Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy Things

It's January, and time for my yearly "Happy Things" post. Just a couple...

A new shower curtain

Mark and I have been in the lengthy process of "redressing" our bedroom - with some minor bathroom renovation to boot. After living for over year with a liner for a curtain, I sprung for this one at Target. I love it! When he saw it, Mark said, "that is what my brain looks like!" And I think he's probably right.

Dangerous Journey - a retelling of The Pilgrim's Progress

Bella reading her literature book to the boys. We use Veritas Press literature guides, and I really love this beautiful book!

Now I saw in my dream that the road, from then on, was named Salvation. Along this road did burdened Christian run. Or should we say, he did his best to run, so far as he could, with that load upon his back. At the foot of a hill, he passed an open tomb. Then up again, upon a little knoll, he found himselfe beneath a wayside cross. And as its shadow fell across him, so suddenly the burden, slipping from his shoulders, fell from off his back. It tumbled down the hill. It tumbled into the mouth of the tomb. It was never seen again.
Christian kept feeling behind his back. He couldn't believe it. For it was very surprising to him that the simple act of gazing at the cross had set him free, and his burden of guilt was gone.
As he stood there in amazement, behold three Shining Ones appeared. The first one said: Your soul is now swept clean of sin.
The second one stripped him of his mud-stained rags, and gave him bright new clothes. The third one handed him a parchment.
Guard it carefully, he said, and surrender it only when you have reached the gate of the Celestial City.
Great dangers lay ahead of him but for the moment he was light as air. So Christian gave three leaps for joy, and went on singing.

3 comments:

Ashleigh Carroll January 7, 2010 at 6:05 AM  

That text is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Adam and Annie January 7, 2010 at 6:51 AM  

I love it. What a great book. I also love the shower curtain...I think Adam and Mark's brains look similar!!

Mylissa January 8, 2010 at 10:37 PM  

Annie, they must, right?? I guess that's what it takes to do crazy stuff :) Let's have a phone call soon...