Archive for January, 2009

…a.k.a., I don’t have the patience to upload a zillion more pictures right now.



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Christmas in Illinois

Cooking on Christmas Eve

I took this picture specifically for my blog. Please guess what food item is in this bowl.

Opening gifts on Christmas morning

The mittens I made for Shannon (and the choppers) fit perfectly. Needless to say, I was relieved. They looked huge while I was knitting them. I guess his hands are huge.

Shannon and I flew to Buffalo on the 26th. Our first flight was over the weight limit, so we volunteered to take a later flight. It wasn’t a bad deal at all – they bought us lunch and gave us each $300 of vouchers. Anyway, I thought these snowplows were very interesting. I busied myself taking pictures of them while we waited for our flight.


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Year In Review

Per my tradition, I must go over the past year month by month, and post pictures of the highlights. Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list, as I don’t have pictures of every event.

I had iTunes on while I was working on posting these pictures, and one of the songs that came on was “God is Watching Over You,” by Phil Joel. That was my unofficial “theme song” for 2008.

He sees you down by the water line
Know what you’re thinking all the time
He sees the rising of the waves
When the tide starts rolling in
He lets you know it’s gonna be o.k.

He sees you dancing in the moonlight
His arms around you hold ya tight
And if those clouds should start to break
He’ll be standing out in the rain with you
And though it’s hard to believe
He believes in you

God is watching over you
As always
You are loved
Whatever you go through
He’s right beside you
God is watching over you
As always
And if you think He’ll ever leave you
You better think again

Painted in the sky a rainbow to remind you
Nothing that is broken
Cannot be made new
He knows when ya feel so far away
He’s gonna keep the night light on
He’s waiting there to receive you

You are loved
Wherever you go

Through fire, through wind and through rain
Yesterday, today and tomorrow the same
Nothing here can take this love
Nothing you could do will break this love
Climb a tree, gonna reach so high
Swing low sweet chariot
It’s time to fly
He sees you down by the water line

Every word in that song was true this past year.  I laugh a little bit when I read those lyrics now – especially the part about the rainbow.  This is going to sound a little strange, but on several different particularly difficult days this past year, I saw rainbows in the sky.

God was certainly faithful to me in 2008. Why do I ever fear the certainty of that? It’s only six days into 2009, but I already feel as if I were taking each day a little nervously, wondering what on earth is going to happen.  I can honestly say that I have never felt so excited, anxious, terrified, while looking into a new year.  It was good to look back over the past year, and recognize God’s faithfulness.

I got a gift card to Borders for Christmas, and I used part of it to buy Streams in the Desert, a devotional book.  This particular part really blessed me, especially looking into this coming year…

“We ‘have never been this way before,’ but the Lord Jesus has.  It is all untraveled and unknown ground to us, but He knows it all through personal experience.  He knows the steep places that take our breath away, the rocky paths that make our feet ache, the hot and shadeless stretches that bring us to exhaustion, and the rushing rivers that we have to cross–Jesus has gone through it all before us.  As John 4:6 shows, ‘Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down.’  He was battered by every possible torrent, but all the floodwaters coming against Him never quenched His love.  Jesus was made a perfect leader by the things He suffered.  ‘He knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14).  Think of that when you are tempted to question the gentleness of His leading.  He remembers all the time and will never make you take even one step beyond what your feet are able to endure.  Never mind if you think you are unable to take another step, for either He will strengthen you to make you able, or He will call a sudden halt, and you will not have to take it at all.”   Frances Ridley Havergal

Praise the Lord for His faithfulness in 2008, and may He allow me to love and trust Him more in 2009.

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Getting my wisdom teeth out

Spending time in Texas with Micah, Emma, and Sebastian

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My nineteenth birthday

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Martha’s wedding shower

Individual visits with MEAJASO before Martha moved away

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Volunteering at the FLN Sharathon with Sarah

Martha and Joel’s wedding

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