December 25, 2011

December 24, 2011

December 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Jaden!!

With Johanna in Vicksburg, admiring a house they liked.

Jaden is a semi-expert on weaponry.  He enjoyed posing next to this cannon in Vicksburg.

A self-portrait with my phone ;)

Cheesy smile, but still sincere

Jaden and I, about to go to the park for some outdoor recreation

He’s becoming quite expert at the swing. :)   He enjoys the thrill of jumping out and landing safely.

Johann, Jaden and I at the park.  It was rather blustry that day.

Jaden having a uniquely Japanese experience, eating Green Tea ice cream with chopsticks!  We visited friends of our uncle who live in Birmingham, and they treated our family to some authentic Japanese food.

Jaden and a Chinese dragon, at the National Missionary Convention, Atlanta Georgia.  I took him for several strolls around the exhibit hall, due to his restlessness.

We found a kids station at the NMC and he spent a lot of time creating cool things out of the toys they had there.

He was so proud of his creation!  Jaden is very creative, and loves to build things.

With Phoebe, reading plaques at the USS Cairo memorial in Vicksburg.  He was fascinated by this gun boat that was sunk during the Civil War.

In downtown, enjoying the festivities of Dickins of a Christmas, and the race Caleb ran in.

He has begged me to take his picture on this spiraled staircase in downtown many times.  The Saturday after Thanksgiving afforded us an opportunity, and it turned out to be a cute picture of Jaden. :D

One of his favorite things… with Caleb. Legos!  For his birthday, he got a huge trains set.  He’s in love. ;)

Posing beside his new set!

Jaden joined our family nine years ago tonight.  I was excited to be a big sister once again, and it has been my privilege to help take care of him from the time he was just a few hours old.

Funny thing: our family held a contest of sorts in the days leading up to his birth, whoever guessed the day nearest to the actual day of his birth got to give him his first bath and dress him.  I choose December 17th, and two days later he was born.  I got to bathe and dress him.  Such a sweet memory.

J — Jovial, joyous, just goofy
A — Alert, always ready to play Legos, all-boy
D – Daring, darling, dimpled, dandy
E – Eager, earnest, ever-ready to assist Caleb or spend time with his chicken
N – Now nine, naturally a lover of outdoor activity, neat in his dress

He’s my little brother, and its hard for me to believe he’s growing up so quickly, the years have slipped past and I look back upon them with fondness.

Happy Birthday Jaden!  I love you. :D

December 15, 2011

Thankful Thursday

631. Telephone conversations with my sisters
632. Rain
633. Carrots
634. Childish laughter
635. Joseph's Lullaby
636. Successful shopping trips
637. Rubber bands
638. Sticky notes
639. Feathers
640. Words with Friends
641. Dad and Caleb's ability to repair our vehicles when they are in need of repair
642. David Archuleta's rendition of Angels We Have Heard on High 
643. Tonya and her gentle, Christian spirit of love and compassion
644. Mom's curly hair (yes, I am slightly envious) ;)
645. Hope
646. My Christmas cactus
647. Wallace & Gromit ~ funny, real English humour
648. Hinges
649. A chance to redecorate and rearrange Grandma's parlor/dining room
650. Wheels

My list will continue to grow as I praise the Lord each week here on my blog!

To join in the praise click here.

December 14, 2011

I love twitter.  It is an amazingly useful social networking medium, that I first used in February 2009.  Ever since, I have gained followers, followed fellow twitterers, and had fun in the process.

The cool thing about the new and improved twitter is that now you can access all of the above via your mobile device (for me, its an android), tweet pictures via twitpic, post links (that are automatically shortened), and share videos… or write a haiku.

All in 140 characters or less.

I’m in love. ;)

(hey, I wrote this post in only 100 words or less)

December 6, 2011

Thankful Tuesday

I know we are to give thanks everyday, and for everything, but for me it is easier to just reserve one day a week to publically express my gratitude to God for all the blessings He showers upon me each and every day!

