30 December 2012

Set your mind on things above..

And not on things on the earth.

I'm reading Anne of the Island again, and loving it of course. This passage struck me the other day. How easy it is to get so caught up in the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches, and, with very little effort, have all your treasure stored up on earth and not in the heavenlies.

In reading through the Bible this year, my goal is simple: to see things from an eternal, heavenly, spiritual perspective, and not merely in terms of the temporal, earthly, physical. Not simply to read for my own benefit, but to see the Divine purposes worked out and fulfilled- both in Scripture and my life. To set my mind on things above and not on things on earth.

I want my treasure stored in heaven.

it's nearly the new year.



two thousand twelve. what an interesting year.
i thought i would leave the country, on at least five different occasions; i did not leave once.
i began the year with a very small circle of local acquaintance; i ended it with many new friends.
i didn't know what to think a year ago, but desperately wanted answers of "where" and "when" and "how" and a few times "why".
i suppose those answers came gradually; although in general they were quite contrary to my expectations.

so here i am, at the end of another year, grateful and thoughtful and hopeful; past, present, future.

i've learned a lot of lessons this year; good ones and hard ones and long ones and shorter ones.
i think i may have touched a lot of lives this year; i hope they saw Someone greater than i.
i've had sufficient platelets for over a year - hooray!
i've acquired a new instrument this year; i hope the ensuing year brings cello fluency.

i've been to california twice and driven to chicago and idaho and back.
i served at camp for a week, and was blessed indeed.
i read a lot of Oswald Chambers.
i prayed with a lot of people.
i worked out and rode my bike and even ran a straight mile a couple times.

i bid farewell to a brother temporarily, twice, and welcomed him back home on school breaks.
i finally put last year's christmas gift to use today: a beautiful shiny pair of snowshoes. it is absolutely delightful, and has taken its rightful place as favorite winter pastime.
i bid farewell to my grandma, and sang and played at her funeral.

i cut my hair - four whole inches a couple weeks ago! it's still rapunzel-esque.
i led two sweet bible studies; one with teenage girls and one with college girls.
i met one-on-one with many dear young ladies; five were weekly appointments, each one encouraging and uplifting.
i think my favorite part of ministry is seeing God answer prayers; the delight and thanksgiving and increased faith produced is remarkable.

i upgraded from no phone to a track phone to a dumb phone to a smart phone.
i still have no car.
i took the laces off my cordones and i love them now; they're especially traction-y on ice!
i was convinced by my youngest brother to upgrade our car rental to a dodge challenger, and thoroughly enjoyed every bit about it; it's something i would never have done alone.

i wrote some songs and played them for a variety of people; 2013 holds hope of an album.. for reals.
i led worship at church and at the college and in boise and at camp and for bible studies and prayer meetings.
i have yet to learn to make lefse; i suppose that shall be postponed until he new year, but happen it certainly shall.
i painted my nails probably upwards of 30 times.

i played a lot of dress-up with my nephews.
i baked many ciabattas and cookies and cakes.
i helped my brother and his family move into a beautiful new home.
i bid farewell to some dear friends who moved away in august; i'm delighted to pay them a long-overdue visit in three weeks' time.

those are just a few of the things that have happened.
i am grateful for two thousand twelve. i did not expect it to behave as it did, but i'm so blessed that it did.
looking forward to 2013, i'm eager and ready. it's going to be good, because the Lord is good, and all His work is done in faithfulness; and i belong to Him!

17 November 2012

the life of abraham

"Had not God pledged Himself to take care of him and to give him an inheritance?
There was no fear, therefore, that Lot could ever rob him of that which was guaranteed to him by the faithfulness of God.
And Abraham preferred a thousand times over that God should choose for him than that he should choose for himself.

The man who is sure of God can afford to hold very lightly the things of this world.
God Himself is his inalienable heritage, and in having God, he has all.
As we shall see, the man who "hedges" for himself does not do so well in the long run as the man who,
having the right of choice, hands it back to God, saying:
"Let others choose for themselves, if they please.
But as for me, You shall choose my inheritance for me."

