Friday, April 18, 2014

On Good Friday

God, who needs nothing, loves into existence
wholly superfluous creatures in order that He may love and perfect them.
He creates the universe, already foreseeing
– or should we say “seeing”? there are no tenses in God –
the buzzing cloud of flies about the cross,
the flayed back pressed against the uneven stake,
the nails driven through the mesial nerves,
the repeated incipient suffocation as the body droops,
the repeated torture of back and arms as it is time after time,
for breath’s sake, hitched up.
If I may dare the biological image,
God is a “host” who deliberately creates His own parasites;
causes us to be that we may exploit and “take advantage of” Him.
Herein is love.
This is the diagram of Love Himself, the inventor of all loves.

-C.S. Lewis
Today we mark and remember the bleakest moment in the Gospel story. Those of us familiar with the story of the Bible have the benefit of knowing that this catastrophe is leading up to the triumph of the Resurrection. But imagine how the Jesus followers of the time must have felt. The world as they knew it, along with their new found faith, was being torn, quite literally, apart. 

I'm glad that I was spared those terrifying moments and days, but how great would it have been to be there come Sunday morning!

Lately

It has been a long, busy week. Lots of special moments captured, but no time taken to write here. It has all been -good- busy. Volunteering at school (I do this four afternoons a week now), housework and errands, music practice, church fellowship group (taco night every Wednesday!), yardwork, business planning, those two kids of mine both getting a Student of the Month award on the same day.

Oh, and doing taxes, there was that too.

And a certain Farmboy had a birthday yesterday which we celebrated with Cod and Roasted Broccoli and a "Party Rainbow Chip" cake, because no one in town had is favorite "Cherry Chip".

Life is full of blessings, and for that I am daily grateful.
Eyelets :: Flowering Currant :: Feathery :: Leafing Out :: Princess Play :: Mr. Robin Redbreast :: Breakfast Out :: Homegrown Asparagus :: First Firepit :: Playdate with Chocolate and Sprinkles :: Belgian Waffle with Strawberries, Ricotta, and Honey :: Doing Taxes :: All Boy :: My Sewing Basket :: Budding Lilac :: Alfresco :: Flowering Cherry :: Cuddling Furballs :: Lady's Mantle :: Mr. Rofous :: Kerria Japonica :: Flowering Plum Bush :: Self-Portrait with Rubber Boots, Tilled Garden, and Magnolia

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kids Were Here

What she slipped into my pocket when I wasn't paying attention, and a few other photo-worthy abandoned setups from our week...

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Big One

A few progress photos of that B.A.P. I've been working on.

You know, the one that I'll be releasing in August to commemorate 100 distributed designs in the cross-stitch world?

I've grown accustomed to the feel of all that linen in my hands as I stitch. I'm thinking that when I take a break to work up a little patriotic pin cushion that I plan to release in June, I'm going to have some awkward moments of not knowing how to hold such a small project.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Lately

Spring progresses with unpredictable skies, now full of sun, now downpouring rain. Warm one day, chilly the next. But blossoms are appearing everywhere, and the Swallows greet us each morning with happy chirps and astonishing aerial acrobatics.

My Christmas hummingbird feeder is beginning to receive visitors outside the kitchen window, each time reminding me of my Grandma.

After the long illness that plagued me into early Summer last year, stealing my energy and joy, I am enjoying the rebirth of our landscape like an old friend, returned from a long absence.
Spring Light :: Pasta :: Fridge Adorned with Love :: Roasted Veggies :: Flowering Quince :: Thatch Ants :: Magnolia :: Wild Strawberry :: Roosting Chicks :: Taming the Grape Vines :: Best Friends :: Plum Blossoms :: Almost Plum Blossoms :: Flip-Flops :: Dandelion Root Tea :: Elderberry :: Fritillaria