Rosie's Ramblings

An Eyes of Wonder Post

Many of you dear readers were followers of Eyes of Wonder back in the day (for those that don't know what I mean, my mama had a blog for a few years and documented the life of our family). All of us children still have access to the blog (it's private now) and occasionally I go back to re-read her writings. I thought it might be a nice treat for some of the long-time-ago readers to see one of her posts again. 

A potentially frumpy day...

Uncomfortable little ones, under the weather. Long nights, restlessness. Short on sleep.

Dishes, laundry, and schoolwork to be done, diapers to be changed, meals to be prepared.

There's a softer, quieter, gentler rythym to be found beneath the illusory exterior, of potentially frumpy days.

You can't move quite as quickly while slinging a sleepy, feverish "little bird". And your own plans (good as they may have seemed) will have to be forgone, if you're going to allow them the time necessary for rocking, resting, nursing, in your arms, on your lap, looking at picture books, listening to stories being read aloud--Peacefully, quietly, making their way towards feeling well.

Though so small, perhaps not even able to tell you in words exactly what's wrong, or how they're feeling...

With their marvelous, God-given acuteness of understanding even the littlest hearts are aware of breathing in, listening to, being embraced by, learning of--Love, Himself, as His power is made perfect in your weakness.

In the offering of it up, the day is colored with the loveliest hues, softly it unfolds. Like a pleasant daydream, as you make your way along with little sleep, the non-essentials laid aside for now, in favor of the more important things of this hour. The very things that will bear the fairest, sweetest fruit, almost imperceptibly, in the days to come...

Rain is steadily falling outside. Drizzling. Somewhat cold. The branches on the leafless trees are dancing a slow dance in the sway of the yet mellow and mild March breezes. You know, inside of yourself, you can resist or embrace, this potentially frumpy day (a situation, person)......

But, the truth is ever and always, that the beauty of a day, the beauty of a home, the beauty of a relationship, is in the eyes of the beholder. And, as you extend love, intentionally, you can't help but be enveloped by it.

Little ones nap in older one's arms, while they read and write, or are lulled into rest, themselves, nestled beside the warmth of one smaller that knows them, loves them, trusts them, needs them, belongs~with them and to them.

Softly, music plays and the warm glow of candlelight casts a velvety easy-going cheerfulness to a could-have-been, dark and dreary day.

Fruit popsicles made.

Bubble baths are given.

Stories read.

Songs softly were sung.

Pillows fluffed.

Comforters wrapped snuggly.

Warm soup and hot bread.

Holding and cuddling, nursing and rocking. Soft kisses upon feverish brows.

Making my way along, tired, though peace-filled and thankful...

A few of my treasures. From the photo archives...

Happy second day of March, everyone.

May we look for, wait for, and find, the treasures and jewels; the peace, joy, growth, change, Life, and Love, amidst the frumpy-ness (the seeming inconveniences, annoyances, lack, frustrations-- things, people, and situations, we would have chosen to be otherwise), that life inevitably brings our way.

Lovingly, Jewels

These Days

Hello! Happy Tuesday! I feel like I'm slacking at blogging lately. Mostly it's due to the short, gloomy days that make up the month of February. We have been powering through with the help of good movies, lots of books and lots (and lots) of coffee.

We had a quiet Valentine's Day at home, just the four of us. Adam made dinner and then we all watched the new Dora the Explorer movie (we really liked it!). 

Yesterday we had a lovely little glimpse of Spring and the weather warmed up to 50 degrees! We went for a walk and it was SO nice to get out and enjoy the sun. Of course, today it is back to cold and gloom again, but we'll take what we can get! 

Here are some photos again of the past few days around here. 

Have a great day! 


Busy Bees

Happy Wednesday! We are still fighting cabin fever over here in the worst way. 
Tonight the sisters, sister-in-laws, and nieces are coming over for our To All The Boys party to watch the second movie tonight! I'm SO excited! 

Okay, moving on from the excitement. 

Saturday we took the girls bowling for the first time and they LOVED it. Adri got right into it and did a good job! Piper won (with a little help from Julia and me)! 
On Sunday we celebrated Adam's birthday at my dad's house. I made cheesecake and we had chicken and mashed potatoes and it was fun! 

Adri made the cutest little Star Wars valentines for her cousins (see below) and she taped some heart gummies on the back of them. She can't wait to pass them out! 

I'm off to start my morning and drink more coffee.
Have a great day! 

Gluten Free Egg Muffins

I posted this recipe last week on my Instagram feed, but I'm adding here as well, so it's saved in the recipe section. 
These egg muffins are a great option if you want a savory breakfast on the go. We eat eggs almost every day, but sometimes I really don't want the mess and washing the pan. These last for a week in the fridge and you can pop them in the microwave or oven to reheat! 

To make:⁣
Saute 1 onion and 4 ounces of chopped mushrooms.⁣
Beat 9 eggs well.⁣
Chop up a handful of ham and grate 1/4 LB of cheese.⁣
Grease 12 muffin tins.⁣
Equally divide mushroom/onion mix between all the muffin tins. Add the egg mix, and top with ham and cheese.⁣
Season with S+P. ⁣
Bake at 375 for approx 20 minutes. ⁣
Serve hot or cold⁣ (to heat warm in a 350-degree oven for approx 8 minutes, or microwave for 1 minute). 
Stays good in the fridge for up to a week. ⁣

our weekend

Lots of photos from our busy weekend. We went over to my dad's on Sunday to watch the game with (most of) the rest of the fam. 
It was a lot of fun, and we made it until the half-time show and then the girls were ready for bed. After we got home Adam and I finished watching the game. Our team won, so, yeah, we were pretty excited! 

This weekend is going to be another busy one. Adam's birthday is on Sunday, so I'm trying to figure out something fun to do with him. I think we are going to take a hike somewhere. 
My birthday is on Wednesday, and I'm celebrating with a "To All The Boys" party. The second movie is released on Wednesday (on Netflix) and a bunch of the sisters and nieces are coming over to watch it with me! If you don't already know, Jenny Han's books are some of my all-time favorites, and I LOVE them. 

Adri spent a good part of yesterday making valentines for all her cousins and aunties. She was so excited, she had to make some for Peppa too (we have a growing Peppa Pig community in the playroom right now, complete with homemade houses and furniture). 

Last night Adri's beloved little white mouse died. She knew that he was sick (and really, really old) so I didn't expect her to get as upset about it as she did. Adam saved the day and ran to the pet store (even though it was late) to get her a brand new mouse, and that consoled her quite a bit. 

It's been SO gloomy and rainy here in New England. We are trying our best not to go stir-crazy, but truth be told, this weather is getting just a little too much. We are all dreamy of hot summer days and the beach over here! 

I'm off to start my morning (I've started a new routine where I get up about an hour earlier than the girlies to drink coffee and get my morning started). I'm 100% a morning person, so it's been working really well and helping me to feel way more organized the rest of the day. 

Enjoy the photo dump! There are a lot of random photos from our week, as well as the weekend.

Happy Thursday! 

a photo dump

So photos from our past couple of weeks! Dinner with the cousins, a Sunday afternoon hike, lots of family time, walks in the park and more! 

Have a wonderful weekend!