Saturday, January 24, 2015

These days....



Reading
Raising Your Spirited Child, The English-Greek Interlinear New Testament,  Faith Unraveled

Attempting
To turn the blog Nathaniel and I kept when we were traveling around the world into a photo book.
 
Trying
To run and lift weights on a regular basis

Baking
Granola bars, Raspberry quinoa muffins, Coconut cookies

Learning
How to use my Digital SLR camera properly
 
Drinking
Honey and lemon (to ease my sore throat)

Scrapping
Levi's birth story

Waiting
For my woven wrap from Berlin to arrive- its finally on its way!

Reserving
Some camping spots at Tofino's Bella Pacifica with some friends.
 
Loving
That my studio/guest room is no longer full of furniture. (Sold all of it).
 
Hating
The fact that Levi has decided to start waking up at 6am every morning. Gah!
 
Enjoying
Head massages in the evening after the children go to bed.
 
Thinking
About theology, and the Greek words "ego iemi" ( I AM)

Feeling
Low, tired and unmotivated.

Listening
To a lot of Amanda Cook
 
Smelling
The delicious organic smell of propolis (something bees make that is good for you)
 
Starting
Another year of project life and excited about documenting another year of precious memories.
 
 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Perfectly imperfect


Sometimes my favorite photos are not the ones the look the best, but rather, the ones that evoke the most emotion.

Asking difficult questions

Last night I started re-reading a book I finished only a few months ago. It is called "Faith Unraveled: How a girl who knew all the answers learned to ask questions." It is so good! SO GOOD! I don't necessarily agree with everything she says but I love how she wrestles with issues and asks difficult questions. I love how raw and honest she is. Reading her book makes me feel as though I am engaged in the conversation of a lifetime. The sort of conversation I have been longing to have for ages. The kind of conversation that most Christians shy away from. It is a conversation that thrills and terrifies me. There are so many passages in this book that echo the ponderings of my own heart and mind.
 
"No longer satisfied with easy answers, I started asking harder questions. I questioned what I thought were fundamentals - the eternal damnation of all non-Christians, the scientific and historical accuracy of the Bible, the ability to know absolute truth. and the politicization of evangelicalism. I questioned God: his fairness, regarding salvation,; his goodness, for allowing poverty and injustice in the world; and his intelligence, for entrusting Christians to fix things. I wrestled with passages of scripture that seemed to condone genocide and the oppression of women and struggled to make sense of the pride and hypocrisy within the church. I wondered if the God of my childhood was really the kind of God I wanted to worship, and at times I wondered if he even exists at all.
 
 But rather than killing off my faith, these doubts led me to a surprising new birth. To survive in a new, volatile environment, I had to shed old convictions and grow new ones in their place. I had to take a closer look at what I believed and figure out what was truly essential. I went from the security of crawling around on all fours in the muck and mire of my inherited beliefs to the vulnerability of standing, my head and heart exposed, in the truth of my own spiritual experience. I evolved, not into a better creature than those around me but into a better, more adapted me- a me who wasn't afraid of her own ideas and doubts and intuitions, a me whose faith could survive change.
 
While evolution on a broad, historical scale happens every now and then, evolution within the souls of individuals happens every day, whenever we adapt our faith to change. Evolution means letting go of our false fundamentals so that God can get into those shadowy places we're not sure we want him to be. It means being okay with being wrong, okay with not having all the answers, okay with never being finished" - Rachel Held Evans  from the book "Faith Unraveled".
 
What sort of response does this invoke in you? How does it make you feel?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Love


This little bean makes my heart burst with LOVE.
I can't get enough of his wriggly little body, his chubby little hands pulling fistfuls of my hair into his mouth, and his pterodactyl like noises. These days he is grabbing his ankles and stuffing his feet in his mouth, attempting to roll over and cooing at me. He LOVES anything that involves water. I can't believe that he is already five months old. I can hardly wait to feed him solids, which is a first for me. He grunts and growls and has the most amazing belly laughs. 
Oh how I adore him!

