Monday, November 18, 2013

Acts of LOVE...




As I woke up the morning and made my way down the stairs to begin the day I was greeted by a pair of tennis shoes left where they were taken off in the middle of the floor...as I made my way to the kitchen I found a belt left on the counter and a hat... I rounded the corner to free the dog from his crate to find a coat throw across the chair. As I sighed a sigh of frustration I was reminded of a lesson about adjusting to God's plan (attitude) that I shared with my 4th and 5th graders at church a few weeks ago. Yes, I needed an attitude adjustment this morning. I am so glad I was reminded of the story of Naaman because I changed my attitude and have had a most absolutely wonderful and productive day full of acts of love.

If you were to read 2 Kings 5:1-16 you would discover the story of Naaman, a well respected successful Syrian military commander. In the story, a young girl is taken from her home to serve Naaman's wife. Essentially she was serving her enemy but she did not serve with a disrespectful attitude. She serve willingly and even cared for Naaman and his family. Naaman had leprosy and this servant girl suggested Elisha could heal Naaman. She knew that God would heal Naaman because he cares for all people. Long story short, Naaman goes to see Elisha. He thinks he will be heal in a great way by Elisha touching him and making him well. This is not what happens. Elisha tells Naaman to wash seven times in the Jordan River and he would be healed. This made Naaman mad and he refused to do as Elisha had instructed until his servants persuaded him to at least try to see if he would be made clean. Naturally, Naaman washes in the Jordan River seven times and he is indeed made clean. If Naaman had not changed his attitude he would have missed out on God's healing power. Naaman had an attitude adjustment that day and God received all the glory.

What does this have to do with the shoes, the belt, the hat and the coat being left where they landed when they were taken off? Well, as I picked these items if I had continued to allow myself to be frustrated as I picked up behind all the other bodies in my household my day would NOT been very good and probably not productive. I did not allow myself to have a little pity party instead I changed my attitude as I thought over the story of Naaman. I approached all the little things like moving the shoes to the closet, hanging the belt up in the laundry room, hanging the coat up in the closet as random acts of LOVE. I didn't grumble. I didn't "fuss" at my little man for leaving his hat on the kitchen counter. No instead I simply put it in its place and remembered how much I love that little guy.

So as I approached the rest of my day from making beds to washing the dishes to collecting the dirty clothes to be washed I thought of these things as little "gifts" of love. Arin didn't have to bring her clothes down to be washed or make her bed. Why did I do these things...simply out of love! Random Acts of LOVE! :) You see I want our home to be a happy place...warm and inviting. All the "Little" things I do for each one of my children and my hubby are acts of love.

I must admit I have had the best best day :) All because I changed my attitude first thing this morning. If I had not done this I would have missed out on the pleasant day God had planned for me. I have accomplished all that I wanted to from baking my hubby's favorite bread to granola bars for my babies to getting all the laundry washed, dried and folded. There were several trips to the grocery store (not to self check the list twice before going out the first time, LOL!) The house is clean, the chicken is cooking in the crock pot, and I even found time to make some muffins to take to my Mother-in-Love. Yes, today has been delightful! I am so thankful God put the story of Naaman on my heart this morning and helped me change my attitude.

So my question is...Are you letting your attitude prevent you from something God has planned for you? Is your day full of random acts of love like mine??

Until next time.....may your day be blessed and your heart be merry :)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

It's Fall.....

A lot has happen in the Thompson household since I last checked in. We said farewell to summer, headed back to school and have eagerly welcome fall. The summer was good and unusually WET so our garden didn't so as well as in years past by oh well I am already dreaming of next summer's garden.

The end of August we welcomed a new school year. My little man headed off to second grade and joined Cub Scouts.Warms my heart you know being a Girl Scout leader and all. He brought home is first report card and was ever so excited to have "REAL" grades...you know A's, B's, and C's instead of those darn M's(meets expectations),etc. My darling daughter headed off to her last year in middle school. That's right she is an eight grader this year. As part of preparing for High School she has participated in the marching band at the high school and will continue into concert band. She does so LOVE music. Thanks to an awesome Band Director at the high school she is more in love with music and playing instruments that she now is leaning towards a career in music or writing she loves that too. She is my "band GEEK". She knows that I love it....band geek is an affectionate nickname and trust me she wears it well and very confidently!! As for me, I am still teaching my Bible students and LOVING it. I am so blessed to have a job where I get to share the word of God and his love with all these kids. I love my job but my heart will always lie at home. My mission will always be creating a warm, loving inviting home where my family find comfort, feels safe, and can get away from the pressures of the world.

