February 29, 2008

Magnolia Buds

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Praise the
Lord!
Praise the name of the Lord,
give praise, O servants of the Lord,
who stand in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God!
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
sing to God's name, for it is pleasant! -Psalm 135:1-2

February 28, 2008

Red Hoodies

brothers

"So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him." -Acts 10:34-35

February 27, 2008

Family heirloom quilt

grammy's church autograph quilt

This quilt was made from feed sacks and recycled clothing in the 1930s. My grandfather was a baptist preacher in New England. During the depression his little church came to the point where they could no longer pay him so he had to leave for another place. The women of the church made this quilt as a going away gift. It is signed with all the church member's names, including several from our family. The layers are not quilted at all and I don't think there is a batting layer between top and bottom. The back is the green cotton fabric common in quilting at the time.

Links for dating quilts and "feedsack" fabric: Quilt History and Center for the Quilt

autograph quilt detail

When I was growing up we all had my grandmother's quilts on our beds. In high school I had a crazy quilt on my bed that was starting to tear and fall apart. We used to try to sew it back together. I don't know what happened to it.

The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven. -Acts 10:9-16

February 26, 2008

Grammy's nine patch quilt

grammy's nine patch

Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. -Acts 9:32-35

This quilt was hand-pieced by my grandmother over forty years ago. She made the top from 3" squares saved from her dresses and my grandfather's shirts. She died before she could finish it. My mother saved it and gave it to me to finish. I tied it instead of quilting the layers because the fabric is so fragile I didn't think it could hold stitching. It's hanging on my wall now. While I was finishing it I was thinking about her and noticing that most of the dress fabric is in shades of brown.

February 25, 2008

Buds on ice

poking through snow

But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. -Acts 9:1-7

February 24, 2008

Icicle

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"Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him." -Acts 8:26-31

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More ice and snow pictures added here.

February 23, 2008

Snowman

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Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says,
“‘Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord,
or what is the place of my rest?
Did not my hand make all these things?’ -Acts 7:48-52

Yesterday we got about 3 inches of the best snow. Enough to close schools, not too cold to play in, easy to shovel and sticky enough to make a great snowman. See more pictures here at Flickr.
It's the only good snowstorm we've had this winter. I expect it will melt by Monday and driving, parking and getting around will be restored in time for the work week. Can't get any better!

February 22, 2008

Helleborus uncurls

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Turn to me and be gracious to me,
as is your way with those who love your name.
Keep steady my steps according to your promise,
and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
-Psalm 119:132-133

February 21, 2008

Buster's Rail Fence

Buster's rail fence

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am godly;
save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
Be gracious to me, O Lord,for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
for you answer me.

February 20, 2008

Mitten on a string

mitten

But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.” And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach. -Acts 5:17-21

February 19, 2008

Glass mobile

"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into her presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to her with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In her hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are hers also.
The sea is hers, for she made it,
and her hands formed the dry land." -Psalm 95:1-5

yellow diamond

bright red glass heart

spiral

blue ball & triangle

swirly hearts

dragonfly

February 18, 2008

New umbrellas

umbrellas

"And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them..." Acts 4:31-34

February 17, 2008

Lenten Rose

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My dad gave me a few of these Helleborus plants several years ago and they bloom every February, even in the snow. They are also called "Lenten Rose" because they bloom during Lent.

From today's reading:

"But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God." -Acts 3:6-8

February 16, 2008

Haircut

tiny bottles

"You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence."
-Acts 2:28

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I love seeing those tiny glass bottles in the bathroom mirror. I gave myself the gift of splurging on expensive skin cream, a haircut and fresh color.

February 15, 2008

Chocolate

chocolate kiss

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4

February 14, 2008

Rose with Bananas

rose with banana

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” -Acts 1:6-9

February 13, 2008

My valentine

my valentine

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”

So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” -Matthew 28:1-10

February 12, 2008

Homework

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"Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split." -Matthew 27:45-51

I can never read this passage without hearing the voice of my father shouting “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” from the pulpit. When I was about 10 I heard him preach a sermon on this passage in a sleepy little presbyterian church. He leaned into the congregation and thundered Jesus' last words of anguish and betrayal. There was a shocked silence in the room as we became the crowd of bystanders at the foot of the cross.


