Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
I was just thinking as I looked at that group picture once again, that those precious feet have taken us so many places throughout our lives - each of those feet once took their very first wobbly baby steps, they took us to our first day of school, on our first dates and down the aisle on our wedding days.
They have walked the floor in heartbreak and taken us to the bedsides of ailing loved ones. They have run and tripped and skipped and strolled, they have taken us places that perhaps we should have never been. Those feet have found themselves many times weary at days end and cute in a pair of summer sandals.
Yet no matter where our feet have taken us, or our particular life's story, every one of those feet in that circle now belong to the Lord, and we have become His feet upon this earth.
I am quite overcome with love for each of you, precious sisters, precious feet.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I am eager to begin working on it, but, oh my goodness, it is a whole new world! I am now working with a Mouse (my little Dell was a laptop), and my new Wireless Keyboard has no backspace button (took my a while to figure that one out!).
The first evening I attempted to set up my e-mail account and it just was not happening. My husband came to my aid and he and I were on the speaker phone for over 2 hours with Telus and Apple trying to sort out the trouble... to no avail.
Yesterday evening, we spent another 2 hours with Apple to get assistance. When my oldest son and his wife dropped by for dinner, he walked into the Little Room and within 5 minutes... 5 minutes! he had it working and Apple said that he should apply for a job! I am just happy that it is all sorted out and I can begin getting familiar with it all.
Between the new Telus Sattelite TV, and the Panasonic DMC-ZM3 and my new Macintosh Apple I am on a huge learning curve, yet I can tell already that my new Apple will be easier, faster and more enjoyable to work with!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I immediately realized how 'blogligent' I have been over the last little while as I have been spending a lot of time redesigning the format of this blog page and also putting together the On-Line Study page. This poor girl had showed up exactly where she had expected to find me ... and I was somewhere else!
You have probably noticed that there have been a few changes made, over the past few weeks, to the Pure Grace Page. For all you registered On-Line Bible Study girls, you will now be able to find me and the rest of your sisters by scrolling down the sidebar and clicking on "On-Line Study Group Site".
The Pure Grace Home Page will now be used primarily for my musings and writings... which will be coming soon!
My Little French Sewing Room is where you will find everything handmade by me.
The Room to Grow is all about my home, family and garden.
I hope that you enjoy the new format, and although there are still a few things that will be added over the next few weeks you can begin to get familiar with it all now as the links are all 'clickable'.
Gotta post this quick in case someone else is playing a game of 'Where's Waldo'!
Love you big,
Monday, September 7, 2009
When I was pregnant with my first son, I craved Macintosh apples - so much so that I began to feel a little self-conscious and took to hiding them behind pillows or books whenever my husband would unexpectedly come into the room. I ate so so many of them that my doctor actually advised that I try and cut it back a little and perhaps consider eating licorice instead - LICORICE!
Not wanting to write this post without doing a little research on my favorite apple, I found out that a man by the name of John McIntosh, a farmer in Dundela, Dundas County, Ontario, Canada, gave his name to the apple that he had grown (apparently by crossing a Fameuse and a Detroit Red) and introduced this humble little apple in 1870.
The original tree was badly scorched when a fire burned down the McIntosh farmhouse in 1894. But the old Mac limped on, yielding its last crop in 1908. It fell over two years later, and a stone memorial now marks the site. I just love this kind of stuff! Who knew?
So-o-o, as September is the month of harvest for the Macintosh Apple, I will very soon be partaking of my very favorite apple of all time, mmm-mm!
Why am I musing about Macintosh Apples on this particular Monday you may well ask? Well, it is because that in just a few days there will be a very special delivery Macintosh Apple arriving upon my doorstep...
My present little laptop is not allowing me to download videos from my camera, and with our Sweeter Than Chocolate study just around the corner, that could be a problem. So, trusting God every step of the way, my husband has blessed me with a new Macintosh Apple, that I may continue on in what the Lord has instructed me to do.
As I am presently using Windows XP, there will be a huge learning curve here, so if you are so inclined... pray for me please! It also seems to be a perfect time to begin working on designing a new blog 'makeover'... you will know it has happened when you see it!
It just amazes me that from such a little seed an apple tree grows, producing a harvest of apples to nourish, and to provide more seeds to plant. May this new Macintosh Apple that the Lord has provided me produce a kingdom harvest for our God!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Linda's husband Bob was available to take everyone on a pre-dinner garden tour, but it was our gardener Edna who got a head start on us all! I had to literally run to catch up to them to snap this picture before they headed off again. (Do you think Edna looks happy?) Bob had recently come in 4th out of 3,000 entries in the BC Best of Gardens competition sponsored by the Sun newspaper; his garden has been featured in Garden’s West and has been included on the Maple Ridge Garden Tour, so this was a highlight of the evening indeed!
Some of us were more ready to play than others - I just love it when the 'little girl' in all of us comes out to play! Although truthfully, it didn't take but a few minutes and everyone was ready to move into this lovely wee house!
Here are Linda and Jan on the little porch of the playhouse, getting to know one another better. I wish I could have had my camera ready, to capture the expression on her face, when Linda found out that Jan was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho... Bob and Linda lived in Bonners Ferry, Idaho for years, so this was a sweet connection indeed. I mean really, how many people do you meet that come from Idaho?
One of my personal pleasures of this evening came from watching all my sister-girlfriends all coming together at one time, in one place. It was lovely to see those that God has so lovingly placed in my life getting to know one another, I have always thought of the precious women in my life as the flowers of my life garden and so this particular setting was very poignant for me.
Then it was time to eat... and there was p-l-e-n-t-y of good and sumptuous food for all!
Everyone found and settled into their own gathering place in the garden and into the 'breaking of bread' together.
As the evening sun began to sink deeper and twilight began to bathe the garden, the little scattering of garden lights began to make their luminous showing and deeper conversation and sharing began to flow.
Peek a boo!
Oh, I almost forgot! We had our August Summer in the Psalms Giveaway drawing that same evening - I thought that because Linda was our lovely hostess that she should be the one to draw the name out of the cup... she put her whole self into this endeavour...
...and pulled out her own name! Congratulations Linda! May God bless you as you journal your way through our next study 'Sweeter Than Chocolate'!
It was a truly lovely evening. Every one of us have busy, full lives, yet in the midst of it all God purposed us to be together for this one, very special evening... I am still basking in the afterglow of it all!