I made Homemade Chicken and Rice soup yesterday evening ... more like bedtime! It was still boiling hot when it was time to put the kids to bed and there was way too much of it to try to get it all into small containers to cool it down.
So I did what any Indiana Farm Wife would do in the winter time .... I sat the whole darn pot out on a stump! Works like a charm! I just love my winter fridge!
Jay, Meg and Sam ... Triple Trouble in a Chinese Restaurant!
This evening we took the kids out for chinese and to the grocery store! The never slowed down a bit and skidded around every corner in the store. They're loving this new found freedom of not being in a shopping cart or stroller of any kind and there is more of them than me!
Did I tell all of you that I have 4 year old triplets and I'm a Grandma? Some days they're up for grabs for the day!
(Dana ... you up to it?)
Brrrrr .... it really is cold outside. This is the wood burning stove (on the back porch) that Von refuses to give up! Hey, it's free heat! Maybe I should have taken a picture of the thermometer on the wall behind the stove that says ninety-two degrees in here! Oh well .... thirty-three degrees outside, so I just open a window!
Oh God, as I bring my subject into focus and prepare to make each portrait, never let me forget that I'm creating treasures for some family, and a keepsake for their loved ones.
Make me sensitive to the qualities and virtues of others, that I may draw out into the light the beautiful radiant belongings of their hearts.
Help me to be an artist, collecting the beauty of every soul, the glow of youth, the gentleness, the laughter or tears of each life that is precious in thy sight.
Deeper than a means of livelihood, give me the perspective to see my photographer's art as a service to others, making life richer and more memorable.
And, dear Lord, between the lights and shadows, the ups and downs and the rolling years, keep me from getting out of focus or off center, so that my life and work may be framed with dignity and colored with contentment ...