What's in a Name?

Ecstasy (n)- 2. Excessive joy; rapture; a degree of delight that arrests the whole mind; joy may rise to ecstasy. (Websters 1828 Dictionary)
Doldrums (n)- A sate of inactivity or stagnation.(Dictionary.com)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tag, you're it!

It's been a crazy couple of days. I came down with a flu-like cold and have been coughing up a storm for the past 48 hours. I am finally feeling normal, praise the Lord! I missed two very important rehersals, but I think it'll be alright. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone tonight and catching up on all that I've missed!
The picture to the left is the background for our posters. It's really neat and because it sits horizontally rather than vertically, like most posters, it will catch more eyes.
In other news, Bonnie at http://www.generalismo.com/ has tagged me. So here are the rules:
*Link to the person that tagged you.
*Post the rules on your blog.
*Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog.
*Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
*Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.
And here are the random/weird facts:
1. I like to organize things, but I'm messy.
2. I broke the bone under my eye while playing a "friendly" game of softball.
3. I can wiggle my ears.
4. I can't go into my falsetto when I'm singing.
5. Shopping gives me a headache, unless it's for books.
6. My sister and I are often mistaken for twins, even though she is nearly 2 years younger.
7. I've been painted gold and green for different plays.
I'm not a very interesting person, so I'm sorry if I bored you with my random facts! Bonnie's is quite interesting, so you should go check her's out!
OK. Now I'm going to tag three people, because I only know three other bloggers:
Hey, do Matt and Laura count as two, because there are two of them?
Anyway, enjoy visiting the various sites and checking out the random facts!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Monday Meditations

Yeah, I know that it's Tuesday. I had every intention of posting this yesterday, but somehow I never got around to it! So, here it is:

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
For so you will heap coals of fire on his head,
and the LORD will reward you.
The north wind brings forth rain,
And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

~ Psalm 25:21-23

I don't know if any of you struggle with a temper? I certainly live up to my irish, slightly red-headed stereotype. Often I will be offended by something and hold it inside, then release it in nasty words to the person who offended me. All of my expressions and attitude becomes angry and then no one wants to be around me. Yuck. It is much better to let things roll off your back or confront the person right away and not let any bitter roots grow.

The first part of this verse is hard to do, but I have seen the effects. People who you consider enemies will be destroyed, so to speak, when you heap kindnesses on them. Recently there was a younger girl who didn't like me- I don't know if I annoyed her or she just didn't think I was cool enough for her or whatever. Anyway, she pretty much ignored me, even if I talked to her. The other day the Lord pressed it upon my heart to compliment her- sincerely. And so I did. Since then, she's talked to me and joked with me. It is so interesting. So, in essence, I destroyed a possible enemy and gained a friend. God is so incredible.

How can we destroy any enemies we might have today?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Why I haven't blogged much

If you have been wondering why I haven't been posting much besides the weekly meditation monday posts, it's because life is a bit crazy right now. Along with the usual weekly piano lessons I teach and the various daily duties, we've been doing some major wedding planning. I'm also involved with King's Bridge Theatre and in their production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe which opens on March 28 at the Vinyard in Lewiston. If you are at all interested please visit their website http://www.kingsbridgetheatre.org/ .

I've also been working on a wedding gift for my sister and Josiah. It's the "Double Wedding Ring" patchwork quilt, which I've always loved the look of. It's proving to be a rather time consuming project, but, Lord willing, I will be done with the face of it by the end of this month and will be able to start quilting it by next month. We'll see!

Here is just a small portion of all of the little pieces that cut out during Jane Austen adaptations! (you've got to use every minute possible to finish these things!)
A friend of mine taught me how to sew in rows, which uses less thread and saves a lot of time- it's almost like an assembly line method of quilting. You can't really see it in the above picture, but it looks a bit like a kite tail.
When a square (or circle) is all finished it looks like this. Then you keep adding all of the other rings to it and it is really lovely- it makes me think of a country or amish farmhouse! Kayla and Josiah both like the color blue, so that is the theme of the quilt.
And speaking of the lovely bride, here she is on one of our unsuccessful shoe-shopping ventures. Who knew how hard it would be to pick out shoes!

And no, she doesn't typically parade around the stores with a shower cap on.....just in case you were concerned.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Monday Meditations

Teach my Your way, O LORD;

I will walk in Your truth;

Unite my heart to fear Your name.

I will praise You, O LORD my God,

With all my heart;

And I will glorify Your name forevermore.

For great is Your mercy toward me,

And You have delivered my soul from

the depths of Sheol.

~ Psalm 86:11-13

Such are the things we, as beleivers are supposed to strive for in life: learning God's way, walking in His truth, fearing Him, praising Him with all of our heart, glorifying Him in our actions- all of this with a thankfulness that pervades our whole being, because of God's mercy in saving our souls from eternal punishment. God is so good!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

"I was so full of myself that I was all by myself."
~ Randy Chick

Monday, March 3, 2008

Monday Meditations

Let your conduct be without coveteousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

~Hebrews 13:5

I didn't intentionally choose this verse, but it's rather providential! I just finished writing an article for a friend and the subject was contentment. God is so encouraging that way!

In meditating on this verse I concluded this: if you start with the last phrase in the verse and continue on, you will end up at the beginning. I know, that sounds rather vague, but I'll describe it better. If we remember that Jesus is with us always and will never abandon us, we will be content with that ongoing thought and therefore will have no need to act out of jelousy. All we need for contentment is to meditate on Christ and His provision for our lives.

Why should we want the things of the world when we have Him?

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Snow, Snow, Snow

Here is Ethan in comparison to the deck of my grandparents' apartment.
It's a two level house.

Standing on the snowbank, he was nearly level with the porch!

When we step out of our downstairs apartment, this is what we see!

Ethan has his own little slide!

I can't beleive the amount of snow we got this year! It's even more than I remember getting when I was little. Some may be sick of shoveling and sick of the white in general, but I am still enjoying the snow! It is so beautiful! The way it covers the trees and sparkles in the sun. And it never looks exactly the same. I have definitely gotten my exercise this winter and, while I do look forward to spring, I'm determined to enjoy this white landscape while it lasts!