August 31, 2008

Having begun by the Spirit

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"Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?" -Galatians 3:2-6

butterfly wing

August 30, 2008

the life I now live

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. -Galatians 2:20


August 29, 2008

August 28, 2008

Looking for polar bears

Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.-Romans 16:25-27

looking for polar bears

We went to the zoo yesterday. That's me in the pink, taking the picture. Buddy is six and Punkin is three. The Polar Bears were sleeping, but we saw penguins at play.

penguin climbing rocks

August 27, 2008

Orange Chinese Coins Quilt

meandering machine quilting

I finished this lap quilt yesterday. The whole time I was working on it I thought it was really ugly. The dominate color is a very bright orange that I don't like. I have no idea why I bought it years ago. It's been in my closet all this time because I didn't know what to do with it.

orange bars quilt

I decided to make a "Chinese coins" pattern quilt, using the orange with some fat quarters and scraps. I had a great time doing the machine quilting. The backing is muslin, which shows the quilting lines clearly. I did meandering lines up and down between the columns, using a darning foot with the feed dogs down. After all the quilting I've done with this machine in the past two weeks I think I'm getting the hang of it. One problem I had with this quilt and the green/blue one I made last week was that I kept running out of thread. I didn't buy any new spools in matching colors. I was just using what I had on hand and I finished about eight half full spools in different colors so the quilts are full of a variety of thread colors. Next time I will be sure to buy more thread at the start. Machine quilting uses a lot of thread.

Here is a blog tutorial on how to machine quilt. I used pins to baste, though, not the spray she talks about.

quilt back

It has 100% cotton batting, which is really nice to work with. I think it's pretty now that it's done. I don't know who I'll give it to but it will be someone's present in the next year. I might put it in a quilt show this fall.

quilting the orange

August 26, 2008

fill you with all joy

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. -Romans 15:13

August 25, 2008

Harvest Tote Bag

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. -Romans 14:17-19

harvest tote bag

This tote bag was made in about a hour. Pieced from left over scraps. It's about 14"x14". Directions are here.

August 24, 2008

Fig Harvest

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Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. -Romans 13:11

open ripe fig

August 23, 2008

Patchwork Totebag

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them... -Romans 12:6a

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I made this tote bag out of leftover fabrics in about an hour yesterday. The directions are here. Today I am going to make another one slightly bigger. I think these will make great Christmas gifts for bookish people like my family and fellow teachers.

August 22, 2008

if the root is holy

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If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches. -Romans 11:16

August 21, 2008

Quilting Bee

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I'm learning to machine quilt by practicing on this green and blue lap size quilt, perfect for taking a nap on the couch.

The middle layer is cotton batting, which costs twice as much as the polyester batting I usually buy, but which is a 110 times more fun to quilt. I am so glad the woman at the quilt shop talked me into buying it!

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My new machine can drop the feed dogs and with a darning foot I can free motion quilt in scrolls and lines of leaves. It's fun.

machine quilting finger gloves

These are worn on the finger tips to grip the fabric and move it under the needle. Late afternoon sun falls over my dining room table as I work.

August 20, 2008

First Ripe Figs

first ripe figs

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. -Romans 10:8-10

August 19, 2008



So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. -Romans 9:16

August 18, 2008

too deep for words

late afternoon fruit bowl

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And the one who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. -Romans 8:26-27

August 17, 2008

Reading in the light

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. -Romans 8:14

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Here is Punkin behind the curtain in the window sill in the dining room reading his new book.

August 16, 2008


lace curtain in wind

August afternoon;
sunshine is quilting the breeze
at my back

August 15, 2008

Nine Patch Wall Hanging

nine patch wall hanging

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 6:22-23

August 14, 2008

we too might walk

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. -Romans 6:4


August 13, 2008

Scrap Quilt

More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. -Romans 5:11

scrap quilt with shadows

August 12, 2008

Blueberry Pancakes with Maple Syrup

Buleberry Pancakes with Maple Syrup

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. -Romans 5:1-5

August 11, 2008

A Great Weekend

Canoing in the park,

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dinner on the deck,

luscious watermellon

sun after the rain.

double rainbow

"For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” -Romans 4:3

August 10, 2008

Red grapes

purple grapes

"...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus..." -Romans 3:23-24

August 9, 2008

Cocoa picnic

not GF

Young men and maidens together,
old men and children!
Let them praise the name of the
for his name alone is exalted;
his majesty is above earth and heaven.
-Psalm 148:12-13

