Today’s feature photo shows a hardanger doily that I stitched, years ago, for friends. I didn’t take a picture of it at the time, but we were recently there for a visit so….
A lot of work went into that piece; many hours of patiently stitching thread upon thread, and it makes me think of the extent to which life is built in a similar fashion… Continue reading
In less than one month, we’ll be back in North America. It seems a bit surreal and now that we’re under the 1-month mark… things are kicking into a new gear…. somewhere between two -ICs:
pan-ic … 🙂
I’ll get to some of the preparations… but let me tell you about week T-minus-4:
This week we had a special treat…. a visit from long-time friends. The timing was perfect as the boys were on school vacation so there was no need to rush, do the school pick-ups, work through homework, etc. There was just a lot of fun & games as well as some great conversations.
If you follow me on Instagram, you will have already seen today’s feature pic. It’s one I took Wednesday morning when I dropped Timo off at school. Although the days are getting longer, it’s still pretty dark first thing in the morning, but somehow that adds to the charm of walking through these pretty little streets of the city that we call –(at least for now)– “home”.
It’s a FIRST!
This is the first morning of 2017 where I’m sitting, writing today’s post in front of a lit Christmas tree… and it feels wonderful!
I know that many people have been enjoying their tree for weeks already but artificial trees here – while they exist – costs an arm and a leg… (maybe TWO!) and aren’t as nice as back home generally. What’s more… having a real tree makes us feel just a bit closer to home, though we’re about 5,000 km away.
Seems to me I said it two years ago, but I’ll say it again. The national holiday – even in a small town – is pretty special here. Fireworks set to music with a 400 year old bridge and her two towers as a backdrop and we got to be within only a couple hundred feet.
The Camille de Hogues Bridge, Châtellerault
I once heard a pastor say that one of the reasons that the early morning is such a good time to spend alone with the Lord is this: Spiritually speaking, the early morning is also the most quiet.
As multitudes of people awake, he said, their spirits – whether good or bad, peaceful or constantly agitated – also begin to stir, making the spiritual atmosphere more active. I can’t give you theology to back that up but it sounds reasonable enough.
If there are two good reasons, though, for spending time with the Lord, early in the day, it is these:
Jesus did it… and that’s a great example to follow.
There truly is a peacefulness about that hour of the day.
(if you went to bed early enough the night before)
Whether you spend time with the Lord early in the day, accompanied by your post-lunch coffee or in the evening, the most important thing is to give him part of your day.
It’s an investment that pays great dividends.
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This week we’ve had sun and temps in the high teens, but then on the 3.5hr drive up to Melun last night, there were times when the normally 130km/hr speed limit was reduced to 60km/hr for driving rain and even hail. Just like the weather, we’ve seen a little bit of everything in the spiritual realm this past week as well.
It’s happened again. Another attack in Paris, this time directed at police officers and along the famous Champs Élysées. Such events, along with the political rhetoric that’s being whipped up at a frenetic pace in the closing hours of a national election (the first vote of which happens tomorrow), make for a bit of a toxic cocktail. But interestingly enough, I’ve been reading about the life of France’s King Henry IV (16th century) and we see that there really is nothing new under the sun. Continue reading