyday chore (I haven't thought about what it means to really sweep the floor in a while!). Also, it is so much easier to do things when you have enthusiastic and grateful people watching!

The Bad
Pre-Hood Season we had a pretty "lazy day" schedule; as in, if I didn't get something specific done in the morning, I could easily push it out to the afternoon with no problem. Now I have a definite push to be more diligent with my time; sure I could spend all day studying, but really, there are so many other things and projects that ought to be done, that I need to use the time I have and use it well. There are lots of things that can be done in the day, there only needs to be time scheduled for each item :)

The joys of Life
I love being able to do fun things with the older Hood girls (Naomi can't join us just yet). It has been such a blessing to learn to include them in serving both families as well as spending time reading on the sofa. I love all of the things Abbey says and ways that she helps her siblings. I love the insight and questions Mia and Abbey bring to our family worship time. I love when Nate hugs us goodbye when we go for errands. I love the way Naomi runs around in her diaper (!!!).

These first few weeks have been encouraging and a blessing, and I'm looking forward to what lies ahead.

p.s. The skeins of yarn mostly represent the many projects and plans that are blooming in my mind--lots of knitting and crafty stuff to be done! They also represent the relaxing hobby that I can take with me everywhere; I know I'm being useful and industrious-even when I'm at a stoplight or incredibly long line-I think that is what relaxes me (in addition to the fact that I LOVE to knit).

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

{Letter to Dad}

Dear Dad,

As I type this I am sitting across from the Birthday Girl and I'm feeling pretty covert and secretive; I think it has something to do with the fact that I am writing about her and she doesn't know it that it so exhilarating (is this a bad habit?).
At any rate, I was just thinking that this time last year I was walking around sunny, balmy Florida with Mickey while everyone was home celebrating her birthday. Now you are the one a plane-ride away while we are here--I know how you must feel :)
Never fear, we didn't eat a speck of ice cream (or cake) without you, but please hurry and come home tomorrow (at Mia's request-she talked about ice cream and a movie all through dinner tonight).
Today we took the car to the mechanic (hence the above Rockwell-although Mr. Corbs was FAR more helpful than the man in the print), ran some errands, and raced home to find Nicole and the Stickies already in the driveway. Perfect :)

Well, I'm starting to prop up my eyelids with toothpicks so I'd better close. Seriously, we're praying that you arrive home safely tomorrow; as usual Mom REALLY misses you. Thankfully Sophie and Mia are keeping her company tonight :)

I love you dearly,


Tonight I bathed Dom in the kitchen sink, more for my enjoyment than his; it was so fun to rinse him off with the faucet, really beats bending over the bathtub--and he's just so edible in the sink!

Happy Birthday Mica!

Dearest darling...Mica ( omitted the "dumpling" part),
We hope that you have a blessed and happy birthday!
Caro :)


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