Saturday, June 10, 2006

morning prayer...

"AWAKE IN THE MORNING, and the first thing you do, thank God for it, even if you don't feel particularly happy about the day which is to come. …

Come to God again with two convictions. The one is that you are God's own, and the other is that this day is also God's own; it is absolutely new, absolutely fresh. …

This day is blessed by God, it is God's own, and now let us go into it. You walk in this day as God's own messenger; whomever you meet, you meet in God's own way."

Anthony Bloom, Beginning to Pray

Photo credit - Rinda Dean

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The place I love...

All the Places to Love
By Patricia MacLachlan, Illustrations by Mike Wimmer

"...On the day Eli is born, his grandmother holds him up to the window, so that what he hears first is the wind, and what he sees first are all the places to love: the valley, the river falling down over rocks, the hilltop where blueberries grow... "

This is one of my all-time favourite picture books. It is a gentle story of a little boy deeply connected to family, place, and a way of life with time for simple pleasures.

I am an Islander - born and raised here. This is the place I love.

Tell me about the places you love.


"... ‘I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June,’ said Anne..."

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Kim @ Hiraeth tagged me for this meme.

Seven things to do before I die:
1. Witness revival - oh yes.
2. see all my children married to believers
3. hold my grandbabies
4. work with orphans in
5. record some of my songs
6. I don't know -if I see #1, 2 and 3 I will die a happy woman. #4 & 5 would be icing on the cake - my life is very rich now.

Seven things I cannot do:
1. sew - I am in awe of all you crafty girls :)
2. run - I have HCM
3. draw a straight line - although I like to draw - I have to use a ruler
4. change a tire
5. go on twirly rides
6. look at twirly rides
7. make boiled raison cake as well as my mother-in-law

Seven things that attract me to my husband:
1. He loves the Lord
2. his sense of humour
3. his beautiful blue eyes
4. he is a wonderful father
5. he's a good provider
6. when we get separated in the mall I know that he will always be in the bookstore
7. he is very cheerful

Seven things I say most often: (I'm being really honest - I asked my kids who are sitting at the dinner table playing Balderdash)

1. "Get a wiggle on "
2. "Revival is coming"
3. "Who drank my diet Pepsi?"
4. "That's my chair" (when they try to claim my reading chair)
5. "Clean up your own mess"
6. "Sophie go to your bed." to our dog Sophie
7. "I love you" (ok - I'll be completely honest - they didn't add this one without a prompt - they were having too much fun teasing me...)

Seven books (or a series of books) I love:
(this list could be 70 times 70...)

1. Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge
2. Country Child by Allison Uttley
3. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
4. All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
5. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson
6.Hearing God by
Dallas Willard
7. Windows For the Soul by Ken Gire

Seven Movies I’d Watch Over Again: (and Over?? - I don't think so - I don't watch movies over and over - now books - that's another story!!)

1. Anne of Green Gables
2. Little Women
3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding - (this was the only movie that I watched 3 times in the movie theatre!)
4. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings
5. The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe
6. Waking Ned Divine
7. Sound of Music

If you'd like to play, consider yourself tagged...

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Monday, June 05, 2006


Photo credits - Rinda Dean

It's like, you know ,when you stay up late and, like, everything is,kinda, you know, like, funny...

Note the time

Last night - 12 pm - exhausted - arrive home from a worship service ready to fall into bed.

Find a note from my son on the kitchen counter...

MOM - (double underlined - caps - denoting a sense of urgency)


Thanks (in small print - denoting humble and grateful attitude - perhaps considering that I had warned him - do not to ask me to check over papers the night before they are due...)

an appendage - (even just a quick check)

note the brackets - the even smaller print - signifying sheepishness which is defined as "affected by or showing embarrassment caused by consciousness of a fault"


what is a mom (with an English major) to do - teach him a lesson? or check the paper??

...bedtime 1:30 pm...

Found this in my email box this morning. It's been making the cyberspace rounds for awhile and it's funny. Maybe my late night editing episode made it particularly LOL this morning. I especially like #11.

Chuckle or cringe - your choice...

"...Every year, English teachers from across the country can submit their
collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school

These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers
across the country. Here are last year's winners.....*

1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides
gently compressed by a Thigh Master.

2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances
like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

3. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a
guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of
those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country
speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar
eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

4. She grew on him like a colony of E. Coli, and he was
room-temperature Canadian beef.

5. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes
just before it throws up.

6. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

7. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.

8. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated
because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a
surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.

9. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a
bowling ball wouldn't.

10. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag
filled with vegetable soup.

11. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an
eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city
and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.

12. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.

13. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when
you fry them in hot grease.

14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across
the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having
left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka
at 4:19 pm. at a speed of 35 mph.

15. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences
that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.

16. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who
had also never met.

17. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was
the East River.

18. Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap,
only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.

19. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.

20. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil,
this plan just might work.

21. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not
eating for a while.

22. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either,
but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land
mine or something.

23. The ballerina rose gracefully en Pointe and extended one slender
leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

24. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around
with power tools.

25. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells,
as if she were a garbage truck backing up."

Sunday, June 04, 2006

test...and more :)



Testing Performance that is!!

*grin* Kim from Hiraeth caught me!! I meant to erase the test post and then I ended up rushing out the door to a Global Day of Prayer event. A marvelous worship and prayer service!

Performace is a new blogging extension from Firefox. I'm still experimenting with it. I don't think you can upload pictures from your hard drive though. You have to post them on Flickr or another image hosting site. Then click and drag or copy the images from the URL. I also haven't figured out how to edit a post with it either. But I like it so far. You can read a review of the program here. Thanks Rebecca for the tip.

Alphabet of Praise - M

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory,
are being transformed into his likeness
with ever-increasing glory...

2 Cor. 3:18a
Picture credit - Rinda Dean