Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Snow, Little Friends, and More

Yesterday morning, we awoke to a thin blanket of snow on the ground and big, beautiful flakes falling from the sky. Since the snow had been taken out of our forecast earlier, it was a bit of a surprise to see! The first snow of the year gave us about an inch, and since it didn't even get above freezing yesterday, it was still on the ground this morning. By afternoon, though, most of it melted off as we had a welcome day of sunshine.

A snow covered pinecone

The quiet beehive . . . though if you put your ear up next to it, you can hear the hum of them inside

Chloe taking a peek at me from inside the hoop house . . . but she decided that it wasn't worth it to venture out into the snow!

Little by little the grass and the fallen leaves are getting covered up

It seems a bit funny to have snow on the ground, as we just harvested a December salad a few days ago!

Mom had planted some lettuce this past fall, and I covered it with plastic, and it has made it through below 20 degree temperatures so far . . . it will be interesting to see how long it lasts!

With the cold temps and the snow on the ground yesterday morning, we bundled up warm and had an enjoyable time taking care of the animals in the snow. Though chores take much longer now with needing to unfreeze all of the animal waterers! We also have another aspect of chores that takes a long time, but I plan to post more about that a little later. Once chores were finally finished, I headed indoors and worked on sewing a doll order until the afternoon. And then some of our little friends came over to spend a couple of hours with us, and we had a wonderful time!

What started as a duet by Leah and the oldest girl, became a four part song :)

After talking and playing a bit in the living room , we went into the dining room for painting, drawing and whatever else their imaginations might want to do . . .

Making a snowman out of construction paper

While her older sister paints one

And while her older brother draws a number of different instruments

Leah painted with the two oldest girls, their brother worked on pencil drawing, and the littlest one and I did coloring together . . . and used lots of stickers. :) She loves those!



Everyone was having such a fun time, and I think we spent about an hour and a half doing various crafts. There was laughter, pleasant conversations, and good discussions, too. At one point, the littlest one told me that all of the things that she was making were for her Mom because she loved her. Then she said something about how she would give one to God, too, but He is in heaven. One of her sisters made the comment, then, that God is also right here with us, which led to us talking about God always being with us, hearing what we are saying, knowing what we are thinking, seeing what is in our hearts, and more. It was wonderful!

The littlest one's finished snowman . . . all decked out with flower stickers. :)

Towards the end of working on the crafts, I had a memory come back of something that my Mom did for us when we were little and how much fun we had with it . . . Indian outfits! Out came red, green, yellow, and brown construction paper for little headresses that each of the girls was excited to wear, and when the comment was made by them that all they needed now was matching clothes, out came paper sacks! The end result was three adorable little Indians who had so much fun in their "outfits" . . .


Towards the end of their time with us, the children had a really fun time with both of our parents!

After getting everything cleaned up on the table, we played the 'bottle toss' game that we used to do in our girls group. Only this time, when we tossed the bottle around, whoever caught it shared one thing that they were thankful for. The children loved this, and I loved hearing their answers! Especially when the little three year old lisped out that she was thankful that God gave her eyes. :)

Before long, their mother arrived to pick them up so we said our goodbyes until the next time that we see each other!

14 comments:

  1. What a beautiful picture of the pine-cone! God's creations are so amazing and complex!

    Aw.. what sweet pictures! It looks like you had a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing, Sarah. Time with friends is so enjoyable!

    Love in Him,
    Mikailah~

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  2. Sounds like a very pleasant afternoon, Sarah. I sense that you maybe miss Girls Group just a wee little bit!:-) But's it's nice that you can still get together with some of these children on a fairly regular basis...like these girls, and the little one a few days ago, whose quilt you featured on your blog. I'm sure all the girls miss you and Leah as well!

    ~ Betsy

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  3. How lovely to have some of the girls with you again...a time for sharing and having fun together. I'm sure they loved it.
    Chloe made me laugh, she looks fed up with the weather!

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  4. I *love* the first snowfall of the year. There is nothing more beautiful in the winter then it! And I always think about Isaiah 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Loved the pine-cone picture! ;o) Looks like you had a wonderful time with the kids ;o)

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  5. It sure looks like you all had fun together! They seem like such sweet children :)

    I really like the Indian outfits...how cute =)

    Thanks for sharing the pictures with us, Sarah!

    Many blessings,
    Bethany

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  6. Snowfall is always so pretty! As we don't get much snow in our part of England, it is always viewed with great excitement here – we haven't had any snow yet this winter. I enjoyed seeing your pictures of your first snowfall, however!

    It looks like you had a good time with your little friends! You and Lean must be so thankful for these sweet children!

    Though I haven't commented in a long time, I have been enjoying your posts. Adelyn is growing quickly and is so sweet – how old is she now?

    Blessings,
    Anna

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  7. Thank you, Mikailah! Yes, God’s creations are so amazing and as you shared, complex. His hand is clearly seen in all creation around us!

    We did have a wonderful time with these children, and you’re welcome for sharing!

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  8. It was, Betsy! And yes, you would be correct that I am missing girls group . . . quite a bit actually. We are so thankful, though, that we are still able to spend time with some of the children and enjoy times together such as this. That has been wonderful! We do miss everyone, and are looking forward to when, Lord willing, we can begin girls group again!

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  9. Thank you for your comment, Elizabeth! We are thankful for these times that we are able to spend together. It is always so enjoyable and special!

    I am glad that Chloe could brighten your day a bit! She does not like falling snow. She didn’t venture out of her shelter until it was completely finished snowing. Once it’s on the ground, though, she doesn’t mind it which is good!

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  10. I do, too, Nabila! And always look forward to it every year.

    What a beautiful verse that is! It always fills my heart with thankfulness to read it and to remember what the Lord has done in the hearts of those who believe in Him . . . in my heart . . . for my sins were scarlet, but now they are white as snow! Praise be to the Lord for His great love and forgiveness!

    I am glad that you enjoyed the pine cone photo! And yes, we did have a wonderful time. :)

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  11. We did, Bethany! And yes, these children are really sweet. They bring so much joy to our lives.

    I am glad that you enjoyed seeing all of the photos (and the Indian outfits :), and thank you for your comment!

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  12. I would agree, Anna! If I remember correctly, England gets more rain than snow, correct? I am sure a beautiful snowfall is most welcome then! I hope that you have some soon.

    We did have a good time with our little friends, and yes, you are very right . . . we are so thankful for these sweet children!

    I am glad to hear that you have been enjoying the posts! And thank you for leaving a comment. :) I always enjoy hearing from you! Adelyn is growing quickly and just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter (if that can be possible :), and it is hard to believe that she is already 5 months old. Time goes by so fast!

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  13. I meant to comment on this the other day when I first read it...it looks like such a fun time you had with your little friends! I LOVE the pinecone picture, too. And also the winter beehive. :)

    Hope you're having a great Friday!

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  14. Thank you for your comment, Joy! We did have such a fun time with our little friends. And I am glad that you enjoyed the photos of the pinecone and beehive!

    I hope that you had a great day as well!

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Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)