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Bountiful Blessings ~ #2

Life lately has been fairly odd.  Although I have just finished school, leaving me more free time, we are very, very busy.  Why you might say?  Sometimes the littlest things make us busy, but I’d say we have some big things going on.  My Dad is running for Superior Court Judge!  See his website here!

Anyway, I suppose I should get on to the purpose of this post, God’s abundant blessings.  Let’s get started.

~Driver’s ED. (Although this is only my second day, I am thankful to have kind, competent people to educate me on driving.  I am still not sure whether to be excited or scared yet. 🙂 )

~Brownies! (check out Ravishing Recipes: Baker’s One Bowl Brownies! Yep, I still love these brownies and made them for the last day of co-op.  Everybody says they are SO good, but here’s a hint, they’re super easy!)

~Baby Birds. (My momma’s hanging flower pot is now home to five baby birdies.  Their protective momma has been quite watchful whenever we water the pot. 🙂 )

baby bird

~Painful Experiences. (We have some tough situations in our family’s life right now, some stuff that’s been going on for a long time and it’s impossible for us to change it.  Although I don’t like the pain, I know that these are the times when God grows us most.  I’m challenged every day to trust and obey more than every before.)

~People Who Know What They’re Doing. (i.e. a certain web designer who has been helping with my dad’s campaign website, teachers who listen to all my questions, and a momma who knows how to make every day seem special)

~Bro Bro. (He is the adorable little brother of my sweet girls that I babysit.  Read about them here. I got to babysit just him last week.  My goodness, he is the cutest thing!)

~God’s Provision.  (I have no idea how much I am blessed.  Every day, I am overwhelmed by the abundance of everything God provides.  I don’t deserve it.)

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God is good, friend.  He provides and provides and provides.  Sometimes He says yes and sometimes it’s a no.  But no matter what we need, He always provides.

Blessings,

Maddie

*Photos taken from the internet. 

 

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Blessings on this Resurrection Day

May you experience His hope-filled joy on this blessed Resurrection day!

“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
 the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26

A Glimpse of His Splendor
A Glimpse of His Splendor

Blessings to you my friend!

Maddie

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On Sledding in the Rain

Yesterday, some of my siblings and I, and a few friends, loaded up the gear to go snow sledding on Snoqualmie Pass in the Hyak Sno Park.  The Sno Park was a huge hill specifically used for sledding.  Since it was a school day, we had the hill virtually to ourselves.

Snoqualmie Pass *
Snoqualmie Pass *

As we began our sledding, it started to rain, on and off all day.  I don’t know if you have been in the snow while it is raining, but it’s not a fun experience.  Rain makes snow slippery, and makes you wet.

Although the rain was kind of disappointing, we did manage to have some laughs and some good old-fashioned sledding fun.

Snow + Kids = A Bit of Crazy
Snow + Kids = A Bit of Crazy
An Attempt to Ride (with four at once) :)
An Attempt to Ride (with four at once) 🙂

Needless to say, I have complied a fairly exhaustive (though not completely so) list of do’s and don’t’s when sledding, especially in the rain.  Enjoy!

Tips for Sledding (in or out of the rain):

Make a Jump out of snow.  Jumps give some air to your ride, making the sledding a little more fun, but also causes some laughs from falling off the jump.

Bring Lots and Lots of Gloves.  Don’t just bring 2 pairs of gloves for yourself, bring 3 or 4 pairs.  Your friend will end up needing one pair, and your own pair will soak through in five minutes. Bummer. 🙂

Take Risks (Which is hard for the worrier, stay-safe girl that I am).

-But Don’t Be Stupid. As in sledding down the hill laying down, backwards, and headfirst. (I got to see my brother and some of the boys doing tricks like this. Scares me crazy! 🙂 )

-Bring More Food than you ever thought imaginable.  Somehow food not only replenishes energy, but seems to warm you up, even if the food is cold. Plus, junior high boys are always hungry! 🙂

-Share Sleds with Others.  Don’t be stingy about your special sled.  Sometimes the little kids have better sleds than you do!

-Create a Signature Ride that you all will remember.  We tried to sled down the hill with five people on three sleds, all at once!

-Take Your Best Friends Along.  They are the ones that make you laugh, and who don’t care if you look like a marshmallow in all your snow gear.

-Bring an Extra Set of Dry Clothes.  It is no fun to ride home in wet clothes.

-In Fact, Bring Extras of Everything. There will always be a kiddo or friend who needs another coat, or snow-pants.

