What joy to begin celebrating the birth of our Savior this morning in corporate worship (after our annual breakfast birthday cake to Jesus, of course!)! It was a sweet sound to this mama’s ears to hear my children loudly singing the Christmas hymns with such excitement this morning! I also got a nice surprise late last night…I thought Kevin wouldn’t be here at my parents’ until this afternoon after leading music at our new church in Douglasville. But, in great kindness, our pastor told Kevin he could head on out last night and my sweet hubby decided to surprise me with his presence! Having prepared myself to spend half of Christmas day without him, you can imagine how happy I was to have my man by my side!
I hope and pray each of you were able to celebrate in great joy and thankfulness today, that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords came down to us in infant form that He might save us from the wrath of God by submitting to death on a cross. Oh, what depths of Love…oh, what mighty grace and mercy!
A good friend whom I’ve known for since I was in high school stopped by my parents’ today for a visit. While we were sitting in the kitchen visiting, I assumed Madden was with my mom. My mom entered the kitchen and I asked “Where’s Madden?” She replied “I thought he was with you!” Um…uh-oh! Mom started calling for him, I’m silently panicking and then I hear my mom in a laughing voice…”I’ve found him!!” Oh yes…she found him…sitting in my room with all of my lipsticks pulled out, red lipstick smeared across his mouth and an assortment of colors on the chair, the rug, the desk…you get the picture! I’ve never had something like this happen with one of my kids before…but I couldn’t help but laugh! Later, I went on and on about how this is “No-No” and kept pointing to my lipstick case saying “no-no”, but oh what a priceless moment! So glad my friend Rick captured the memory!
Per my dad’s request, we had peach pancakes for breakfast this morning! Can I just say… yum?!?!! I found this recipe and only made one change…canned peaches for fresh given the time of year. We topped them with more peaches, maple syrup and some whipped cream. My kiddos were super-pleased with breakfast today 🙂
2 eggs, at room temperature
2 ½ cups buttermilk, at room temperature
4 tablespoons oil
2 ½ cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ginger
Pinch ground cloves
2 cups ripe, peeled, diced peaches
Blend egg, milk and oil. In a separate bowl blend dry ingredients together.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Gently fold in peaches. Let sit 5 minutes. Batter will be lumpy.
Heat griddle until drops of water sizzle. Grease lightly if needed.
Drop large spoonfuls of batter onto hot grill and smooth out slightly. Flip pancakes once pancakes puff and bubbles have formed, but before bubbles break.
Turn and brown on the other side, pressing down gently to make sure batter cooks evenly around the fruit.
I read this tonight on Pinterest (my new obsession!) and was deeply encouraged…I tend to be one of those mamas with super-high expectations and regularly need to be reminded that my children are in fact just that…children!! Please Lord, grant me grace to be more patient, to appreciate and treasure each one of the little lives you have so beautifully placed in my hands and to provide a home that gives them the balance of freedom and boundaries they need to grow in the knowledge of You.
A Child’s Ten Commandments to Parents – Dr. Kevin Leman
1. My hands are small; please don’t expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short; please slow down so that I can keep up with you.
2. My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely: don’t restrict me unnecessarily.
3. Housework will always be there. I’m only little such a short time—please take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.
4. My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to my needs; don’t nag me all day long. (You wouldn’t want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness.) Treat me as you would like to be treated.
5. I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and disciplining me in a loving manner.
6. I need your encouragement, but not your praise, to grow. Please go easy on the criticism; remember you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.
7. Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I’ll be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me.
8. Please don’t do things over for me. Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts didn’t quite measure up to your expectations. I know it’s hard, but please don’t try to compare me with my brother or my sister.
9. Please don’t be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it’s a great way to show us kids that your marriage is very special.
10. Please take me to Sunday school and church regularly, setting a good example for me to follow. I enjoy learning more about God.
I’m so sorry for the lack of posts…my life is nothing short of crazy! We moved in with my parents the week before Thanksgiving and will hopefully close on our house in Georgia at the end of next week. We’ve had a great time with Nana and Poppa (though we all miss Daddy very much!) and yet as all you mamas can understand, we are ready to be back in our own space, with all of our belongings, toys, bedrooms, etc. Schooling has been probably the most inconsistent part of our life, but I finally just realized I needed to give us all some grace and we’ll make sure to catch up once January arrives!
One fun note…we all LOVE being back in the South for winter. On Sunday we were in shorts and t-shirts and played outside all day! I don’t remember the last December where we spent this much time outside…it is glorious and makes for some very happy kiddos!