A New Song

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When I was expecting my first precious child (see the big girl, above), my very best friend planned an extra special outing for me.  After lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, Rebecca took me to the Build-A-Bear Workshop and we…well…we built a BEAR! This bear was to be my daughter’s first stuffed animal friend and, like the bear my grandmother gave to me when I was a baby, it played Brahms’ Lullaby. Here is a recording of my bear’s song:

 

My bear is tattered and threadbare.  For sure it has seen better days, but my stuffed animal friend was frequently dressed in baby clothes, spent most nights in my arms, and accompanied me to slumber parties, camps, and college.

My teddy bear is one of the few possessions left from my sojourning childhood.  When your dad is military and you move regularly, things get lost, tossed, and given away. But not my bear.

My teddy bear is the only person or object that has made all the stops with me on this journey as both military kid and military wife. And my bear, along with a few books and a small piece of furniture, is one of the only keepsakes I have from any of my grandparents.

So, hearing that one song takes me back and reminds me of the love between me and my bear, and between me and my grandma too.  The song choice when Rebecca and I built Gracie’s bear was easy—Brahms’ Lullaby. It was a measure of the love Rebecca and I shared as dear friends, and the promise of the love to come between me and my unborn child.  The recorded music lived on in Gracie’s bear for many years…until eventually the song died out.

Last week, I took Gracie and her bear to the Build-A-Bear workshop to get a new (but familiar) song.  Suddenly, I was teary-eyed remembering the thoughtfulness of sweet Rebecca.  Suddenly I missed my grandma.  Suddenly, I saw how much my girl has grown.

This process of restoring the song in Gracie’s bear also reminded me of what God does for us. He saves us and then He places a song in our hearts, a familiar song, one to reminds us of who we are, and whose we are.  The song is meant to help us remember His love.  And when we play it, we remember.  When we sing it, others are reminded too.

He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the LORD (Psalm 40:3).

Oh sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day (Psalm 96:1-2).

The LORD your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing (Zeph 3:17).

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Family Fun Friday: Copycat Recipes

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Hey moms!  Here is a great dish for movie night, a weekend lunch, or an after school playdate: Restaurant Style Loaded Bacon Nachos by Do It All Working Mom. Nachos…and BACON! Winner :)

Save some bucks…on Starbucks!  Make Starbucks Strawberries Creme Frappaccino at home. Thanks to Frugal Coupon Living, you don’t have to give up your Starbucks to save money…just make it at home!

Here is a great treat for summer.  It is over 90 degrees here in Arizona already! So if you’re already roasting like us, Copy Cat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade by Raining Hot Coupons will help you cool down.

I love that Wheel-N-Deal Mama knows about the Arizona heat!  But it’s a dry heat? Puh-leeeze! Her solution? Homemade Choco Tacos! I think this would be a fun project for the kids to help with too!

But for serious summer fun, my kiddos would always pick an M&M’s Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies Family Night Treat. I Dig Pinterest shows us how!  I think my kiddos would have fun making them with me, but a hard time waiting for them to come out of the freezer!

In order to end on a healthier note, I chose a Paleo-friendly recipe for Homemade Granola Bars.  Blogging Mom of 4 says these hit the spot when you have a chocolate craving…yum!

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He Holds All Things Together…

This morning I was greeted by a text from family, asking for prayer.  There were scores of tornadoes in south Louisiana and very high winds and flooding. My niece, at work in her office at LSU, was asked to go to the basement for safety.  Not long after that, classes were cancelled at the university. My parents were on the road, traveling across Lake Ponchartrain on the Twin Span (6 miles long, over open water).  Here is the radar from this time.

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Our backyard in Arizona looked like this:

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How surreal.  Birds singing and cool breezes dancing in my backyard, while my family seeks shelter in a basement, races a violent storm down the interstate, or sits in a darkened home, listening to howling wind and rain. I am thankful for big kids to pray with, when life is scary. This visual poem has come to my mind so many times over the past week.  I thought of it again today.

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The truth is that He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:17).

Whether you are far from family or they are right next door, it can be hard to see them in danger.  We often forget that our lives are held together by the Lord.  In dark times and on sunny days, we are in the same situation, even if we don’t realize it. Thanks be to Jesus Christ, that nothing surprises Him because He holds all things together, even us.

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Family Fun Friday: Super Fun Foods!

Super Fun FoodsGym, Craft, Laundry loves to combine fun, food and fitness…I wish I was like that!  Fitness is my nemesis—but even I could fall in love with her (healthy) and Easy (Strawberry Cheesecake Protein) Popsicle Recipe!

My little dude would devour Root Beer Float Cupcakes from Raining Hot Coupons.  What a genius idea for a recipe!  YUM!!

My hubby loves cake.  And when we married he had to learn to love cookies because that was all I baked.  If only I had known about Cake Mix Cookies from Blogging Mom of 4.  That would have been a good compromise that first tough year!

I love Funnel Cake!  Something about it reminds me of New Orleans beignets. Oh. My. Word. And, as Gina at Kleinworth & Co says, this delicious recipe screams FUN (and State Fair, and Rodeo, and Disneyland, and…you get the idea).

Here in the High Desert, it can get up to 120 degrees in the summer.  That is mighty hot, people.  Thank you Little Miss Celebration!  I can’t wait to make Homemade Lemon Ice.  My family will swoon for this.

Look out Marshmallow Peeps!  Here comes A Big Hero Six Marshmallow Baymax from Moms & Munchkins.  It is an action hero…AND a snack. Whoop!  These would be great to serve at a birthday celebration, class party, or for an awesome snack.

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