-Wear Little to No Make-Up. If you do wear make-up, make sure to wear clear mascara. Rain and snow makes a mess of it. Just go with no make-up.  Who cares what you look like, we’re all cold and crazy! 🙂

-Ice Cream is the Best pick-me-up on the long drive home.

-Make Memories That Will Last a lifetime.  These special days should be remembered.

There you have it!  My list of do’s and don’t’s for sledding.  As you can see, we had some mishaps and frozen fingers, but we had so much fun along the way.

My Sister Sunshine, a Good Friend and Me (Please excuse the wet tired me on the left :)
Me, a Good Friend, and My Sister Sunshine (Please excuse the wet tired me on the left 🙂 )

Do you have any other “sledding essentials?” Comment below!

Blessings,

Maddie

*Photo found from the internet. 

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Spring is Coming

Crocus
Crocus in the Snow

Spring is Coming.

From where you are, this may have been evident for whole weeks.  But from where I live, the sun is just beginning to peak through the clouds and shine its radiance on our beautiful land.  The plum trees, bare from the hardships of winter, are bursting forth with thousands of tiny, tender, precious pink blooms.  The daffodils, once buried in the ground, have shot up in a brilliance of yellow and white. The camilla bush, once believed to be useless, fruitless, flowerless, now erupts in dozens of bright blooms. The crocus’, normally hidden by the cold, are found in the out-of-the-way places, in all their humble glory.  This is the spring I see.

Daffodil Splendor
Daffodil Splendor

The blooms of the trees and plants are growing, from small tender shoots, to blossoms of the richest perfume.  The grass, now freshly cut from the bitter treatment of winter, now smell tenderly clean.  Wood-burning fires, consuming the rubble to bring a host of color echoes its smokey fragrances through the nearby land.  This is the spring I smell.

Camilla Blooms
Camilla Blooms

As the sun warms and lights us gloriously, the birds rise to wake us with their unending joy.  They sing out of sheer satisfaction.  Other critters, squirrels and the lie, scurry restlessly, awaiting the bounty of summer.  This is the spring I hear.

Tender Plum Blossoms
Tender Plum Blossoms

I see, smell and hear it all around me, the call of spring.  This is a call of joy, a call of hope, a call of life.

Miracles are happening everywhere.  Growth and changes are enveloping us.  The wonders of spring are captivating us.

This is the call of spring.  This is the call of Jesus.

A call to Life.

Spring is Coming.

Blessings,

Maddie

The Hope of Spring
The Hope of Spring

 

Photos were found from the internet. 

 

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Bountiful Blessings ~ #1

I am surprised some days by how much I am blessed.  I am not just blessed with big, huge things, but so thankful for the little things that make my day. Here are a few things I am blessed by today:

~A New Dishwasher.  Now to some, this may not seem all that exciting, but I am so happy to have a dishwasher in our house again.  Our ten-year-old dishwasher broke over two weeks ago.  For an eight-person family, having no dishwasher for two weeks is kind of hard.  Happily though, my siblings used the extra dishwashing time for family bonding.  We turned up the Veggietales Spotify, made a lot of hot, soapy water, and set out to sing and clean our hearts out.  Although the extra time together was a great experience, I’m glad to have a new dishwasher in our home.

~Sunshine!  Living in the Pacific Northwest, sunshine is fairly occasional in March.  For me, 60 degrees and sunny is blissful.  The day seems so much happier when the sun is shining.

This is Mt. Rainier. I get to see it every morning! Isn't it beautiful?
This is Mt. Rainier. I get to see it every morning! Isn’t it beautiful?

~Braces!  Yes, as of yesterday, I have braces.  Although it will be 30 months and several appliances in the making, I will have straight teeth.  I am very thankful to have the resources and time to get braces.

~Ice Cream! Which is very helpful for said braces. 🙂

~Family. My siblings make me laugh every day.  I just love family.  See my post about siblings here.

This is family y'all!
This is family y’all!

~My puppy Molly.  She is the sweetest thing. See my post about her here.

Just about the cutest thing I know.
Just about the cutest thing I know.

~God’s goodness.  He mercy is amazing.  I am so thankful to know He is near, and to have the blessings He provides.

Go enjoy God’s blessings to you, my friend!

Blessings,

Maddie

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The Splendor of the King

I love seeing pictures of beautiful places around the world.  Often times, I wish I could go to all of those unique places.  For now, I am content seeing what photographers have for us.

Take a glance at these pictures.  I love how photographers use the influence of light to capture a scene.

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Every place I go and every picture I see reminds me of the beauty and creativity of God.  Isn’t His creation amazing?

I love to be out in nature, as it is a constant reminder of the splendor of the King.

Blessings,

Maddie