Monday, December 31, 2007

Reading--Under the Tuscan Sun

The above pic has nothing to do with what I am reading--I just love this pic I took this past weekend (read on the posts listed below).....

But I have started reading Under the Tuscan Sun and I am enjoying it. I think what she says about moving to another place is true: "You have to churn somewhat when the roof covering your head is at stake, since to sell is to walk away from a cluster of memories and to buy is to choose where the future will take place. And the place, never neutral of course, will cast its influence." I find that just visiting a place also does this to me. When I visit old cemeteries, churches, homes, towns, etc I see life from a different perspective. It always reinforces the brevity of my own life and the connectedness we have with those in the past---gives me a different concept of time, and eternity.

I also like this quote: "But I keep remembering that anytime I've stepped in my own footprints again, I haven't felt renewed." --I guess I feel more challenged to think when I step out into a new area---or read a new book----it is kind of like stepping out of my own footsteps. However it is also neat to find something that expresses where I am stepping and where I am in my life!!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

A 1,000 year tree in McClellanville, SC

We had a good explore today in McClellanville, Sc. We saw a huge evergreen oak that is about 1,000 years old---so beautiful! You can click on some of the pictures to enlarge ;-)

This picture above is of my oldest son--home from Seattle for the Christmas Holiday sitting on this tree!
My two sons in a pose ;-)
We ate at the TW GRAHAM and CO restaurant--it was delicious--sweet potato fries, fresh shrimp and ice tea--plus a crab chowder--yummmmmmy --It was nice spending the day with the boys and exploring towns we have often gone by on our way to Charleston. There were some pleasant surprises ! See below for more pics!Posted by Picasa

An Episcopal Church in McClellanville, SC

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Outing to Plantersville SC

We went to Plantersville, Sc and saw some beautiful homes. Then we came across this old Episcopal church (the info is below) --what a pleasant surprise!

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Faith in the value and meaning of life

Like this quote on life by Henri J.M. Nouwen from his book called the Wounded Healer---

"But for a man with a deep-rooted faith in the value and meaning of life, every experience holds a new promise, every encounter carries a new insight, and every event brings a new message. But these promises, insights, and messages have to be discovered and made visible."

Also this:

"For hope makes it possible to look beyond the fulfillment of urgent wishes and pressing desires and offers a vision beyond human suffering and even death........Leadership therefore is not called Christian because it is permeated with optimism against all the odds of life, but because it is grounded in the historic Chirst-event which is understood as a definitive breach in the deterministic chain of human trial and error, and as a dramatic affirmation that there is light on the other side of darkness"

Wednesday, December 26, 2007


It is nice to have a lazy day---which is what I am doing. Sitting and talking with the boys--reflecting some on life and pulling out an Agatha Christie book that I have not read or read when I was so young that I have forgotten it!! Nice gray or grey day (spell check says both are correct!) --so a great day for reflection and mysteries.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I found this recipe from (on Dec 7th I think 2007) -These are easy to do and very pretty and gluten free!! YES!!! I will post the recipe on my recipe blog at

Monday, December 17, 2007

My baby doll

Well for some reason this picture uploaded twice---but isn't she a little doll baby with her bow!!From this picture it is hard to tell that she likes to walk on piano keys, eat boogers, and play in toilet water! What a demure little lass!!!
Here she is in her new apron reading her Gideons Bible---you would think she was the ultimate in propriety. You just can never tell can you? lol

Sunday, December 16, 2007


I thank the Lord for times of the blessing of His felt presence......for demonstrations of His work in people's lives. Again and again I have seen so much suffering, so much struggle in the lives of those around me--in church, family, community........yet life has a rich beauty to it. Again and again I see spiritual battles, spiritual growth, sometimes spiritual loss; again and again I have seen prayer changing things in surprising ways---ways I would not have expected or anticipated, perhaps in ways I have questioned and yet beauty has come out of it. The spiritual side of life is a blessing in its rich sustaining surprises----I do see in suffering a deepness in life that is hard to express......sometimes it seems like a song is threading itself into a soul (can't really put down what I mean!). I thank God for all Christ went through on earth and for the way he suffered---you know I never thought of being really thankful for this---I always thought of asking Him to forgive us that He had to endure the suffering. But I am thankful for what He went through because he has been touched with infirmities and suffering and it makes Him such a great high priest, one that can empathize with my weaknesses; what an amazing God to be willing to stoop to such a lowly life for me; what love and now He ministers to me in every aspect of my life. What a blessed presence.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The law

ps 119:129 Your testimonies are wonderful;therefore my soul keeps them.130 The unfolding of your words gives light;it imparts understanding to the simple

