March 30th, 2013

And here it is, time for another FOLK Journal post.  I hope you all aren’t bored with these. I think for at least this time in my life these posts are helping me keep up with the blog even if they are mostly “non-quilty”  There is more to life than quilting right? least there should be….

FOLK sharemystory

Passover begins at sundown on the 25th and reflects on the importance of remembering. What family or religious traditions do you cherish and believe are important to remember?

I find this topic difficult this week. We don’t celebrate Passover, but I have celebrated Easter all my life which is related to Passover for more reasons than I really have time or inclination to recite here.  It is a holiday of many spiritual ramifications, but I don’t know that many people really pay attention to that anymore….

I have been feeling at my  house that we have been losing sight of the holy part of Holy Week as well, and as someone who calls himself a Christian, that makes me more than a little sad.

I wonder if that is because we haven’t really held on to any traditions in that aspect of Easter. Instead we have had our traditions of the kids hunting for plastic eggs filled with candy and money and our annual Ugly Egg Contest with the dying of eggs. Not very spiritual. at. all.  Sigh.

Those things are fun and cheerful….but not particularly deep.  I grew up in a church with so much ritual and tradition, I found it boring at times, but perhaps though I thought the traditions were boring, they helped ground my faith….. maybe the lack of “traditions” has been not helpful in that area…...

Easter fabric

Sorry if this isn’t a very “upbeat” post today. I have had a hard week in many areas this week and even though this is supposed to be a holiday of hope and joy and redemption,  I am not feeling any of those things.  Good thing we don’t need to live by what we feel! Feelings change, and I am sure that I will be back where my faith tells me I need to be soon.   If it didn’t it wouldn’t be much of a faith, would it?

I probably didn’t really cover the “subject” of this week’s FOLK prompt very well, did I? But I did write a post, and I did share some of my feelings and thoughts with you, so I guess I get points for at least letting the “prompt” prompt me to do all of that!

The sun is up and this weekend looks to be great weather all around.  So I will force myself to remember all that I believe and rejoice in the ultimate Passover Lamb and His sacrifice for me.

A Blessed Easter to you and yours!

268: Joyeaux Noel……

December 25th, 2010

With our oldest child’s given name being the French word for Christmas, our next child being born a week before Christmas, and finding out we were due with our third child just before Christmas, the holiday as just gotten more special to us as time goes on.   And that’s as if it wasn’t special for Greater reasons than that to begin with.  I am up a little early this morning, so I wanted to post this Christmas greeting before the rest of the house gets up and the festivities commence…...

We have a ton of fancy and shiny ornaments, and they are all beautiful, but this Nativity from my grandma’s house has got to be among my favorites.   For years it always sat on her big TV surrounded by angel hair every Christmas. Now it sits on a hutch of ours over a Christmas village below….

A very wonderful Christmas to you and yours today!!

May God bless you richly and deeply and maybe even abundantly!



tattoo day

March 6th, 2008

march 5, 2008.jpg Well, here is the tattoo in all its glory.  When I see it, I think it isn’t real, and then I realize it is, and it will never leave….and I am reminded that I will always be God’s beloved child, no matter how far away He or I seem from each other…..and He will always provide for my needs (and my family’s needs) even when it may not quite seem like it…..and I think that those two reminders are very good things.   I don’t have much time to write here, so that is it for now…..hopefully more tomorrow.

there have been many frogs croaking outside for many nights in a row….a sure sign that Spring is really on its WAY

black and white day

May 30th, 2007

WooHoo  I passed my real estate saleperson exam today  Very nerve-wrecking taking the test, but I passed! I am officially a real estate agent.  I will order my business cards on Friday, and start training with my new boss, Kevyn Williams, of Dan Williams ERA Real Estate.

So Black and White Day? No color pictures to show, just a sketch….

When I sell my first house, I can finally afford the tattoo I have been wanting on my upper arm.  Here is a rough sketch they did at the Tattoo shop:

fish tattoo.jpg

The fish will be filled with celtic knotwork and the banner will have the word “Beloved” ...... the fish to me represent the provision of the story when Jesus called Peter to be a disciple, Peter had been out fishing all night…no luck at all…but Jesus told him to cast his net on the other side of the boat…I am sure Peter thought Jesus was quite the lunatic..I mean he was a carpenter, what did He know about fishing….But Peter did it anyway…and SURPRISE…there were more fish than his nets could hold….those fish were waiting there while they talked ….waiting to be provision…

the word “Beloved”?  to remind me that God loves ME….I am his beloved. just as I am, even when I am in the midst of being quite messed up….and to remind me about Him as well as my wife, my beloved also….

So enough preaching for now…actually I wasn’t preaching, I am just telling part of my story…..thanks for listening!!