Friday, December 24, 2010

very venni christmas

My mom finally got her family picture; all smiles. She's been patiently waiting somewhere around *five years.  Just throwing a number out there.  It could be more like ten.


I had a great time doing something different with gift wrapping this year!  It's fun being creative with different things I already had around the house... and a lot less expensive.  I printed some of the labels off of and design*sponge.  I'm already dreaming up ideas for next Christmas.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Soli Deo Gloria

As I plan music for Sunday morning's week after week, I like to keep this quote by J.s. Bach in front of me.

"The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul."

I've been reading through the history of different composers online lately and it has benefited me immensely.  Now when I sit and play through Bach chorales, I feel like I can get a glimpse of where he was coming from when he composed them.

In one of the articles featured on this website, Calvin R. Stapert writes that Bach was "arguably the greatest composer in the history of Western music and a man whose staunch Lutheran faith informed his life, his career, and his view of music. He believed that music was a "refreshment of spirit," as some of the title pages of his works stated. He believed that music was a powerful tool for the proclamation of the gospel, as his cantatas, Passions, organ chorales, and other compositions clearly show. And ultimately, he believed that music brought glory to God, as the initials SDG (Soli Deo Gloria, "To God alone be glory") at the end of most of his scores bear witness."

Thank you for your music, Bach.  And thank you, God most high, for giving such inspiration to these world-renowned composers.  May their music bring you glory.

fraser fir

Sad to say the tree farm was just closing when we left our house to go cut one down.  We were disappointed... But - we still found a lovely pre-cut fraser fir - our favorite.  And of course, we had to have Hank with us for the occasion, which never ceases to be exciting.  Ah Christmas season, I love you.  Let us not forget the reason for this joyful time.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

advent day 5

Purple, for the coming King.  Green, 'cuz I like it.

I'm really looking forward to cutting down our Christmas tree tomorrow.  It's pretty sweet to already have traditions with my handsome husband, and to still carry on traditions from my childhood.  I have SO much to be thankful for.  Christ took on flesh and bore my sins.  Hallelujah!

easley peasley

I had the great honor of spending the morning with the cutest kids in the world. Yoda, alien Vi, and Andrew have the best imaginations.  You've done well, Jason and Caron.  Very well.  Clone one for me?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

tomayto tomahto

It is so great to know that I can grow my own veggies. All from a tiny seed.  So cool.  God's design is amazing.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

owl city

This is Owl City's cover of a favorite song of mine and so
many other's - In Christ Alone, by the wonderful Keith and
Kristyn Getty.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

fall, fall, fall, fall, fall....

Oh how I could go on and on and on and on.... about FALL!  There's so many things to love about this crisp, gorgeous feel-good weather.  One of my favorites things that happens when the leaves start to turn is...  the pumpkin spice latte.  Mmm Mmm delicious.  Bye bye now, see you at the coffee shop.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


 New walls in the bathroom before new tenants.  Paint is just plain great.  I love change(at least on walls)!

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