Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Jeff and the Daniel Wilkes "holster hold"
Here is Sam, ready to go outside into the COLD Iowa weather:
Here I am, holding the sleeping Samuel in a way he really seemed to enjoy this weekend. And everyone who hasn't seen it can notice my new haircut:
And here he is doing his favorite activity:
And here is my brother, actually looking like real doctor!! (And squinting because of the bright sun)
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Whate'er My God Ordains Is Right
1. Whate’er my God ordains is right,
Holy His will abideth.
I will be still whate’er He does,
And follow where He guideth.
He is my God,
Though dark my road.
He holds me that I shall not fall
Wherefore to Him I leave it all
2. Whate’er my God ordains is right,
He never will deceive me
He leads me by the proper path,
I know He will not leave me
I take, content,
What He hath sent
His hand can turn my griefs away
And patiently I wait His day
3. Whate’er my God ordains is right,
Though now this cup in drinking
May bitter seem to my faint heart,
I take it all unshrinking
My God is true,
Each morn anew
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart
And pain and sorrow shall depart
4. Whate’er my God ordains is right,
Here shall my stand be taken
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine,
Yet I am not forsaken
My Father’s care
Is round me there
He holds me that I shall not fall
And so to Him I leave it all
Saturday, January 20, 2007
STOP RIGHT THERE.
Save the money. Go get ice cream instead. Or take a walk. Even a cold walk. Cleaning? Sounds good. You could even stay home and catch up on some reading (Berkhof, anyone?) but DO NOT go see the movie.
It will be a waste of time and money. And confusing. And somewhat disturbing.
At least we had a good dinner at Moe's.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
And now begins the praying and discussions about where we will go next year. Y'all can please be praying for us as we make this decision. I have to turn in my rank list on February 21, so we have to decide by then. It is exciting and scary to think about moving, and we are trying to trust God in all this. But Jeff still hasn't found a job, and it's looking like we're going to have to turn in our rank list without a job for him, so we're going to have to base our decision on where we think the best chances are, and also consider what programs I liked.
So pray, pray, pray.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
The truth is, I like to think that I am above such consumerism. But I'm not. A well marketed product can still tug at my heart strings if the marketing is aimed at my particular niche. And boy, was this ever aimed at my niche.
As of this weekend, I own a Moleskine. Check it out. I feel smarter and hipper already. In your confusion you may think that a Moleskine is simply a plain black notebook with a rubber band around it. No, no, how wrong you would be. You see, according to the marketing flyer that came with my Moleskine, this is the legendary journal that was carried by Picasso, and Hemingway. My friend CW also carries one. Now, I don't really want to be crazy like Picasso, and I hope my writing is a bit more... interesting that Hemingway. Although I would like to be more like CW. I think carrying this notebook will make me more like them. In the future the marketing flyer will also say it was carried by Tell.
I got the ruled notebook, in the pocket size. It fits well in my pocket. Now whenever I am out, and I have a Moleskine-worthy thought, I can quickly jot it down. Although, I have noticed that now I spend less time thinking, and more time analyzing my thoughts to decide which ones are Moleskine-worthy. When I become famous I don't want people looking through my Moleskine and realizing I just had all these mediocre thoughts.
Carrying a Moleskine puts you in an elite class of people. I feel like I should be more picky about the coffee I drink, and possibly more interested in sketching things.
All this happiness and self esteem for only $9.95, quite a bargain!
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
But alas, your life has been cut short. Cut cruelly short by the tepid but treacherous waters inside the toilet bowl. You met your doom as you so suddenly slipped from a warm pocket into those perilous waters. Despite a very rapid rescue attempt, the waters proved too much for you.
Sleep well, Silver Cell Phone #2. You had a good life. And we will miss you.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Here is Maggie, trying to find a snowball Jeff threw for her.
I think before this trip I had only built one snowman in my entire life. Here is the one Jeff and I built.
And here is the view out the front door on Christmas morning!!
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
And if you can believe it, he just keeps getting cuter. It seems we have some serious cute genes running in this family.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
First, the cutest: it seems to me that every baby needs a stuffed hippo to call their own. Two hippos were made using this pattern I found in a library book.
And my friend Kim gave me this idea after she made me some placemats for my birthday. These were made for Hannah, mom to nephew Jackson.
These hats I made for Jackson and Samuel from an old sweater of my brother's that I felted.
And here is a picture of Jackson actually wearing the hat.
For my mom, Melanie, my mother-in-law, Elise (my brother Austin's very nice girlfriend), and a few others, I made bags like this:
There were different sizes and different materials, but I thought all the bags looked really cute, and there were also matching tissue holders to go along with the bags. (I also got lots of practice putting in zippers, so it was a learning experience.)
I really enjoyed Christmas this year, since I was able to give away so many presents that I had actually made. I've never had that experience before, but hopefully now that I'm learning how to sew, I can keep making gifts for people. There is something deeply satisfying about using your time and talents and producing something that other people can enjoy.