For many years the law seemed like something negative--often in Christianity we see law as a negative thing and grace as a positive thing. Now grace is always positive!! But as I have been reflecting I have seen the rich beauty in the laws God has given---they truly are given for our good . When I have followed His instruction , life is much more beautiful (even in the trials), but when I have gone against His instruction ,all kinds of havoc have resulted!! I am reflecting back on my many years as a Christian as I say this---I became one when I was 16 and am now 54. As I look back on all of the years.....I see as never before, the beauty of his laws---they are meant to give us a freedom of living and He knows what things bring joy and wellness to our souls and lives. How beautiful are His commands.....I can say now!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Yes, Boots knows how to relax; unfortunately his peripheral vision seems to be going. He has caused several major accidents in the last few weeks! See below.
First my husband and I were sitting together on the couch having a nice cool drink when Boots attempted to jump up on the back of the couch. He hit my husband's arm and the entire , yes, the entire drink ended up on my husband's head and face. It was hilarious!! My husband had to sit very still with the drink running down as I ran for paper towels.
Next the cat was jumping from the window to the top of the chair you see him sitting in---when he did this he hit the wall lamp, which crashed to the floor breaking the bulb and the glass cover.
Last night he broke a little blue vase that has sat on the windowsill for years!!! What next, eh? and..........he looks so innocent ;-)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Monday morning blues?

Well-I was away for a relaxing weekend in Charleston, SC. We saw the festival of lights on James Island (beautiful), walked on the magnificent new bridge, and walked all over delighting in the old homes and gardens. We also had romantic candlelit dinners and quiet talks and times of reading books we brought and books we bought in Charleston. Now I am adjusting back to a normal Monday morning!!! I can not seem to get awake!!! The weather here is supposed to be in the 70's all week/ this is definitely weird.
Quote from one of Yancey's books I read this weekend: "Grace teaches us that God loves because of who God is, not because of who we are."
Thank Him for his grace. So thankful daily for this! it is good to examine our lives--to sit back and reflect on ,am I doing and being what Christ wants---am I following him and listening to him in my daily living. You know when you go away (even for a weekend) and then come back home it makes you come at your life as one coming from outside of your life--you kind of see your life and town and home as through a camera lens. Sometimes we are so involved in just living , we don't have time to access or think about our lives as viewed by Christ.....but, I guess that is why it is important to spend time daily with Him and listening to Him and His promptings.
I also like O'Driscoll's thoughts on Nicodemus and how it applies to me/us:
"Suppose that you have carved out your place in society, that you are secure in your lifestyle and in your view of the world. Then suppose you meet somebody who challenges every aspect of who you are, what you have done, and all you hope for............................Jesus has said many times to anyone who will listen that if we want even to glimpse the kingdom of heaven we have to rediscover the child within ourselves and look at reality through this child's eyes, recapturing what has been lost, things such as trust, love, innocence , a sense of boundless possibility.............But what do we mean by 'understand'? How much do any of us really understand the terrible and beautiful mysteries of Christian faith? Times without number, when we act on some principle of Christian faith, we do so without understanding. It is as if something moves us, guides, us, takes us, and we follow."
picture if from flikr--I have to get mine developed ;-)

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Grand Announcement Show and Tell

These are the two pictures my daughter sent to our house to announce she was pregnant with a second child!! How fun ;-) (I am using this for my show and tell Friday taking place at

ps if you go here you can hear a 20 second announcement made by the above child about the upcoming baby--so cute!

post office blues!!

I was mailing these two guys to some sick friends when lo and behold what should happen at the post office!!!!????? READ BELOW!!

Man --I was ticked (;-))-or tickled or WHATEVER ;-)--the other day I went to the post office to mail an item. They wouldn't accept my cash because they had run out of change [and what kind of business has no change???] so I charged it. Today I went to the same clerk and he would not accept my credit card because I hadn't signed the back---I had written "photo id required"--he said the us postal service has a policy not to accept credit cards like that that were not signed. I pointed out he had accepted it the other day---his response was he didn't recall that!! He said he could debit my account!! I said no thanks, will you accept cash, and he did. This other guy here has had the same problem and he signed his in front of the person with pencil ,"Donald Duck", and they didn't check it--and they accepted it----I should have just said that my name was "See photo id" and that it was my signature!! sheeese! What if I had just scribbled a signature that was illegible like so many do??? It is soooooo funny how the government makes rules that are really nonsensical---I mean ,I can go online and order the same postage for mailing and use my non signed card!! lol But I do not mean to complain--it just was ironic--funnily (my word) so!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Bookworms run in the family and the above little poo has joined! When she was only 10 months old she would pick one book after another for me to read. One day she wanted a particular book --a pop out book about Joseph. I got so tired of reading it that I hid it among 20 other books. What did she do? She got up and searched through all of the books until she found it and then handed it back to me!! LOVE IT!

