Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Christmas Tradition

I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but I want to share our favorite Christmas tradition with you so you can enjoy it too.
Dearest readers, this has been one of the most creatively stimulating, beautifully crafted, impactful, worshipful, and enjoyable experiences for Hub and me. {gush, gush, gush} It's like I'm sharing part of my heart with you :)
And the time is near! The tour is coming!
"Named one of the 10 best albums of the decade, Behold the Lamb of God is a collection of songs about Jesus. Since 2000, Andrew Peterson and his friends have performed Behold the Lamb around the country, telling again and again this "true myth", as C.S. Lewis called it, this tale that's bigger than life, but is—astonishingly—true. The tour has become a yearly tradition not just for Andrew and the other artists on the tour, but for families and churches who attend the concert each season. The live concert, like the album, is a community effort, featuring singer/songwriters Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Ben Shive, Andrew Osenga and more, and over the years has featured artists such as Alison Krauss, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken, Buddy Miller, Phil Keaggy, Sixpence None the Richer, David Wilcox, Pierce Pettis, Mindy Smith, Ron Block, Brandon Heath, Bebo Norman, Stuart Duncan, Eric Peters, and Randall Goodgame—all in the name of proclaiming the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ."

We enjoy this concert from the cozy wooden pews of the Ryman in Nashville {thankyouverymuch}, but these artists travel to
NC, VA, OH, AL, KS, NE, TX, and other TN cities. Friends, we're talking as close as Houston! and Corsicana! Here's
the official list if you would like more details. I think you need the details :)

And alas, here's the player so you can hear the true tall tales {songs} for yourself.
Behold the Lamb of God

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Anthro - polo - gie

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Oh hi :)

*Hubs caught me drooling over the latest Anthropologie catalogue*
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Such a whimsical, artful expression of style with love for the vintage and the unique. There are cupcakes, bunnies, clowns, a llama, and you have to see what stares out at you on 52 / 89, wearing leather boots, mind you. I love the presentation and the products.
I mean, have you seen it??

So thankful for the SALE section :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

French Toast + Blueberries

Saturday morning.
It was chilly and still, and the sunlight was streaming into the house. I slipped into the kitchen and made my warm-breakfast-lovin' Hub a little surprise since he's been working so hard lately.
I don't know if familiar childhood book Blueberries for Sal influenced my taste or if I came out of the womb with a love for blueberries, but I do enjoy them in any form.
French toast with blueberry sauce for him.
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And for me.
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It was a happy start to a beautiful day. So much to be thankful for.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dining Table

Remember how our dining glass top was resting on saw horses for months? Oh, I didn't mention that?...Well, it was.

And though it was entertaining to get comments like, "Hmm, that's a--unique table...." we acted on our grand plan to build a base. It's a simple design; clean geometry and painted butter yellow. We have been enjoying it, and after sharing a few meals with friends with our creation in the supporting role [har har], it has proven sturdy and stable. I think it fits us nicely.

We put it together one afternoon.
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Primed and painted.
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Yep, typically used for fence posts...perfect! We love character.
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And...

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All in a day's work. And much, much cheaper than buying one.
What do you think?




Friday, November 5, 2010

Sketch: dilly-dally

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My sweetie has a new job.
His building is neighbor to my building.
We carpool.
My sweetie works very diligently.
Sometimes I have dilly-dally time after 5.
Crisp white paper cluttering my desk
beckons me to use my dilly-dally time wisely.
Sketchily.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Real Love.

Meet JJ Heller and her husband, adorable Nashville couple recently made famous when a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance chose their song for a solo.

Listen closely.
"The song both points to the source of love and offers a reminder that we [believers in Jesus], you and me, are the hands and feet of Christ in the world, that the way Love is made tangible is in the way we care for the hurting." -Stephen Lamb, www.rabbitroom.com



This Love is real and you can experience it; experience Him. God Himself stepped out of heaven in the form of a Man to give himself for us as an act of love and redemption.

"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." 1 John 4:10-12

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

This Love transforms, renews, and wont let you stay in bondage.

It's not just a story.

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