616. Our trip to Georgia

617. Meeting Elizabeth, Amanda and Rebekah and their delightful family

618. Hot chocolate

619. Christmas parties

620. Pizza with Hannah

621. Christmas shopping with Phoebe and Jo

622. Helping Grandma decorate and clean her house

623. Thanksgiving with my cousins, and the fun times we've had over the years together

624. Mrs. D., Andrew, Daniel and Isaac ~ my other brothers :)

625. My new smart phone

626. Mike and Pat who so generously and graciously hosted us in their home while we ministered in Atlanta

627. The powerful film we watched about persecuted Christians worldwide

628. Jaden's imagination and love for life

629. New clothing

630. Mom's musical gifts and talents

My list will continue to grow as I praise the Lord each week here on my blog!
To join in the praise click here.

People I Love...

Some of my favorite pictures, taken on our recent trip.  :)

December 5, 2011

Update on my Great-Grandmother

(This was written on December 3, 2011) 

Today I’m with my Grandma, assisting with my great Grandma, who continues to be very fragile after suffering a massive stroke in September.

Basically, her main issues are skin alliments, which we have to keep a close eye on, because of infection possibilities.

Daily it is a miracle for her to still be with us. I especially love it when she opens her eyes, following us as we feed her, change her bandages or bathe her broken body.

She sleeps, a lot. But that is not unusual for a stroke victim. They need lots of rest and sleep. And since she head major brain bleed, she needs it all the more.

We are so grateful for all of the prayers, the thoughtful cards, phone calls and visits. Please do continue to lift her before the Father of all comfort.

Happy December!

December 4, 2011

Hey Howdy!

I am ashamed to say that it has been almost an entire month of silence here on Imprimis. *sigh*  The world continues to spin, and I continue to live and breath, just away from the blog-o-sphere.

Our trip to Atlanta earlier this month was wonderful!  I had never been to Atlanta, although I have driven through a slice of NW Georgia, and from what I had heard, I was expecting it to be green and gorgeous.  It wasn’t quite as green had it been, say, July, but it was still magnificent and the lovely colors of fall cascaded along the side of every street.

We stayed with some friends of my uncle, who is a missionary in Germany.  They technically live outside of Atlanta proper, near College Heights Georgia, in a beautiful plantation style house with a huge stair case, and rap-around porch, and plenty of wonderful rooms for all of us to sleep in. :)   It was a great blessing to stay with Mike and Pat.  Gracious hosts, lovely people, they are used to large families, having had five children of their own.

The convention went really well!  We were kinda at the back of the exhibit hall, but on a corner, which was opportune.  Much traffic passed back and forth and through before, during and after the main sessions, which permitted us many chances to speak with folks about our work.  And the setup of our booth was inviting.  We had the new Living Waters film 180 movie showing on our television set all three days, which attracted a lot of attention.  And we were able to sell a few things, and give away lots more!

Saturday, the last full day of the convention, we had the blessed opportunity to meet up with several people.  First, our cousin Kelly, who lives in Atlanta, dropped by and had lunch with us.  We also enjoyed reconnecting with some friends we met at another conference last summer in Tennessee.  Three members of the H. family drove from S. Carolina, and visited with us, joining in our lunch and chat. It was especially a glad thing for Johanna, who is friends with the eldest H. daughter, Kimberly.  But we all enjoyed visiting with them, and they had a great time exploring the convention.

That evening, some friends who we’d met via their blog, dropped by on their way home from Florida to Tennessee.  It was sooooo cool meeting them in person, whereas in the past we had only communicated with them via email and Skype.  Face-to-face meetings are the best. :)   They were able to stay for a couple of hours before we had to part company.  But it was so special, and we are immensely looking forward to seeing them again, perhaps when they come to Texas. ;)

We began our journey homeward Sunday afternoon.  Our first leg of the trip ended with a nights stay in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  The next morning (Monday) we got up, packed the few things we’d take out of the van, and headed off to explore the splendor of old-world Vicksburg.  Perhaps the highlight of the day for me was driving through and reading the multitude of battlefield markers from the Civil War, that are scattered throughout the city, and in the Vicksburg National Military Park.  One of the neatest aspects of the park is near the end of the tour – The display containing the USS Cairo sunk by CSA troops on December 12, 1862.  I marveled at how after it had been in water for one hundred years, and been restored, it stood before me.  This gun-boat was like a thing imagined by Leonardo di Vinci, almost like a armored tank on water.  Very unusual.

