One. Two. Three. Three sailboats drifted out on the water today. I squinted my eyes, was that a fourth sail easing into view? Yup, that’s four. Clearly today was a beautiful day to be outside. I turned away from the huge window and glanced up at the clock. A half hour had passed in the time it had taken me to count the boats, wander fancifully through the streets stretching in thin ribbons below me, and imagine myself staring up at the high church steeple sticking like a needle in the distant horizon. Nothing behind me had moved in my mental absence. The little mound on the bed lay motionless, the machines swooshed rhythmically, the numbers on the screen glowed steadily. Nothing would change today, there would be no outside play for us. Satisfied that I had missed nothing inside, my eyes again drifted to the window to the world … Continue reading
You are busy, you have stuff to do, and you hear your child’s voice calling you from the back door. You ignore them, because that is what any self-respecting mother who expects to get anything at all done in a twenty four hour period would do. The calls are insistent. That kid is not going away. Whatever they have to say is apparently worth repeating “maaaaaammmmmmaaaa” seventeen times. The eighteenth time the little voice takes on a forlorn tone as if you have abandoned them forever. The tone of voice does its work, and your awakened feelings of pity send you immediately to admire the flower they have found (one of the approximately four billion weeds in the yard), be appropriately sympathetic about the scratch on their finger (which you can’t actually see), get them a drink (which they could have gotten themselves), assure them that … Continue reading
I really like to give gifts that have some sort of thought behind them. New stuff is great, but stuff is just “eh”…it looses its excitement (or breaks) pretty quickly. On the other hand, give something that’s personal, and now you have a keepsake that will keep giving a smile for many years to come. One example of a gift that falls perfectly into that category is a photo book! Next to chocolate, I don’t think there’s any more universally enjoyed thing than pictures. I recently used blurb to make the cutest little photo book ever, and it was ridiculously easy! It seriously only took me about an hour and a half from start to finish….which, with my disastrous track record of computer creations, that’s pretty near miraculous. You can get pictures from your computer, Instagram, Facebook, Picasa, etc, to use for your book…how fun would an Instagram one be?! … Continue reading
Wishing you the happiest Thanksgiving Day! We’ll be back on Sunday, ready and excited to take on December! Thank you to you for all the fun you bring to this little blog! Psalms 136:1-3, 26 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.
In light of the recent events in our national news, I’ve been contemplating more than ever what effects selfish behavior and the lack of moral responsibility can have on a nation. Most of us will never have a very large voice in affecting society, however, most of us can directly speak for the choices our own families make. There are two major concepts I want my girls to learn. If they never learn anything else from me, I hope they learn this…You are directly accountable to God for the choices you make, and you are personally responsible for your own choices. I do not ever wish to debase them into being my parrot, or enable them to flounder through life by allowing them to cling to excuses. I came across this little children’s story, re-written to highlight the importance of individual responsibility. I hope you will enjoy it, and be … Continue reading
(source) I’m just going to skip talking about paint and fabric for a minute, if that’s OK with you. I want to talk about us, Americans. Do you know what today is? It’s September 11. Today is the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attack on our country, and the one year anniversary of the attack on our U.S consulate in Benghazi. Twelve years ago, I was still in high school, and I remember clearly that day. Do you remember it? I remember flags flying on cars, in yards, in windows, and on walls. For a few short weeks, it was OK even trendy to talk about God, to pray in public, to say “God bless America”, to admit we had a crises and hurt which God Himself would have to heal. Nobody screamed about separation of church and state, nobody claimed insult over flags. For once we all understood, evil is real, and … Continue reading