August 8, 2008

Egg Salad

My heart is steadfast, O God!
I will sing and make melody with all my being!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn!
-Psalm 108:1-2

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When I was a kid my mom always made us tuna, peanut butter, or bologna sandwiches for lunch. I got so tired of them after a while. My absolute favorite lunch to find in my brown bag was an egg salad sandwich. I used to beg my mother to please please please make me egg salad. It takes extra time to boil the eggs and make it up ahead of time and with five kids to get ready for school you have to go with what works. She would try to find the time but it didn't happen very often. Now as a special treat I make myself egg salad with picklelily anytime I want. If I don't have any gluten free bread I put it on rice cakes.

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It's great with tomatoes warm from the sun and fresh, ripe pears.

August 7, 2008

Blueberry Kuchen

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. -Romans 1:7b

Blueberry Kuchen

Recipe here: synch-ro-niz-ing

I used Pamela's GF Baking Mix instead of wheat flour and plain non-fat yogurt. Topped with whipped cream it is delightful!

August 6, 2008

Double Happiness

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. - 2 Corinthians 13:11

double happiness

I almost never buy my kids candy but people keep giving it to them. Summer camp this year has showered them with it. We keep their "treat bags" on top of the fridge and I let them pick something every night after they finish their dinner. I doubt we'll ever run out. The Chinese character on the side of the bowl means "double happiness". It's traditionally a wedding decoration. I can't remember where I got these bowls but I like them a lot.

I meant to post food photos this month as a theme but I am finding it extremely difficult. I've taken some shots every day but I don't like them much. Bacon frying looks disgusting. I may switch to a toy theme or something else.

August 5, 2008

Baby Remote Control


"But God said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

August 3, 2008

Back to what the Good Book says

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"Look at what is before your eyes." - 2 Corinthians 10:7a

August 2, 2008

July Mosaic

July 2008 365

I am really happy with the photos and literature selections from this month. In some ways it was the hardest challenge of the project for me so far, because many days I was uninspired and couldn't think of another way to photograph water. Those were the days when I had to find a way to play with it. Here is the whole water set on flickr if you want to see all the water shots I've got.

I had fun pouring over all my old paperbacks looking for water passages. All of the books I posted excerpts from are old favorites and actually in my house (not library books). I remembered the passages I took as particularly lovely or meaningful and I was often able to take a shot of water that in my mind related to the importance of water in the story. That is pretty amazing I think. I have a couple more books I haven't included yet and since I started the theme a few days into the month I may carry it over into August.

The theme for this month is going to be food. I don't think I'll be as strict about it because I don't think I want to really photograph food every single day. But it seems like a good month to show the variety of fresh fruit and vegetables we are enjoying.

The stillness of that last sea

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"After that for many days without wind in her shrouds or foam at her bows, across a waveless sea, the Dawn Treader glided smoothly east. Every day and every hour the light became more brilliant and still they could bear it. No one ate or slept and no one wanted to, but they drew buckets of dazzling water from the sea, stronger than wine and somehow wetter, more liquid, than ordinary water, and pledged one another silently in deep draughts of it. And one or two of the sailors who had been oldish men when the voyage began now grew younger every day. Everyone on board was filled with joy and excitement, but not an excitement that made one talk. the further they sailed the less they spoke, and then almost in a whisper. The stillness of that last sea laid hold on them." -The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

August 1, 2008

what is contained in the spore

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"Spores of bluefern growing in the hollow along the riverbank float toward the water in silver-blue lines hard to see unless you are in or near them, lying right at the river's edge when the sunshots are low and drained. Often they are mistook for insects - but they are seeds in which the whole generation sleeps confident of a future. And for a moment it is easy to believe each one has one - will become all of what is contained in the spore: will live out its days as planned. This moment of certainty lasts no longer than that; longer, perhaps than the spore itself.

On a riverbank in the cool of a summer evening two women struggled under a shower of silvery blue. They never expected to see each other again in this world and at the moment couldn't care less. But there on a summer night surrounded by bluefern they did something together appropriately and well. A pateroller passing would have sniggered to see two throw-away people, two lawless outlaws - a slave and a barefoot whitewoman with unpinned hair - wrapping a ten-minute-old baby in the rags they wore. But no pateroller came and no preacher. The water sucked and swallowed itself beneath them. There was nothing to disturb them at their work. So they did it appropriately and well." - Beloved by Toni Morrison