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 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 a be a nice treat for some of the long-time-ago readers to see one of her posts again. 

Rest On Sunday...
Sunday, March 25, 2007

"The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes,
and surely it is in the everyday things around us
that the beauty of life lies.”

~~Laura Ingalls Wilder

The little things in life surely do matter.

The little things, the true foundational things that we may be tempted to forgo, for the seemingly greater, cannot really be forgone. They're the things that add up and make a difference, the immeasurable, magnificent difference, in the long a life, in relationships, in a home.

Our little acts of kindness, our words of love spoken, written, throughout each day, even though seemingly passing unnoticed or even unappreciated, are *never* so, in the eyes and heart of Him who knows us and loves us best, and is a rewarder of even those things that are done, in secret. These seemingly small deeds, throughout the ordinary of each day--that add up, and make a difference, individually, generationally, eternally.

It's the small things, left unaddressed, that cause a heart to grow cold and hard, immovable, unloving. We make mistakes. We do things that we wish we hadn't. We don't do things that we wish we would, or even could.

Each night when I crawl into bed, I curl up like a child beneath the beauty, soft and luminous, of a starry summer night sky. I warm up, acutely aware of, yet strangely at leisure from, myself, beside God.

I let Him hold me, just as I am. My eyes may be open, they may be closed. All may seem silence, crystal clear, audibly. Though Life is within and without, beneath me, above me, before me, behind me, round about me--I am enveloped, cocooned, in Love.

In the freedom of His loving acceptance, I walk with Him through the events of the day. I pray for Big Papa, for my children, and ask God to search my heart, as only He can--seeing to the deepest recesses of my heart and mind, to my motives, intentions and desires, while all the while loving me, still, and desiring His very greatest good, for me, and for those I love--I ask Him to show me my mistakes, my shortcomings, my failures, my life lived that day, through His eyes.......and how to proceed in light of it all, that I may begin tomorrow, afresh--a new day, with no mistakes in it, free to begin again, in Love.

I find that the children learn far more by what I do, than by what I say. They will become what I model before them. In light of this, quick and humble apologies, sacrificially serving, gentle words of kindness, love, understanding, compassion, acceptance, praise--for even the smallest good I see-- far more praying for God to do inside of them, what He is likewise doing, inside of me--a fellow sheep-- rather than striving, or berating, and trying to bring about superficial growth and change outwardly. Bring about change Lord, in Your way, in Your time--and let it begin in me--make me the mother that each of these children needs.

Change *me* Lord, day-by-day, each day, anew. Humble me, melt me, mold me. Let my children walk in mercy and Truth, extending the grace and love that you extend to me, that I 'm thereby able to extend to them, to each precious one their lives touch, along life's way--both near and far.

It's the little things that matter, for they are the substance of the larger things, that grow and become, almost imperceptibly, moment-by-moment, day-by-day.

"The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes,
and surely it is in the everyday things around us
that the beauty of life lies.”

~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Rest well, this lovely March day.

after the weekend: first snow

We had our first snow this weekend. It started on Friday afternoon, while we were on our way home from Storytime. It kept snowing steadily all day and into the night. Adam worked Saturday morning, but other than that we stayed at home for the weekend. 
I read a couple of books, we made cookies, watched some Christmas movies, went sledding outside (briefly) on Saturday, and I even cleaned the kitchen cabinets. 
We pulled out the Christmas mugs, and I tossed all the pumpkins outside (most of them were rotting at this point anyway).
Now is the time that we start to "get real" about Winter. I'm in full Christmas shopping mode, and can't believe we are coming up on Thanksgiving here in just a little over a week! 

Today I'm busy with work, and the normal "life" stuff; reading books, cleaning, drinking coffee, and planning dinner.

Happy Monday!

Weekly Meal Plan (11/10/2018)

{edit. this is last week's menu--I wrote this post last Sunday (?) I believe}.

It's a new week and that means a new shopping list! I normally do my grocery shopping on Friday (because that's Storytime day) but if we don't go to Storytime then often I shop on Saturday. I like to have a fridge full of groceries for the weekend (we live way too far out to make runs to the store for single items).  So here we are, this is our meal plan for the week:
  • Saturday: Ham Dinner. Served with Asparagus, green beans, and mashed potatoes.
  • Sunday: Ham sandwiches, some sort of soup.
  • Monday: Minestrone Soup.
  • Tuesday: Scalloped Potatoes (made with leftover ham).
  • Wednesday: Oven Fried Chicken. Served with rice, and steamed corn.
  • Thursday: Pizza.
  • Friday: Fish (salmon) and Chips We didn't have it last week so we will this week).
As I mentioned before, all the meals are changed around sometimes, so this is just a rough guide for me to go by.  

On my list I had: 

Half and half
Cheese (mozzarella and cheddar)
Veggies (like lettuce, 
Breakfast sausage
Onion soup mix
French fried onions

Pasta (for the soup)
Pouches (for kiddos)
Snacks for kiddos (like crackers, and goldfish).
Apple juice
Orange juice
Flavored water
A pizza (for dinner that night)

And that's it! I think I may have grabbed a few other things, but I don't remember. As for pricing. I always try to stay under $120-$130 total. It was about $110 at Aldi and then a little more for lettuce and the cheese at Walmart. 

Current Favorite Children's Books

Now that the weather is chilly outside and we can't be outside as much as we would like we are reading more than ever (and, let's be honest, watching more t.v as well). Here's a little list of some of the books that we are currently reading and re-reading over here.

