Thursday, January 5, 2017

Short & Sweet


Hello everyone! As aforementioned this must necessarily be directly to the point, but I just came out of period drama land (whilst washing dishes at the same time ;)) and felt the urgent need to hit the nice orange Publish button.

I JUST WATCHED BLEAK HOUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME!!

And ohhhh.... my. It's not one of my absolute tippity top favorites yet (it takes a lot to compete with N&S etc.), but I don't know when I've cried so much (both sad and happy tears) for a film. And I can't believe all the new period drama friends I've made!

Truth be told, I'm already hoping to rewatch it with my mom when she comes to visit next week. (And review coming eventually... I'm sure. ;))

So tell me! I have to know. Have you seen Bleak House?



Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas // The Year of Our Lord 2016


"Man’s maker was made man that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother’s breast; that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey; that Truth might be accused of false witnesses, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on wood; that Strength might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; that Life might die." Augustine of Hippo

The paradox of Christmas. Leading to and bound together with the cross, the bull's eye center of history and of this whole entire glorious creation that we run round every day.

The twists and turns and darkness and then the blinding surprise of joy round the roughest, darkest corner of all. And now our deep and yet yearning satisfaction. Our God delights in doing the unexpected, and His incredible goodness spills out over His creation.

And then there's Matthew 1:23 that knocks me breathless every time I try to really grab hold of it, "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, “God with us.”

God with us.

God in the flesh. A crying, hungry baby. Growing up and going to the cross for the salvation of the world. God the Son now reigning at His Father's right hand over the nations and hearing the prayers of His people. Knowing His people. Intimately. Knowing, as only the Shepherd can, all the deepest darkest corners around which He is leading us. Knowing, too, the blinding joy waiting on the other side. Joy to explode our hearts and minds if we had not been prepared and tested through the valleys. For He is creating us anew in His own image, always.

Our Great King has come in the flesh and it is earthshaking -- cause for the very greatest and highest joy indeed!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

First wedding pictures!





(Photos by my talented friend Kezia of Step Up Photography.
Also, some of these are indeed running over into the sidebar again on purpose as I thought you'd all like to see them a wee bit better.)


The last month has been most entirely splendid (married life is simply lovely) and there's so much to tell -- so many adventures and plans and exciting happenings and projects (not to mention words) bubbling over to be shared. :) Such wonderfulness!

I can't wait to hear from you all!


Friday, September 16, 2016

Of Rings and Other Matters of Great Import

Good morning dear people! Things are just slightly busy round here ;), but I wanted to pop on and share a couple splendid items with you.

#1


(Long story), but John and I decided to do a switch around and have an engagement ring actually designed. My new one arrived a few weeks ago and it's such an absolute fairy tale dream come true. Seriously, it's breathtaking and I definitely wanted to share the excitement...

(In town at the farm store yesterday.) 

(And having fun in the car. It makes
for an exciting way to pass the time. ;))


#2


Hamlette is hosting her annual Tolkien blog party next week! (VERY exciting.) Do hop over to her blog HERE to read the details and choose one of her beautiful buttons to share!


So. What think you of all that? I hope you've been having a wonderful week and I'd love to hear what you've been up to!



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