Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mother in training

A couple of days ago, Anne asked to wear her baby. So I tied up a scarf for her to use. She is loving wearing her baby! I love that she knows that slings are where babies belong. And I love that she's really getting into imaginative play.

Doesn't she look cute?

One day watching a video, she was lying like this. I thought she just looked very cute. :)
One day she looked up on the top of her dresser and saw my big doll. So I got it down and she's really enjoyed sitting next to her on the bench in her room.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Father, I know that all my life

An article I read a couple of days ago referenced this hymn. It's by Anna L Waring, a Quaker turned Church of England, 1850. I can hear the Quaker upbringing in her writing.

Father, I know that all my life
Is portioned out for me,
And the changes that are sure to come
I do not fear to see;
But I ask Thee for a present mind
Intent on pleasing Thee.

I ask Thee for a thoughtful love, isn't that nice? a thoughtful love
Through constant watching wise,
To meet the glad with joyful smiles,
And to wipe the weeping eyes;
And a heart at leisure from itself, I like this line, too. Rest from the cares of my heart. Rest.
To soothe and sympathize.

I would not have the restless will
That hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do
Or secret thing to know;
I would be treated as a child,
And guided where I go.

Wherever in the world I am,
In whatsoe’er estate,
I have a fellowship with hearts
To keep and cultivate;
And a work of lowly love to do
For the Lord on Whom I wait.

So I ask Thee for daily strength,
To none that ask denied, none denied. none!
And a mind to blend with outward life
While keeping at Thy side;
Content to fill a little space,
If Thou be glorified.

And if some things I do not ask
In my cup of blessing be,
I would have my spirit filled the more
With grateful love to Thee,
More careful, not to serve Thee much,
But to please Thee perfectly.

There are briers besetting every path
That call for patient care;
There is a cross in every lot,
And an earnest need for prayer;
But a lowly heart that leans on Thee
Is happy anywhere.

In a service which Thy will appoints
There are no bonds for me;
For my inmost heart is taught “the truth”
That makes Thy children “free.”
And a life of self renouncing love
Is a life of liberty.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

My first real sale!

I made my first real sale on Etsy today! To someone I've never met and lives in another state! Yay! I mailed it to her today. I felt very successful! Congratulations to me!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009