The Little Drummer Boy and Me

One of my favorite Christmas songs is The Little Drummer Boy.  I used to think this song was more for children because it’s about a young boy. Yet I’ve come to realize that this song is as much for adults as it is for children because of its message. Granted, the song is about a fictional character, and the idea that a small boy showed up in the stable (or even in a house in … Read more

Sweet Potato Bake

My family especially enjoys this dish at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s an easy addition because it can be prepared a day or two ahead and then baked when the big day arrives.  Cooked sweet potatoes spruced up nutmeg and other additions make this an easy entree to a holiday meal. Sometimes I cook and peel the potatoes days ahead (3-5 days).  Just store them in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator.  When I’m ready … Read more

Homemade, Hearthside Memories

Hearth: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearth   In archaeology, a hearth is a firepit or other fireplace feature of any period. Initial usage refers to a place of warmth, heat, or fire, or ‘heat of earth’.

BFTH fresh out of the oven 1

There’s nothing like homemade bread baked  in an outdoor oven.  On rainy days, there’s nothing like the warmth from that hearthside!

I’m going back home again. It’s the changing-of-the-leaves time.  It’s apple cider and apple butter time. It’s Springs Folk Festival time, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

It’s true that I’ve already seen the hundreds of displays, craftsand craftsmen at this Festival.  I’ve watched glass blowing, log hewing, sheep shearing, horses on a treadmill, and women quilting.  I’ve listened to fiddle-playing in the woods, seen applebuttermaking over an open fire, and sat in the building where a play is performed or various groups and families sing and play a diverse assortment of instruments, music and songs.

I’ve purchased my share of relics and crafts to use in my home or as gifts. Yet while I’ll enjoy walking the trail and maybe hitching a ride on the hay wagon, I’m really heading home for one reason: to help bake home-mixed, homemade bread in an outdoor oven.   

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Rearranging my Life after Goodbyes

It’s been quite the summer. We’ve prayed over secrets and said more goodbyes than hellos. A few weeks ago I told a friend that I’ve sat on so many of my kids’ secrets this summer that I had trouble remembering what information was classified from whom. Sometimes I wasn’t sure which one needed prayers the most. Recently I told Rebekah that maybe we just have too many kids. (There’s an event at VT that she wants … Read more

Riding to Remember

When the Children of Israel crossed the Jordan River, they were instructed to take twelve stones from their new land (Joshua 4:9) and place them in the middle of the river. The stones were to be placed where the feet of the priests stood as they held the Ark of the Covenant while the Tribes crossed over to the Promised Land.

They were also instructed (Joshua 4:1-8) to bring twelve stones out of the Jordan and place them in the new land – at Gilgal – as an altar. This was so they would not forget where they had come from and all they had experienced as they entered the Promised Land.

This ceremony was God’s way of helping them remember; thus it became a memorial. God told them that the stones would make their children ask their fathers in time to come, “What do these stones mean?” They would be able to answer them and tell them how God took them through the Red Sea at the beginning of their journey and through the Jordan River at the end – on dry ground. The stones were to be their memorial.

Scripture says those stones placed in the Jordan River are still there to this day. Sometimes I wonder just where in that river those stones were placed because I’d love to see that pile of stones after all these years!

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