Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Bible Marginalia- A New Thing

Bible Marginalia Series- #241

Psalm 43:18-19
"Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?"

Visiting the Margin Madness
 event at Burke Community Church
 in Burke, VA.
The process was to write 
former challenges,
and life set backs on a piece of tissue paper.
  Then we tore it into flower petal
 shapes and pieced it back together.
Simple and effective process to reflect on the 
Springing forth.
The former old things are past-
a new thing has arrived.
And it is good.

Tissue paper
Fine-point non-bleeding Sharpie pen
Colored pencils
Scrapbook paper

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bible Marginalia- Be Doers

Bible Marginalia Series- #240

James 1:22
"But be doers of the word, 
and not hearers only...."

Still thinking about this alot lately.
Easier said than done.
More complicated than it looks.
Needing to pray about this one..
Oh, Lord,
may it be that my heart
 is softened to move to action.
May I find passive listening
 to be offensive.
May I see what breaks your heart
 and be moved to answer.
May I DO- when I need to.

Pat Maier margin- CPH blog
Colored pencil

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bible Marginalia Series-Listening and Doing

Bible Marginalia Series-#239

James 1:19-22
Oh, been thinking a lot about listening.
To each other.
And what happens when we don't.
So driven to have our 
own opinion made KNOWN-
we just keep on talking, and talking.
Praying for quick listening-
 jumping right in and being quiet.
Then slow words-
thoughtful reflection.
And when we don't agree-
slow to anger.
Or how about no anger?

Then the other side of listening?
That doing part?
Like when your kids say- ya, ya, ya-
to a request.
And you have a feeling there was
 no intention of actually DOING IT.

I am pretty sure that my heavenly Father
 has had to be slow to anger with Me,
 and my ya, ya -
Listening without the effort
 put forward of actually-

Oh, Lord, turn my listening into action.
Give me courage to be slow when needed.
And heaven help me to be quick
 when I need to be.

Zondervan Notetaking New Testament
(out of print)
Washi tape
Fine-point Sharpie non-bleed pen
Colored pencils

Saturday, February 18, 2017

First Birthday Party- Levi Michael

Levi Michael is ONE.
His momma planned 
a wild animal party.
And decided it would work best
 to host it at Papa and Gigi's house.
She found cute party hats.
Animals were growling 
and roaring at Target
 that they wanted to join the party.
 They got little hats too.
  She found photos of Levi
 for each month of his first year.
She painted jar lids and little animals
 with white paint
 and filled them with animal crackers.
 She gathered healthy snacks
 for the young ones and toddlers.
A Costco sheet cake got sprinkles galore.
And a small SMASH cake from the grocery store.
Stuffed animals held court and
whispered secrets to Levi.
Levi's Granny had a banner made,
and we made the lemonade. 
The balloons arrived,
 and the high chair was high-fives.
Yea- we kinda knew the name of the 
young man of the hour.
10, 20, 30, 40, 50
 people were invited.
And they all came.
They flew in from New York and Orlando.
They drove from Fredericksburg and Frederick.
Levi celebrated at day care.
With his friends right there.
Little man we give thanks,
you have stolen our hearts.

Friday, February 17, 2017

New Orleans-Here and About

Some favorite spots 
in a recent trip to New Orleans.
Hotel Monteleone is a family-owned
 and operated hotel
located at 214 Royal Street
in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Hotel includes the only high-rise building
 in the interior French Quarter.
Built in 1886 in the Beauz-Arts architectural style
with an eclectic flair, 
Hotel Monteleone is a historic landmark,
and a member of the Historic Hotels of America.
Hotel Monteleone's Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge
 is the only revolving bar in New Orleans. 
The 25-seat carousel bar turns on 2,000 large steel rollers,
 pulled by a chain powered by a one-quarter horsepower motor
 at a constant rate of one revolution every 15 minutes.
. The Carousel Bar celebrated its 60th anniversary in July 2009,
 having been originally installed in 1949.

Iconic Jackson Square
The Cathedral of St. Louis-
 is the seat of the 
and is the oldest cathedral in the United States
The first church on the site was built in 1718; 
the third, built in 1789,
 was raised to cathedral rank in 1793. 
The cathedral was expanded 
and largely rebuilt in 1850, 
with little of the 1789 structure remaining.

The Bible of St. Louis, the King of France,
 belonged to him between 1226 and 1234.
Life in the Middle Ages is revealed 
through the images presented in this codex.
Because of its unique properties
 it was allowed to be copied in 2000.
The original is in Spain.
 In the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel
 on Canal Street is the Rodrigue Steinway.
New Orleans artist George Rodrigue
 is best known for his blue dog series.

After sharing the piano photo on Instagram
I was surprised with the above - Thank you-
 from the hotel.
A wonderful view from the hotel 
and the Mississippi River boat traffic.
( I love how this photo captured
husband John's image in the window.)
The #1 tourist site in New Orleans is the 
World War II museum.
The beginning of the story....
the idea was to have a D-Day museum.
That opened in the summer of 2000.
In 2004, an Act of Congress 
changed it to the World War II museum
 in order to tell a fuller story of this time in history.

My friend Pat, 
resting for a moment with FDR.

The movie is worth the time to watch.
We spent about 4 hours at the museum.
An overwhelming amount of information
 at the museum
 truly highlights the gift of living here
 in the Untied States.
And we pray that the world 
will never experience 
anything like that ever again.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Orleans -Dining Love

Starting out with a New Orleans tradition.
Time to dine here?
                                                                                 (photo from website)
Super Bowl Sunday.
 No reservation.
No waiting.
 No problem.
(It filled up later on.)
Loved the Crabmeat Yvonne.
An early birthday Celebration.
 Breakfast at Brennan's
Where they created Bananas Foster.
So you might need to have that-
 even for Breakfast.
housemade English muffins, 
coffee cured Canadian bacon,
 hollandaise, marchand de vin sauce
And fun to celebrate with a friend-
 who is having a very special birthday.
We were gifted 
with our own Brennan's apron.
                                                                                  (photo from website)

Brennan's has a courtyard-
 with flowers and a turtle pond.
A pleasant Winter evening 
under the lights and full moon?
Try The Court of Two Sisters.
Ah - that French bread.
Had to try the Shrimp and Grits. 
And a walk to Cafe Du Monde-
a New Orleans institution-
Chicory coffee and beignets-
 since the early 1860's.
(Our first attempt in getting there was during
 the tornado that hit New Orleans.
We hurried back to the hotel and returned later on.)

Bourbon House-
trying out their signature beverage-
Frozen Milk Punch with 
bourbon and a touch of nutmeg.
And an impressive Bourbon display.
                                                                                      (photo from website)
Redfish on the Half Shell
Bourbon House
Creole House-Right on Canal Street-
the beautiful boulevard.
Great if staying at the Sheraton Hotel-
 this is right across the street.
Creole House
                                                            (photo from website)

Stop in for Shrimp and Grits-
anytime of the day.
And an evening on the Natchez 
was the perfect New Orleans tradition, 
for a view of the Crescent City.
 Yes, the paddle wheel really does turn,
and you get to greet others
 along the Mississippi River.
Buffet dining aboard.
Steamboat Natchez

All in all, a fun dining experience
 in New Orleans.
 And probably special enough to mark all 
celebrations for the year!