Christmas Eve has been such a lovely day. It has been filled with peace and love. There should be a frangrance named after it. Chrsitmas Eve. I would spray it often in order to bring back the memories of the beauty of this day. Sweet family time, beautiful worship at church, yummy food and God's spirit of joy filling our home. The stockings are hung, the presents are wrapped, "Santa" still has some work to do, but other than that we are all ready for a great Christmas day ahead. I love being a mom anticipating the fun that the kids will have tomorrow. Merry Christmas and May God bless us, everyone.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
We have been haulin' out the holly over the past few days. With Christmas songs playing on the radio, and the lights on the Christmas tree glowing we are making memories and filling the house with joy. We started out the week with a shopping trip to the dollar store. The mission was to spend $3 on a sibling,$1 on mommy and $1 on daddy. Prior to the trip, we threw the kiddos names in a hat (Meredith offered her's up since she was wearing one) and the kids each picked a name to buy for. They decided to keep their pick a secret which made the mission even more fun. I loved seeing their excitement while they picked out their treasures. I could hear them giggling and whispering to each other, exclaiming "don't let mommy see!" if they thought I was getting too close.
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
- 3 of my kids went to bed way to late - I can always count on #3 to be sound asleep before I make "the rounds" (you know what I'm talking about, moms!). Thank goodness for that!! #s 1, 2 and 4... not so much...
- I'm so happy that Patrick came home tonight. I need another driver in the house... I mean... I'm thrilled to hold his hand over dinner (delivered pizza) ... yeah, that's what I meant.
- it's Wednesday and 3 of my kiddos still have big things going on this week
- if I could work full time doing hair, I would - really.
- I am suffering from "I didn't get enough for Christmas for the kids" syndrome. It always hits me on the 15th, the day I try to be done with shopping.
- I would like to make a prime rib for Christmas dinner. Some friends of mine swear it's a cinch. Should I try it?
- As a Colorado girl, I think that I SHOULD say that I'm sad it hasn't REALLY snowed yet this winter... BUT - truth is I AM THRILLED!!! I hate snow.
- troulble-making-people are so tiresome. SO. VERY. TIRESOME.
- I want to remember that Jesus is really the reason for all of our celebrating.
- I have a lot of wrapping to do
- I loved rocking my baby boy tonight
- I loved snuggling with one of my daughters
- the laundry is never done around here
- I have a furniture rearrange going on in my mind once I take the tree down. Can't wait!!
- I really need to go see "Woodwards" Christmas vingnettes in order for it to really feel like Christmas... this weekend it will happen.
- I can't forget that I have 2 birthday's to get ready for before January 1. Oh boy...
Posted by Heather Henricks at 10:06 PM
Monday, December 13, 2010
Last week got off to a rocky start, with Michael and I both under the weather. With the help of a lot of laying around, resting and some great meds, we are finally feeling better. Just in time for Meredith to come down with a bout of the stomach flu. It was short, but it was nasty. I'm happy to say that it is over, but truthfully, that is just the worst. At least she's old enough to...well...you know...
Besides nursing myself and the little kiddos back to health, I have also gotten to rock it as a mama to my older girls. They have both made me proud this week!!
Marky shot out of the gate on Monday night with an awards ceremony at City Hall, acknowledging her as one of the winners of an art contest that took place in our city. It was for a drug-free campaign that the sheriff's department heads up, and Marky plus 11 others were chosen as winners to illustrate this year's calendar. She was confident and beautiful as she walked to the front of the room to accept her award. She is such an incredible girl, weaving and bobbing her way through middle school; finding her niche, settling in to this new stage of life. Music, writing and art seem to where she is touched most tenderly, what stirs her heart the most. It is thrilling to watch God write her story. Every day, a different aspect of her personality is revealed, a another layer of her soul peeled back. There is a deepness to my Marky that beckons me to listen to her, to find out what she is thinking. Being proud of her is a given, wanting to be like her is a privilege.
