Thursday, December 31, 2009

Memoirs from Bleak House - my favorite passage from the book.

“I will begin the world!” said Richard, with a light in his eyes.

My husband drew a little nearer towards Ada, and I saw him solemnly lift up his hand to warn my guardian.

“When shall I go from this place, to that pleasant country where the old times are, where I shall have strength to tell what Ada has been to me, where I shall be able to recall my many faults and blindnesses, where I shall prepare myself to be a guide to my unborn child?” said Richard. “When shall I go?”

“Dear Rick, when you are strong enough,” returned my guardian.

“Ada, my darling!”

He sought to raise himself a little. Allan raised him so that she could hold him on her bosom; which was what he wanted.

“I have done you many wrongs, my own. I have fallen like a poor stray shadow on your way, I have married you to poverty and trouble, I have scattered your means to the winds. You will forgive me all this, my Ada, before I begin the world?”

A smile irradiated his face, as she bent to kiss him. He slowly laid his face down upon her bosom, drew his arms closer round her neck, and with one parting sob began the world. Not this world, O not this! The world that sets this right.

When all was still, at a late hour, poor crazed Miss Flite came weeping to me, and told me she had given her birds their liberty.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

"And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."

Luke 2:7-11

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Cincinnati - Part One

After thirteen hours of watching movies, reading, knitting, sleeping, talking, singing and comsuming excessive amounts of junk food, we finally arrived in Covington/Cincinnati. The first day we actually went to the Creation Museum, but I 'm doing these posts out of order. On Thursday we went to the Cincinnati Art Museum. They had some pretty cool stuff. Enjoy!

In Virginia and West Virginia we met Snow! Hi Snow! I love you! I miss you too! We never get to see each other.
Here's Snow and Eady at Cracker Barrel.
(They have really good pecan pie just so ya'll know.)

Entertaining ourselves. I'm not asleep, I must have blinked or something.

Melissa Anne was so happy to be out of the car and in her nice hotel room, so she showed her ducky all around and told him things.

Lardy and Geegs are pretty glad to be out of the car too.

Around the hotel...

The Cincinnati Art Museum

Reminds me of Hercules!

This is real ancient Egyptian stuff - cool!

Look! She's knitting.


More Monet


Happy trees.

I love this little pixie. (or fairy or faerie or whatever)

We then drove to a little park near the museum. Brrrrr.

The Ohio river.


OK, that's it for part one! Tune in later for the conclusion of this trip. (Later as in after I finish all my Christmas presents. Aaaaaah!)

Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Three Little Ballerinas

My sister and I made these cute little drawstring bags for three little girls.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Next year...

...we'll be forcing hyacinths.

I'm so glad to be back home now, finally! Last week we went to the Sufficiency of Scripture Conference in Covington, Kentucky. It was a great learning experience and time of fun and Christian fellowship, but home is where I love to be around Christmastime! In the next few days I'll do two posts about the trip (due to a massive amount of photographs) so keep in touch.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Another Giveaway

Want one of these babies?

I've got one, they're great for cookies and make adorable little scoops of ice cream!

Honey and Jam

Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Tag

1. Thank the person who gave the award.
2. Copy the award.
3. Post it on your blog.
4. Tell seven things about yourself that your readers don't know.
5. Link seven new bloggers as recipients.
6. Notify the winners with comments on their blogs.
7. Keep being awesome!

Here goes....

Thanks Caroline!

1. I keep five is a normal diary, one for dreams, one for traveling, one for quotes, and one of reviews of books that I've read.
2. I collect spoons. Yeah, the touristy ones of places I've been, but more importantly pretty tea and sugar spoons.
3. I love Weimaraners!
4. I do have an obsession with organizing things. Especially pantries.
5. One thing from my Christmas list - The Pioneer Woman Cooks.
6. My favorite season is fall, usually.
7. And I used to be obsessed with Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. Those days are long over though.

And I tag....

1. Olivia - Eager Hands

2. Emma - Musings of an Innovative Maiden

3. Kara - Through Kara's Eyes

4. Marianne and Elinor Dashwood - Hooks and Needles

5. Olivia - Carolina Dreamer

6. Conni - Mrs. Mama Hen

7. Emily - A Day in My life

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Giveaway

Everybody head over to
Ribbons of Light
She's giving away a copy of

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

La Montanas - Take Two

The gingerbread house competition was held at the Grove Park Inn.

This house won first place...

...but this one was my favorite.

We stopped at the NC school for the deaf on the way home - the campus was beautiful.