Thursday, January 24, 2008

Color Wonder-Full...

Antonio stayed home from school on his birthday, and he made some very beautiful paintings. One is called "Rainbow" and the other is "Bird Prints, Starfish and Dirty Rocks at the Beach"... That morning I was especially enthusiastic about the day... I began a small discussion with the boys that I have thought of many times since then. I asked each of the older boys why that day was special. Antonio immediately said it was because it was his birthday. Well, that was a good reason, but that was not the reason I was thinking of. Then, he asked if it was because it was also my birthday. No, that was also a good answer, but not the one I was looking for. Seeing that they were officially stumped I jumped in with my explanation. Each day, including that one, is special because of what it says in Psalm 118: 24 "This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it." We need to thank God for each of the days He gives to us, along with all of the other things we need to be grateful for... warm homes and comfy beds to sleep in, vehicles to travel from one point to another, our family that loves us, the privilege of learning how to read and write, toys, books, etc... on and on we went. Giosaia even exclaimed excitedly how we need to thank God for "Buttons!!!" Absolutely. As we were discussing this I had a revelation of sorts. We need to be so grateful and give thanks for COLOR! I was amazed by this thought and mentioned it to the boys... "Can you imagine enjoying a black and white rainbow?" To which the two older ones said "no" in an "of course not" sort of way. The red of roses, the ranges of blues and greys in sky, sunsets, the deep chocolate brown of some of my children's eyes... each of these things remind us of this... to be marvelled enough to thank our God who created the hues that color our world. From the tiniest of bugs to the largest of animals, from the mountains to the valleys, from the youngest person to the oldest... all of it is full of color, and what a awe-inspiring pallet of wonder it is. Giving "credit where credit is due"... Thank you, God. Your creativity amazes me!!!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Only. One. Word.

Not as easy as you think.

1. Where is your cell phone? Counter
2. Your significant other? Dependable
3. Your hair? Tempermental
4. Your mother? Youthful
5. Your father? Generous
6. Your favorite thing? Family
7. Your dream last night? Weird
8. Your favorite drink? Cappucino
9. Your dream/goal? Guitar(near future), Published (far future)
10. The room you are in? Computer
11. Your fear? Ticks
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Driving!
13. Where were you last night? Sleeping.
14. What you're not? Orator
15. Muffins? Chocolate
16. One of your wish list items? Addition
17. Where you grew up? Pennsylvania
18. The last thing you did? Goodnights...
19. What you are wearing? Smile
20. Your TV? Videos
21. Your pets? Dogs
22. Your computer? dial-up
23. Your life? Full
24. Your mood? Chick-flicks
25. Missing someone? WAH!
26. Your car? Tired
27. Something you are not wearing? Regurgitations :-)
28. Favorite store? Ciro's
29. Your summer? Draught
30. Like someone? Many
31. Your favorite color? Sunset
32. When is the last time you laughed? Earlier
33. Last time you cried? Yesterday
34. Favorite phrase? Play it by ear...
35. Favorite condiment? Mayonaisse

This is one of the surveys that I thought was fun and could have so many diverse answers. Care to do the questionaire, too? Would love to know your answers. A fun way to get to know you a bit more... :-) have a great day.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Age of Days...

Above, Miranda enjoying her candle and cake that her daddy made...and Antonio was our "king of hearts" for the day...:-)

Okay, so I am a little behind. Miranda's birthday passed two days after Christmas and I have not even made her birthday card yet. Typical ending to last year. But I wanted to do better this year, and, so, I made one for Antonio's birthday, which was yesterday the 8th. I thought I would share the words written in his card. It is normal for me to write so much and in such a way. I do it because I want them to always remember the blessings they are to me and what is truly of importance in this life. Even if they do not understand what I write now, it is a seed of truth that I can plant in them. I also do it because our days are numbered, and if I cannot live to see my kids to adulthood, my words are left behind to them as a legacy of love- visible and tangible. And, so, here is a love letter to my son...

Dear Antonio, HAPPY 7th BIRTHDAY!!!We are so blessed to have you for our son, and we are grateful to God for giving you to us. We pray for you, always, that God will capture your heart, and that you want to know Him more. He is THE most important Person in this whole world. Do all things as unto Him- to please Him. Ask God to help you be a man of HONOR, INTEGRITY, and LOYALTY. You are good-looking, smart, fun, and so much more, but remember that without God we are really nothing good... May God bless this year for you and continue to grow in you and teach you. We are blessed to be able to watch you grow in each day.Remember to give thanks for breathe, strength, and life. It all comes from Him. "This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24 Loving you so much- PapĂ , Mamma, G, L, M, and D :-)This note was written sincerely to my son, but the message is one I would also want to impart to you as well. Life is short. Each day passes and is gone, no turning back.
Labels: AGP 7, Birthdays MLP 2

Friday, January 4, 2008

add a little spice...

Hello, all!!! Can you believe we have entered 2008!!!??? I am amazed. Recently I was thinking on the quote, "Variety is the spice of life." I think that is true in most cases, but I think we can all also state that too much variety can be very stressful as well. For our family Christmas newsletter I wanted to take this quote to a different level by matching a spice to the personality of my kids so you could get a quick perspective on them, but... funny how one spice just is not complex enough to describe my little kiddies. Then, I began thinking about the kind of "spice" I want to be in this life, for my famiy, friends, and even those who do not know me. Now that is a loaded thought, and to be honest I had to put it on "the back burner" so I could chew on it a bit. Well, I came up with a few of many thoughts that pretty much sum up what I would like out of this life that I lead. I want to live intentionally, taking advantage of the joys, sorrows, and everything in between and be better, more gracious, more full of life and not just living and dying in it. I want to do better so I can perhaps live with fewer regrets. I want to touch lives around me to see that a relationship with God and knowing Him is the most important thing in this world, and to show them that it is not boring but full of so many wonderful things. I want my kids to see how much I love them and to be able to impact them for Jesus and to grow in Him. There is so much... I want my life to be a sweet and pleasant aroma to you, but even more to Jesus. May this dish, which is me, make you want to "taste and see that the Lord is good". I would like to throw out the challenge to you... add a little spice to your life.