Posts in the ‘Life’ Category



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:

Illustrating and Editing

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

Bently Enjoying the Sunshine

To top it all off, we all – even our dog Bently – are enjoying every ounce of sunshine the Lord sends.





22 November 2012

Give Thanks - Thanksgiving

Breezy drew this lettering based on Psalm 111:1 with chalk on a framed chalkboard.

Give Thanks - Thanksgiving

In the kitchen, near The Thankful Tree.

Give Thanks - Thanksgiving

“Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is His work,
and His righteousness endures forever.”

—Psalm 111:1-3

Have a most joyous and blessed Thanksgiving!

P.S. I would love to know what you are thankful for – feel free to share with me in a comment!





16 November 2012

The Thankful Tree

Autumn is such a beautiful season – the colors, the weather, etc. More than that, though, it is beautiful to see people give thanks, counting how many ways God has blessed them. And for each and everyone of us living and breathing, that list is unending.

One way we display reminders to cultivate a thankful heart is with The Thankful Tree. This year instead of scrapbook paper we are using wooden chalkboard tags.

The Thankful Tree

For assembling, all you need is:

Sticks
Wooden Chalkboard Tags (make your own or buy them already made)
Chalk (you can sharpen the chalk with a pencil sharpener)
Scissors
Glass Jar – gallon (shown) or half-gallon
Assorted Nuts, for extra beauty
Burlap and/or Ribbon, for extra beauty
Thankful Heart (“I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart…”)

The Thankful Tree

The Thankful Tree

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name;
make known His deeds among the peoples!
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
tell of all His wondrous works!”

—1 Chronicles 16:8-9

The Thankful Tree

Are you building a Thankful Tree this year? What blessings will you be etching on the ornaments?





12 November 2012

Snowy Bush

Boots in the Snow

First Snow of 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.





7 September 2012

Cumulus Cloud

Cumulus Clouds

The sky was scattered with cumulus clouds last evening, each one reaching further toward the heavens than the last. A beautiful reminder that the steadfast love of the Lord extends to the heavens.

“Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
Your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
Your judgments are like the great deep;
man and beast You save, O Lord.”
—Psalm 36:5-6





31 August 2012

We waited until golden hour when the warmth of the sunlight is at a peak to get these shots for the Six Angles “Faceless Portrait” theme.

Artist at Sunset

Artist at Sunset

Artist at Sunset

This is an artist at sunset. She loves to paint for the glory of God.

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of
the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
—Colossians 3:17

P.S. These were taken with the new Nikkor 28mm f/1.8 lens (a very sharp lens) paired with the Nikon D7000 camera body.





27 August 2012

How are we as Christian women to use beauty? How does one balance beauty and practicality? Is beauty only skin-deep? Does cultivating beauty equal vanity? Or can beauty be used to glorify God?

Have you ever asked yourself those questions?

Let me introduce you to an upcoming webinar on this very subject:
“Reclaiming Beauty: A New Look at How to Glorify God in Your Body”

Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin will cover topics ranging from such practical issues as skincare, fitness, posture, voice, modesty, home-made beauty products, and color analysis . . . to subjects as penetrating as personal identity, insecurity, comparisons, worldliness, vanity, idolatry, our attitude toward others, and the state of our hearts before the Lord.

I’m looking forward to learning from what they share! The first of seven live, hour-long sessions will begin September 25 (in the comfort of your own home) – plus you’ll be able to listen to the recordings whenever you’d like after each broadcast!

You can find out more about the webinar and register here.





24 August 2012

Our grapevines are covered in ripe fruit! There’s nothing like sun-warmed concord grapes straight off the vine. Soon we’ll be turning these delicious clusters into grape jelly, sweetened with coconut sugar.

Concord Grape Cluster

Concord Grapes

Concord Grapevine

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
—John 15:4-5





10 July 2012

Years ago, Mum would make cookies from the recipe on the back of Toll House’s Chocolate Chip bag. We would spread the dough out in a pan, and lick the leftover dough from spoons while waiting for the oven to do its masterful work.

After the cookie had cooled (okay, rarely did we wait that long), we would cut it into squares. What fond memories I have of sitting with my sister, napkins in hand, eating warm, melty chocolate chip cookies!

Having been gluten-free for over two years and dairy-free for several months now, those favorite food-related childhood memories still linger in the back of my mind.

Thanks to a friend and her lovely pinboards, I came across a recipe… and it reminds me of those Toll House cookie-eating days from years ago.

(Below is our revised version of Michele’s recipe, who had revised Elana’s recipe.)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Squares
GLUTEN-Free, GRAIN-Free, DAIRY-Free

2 ½ cups almond flour (we use Honeyville)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
2 eggs
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons coconut sugar (we use Madhava)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup Enjoy Life (dairy-free) chocolate chips

In a bowl, combine dry ingredients. In a second bowl, combine wet ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until thoroughly combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Place dough on parchment paper atop a baking sheet or stone. Form dough with your hands into a circle or square.

Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes, until golden brown. Let the large cookie cool for about 10-15 minutes (great time to practice patience!) and cut into squares.

Enjoy!