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The Good Nightie Night!

DSC_0021One of the really great things about my life is that I have four daughters. Count ‘em, four. That’s a lot of little hairdos, and purses, and doll clothes, and chapstick. It’s a lot of wonderful. But one thing that cannot be denied is that it is also seriously difficult to sew for them. Want to make Easter dresses? Just start at Thanksgiving. They are so fun to sew for, and they love it so much. But it is so hard to make that much of anything. Combine that with my love of cozy jammies for all and you have a problem. Continue reading ‘The Good Nightie Night!’

Winners!

I did what I said I would and picked some winners! Congrats to Marci S., Kathryn A., and Rebekah Priscilla! I will email you for your address and we will get some books in the mail for you! Thanks to all for entering!

March 22: Titus 2:3-5, to the older women

The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,  to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

Second, to the older women. These young moms are so busy – they get together in play groups, and they talk to each other about their problems. You might think that it would be nice if they came to you sometimes. If they really sought you out for advice. And while I think that this could be a great thing, I don’t think that it is at all what this passage implies. This is not a formal course. This is not a classroom one on one situation. This is the natural way that things happen in community. Continue reading ‘March 22: Titus 2:3-5, to the older women’

March 1: Spring Cleaning

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

Think of the things that women generally work hard to keep: the house clean, the laundry done, the kids in order. Women also work hard to keep their figure, their job, their budget, their husband…you get the idea. We all work hard at keeping many things.

This proverb tells us be “keeping” our hearts because our hearts are where the action is. All we say and do (“the issues of life”) comes right out of our hearts. And if our hearts are not doing well, our lives won’t be doing well either.

The trouble is that our hearts are a whole lot more difficult to monitor than our weight or our job performance or our love life. Our hearts can deceive us (Jer. 17:9),  and James warns us (1:26) not to deceive ourselves. This requires wisdom.

So how do we keep our hearts? Clearly we need God’s help, and obviously He has provided a Continue reading ‘March 1: Spring Cleaning’

February 27: Psalm 1

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

It is the first portion of this wonderful Psalm that I want to look at today. Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly. Blessed is the man who does not join the scornful. Blessed is the man who does not let the unrighteous shame him, but rather stands in their presence and delights in the law of the Lord. He shall be like a tree. Un-moveable. Planted by the water of life. He shall stand in the judgement because he stood in the presence of mocking. He stood in the presence of the scornful and delighted in the Lord.  Continue reading ‘February 27: Psalm 1′

Phew!

So Mom promised you a picture of my table . . . and here it is. She also suspected that my table was going to turn out to be an elegant sort of a situation, so I’m just going on record to say that I am using a canvas dropcloth from the hardware store as my tablecloth. Things can be only so elegant when you’re rockin’ the drop cloth.

I decided to do the obligatory cranberry jello in individual glasses this time, and slap some stickers on the side so that they could double as place cards. However, I’m beginning to have the vibe that they look like small scented candles rather than anything edible. Cranberry jello scented candles. On the other hand, I don’t care.

At this point I’m ready to sit down and have a glass of wine with my husband before bed! I have a 25 lb. turkey sitting in a buttermilk brine, I’ve made about 2 gallons of turkey broth to use in everything tomorrow, the cornbread is drying out for the dressing, the pie crusts are in the fridge, the spinach dip and deep fried cashews are ready for the Axis and Allies festival before dinner, and I don’t remember what else I got finished but I’ve crossed everything off my list that had to get done yesterday and today! Best of fun to all of you tomorrow!