Our house has a street address, but Rob and I recently decided we wanted to give it a name.
Much has happened in our family since we moved here almost four years ago. Most importantly, three babies have come along, one of whom celebrates his first birthday today! (Happy birthday to our sweet Eli!) Already the walls here seem more full of the laughter the grands bring to us than they can hold, but the plaster and paint contain it all so nicely and I like to think that any cracks that appear are only because of the bulging those walls endure thanks to the happy spirit dwelling within.
The porch has added more rockers (Cracker Barrel gifts) and two benches (fine craftsmanship from Longleaf Woodworking). Dear husband and I sit there in the early evening to review the day and catch up. It the sun is too bright and hot, a shift to cushioned chairs on the New Orleans style patio out back is in order and we enjoy hearing the fountain gurgle as the birds chirp overhead. A warm Valentine’s Day afforded the excuse to dine alfresco by candlelight this year. The old lamp on the post outside was replaced a while back and we use the older one to hold candles at the table out there now.
A rehearsal dinner, baby showers, and birthdays have been celebrated here with family and friends gathered. Meals with friends accommodate happy and full hearts over fellowship. And the ability to comfort the tired and hurting happens here also. Lunches occur most Sundays following church as we gather around and devour the fare of the day.
This older home, built in 1950 by Dr. and Mrs. Thompson, has its charm and quirks, and I yearn to know more of its story from its beginning and then through a few more owners.
Birds and squirrels count the feeders and baths their own. A family of owls graces us most evenings with their hoot calls. The greenery tells a story of past owners’ garden favorites in the tiered beds with tucked away spots for sitting. Camellia varieties and hydrangeas take up yard space along with boxwoods, hollies, gardenias, a tea olive, magnolias, oaks, cedars, and pines. There’s even a peony on the premises. Delight! It seems only fair that our name for the place relate to a favorite plant that we are incorporating into the landscape.
My husband named it and I approved of it.
Welcome to Rosemary Hill.
Rosemary is a luscious and fragrant herb, the oils of which linger on the hands almost as long as chopped garlic or onion would, but without the offense. This particular herb is a way to mark remembrance in bouquets. As roses mark love and affection based on color, so rosemary signifies remembering of another. In our case, we cite rosemary as a standing stone of remembrance to God’s goodness and faithfulness to us as his children.
For now we have rosemary in the porch planters and a few varieties of rosemary planted around the property. All are useful for culinary enhancement and I am enjoying the stew out of them. Young grandson Quentin is even aware of the plant and how the fragrance brings me such pleasure. He’s been taking our front porch day’s end review time with us this week as his baby sister Sarah Joy spends some time mending in the hospital and he runs his fingers over the green-filled stems then sniffs letting out an excited, “Ahhhh, Mamy, smell!”
And I happily oblige the opportunity to stop and smell the rosemary. Thanks be to God for his goodness and his grace that we experience at Rosemary Hill.Read More
Do you ever have a dry spell, spiritually speaking?
I have been in one that was rather long lasting and I realized that much of my desert living was due to not being intentional in my relationship with God. My spirit was struggling and parched.
I finally confessed to God that I was absent in my relationship with him and was desperate for change. I told him that my Bible pages were dusty and my prayers stale. I asked him for a bit of revival and asked him what steps to take.
I’m that kind of person. Give me a detailed plan and I’m there. Most days.
Of late, however, I am in the school of flexibility and spontaneity. (A challenge for me.) I make plans and they have to be able to change quickly. Plans for a great and lengthy quiet time are not realistic, and as much as I would like to blame my spiritual desert dryness on unplanned things, that is a pathetic excuse.
It is my own neglect of quiet time that interrupts refreshing time.
So here are my steps for reviving a desert slump of spirit. Ready? It’s game-changing.
- Read the Bible.
TAH and DAH!!! Amazing?!
Read the Bible
That book. The one that God wrote through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit through the pens of men. Not a book about it. But THAT book. Pick a smaller portion of it, but read it. For me, Isaiah is where I am currently camping thanks to She Reads Truth’s beautiful Lenten version. No muss and no fuss, but beautiful (and yes, more that I should have spent but I splurged anyway). I led a study on Isaiah a few years ago, so it is actually refreshing to read for the sake of reading rather than for the sake of leading. If you teach Bible studies, you’ll understand that.
I journal my prayers and I also pray them out loud. To sit still and journal pray or pray silently or aloud takes time and discipline. It takes work and I have been slacking at it. But, once I pulled out my pen and paper and began jotting my prayers as bullet points, the words began to flow in written form. And those things so personal that I dare not write, turned into pauses on paper as words were spoken.