Our final leg home took us through some rain, a blessed thing in Texas right now.  We got home at nearly mid-night.  Exhausted, and ready to be home, but oh so blessed at all that we’d just experienced.

I live an unusual life, and I love it!

Pictures coming soon. :)

I hope that you all had a blessed Thanksgiving!  I am still getting used to the idea that we are just a little under a month away from Christmas.  Crazy!

November 5, 2011

Time to Fall-back

It's that time of year again.  Where we Americans, change our clocks back an hour, and day-light saving time ends. 

So, make sure to set your clocks back an hour this evening, otherwise you'll have issues with being early to church come Sunday morning. 

For more info.

November 3, 2011

Theology Thursday

"Cosmology  is derived from Greek words meaning "doctrine of the world" and refers to that part of METAPHYSICS which deals with the origin and structure of the universe.  The earliest and most influential cosmologies were those of Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.) and Aristotle (384-322 B.C.).  Although Christian theologians modified them in the light of their own doctrines of CREATION and PROVIDENCE, the problems discussed by the two great Greek philosophers - the origins of matter, the relationship of time to ETERNITY, the laws of the world, etc., - remained the standard problems for centuries.  With the rise of the sciences of astronomy and of physics and the accompanying skepticism concerning the possibility of solving cosmological problems by speculative reasoning (in contrast to scientific reasoning and experiment), many of the old problems of Cosmology became scientific problems, and those that remained, like the problems of evil, were generally made metaphysical or ontological problems.  Cosmology, in general, is no longer a concern of most modern philosophers, and what is sometimes called Cosmology is not a theory of the origin and structure of the universe so much as it is a scheme of categories said to be applicable to everything that is, i.e., it is ontology."

source: A Handbook of Theological Terms

Next week, we shall delve into what is Ontology, and ontological arguments. :)

November 2, 2011

It's been a while...

Wow have I gotten bad about blogging.  My life seems to be totally out-of-this-world cah-ra-zy!

Not in a bad way, mind you, but still, a lot more hectic than I'd prefer.

I always picture the year as being a snow-ball - starts off small, and by the end of the year as it hurls faster and faster downhill, an ever increasing giant of a ball, collecting as many things before the 365 day period, we call a year, is complete.

So I am working a lot.  Not just for my main family, but for a couple others as well.  Even though I'm not working "full-time" 5 days a week, 9-5, etc., I have 11 days of work already set up for the end of last month through the end of this month.  Thankfully, they are pretty spaced out. :)  Last month I worked about 20 days. 

And besides work, my family has been helping with the care of my great-grandmother, who suffered a stroke about 7 weeks ago.  She is doing better, and where she belongs - in her daughter's house, under her loving care and supervision.  That means our family is living in two places these days, here and there.  Makes for an interesting, complicated life.

The weather is changing.  Fall is finally here, and I am glad.  Summer was just so long, and hot.  Now the sky is cloudy, the breeze is a bit chilly, and the trees are beginning to turn.  I love this season, even though it is getting darker earlier.

Our family is hoping to attend the National Missionary Convention, being held in Atlanta this year.  That will be the week before Thanksgiving, and we are looking forward to traveling a bit, and taking in this convention.  Our family really needs a break from the hectic life we've lived most of this year.  Our uncle is coming in from Germany to attend with us, and we will have a blast with him as usual.  Plus, we are hoping to meet up with some friends who live in that part of the country. Our ministry has a booth, and we pray that it will be a success.  So does our uncle.  So if you are in Atlanta between Nov. 17-20, stop by!

I have been reading through the book of First John, in the New Testament.  So many valuable lessons to be derived, and applied.  Powerful.  Convicting.

I am looking forward to Christmas this year.  Most especially because it is our year to get together with Mom's side of the family and have a big weekend of fun.  We are planning on being at a Christian camp for a few days, relaxing, catching up with family, eating good food, playing games, listening to music, looking at pictures.  I'm sure there will be a big group this year.  There was in 2009, and we've had a couple of additions to the family since that time.

