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Valentines – Let it be a Reminder

of a greater love.  A LOVE we can’t ever out give, it’s so much more then a date on the calendar!   Sometimes we lose sight of our Father’s love because we can’t see Him or physically feel Him but maybe He has come in the form of a whisper to your heart.  You just need to stop long enough to listen…..

Sometimes the hardest thing is attuning our hearts to hear what he says; because the ‘other voices are loud’ we let them drown out what is the best voice.

  Maybe you heard Him say, “You are enough”….when you feel inadequate

Maybe He is saying, “I am your Burden bearer”….when you are heavy laden

Maybe it’s, “I am your Door”…..when it looks as if there is no way out

He could be saying, “I am the God of Armies”…..when the pressures are on

Or let Me be your, “God of details”……when you are frustrated

I will be your, “God of love”…when you feel unloved and need a hug

Whatever your greatest need is today, there is always a name of God that can meet that need.  Sometimes it’s us simply aligning our spirits to His Spirit to hear it!  That is a LOVE worth KNOWING!

So celebrate the love you have with the ones closest to you this Valentine’s Day.  Make it a bit extra special but don’t overdo it, if it’s not in your realm to do so this year.   A simple celebration could be as basic as fresh strawberries dipped in Nutella.  Just be sure to light the candles.  Candles make the humblest of celebrations Grand!

Cheers to loving well!

Dawn

Today Was The Day

my mom and I submitted our manuscript.  We are very humbled and grateful to be doing a cookbook together with Harvest House.

This cake recipe will be in the book!

Her and my father drove to Virginia last weekend to be with us.  It was a special time, all weekend Grandpa played Ticket To Ride with the boys and they even got a game in Sunday morning before church.  The girls all had a little tea party, with Kate taking care of all the table details; we even had macaroons, oh so good!

  This book will release January 2018.  It will be full of traditional recipes that my mom has cooked with for years on the farm, coupled with stories woven in and out.

My portion will have a twist of  simple food (it’s the season I find myself in) woven with some thoughts that I have been pondering in my heart over the past 2 years.

My baby wanted in on a picture with Grandma!

Cheers!

Dawn

Snow Fun

 Mr. Snowman had an umbrella because rain was coming!

Mr. Snowman had an umbrella                                         because rain was coming!

We sure enjoyed our 24″ of snow a couple of weeks ago.  It was a perfect storm because we never lost power and the storm arrived on the weekend.  So fun!  Last week we were expecting an all day rain so the day before it was all predicted to fall we went out with our little spray bottles and colored the snow.

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IMG_8483IMG_8485It was some quick fun.  Fill spray bottles almost full with water, add a couple of drops of food coloring and presto you have snow spray!   I should have purchased larger spray bottles because these little tiny, [cheap] ones didn’t do a stellar job.  It was still the idea that we were painting the snow that pulled the kids in! My baby did not think ANY OF IT WAS FUN!  He just cried the whole time!  He really hasn’t liked this ‘snow idea’ much at all!  Hopefully next winter will be different for him.

This was Will's take on the whole deal!

This was Will’s take
on the whole deal!

Cheers to more snow!!!

Dawn

 

“Flawless”

We were driving home from Story Hour at the library this morning and this song, Flawless by Mercy Me was playing.  EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I. HEAR. IT I weep!  There is something so beautiful, healing to my soul about this song.

And I told my kids, “Kids, if you don’t get anything else I am teaching you, ‘GET THIS………….Jesus has made you flawless”.  I am on this journey of homeschooling and we have good days and bad days.  I have the QUESTIONS!! All of them!!!! They range from will my kids be alright on the other side of this journey, would they be better off in a school and on and on they go?  I wrestle a lot with all of these things BUT in that moment it was sacred and they asked, “Mom, are you crying?” Yes, mom is crying?  I don’t have to get all this stuff perfect.  All He is asking of me is to be faithful and at this time in my life He has called me to this path.  I know it, I have the confirmations from earlier this year but I am human and I still question.

I saw little Kate sitting in the back seat wiping tears from her little, chocolate dropped eyes.  Did she understand it all?  I doubt it but in that silence I knew we had a ‘holy’ moment!  I saw CJ just look at me in complete silence, the van was still as a pin; that rarely happens!

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I don’t know where your soul needs grace today but I pray that you will let the words of this song seep into your fibers! Cause the truth is we are all bumped, bruised and scarred!

With Love!

Dawn