To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth- Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. Proverbs 1:2-6

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

yarn.... something I can do from home!

I think I want to learn how to make yarn. Raise a couple sheep or some rabbits and make my own yarn. I've been checking out things at the library, a couple books on spinning and weaving and a couple books on sheep and rabbits. I think rabbits would be more feasible to start out with since they are smaller and I have taken care of them before.

My first one was a floppy eared bunny named Haley. She was so cute and she had some supper cute babies! Too bad I don't have any pictures of them... I remember, one time, I had this older dwarf bunny we adopted, I fell asleep on the couch with her (she was a sleep too) and when I woke up she peed on me, haha. Oh well. It wasn't that bad just not the ending to a nice nap I was hoping for. Though I think she probably enjoyed it ;)

My grandpa used to have an angora rabbit, along with several other kinds of rabbits. Their fur is so soft, I can imagine that it would make some really nice yarn. If the Lord lets me do this some day then maybe I'll experiment with dying the yarn too.

I was reading one of the rabbits books earlier today when it occurred to me that I could have six rabbits and groom them each on a separate day, leaving Sunday open, of course, and I could name them after the days of the week that they were to get groomed, hehe. I don't know that I would actually do that, but it would work ;)

Ooooooo, another thing I thought of was that I could kind of make a hill over and around their cages then they would stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. I could plant things on top of the hill, like wild flowers, clover and such so it would be pretty. I really should draw some of this out so I don't forget.

Any way.... this was just something that has been on my mind lately

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Pain

You know what hurts? Sin.

You know what hurts more? Getting rid of it.
(good thing it only hurts for a while)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I like pearls

So I was going to go about dusting when I found a really cool spider web. I just can't get my self to get rid of it it is so beautiful and complex, just from a daddy long legs but quite the piece of art.  Is it weird that I don't want to take it down? I suppose I will eventually, it's just too bad I don't have a good enough camera to capture it..

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Answered Prayer

God answers prayer, even on the seemingly small things. A while back I was having something of an uninteresting issue, which is to say that I was somewhat down about the fact that I was fairly uninteresting and hardly ever had any adventures. So I talked to my mom about it and we prayed that God would give me adventures. The very next day, after the ladies picnic at church, my friend Megan asked me if I would like to go up to her parents house and get some raspberry and boysenberry bushes to take home and plant. Anyway, we ended up stopping on our way up there and exploring an area. We still have yet to more thoroughly explore the area, I look forward to the day we do. So all this to say that God answers prayer and he answered my prayers when he gave me Megan. Anyone who knows her knows that she is an adventure in and of herself ;-)



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Writing a study guide. a few tips from my brother.

1. Write out, in a couple sentences, what the theme or main point of the chapter is.
2. Make sure all questions point back to and relate to the main point of the chapter.
3. Figure out a good number of questions for each chapter, ie. 10-15 questions per chapter.
4. Make sure the questions are spread evenly throughout the chapter and don't focus on, say, one paragraph.
5. Make sure only one question is asked per question and not five questions squished into one question.


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My Favorite TV shows.

My favorite TV shows are those building shows they have on on Saturday mornings on PBS. The New Yankee Workshop, This Old house and Ask This Old House to name a few. It's just too bad that they happen to be on at a time when I usually want to be outside doing something. If only I had them on DVD, then I could watch them when I want to and when I have time. Holy cow!! I just found out that This Old House has a magazine! How cool is that?! Oh, my goodness, I think I'm in love or something....


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My dream house.

If I was able to have my dream house I would probably have a farm house with a wrap around porch that I would remodel. I would love to have secret passage ways and secret entrances into rooms, like a book shelf that moves... that would be cool. But what would be even more cool is to have a library with built in shelves that went wall to wall and floor to ceiling. I would also want one of those ladders on wheels that was attached to the top shelf so I could reach the books up there. My families motto seems to be the same as Erasmus.. "When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes." So, it wouldn't be too hard to fill up the shelves.


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Apparently it's a winter project.