Not mine -- not mine the choice
In things great or small;
Be Thou my Guide, my Guard, my Strength,
My wisdom and my All."

-fb meyer

04 October 2012

meekness.

[ B-1,Noun,4240,prautes / praotes ] an eariler form, denotes "meekness." In its use in Scripture, in which it has a fuller, deeper significance than in nonscriptural Greek writings, it consists not in a person's "outward behaviour only; nor yet in his relations to his fellow-men; as little in his mere natural disposition. 

Rather it is an inwrought grace of the soul; and the exercises of it are first and chiefly towards God. 
It is that temper of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, 
and therefore without disputing or resisting; 

it is closely linked with the word tapeinophrosune [humility], and follows directly upon it, Ephesians 4:2;Colossians 3:12; cp. the adjectives in the Sept. of Zephaniah 3:12, "meek and lowly;" ... it is only the humble heart which is also the meek, and which, as such, does not fight against God and more or less struggle and contend with Him. This meekness, however, being first of all a meekness before God, is also such in the face of men, even of evil men, out of a sense that these, with the insults and injuries which they may inflict, are permitted and employed by Him for the chastening and purifying of His elect" (Trench, Syn. xlii). In Galatians 5:23 it is associated with enkrateia, "self-control."

The meaning of prautes "is not readily expressed in English, for the terms meekness, mildness, commonly used, suggest weakness and pusillanimity to a greater or less extent, whereas prautes does nothing of the kind. Nevertheless, it is difficult to find a rendering less open to objection than 'meekness'; 'gentleness' has been suggested, but as prautes describes a condition of mind and heart, and as 'gentleness' is appropriate rather to actions, this word is no better than that used in both English Versions. 


It must be clearly understood, therefore, that 
the meekness manifested by the Lord and commended to the believer is the fruit of power. 

The common assumption is that when a man is meek it is because he cannot help himself; 
but the Lord was 'meek' because he had the infinite resources of God at His command. 

Described negatively, meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest; 
it is equanimity of spirit that is neither elated nor cast down, 
simply because it is not occupied with self at all. 


-Vine's Expository Dictionary

01 September 2012

the first of september.

hello, friends. it's been a good summer. i can't believe it's nearly over.

the Lord has been teaching me.
about walking in the Spirit.
about being kept in perfect peace when i stay my mind on Him.
about trusting Him, His Word and His character, implicitly.
about asking. abiding. sowing seeds. bearing fruit. walking in liberty.

the Lord has been blessing me.
with friends and sweet fellowship.
with His love for people like i've never before known.
with opportunities to pour out His love into people's lives.
with richness and contentedness and abundant satisfaction in Him, though outward circumstances have not particularly changed.
i don't have much of an opinion anymore, and it's glorious, because i've got Him; and He's got me.

the Lord has been at work.
i know He's working in your life as well, even when you don't see it.
maybe even especially when you don't see it.

put your confidence in Him.
He is your shield and your exceedingly great reward.
He has given you a way; commit it to Him, and He'll bring it to pass.
and don't forget to bless Him.
don't forget to love Him.
because He loved us first, and it's not about us and it's His work and all we have to do is abide.

what a sweet Saviour He is.

30 July 2012

this morning felt like fall.

