Relax, Smile, and Enjoy Life

Here are some good ways to have a relaxing day; ways to encourage a calm spirit.

1) Light a sweetly scented candle

Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.”
-Psalm 119:105

2) Take a nap

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.”
-Psalm 23: 1-3

3) Eat something yummy

“How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
-Psalm 119: 103

4) Sip something warm

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
-I Corithians 10:31

5) Talk with people you love (or bake something delicious over skype together!).

“A joyful heart makes a cheerful face!”
-Proverbs 15:13a

6) Receive a hug or kiss from someone who loves you!


“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,the fruit of the womb a reward.
-Psalm 127:3

7) Read and meditate on the Scriptures

“I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
  I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.
  Deal bountifully with your servant,
that I may live and keep your word.
  Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.”

-Psalm 119:15-19


Lemonade, Anyone?

Sometimes I feel that my days are like Jane’s meals. It starts out all nice and clean,

and then….

But it seems that no matter how smooth or rough my days are, what determines the quality of them is whether I decide to smile as beautifully as Jane does when her hair is be-splattered with smashed bananas.

This past week was a very busy one, filled with unexpected turns such as a burning breakers, a broken laptop, a few sick days, and a very clingy, needy baby; but we managed to wade through it and enjoy some down time in between the crisis moments.

One of the highlights of the week was on Saturday when we had a couple over from our church. It was a good time of fellowship! They have a little boy, Isaias, who is one day older than Jane! They loved taking each others’ toys, braining one another, and talking back and forth in….some language.

We have found that no matter what our week holds, there is a host of friends waiting to help and to go through things with us. We are very, very blessed by our family and friends, here and abroad!

This week starts a new stage for us both. Caleb officially started work with the mission yesterday, and is already up to his elbows in lots of good work, the main one being working on Peru Mission’s E-Bulletin and print bulletin.

I am starting to feel more of a routine in my day and am figuring out all the best ways and times to do things, such as shop, where to shop for what, what to cook, how to cook it, when to do laundry, how long it takes to hang dry, what I can do with Jane awake, what I can’t do, and what are things that make life relaxing for Caleb and me in the evenings.

I just have to remember: When life is tough, just find someone’s shoulders to stand on. You can reach heights you haven’t been able to reach before.