To Read on the Journey

Friday, May 17, 2013

Wild Kisses

The kids and I have (slowly) been reading through C.S. Lewis,'  The Chronicles of Narnia series together. 

When I have my act together (this is where the "slowly" comes in) we gather together weekdays at 7:30 a.m., cuddle, and I read a chapter aloud. 

C.S. Lewis was an extraordinary storyteller,  who wondrously communicated the love and faithfulness of God. 

This morning as we finished The Silver Chair, and I could barely hold back the tears as I read -powerful.  

Setting: King Caspian has died, and his body lies in a stream at the Mountain of Aslan.  Aslan- the Lion, Eustace, and Jill are also there.  

"Son of Adam, said Aslan, "go into that thicket and pluck the thorn that you will find there, and bring it to me." 
Eustace obeyed.  The thorn was a foot long and sharp as a rapier. 
"Drive it into my paw, Son of Adam, said Aslan, holding up his right fore-paw and spreading out the great pad toward Eustace."
"Must I?" said Eustace.
"Yes." said Aslan. 
Then Eustace set his teeth and drove the thorn into the lion's pad.  And there came out a great drop of blood, redder than all the redness that you have ever seen or imagined.  And it splashed into the stream over the dead body of the King...
And the dead king King began to change.  His white beard turned to gray, and from gray to yellow, and got shorter and vanished altogether; and his sunken cheeks grew round and fresh, and the wrinkles were smoothed, and his eyes opened, and his eyes and lips both laughed, and suddenly he leaped up and stood before them- a very young man, or a boy... And he rushed to Aslan and flung his arms as far as they would go round the huge neck; and he gave Aslan the strong kisses of a king, and Aslan gave him the wild kisses of a Lion. 


And I'm sweetly reminded through a children's fairytale of~
Magnificent God 
Man driving the thorn into Savior. 
Blood "redder than all the redness you have seen or imagined" - a red that contains all the blood of all the lost who can be saved. 
Baptism by His saving blood. 
Made whole. 
And then... as if that wasn't enough...the wild kisses of loving God.

Have you read the Chronicles of Narnia or any of C.S. Lewis' books? 

What are your favorites? 

Live in Peace,

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Silhouette Love

These were my Mother's Day gifts-

Colorful silhouette's of our three set atop a mustard yellow chevron stripe background.

And I Loooooooooovvvvveeee them!

I'm wild about this new twist on the classic silhouette, 
and am spoiled to have a husband, who can take my vision and make it a reality. 

These prints are sweet and cheery and liven this new family room space up...

just like these three... well, most of the time.

Live in Peace,

Saturday, May 11, 2013

You Are My I Love You

originally posted May 2009

I am your parent; you are my child.

I am your quiet place; you are my wild.
I am your calm face; you are my giggle.

I am your wait; you are my wiggle.

I am your carriage ride; you are my king
I am your push; you are my swing.
I am your audience; you are my clown.
I am your London Bridge; you are my falling down.

I am your carrot sticks; you are my licorice.

I am your dandelion; you are my first wish.
I am your water wings; you are my deep.
I am your open arms; you are my running leap.
I am your way home; you are my new path.
I am your dry towel; you are my wet bath.
I am your dinner; you are my chocolate cake.

I am your bedtime; you are my wide awake.

I am your finish line; you are my race.

I am your praying hands; you are my saying grace.

I am your favorite book; you are my new lines.
I am your night light; you are my starshine.I am your lullaby; you are my peekaboo.
I am your good night kiss; you are my I love you

Thursday, May 9, 2013

My Teenage Heartthrob

Rick Springfield, Corey Haim, Bryan Adams, and Scott Baio!
I've got a new teenage heartthrob.

When he plays Fredrick, 
cranked up on his new amp
(which he purchased himself).
I swoon. 

Sometimes before 7:30 a.m. ... before I've had my coffee. 

True love.

I found the road sign a few weeks ago, and HAD TO GET IT for Noah.

Can you spy Noah's electric/acoustic ukelele hanging out below Jimmy? 

That's the newest member of our family-
Eugene Alfred Fitzberg III.

People who name their musical instruments are groovy.

Eugene likes to play "Brown Eyed Girl."

"Do you remember when we use to sing, sha la la la la la la la la 
lala ti da."

Seriously, swooning.