Tonight is bible study, and I have laundry to catch up on before I leave. 

That's a bit about my life, for now. :) 

October 15, 2011

The Day I said Goodbye

Today marks one year since my paternal grandfather passed away.  In remembrance of that anniversary, I am re-posting the poem I wrote at the time of his death.

The mound was fresh with new turned dirt
The flowers not even wilted yet.
His family gathered round his body hid,
Eyes raised heavenward in prayer.
A tear begins to steal down my cheek
A single tear drips down.
And then we weep, silently at first.

It is too hard to bid adieu to the one we love,
To say "good-bye", or walk on.
And so we sob aloud, unhindered,
The feelings flow from our torn hearts
Rent by this loss so fresh.

But now it is time to walk away,
To move on in life without you.

The day I said good-bye to you,
Was certainly not the last day
I cried for you.
Copyright 2010 - Abigail C. Kautt

October 12, 2011

Fancy smanchy burgers!

The following is a long excerpt from my journal describing our time out at Square Burger, a fancy burger joint in Downtown in late August. 
Let me tell you what we girls did together, to celebrate Phoebe's birthday: There is a restaurant here in Downtown McK. called the Square Burger.  They specialize in locally grown foods: meats, veggies, etc., so Phoebe really wanted to go there for her birthday, but we were busy the entire weekend, and then we had something planned for Monday, so we just pushed it to Thursday, and said "maybe."

We had several errands to run prior to going to eat....  We parked near the Local Yocal.  While we were there, we told Matt & Heather (the owners) that were going to the Square Burger.  They asked why, and I told them it was to celebrate Phoebe's birthday (little thinking that Matt & Heather are Phoebe's employers; and the meat supplier for Square Burger). :P  We only were there for a couple of minutes and then walked over to the Square Burger.

We had the nicest, most helpful waiter - Albert.  [The restaurant] has a really great atmosphere.  Located in an Art Deco building with its original 18 foot ceiling, original windows and ceiling tiles create an aura of old-world-ness.  Since the building is located on the corner of the square, it makes for an interesting floor plan.  More of a rectangle, this place has the longest, bluest bar I have ever laid eyes on.  The place was pretty much dead when we got there, except for a lone customer trying some grub and beer.

Our booth faced E-W with a view of Virginia St., the passing traffic, shop fronts, people strolling.  The nice thing about being street-side, especially for a people-watcher like myself, is just that, you can more easily observe who goes past, what they are doing; and muse.  We did happen to recognize a couple (we know) as they drove past!

When we had finally decided upon what to order, and had ordered it, we waited several minutes before it was brought - probably 15-20 minutes.  As we sipped on our water and root beer, we enjoyed each other.  Chatting about everyday things, laughing.

Albert appeared, bring with him two of our three heaping plates of food, following with the third shortly.  Not only was the food simply amazing in appearance (they get 5 stars for presentation) it was mouth wateringly delicious.  From the tender juiciness of the medium cooked patty, to the freshness of the purple onion, tomato and lettuce.  My burger contained mushrooms, a kind of Swiss cheese and Avacado slices!  And I got a side of onion rings and something I'd never had before, but was surprised at how good it was - a fried pickle.

Believe me, it was yum!
So I totally recommend you dropping in to the Square Burger if you are ever in McKinney.  It is well worth your time and moolah... yeah, they are a bit pricey.  At least for me, poor student that I am. ;)
Their entrees run from $8.50 on up.  They have a 4 oz burger which is $2.00 less than their 7 oz. burger (which I ordered).  Ask about that option if you have a smaller stomach ~ their helpings are rather large! 

Their desserts are reasonable, especially if you consider that they are all made from scratch in store.  We enjoyed their ice cream sandwiches, and also their cinnamon fritters - or little balls of heaven, as Albert called them.

October 10, 2011

Bach Cello Suite No. 1 - Prelude

And as if the music wasn't beautiful enough, just look at the setting for this spectacular rendition of Bach's famous Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude.  Played on the Mandolin, instead of the Cello. :)

October 9, 2011

Yes & Amen

Tonight during Sunday evening bible study and worship, we did a brief study of Amen in the Scriptures.  You know how when you read the bible, maybe only a few things stick in your mind.  Well, for me one of "those things" has been the verse which bears the phrase "yes and amen." 