I took this picture of my youngest son Punkin yesterday after dinner. He is turning three next month. He tends toward an asthmatic cough when he's fighting a cold and we've been doing arbuterol nebulizer treatments twice a day since the end of last week.

What I love about this picture: his baby cheeks, the earnest way he holds the pencil, his eagerness to do "homework" (Me: "It's time for bed." Punkin: "No, Mama I have to do my homework!"), the sickening way the nebulizes mist curls around his face, & the bright orange of the pencil.

February 11, 2008

Candy Hearts

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I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
-Psalm 121:1-3

February 10, 2008

Alpaca fingerless gloves

alpaca cables

Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!

Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!

-Psalm 113:1-3

Last year I posted about how I learned to knit these cables. I'm knitting these fingerless gloves for Judy. She a dear blogging friend and she is fighting cancer. She's a librarian and a mom to a wonderful six year old boy and it's just not fair. I want to do something for her, to let her know my prayers are going up for her and her family. The yarn is thick and soft and glows like rubies. I have a pair of these gloves I wear in the library when I'm on the computer.

I hope she finds them comfortable, soft and cozy.

February 9, 2008

Jacob's Ladder Window Seat Cushion

Jacob's Ladder

"Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. And Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end. Now the chief priests and the whole Council were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.’”

And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”

Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.” Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him, saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?” -Matthew 26:57-68

February 8, 2008

Circle of Benches

circle

"Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” -Matthew 26:36-41

February 7, 2008

A shockingly mild winter

baby rose leaves

When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.” -Matthew 26:1-5

February 6, 2008

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
-Psalm 139:9-14

February 5, 2008

Peace Quilt

Peace quilt applique

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money." -Matthew 25:14-15 (read the rest of the story here)

I made this quilt to hang on the wall in Punkin's room. I was piecing it together, doing the quilting and appliqué over Labor Day weekend in 2005, listening to NPR's coverage of Katrina. I will never be able to separate the horror of those reports from the memories of making this quilt. See more of it on Flickr here.

I entered the quilt in an art show later that fall. I had won a second place ribbon for the Cat Quilt the year before in the same show. The show takes place in an Episcopal church. They displayed this quilt laid out on the floor in front of the altar. All the other quilts were hung on the wall or off the balcony.
When I went through the show I was dismayed to see a woman standing on it like it was a rug . Later I saw the first prize winner standing on it in her high heels while she discussed her piece with one of the organizers. I was so distraught I couldn't even say anything. I just waited till she moved and folded it up and took it home. I never entered that show again.

February 4, 2008

Friendship Star Pillow

friendship star pillow

"Oh sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made known his salvation;
he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody!
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who dwell in it!
Let the rivers clap their hands;
let the hills sing for joy together
before the Lord, for he comes
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity."

-Psalm 98

February 3, 2008

nap time quilt

nap quilt

"Blessed be the Lord!For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield;in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;my heart exults,and with my song I give thanks to him." -Psalm 28:6-7

February 2, 2008

Rain

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“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!" -Matthew 23:23-24


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February 1, 2008

The Golden Rule

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"But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” -Matthew 22:34-40

January Mosaic

January 2008

I am happy that I was able to take photos and post every day this month. Last year that didn't always happen. I am amazed at how much I have improved since last year in composition, lighting, focus and editing. It is a lot more fun this year too. I am glad I get outside most days but also I am pleased that I am much better at finding good indoor shots. The close up indoor ones are the most challenging for me.

This year I am focusing on finding beauty every day, documenting my life, and improving my photography skills. I've decided to take a bunch of photos every day, upload them at the end of the day, and wait till the next day to choose which one to post.

When I wake up in the morning I ask myself which of yesterday's photos is still stuck in my mind. That's usually the one I choose. I post one of the previous day's photos on the blog every morning along with a Bible verse from my morning devotions. It amuses me when they seem to match up in some way.