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Of sugar and sweets and everything nice…

When the new Word came out about diet, I honestly didn’t think there would be too much in there that I would have to urgently change, as we have a pretty healthy lifestyle when it comes to eating well. I was a tad taken back that one thing did ‘go down sideways’ and that is the sugar issue. Truthfully, I thought I didn’t eat much sugar, two spoons in my morning coffee, honey in my evening tea, with some occasional sweet snacks inbetween ranging from breakfast cereals to home made cakes and rarely chocolate. After reading how even that’s too much, I decided to let it sit a few days and then pray about how to eliminate most of these sugars in my life. That was the first step; next I had to convince the kids of necessity of this change. CC and I both opted, after prayer to cut out all sugars altogether and then allow the occasional ‘sweet treat’ such as the cheese cake I made for breakfast tomorrow. Cherise prefers to have a little sugar, especially right now at the beginning she finds regular cereal or plain yogurt unappealing…at least until her taste buds slowly change.

So now, two weeks later, I’m drinking my coffee without sugar, eating basically no sugar during the day and as a reward our landlady gave us Swiss Lindt chocolate which CC and I allowed ourselves as a reward. Hey, if you’re gonna only have an occasional sweet treat, it might as well be the best.

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Much Ado About Nothing

We had the opportunity recently to see this classic again. Always one of my favorite Shakespeare plays put to movie, it had me laughing until my cheeks hurt. The amazing combination of Shakespeare’s wit together with an all star cast makes for good clean entertainment that’s a winner every time. There’s just everything in there: a few good love stories, intrigue, humor, pathetically sad scenes and the fool of a constable who makes me want to scream with frustration. Always a winner for me, I’m glad I got to see it once again.

Not from the play, but good nevertheless…

  Absence doth sharpen love, presence strengthens it; the one brings fuel, the other blows it till it burns clear.

Absence from those we love is self from self – a deadly banishment.

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Word time

Lately, just about every morning, something I read hits the nail on the head. I’ve been reading the Words of Wisdom in times in-between and other Word studies I’ve been catching up on. So, I hope you don’t mind me putting some of them in here from time to time, as well as other quotes I find that feed me or mean something to me in some way.

Here are some good ones from today’s Word time:

At times it seems trite and unnecessary to be investing so much time and effort in strengthening your faith, but when everything else in your life is gone, when you have nothing else to lean on but your faith in Me, then you find out how important it truly is.

God does not hear us because of the length of our prayers,
but because of the sincerity of it. Prayer is not to be
measured by the yard nor weight by the pound. It is the
might and force of it–the truth and reality of it–the
energy and the intensity of it.

Charles H. Spurgeon

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Happenings

Jo is on the road for the week. He has the camera with him. That means no pix for now…

We have a stand at a fair going here too, so it’s busy as can be. The weather is great; the kids get to play outdoors a lot and we’re looking forward to BBQ this weekend, DV.

Other than that, life goes on…

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Chapel ruin

Just before the restaurant there was this old chapel which we stopped at on our way back. Most of it was pretty destroyed, but the kids were fascinated by the steps leading up to the tower and all the half walls, etc. Jordan just liked climbing around on everything, picking up rocks and trying to jump off the highest points.

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Don’t the kids look cute? No, I’m not trying to be mean, this is the one and only pic of Jo…

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Easter Monday out

Our Easter Sunday was a busy time, with visitors over for a big lunch, the egg hunt, etc. Joy and I were pretty tired out so were happy that we could eat out at a place we’ve never been to before. It turns out it’s a ranch type place that is incredibly children friendly. In the restaurant there were several large extended families with kids and the waitress was very nice to ours as well. Afterwards we took the kids to see the huge property which had several play areas with pick-nic tables, horse stalls, baby ponies, and horse rides. The kids had a blast, playing to their heart’s content, enjoying the sunny, warm weather and getting rides on the horse. I’ll let the pictures tell the rest.