I knew it was in the New Testament.  I knew it was in one of the Pauline epistles.  I was pretty sure it was in either I or II Corinthians. 

20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
2 Corinthian 1:20  NKJV

Another verse in our study of God's Wonderful Works that really stood out to me was in the context of the whole redemption/adoption passage located in Galatians 3-4.

3 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Galatians 3:13-14 

The first verse (2 Cor. 1:20) the Lord has recently been laying upon my heart.  What an amazing promise!  It reminds me of the verses in II Timothy where Paul reminds us of God's unchanging character:

11 This is a faithful saying:

      For if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him.
       12 If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
      If we deny Him,
He also will deny us.
       13 If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
      He cannot deny Himself.
 II Timothy 2:11-13

Isn't it amazing how completely un-related topics can be so related and reassuring and faith building?  We serve an awesome God!

October 7, 2011

Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

It seems weird to write that title.

So final.

Steve Jobs died on Wednesday at the ripe age of 55.  That’s really young.  In the prime of life, middle-age.

In his 2005 Stanford commencement speech, Jobs spoke of death:

Its hard to believe that he is gone.  Apple will never be the same – the tech world is missing a bright star tonight.

Mr. Jobs – you were a giant of a man and will be missed!

You can read an interesting take on his life and death here.

October 5, 2011

Dear ______

I am sad tonight.

Not really sure why I am feeling this way.  Could be that I heard about another friend who just got married. Blast!  I have told myself and really do believe, that I am beyond caring about relationships and those kinds of things.  Mostly because I am not interested in anyone, no one is interested in me, and I am by NO means ready to marry.

Could just be that I am beyond words tired.

I have been running around like a mad person for the last several weeks.


That's really what I need.  What my body now demands.  My brain is tired.  My eyes are foggy with sleep coming on.

There have been so many emotions running through me.  Life is good.  I am blessed, there is nothing for me to complain about.

By any stretch of the imagination I am a "lucky" girl.  Right now I have everything I need, and "want" - not that I really want anything. 

And truly I do have everything that I "need".  But even if I didn't, and the only "thing" I really need is Jesus - nothing else matters!

All I, all you need is Jesus.  He is, He must be, our All.  Our stay.  We must lean on Him when we are walking through life in order to stay on the Straight path, the path of Life.

So my life is in good hands.

Thankful my life is not in my hands.  These imperfect, selfish hands.

Jesus, take my life and let it be fully Yours.  Controlled by Your will, convicted of sin by Your Spirit, commanded by Your Word. 

October 4, 2011

When governments kill their own...

This is the result.

Absurdity. Lots of stuttering, and little to no evidence.

I usually don't side with the biased media, but Jake Tapper did an excellent job trying to pin down Obama spokesman, Jay Carney on the subject of "targeted killing" - in this case, American-born Islamic cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki.

You can read more about this travesty here, here and here.

October 3, 2011

The subject of Christianity and martyrdom seems more and more intertwined these days, as violence against Christians worldwide increases.

Jesus the Christ, predicted this would happen:
20Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
John 15:20 ESV
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:10-12 NKJV
Persecution, martyrdom, expulsion, criticism; these are all supporting evidence of the validity of Christ’s Resurrection and saving power.

Who would die in support of something that did not transform their life?  Well, there have been many who died in the cause of a cult group (think Jonestown, David Koresh, FLDS, etc.).  People do give their lives for a lie.  But many more give their lives, for the sake of the Gospel of Peace and it’s king – Jesus Christ.

Beginning with St. Stephen, the Proto-Martyr, or first martyr.  He gave his life shortly after Jesus’ Ascension, during the rampage carried out by Saul (later the Apostle Paul), which caused the Christians to be dispersed from Jerusalem (see Acts 8:1-4).

