Thursday, September 18, 2014

In the morning...

I think the Lord sees the morning as an important time of the day.
Morning was the second thing God created:
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. ~Genesis 1:4

The Lord's ear is open:
 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. ~Psalm 5:3

It gives a fresh start:
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. ~Psalm 30:5
The Lord's mercies are new:
It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. ~Lamentations 3:22-23

Good for private prayer:
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.  ~Mark 1:35

Jesus is the Bright and Morning Star:
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. ~Revelation 22:16

We got to experience the morning at a beautiful location in our area. That meant getting up at 5:15 (not too much earlier than normal, but we had to leave by 5:30), and getting everyone together and in the car, and leaving!
We went with some dear friends, and experienced the sunrise together. What a blessing!

This was a neat picture, I thought, because it looked like a giant bird across the sky! It reminded me of Jesus' baptism, and when the Spirit of God descended in the form of a dove, then the voice of God came from heaven, declaring to all the people, that Jesus was His Son, and HE was well-pleased with Him.

May we seek the Lord in the morning, and all the time so that He can be well-pleased with us!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bay of God's Mercy

"On Map 14, label all the blessed places there are to label in Canada - each and every island, each and every town, each and every city, each and every sea, sound, bay, inlet, strait, gulf, river, lake, pond, creek, and each and every everything." That's what my history-become-geography assignment said.

Or at least that's what it seemed to say.

Okay - time for confession.

I. do. not. like. to. label. maps.


I'd gotten pretty fed up with all this map business from all lessons past, but to be a faithful student, I plonked down on the floor, got out Rand McNally's Atlas, and started scratching away.

I labeled all the territories, and all their capitals, and I was labeling islands and gulfs and things, when suddenly, my world stopped.

Up in Southampton, there was a place that caught my attention. "Bay of God's Mercy?" I thought aloud. From the moment I saw it, I knew I had to find out about it.

Well, one doesn't come by that information easily, apparently. I googled "Bay of God's Mercy Southampton Island". My results came up with information that basically, it existed.

Okay, I already knew that (thanks Wikipedia)... what else do I look up?

"Bay of God's Mercy story" was my next search.

One site looked promising! I clicked on it, and of course, what does it say?



Now, don't ask me where I found it, because I can't, going back now. (Thankfully I saved it in my bookmarks!) But yes, I found the story, buried deep in the hearts of a Google book called The Sea: Its Stirring Story of Adventure, Peril, & Heroism by Fredrick Whymper. The story behind the name of "Bay of God's Mercy" on Southampton Island, Canada.

IN the year 1824, Captain George F. Lyon and a faithful crew were sent to explore the regions of northeast America. They arrived at Sir Thomas Rowe's Welcome when terrible fog overtook them. They could no longer trust their compasses, and sorely so, for they were coming upon shallow waters. The waters began pitching them, and overrunning the deck again and again. This went on for quite some time before a low beach was sighted. There, a huge swell was awaiting them, and if they would have driven upon it, there would be no saving them. All of a sudden, the ship was lifted with a great wave, and the keel struck the water with such force that all on deck expected the end. But alas! The Griper survived the blow... only by God's mercy. However, the frightening experience lasted for three more days. The crew wrapped up in their warmest clothing, and worked the ship, hoping to survive the terrible storm. At last, on the third day, the captain spoke to the crew, and said, "And now that everything in our power ha[s] been done, I call... all hands aft, and to a merciful God offer... prayers for our preservation." He then thanked his crew for their faithful duty and warned them all that they would soon enter their Maker's presence. He admonished them to be sure to enter God's presence as "men resigned to their fate". The crew then laid down on the deck, one against another, and talked peaceably among themselves. Captain Lyon, when asked about this experience, says, "...I am firmly persuaded that the resignation which was then shown to the will of the Almighty was the means of obtaining His mercy. God was merciful to us..." There, the tide almost fell no lower, and they were spared. The weather soon cleared, and they found that they were now in the center of the Welcome. The spot that they endured such a terrible storm, but were saved, they named, "Bay of God's Mercy".

I don't know about you, but I enjoy history. I was blessed to hear that story, and that they recognized God as the reason they were spared. May we acknowledge God in all our ways... THAT is when He will make our paths straight.

Now I wonder why this story hasn't been published on... say, Wikipedia? :)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gone for the weekend...

Most of our family is off for the weekend - thought ya'll should know. ;) I may or may not be online, depending if we have internet connection. I'll be back soon, though!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Hidden Surprise Cake

Have you ever made a tie-dye-hidden-number cake? :) Well, this was too amazing to not do for Leah's 7th birthday this year. The idea and recipe came from Hungry Happenings over at

Although mine did not turn out as vibrant and beautiful as her's, it still turned out. (Isn't that the way it always goes??!! They must do major photoshopping or something!!) So, here's the cake (and DON'T pay attention to the photography... all photographers have point and shoots, right? And sometimes they're allowed to take terrible pictures!):

 The outside - a perfectly normal cake (sorta!)...

