Quiet and common notions...shared here...with you! Of life ~ our hearts and our home.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

{day 22} Home Quotes and Sentiments :: A Favorite Place

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A smile is a light in the window of your face 
to show your heart is at home.  ~ Anonymous

:: A Favorite Place ::

I know I've talked about this before... 
But, I'm a firm believer that the useful and functional kitchen of any house is the heart of that home!

It's my favorite place! 

As you walk through our front door... you step right into this very room.
I should think about it more often that this is the most vulnerable part of our home.
It's where we gather.  Where things collect.  Where folks are ushered through and asked to stay. Where activity is abundant...it's always on!!

Food is prepared and shared, here.  The smell of the kitchen matters and so should the floor!  Both are areas considered as efforts to be maintained...

Did I mention effort?  Seriously!

It's a cozy place.  




If a light is on... we're home!

If we're not... there is still a light left on... to welcome us back inside upon our return.

Nostalgia is remembering the pleasure of our old kitchen when we were kids, without remembering how long it took to wash the dishes.
~ Caroline Brownslow

A home is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for the body. ~ Margaret Fuller

Two more photos - taken right after lunch, this afternoon... just to say "Someone felt right at home..."

And, to leave you with a smile!!
Shew!! I'm grateful I found her and moved her safely to the living room sofa...

Participating in:  31 days/Five Minute Free Writes/ Photography Challenge.

I'll be daily updating this link, HERE, so that you can keep up with any entries you may have missed!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{day 21} Home Quotes and Sentiments :: Calm

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These photos are from some time ago - and have never been used, per say, in an actual blog post.  I would stumble across them, from time to time, in my files - but they never seemed to be "in season" - that is, until now!

:: Calm ::

Great word prompt.  And yet, I have no REAL semblance of words...
My heart and mind are far from it tonight.
Things are s.l.o.w.l.y. calming - but it's taking it's good ole time.  And, to top it off - I haven't been feeling well, physically today!  At all...
I just would appreciate your "quiet" thoughts and prayers...
Thank you, much.

Instead of quotes...tonight, I found, or heard, rather, two different songs today that have ministered so much to my soul and I just want to share them with you.
Thank you for listening!

Okay... I did find a quote that I can share..

Believe me, unless we have peace. and strive for peace in our home, 
we shall not find it homes of others. 
~ Teresa of Avila

Participating in:  31 days/Five Minute Free Writes/ Photography Challenge.

I'll be daily updating this link, HERE, so that you can keep up with any entries you may have missed!

Monday, October 20, 2014

{day 20} Home Quotes and Sentiments :: 4 o'clock!

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:: 4 o'clock ::

I cringed when I read the time- prompt!
Four o'clock - assuming, it's afternoon!!

It's that crazy hour.
The one that seems to be the one that flies by the fastest... and I never can keep up... nor, am I ever ready for it.

Oh but, I've been waiting...
Everyone's home from school, at this hour.  Everybody's hungry.  Supper is only an hour or two away.  Oh, that's right... it's time to start prepping and making something for dinner- if it hasn't been started already by now.

Everybody needs something right NOW... at the same time... as in like, two minutes ago!

There is homework to wrangle through...
Clothes to change out of and in to...
Squabbles to settle...attitudes to adjust.  Mine.
It's a rush...
And I can't rush time, and I can't go back.


Sorry to say, I'm not always on my best behavior - at the Four o'clock hour... and I worry how to make the most of my time, And, just how exactly to make the home-life moments count?  

That's being honest!  And I'm aiming to keep it real.


Time waits for no one...it marches on!  And, I stop!

Here is my daily song & prayer ~~

I NEED THEE, Oh I need thee. EVERY HOUR, I need thee... 
Oh, bless me now, my Saviour, I come to thee!!
And, He does,  He comes!

** Yes! for the sake of the photos, today, I moved the hands of time; moving them ahead and turning them back..

I speak it to God:  I don't want more time.  I want just enough time.  
Time to breathe deep and time to see real and time to laugh long, time to give You glory and rest deep and sing joy and just enough time in a day not to feel hounded, pressed, driven or wild to get it all done and yesterday.  ~ Ann Voskamp
I will not just live my life, 
I will not just spend my life, 
I will invest my life.
~ Helen Keller

Participating in:  31 days/Five Minute Free Writes/ Photography Challenge.
I'll be daily updating this link, HERE, so that you can keep up with any entries you may have missed!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

{day 19} Home Quotes and Sentiments :: Letters

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A lovely Sunday, today!
As well, a loving invitation to go HOME to my Mother's house for Sunday dinner and spend the day with some of my family and friends.
My husband is off on a Weekend Training for Scouts and won't be home till sometime Monday evening.  :(  he's being missed... a lot!

I almost forgot about posting for today, for we were having such a grand time at Grandma's.  However, thankfully, I had remembered my camera... and it was perfect!

So - here we were, late afternoon, on a chilly and beautiful fall day and I got to thinking about what I would do with this prompt: Letters.  Letters???

I went searching...

Look at that!  I found a few out in my Mother's backyard...

And, that is exactly how I feel at my Mother's home!

Of course, I took a few other great photos, that I thought I would just share with you tonight.  The late afternoon sun is always perfect to collect a few fun photos.. and I couldn't have been happier with the way they turned out.
Too bad I didn't get any photos of my actual family members...
 The reason: they were too busy having a blast, long enough to stand or sit still - is really the honest truth!!

Later.  As we sat around the evening table - for a typical "mennonite supper"... of popcorn, ice cream and pie (apple and funny cake)... I spotted this sign up above her baywindow.

How true!!