As I have been reading through the Gospel of John, I have been discovering the Person of Christ more in-depth.  Today I finished the book, reading chapters 20-21.  In the end of chapter 21, we read Christ’s prediction of Peter’s martyrdom.
18 Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” 19 This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”
John 21:18-19a NKJV
According to church tradition, Peter was crucified upside down, because he considered himself unworthy to be crucified in the same manner as his Risen Lord and Christ – Jesus.

From Foxe’s Book of Christian Heroes and Martyrs of the World, we read the following account of his death:
This great apostle and martyr was born at Bethsaida, in Galilee.  He was the son of Jona, a fisherman, which employment St. Peter himself followed…. He was called at the same time as his brother, Andrew, to be an apostle.  Though ever eager and zealous in the service of Christ, St. Peter yet had the weakness to deny his Master after his seizure in the garden, though he at first defended him with his sword; but the sincerity of his repentance atoned for his denial.
… After performing various miracles, St. Peter went to Rome; St. Paul being there also at this time.  In the year 64, the emperor Nero (as it was believed) caused the great city to be set on fire, and looked on with enjoyment at the destruction of which he was himself the cause.  Yet the wicked emperor accused the Christians of having kindled the fire which had laid in ashes the greater portion of Rome, and he ordered hundreds of them to be killed in various cruel ways.
…  Having been nine months in prison, Peter was brought out for execution, and after being scourged, he was crucified with his head downwards.   It is related that he himself chose this painful posture because he did not think he was worthy to suffer in the same manner as the Lord.”
Foxe’s, p. 31-33
Next time, I want to take a closer look at the life of “doubting Thomas” who was used in a mighty way in the country of India.

October 2, 2011

What a gorgeous rendition of one of my favorite hymns!  I just *love* how it is performed. :)

September 30, 2011


Today is the official opening for the highly anticipated Sherwood Baptist film Courageous. My family and I are among the many thousands who are getting the chance to see it on opening day.  Please go out and support this wonderful, impactful and inspiring film!

A synopsis for those who are unfamiliar with the film:
Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.
While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.
When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God … and to their children?
To locate a theater near you showing this action packed film, click here.

September 23, 2011

Ron Paul wins CA straw poll

Welp, I guess he's not so unelectable after all.  Just sayin'. ;)

This weekend, the California Republican Party had its 2011 Fall Convention at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. One presidential candidate, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, spoke at a dinner on Friday night, and Saturday morning's breakfast featured two more contenders: Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

You can read all about it here.

I Feel For Peter Pan

Growing up can be a really excited adventure, but it can also be rife with emotions, regrets and sorrow over the passing of one period of life into another.

For myself, all of the above has been at least, partly true.

My childhood was over when I turned 13.  Not that I lost my innocence, or became a rebellious teen.  Mostly it was I knew something was different.  And my parents were encouraging me to grow up, to mature.

There are still things today that I don’t know, simply because I have chosen not to know them.  Some might call that naivety, I call it discernment.

I’ve had my ups and downs.  There have been times, especially as my work load and responsibilities increase, that I have longed, half-heartedly, for my childhood.

That’s why I feel for Peter Pan.

I think I understand his struggle – why he didn’t want to grow up, become an adult, but always remain a child with no worries, fears or concerns.

That is really sad though.

Growing up is exciting!  It brings with it a lot of challenges, but none of them too difficult for us to overcome.
All in all, I would have to say that I love being an adult, and look forward to the future with high expectations for myself, and hopes of achieving the dreams I have.

Do you feel for Peter Pan?  Do you wish you could go back to your childhood or are you satisfied with being an adult, teen or older person?
but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—

Ephesians 4:15

September 19, 2011

Funny quote

Life is too short to live in Dallas. - from a sign

September 18, 2011


This is my cool sister and best friend... Phoebe!  And my amazing sister and other best friend, Jo took these pictures.  Don't you think they are amazing? ;)  I guess I am just slightly biased. Haha!