 The birthday girl with the cake (and don't look long at the cake - it looks terrible!)
And the inside! See, I told you it was too cool to pass up! My Grandma was absolutely amazed and had to know how it was done!

So, I encourage you to head over HERE to get the how-to!

Leader: ISIS is ‘Systematically Beheading Children' in 'Christian Genocide' | CNS News

This is absolutely heartbreaking. Please be praying.

Leader: ISIS is ‘Systematically Beheading Children' in 'Christian Genocide' | CNS News

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Photoshoot with Dani

I had a blast taking Dani's pictures the other day. We were pretty bored of our backyard and the options we had, so we decided to take a little trip about a mile up the road to our nearest neighbor's house! They have an absolutely gorgeous yard, and perfect for what we needed that day (namely, inspiration!). So... tell me your thoughts!
P.S. What do you think of my new blog look? I was a tad bit tired of it being all ruined with the header and everything, and the colors were driving me absolutely nuts! Things are pretty simple now... just how I like it!! :) And as for the new picture of me on the side, I thank my DEAR friend, Luci! She's an excellent photographer. Check out her page on Facebook - Lucia Morud Photography - love her!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Liebster Award

Madison, from A Wanderer's Journey, awarded me with the Liebster Award. My, it's been awhile since I've been blogging, and quite a long time since I received an award. ;) So, thank you, Madi, for nominating me!

So, before I get too much farther, here are the rules:

Alright; 11 facts about myself:

  1. I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, and have asked Him to be my personal Savior! I am striving to live a life that is pleasing to Him.
  2. I have 2 wonderful parents that have been married for almost 28 years, and 8 siblings, and I am the 4th oldest.

  3. I absolutely LOVE to travel (and funny, Madi, but your facts sound a bit like mine!), and I'm hoping to make a trip to Italy sometime in the near future. ;)

  4. I share a room with my 2 older sisters, and we love to talk at night.

  5. I'm the fancy dessert maker in our house. So whenever a cake, cheesecake, or some such dessert is needed, I'll love to make it!

  6. I LOVE photography and just took my sister's yearly photos yesterday (I'll have to post about that later...)

  7. Books are my friends, and I have quite a few of them. ;)

  8. I get up at 5:30 every morning.

  9.  I wear contacts.

  10. Organizing is one my most favorite hobbies.
  11.  I'm the keeper of the gardens this year. Big job!
And now to answer Madi's questions!

1. What are your favorite names?
Hmm... I love names, but yet I like so few! Let's see... I like Kristy (and this is ALL in the spelling!), and forms of Kristy ;), Michelle... and wow, I can't think of more girl names. My brain is totally stuck. I can't really think of guy names I like either.

2. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
It used to be the UK, and I still would love to travel there, but Italy has been on my mind most recently. I would also love to visit France and Germany.

3. Do you like to read and what is your favorite book or genre?
I like fiction and historical fiction. And yes, I love to read. 

4. What is your favorite movie?
I'm not sure. I think I got a little burnt out on "Courageous" after watching it about a zillion times! :)

5. Country or city girl?
DEFINITELY country girl. But, I could adapt to the city if I had to. ;)

6. Are you an introvert or extrovert? 
Ummm... depends. I can be both at different times.

7. What is your favorite verse or quote?
These are really pathetic answers to really great questions, because I can't say I have an answer to this one either. :( But, one of my favorite verses as of late has been Ephesians 4:31-32: "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice, and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."

8. Early bird or night owl?
Both... really bad, I know. But when you stay up 'til 11 talking, and then get up at 5:30, you kinda have to say you do both, right?

9. What was your first 'job' or business endeavor?
Do I remember this? Oh yes! When we used to get together with the family, all the cousins would come over, and one of our favorite things to do was work up a little play, then sell tickets to the family so they could watch it. ;) We also made paper glasses, and drew pictures, and then stapled price tags onto them... oh dear! We got our money's worth out of it the first time, but not after that!!

10. How tall are you?
This is a bit personal... ;) Yes, 5'2" is my plight. I'm a shortie. ;)

11. What is one thing you were terrified to do, but did anyway?
I can't say that I've ever been brave enough to go through something terrifying like that! I guess I was terrified to sing in front of people, but did it anyway!

Great questions, Madi! And as for the nominating part... hmmm... this could get tricky...

1. Hannah @ Hannah Grace Blog 2. Jessica @ Jessica Placzek 3. Lucia @ The Road Less Traveled 
4. Elanee @ Elanee's Endeavors !

and I really think that's all the people who would appreciate an award. ;) I don't know a whole bunch of bloggers.

And my 11 questions:

  • What are 3 of your favorite things to do?

  • What book are you currently reading?

  • Do you like socks or bare feet better?

  • Do you play an instrument? If you play more than one, which is your favorite?

  • What's your favorite kind of music to listen to?

  • What's your favorite hymn?

  • Where's your favorite place to shop?

  • Do you ever keep a journal?

  • Do you enjoy sewing?

  • Do you have a hope chest?

  • What's your favorite thing in your room?

 Thanks again, Madi, for nominating me. That was fun!
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