The early months of nausea and fatigue in this pregnancy have given way to some pretty strong impulses to clean, sort, organize, and re-arrange. Previous experience has taught me that every bit of weeding out and making more efficient pays off during the first few months of bringing a new baby home. Now that we are taking a hiatus from routined homeschooling, the schoolroom was the first to undergo this overhaul. The room which was formerly bright yellow has been repainted in a most perfectly non-latte-non-makeupy khaki that soothes and grounds an otherwise busy room. The big boys and I grouped all of the puzzles and made a home for them in the closet where tiny hands can’t seek and destroy. Last year’s homeschooling materials were organized and stored away. Buckets of crayons were picked through and sorted; artwork filed and/or archived and parted with. My six year old vacuumed, […]
Feeling thankful today for our spiritual freedom and for the blessing of celebrating and remembering with family and friends.
Here is the dress I sewed as a gift to Calla, my niece, for her 2nd birthday. The round pocket is for all her little trinkets. I love the Amy Butler fabrics in this dress, and would’ve loved to make one for myself…except that it might be a little overboard for auntie and niece to matchy match. Calla and my youngest, Judah, both celebrated their birthdays this past week. Judah knew something special was going on for him to have full access to chocolate icing, but I’m not sure he understood the significance of “turning two.” He received a tricycle from Grandma and Grandpa for the occasion, and now feels ready to keep up with his brothers more than ever! Our festivities concluded with the much-anticipated silent auction event for Oak Grove. The fundraiser was a great success and blessing to us as well as for those who attended. (My […]
Despite the nagging suspicions that I was carrying a girl, our ultrasound today confirmed that we are in fact having another boy. Boy number 4. And, very likely, child number last. The other three were with Grandma and Grandpa today, so Troy and I had a great time to bond over the news. We talked a long time today about God’s sovereignty and our relief in knowing that He knows what is for our best. It’s one thing to pray it and say it, and another to respond with faith in all circumstances. Perhaps there is a false perception that the difficult work of the first year of a child’s life is somehow lessened if the experience is switched up a bit through having the opposite gender. But alas, raising a child is work–hard work–regardless of the clothes, decor, and experience. Nevertheless, I can’t think of a better investment than […]
Oak Grove Classical Academy is slowly coming into full view. It has been quite a journey, but we are all so excited to see the doors open Fall 2008. In order to raise funds for school equipment, furniture, and supplies, the board is putting on a silent auction this Friday night. With live jazz by one of our board members, and swanky hors d’oeuvres, this event is set to be a night of fun for a very good cause. For all you locals, please contact me for information to attend! I finished a painting this week to donate to the silent auction. “Tea Rose” is one of my favorite floral paintings I’ve done–I’m almost a little sad to let it go since I have a perfect place to hang it in my home. Nevertheless, I will put it up for auction this Friday, and pray it will sell for a […]
I purchased a potted gardenia tree a month or two ago, and was dismayed to find that upon arrival at our home, it began to turn yellow and drop its blooms. Further investigation on the internet informed me that gardenias are tempermental if not raised in ideal climate or conditions. Bloom-dropping is the most common unfavorable occurrence. After harvesting a dozen dropped blooms from the base of my gardenia, I surrendered to the realization that I had a finicky shrub on my hands with no hope for milky-silky perfumery. Imagine my surprise when I returned home yesterday from a fishing trip with the boys to find a perfect bloom on my plant! The fragrance is intoxicating, as is its pristine delicacy. Now that she is in bloom, I dare not move her from her east-facing spot under the arbor. There, she receives bright morning light, that gives way to warm, […]
We watch television a couple times a month, and when we do, it is usually an episode of Globe Trekker on PBS. (We do not get cable, thank goodness, or I may be tempted to obsess over the Food Network.) Last night, I drooled over the scenic scapes of volcanoes in El Salvador, while discovering what it takes for me to receive the unblemished bananas that sit uneaten on my countertop. Perhaps our favorite episode was the tour through the travels of David Livingstone in Zambia and Malawi. No matter the country, the culture, or the globe trekker, this show always delivers. Many broadcasts can teach you details and intriguing facts about another culture, but for a program to lure you to live and eat among the locals, and experience the country beyond the sealed and saran-wrapped packaging of tourism…well, that a beguiling piece of television. My husband and I […]
My pregnant tastebuds have been craving Korean lately. Finding my options for authentic Korean cuisine limited in our city, I’ve begun to tackle the re-creation of some of my favorites. I have a cookbook, yes, but all those who know me know that I can’t cook that way. Instead, I learn by tasting. So, if anyone knows of a sweet elderly Korean woman who’d like to adopt me for dinner, please let me know. I started first with kimchi last week. Many years ago, I spent a weekend visiting my dear friend Tara in Seoul, on my way home from a summer in China. There, we shared a pot of kimchi chigae while rain drizzled continuously outside the little restaurant. No stew has tasted the same since. Unfortunately, excellent kimchi chigae is difficult to duplicate, as the more fermented the cabbage the better the stew. I’ve already assaulted my refrigerator […]
An iridescent, embroidered dupioni silk tea cozy and matching reversible coasters was made for my friend, Anna, who celebrated a birthday this week. Her home is decorated traditionally with a bent towards unfussy glamour. With golds, deep reds, and a splash of blue and white porcelain, Anna’s decor provides the perfect backdrop for an elegant tea party. Already a gracious host, Anna, now armed with tea cozy and coasters, is all set.
Anyone who has ever had the privilege of sharing the Gospel with someone knows that the enemy often presents the most challenging of circumstances to detract from the truth of salvation. Today I had a young lady that I’ve recently met, over to the house, for the express purpose of sharing the hope we have in Christ. Not long after we began talking, I was summoned upstairs by the cries of my almost two-year old son, who revealed that he had been in my make-up bag due to his camouflaged visage. Perhaps the horror on my countenance reminded him that he knew better, because he immediately began telling himself, “No! No!” As I traced the smears of cream foundation on my bedroom door and carpet (not to mention the shredded sponge applicator strewn like crumbs) back to the scene of the crime, I thought to myself, My precious opportunity to […]
There’s nothing quite as delicious as experiencing the prosaic duties of living through a child’s eyes of novelty and wonder. A warm sinkful of lavender scented suds that magically dissolve the dinner scraps off each plate, unlimited use of scrubbing tools, and the satisfaction of affecting change (even if only in a handful of dishes): from that vantage point, I’d beg to do dishes as well! A six-year old’s helping hands can sometimes delay, but you couldn’t ask for more enthusiasm or perspective on routine.