Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Fun With Food and Family News

Dear Friends,

It is a cloudy, frosty day today~but we know that Mother Nature is just being coy, and that Spring is on its way! The snow is turning into muddy, mushy slush, the Brewer's blackbirds have returned, and the house finches have begun their springtime song. The days are getting lighter and longer, and our spirits are beginning to awaken to the prospects of the new growth which will soon be upon us!

Yesterday Mr. Graham was informed by his work that his job will be eliminated in one month. Strangely, this news came as a bit of a relief, since we had been praying for guidance in how to find him a new job and us a new home in the near future. Now we just have to find the new job and home ;) ! As some of you know, we are also expecting a baby in a few months, so that should make life interesting, indeed!

We know that whatever the future holds, we are in God's very capable hands, and that His plans are to bless us in every way. We do hope that we can find our dream cottage, with woods nearby, and perhaps a little creek or pond, as well.

Meanwhile, we have begun to go through and get rid of things already (No sense procrastinating!), including six boxes of books (sadly) and a large Christmas cactus to our local library. We wish our blog friends lived closer, as we would gift you with a few books and houseplants, too!

The girls have been looking at creative Bento (Japanese) lunches on the internet, and decided to come up with some creative meals, themselves~

Not bad for starters :) ~

The girls and I are also making monthly magazines for our dolls.

AnnaMarie's is for lady dolls, and is called "Apron Pockets".

Audrey's is for girls and is called "Anna Banana".

Tasha's is the "Nature Bature Newsletter"

And mine is an upside down/right side up magazine for children called "The Merry Little Housekeeper/Harry the Little Mousekeeper"(Illustrated by Audrey and Tasha).

That should keep us out of trouble for a while!

Here is a poem from our Commonplace Book we feel is fitting to our lives at the present:

By John Burroughs

Serene, I fold my hands and wait,
Nor care for wind, nor tide, nor sea;
I rave no more 'gainst time or fate,
For lo! my own shall come to me.

I stay my haste, I make delays,
For what avails this eager pace?
I stand amid the eternal ways,
And what is mine shall know my face.

The waters know their own, and draw
The brook that springs in yonder heights.
So flowers the good with equal law
Unto the soul of pure delights.

The stars come nightly to the sky;
The tidal wave unto the sea;
Nor time, nor space, nor deep, nor high,
Can keep my own away from me.

We hope that spring is winging her way near you as well, our dear friends.

Until next time,




  1. Marqueta,

    Congratulations on your wonderful news! (baby) I will be praying for you with regards to the new job and new home!

    Love, Heather

  2. Well the lunches look wonderful the Cat looks fantastic although the spiders I do find to be a little scarey but that probably is in relation to my fear of butterflies!! We will be holding you in prayer as you wait for direction. You are in the Lords hands and there really is no better place to be. Many times he moves us when we would just not be motivated to do it on our own. And it always seems to work out so much more wonderfully then we could have planned. I tend to be sometimes inpatient and long for the end of the journey when it all seems so clear and comfortable and often wish I could skip all those turns and bumpy parts in the road....But it is said the Joy is in the Journey and if we can have Joy in this well that is such a blessing!!
    And we will be praying the Lord will fill all your needs as well as give you much knowledge and discernment with your future decisions....
    The dolls have some wonderful magazines I know our dolls will be most jealous and we will probably not let them read this post or they will be asking for all sorts of things ~Blessings Love Your Friend Heather

  3. Will pray for God's perfect will to be done Marqueta:-)Your package should be arriving soon, that will brighten your day! A baby, how lovely!

  4. oh my dear friend...a new baby! How wonderful for you and your dear family!

    I know that you must be feeling a bit overwhelmed but your attitude is wonderful. You are cleaning up and planning with the green light from the Lord.

    Remember, that He knows that you need a new home and Mr. Graham needs a new job. Nothing escapes Our Lord, so there is no need to worry or be concern.

    In the meantime, you are doing exactly what I would do. Continue with your lives rejoicing to an answer to prayer, taking care of the soon to join you little one, and focusing on yourself also dear friend.

    My prayers are always with you. What joy the librarians must have felt to receive such lovely gifts :)

    May the Lord keep you close Marqueta...


  5. Marqueta~
    All the ladies before me have said it all so perfectly! Congratulations on the Baby!
    I will be praying, too, for however God will bless you concerning a new job and home.

  6. Hello there dear blog friend,

    !!How happy to be expecting!!

    I will keep you and your family in prayers as you seek the Lord's direction for a new job and home.

    WOW- interesting food in deed! very creative :o)

    Lots of creativity happening around your home--- those homemade magazines are so very sweet. I know the dolls must enjoy them so!


  7. Just passing through dear friend to wish you much happiness and success! I am praying for you and for your family. I hope you will find a house and job very soon! How exciting though and I am just thrilled that you are heading out on a new adventure!!! I will write as soon as I can. I am "knee deep" in schooling and trying to keep food down! lol

    Thinking and praying for you!

  8. Dear Marqueta,
    I am so encouraged by your words
    "We know that whatever the future holds, we are in God's very capable hands, and that His plans are to bless us in every way. We do hope that we can find our dream cottage, with woods nearby, and perhaps a little creek or pond, as well."
    This is my own dream as we continue to wait for our way to be clear and direction for us as a re-united family.
    Thank you for sharing this with me I am so refreshed by it.
    Excitment for your family too as you get ready for a dear little baby. These are some of the happiest moments we have shared as a family.
    Much prayer and blessings for you and your family.
    I love the little books as well.
    God Bless

  9. Dear Marqueta,
    God has a wonderful plan for you. rest in Him. Congratulations, how ownderful. Now you rest and be good to yourself xoxox Clarice

  10. Dear Mami,
    I wish it was Spring, too!

    I like the magazines, they are fun to make.

    I love you and I like you!



  11. Congratulations on your wonderful news regarding your baby and may the Lord continue to guide you both regarding a new job for your husband and a new home for your dear family!

    Blessings to all of you :o)

  12. Dear Marqueta,

    I am very excited about your baby! I am looking forward to seeing it and sharing in your joy!

    As far as changes, it sure sounds like change is in the air there! I hope you find your perfect little cottage!



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