Christmas Decor 2014

A friend recently posted some lovely photos of her Christmas d├ęcor on her blog and it inspired me to do the same. Our tree has long since been taken down and nearly all of my decorations have been carefully packed away for another year. I am always a little sad when my tree gets crunchy and smelly as I love its presence in our home. *Sigh* Each year I try and decorate our home a little differently and I enjoy looking back at the changes over the years. The Christmas season is always so beautiful and fleeting and I love every minute of it.
 
This year the burlap ribbon and popcorn strings were a new addition to our Christmas Tree.



I picked up this little felt mistletoe from Target.



I strung our Christmas cards on twine strings in our hallway. They continue to bring me joy!


 
The girls and I made the swags from evergreens in our yard and my momma bought this tablecloth fro me from Ikea! We wrapped our gifts with a combination of leftover Christmas paper and brown paper with twine and ribbons.



Levi enjoyed sucking on our Christmas presents. He puts EVERYTHING in his mouth these days.


 
This lovely little writing desk with its newly upholstered seat cushion was my favorite place to perch during the Christmas season.  I spent many evenings writing Christmas cards and working on my December daily album here.

 
My girls  made all the lovely  snowflakes in our living room window.



*sigh*

 
Our master bedroom  was  decorated with a couple evergreen garlands, some sparkly snowflakes and a vase of fresh flowers.



 
 


The girls room was a frenzy of candy colors as usual.
 
 
 
 
They loved decorating their tree with all the ornaments we made at home as well as at school.
 
 
 The only room I neglected to decorate was my craft room. This year I wrapped the handrail on our staircase with a fresh handmade evergreen garland.. I was a huge mistake and not one I will repeat. There was dried cedar and sequoia EVERYWHERE! I couldn't stop our girls loved picking chunks off every time they went up and down the stairs. Silly girls! Nevertheless, our house smelt glorious! 
 
 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

December Daily 2014


I love this little pile of December daily albums from the past five years. They are full of so much joy and fun to look at with the girls each Christmas. 


This is our 2014 December daily album (otherwise known as "countdown to Christmas"). It is still a work in progress, but I thought it would be fun to share since it is Christmas Eve!!!!
 
 
 









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December Snapshots

This Christmas season has been filled to the brim with good things. Here are a few snapshots.


My advent chocolates this year.


Our Christmas family photo shoot.



 Claire was sick when  December 1st rolled around, but Amelia did her best to get her excited about our LEGO advent calender. 


I  have been spending a great deal of time writing letters here. 


Overflowing with Christmas cards for loved ones.


 We recently sang Christmas carols with the Moes family. 


Enjoyed some lovely brunch at Gabriel's Gourmet Cafe downtown with my man.


My little helper.


A delicious and inspiring brunch at my church



Searching for our Christmas tree at Go Go's tree farm. 





This year we finally made it to the famed Bethlehem walk in Parksville. It surpassed whatever expectations I may have had. Our girls were enthralled. 



We made popcorn strings for our tree for the first time this year. The girls thought they made great necklaces and bracelets .


Had lots of tea parties


I went to a card making night at a neighbors house and made a pile of handmade cards. This was my favorite one. 


Nathaniel was the storyteller at the church Christmas play this year. It made me proud. 


We celebrated the Dutch Christmas, Sinterklaas, with my parents. We munched on something cookies called speculaas and the girls got to open a few presents.


The girls loved the Kristoff and Elsa costumes my mom made.





Waiting for the Christmas Trolley with impatient children. I love the headbands my mother brought along for the occasion. She is so much fun.



My sweet little man enjoyed the trip as well. 


A pile of Lord children on Santa's lap. 


I hosted a wreath making party for a few of my crafty girlfriends.


The girls used the leftover evergreens to make wreaths and swags for their teachers.


I think she did a pretty incredible job!


Checking the post box each day has been a huge source of joy. I love snail mail and this year we received a record amount of it. I feel so loved!


Lots of Christmas themed crafts  


We have an amazing neighbor who delivers presents to all the children on our street each year.


This lovely family with five children from across the street sang us Christmas carols on our doorstep. It made my Day!!!! 


Five stocking hung with care this year!


Merry Christmas!!!!!!