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Book Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood

29 Aug

Love this!

This book has sat on my shelf for years.  This morning it captured my attention and held my attention all day.  Smart, witty, insightful, creative, knowledgable, curious, honest…

Rachel’s year of Biblical Womanhood was naturally organized with monthly themes based upon scripture.  Each month Rachel had a TO DO list for herself based upon scripture (sometimes the list included cooking, sewing, sleeping in a tent).  Occasionally, photos and her husband’s journal entries are included.  Raised evangelical, Rachel explored this subject with correspondence exchange with a Jewish woman, 3 day retreat at a monastery, Amish and Quaker experiences, extensive internet research, short stories of women of the Bible….and an extraordinary curiosity.

Fantastic resource!

Another review:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/23/a-year-of-biblical-womanhood_n_2006184.html

Blued-eyed Buddy Boy

3 Aug

Found 21 days after the hay barn fire!

Buddy Boy is well on his way to recovery.


Site of former 1970s era hay barn at Nina Bay Farm.  Check out more images:  Click on Nina Bay Farm page or https://elfcroft.me/nina-bay/

 

Friday Photos: IChing No.9 Taming the Power of the Small

19 May

David Hinton’s translation is ‘delicate nurturing’.

My niece, twenty years later, BEST in Class

Support of hospice care with prayer shawls

18 Apr

The season of Lent concluded Easter Sunday as did this project offering prayer shawls for hospice care ministry.

The challenge using this bulky acrylic/nylon yard from my stash is that all the edges rolled!  I am grateful for the knitters who have posted instructions for “blocking” on the web.  This solution required some trial and error.  These small shawls got straightened out.  I will avoid buying bulky yarn in the future.

 

 

 

 

One more thing!  I had this nice “satchel” style bag…marketing material from an exposition.  Well…It occurred to me that a large appliqué (from my shower caddie project stash) would cover the advertising.  It is just the right size to hold seven folded “blocked” shawls.

Well…I meant two/three more things.

Last month, I was introduced to the pattern for these caps.  Two of them now belong to long time friends who are undergoing chemotherapy.

May God bless everyone during these difficult times.

Prayer shawl for hospice care

7 Mar

 

Prayer shawl

I love the concept of knitted prayer shawls.  Knitting is a meditative endeavor that naturally pairs with prayer.  During this year’s season of Lent, I will make three prayer shawls as requested for hospice care.    The yarn I have in my stash is Lion Brand Wool-ease which is a Lamb’s Wool blend with acrylic.  This scripture came to mind:

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”  John 1:29

This color #232 is named “Wood”…hummm…wooden cross.  The pattern repeats the number ‘three’ for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The symbolism I just wrote about is lost on Eve, office assistant.  She thinks this project is just her ‘size’.

Eve

Honoring Edna

2 Feb

Crown Hill Entrance

Earth angel, Edna Birkholz has been called to join the heavenly hosts of angels.  Mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, wife…she is steadfastly loved in all of her roles.

I got to know her during a time of deep concern over the probable loss of a second son to heart failure (after also losing her husband to heart failure).  Prayerful best describes those times.  Joyfully our concerns did not come to pass.

Edna had a special passion for ironing…everything, even T-shirts and jeans!  At 93 she sparkled at her grandson’s wedding and beamed at his Master’s degree graduation last year.  She lived independently up till the last weeks.

Deepest sympathy to Phillip, Pam, Claire and Jim

Deepest sympathy to Phillip, Pam, Claire and Jim

Your lives honor the love and devotion of Edna Birkholz.

Friday Photo: I Ching No. 34 Power of the Great

8 Jan
Chapel at US Naval Academy

“Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”  Genesis 6:8    Chapel window @ US Naval Academy

 

Prayer…40 days

24 Mar

“40 days of Prayer” study is a tapestry of scripture, concepts, questions, inspiration, connections, context.  Prayer may be music, song, a long walk without the iPod.

Prior to this season’s study “40 days of Prayer” my most intensely focused prayers came during knitting prayer shawls.  Coincidentally, one new shawl by Elfcroft is waiting for the pockets to be sewn on.

Prayer shawl for healing for Kathy

Prayer shawl for healing

Made from lamb's wool blend for Kathy

Made from lamb’s wool blend for Kathy

Prayer is not only a personal experience but a universal, global experience across the ages.

Tibetan Prayer Flags (displayed at Disney World)

Tibetan Prayer Flags (displayed at Disney World)

Prayer candles from Buddist and Catholic traditions

Prayer candles from Buddist and Catholic traditions

“Joy is prayer –

Joy is strength –

Joy is love –

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary (1910-1997)

#62 Small (prayers) exceeding

5 Mar
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Praying Mantis 1

Oh God, hold me in the Light as your spirit teaches me to pray for others.  Amen.

from Lenten 40 Days of Prayer

The shortest of prayers are potent and powerful.

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Praying Mantis 2

Praying Mantis 3

Praying Mantis 3

 

Celebrating Charity Cat Comeback

13 Jul

Mid May test results of advanced kidney disease came back for Shelby.  Too young!  This couldn’t be his ninth life.  Thanks to internet research, we found PetWellbeing.com and their Kidney Support Gold liquid remedy.  Shelby has gotten drops every evening since May 22nd and now owns the front porch dawn to dusk.  The fresh air and sunshine are taking his recovery to a new level.  In honor of his comeback, Elfcroft has photos to share of his interest in charity projects.

Blessing

Blessing girls dress for Helping Hands, Touching Hearts

Prayer shawl

Prayer shawl

Shelby approves!

Shelby approves!

Curled up with Goodwill donation

Curled up with Goodwill donation

On the porch

Today he is alive and recovering on the porch.

Hopefully, he is just on life number 5 or 6.  He definitely had used one life when he found me in 2005.  That’s another story.