More Singing.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - Posted by Lauren at 9:54 PM

I've been thinking about singing a lot. It started when I was (again) marveling at how amazing a hot shower feels. I am continually thankful for the novelty of clean hot water that comes out of the wall whenever you want it.

And that got me thinking about birds who take birdbaths and sing about it.

And that got me thinking about songs that mention birds and singing.

And one of them happened to be this one.

"Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? 
And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  
So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows."
Matthew 10:29-31

Nature is singing down here.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - Posted by Lauren at 6:21 PM

 Let the field exult, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy
 Before the LORD, for He is coming,
For He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
And the peoples in His faithfulness. 
Psalm 96:12-13

This afternoon, Mrs. Benevolent taught me how to make her version of a ziti pasta dish for a fellowship potluck type thing at church on Sunday. The secret ingredient? Sour cream. Interesting. She worked it out so that I could make a little batch of it for myself using my rice noodles. I'm excited for supper! 

Then she took me on a LOVELY walk through the trails that go through the "subdivision" here. It was very nice to get out in this weather (near 80 degrees here) and walk around and get a feel for the area.

The trails felt a lot like Lincoln Memorial Gardens to me... except that they had the occasional pile of "road apples" which were reminders that these are actually horse trails. 

They also have beavers! We must have seen five or six beaver dams blocking up the little creek. Mrs. Benevolent said that the subdivision has to bring in a backhoe (what are those claw-thingies called?) to pull them apart every year. 

She also said that the ferns (which are EVERYWHERE) grow all year round.

And the trees were all budding. I can't wait to see all the dogwoods she was telling me about! I love being out in nature because it always makes me think about how amazing God is... and with what detail He works. It reminds me to be calm and trust Him.

Tell of His glory among the nations,
His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.
For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.
Psalm 96:3-4


Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - Posted by Lauren at 11:43 PM

Happy Leap Year. I was kind of uninspired by it this year, but since it only happens every four years, I still feel compelled to acknowledge it. :)

I went to Wednesday night service this evening and helped with their version of kid's club... The Buckaroo something or other. It was cute.

And for LOTR fans, have you ever tried this? I saw it on a website and thought it was just Photoshopped, but no. It really works. Type these locations into google maps (in the walking mode) and you get a stern warning. Jonathan tells me there are other things you can enter to get funny results.

I've arrived. You can tell by the debris field.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - Posted by Lauren at 3:59 PM
Allow me to introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. Benevolent (pictured here with one of their grandchildren). My apartment is just inside their back door. We can easily share the beautiful laundry room and be friendly without interrupting each other terribly. The arrangement was originally built for Mr. Benevolent's elderly mother who stayed here for 8 years before passing away. This sweet couple attends Jonathan's church and wanted to help him, so they're helping me.

Day 1:

So basically things went a little better than I expected. Yesterday, my first morning in my palatial apartment, I slept half the day, then began unpacking. Around four in the afternoon, I decided some sun would be nice from my lovely western-facing living room windows. 

I raised two of the blinds halfway and went to open the third... and CRASH, the entire set of three heavy blinds and all their wall-mounting attachments fell to the floor. 

I stood there in abject horror for a few seconds, then went toward the common area where my hostess, Mrs. Benevolent was rushing to make sure it wasn't ME that had fallen like a pack of rabid wildebeest off a sheer cliff face. She was terribly gracious about me pulling her home down around my head. Nothing was seriously damaged (mostly my single knuckle that caught the full brunt of the disaster), despite there being a lamp and decorative glassware in the vicinity. While I was out with Jonathan getting groceries, Mr. and Mrs. Benevolent were able to somehow reattach everything. 

Suffice it to say: Today, I am satisfied to have the blinds open but not raised!

Day 2:

So far today... I opened the blinds without mishap. Yay for me! 

Less remarkably, I did laundry in one of the old school "low-efficiency" washing machines *that actually get things clean.* I did dishes, and scrubbed down the fridge. I also put up a little white board/cork board combo on the door so that we won't use reams of note pads... since Mrs. Benevolent and I both like leaving notes. I'm planning on unpacking some more, probably just my boxes of allergy-safe foods, and maybe some clothes if I have patience. Oh, and I started a blog while listening to a combination of polkas, dixieland jazz, and marches.  

All of that is basically killing time until this person comes over for supper. 

He got these silly shirts that had these light-up panels on the front that were supposed to ''power up'' as we got in closer proximity to one another. It was a really super cute idea, but the shirts really only worked sporadically. 

Question for tonight: I only brought Mancala with me; does anyone have any suggestions of non-computer games? Maybe a couple games that don't require much of anything?  

Ya'll come back now, ya hear?