Friday, April 10, 2009

Praise You In This Storm

Romans 8:28 / 2 Corinthians. 4:16-18
Psalm 42:5 / Psalm 121:1-2
Job 1:20-21 / Daniel 3:16-18


I was sure by now
God, You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with You"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry
You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with You"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away


I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

Though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

Song by Casting Crowns from their album, Lifesong (for the music, not the video)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bought our Plane Tickets!

Last Wednesday we bought our plane tickets to Italy! We are traveling mid-summer and will be gone about eleven days.

Our itinerary is not set in stone since we did not decide to go through a travel company, but we are both excited to plan the trip. we come!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Shirley Planation

Last night I could not fall asleep, despite a sleeping pill. In an effort to redirect my thoughts from my inability to sleep, my husband asked me to describe some of the most beautiful places I've visited.

My first thought was Shirley Plantation. In 7th grade I went to Washington D.C. with my family and my sister's 4th grade class. Since my parents were chaperons and we wanted to see more of the area, we went a week early.

Shirley Plantation is outside of Richmond, Virginia along the banks of a river. (I am not going to look up the details from the plantation website until this post is complete, so some of my memories may be incorrect.) The house is a beautiful red brick, three story mansion with outlying building in front and to the side of it.

As you walk in the front door, there is a room to your left (either a parlor or dining room) with leaded glass windows. One of the front windows has four or five names etched into the glass. Whenever a woman in the family got engaged, she would scratch her name into the window pane with her diamond.

If you walk in the front door and turn right, you are standing in the living room. Above the fireplace are two portraits that look just a bit off. These painting were done by a traveling artist. Some artists would paint the background, clothes, and hair of a portrait, then fill in the face once a painting was commissioned. The portrait looks almost correct, but the face never smoothly transitions into the rest of the piece.

To the north (in my memory) of the house is a tall tree about fifteen feet from the river. It is so old and weathered the roots rise in waves from the ground. At one point children may have climbed the tree, but the lowest branches are too high to reach. I remember a bench overlooking the river, a few steps from the wide trunk.

Unfortunately, I remember almost nothing about the drive or surrounding areas. When we visited the plantation it was lightly drizzling and we all wore our bright orange ponchos.

If I am ever by Richmond, I hope to go back to Shirley Plantation.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Weekly Menu...

Since deciding what to cook is often frustrating and I am running by the grocery today, I decided to make a weekly menu.

My grandmother makes a weekly menu and sticks with it. She never has trouble figuring out what's for dinner. (She is also 84 and has been cooking for many years. Everyone needs to start somewhere.)

Here is my attempt at a weekly menu:

Wednesday: Costco Roasted Chicken, Green Salad

Thursday: Chicken Caesar Salad

Friday: Corned Beef and Cabbage at my grandmother's house

Saturday: Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Sunday: Breakfast Crepes with Strawberries and something healthy

Some of the ideas came from the blog This Week for Dinner. We will see how this weekly menu idea works.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Even though my husband and I have been together almost 2 1/2 years, today was the first time I've seen him in a kilt. The above photo was taken when he was in college, about three or four years ago. He decided to wear his kilt and play his bagpipes for the 7am meeting! Are they in for a surprise!