In Her Words

Big A:
“These are the Christmas colors- red, yellow, and blue.

(thoughtful pause)

Maybe not yellow.

(another thoughtful pause)

And white.”

Excellent EE Devotional Today

I get the Elisabeth Elliot devotionals daily via email, and have been so encouraged by them. The one today is especially good, preparing our hearts and thoughts for the upcoming Birthday Celebration:
We see her first, that little Mary (may I say little? I think she was a teenager), as a simple village girl in a poor home in an out-of-the-way place. She is bending over her work when suddenly the light changes. She raises her eyes. A dazzling stranger stands before her with a puzzling greeting. He calls her “most favored one” and tells her the Lord is with her. She is stunned. I don’t believe her thought is of herself (Who am I? or Am I ever lucky!). Mary is troubled. She discerns at once that this has to do with things infinitely larger than herself, far beyond her understanding. What can it mean?
How will the girl respond? She is at once totally at the disposal of her Lord (she sees that the visitor is from Him). Whatever the mystery, whatever the divine reasons for choosing her, whatever the inconveniences, even disasters (broken engagement? stoning to death–the punishment of a fornicator?) which she may be required to face, her answer is unequivocal and instant: “Here I am. I am the Lord’s servant; let it be as you have told me.” Anything, Lord.

Read the whole devotional here.

She Who Wears The Apron Rules The World

Isn’t that the way the poem goes? Well maybe it should. Check out the Apron Power! Photo Contest at MommyLife! I have enjoyed collecting pretty aprons over the past year, and have appreciated how they save so many messes from getting on my shirts. Last night I dribbled something on my top at dinner, and for a few seconds, I was a little stunned. Then I realized I didn’t have an apron on.
My photo entry for the contest will stay under wraps (pun intended) until after Christmas. Oh, the anticipation.

WFMW-Felt People

This is another activity that helps us pass the time during the winter months when we don’t get out much. We call them felt people, and I made them out of 9 X 12 felt that you can buy at most any superstore or craft store. I make up patterns for the bodies on paper, then trace and cut out of the felt. Pieces you want permanently attached are glued together with hot glue. Mine have googly eyes and perfectly coifed hair of another color felt, but the sky’s the limit for how to decorate the dolls. Then with other felt, I make clothing, shoes, accessories. I put them on a flannelgraph board, but a blanket would work just as well. This is my take on paper dolls since mine are still a little young for the paper and scissors thing. Works for me! Check out more ideas at Shannon’s.

The Sale Is On

Luke is now officially a seller on Ebay! He has some cycling jerseys up for sale right now, but so do hundreds of other people. Maybe we should put our house on there.

To hear a funny song about Ebay, click here.

Streams of Living Water

I’ve been feeling spiritually dry lately; it is like I am in a fog and the work required to get out keeps me from even trying to. I’m tired, cranky, and all around unpleasant. Just in time for Christmas. My poor family that has to live with such a grinch.

A couple of neat things happened over the weekend to help me start snapping out of it:
1. The Heisman Ceremony (of all things!)- Troy Smith was saying that his attitude was one of the biggest obstacles he had to overcome to be a success. I got to thinking that I have allowed my attitude to reign over everything, making circumstances seem all the more worse. My perspective becomes more and more not reality and I become more and more hard to live with.
2.We attended a terrific Christmas program last night put on at my parents’ church, filled with wonderful music and neat drama. I thought again how awesome it is to have a Savior, Jesus, and an ever-present God in my life, Emanuel.
3. Something odd happened at our church yesterday morning, which left me a little shaken. It seems that just when I think a thing is settled, something comes up and the thing isn’t so settled. We are trying to follow where the Lord is leading, but there are so many unknowns right now. I recognize that I can only control the certain things- I have to keep focused on my core responsibilities in my home. Helping my husband, teaching my children, and taking care of our home. The other stuff, well, I just have to wait and see what God is up to.
Good weekend inspirations. I can’t say I woke up this morning completely out of the fog and excited about the mound of laundry, but I do think the clouds have lifted a little.

Talkin’ Trash

I’m in awe of the short time it took designers to come up with this catchy new t-shirt, coming to stores near me, and maybe you, too, if you live in Florida. I mean, the BCS bowl choices just came out, didn’t they? But there are a very few weeks left to threaten the lives of Florida Fans, and we must capitalize.
You can buy one for all those Buckeye fans on your Christmas list here.

We made some homemade ice cream in our machine. Aldi had heavy whipping cream for 1.69 for 16 oz. and I was all over that. It has been sounding good for quite some time, and I was also suffering some guilt that I have this neato ice cream maker and I never use it.
It was deliciously icy and creamy.

Though We May Roam

I’m so pleased to hear that my sister and her family might move to Ohio! They are putting their house up for sale and hoping that the Lord will guide them in all the details. Now, if I can just get Honey living this side of the Ohio River, my life will be complete.

Homeschool Fun

Luke has graciously taken over A’s Science lessons, and she is learning about weather right now. This is her rain gauge she made. I like the little rain cloud.