February 05, 2009
Cake, Freedom, Flowers, and SunrisesI baked a (you might need to sit down) whole wheat chocolate cake with sliced almonds and chopped hazelnuts & walnuts inside, with a Nutella-peanut butter frosting, and Hershey's kisses and red M&Ms on top. Delicious or disgusting, take your pick of opinion. Emily and I are going with the former.
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My nephew will be 19 this month. Wow, the next generation of our family is coming of age! He's the oldest grandchild. It's a huge milestone, the first one turning adult...not that it happens at an exact moment. Next year he won't even be a teenager anymore...Happy Birthday, Mark!
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Been thinking about the line from Braveheart, where Mel Gibson (as the savior figure William Wallace) is stretched out on a cross, being tortured for treason he didn't commit (because he never swore allegiance to the bad king), and when it is suggested he beg for mercy and a quick death, instead of uttering the required and expected "Mercy" to save himself, he shouts, "FREEDOM!!!" Of course it reminded me of Jesus buying our freedom on the cross, unjustly accused. Quite the picture of it.
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Saw a lovely pink flower in the garden today, on an otherwise bare tree. Such a glimmer of hope for spring. And so unexpected - there is still some snow in the driveway.
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I liked this uncommonly used name for Jesus, from Matthew 10:25 - "Head of the House." (as opposed to what his opponents were calling him in the same verse...they were a little confused which side he was on)
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One more night with my beloved gone. We'll see what time I go to bed tonight. It's been highly varied, as David, when he is here, is my wonderful conscience who helps me stay healthy by getting to bed at a reasonable hour. So far, My lights have gone off at 2:50am, 11:50pm, 1:50am, 9:03pm (inspired by my smart friend Allison), 11:30pm (challenged by my good brother David), and 11:55pm (last night). That's an average of 12:10am. Oh dear. Normally we try to go to bed closer to 10pm, to be happy and healthy in the morning when we get up around 7am. I'm looking forward to getting back to that.
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Last night's green bean tortellini (be glad you weren't here, D) with freshly grated parmesan, and this morning's next beautiful sunrise. Today was our THIRD sunny day in a row! Thank You, Creator of sunrises and the sun itself, and generous Sharer of all good things with us.
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I liked this quote I found in a booklet sent as a gift for our anniversary last month - thanks again, Julie:
It is not only prayer that gives God glory but work.Gerard Manley Hopkins (English poet, 1844-1889)
Smiting on an anvil, sawing a beam, painting a wall, driving horses, sweeping, scouring, everything gives God some glory if being in his grace you do it as your duty.
To go to Communion worthily gives God great glory, but a man with a dungfork in his hand, a woman with a slop-pail, give him glory, too.
He is so great that all things give him glory if you mean they should."
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Hurray for Julie, I say, who always seems to remember the important things in life! I really enjoyed the shared wisdom! I do love you both! You are hopefully asleep, Katherine, as I am writing this at 12:38 a.m. your time! Your mother loves you, and all of your family, and all of your friends, too!
God helps me do this! He is love, and so lovely, too. Mercy is totally inexplicable, but I am grateful!
Posted by: Patricia Taylor | Feb 6, 2009 12:41:50 AM
Katherine, I know exactly what you mean about staying up too late. Tom has been out of town for almost two weeks now and I have a very hard time going to be at a reasonable hour without Tom here to suggest I go to bed. The latest time I've stayed up the past two weeks has been about 3 a.m. And probably the earliest that I've been to bed has been 11:45. I'll be glad when he finally gets home so I have more bedtime accountability!
On another note, your cake looks yummy. Also, our azalea bush in the back of the house has started blooming. So nice to see on such cold days.
Posted by: Amy | Feb 6, 2009 4:14:16 AM