Love this quote from Kierkegaard--this surely relates to Advent and the coming of Christ: "When it is a question of a sinner He does not merely stand still, open his arms and say, 'Come hither'; no, He stands there and waits, as the father of the lost son waited, rather He does not stand and wait, He goes forth to seek, as the shepherd sought the lost sheep, as the woman sought the lost coin. He goes--yet no, He has gone, but infinitely farther than any shepherd or any woman, He went, in sooth, the infinitely long way from being God to becoming man, and that way He went in search of sinners."

Monday, December 3, 2007

A quest and oreo girl

I love to sneak in pictures of my 14 month granddaughter--here she is carrying on the tradition of chocolate covered oreos on tree decorating day!! She also helped her daddy make pancakes!! She will be an awesome Cook!

I like this idea--of our life and our relationship with Christ being like a quest. It makes me think of Tolkein's Trilogy--how the hobbits learned so many things as they went on their quest.

Schweitzer: "He speaks to us the same words--follow thou me.....He commands, and to those who obey him he reveals himself in the toils, the conflicts, and the sufferings which they shall pass through in his fellowship; and , as an ineffable mystery, they shall learn in their own experience who he is."

Bonhoeffer asks a question--"Who is Jesus for us?"

O'Driscoll goes on to comment: "The question Who is Jesus Christ for us? cannot be answered merely by information. It is therefore, more than a question, more of a quest. When we find the answer to a question we get on with other things. But to have a quest is to possess the very thing that allows our lives to go on, that calls us to follow after it. Jesus Christ is not a question to be answered; rather he is a quest to be lived............."

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Sunday reflections

Beth Moore has said , "The light of His glory invariably sheds light on our intense need for His grace.....we rarely discover any thing monumental about God without discovering something momentous about ourselves, with every revelation comes an invitation to adjust our lives to what we have seen."

Piper says, "And because sin is a belittling of the all-satisfying glory of God, the suffering that breaks its power is a severe mercy.....whatever makes us more and more able to enjoy making much of God is a mercy. For there is no greater joy than joy in the greatness of God. And if we must suffer to see this and savor it most deeply, then suffering is a mercy. and Christ's call to take up our cross and join him on the Calvary road is love."

Bonhoeffer--"The cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise God fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die."

Piper: "If Christ is not made much of in our lives, they are wasted."

Schweitzer: "He speaks to us the same words--follow thou me.....He commands, and to those who obey him he reveals himself in the toils, the conflicts, and the sufferings which they shall pass through in his fellowship; and , as an ineffable mystery, they shall learn in their own experience who he is."

I Thank God for the richness of life in Him!!

Newest monkeys ;-)

The newest monke is the on to the right--I still can't make up my mind on her smile---the first picture is the smile she has on now.

This was the smile I did at first---not sure which I like

Friday, November 30, 2007

More on Monkeys--see below on show and tell Friday

This is a picture of the original monkey my brother and I had as a child--my brother just sent me the picture--he still has it!!!!
Here is the little girl monkey I just finished (using a wool boot sock (ladies) from Walmart.)
Here is a picture of the guy and girl I made together. I am debating on whether to stitch a mouth on the guy.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Show and Tell Friday

It is show and tell Friday at Kelli's at

This is what I made tonight (Thursday)--I used to have a sock monkey when I was a child, and my brother had a sock elephant.--so these sock toys bring back many memories. These two sites give good directions on how to make sock monkeys : and I am not done with this--I have to do the eyes --which I plan on stitching since Rhianwen, out grandchild, is so young. For older kids you can use buttons for the eyes. I also think I will crochet a little red vest. After I was finishing up this guy, my husband and I felt that we needed to have our own monkeys----we could take them with us on trips and take pictures of them in various places---I don't know why--but I just have to have one for myself!! Childhood memories I guess!! You can get socks from this site :

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


I like what Irenaeus says, "The glory of God is a person fully alive."

Yancey responds, "Christians are not perfect, by any means, but they can be people made fully alive."

I love those thoughts--and am thankful for prayer and the beauty of Christian fellowship--especially of Christians from all walks of life--the beauty in diversity yet unity because of the central core--Christ himself.