it was the strangest sensation. it's not yet august but i heard the first melancholy strain of autumn beginning today.
[it's mostly because my nose was cold for the first time in months, but still.]
summer is drawing to a close. it's been a lovely summer, a dear summer, a social summer, a summer of bearing fruit after many years of sowing seeds. and i think i've only begun to see the firstfruits of the harvest.
one thing is certain: it hasn't been a blogging summer. sorry about that, faithful readers.
but here are a few things for which i am entirely grateful to the Lord:
-girls bible study. my eight darling little ladies come out faithfully every week. we study the Word, we pray, this past week we spent time worshiping and lifting our voices to the Lord, having been reminded that in Jesus alone is abundant satisfaction and Living Water.
-teen camp. i went back for the millionth time to work at camp, and the Lord corrected my heart before it began. things like "annie, it's not about you. it's My work. i don't need you but if you'll step back and let Me lead, i'll use you for My glory." and He was absolutely faithful. i still hear from campers nearly every day, telling me they're praying for me, sharing how the Lord has done the impossible in answering our prayers we prayed during camp, asking me what they should read next in their Bibles. it's a sweet work, and it was all the Lord's. i was absolutely blessed to be there and be part of it. my insides nearly burst with joy when i get to talk, share the Word, and pray with kids whose hearts are open to Jesus. it was basically a whole week of that, nonstop, with lots of opportunity to worship Him together as well.
-encouragement. our friends joey and rebecca came all the way out here to visit our church and spend time in the midwest with us. i was exceedingly blessed and edified, spending several days just talking and sharing about the Lord and about vision and calling and ministry. oh man. i must say my heart was stirred up once again for the work of the ministry. and for dearest old europe.
-open doors. all summer long, the Lord has been opening doors for me to walk through. doors for ministry, and friendship, and encouragement, and people to pray for, and places to fellowship. Jesus really is the One who holds the keys, and opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens. "See, I have set before you an open door!" in like manner, the end of this week will find my family in a van heading west for an incredible opportunity which the Lord has opened on my behalf. more details shall follow, but it includes a voice and some songs and some instruments and a studio. i'm also very excited to see some dear friends from europe while we're out there, and lead worship together! then we'll top it all off with a few days of family vaca and spend hours feasting our eyes and hearts upon those gorgeous rocky mountains. i'm serious, i get utterly homesick for mountains. my soul longs for them, in all honesty. so anyway, my soul shall be satisfied in about a week! oh sweet blessed Lord, You're so so good to me.
i can't say this summer has been all blessing and no hardship. on the contrary, there has been a lot of spiritual warfare, a lot of battles fought on my knees, a lot of repenting before the Lord of my wayward heart. but i can say assuredly that the Lord is working here. and i'm content here. [that alone is proof of God's hand at work!!] i do not know what the future shall entail, but my faith is not in what i can see, but in Whom i have believed. and He is able to keep what i have entrusted to Him until that day. <3

25 June 2012

so blessed.

THANK YOU for your prayers! girls bible study today was awesome, and such a blessing to talk with the girls about abiding in the Lord and the importance and simplicity of prayer because of the blood of Jesus. love it.

ps it's $1 frozen lemonade day at BK everyone goooo!

pray without ceasing!

here's a wee update:
girls' discipleship went great last week, and we're meeting again this afternoon! please pray that the Lord will use me to speak truth into the girls' lives, that they'll be open to receive from Him, and that they'll grow in their knowledge of Jesus, His Word, and their love for Him. ps we're studying about prayer today, and spending some time praying together!

oh love the Lord, all you His saints!
for the Lord preserves the faithful, and fully repays the proud person.
be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord!
psalm 31:23-24

20 June 2012

when you pray..

.."Lord, make me busy for you", He actually does take you seriously! I heard Cheryl Brodersen say that this spring, and again a few weeks ago, and well, she was telling the truth. And there's no better thing in the world than to be abiding in the Lord, being filled up and being poured out for His glory.

Tomorrow afternoon is our first Jr High Girls Discipleship! Please pray for open hearts as we open the Word together, and for sweet, sweet fellowship among us. I'm planning on about 6 girls in attendance. So excited!

Just received an opportunity to lead worship and share at a local girls' ministry next Thursday night. Please pray that the Lord uses me to encourage and edify and challenge these young ladies to seek His face.

Jamming with some friends on Friday.. can't wait.

Leading worship at our church's service in the state park this Sunday; praying that lots of people will come and receive from the Lord. Also, we're having a baptism! Praise the Lord for His faithful work in people's lives! And we're having a picnic! Please Jesus no thunderstorms!