September 13, 2011

Hudson Taylor {Excerpts}

I am reading a fascinating biography of Hudson Taylor entitled: The Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor

Here are some of my favorite excerpts:

...and the load Hudson Taylor was carrying was almost more than he could bear.  It was not the work with all its difficulty and trial; when consciously in communion with the Lord, these seemed light.  It was not shortness of funds, nor anxiety about those dearest to him.  It was just - himself.  The unsatisfied longing of his heart, the inward struggle to abide in Christ, the frequent failure and disappointment.  So bitter was this experience that even when it was left far behind he could never forget it." p. 252
Taylor in writing to his parents:

...but I have continually to mourn that I follow at such a distance and learn so slowly to imitate my precious Master.  I cannot tell you how I am buffeted sometimes by temptation.  I never knew how bad a heart I had.  Yet I do know that I love God and love His work and desire to serve Him only and in all things."
p. 254
In a letter to his sister:

Only by thinking of all that Jesus is and all He is for us: His life, His death, His work, He Himself as revealed to us in the Word, to be the subject of our constant thoughts.  Not a striving to have faith, or to increase our faith, but a looking off to the Faithful One seems all we need."
p. 257
Powerful, powerful and convicting!

August 15, 2011

A favorite passage

20 "And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation, 21 but as it is written:

      “ To whom He was not announced, they shall see;
      And those who have not heard shall understand.”
Romans 15:20-21

August 6, 2011

The Public Orphanage

“As the American school expanded, it penetrated more and more aspects of life.  The school became interested in the whole child and the child’s family, and these concerns resulted in school involvement in the child’s and the family’s personal life, health problems, and social life.  If the social role of the school continues to expand at the same rate as it did during the previous two centuries, one can predict that by the end of the twenty-first century, the school will be responsible for engineering the total personality and social life of all citizens and controlling entrance into the labor market.  This future role would include responsibility for an individual’s work, play, love life, physical and mental health, and political life.”

Joel Spring, professor of Education (Univ. of Cincinnati)
The Public Orphanage, p. 4-5

August 5, 2011

The happy, peaceful home...

is the home filled with God’s love and light, and peace and joy.  Its the home where simplicity is evident, and clutter doesn’t exist. At least not in any really sense of the word.  Of course there will be piles of important papers upon a desk, or a neat stack of magazines, or books.  But clutter that is made up of un-important things, or trash is really something that only causes stress and more labor.
My room is a place I want to be peaceful, stress-free and relaxing.  Since I share it with two other humans (my dear sisters), I thought it might be hard to come up with room decor that we could all agree on.  Actually, it was fairly easy to settle on color of paint for our walls… we didn’t.  Mom chose and we painted, and then switched rooms with her because the paint bothered her.  So, we got a newly painted room and went with it.
The walls are a green/gray and very peaceful.  We have added splashes of color (as seen in the painting on my headboard) throughout the room, but overall, we have chosen to have a simple, clean-cut theme in our room.

The few pieces of furniture we have in our room are either wood (of various darker shades, except for my shabby chic white dresser), or metal.  We have a mixing of vintage 50s-60s fashions and southern home style.

I digress…

When I think of simplicity in a home I don’t mean this:

I mean, come on, how practical is that?  Are you really going to invite your friends and family over to sit with you on the floor?  I seriously doubt they’d accept. ;)

No, my picture of simplicity is more along these lines:

Maybe with more color, and not so modern… (post modern)


This is more along the lines of ‘my style’ ;)   I don’t want my house to feel sterile or “untouchable” but comfortable, cozy and as one lady said in a design mag “like an unmade bed” – which she meant by that, where your guests and (family for that matter) feel like they can sit down and squish the pillows on the couch, or touch the things on the mantle or sideboard.

With a kitchen sorta like this, where a body feels impressed to cook healthy, nutrious meals that bring health and vitality to the family, and cause there to be happiness in the home from good food and even better relationships…



But even more, I hope that there will be empty spaces where I can place scriptures on the walls, to remind me throughout the day of His faithfulness and ever presence in my life and home.


6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9 

Simplicity in the home is something that makes a home more peaceful and happy, because there are less piles to move about when one wishes to relax, fewer unnecessary things to dust, less stuff to take care.  Which gives us more time to minister to the needs of our family, friends and community; to share the Gospel, to make meals for the sick, to reach out to the hurting, to show hospitality to strangers, to wash the feet of the saints.

To truly be Jesus to those around us, being the Gospel, living epistles.  That is true simplicity, peace and happiness.