Family Currents

photo credit: Nathan

The highlight of our week was, hands-down, Isabel’s birthday! She has grown up so much this year! She is always so calm and unassuming. She’s our constant – but when it comes to her birthday…Lookout! She brings us so much joy, as God works in her to make her his own : )

photo credit: Nathan

Damaris has been reading this book with the girls for the last couple of months. It has been a special treat for the little women of the house in the quiet afternoons. They’ve all enjoyed it, especially the 7, 5, and 3 year old. Not only is the reading enjoyable, but the illustrations are beautiful and draw the little ones in.

I’m a fortunate husband, because for the last 15 years Damaris has been practicing the art of creating a welcoming home. She won’t admit it, but I think she’s mastered it : ) Candles are one of her signature brush strokes. As unassuming as they are, she uses them to set a mood, create an atmosphere…and even cover some smells, I suppose ; ) She told me this candle is one of her new faves. “What makes a favorite candle”, you ask? Well, as I have been informed – it lasts super long, it smells great of course, and it looks classy. What she didn’t say was that it’s from World Market…she pretty much loves everything from them!

All I need is a long and wide front porch, a gentile straw hat, and a rocking chair. Sipping Damaris’ iced tea on a hot, muggy July day makes me think I’m in Savannah. What else is there to do in the mid-day heat, but take it easy?? She actually mixes half of this Tazo with half chamomile for her special brew : )

some thoughts, Nathan

Family Currents

This week, we celebrated Mother’s Day. My mom was only a phone call away, and Nathan’s parents live within a half hour from us. We spent the afternoon with them after church. This Mother’s Day was beautiful! The simplicity of it made it beautiful – Nathan and his Dad made every effort to prepare Sunday dinner, and it was a delectable success. I made a Red Velvet Trifle (with chocolate ganache – decadent!).

In the mornings, we read Scripture with the kids. Recently we’ve read through the Psalms, but this week, we have been enjoying God’s Battle. We have previously read God’s Names and God’s Design. These short readings at the breakfast table always encourage my heart, and I pray it turns the children’s thoughts toward God as they begin their day. Each chapter even has questions at the end – although we rarely make it into those, ha!

We have been loving this diffuser and this set of essential oils! My favorite oil blend is so relaxing! I try to remember to refill it at night with a purifying oil blend. When I go downstairs in the morning, the house smells so clean! I know one of my maids has been working (wink, wink).

These cuties are sporting new shoes! While the big kids were at art class, the three youngest and I found this sale, and oh how a girl loves her shoes!

with love. Damaris