If you need an amazing book to read on prayer, please don't pass go and don't collect $200 - just order If You Will Ask by Oswald Chambers from Amazon immediately!! I was just telling my mom about it today, and lo and behold, she found her mother's copy on the shelf. And get this, it was given to my grandma by her Sunday School teacher in 1938.. when she was only 8 years old! I want to be as awesome as that Sunday School teacher and build truth into kids' lives!! So, the Lord provides, from generation to generation. And the book? It's so good. It is the best book on prayer that I have ever read. It's all about Jesus. I love it. You need to read it too.

Sunday after the picnic I'm racing down south for a camp staff meeting, because teen camp is in two and a half weeks! I've been emailing with the other worship leader to get stuff prepared, so that'll be awesome, and I'm so excited for my evening cabin devotions with the girls. That's seriously my favourite part of the whole week, every time. Please pray that the Lord prepares the hearts of staff and campers and speaker, and that He is glorified in every single person who comes.

And last but not least, a little bit of Germany and California is coming my way in just over a week! An American guy who served down the road from us in Germany, who invited me many times to come down and lead worship at their church and youth group, who is now serving at the Bible College in CA, who is also moving his family back to Germany in the very near future to start a church in what I hear is an incredible city...... is coming to our church to visit! My dad met him at the pastors' conference a few weeks ago, and invited him out to share with us what the Lord's doing in their lives. I'm excited to hang out with him and his wife, and for my church to catch more of the vision of what God's doing in Europe!! Dear Europe..

Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You,
which You have prepared for those who trust in You, in the presence of the sons of men!
Psalm 31:19

18 June 2012

and again.

once there was a lovely friend of mine who wrote a lovely song called, "and again." you know who you are!

here again is another passage of Scripture that has really been ministering to my heart. i am really digging my amplified bible these days! seriously, it's so great. it's like the Bible on steroids, with lots of extra wooooords! i do love words. it gives the fullest interpretation of the greek and hebrew words, so it's a really rich text to read. i read it pretty slowly. but it's such a blessing, because they are verses i know with a touch of added insight and wisdom. you should check it out.

my life has gone from 0 to 60 around here lately! all of the sudden i've got loads of friends with whom to fellowship, pray, worship the Lord, hang out and have fun together. i'm really blessed. in all honesty, i didn't really believe there were people around here with whom i could be friends. but the Lord sees all! it's kind of like when elijah freaks out and says "Lord, i alone am left and these pagans are wanting to kill me too!" and God gently reminds him, "I have seven thousand faithful among Israel." i'm being humbled pretty much daily to see that hello, it's God's work and not mine at all, whatsoever, no matter which way you look at it. He's so faithful to bless us, to encourage us, and to give us opportunities to be His witness, as we simply and gratefully abide in Him! and it's so natural- no striving, no fretting, no endeavouring on our own part. just trust-and-obey-for-there's-no-other-way-ing! you should try it and seeee!

ok, so here are the verses. i came across them in church yesterday, as we were studying chapter 13 of hebrews. a reference was made to 1 peter 5, for an entirely different reason, and i looked at the end of it and found another treasure, which you will see in bold/italics.

hebrews 13:5-6, Amplified Bible
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money
[including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions]
and be satisfied with your present circumstances and with what you have;
for He, God Himself, has said,
I will never in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support.
I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless 
nor forsake you nor let you down [relax My hold on you]!
Assuredly not!

So we take comfort and are encouraged
and confidently and boldly say,
The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm
I will not fear or dread or be terrified.
What can man do to me?


hebrews 13:20-21, Amplified Bible
Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace],
Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great Shepherd of the sheep,
by the blood that sealed and ratified the everlasting agreement [covenant, testament],
strengthen [complete, perfect] and make you what you ought to be
and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will;
while He Himself works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight,
through Jesus Christ [the Messiah];
to Whom be the glory forever and ever [to the ages of the ages].
Amen [so be it].


