Thursday, February 28, 2008

Many Hands Make Light Work

Our pastor and his family are preparing for the arrival of their new baby girl. This celebration offered an excellent opportunity for us to do a little something special for this family who has done so much for us.

My daughter and I pieced a baby quilt a few weeks ago and asked the ladies from church to come and help us quilt it out. It was a delightful afternoon for quilting and fellowship.

They came, they saw, and they quilted. For some, it was their first time to try this traditional pasttime, but they forged ahead and accomplished a great deal. It is so much fun to tackle a project like this with friends.

At the end of the day, the quilting was near completion. I finished up a little detail work, bound the edges, and wa-la! We have a unique gift to remind this new little one how very much she is loved.

Isn't God good?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Book Review


As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner is unfortunately considered by many to be essential material for well-read Americans.

I disagree. Please do not waste your time.

Enough said.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Goals

My goal in life is to lean on Christ so much so that if everything else is kicked out from under me, I will never know the difference.

Kristin Rebecca Webber
September 29, 1985-November 13, 2007

Friday, February 8, 2008

The Exploding Casserole

There is a great story at Amy's Humble Musings about her latest dinner fiasco. I was amazed to read about her Pyrex dish exploding, but even more amazed to read comment after comment from other women who have had similar experiences.

I thought I was the only one.

I was trying a new recipe for a millet casserole given to me by a friend. I put everything in the dish and set it on the stovetop while the oven preheated. I didn't realize that the eye on the stove was on from something else I'd been doing, and the casserole dish heated up.

When the stove was preheated, I picked up the dish to slide it into the oven. Just as I was putting it on the oven rack, it exploded.

Do you know how small millet is?

Picture teeny tiny pieces of birdseed. Not sunflower seeds. The little, bitty, tiny ones.

I think the recipe called for 2 cups of millet, but honestly it was as if I had used a 10 lb. bag. The stuff was everywhere--all over the floor, inside the oven, and even down in the drawer underneath. My daddy never paints out of a full can. He always pours a small amount into a bucket. He says if you spill a cup, it will look like five gallons. He's absolutely right. It's the same principle.

It took forever to get everything cleaned up because I had to let the oven cool down before wiping up all the water and *clear throat* the millet. Every time I swept the kitchen after that event, I had millet in the dust pan. We no longer live in that house, but I guarantee you that all who live there in the future will do the same and wonder from where in the world it comes.
I have never had the courage to attempt a millet casserole since.

My mamma always told me, "God looks after fools and children." I like to remind myself that I am His child.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Ahh, the Debates

You hear a lot about them these days. They're on TV fairly regularly, featuring those familiar faces we've all grown to...know. Our family has been following the Presidential debates, Republican and Democrat, as we've examined the candidates, their views, and their records. It's interesting to watch the process unfold.

It's evidently a year of debates. Two of our children are taking debate at school, and they have spent a great deal of time preparing for their individual contests. Tomorrow is round two. The topics are The USA PATRIOT Act and Standardized Testing. Ahh, the debates.

The preparation for a debate is interesting stuff. The affirmative side sets the tone, defines the issues, and leads the pack. The negative side can anticipate and speculate what their opponents will say, but they never really know for sure. It's really somewhat of a gamble.

The only way to do really well in the debate is to know the issue. Being extremely familiar with all sides and details of an issue is the only way to cover your bases and be prepared for whatever your opponent might say. Missing one small component could be the downfall of a team. The one point they are unable to counter may cause them to lose.

There is also a certain etiquette to a proper debate. While disagreements are inherent to the very idea of debate, a proper level of decorum is expected. Indeed, it is required. Losing your cool is a sure-fire way to lose the entire competition.

I sometimes wonder why Christians often lose in the realm of debating. I'm afraid that sometimes we just don't know the issues. Oh, sure. We know what others have told us we should believe. We may even vaguely know the reasons. Can we articulate them to others? In a respectful and encouraging way?

Ouch.

But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.
1 Peter 3:15 NAS

Dear Father, please forgive me for all the times I didn't know what to say and for all the times I shouldn't have said a thing. Amen