I wanted to build a planter box to grow my vegetables in. I was hoping to build it in late summer so I could grow a small winter crop of sweet peas, lettuce and a couple others. But I don't think I have enough money to buy the lumber right now so I'm going to have to make it a winter project and, Lord willing, have it done by January. As far as I know it'll be 9'x3'x2'. I guess I should ask my land lord and make sure it's ok to dig up the lawn where I want to before I actually do it ;-)

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Who'd a thought

From Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

Sexual intercourse: Any sexual union between two or more partners in which at least one partner's genitalia are stimulated.

kinda seems different from the way I've heard it defined, just thought it was interesting.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

my family

I really love my family and these kids God has so graciously put in my care. They are so incredibly sweet, sometimes I wonder how they are not mine. I guess in a sense they kind of are since I get them if anything ever happens to their parents.

Have you ever felt guilty for things other people have done? Sometimes I do, I wonder if there was anything I could have done different to stop it or change it or whatever. Oh well, I guess.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Hebrews 13:17

Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Archery and discipling

The other day I found the archery trail shoot here, it was pretty neat. It's 65 acres for me to go practice if I like. It's only $5 a day person or $60 for the first year for the family, seems reasonable. It's kinda like golf in that you go from one target to another, they change the targets every once in a while so if you come often you wont have to be always shooting at the same thing from the same spot.They also have a couple loaner bows if you don't happen to have one. I'm glad I have mine :-) and my quiver I finished making the other day. God is so good to me, I don't even know :-)

When I got back from the archery range I found my new CD's I ordered on discipleship. I am so eager to have someone teach me all the things I should be learning. If it doesn't formally get started I'm going to have to beg one of the older ladies at church to teach me and train me on all things good, but mainly Titus 2 stuff. Either way, I pray God will be glorified.

Good book to read: With the Master in the School of Tested Faith by Susan J. Heck (it's a study for women)

Thursday, July 5, 2007

super hot!

It has been and apparently will continue to be pretty darn hot here. Yesterday it was 113 degrees and today was supposed to be even hotter, but I'm not sure about that. Anyway, the heat is compounded by out swamp cooler that doesn't work very well when it's over 100 degrees out side. It just blows warm air at us. I was home all day with the kids yesterday and it was too hot for the thermostat to register the inside temperature, so I assume that means around 90 degrees inside the house.

I am also potty training my nephew, and that is going really well :) I'm really excited for him :)

Friday, June 8, 2007

I love camping!!!

I got back from camping at Lake Tahoe on Wednesday. It was great and beautiful and totally fun, I loved it. I don't really have time to write about all the details of the trip right now, I'll have to do that later. But to have a quick over view of the trip in a few words....
Super cute chunky baby
Swim suits
Freezing cold water
Snow
5 mile hike
Big wind
Basket weaving
Goonie birds with an attitude

(that ought to keep ya guessing for a few days ;-) )

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

A quiz about me

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You do have to give your email and sign up to get your score but don't worry about getting a bunch of spam from them, I've been signed up with them for about 6 or so months and have yet to get anything from them...

This coming summer...

I was thinking the other day about what I would like to do this summer, I read somewhere that if you write things down you are more likely to do them, so I figured, hey, I'll write them down here :) So here I go...

- Go hiking. I'd like to go up Mt. Lassen but anywhere will do.
- Go rafting down the river, innertubing (sp?) will be an acceptable alternative.
- Go camping.
- Fix up and enjoy my back yard.
- Fix or make a new seat for the swing in the front yard.
- Wake up before 9am ;)
- Get better acquainted with my bo and my bow.

That's all I can think of right now..

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Amsterdam

For about the two or three months I have been reading Matthew 5-7 (the sermon on the mount) before I go to bed at night. You really get used to a passage when you do that, used to the flow and what not. I could still use to go through a study on it , couldn't we all ;-) it's a very rich passage to say the least. Anyway, I moved on last night and read Psalm 119, man that guy had devotion and love for God and His word! I pray that by reading this God would give me a heart like David's.

