Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Do the Next Thing

I think I'm out of sorts this morning. I have so much to do that I'm weighed down and that only slows me down. I was reminded of Elisabeth Elliot's devotion to simply do the next thing. She quoted an old Saxon poem in the newsletter, so I went on a hunt and found it. Many have probably heard it but we are going to go over it again.

I thought I'd throw a rope of encouragement out - Let's all "Doe the Next Thing" (Original spelling)

From an old English parsonage, down by the sea, there came in the twilight, a message to me; Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven, hath, as it seems to me, teaching from Heaven. And on through the hours the quiet words ring, like a low inspiration -do the next thing.

Many a questioning, many a fear, many a doubt, hath its quieting here. Moment by moment, let down from heaven, time, opportunity, guidance, are given. Fear not tomorrows, child of the King, Trust them with Jesus, do the next thing.

Do it immediately; Do it with prayer; Do it reliantly, casting all care; Do it with reverence, tracing His Hand, Who placed it before thee with earnest command; Stayed on Omnipotence, safe 'neath His wing, leave all resultings, do the next thing.

Looking to Jesus, ever serener,(working or suffering) be thy demeanor. In His dear presence,the rest of His calm, the light of His countenance Be thy psalm. Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing, then, as He beckons thee, do the next thing.

To the day given, Theresa

Monday, July 13, 2009

Anne of Green Gables anyone?

Last year in Seasons at Home Magazine, spring 2008, we did an "Anne of Green Gables Tea". If you had this tea with your daughters from our issue, and took pictures, and wouldn't mind them going into print, could you email us?
Thank you friends!
Blessings, Theresa

Saturday, July 11, 2009

July Giveaway Post

*(Whispering)* I forgot to do something the other day after I announced the winners of the last giveaway.. I forgot to put up the next post for JULY!

So here it is! If you would like to a enter our Seasons At Home Magazine giveaway this month, post your comments on this post!

View giveaway rules and instructions here

Update: We are still busily ensconced in front of projects, behind projects, in the midst of projects and designing the Summer '09 issue!

We are also preparing for another change on the home front.. moving! Yes, we are going to be relocating very soon after the publication of this issue. It seems God is leading us to New England, possibly to the southern Maine or New Hampshire area. Vermont is also still a possibility. My Dad is flying out at the end of the month for job interviews, so we will hopefully have all of the details worked out by then. I'm sure you can imagine how busy we are over here!

Prayers would be greatly appreciated for the coming changes for our family.. :)

Many blessings on your weekend! ~*~Jessica~*~

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Giveaway Announcement and Update!

I hope everyone has been as busy as us as to not notice that we are late announcing the Seasons At Home subscription giveaway! We have not forgotten, we just ran late with all of the hub-bub around our house!

~*~ And so, the winners for the June giveaway are ~*~

Misty at Little Home in the Woods and Emma!

Both ladies are receiving full subscriptions to Seasons At Home Magazine! Congratulations ladies!

Wow! We have have needed a post here! In our last post we were getting ready for the CHEC Homeschool Convention. That event passed over a week ago. Since then we have been working like bees to get the summer issue of the magazine done! I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen working away at making food and other things, and have a similar day planned for today. But we are very excited to have this issue done!

While we are in the midst of getting this issue wrapped up, our posting shall continue to be limited, but I do have some recipes I would like to pop on here. Besides that, God is changing things on our homefront, and I'm sure we will have a post announcing future changes and blessings!

I thought I would post a few pictures from the convention : ) Unfortunately, we didn't have very many. The first day we didn't even have the camera because it got locked in the car, along with our credit card machine. Needless to say, day one we ran the stone-age "cash only" booth! The rest of the time, we were either busy with people or not paying attention to the fact that no one was taking pictures.

Our lovely banner! I was very happy with how well it turned out =) That was a hard one to design.

Mother and I. From the looks on our faces.. what do you think the caption should be on this picture? :) I have one ~ Jess: "So, you think we look like we know what we're doing?"

On the second day of the conference, I switched out with Dad and took the kids back home and then brought them back to come in and see the booth. Which I don't think could have been frilled up much more than what we had it! We had the fluffiest booth in the building..

John Jr. (I call him Wally)

We had the pleasure of meeting the McDonald family who were in a booth behind us! It was so nice to meet Miss Tiffany.. I can only wish that we had gotten a better picture. Vain questions you ask yourself when looking at yourself in a picture: What happened to my hair?.. Why does that shirt make me look fat? Ah.. things we can laugh about later.

A very sweet picture of Madison and Abigail McDonald :) Little Abigail wandered over to our table and she and Madi got to talking. They played together the entire day!

Working in the kitchen making food for the magazine :)

One of the absolutely sweet and adorable dresses Mother made for the girl's tea for the magazine! (Evie is modeling) She's making hats to match as we speak :)

That is all there is for this moment! Have a very blessed Independence Day everyone.. and many blessings ~*~Jessica~*~

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