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Luke 2:5A

“Joseph registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged…”

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Engaged!!

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Text Rich

Happy Thursday! For some reason, it feels like Monday to me today, but I think my mind is a little foggy right now. The arrival of spring has brought with it lovely things called “allergens,” and my head isn’t quite at its sharpest today because of them. I actually feel fairly miserable, but I will attempt to make a cohesive post, regardless.

I finally finished working on dishcloths. Check out all thirteen of them…

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I like my towels, too, but there’s only one completed so far. I need to work on that.

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I’ve been keeping busy with other things at home and away from home. I spent Tuesday night at Naomi’s house, taking care of Jonah so she could get some stuff done around the house. Yesterday morning, I was supposed to play piano at the morning Lent service at our church, but I was having so much fun at Naomi’s that she let me babysit and she played for me. I’d never babysat Jonah for that long before (I don’t think Naomi’s ever left him that long, either), but he was fabulous. He woke up from a nap around 10, and Naomi left shortly after. He was fairly fussy until 10:45, when I decided to feed him fifteen minutes earlier than he was supposed to eat. After that, he was acting a little sleepy, even though he shouldn’t have been sleepy yet. I decided to try to put him to sleep, and he did so with hardly any fuss. He slept and slept and slept for nearly an hour and a half, and woke up fifteen minutes or so before Naomi got home. Jonah is just getting sweeter and cuter every day, if that’s possible. I took some great pictures of him playing in his crib yesterday morning, but I forgot my camera at Naomi’s house, so I’ll have to post them some other time.

Shannon got in a car accident on his way to church last Sunday. He wasn’t hurt, but his car is wrecked. Thankfully, he has good insurance, and won’t have to pay anything out of pocket for the accident. Apparently, God is wanting him to have everything fresh and new in CO – new job, new apartment, new car, etc. I am so glad that he wasn’t hurt too badly – just a few cuts and bruises – and I’m so glad the insurance is covering everything. It could have been a lot worse. He is coming out to visit a week from tomorrow – hooray! If all goes well, he should have a new car by that time, so he can get to the airport.

I’m trying to work on being productive and enthusiastic during the day, even though I stay up late talking on the phone at night, and consequently get up late. I think that God is trying to teach me to just take one day at a time and relax, though…especially now when I’m not feeling well.

I was reading Psalm 23 the other night, and discovered a beautiful analogy. The second half of verse 2 says, “He leads me beside still waters.” The footnote in my Bible mentioned that the shepherd leads his sheep by still waters because fast-flowing waters scare them. I was thinking about the “still water blessings” in my life, and realizing that I stand in them and splash around and get scared because I think they are fast-flowing waters. If I’d just stand still, I’d be able to see that they were still, and be refreshed and encouraged by them. The changes in my life right now and all the different things I am experiencing are gifts of still waters from God, and I feel like God is trying to tell me to stand still and “taste and see that the Lord is good.” That meant so much to me; I love when the Lord shows me new things from passages I’ve read over and over before.

I’ve also been thinking lately about Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” I read an article in Naomi’s Word magazine the other day that was saying that anything other than the Word of God is not something we should put our trust in. I have this problem where I always want to “wrap my mind around” things, to take time and adjust to various changes or situations, but God doesn’t always allow time for that. I don’t think it’s always wrong – God does sometimes allow for seasons of rest and adjustment – but sometimes He doesn’t, and it’s not our call to get upset about it. “Lean not on your own understanding.” I think that means that when for whatever reason, God is allowing life to move fast, and exciting things are happening, we should just hold on, trust in His wisdom, and enjoy it! So often, I almost view life’s blessings as the “deep dark valley” or something equally depressing, when they’re wonderful and exciting gifts! We like to compare our lives to others and get upset about the “grass being greener” for other people, but if we compare our lives to that of Christ’s, we sure have it easy. Anyway, I’m losing my train of thought here, but you get the idea!

Well, I think I’ll go take my shower, have some lunch, and get something done. I have to run a few errands this afternoon. I ordered a bathing suit from Lands End online, and it’s not what I expected it to be, so I’m going to try to return the top at Sears and order a new one online. I’m excessively pleased with their customer service. I got a suit from them last year, and even though I don’t swim very often, the hem of the skirt was coming unraveled. I mailed it in, and they gave me a gift card with a full refund of the suit from last year. Now if I can just get this one right, I’ll have a new suit that will last me awhile at very little cost.

Wow, this is a long post – but you guys are the ones who told me to go ahead and post text again. 🙂

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…I haven’t eaten any wheat, dairy, meat, or sugar. Believe me, giving all of that up is easy, but giving up coffee is the hardest part. Instead of coffee and eggs or something like that for breakfast, I eat this….

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Mom and Dad were out of town this week, so I spent a few nights at Naomi, Paul, and Jonah’s house. It was great to spend time with them, and see Jonah’s smile whenever he was up to it. 🙂

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