The Best Mommy in the World!



Miss S started her first job today at a used book store; 
she is in heaven, since she is a major bibliophile
(she has been reading since she was 2 1/2)!

It was another milestone in a long list of milestones 
that I got to cherish today.
As she packed a lunch bag and gathered her Social Security card and birth certificate 
so she could fill out her first ever W-2 form,
I thought back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Back to when I gave birth to Miss S and became a mother to her,
I, quite frankly, didn't know what to do with her!
We brought her home from the hospital, all 10 pounds of her! 
(My sister called her "Huge!" and the preacher decided 
she would drive herself home from the hospital).




And the first month went something like this:
When she cried, I fed her.
When she slept, I watched her.
When she cried, I changed her.
When she slept, I cleaned house furiously.
When she cried, I comforted her.
When she slept, I showered or napped.
When she cried, I cried.

I called on my Father God constantly for wisdom and strength and patience.
He gave it. Faithfully.

As Miss S grew older, I questioned our methods of feeding, discipline, teaching, 
choices of Mother's Day Out and schools (we decided to home school),
 friends for her, you name it.
I wondered if I told her too much or too little about the world, 
too much or too little about Jesus.

Would she learn my bad habits? (The answer is YES).
Would she learn my good habits? (The answer again: YES).
Most importantly, would she learn to love the God I love and know as Father?


Then one day, when she was around 8 years old 
I received this from her:


A bouquet and a letter.























Then, it hit me, I AM the best mommy in the world!
For her.

What I learned, while being observed by Mini-me, 
was that my actions spoke louder than words.
Mini-me imitated my behavior
not the behavior read from a book.
In her eyes, I was the standard 
and she saw me as the best mommy in the world.

But, was she seeing joy in my home making, marriage and life?
Did I cultivate the privilege we homemakers have in hospitality, cooking, 
ministry, baking, decorating, cleaning, 
learning an instrument, gardening, scrubbing toilets?
More importantly, did I cultivate the gifts that were endowed to only her?
Was enthusiasm for the mundane, with no promise of reward part of my behavior?

Not always.

But, as I realized that God gave her to me to teach me, and vice versa, 
I finally comprehended that I was raising an adult, not a child.

So, I understood, then, that I had to kindly and patiently guide her and encourage her.
To become a person of virtue, of kindness, compassion, of faithfulness, 
honesty, joy, and of forgiveness.
Eternal traits, with enduring benefits.

She is 19, an adult now, and although, not perfect (because her mommy isn't), 
she is one beautiful treasure 
that I can say was worth investing in.
A living, breathing Masterpiece, that I can say with confidence, 
I have invested my home making soul into.
She knows the One in Whom she can trust.
She knows the One who treasures her 
and regards her as a treasure of inestimable worth.
The best kind of treasure.

SO!
Did you also know that:


YOU are the best mommy in the world?!
It's true!






We must understand that the time we invest in our child(ren) is eternal. 
Don't hold back. Throw yourselves into your work. 
Confident that nothing you do for Him is a waste of time or effort.
(1 Corinthians 15:58)










Cloche Addiction a New Lamp/Shade and a ?


I think I like cloches.
They are clear and go with anything.


(I took some night shots and day shots--there's nothing wrong with your monitor).



They hold groupings of pretties that we like.



So, when I found this glass lamp (without a shade)
at a yard sale for $3, I wondered if it would play nicely with others.



I found this Target barrel shade at Ross for $2.99.



My new-to-me lamp reminded me of these lamps:

The Bacchus Lamp from Pottery Barn: $169.00 - $199.00.



Or, the Briana Lamp from Pottery Barn: $99.00.




Or, the Eva Lamp from Pottery Barn: $99.00.


Here's my ?:
Does the lamp play nicely with all the cloches, or is it too much?



This is not a nest, it is moss.









The nests are from the trees in our yard.
The birds had moved out, don't worry!



This is a hummingbird nest.











So, do you think the lamp looks okay here?
Does it need "something"?
Thanks for your kind support!



Jaime

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In All the Silent Unspoken Memories


JULY 22, 1989


21 years ago, 
I married my best friend, Mark!


"What greater thing is there for two human souls
than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen
each other in all labor,

 
to minister to each other in all sorrow
to share with each other in all gladness,




to be one with each other in all the silent
unspoken memories?" 





George Eliot (1819-1880)


The Art of French Cooking- Week 8- Salade Nicoise


Thank you for the SWEET 16 birthday wishes for my daughter yesterday!
She was touched to read the notes from each of you!
What wonderfully SWEET girls you all are!
I am happy to know you!

This week, we made an EASY, PEASY salad 
and included 3 things from our organic garden!






Salade Ni├žoise

[Mediterranean Combination Salad]

  • 3 cups cold, blanched Green Beans
  • 3 or 4 quartered Tomatoes (these came from our garden)
  • 1 cup FRENCH VINAIGRETTE DRESSING:


1/8 teaspoon sea salt


1 tablespoon sherry or red wine vinegar
1/2 small shallot or green onion, peeled and minced (about 1 tablespoon)
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3T to 4T olive oil



fresh herbs, if desired

  • 1 head Boston Lettuce (I used 1/2 of a 10 oz. package of organic baby greens)
  • 3 cups cooked, cooled, red Potatoes, cut into 2" chunks
  • Lg. can white Tuna, drained, flaked
  • 1/2 c. pitted black Olives
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, cold, peeled, quartered
  • (6-12 canned anchovy filets-we did not use these-Miss A likes them, but the rest of us don't)
  • 2-3 TSBP. minced, fresh herbs (we used scallions and thyme from the garden)





Blanching Green Beans:
Drop beans into boiling water for one minute.
Rinse with cool water.
Refrigerate until ready to assemble the salad.



I LOVE black olives! Do you?




Thyme, green onions.



The salade is beautiful!



Drizzle with Vinaigrette Dressing.



We added a loaf of bread w/BUTTER (yum)
and blueberries in (whipped) cream w/mint (from the garden) garnish,
and called it dinner!



Review:

This is one wonderful salade!
This is not the first time we have had it,
nor will it be the last.

It is wonderful with the vinaigrette dressing!

Light, crunchy, tangy.

What wonderful summer fare.

Did I mention it was wonderful?

YOU. MUST. MAKE. IT!

We give this:

* * * * *
out of

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Till next time,
Bon Appetit, y'all!


Jaime

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