My kids didn't want to leave Grandma's house, tonight!!  That's for sure.

Blessings of Home
The crown of the home is godliness;
The beauty of the home is order; 
The glory of the home is hospitality;
The blessing of the home is contentment.
~Henry Van Dyke



Participating in:  31 days/Five Minute Free Writes/ Photography Challenge.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

{day 18} Home Quotes and Sentiments :: Made You Smile Today...

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As this prompt may suggest... I will tell you up front... this was NOT from today!

Recently, I came across this Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly... and of course, it did make me Smile! I love pointing out the "delicates" of nature - especially, to my children.   I ran indoors for my camera.  Taking a few shots up close led to it spreading it's wings and this beautiful black butterfly acted like it was guarding something...?  I realized after taking a few more photos of it's spread wings... that it was feeling quite threatened by "me" invading it's space and territory.   Do you see it's "Scary Monster- like eyes" on the bottom of it's wings?
 It is said - they are meant for protection - as if to mimic a snake...

Uhmmm, something to ponder...

Which leads me to today's post.  And, once again.  THIS POST will not fit with the parameters of a Five Minute Window..  just keepin' it real.

:: Made You Smile Today ::

It's out there!
The temptation to worry; desire to shield; over-protect.
And, it's probably right to do so... and, to be vigilant about it.
As a mom... I tend to be the one who is a bit more laid-back about a lot of things.  (it depends!) Whereas, my husband, on the other hand, is more the one "on-guard"; the protector; the worrier.  I'm sure I drive him crazy...

Try as we may... we can't always control, nor be in control.
Only God can and IS!

And, such was the case, in point, just the other Sunday afternoon.

Our 6 year old had been invited to a FROZEN birthday party for one of her little school friends.  It was held at a local park - not too far away from our house and for between the hours of 2-5 pm.

I took Aubrey to the party and introduced myself to the birthday girl's Mother (Whom I didn't know from Adam)... Scott and our other two children were off at another celebration event - representing our family.

Aubs had lots of friends at this party - as it was obvious from the moment she got out of our vehicle... and soon she was off skipping and scampering through the "frozen decorations", past the candy bar and beautiful frosted cupcakes.  The park's pavillion was decked out, even the parent's (??) were in costume...

I was glad to let her stay and enjoy her friend's birthday!  I was also glad I had insisted that she wear a jacket because the temperature for the afternoon had certainly gotten the memo that this was a "Frozen Party".

Meanwhile, I'm now back at home.  Thinking of her... as it was pretty "cold" out there... and wondering how this event was holding up.  

At about quarter to five, I leave the house to go get our daughter.  As I'm driving up the road, nearing the park's entrance... I can see, from the road, the Pavilion, where the party was held. 

FOLKS!  THERE WAS NOT a single SOUL TO BE SEEN AT THAT Pavillion! Any and all signs of Birthday Party - GONE!!!!!!!!  A random two guys playing basketball... somebody on the swings... but NO PARTY!

It was rising up within me... I'm telling you, what!!

There were maybe two-three vehicles seen on the premises.  I drove in there and parked in utter dismay and a lump sank from my throat to my toes... and I am confused.  It's not even Five o'clock yet- is it??  NO!  I'm early!  And then, I see my Aubrey...

Sitting in a pile... out there in the middle of the grass... in a pool of tears!  Two "older girls" were standing there comforting her and looking just as dumbfounded and confused and upset...

I can still see the look on my daughter's face -  one of MUCH relief and gratefulness - that I had come for her.  She ran to me - and I to her.  WE HELD ON to one another and I apologized profusely; wiping her tears and mine and she kept saying; "Mommy, I thought you'd never come for me - I was here for six hours, waiting for you!.."... (her perception of time is still way off...) but seriously, I wish I knew how long she had been sitting there.  I thanked those two girls up and down - but they were just random souls (No! I'm sure they were angels sent from the LORD!) who had noticed my little girl and who had nothing to do with this birthday party, but were there acting as "her shield"... I'm sure of it.

The whole way home (five minutes!) I'm shaking, and upset; crying, and grateful and angry and willing myself to forgive (I was really struggling...) and well, I knew... Scott would be all of the above, times TEN, the minute I told him what had happened.

As it turned out... later that evening, we reached out to the family and pleaded for an explanation and finally they answered, devastated... relaying that it was truly an innocent, honest mistake.  They were so upset this had happened and we were able to extend forgiveness.  Thankfully! For the family.. for ourselves and to have Aubrey's forgiveness towards me!

**LESSON LEARNED: always leave my phone number behind....

Perhaps, the cold day had something to do with shutting down the party early... but, again... I have no idea how long before, it was that everyone had left.

We're just grateful to GOD - it wasn't a worse situation.  I mean, it could have been.

Something about this story; our story - certainly solidified a moment between a Mother and Daughter that needed to be "encouraged" (in our love and commitment to one another!) ... and I will continue to hold that as a sacrality near and dear to my heart.

Together, as parents - as a family - we are grateful to GOD for his protection over our beloved daughter.  We realized in an instant, this was out of our control... and we didn't have any answers for the longest time.  (Granted, only mere hours!)

We Smile!  Rest... in HIS Providential Care... and we humbly realize this isn't everyone's story.  And, we're sad about that, too!

Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other–it doesn't matter who it is– and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other. 
~ Mother Teresa
“What is home? My favorite definition is "a safe place," a place where one is free from attack, a place where one experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It's a place where people share and understand each other. Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it do not need to be perfect; instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive, recognizing a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable.”   ~ Gladys Hunt


Participating in:  31 days/Five Minute Free Writes/ Photography Challenge.
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