Category Archives: Seasonal

Sabbath Sweetness: Spring Will Come

Every year since Jesus formed the earth, spring has come just as planned. We need never fear, never wonder. He is faithful to turn the gears of time in the same rhythm, this God of order. Relax and anticipate the individual surprises that usher in the season–the first snow crocus, the return of the first goose, the buds on new trees. Revel in His gifts.

Thrifty Smart

I love seasonal magazines–I love flipping through recipes, activity and craft ideas. Recently I gathered up all my favorite old magazines and filed them by month. My wallet and my husband thank me.

(I knew I’d find a use for my old Riverside. I just can’t bear to part with it)

On the Fifth Day of Christmas…

my true love gave to me–

Five loads of pukey laundry

Four children sleeping on the kitchen floor near the throw-up bowl

Three hours of sleep

Two cranky parents

And one husky who was mad he missed his walk and pooped on all the Christmas toys.

Good thing Jesus is our reason for celebration–and He’s eternally good!

In Response to Christ…

Elizabeth, under the power of the Holy Spirit, says:

Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

Mary responds:

My soul magnifies the Lord

 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior

For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;

For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. 

For He who is mighty has done great things for me,

And holy is His name

And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation

He has shown strength with His arm;

He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 

He has put down the mighty from their thrones,

And exalted the lowly

He has filled the hungry with good things,

And the rich He has sent away empty. 

 He has helped His servant Israel, In remembrance of His mercy,

As He spoke to our fathers,

To Abraham and to his seed forever.”

Lord, let my response to Your truth always exalt You and You alone. Like Mary, let me be humble in heart, saying, “May it be done to me as You have said.” No matter how I feel about Your plans, in spite of how life looks, let me submit my person to You. You alone are worthy to be praised. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in His mercy has given us great life!

Merry CHRISTmas!

Our December

We’ve been baking cookies


playing with our many nativities

working through our Advent materials

and spending time with good friends.

Lord, as we celebrate your birth on earth, let us turn our every smile and sweet moment to you in glorious praise.

Merry Christmas from Sonflower Sisters!

A hearty holiday greeting from my Sonflower Sisters group.

Christmas Train

Chuck’s grandfather passed along his Lionel trains to Chuck’s dad, who passed them along to Chuck. He hasn’t done much with them since his father’s death, nearly 5 years ago. But this Christmas he’s beginning to pass on his love for trains to his own children.

Brad was so excited, he asked Chuck to wake him up every morning before he leaves for work so they can run them together.

Chuck’s been collecting train sets since we’ve been married. He has a set for each child. I pray one day they sit around their tree with their own children, showing them how their daddy taught them to run the trains.


I decorated this window over a year ago. It’s been sitting behind my couch since then. Hubby finally hung it for me just in time for this Christmas–a little early gift.

Check out my little KONOS Tree for All Seasons done up in aqua Christmas decor. I love living on the water! I have so much freedom to do things that just wouldn’t fly inland.