Sunday, November 29, 2009

ten things to remember when your child is disobedient

Thanks to Tim Challies for the link. I liked this list so much that I printed it off and put on my fridge. I wish I had had this on Thanksgiving when Ingrid refused to change out of jeans for our once-in-10-years family picture at Grandma and Grandpa J's, and I didn't take it well.

10 Things To Remember When Your Child Is Disobedient

i'm baaaaaack

We just got back from a long Thanksgiving trip to The Great Green Pacific Northwest. Two weeks up there was refreshing. Smelling fir and pine in the moist rainy air is just what I needed to kick-start the Christmas season. Driving to my parents' home from the airport one of the first things that Ilsa said was, "LOOK AT ALL OF THE CHRISTMAS TREES!" Unfortunately I don't have any pictures. I couldn't kicked myself. I forgot the camera.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

two music faves have new albums

Mark Altrogge (Sovereign Grace/Forever Grateful Music) has just released the 9th album in the Hide the Word series - scripture memorization set to music: Walk Humbly. There are twenty scriptures (from the ESV) set to high quality contemporary music. Each verse is repeated at least three times, and the reference is given.

Canadian band, Down Here, who kind of exploded on the American Christian music scene last year with their song, How Many Kings has released a Christmas album; it includes the thoughtful HMK, along with as well as a remastered version of How Many Kings, 13 songs in total. I particularly like the reggae-ish "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." Down Here is so different from many contemporary Christian artists. Their lyrics are thoughtful, Scripturally sound, with interesting harmonies and high quality musicality. They are currently the only contemporary Christian band that I "follow" (I'm a little uncomfortable with that term, but not sure what else to call it). The album is available on iTunes or you can order from the band directly. I'm already listening thanks to iTunes.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

veteran's day

I was over at the WTM boards this morning, and someone had started a thread regarding Veteran's Day. I started to make a mental list of all of those close to me who are currently, or have at one time been, in the service of our country during a time of war or conflict. It's a long list: husband (current), Dad (Korea), Father in Law (Korea), Paternal Grandfather (WWI), Maternal Uncle (Korea) and on and on. Thanks to each and every one of you in my immediate and extended family for your honorable service, dedication, commitment and sacrifice in wartime. Like last year, again I post...

In Flanders Fields

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

wordless wednesday

my camera and computer are once again on speaking terms

My camera and computer must have had a really a really serious argument, because it has been over a week since they've spoken. Glad to have peace in the household once again. Here are pictures from "Candypalooza" (my flour scale tops out at eight pounds).

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