Today brought Maddie to the finish of her "book-bowl" competition (basically a reading comprehension event). My sweet Maddie is the most precious 4th grader that you will ever meet. She was one of the spokespersons for her team, and she volunteered for that postition. It is a position where you have to speak confidently, but only after having listened to your team mates gather up their answers. They handed their answesr to her, trusting that she would deliver it in a confident, direct manner and boy, did she ever deliver. I could tell that she was nervous, because when she feels those butterflies flyin' her hands are messing with her hair. The hair was-a-twirlin! Yet a little case of the butterflies didn't get the best of her and she represented her team quite well. It was obvious they liked her as their team leader. Maddie's heart is so big, it barely fits into her tiny chest. She is constantly thinking of others and is very sensitive to the needs around her. To see Maddie wtih her friends is to view a perfect example of what God defines friendship as -to lay down your life for them - a verb, action, taking care. Her compassion and sweetness is contagious. She just makes the world a kinder place.
Meredith take this singing business quite seriously. She is very focused on her director, and sings every note correctly. No wrong notes here, no ma'am! Meredith is so incredibly gifted as a musician. It will be so much fun to see her develop as a musician; especially such a determined one.
This mama's heart just might burst with all of it's mama-happiness. My kids bless me so, and since it's my blog, I won't even apologize for bragging about them. Cuz that's what mama's are supposed to do.
Posted by Heather Henricks at 5:03 PM
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
My favorite sound these days is hearing the voice of my sweet son say the Lord's Prayer. His daddy has been say it with him since he before he could
even talk. It is a part of Daddy's bedtime ritual. Michael is also learning it at pre-school.
Listening to Michael repeat the phrases, or sometimes just what the phrases sound like brings me great joy. Such as "lead us not into temptation" sometimes sounds more like "me and gus go to the nations". But I get what he's saying and I'm sure God does. One of the parts that makes me so happy is when he says "give us this day our daily bread." I always pray that part with him. I'm all about the daily stuff, ya know.
Today in particular, we needed God to supply our daily bread. And we didn't just need bread, we needed a feast. We needed a bread and FISH miracle. And WE GOT IT! God gave us our daily bread, in fact, we got french toast - the really yummy kind. God heard our prayers to provide for us, and He provided more than we could have ever imagined. He gave us peace, He gave us words, He gave us time, He gave us freedom. We got butter, and syrup. It tasted so good because it was prepared by the ONE to which we say -
"And the power and the glory are YOURS, now and forever. Amen"
Posted by Heather Henricks at 7:10 PM
Monday, November 29, 2010
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Tonight, I am blogging from Sidney, Nebraska. A place where the clock moves slower, the Disney channel broadcasts brighter and the mama is more relaxed. We've already tested the pool and had pizza for dinner. The kids have staked out their sleeping spots, Daddy's got the newspaper unfolded, and the wet towels on the floor are evidence that I am on vacation too. We might just stay up all night chillin with the tele fixed on "Hannah Montana". We are all super happy that we have time together as a family and we are looking forward to more fun and making memories together for Thanksgiving 2010. We have so much to celebrate. We have so much to be thankful for.
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Saturday, November 20, 2010
The Christmas music has been playing for about a week now. I tried to resist the urge to listen to it before Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't help myself. Last night, we ventured out on a cold walk across the street for dinner the lighting of the big tree showing off in the center of the shopping mall. Lights, music and festivities. And COLD!!! After we got home and warmed our toes, we started decorating the house for the holidays. We are traveling for Thanksgiving, and we won't be here in our home, so I figured it would be alright to have a few Christmas lights up to welcome us home from Thanksgiving. We won't cut down our tree until later in December, so we still have that to look forward to.
The kids love to put the nativity sets up around the house. We have 5 of them, so someone always gets to set up two (I'm sure they keep track year to year!). This year, Michael set up the "Little People" nativity. Oh, it was so cute! He had Mary sitting with the wise men, Joseph with the sheep and Baby Jesus hanging with the shepherds. I started to put it all "back together" when the thought struck me that I should be so open minded as my 4 year old, rather than putting the picture back the way it is supposed to look, let it look like Michael set it up. A nativity scene, not about perfection, but about peace and love among everyone. Who knew decorating for Christmas was going to be so thought provoking?
