Monday, February 13, 2017

A Poem for Valentine's Day

If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole Mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that Rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompense.
Thy love is such I can in no way repay;
The heavens reward thee manifold I pray.
Then while we live, in love lets so persevere,
That when we live no more, we may live ever.

~Anne Bradstreet

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A few recent projects

Here are a few recent projects moved into the completed pile. That always leads to a sense of satisfactions!

First, our church makes baby quilts for new covenant children born into our church family.  Different people do different jobs for each, but they usually involve many of the women working on embroidery.  Our dear A. W. is expecting, and the ladies of BAPC presented her with this quilt: her mom had the plan, I cut and pieced it, two other friends did the quilting and binding, and several of us outlined the little owls with hand embroidery work. 

I made a little taggle stuffed animal to go along with the shower gift for A. W.
And I made my youngest grand daughter a skirt out of one of her Pampa's shirts.  The collar was frayed, but all else was good. I saw this idea on Pinterest, and they turn out so cute! I had made one for her big suster;s birthday last month.

And the sum total of my Valentine's Day decorating is a simple ruffle wreath for my front door.  Hope you get to hug the ones you love this week, Gentle Readers!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Happy Birthday, Dad!

You wear 79 really well, dearest Patriarch.  And I am so grateful my grandchildren know and love you.  Have a great year!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Happy Birthday Nikki!

What a delight this vivacious woman has been to us!  Have a lovely birthday, Nikki!

Monday, January 30, 2017

A resolution

Today I ran across this reminder in the introduction to J. C. Ryle's book entitled Holiness:

Worldly people sometimes complain with reason that “religious” persons, so-called, are not so amiable, and unselfish, and good-natured, as others who make no profession of religion. Yet sanctification, in its place and proportion, is quite as important as justification. Sound Protestant and evangelical doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life. It is worse than useless: it does positive harm. It is despised by keen-sighted and shrewd men of the world, as an unreal and hollow thing, and brings religion into contempt.
Perhaps in the current political climate I need to spend less time on social media and more time working on the wretched hypocrisy of my own soul.  I see the enemy, and sometimes it is me.

So, here, Gentle Reader, is my resolution to make the remainder of 2017 a year to continue to work to improve my own soul, my own tone of discourse, my own consistency.  May God continue to strengthen my sanctification, and may I cooperate with Him.   May I be, as a former pastor once encouraged, as tough on myself as I can be, and as generous with others as possible.  And may I do it for the glory of my Savior. Want to join me?