1 peter 5:10, Amplified Bible
And after you have suffered a little while,
the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor],
Who has called you to His own eternal glory in Christ Jesus,
will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be,
establish and ground you securely,
and strengthen, and settle you.


what grace! what glorious grace! JESUS DOES IT ALL, and strengthens and settles us meanwhile, as we abide in Him.
come hang out with me and i'll tell you more about it!
so blessed.
x

13 June 2012

and this.

Help me, O LORD my God! Oh, save me according to your mercy,

That they may know that this is Your hand - that You, LORD, have done it!

Let them curse, but You bless; when they arise, let them be ashamed, but let Your servant rejoice.

I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; Yes, I will praise Him among the multitude.

For He shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those who condemn him.

psalm 109:26-28,30-31

04 June 2012

this.


And this I pray: 
that your love may abound yet more and more 
and extend to its fullest development 
in knowledge and all keen insight 
[that your love may display itself 
in greater depth of acquaintance 
and more comprehensive discernment],
So that you may surely learn to sense what is vital, 
and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value 
[recognizing the highest and the best, and distinguishing the moral differences], 

and that you may be untainted and pure and unerring and blameless 
[so that with hearts sincere and certain and unsullied, 
you may approach] the day of Christ 
[not stumbling nor causing others to stumble].
May you abound in and be filled with the fruits of righteousness 
(of right standing with God and right doing) 
which come through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One), 

to the honor and praise of God 
that His glory may be both manifested and recognized.

Philippians 1:9-11, Amplified Bible

17 May 2012

ruby red.

my computer has lately been playing tricks on me.
something about "start-up disc too full" keeps halting my various computing efforts.
[ahem, safari, iphoto, garageband, skype, itunes, in that order, repeat.]
basically, my dinosaur [ok, it really isn't that bad. it's still cute. but it is pretty old] is too full.
poor little dinosaur wishes it was a boa constrictor these days.
so until i remedy that problem, with my awesomely anti-technology skillz, i can't edit pictures.
buuuuut i'll post these in the raw.
that sounds kind of mountain-manly, now doesn't it?
 step one: pick a lot of rhubarb. like two and a half grocery bags full. [yes, sir! yes, sir! three bags full!]
 step two: wash 'em up real good. [a la montaƱa again]
 step three: chop chop. with a biiiiiiiiiiiiig knife. and a cutting board. of course.
 step four: admire those beautiful hues!
 step five: i'll give you a hint. "yeeeeeees, we have no ba-nah-nahs; we have no ba-nah-nahs to-day!"
[well, this actually begins happening before step one.] 
continue watching Sabrina whilst enabling the rhubarb to fulfill its manifold destiny 
[ha ha, that was a pun. did anybody catch that?], such as:
-6 small loaves of rhubarb bread [in which i substituted four various ingredients! the family says they still like it, phew!]
-one double batch of rhubarb sauce [we go through this like it's ice cream, except more juicy]
-one batch of strawberry rhubarb jam [as pictured in the background of photo three]
-a probably short-lived future in the deep-freeze before it is made into cobbler or crunch or jam or slush.
rhubarb just brings out the vocab in a girl.
step six: if you need a crunchy snack whilst chopping [raw rhubarb is pretty tart, folks], try these!
[sorry for the low light, blame the dino]
homemade corn tortilla chips:
chop a stack of corn tortillas into eighths.
arrange onto baking sheets.
spray lightly with that wonderfully clever cooking oil-in-a-spray-can.
sprinkle with spices of your choosing [i used cholula seasoning, mrs dash extra spicy, and a little salt].
bake at 375 for 8 minutes or until they have attained your personally preferred crispiness.
miam miam!

sick again, though nothing serious.

came across this favourite Streams in the Desert quote again this morning. each time i read it, it gains reality and actuality. i wrote it down nearly three years ago, and am strengthened in hope each time i read it, no matter how bleak my current circumstance! 
when all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.

