Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Story Behind "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus"

My brother came across this and shared it with me. It gives a whole new meaning to the song. May it bless you as it has blessed me.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hope Chest Inspirations

The hope chest ~ where the anticipations of every girls' dream of having a home of her own are kept alive. If you are a young maiden and have not started a hope chest of yet, may this be an inspiration to you. It is so much fun to begin planning the color schemes and themes of how you want each room to be from the kitchen to the bedroom. I will say this though, if you start collecting at 13 or 14 years of age, your tastes are likely to change and you may find yourself getting rid of a bunch of stuff as I did. At the same time, I don't regret those years of buying things only to replace them; it gave me so much pleasure at the time and I'm sure it helped to keep me focused on becoming a keeper at home. If you have already begun a hope chest, perhaps this list will give you more ideas of what else you can collect.
  ...Of course, this list is by no means exhausted.

Kitchen                     Linens                       Bathroom       
towels                       bedspreads               bath towels
washcloths                sheets                        hand towels
pot holders                pillow cases              washcloths
oven mitt                   curtains                     shower curtain
hot pads                    dresser scarves         toothbrush holder
spoon jar                   doilies                       soap dish/dispenser
canisters                    tablecloths
measuring cups          Sewing Room             Miscellaneous
measuring spoons      thread                         clocks
knives                       thread rack                  wall hangings
cutting board             pin cushion w/pins        oil lamps
rolling pin                  needles                        candles
cheese grater            measuring tape             knick knacks
casserole dishes        seam ripper                  florals
pie plates                  scissors                        heirlooms
pots & pans              patterns                       pictures
cookie sheets            sewing machine            vases
muffin pans                                                   mirror                                     
bread pans                                                   baskets
oven rack push pull                                      lamps
cookie cutters                                              favorite child-
paper towel dispenser                                       hood toys
napkin holder                                               clothes pin bag
salt & pepper shakers                                  plastic bag holder        
bread box                                                 
recipe box
recipe books
dinnerware set
glass pitcher

              And whatever else you can think of !

Most everything I have in my hope chest was either given me or I bought used. Second hand stores and yard sales are great places to find most anything from dinnerware sets, casserole dishes, and muffin pans to linens, florals, and wall hangings at really good prices. Also be sure to check out clearance sections and discounted stores like Marshall's. Take time to decide what colors and themes you would like for each room and shop accordingly.  Most of all, enjoy yourself and keep your dreams of having a family and home of your own  alive!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Peter Marshall on Godly Womanhood

"Godly womanhood ... the very phrase sounds strange in our ears. We never hear it now. We hear about every other type of women: beautiful women, smart women, sophisticated women, career women, talented women, divorced women. But so seldom do we hear of a godly woman - or of a godly man either, for that matter.We believe women come nearer to fulfilling their God-given function in the home than anywhere else. It is a much nobler thing to be a good wife, than to be Miss America. It is a greater achievement to establish a Christian home than it is to produce a second-rate novel filled with filth. It is a far, far better thing in the realms of morals to be old-fashioned, than to be ultra-modern. The world has enough women who know how to be smart. It needs women who are willing to be simple. The world has enough women who know how to be brilliant. It needs some who will be brave. The world has enough women who are popular. It needs more who are pure. We need women, and men, too, who would rather be morally right than socially correct."
Peter Marshall

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Watermelon Days

We had a watermelon the other day and Esther, always ready to do some creative thing with food, made this watermelon basket.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Monarch Butterfly

The butterfly in its chrysalis. 
Shortly after it came out. Unfortunately, we missed the exciting event.

I wish I had thought to take a picture of it in its caterpillar stage. It is a beautiful representation of Christ taking us sinful, selfish, ugly creatures and making us beautiful in Him. I had to think of how the caterpillar had to "die to self" in order to become the beauty it did. Isn't that the way it is with us? Once we die to self, Christ can give us a beautiful spirit that can't be compared to outward beauty!