We decided to spend my husband's spring break visiting family down in sunny California. I'm loving the sunshine, the bare toes, and the gorgeous colors of God's creation.

We still have gray skies and snow on our front lawn at home. This is a welcomed change for us. My kids sure have enjoyed being outdoors again.



I made oatmeal for breakfast

I watched The Sound of Music with my kids

I made green pancakes for lunch

I snacked on homemade peanut butter cookies

I drank loose leaf tea--a new favorite of mine

I folded laundry with my daughter

I read Psalm 100

I organized the playroom

I ordered take out pizza for dinner

I read a chapter from Farmer Boy to the kids before their bedtime


...at a place near Your altar

"Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar, O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!...What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord."
Psalm 84:3, 5

I read these verses today and thought to myself, "That's where I want to be, and that's where I want to lead my children. Better yet, that's where I want to raise them...at a place near Your altar, O Lord." It makes all the difference. I know I react differently to fussy children and chaos when I draw near to Him.

This little bird isn't just stopping by for a visit! She's building her nest there in order to do her work--to raise her young.

I'm going to ponder this and ask the Lord to show me what this should look like in my home.

Just what this tired mommy needed to read today!

"I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people."
Psalm 85:6

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