Those who are broken in wealth, and broken in self-will, and broken in their ambitions, and broken in their beautiful ideals, and broken in worldly reputation, and broken in their affections, and broken ofttimes in health; those who are despised and seem utterly forlorn and helpless, the Holy Ghost is seizing upon, and using for God's glory.

you can read the rest of this devotion here; it's well worth your while.

08 May 2012

may bells.

graceful as a ballerina's outstretched arm.

07 May 2012

easy fave.

i am absolutely in love with this tiny house.



God will be your answer.


"In Mark 8, the Pharisees ask Jesus for a "sign from heaven" (verse 11).  How did He respond?  He "sighed deeply in His spirit" (verse 12).  After all, what other sign did they need?  Did they not realize that He, Himself, was their sign from heaven?  Did they not see God working through Him?

So often, we get our priorities mixed up.  We search for answers to our questions, and solutions to our problems, but we get frustrated, impatient, and even angry when we don't understand.  Maybe you've prayed the same prayer for years, and still have no sign of an answer.  Or maybe you have a difficult decision to make, and you have no sign of a solution from God.  
The Lord doesn't desire that we seek signs -- He desires that we seek Him. 
It grieves the Lord when we seek His power, His help, His signs -- but not Him.

You see, if we seek the Lord only because we have a problem, we will stop seeking Him once our problem is solved.  
But if we seek the Lord because we love Him, our relationship with Him will run deep -- 
we will seek Him in good times and bad, whether we know His will or not.

Today, may I encourage you to stop seeking signs from God, and start seeking God, Himself.  He not only has answers for you; He will be your answer! He won't just give you power; He will be your power! Let's not be like the Pharisees, who pained the Lord by seeking His power, but never seeking Him.   "Trust in the Lord with all your heart... and He shall direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6)." 
- Mike MacIntosh

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"...the men and women He is going to use in His mighty building enterprises are those in whom He has done everything." 
-Oswald Chambers, in today's portion from My Utmost for His Highest

06 May 2012

05 May 2012

yard sale.

last week i cleaned my closet with a purpose. my mother and i decided we would have a garage sale, and set the date for today.
yesterday after work i spent the entire afternoon and into the evening sorting and pricing
clothes and bags and shoes and doo-dads [for lack of a better term].
we woke up at 6 this morning to make the coffee, eat our oatmeal, and start setting up in the front yard. we had our plan of attack: which things should go on this or that table, and how it would all be arranged. it was even mapped out.
things started out a little slow, but gradually people came and spent a dollar or two.
bigger things started to sell, and all the while a very fine mist came and went with the whim of the clouds.
we monitored the weather forecast pretty closely, and talked with shoppers about what they had heard. it was destined to be risky, but we stayed open and got thoroughly damp. ["six inches deep in mud!" ok, i exaggerate.]
finally, after a longer lull, the darkening clouds threatened to shut us down, and a final mad dash of people giddily buying things for dress-up and camp and kitchen and cabin picked over a good portion of the remaining items. we waited a few more minutes for a she-friend of the giddilys to come check out my dress array [anyone around my size need really nice dressy dresses from europe? anyone, anyone?], but the weather must have discouraged her. with a crack of thunder and the mist turning into raindrops we put up our hoods and began to run with armfuls of things- to the car! to the house! all in here! quick! hurry!
we're back inside now. it's dismally dark and the screens are clouded with raindrops. a brightly colored radar screen warns us to stay indoors for a while.
after we get cleaned up and dried off, we shall make a nice pot of tea, and count our earnings to see if today was worth it.
the odds are it was.
x

ps. immediately after writing this post, i was summoned to run outside and help reroute the torrents of water pouring off of our roof. our basement flooded terribly last spring, due to record snowfall and loads of rain, and it flooded a bit the other night again. the reason? our beautiful new cedar shake roof is in place, but the roofers wrecked our vintage rain gutters and put them on wrong. so now we have a several-gallons-per-second rainfall coming into the window wells outside our basement. no good. well, we filled the hole with buckets [which instantly filled] and deflected the rain above that with boards and buckets. we shall see how much mopping our cellar requires. it was kind of fun getting totally soaked whilst playing house-rescuer though!

