Monday, March 2, 2015

Concert in the Park...


Yesterday evening Nancy and I played with our string ensemble group in a beautiful park for a small charity concert...

Our string group consists of about thirteen violinists, violists and cellists...  Many of us are still amateurs, and we are truly appreciative of the confidence and support we receive from our wonderful music teacher! 

Nancy has been playing violin for about two years now and is currently working towards her grade 5 exam, while my main instrument is the treble recorder, and I too am working towards my grade 5 exam...  
I also play cello as I enjoy being part of a string ensemble group!  I am not very experienced, though, but I am hoping to become a little better in the future with many more hours of diligent practice!

 Sharing a laugh with a friend...

Almost ready to begin with 'Shalom Chaverin'...

 We had such a beautiful setting to play in!  
We played under a gazebo - it was a bit of tight squeeze, but  somehow we managed!

Concentrating...

Playing the cello has taught me much about patience, a virtue I am striving to posses more of!  
The strings on a cello are hard and often painful, and the sitting position quite awkward, so I have had to persevere and encourage myself along the way...:)

Playing for a small audience, along with other strings, is truly an amazing experience, and I love being able to bless others through the gift of music!

"The hills are alive,
With the sound of music,
With songs they have sung,
For a thousand years.
The hills fill my heart,
With the sound of music,
My heart wants to sing every song it hears."

Maria in The Sound of Music 

Do you play any musical instruments?

Blessings on your Monday, sweet friends!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Few of My Favourite Things in…February


“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”

-         Charles Dickens

Happy first of March, dear friends!

As clichéd as it may sound, just where has the time gone to…? 
I can scarcely believe how swiftly this beautiful month has flown by!

February never used to be one of my favourite months of the year, but I have come to change my outlook on it as the Lord has graciously showed me how important it is to enjoy every passing moment…

It is always lovely to look back on a month gone by…  I love to stand back and review it – I love to see how I’ve grown as a person or in my walk with God, or a few ways in which I need to grow… 
…Or smile at the wonderful new friends I’ve had the privilege of making or the fun projects I’ve been blessed to be able to try!

Thus…here is the month that was…

 Sunset, taken from our deck...

February…

Such a beautiful, challenging, amazing, difficult, happy, sad, inspiring, and truly wonderful month!
A month of sunny and rainy weather…quiet and busy moments…  A month of waking up to darker mornings as our part of the world begins to trade places with the north and autumn comes once again…

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Sometimes I wonder what the Lord must think of me…  I am so frail and weak and my understanding of Him is so narrow – will I ever see Him in all His majesty with my limited vision, or understand His incredible love for me with my small human mind…?

But I know that His love for me is unfailing and unwavering.  It is unstoppable and unconditional.


February was the month of love… 

I am so thankful that Jesus’ love is everyday – not just on a certain day or for a limited number of days only – it is always and forever - it never fades away.

For me, I was truly more aware of Christ’s great love for His children during this month, which in turn lead me to seek Him further and spend more time in His Word.
I once read how crucial it is for a young lady to ‘submerge’ herself in the Word of God during her single years...  Not only should she never be idle, for idle hands can become destructive, but she should spend more than sufficient time with the Lord so that she neither sways to the left nor the right…

~ “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”  James 4:8 ~

The Enemy is real – the Bible says he prowls around searching for those he can destroy – I don’t want to be one of those people.  Thus, I need to make certain that my roots are in solid ground and that my faith is strong so that when the storm comes, for come it must, I will not be blown down by the first gust.

I want my thoughts to be pure and beautiful and reflect the glory of God, and I want to radiate His wondrous love, but how can I do that if I’m not being filled with His love each day?

Among other things, this is an outline of what I’ve been learning of late – we never stop learning and I hope that I will grow stronger in my faith with each passing day!

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I thank Jesus for the special Titus 2 women I have been blessed to meet over the past month or so…  Dear ladies, thank you so very much for your beautiful encouragement and for writing what is true! 
And I am also very thankful for the lovely sisters in Christ whom I have also just recently met – you inspire me to strive for beautiful womanhood and for the Lord’s best!  Thank you!

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February also saw me…

Participating in an enjoyable ‘Literary Heroine Blog Party’ – does that not sound like wonderful fun?!  You can see my answers to the set questions over here!

Participating in a beautiful ‘Tea Cup Exchange’ – I am so very excited to share more about this sweet exchange in the coming month!  For now you can visit dear Stephanie’s blog to see what it is all about!

Starting Heartmade’s blog – oh my!  I have had such a lovely time adding new crafty posts to my new blog! 
Heartmade is the small business that my mother, younger sister and I run together – we are passionate about creating quality handmade products with love and attention to detail – we focus mainly on sewn items such as bunting, traditional jointed teddy bears, soft toys, décor items,
 etc. and paper items such as cards and tags.  Nancy is the crochet queen of our family and makes the most adorable owls on rustic twigs, decorated with beads and buttons in gorgeous colours and patterns!
For more about this delightful little venture of ours, click here.  And you can visit our blog over here!

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A few of the lovely things I enjoyed creating this month…




Cards…I just love card making!

My wonderful mother and dearest friend celebrated her birthday on the 14th of February!  My mom is my inspiration and a very special part of my life!
My sisters and I had such a delightful morning organising, arranging, cooking, baking and decorating for the special meal we gave her that evening.
See more about our lovely dinner here

Beth and I baked a delicious RedVelvet cake…hmm!  It was so good!

Beth, Gabrielle and I enjoyed some SuperSpecial Sister Time – while it originally was my hope to have a slot each Sunday for our meetings, it just hasn’t happened that way…
Instead, I have found my weeks being filled with time for each little sister – I have been greatly encouraged to take the extra time and either bake or cook with one of them, or help them with a sewing or craft project where I can...or simply read them a story.  It has been so sweet to see how we have drawn closer to each other!

Such adorable girls – Sofia and Rebekah…  These two are so mischievous and yet here they look as if butter wouldn’t melt in their mouths!

And then there was some baking that took place…

Nancy loves spending time in the kitchen with her little sisters…

…And gardening and harvesting…

 More coming soon!

…As well as some bread baking…
 
Beth and Gabrielle have become our official bread bakers – we usually bake about twice a week, making about three loaves each time.   These two girls have taken on the responsibility with ease and I am just so impressed with them!

~ Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways.  When you eat the labour of yours hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.”  Psalm 128:1-2 ~

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Now my dear friends do share some of the happenings in your lives from the lovely month of February with me…
As always, it brings me great pleasure to hear from each of you and your comments brighten my day! 

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“Just as we cannot believe and love Him of whom we have heard, so we cannot grow in our faith and love Him if we do not learn more about Him.  We will not grow much in Godliness if we do not know much of what it means to be Godly.  We will not become more like Christ if we don’t know more of what Christ is like.” ~ Donald Whitney