Kick it old skool and listen to Van's "Brown Eyed Girl" here 

Who was your teenage heartthrob?

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Hello Monday

Linking up with Lisa and Hello Monday

Photos from the weekend, and a pajama party breakfast with our good friend's Ginger & Spinner, who move to the East coast this Wednesday {sniff, sniff}. 
Hello to piano lessons, orthodontist appointment, teacher meeting, 
and a coffee date this week.
Hello to Emilie being away for a 3 day adventure on her 8th grade trip to Catalina.
Hello to preparations for/and hosting a small home school day gathering for Josie and her gal pals.
Hello to a reception celebrating a newly married couple that we adore.
Hello to remembering how very blessed I am to get to be mommy to my three.

Hello to watching the season finale of Survivor!  {I'm root'n for Cochran and Dawn}.
What are you say'n "Hola" to this week? 

Join us this week by saying "Hello" to an auction supporting the Ekubo Ministries in Uganda. Bid on Kiss the Sky, "Chosen, Adopted, Loved" piece and other fantastic items from May 4th- May 12th.
Photo: Support the Ekubo Ministries in Uganda by bidding on  Kiss the Sky, "Chosen" piece (or other fantastic items) at 

Live in Peace,

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Thursday, May 2, 2013


Noah, can you believe it!?! 


For one thing, there is noooooooo way 15 years have swept by already!!
For another, there is noooo way I can be old enough to have a 15 yr old!  

15!! (shaking my head in disbelief)

Seriously, it's KUURAAAAASSSEEEEEE (did I get the Nacho Libre accent we've been working on right?)!!

Where did the years go? 
To celebrate your 15th birthday we want to proclaim
15 things we L.O.V.E. about you!!
(uh huh, not just me, but the whole lot of us) 

1. I love how you love me. You spoil me with love. You are tender with my heart and so compassionate. You point me to Truth. You are a protector and provider, and are intentional to take care of me. To top it off you daily interrupt me with "How sweet it is to be loved by you" affection... Spoiled!- M.B. 

2.  This year I have seen a big change in your willingness to work with me on different projects and weekend chores.  I see you are starting to develop good work habits and that you recognize the importance of hard work. -Dad

3.  You watch out for me, and really care about how people treat me, and about how I feel. -Emilie

4.  I like that you still play Legos and Killer Bunnies (board game) with me.  -Josie

5.  I enjoy watching you with little kids and how you get down on their level and care for their needs and really make them feel special. -Dad

6. You are a "gooftard," and are not afraid to show it. Thank you for being silly and making me laugh. -Emilie

7.  When you play the guitar... swooooon. - M.B.

8.  You love me, and show me love by playing with me, hugging me, and coming in to give me a kiss goodnight and asking me how my day was. - Josie  

9.  I love our talks, too (you blessed me on my birthday when you told me you "love our talks.") When the Jesus in me meets with the Jesus in you, it is so good.- M.B.
"When I look at you it is as if I am in the presence of Christ.
It is the Christ in you who recognizes the Christ in me. 
Yes, He indeed is in our midst... 
and from now on, wherever you go, or I go, 
all the ground between us will be holy ground." 
Henri Nowen.

 10.  I appreciate how you love your sisters and care for them.  You are a great big brother that really exemplifies how a brother should care for his sisters. -Dad

11.  When I wake up in the morning you give me a hug and tell me I am pretty. - Emilie

12. You love God, and you pay attention to your family, and not all the other worldly things. - Josie 

13. You are the BEST brother! Others notice how much you love me, and it makes me feel lucky to have you as my big brother.  -Emilie 

14.  My favorite thing about you Noah is your relationship with God.  I know you have really formed a faith that is all yours and not ours.  You consistently show a mature knowledge and understanding of the Bible that often surprises me.  You also have the ability to express your ideas and thoughts on God's word with others with humility.  I am looking forward to what God has in store for you as you grow older and draw closer to the Lord in all that you do. -Dad 

My son, if your heart is wise, 
then my heart will be glad indeed;
my inmost being will rejoice
when your lips speak what is right. 
Proverbs 23: 15-16
 When we learned we were expecting you, your Dad's response was, "We are Blessed." Noah, I had NO IDEA just how BLESSED we were. You, Noah Joseph Jones, make my heart glad. "B" you cause my inmost being to rejoice! (tears).

Happy 15th Birthday, "B"