This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Friday, May 11, 2007

Scripture & Song

Boo and I are on the road this weekend, leaving my DCG and Roo on their own at home. This Psalm is the prayer I usually pray over my husband each Friday night. While we won't be together, I will definitely be praying.

Peaceful weekend prayers to you, also.
May you know joy in our Father,


Psalm 112

1Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

2His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

3Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

4Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

5A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

6Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

7He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

8His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.

9He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.

10The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

That Man Is Blest Who Stands in Awe

That man is blest who stands in aweOf God,
and loves His sacred law:
His seed on earth shall be renowned;
His house the seat of wealth shall be,
An inexhausted treasury,
And with successive honors crowned.

His lib’ral favors he extends,
To some he gives, to others lends;
A gen’rous pity fills his mind:
Yet what his charity impairs,
He saves by prudence in affairs
And thus he’s just to all mankind.

His hands, while they his alms bestow’d,
His glory’s future harvest sow’d;
The sweet remembrance of the just,
Like a green root, revives and bears
A train of blessings for his heirs,
When dying nature sleeps in dust.

Beset with threat’ning dangers round,
Unmov’d shall he maintain his ground;
His conscience holds his courage up:
The soul that’s fill’d with virtue’s light,
Shines brightest in affliction’s night,
And sees in darkness beams of hope.

Ill tidings never can surprise
His heart that fix’d on God relies,
Though waves and tempests roar around:
Safe on the rock he sits, and sees
The shipwreck of his enemies,
And all their hope and glory drown’d.

The wicked shall his triumph see,
And gnash their teeth in agony,
To find their expectations cross’d;
They and their envy, pride, and spite,
Sink down to everlasting night,
And all their names in darkness lost.

Words: Isaac Watts
Music: Franz J. Hadyn

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Homeschool mom's idea of a good start for a day.

Visit the official Wordless Wednesday site for more photos to leave you wordless.

Works for Me Wednesday

Paper crafting, namely card making is something I really enjoy. Some tools that have saved time and energy are Fiskars Texture Plates for embossing cardstock and patterned paper and Fiskars Shape Templates & Ultra-Shape Express for cutting shapes.

The embossing plates have added textures and dimension to many of my cards.

The shape templates have allowed me to add windows to my cards because measuring is immensely easier.

I don’t get as much time as I would like for my crafting so anything that makes things easier, faster or adds options Works for Me.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Time Travel Tuesday--Sweet 16

Sweet 16…

I turned 16 toward the end of my 10th grade year. I got contacts. I was dating a guy named Joe. Not one of my better choices.

I got a job at my dad’s grocery store. Not as easy as it sounds. I had to go apply, just like everyone else. Probably had more people watching for me to mess up because I was the boss’s daughter.

I hit another car in the parking lot when I went in to get my paycheck. Probably not surprising considering I was driving a Chrysler Newport. It looked a lot like this, only blue with a white vinyl top. Can we say "BOAT"? This car came back to haunt me years later when my father gave it to my husband and I. It ran like a champ for a long, looooooong, time.

I played softball and gave up basketball. I loved art class and English. I was in French and would continue with that into college.

Popular Music

Rock With You ... Michael Jackson
Do That to Me One More Time... The Captain and Tennille
Crazy Little Thing Called Love... Queen
Another Brick in the Wall ... Pink Floyd
Call Me... Blondie
It's Still Rock and Roll to Me... Billy Joel
This Is It… Kenny Loggins
The Rose…Bette Midler

Grammy AwardsRecord of the Year: Sailing... Christopher Cross

Popular Movies

All That Jazz
The Black Stallion
The Blues Brothers

Academy AwardsBest Picture: Ordinary People

Popular Television Shows

Dallas Who Shot JR? is talked about heavily from the TV show Dallas. On November 21, the conclusion draws more viewers than any other show in TV history up to that point. –I never watched Dallas.

The Love Boat
The Jeffersons
Little House on the Prairie

Calvin Klein & Brooke Shields were banned.

Post-It Notes are introduced by 3-M

Mt. Saint Helens erupts, killing 60 people.

Summer Olympics in Moscow, USSR, The US boycotts

US hockey team beat Russia for the gold in the Winter Olympics.

Voyager I, a NASA probe, explores Saturn.

Time Travel Tuesday is new & hosted by Annie at My Life as Annie... give her a visit!!

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Grains of Gratitude

This has not been my best week emotionally or spiritually, but there are so many things to be grateful for. Sometimes when I try to write them out it just doesn’t transfer from my heart to paper, or cyber-paper as it is, really. But I will try anyway.

I am grateful for a husband who after almost 15 years will run to the store late in the evening and get something that I want. Not something I need, mind you—although he would do that in a heartbeat, too—but something I want. Just because he is being nice to me. He’s seen my crabby, cranky, warty heart and he still is kind to me. I am so grateful.

I am grateful for young sons who are sensitive. They too have seen a mommy at her not so lovely moments and still have room in their hearts to worry about me instead of thinking of themselves. They are quick to forgive and do not carry grudges. LORD give me the heart of a child.

A friend I am grateful for came to the house this week. I don’t see her as often as I would like. It is hard for me to take the boys to see her. So she came to us and we talked and talked and talked. The boys were very good and gave us some privacy. We had a nice lunch with the boys. I didn’t ruin the food. And I felt a little lighter by the time she needed to leave.

We had a diversion this weekend I am grateful for. Some dress-up diversion that took my mind to a place of drama, music and imagination. We went to the ballet. With the boys. They were such gentlemen. Roo is getting sophisticated enough to read the program ahead of time and is “getting it” more. Boo just got swept away into the music and dance and was on the edge of his seat. Bouncing! Grown-ups tap their foot to the music—Boo taps his body!! I had to put a hand on his shoulder to keep him from being a distraction. He wasn’t being naughty. He was just involved.

Tomorrow is Monday and for that I am grateful. I cannot elaborate on that to say more than I am waiting for some news. I don’t wait well. So tomorrow will be better just for knowledge I don’t have today.

What are you grateful for??

Christine at Brady’s Bunch began Grains of Gratitude. It is a meme that has continued to bless me each time I participate. It gives me pause and allows a refocusing time to get a better picture of what is important. Thanks Christine.