02 May 2012

childhood time bomb.

yesterday i cleaned out my closet, hardcore.
i unearthed things which have not seen the light of day since i put them there fourteen years ago.
[does it ever slightly bother you that you can have memories that are, you know, over 20 years old? ahh!]
my closet is narrow, dark and cavernous.
the clothes all hang in the front and there are shelves in the back.
the top shelf? that's where i found the treasures.
here is a slight glimpse of who i was about 18 years ago.
industriously crafty, making lesson plans, and creating things from tiny scraps.
i present to you my Clothespin Easter Story Set.

here are all the characters. notice everyone is made twice, with a sad and a happy face.  
Jesus is in blue, of course. and that's Mary, his mother. they are happy.
 Peter is in yellow. but oh no, he is sad!
 these little guys' names, according to my index card of notes, are Mark and Debbie, respectively.
i am not typically [ok, not ever] a "lol"er. but if i were, at this point i would insert a "lol". 
because i really did. i loled.
and this is Jesus on the cross. he is sad because His Father has forsaken Him, and because He is being crucified for all the sins of the world.
[but i know He's happy inside because He's doing God's will, and because He knows how the story will end!]
 to the left is Jesus in His burial cloths, and to the right- He Is Risen Indeed! and happy!
finding these little pins, which would mean nothing to anyone else, meant so much to me!
God's been doing a good work in me my entire life and here's a tiny bit of proof.
PS if anyone needs easter props next year..
and one last gem of the day... 
which also pretty much depicts my childhood!

26 April 2012

little friends.


open window and a little suitcase full of dear friendly scarves. 
[for, truth be told, be a scarf not friendly, out it goes into the wild world.]
snowshoes to the right, hitherto unused.


"toast and bacon and marmalade every breakfast"
[emily of new moon by lm montgomery]


my other current reading obsession.


how did herr bach know precisely how to express my thoughts?


first bells.
[lily-of-the-valley]


i've recently inherited my grandmother's wee espresso cup. it's a dear, isn't it?


..it comes welcomed into glad company.


i've always had a penchant for small things.


like a troupe of wee bears.


naughty, but tasty too, and all the way from germany.
xx

les lilas.

the very first
time my heart
was awakened to
the glories of
spring and sun
was when my
eyes first beheld
the wondrous beauty
of the enormous
heaven's-glory-bedecked
lilac laden bush
behind my house.

23 April 2012

ends and beginnings.







this weekend we celebrated the life of one grandma, and buried her under a grand old tree,
in a beautiful cemetery on a fittingly rainy day.
 the next day we visited the graveside of our other grandma, who went to heaven less than a year ago.
and yet all of us were together, both last year and this, and in these sad times we've grown in appreciation for one another.
life goes on, death is part of it, and family is so valuable.
spring carries on, tulips finish their glory, yet the Savior is risen, and lilies of the valley and lilacs prepare to rejoice.
blessed resurrection.

19 April 2012

mood music. [or, at risk of sounding like a music nerd]

thanks to mpr and performance today, the drive home from work had a perfect soundtrack on this wet and chilly day.
marcel tyberg symphony no 2 in f minor, of course! so good.

18 April 2012

i like to combine words.

therefore, this is a baiku. can you guess which two words we're combining?

i had a bike race today
he took a shortcut through the forest
small and orange and fleet of wing

and any guesses on whom i raced? xx

10 April 2012

three two three four [five].

night off? baking spree? ok, sure.

electric griddle on the fritz? lefse grill to the rescue!

brand new recipe- could it be naan bread, perhaps?

no, no. they are africa-shaped tortillas, of course!