A few years back I really wanted to go on some sort of long-ish term missions trip (a few months to a year) some where. I found a Christian youth hostile in Amsterdam. You can stay for as little as a month and stay as long as a year. I really thought I was going to go, had everything lined up as much as I could, was going to sell my car to pay for the trip there and stay for a year. But God had other plans for me, my family needed me and I ended up moving to Oklahoma from Montana. What made me think of this? I get a newsletter from them every couple months and I got the latest one today. You can see what it is I'm talking about here, you should be able to see the newsletter there as well. It kinda makes me want to go there, maybe some day...

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Bed time

This is what it looks like at our house when it's time to put the kids down for bed.

-First we sing three Psalms or if we have a little extra time we'll sing four. Right now we are working on memorizing Psalm three, which is pretty cool, btw ;-)
-After we are done singing the kids work together while they put the books away and we sing Psalm 133.
-Then we read. Right now we are working on memorizing the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7) one section at a time, so we read that section out loud until it is memorized. My five year old niece (the oldest) almost has the first 12 verses down, she needs a little help but she's doing really well. -Then we all pray. When it's just me and the kids I'll pray first then we go in order of age from oldest to youngest. If everyone is home then my brother goes first because he is the head of the household, then his wife, then my mom, then me and the kids.
-And then they are off to bed, to be tucked in and kissed and left to fall asleep.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Recent Reads

I've been reading a lot, for me at least, lately. This past couple weeks I have read:
Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge
Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot
The Fulfilled Family by John MacArthur

I just started reading A Discourse Concerning Love by Nathaniel Vincent (He was apparently really smart, having been admitted into the university at 11 years old. He is also the brother of Thomas Vincent, I haven't read any of his stuff but I have seen his name around so I suspect he must be cool ;-) gotta love the old dead guys)

I have also slowly been working on a couple other books:
Female Piety: a Young Woman's Guide by John Angell James
The Five Points of Calvinism: Defined, Defended, Documented by David N. Steele and Curtis C. Thomas

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

My cell phone needs a bath

My momma came home Saturday. She flew in from Nashville, TN, she's been there since January being a nanny for my brother's first baby. I'm glad she's back even though she'll only be here for a couple weeks.

About a month or so ago I bought some praying mantis eggs hoping that they will hatch and eat all the annoying bugs that eat my garden. So I put one of the little pod things (containing 100-200 eggs) in the front yard on a tree and the other one in the back yard. One day while I was checking on the pods I noticed a few ants crawling around the pod in the front yard, so I put it in an old peanut butter jar in the house. I didn't put a lid on it because the package they came in said you could keep them in a bowl and watch them hatch if you want so I didn't think anything of it. Well, a few days ago I was woke up by my sister-in-law yelling that the mantids had hatched. I ran into the room to see that most of them stayed in the jar, only 20 or so were out crawling around the little ledge that separates the living room from the kitchen. I think we got them all out ;-) we hope to keep one as a pet in a cheap fish tank, we'll feed him all the bugs we find that we don't like :-)

Nick gave me a bo staff to use as a walking stick. I got to use it yesterday when my mom and I took the kids for a walk on the river trail, it was nice. At one point on our walk my two year old nephew stopped to inspect a fresh pile of dog poop, I saw him just as he was reaching for it with his hand wide open, I screamed, he pulled his hand back and all was safe again. Whew! I really have to keep a close eye on these kids ;-)

Lately, every time I drive over a bridge I get this urge to throw my cell phone out of the window into the river. Do you ever get that feeling?

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You know what's really awesome? How Jesus left heaven, a perfect place, to come down and live here for me. On top of that he died for me. You know what is even more inconceivable for me? He did all that while I was at enmity with him. And yet again I am amazed and humbled by a love that would choose me, choose to love me and choose to continue loving me even when I continue to mess up. I am so thankful that my salvation and His love is not based on anything in me and that it is ALL Him!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Respect

Respect, for me at least, is not quite as easy as it may seem. I mean, just because I know the definition of the word and am more than willing to be respectful doesn't at all mean that I have the slightest clue as to how to actually show respect. So here are a few things about showing respect that I learned. I'm sure I will be re-learning these and learning more as I grow. I thank God for the people he has put in my life to teach me.

