"We write to taste life twice - once in the moment and in introspection."

Friday, April 16, 2010

Girls' Day Out

What a fun day the girls and I had yesterday. I guess we were celebrating that the taxes were all done, though not even by us. It started out with a "field trip" to a nearby crisis pregancy center/women's center. After an informative talk on how they help teach new moms to care for their babies as well as provide clothing and food for them and counseling, we were able to present some hats, booties, a quilt and diaper bag that our family had made as well as things that the other families had made, too. We discovered ways that we can volunteer and help out, too.

Then we got a pleasant surprise in finding out that our friends had packed a picnic lunch, too, so we all trekked on down to a park by the river and enjoyed the first picnic of the season (and nobody fell into the river!) Then it was off to the thrift store where we found some cute dresses for the 5-year-old Peanut as well as a darling snowman teapot with creamer and sugar bowl attached. Then came the part we'd been waiting forever for good weather to do - explore the old downtown shops. There's an interesting eclectic bookstore, in which we found a Jan Brett book as well as an experiment (I'll have to tell you if it's worth the time to read). We explored a antique store in which 14-year-old Precious found a teapot bedecked with roses that she loved. It was on sale for only about $8.00, so I bought it for her. A paint-your-own pottery store was tempting, but I might save that for a summer fun trip or take them to an actual ceramic shop where they can start with greenware. I think several of them thought the second antique shop was the highlight of the day as they had a blast trying on all the antique hats in the place.

To close off the day, we stopped at a favorite greenhouse/nursery and discovered that not only was the owner a bastion of plant information, but he's also interested in some other interests of our family, so we had a lively and interesting discussion, bought some raspberry bushes, rhubarb plant and some lettuce seeds & strawberry starts to get a jump on our spring planting. Now we have to get the garden beds all ready for planting.
Because of so many blessings, I

Saturday, April 3, 2010

First post celebrates life in a living Savior!

If I could find our Resurrection celebration wall-hanging I'd show you a picture of it, but since it's in the "still waiting to be sorted" piles in the basement, I can't. Instead, I'll describe some of it to you in hopes that you might be inspired to do something like it. We used 12 eight to nine inch squares of sheet fabric to make the 12 blocks that correspond with our "Easter advent eggs." So as we open each egg on the 11 days preceding Resurrection day and read the corresponding Scripture, we also admire the block painted by each of the children. For instance, one day we read about Jesus being annointed with oil by Mary, so out from the egg comes a tiny doll's vial to remind us of the oil of spikenard that Mary poured on Jesus' feet. We also notice the painting one of the children did a few years ago on the fabric with regular tole paints of the bottle of oil. Other topics/paintings include the triumphal entry, fruitful grain, footwashing, thirty pieces of silver, the crucifixion and burial, and, of course, the celebration of the empty tomb and His resurrection.

I must confess to being kind of laxidazical (is that how you spell that old word?) in getting into the whole spirit of Easter/Resurrection this year and I'm ashamed of myself. After all, if it weren't for the resurrection, "we of all men are most to be pitied." It should probably be more celebrated even than Christ's birth. So, I was greatly encouraged and inspired when a sister from church shared what she'd read of Nancy Wilson's blog "feminagirls.com" (or something like that) about how they were preparing to celebrate the resurection and I got going a little better. So, the menu perked up some and after heading to the grocery store, I've got quite the goodie list worked up for the afternoon and evening.

You see, our church body (all seven families of us) join in a fast on Saturday, actually beginning just after we partake of the Lord's Supper during our Good Friday evening worship service. Then we gather early on Sunday morning (7:30) for a big breakfast of eggs and pancakes prepared by our two elders, supplemented with cinnamon rolls, breads, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fruit, etc. supplied by the rest of us. Then after the celebration of worship and again feasting with our risen Savior around the communion table, we will have a big dinner at home, having invited my dear aunt who lives nearby, but worships at a different church. Having fasted on Saturday, we're all very eager for the feasting on Sunday. Isn't that how it should be to remind us of the emptiness that the disciples felt only to be again filled by realizing that Jesus was alive and that the hope of the resurrection had just been fulfilled!

Because of the Resurrection, I wannabegodly!