I love this prayer: "Turn every evil design of the devil into sanctifying schemes of love. Deliver us from his deceptions. Keep the beauty of Christ clear in the eyes of our heart."

Sunday, November 25, 2007


Life is so full of ups and downs. Struggles , darkness, and beauty. The fallen nature of this world, this creation, but the beauty that still shines through. This week has provided both.

This makes me think of Romans 8 : 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies"

Sin has affected all of creation....but thankfully His grace and beauty still shine in our midst. I can see much is learned both in affliction and in blessings. Muggeridge said about suffering

"everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my existence, has been through affliction and not through happiness, whether pursued or attained. In other words, if it ever were to be possible to eliminate affliction from our earthly existence by means of some drug or other medical mumbo jumbo....the result would not be to make life delectable, but to make it too banal or trivial to be endurable."

On the other hand Piper says:

The sunbeams of blessing in our lives are bright in and of themselves. They also give light to the ground where we walk. But there is a higher purpose for these blessings. God means for us to do more than stand outside them and admire them for what they are. Even more, he means for us to walk into them and see the sun from which they come. If the beams are beautiful, the sun is even more beautiful. God's aim is not that we merely admire his gifts, but, even more, his glory."
I thank him for both the beauty and glory and the suffering and hardship---both teach me much--but what inward pain and a sense of that groaning of creation to be delivered as Romans says.
(picture by flickr)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

happiness is pansies!!

Well I planted my pansies today--this pic is from flickr--but these are the colors I planted and how can you not be happy with these beautiful colors staring you in the face!! Pansies are such joyful little things.
I also put up our tree the earliest ever!! A few days before Christmas--but I wanted it up for my youngest sons return. The webcam doesn't really capture the colors very well--and it doesn't pick up the stuff in the depth of the tree either--so not very good pictures--the bulbs are pale green , pale blue, and inner ones which you can't see are in shades of blue and sliver glittery type. Looks funny without the lights--but the webcam wouldn't pick it up. The deer are actually a pale green.
This is where I placed the tree this year--it is a little one--but it takes up less room!

I finally have an angel at the top--bought it at our Saint Nick festival---handmade.

I love these blue stars from Martha Stewart---actually all the balls or bulbs--whatever you call them are from Martha Stewart!

So all this makes me content--to have my pansies in and tree up. Now I have to paint a bedroom and have Thanksgiving!! YES!

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Love this quote from a Mitford book : "When a man's wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package."

that is so true and is something to ponder ;-) .

Thankful again for worship today---for the traditions of the Anglican faith--how they lift your heart to the Almighty in praise, how the liturgy causes you to examine your heart, confess your sins and seek His forgiveness. .....for the beauty of the congregation praying in unison, for the weekly Lord's Supper, for the beauty and strength of the pipe organ or for the early morning service of quiet worship---I am thankful how all of this links me to past generations of Christians who worshiped with many of these same prayers, .........thankful for the weak and the strong, and for the gifts of fellow believers---for their love. But mainly just so thankful for a place of worship!! A place to be in awe over an awesome God.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Show and Tell Friday

Kelly has her show and tell today --go here to participate :
These are little wooden toys: they are circus toys! I bought these at antique shops in Vt. when I was a young teen. As you can see the elastic inside of them has been worn out and the faces are worn. The head of the clown is off actually and the elephant is missing 2 legs. I can not remember the history of these (maybe if I googled it!)--The clothes on the ring leader are not original --they were made when I purchased him since he was naked! I think these were made in New England somewhere and that there was an entire circus made of wood---They are so cool---I just love them!!


Psalm 92
How Great Are Your Works

92:1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord,to sing praises to your name, O Most High;2 to declare your steadfast love in the morning,and your faithfulness by night,3 to the music of the lute and the harp,to the melody of the lyre.4 For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
5 How great are your works, O Lord!Your thoughts are very deep!

I love the fact of the deepness of His thoughts--I love the fact that as we live longer and longer on this earth we get to see more and more of this. No matter how often I read the Bible or study it there is more and more richness in it and in knowing Him. What a gift to have the Bible and to know the God that has created this unbelievable universe---I can not imagine all that He must be!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007


Hmmm -I have been tagged by and told to

Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs. Let each person know that they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog:

1. I like the thoughtfulness of someone tagging me, but not the work it takes ;-) !
2. I like bloggers because of the variety of people you meet and this is truly a spice of life!
3. I love the way many bloggers feel free to express themselves even in weird ways.
4. I can not spell
5. I love scrabble even though I can not spell (I must be crazy).
6. I enjoy alone times.
7. I have been married for 30 years.