Ox-Cart Man. I love Babara Coony and Ox-Cart Man is a favorite. I mainly am reading this for myself, since the kids are not overly into it. However, as long as they are listening they can do whatever they like (look at books, play quietly)

Seasons books. There are four of them, Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn, and I love them all. It's a good way to teach the changing seasons to small ones! Oh, and they are alphabet acrostics as well, which I love.

The Mighty Bitey Creature. A cute, colorful little children's read. My kids love it.

A Unicorn Named Sparkle. I read these books to Adri when she was little, but we are now discovering them again. I'm hoping this time around she'll be older and more into them.

But First, We Nap. Super cute little board book. Not a ton of words, but I love the illustrations.

Bear Can't Sleep. My kiddos LOVE anything about Bears. This is a really good autumn book.

Time For Bed. We read this multiple times a day. It's hands down Piper's favorite book on earth. And no surprise, thanks to Jane Dyer's beautiful art.

Cranberry Thanksgiving. Anyone else LOVE this book? We read it all the time growing up. I'm always so excited to introduce my children to books that I grew up reading and loving. There's a Cranberry Christmas and a Cranberry Halloween as well!

Peter Pan. This version is a little old for my children, but they love the story so I shorten and edit it a bit and we look at the pictures. 

Easy Overnight Egg Bake

On the weekends I like to take one morning to not have to cook anything. The other morning we usually have something fun like waffles, but I like to get at least one morning a week where I don't cook. Enter overnight casseroles. I'm a big fan of them and usually concoct my own recipe. Here's one we made last Sunday and it was SO good. Even Adri loved it, and she's a super picky eater!

You will need:

7 eggs.
splash of milk.
1 cup of chopped ham.
1 cup of grated cheese.
four slices of cinnamon raisin bread
3 slices of white bread.

To make: 

Beat eggs well and add some milk to thin them out. Add cheese and ham. Mix well.
Chop bread and add to eggs mixture. Stir to make sure that all the bread gets wet.

Butter a baking dish (mine was 9x12) and pour everything in. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.

Cook, covered, on 350 for about 30 minutes.
Serves 6

Piper Mae at fourteen months old

Look who's a whopping 14 months now! This little love bug. She's so sweet, adorable, and LOUD. Getting into trouble and never letting me sleep (she wakes at 6am EVERY single morning) we love her so!

At fourteen months Piper Mae can:

Talk. Mostly single words, but she can also say ("here I am!", and "uh-oh" and "oh-dear!").
Stack things, play pretend, dig in the fridge, and hold her baby doll.

She loves to:

Read books.
Take baths.
Play with Adri Rose.
Eat (all the time).
Play hide and seek.

She has all her teeth in but two of the bottom ones and has a great big toothy smile. 
Her hair is also really growing out and getting long.

We love you Piper Mae!

after the weekend: taking things easy

We had another really lazy weekend around here. Saturday we literally did nothing and just spent the day curled up in our p.j.s. Sunday we were a little more ambitious and went out to town to visit the Car Museum and get lunch.

Sweet and silly Adri Rose. She asked for me to take her picture (a rare occurrence around here!) and the one below of "Pipey".

Saturday we had a ham dinner, and now, as a result, we have so much ham leftover. I'm not even sure what to do with it all.

Another Saturday shot. Coffee, my flowering Christmas Cactus, and new slippers (I wore my old ones until they were destroyed).

I've been in total preparing for Christmas mode lately, and honestly don't even want to wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate. I feel like as the children get older the season only gets shorter, and there's a mad rush to cram everything in. I'll take even a few extra weeks if I can.

This little sweetie was super excited about visiting the Car Museum. She had SO much fun and it was adorable watching her and Piper walking around looking at 150+ cars.

Have a wonderful Monday!

Halloween 2018

Happy November 1st! How is it already November? This year is FLYING by! 
We had so much fun yesterday, eating our traditional chili for dinner, dressing up (Piper HATED her costume), and trick or treating (Adri made out like a bandit in the candy department). It was supposed to rain but it held off until right when we were done walking around town (we always drive over to our old town to go trick or treating) and that made us pretty happy ;)  

So now today I'm going to be all about putting away the Halloween decorations and getting all ready for (my favorite holiday) Christmas! Don't worry, we don't skip Thanksgiving around here (it's my family's big holiday), however, since we'll be traveling (no family is left around here) there's really no point in decorating for it. 
So, onto everything CHRISTMAS (sorry, I  tend to go a little Buddy the Elf around this time of year)!


Yesterday morning we had sunshine out for the first time in weeks. It's been SO rainy and gloomy here and it was really nice to remember what some sun looked like! 

The one thing that keeps Adri Rose ALWAYS busy is play doh. She will play at the table for hours with it. We keep the table set up with everything and she just keeps going back to play. 

Adri has been wearing her Catboy costume for the past week, even to bed, and Piper hates her costume. She won't even let me put it on her! Oh, well, there's always next year, right?

This weekend I'm planning on taking the girls to the Car Museum that's in town. Adri is super excited (who knew she liked cars that much?) and has been talking about it all week (we are going while Adam is out hunting).
Other than that we don't really have any big plans.
Today I'm menu planning and preparing for our trip to town for Storytime and grocery shopping tomorrow.

Happy Thursday!