Thee Farm Wife

Thee Farm Wife

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Oliebollen!

My tummy is full of Dutch dumplings! Danielle and Julie both brought me some. They are called oliebollen - and have raisins in them - you warm them up and put powdered sugar on them - and they are sooooo good! They are a New Year's treat in the Netherlands.

I have a challenge for you as you start a new year -don't make any resoultions, you know you won't keep them anyways! I am going to pick one word and have that be my focus for the year. One word that I will think of often and strive to be - and that is BEAUTIFUL! I want to be beautiful in my language, in my reading, in my thoughts. I want my home to be beautiful and my kids to be beautiful. I want a beautiful marriage. BEAUTIFUL. What word speaks to you? Is it: healthy? inspired? happy? diligent? believer? You choose and let it become part of your life.

I plan on making a sign with my word on it to remind me that I have chosen BEAUTY!

May God bless you in this new year we are about to begin. And if you want to know how I can be happy all of the time, in spite of circumstances, how I always find joy and peace - I will tell you, it's all because of Him. The One who is my strength. You can find Him in this new year at www.needhim.org Why not start out the new year with hope?

Friday, December 25, 2009





Merry Christmas to You!


Well, it is a muddy Christmas this year - a floody Christmas - who would have thought that the basement would flood on Christmas day? Cody woke up to feet splashing on the floor. We have had rain off and on for two days. Slush and ice and mud. We are so grateful to God that the new buildings are up and our cattle are safe and warm.

I am trying to figure out how to post a slide show of our Christmas photos!

It's 12:45 now and snow is falling - lots of snow- on top of the ice...I am glad to be indoors and still in my jammies!

From our house to yours, Merry Christmas! Peace on Earth!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Our Christmas "Letter" to You

The month of December has flown by. Today we are preparing for our very own candlelight service at home, since we are anticpating not being able to go to church tonight. Both of the girls are so excited, and are actually being good since Santa Claus is almost here.

I will start cooking soon, we hope Jim, Jen and kids can make it here this afternoon! John and Cody are outside making the cows comfortable. It has been raining for hours and it's a wet, sloppy mess outside.

When things settle down, we will make our gingerbread house, bake and decorate cookies for Santa, and watch our favorite Christmas movies. Cody and I can't wait to watch It's a Wonderful Life, and of course, we will watch Daddy's favorite, A Christmas Story.

Inspiration for Today

Planning for the Presence of Jesus
24 Dec 2009
Glynnis Whitwer

"But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made." Luke 10:40 (NIV)

I tend to consider myself a "Martha" type personality. And I don't mean Martha Stewart. That Martha was ready for Christmas in October, I'm sure.

No, I'm nothing like Martha Stewart. In fact, a few years ago I didn't even manage to decorate the tree. It had lights on it ONLY because it was a pre-lit tree! I managed to put a few gifts under it before Christmas because my dear children kept looking at me with big hopeful eyes, asking when I was going to wrap SOMETHING. But that was it. No cards. No Christmas concerts or caroling. No trip to see lights. Just a busy life made even busier.

For those who know the Luke 10 story of Martha and her sister Mary, that's the Martha I'm talking about. That Martha had the privilege of hosting Jesus in her home. But instead of sitting at His feet, like her sister Mary did, Martha worked and complained to Jesus that Mary wasn't helping her.

Let's put ourselves in that scene for a moment. Jesus has come to YOUR house. To visit YOU. And not only are you too busy to spend some time with Him, but the time you do have you spend complaining. You complain about "someone" not doing her job, and how you have to do all this work, and if only "someone" would help you then you could actually sit down and enjoy some time with Jesus and blah, blah, blah…

Martha wasted an amazing opportunity. And many times, so do I. She let the demands of every day overshadow the call of the divine. In fact, Jesus gently chided Martha, and affirmed Mary's choice to sit and spend time with Him in the middle of all the work that had to be done.

In verse 42 we read that Jesus told Martha her sister did what was "needed." So in Je sus' mind, whatever Martha was doing wasn't needed at that moment…whether it was to impress, pamper or comfort Him. Jesus just wanted Martha to sit down and spend time with Him.

Imagine if you had travelled far to visit the home of a friend. And in her desire to serve you, she never spends time with you. Do you know anyone like that? Don't you want to say, "Sit down. Relax. All this stuff doesn't matter. I came to spend time with you."

That's just what Jesus was saying to Martha. In other words,

Martha, thank you for caring about my needs. But, you don't have to worry so much. There's only one thing I want right now, and that's to spend time with you. Mary gets it. Come sit down next to your sister. The dishes will wait. But you won't have this time with Me very much longer.

Martha probably wasn't given much notice of Jesus' arrival, hence her rushing around. We, however, have been. Just as you would prepare for the arrival of a special guest to your home, I invite you to prepare for the presence of Jesus this Christmas.

Have you ever let the demands of the everyday pull you away from the divine? Have you ever chosen a good thing over the best thing? You're not alone. Today, I invite you to set aside all the preparations and distractions and sit in the presence of Jesus.

We don't have to do anything special to enjoy Jesus' company. We just have to quiet ourselves from the busyness of the day, take a deep breath, and allow Jesus to fill our hearts with His joy and peace. It can be sitting outside looking at the stars, listening to carols, or sipping a cup of coffee in front of a fire. Just sit down with nothing else to do and invite Jesus to join you.

When I think back about the scene recorded in Luke 10, between Martha and Mary, I can tell which sister had more peace in her life. And it wasn't Martha. This Christmas I definitely want to plan for the presence of Jesus – that's really all I need.

