You guys are so sweet! I want to hug you all!

Here are four of my favorite photos from my Thanksgiving trip.

or rather, *here* )
...who I'd like to venture to make # 15 on my Beautiful Things list...

' ... Now I come to it. God, knowing our needs, built our house for our needs --- not as one man may build for another, but as no man can build for himself. For our comfort, education, training, he has put into form for us all the otherwise hidden thoughts and feelings of our heart. Even when he speaks of the hidden things of the Spirit of God, he uses the forms or pictures of Nature. The world is, as it were, the human, unseen world turned inside out that we may see it. On the walls of the house that he has built for us, God has hung up the pictures --- ever living, ever changing pictures --- of all that passes in our souls. ... '

'The Seaboard Parish'

No place on earth henceforth I shall count strange,
For every place belongeth to my Christ.
I will go calm where'er thou bid'st me range;
Whoe'er my neighbour, thou art still my nighest.
Oh my heart's Life, my owner, will of my being!
Into my soul thou every moment diest,
In thee my life thus evermore decreeing.

'A Book of Strife in the form of the Diary of an Old Soul'
The kids are watching The Fellowship of the Ring, and Hailie keeps checking to see if it's "a good part"...i.e. not scary. When the boys tell her it is, she says, "Oh! Thanks!"

You know I told you about Hilary and I and the banana bread? I decided to make a family favorite for dinner, Onion Lover's Twist (a dinner bread) this afternoon. I had just started on it when Hilary comes in the kitchen and says, "Holly, is there time to make....oh!" I think we're like twins or something...eleven years apart. :)

Fallon had a downpour today! It was like raining cats and dogs....for Nevada. I, personally would call it an inconsistent drizzle...but it was moisture from the sky, and smelled wonderfully.

Part of the show on Sunday evening was a slide show of American Irish, and there were intermittent cheers for different people, but you should've heard the crowd erupt when they showed a picture of a bottle of Guinness...

Beautiful Things # 12 Rain! I think it's my favorite weather hands down.
# 13 God giving an intense awareness of His blessings and gifts. I feel like I'm always aware of everything I have coming from Him, but sometimes it just hits so hard I'm quite overwhelmed.
# 14 Little children's fingers. Their chubby dimpledness is so charming!..but then I'm a fan of hands in the first place...

I kind of feel bad that a birthday gift for *whispers* mairesue will be late, but just makes her birthday last longer, right? ;)

I can't believe it's November next week. Ch.

Yay for Nevada Day! I get paid to stay home from work tomorrow.

The end.

P.S. [Poll #599755]
P.P.S. Thank you, you Sweetie whoever you are, who gave me another hug...
Seems like things are so busy lately, but I can't really put my finger on the difference. I've been terrible about commenting...and even reading...this last week, sorry!

Hannah and I had a delightful time yesterday. :) We went to the mall, out for dinner, then to the show, and topped it off with Starbucks. Michael Flatley is amazing! But despite the incredible dancing, my favorite part was when he played the flute (did you know he was a concert flutist?). It was absolutely amazing! I discovered that you can get the soundtrack for Celtic Tiger, so I added it to my Amazon wish list. :)

At Starbucks Hannah got a pumpkin spice latte, so I did some experimenting this afternoon...mmm! Have an espresso machine? Add 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (I have a recipe for it if you don't have the spice on hand) and 1 Tablespoon sugar to your milk before heating it. At first I thought it would be very similar to the egg nog latte that I make, but it's not. Yay! Now I have two holiday coffee drinks. :)

Beautiful things # 10 11: Leaves dancing in the road.

Dancing leaves on the road
Brilliant blue of the Autumn sky
Sunshine glowing through the trees
Walking through piles of red and gold

I need to get a birthday card in the mail so that it makes it by the 31st...

I think I'm addicted to Bath and Body Works. I'm not telling you how many scents of shower gel we have in our shower.

And of course, Hailie's still cute.

Edit: haha! Less than half of you knew that an abattoir was a slaughterhouse! *snigger*


Oct. 20th, 2005 07:40 pm
This has been a Long Week. I'm not used to the evening shift, and I had it four days. I closed tonight, and will open tomorrow. That's getting off at 7:15 and starting up again at 6:30. Then I have a meeting on Saturday...I will not be staying up late tonight, no how.

I hadn't even been thinking about my Beautiful Things posts today, and I got hit by a few of them! *beams*

# 5: Fugues...there's something soothing about music that is predictable in a melodic way, especially if it is Bach.

# 6: Technology...being able to instantly connect with folks far away...

# 7: Hair might sound funny, but I think it's amazing that so many colors go into one person's 'real hair color'. Unless it's dyed, nobody has just one hair color. I have black, brown, red, white....

# 8: Unexpected mail from a Bookend! (well, expected is great too...)

# 9: Home and family. *happy sigh* I'm so blessed!

Seems like there should be lots of things to tell you that happened this week, but no. Just the normal stuff. I helped make bread this morning. I love kneading bread. I get to cut hair tomorrow...I think my brain is shutting down. :)

Good night!

Edit: I nearly forgot! # 10 Rainbird sprinklers...I don't know what it is, but that's got to be one of the most soothing sounds in the world...
I saw this today: "God loves you so much He can't keep His eyes off you."

How much greater is this though: "God loves you so much He won't keep His eyes off you."

He loves us because He wants to, not because He can't help Himself.

He loves us because He loves us.
Overcast skies!! What can I say...I'm not native to this desert, just a transplant. I adore cloudy days, and love it even more when it actually rains. :D

I know that I'm going to hear complaints when I get to work though. I'm like the only smart one in the bunch. ;)

Here's a thought for you. Overcast skies are like rough spots in our lives. It may be darker, but despite that, we know that the sun is's just hidden momentarily (yes, momentarily. What's a few days or weeks or even years in eternity?). Just because we can't see Him, or don't think we can see His hand doesn't mean He's not there, and just think! The sun will come out!

I feel all cliche-y today. It's probably good that I can't post from work...

Surprising friends!! I love the anticipation of surprises. *beams*
[ profile] allthings_well posted this morning a beginning of a list of 10 beautiful things...I like that idea, though I don't know that I can limit myself to 10. ;) It's not just ten things that I can think of that are beautiful, but things that hit! kind of things.

When I first read her post, I thought pessimistically that nothing was beautiful this morning...migraines do that to me. And then, I got my first one! Hannah gave me my digital camera that was used yesterday at our Church feast, and I curiously looked at what was there.

# 1. A baby's contagious smile. I think one of the big reasons I love kids is that their love is so infectious, and their trust is so huge.

So. Remember, that no matter what's going on, or how you feel, there's always something that God throws at us saying, "See! I'm still here! Look what I've made for you!"

What's first on your beautiful list?



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