I have been listening to Sara Groves' Christmas CD over and over - it's my favorite. ( if you don't have it you should go to I-tunes this very minute!). She has an arrangement of "O Holy Night" that is quite different than the original version, and because of that it has made me listen to the words of the song more than I ever have. These words have been there all along, but I think that the song is usually sung slow and I'm always waiting for the singer to belt out that last "divine" so I've missed out on these words.
"The thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices."
Posted by Heather Henricks at 8:18 AM
Thursday, November 11, 2010
"Fashion Plates" leading the pink parade of what was to come. I remember how small she was, and how she smelled so yummy. I'd never smelled that smell before. It was natural and pure and whole. A scent I woud look forward to 3 more times. I remember having birthing pains in my body, but being distracted from them because the joy of holding MY daughter and caring for her overwhelmed the pain until it disappeared; a feeling that would soon become familiar as one of the common themes of motherhood. Becoming a mom on November 11, 1998 changed my priorities, my processes, and my person forever. Marky was the pioneer for true love in my life. I had never known love to ache until I became her mom. I never knew the intensity of being connected to someone so deeply until I became Marky's mom. I never knew that love could persevere through enormous trials until I became her mom. I never understood sacrifice and an "I'll do whatever it takes to protect her" attitude until I became her mom. Every opportunity to hold Marky, hug Marky, love Marky, teach Marky, and enjoy Marky over the last 12 years has molded me into the woman that I am. She challenges me and amazes me; she is a daughter of God, a disciple of Jesus, a fabulous daughter, a loyal friend, a fun sister, and a special grand-daughter. I am so proud of the young girl that she is and the future has no limits for this wise and beautiful girl. I love you, Marky-moo.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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Thursday, November 4, 2010
A pre-school field trip to the Farm - GLORY!!
A surprise encouragement from my sweet mom - GLORY!
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Monday, November 1, 2010
Whaf do you get when you have a girl who wants to be in a Bible Study but can't find one that fits her?? Well, first you add a few sweet friends, then mix another couple of girls who are roped (gently!) into coming to her house on Monday nights, throw in Godly wisdom, strong character, difficult life experiences yet joyful perspective and you have... a Bible study at my house!!! I am SO thrilled to be starting this. I honestly never thought that I would be able to have a Bible study in my home. I thought that the kids would be too noisy, there would be too many distractions, my home wouldn't be "nice" enough, etc. etc. etc. Insecurities anyone?? But by God's grace, it is working!! God has known of the places that He needed to fill up in my heart with this study, with the "yesses" from my friends, with a place to study with like-minded women that fit my season of life. I am not a risk taker and asking others to join me was so hard, but I am SO glad that I did! We are going through the book of Ruth via a study written by Kelly Minter. So far it has been exactly what we have all needed. By faith, I am choosing to believe that this dear group of girls was brought together for just the right reasons. I have been blessed so much by them already. Thank you, my Lord and my friends for doing this with me!
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Sunday, October 31, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
I have loved Tracy Porter's art for a long time, but I had no idea that she made clothing! How I love everything she does!!! A great place to take a short break and enjoy looking at some beautiful things.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
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Monday, October 18, 2010
Tonight we are having pop tarts and popcorn for supper. It's just the little ones and myself, and nobody is particularly hungry. The weather outside is rainy and gloomy, causing us to seek comfort from the tastes and smells and feelings inside. I just washed our flannel sheets and can't wait to get all snugged up for the night. Meredith just read a funny book to Michael and me and the doggies are near to us, happy that they aren't being forced outside.
Last week, I had a magical time at the pumpkin patch with Michael. He is so darling, and so different at school than he is at home. He was the leader of the class (and the teacher), a tad bossy, confident and self assured. The shy little boy that I often see in front of strangers and such was no where to be seen. Michael led his class through the maze, showed them where to go and where not to go, reminded his friends of the rules, and made sure that his teacher new if someone wasn't following them. The other thing I noticed is that he is very helpful, and also quite sensitive to the little girls in his class. He makes sure they are okay, even putting his hand on them protectively... or possessively... I wasn't sure. I was happy to be with him on this field trip to enjoy him, but also thrilled to gain this perspective on my sweet son. It is so fun to look past today and into tomorrow wondering about the man that God has planned for him to be. For now, I will be thankful for each moment that I get to spend with my little guy. I wish that he could stay little for a long, long time.
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