Dear Lord, thank You for the gift of Your son Jesus. As I go through this Christmas and the upcoming year, please help me set priorities that are pleasing to You. Help me remember to plan to enjoy the presence of Jesus more than I plan for the details. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Worship: Nearing the Heart of God by Glynnis Whitwer

Visit Glynnis' blog for more encouragement!

Pursuing the Christ: 31 Morning and Evening Devotion s for Christmastime by Jennifer Kennedy Dean

For more encouragement on intentionally focusing on Christ during busy seasons, click here

Application Steps:
Spend some time in prayer, asking God to show you His priorities for you this day and over the next year. Write down one or two things God brings to mind.

Reflections:
In holiday seasons past, when have you experienced the presence of Jesus most? Be specific.
How does time alone with Jesus change you?

Power Verses:
Luke 10:41-42, "'Martha, Martha,' the Lord answered, 'you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from h er.'" (NIV)

Philippians 4:7, "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (NIV)

© 2009 by Glynnis Whitwer. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Blizzard!

Surrounded by snow - howling wind - we can't see past the driveway - but we are safe and warm - trusting God -

Never got the hot chocolate made last night - haha

Everyone is still sleeping and I am enjoying the peace- the day will start soon enough - and then my quiet time will end. Thank you Lord for the noise because it means my children are blessing me!

Jaiden has recovered from her surgery for ear tubes, but is still not progressing with her speech. I think it is because we have to start from the beginning and I am not sure how to. She will need some help from a speech therapist who will visit the house and work with both of us. We are supposed to see Doctor tomorrow but will have to see what the weather does!

I have the blinds closed to keep the heat in and also because I don't want to see all of that snow! I am going to sit here and dream of being someplace warm- on a beach with a good book - don't wake me up!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Check out our new profile picture - Saturday was the annual phone board Christmas party - my Bear is so handsome! Love you!

Life is messy...

that's simply a fact. Put five people in a home - no matter what the size - and messes happen. Dishes pile up, shoes get lost, laundry reproduces itself, garbage overflows, toys pop up in the strangest places and voila! instant mess!

Jaiden is getting her molars - I just caught her sucking on a cold packet of taco sauce from the fridge...I just followed a trail of my scrapbooking paper and ribbons to find her.

I put Jaima to bed early even though there probably won't be school tomorrow. I don't know if I could have answered one more question tonight. Her contribution to the mess? Miss Fashion Diva changes her outift at least twice every day!

Cody contains his mess to his basement living quarters - if I were to start his laundry today I still would not be done by this time next week - not exaggerating!

I will not comment on John's messes - because we are doing Love and Respect by Eggerichs. "Honey, are you not being loving to me because I was disrespectful to you?" It's become a fun way to point out when we aren't being so nice!

Me? Messy? No way! There is a place for everything - the problem is digging through everyone elses messes to get there!

I guess we will use the probable snow day tomorrow to clean up this mess! For now, we will snuggle up and not worry about it at all - because my kids will remember that I took the time to snuggle up on a cold winter's night, made hot chocolate and read books - the mess can wait til tomorrow - if we feel like it!

Friday, December 4, 2009

A fun game for a snowy day - wish they were cows though - thanks to my Auntie K for sending this to me!

Jaiden has added the word "snow" to her growing vocabulary - she loved playing outside yesterday until her hands got cold. I took pics and will upload them this weekend - I also have Halloween pics to post - haha

Cody has to take a baby doll to school next week for his adult living class. Maybe he should take Jaiden instead. A two-year-old is enough reason to wait until you are married! They have to carry around the dolls, go to the grocery store and use a budget, put them to bed, keep a routine, etc. Last year they had animatronic dolls that would cry and scream - wonder what happened to those? Probably not enough tax money to pay for them this year - HA

I am going to Jaima's school for Chat and Chew today - it's a once a month book club. We read Charlie's Raven by Jean Craighead George. The author of one of my favorite books: My Side of the Mountain. It was one of the books my mom or dad kept from their teenage years that they shared with me. I think I have read it 100 times! Anyways, I will go to the school for the lunch period and hang out with the 4th through 6th graders!

All of the dogs are in the house this morning - they will sleep all day in their "designated" areas! For those of you who know Pickles, our Yorkie, otherwise known as "feisty" or other names that are not family oriented - to see him inside in the kennel with Chloe, the Shihtzu, is hilarious! He is learning to behave and when I say "kennel" he goes right in! Someone must have hit Pickles on the head!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Dear Santa:

I've been a good Mom all year. I've fed, cleaned, and cuddled my two children on demand, visited the doctor's office more than the doctor has, sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground and figured out how to attach nine patches onto my daughter's girl scout sash with staples and a glue gun.
I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.
Here are my Christmas wishes:
I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache after a day of chasing kids (in any color, except purple,which I already have) and arms that don't flap in the breeze, but are strong enough to carry a screaming toddler out of the candy aisle in the grocery store. I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy.
If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like a car with fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music;a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.
On the practical side, I could use a talking daughter doll that says,"yes, Mommy" to boost my parental confidence, along with one potty-trained toddler, two kids who don't fight, and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools. I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting, "don't eat in the living room" and "take your hands off your brother," because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog. And please don't forget the PlayDoh Travel Pack, the hottest stocking stuffer this year for mothers of preschoolers. It comes in three fluorescent colors and is guaranteed to crumble on any carpet making the in-laws' house seem just like mine.
If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container. If you don't mind I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family; or if my toddler didn't look so cute sneaking downstairs to
eat contraband ice cream in his pajamas at midnight.
Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the chimney and come in and dry off by the fire so you don't catch cold. Help yourself to cookies on the table, but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.
Yours Always...Mom