We actually managed to make it to church tonight despite The Precious deciding at the last moment that she was hungry after all, and I am so glad that we did. The service was beautiful, and a prayer near the end really caught my attention. I want to share it in case you are unfamiliar with it, as we were.
Lord, it is night.
The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.
It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done.
What has not been done has not been done;
let it be.
The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world
and of our own lives rest in you.
The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,
all dear to us, and all who have no peace.
The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day,
new joys, new possibilities.
In your name we pray. Amen
Sentence of the Day:
Blessing, light, and glory surround us
and scatter the darkness of the long and lonely night.
These words were found in A New Zealand Prayer Book, He Karakia Mihinare O Aotearna according to the little paper we were given for the service. I want to learn them for all of the dark nights to come. I think this prayer would also be beautiful on a sampler. What do you think?
Saw this at The Graphics Fairy and thought it was so appropriate I had to share it. Or maybe I should say, it SHOULD be so appropriate. But Isaac apparently has decided he doesn't like Florida much, and the wind isn't really much to write home about. I have to confess disappointment. I don't want a storm that kills people and destroys homes, but I do love a nice one that just rains and blows and sets lawn chairs on roofs and things like that. Sigh.
I was feeling pretty blue yesterday but my Mama came over and kept me company. She surprised me by bringing me a bunch of beautiful chartreuse chrysanthemums, knowing what a mum fanatic I am and how much I love green.
Aren't they gorgeous? This sweet gesture from my mother made me realize again how small things can really make a difference in a person's day. I tried to brighten my husband's day that day by actually having supper ready for him when he came in the door. (I'm going to try to do the same again today. We'll see).
What will you do to make someone's day better? Just remember, it doesn't have to be something big or costly.
I generally have a million projects going at once. Starting today, making paper beads out of my husband's old Xbox magazines is going to be one of them. Why Xbox magazines? Seriously, have you seen how incredibly colourful those pages are? I think they'll make amazing beads. I will be using the method shown here.
I want to give a shoutout to one of my favorite Deviants. (For those who are as yet uninitiated, I mean an artist on deviantart.com). I check often to see what vivalalixi has created, because her fashion designs are always unique, inspired, and beautifully rendered. When I saw that she had drawn a Dr. Who line, I knew I must be her long-lost twin.
Bleach is one of my favorite crafting materials. I love how it can make anything look punky, grungy, or even downright beautiful depending on how it is used. So when I saw this gorgeous galaxy top tutorial, I wanted to share it. And naturally, I want to try it! If The Precious will let me, I will try to post photos of my own bleach-dyed clothes. She is quite upset right now that I am looking at the monitor and not her, so we'll see.
To be perfectly honest, I'm tired of all of these pictures of amazingly perfect illustrated nails. There are nails with leopard print, nails with little 3-D flowers, even fake nails with holes punched in them (really, what on Arda is that about?). Enough is enough.
But I can't help but just love this idea. I might even try it when I get some money together.