Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
This past weekend I revisited this place and caught up with sorority sisters I hadn't seen for 22 years. Most of our sentences began with the words "remember when..." I received my 25 year sorority pin. (Whoa) I visited my freshman dorm room. I took a picture of the phone booth (now bolted shut) where I used to call my parents before our telephone was hooked up in our room (and cry when I heard their voices say "hello" because even though I loved college...I loved them more).
Life moves fast.
Walking the brick walkways of my college town, the spring breeze blowing through my hair, old friends beside me, I turned my chin upwards and smiled.
Thank you, God, for the places, the people, the memories....
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
But that's alright. Having company is always good for a home.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
I'm happy for her, really I am. And I'm so thankful that God introduced us last year via a tennis ball (used as a hockey puck) whacking a hole in their garage siding. And I'm thrilled she's only moving 5 minutes away. I mean, come now, why should I be sad? Lots of great things are happening in her life! I can help decorate a big new house!
But I am sad. Because back-door-neighbors-who-become-friends are the best. There's a comfortable, "we're family" type of feeling every time there's a knock on the back door. And there's security in simply knowing your friend is close by when you see the glow of her kitchen light break through night's darkness. We watch each others' backs...literally.
I hate goodbyes. Even when they're not really goodbyes at all. I'm a silly bird, I know. My friend and her family have outgrown their nest and she's beginning to feather a new one. I'm sure I'll be singing again soon. But for now, this bird is singing the blues.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I am inspired by their walks to and from the synagogue -- not just on holidays like Passover, but every Saturday. Little girls in dresses and hats and little boys wearing yamikas and prayer beads following their parents as they walk to services. Week after week...sun, rain, snow.
But today, I find myself thinking about Passover 2000 years ago when the Messiah, that our Jewish friends are still waiting for, was preparing to eat a last meal with his closest friends. While His people were walking briskly to and from the temple, He was trying to prepare His friends, as best he could, for what was to come.
This year, He would be the lamb that was slain. But so caught up in their holy plans...shopping, cooking, cleaning clothes, going through the religious motions?...they did not notice.
May it not be so with me this Passover.
Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Luke 22:7. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said "Look, the Lamb of God!" John 1:36
In the story of the Exodus, the Bible tells that God inflicted ten plagues upon the Egyptians before Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves, with the tenth plague being the killing of firstborn sons. The Hebrews were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord passed over these homes, hence the term "passover".When Pharaoh freed the Hebrews, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread to rise. In commemoration, for the duration of Passover, no leavened bread is eaten, for which reason it is also called חַג הַמַּצּוֹת (Ḥag haMaẓot), "The Festival of the Unleavened Bread". Matza (unleavened bread) is the primary symbol of the holiday. This bread that is flat and unrisen is called Matzo. (Wikipedia)
Monday, April 6, 2009
But on the outside? These t-shirts ROCK.
I've mentally designed hundreds of hip, Christian t-shirts and if my designs ever made it to production? They would look like Wild Olive's!
Wild Olive, I love you!
Do you make hip Easter dresses and uber-cool bonnets?
*Our daughter took these photos for me last week when I intended to write this post. When I went over to their site this morning I discovered that by writing this post (and telling them) I'm now entered into a drawing for some free shirts. That was a nice surprise since I planned on writing about my new t-shirts just because I love them! You can visit these great ladies by clicking the cute "God is Good" button on my sidebar.