Nothing fancy and no gimmicks, either, are involved in reviving a quiet time. Just plain and simple prayer and Scripture reading have turned on the showers and my spiritual dryness has been rained out.Read More
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I’ve been rather busy knitting lately and wanted to let you know that Craftsy is having a great sale on supplies and kits for ALL kinds of crafts. Some of their shawl kits are gorgeous.
As an affiliate, if you click via this link and order supplies/kits, I’ll get a smidgen of moolah back.
But here’s the great news, if you have always wanted a shawl, but don’t know how to knit and you see and purchase a shawl kit you like, let me know and I’ll be happy to complete the shawl for you for a fee. You can contact me via my contact page to begin the dialog for me completing your shawl.
This is only for shawls at this time. I do not do sweaters, yet.
So, happy shopping, crafting, and creating! Thank you!Read More
I realized this morning that there are 100 days until Christmas. I am not typically interested in counting down the days until December 25. I really look forward to the days of Advent that lead up to Christmas Day. On the Christian church calendar, Advent officially begins Sunday, November 27 this year.
I enjoy Advent, but not for the presents, not for the parties, and not for the nativity set or tree we put in our home. Those are great, but not my happiest place during Advent and Christmas. No, I enjoy it because it gives me the “excuse” to be still. It is in the being still that I find space in my day to pray, read my Bible, and work through an advent devotional. I need the motivation to be intentional in being still even more during the holidays. Do you?
When it comes to a devotional, I may read the same one for several years or I may search for a new one. I enjoy the process of selecting a devotional that is solid in the gospel and doctrine without fluff of more things I need to do to make this Christmas my best yet.
You may not be thinking about an Advent devotional today, but I want to pass along an opportunity to purchase a beautiful Advent calendar and devotional at a discount between now and next Wednesday.
The ladies at Amen Paper Company and the artist from Lindsay Letters have collaborated to pull this bundle of Christmas joy together sooner than later so you can be intentional in preparing your heart for Christ again or maybe for the first time in your life. Jess and Helen of APC put out an APB to those who may be inclined to submit written pieces on specific topics within the theme of, “Let it Be,” which is another way of saying, “Amen”.
I submitted a piece and it was selected and I cannot wait to see it all together. Words and art creatively colliding and displaying the splendor of Christ and his magnificent So Be It when his atonement was accomplished is where I desire my focus today and all my days.
Christmas is 100 days away. Let us prepare our hearts and make him room today and everyday. Amen?
Summer has come and is lingering on the calendar even though school has begun here in my hometown. Even though summer weather is at its peak, I have had the yen to knit and crochet fun summer and winter projects with fabulous yarns.
I am a fan of shawlettes. I think you should be, too. I wear them year round and depending on the materials used, they afford those who wear them variety and light or heavy coverage. I often take one in my purse to church and restaurants to throw around my shoulders when the AC draft whispers around my neck.
I think that’s one reason I enjoyed making this linen piece from yarn I purchased on a recent trip to St. Simon’s Island, GA. After showing it to friends I decided I would list it in my Etsy shop, due to their enthusiasm over the weight, feel, and drape. Better than that, it can be washed and dried in the washing machine! Yep! Linen! I know! Buy it!
But before I began that one, I worked on a faux fur-trimmed number that had a knitted lace-edging on it. Again, this was yarn I purchased while at the beach last summer. My souvenir of choice on trips is yarn of late! The shop sample of this piece was in neutral colors, but they no longer had all the supplies in neutral so I got brave and bold and decided on the red and oh my! The faux fur feels real! The fabric of the knitted body of the piece has a lovely drape and can be worn a couple of ways. Wrapped, draped, free and loose. But, it’s sure to keep you warm and glamorous in winter. Will that ever happen? Winter, I mean. I’m sure you’re glamorous always. ; ) It, too, is now available in my Etsy shop due to my friends’ grand reception of it. I should have taken their pictures trying it on. It was dress up for grown ups and it was grand!
While traveling in Maine on our 30th anniversary trip in June, I took a project to knit while on the plane and riding in the car. This sock yarn scarf will look cute this fall with my olive green safari-like vest from Target. I’m not selling it…unless you want it. Then, I’ll sell it.
And before all of these, I whipped up a scarf in hand-painted yarn I bought at Stitches South in 2015. It’s the same pattern as that raspberry shawlette at the top, but because I bought a smaller amount of the yarn, the finished project is smaller. It’s not for sale. I wear it A. LOT. It goes well with every color in the rainbow and white as well as black. I wore it bunches in Maine.
This week I began crocheting a shawlette that makes me think of the Gulf of Mexico’s water when it’s at its most clear state and I swear, but I want to eat fresh fish when I am working on it. Here it is in process…
Those are the wonderful fibers I’ve had the privilege to work with this summer and make into wearable fabrics for more couture hand-made accessories.Read More