Norah’s new nature shelf. We’ve had trouble with Norah’s nature table. Trouble that starts with a capital “C” and comes in the shape of a 16 month old wild thing. For Christmas, Scott made a shelf to go above Norah’s bed. Out of reach (for now) of Cedar. It has a shelf on top and a string with clothespins for attaching feathers, leaves, butterflies, etc. Norah had so much fun arranging her fall/winter nature treasures. And the dead Hercules beetle that we are apparently keeping forever.
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. Oh my. I had heard mama friends speak with such passion about this book. I knew it would be good. But this good? I’ve been so frustrated with the Bible storybooks for children. The stories are disjointed. God is sending floods, kicking people out of a garden, sending plagues. A cohesive story and an amazing grace are missing. I cried when I read the introduction! “You see, no matter what, in spite of everything, God would love his children–with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love. And though they would forget him, and run from him, deep in their hearts, God’s children would miss him always, and long for him–lost children yearning for their home.”
The plasma car. There is such joy I never could have imagined in hearing your children play together. Sorry Mom, if I’d known, maybe I wouldn’t have fought with Noelle so much. The plasma car has given me hours of happy sibling play. Thank you, Great-Nanny! Too bad she doesn’t have a computer to read this.
Our completed fireplace. My husband was determined not only to make most of our Christmas gifts this year but also to complete our fireplace. He built this thing of beauty from nothing. It was an empty corner. He built the mantle, installed the logs, carved the designs and centerpiece, cut the rock, stacked the rock, cursed at the rock, swore he’d never mess with rock again. And he finished it Christmas Eve. He is a machine. Or a superhero. Or maybe a robot superhero.
I’ll post more on some of the other gifts he made. After we give them all out. There are so many other favorite things I’m enjoying from sweet family and friends. Mostly, I’m savoring time together while my whole family is living geographically in the same place–until March. More on that later, too.