We welcomed November with a drastic change in the weather. SO that means only means one thing.... "Tissue and Splinter" season is upon us...LOL! Runny noses are a daily and constant occurrence around here. And yes, I have gotten my first splinter or two from stocking the wood stove. I sure there will be MANY more. I am not complaining at all. I LOVE the warmth of burning wood. It makes the house so warm and cozy! As each day passes I have thought about this blog. I have to say I have lots on ideas what to write about just have not taken the time to sit down and do it. Just have not been inspired. I can not say I am too busy because we seem to have fallen nicely into a good routine...Cub scouts on Tuesdays, Church on Wednesdays, Girl Scouts on Thursdays, Buffalo Gap Football games on Fridays....oh yeah Arin, also, band practice on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. That is not busy, is it?? I wouldn't have it any other way.

I guess you can say things are going well. I am trying to value what time I do have with my children and not be in front of the computer when they are home. I never want them to think they are not a priority. My Lord and Savior is First and then they come second right along side my hubby! Sometime I think that technology really eats away at "family" time. I don't know about you but my children, my hubby are way more important that this computer. No offense, I love my blogging friends. But you can understand what I mean, don't you??

Well I have a seven year old to tuck into bed and pray with so I best be signing off for tonight.

Until next time, may your night be blessed and your heart be merry. :)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Meet my neighbors.....

It is a deary rainy day here at the Thompson Household. So, it looks like the garden will not be dry enough to pull those weeds this evening. I guess we will keep hope tomorrow will be drier. At least everything is GREEN! :)

I thought I would share a few pictures of my "neighbors". Now I must explain my neighbors greet me each morning when I take my four legged fur babies out for a walk. So, here goes...


She is my favorite....precious face don't you think?


These guys love to come to the fence and rub noses with my boxer, Dozer. And Dozer loves EVERY minute of it!


This one was rubbing his neck on the fence and looks like he was talking to me....what do you think he is saying?


This guy didn't want to miss having his picture taken.



I love that my "neighbors" or at least their cows are out to greet me each morning. Does anyone greet you each morning when you step out your door?

Well gotta run... one of the fur babies hears the birds chirping and thinks he needs to go outside to check them out.

Until next time....may your heart be merry and your day be blessed! :)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pardon the weeds....

The garden is growing and growing. We have not harvested any fresh vegetables from it yet but in time I suppose. We did get a late start because of the cold and wet Spring we had. Summer is definitely wet too. It has rained everyday....in fact it is hard to remember a day recently that it has not rained. We have not been able to get in the garden to work pulling weeds or to stake up the tomatoes but God is watering it faithfully so at least it is growing.

Here are some pictures of the progress:


Everything is growing nicely...in case you can not figure out what everything is here is what is planted in order of the pictures. Pumpkin, corn, potatoes, yellow squash, cucumbers, watermelon, tomatoes, Jalapenos, green beans, carrots in pots because our soil is too rocky for them to be in the garden, lettuce, parsley, sage, peppermint, and various colored peppers. If you look closely at the last picture you will see a small pepper. It won't be long and we will be up to our ears in fresh vegies! As you can also see there are LOADS AND LOADS of weeds to be pulled. Every time it dries ups enough to get in the garden in rolls another rain shower. My hubby says we are gonna hold a weed pulling party.... would you like to come?? LOL! Perhaps this weekend we will get out there and work.

How has the weather been where you are? If you have a garden is it growing and are you harvesting any vegies yet? I would love to hear from you.

Until next time....may your heart be merry and your day be blessed :)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Rain, Rain, Go Away.....

To say we are all a little waterlogged would be an understatement...and the forecast does not leave us with much hope for sunny days until Monday. Really? Yes, really the weather man says rain, rain, and more rain! YIKES! Our county remain under a flood watch until midnight tonight. The county schools were on a 2 hour delay this morning due to flooding. I went out today and took some pictures of some of streams/ rivers close to home. So take a peek at all our WATER....


This is the stream at the edge of our property. No it does not look like lots of water but it is usually pretty much dry. So it is up a good bit.


This is the opposite side of the stream.... which of course is also usually much lower.

Now we will move on a little further from my house...

Both of these are of Middle River on Frank's Mill Road...It one of the rivers that runs through much of this part of the county. The water appeared to have receded a little but the water is still ROLLING.... and is out of the banks on one side of the river.


