Friday, December 26, 2008

The Day After Christmas

A day off for Daddy means a lazy morning sleeping in.

Beware of flying Nerf darts and marshmallows.

There's an extra little boy in the house.

Just a whole lot of fun in general.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Come, Lord Jesus

O gracious Light, pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven, O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun, and our eyes behold the vesper light,

We sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O Giver of life, and to be glorified through all the worlds.

The Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us. The Lord lift up his countenance upon us and give us peace.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Merry, Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It's About the Cross

In His Spare Time

When he's not out doing daring deeds like protecting our country from its enemies or managing to corral three active little boys at home, my brother-in-law enjoys woodworking.

As a result, my sister gets great enjoyment.

Here's their latest project. The moulding around their fireplace was extended to raise the height and allow for the additions of a wonderful mantel and a delightful monogram from our friends at graffitiCHIC. Oh, how I love the detail!

Fantastic job, guys! I'm so glad you're coming for Christmas.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Pondering

I have a lot of things running through my mind right now. There are many questions, but very few answers.

I wonder how we each come to such firm conclusions in our lives while others who seem to live and believe much as we do have very different ideas concerning the same issues.

What, for instance, makes one American an avid patriot while another is wholly apathetic? How does one person become a saver and one a spender? Republican or Democrat? Santa or no?

I find it fascinating to examine the experiences and personal preferences which seem to shape our strongest convictions. Sometimes I think that it is simply a case of one person thinking carefully about an issue and the other having never considered it.

Many times it is the absolute opposite. Both have carefully studied and arrived at completely different conclusions.

The Holy Spirit obviously draws one to Christ, and the Calvinist would say that force is irresistible. In contrast, an Armenian would state that each individual can choose to resist or embrace that calling. Both will list numerous scriptures to support their views. Other than God, who really knows?

Our family, for instance, has always put great restrictions on what we consider acceptable in the realm of movies and television. Many times our children have felt left out of the loop because it seems they've never seen the latest film or TV show that everyone is talking about. As they've gotten older we have loosened those restrictions some, but we are still a bit more selective than most people we know.

On the other hand, we are voracious readers. Someone in our family is a fan of almost every genre out there. When a new book comes on the scene, my husband and I often read it ourselves and then decide whether or not it is a worthwhile investment of our family's time and energy. Sometimes we pass it on to interested parties, and sometimes we don't. Some of our movie-loving friends are a bit surprised at the books we have on our shelves.

I am a real believer in right and wrong. Most issues are black and white for me. I guess that's why I find myself pondering these topics that fall more in the gray. I don't like the gray. It's not very safe.

So, what's the answer? I really do not know.

As Kathleen Kelly said to Joe Fox, "I don’t really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So goodnight, dear void."

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Daddy-O

Crazy about you.

Jesus Loves Libby

I love little boys. They are so cute and fun, often full of mischief but always full of love.

However, I must say that there is just something about a baby girl.

I think that's why I had so much fun working on this little baby blanket for sweet friends of ours. My daughter actually did most of the machine-piecing on this one. I just pinned and ironed.

The eyelet trim adds just a bit of frou-frou for a delicate baby girl, and inside the embroidered heart in the center is a simple reminder.

Jesus loves Libby.

Yes, He does!

Christmas Comes Early

Lots of secrets are floating around these days, and everybody seems to be busy with covert projects. Our younger son has been working on the sly with his dad and grandmother to make a special gift for his big sister and her beagle, Copper.


With the project completed, he just couldn't wait so we had the Big Reveal a little early. We led our blindfolded girl out into the yard to present...

...Copper's brand new doghouse, complete with vinyl siding, shingles, and wall-to-wall carpeting. What a pampered pooch!

Copper and her owner seemed to be very pleased with this incredibly thoughtful gift from an incredibly thoughtful guy. What a sweetie!

Christmas is coming! Oh, the fun we'll have!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Apron Surprise Pattern

Thanks to Jennifer, we now have access to the actual pattern from which my apron/bonnet came. She found this project in its original form on tipnut.com.

It was originally printed in Women's Household Magazine in July, 1968 and was submitted by Mrs. Sally Davis of West Monroe, Louisiana.

Thanks, Jennifer. I love it!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Distractions

There are a thousand things I should have been doing this morning, but I got a bit distracted by this adorable baby shoe pattern from Stardust Shoes.

How could I resist whipping up a pair? These are made with a happy Hawaiian shirt print and lined with soft green fleece for toasty little toes.

Oh, my. I just remembered. I don't even have a baby.

Welcome

Thanks to Kristin and Beth at Sew, Mama, Sew!, there's been a little more traffic around here the last couple of days. Thanks, Ladies.

The vintage apron/bonnet pattern I've been working on was featured in their Holidays at Home series. This project is fun and easy with endless possibilities.

If you've clicked in through their blog, welcome! I hope you have a great time crafting your way to a blessed Christmas celebration.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Bon Voyage


Je vous aime, le cher ami. Merci pour les souvenirs.

Strange But True


No trick photography or other unsavory means were used to capture this truly unique photo. All of my laundry baskets were empty late this afternoon. My washer and dryer had been humming along, resulting in this amazing feat. Everything was clean.

It lasted all of 30 minutes.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Keeper of the Castle

Christmas Photo Cards

Carrie at Money Saving Methods has shared a tremendous deal on photo cards from Kodak Gallery. Just click here for the details on how to use the coupon codes which are currently available.

If you are creating a new account, you'll receive a credit for 75 free prints in addition to the discounts on the cards. My order would have been about $40, but it came to just over $5 with the coupon codes.

As a bonus, the cards are really beautiful!

Enjoy!