Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
We sang this hymn last Sunday, and it really spoke to me. The prayers it contains are so practical and so real. "And make me love Thee as I ought to love." Honestly, I cannot do it on my own, even such a thing as loving God; I need His help to love Him appropriately. "Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh" because I forget so often. This whole hymn mirrors the prayers I ought to pray but don't even know that I need to pray. God help me even in such small things as knowing what to pray, what to ask for.
Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art;
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.
I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
No sudden rending of the veil of clay,
No angel visitant, no opening skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away.
Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.
Hast Thou not bid me love Thee, God and King?
All, all Thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind.
I see Thy cross; there teach my heart to cling:
O let me seek Thee, and O let me find!
Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,
One holy passion filling all my frame;
The kindling of the heaven descended Dove,
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.
word by George Croley
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Daniel, however, was not. Every single blueberry he picked ended up in his mouth. Even the ones that our friends put in his bucket, he ate.
One of our little friends enjoyed feeding Rachel some blueberries. If Rachel were walking, she wouldn't have to be in the stroller. When I told her this, she just smiled at me like she didn't care.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Sarah Beth laughing at Laura's oldest's antics. I firmly believe in positive peer pressure, and it is a very good thing for Sarah Beth.
Rachel patiently waiting her turn. After the lesson, Laura and I can get in with the younger children and play, too.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I had my first OB appointment yesterday at fourteen weeks. While my doctor was absolutely fine with my waiting so long to be seen, the nurse apparently thought I was nuts. On the way to the exam room, she asked me if I had known I was pregnant. Um, yeah. I also had an ultrasound which showed one healthy baby measuring at 14 weeks and four days. That pushed up my due date from December 13 (which I had calculated) to December 8. Yea! I lost eight days already off my pregnancy! Everything looks fine, and I am so happy that my doctor doesn't want to treat me as a high risk pregnancy just because I passed that magical age. However, she did feel the need to offer me an amniocentesis, etc. just in case.... I had already thought about it and talked with John, and I told her, "No. Even if something is 'wrong' with the baby, I am still going to have it." I'm glad that that was that, and she put no more pressure on me.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
I've gotten away from sharing hymns on Sundays, and I don't really know why. I hope to continue this series more frequently. If nothing else, I enjoy reading them as I post them! Here's another one that I haven't sung in a long time.
Though the angry surges roll
On my tempest driven soul,
I am peaceful, for I know,
Wildly though the winds may blow,
I’ve an anchor safe and sure,
That can evermore endure.
And it holds, my anchor holds:
Blow your wildest, then, O gale,
On my bark so small and frail;
By His grace I shall not fail,
For my anchor holds, my anchor holds.
Mighty tides about me sweep,
Perils lurk within the deep,
Angry clouds o’ershade the sky,
And the tempest rises high;
Still I stand the tempest’s shock,
For my anchor grips the rock.
I can feel the anchor fast
As I meet each sudden blast,
And the cable, though unseen,
Bears the heavy strain between;
Through the storm I safely ride,
Till the turning of the tide.
Troubles almost ’whelm the soul;
Griefs like billows o’er me roll;
Tempters seek to lure astray;
Storms obscure the light of day:
But in Christ I can be bold,
I’ve an anchor that shall hold.
words by William C. Martin
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I didn't get much read off my original reading list this month, so I think I need to be more intentional in my reading. And I didn't read as much as last month, but that's a good thing! It means that I'm feeling better and able to do more around the house. But I have missed all of the reading. Anyway, here are the books I did read this month:
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. I wasn't exactly sure what I had gotten when I received my copy of this book. I mean, what kind of mystery has an eleven year old girl as the heroine? But this book was amazing! It takes place in 1950's England, a few years after World War II. When Flavia discovers a dying man in the cucumber garden, she thinks, "I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn't. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life." Flavia's father is arrested and charged with the man's murder, so she sets out to discover who really did it and why. The attention to detail in this book struck me again and again; I really felt like I was in England in the 1950's. And Flavia is an astonishing little girl, one that you can't help but like despite her love for poisons and such. This book is definitely worth reading.
- I read The Ale Boy's Feast by Jeffrey Overstreet, and you can read my review here. It's the fourth (and last) in a series, and while I haven't read the previous books, I really enjoyed this one.
- You can read my review of MacArthur by Mitchell Yockelsson and Stephen Mansfield here. Obviously, this book is a biography about the great hero of the World War II Pacific Theater, and it's an informative read.
- You can read my review of The Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf here which is a romantic retelling of the story of Esther. It's a fun read.
- I also reviewed The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan yesterday as a part of Booking It, and you can read my review here.
- Culture Making by Andy Crouch which show us how we (you and I, not some nebulous "we") can change our own cultures.
- Other People's Houses by Lore Segal which tells the story of one Jewish child who rode the Children's Transport from Austria to Great Britain before the start of World War II.
- Jeremy: the Tale of an Honest Bunny by Jan Karon. This is the first "chapter" book I've read with my children, and so far we're enjoying it.
Friday, June 10, 2011
I grew up reading and rereading The Little Pilgrim's Progress by Helen Taylor which, as I recall, is a fairly accurate rendition of The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan for children. So I'm familiar with the story, and it actually holds a special place in my heart. I've read Pilgrim's Progress before, but it's a classic, a Christian classic, so it's always worth another reading. I was pleased to add it to my reading list for this year when I saw that Jessica at Life as Mom had it on her "required" list.