Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hats and Hairs

Today was a great Saturday, including purchasing a new hat for me :) and cutting my hubby's hair.  Meaning I cut his hair.  It was, as he jokingly put it, a hair-owing experience. :P  I need to get used to the new clippers (the ones I used to cut my dad's hair were another brand) and remember which clipper guides I'm using so hubby doesn't get sooo short a trim next time.  Hubby took it all in stride, including various "oops!" moments like that or when I was trimming around the ears... (don't worry, he still has both ears!)

Bonding experience?  Yes.  Successful?  I hope so! :)

P.S. -  Regarding the hat, it's a super cute wool hat from Gap.  My newsie's hat is packed in a mysterious surprise location (this is very different from being lost) and I've been missing it with the fall weather now upon us.  Now I have a hat to perk up the ol' wardrobe.  yay!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

it's been awhile, hasn't it?

A lot has changed, including my last name (!), since last I wrote.  My Love and I got hitched over two months ago now and I've moved across the USA and started a new job.  It's been a time of change, certainly, but of growth and love and joy too.  I'm not sure if I'm going to commit to posting about married life or not, but since I opened my blog again, I thought I'd post at least today.  We'll see about tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.  I hope your day is full of the grace of God, including the unexpected ways He uses relationships in your life to grow you.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

my shop is up and running!!

I just opened a shop on Etsy! So far I have some of my stationery for sale - these cute little characters made from soda can tabs. :) My shop is annascrafting. Go here to check it out! :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Thankful for so many things - I'm giving thanks to my God and King. I am thankful for His sovereignty and His timing. I am thankful that He guides my steps, through the closed doors as well as the opened ones. I am thankful that I didn't get that part-time job I interviewed for, as I wouldn't be working as my church's part-time music director now if I already had that other job instead. I am thankful for friendships - new, old, and restored. I am thankful that God gave us music as part of how we worship Him. I am thankful for my family, both my biological one and the larger one I have as a child of God. I am thankful for good health, a loving home, a solid roof over my head, things of beauty about me, youth group still going strong, a great choir group, girls Biblestudy, God's unfailing provision of "enough students," parents that walk with the Lord, musicians who love the Lord and write music to praise His name, the amazing love and grace of God to me. Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


"Until then I had thought each book spoke of the things, human or divine, that lie outside books. Now I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me. It was then the place of a long, centuries-old murmuring, an imperceptible dialogue between one parchment and another, a living thing, a receptacle of powers not to be ruled by the human mind, a treasure of secrets emanated by many minds, surviving the death of those who had produced them or had been their conveyors."

Sunday, October 17, 2010

books I've been reading recently

"One day a young man hit pay dirt on Bull Hill and was offered a good price for his claim. He wrote Stratton for advice. Should he sell his claim or hang on to it as Stratton had done, hoping for millions in the end? Stratton replied:

"If you get a chance to sell your property for $100,000 do it. I one gave an option on the Independence and a thousand times I have wished that the holder had taken it up. Too much money is not good for any man. I have too much and it is not good for me. A hundred thousand dollars is as much money as the man of ordinary intelligence can take care of. Larger wealth has been the ruin of many a young man."

Winfield Scott Stratton, around the beginning of the 1900s
from The King of Cripple Creek: The Life and Times of Winfield Scott Stratton, First Millionaire from the Cripple Creek Gold Strike

Sunday, October 3, 2010


This is a prayer for the dedication of tithes and offerings that has been germinating in my heart for a while. I write it here to clarify those thoughts and give them order.

Our Father and our God,

You are master of all creation, King over all, the cattle on a thousand hills are Yours. You do not need our money to "fund" Your kingdom. But You have commanded your people to give. And so we give, out of obedience and love for You, our King.

You are the One True God, jealous for Your name and for the worship of Your people. You have commanded us to have no other gods before You. And so we give, to remind ourselves that our heart's allegiance is to You, not to our money or the status, possessions, or pleasure money can temporarily buy. Wrest the chains of mammon from our hearts, that we may love You first and above all.

You are the Faithful God. You provide for Your children. Teach us to trust You for our provision, trust You to keep and care for us, trust You, not our bank accounts, savings, or plans. You provide faithfully - help us to be faithful in our giving. Help us to be wise with our money so that we may give and still live quietly, not indebted to anyone.

Father, keep us from the error of giving You only our money and not our hearts as well. Grant us changed hearts that give obediently and with joy. We give these monies prayerfully, asking and looking for You to use them in mighty ways. Please use even these tithes and offerings in ways beyond our imagination to grow Your kingdom, Lord. In all things, Lord, may You be glorified. Amen.