Thursday, January 15, 2015

Just Saying Hello

It's hard to believe that it's been almost a month since my last post. I hope you all had a great holiday season. I have been busy with life and am enjoying the break. We were able to spend it with family and that is always a treat for us, living so far away. My inlaws have had some health issues and I'm glad we were able to help them. And based on this and other pressing needs that require my immediate attention, I may have to hang my card making hat for a little while longer.

On the upside, I got some really fancy water colors and handmade paper for Christmas. I mean top of the line, French-made 100% cotton paper and professional quality paints that have honey in them. I didn't even know such things exist and that honey would be a great additive to watercolors. I also signed up for a watercoloring class from a fellow paper crafter, Angela Fehr. I have loved her videos on YouTube and am looking forward to taking her class. 

Also, I had to stop selling on my Etsy Store because of new EU VAT (or sales tax) regulations. I haven't had time to look it over. It seems super complicated that I don't have time to figure out the new laws that affect my tiny, little store. :(

Other things I'm busy about: homeschooling my girls and reading. On my Kindle right now are Yawning at Tigers: You Can't Tame God So Stop Trying (I love the subtitle), If I Had Lunch with CS Lewis and just for fun, Calvin & Hobbes that were on sale a few weeks ago, and The Brethren by John Grisham that I borrowed from the library. Did you know you can borrow Kindle books from the library? Pretty cool!The Tiger book is a good study on the grandeur of God, that He is, like Aslan in Chronicles of Narnia, not safe, but He is good!

I leave you with an excerpt from Yawning at Tigers:
"...often our knowledge of God is dry and cerebral. We give mere mental assent to truths that should leave us shaking. We mumble perfunctory prayers. We ask God to keep us safe, not realizing that it is from him we most need protecting...God’s holiness is deadly, incompatible with life, especially for sinful mortals like us. 'No one may see me,' God warned, 'and live' (Ex. 33:20)...
The good news is that this dangerous God turns out to be a lover. And he’s not content to love us from a distance. He wants to be with us so desperately he cooked up the most creative and costly way imaginable to bridge the chasm."
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