* Tone of voice. I can sometimes sound like I am being condescending even if I am trying to compliment a person.

* Think before you speak. I get this feeling like I'll be working on this one for a while.

* Believe the best in the person. Don't jump to conclusions about why they did this or that.

* It is always better for me to think they had meant well than for me to assume they were just being a butthead before they have a chance to defend themselves.

* Don't say negative things about them to other people.

* It's not my job to teach them lessons, to show them "how it feels", or to be their Holy Spirit.

Well, I'm certain I have a LOT more to learn and I pray that God gives me wisdom in this area and in the rest of my life as well as a soft and teachable heart.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Cute things kids say...

The other morning my niece came and asked me if she could watch cartoons, I said no. A few minutes later her mom came in so she asked her mom if she could watch cartoons. Her mom told her she had to ask me. My niece responded saying "But when Rosie says no she means no".

Another time my brother and sister-in-law were getting ready to leave for work when my niece asked if one of them could stay home and watch them because "Rosie makes us take naps every day".

During prayer, the oldest girl, my niece, has been praying for God to make me a better housewife. Very sweet.

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Ok for something not kid related..

I went out with a good friend from church the other, she really wanted to get me something, so she got me a hat, a big wide brimmed floppy "southern" hat for me to wear while gardening. I wore it out yesterday while I was fixing up the herb garden area, it was great. I like the idea of protecting my skin from the sun (I don't want to end up with skin that feels like a football :P )

So far my garden consists of tulips, poppies, Tomato and pea seedlings, and rosemary and spearmint. I can hardly wait until the tomatoes start growing then I can use the fresh rosemary with them to make some nice spaghetti sauce. I'll have to figure out what other herbs I'll be needing for it, if yall have any ideas or good recipes let me know. :)

Well, it's time to leave again..

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Whew! It's been a long time!

A couple weeks ago my computer broke, the funny thing is that it happened the day I decided to take time off from using the internet. It's actually been a lot nicer than I thought it was going to be. There are times when I wish I could just get online really quick and check something out.. but over all I'm kinda liking it this way. I've been more productive, been reading a lot, crocheting and I just started gardening as well.

I'm really new to gardening but have always liked the idea of having a nice lush garden filled with flowers, veggies and fruits. My grandfather always had a garden going, so maybe it's just nostalgia :) Anyway, with all this new found free time I've been reading up on gardening. A couple days ago the kids and I went out and raked up the few leaves left in the front yard, along with some dried up grass, and put it in the back yard for our compost pile. I have a friend that has some goats so I think I'll see if I can get some manure from them for the pile. I'm not too worried about the compost pile right now because the soil looks pretty good for now, since we haven't planted anything on it yet. Gotta love virgin soil ;)

I got children's gardening gloves and small shovels for each of the kids, so they have been helping me out a lot! Yesterday we all went out in the front yard, the kids were digging up some decent sized river rocks for me while I dug up the grass around the tree. we put the rocks around the tree as a border and planted some tulips, poppies and pansies. I really hope they all come up. I suppose if they don't I can just try something else, I'm not too worried though, since it is still February after all ;) Anyway, the kids were so warn out from all their hard work that they pretty much put themselves down for a nap, it was pretty funny.

I took my nephew with me this morning the the garden supply store and got little started green houses and some tomato and pea seeds so we can start them early. All this gardening is also my niece's science class, I love homeschooling , it's kinda fun. It helps that my niece is kind of a genius, :D she's five and she's already doing simple addition and counting by fives and tens.

