To Live and to Love

Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Deuteronomy 30:19-20.

Red Envelope Day March 30, 2009

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Thanks to Sarah for the information about Red Envelope Day. I am filling mine out now. (It’s pink, but red enough. And, I addressed it to “Mr. President” and signed it.)


Sunday Post Addendum March 22, 2009

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I don’t know what I’d do with this tea towel, but it is super cute. Frame it? I was checking out a website that was linked from Design*Sponge (see previous knit post) and found this online shop that’s like a flea market with a click! Too cute, I say, too cute.


The best pizza dough recipe in the world: Merci a Williams-Sonoma: The Essentials of Baking

5 teaspoons yeast, 2 1/4 cup warm water +

5 cups flour (I mix 2 whole and 3 white), 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 tablespoon salt.

Mix, knead, let rise for 1 1/2 – 2 hrs, roll, and top away! Delicious and perfect crust everytime!

(Just thought I’d share. If interested, bake at 500 for 15 minutes. Makes two large pizzas.)


In researching hot cross buns, I found an article highlighting the tradition of hot cross buns in England via Traverse City, MI. Hot cross buns are traditionally made on Good Friday and the cross represents the cross, obviously, and the bun represents the rock which was rolled away from Christ’s tomb. (The sweetness also is a break from the Lent fast.)

As the baker in the article is quoted, saying, “The central thing is the cross.” Yes, indeed.

Heather LeFebvre posted a link to her hot cross bun recipe in the comment previous. If Heather LeFebvre said to make this recipe, than this recipe it is! When it comes to all things English, Heather knows best. [smile] My only question is where do you get currants?


Creativity Abounds… ish.

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When we’re with the children, our activities are limited because we have to stay in the main part of the house to moniter behavior and be available to intervene when needed. And since I go crazy with being idle, I’m looking for projects.

I found this blog that is awesome and very inspiring! I tried this pattern for the French press coffee cozy, however it isn’t nearly as pretty as it looks in the picture. Jeff thought I was crazy to make a “sweater” for the coffee pot, but it makes me happy. I might try it again to see if I can improve upon it. I was little disappointed that it only took me one afternoon to finish it. So now, I’m looking for another project. I was hoping to find a similar pattern for a tea cozy, but the cute ones I like (like this one) all need circular needles and have patterns more complicated than I know how to do. I’m not into cutsy and most of the patterns have drawstrings and pompoms… not really me…

Well, maybe I need to beef up my knitting knowledge so I can make the tea cozy.


Celebrating Easter March 21, 2009

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Maybe I’m feeling nostalgic for my family Easter, maybe I want to be super-group-home-family-teacher, but I’m in the mood to make Easter special… I was realizing today that Easter means a lot more to me than I always thought. Although Thanksgiving is top on my favorite holiday list, my parents did a lot to make Easter special and I want to pass something to our kiddos. My fellow staunch Reformed counterparts might not appreciate Easter celebrations (no bunnies allowed in some churches) but I however, think there’s a pleasant freshness and whimsy in celebrating Easter. Even Easter eggs can be spiritual right? Celebrating rebirth, God’s creation and God’s order of the seasons… Maybe I’m pushing it a little…

Anyways, I was researching inspiration and here are some ideas:

Giving a gift? How ’bout the adorable cut-out basket?

Easter bunny garland? Too cute!

I don’t have any doilies, but if I did, these doily baskets would look festive holding decorated eggs.

And I really want to make Hot Cross Buns. I never have and like the idea of the tradition!

Finish off with a little carrot cake? This is the recipe I made for my wedding cake… It’s been nearly a year, how fitting!


Hope, Finally March 17, 2009

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Time Magazine has listed 10 Changes coming in 2009 and No. 3 is the rise of Calvinism. It is a fascinating article and I encourage you to read it. It documents the increase of interest in Reformed or Calvinist theology from Mark Driscoll to the first printing sell-out of the new ESV study Bible (Really? Are people that hungry for the Word? I thought that stat was nearly tearjerking). In context of the whole article, I am wondering what the people who think theology doesn’t matter are thinking… No. 1 outlines how the view of work has changed and how people are starting to value what they do, not what they can buy. The article suggests that people will begin to consider more carefully why they do what they do and the meaning and purpose of work. No. 9 highlights the new concept of “Survival Stores:” buy low and buy only what you need to survive. It says that it’s “hip” to save money. No. 10 talks about the need to be “green” and that green is no longer for just the hippies, it’s for all of us. We no longer have the choice to waste, the article says, no more luxury to ignore the environment.

Aren’t these concepts just the outpouring of responsible Reformed teaching? Frugality, stewardship, and purposeful work?

For the first time in a dreary world, I have hope.

Thank you, Time Magazine, for reminding me that the God in whom I trust is larger than the economy and works His sovereign plan through “bad times.” Theology does matter, and it is encouraging to see the big picture and that inspite of the Church’s many failings on the mainstream level, God is still at work to accomplish His purposes.


Obama and Abortion March 16, 2009

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I was just emailed this petition. Sign HERE.

You have strong convictions, but President Obama says that doesn’t matter. He’s ready to rescind the Conscience Clause.

The Conscience Clause was implemented by former President George W. Bush to give physicians and nurses the choice to act according to their conscience — to not participate in abortion procedures if it conflicts with their personal convictions. If President Obama makes this damaging move, if he reverses the Conscience Clause, pro-life doctors and nurses will be forced into performing abortion procedures, despite their individual beliefs.

The announcement was made Friday, March 6, 2009. Since the official announcement was made, the public now has 30 days to file comments with the White House … so we’ve got 30 days to make our voices heard at the White House.

Make a difference in this nation and stand for the freedom to act according to your conscience. Sign the online “Petition to Protect Pro-Life Doctors” below now. It will be delivered and filed at the White House no later than April 8, 2009. Get the word out now. BE HEARD!

Petition to Protect Pro-Life Doctors


More on Life at the Crazy Farm March 11, 2009

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Today is mine and Jeff’s day off together. We have Tuesdays and Wednesdays off, but yesterday Jeff went to class and a Presbytery meeting; I stayed home to paint and unpack. My kitchen FINALLY looks like a kitchen. I’m super excited about it and I’ll post pictures soon! (I can’t post pics of everything because the wreckage is too embarassing.) Spring has arrived in Charlotte. There are leaves and greenery, Bradford Pears and redbuds in bloom! I can’t wait to be able to plant a few flowers at the house. It’s crazy how much change where was from Statesville to Charlotte. We’re just an hour north, but apparently it makes a difference. We’re currently relishing our day off together in a cute coffee shop. I’m auditing one of Jeff’s classes with him (Worship) and it’s been great to be engaged in learning something together that’s not work related. And, it keeps us renewed in our passion for ministry together. I love Jeff!

I had a really tough weekend. Don’t think that I hate my life or anything… I appreciate our job even if it is really difficult at times. We’re doing the right thing by being at Barium Springs, but the more we experience, the more I realize how much we’re learning about a whole new side of life! It’s been a weekend of being targeted with arguing and testing, having to do a restraint in the local grocery store, and getting bit. I’ve been more emotionally drained and exhausted than I’ve ever been. My mom told me today that my own kids will probably be terrified me because I can take them down in a blink! Well, not really, but it was reassuring in the moment to have my piano hands (strong fingers = a strong grip)!