21 March 2014
With yesterday being the first day of the beautiful spring season, I went on a search for something green that would reveal new life after a long winter.
I was happy to find the tips of daffodils peeking between last autumn’s leaves, tulips pushing their way up where just a few weeks ago stood a snowdrift reaching over six feet tall, and, of course, the ever-faithful moss that pops up here and there.
While there are still many patches of green that have yet to show their fresh beauty, I know they’ll appear soon. Spring has just begun and it will keep on coming.
“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”
“For the word of the Lord is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.”
P.S. To celebrate spring, we’re offering 20% off all of our embroidery patterns and kits at Clementine Pattern Co. through March 25th – just use coupon code SPRING14 at checkout!
4 March 2014
It is a glorious sight when everything is covered in snow as far as the eye can see.
So fresh, pure, and beautiful.
“Let them praise the name of the Lord!
For He commanded and they were created.
And He established them forever and ever;
He gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist,
stormy wind fulfilling His word!”
And to think, not a single snowflake falls apart from the decree of the Lord. Wondrous.
To top it all off, back in January we had the opportunity to experience -12°F with a wind chill of -40°F.
We’re thankful for our warm and cozy home!
25 November 2013
Mum and I are embroidering the samples of our newest pattern for Clementine. It makes for delightful work and soon we’ll be able to share the new pattern and kits with you! But, until then here’s a little sneak peek of the new design in redwork (there will also be one in full color).
In other news, we’ve had a wide variety of weather lately in Indiana, from rain to tornadoes to snow. Here’s a little preview of the beautiful winter season ahead…
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!”
13 November 2013
There are many wonderful ways to record the blessings in our lives. We get to take note, remember, study, and proclaim the works of the Lord and share them with those around us and future generations.
One way we have enjoyed writing down and displaying reminders of God’s mercies toward us has been through “The Thankful Tree.” A vase of branches becomes home to a record of many of the blessings we are thankful for. We’ve used pretty paper for the “leaves,” and even wooden chalk tags.
We still have last year’s “Thankful Tree” set up in our kitchen, ready for another Thanksgiving.
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
—1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Great are the works of the Lord; they are studied by all who delight in them.”
24 September 2013
It’s the third day of Autumn. The temperatures are dropping, the sun takes its rest in golden skies, and the fields are being harvested. We’re surrounded by reminders that this beautiful season is upon us.
Apples and pears are being picked, friends and neighbors are getting out their scarves and boots, raspberries are ripe, the grape jelly has been put up from this year’s harvest, the trees are well on their way to a full bloom of what is fondly called Autumn colors.
Just as there is a time to plant there is a time to pluck up what is planted. “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
There’s something peaceful and exciting about each new season – as one goes, another comes.
We look back at what God has taught us and brought us through and look forward to what He has in store for the future. We see His merciful hand at work every step of the way, knowing that His works are good and His ways are righteous.
With each new season – and each new day – comes a reminder of the faithfulness of the Lord. “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22) “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23)
His promises never fail.
13 June 2013
We’ve enjoyed picking these juicy red beauties from our strawberry patch this week. God has blessed us with an abundant and oh-so-delicious harvest!
14 February 2013
The past couple months have been filled with a great many things! New patterns are in the works for Clementine, wonderful books are being read, coffee is being brewed (and heartily drank), memories are being made, and hearts are filled with gratefulness. (What a wonderful God we serve!)
One of the projects (details still under wraps) involves a good deal of this:
Breezy (left) illustrating and yours truly (right) scanning and editing illustrations. It is such a joy to be able to work alongside my sister. Not only do we share a home studio, but our interests and talents compliment one another, going hand-in-hand.
How wonderfully true this is:
“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from Him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?” —Ecclesiastes 2:24-25
To top it all off, we all – even our dog Bently – are enjoying every ounce of sunshine the Lord sends.
13 January 2013
I can hear the steady pattering of raindrops hitting the tin roof of the front porch.
As I sit here recovering from a cold on this chilly, wet day, I have been spending this peaceful time reading, praying, listening to a sermon, and recording the Providences of God. He has blessed us with a new year in which to serve Him, as He sustains us day by day.
The sound of the rainfall brought to mind the faithful lovingkindness of our God – how He cares for us and provides for all of our needs, down to each little raindrop. In one of my readings I turned to The Lovingkindness of God from A.W. Pink’s “The Attributes of God” [PDF]. I found this passage to be both humbling and awe-inspiring:
“Marvelous it is that One so infinitely above us, so inconceivably glorious, so ineffably holy, should not only notice such worms of the earth, but also set His heart upon them, give His Son for them, send His Spirit to indwell them, and so bear with all their imperfections and waywardness as never to remove His lovingkindness from them.”
“The more occupied we are with God’s goodness, the more careful we will be about our obedience.”
May our love for Him and our awe of His faithful, preserving, life-giving hand compel us to evermore walk in obedience to His commands!
12 November 2012
We had our first snowfall of the season this morning. It was beautiful. Although the snow didn’t last long after the sun emerged from the clouds, I was glad to be able to record the white glory.