My friend came over the other day. She told me how incredibly perplexed her family is by me and my lack of goals. They think I should be in school making something of myself, getting a degree in early childhood development and not nanny for my family because that wont be any good for me in the long run as far as my "career" is concerned. I keep thinking, "well, I'll show them!".. but I probably wont because I doubt I will ever be "rich and successful", at least not as far as the world is concerned. I think it's around the same problem that one of my brothers has with me.. I'm too married minded to be any good single. Which could be true, I dunno. I guess I'm just of the opinion that if people were more prepared when they were single then marriages would last longer. Maybe it's just me, though.

Anyway... I have to get going again.. for a while. I hope all is well on your side :)

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Meat loaf.. mmm

I made up another recipe tonight. This one turned out really well. The kids loved it.

1 package of ground beef
1 fresh clove of garlic
1/2 an onion
1 egg
1 tsp brown sugar
Italian Style bread crumbs
Garlic and herb seasoning
Black pepper

preheat oven to 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes (I did 50)


I chopped up the garlic and onion and sauted it in olive oil, a tiny bit of spiced rum and some good ole Kentucky bourbon (mostly bourbon, though). While that was cooking I mixed up the beef, egg, bread crumbs, pepper and seasoning. It's actually pretty fun squishing it between your fingers :) As per an earlier conversation with Nicole, I decided to give the kids the choice between ketchup and BBQ sauce. They opted to have the ketchup with the potatoes I fried up for them, and the BBQ sauce with the meat loaf.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Women in Proverbs Part 1

I started studying the women in Proverbs a couple months ago. I've only gotten as far as the first one. I'm not totally sure what I'm doing, as far as how to study this correctly so I just started out looking up the words in Strong's Concordance and the 1828 edition of Webster's dictionary. I figured I would go about it by doing a compare and contrast or in other words, if one is false or negative then the opposite must be true or positive. I should be ok on this route as long as the statements I conclude are found to be true in scripture, right? I imagine I will come across many principles taught in these verses more than once, at least that's what I'm hoping ;) I'd like for them to be ingrained into my mind, I'm so stupid at times.


Proverbs 2:16-19 16 So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words, 17 who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God; 18 for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed; 19 none who go to her come back, nor do they regain the paths of life.


- The forbidden woman- is someone to be delivered from, like an enemy.
- The godly woman- is a reward, a blessing to have.

- The forbidden woman- tickles your ears. Uses flattery (false praise; commendation bestowed for the purpose of gaining favor and & influence, or to accomplish some purpose.)
- The godly woman- Speaks the truth, her speech shows her modesty and propriety.

- The forbidden woman- forsakes, forgets, leaves, fails.. her husband.
- The godly woman- Remembers her husband (remember- to bear in mind with esteem, or to reward. to bear in mind with praise or admiration; to celebrate. to bear in mind with favor, care, and regard for the safety or deliverance of anyone. to bear in mind with intent to reward. to bear in mind with confidence; to trust in. to bear in mind with the purpose of assisting or relieving. to bear in mind with reverence, to obey.) She wins her husband.

- The forbidden woman- forgets her vows, her covenant, forgets God. Has no regard to God or his word.
- The godly woman- fears God, obeys His word. Remembers the covenant she made before God.

- The forbidden woman- her house sinks, brings down her house and her family.
- The godly woman- builds up her house, strengthens the members of her family. Her house is founded on The Rock.

- The forbidden woman- her ways lead to death.
- The godly woman- her ways point to life.

- The forbidden woman- the consequences of being taken by her cannot be taken back.
- The godly woman- she does not lead anywhere but on the paths of life.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

I am so blessed! :)



I went to the ladies Bible study at church this morning, which was great. It is so nice to be able to fellowship with so many faithful women. :)

When I walked in the door I was surprised with this certificate from my nieces and nephew (they signed it as well), a pot of pink miniature roses and a small bag of Sees chocolates. I feel so blessed to be a part of this family and to be able to stay home and be their nanny :)

(I loved them just as much before, but it's so nice to know you are appreciated)

I thank God for them!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The kids are back!!!! Woo Hooo!!!