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The pretty little ladies waiting for their turn on the horse

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Charlotte had a thrill when the man let the horse canter a bit

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To me, she looked like a little princess. She’d wave and giggle and just be all girly

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This old tractor was part of one of the play areas. I love how it looks like he’s actually driving it

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She was so brave about feeding and petting these guys

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Precious moments

It was one of ‘those days’. Looking in the mirror first thing showed what I had feared yesterday while I was baking chocolate cookies: I had snitched just a bit too much. My complexion was like a teenager in the heights of puberty. The knowledge that we’d have guests for the big Easter lunch today made me groan as I took in my surroundings. The boys had managed to make my deep cleaning job of yesterday look like it had never happened. By the time I was done cleaning up, my hair was disheveled and my clothes looked a far cry from the fresh items I had selected that morning. As I was, somewhat wearily changing Jordan’s clothes for the second time in as many hours, he stroked my cheek with his hand, looked straight into my eyes and said, “Mommy, you’re beautiful”.

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Egg painting

I’m not really into the whole egg painting thing, seeing as my artistic abilities are close to nill on these things, so I’m glad Joy is. The kids had a great time and they came out nicely in my opinion.

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I did get involved for all of two minutes, heh.

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Golden helmet?

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Mikey and Jordan have gotten into dressing up as handimen and use belts for their tools and then find bowls for their heads as ‘hard hats’. Personally it reminds me of: “Golden helmet of Medina….” “If he says that it’s a helmet, then it’s best that you agree.” Hee hee.

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Here he is in ‘full gear’. Isn’t he cute?

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Whooping cough

Yep, that’s what the little guys have since a few weeks. Thankfully, we’re nearing the end and praying that it doesn’t drag on and on. We’re past the contagious stage, but they still can’t get too excited or cry, etc. I can’t wait for a good through-the-night sleep again!

Good news is, my hay fever is so much better! The kids are having fun dying eggs and we’ve been reading the old Easter Story, you know, the one in which Dad covers every angle and aspect of the history and life of the Jewish people and all. It’s taking us some time to work through it, but it’s great fun!

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A day of fun in the sun

It’s been so warm and mild here the kids are having a great time outdoors. Here’s one pic from Sunday’s outing in the park. They all wanted to wear their matching clothes again (what is with that?), with six of them in the yard, it looked like we had a minature sports team or something.

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Some older yet still cute pix from last week when it wasn’t so sunny and we went to the play area at the mall for fun.

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Why, oh why was the only car there pink??? What were they thinking??? Jordan doesn’t care, he’s in a car!

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Toddler wisdom

Yesterday morning, I had the You Are Alive CD in my head and since the kids were still in bed (sleep in) and just Jordan was eating breakfast, I put the CD on softly and was sitting on the couch with my eyes closed, drinking my coffee and being moved by the music. I open my eyes and see Jordan draging his high chair (it’s one of those wooden seats) into the living room area. Thinking he just wanted to be close to me, I close my eyes again not really wanting to get into it if he wasn’t getting into trouble. A couple minutes later I open my eyes again to behold Jordan climbing up the back side of the highchair and jumping onto the couch. He knows very well that he’s not allowed to jump on furniture, so I tell him to stop. He looks at me with puppy eyes, the sweetest smile and says, “Mommy, can you close your eyes again?”

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Such a cutie when he’s sleeping! I mean, he’s always a cutie, but this one was too good to miss.

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Yeah, so he needs a haircut, but it’s so much fun to spike when it’s wet. After taking this pic, Jordan and Mikey decided they liked their new ‘do’ so much they went upstairs and found the hair gel and raided half the tub to make it last longer. It was so hard to be upset with them and not laugh at the same time. They are little partners in crime, these two!

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Thanks so much to Jennie who saved these for the girls! They went prancing around in them for a few days, though I did make them change to jeans as it’s still not really warm enough for the skirts. CC insists she’s smiling on this pic, and it’s her ‘normal face’. Am I missing something here?