So unfortunately I have to tag 7 unlucky others---the problem is ....I do not know which of them may have done this already (hmm, I think I have done this before!!)

I tag:

We learned several really interesting things about Jesus' death and the Lord's Supper.

When Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem on what we call Palm Sunday it was "the tenth day of the month when Jewish families picked Passover lambs of sacrifice."He wept when Jerusalem came into sight -Luke 19:41 "And when He approached, He saw the city and wept over it saying, 'If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes"--He proceeded to tell them about the destruction of Jerusalem that would occur in 70 ad...."The Messiah who came on 'Lamb selection day to establish His kingdom by being a servant and giving up His life as the Lamb of God, wept for the people of Jerusalem when they didn't receive Him as God's Messiah and rejected the deliverance He offered."

The blowing of a shofar-- "During old Testament times, perhaps even going back to the time of Moses, the Jewish priests traditionally slaughtered the Passover sacrifice at 3:00 in the afternoon after blowing a shofar--a special horn. They then offered the sacrifice at 3:30, following the daily sacrifice. Both the daily sacrifice and the Passover sacrifice were offered to symbolically cleanse the nation of Israel of its sin." "At exactly 3:00 (the 'ninth hour" as the Bible puts it in Luke 23:45), just as the Passover lamb was being killed, Jesus looked up into heaven and said, 'Father , into your hands I commit my spirit." And having said this, He breathed His last.'"

The symbolism of the cup. The marriage cup. "During biblical times, a young man who wanted to marry would accompany his father to the chosen woman's house, where she and her father would be present. They'd negotiate a steep 'bride price'--the money or physical items that the woman's father would ask for in exchange for giving up his valuable daughter. Then the young man's father would hand his son a cup of wine. The son, in turn, would offer it to the woman and say, 'This cup I offer to you.' In effect he was saying, 'I love you, and I offer you my life. Will you marry me?' If she drank it (sealing their engagement), she accepted his life and gave him hers. If not , she simply declined."

"The Passover Cup. During the Passover liturgy of Jesus' day, participants would drink from four cups of wine at different times. The third cup was called the cup of salvation. While celebrating the Passover with His disciples in the Upper Room, Jesus offered them the cup of salvation and said, 'This cup is a new covenant in My blood.' He was saying, in effect, 'I love you. I give you My life. Will you marry Me? Will you be My spiritual bride? Will you give your life to Me? So every time we drink from the Communion cup when the minister says, "This cup is a new covenant in my blood," God is saying to us, 'I love you. I invite you to be My spiritual bride.' And every time we drink it, we are in effect saying to Him, 'I accept your gift, and I give You my life in return."

"The Cup from Which Jesus Drank in Order to Become Our Spiritual Husband. Jesus asked His Father the night before He died, 'If it is possible, may this cup be taken from me' (Matthew 26:39). He knew the high price He would have to pay to purchase His bride and become our spiritual husband."

(quotes from Ray Vander Laan's Faith Lessons) These really make the understanding of Jesus' death and the communion service even more meaningful.

(picture from flickr

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


I was reflecting in a letter to my daughter about pride and sensitivity--so I copied it here and would love if any of you bloggers have an opinion on this to share it with me.

So why do any of us tend to be overly sensitive do you think.
We all have this problem to one degree or another--I know some is pride--

In a Bible study last few weeks we were talking about humbleness. Well actual in different studies we touched on the subject. In Romans we were talking about how we are all sinners and when we judge someone for their sin we are equally guilty---we were looking at how the Jews judged the Gentiles and how the Jews were also guilty--Rom 2 :1--"Therefore you are without excuse, every man of you who passes judgement, for in that you judge another you condemn yourself: for you who judge practice the same things." --this is so true and if we really understand this we will realize what we criticize others for ,we are guilty of too---maybe in just a different way.

Secondly we were looking at Christ's humility---I think part of his great ability to live so humbly (humanly speaking) was the fact that He knew who He was, He knew He was loved by the Father and when you have this intimate knowledge of God's love you can serve others with humility, it does not matter what they think of you because you know what God thinks--that He has this great love for you. However with Mother Teresa she did not feel God's love for her yet because she chose to love Him she wanted to do all for Christ.--she also realized all Christ did for her so I guess she could not do enough to serve the outcasts of society.

I wonder why we are so defensive--is it because we don't fully realize who we are in Christ? Why are we so proud--Christ who is God was humble! I know it is sin that causes pride--but as Christians why don't we do a better job at coming at things with a lowly mind? Would we do better if we came to realize the greatness of His love for us. What do you think on all of this?