I've been going crazy the past few days because the kids I watch have been at their grandparents house, so I've been home all alone for the most part. I hate being alone so it wasn't pretty... to say the least. I was able to get somethings done, decluttering, organizing, mending and a batch of oatmeal cookies so that was good. Anyway I wasn't expecting them home so soon, so this is definitely a most delightful surprise :)

Saturday, January 13, 2007

My blog has been moved...

My blog has moved to http://prudenza.solideogloria.com. Please update your links and bookmarks.

Another made up recipe by me.

So tonight for dinner I made up Red Wine Lemon Chicken. Katie helped me with the sauce we had on the spaghetti with the chicken. The kids didn't like this one quite as much as last nights dinner, maybe you have to have a taste for red wine in order to enjoy this one ;)


3 Chicken breasts
1 Lemon
1 Onion
Red Wine
Parsley

I cut up one lemon and put it on the bottom of the pan. Put the chicken on top of the lemon pieces. Cut an onion on top of the chicken. Pour wine on top of that. And sprinkle parsley on top of everything. Covered with foil and put in the oven at 375 degrees for 1.5 hours


We all ate dinner, then while I did the dishes and put the food away the kids gave their dad a back rub. Then we all had cake :)

Housework cuts breast cancer risk


I first saw this here at Homeliving Helper.

So here's the actual article, enjoy :)

Friday, January 12, 2007

I made up a recipe tonight.

I was wondering what to make for dinner tonight, so, I looked around the kitchen to see what we had and this is what I came up with. Katie, my three year old niece, helped me make it. The casserole actually turned out good and the kids loved it. Calvin, my two year old nephew, really liked it which is good because he has been kinda picky lately.

I was feeling a little over confident with my cooking skills so I decided to make a cake after dinner. About 25 minutes into the cake baking I noticed that it smelled like it was done so I checked it (it still had 10 minutes to go), the top was burnt! I then noticed I had set the temperature at 475 degrees instead of 375 degrees :( But the good thing is that it is an angel food cake so the top came right off and the rest of it is still good :)

Anyway, so here's my Chicken Casserole.


2 Chicken Breasts
About 1/2 lb of egg noodles
1 Can Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
1 Can of Milk (I just filled the chicken soup can with milk)
1 Can Sweet Corn
1 Can Fancy Cut Green Beans
2 Eggs


- Boil noodles.
- Fry Chicken with garlic herb seasoning. Cut into bite size pieces. (I had to put them back in the pan and boil them because they weren't done cooking).
- Beat the eggs; add in corn, green beans, cream of chicken soup, milk and about 1/3 cup of bread crumbs and MIX!
- Stir in chicken pieces and noodles.
- Spoon mix into pan (9"x13").
- Sprinkle bread crumbs on top.
- Pour a little bit of milk over top of stuff.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Oma as an Alien



This is a drawing, by my niece, of my mother if she were an alien. Notice the curly hair, my mom has very curly hair.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Purity

I've been thinking lately about purity, mine in particular. I consider myself to be fairly pure because of somethings that I have let slip by. Shows and movies I have allowed myself to watch or friends and relationships that weren't focused on giving God glory. But then I think, how can something be "fairly pure". Isn't purity something that either you are or you aren't, you can't be "somewhat pure", can you? Well, either way, all I can say is that I am very great full I have Jesus and His purity.

Monday, January 8, 2007

Me and My Great Grandmother



My mom found this picture the other day. It's of my great grandmother and I sitting on the sofa with curlers in our hair. I thought it was pretty cute. Though there is a weird yellow line going through my face that I can't figure out how to get rid of.

Friday, January 5, 2007

Laughing Babies

Sweet Psalms

My nephew just recently (he just turned 2) started singing along with the first stanza of Psalm 100; of course the only discernible words were "dwell" and "rejoice".

All people that on Earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice,
Him serve with mirth His praise forth tell,
Come ye before Him and rejoice.

Thursday, January 4, 2007