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It's time to reflect back on my week, to store up memories in my heart,
and to acknowledge the Lord's ways in my life.
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This week, Joseph, poor thing, has had a sore throat and cough. He is fine other than that, and has done his daily activities as usual. But he did spend one entire day in his pajamas!
Jacob, Danny, and Thomas are working hard at their schooling. Jacob's and Danny's Rhetoric class at the local community college is going well, and they are currently working on another speech. This one is a little trickier, since it is about gender roles and the definition of a family, plus they have to work within the constraints of the essays given in their textbook. We're bathing this issue in prayer, and the Lord will be faithful.
My Kitchen and Garden
The garden has finally petered out. I thank the Lord for His bountiful harvest for our family, using just three raised bed garden boxes. I still have tomatoes in bowls all over my kitchen, and though I'd like to space them out as far as eating them goes, I know they need to be eaten once they turn red or I'll have rotten tomatoes! We're enjoying them while they last.
Here are the peppers we picked off my pepper plants.
I haven't been crafty lately, but I have accomplished some cleaning projects! My friend Helen and I called each other (for accountability) on Tuesday and spent the entire afternoon cleaning the first floors of our respective homes. I started in the dining room, and ended up there the entire three hours! It is amazing to me that I had to spend that much time in that room, since it is one of the cleanest rooms on the first floor. But, it contained its clutter. I will blog about the dining room in my Tackle-It post next Tuesday.
I decided I would just pick up each misplaced or "no-placed" item and process it--hang it up, put it away, throw it out, etc. I found a game I had bought at a summer garage sale, so I de-cluttered the hallway closet and put it away on the shelf with all the games.
I also found the cover for the hallway light fixture! Kevin, our handyman extraordinaire, had painted much of our first floor, and the cover never made its way back on to the fixture, probably because we were going to clean it! So Jacob kindly cleaned it, replaced a burned-out light bulb, and got the cover on. (Confession--Kevin painted about a year ago...)
I spent some time cleaning in the kitchen; boy, can this room get messy even when I'm not cooking! Below is the counter area next to the fridge, where we pour our drinks. Another unabashed plug for his services: Kevin installed the tin backsplash that you see in the photo.
I found the basket in a garage sale (50 cents!), so I used it here to contain Fernando's vitamins and other bottles which were spreading all over the countertop.
Behind the Lens
I finally figured out how to upload photos from Lightroom 3!! Here is one of my favorites from my photo shoot with Danny (17) and Thomas (14).
I started a weekly Bible study on Thursday mornings with a dear heart-sister in Georgia. Our phone ringing at 6:30am is an alarm clock for the boys! We chose the book of Ephesians, which I have studied in depth before. I thought it would be a little easier for us to read through and study. *riiight* :)
Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing
in the heavenly places in Christ.
Ephesians 1:3 nasb
We made it through several verses in chapter 1, and got stuck--in a good way--on the phrase heavenly places in verse 3. The word places is not in the original Greek, which is the word for heaven. We had a lively and thought-provoking discussion about why Biblical scholars would translate this word heaven in some places, and heavenly places (or, more accurately, heavenlies) in other places.
I'm still mulling over that word. It is good to meditate on God's Word!
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captured by Christine Anne