Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fair Flower-Feeding River

Westward view from the Jackson Lake Lodge, Jackson Hole, WY

My days are incredibly busy right now. 
I miss blogging, but hopefully I'll have more time in future days. 

I hope you enjoy the following lines from G.K. Chesterton's poem, "Glencoe."
He captures the bittersweet essence of this world, focusing in the end on the sweet.

The star-crowned cliffs seem hinged upon the sky,
The clouds are floating rags across them curled,
They open to us like the gates of God
Cloven in the last great wall of all the world.
But you have clothed with mercy like a moss
The barren violence of its primal wars,
Sterile although they be and void of rule,
You know my shapeless crags have loved the stars.
How shall I thank you, O courageous heart,
That of this wasteful world you had no fear;
But bade it blossom in clear faith and sent
Your fair flower-feeding rivers: even as here
The peat burns brimming from their caps of stone
Glow brown and blood-red down the vast decline
As if Christ stood on yonder clouded peak
And turned its thousand waters into wine.

~G.K. Chesterton

Friday, January 2, 2015

Always Summer

I know in whom my soul believes,
I know in whom I trust;
The Holy One, the merciful,
the only wise and just.

I know in whom my soul believes,
and all my fears depart;
For though the winter winds may blow,
’tis summer in my heart.

~Fanny Crosby

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year 2015

You never realize the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
-unknown author

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmastime 2014

Dad, Mom, and Rachelle on Christmas day at Aunt Rachel and Uncle Keith's
I've taken far too few pictures over the holidays so far. 
I'm savoring every present moment to the point that it's difficult to think of anything else.

I do have several shots from the church drama earlier this month.

The cast: "The Flight Before Christmas."
Sweet friends and lovely ladies: LaRae, MacKenzie, Amanda, and Rachelle
They played the obnoxious carolers since they were too busy this year to take
any parts. Of course, Rachelle and MacKenzie wrote the script--before their
college semester began in September. ;)

LaRae, before the drama


Duane, capturing memories, and Sophia


Dorinda, creating Granny Olivia

Delightful kiddos... they all learned and performed their parts so well. I'm deeply grateful for their parents who are so committed, dedicated, and disciplined. It benefits their families, our church family, and many visitors.
It takes quite a crew to make the dramas happen.

Micah became his character: the young boy who is a big brother, who takes care of his little sister,
and is quite wise about a lot of things, but is a little over- obsessed with safety issues. :)
The goofy airline pilot... Joe
Josiah C. and Emma had lots of lines, but played their parts well as did all the others.
 Rachelle created a flight attendant
patterned after one we had on a Southwest flight.
Sophia played the very funny, controlling, and legalistic, knowing-even-code-numbers part.
That untrained child on every plane... you know what I'm talking about, right?
And then there were obnoxious salesmen on the plane!
Grace and Jubilee were a part of the home scene.
Becca decorated the home scene so beautifully. I enjoyed looking at the set.
It made my eyes happy.  ;)
Boy, but did these characters ever have issues with wrapping presents! ;)

The obnoxious carolers!

Jubilee and Jonathan, sister and brother, played the mom and dad in the home scene.

Those carolers kept coming back!

Then came cousin Arthur...

Oh boy! Very funny stuff, Rachelle and Mackenzie. 

Arthur and Granny, two delightful characters!

Arthur and his confusion over his socks... great script writing, Kenz!

It was a delightful drama. Thanks to all involved and all who came to see it!
It certainly blessed my heart. 
Our two drama directors, Rebecca and Julia,
along with several of the cast members.
Thanks, Becca and Julia!
How blessed we are to have you!

May your days be filled with God's presence 
and may the time spent over the holidays with those you hold dear bring you ever closer to Him.