Nov 25, 2009

T, It all starts with T

Teens attending an evening of worship with me
Tri-colored lights on the sanctuary ceiling
Towers of light gracing the stage
Time to visit before the concert starts
Those thirsting for worship - Worship in Spirit and truth
Treasure of *new* friends
Throne room worship
To raise our hands in the sanctuary
Talent, flat-out talent
True thanksgiving:
And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, "Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen."
Revelation 7:11 & 12

Nov 10, 2009


It seems like just last week we were celebrating Victoria Leigh's fourteenth birthday.
The birthday menu pleased her papa, the Salesman, and there were generous vegetable servings for Audra, our resident vegetarian:
Bacon-Wrapped Fillet Mignon
Sauteed Mushrooms
Grandma Geraldine's Green Bean Casserole
Peppers and Onions
Garlic Toast
I'm affectionately referring to this celebration as the cheesecake festival. It had been quite some time since I made a cheesecake. The last time I made one, the Salesman had requested cherries on the top. Miss Fifteen wanted chocolate to grace her cake. I melted chocolate and piped random designs on wax paper to top of the whipped cream and berries. Victoria, appropriately had a *V* on her slice. Victorious Victoria!
Audra's looked like a butterfly and the Salesman's looked like a spider web.
Mine looked like a bird.
I did not plan this at all. It was delicious and delightful. And speaking of delicious and delightful, Victoria Leigh, you are sweeter than cheesecake! I love you! Dearly! Happy Fifteenth Birthday Darlin'!
Today, Victoria Leigh, you stand on the sweet threshold of another year
You darlin' Baby, are a precious gift from God, and to my heart, so very dear.
15, Fabulous 15

Your spirit is strong, you are not faint of heart, God placed strength in You, from the start
You delight me with Our Father's creativity in songs, music, painting and various arts.
15, Favored 15

Childish ways behind you and walking a narrow path with the Father at your side
A lovely young woman you are, and faithfully, in Him, I pray you always abide.
15, Faithfully 15

Your carefree ways, your relaxed demeanor, your smile, your lingering hugs,
Blesses my heart and darlin', He graced you with the cutest button-nose mug.
15, Fun 15

With joyful anticipation you carefully crafted your birthday plans
Your determination, creative mind- gifts from the One who holds your life securely in His hand.
15, Finally 15

Go forward 15, darlin' 15, within you is hope, His Spirit, a fire, a lamp light,
May 15 be a year lived in His glorious power and by His glorious might.
15, Fruitful 15

Great things are ahead of you, Baby, as you step through the door
God's plans, His way, His lamp fanned into a flame within you and so much more.
15, Victoria Leigh, 15

Nov 7, 2009

Extra Credit

Audra is currently studying Shakespeare at a nearby college as part of a dual enrollment program (high school juniors and seniors get high school and college credit at the same time.) The professor assigned roles for the reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream and offered extra credit to students who would also dress in Athenian attire while they read. Audra wanted to participate. Thanks to a creative friend who gave me a picture to go by, we used what we had at home to make a quick and easy costume.
When folding laundry this week, I had moved a worn pillow case to beside the sewing machine to see if I could mend it's tear. Victoria Leigh has had this embroidered case since she was five years old. I usually don't keep track of when I purchase linens, but this was a sweet set that had a special memory attached. Victoria used this king size pillow case to cover her mat for nap time in kindergarten. Where have the years gone? Victoria is going to be fifteen next week! Oh, the sweet memories.With just a quick seam for a casing, I inserted the elastic and stitched a machine hem for Audra's skirt. I basted gold Christmas ribbon around the hem of one of my shirts, and folded and stitched another length of ribbon to make the corset shaped waist design. We added a gold ribbon band to her hair, a scarf from Victoria's closet and Audra's gladiator sandals. I snapped a picture as she headed down the college hall to class looking as lovely as a dream.
Simple, quick and extra credit!

Nov 4, 2009

Halloween in the garden

Not everyone in the garden dressed for the occasion. But one variety participated in the holiday.
Just a few months back, these coneflowers were in beautiful bloom.
And today, they eerily resemble,
a hat perch for one who rides a broom!

October 31st in the garden