Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What to do with ugly or outdated journals

Or, at least, that's what I did. I just got some plain white paper, used mode podge to start off with a clean surface. Then I just cut and pasted some scrapes of scrapbook paper, and tada!

The front

The back

Monday, June 13, 2011

New Discoveries...

...That hydrangeas bloom little bitty flowers....

...that we have a one and only tomato on our ginormous plant...

...that Mia has a few little watermelon sprouts that are growing...

...that bluebonnets could bloom in May(and a little bit of June).

The one that was store bought has faded away, but my own little sprouts were just staring to bloom in this picture.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Dominic's birthday weekend

Life can be pretty busy at times...
 That is my feeble explanation for taking so long to blog about our weekend in Austin.
I know, I know... I'm late.
We spent a long weekend at the Webb home. It was filled with visits with grandma, vegan brownies, naps, cake, slip-n-slide fun, a puppet show, and a graduation of an old friend.

Mia and her monkey

One of thirty photos in a weak attempt to get a normal group shot.

Sophia and Mia after their puppet show

Us with my dear friend Rose, after her graduation



Water fun!

Everyone enjoyed my dad doing the slide

Tita with Rebecca
Beautiful Nicole with the birthday boy
Enjoying a drink

My mom and Sophia

Bubble trouble
The Marques ladies
The Marques daughters plus a granddaughter
Us with our dear friend
Aunt Amparo with Rebecca
Dom's favorite present: a motorcycle like his daddy's!

Monday, June 6, 2011

A Book Review

Andrew Peterson is a Christian man who is also the author of one of my favorite series, The Wingfeather Saga which contains the books On The Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, North! Or Be Eaten, and his latest, The Monster In the Hollows. We were first introduced to Andrew Peterson by some dear friends and since then, we have enjoyed his music and books. 

The Monster In the Hollows continues the story of Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli Wingfeather. Strange and funny characters, names that make you laugh, places you wish you could see, the holiness and power of Christ, and a story that captivates you from beginning to end is what this books contains. And as with all books that are part of a series, this one leaves you quite cliff-hanging!

My favorite part is towards the end of the story, where someone (no spoilers here) is discussing strength and weakness and says to Kalmar:

"But it's weakness that the Maker turns to strength." 

The entire quote gives away some spoilers but this sentence captures the essence of what he is conveying: our deepest need is Christ! We, as humans, are weak and dead in our sins but God, in spite of our weaknesses, uses us to the praise of His glorious name. His grace is sufficient to carry us through the trials that conform us to Christ's image. It reminds me of 2 Corinthians 12:7-10: 

"So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

You can buy The Monster In the Hollows at Amazon or at his printing press, The Rabbit Room.

In Christ,


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