This is the Middle River as well....it is a different location. This is in Churchville. The river runs behind some churches, a picnic pavilion, and park.


This is outside my son's school facing the baseball fields...water is just sitting everywhere. Doesn't look like ball will be played here for a couple of days. :(


This was the bottom of my driveway yesterday about this time just as a thunderstorm rolled through....


This was what the bottom of the driveway looked around 9 am this morning. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the water "disappears". However, it leaves behind a mess and destruction.


Guess where all that water took the gravel from my driveway....Yep! Into the road and left behind this....


a big 'ole rut in the driveway that now I have to dodge when I go in and out. We just fixed this last summer. Guess I know what the hubby will be doing once all this rain stops.

Well, there is a bright side in all this rain. The grass will be green, green, green and the flowers...I mean weeds are blooming beautifully. Take a look....


I found these beauties all along the bank in front of my house. It reminds us that God is in control and that there is beauty even in the yucky stuff if we just take the time to look around us.

Well, It is about time to start the dinner and homework routine. How is the weather your way?

Until next time....may your heart be merry and your day be blessed :)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Diggin' in the dirt...



It is that time of the year.....time to start digging in the dirt. It is still to early here to plant our garden but we get closer every day. I can say that I am eagerly awaiting to be able to get outside and just play in the garden. The hubby was able to plow our garden this past weekend so we are ready for planting....now if it would just get warm and stay warm! I do not look forward to weeding because that is no fun but planting and watching those little plants grow and produce it truly exciting.

My mom and I visited a greenhouse a few weeks ago and I was able to purchase lots of herbs. I got some herbs that I have not found around here and all for a good price which is even better. So, feeling the need to dig in the dirt I dug out my pots, potting soil and got them all planted. Here is what I have so far....



There is Cumin and Thyme, Chamomile, Parsley and Dill, Cilantro, Tarragon and Chives, Stevia and Peppermint, Sage and Savory. All the plants seems to have taken to being transplanted except the Oregano.

After getting all of these planted in dawned on me I forgot one of my favorite herbs....I forgot BASIL. How on earth does one forget to plant BASIL. Me oh my.....back to the greenhouse soon. Thinking I will get two kinds of basil... the purple basil looked interesting. I will, also, be on the hunt for an aloe plant.

My mom treated me to a special plant. I fell in LOVE with this plant but was there to buy herbs so herbs is what I bought. So here is a picture of this beautiful beautiful plant.




here is an closer look at the leaves....




What have you all been up to? and how is the weather your way? It is WET, WET, WET here. Been raining since yesterday and is suppose to rain through Thursday. Many of the streams/river are about at flooding stage which is not good. So everyone here is a bit waterlogged :( Oh well, we should be thankful for the rain...we do need it!

Well, time to go. I have to go pick up the kiddos from school. Then it will be back to serve snack, work on homework, fix dinner and then I have a Girl Scout Community meeting this evening.

Until next time.....may your heart be merry and your day be blessed :)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Creamy Vegie Soup




Do you have a favorite "Comfort Food"? You know that one thing you make that just simply soothes the soul like no other food can do? These days for me it is Creamy Vegie Soup. Oh how I love this soup... and its what for dinner tonight and then we will have the leftovers on Wednesday night when we have to be out the house early for church. Here is the recipe:

Creamy Vegie Soup


Ingredients:

3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp oil, I use olive oil
2 carrots diced
2-3 stalks of celery diced
2 cups of corn
1 can (pint) green beans, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2-3 small potatoes, diced
5-6 Tbsp flour
4 cups of chicken stock (can use vegie or beef stock)
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream or milk
Salt, pepper, season salt, and/or garlic powder to taste

melt butter over medium high heat, add oil...

saute carrots, celery, potatoes, and onions until about tender about 10 minutes...

add corn and green beans.I use corn and green beans canned from our garden so I don't saute them with my fresh vegies...

add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes...

add chicken broth, bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer, cook for about 10 minutes...

add the whipping cream, simmer for about 10 minutes...

It's Done! Enjoy this yummy CREAMY goodness....

We garnish our soup with various combinations of oyster crackers, sour cream, crumbled crispy bacon, and cheese. Tonight I will be serving this with either grilled cheese sandwiches or toast out of the yummy Soft Oatmeal Bread I made yesterday. Because my kids are not big soup eaters I will be making them mac & cheese.

Well I better get busy....time is steadily ticking away! I have laundry to fold, floors to sweep & vacuum all before the kiddos get out of school for the day.

Until next time....may your heart be merry and your day be blessed :)