We ended March and started April with a visit from Hannah and her husband.
It’s always hard to say goodbye, even harder when you don’t know when you’ll see each other again. But it’s been amazing to see how God has always provided opportunities for time together in the last 4.5 years when we haven’t lived in the same city, much less the same country for much of it.
Not only that, but to have a one-on-one afternoon exploring Seattle and enjoying a lovely evening at Luke’s chorale concert, and then to have three days of being all together with husbands and our girls was just incredible.
Here’s to many more days, weeks, and months of laughter, food, crafting, games, and encouraging one another where God has us.
Inspired by the Great British Baking Show we tried a hot water crust pie.
We had a trip for my class and preparation for our move. This is one of the places we love to walk there!
I started working some on a tshirt quilt, and made tshirt yarn with the scraps (and stuffed the cushion with the rest of the scraps).
Learning to darn – the girls wear through so many clothes!
warm enough to workout outside
I brought henna back from Dubai and she wanted me to do some on her. It was very hard for her but she sat very still!
We’ve had more days of sunshine and took advantage of one sunny day for a hike.
But with all the rain still there was a lot of mud!
Ellie has wanted to sleep of a pillow so I pulled out this pillow that I believe belonged to my dad. The lighter blue cover is the original, but my maternal grandmother managed to copy it for me a while ago – and made a plain gingham cover that we use on it for Ellie.
The last few days of April I think we finally turned the corner into full Spring. Sunshine, blossoms, not just glimpses but everywhere. I am starting to wonder if I do have S.A.D., since I feel like a different person when the sun is shining, most clearly seen in how easily I get overwhelmed. If the weather was just a little warmer, I think Spring would be my favorite season, seeing everything come ALIVE again.
making our own choffy.
We’ve traveled a LOT lately but most of it has been to see other people, so we took a short family trip to Vancouver, Canada.
We enjoyed Granville Island and Stanley Park, then drove over to Fort Langley.
We are definitely not city people, though, and while the time at our rental was restful, driving was not!
Ellie enjoying our rental studio suite. We paid a little more than we could have so we could have a place for Ezra and I to hang out while the girls were sleeping and a kitchenette so we could cook our own breakfasts and bring snacks.
For other meals, we really enjoyed Momo Sushi (first time we’ve been brave enough to eat sushi outside of Japan!), Meat & Bread, and a variety of places on Granville Island – poutine, perogies, gelato, hand pies…
And thanks to a tip from a coworker of Ezra’s, we went to Walmart to buy cheaper maple syrup.
favorite recipes// freezing bread (after a bread slicer we bought turned out to be junk, we just freeze it whole and hope we eat the thawed bread fast enough) // Moroccan Fava Bean Soup (added 2T harissa)// choux pastry buttermilk crepes // rye cornmeal buttermilk muffins (can you guess what we had a lot of?!?) // blackberry ricotta and onion tart (just put it on pizza and used frozen berries) // gingersnap green smoothie (so refreshing, though not really that gingersnap-y) // using your crockpot as a smoker // berry cheesecake overnight oats // cheesy garlic popcorn (vegan) // hibiscus mint tea // crockpot chocolate steel cut oats //
best of online// the enduring effects of a parent’s daily chatter // A Disney Princess with an Abortion // Be Kind to Yourself (Andrew Peterson) // playdough // kitchen storage hacks (love the pegboard and CD rack) // what does it mean to find my hope in Christ? // protein cost comparison (I’d been thinking about doing this so love that someone else did it for me!) // balance with treats for kids // language learning at home // why we cringe at submit (submission as function VS as value) // 5 minute lace bow //
WORLD Magazine is always a great read; this issue was phenomenal. They addressed a number of current events but rather than focusing on all that is wrong, highlighted some of what is happening in response, with rebuilding after ISIS in Nineveh, changes in the police force in Camden, and recovery for women abducted by Boko Haram.
And an article from the next issue on Syria.
“The onlooking world has sat paralyzed three ways…. our hearts have grown cold. Tiny bodies gray-blue from chlorine gas no longer horrify us. Young women and girls raped and sold by ISIS don’t hold our attention. Can we not see their plan? Kill the men and end the ability of women to conceive and carry on anything approaching their own race. You do not have to be a Nazi with a lab to devise the 21st century’s barbaric eugenics. You do not have to be Hitler to with inattention incite “death-head formations.””
reading of late// Sit (Ellis) // The Pastor’s Wife (Furman) // Changes that Heal (Cloud) // The Insanity of God (Ripken) // A History of Children’s Books in 100 Books (Cave/Ayad) // snippets of Poirot Investigates (Christie) // Henry V // Philippians // finished Neptune’s Inferno with Ezra
thinking about// how I really haven’t viewed God as KIND in the last few years. But He is kind, not in a give-you-what-you-want sort of way, but a redemptive way // growing a lot through the mental and spiritual challenge of class and studying scripture more, also realizing more and more of how thorough my high school education was! // simplifying life in what we do and in my attitudes and by setting and owning boundaries, and by getting to sin’s root and not its fruits // my planning details is often a sign of worry // I don’t deserve or “earn” rest or help – they are gifts! // the balance of emptying myself for others but also making sure my soul is cared for and fully partaking in His fullness given to me //
what brings joy// SUNSHINE // BLOSSOMS // SPROUTS // BLUE SKIES // HIKING //
The Munchkins// keep us laughing. The day I’m writing this they were happily playing outside and then when I checked on them I found that they were dumping dirt on each other’s heads…
S used enormous properly in a sentence the other day. Ellie repeats everything and remembers full sentences sometimes and uses them correctly later.