Thursday, April 24, 2014

"Pan, who and what are thou?"...

... he cried huskily.
"I'm youth. I'm joy." Peter answered at a venture, 
"I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg."
~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

"Give me a moment, because I like to cry for joy. 
It's so delicious, John dear, to cry for joy."
~ Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend

“There is not one blade of grass, 
there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” 
~ John Calvin

I can hardly believe it is nearing the end of April! I am still honestly aghast that we are in the year 2014! When you are small, adults tell you that time flies by so quickly...but it doesn't seem like it when each year of school seemed to last *forever*! Now that I am grown and have children of my own, I am well aware of the truth that I was warned about.

The joys of life are not always things that are overly-exciting. Quite often, it is necessary to find the joy in the seemingly mundane things of life. A simple board game, a fun snack, a goat staring you right in the face, children's creations, and visits with family....little things are beautiful.

Even difficult times can turn into joy when you step back and look how God is using those moments to form your character, making you more Christ-like. When we handle the hard times correctly, God is glorified in us! That can be so difficult to accept when the pain feels as though it is ripping you apart...but if you are a child of God, you can be sure that He is working all things for your good and His glory. It may not mean you get what you want on this side of heaven...but you should know what trials produce...

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
~ Romans 5:3-5

A few things that brought me joy this week...

Pearl cracks me up...

Madelyn is making a Tinkerbell doll for her cousins (isn't it cute?)...

We got to visit with my sister and nieces (after a few weeks of separation due to colds ~ not wanting to spread the germs)...

Love seeing X laughing here...

We can do schoolwork, no matter where we are!

Grammie (my mom), teaching Dinah how to "high-five"...

Aunt TiTi (me) and sweet Dinah-girl...

I finished the ladybug dishcloth I had been working on HERE. I also finished another one...but it is a gift. Once the person receives it, I will post a photo! :)

Right now, despite the joyful, but busy week I am suffering from either a cold or allergies. I have terrible congestion with sneezing, puffy eyes and all that fun stuff. There are many things to be done I will find rest when I can and continue pouring on the essential oils and taking echinacea.
Our school year is winding down with only a couple + weeks of schooling to do. The older two children have a drama performance (with our homeschool co-op) tomorrow evening (which they have been practicing hard for). I'm looking forward to that...all the while praying that I don't sneeze the whole way through it! ;) 

So now, I am going to go...I would like to just sit and knit a bit (no rhyming just happened to come out like that!) and relax for the evening before turning in. :) 

I think I may be doing our homeschool planning differently (and inexpensively) for this next school year. I'll share about it in another post soon! 

Until next time, Lord willing,



  1. Such great pictures and katy absolutely love the ladybug dish cloth if I tried to make one I'm due it would look more like a ladybug gone wrong:) thanks for sharing all your great pictures. Blessings joann

  2. I am always looking for joy in the ordinary. I find that it helps me with contentment.

    Everyone in my home has been sick. We are starting to get over it but still have those lingering coughs. Megan has her piano recital tomorrow evening and I hope we make it through without a coughing fit.

    Your dishcloths is adorable! I still have knitting on my want to learn list.

    I hope you are feeling better soon!

  3. the girls have grown, all the children are beautiful!
    hope you feel better quickly.
    God bless!

  4. “The Lord your God is in your midst,
    A victorious warrior.
    He will exult over you with joy,
    He will renew you in His love,
    He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy."


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