Aug 112011

Today is actually my 26th birthday, but let me tell you, my memory does not reflect my age! I have a terrible, terrible memory! Names, scripture references, lyrics to songs, phone numbers, dates, and deadlines all get lost in my brain. Unless there are pictures or video of an event, I will not remember much of it! I blame it on being creative, somewhat of a dreamer, or maybe because I am a little (ok maybe not so little) bit ADD. I don’t know but I have an awful memory!

Recently, the Lord has had me camped out on the idea of “remembering”. Remembering who He is and remembering what He has done in me and my family have become extremely important to me!

We recently came through a very tough season emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually. On this side of the struggle, I can look back with pretty good perspective. (Hindsight is 20/20 right?!) But instead of feeling victory, I am tempted to feel fear. The journey was rough. I am afraid of what could be ahead!

But the Lord has been teaching me in this “in between time” to sift through our experience and remember Him. To look back and remember what He did, to remember how He pulled us through and to remember He taught us so much gives me strength to look ahead!

“Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered” Psalm 105:5

I do this in very practical methods! Things as simple as scripture index cards above my sink keep my heart and mind focus on His truth during the most mundane moments of the day (the times when the enemy wants most to talk to me). Scrapbooking is a very therapeutic way to reflect over a past season and see what God has done. You must be intentional though to point out and write about the Lord’s victories in your family instead of  only family milestones.

My favorite and most visible way we tackle the art of remembrance in our home is through our “Memory Wall”! I may have mentioned it before. Every time we have moved it has grown. We think of more ways and more things to remember!

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The Art of the Drip Castle

 Posted by on July 19, 2011  6 Responses »
Jul 192011

If you don’t know me personally, you may not know how much I love the beach. Fair-skinned and freckly though I am, I long to get back there. Today, I am reliving building sand castles last summer. And counting the days, with a lovely beach count down chain, until we get back there again…Ahhh. Toes in the sand

Sharing a post from the July 2010 Hodgepodge archives, which you could consider the annual Habit of Making Drip Castles…


On beach trips growing up all I knew were drip castles. I never imagined using buckets and shovels to shape and define castle walls. See when we went to the beach we walked a good long way from the house to the shore. Most folks drove their dune buggies. Now that I’m a Mama, I realize that was probably the reason why we didn’t tote building supplies.

My mother, father and grandmother all taught me and my brother the art of drip castle building. All you need is sand and water. Both abundant at the seashore.

When we go each year, now with our children, we don’t have as far to walk but I still go back to drip castles. It’s comfortable and beautiful.

Start by digging a hole. As you dig, make a semi-circle base for your walls. You need the hole for collecting water the surf brings in. Your castle is built around it. Continue reading »